Training & Education
If you are interested in career training, returning to school to begin a new career or continuing your education to advance your present career, you may want to consider the following.
Why Get Training?
The reason to get job training is to prepare for an occupation that employers need and that pays well. A good job.
Two Workforce Solutions products, available online at no cost to you, can help you make sure that the education or training you want to pursue will really help you get that good job: Targeted Occupations Guide and the Career Pathways Guide
Adult Education & Literacy (AEL)
Adult Education & Literacy (AEL) services for the Heart of Texas Services are offered through McLennan Community College. Services offered include:
- GED Preparation (Academic preparation toward readiness for the high school equivalency examination)
- Contextualized GED/Skills Training (Traditional GED preparation with concurrent skills training offered to also prepare the learner with occupational skills toward improved employment opportunities)
- English as a Second Language (ESL) and Civics (ESL courses teach English literacy to individuals with languages other than English as their primary language. These courses are often paired with Civics courses which inform individuals on United States history, culture, and practice in preparation for citizenship)
Local Training Institutions
Training institutions located in the Heart of Texas region include the following:
- Hill College – campus located in Hillsboro, Hill College offers continuing education courses , certifications, and associate degrees, and bachelor degrees through its University Partners.
- McLennan Community College (MCC) – located in Waco, MCC offers continuing education courses , certifications, and associate degrees, and bachelor degrees through its McLennan’s University Center.
- Navarro College – campus located in Mexia, Navarro College offers continuing education courses, certifications, and associate degrees, and bachelor degrees through its University Partners.
- Texas State Technical College (TSTC) – campus located in Waco, TSTC offers continuing education courses, certifications, and associate degrees.
A Registered Apprenticeships is a career pathway where individuals can earn and learn at the same time. You earn a competitive wage, gain on-the-job experience while earning an industry-recognized credential.
Local Registered Apprenticeships include:
- International Brother of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local Union 72 – located in Waco, the IBEW offers a registered apprenticeship.
- Plumbers & Pipefitters Local Union 529 – located in Waco, the Plumbers & Pipefitters LU 529 offers a registered apprenticeship.
College Credit for Heroes
Do you think you deserve credit for your military training? We do! Check out College Credit for Heroes is an online database that matches military training to college courses. As a guest user you can enter your military occupation and service schools to get an immediate estimate of potential college credits. Or, you can complete the free registration and request an official evaluation of your military educational experience. And, if you decide to pursue a degree or certificate, you can even request an official college transcript. College Credit For Heroes is a partnership between the Texas Workforce Commission and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.