The School of Continuing Education and Workforce Development (CEWD) offers an extensive array of year around learning opportunities. Exciting, high quality courses and programs allow students of all ages and backgrounds to seek career training; earn academic credit towards a degree in Teacher Education or Hospitality; boost basic skills or learn English as a Second Language as well as enrich their lives through the pursuit of new interests. Many of these program areas receive grant support allowing tuition to remain highly affordable and in some cases classes are offered at no charge to qualifying students.
Day, evening and weekend courses are located at all college sites and over 100 other county locations. In addition, many classes are offered online.
In the area of workforce development, the CyberCenter and the Center for Workforce Solutions are leaders in the region’s economic well-being and advancement. These centers provide state-of-the-art training and business services to companies and organizations, entrepreneurs, and government agencies. Critical business skills such as cyber security, leadership, supervision and strategic planning as well as customized classes to meet individual employer needs are available. Training and services can also be brought right to an employer’s location. Contact the Center for Workforce Solutions at 410-777-2732 or visit the CWS website www.aacc.edu.cws and the CyberCenter at 410-777-1333 or visit the CyberCenter website www.aacc.edu/cybercenter to arrange for a consultative meeting or to obtain information about the full array of business services and training opportunities.
New award winning career training is always being added to the college schedules. Look for Casino Dealer School which prepares students to apply for a Maryland state dealer license in blackjack, craps, mini baccarat, roulette, poker, and Pai Gow. This training prepares students to become a table game dealer at any casino in Maryland. Classes are available mornings, afternoons and evenings. Learn more at www.aacc.edu/hcat/dealerschool.
There are also over 100 continuing education certificate programs which prepare students for work in a range of occupations including dental assistant, cyber analyst, truck driver and various other trades. Licensure and certification classes in areas such as child care, real estate and allied health are available. Learn more about these programs at www.aacc.edu/coned/certificates.
With courses for both the career changer as well as for personal growth and enrichment, the college has one of the largest and most varied programs just for adults ages 50 and up in the state. Classes are offered at local Senior Centers as well as at the Arnold campus. Individuals age 60 and older may be eligible for free tuition. Information is available through the LifeStages Center on Aging office and at www.aacc.edu/seniors.
The college also has a year around program for Kids in College. Classes range from science and technology to theater and sports for the student seeking either enrichment or advancement in a subject area. In addition, programming is run each summer in a camp format in both full and half-day formats. See www.aacc.edu/kic.
For more information on the School of Continuing Education and Workforce Development see www.aacc.edu/cewd or contact the Instructional Support Center at 410-777-2325 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
AACC offers continuing education certificates to students who successfully complete a course or series of courses that result in improved skills or technical knowledge.
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Exam preparation training includes:
- Captain’s License: OUPV Six-Pack
- Human Resources Management (Professional in Human Resources/Senior Professional in Human Resources)
- HVACR (MD Journeyman and Master exams)
Training for professional certification and licenses includes:
- American Culinary Federation Chef Certifications
- American Welding Society: Shielded Metal and Gas Arc
- Assisted Living Manager
- Certified Employee Benefit Specialist
- Insurance Agent: Property and Casualty
- Maryland Child Care Certification
- Photovoltaic Installation Preparation
- Real Estate Agent
- Real Estate Appraiser
- ServSafe® Certificate
Technology training for certification exam preparation includes:
All CEWD courses serve the diverse learning needs and interests of county adults and children of all ages and backgrounds. For a current listing of classes and registration information, refer to the most recent schedule of noncredit classes or visit the continuing education website www.aacc.edu/cewd.
Center on Aging
AACC’s Center on Aging is nationally known and each year offers hundreds of classes for thousands of middle-aged and older adults.
LifeStages is a program for middle-aged and older adults. Courses focus on topics such as career transitions and enhancement, caring for aging parents, new technology and challenges and opportunities unique to older adults. For more information call 410-777-1184 or visit www.aacc.edu/lifestages.
