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2008-2009 Academic Catalog 
2008-2009 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Workforce Development

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Business & Industry Center


The Business & Industry Center, located at 1314 S. Polk, houses a 215-seat auditorium, a meeting/exhibit hall and classrooms providing state-of- the-art facilities for seminars, short courses, and computer training. This 31,215 square-foot facility is dedicated to workforce training for business and industry.

Continuing Education


Amarillo College offers numerous unique educational options in the form of continuing education classes and workforce development opportunities.

Amarillo College’s workforce education and training programs are designed to meet the needs of business and industry. Organizations may choose from hundreds of different training options, or the College can customize instruction to meet specific requirements.

Instructional content and training times are flexible, and businesses may arrange for courses, seminars or workshops in conjunction with their own training programs. Employers may elect to receive training at the worksite, at the Business & Industry Center, at any of the College’s other campuses, or at another suitable location.

Leisure Studies

Leisure Studies enhance the quality of life through cultural and enrichment studies as well as avocational pursuits of almost unlimited variety. These short courses, seminars and workshops are conducted at any Amarillo College campus or at off-campus sites. Most Leisure Studies courses are offered once each semester; however, a class may be started at any time. Individuals or groups are invited to make requests, comments or suggestions by contacting the Coordinator of Leisure Studies.

Occupational Education

Occupational Education presents work-related courses designed to improve occupational competence or advance employment. These courses also provide the basic skills and knowledge essential to entry-level employment in several occupational fields. Occupational Education courses are usually offered during the evening hours, but may be held at any time of the day. Courses are taught at Amarillo College or other suitable locations. Instructors are selected on the basis of formal education and relevant work experience. They are knowledgeable in their fields and able to emphasize both the theoretical and practical aspects of their subject. For more information, contact the Coordinator of Occupational Education.

Center for Continuing Healthcare Education


The Center for Continuing Healthcare Education conducts a wide range of workshops, seminars, conferences and courses for healthcare professionals using locally, nationally and internationally recognized speakers. These are developed, customized and selected according to periodic healthcare education needs assessments of healthcare professionals. The Center is conveniently located on the West Campus, adjacent to the Harrington Regional Medical Center.

The Center for Continuing Healthcare Education provides:

  • courses leading to entry-level positions in basic healthcare delivery.
  • seminars and workshops which broaden healthcare professionals’ understanding of cultural sensitivity, ethics and law
  • programs, courses and seminars specifically designed to enhance intellectual, occupational and technical skills in caring for people from womb to tomb.
  • channels for the improvement of healthcare outcomes in the community.

Program Accreditation

The Center for Continuing Healthcare Education is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Contact hours offered for nurses meet Type I criteria for mandatory continuing education requirements toward relicensure as established by the Board of Nurse Examiners for the State of Texas. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are offered for a variety of healthcare specialties including social workers, licensed professional counselors, dietitians, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, and physicians. The Center is also approved as a Nurse Aide Training and Competency Evaluation Program (NATCEP) and Medication Aide Training Program by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services.

Immunization Requirements

State guidelines mandate students to provide proof of current immunizations prior to admission into any class requiring direct patient contact.


Malpractice and Clinical Accident Insurance fees are nonrefundable except in cases of college error or total withdrawal prior to the first day of class/clinical.

Criminal Justice Programs


AC’s Criminal Justice Programs conduct training for law enforcement, corrections personnel, and other criminal justice professionals in the Texas Panhandle. Academic or continuing education credit is awarded depending on the particular program.

A mainstay of the Criminal Justice Programs is the Panhandle Regional Law Enforcement Academy (PRLEA) which is located on the West Campus. It has been training people for careers as sheriff’s deputies and city police officers since the early 1970s. Upon completion of the Law Enforcement Academy, students receive 24 semester credit hours supplying the core/course requirements for a Certificate of Completion or an Associate in Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice Law Enforcement.

Criminal Justice Programs also offer an Associate in Science degree in Criminal Justice. This degree is designed for students planning to complete a bachelor degree in Criminal Justice at a four-year university or college.

In addition to law enforcement and correctional personnel, the Criminal Justice Programs provide required in-service and specialized training opportunities as well as conferences using presenters who are recognized on a local, national, and international level. The PRLEA is a licensed training provider through the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer’s Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) in Austin.

Continuing Education Units


Amarillo College awards Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in recognition of satisfactory completion of Continuing Education courses. One CEU is defined as 10 hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction and qualified instruction. A certificate indicating satisfactory completion and the number of CEUs awarded are issued at the end of the course. Permanent records are maintained by the Registrar’s Office.

Continuing Education Refund Policy


Refunds - Unless otherwise stated in brochures, flyers or other promotional materials, the AC Continuing Education Refund Policy is as follows:

  • Students must initiate all refund requests and transfers from one class to another.
  • Refunds are processed within 45 days.
  • If a student transfers to a different class, any additional tuition due must be paid at
    the time the transfer is processed.
  • If a class is canceled, the student automatically receives a 100 percent refund.


Until the close of business the last working day prior to the beginning date of the class:

  • 100 percent refunds will be given
  • Class transfers are allowed
  • No refunds will be given on or after the first class day


Until the close of business the last working day prior to the date of the third class meeting:

  • 100 percent refunds will be given
  • Class transfers are allowed and 100 percent of tuition already paid will be applied to the
    new course(s).
  • No refunds will be given on or after the third class day.
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