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Workforce and Continuing Education

Continuing education programs presented by Community Colleges of Spokane provide lifelong learning, personal enrichment and career enhancement opportunities for adults in its six-county district.

Act 2 (formerly Seniors Program)

Whether you are retired or preparing for retirement, find new and invigorating ways to stay informed, active, and enriched. Over 250 classes are offered each quarter for those 50 years and over, throughout Spokane county. Our affordable classes are close to home and close to work. Several classes are offered in Ferry, Pend Oreille, Stevens, and Whitman counties as well. For more information, visit scc.spokane.edu/act2 or call 509-279-6027.

Community Education/Open Enrollment

Personal enrichment and professional development courses seek to engage and educate the public with lifelong learning. These programs are also referred to as continuing education and open enrollment. Example topics include: Business and Industry, Arts and Languages, Fitness and Sports, and INCA After Dark culinary classes. The Inland Northwest Culinary Academy (INCA) offers interactive courses for the public and for private organizations, taught by the region's top chefs in Spokane Community College's state-of-the-art teaching kitchen.

For more information, visit ccs.spokane.edu/Workforce or call 509-533-8483.

Health & Medical Continuing Education

The Health & Medical division offers short term, skills-based training programs to certify students for entry-level healthcare jobs, as well as bridge programs for healthcare professionals wishing to upgrade their skills. Example topics include: Phlebotomy, Home Care Aide Training, Adult Family Home Administrator Training, and Nursing Assistant Alternative Bridge Programs.

For more information, visit ccs.spokane.edu/Workforce or call 509-533-8057.

Parent Education: Cooperative Preschool Program and Homeschooling

Cooperative Preschool Program: Parenting is treated as a vocation by the state of Washington. This noncredit program invites parents to explore the ways they influence children; discover how children “read their world”; discover how self-image develops; and explore quality-of-life issues such as family, communication skills, finances and relationships. This is an opportunity for parents to be involved in their child's education in the early years as well as learn parenting and leadership skills for themselves. It is designed for parents and their infants, toddlers and three- to five-year-old children. Parent co-ops are located in three of the six counties Community Colleges of Spokane serves.

Homeschooling: A Homeschooling Qualifying Course is offered three times a year for parents interested in homeschooling their children. This course fulfills the Washington State legal requirements for homeschooling children from preschool through grade 12.

For more information on locations and fees, call the Parent Education Office at 509-279-6021 or visit ccs.spokane.edu/Parent-Cooperative-Preschool.

Center for Workforce & Continuing Education

The CCS Center for Workforce & Continuing Education (CWCE) develops and delivers noncredit courses that enrich lives and promote individual, corporate, and community prosperity. CWCE courses meet industry needs and advance the skills of the regional workforce. CWCE divisions are: Community Education/Open Enrollment, Health & Medical, and Corporate & Customized Training.

For more information, visit ccs.spokane.edu/Workforce or call 509-533-7146.

Corporate & Customized Training

The Corporate & Customized Training division provides training to meet the needs of businesses, nonprofits, and other organizations in almost any industry. Enrollment is not open to general public. Corporate training is designed to add value to the workforce for a specific employer. The process includes complimentary needs assessment, curriculum development, coursework, and confidential evaluations. Training is designed, coordinated, and delivered by experts with both onsite and online options throughout eastern Washington.

Example topics include: Leadership, Lean & Six Sigma, Project Management, Team Building, MSSC, Environmental Health & Safety, Fluid Power, Welding, Mental Health, and Phlebotomy.

For more information, visit ccs.spokane.edu/Workforce or call 509-533-8476.

Apprenticeship and Journeyman Training Center

Spokane Community College partners with 22 registered apprenticeship providers both union and open shop.

Apprentices learn their trade through a combination of on-the-job-training (OJT), and classroom related supplemental instruction (RSI). As an apprentice's skills and knowledge increase through OJT and RSI, their pay increases as well. The training period or apprenticeship varies in length from two to five years depending on the trade selected. Those who successfully complete their apprenticeship training reach journey level status which indicates they are a master in their trade.

For more information, visit scc.spokane.edu/Apprenticeships or call 509-533-7178.