Professional Animal Workers (PAWS) - Individuals with Disabilities, Continuing Education Workforce Certificate

This one-semester program prepares students to work with animals in kennels, animal day care centers, groomers, and other animal-centered businesses. It prepares students to effectively care for, work with, and identify the needs of animals in a safe, calm, and sensitive manner in a professional setting. Students will also learn soft skills for employment. Internships are arranged and provided by program staff.

This career and academic track is designed for students with learning differences or disabilities that impact learning. This track provides instruction that is multisensory, multimodal, personalized, and incorporates elements of universal design for learning. Classes are taught with a 6 to 1 student-teacher ratio to better meet the needs of individual learners.

Program objectives

Upon successful completion of this Continuing Education Workforce Certificate, students will be able to:

​1. prepare for an entry-level job in the animal care industry, and

2. demonstrate readiness to enter the workforce.

Program Credentials

Successful Completion:

CCBC Credential: Students will earn a CCBC Workforce Certificate and have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript).

External Credential: Canine and Feline First Aid and CPR Training (Pet Emergency Education)

Financial Aid and Payment Options

We offer financial aid by packaging public and private funding options to those who qualify, in select Continuing Education courses and programs. Additional opportunities for financial support include partial payment options through Nelnet Business Solutions and tuition waivers for those who qualify. Resources outside of CCBC may also be available through employer/sponsor paid tuition,  the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), and your local office of workforce development.

Program Length

15 weeks (daytime)

Courses start in August and late January at CCBC Dundalk.

Program Requirements

6th Grade Reading Level - according to an assessment that will be administered during an intake interview

Prior Learning Assessment

This program has potenial optopms for waiving select courses based on previous coursework or articulated coursework from an approved curriculum.  A maximum number of 68 program hours may be earned from prior learning.

Application Process

To apply, go to www.ccbcmd.edu/apply and complete the CCBC Non-Credit Workforce Training Certificate application.  An email will then be sent with program information and any additional requirements necessary to apply for the program.

Selective Entry – Please call 443-840-3262 to schedule an interview and assessment.

Program Course Sequence

​Course Number

Course Title

Course Hours

Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)

Costs

T=Tuition/F=Fees

CHA081

Basic Animal Studies

44

None

$687

T-$83/F-$604

CHA115

Basic Animal Studies II

44

None

$687

T-$83/F-$604

CHA080

Skills and Concepts for Clerical Work

44

None

​$687

T-$83/F-$604

CHA031

Vocational Readiness

24

None

$368

T-$45/F-$​323

CHA037

Microsoft Office Applications for Special Learners

24

None

$368

T-$45/F-$323

CHA267

Professional Animal Workers Practicum

50

None

$859

T-$175/F-$684

 Course Series Totals:

 

230

$0

$3,656

T-$514/F-$3,142

Additional Information

Career Opportunities:

Assistant/caregiver and front office worker at an animal rescue, animal day care center, veterinary clinic, kennel, or groomer.​

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Program Contact Information

Administrative Assistant: Jennifer Cabana | jcabana@ccbcmd.edu | 443-840-3262 | Dundalk MASH 104