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

    Cisco College is offering a new course for the Fall 2019 semester: American Sign Language I.

    American Sign Language I (SLNG 1014)- American sign language (ASL) is more than just a visual communication tool for the deaf and hearing-impaired-it’s also an art form. It will provide students with the opportunity and ability to communicate with people who do not have the ability to hear or speak.

    Our Continuing Education ASL class introduces basic production and comprehension skills, including spelling and numbers. You will develop your conversational ability and be introduced to ASL grammar. With a growing demand for qualified interpreters, you could utilize this skill in a variety of settings:

     Careers
      - Public or private
      - Schools
      - Businesses
      - Health care facilities
      - Performing arts
     Moms and Dads
     Support your current major

    The class integrates and refines expressive and receptive skills in American Sign Language (ASL), including recognition of sociolinguistic variation.

    *Continuing Education-Non-Credit offering*

    Cost: $200/ student
    Date and Time: Fall Semester: Monday/Thursday at 5:30-7:00 
    (August 26-December 13, 2019)
    Professor: Cassandra Knutson

    To register for the course, please contact Dr. Kam Zinsser and complete the Continuing Education Registration Form in the link below. Please bring the completed form to the Cisco College Abilene Campus.

    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.