Training Individuals, Transforming Organizations
Business and Continuing Education is an important component of the total education program at Temple College. As one of the state’s community and technical colleges, Temple College is designated by the Texas Legislature as the primary provider of workforce education and training for our Central Texas area. Temple College Business and Continuing Education:
- Partners with local Workforce Board representatives to meet local businesses’ demands for trained workers
- Creates workforce development strategies that respond to current and future needs of a diverse population
- Provides our communities with quality training resources that stimulate personal, workforce and economic development
Temple College Business and Continuing Education provides workforce skills training in two primary ways: customized training and public classes.
Customized and Contract Training
The Temple College Division of Business and Continuing Education serves as an educational and skills development resource for business and industry in the Central Texas area. In an effort to improve the prosperity of our region, the Division delivers customer-focused training to address the needs of an ever-changing workforce, leading to improvement in employee performance, productivity and overall effectiveness. Our Temple College Business and Continuing Education staff, along with experts in the field, meet with individual businesses, work collaboratively to identify specific training needs, develop goals for employee and organizational improvement, and create plans to enhance employees’ skills and overall effectiveness. The customized plan includes such features as engaging program design, professional learning materials, qualified instructors, and on-site pre- and post-tests, as well as a schedule that meets the specific needs of the business. A customized contract summarizes the collaborative agreement.
In addition to providing customized and contract training for specific organizations, Temple College Business and Continuing Education offers open-enrollment classes to the general public to provide skills enhancement preparation in our region. Designed for those considering a career move or related to their present occupation, these open-to-the-public classes are designed to give adults an opportunity to keep up with new developments or to explore activities for personal and professional growth.
Many courses are open to interested persons without specific admission requirements. Persons who register for and successfully complete these courses are awarded Continuing Education Units (CEU’s); normally one CEU is awarded for each ten hours of training. Many courses offered meet the mandatory continuing education requirements for re-licensure and educational advancement in professions.
Temple College Business and Continuing Education offers courses in a variety of areas. Specific offerings vary depending on current local workforce needs. They may include:
- Information Technology and Computer Applications, such as word processing, spreadsheets, database, Internet, CompTIA Net+, router configuration, QuickBooks, and graphic arts/publication programs
- Leadership Development for those new to a supervisory role as well as for more experienced, mid-to-high level leaders
- Manufacturing and trade skills such as OSHA, industrial electronics, programmable logic controllers, machining, and “Lean Manufacturing”
- Healthcare specific skills such as Pharmacy Technician, Phlebotomy, Medical Coding, EKG, Certified Nurse Aide, Clinical Medical Assistant, and CPR
- Communications and language, such as Spanish and sign language.
- Human Resources
- Customer Service
- Other professional and personal development opportunities
While classes may be scheduled throughout our service area, many of these classes meet at Temple College. Some are available online or as “hybrid” with portions completed online and other segments in the classroom.
Non-credit “mirror” course enrollment is also available through Business and Continuing Education for some technical or business-related classes offered through the credit side of the college. Neither transcripts nor college entrance exams are required. Costs are comparable to the credit class, and students receive the same level and quality of instruction. This type of enrollment is available in subjects such as business, child development, emergency medical technician, and computer information systems. Contact the Division of Business and Continuing Education at the time of registration to enroll in this manner.
Preregistration is required, and a minimum enrollment must be met for a class to be offered. The tuition and fees for many non-credit classes start as low as $10.00 per class hour, with additional costs for supplies, background checks, medical expenses, externship/clinical or books. A one hundred percent refund will be given if Temple College cancels the class. Generally, a full refund will also be granted if a student officially withdraws in writing through the Division prior to the second class meeting. Exceptions are for those classes meeting two days or less, or those incurring administrative or material costs. No refunds will be granted after the class has met for the second time. Contact Business and Continuing Education at (254) 298-8625 for more information.