Workforce Development and Continuing Education

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Workforce Development and Continuing Education The Workforce Development and Continuing Education (WDCE) area provides a wide variety of noncredit workforce development, continuing education and community education programs. These courses and programs are designed to meet the learning needs of the county including local residents, businesses, government agencies, and a variety of special populations with unique and special learning needs. More than 500 WDCE courses, workshops, and special programs are offered each year at more than 60 locations throughout the county. To provide these learning solutions, WDCE partners with dynamic, knowledgeable instructors, businesses, local government and nonprofit community services agencies. WDCE courses and programs are organized under four divisions, each focusing on the learning needs of a specific target population (see additional information below): 1. The Workforce Development Institutes provide careeroriented workforce development solutions for individuals across a broad range of experience and capabilities. 2. The Center for Business and Industry Training provides customized employee development solutions for businesses and government agencies. 3. The Community Education division provides a diverse selection of cultural, educational, and practical noncredit classes and certifications for county residents across the entire spectrum from birth through seniors. 4. The Adult Education Program helps adults develop the basic academic and life skills necessary to earn a high school diploma, speak, understand, read and write English, enhance their participation as community and family members and succeed in the workplace. Of the college’s total enrollment of nearly 40,000 students, more than 22,000 are enrolled in noncredit WDCE learning solutions. A schedule of noncredit courses is mailed to county households four times each year.

Licensure and Certification

Employers rely on a highly skilled workforce to be successful. Because of this, individuals who hold industry recognized credentials are in high demand in the marketplace. To address this need, Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) has made an effort to enhance the number of programs it offers which lead to a professional license or certificate. In fact, of the 16 community colleges in Maryland, PGCC has some of the highest enrollments of students in programs leading to licensure or certification by state and national organizations. In total, WDCE offers 52 programs that can lead to a professional licensure or certification. (see page 187 for the complete list)

Workforce Development Institutes

The Workforce Development Institutes at Prince George’s Community College provide businesses, government agencies, and educational institutions a collaborative forum for action planning to address the county’s and region’s current business learning needs as well as emerging economic and workforce development trends. The Institutes advocate for resources, responsive and proactive workforce development programs, and best practices, and assists businesses in the recruitment, development, and retention of a highly skilled workforce. There are six Institutes operating at Prince George’s Community College: Computer and Information Technology, Construction and Energy, Hospitality and Tourism, Human Services, Public Safety and Security, and Transportation and Distribution.

Center for Business and Industry Training (CBIT)

The Center for Business and Industry Training (CBIT) creates and delivers customized employee development solutions through contractual agreements with local businesses and government agencies. CBIT has worked collaboratively with hundreds of local firms and government agencies over the years to improve employee recruitment and retention, implement new technology,


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upgrade worker skills, improve productivity and enhance their bottom lines. CBIT also helps to address anticipated workforce needs of businesses expanding or relocating to Prince George’s County. Businesses served are from a wide range of sectors including technology, manufacturing, construction, education, health care, sales and services, finance, government services and other prominent industries in the Greater Washington-Baltimore Metropolitan Region.

Community Education

Community Education programs and courses offer a diverse selection of cultural, educational, and practical noncredit classes and certifications designed to enrich lives, build community and celebrate learning. Courses and programs are provided to cover a wide range of topics of interest for students of any age.

Career Transition 1. Next Step—Next Step provides eligible students with a full range of academic, career development and employment support services. For more information call 301-583-1580. 2. TeamBuilders Academy— Offers cohort-based; including job readiness and soft skills training combined with occupational trade-related technical skills training, to eligible Prince George’s County residents. For more information, visit or call 301-322-0964.

Personal Enrichment 1. Foreign Languages—Several levels of French, Spanish, German, Latin, Biblical Greek and Spanish for the workplace. 2. Sign Language—Courses in interpreting for the hearing-impaired community. 3. Communication Skills—Speaking and presentation skills, creative and business writing. 4. Personal Finance—Investment basics; wills, estates and trusts; home-buying; and retirement planning.

Arts and Entertainment—Drawing, painting, dance, acting and music.

