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MI-BEST

Maryland Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training

The MI-BEST Certificate Courses are perfect for students whose English skills are high intermediate or more advanced, but still need improvement. This course has a test that if passed, will provide students with an industry-specific, nationally recognized certification. Many courses finish with job fairs and connections to employers looking to hire graduates.

With a certification in a specific industry, students’ likelihood of finding a higher-paying job is strong. Students may also want to enroll in other classes in the field or take other credit classes.

COVID notice:  You must show proof of vaccination when you register for an on-campus course or take a placement test. 

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MI-BEST Classes

To determine if you qualify, you must attend a registration/orientation.

At registration/orientation sessions, you will learn more about what to expect from the specific course. Potential students take an English test, if needed, and participate in a short interview. The test and interview will tell us your level of English and what classes will best help you in your career. Potential students are then contacted within two weeks to inform them whether or not they are in the class. Students are required to attend an assignment session to receive their class assignment.

Please note: There are two classes with similar names.
  • Certificate for Apartment Maintenance Technician/CAMT, which focus on maintenance
  • National Apartment Leasing Certificate Program/NALP for ESOL Students, which focuses on skills to work in the leasing office
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Certificate for Apartment Maintenance Technician (CAMT)
  • Do you want to learn what it takes to get a good job in a growing industry, but you need help with English, math or reading?
  • Enhance your professional growth in the apartment industry by earning a Certificate for Apartment Maintenance Technician (CAMT), a program that can take your career to the next level!  You will improve your English, math, reading, study, computer, and work-related skills while learning how to maintain and repair: apartment interior and exterior, electrical systems, plumbing, HVAC, and appliances.
  • Program Requirements:
    • You must be a Maryland resident
    • Must have a high school diploma
    • You must need help with English, reading, and/or math skills
    • You must be ready to study hard and to work in building trade industry
  • Class Location:
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  • Online Registration/Orientation Sessions (required)
    • Select one, and register online for the Fall 2022 CAMT placement testnew window
      • Wednesday,  August 10, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
      • Wednesday,  August 24, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
      • Friday,  September 9, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
      • Sunday,  September 11, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Class Dates & Times:
    • October 2, 2022 to November 30, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Cost: TBA
  • View CAMT flyer (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)
Fall 2022 CAMT Orientation Session & Application Form  

 

Two pharmacy technicians reviewing medications on the shelves
Pharmacy Technician Training for ESOL Students

Are you ready to begin a career as a pharmacy technician and improve your English? In this program you will improve your English, math, reading, study, computer, and work-related skills. Learn the skills needed to work as a pharmacy technician in hospitals, pharmacies, and other healthcare facilities.

Program Requirements:

To apply for this course, you must:

  • Be interested in getting a job as a pharmacy technician.
  • Want or need to improve English skills.
  • Attend the online information sessionnew window and take all required tests.
  • Be a Maryland resident.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Be eligible to work in the USA.

Register for Fall Pharmacy Technician Training Information Session

 

Certified Nursing Assistant
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)  Geriatric Nursing Assistant (GNA)

Improve your English, math, reading, study computer, and work-related skills. Learn how to take care of patients and residents in a clinical setting and how to take blood pressure, feed and bathe patients, use CPR if a person is having a heart attack or not breathing, help patients move safely, work with medical records and medical technology, and work as part of a healthcare team of professionals.

Program Requirements:
  •  You must be ready to study hard and to work in health care.
  •  You must need help with English, reading, and/or math skills.
  •  Must have high school diploma.
  • You must be a Maryland resident.
  • Location:
    • Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus. Cafritz Building, 930 King Street, Takoma Park, MD 20910. 
  • Online Registration and Mandatory Orientation & Testing Schedule: 
    • Select one:
      • Tuesday, August 9, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
      • Sunday, August 14, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
      • Friday,  September 2, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Course Dates and Times:
    • October 3, 2022 - December 9, 2022, Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • View MIBEST CNA Flyer (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)
Fall 2022 MIBEST CNA/GNA Orientation Session & Application Form
EKG technician and a patient
Electrocardiograph Technician (EKG)

Improve your English, math, reading, study, computer, and work-related skills. Learn the function and proper use of the EKG machine, and how to perform electrocardiograms. Prepare to take the Electrocardiograph (EKG) Technician exam and work as part of a healthcare team of professionals. EKG technicians work in physician offices, hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare facilities. Read the Printable Flyer for EKG (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) .

  • Location:
    • Montgomery College, Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, Cafritz Building 239, 930 King Street, Takoma Park, MD 20910
  • Registration and Mandatory Orientation & Testing Schedule
    • January 15, 2020, 6 p.m.
  • Course Dates and Times: 
    • February - June 2020, Monday - Thursday, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Costs:
    • Program is free for those who qualify and meet the eligibility requirements
 
Early Childhood Education Training for ESOL students.
Early Childhood Education Training for ESOL Students

Do you want a good job in the growing field of childcare and need help with your English  language skills? ESOL Early Childhood Training printable flyer (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)

The EARN Early Childhood Education grant-funded program will prepare students to work in a variety of childcare settings with children from infancy through age eight. The curriculum consists of seven early childhood education courses, three ESOL courses, and a series of career readiness workshops to prepare you for the workforce. These noncredit courses may be applied towards the 120 clock class hours required for the Child Development Associate (CDA) national credential

This program will help you to:

  • Satisfy the MSDE state requirements to work in childcare in the state of Maryland.
  • Get started on earning credits in the Early Childhood Education program at Montgomery College!
Program Requirements:
To apply for this course you must:
  • have a genuine interest in childcare
  • be a Maryland resident
  • have a HS diploma or equivalent
  • to be eligible to work in the US
  • want or need to improve English skills
  • meet assessment requirements
  • want to make more money
This program is only offered once a year. 

How to Apply:

Step 1:  Attend an Information and Assessment Session

You must attend an information and assessment session to be considered. Please register for ONE of the  sessions below:

  1. Monday, July 11, 2022, 11:00 a.m. -1:30 p.m. Register for the July 11th Session
  2. Friday, July 15, 2022, 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Register for the July 15th Session
  3. Tuesday, July 26, 2022, 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Register for the July 26th Session. 

Step 2: Fill out the Application Form

  • Complete the EARN Early Childhood Education Training application form. Click on the purple button  below: 
EARN Early Childhood Education Application Form

 

Course Dates and times: 

The program will run from August 2022 to May 2023.  

Questions? MAECE@montgomerycollege.edu

Apartment Leasing Certificate
National Apartment Leasing Certificate Program for ESOL Students. (NALP)

Do you want to earn a certification in the apartment leasing field? Are you interested in improving your English and workplace readiness skills for careers in the residential property management industry? Read the printable flyer for the NALP Certificate program (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) .

  • Location
    • Montgomery College, Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, Cafritz Building 230, 930 King Street, Takoma Park, MD 20910
  • Registration and Mandatory Orientation & Testing Schedule
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  • Course Dates and Times
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  • Costs:
    • Program is free for those who qualify and meet the eligibility requirements