Programs for Adults

Adult education and apprenticeship training at CATEC covers a range of technical education courses. The career and technical offerings will help you enhance current skills, gain new knowledge for increased job marketability, continue life-long learning, make life more enjoyable, or simply to have fun.  CATEC will provide a positive place for learning.  The apprenticeship programs are approved by the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry and provide employer sponsors and their employees with the required related technical instruction hours needed to satisfy a full apprenticeship program.

  • Deborah Gannon, Apprenticeship and Adult Programs Coordinator
  • Tina Zimmerman, Adult Education Office Assistant

Continuing Education Course

CATEC’s Continuing Education Courses include Professional/Trade Programs, Health Services, and Computer Training.

  • Registration will open October 28, 2019
  • Scholarships and Payment Plans are available (see Resources at top of page)
  • The deadline to apply for a scholarship is December 13, 2019.
  • To register – call (434) 973-1945 or stop by the Adult Education office.
  • For more information – click the Ask a Question button, complete the form, and a CATEC Adult Education representative will contact you.

Auto Body Surface Preparation and Refinishing

Course #:ABC
Dates:01/9/20 - 04/16/20 Day:Thursday Times:5:00-9:00
Tuition:$600 Text Cost: Total Fees:$600

This hands-on class will satisfy any auto body enthusiast who is looking to learn skills to enhance the opportunity for employment in the industry or if you are just looking to restore a personal vehicle.  Classroom topics to include: surface preparation for paint, buffing and paint restoration, masking/taping, types of automotive paint, application paint (base coat/clear coat), and spray gun operation and maintenance.

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Introduction to Auto Technology

Course #:ATA
Dates:01/06/20 - 04/20/20 Day:Monday Times: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Tuition:$500.00 Text Cost:$100.00 (subject to change) Total Fees:$600.00

This course is part of a three semester program which prepares individuals to work as an Automotive Technician. The program covers engines, electrical systems, lubrication, ignitions and much more.

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Auto Electricity & Engine Performance

Course #:ATB
Dates:01/08/20 - 04/15/20 Day:Wednesday Times:5:00 PM –8:00 PM
Tuition:$500.00 Text Cost: Total Fees:$500.00

Prerequisite: Introduction to Auto Technology

This course is the second semester of a three semester program which prepares individuals to work as an Automotive Technician. The program covers engines, electrical systems, lubrication, ignitions and much more.

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Transmissions, Steering, Brakes & Suspension

Course #:ATC
Dates:01/09/20 - 04/16/20 Day:Thursday Times:5:00 PM –8:00 PM
Tuition:$500.00 Text Cost: Total Fees:$500.00

Prerequisite: Auto Electricity & Engine Performance

This course is the semester of a three semester program which prepares individuals to work as an auto technician. The program covers engines, electrical systems, lubrication, ignitions and much more.

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Nurse Aide ETT

Course #:CNA
Dates:8/27/19 - 10/24/19 Day:Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday Times:5:00 PM - 9:00 PM (7:00 AM - 3:30 PM Saturday clinical days)
Tuition:$775.00 Text Cost:Optional Total Fees:$775.00

This Virginia Approved Nurse Education Program (120 program hours in written or oral and clinical skills) prepares students to take the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program examination.  The course consists of classroom and clinical instruction. Clinical instruction takes place on Saturdays during the last 6 weeks of the program, in addition to the regular evening classroom hours. A PPD (TB) skin test is required and must be completed prior to clinicals.   Tuition includes one set of scrubs and you can borrow a textbook.

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Nurse Aide MW

Course #:CNA
Dates:9/9/19 - 11/6/19 Day:Monday, Wednesday, Saturday Times:5:00 PM - 9:00 PM (7:00 AM - 3:30 PM Saturday clinical days)
Tuition:$775.00 Text Cost: Total Fees:$775.00

This Virginia Approved Nurse Education Program (120 program hours in written or oral and clinical skills) prepares students to take the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program examination.  The course consists of classroom and clinical instruction. Clinical instruction takes place on Saturdays during the last 6 weeks of the program, in addition to the regular evening classroom hours. A PPD (TB) skin test is required and must be completed prior to clinicals.   Tuition includes one set of scrubs and you can borrow a textbook.

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Nurse Aide MWF

Course #:CNA
Dates:8/26/19 - 10/4/19 Day:Monday, Wednesday, Friday Times:8:30 AM- 1:00 PM (Clinical days run from 7:00AM-3:30PM)
Tuition:$775.00 Text Cost: Total Fees:$775.00

This Virginia Approved Nurse Education Program (120 program hours in written or oral and clinical skills) prepares students to take the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program examination.  The course consists of classroom and clinical instruction. Clinical instruction takes place Wednesdays and/or Fridays during the last 6 weeks of the program, in addition to the regular daytime classroom hours. A PPD (TB) skin test is required and must be completed prior to clinicals.   Tuition includes one set of scrubs and you can borrow a textbook.

