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

HCC Continuing Education courses 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 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 funding applies for these programs:

  • Basic Access – Industrial Scaffolding
  • Certified Nurse Aid
  • Childcare Development Associate
  • Commercial Truck Driver
  • Computer Aided Drafting and Design
  • Heating, Air Conditioning and Ventilation Technician
  • Internet Support Specialist
  • Medical Business Office Professional
  • Apartment Leasing
  • Welding Technician

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 713-718-7565 or emailing [email protected].

2) Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG)

TPEG is a grant designed to help Texas resident students cover their 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-serve basis while funds are available and does not cover the cost of books, materials, tools or any other supplies. Students enrolling in these programs may be eligible for a TPEG grant:

  • Air Conditioning & Refrigeration
  • Bilingual Air Conditioning & Refrigeration
  • Bilingual Electrical Technician I & II
  • Bilingual Welding
  • Certified Nurse Aide
  • Child Development Associate
  • Cisco Certified Network Administrator
  • Commercial Truck Driving
  • Comprehensive Coding Certificate
  • Desktop Support and Network Specialist Program
  • Electrical Technician I & II
  • Industrial Scaffold Building
  • RigOne Program
  • Medical Business Office Professional
  • Microsoft Certified Solution Associate
  • Apartment Leasing
  • Patient Care Technician
  • Welding

Call Hannah Ferrer, financial aid officer, at 713-718-8905 for instructions for applying for this grant.

3) 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 WIOA funding if you are enrolling in these CE workforce programs:

  • Air Conditioning & Refrigeration (English and Spanish)
  • Alternative Teacher Certification (Math & Science)
  • Alternative Teacher Certification (Special Education)
  • Alternative Teacher Certification (Grades EC-6 Bilingual Generalist)
  • Cisco Network Academy CCNA
  • Electrical Technician (English and Spanish)
  • RigOne Program
  • System Applications and Products in Data Processing (SAP)
  • Network+ Certification
  • Welding (English and Spanish)

Basic Skills – Online Courses:

  • Intermediate to Microsoft Outlook 2013
  • Intermediate Microsoft Access 2010
  • Introduction to Microsoft Access 2010
  • Introduction to Quick Books
  • Introduction to Microsoft Publisher
  • Keyboarding
  • Introduction to Microsoft Power Point 2010
  • Introduction to Microsoft Project 2010
  • Intermediate Microsoft Word 2010
  • Computer Skills for Workplace

4) 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 713-718-8595