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:01/09/20 - 04/16/20 Day:Thursday 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:01/06/20 - 04/20/20 Day:Monday 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:01/08/20 - 04/15/20 Day:Wednesday 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 MW

Course #:CNA
Dates:1/06/20 - 3/09/20 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 T Th

Course #:CNA
Dates:01/07/20 - 03/05/20 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: Total Fees:

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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IT Fundamentals

Course #:CNPI
Dates:01/08/20 - 04/15/20 Day:Wednesday Times:5:00 - 8:00
Tuition:$850 Text Cost: Total Fees:$850

This class will prepare you to take the CompTIA ITF+ certification exam. Learn the essential IT skills and knowledge needed to perform tasks commonly performed by entry-level IT professionals alike, including:

  • Using features and functions of common operating systems and establishing network connectivity
  • Identifying common software applications and their purpose
  • Using security and web browsing best practices

This class will prepare you to take the CompTIA IT Fundamentals exam.

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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

For information on the benefits of an apprenticeship visit the Central Virginia Apprenticeship Council website.

  • 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:$500.00 Text Cost: Total Fees:$500.00

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:$500.00 Text Cost: Total Fees:$500.00

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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EY1.2 Introduction to Electricity ll

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 Electrician’s helper and registered with the Virginia Department of Labor & Industry. Classroom topics include: Orientation to the Electrical Trade, Electrical Safety, Introduction to Electrical Circuits, Electrical Theory, Introduction to the National Electrical Code, Device Boxes, Hand Bending, Raceways and Fittings, Conductors and Cables, Basic Electrical Construction Drawings, Residential Electrical Services, and Electrical Test Equipment. The class provides the trade related instruction, hands-on learning and demonstrations.

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EY2.2 Alternating Current and Grounding

Course #:EY2.2
Dates:1/06/20 - 5/11/20 OR 1/07/20 - 5/05/20 Day:Monday, Tuesday Times:6:00-9:00
Tuition:$560.00 Text Cost: Total Fees:$560.00

This course is the second semester of a course designed for apprentices who are working full-time as an Electrician or Electrician’s helper and are registered with the Virginia Department of Labor & Industry. Classroom topics include: Alternating Current, Motors: Theory and Application, Electric Lighting, Conduit Bending, Pull and Junction Boxes, Conductor Installations, Cable Tray, Conductor Terminations and Splices, Grounding and Bonding, Circuit Breakers and Fuses, Control Systems and Fundamental Concepts. The class provides trade related technical instruction, hands-on lessons, and demonstrations.

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EY3.2 Load Calculations and Distribution

Course #:EY3.2
Dates: 1/08/20 - 4/15/20 Day:Wednesday Times:6:00-9:00
Tuition:$560.00 Text Cost: Total Fees:$560.00

This course is the second semester of a course designed for third year apprentices who are working full-time as an Electrician or Electrician’s helper and are registered with the Virginia Department of Labor & Industry. Classroom topics include: Load Calculations – Branch and Feeder Circuits, Conductor Selection and Calculations, Practical Applications of Lighting, Hazardous Locations, Overcurrent Protection, Distribution Equipment, Transformers, Commercial Electrical Services, Motor Calculations, Voice, Data, and Video, and Motor Controls. The class provides classroom instruction,  hands-on lessons, and demonstrations.

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EY4.2 National Electrical Code

Course #:EY4.2
Dates: 1/09/20 - 04/16/20 Day:Thursday Times:6:00-9:00
Tuition:$560.00 Text Cost: Total Fees:$560.00

This course is the second semester of a course designed for fourth year apprentices who are working full-time as an Electrician and are registered with the Virginia Department of Labor & Industry. The class provides classroom instruction focusing on the National Electrical Code to prepare students to take the Tradesman exam to become a licensed Electrician.

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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 or Technician’s helper and are registered with the Virginia Department of Labor & Industry. The NCCER curriculum is used and topics include a working foundation of refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump theory and application, plus a basic knowledge of electrical troubleshooting and reading of schematic wiring diagrams.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 or Technician’s helper and are registered with the Virginia Department of Labor & Industry. The NCCER curriculum is used and topics include the safety systems and circuit controls that will help the student to install and maintain almost any type of refrigeration, air conditioning or heat pump equipment.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 or Technician’s helper and are registered with the Virginia Department of Labor & Industry. The NCCER curriculum is followed and includes hydronics, installation, advanced troubleshooting, maintaining and repairing of geo-thermal heat pumps, gas, fuel oil and electric heating systems. 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 Tradesman exam to become a licensed HVAC Technician.

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PG1.2 Introduction to Plumbing ll

Course #:PG1.2
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 semester of a course designed for first year apprentices who are working full-time in the plumbing industry and are registered with the Virginia Department of Labor & Industry. Classroom topics include: plumbing safety, tools of the plumbing trade, introduction to plumbing math, introduction to plumbing drawings, plastic pipe and fittings, copper pipe and fittings, cast-iron pipe and fittings, carbon steel pipe and fittings, introduction to plumbing fixtures, introduction to drain, waste, and vent systems, and introduction to water distribution systems.  The class provides trade related technical instruction, hands-on lessons, and demonstrations.

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PG2.2 Fundamentals of Plumbing ll

Course #:PG2.2
Dates:01/07/20 - 05/05/20 Day:Tuesday Times:6:00-9:00
Tuition:$560.00 Text Cost: Total Fees:$560.00

This course is the second semester of a course designed for second year apprentices who are working full-time in the plumbing industry and are registered with the Virginia Department of Labor & Industry. Classroom instruction includes: plumbing safety, tools of the plumbing trade, introduction to plumbing math, introduction to plumbing drawings, plastic pipe and fittings, copper pipe and fittings, cast-iron pipe and fittings, carbon steel pipe and fittings, introduction to plumbing fixtures, introduction to drain, waste, and vent systems, and introduction to water distribution systems.The class provides classroom instruction, hands-on instruction and demonstrations.

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PG3.2 Water Systems and Pipe Sizing

Course #:PG3.2
Dates:1/08/20 - 4/15/20 Day:Wednesday Times:6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Tuition:$560.00 Text Cost: Total Fees:$560.00

This is the second semester of a course designed for third year apprentices who are working full-time in the plumbing industry and are registered with the Virginia Department of Labor & Industry. Classroom topics include: applied math, sizing water supply piping, portable water treatment, backflow preventers, types of venting, sizing DWV and storm systems, sewage pumps and sump pumps, corrosive-resistant waste piping, and compressed air. The class provides related technical instruction, hands-on lessons, and demonstrations.

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PG4.2 International Plumbing Code ll

Course #:PG4.2
Dates:01/09/20 - 04/16/20 Day:Thursday Times:6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Tuition:$560.00 Text Cost: Total Fees:$560.00

This course is the second semester of a course 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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