AACC offers noncredit courses in health and wellness, art, history, computers, languages, literature and more. Classes are held at area senior centers and the Arnold campus. Quarterly registration fee is required and the tuition portion of course cost is waived for those 60 and over. For information call 410-777-1319 or visit www.aacc.edu/seniors.
Peer Learning Partnership
The Peer Learning Partnership (PLP) is a community of peers who, in partnership with the college, develop and facilitate seminar style courses designed for intellectual development, cultural stimulation and personal growth. Students must join the Peer Learning Partnership before registering for the PLP classes. For more information, call 410-777-1806 or visit www.aacc.edu/plp.
Guild for LIFE
The Guild for LIFE (Learning is For Everyone) sponsors this series of lecture and tours. Lectures occur on the first Tuesday of each month, and tours take place the following week. Members help choose the area sites to tour and educational presentations that precede them. Transportation is provided and entrance fees and meals are additional. For more information, call 410-777-2884 or visit www.aacc.edu/guild.
Center for Workforce Solutions
The Center for Workforce Solutions (CWS) offers a full complement of training and business solutions to area businesses, government agencies and other organizations.
CWS conducts client outreach to the business and public sectors to develop relationships that yield education and training services targeted to customer needs. Center staff members assist organizations in assessing their needs and developing a results-oriented plan of action. Clients may choose from nationally recognized curriculum or work with CWS staff to design curriculum to meet their strategic business goals or workforce development needs. For groups of employees seeking to attain a degree or certificate or build upon credits already earned, CWS can facilitate the entire process from enrollment through graduation. In many instances, this can be achieved on-site at the client’s location. CWS also provides a continuous learning approach which includes assessments, on the job reinforcement tools and measurement of participant behavioral changes.
In addition to consultative and business services, CWS offers training in the following areas:
- Critical business skills (such as communication, customer service, diversity, leadership, time management, sexual harassment prevention, etc.)
- Command Spanish®
- Computer technology
- Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics
- Hotel, culinary arts and tourism
- Health care and first responders
- Project management
Training is also available upon request in many other instructional areas not listed above.
Training may be as short as a few hours or span several months depending on organizational goals and workforce development needs. Classes can be delivered at the client’s place of business, online or at one of AACC’s three convenient locations in Arnold, Glen Burnie or Hanover. Instructional formats vary to best match employees’ learning styles. Instructors are content experts and excellent learning facilitators who combine outstanding academic credentials and teaching experiences with practical industry-based knowledge.
The Center for Workforce Solutions maintains relationships with a network of organizations to augment funding and expertise, including the Maryland State Department of Business and Economic Development, the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation, the Chesapeake Regional Tech Council and the Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation. To arrange for a consultative meeting or to obtain information about the full array of business services and training opportunities, call 410-777-2732 or visit the CWS website www.aacc.edu/cws.
Continuing Professional Education (CPE)
Professionals can update skills or master new ones to meet certification, recertification, licensure or relicensure requirements. Classes focus on health care, business management and supervision, environmental studies, real estate, insurance and payroll. Classes meet weekdays, weeknights or Saturdays at convenient locations countywide. For information, call 410-777-2325.
Credit/Noncredit Share Classes
Credit/noncredit share classes at Anne Arundel Community College allow students the opportunity to enroll in selected credit classes as a noncredit student. Credit/noncredit share classes are designated in the schedule of classes by a symbol –. If you enroll as a noncredit student, you do not earn academic credit but may receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in designated courses. CEUs are a nationally recognized measure of skills or work-related training.
