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The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) has campuses in Hughesville, La Plata, Leonardtown, and Prince Frederick, Maryland. It offers several programs to prepare younger learners between the ages of 7 and 17 for high school, college, and later careers. This article will discuss two programs CSM offers and the courses in those programs.

Kids’ & Teen College Classes

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CMS offers young learners virtual classes, which provide youths an opportunity to start thinking about job fields that might interest them. This program gives students the flexibility to learn at home and helps them get a head start in a career path they might want to pursue. After all, it’s never too early to start considering what you want to do! Then, once the students reach college, they might have a better idea of which major to pick.

Organizational & Study Skills Class

This class helps youths develop skills such as time management and organization, which are vital for university. In this course, students are able to develop routines that fit their learning style, learn how to balance school and personal responsibilities, and enhance their school performance. This is open to students aged 12 to 17.

Coding Academy

This class teaches the basics of HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Python. It also provides an introduction to the fields of programming, design, and coding. Students who enroll in this class may consider majoring in IT, computer science, and web development to name a few. 

Recording & Audio Engineering Class

For students interested in music production, this class provides an overview of how to use different audio equipment. Students can practice using recording materials and software in a recording session. They will learn popular software such as Pro Tools and Garageband to create and record music.

Mixing & Mastering Class

In this class, students practice editing a clip of audio using mixing methods such as EQ, audio balancing, and panning. Students are also introduced to routing, bussing, automation, and other mixing concepts. This class further prepares students for majors in music education and music production and engineering.

CSM’s Homeschool Courses

There are also homeschool classes available for learners between the ages of 7 and 17. CSM faculty and industry professionals teach these courses. The courses help expand young students’ education on core subjects. They also prepare students’ minds for more in-depth university classes they may take later in life. Here are a few courses offered:


The animal anatomy course exposes students to a variety of learning methods. These methods include reading exercises, writing and worksheet activities, group work, and labs. Students learn about the structure and function of animals’ bodies as well as how diseases affect different body systems.


There are two Spanish classes available – Elementary Spanish for ages between 7 and 10 and Basic Spanish for ages between 11 and 14. The Elementary course introduces students to the Hispanic and Latino culture. In both courses, students practice having conversations in Spanish and learn vocabulary and grammar. Spanish is a common language in the United States, second to English. So, exposing young learners to this language early on gives them a broader perspective that will help prepare them for university life, where cultural diversity is embraced. 

Computer Information

This course gives young students a taste of what college classes are like. Students work both independently and in groups and are assigned homework. Course concepts include cyber-ethics, HTML, and programming to name a few. This class is open to students between the ages of 14 and 17 and is a good introductory to IT, a growing field.

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