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IT Essentials/A+

Course #:CNPF
Dates: 8/15/19 - 12/10/19 Day:Thursday Times:5:00 - 9:00
Tuition:$900 Text Cost: Total Fees:$900

This course will prepare students to take the CompTia A+ exam. You will be prepared to be an entry level computer service professional in installing, maintaining, customizing, and operating personal computers.  You will also learn the IT Essentials skills, including networking and security.

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Cosmetolgy Pre-Apprenticeship

Course #:CSA
Dates:9/9/19 - 10/21/19 Day:Monday Times:5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Tuition:$350.00 Text Cost: Total Fees:$350.00

This is six-week program allows adults interested in the Cosmetology field to enhance employment opportunities through course work. Course teaches hands-on skills to prepare students to become employed as a salon assistant or an apprentice in a salon. Classroom topics include:  infection control, properties of the hair and scalp, manicures, shampoo and conditioning, and hair styling.

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Dental Assistant

Course #:DNT
Dates:01/07/20 - 04/16/20 Day:Tuesday, Thursday Times:6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Tuition:$925.00 Text Cost:$85.00 Total Fees:$1010.00

This certificate program is designed to provide students with the basic skills and knowledge to begin work as a Dental Assistant.  The coursework will prepare students to take exams to become certified in Radiation Hygiene and Safety and  Infection Control.  After two years working in the field, graduates of the program are eligible to take the national examination to become a certified Dental Assistant.

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Pharmacy Technician

Course #:PHT
Dates:01/07/20 - 04/16/20 Day:Tuesday, Thursday Times:6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Tuition:$925.00 Text Cost:$155.00 (subject to change) Total Fees:$1080.00

This certificate program is designed to provide students with the basic skills and knowledge to begin work as a Pharmacy Technician.  The coursework will fulfill the requirements of the Board of Pharmacy and prepare students to take the national PTCE – Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination.

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Apprenticeship Programs

  • Registration will open October 28, 2019
  • Scholarships and Payment Plans are available (see Resources at top of page)
  • The deadline to apply for a scholarship is December 13, 2019.
  • To register – call (434) 973-1945 or stop by the Adult Education office.
  • For more information – click the Ask a Question button, complete the form, and a CATEC Adult Education representative will contact you.

Barbering Apprenticeship (Online)

Course #:BR1.1
Dates:Virtual Day:Virtual Times:
Tuition:$600.00 Text Cost: Total Fees:$600.00

State Requirements for Licensure

  • Must be working in a salon 36-40 hours per week as an apprentice.
  • Virtual 35 week course Covers Written theory of Barbering/Cosmetology
  • 3,000 hours of practical and related instruction
  • Exam is written and practical.
  • Apprentices MUST be registered with the Virginia Department of Labor for 18 months to be eligible to take the licensing exam.

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Cosmetology Apprenticeship (Online)

Course #:CS1.1
Dates:Virtual Day:Virtual Times:Virtual
Tuition:$600.00 Text Cost: Total Fees:$600.00

State Requirements for Licensure

  • Must be working in a salon 36-40 hours per week as an apprentice.
  • Virtual course covers written theory of Cosmetology
  • 3000 hours of practical and related instruction.
  • Exam is written and practical.Apprentices MUST be registered with the Virginia Department of Labor for 18 months to be eligible to take the licensing exam.

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CY1.2 Carpentry Fundamentals ll

Course #:CY1.2
Dates:01/06/20 - 04/20/20 Day:Monday Times:6:00-9:00
Tuition:$560.00 Text Cost: Total Fees:$560.00

This course is designed for individuals who are working full-time as a carpenter or carpenter’s helper and registered with the Virginia Department of Labor & Industry. The class provides classroom instruction,  hands-on instruction, and demonstrations.

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CY3.2 Carpentry Forms Il

Course #:CY3.2
Dates:01/08/20 - 04/15/20 Day:Wednesday Times:5:00-8:00
Tuition:$560.00 Text Cost: Total Fees:$560.00

This course is the third year program for individuals who are working full-time as a carpenter or carpenter’s helper and are registered with the Virginia Department of Labor & Industry. The class provides classroom instruction with some  hands-on lessons.

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CY4.2 Advanced Carpentry ll

Course #:CY4.2
Dates:01/09/20 - 04/16/20 Day:Thursday Times:5:00-8:00
Tuition:$560.00 Text Cost: Total Fees:$560.00

This course is the final semester for apprentices who are working full-time as a carpenter or carpenter’s helper and are registered with the Virginia Department of Labor & Industry. The class provides classroom instruction and hands-on instruction.

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EY1.1 Introduction to Electricity

Course #:EY1.2
Dates:01/06/20 - 05/11/20 OR 01/07/20 - 05/05/20 Day:Monday, Tuesday Times:6:00-9:00
Tuition:$560.00 Text Cost: Total Fees:$560.00

This is the second half of a course designed for first year apprentices who are working full-time as an Electrician’s helper and registered with the Virginia Department of Labor & Industry. The class provides classroom instruction, hands-on instruction, and demonstrations.

