AEL Online Training Options


The adult education program has partnered with East Central College’s Center for Workforce Development. The partnership allows students to attend classes in the English Language program or the College and Career Readiness program as well as completing online coursework. Students in the College and Career Readiness Program will also have an opportunity to complete their high school education by taking the ETS High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) if they do not have a high school diploma. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify.


Short-term training programs available to students enrolled in the adult education program (50 hour class minimum):

· Digital Literacy Essentials

· Microsoft Office Essentials: Excel

· Business Communication Essentials

· Customer Service Essentials

· Career Building Essentials

· English Language Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking

Career Training Options

Training options for a new career in just 13-16 weeks while you are also enrolled in the AEL program. Students must continue to participate in the AEL program while enrolled in these courses. Course fees are listed. Some students may be eligible for financial assistance.

Certified Nursing Assistant (ECC Union Campus)

The CNA training program prepares individuals for employment in a long-term care facility. The program teaches skills in resident care under the direct supervision of a licensed nurse. 

The state approved course requires the individual to complete 75 hours of classroom training, 100 hours of on-the-job training and successfully complete a two-part final examination. The two-part final examination includes a written (or oral) and practicum examination. Some of the topics covered include: basic nursing skills; fire safety; disaster training; resident safety and rights; and social and psychological problems of residents and the methods of caring for the mentally confused residents, such as those with Alzheimer’s disease. 

The fee for this course is $1,300.

Intro to HVAC (ECC Union Campus)

In this course students learn the safe operation of hand and power tools used in the HVAC industry. Students learn the proper techniques in the use of testing equipment of high pressure refrigeration systems and the basic operation of components typically in air conditioning systems. Students will also learn the safety precautions needed to work on electrical systems used in the industry. In the second half of the program, students learn the safety precautions needed to work on electrical systems, learn to design basic electrical diagrams and apply diagrams to industry standards used in the HVAC industry. Concepts of advanced electrical volt, amp and resistance meters for data taking and troubleshooting of systems.

Learn a basic understanding of electrical components used in the industry. Students will also learn the refrigerant cycle and the change of state of the refrigerant throughout the mechanical system. If you work with, maintain service, repair, or dispose of appliances which contain refrigerants, you are required to have EPA certification. Fees include a review book, 12-hour-in-class review, test, and certification fees. Online testing for EPA 608 certification is available after completion of this course.

The fee for this course is $1,600.

General Maintenance Assistant (ECC Rolla North Campus)

A Maintenance Assistants (MA) certificate prepares an individual to the understanding of the skills needed to ensure that facilities are clean and in good operating condition. Individuals who are maintenance assistants are typically under the supervision of an experienced supervisor of maintenance providing assistants oversight to day-to day tasks. Maintenance assistant training is the first step in a career path to s supervisory position. Additional training may be required.

The responsibilities of a MA may include cleaning buildings and rooms, and performing general maintenance and repair of the building, grounds, and equipment. Maintenance assistants work in a variety of facilities to include manufacturing where general tasks may include maintaining machinery and production equipment. Oher workplace environments include schools, office buildings, hospitals, and residential buildings. This certificate is intended to introduce foundation skills and allow the student to explore career pathways into advance positions such as Maintenance Supervisor.

The fee for this course is $1,600.

Register online at www.eastcentral.edu/ael or call (844) 322-4235 to register

To confirm your funding eligibility for the Fast Track programs, contact the area job center in your community.

Washington Job Center
Kim Kopp
kkopp@mersgoodwill.org
636.583.9649

Rolla Job Center
Trish Rogers
progers@copicinc.org
573.364.7030

Job Centers for Warren, Lincoln and Montgomery Counties
Janet Hickey
jhickey@boonslick.org
636.456.9467