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Garrett College Launches Five Tailored Programs to Meet Diverse Student Needs

Garrett College is proud to announce the approval of five innovative programs, each meticulously crafted to cater to specific segments of the student population. With a focus on flexibility, career readiness, and addressing industry demands, these programs promise to redefine educational opportunities for learners of all backgrounds.

Starting from the upcoming fall semester, Garrett College will roll out an array of offerings, ranging from retooled degrees to specialized certificates, ensuring that every student finds their path to success.

1. Professional & Technical Studies Degree:

  • The revamped Professional & Technical Studies degree, now more flexible and inclusive, targets individuals with existing licensure or certifications, as well as working professionals keen on advancing their careers.
  • Julie Yoder, the dean of continuing education and workforce development at Garrett College, highlights the program’s adaptability, allowing students to tailor their technical coursework to align with their career aspirations.

2. Health & Exercise Science Degree:

  • The Health & Exercise Science degree equips students with a comprehensive understanding of health and fitness principles, preparing them for a variety of careers in the thriving health industry.
  • Christa Bowser, GC’s chief academic officer, emphasizes the program’s relevance in today’s competitive market, offering students a solid foundation in anatomy, physiology, and exercise science.

3. Addictions Counseling Certificate:

  • Tailored for credentialled professionals seeking specialization, the Addictions Counseling Certificate addresses the specific requirements for Certified Supervised Counselor-Alcohol and Drug (CSC-AD) certification.
  • Christa Bowser underscores the certificate’s significance, particularly for individuals aiming to pursue licensure and certification with the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists.

4. Health Science Certificate:

  • The Health Science Certificate provides students with an academic groundwork essential for further studies or a career transition into specialized health programs.
  • Christa Bowser highlights the certificate’s role in facilitating seamless transitions for students pursuing advanced studies in health-related fields.

5. Engineering, Robotics & Technology Certificate:

  • Exclusive to Garrett County Public Schools (GCPS) students, the Engineering, Robotics & Technology Certificate offers a hands-on learning experience, preparing students for the dynamic field of engineering and technology.
  • This initiative demonstrates Garrett College’s commitment to fostering partnerships with local institutions and nurturing the next generation of engineering talent.

As Garrett College embraces this exciting chapter of expansion and innovation, prospective students are encouraged to explore these diverse offerings and embark on a journey of academic and professional growth. For more information on these programs and how to enroll, visit the Garrett College website.

Garrett College continues to be a beacon of educational excellence, dedicated to empowering students and serving the evolving needs of the community.

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Jay Ferguson

Who I Am My name is Jay Ferguson, and I am a lifelong resident of the Deep Creek Lake area. I am also co-owner of the real estate side of Taylor Made. I have been in the real estate business for 21+ years now and I LOVE what I do! I have to say, my career really took off when I co-founded the real estate side of Taylor Made in 2014. Its been an amazing experience, building a real estate company from the ground up and achieving so much so quickly! In August 2016, we purchased Long & Foster Real Estate Deep Creek, where I had started my career in 2000. In 2018, we on-boarded virtually every agent from Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty as they closed up shop and the real estate family grew even more! We now have over 40 sales agents and have expanded to West Virginia and Pennsylvania, as well. Taylor Made is the #1 vacation rental company at Deep Creek with over 475 vacation rental homes, and over one hundred thousand yearly visitors. Its amazing what we have accomplished using the principles of honesty, teamwork and customer service! Personally, my wife Jessica and I enjoy traveling and especially spending time in the outdoors, hiking and exploring the many diverse areas that Garrett County is naturally blessed with. We have raised two wonderful children here, Kayleah (22) and Noah (13). In the summer, we love spending time on the water with friends & family and enjoying the lake life! We are both active in our church, our community & local school activities, and we fill our schedule with plenty of volunteer efforts. I currently serve on the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity. I am proud to say that I was named Deep Creek Time’s Favorite ‘Community Champion’ in 2019. I was also named Garrett County Realtor of the Year in 2018-19, as well. I really enjoy promoting my hometown. I am very proud of the resort area that has developed over my lifetime and look forward to growing the area even more! Deep Creek Lake has been described as ‘The Lake Tahoe of the east', and I think that speaks volumes about the potential to own property here! Deep Creek Lake isn't really a town or city by itself; it's comprised of three towns: Oakland, Swanton & McHenry, Maryland. I am very passionate about my hometown and am impressed with how many people know about it as we travel around the country. Deep Creek Lake is an amazing place to visit and even better place to live! During the pandemic in 2020, our market exploded and more and more people left their primary residence in the city to live here permanently. With distance learning in schools and tele-commuting becoming the ‘norm’, many more people were drawn to the area to ‘live where they love to play’. Why You Want Me Working for You: In addition to being an owner, I am consistently one of the top-producing agents in the entire area and the Associate Broker of record for Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales. I have 21+ years of experience and I am a problem solver. There aren’t many situations that I have not encountered and I have a strategy for almost every scenario that you may encounter. I have extensively trained in all areas of real estate & emerging technologies, and also have trained as an appraiser, as well as served as a full-time Broker. I have a strong knowledge of the industry, as well as many trusted local contacts & affiliations that allow me to perform at a very high level and deliver results. I have a great deal of respect for my peers in this industry and have strong working relationships that I would love to put to work for you. Call me to discuss your situation - I know I can be of great service to you & others you care about! Honesty. Integrity. Results.