Career Pathways Certificate Programs

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Free computer workshops available! View schedule and sign up here.

Short-term Programs for Long-term Opportunities

ACC offers free classes to help adult learners earn a certificate in select high-demand fields. Classes typically meet for two to three months at locations around Austin. Start and end times vary; see class dates and times below.

Who Can Enroll

Career Pathways free certificate programs are offered to students in ACC’s High School Equivalency (HSE) classes, English as a Second Language (ESL) Level 3 and 4 students, and adults with other education barriers. Eligibility to work in the United States is required for some programs.

Individuals with F1 or F2 (International Student), J1 or J2 (Exchange Visitor), and B1 or B2 (business/tourism) visas are not eligible for this program. 

Orientation information is sent 24 hours before the meeting—please watch your email (Hotmail account users should check their junk mail). 

Training Description Start Date Location Days/Time
Para-Educator (Teacher Assistant) The program covers the ins and outs of working successfully with a licensed educator. Also, during the course, future Educational Aids will learn about the various learning styles of students and the appropriate instructional processes to address each style. Finally, the class will explore the core subjects of Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. To earn the Educational Aide/Paraeducator Statement of Completion, participants must attend all course days of the program and pass a final evaluation. A high school diploma or equivalent is required. May 28, 2024 Online  TWTH
6 – 9 p.m. 
Certified Nursing Assistant CNA is an entry-level role providing vital support to patients and nurses. Job duties include transporting, bathing, and feeding hospital patients. Most positions are located in long-term care facilities. All interested students must be eligible to work in the U.S. Start date varies In-person HLC  Days and times vary 
Office Clerk Prerequisite: Basic computer skills are needed. This intermediate-level course covers a variety of computer skills required in office work. Earn your IC3 Certification and gain confidence in your Google applications, web browsing, and communication skills. A computer and internet connection is required to participate in this class. May 31, 2024 In-person HLC Fridays
noon – 5 p.m.
May 25, 2024 Online Saturdays
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Asistente de Oficina (Español) Requisito previo: Se necesitan conocimientos básicos de usar una computadora. Este curso cubre una variedad de habilidades informáticas necesarias en el trabajo de oficina. Obtenga su certificación IC3 y gane confianza en sus aplicaciones de Google, navegación web y Microsoft. Tambien incluye el basico de comunicación en ingles. Para estudiantes de ESL basicos y nivel 1.  May 29, 2024 EVC Lunes y Miercoles 9 a.m. – noon

You may choose one free certificate program.

Note: A prior criminal conviction could prevent you from obtaining the state licensure needed for certain careers. You may also request a criminal history evaluation letter from the applicable licensing agency. For questions please email

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