AACC’s CyberCenter is an information assurance and cybersecurity training resource for businesses, government organizations, nonprofits and other industry groups. As a leader in cybersecurity education, AACC established the CyberCenter to help increase the general cybersecurity awareness and technical capacity of the existing workforce. The CyberCenter does this by bringing the resources of the college directly to clients and delivering hands-on, job-relevant information assurance and cybersecurity training in formats that are minimally disruptive to the normal flow of business. The CyberCenter helps organizations develop a workforce that is: cybersecurity-aware, have the ability to operate, maintain, protect and defend information technology systems and networks, as well as investigate and analyze cyber events and crimes after they occur. Training is delivered at AACC’s state-of-the art Center for Cyber and Professional Training in Hanover, MD or at mutually agreed upon locations. Website: www.aacc.edu/cybercenter. Phone: 410-777-1333. Email: CyberCenter@aacc.edu
Cyber and Technology Training
Individuals can sharpen cyber skills through noncredit courses designed for working professionals looking to upgrade skills or specializations, students preparing for industry certifications, those looking to begin or change careers, and individuals who have personal goals to learn more about technology. Courses range from introductory level to advanced and meet during the day, evening, or weekends, online or at sites throughout the county.
- Certification Exam Preparation
- Cloud Computing
- Computer Software Applications
- Cybersecurity & Information Assurance
- Database Design & Development
- eLearning and Instructional Design
- Graphics, Web Design & Development
- Mobile Device Technologies
- Social Media Technology
- Project Management
For information, call 410-777-1333 or visit www.aacc.edu/it.
English Language Learning and Adult Education
The college provides instructional services at community learning centers and at many other sites countywide. Offerings include instruction in basic reading, writing and math; General Educational Development (GED), literacy instruction and English as a Second Language (ESL). ESL classes range from beginning to capstone skill levels in all areas. The department also offers a comprehensive, eight-course sequenced world language program called “Pathways to Proficiency” with course offerings in 11 languages. For information about ESL or world languages, call 410-777-2901 or visit the websites: www.aacc.edu/esl and www.aacc.edu/worldlanguage. For information about GED and Adult Basic Skills call 410-777-1823 or visit www.aacc.edu/basicskills.
Sales and Service Training Center at Arundel Mills
Anne Arundel Community College and the Arundel Mills Mall have partnered with the National Retail Federation Foundation to create the Sales and Service Training Center at Arundel Mills. The center provides an array of courses and services including an intensive sales and customer service training and refresher courses to meet the needs of the sales and service industry sectors. The training, based on national skill standards for customer service and sales, helps prepare participants for national certification as a professional in customer service. Other courses offered include Adult Basic Skills (ABS), General Educational Development (GED) and English as a Second Language (ESL). Additionally, the center provides assistance for job seekers and helps employers by assessing, training and referring work-ready candidates for available positions. For information call 410-777-1823 or visit www.aacc.edu/sstc.
Extended Learning launches special programs and initiatives that meet emerging community needs. Extended Learning also oversees instructional conferences. AACC partners with public and private groups and organizations to plan, coordinate and present educational conferences. The college provides facilities including teleconferencing capabilities, publicity, registration of participants, food services and qualified educators and speakers. For information, call 410-777-2625 or visit www.aacc.edu/conferences.
Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism Institute
The Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism Institute (HCAT) offers an array of credit degrees and certificates in the hospitality/culinary arts field, avocational programming, experiential learning, continuing professional education and customized contract training to meet the hospitality, culinary arts and tourism needs of students and the industry. In addition to credit degree and certificate programs, HCAT offers noncredit cooking and culinary classes for beginners as well as accomplished home cooks. HCAT has a 10,000 square-foot training facility in Glen Burnie with commercial kitchen labs and dedicated technology-smart classrooms. There are additional training facilities on the Arnold campus that include a baking/pastry kitchen lab, culinary kitchen lab, and wine demonstration room. The hotel/restaurant management degree and certificate programs are designated as statewide programs; therefore, students who live in Maryland counties where there is no public community college hotel/restaurant program may apply for a waiver of the out-of-county tuition differential for courses included in this program. For information about the world-class, high-quality programming and international learning experiences within the hotel, food/beverage, travel/tourism, and other hospitality-related industries, call 410-777-2398 or the toll-free hotline at 1-866-456-HCAT (4228) or visit our website at www.aacc.edu/hcat or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hcatinstitute.
