Mercer County Community College’s Center for Continuing Studies (CCS) will offer courses on teaching in the upcoming semester. From Montessori teacher training and child care development certificate programs to Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) construction training, CCS offers courses to those at all stages of their careers.

A free Information Session will be held at the MCCC Conference Center on Thursday, September 7, at 5:30 p.m. CCS administrators, staff, instructors, and program managers will be available to answer program-specific questions. Tuition assistance may be available in certain programs for those who qualify. To register call 609-570-3311.

CCS’s fall offerings begin on Tuesday, September 5, with the first module of the Montessori teacher training certificate program, presented in affiliation with the American Montessori Society. The MCCC program is the only college-based program in the state to receive accreditation from the Montessori Council for Teacher Education. Classes are held onsite at the Robbinsville Montessori School. Applications are currently being accepted for the 2017-’18 program. Contact information and application requirements are listed at www.mccc.edu/ccs/montessori.

Also for educators of young students is CCS’s child care development certificate. Emphasizing teaching concepts and techniques that can be put to immediate use, classes can be taken as part of the certificate program or on an individual basis.

Classes include: “Health and Safety with Young Children,” September 6 to October 11; “Guiding Children’s Behavior,” September 7 to October 12; “Physical Development,” October 17 to November 21; “Getting Creative with Art, Music and Drama,” October 18 to November 29; and “Children’s Language and Literature,” October 19 to November 30.

Adding to CCS’s growing list of industry job training are courses in safety. Beginning on September 9 is “HAZWOPER” hazard safety training, a 40-hour course taught by instructors from HazTek, Inc., one of the largest safety firms in the country. An eight-hour “HAZWOPER” refresher course will be offered October 14.

Also focused on workplace safety are OSHA and hazardous material cleanup and remediation courses, including “OSHA Industry Outreach,” September 12 to October. 12 (30 hours); OSHA Construction General Industry Outreach,” September 23 and 30 (10 hours); “OSHA Construction Outreach,” October 17 to November 16 (30 hours); and “OSHA Construction Training,” November 18 and December 2 (10 hours). OSHA cards will be issued by mail following successful completion of the courses.

On the engineering side, “NICET Highway Construction Levels I, II and III” will be offered in October and November for engineering technicians involved in highway construction projects. These courses will prepare participants for the certification exam, to be offered at MCCC November 11 and December. 2.

Many computer skill building classes and other professional courses will be offered this fall. CCS also offers a wide variety of personal interest courses on campus and online starting monthly. More information is available at www.mccc.edu/ccs.

For questions, e-mail ComEd@mccc.edu or call 609-570-3311.

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