Workforce Continuing Education Programs

Workforce Continuing Education Programs encompass five areas providing education and training for individuals to prepare for new employment or upgrade skills in their current employment. These opportunities are available through single courses or a series of courses specifically designed for an occupation. A significant number of courses are offered to meet licensure or certification requirements. 

Business & Hospitality Training helps businesses operate more efficiently, increase productivity, and provide superb customer service- all of which increase profits. The hospitality industry is a multi-billion dollar industry that capitalizes on customer’s leisure time and disposable income, providing multiple career options. This program focuses on technology marketing and communications, business office solutions, lodging/restaurant hospitality, craft beverage and outdoor recreation skills. Professional skills gained in this program are comprehensive, allowing flexibility to transfer into any career within a variety of industry sectors. Students can enter into a new career, advance within their current career, or explore emerging technologies that may lead to a career change. 

Computer & Online Training encompasses a variety of skills and disciplines including Networking, Accounting, Grant Writing, Teaching & Education, Nonprofit, Business, Computers & Technology and even Healthcare. We offer both, on-site and online courses that provide a wealth of knowledge and skills specific to software and operating systems. All online courses have an instructor who is readily available to answer questions via the Discussion Area of the online course. This program is dedicated to helping students enhance their technology skills and attain job placement or advancement. 

Health Occupations includes training in healthcare professions such as Nurse Aide I, Nurse Aide II, Medication Aide, Modular Education Program for Activity Professionals, Ophthalmic Assisting, Medical Terminology Made Easy, Veterinary and Dental Radiology. Students successfully completing the Nurse Aide I program and state exam will be listed on the North Carolina state registry for Nurse Aides. Additional courses are offered to professionals to include Mental Health First Aide. 

Human Resources Development (HRD) classes focus on short-term basic employability skills training such as computer skills, job search, resumes, interviewing and introduction classes about local industry employment needs. These introduction classes highlight the basic skills and education level needed in healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing and other skilled trades to help students make informed decisions about their career choices. Classes are fee waived for unemployed and underemployed adults. 

Occupational & Skilled Trades provides training for individuals to prepare for employment in industrial and technical fields, as well as upgrade the skills of individuals in their current career. Classes are available to train Code Enforcement Officials, to conduct Mechanical, Building, Electrical, and Fire Inspections. Courses are offered regularly to meet certification requirements for employment in careers such as automotive, escort vehicle operator, substitute teacher, human services, and electrical contractors. For those who like to work with their hands and enjoy building or fixing problems, hands-on classes are conducted by industry experts for learning blacksmithing, welding, woodworking, HVAC, electrical, and masonry skills. To encourage our community to live more sustainably, workshops are available in permaculture, green building, small scale living, and energy efficiency.