If you think you can’t afford to re-tool, think again.

Continuing Education courses at Houston Community College are to workforce education what the Autobahn is to high speed transportation in Germany. Or what a bullet train is in Japan.

Super-fast, efficient—and affordable.

They are fast because they don’t require two years or four years to complete.

They are efficient because these short-term, non-credit courses “zero in” on the specific skills you’ll need for your new job.

HCC has dozens of workforce programs—from Accelerated Teacher Certification to Welding. A career-seeker can take one course at a time, or multiple courses.

Scheduling is flexible. Classes are held during the day or evenings, sometimes on the weekends, and often online. Many meet only a few times; others may last a semester.

In some career areas, a single course might open the door to employment. Most require a sequence of short courses to develop necessary skills.

So, if the only thing holding you back from an important career move is the lack of money for training, check out these five potential solutions.


1) Accelerate Texas

You may be eligible to receive financial aid assistance through Accelerate Texas (ATX) for the School of Continuing Education.


ATX may pay up to 100 percent of all training costs including, tuition, fees, books, and tools.

There are no income requirements for ATX financial aid.

In addition to financial aid and to improve your chances of completion and being more employable, Accelerate Texas provides 60-80 hours of reading, writing, and math support classes while you are enrolled in a technical training program.

Find out more by calling call 713-718-7565 or emailing [email protected]).


2) Pell Grant Experiment

HCC was selected by the U.S Department of Education to participate in two Pell Grant Experiments that will enable some previously ineligible students to receive financial aid assistance.

Experiment 1 temporarily expands Pell Grant eligibility to some students with a bachelor’s degree to receive not more than one full scheduled Pell Grant award, over no more than two years, for enrollment in a vocational/career program of one year or less.

Experiment 2 temporary expands Pell Grant eligibility to some first time students, who are enrolled in an approved vocational program. The program must be a minimum of eight weeks in length and 150 clock hours of instructional time.

Pell Grant Experiment funds are for students enrolling in one of these programs:

For more information about a Pell Grant option, contact Anamaria A. Lopez, financial aid officer, at 713-718-8705.

3) Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG)

TPEG is a grant designed to help Texas resident students cover his/her tuition and fees, when these expenses exceed the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) reported on their Student Aid Report (SAR).

TPEG is awarded to eligible applicants on a first-come, first-served basis while funds are available and does not cover the cost of books, material, tools or any other supplies.

Students enrolling in these programs may be eligible for a TPEG grant:

Call Anamaria A. Lopez, financial aid officer, at 713-718-8705 for instructions for applying for this grant.

4) The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

Several Continuing Education (CE) programs are funded by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Individuals who qualify for this grant are determined on a case-by-case basis, while funds are available.

Check out WOIA funding if you are enrolling in these CE workforce programs:

5) HCC Foundation

The HCC Foundation currently has $500 scholarships for students seeking a workforce career in these CE areas of study: Business, Construction & Trades, Health Careers, Information Technology, Public Safety and Transportation.

This scholarship is not refundable and can only be applied towards tuition.

For more information, call 713-718-8905