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EY2.1 Alternating Current and Grounding

Course #:EY2.1
Dates: 8/20/19 - 11/26/19 Day:Tuesday Times:6:00-9:00
Tuition:$560.00 Text Cost:$100.00 Total Fees:$660.00

This course is designed for apprentices who are working full-time as an Electrician’s helper and registered with the Virginia Department of Labor & Industry. The class provides classroom instruction, hands-on instruction, and demonstrations.

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EY3.1 Load Calculations and Distribution

Course #:EY3.1
Dates: 8/21/19 - 12/4/19 Day:Wednesday Times:6:00-9:00
Tuition:$560.00 Text Cost:$100.00 Total Fees:$660.00

This course is designed for third year apprentices who are working full-time as an Electrician’s helper and registered with the Virginia Department of Labor & Industry. The class provides classroom instruction,  hands-on instruction, and demonstrations.

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EY4.1 Practical Applications and Basic Electronic Theory

Course #:EY4.1
Dates: 8/22/19 - 12/12/19 Day:Thursday Times:6:00-9:00
Tuition:$560.00 Text Cost: Total Fees:$560.00

This course is designed for fourth year apprentices who are working full-time as an Electrician’s helper and registered with the Virginia Department of Labor & Industry. The class provides classroom instruction, some hands-on instruction, and demonstrations.

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HV1.2 Introduction to Heating and Cooling ll

Course #:HV1.2
Dates:01/06/20 - 05/11/20 Day:Monday Times:6:00-9:00
Tuition:$560.00 Text Cost: Total Fees:$560.00

This course is the second half of the first year apprenticeship program.  The students are working full-time as a HVAC Technician’s helper and are registered with the Virginia Department of Labor & Industry. The class provides classroom instruction, hands-on instruction, and demonstrations.

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HV2.2 HVAC NCCER Level ll

Course #:HV2.2 HVAC NCCER Level ll
Dates:01/06/20 - 5/11/20 OR 01/07/20 - 05/05/20 Day:Monday, Tuesday Times:6:00-9:00
Tuition:$560.00 Text Cost: Total Fees:$560.00

This course is designed for second year apprentices who are working full-time as an HVAC Technician’s helper and registered with the Virginia Department of Labor & Industry. The class provides classroom instruction, hands-on instruction, and demonstrations.

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HV3.2 HVAC NCCER Level lll

Course #:HV3.2
Dates:01/08/20 - 04/15/20 Day:Wednesday Times:5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Tuition:$560.00 Text Cost: Total Fees:$560.00

This is the second half of a course designed for third year apprentices who are working full-time as an HVAC Technician’s helper and registered with the Virginia Department of Labor & Industry. The NCCER curriculum is followed. The class provides classroom instruction, hands-on instruction, and demonstrations.

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HV4.2 Mechanical Codes

Course #:HV4.2
Dates:01/09/20 - 04/16/20 Day:Thursday Times:5:30 – 8:30
Tuition:$560.00 Text Cost: Total Fees:$560.00

This course is designed for fourth year apprentices who are working full-time as an HVAC Technician or Technician’s helper and are registered with the Virginia Department of Labor & Industry. Students study the International Mechanical Code to prepare for their Journeyman’s exam.

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PG1.1 Introduction to Plumbing

Course #:PG1.1
Dates:8/19/19 - 12/2/19 Day:Monday Times:6:00-9:00
Tuition:$560.00 Text Cost:$100.00 Total Fees:$660.00

This course is designed for first year apprentices who are working full-time in the plumbing industry and are registered with the Virginia Department of Labor & Industry. The class provides classroom instruction, hands-on instruction and demonstrations.

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PG2.1 Fundamentals of Plumbing l

Course #:PG2.1
Dates:8/20/19 - 11/26/19 Day:Tuesday Times:6:00-9:00
Tuition:$560.00 Text Cost:$100.00 Total Fees:$660.00

This course is designed for second year apprentices who are working full-time in the plumbing industry and are registered with the Virginia Department of Labor & Industry. The class provides classroom instruction, hands-on instruction and demonstrations.

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PG3.1 Water Systems and Pipe Sizing

Course #:PG3.1
Dates:8/21/19 - 12/4/19 Day:Wednesday Times:6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Tuition:$560.00 Text Cost:$100.00 Total Fees:$660.00

This course is designed for third year apprentices who are working full-time in the plumbing industry and are registered with the Virginia Department of Labor & Industry. The class provides classroom instruction, hands-on instruction and demonstrations.

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PG4.1 International Plumbing Code

Course #:PG4.1
Dates:8/22/19 - 12/12/19 Day:Thursday Times:6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Tuition:$560.00 Text Cost:$90.00 Total Fees:$650.00

This course is designed for fourth year apprentices who are working full-time in the plumbing industry and are registered with the Virginia Department of Labor & Industry. The course provides classroom instruction to prepare students to take the Virginia Tradesman examination to become a licensed plumber.

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