Recreation/Wellness/Fitness—Strength training, aerobic exercise, tai-chi, yoga, stress reduction and nutrition classes.

Special Studies and Topics of Special Interest: 1. Floriculture—Basic and advanced floral design, silk flower design and niche marketing for floral business owners/operators and design professionals 2. Culinary—Cooking classes for catering and for the general public 3. Aquatics/Swimming Pool Certification—Swimming lessons for all ages and aquatic exercise.

Programs for Youth and Seasoned Adult Populations: 1. Youth—Summer activities are offered for youth ages 7 to 17, and fall and spring courses are available for talented and gifted (TAG) youth and for youth that are home schooled. For more information, call 301-322-0158. 2. Home School Initiative—Provides home schooled children, ages 10 to 16, with quality instruction in the arts, sciences, fitness and music to augment their parents’ educational efforts. For more information, call 301-322-0158. 3. Adults Aged 60+ (S.A.G.E.—Seasoned Adults Growing in Education)—Courses are specifically designed for adults, ages 60 or older. Three full semesters of fitness and enrichment courses are offered on campus and at numerous county-wide sites. For more information, call 301-322-0882.

Programs for Unique and Special Populations: 1. Adults with Developmental Disabilities—The College for Living offers courses designed to enhance functional skill development. For more information, call 301-322-0519. 2. Children with Developmental Disabilities—The Children’s Developmental Clinic offers Saturday morning activities designed to improve motor, reading and language skills. For more information, call 301-322-0519.

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Workforce Development and Continuing Education Courses and Programs

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Accounting Acting and Entertainment Arts

Adult Education

Apple Final Cut Pro Certification

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Assisted Living Manager

Building Maintenance Engineer

Cable Installation (BICSI Certification)


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Case Manager/Delegating Nurse in Assisted Living Certified Nursing Assistant

Child Care

Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA)

Commercial Driver's License (CDL) •

Communication Skills, Spoken and Written

Computer-Aided Drafting

Computer Training

Construction Management

Cooking/Culinary Arts

Cosmetology/Hair Braiding

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Culinary Arts

Dental Assisting

Driver Education

EKG Monitoring

Electrical Training

EMT-B Emergency Medical Technician-Basic

English for Speakers of other Languages (ESL)

Event Planning Management

Floral Design

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GED Preparation

Graphic and Web Design

HVAC/R Heating/Ventilation/Air Conditioning

Help Desk Technology

Home Health Aide

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Law Enforcement (Police Academy)

Lifeguard Certification


Management, Leadership and Supervision


Medical Billing

Medical Office Assistant

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Medicine Aide

Net+ Certification

Notary Public


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Payroll Professional (APA Certification) Pharmacy Technician

Phlebotomy Technician



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Real Estate Appraisal

Real Estate Sales

Security Officer

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Small Business/Entrepreneur

Stationary Engineer/Boiler Operator

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Veterinary Assistant

Video Production

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Teacher Training •

Swimming Pool Operator's License Travel Agent/Travel Services

Security+ Certification

Food Service Management


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Principles of Adult Education

CPR and First Aid

Human Resource Management (SHRM Certification)

Languages, Foreign and Sign

Automotive Service Technology

International Public Management Association (IPMA)

American Society for Quality (CMQ)


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Workforce Development and Continuing Education Courses and Programs Entry-level/Skill Development: No previous experience in the field required; courses prepare one for entry-level jobs in a career field. Intermediate/Advanced: Previous experience or training required or helpful; courses are designed to help one advance in a career. Licensure/Certification: Courses that meet the licensing or recertification requirements required by an industry, state agency or professional association; or courses that prepare one for a licensure or certification exam. Training for Technical Trades: Training for careers in locksmithing, electronics, air conditioning/refrigeration, welding, auto mechanics, stationary engineering and drafting/AutoCAD is regularly offered. Continuing Education Units (CEU) may be awarded: One CEU awarded for every 10 contact hours of education/training; some employers require CEUs for evaluation or upgrade.

