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About Our Program

North Lake College Continuing Education offers a variety of personal and professional development courses to fit your learning needs - whether you want to learn a new job skill, enhance your career or just want to have fun. Our instructors are leading industry professionals who bring real world experience and hands on skills into the classroom.

Age Requirements

All Continuing Education (CE) courses are open to individuals 18 years of age or older, unless the course is specifically designed for children, youth, or adults 55 or older and is advertised as such. North Lake College (NLC) accepts no responsibility for minors on the college premises outside the classes in which they are enrolled.

Books and Supplies

Students will be notified if textbooks or other materials are needed in the course description or at the first class meeting. Students are responsible for the purchase of books and supplies, unless the course description indicates that materials are included in the course fee. Required textbooks are available in Follett College Bookstore. The college bookstore stocks all required textbooks as well as supplies, snacks and souvenirs. Located in Room: K201. (972) 550-0509

Certificates Offered

Certificates of completion are awarded for courses that meet The Workforce Education Course Manual (WECM) requirements. Students must achieve 70% participation in the class to qualify for the certificate. Specific participation requirements are outlined in the course syllabi.

Changes and Cancellations

Room assignments are subject to change. There are three easy ways to access the most current information regarding your meeting room: Refer to your course fee receipt, access eConnect or call
972-273-3360. Every effort is made to contact you when changes or cancellations occur. It is important to keep your contact information accurate so that you will be contacted in a timely manner.

Continuing Education Units (CEU'S)

A CEU (one CEU = ten hours of participation) serves as a standard unit of measure to recognize an individual's participation in non-credit courses.

Students seeking to convert a non-credit (Continuing Education-CEU) course to credit must be enrolled in a credit course the same semester that the conversion is requested. The student will submit the Application For Conversion Of Noncredit To Credit form to the Dean of the appropriate teaching and learning center. The Dean will ensure that all supporting documentation is available and validate approval for the conversion of noncredit to credit. The student will pay a $25 conversion fee.  The program coordinator will supply the course grade, and the Dean will then submit the form to the Registrar for processing to ensure the course is transcripted.
 
North Lake College will award academic credit for course work taken on a non-credit basis only when there is documentation that the non-credit coursework is equivalent to a designated credit experience. Courses to be converted to credit must be of duration and content equivalent to that of the credit course for which credit is sought.  

Grants and Financial Aid

Texas Public Education Grants (TPEG) are available to Continuing Education students based on need. A TPEG can be applied to continuing education career or occupational courses such as computer or office occupations training, business courses, language skill courses, etc.
Eligibility requires about three weeks to process. Contact the Financial Aid office at (972) 273-3320 for more information or visit our Financial Aid pages.

Prerequisites

Some courses may have prerequisites, especially credit courses that are offered on a non-credit or concurrent basis. Course descriptions include any prerequisite requirements.

Refund Policy

A full (100%) refund will be given if a CE course is dropped by the close of business, on the last business day, preceding the day of the first scheduled class meeting. A refund of 80% is allowed if course is dropped before the close of business on the day of the second class meeting. No refund is available after the second class meeting. Requests for refund petitions should be made directly in the Cashier's office.  Please allow 30 days for refunds to be processed. Requests for refunds are not accepted after the end of the quarter for which the refund is sought. If a CE course is cancelled due to low enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances, every effort is made to contact students before the start of class. If the class is cancelled, the student receives an automatic 100% refund at the time of cancellation.

Repeating Courses

A higher tuition rate is charged to students registering for a third or subsequent time for a Credit Workforce Continuing Education course. Developmental Studies and some other courses will not be charged a higher tuition rate. Third attempts include courses taken at any of the Dallas County Community Colleges since the fall 2002 semester.  To view a detailed list of courses that will not be included in the higher tuition rate and a detailed list of cross-listed courses where one course is equivalent to another for this purpose, please go to http://www.dcccd.edu/thirdcourseattempt/

Transcripts

Requests for an official CEU transcript can be made in person at the Continuing Education registration counter during regular business hours, or by calling 972-273-3386. Transcripts may serve as validation of successful completion of Continuing Education/Workforce Development courses. Please note there is no charge for a CEU transcript.

Tuition Exemptions

Texas resident students age 65 or older may be exempt from payment of all tuition for credit courses up to six hours per semester. Continuing Education courses are not eligible for this exemption. DCCCD employees with tuition waivers will be allowed to register in CE courses after the minimum enrollment has been met and only if the course is still open. A maximum of up to $300 per semester is available.

Workforce Education Course Manual (WECM)

The Workforce Education Course Manual is the state inventory of the workforce education courses for public two year colleges. It contains a generic catalog of course descriptions and specifies for each course, a minimum and maximum number of contact hours, number of semester credit hours or continuing education units, and minimum learning outcomes. The purpose of WECM is to provide flexibility in responding to employer needs, promote career advancement, enhance portability of credit and credentials for students, and contribute to the quality and consistency of workforce courses.

WECM course titles and descriptions are listed (alphabetically by Rubric number) in the catalog. http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/aar/undergraduateed/workforceed/wecm/