Community and Business Education Center

Community, Business, and Allied Health Programs
Community, Business and Allied Health courses, workshops, and seminars are offered throughout the year. These courses have been carefully organized to provide lifelong learning opportunities for people of all ages who desire to develop both personally and professionally, upgrade job skills or participate in community activities. In presenting these educational services, we have committed ourselves to the values of quality in everything we do, creatively developing new courses and constantly improving the existing ones.  Whether you want to learn a new hobby or are seeking a career change or advancement, we offer an array of classes to help you reach your goals.

Length of courses depends upon the time needed to cover the subject and/or state program training requirements. Fees vary, as do the actual costs of conducting each course; however, fees are structured to be affordable to anyone who is genuinely interested in continuing their education.  Select programs qualify for funding sources, grants, or scholarship funds.   Schedules are printed in the spring, summer, and fall, and copies are available in the Community and Business Education Center located on the 1st floor of the Administration Building. Information can also be accessed by going to the TC Website and clicking the Community and Business Education tab. You may choose from a variety of options. Offerings vary from semester to semester depending on current demands and trends.

Community, Business, and Allied Health Courses

Personal Enrichment

  • Computer Education
  • Crafts, Music, and Language
  • Fitness and Wellness
  • Special Interests

Business and Industry:

Business Skills

  • Customized Training
  • Exploring Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership Academy
  • Service Excellence

Online E-Learning Business Skills Courses

We offer leading workforce education and training programs to students, professionals, trade organizations and employers by providing best-in-class E-Learning courses, externship opportunities and related support services. Through engaging online E-Learning programs coupled with one-on-one student support, both new students and seasoned professionals have the ability to complete comprehensive courses in high-demand disciplines and related certifications in every field including:

  • Accounting Math Professional
  • Accounting Professional
  • Business Communication Professional
  • Business Information Systems Professional
  • Business Law Specialist
  • Business Management Professional
  • Business Math Specialist
  • Economics Professional
  • Entrepreneurship Specialist
  • Finance Professional
  • Human Resources Professional
  • Lean Enterprise Professional
  • Marketing Professional
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Project Management Associate
  • Project Management Professional
  • Project Management Specialist
  • Six Sigma Professional
  • Six Sigma Specialist


Industry Skills:

  • Automotive Electrical/Electronic System Update
  • Basic & Advanced Programmable Logic Controllers
  • Basic Safety
  • Blueprint Reading for Specific Occupations
  • DIY Autobody Fundamentals
  • Forklift Certification
  • OSHA 10
  • Professional Truck Driving Academy
  • Reliability and Centered Maintenance
  • Welding Basics

Skills for Small Business Training Grant Opportunities:

Small businesses can apply to TWC for training offered by Texarkana College. This exceptional opportunity supports businesses with fewer than 100 employees and emphasizes training for new workers, though it may also help upgrade the skills of incumbent workers. Skills for Small Business emphasizes training newly hired employees, those who have been hired by the business up to twelve months prior to the date that TWC receives an application. The program pays up to $1,800 for each new employee to train and $900 for existing employees, per 12-month period. Funding for training is for full-time employees. All training must be provided by a public community or technical college, or the Texas Engineering Extension Service. No third-party vendor training is allowed. Training must be selected from active course catalogs/schedules— credit, continuing education, online or other available unpublished courses. Employers must pay the prevailing wages on the local labor market for the trainees funded under the grant.  Contact the CBE office at 903-823-3270.

Customized Business and Industry Training:

Texarkana College’s Community & Business Education Center is dedicated to providing training programs that support and enhance the skills training needs of our local businesses & industries in the Texarkana and surrounding area. We have the ability to develop and customize training even though the course is currently unavailable. We have numerous highly trained and specialized instructors and curriculum resources available that will assist us when the need arises to build quality and effective customized training within just a few weeks.  Grant opportunities may be available.  Contact Mendy Sharp, Executive Director of Business Development, 903-823-3054.

