Most, but not all, of the programs providers below are for-profit groups offering non-credit continuing education, professional development, and career-focused online education courses and programs. Many of these providers offer these courses and programs either directly themselves thru their website or in collaboration with local colleges, and universities.
As one example of how some of these “for-profit / non-profit partnerships” work, the for-profit provider provides the online content/courses; while the colleges put in their brand endorsement/local recognition and commit to market the programs to their communities. In return for their participation in this partnership, the community colleges receive a percentage of the total revenues generated from these courses; and the actual percentage often depends greatly on the size of the potential local market and the community colleges’ total marketing commitment to the partnership.
The providers included below are provided as a reference only for those interested in non-credit programs, but AboutEdu makes no endorsement of any of these corporations or their offerings. The providers chosen to be included here were the ones we came across most often through our review of the online offerings of community colleges nationwide.
Most of these providers have different costs, payment and refund policies, AboutEdu strongly recommends you find out what the total costs (course fee, books, fees, etc) will be prior to enrolling, and also of equal importance, is that you find out what is the refund policy of these providers; as some are not able to provide you with a refund once you enter their class, but again, please check directly with the provider for the latest information.
Ed2Go, owned by Cengage Learning(www.cengage.com) - http://www.ed2go.com/ - Ed2Go offers hundreds of non-credit online courses directly thru their site or thru hundreds of colleges nationwide, and you can check on their site for which schools in your community may be offering their courses. Courses range from computer courses to creative writing to stress management to GMAT exam preparation, etc. Check their site directly for a full list of current course offerings.
Career Step, www.careerstep.com – One of the leading provider of online medical transcription and coding & billing training.
Music Industry Educators, www.musicindustryeducators.com - Music industry courses and certificate programs directly thru their site, or thru partnerships with colleges and other providers. Areas include: Music Production, Songwriting & Arranging, Music Business, Music Theory, etc. Contact the provider directly for their latest offerings, prices and partners.
Eduwhere, www.eduwhere.com – Offers web-based environmental, health and safety training. Courses that include but are not limited to: DOT Hazardous Materials Shipping for Environmental Professionals, DOT Hazardous Materials Transportation, Hazard Communication (HazCom), Hazardous Waste Management and Shipping for Environmental Professionals, IATA Dangerous Goods, Laboratory Audit Essentials, Laboratory Safety and Chemical Hygiene, MSHA Part 46 Refresher, OSHA 8 Hour Hazwoper Refresher, RCRA and DOT Refresher, RCRA Hazardous Waste Management for Generators, Shipping Infectious Substances (IATA and DOT). Check their site directly for the latest offerings, costs and college partners.
ChefCertification, www.chefcertification.com – Online chef courses; American Culinary Federation (ACF) certification courses; Food Safety certification courses, etc. Check their site for the latest offerings, costs and college partners.
Command Spanish Online, www.commandspanishonline.com – Online Spanish Language training for the workplace. Claims to not require any prior knowledge of Spanish. You can enroll directly at their site or thru their affiliate partners. Check their site directly for the latest program and cost information
Gatlin Education Services , owned by Cengage Learning(www.cengage.com) - http://www.gatlineducation.com/ - Provider of online workforce development courses and programs to colleges. Major program areas include: Healthcare and Fitness, Business and Professional, IT and Software Development, Management and Corporate, Media and Design, Hospitality and Gaming, Skilled Trades and Industrial, etc. You enroll thru their partner colleges, and you can find out at their site which schools near you are offering these their courses and programs. Some programs include externship opportunities with major companies.
ElementK, www.elementk.com, private with investment by NIIT Limited (www.niit.com) - http://www.elementk.com/index.asp?orgid=391&storyTypeID=&sid=&menuID=377& - They work with colleges and other partners to provide accredited training, blended learning subscriptions, online certification training, and others. Check with their site directly for the latest information on their offerings and partners.
360Training, www.360training.com, and http://www.360training.com/real-estate-online-courses.cfm – offers online courses and certifications ranging from online real estate, to OSHA & Safety to Insurance courses, etc. Check their site directly for latest offerings, and partners.
ProTrain, http://www.protrainedu.org/index.php – Online Training and Certification Courses and Programs; including Green/Renewable Energy; Homeland Security/Bioterrorism; Legal and Workplace Compliance, etc. Check their site for the latest program offerings and partners.
SkillsSoft, http://www.skillsoft.com, and http://www.skillsoft.com/about/credit_programs/academic_credit_programs/default.asp – Offers accredited and non-accredited online programs thru college and university partners. Check their site for the latest information.
JER Group, http://www.jergroup.com/ - Partners with colleges and universities for online workforce and continuing education training.
CIW – Certified Internet Web Professional, http://www.ciwcertified.com/ - Web-Technology and Certification programs offered directly and thru partners. Check their site for the latest offerings, costs and college partners.
American Home Inspectors Institute, www.ahit.com – Online Home Inspector courses and training.