The Department of Workforce/Economic Development and Continuing Education (WED&CE) combines a group of College departments and centers aimed at improving the community’s quality of life through education and economic empowerment. WED&CE is composed of the Advanced Technology Center, Contract Opportunity Center, Small Business Development Center, Workplace Literacy, CE Health, Continuing Education for Business/Industry Training and Personal Enrichment, Senior Adult Program, Customized Training, Workforce Continuing Education Registration and Law Enforcement Training Academy.
Together these components provide training, seminars, and technical assistance to help area business and industry grow with a skilled workforce and successful business strategies. Training may be conducted on our campus or at business/industry sites.
Advanced Technology Center (ATC)
The ATC offers on-site or campus-based entry level/advanced courses in Advanced Technology Industrial Manufacturing, Machining Technology: CNC Machinist and Welding Technology: Electrical Journeyman/Facility Maintenance, Robotics and Automation, Heating, Ventilation and Air Condition, Quality Control, Comp TIA, Graphic Design and Layout, Oracle PL/SQL, Plumbing and Energy Efficiency (Weatherization Technology and LEED and Renewable Energy (PV and Solar Hot Water Systems).
Contract Opportunities Center (COC)
The COC provides specialized and professional assistance to individuals and businesses seeking to learn about contracting and subcontracting opportunities, actively seeking contracting and subcontracting opportunities and/or performing under contracts and subcontracts with federal agencies, or state and local governments at no cost.
Office of Customized Training
The El Paso Community College Office of Customized Training serves El Paso business and industry with employee training in dozens of areas inclusive of technical training, management training, software training, and workplace literacy. The goal of the Customized Training Office is to provide training that meets the specific needs of local business and industry to enhance the job skills of El Paso’s workforce. Training is done on our campus or at business/industry sites.
Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
The SBDC enhances the development of small business enterprises through counseling, technical assistance and training services at no cost. The Center provides one-on-one confidential counseling services, pre-venture planning, start-up analysis, capital formation, SBA financing, cash flow management, forecasting, and marketing. Specialized assistance in international trade and technology business development is also offered, as are a variety of seminars and training programs. The SBDC also helps small business owners with research and information through its library, National SBDC Research Network and Internet services.
Continuing Education for Business/Industry Training and Personal Enrichment
Industry and Professional Training courses provide opportunities for the employed worker to update or upgrade existing skills, or to acquire new skills leading to certification in many areas of study. Industry Training and Professional courses include the following areas of study: Automotive Technology, Sign Language for Para-Professionals, Substitute Teacher Training, Writing, Math and Grammar Review, Electrical Technology, Fire Technology, Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning, OSHA Training, Computer-Aided Drafting, Industry Codes and Trade Skills, Irrigation Systems, Low Voltage Security Systems, and Motorcycle Repair.
Assists adult learners to attain the literacy and numeracy skills needed to meet the demands of modern society. Literacy Programs strives to create a quality educational program to meet students’ learning needs, provide professional development for their instructors and outreach to business and industry to implement learning opportunities through educational and business partnerships. Provide assistance to students in transitioning into college through the LEAP Program.
Law Enforcement Training Academy
The Academy serves the El Paso area and the West Texas Region with security and law enforcement training to include firearms and less than lethal weapons training. The Academy is host to local police departments, constables, and a variety of federal agencies on a regular basis.
In addition to law enforcement and security training, the Academy staff oversees various other programs to include Driver’s Education, Motorcycle Training, the Professional Truck Driving Training Program and various La Tuna Federal Correctional Institute vocational programs.
The Division of Continuing Education for Health provides entry-level training courses for health professionals, continuing education opportunities for health professionals in the community; and support courses for EPCC credit health occupations students.
The entry-level courses include Nursing Assistant, Health Unit Coordinator, Phlebotomy Technician, and Nursing Home Activity Director. Courses and workshops are also offered to assist health professionals meet their mandated continuing education for licensure, upgrade skills and learn new techniques. The Re-Entry Nursing course allows nurses, who have been out of practice, to return to the nursing field. The Non-Certified Technician courses provide additional training to medical assistants, so they can take x-rays in physicians’ offices. Coronal Polishing and Sealant classes allow dental assistants to provide additional services in the dental office. Support courses for EPCC credit health occupations students include CPR, First Aid, and review courses licensure.
In addition to health courses, the Division of Continuing Education for Health also offers a continuing education certificate program in Nail Technology. This 600-course program trains students to become licensed nail technicians in the State of Texas. The program is offered in English and Spanish, and students can take the state exam in either language. In addition, the Division offers the 250-hour Cosmetology Instructor course, which is required of all individuals who wish to teach cosmetology in the State of Texas.
Senior Adult Program
The senior adult program provides and promotes educational and cultural opportunities and support services to improve the quality of life of senior adults in our diverse community.
The program assists senior citizens 55 and older with personal enrichment classes or prepares them for employment if considering re-entering into the workforce.