Lifelong Learning offers avocational courses to meet the needs of the community. Courses include arts and crafts, photography, music, theater and dance. A comprehensive writing sequence, taught by professional writers, helps develop ideas from inception to publication. Community development needs are addressed through nonprofit and volunteer management courses as well as in historic preservation. Courses in holistic health, recreation and fitness, languages, personal finance as well as travel and special events add to personal enrichment and growth. For information, call 410-777-2325 or visit http://www.aacc.edu/lifelonglearning/.
AACC offers noncredit courses in many disciplines that are designed to enrich and empower women. Most courses are held evenings and weekends at the Arnold campus. For more information, call 410-777-2325 or visit www.aacc.edu/women.
Kids in College
Kids in College has courses open to all young people up to age 17. Courses include science, mathematics, culinary arts, computers, culture, dance, music, writing, history and sports. Summer camp offerings expand learning opportunities with courses offered as half- and full-day camps. Topics include space exploration, computers, dance, theater, environment, languages, and various sports. Before- and after-care is also available during the summer.
For information on all youth education offerings, call 410-777-2325 or visit www.aacc.edu/kic.
EXPLORE for Youth in Grades K-5
Since the mid-1980s EXPLORE has offered after-school and summer enrichment courses to gifted and talented elementary school students in partnership with Anne Arundel County Public Schools. Fall, winter and spring courses are held at the college as well as elementary schools and several outdoor sites. Study areas include writing and languages, math and science, art and theater. Summer courses focus on computers, space exploration and special topics such as art, math and microscope studies.
Middle School Scholars for Youth in Grades 6-8
In partnership with Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Middle School Scholars offers gifted middle school students special one day seminars on topics such as sciences, mathematics, environmental studies and theater arts. Courses are held at the Arnold campus.
The Office of Occupational Skills provides job training for students entering the workforce or changing careers. Training is available in the following areas:
Job training may be paid with Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funds (if eligible) and continuing education scholarship funds (if eligible).
Contract training for Job Corps and the Department of Corrections also is offered.
For information call 410-777-2447, 410-777-2917 or visit the website: www.aacc.edu/cewd.
AACC and its industry partners offer apprenticeships with the Independent Electrical Contractors/Chesapeake (IEC), the Associated Builders and Contractors Inc., Chesapeake chapter (ABC) and Maryland Plumbing and Heating Cooling Contractors (MDPHCC). Courses complement on-the-job training. For information, call 410-777-2917.
Teacher Education and Child Care Institute (TEACH)
The Teacher Education and Child Care Institute (TEACH) addresses the community’s need for additional qualified teachers and child care providers. All college credit and noncredit courses that prepare students for careers in teaching and child care or provide professional development to those already in these fields are brought together in the TEACH Institute. Experiential learning, continuing professional education and customized contract training are available to meet the needs of students and the community. For information call 410-777-2401 or visit www.aacc.edu/teach.
The Education Department offers an Early Childhood Development A.A.S. degree, a certificate and letters of recognition as well as teaching degrees (Elementary/Generic Special Education A.A.T., Early Childhood Education A.A.T., Secondary A.A.T, Pathway to Teaching Adults.). Maryland State Department of Education approved reading and other professional development courses are offered for credit.
Child Care Training
The TEACH Institute offers child care Pre-service/ credentialing courses approved by the Maryland State Department of Education Office of Child Care, continuing professional development courses, on-site training, conferences, consultations and a speaker’s bureau. Licensed child care providers can receive onsite consultations through AACC’s Behavioral Emotional Support and Training (BEST) program. For more information visit www.aacc.edu/childcare.
The Parenting Center
The Parenting Center at Anne Arundel Community College brings valuable family life courses and resources to busy parents and professionals. Courses are offered on campus and on-site at schools, community organizations and places of worship. Parents can also take advantage of our Parenting One-on-One program which provides individualized instruction enabling a greater degree of customization and flexibility in scheduling. For more information, call 410-777-2159 or visit www.aacc.edu/parenting