... apply toward earning a college certificate or degree. Once completed, you can transfer to a four-year school and continue your education or begin employment.
... do not offer college credit but may apply toward earning a workplace certificate or industry credential. Because of this, workforce classes are also called “continuing education” or “noncredit” classes.
The main differences between credit and continuing education/workforce classes lie in the registration process, tuition costs and class start dates.
... you must complete the new credit student application, orientation, assessment/testing and the advisement process.
... you sign up through Continuing Education at the college of your choice. No orientation, assessment/testing or advising is required.
... is based on where you live and the number of credit hours you are taking. View the tuition calculator.
Note: Most credit classes in welding are 3-4 credit hours.
... has nothing to do with where you live. It is simply based on how many hours of instruction you receive. We call those “contact hours.” For welding the cost is $10 per contact hour.
Note: Most continuing education/workforce classes in welding are 80-120 contact hours.
...generally begin three times a year: fall, spring and summer semesters.
The typical class length is 16 weeks.
... tend to have more flexible start dates. They are offered throughout the year so you can begin immediate work in the field.
Class length varies – some continuing education/workforce classes are offered as one-day workshops whereas another class might take place over a few months.
Whatever you choose – credit or continuing education/workforce – many of the welding classes are combined. This means credit and continuing education/workforce students often train together in the same classroom. Credit students, however, take tests and earn grades that go on their official college transcript.