Continuing Education

As part of its mission, Austin Community College offers non-credit continuing education programs 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 Continuing Education course schedule.

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

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

Professional Continuing Education.
ACC offers a wide array of courses designed to help individuals enter and advance in their chosen career fields. Courses include accounting, aviation, insurance, law, real estate, and professional development, among many.

The High Technology Institute includes computer training courses that 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. The premier Technical Certification Programs include Cisco, Oracle, Linux, CompTIA, SPSS and Microsoft.

Job Entry Preparation
courses prepare individuals for entry into occupations and to create interest in pursuing new careers. Included are automotive technology, building construction, electronics, HVAC , horticulture and landscaping, and professional truck driver training.

The Health Professions Institute is 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.

Community Programs. ACC offers the Senior Academy, Zig Ziglar training, the Austin Quality Institute, personal enrichment and developmental courses, the State Theater School of Acting, the Armstrong Community Music School of the Austin Lyric Opera, summer youth camps and the ACT Center for on-line learning.

Small Business Development Center. This center offers business counseling, loan application assistance, and seminars on topics related to successful business operations. The ACC SBDC assists small companies in every phase of the business life cycle.

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 CEU credit. 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.

Registration
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 Continuing Education Course Schedule. Mail the coupon to the Highland Business Center, along with a check, money order or credit card information 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 or the Downtown Education Center. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Highland Business Center is also open on Saturdays, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Downtown Education Center is open Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon. MasterCard, VISA, and Discover Card are accepted.
  • To register by phone with a credit card, see the automated registration instructions in the CE course schedule or call 223-7542.

Refund of Tuition and Fees, Continuing Education Courses
The ACC Continuing Education refund policy is: 100% prior to the weekday before the first class day. 100% if class is canceled by ACC. After classes begin see the table below.

Class Length in Weeks
Last day for 70% Refund
Last Day for 25% Refund
2 or fewer
2
N/A
3
3
4
4
4
5
5
5
6
6
5
7
7
7
9
8
8
10
9
9
11
10
9
12
11
10
14
12
12
15
13
13
16
14
13
17
15
14
19
16 or more
15
20
  • ACC mails refund checks to the address on file at the college. Check with continuing education registration staff to verify current and accurate information. Please allow 4-6 weeks for processing.
  • Credit card refunds will appear on your monthly statement as soon as possible after the official reporting date. You are responsible for interest charged to the credit card account while the refund is processed.
  • ACC charges a $25 processing fee for any refunds that are reissued.

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 listed under “Refunds.” 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 Bookstores. Other courses may require special supplies. Generally, such requirements are announced at the first class meeting.

Highland Business Center & Downtown Education Center
Austin Community College’s Highland Business Center and the new Downtown Education Center are designed to serve business, industry, government, associations, other educational organizations, and the general public. Both facilities provide multipurpose training and meeting rooms, computer labs, electronic labs, health care labs, and two-way interactive classrooms, all with teleconferencing capabilities. Room rental rates are available on the ACC web site at www2.austin.cc.tx.us/ce.

 

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