Other Special Interest

Since 1988. The Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing has offered world-class training in beginning bladesmithing, Damascus steel, handles and guards, advanced grinding and more.  Thousands of bladesmiths, including a number of master smiths and journeyman smiths, got their start at the Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing at Texarkana College.  In fact, the school was the world’s first bladesmithing school of its kind and is recognized by the American Bladesmith Association.  Contact TC Community & Business Education Center 903-823-3270 or

In-Person Bladesmithing School:

  • Introduction to Bladesmithing
  • Damascus Steel Blades
  • Handles and Guards
  • Advanced Handles and Guards
  • Slip Joint Folders
  • Brut De Forge

Online Bladesmithing School for Beginners:

This is the ultimate online training that gives you everything you need to get started as a bladesmith. Our course includes an introductory class and hands-on work for anyone interested in making quality hand-forged blades. With HD video, downloadable resources, interactive components, and self-assessments, you’ll learn the steps to forging, grinding, heat treating, and finishing your first blade. While you’ll need some tools and equipment to start working on your knife, you can access your course material and learn about techniques and vocabulary from the comfort of your couch, bed, local cafe… you name it! If you have a laptop, an Internet connection, and the basic equipment we recommend in our course, you can delve into bladesmithing online in your own time, at your own pace.  Read more at

Allied Health:

In-Person Healthcare Courses:

  • Certified Nurse Aide Course
  • Clinical Medical Assistant with Externship
  • Dental Assisting Course with Externship
  • Emergency Medical Responder & Emergency Care Attendance (ECA)
  • EMT Academy
  • EMS Remedial Education
  • Healthcare Professions Seminars
  • Medication Aid Training / Updates
  • Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Medical Billing & Coding
  • Pharmacy Technician with Externship
  • Phlebotomy Technician with Externship

ACLS & BCLS Courses (CPR):

  • ACLS
  • CPR BLS/HS Instructor Course
  • CPR Instructor Renewal
  • CPR: BLS Healthcare Provider
  • CPR: BLS Healthcare Provider Renewal
  • First Aid & Adult Pediatric with CPR/AED

Online E-Learning Healthcare Courses:

These courses are highly interactive and provide students with an enriched learning experience. Visit: .  Each course includes:

  • 24 Hour-a-day instructor support & course mentors
  • Six-month access to self-paced course
  • Engaging labs, student exercises, and course videos
  • All textbooks, workbooks, and student materials mailed to student’s home
  • A new “Secure Student Website” – including career resources & other training
  • National & state certifications available
  • Certain programs include clinical externships

Payment plans are available for all Allied Health courses, the EMT Academy, and the Truck Driving Academy.

Criminal Background Disclaimer

Select courses offered through the Community and Business Education Center require criminal background checks. Please be advised that a criminal background could keep you from being licensed by the State of Texas. If you have questions about your background and licensure, please contact the appropriate licensing agency. You also have the right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the applicable licensing agency.

The Allied Health program is an Approved Provider for Continuing Education (APCE) and meets the following licensing boards’ requirement to be listed with this status.  Healthcare professionals licensed by the following boards and attend events sponsored by our program will receive contact hours of continuing education credit to be submitted to their appropriate licensing board for license renewal.

Community & Business Education/Allied Health APCE boards:

  • American Academy of General Dentistry
  • National Administrative Board for Long Term Care Administrators
  • National Board for Certified Counselors
  • National Certification Council for Activity Professionals
  • Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners
  • Texas Juvenile Probation Commission
  • Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Texas Certification Board of Addiction Professionals
  • Texas Education Agency
  • The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians
  • The American Heart Association, Inc., for CPR, First Aid, and ACLS training
  • Texas Department of State Health Services, EMS & Trauma Systems
  • Arkansas Department of Health, Section of EMS
  • Texas Commission of Fire Protection