Noncredit instruction provides students with access to a variety of courses at no cost to assist them in reaching their personal, academic and professional goals. Colleges may offer noncredit programs of two or more courses to prepare students for employment or to be successful in college-level credit coursework. Career Development and College Preparation certificates are offered in several areas of study.
Some colleges also offer a High School Diploma Program, which conveys the same status as completion of a K-12 diploma. Many colleges also provide Community Services Offerings (often referred to as fee-based classes or Community Education) based on community needs. These offerings cover a wide variety of affordable not-for-credit learning opportunities, such as classes, workshops, seminars, and excursions for personal and professional enrichment. Community Service programs are self-supporting at the local level, and are open to all members of the community willing to pay a minimum fee.
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