Community Services Bulletin

Community Services Division

Continuing Education

The Community Services Division is Angelina College’s economic development team for the citizens, businesses, industries and organizations of East Texas. The division is committed to the people of East Texas to offer continuing educational services accessible by persons of all ages. Non-credit courses are open to the general public and there are usually no entrance requirements for adults who wish to take a course. Some prerequisites including age and education level, as mandated by the State, are required for certain courses in health occupations areas. Any person under 18 years of age must have written permission from parents and from a school official to enroll in a course of more than three weeks duration. Any person with disabilities that needs auxiliary aids, services or assistance for on or off campus for registration or attending classes should contact (936) 633-5206 at least five days prior to registration or class attendance so that appropriate arrangements can be made. These services provide economic, educational, personal, and cultural development for individuals. These services also provide consultation, information resources, workforce and management development and job creation for business, industrial and non-profit organizations. Services offered include courses, seminars workshops, institutes, conferences, teleconferences, consultations and counseling sessions, contract training proposals, and computer information services at numerous locations in East Texas, in the twelve counties of the college service area.

These services allow individuals to learn skills for new jobs, to add knowledge and skills needed in current jobs, to refresh and update job skills, to explore new fields, to have access to training required by law for their profession, to supplement current educational endeavors, and to enrich their lives with cultural and personal development training.

For organizations, these services allow access to information needed for business development, workforce literacy and skill development, resource an management assistance for start-up, strengthening and job creation; and access to customized training needed for upgrading , problem resolution, diversification, or conversion.

To provide these services, the division is composed of seven integrated components; the Community Services division office, the small business development center, the procurement assistance center, the criminal justice (police) academy, the fire academy, health occupations programs, and adult basic education.

Community Services Division Office

Call (936) 633-5206 for Information

The Community Services division office is responsible for the overall administration, budgeting, clerical services, program development, instruction, evaluation, contracts, scheduling and official record keeping and reporting for the division. The division office publishes a schedule of offerings fall, spring and summer and does advertising and promotion of offerings. The division office prepares instructional materials and offers certificates of completion to students. The office also reserves and prepares college facilities for use by outside persons, groups and organizations. A final service is to assist area companies with obtaining skill development fund grants for workforce upgrading. The Division Office seeks and welcomes partnerships with outside entities for educational purposes.

Small Business Development Center

Call (936) 633-5394 for Information

The Small Business Development Center was established at the college in October 1991 under a continuing grant from the Small Business Administration and operates as a sub-center of the University of Houston SBDC. The center provides consultation and counseling services to small businesses in the service area and serves as an economic development catalyst in helping businesses create jobs. These services provide information and advice for starting-up, resolving operational problems, developing resources and funding, and training. The center also provides a special service with on-site SBA officers who directly assist small business owners with small business loan services.

On average the center helps package $10 million in business loans annually and provides business start-ups. In addition, the center operates a computer resource center for individualized client training and practice in small business computer operations and software. The center also has a continuing schedule of seminars which address business start-up, funding, marketing, bookkeeping, advertising, creating business plans, management and computer operations and software.

Procurement Assistance Center

Call (936) 633-5432 for Information

The Angelina College Procurement Assistance Center was established in September 1992 under a continuing grant from the U.S. Department of Defense, with the assistance of Congressman Charles Wilson and the TLL Temple Foundation. The purpose of the center is to provide assistance to businesses and industries in economically depressed counties in East Texas to create jobs and resources through bidding and contracting with the federal government to produce goods needed by the government. The staff of the center provides individualized services to business clients through computer matching of businesses with potential contacts and assists them with the contract bidding process and paperwork leading to a formal contract award. In addition, the center provides communities and counties with economic development presentations and offers seminars on government contracting, bidding and procurement throughout the college service area.

Angelina College Police Academy

Call (936) 633-5328 for Information

Angelina College was issued a license to operate a police academy in 12 East Texas counties in September 1993 by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Organization Standards and Education (TCLEOSE). The academy will offer basic, in-service and reserve officer training courses at sites throughout East Texas with the assistance of an advisory board which assists in directing the academy. The academy will receive funding from Angelina College, the Deep East Texas Council of Governments and law enforcement departments. The academy will also offer training needed by juvenile and adult probation and parole officers, and the courses in drug enforcement. The first training by the academy began late Fall 1993.


(Pell eligible program)






Fire Academy

Call (936) 633-5366 for Information

Angelina College established a fire academy in 1998-99 which is approved under the rules and regulations of the Texas Commission on Fire Protection and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Programs to be offered include basic volunteer firefighter certification, paid firefighter certification, and numerous firefighter continuing education topics for re-licensure.


(Pell eligible program)



In order to secure work as a paid firefighter after completion of the program, the student must also enroll in and complete a basic EMT (Emergency Medical Services) course at Angelina College. This course may be taken before, during or after the fire academy program.

