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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. Our affordable classes are close to home and close to work. Over 250 classes are offered each quarter for those 50 years and over throughout Spokane County. Several classes are offered in Ferry, Pend Oreille, Stevens, and Whitman counties as well. For more information, visit or call 509-279-6027.

Career Transitions Program

Career Transitions is a flexible, six-week career training program. Classes are scheduled from 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and students have the ability to attend as much or as little as they need in order to achieve their goals. The program is aimed at students who are looking for a job and/or wishing to brush up on some of the most sought-after skills. Core components of the program include: MS Office Applications, Keyboarding, Business Writing, Business Math, QuickBooks, Lean Office Basics, Career Coaching and Educational Counseling. For more information, visit or call 509-279-6065.

Community Education/Open Enrollment

Personal enrichment and community workshops 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, Health & Wellness, Arts and Languages, and other classes designed to enhance an individual's life. For more information, visit or call 509-533-8483.

INCA After Dark

The Inland Northwest Culinary Academy (INCA) offers evening and weekend classes. INCA After Dark offers interactive courses, to the public, corporations, and professionals taught by the region's top chefs in Spokane Community College's state-of-the-art teaching kitchen. For more information, visit or call 509-533-8484.

Parent Education/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.

In Spokane, one co-op offers a special group for parents with infants 10 months and younger, called Program for Early Parent Support (PEPS). This is a weekly, two-hour support/education class.

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, visit or call the Parent Education Office at 509-279-6020.

Corporate and Contract Training

Responsive to customer demands, the Center for Workforce & Continuing Education (CWCE) delivers classes to incumbent workers. Enrollment is not open to general public. Corporate training utilizes customized curricula, is usually offered onsite at a business and designed to add value to the workforce for a specific employer.

The process may include conducting needs assessments, project-based consulting, curriculum development and delivery.

Training is designed, coordinated and delivered by highly skilled experts with both onsite and online options throughout eastern Washington. Example topics include: Leadership, Lean & Six Sigma, Project Management, Team Building, Communications, Time Management and Computer Applications. For more information, visit or call 509-533-8483.

Industry-Driven Professional Development and Certification

Industry creates demand and enrollment is open to the public but targeted to specific business mandates or requests. Career enrichment training programs are offered primarily to employed individuals. Offerings are generally short term, skill-based training programs designed to meet the needs of working professionals seeking to upgrade their skills, obtain licenses or certifications, or move into new careers. This includes classes that enhance an individual’s productivity or competitiveness in the labor market as well as test preparation and industry-recognized certifications. Example topics include: Phlebotomy, Adult Family Residential Care Administrator, Health Care Bridge Programs and ICD-10. For more information, visit or call 509-533-8483.

Workforce Training

Workforce & Continuing Education is focused upon developing and delivering noncredit instruction that is recognized as meeting the needs of business and industry and advancing the skills of the regional workforce. The CCS Center for Workforce & Continuing Education (CWCE) develops and delivers training programs that enrich lives and promote individual, corporate and community prosperity. The CWCE facilitates the development of CCS programs that meet the educational needs of the community. For more information, visit or call 509-533-8483.

Apprenticeship and Journeyman Training Center

Spokane Community College cooperates with 19 apprenticeship training committees to make classes available for apprentices in numerous trades.

In apprenticeship training, you learn while you're employed. In addition, on-the-job training is supplemented by formal classes each year. The training period, or apprenticeship, varies in length from one to five years according to the complexity of the occupation you select.

Apprentices are paid by their employer. They receive pay increases at regular intervals over the period of apprenticeship if their skills have increased and their training has been completed satisfactorily. Those who successfully complete their apprenticeship training reach journeyman status and are then fully qualified to pursue their occupation. For more information, visit or call 509-533-7178.