Due to an urgent need for multi-disciplined health care providers and skilled tradespeople in the area, the Temple College Adult Education and Literacy program is providing a limited number of scholarships for training and certification in several new programs.

Select individuals can receive tuition-free training and certification in Comprehensive Patient Care Technician (PCT/EKG/Phlebotomy), Certified Nurse Aide (CNA), Solar Energy technician and Residential Wireman.

Registration is open now until slots are filled. Select individuals who meet requirements will receive a scholarship that covers 100% of tuition and certification testing fees. Students in this program will receive contextualized adult basic education instruction that mitigates potential barriers in education that adult learners may face. In addition, all participants receive workforce preparation training and job placement assistance.

Comprehensive Patient Care Technician (PCT/EKG/Phlebotomy)

The Patient Care Technician (PCT) can serve as a valuable first step into the world of professional health care. Duties are primarily focused on working closely with patients in conjunction with nurses and with other health care team members

The 18-week curriculum includes classroom, laboratory exercises and supervised clinical hours, which may come in the form of internship or externships. The PCT training program will educate students on the duties and responsibilities of taking vital signs, providing basic patient care (bathing, feeding, catheter care, personal hygiene and grooming, bed making, positioning and turning, assisting patients in range of motion exercise and ambulation); performing phlebotomy essentials, including proper blood collection and testing procedures; performing standard 12-lead EKG; providing proper wound care, pressure ulcer prevention and more.

Certified Nurse Aides (CNA)

Certified Nurse Aides work in health care facilities, where they assist nurses in providing patient care. Nurse aides perform basic care functions such as bathing, grooming and feeding patients, assisting nurses with medical equipment and checking patients’ vital signs under the supervision of a licensed vocational nurse or a registered nurse. They work in many types of health care facilities, including hospitals, long‐term care facilities, home health agencies, community health clinics, hospices and physicians’ offices. The addition of enhanced telemetry training provides the basic knowledge needed to assist and specialize in electrocardiography, a need identified by current health care employers.

Solar Energy Technician

This program prepares individuals to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of engineers and other professionals engaged in developing solar-powered energy systems. The course includes instruction in solar energy principles, energy storage and transfer technologies, testing and inspection procedures, system maintenance procedures and report preparation.

Other topics include site analysis, system sizing, array configuration and electricity basics; electrical design characteristics, such as wiring, overcurrent protection and grounding; a detailed look at module and inverter specifications and characteristics; mounting methods for various roof structures and ground mounts; and an introduction to safety, construction management commissioning and more.

This six-week, six-module course will provide students with the skills and training necessary for entry level positions as solar PV installers. Starting with the PV fundamentals, and a solid understanding of various components, system architectures and applications for PV systems, students will obtain in-depth knowledge PV Solar.

Residential Wireman

Residential Wiremen install and distribute electrical power in single and multi-family dwellings. They may install the main circuit breaker box, plan and install electrical lines in new or existing construction, and troubleshoot and make repairs to faulty lines and systems. The residential wiremen construction industry is one of the biggest sectors of the American economy. Opportunities are available for people to work at all levels in the construction industry, including residential wiremen who handle tools and materials on the job site.

This program is a 160-hour, eight-week course designed to provide students with more advance theoretical knowledge and basic “hands-on” skills needed to achieve job proficiency. In addition to the topics such as National Electrical Code (NEC), sizing electrical boxes, circuit conductors, sizing fuses or circuits breakers, the program mainly focuses on hands-on wiring skills, which includes – but is not limited to – proper use of hand and power tools, splicing wires together, attaching electrical boxes to building framing members, fishing cable in an existing wall and installing an overhead service entrance. The training also includes coverage of green wiring practices.

These Temple College Adult Education and Literacy courses will be offered in partnership with the Temple College’s Workforce and Continuing Education Division, and the Training Center of Central Texas. Those who are selected for the program must meet all attendance requirements to fulfill contract obligations.

For more information, contact Marcia Temple at (254) 298-8626 or marcia.temple@templejc.edu; or contact Javier Ruiz at (254) 298-8578 or javier.ruiz@templejc.edu.