New Director At Ccc

September 26, 1990

WESTMINSTER - Karen Merkle has been appointed director of Continuing Education and Community Services at Carroll Community College.

For the past year, she has acted as interim director, replacing Andrew Meyer.

Prior to becoming director, Merkle served as coordinator of Community Services, developing non-credit courses and programs to meet the educational needs of community organizations, agencies and special populations.

A Westminster resident, Merkle earned a bachelor of arts degree in physical education from Western Maryland College in 1976.

She taught health and physical education classes at CCC from 1976, the college's first year of operation, until 1979.

She received her master of arts degree at the University of Maryland, College Park, in health education with an emphasis in gerontology and stress management, and has taken additional course work in counseling at Johns Hopkins University.

Prior to returning to CCC in 1988, Merkle served as coordinator of continuing education at Howard Community College, coordinator of senior programs at the Carroll County Office on Aging, and a training coordinator for the Job Training Partnership Program.

At CCC, Merkle's goals for 1990-1991 for the Office of Continuing Education/Community Services include expanding customized training for local business and industry and increasing course offerings in computer applications and in occupational areas that require continuing education for licensure or certification.

"Lifelong learning is no longer just a concept, it is an absolute necessity if we are to successfully meet the challenges that will confront our community in the 1990s and into the next century," Merkle said.

"The continual retraining of workers will be essential if we are to keep pace with rapidly changing technology and maintain an adequately prepared work force."

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