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 Corporate Training Group (CTG) is a leader in the region’s economic well-being and advancement. The group provides 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 Corporate Training Group at 410-777-2732 or visit the CTG website 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. Check out our Casino Dealer School which prepares students for certification in Blackjack, craps, mini baccarat, roulette, carnival games, poker, and pai gow, and employment as a table game dealer at any casino. Classes are available mornings, afternoons and evenings. Learn more at Dealer School.
To address the ever-changing training needs of individuals, from those new to using technology to experienced professionals including those in IT and cybersecurity, Cyber and Technology Training offers a dynamic array of courses, Spanning from computer fundamentals, 3D printing and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) to advanced computer programming or cybersecurity certification preparation, courses are offered to respond to the rapidly developing workplace and regional workforce demands.
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. Click Workforce Training Certificate if you are interested in pursuing one or see the list of program codes.
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.
The college also has year round classes for children through 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 Kids in College.
See School of Continuing Education and Workforce Development for more information 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 State Department of Education Office of Child Care Credentials
- National Restaurant Association Manage First Professional®
- Photovoltaic Installation Preparation
- Real Estate Agent
- Real Estate Appraiser
- ServSafe Alchohol ™
- ServSafe® Certificate
Cyber and 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 & Workforce Development website.
Center on Aging
The college has one of the nation’s largest and most varied programs for adults ages 55 and older. Courses focus on personal growth, life and work challenges, and personal enrichment. 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 Center on Aging office at 410-777-2171 or at the LifeStages website.
LifeStages is a program for middle-aged and older adults. Courses focus on topics such as career transitions, caring for aging parents, retirement planning, and challenges and opportunities unique to older adults. For more information call 410-777-1184 or visit LifeStages.
AACC offers noncredit courses in health and wellness, art, history, technology, 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 Seniors.
Peer Learning Partnership
A community of peers organized to develop opportunities for intellectual development, cultural stimulation, personal growth and social interaction in a college setting. Members lead the program and volunteer their time, skills, and talents to gain and share knowledge. Using a collaborative format for learning, the PLP provides an interactive setting in which members can volunteer as course facilitators. For more information call 410-777-1806 or visit Peer Learning Partnership.
Guild for LIFE
The Guild for LIFE (Learning is for Everyone) sponsors a series of lectures and tours. Lectures on selected topics are held followed by a trip to a related location the following week. Meetings and class sessions are held in west Anne Arundel County and on the Arnold campus. Transportation is provided and entrance fees and meals are additional. For more information, can 410-777-2884 or visit Guild for LIFE.
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, Dental assisting, 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.
Corporate Training Group
The Corporate Training Group (CTG) offers a full complement of training and business solutions to area businesses, government agencies and other organizations.
CTG conducts client outreach to the business and public sectors to develop relationships that yield education and training services targeted to customer needs. 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 CTG 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, CTG can facilitate the entire process from enrollment through graduation. In many instances, this can be achieved on-site at the client’s location. CTG 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, CTG 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 Corporate Training Group 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 CTG website.
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.
Cyber and Technology Training
Individuals can sharpen technology and 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.
- Accounting Technologies
- 3D Printing/CAD
- Business Intelligence
- Certification Exam Preparation
- Computer Fundamentals
- Computer Software Applications
- Cybersecurity & Information Assurance
- Database Design & Development
- eLearning and Instructional Design
- Healthcare IT
- Graphics, Web Design & Development
- Mobile Device Technologies
- Networking & Cybersecurity
- Programming, Coding & Scripting
- Social Media Technology
- IT Project Management
- Unmanned Aerial Systems
- Virtualization & Cloud Computing
- Web Design
For information, call 410-777-1353 or visit Cyber & Technology Training.
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. For information about ESL, call 410-777-2901 or visit the ESL website. For information about GED and Adult Basic Skills call 410-777-1823.
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.
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.
Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism Institute
The Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism Institute (HCAT) offers an array of education and training to meet the hospitality, culinary and tourism needs of students and industry. In addition to American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACF) and the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA) accredited degree programs, HCAT offers credit certificates, noncredit cooking classes for beginner and accomplished home cooks, workforce development training, industry education/certification classes and customized business contract training. Classes are offered at the HCAT culinary center in the Glen Burnie Town Center in their commercial kitchen labs and dedicated technology-smart classrooms and on the Arnold campus in the baking/pastry kitchen lab, culinary kitchen lab and wine demonstration café. The HCAT credit 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 these programs. For further information about the world-class hospitality programming, call 410-777-2398 or the toll-free hotline 1-866-456-HCAT (4228) or visit our HCAT website or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AACCHCAT.
HCAT Casino Dealer School
HCAT prepares students to become casino table games dealers in their state-of-the-art casino labs located at the Arundel Mills campus. Gaming is one of the fasted growing industries on the East Coast with six casinos in Maryland alone. Students can earn a continuing education certificate in any of the eight different table games: Blackjack, poker, mini baccarat, carnival games, roulette, craps, pai gow poker, and pai gow tiles, in preparation for employment as a casino dealer. Classes are offered mornings, afternoons and evenings, Monday through Friday. For information, call 410-777-2743 or visit our Dealer School website.
Lifelong Learning offers non-credit, personal enrichment classes and certificate programs for adults over 16 years old. Courses include arts and crafts, photography, music, dance, floral design, and writing. Various fitness and recreational topics are taught both on campus and at area locations. History, languages, and personal finance classes are also popular topics. For more information visit our Lifelong Learning website.
Women’s Institute offers courses in many areas designed to enrich and empower women. Courses include basic home repair, business and finance, creative pursuits and women’s wellness. Most courses are held evenings and weekends at the Arnold campus. For more information, call 410-777-2121.
Kids in College
Kids in College has courses open to children 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, games, and various sports. Before- and after-care is also available during the summer.
For information on all youth education offerings, call 410-777-2121or visit the Kids in College website.
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. Classes include writing, math and science, and art. Summer courses focus on STEAM topics, computers, space exploration and special topics such as art and math.
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, STEAM classes, sciences, mathematics, environmental studies and theater arts courses. They 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, 410-777-2924 or visit the Occupationsl Skills website.
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 410-777-2924.
Teacher Education and Child Care Institute (TEACH)
The Teacher Education and Child Care Institute (TEACH) addresses the community’s need for 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 the TEACH Institute webpage.
The Education Department offers a variety of programs that include credit and non-credit letters of recognition and/or certificates in:
- Pathway to Teach Adults
- Pathway to Teaching in the Secondary Classroom
- Pathway to Teaching
- Special Education Support
As well as the following degrees:
- Early Childhood Development AAS
- Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education AAT
- Elementary/Elementary Special Education AAT
- Secondary Education in Chemistry, English, Mathematics, Physics or Spanish AAT
Also available are a number of open enrollment Maryland State Department of Education approved professional development and certification courses such as reading, special education, and classroom management for elementary and secondary. For more information, go to www.aacc.edu/teach.
Child Care/Parent Education
The TEACH Institute offers child care Pre-service/ credentialing courses approved by the Maryland State Department of Education Office of Child Care, as well as, continuing professional development courses, on-site training, conferences, consultations and a speaker’s bureau (TEACH Institute).
The TEACH institute brings valuable family life courses and resources to busy parents, care takers, and educational professionals. Courses are offered on campus and/or on-site at schools and community organizations. Individuals can also take advantage of a Parenting One-on-One program which provides individualized instruction enabling a greater degree of customization and flexibility in scheduling through open enrollment or the BEST Program. For more information, call 410-777-2159 or visit the TEACH Institute webpage.