Step 1 - Choose the Appropriate Type of Course

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Stand-Alone Courses - An Overview

In the area of workforce training there is a great need and interest in stand-alone courses to prepare people for work and to provide advanced training for those already in the workforce. The state of Oregon has identified four distinct types of stand-alone courses. Each type serves a unique target audience and has a specific review and approval process. The course may be applicable for the Eligible Training Provider list wherein the student may be able to use workforce training funds for the courses. Details of the course types and processes follow:

I. Occupational Preparatory

Designed to increase knowledge and develop skills leading to employment, and not within and existing PCC approved program area.

  • Credit for the occupational preparatory course can range from one -11 credits.
  • Contact hours can range from 10-210 hours and cannot exceed 210.
  • The course should be for skill development - for entry-level employment.
  • Developed and operated with the advice and counsel of employers and others knowledgeable about the occupations involved.
  • State approval must be received before offering the course.
  • A recognition award that indicates attendance or completion may be provided, however it may not be called a certificate.
  • Occupational preparatory courses MAY NOT be strung together to create a new program without applying for a new program and going through Adverse Impact as appropriate.
  • They MAY NOT be supplementary, hobby or recreational in nature.

Application process: Review the detailed application and review process. Contact the curriculum office for an application and guidance. The application, once completed, is submitted to the State for review and approval. The application requires internal approval from 1) the Divisional Dean or Administrative Liaison, 2) the Curriculum Committee Chair, and 3) Vice President Academic and Student Affairs.  Plan for 4-8 weeks to complete the review process prior to scheduling the course.

II. Occupational Supplemental

Designed to upgrade skills of workers currently employed in the field.

  • May be offered for Continuing Education Units (CEU) (transcripted) or contact hours (not transcripted).
  • Contact hours can range from 1-210 hours and cannot exceed 210. 
  • Does not need approval prior to offering.
  • The course is designed for upgrading current skills.
  • A recognition award that indicates attendance or completion may be provided.

Application process: Complete the CEU request. Refer to the CEU Guidelines and timelines document for the schedule and deadlines.

III. Adult and Continuing Education (ACE)

Designed for adults and may be developmental in nature. The course number will be under 100.  The ACE course must be at least six contact hours of instruction focused on a single topic. ACE courses may be reimbursable if they are designed for workforce training and fall into one of the following categories:  literacy (basic), languages, life skills, technology, general workforce, fitness (non-competitive), health, safety. Non-reimbursable ACE courses may be self-sustaining and fall into the categories of hobby and non-credit arts and sciences classes.

Application process: Submit a new course request in Courseleaf.

IV. Other Education

Includes a variety of special interest courses, often referred to as community education and self-improvement.

Application process: Contact the community education programmers for assistance.

Contact Us

The Curriculum Office is available to respond to questions regarding stand-alone courses. Feel free to contact us.: curriculum@pcc.edu