While many Continuing Education courses have special attendance requirements, 80 percent attendance is the general requirement for Continuing Education if the individual is to receive a Certificate of Completion from the College. Students should take note of attendance requirements upon beginning a course of instruction since requirements are announced at the beginning of every course. Be sure to ask about State Regulated courses that require a specific number of hours to qualify for a certification from a credentialing body.
A student may not audit a course or any portion thereof without first paying the entire tuition and fee.
Continuing Professional Education (CPEs)
Palo Alto College is approved by the State Board for Educator Certification to provide CPE activities to Educators for certificate renewal purposes. All Texas Educators who hold a Standard Certificate must renew it every five (5) years. As a condition of renewal, superintendents and principals will be required to complete 200 clock hours of CPE, and all other educators must complete 150 hours.
Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and Course Certificates
Palo Alto College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award CEUs for some courses. Satisfactory completion of ten clock hours of qualified instruction equals 1.0 CEUs. Transcripts listing CEU credits satisfactorily completed will be available upon request. Otherwise, a certificate of completion is awarded upon course completion.
Corporate Education (CE) to Credit
CE students will have the option to earn college credit for qualifying CE training which will lead towards an Associate’s degree at Palo Alto College. A six-hour academic requirement must be met before the CE training can be transferred into college credit.
Courses are subject to cancellation if the predetermined minimum enrollment is not attained. If a class is cancelled, students will be contacted by phone prior to the first class meeting. A 100% refund will be granted or the student may request to be transferred to another available class. Continuing Education reserves the right to cancel classes, or change times, dates, and locations, or course offerings due to low enrollment. Students will be notified as soon as possible by phone, of cancellation, date changes, and time changes.
Continuing Education students are allowed to park in designated “student parking” free of charge.
Professional Development and Continuing Education classes are primarily designed to serve adult learners. Students between the ages of 15 and 17 must have written parental permission and 13 -to 14- years-old students must have a parent enrolled in the same class. Some courses are designed especially for younger students, older students, or for a specific educational level. Requirements will be noted in the course description.