Adult Education

Prince George’s Community College’s Adult Education Program offers a wide range of classes to help adults develop their basic and life skills in reading, writing, math, and English. The program also offers adults and young adults two paths to earning a Maryland high school diploma: GED preparation classes, and the National External Diploma Program.

GED Exam Preparation and Adult Basic Education

The Adult Basic Education Program offers all levels of classes, from Basic Literacy for adult non-readers to GED Test preparation. Classes are held on campus and at neighborhood locations throughout the county. Basic Reading and Math classes help adults build their literacy and basic math skills in a supportive environment. Math and Language Arts classes help adults and young adults hone their academic skills. GED level classes prepare students to take and pass the GED Test. Success on the GED Test earns these students a Maryland high school diploma. The program also offers access to Maryland’s online GED preparation program for qualified individuals.

National External Diploma Program

The college offers the nationally-recognized External Diploma Program, an alternative path for mature adults to earn a high school diploma. The NEDP allows adults to demonstrate their academic competencies and life skills by working with an advisor to compile a portfolio that showcases their skills. The NEDP offers a self-paced, flexible option for adults who are ready to earn a High School Diploma.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESL)

The English for Speakers of other Languages (ESL) program offers classes for adults who are seeking to build their skills in speaking, understanding, reading, and writing English. Classes focus on the English language and cultural skills learners need to be successful in the workplace and in the community, and are held in neighborhoods throughout the County. Advanced level classes help adults transition to other programs at the college. The ESL program also offers classes to help adults prepare for and pass the US Citizenship Exam, and a Family Literacy program to help parents of young children build their basic skills while they learn to support their children’s academic success.

Registration, Tuition, Transcripts

With the exception of Adult Education, registration for Workforce Development and Continuing Education courses is continuous. Courses fill on a first-come, first-served basis.

Walk-in Registration

Walk-in registration takes place at the Office of Admissions and Records on the Largo campus or at any one of the college’s extension/degree center. Students may register up until the start date of each class. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Online Registration

Online registration is available to all students (with the exception of Adult Education) and is the fastest way to sign up for classes. Go to Click on “Owl Link.” Then, click on “Workforce Development and Continuing Education Students” and then on “Enroll & Register for Courses.” Please note that students must pay online at the time of registration, using a credit card. For cash, check or third-party payment, the student must come to campus to register and pay. Students will be notified only if a class is canceled or changed. Students will receive a refund only if they drop the class before the first day.

Adult Education Registration

Registration for Adult Education classes and the External Diploma Program is handled through the Adult Education office. Please call 301-322-0891 or e-mail [email protected] for information on enrolling.


Noncredit tuition listed in the schedule is for residents of Prince George’s County. Noncredit tuition for residents of other Maryland counties is an additional $5 per course; residents of other states and the District of Columbia pay an additional $10 per course. Any student who has not registered and has not paid tuition and fees will not be allowed to remain in class and will not receive licensure, certification or Continuing Education Units (CEUs), or, when applicable, a passing grade.

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Official Workforce Development and Continuing Education transcripts are available from the Office of Admissions and Records, Bladen Hall, Room 126. Call 301-336-6000 for more information. Students also may request an official transcript online at

Skilled Trades Center 6400 Old Branch Avenue Camp Springs, MD 20748 301-322-0894 The Skilled Trades Center is dedicated to meeting the county’s need for skilled construction trades people. At this center, the focus is entirely on skilled construction trades. This newly renovated facility provides much needed lab space for five critical construction trade areas including carpentry; electrical; plumbing; heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC-R); and building maintenance. Many program titles, formats and options are available ranging from one-day short courses to multi-semester, long-term certification programs.


Prince George’s Community College at Westphalia Training Center 9109 Westphalia Road Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 301-322-0964 Prince George’s Community College’s Westphalia Training Center in Upper Marlboro provides students with a laboratory setting within each classroom, enabling hands-on training in critical construction trade areas including: Residential, Industrial and Commercial Construction, Building Maintenance Engineer, Carpentry, Masonry, Electricity and Residential Wiring, HVAC/R, Locksmithing, Plumbing, Stationary Engineering, and Welding.