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Lifelong Learning

The Division of Lifelong Learning at North Central Texas College provides non-credit learning options in workforce education and personal enrichment. In order to address the needs of an increasingly diverse student population, courses are flexibly scheduled at Cooke, Denton, Montague, and Young Counties.

Occupational training programs are a mainstay in the lifelong learning division. Working hand-in-hand with employers and workforce development boards, NCTC develops curriculum to support ever-changing labor pool needs. With the understanding that many individuals need to prepare for a career change while in the workforce, the number of comprehensive workforce and certification programs offered entirely on-line has increased to 500+ topics.

Want to take a semester-hour college technical course under the non-credit option? We have the perfect solution. You’ll attend class with credit students – same course content, schedule, instructor, and completion requirements – but earn CEUs. This opportunity offers skill upgrade needed in the workplace or an introductory experience in a given field, allowing the student to explore career possibilities. Those choosing this alternative need not complete any admission documents or take the THEA placement exam. If you decide later that you’d like to count the course for credit towards a certificate or degree, you can ask that your grade be converted. Look for these courses in the credit schedule marked with an asterisk (*). For more details, simply contact Lifelong Learning.

NCTC is viewed as a customized training provider of choice in the region, working with employers to identify and implement specialized training objectives. Subsequent results prompt increased efficiency and employee retention, groom workers for upward mobility and improve the competitive stance of the organization. Additionally, professionals who require mandatory professional education look to NCTC to polish competencies.

Cultural/personal enrichment courses range from art, fitness, and gardening, to home décor, music, financial management, and language studies. Topics are modified regularly in alignment with popular trends. Students may even opt to pursue their personal interests using the distance education venue.

Computer classes teach basic to advanced technology skills like the Microsoft Suite, specific business applications such as Quickbooks, and trendy subjects such as digital photography.

Informational schedules are available each semester and may be viewed on the college web site, www.nctc.edu, under the Lifelong Learning link. Non-credit course registration is on-going throughout the year and encouraged at least seven business days prior to the class start.