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St. Mary's College of Maryland


Nestled in a horseshoe bend on the St. Mary's River, St. Mary's College of Maryland is the state's only public honors college offering not only a rigorous liberal arts course of undergraduate study, but also numerous opportunities for continuing education and professional certification. Located only 10 minutes from Lexington Park, SMCM offers certificate programs in project management, DoD systems acquisition, and education. SMCM is a PMIŽ Global Registered Education provider.

In the adult continuing education programs, lectures are combined with hands-on, in-class exercises to allow practical application of the material learned.

The Ivy League feel and tidewater architecture of the campus are a perfect backdrop to the plentiful lectures, concerts, art gallery, and theater performances given throughout the year. Many events are free and open to the public. For events information, call 240-895-4380.

SMCM is consistently ranked one of the top public, liberal arts colleges in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. The Washington Post calls SMCM “a place to get an Ivy League education at a public school price.”

Visit the college's Web site at, or call the Continuing Education office at 240-895-2200 for more information.

University of Maryland University College


UMUC provides high-quality educational opportunities on-site at NAS Pax River. The curricula emphasize skills and competencies needed by adults in the work force. Undergraduate students may choose from 26 majors, 36 minors and 43 certificates, most of which may be obtained through a distance education online program. Some courses are also offered in a traditional classroom format. Graduate students may choose from a Doctor of Management, 17 master's degree programs including an accelerated route to teacher certification in Maryland, and more than 38 graduate certificates. Full staff support is available for services such as undergraduate academic advising and proctoring of DE exams and placement tests. For more information, call 301-737-3228 or visit the school's Web site at

Florida Institute of Technology, Patuxent Site 301-862-1004

Since 1972, Florida Tech's Patuxent Site has offered the working professional an opportunity to maintain professional and technical competence while earning a graduate degree without career interruption. Students may choose from 11 programs in Computer Science, Engineering, and Business/ Management with concentrations in Human Resources, Acquisition and Contracts, eBusiness, Information Systems and Operations Research. Courses are offered in a traditional format meeting once a week or via distance learning during a 15-week semester. For added convenience, all degree coursework may be completed through the Patuxent Site in two years or less. Florida Tech is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Florida Tech is approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) to offer courses and degree programs at the Patuxent Site. These programs have been approved for payment of veterans' benefits to qualified students under authority of Subchapter 1775, Chapter 36, Title 38, United States Code, Veterans' Benefits Support. For additional information, e-mail to or visit the school's Web site at

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University phone: 301-863-8776, fax: 301-863-7046

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is an independent, non-sectarian, non-profit, coeducational university with a history dating to the early days of aviation. The university serves culturally diverse adult students motivated toward careers in aviation/aerospace, logistics, management, and safety. Embry-Riddle has been at the NAS Pax River site since 1978. We are part of an extensive network of many extended campuses throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University serves civilian and military working adults in a non-traditional setting.

To accommodate the schedule of working adults, courses are offered during the evening hours and on Saturday mornings. Undergraduate courses are offered five times a year for nine weeks and graduate courses are offered four times a year for 10 weeks.

The Pax River Campus offers the following programs: Bachelor of Science in Aviation Maintenance Management, Associate/Bachelor Degrees in Professional Aeronautics and Technical Management, with minors in Management, Logistics, and Safety. The university offers a Masters in Aeronautical Science with specialties in Aeronautics, Management, Safety, and Operations. In addition, the Master of Science in Management is offered on-line through the Distance Learning Program. Also, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University offers certificate programs in Logistics, Safety, Supply Chain Management and Aviation Maintenance Technology.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. All academic and certificate programs at the Pax River Campus have been approved by the U.S. and Maryland Department of Veterans' Affairs for veteran training.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is located at 21795B North Shangri-La Drive in Lexington Park and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. (Closed for federal holidays.) Contact the main office at 301-863-8776 or fax 301-863-7046 for more information. Visit or e-mail: Southern Maryland Higher Education Center (SMHEC) 301-737-2500

SMHEC is a large and comprehensive higher education complex offering onsite over 90 distinguished university academic programs. Created by the state in 1995 as Southern Maryland's regional center for higher education, SMHEC now hosts 47 master's degrees, five doctorates, 13 bachelor completion programs, and 21 graduate certificates and 12 education certification programs in live, face-to-face formats. Degree programs are in engineering, education, management, communication, and social work. Attractive student lounges, inviting spaces and high tech classrooms contribute to the 21st century university experience at SMHEC.

