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. CEWD also offers scholarship opportunities to students enrolled in approved workforce training certificate programs.
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), a member of the Maryland WorkSmart Network, is a leader in the region’s economic well-being and advancement. WorkSmart is a partnership between the Maryland Department of Commerce and Maryland’s sixteen community colleges. WorkSmart colleges have developed and delivered customized training solutions to more than 1,000 businesses, associations, and government entities.
CTG provides state-of-the-art training and business services to companies and organizations, entrepreneurs, and government agencies. Critical business skills such as 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. To learn more about WorkSmart and AACC’s Corporate Training Group call 410-777-2732 or visit the CTG website.
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 games dealer at any casino. Classes are available mornings, afternoons and evenings. Learn more at: Casino 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)/drones 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 Workforce Training and Continuing Education Certificate programs which prepare students for work in a range of occupations including dental assistant, welding, truck driver, HVAC technician, casino games dealer, yoga instructor, web design, 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 complete list of program codes. CEWD scholarship opportunities may be available for students enrolling in workforce training certificate programs.
Anne Arundel Community College issues digital badges in various areas of study from Casino and Gaming to ESL programs. Similar to scouting or military merit badges which indicate levels of achievement, honor, status or recognition, a digital badge provides documented evidence of skill in a content area. These badges can be easily shared with future employers, community organizations and bosses by hyperlink via email, electronic resumes or on social media profiles to verify necessary workforce skills. Visit digital badges for a complete list of badges offered through AACC programs.
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.
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Exam preparation training includes:
- 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
- Maryland State Department of Education Office of Child Care Credentials
- National Restaurant Association Manage First Professional®
- Photovoltaic Installation Preparation
- Real Estate Agent
- ServSafe™ Alcohol Training and Certification
- ServSafe® Sanitation 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 School of 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)
Continuing Professional Education (CPE) provides licensure, certification, professional development, and entry-level career programming designed to meet regional workforce needs. Courses are offered in a variety of areas including allied health fields such as dental assisting, certified nursing/geriatric nursing, central sterile processing and in a variety of other topics such as professional yoga instructor, salon/spa nail technician, real estate, human resources, and home inspection. Courses are offered in a variety of formats including online, face-to-face, and hybrid at AACC’s many locations around the County including the Center for Cyber and Professional Training in Hanover, Glen Burnie Town Center as well as on the Arnold campus. For information, call 410-777-2325.
Corporate Training Group
The Corporate Training Group (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:
- Command Spanish®
- Computer technology
- Critical business skills (such as communication, customer service, diversity, leadership, time management, sexual harassment prevention, etc.)
- Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics
- Health care and first responders
- Hotel, culinary arts and tourism
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 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 Maryland 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. Courses in the arts, language and history are popular credit/noncredit share options. For more information on credit/noncredit share course offerings call 410-777-2040.
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
- Computer Fundamentals
- Computer Software Applications
- Cybersecurity & Information Assurance
- Database Design & Development
- eLearning and Instructional Design
- Graphics, Web Design & Development
- Mobile Device Technologies
- Programming, Coding & Scripting
- Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)/Drones
- Web Design
For information, call 410-777-1353 or visit Cyber & Technology Training.
English Language Learning and Adult Education
Adult Basic Education (ABE)
Through funding provided by the Maryland Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation, AACC is able to offer a robust program in adult basic skills (ABS) and GED test preparation at no cost to students at multiple locations around the County. Offerings include instruction in basic reading, writing and math and GED test preparation. For more information call, (410) 777-1823.
English as a Second Language (ESL)
AACC offers two types of ESL programs designed to meet ESL learners at all levels: English Basic Skills (EBS) and English for Academic Purposes (EAP). Through funding provided by the Maryland Higher Education Commission, AACC is able to offer a robust EBS program for those in need of basic English instruction in reading, writing, grammar and conversation. Courses are offered at many locations around the County and there is no cost to students to participate. For non-native speakers interested in pursuing a traditional college path, AACC offers the EAP program. In the tuition-based EAP courses students take intermediate and advanced level ESL courses designed to prepare them for the rigor of college courses. For more information about ESL courses, call 410-777-2901.
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 Associate of Applied Science 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 technology-smart classrooms and additionally 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.
Casino Dealer School
HCAT prepares students to become casino table games dealers in their state-of-the-art casino labs at the Arundel Mills location. Gaming is one of the fastest growing industries on the East Coast with six casinos in Maryland alone. Students can earn a Workforce Training 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 individuals 16 years of age and older the opportunity to pursue new interests, develop new skills and improve personal well-being through short, non-credit classes. With classes ranging from the visual and performing arts to personal finance, fitness, history, writing and more, there is something for everyone. In addition, students can complete certificates for personal enrichment or prepare for a career in Floral Design. For more information, visit http://www.aacc.edu/programs-and-courses/personal-enrichment
Kids in College
Kids in College has courses open to children up to age 18. 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.
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 during the summer at the Arnold campus.
For information on all youth education offerings, call 410-777-2658 or visit the Kids in College website.
Occupational Skills offers job training programs for students entering the workforce or changing careers. The courses provide instruction and hands-on training to meet industry certifications and required by the skilled trades industries. Training is available in the following areas:
Construction Trades: (construction estimating, electrical apprenticeship, HVAC apprenticeship, electrical helper, HVAC helper and welding.
Job Corps: (pre-apprenticeship electrical, advanced culinary arts).
Transportation: (CDL-A and B)
Animal Care: Veterinary assistant
Training may be paid with Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) fund (if eligible) and Continuing Education and Workforce Development Scholarship funds (if eligible).
Contract training for Job Corps and Department of Corrections is also offered.
For information call 410-777-2447 or 410-777-2913 or visit the Occupational Skills website.
AACC and industry partners offer apprenticeships with the Independent Electrical Contractors Chesapeake (IEC), 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 410-777-2913
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 410-777-2969 or visit the TEACH Institute webpage.
The Education Department offers a variety of programs that include credit and noncredit certificates in:
- Pathway to Teaching Adults
- 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.