The School of Continuing Education and Workforce Development (CEWD) offers an extensive array of year round 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 Hotel/Restaurant Management; 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 eligible students enrolled in approved Workforce Training Certificate programs.
At AACC, noncredit courses are offered in several formats; online, hybrid, and face-to-face. Online courses instruction will be provided through a learning management platform and may use other online tools, resources and activities. Although this format is flexible, it is not self-paced. Courses meet online at specific dates and times. Learning activities are to be completed throughout the remainder of the week. Hybrid courses blend on-site meetings with an online component. A significant amount of class activity takes place online, so students spend less time in a traditional classroom.
Award winning career training is always being added to the college schedules. Check out our Casino Dealer School which prepares students for AACC Continuing Education and Workforce Development Certificates in blackjack, craps, mini baccarat, roulette, carnival games, poker and pai gow poker, 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, Apprenticeship and Applied Learning offers a dynamic lineup of courses, spanning from computer fundamentals, and 3D printing to advanced computer programming or cybersecurity certification preparation. Courses are offered in response to the rapidly developing workplace and regional workforce demands.
There are also over 100 Workforce Training Certificate programs which prepare students for work in a range of occupations including certified nursing assistant, dental assistant, welding, truck driver, HVAC, casino games dealer, yoga instructor, web design, and various other trades. Licensure and certification classes in areas such as childcare, real estate and allied health are also available. Click Workforce Training Certificate if you are interested in pursuing one or reviewing 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 supervisors 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 online, 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 Lifelong Learning.
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 offered each summer in a camp format both online and in limited face to face full and half-day formats. Refer to Kids in College.
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. Refer to 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.
Apprenticeship and Applied Learning
Apprenticeship and Applied Learning 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, patient care technician, central sterile processing and in a variety of other topics such as professional yoga instructor, real estate, human resources, truck driver training (CDL A and B), welding, carpentry, electrical, and home inspection. In addition, technology training courses prepare students for in-demand certifications such as A+ and Security+. 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 Glen Burnie Town Center as well as on the Arnold campus. For information, call 410-777-2325.
AACC provides the related instruction for Registered Apprenticeship Programs offered in partnership with Associated Builders and Contractors Inc., Chesapeake Chapter (ABC), Independent Electrical Contractors Chesapeake (IEC) and Maryland Plumbing and Heating Cooling Contractors (MDPHCC). For information call 410-777-2325.
||Workforce Development Scholarship for approved Apprenticeship and Applied Learning Programs
The Maryland Higher Education Commission Workforce Development Sequence Scholarship will fund up to $2,000 of tuition and fee expenses for awarded students in approved programs. To learn what programs are currently approved and how to apply, contact Financial Aid or refer to our Noncredit Scholarship information.
Childcare and Parent/Family Life Education
AACC offers noncredit courses in childcare, family provider, and CDA (Child Development Associate) credentialing as well as parent and family life education, teacher professional development, and coaching. For more information, please call 410-777-2325 or visit our website.
Clauson Center for Innovation and Skilled Trades
Clauson Center for Innovation and Skilled Trades will become the first building on AACC’s campus funded solely by donors and will open for classes in late January 2022. Through programming at the Clauson Center for Innovation and Skilled Trades students will have access to:
- Hands-on learning in state-of-the art labs;
- Fast-track training that targets shortages in key skilled trades; and
- “Real world” apprenticeships and coaching to transition students successfully into jobs with local employers.
Programming in the building will consist of six inaugural programs that are needed in our community-including welding, framing and finish carpentry, plumbing, electric, HVAC, and forklift operation-and is expected to serve over 950 students by its third year of operation.
Correctional Education and Special Populations
Correctional Education and Special Populations offers job training programs for students entering the workforce or changing careers. With a focus on students entering the workforce or changing careers, all training programs have a clear career pathway and prepare students via hands-on training aligning with industry standards. Training is available in the following areas:
Job Corps: (pre-apprenticeship electrical, advanced culinary arts).