Health Occupations Programs of Community Services

Call (936) 633-5377 for Information

Health Occupations provides training in many medical fields which offer a state or national certification to work for students. Two of these training programs are approved as non-credit certificate programs by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and offer national certifications upon completion and are eligible for financial assistance. These two programs are Clinical Medical Laboratory Assistant and Medical Assistant. Other programs which offer a certification for work include (CNA) Certified Nurse Aide in Long-Term Care, (CMA) Certified Medication Aide, Phlebotomy, Medical Coding, Medical Records, Health Unit Coordinator, Patient Care Technician, Medical Insurance and Billing, Activity Director for Nursing Homes, and Certified Restorative Aide, State Schools and Prisons. Health Occupations also offers the continuing education update for retaining licensure in all these programs. Finally, the Health Occupations Department also offers Nurse Re-entry courses for RN’s and LVN’s who want to renew licenses, a variety of CPR and life support courses for various professions and health occupations support courses such as Medical Terminology and Anatomy & Physiology.

The Health Occupations Department also works with numerous local high schools to bring certification to work courses to high school students throughout the college service area. Courses are offered on campus and in many off-campus locations in the college service area.

Angelina College was granted approval to offer two new non-credit certificate programs from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in October 2008. These two new programs will begin in Spring 2009. The first program is Clinical Medical Laboratory Assistant and the second is Medical Assistant. Both programs offer national testing and certification for employment from the American Medical Technologists (AMT).

The Clinical Medical Laboratory Assistant program prepares the student to operate the laboratory and to do all patient testing in a physician’s office. The assistant also supervises patients and performs check-in in a physician’s office. The program consists of the following courses offered in one semester:


(320 HOURS)

  • MLAB1001 Introduction to Clinical Laboratory Science
  • EMSP 1019 CPR Basic Life Support
  • PLAB 1023 Phlebotomy
  • PLAB 1060 Clinical I-Phlebotomy
  • MLAB 2038 Advanced Topics in Medical Laboratory Technician

The Medical Assistant program prepares the student to draw blood and give injections in a physician’s office under the supervision of the doctor or physician’s assistant (PA). The assistant also answers phones, handles insurance and billing for the office and provides instructions to patients on medical conditions. The program consists of the following courses offered in two consecutive semesters:


(720 HOURS)

First Semester:

  • EMSP 1019 CPR Basic Life Support
  • COMG 1045 High Powered Communication
  • MDCA 1013 Medical Terminology
  • MDCA 1021 Administrative Procedures
  • MDCA 1043 Medical Insurance

Second Semester:

  • MDCA 1002 Human Disease/Pathophysiology
  • MDCA 1017 Procedures in a Clinical Setting
  • MDCA 1052 Medical Assistant Laboratory Procedures
  • MDCA 1061 Clinical

Angelina College Adult Education

Angelina College has added an exciting new component to its mission of community services. Effective July 1, 1999 the adult education programs located in Angelina, Nacogdoches, Sabine, and San Augustine counties became part of Angelina College. On July 1, 2014, services were expanded to include Houston, Jasper, Newton, Polk, San Jacinto, Trinity, and Tyler counties. Administrative authority for the operation of adult education in these counties has been vested in the office of the Dean of Community Services. Angelina College looks forward to continuing and building upon the many educational services the adult education programs provide to people in their communities. The general services provided by the adult education sites include GED preparation, English as a Second Language, U.S. citizenship courses, literacy, basic skills improvement, and transitioning to college and career. The Angelina College Adult Education program is located in the Technology and Workforce building on campus and in the off-campus centers located in Crockett, Jasper, Livingston, and Nacogdoches. The hours of operation are 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., Monday – Thursday and 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Friday.

Ropes Challenge Course

A new ropes challenge course has been constructed on the AC campus through a partnership with the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council. This course will benefit the clients of numerous community agencies as well as employees of business and industry and persons from the general public. The new course is under the auspices of the Community Services Division of Angelina College. The course consists of twelve low and seven high elements which can be used by contracting or registering through Community Services Division. The cost of use will be $25 per person per 8 hours for non-profit agencies and $45 per person per 8 hours for all other entities. The purpose of the ropes course is to promote human development and enrich life through experiential play and challenge. The course is known to improve self-confidence, enhance communication skills, develop decision making skills, teach conflict resolution, teach leadership skills, promote trust and teamwork, develop responsibility, develop group awareness and cohesion, and improve physical fitness. Those interested in scheduling use of this course should call (936) 633-5206. A complete packet of information and registration materials will be available. The college and the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council have certified instructors to instruct the course.

Program Areas

The Community Services Division offers programs scheduled and categorized in the areas of CAREER DEVELOPMENT, CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT, PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT, ADULT LEARNING CENTER PROGRAMS and BUSINESS & INDUSTRIAL CONTRACT TRAINING. Course offerings may be face-to-face, distance learning or Internet-based.


This program encompasses the largest set of offerings in the division and provides all of the individual, business, industrial and non-profit job and contract training, retraining, upgrading, licensing and certification services. The career development program is divided into offering areas which include business, insurance and real estate; computer operations; educational, technical and vocational occupations; food service occupations; and health career occupations.

