Workforce & Continuing Education

Cisco College is committed to enriching the lives of its students and communities through quality educational programs and services to all individuals interested in pursuing lifelong learning opportunities. Cisco College delivers an array of innovative programs and courses through a variety of individual formats that are flexible, diverse and responsive to the needs of its public, private and corporate citizens.

Workforce Education/Continuing Education programs range from intensive instruction in skills necessary for employment at the entry level, to extending or upgrading the skills and knowledge of individuals already employed who need additional training or retraining to achieve stability or advancement in their employment. 

Customized courses are available to meet specific employer needs. Programs for personal growth and development are also available. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are awarded upon satisfactory completion of certain programs.

Instructors who teach in Workforce Education/Continuing Education programs are highly trained in their fields and subjects. They are chosen with particular emphasis on their knowledge of the subjects and ability to teach and guide others to develop their maximum potential.


To Learn More about Workforce Development at Cisco College, please schedule an appointment by calling:

Dr. Kam Zinsser
Dean of Workforce and Economic Development
(325) 794-4411


Abilene Front Desk 
(325) 794-4400


  • Certified Nurse Aide

    This is a 100-hour course that includes lecture and clinical components, and prepares students to take the State of Texas examination to become a Certified Nurse Aide by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services. This program provides students with a level of knowledge, skills, theory, concepts, and abilities essential to provide safe care to the residents of long term care facilities. You will be prepared for entry-level employment in long-term care facilities, doctor’s offices, and hospitals. Income will depend on the area of employment chosen.

    • September 7-October 6, 2018
    • October 19-November 17, 2018 
    • January 18-February 16, 2019 
    • March 22-April 30, 2019 
    • May 3-June 1, 2019 
    • June 14-July 13, 2019

    Certified Nurse Aide Packet

    CNA 2018 Flyer

  • Fast Track Welding

    This class is offered only where there is an adequate number of participation.

    Contact Rick Marks for additional information. 

  • Phlebotomy

    Students pursuing a certificate in National Phlebotomy will take courses focused on skill development in the performance of a variety of blood collection methods using proper techniques and standard precautions. This includes vacuum devices, syringes, capillary skin puncture, butterfly needles and blood culture, and specimen collection on adults, children and infants. Emphasis on infection prevention, patient identification, specimen labeling, quality assurance, specimen handling, processing, accessioning, professionalism, ethics, and medical terminology. 

    Students may pick up an application packet from Kam Zinsser. The program is 9 weeks long and classes will be held Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 6:00 - 9:00p.m. The cost of the course is $800 with additional cost for background check and drug screen. The Fall 2018 class is now full. The next course will be available Spring 2018. 

    Application Packet

    2018 Phlebotomy Flyer

  • CE Online Courses

    Ed2Go courses are instructor-facilitated online courses that are informative, fun, convenient, and highly interactive. More than 300 courses are available and new classes start weekly. 

    2018 Ed2Go Flyer

  • Community Continuing Education Classes

    Three science mini-courses will be offered this Spring 2019 at affordable prices; located at the Cisco and Abilene campuses: What are Microbes?Chemistry Around the House, as well as our newest additions Creative Foam Marbling, and Basics of Spanish.

    What are Microbes?- This 2-hour, hands-on class will teach participants basic lab safety, use of the microscope, and the basic types of microbes. Students will view slides on and learn the basic information about viruses, bacteria, fungi, algae, and zooplankton. This knowledge will help participants understand the role of microbes in their lives and in the environment. Safety equipment will be provided.

    Cost: $10/class
    Date and Time: March 16 (Cisco), March 23(Abilene) - 9:00 am 
    Professor: Zane Laws 

    Chemistry Around the House- This 3-hour, hands-on course includes activities and demonstrations on lab safety, basic chemistry, and chemistry around the house. Students will perform safe experiments that exhibit basic chemistry of common household reactions. Other reactions will be preformed by the instructor and demonstrations or views as videos. Participants will gain knowledge about the chemistry that occurs around one's house. Safety equipment will be provided.

    Cost: $30/class
    Date and Time: April 13 (Cisco), May 4 (Abilene) - 9:00 am 
    Professor: Zane Laws

    Creative Foam Marbling Class- This hour and a half hands-on course is offered right at the Abilene Campus. Foam marbling is easy and the results are amazing! Dr. Chandrasekharan says that when "I first got involved in this activity, I wanted to marble everything in sight afterwards!" Essentially, foam marbling requires just a piece of paper or fabric, some color and shaving cream foam! Dr. Chandrasekharan will touch a bit on the chemistry behind the marbling effect during the class as well. The finished art works are perfect for everyday greeting cards, as well as holiday or birthday cards. They also look good framed! The family fun - filled group activity has scope for endless improvisation.

    Cost: $15/student
    Date and Time: Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 10:00 - 11:30 am  
    Abilene Educational Center, Room 147
    Professor: Nirmala Chandrasekharan

    Basics of Spanish- This 4-week course taught by Paula Barros will focus on the conversational aspect of Spanish. Students will learn how to introduce themselves and carry small conversations. Students will learn many verbs used in Spanish to facilitate their understanding. At the end of this course, students will be able to introduce themselves, describe themselves and others, and ask questions. 

    Cost: $80/ student
    Date and Time: Tuesdays at 5:15 PM (Beginning June 4th)- Cisco Campus
    Professor: Paula Barros

    *Please complete the attached form and contact Dr. Kam Zinsser from the office of Workforce and Economic Development 
    to return.* 

    Cisco College Registration Form Ce

Application Procedure

To be considered for admission into a program, interested persons should:

  1. Contact Dr. Kam Zinsser for application 
  2. Complete an application and turn in with required documents 

Be advised that many clinical sites utilized throughout the various Health Programs at Cisco College require a background check and/or drug screen before students can participate in the clinical portion of a program. 

College Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission to this program must fulfill the general requirements for admission to Cisco College. The procedure for seeking admission is:

  1. Complete the Cisco College application
  2. Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) - ONLY IF IT APPLIES FOR THE PROGRAM OF INTEREST.
  3. Turn in Official Transcripts / GED (All transcripts from colleges or universities previously attended are required.)
  • Prospective students should also remember that acceptance by Cisco College does not guarantee admission into specific occupational programs.
  • Additional factors considered for admission may be a satisfactory record in high school or college, placement tests and other criteria. 

For additional information or to find out how your company can participate in continuing education for your employees, contact Dr. Kam Zinsser.