The 60,000 square foot facility is located on a 24 acre campus and includes 35 high-tech classrooms, four meeting rooms, a conference hall, and two conference rooms. In the last 13 years, 2,344 academic courses have been presented with almost 26,000 enrollments. Also last year 4,036 training, conference, special event, and public service programs were held with 15,117 individuals in attendance.

The over 90 academic programs are offered on-site in their entirety by of the most distinguished universities in the Mid-Atlantic Region ranging from Johns Hopkins University to the University of Maryland at College Park, George Washington University, Towson University, and the Catholic University of America.

Located in two modern hi-tech buildings designed for graduate and technology education, SMHEC is located just six miles north of the NAS Pax River. The SMHEC campus is within the Wildewood Technology and Professional Park, at 44219 Airport Road. For additional information about degree program admissions, call 301-737-2500 or visit the SMHEC Web site at Approved degree programs at SMHEC include:

Johns Hopkins University (at SMHEC)

Johns Hopkins University has master's degree programs offered in Systems Engineering and Technical Management, in School Counseling and in Clinical Community Counseling. Also offered is a Post-Masters Certificate in Clinical Community Counseling.

University of Maryland College Park (at SMHEC)

UMCP presents ten master's degrees in Engineering, and nine graduate certificates in Engineering. Offered is the Professional Masters of Engineering with Options in Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Reliability Engineering, Sustainable Energy Engineering, Systems Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Project Management. Four course Graduate Certificates in Engineering are offered in all these options in Aerospace Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering (Energy and the Environment Core), Nuclear Engineering, Reliability Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Project Management, Systems Engineering, plus Software Engineering. Two new B. S. degree completion programs are offered in conjunction with the Patuxent NAS in Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering: Aero Track.

Capitol College (at SMHEC)

Three Bachelor completion degree programs are offered, including a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, a B.S. in Computer Engineering and a B.S. in Computer Science. These are offered as upper level Bachelor completion degrees. Also offered are a B.S. in Business Administration, a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and an M.S. in Information Assurance.

Towson State University (at SMHEC)

Degree programs in education and human resource development are offered, including a Master of Education in Reading, a Master of Education in Early Childhood Education and an M.S. in Math Education: Middle School track. They also offer an M.S. in Human Resource Development with an Educational Leadership Track. Also offered is a Post Masters Certification in Administration and Supervision.

Catholic University of America (at SMHEC)

The Catholic University of America offers a part-time, Saturday Master of Social Work that is a four-year program. It includes internships in local area social service organizations.

University of Maryland University College (at SMHEC)

A Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Management is offered and a B.S. degree in Business Administration that has an additional option in Small Business and Entrepreneurship. A B.S. in Management Studies is also offered. These are Bachelor's completion programs offering the two years of upper-level courses on-site at SMHEC.

George Washington University (at SMHEC)

Two Ph.D. degrees in Systems Engineering or Engineering Management are offered by the George Washington University (GWU) School of Engineering and Applied Science. After completing ten required courses and passing the doctoral qualifying examination, the students write an original dissertation in either Systems Engineering or Engineering Management. A new Executive Leadership Doctoral program from the Department of Human and Organizational Learning at GWU is also offered.

Gratz College (at SMHEC)

An M.A. in Education with a Concentration in Instruction is offered in a double weekend format for each three credit course in Fall and Spring, and in a one-week full day format in the Summer semester.