AACC provides career technical training programs administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that helps young people ages 16 to 24 improve the quality of their lives and prepare them for the workforce through Pre-Apprenticeship Electrical and Advanced Culinary Arts programs.
Correctional Education: AACC in partnership with the Maryland Department of Labor, provides high-quality education in adult basic literacy, GED, and vocational training to incarcerated individuals. These programs help the individuals to build the skills they need to successfully transition out of prison and back in to the classroom or the workforce and to become productive citizens.
Ordnance Road Correctional Center: AACC in partnership with Anne Arundel County and the Department of Detention Facilities provides high-quality training for men and women incarcerated for 18 months or less. The training includes Adult Basic Skills, GED, computer literacy, and computer training that prepares individuals for industry certification which is critical for re-entry success.
AACC is the sponsor of Registered Apprenticeship Programs in Landscape Management Technician, Security Guard and Table Games Supervisor.
For information call 410-777-2325.
Corporate Training Group
The Corporate Training Group (CTG) provides state of the art training and business services to companies, 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 be brought to an employer’s location or conducted online.
In addition to consultative and business services, CTG offers training in the following areas:
- Coaching (Engagement, Executive, Management, Mentoring)
- 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
- 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 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 Department of Commerce, 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 410-777-2325 or visit the CTG website.
Credit/Noncredit Share Classes
Credit/noncredit share classes at AACC 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 410-777-2325.
English Language Learning and Adult Education
Adult Basic Education (ABE)
Through funding provided by the Maryland Department of Labor, 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, 410-777-2325 or e-mail email@example.com.
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, as well as online, 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 410-777-2325.
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 located at the Glen Burnie Town Center in 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. 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 additional information about the world-class hospitality programming, call 410-777-2325 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
Dealer School 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 seven different table games: Blackjack, poker, mini baccarat, carnival games, roulette, craps and pai gow poker, in preparation for employment as a casino dealer.
Apprenticeship training consists of systematic instruction and experience in all the practical aspects of work in a skilled vocation to persons entering or who are currently in the workplace. AACC is pleased to offer one-year apprenticeship training in casino gaming with a focus on the following courses: Pai Gow, Mini Baccarat, Roulette, Craps and Advanced Craps. The Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Council has dedicated its efforts to developing an efficient program of apprenticeship so that the apprenticees of today, through a proven systematic program of schooling and on-the-job training, may become the qualified, all-around casino dealers of tomorrow. Approved by the Maryland Apprenticeship Training Council, apprentices receive a minimum of 190 hours of classroom training as well as a minimum of 2,000 hours of on-the-job training. Classes are offered mornings, afternoons and evenings, Monday through Friday. For information, call 410-777-2325 or visit our Dealer School website.
Lifelong Learning offers individuals across the age spectrum the opportunity to improve personal well-being through short, non-credit classes, many of which are offered online. Students ages 16 and older can take classes in world languages, personal finance, fitness, history, writing and more. There is something for everyone and many classes offer CEU’s. For more information, visit http://www.aacc.edu/programs-and-courses/personal-enrichment
Kids in College
Kids in College offers courses 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 both online and in limited face to face half-day and full-day formats. Topics include space exploration, computers, dance, theater, environment, games, and various sports.
EXPLORE for Youth in Grades K-5
Since the mid-1980s, EXPLORE has offered enrichment courses to gifted and talented elementary school students in partnership with Anne Arundel County Public Schools. Summer courses focus on STEAM topics, computers, writing and art.
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. Classes are held in limited face to face format during the summer at the Arnold campus.
For information on all youth education offerings, call 410-777-2325 or visit the Kids in College website.
Classes for Older Adults
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 online, 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 LifeLong Learning office at 410-777-2325 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 410-777-2325 or visit LifeStages.
AACC offers noncredit courses in health and wellness, art, history, technology, languages, literature and more. Classes are held online, 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 410-777-2325 or visit the Seniors website.
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 410-777-2325 or visit the Peer Learning Partnership website.
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 online, in west Anne Arundel County, and on the Arnold campus. Transportation is provided and entrance fees and meals are additional. For more information, can 410-777-2325 or visit the Guild for LIFE website.