ACC General Catalog 1999-2000

Alternative Credit

Workforce Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning

Workforce Training and Continuing Education

Programs are open to all individuals who wish to improve their job, career, or personal skills. These include career, business, and professional development courses; and apprenticeship and journeyworker training. Many courses have prerequisites or special requirements, as listed in the ACC course schedules.


Apprenticeships. A range of apprenticeship programs are registered with the U.S. Department of Labor.

Carpenter (4 years)
Drywall (4 years)
Electrician (4 and 5 years)
Flooring Installer (3 years)
Iron Worker (3 years)
Masonry (3 years)
Plumber and Pipefitter (4 years)
Sheet Metal Worker (4 years)
Sprinkler Fitter (4 years)

Business Development. From business planning to financial management to marketing, Continuing Education offers programs designed to help businesses survive, grow, and prosper.

Career Development. A wide array of courses designed to help individuals enter and advance in their chosen career fields.

Career advancement courses help individuals to enhance their professions and to meet the continuing education requirements of their professions.

Computer training courses provide practical, hands-on instruction for both new and experienced users. Courses range from computer fundamentals to web authoring, from software programming to AutoCAD training. Austin Community College has earned the designation as a Premier AutoCAD Training Center.

Job Entry Preparation courses prepare individuals for entry into occupations and to create interest in pursuing new careers.

Health Care Programs are designed to meet the continuing education requirements for the professional who is already employed in the health care system. Opportunities are also available for entry level training for those individuals who are seeking entry into the healthcare workforce.

Personal Development. Continuing Education offers avocational courses to enhance personal development, promote enrichment, improve health, and provide opportunities to enjoy new experiences.

Customized Training Programs

Customized Training provides contract training, educational and related services to meet the needs of individual organizations, including business, industry, government, and professional associations. These programs address areas such as technical skills, management and supervision, employability skills, workplace literacy, English-as-a-second language, and other skills to improve job performance and productivity. Offered days, evenings, and weekends, these programs can be offered either on-site or at Austin Community College, for college credit or alternative credit. Customized Training also provides job profiling and assessment services (see WorkKeys Service Center and Highland Business Center below) that meet the needs of its clients.

Contracted programs are open and available to the client's employees in accordance with the terms of the training agreement. On-site college credit courses may be open to the public or reserved for a client's employees. The ACC course schedule lists those organizations hosting on-site credit instruction that welcome public attendance.


Registration for Continuing Education courses is on-going, continuing until a course is filled or until it begins.

To register by mail, complete the Continuing Education registration coupon that is provided in the ACC Course Schedule. Mail the coupon to the Highland Business Center, along with a check or money order for the full amount of the tuition and fees.
To register in person, go to the Continuing Education Registration Office in ACC's Highland Business Center. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MasterCard, VISA, and Discover Card are accepted.

Refund of Tuition and Fees, Continuing Education Courses

All refund requests must be authorized in the Continuing Education office. Refund checks are issued by the Business Office. Refunds are made under the following conditions:

1. A 100% refund if the class is canceled.
2. A 75% refund if the student drops the course and

if the class has

and the refund request is submitted

1 or 2 class meetings

before the 1st class meeting;

3 or 4 class meetings

before the 2nd class meeting;

5 or more class meetings

before the 3rd class meeting.

3. A 100% refund if the College has made an error or if the withdrawal takes place within a condition designated in the previous section and if:

a. The student or spouse is required by an employer to move to a new location;
b. The parent of a minor student is required by an employer to move to a new location;
c. The student, spouse or dependent suffers serious physical or mental disability that prevents the student from attending class or interferes with the student's ability to progress. If a student's tuition and fees are paid by a sponsor, the student may not be eligible for a refund.
4. Failure to attend a course does not entitle a student to a transfer or a refund unless proper procedures and deadlines as outlined above are followed.

Drops and Transfers/Continuing Education

In order to drop a course and receive a refund, students must adhere to the guidelines identified in the refund policy. To transfer from one course to another, the student must apply in person or by telephone, meeting the same deadlines used under "Refunds, Item 2". The transfer option is limited and additional transfers are at the sole option of the college. Students may not transfer from a Continuing Education course to a college credit course or vice versa.

 Textbooks and Supplies/Continuing Education

Some courses require textbooks, which can be purchased at the ACC Bookstore, located at 817 West 12th Street. Other courses may require special supplies. Generally, such requirements are announced at the first class meeting.

 Highland Business Center

Austin Community College's Highland Business Center is designed to serve business, industry, government, associations, other educational organizations, and the general public. This 45,000 square foot facility provides multi-purpose training and meeting rooms, computer labs, electronic labs, health care labs, and two-way interactive classrooms, all with teleconferencing capabilities.

 WorkKeys Service Center and Highland Assessment Center

The WorkKeys Service Center provides job and occupational profiling to determine the skills needed for successful employment, and assessment of individuals' skill levels to help in determining the education and training they need to meet these standards. The Highland Assessment Center provides additional career and placement assessment services to individuals and organizations. Individuals who desire further education and training are linked to the appropriate learning opportunities throughout Austin Community College. 

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