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Frostburg State University Institutes Certificate Programs in Specialized Areas

Frostburg State University has instituted a number of new certificate programs designed to provide specialized knowledge that will either enhance a student's undergraduate degree program or provide community members with skills that can be useful in employment.

Programs have been designed in computer science, graphic arts and psychology. The four computer science certificates are designed for increasingly higher skill levels, from the computer novice trying to gain employment skills to a computer professional seeking to update his or her knowledge.

The certificates are Computing Technology, for beginners; Software Development, for students who have computing skills who want to learn the basics of programming; Programming, for students who want to learn both a foundation in programming and working expertise in an object-oriented programming language (C++), and Networking, for those who have programming experience who want to develop expertise in network theory, design and application.

The visual arts certificate is in computer print graphics. For those focusing in the arts, the certificate program provides skills in the most popular computer graphic applications. For those focusing in computer science or mass communication, the certificate will provide a foundation in art. In addition to FSU's main campus, the certificate will be made available to students at the University System of Maryland Center in Hagerstown once it is completed.

The addictions counseling certificate is a companion to FSU's cooperative venture with Allegany College of Maryland to provide Maryland certification in addictions counseling. Testing, field work and other coursework are required for the state certification, but the FSU certificate provides a foundation in the principles.

Interested students are encouraged to apply soon. Non-degree seeking students must apply to FSU, showing proof of high school graduation or GED, and be admitted in a special non-degree status. High school students who have been approved for a dual enrollment program may also apply. Some programs may have additional requirements.

Certificates require at least 12 credits and will be recorded on an official FSU transcript. Credits are transferable, and if a non-degree student decides to pursue a degree, those credits will apply. The certificate programs have been approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission. All the certificate programs start with the fall 2001 semester.

"We haven't had anything like this before," said Dr. Mary Gartner, FSU's assistant provost. "We're hoping to reach more people in the surrounding community who haven't earned a bachelor's degree but want to further their education."

For more information on the certificate programs, contact the FSU Office of Enrollment Management at (301) 687-4201. For specific information on the computer certificates, contact Dr. Stephen C. Owens at (301) 687-4023. For the graphic arts certificate, call Dustin P. Davis at (301) 687-4351. For the addictions counseling certificate, contact Dr. Ann Bristow at (301) 687-4446.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.

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Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

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