News Release, College of Southern Maryland

Six English language learners at the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) recently completed civic and language classes that included earning pins and certificates in Guest Services Professional Making Connections in Hospitality provided by the Certification Commission of theAmerican Hotel and Lodging Association.

All residents of Charles County, the learners were students in the Integrated Education and Training Workforce Preparation class held through CSM’s Adult Education program in Waldorf. The program is funded through a grant from the Maryland Department of Labor.

Megumi Butler, of Japan, shows off her certificate.

Those receiving certificates were Sabri Alawna, Megumi Butler, Mayra C. Gonzales, Juana Mendoza, Lorena Rivera and Maricela Rodriguez.

The Maryland Department of Labordesignated CSMto be the provider for Adult Education in Charles County, effective July 1, 2019.

Charles County residents participating in General Education Development (GED) preparation, Adult Basic Education (ABE), National External Diploma Program (NEDP), English as a Second Language (ESL), Citizenship and Civics classes do so via classes offered by CSM. Some of these classes are offered in partnership with the Judy Centers and for students ages 18 years and older who have withdrawn from school.

The Adult Education Program offers literacy services for all adults ages 18 years and older who are not currently enrolled in school. To learn more about CSM’s Adult Basic Education programs in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties, including the NEDP and GED options, visit, call 301-539-4760 or

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...