Business, Insurance and Real Estate Occupations 

Bank Teller Training Government Bidding and Contracting
Bookkeeping  Legal Secretary
Business Soft Skills   Secretarial Office Skills
Continuing Education for CPAs  Small Business Computers
Grant Writing  Small Business Development

Computer Occupations:

Computers for Senior Citizens Microsoft Excel
Desktop Publishing Microsoft Office
EBay, Buying and Selling Microsoft Word
Facebook QuickBooks Pro
Microsoft Computer Professional Certifications  QuickBooks Payroll

Educational, Technical, Workforce Occupations:

Backhoe Operator Certification MSSC Certification
Basic Peace Officer Occupationally Specific English
Basic Sign Language OSHA Certification Courses
Blueprint Reading Paid Firefighter Certification
Child Development Associate in English & Spanish Police Academy In-Service Continuing Education
Child Development Continuing Education Security Officer Training
Continuing Education for Peace Officers Small Engine Repair
Contract Training for Industry Starlink for Professional Development
Firefighter Continuing Education Volunteer Firefighter Certification
Floral Design Water & Wastewater Certification
Forklift Safety and Operation Welding
Hazardous Materials Certification Wildfire Academy

Food Service Occupations:

Food Service Supervisor for Nursing Homes


Business and Industrial Contract Training:

The Community Services Division offers contract training for workforce development in the college service area and has resources and expertise in many areas. Some contracts are provided with grant assistance from the state of Texas in skill development funds. Services and course offerings include:

  • Customization of training to company needs
  • Distance education opportunities & industrial start-up
  • Evaluation of offered training
  • Programs to determine direction & effectiveness and to measure accomplishments
  • Negotiation of contractual arrangements
  • Utilizing Plato computerized developmental programs for determining workforce skills
  • WorkKeys testing and assessment
  • World class programs in leadership & management training which are nationally recognized and certified

Health Occupations:  

Activity Director for Nursing Homes

Activity Director Update

Adult CPR

Certified Medical Assistant

Certified Medical Lab Assistant

Certified Nurse Aide Continuing Education

Certified Restorative Nurse Aide

Community CPR

CPR Health Care Provider

Health Unit Coordinating

Insurance Coding

Medical Coding

Medical Office Billing

Medical Records Clerk

Medical Terminology

Medical Spanish

Medication Aide

Medication Aide Update

Nurse Aide Long Term Care

Nurse Aide Refresher

Nurse (LVN & RN) Re-entry

Office Laboratory Technology

Phlebotomy Certification

Standard First Aid & CPR

Cultural Development Program:

The cultural development program offers courses to foster cultural awareness and appreciation, stimulate aesthetic enjoyment, encourage humanitarian perspectives and increase leisure opportunities. Offerings include:

AC/Lufkin Community Band

Art Workshops

Conversational Spanish

Creative Writing

Gemstones & Jewelry

Piano Workshops

Sci-fi Fantasy Writing


Personal Development Program:

This program assists persons in their physical, social and psychological development with a wide variety of short course offering which impart knowledge and skills for personal interest:

Cake Decorating

Creative Arts & Crafts

Creative Writing

Crocheting & Knitting

Christmas Crafts

Driver Safety Course

Electricity, Basic Home

Estate Planning

Financial Survival for Retirement

Flower Arranging

German Cooking

Homecoming Mums

Medicaid & Disability Planning

Motorcycle Operator Course


Ropes Course


Stretch & Flex

Student Seminars

a. TSI Study Sessions

b. TSI review

Wills & Powers of Attorney


Adult Learning Center Courses:

The following offerings are available without participant charge to citizens of the community:

Adult Basic Education

Basic Computer & Business Skills

English as a Second Language

GED Test Preparation

SAT Test Preparation

Test of Adult Basic Education

Tutoring & Counseling

U.S. Citizenship

Course Schedules and Registration

Schedules of course offerings are available a month prior to the beginning of each semester. The schedule can be picked up in the Community Services Building or be mailed upon request. A schedule is printed for fall, spring and summer. Registration for the Community Services classes is on a first-come, first-served basis, and many courses are limited in size. Students may register for any course in room 101 of the Community Services Building from 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday or 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Friday. Dates for registration at off-campus centers are published in the schedule. Students may register online at

Continuing Education Units (C.E.U.’s)

Angelina College awards continuing education units (C.E.U.’s) to individuals who have successfully completed educational activities for which academic credit is not awarded. The C.E.U., by nation-wide definition, is “ten contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education adult or extension experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction”. The C.E.U. is a means of recording and accounting for the various continuing education activities that one accumulated over a period of years, in transcript form.


Faculty members are selected upon the basis of competency and motivation from college faculty and from leading business and professional men and women in the community.


Charges for non-credit courses vary with the length and requirements of the course. The average cost of a course is $55.00. Course charges range from $20 to $1600, with cost determined by length of course, instructional costs, and materials and supplies used. Course fees are published in each semester’s schedule. The college offers TPEG financial aid through the Financial Aid Office. Many students also qualify for assistance through the Texas Workforce Commission. Organizations may request third party billing arrangements to enroll students.

Withdrawing From Courses

Students wishing to withdraw from a credit-free course may do so at any time by notifying their instructor. However, those seeking a refund must notify the Community Services Division Office either by calling, in person, or in writing. Refunds will be issued according to the refund schedule (See index).