Six CSM Adult Education Learners Earn Certificates in Hospitality from the American Hotel and Lodging Association

Juana Mendoza, of Mexico, and Sabri Alawna, of the Palestinian Territory Occupied, recently earned certificates in hospitality through CSM's Adult Education program.

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 the American 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 Labor designated CSM to 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of these classes are offered in partnership with the Judy Centers and for students ages 18 years and older who have withdrawn from school.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 email