Notre Dame of Maryland University [formerly College of Notre Dameof Maryland] (at SMHEC)

The Notre Dame of Maryland University offers Master's degree programs in leadership and management, contemporary communication and education. The M.A. in Leadership and Management has nine core courses and at SMHEC individualized concentrations in Information Systems, Individualized Specialization, and Project Management. The Contemporary Communication Masters program is online with courses in Computer Studies, Communications, Philosophy, Art, Interdisciplinary Studies and English.

A Ph.D. in Instructional Leadership for Changing Populations is also available at SMHEC with this University. An M.A. in Teaching prepares graduates for initial teaching positions and includes Certification in Early Childhood Education, Elementary or Secondary Education. A separate ACT program offers accelerated certification without the need to complete a Master's degree. An M.A. in Leadership in Teaching offers concentrations in: Administration and Supervision; Special Education; Reading Specialist; Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages; and Library Media. Graduate Certification Programs are also offered in these concentration subjects. A Post Masters Certificate of Advanced Study in Education in Instructional Leadership (CASE) is also available.

College of Southern Maryland

301-934-2251, 240-725-5300

The fifth largest community college in the state, the College of Southern Maryland is a thriving regional college committed to affordable tuition, workforce development and cultural enrichment. An open-door, public institution, CSM helps individuals attain their educational goals at locations in La Plata, Leonardtown, Lexington Park, Prince Frederick and Waldorf.

Located in the heart of historic Leonardtown, the Leonardtown Campus has seen a 50 percent increase in student enrollment since fall 1995 with 2,004 students attending in Fall 2005. The campus consists of three buildings, which provide science labs including advanced technology, electronics, chemistry, physics, biology, microbiology/anatomy and physiology as well as a wellness center and auditorium available for student and community use.

Leonardtown's facilities provide space for CSM to further develop its articulation programs with the St. Mary's County public school system, as well as centralize the college's course offerings. Building features include classrooms and specialized rooms for computer graphics and telecommunications. New programs at the Leonardtown Campus include CSM's Information Services Technology: Wireless Communications Degree Pathway and the MCSE Server 2003, one of the most widely recognized technical certifications in the industry. Other continuing education course additions at the Leonardtown Campus feature an expanded Kids' and Teens' College and a new series of Adult PLUS classes. With more than 50 summer enrichment offerings, the Kids' and Teens' College programs allow children to design an entire day specific to their interests in a fun, active, learning environment. Kids' College also includes extended day care options for working parents. Adult PLUS classes enable active adults to enrich their lives with quality, convenient and affordable personal enrichment programs through luncheon lectures and various classes. Driver education training is also provided at the Leonardtown campus.

One of every two credit students attending CSM plans to transfer and pursue a bachelor's degree. CSM offers an array of associate's degree programs and brokers four-year degree programs locally through partnerships with colleges and universities. Local to the St. Mary's community are articulated bachelor's degree programs in business administration with the University of Baltimore and computer science with St. Mary's College of Maryland.

For eight of the last 10 years, CSM has remained one of the top three community colleges in Maryland for its four-year graduation and transfer rates among first-time, full-time entering freshmen classes.

With more than 21,000 students, CSM is growing to meet the community's needs. The college has recently dedicated the 10,000-square-foot St. Charles Children's Learning Center and an expanded Physical Education Center at the La Plata campus. The flagship building at the new Prince Frederick campus opened in fall 2005, and renovations of the Wellness Center at Leonardtown are in the planning stages.

CSM facilitates work force development and a strong connection to the region's business community through its Corporate and Community Training Institute. CCTI demonstrates a history of addressing the specialized needs of the local business community. The Lexington Park Training Center is ideally located outside NAS Pax River on Shangri-La Drive and offers programs for local businesses and individuals who are in need of professional, convenient and reasonably priced training. Various training options are conveniently delivered in ways to fit anyone's busy schedule, and can be tailored to meet specific business performance needs.

For information about programs at the Leonardtown Campus, call 240-725-5300 or visit