Career-Connected Learning and Free Training

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Dallas College can help you enroll in a career leading to a brighter future for you and your family. Prepare for a solid job with great pay and benefits — at no cost to you!

We can help you prepare for college, build stackable credentials or gain experience through apprenticeships. Take advantage of these opportunities for free learning and training and maximize your potential.

 

Is this really free?

Yes, it’s true! These programs are absolutely free. They are funded by special grants and programs that aim to help people in our community — just like you!

Because these programs are funded by special grants, there may be specific requirements, components or directions. It all depends on which types of training you're interested in. But don't worry. We're here to help.

 

Overview of Opportunities on This Page

Entry-Level Learning

  • Free High School Equivalency and GED Prep
  • Free ESL Classes/Clases de Inglés Gratis

Workforce Training

  • Credit Degrees and Certificates
  • Stackable Credentials
  • Fast-Track Options
  • Work-Based Learning
  • Five Career Paths

For Special Groups

  • Veterans and Military Families
  • High School Students (Promise)
  • Parents of Promise Students (Parent Promise)
  • Young Adults (18-24)
  • Small Businesses Owners
 

Sometimes you just need that extra boost to start out. We have the following opportunities to help prepare you for your next big move:

 

For most people, deciding to drop out of high school isn’t easy. Whatever the reason, it’s never too late to earn your GED.

The WorkReadyU program has a team of caring instructors who prepare for students to improve basic skills in preparation for one of the three high school equivalency (HSE) tests: GED, HiSET and TASC. Instruction is in math, language arts, science and social studies.

About Free GED Prep Classes
  • Free training
  • In English or Spanish
  • Classes start year-round
  • All 7 campuses
 
 

WorkReadyU can help you improve your English skills so you can attend college, get a good job or advance your career. Students who qualify receive free ESL classes, regardless of residency or visa status.

El Plan WorkReadyU puede ayudarte a mejorar tus habilidades en el inglés para que puedas asistir a la universidad, conseguir un buen empleo o avanzar en tu carrera. Los estudiantes elegibles reciben clases de inglés gratuitas, sin importar su estatus de residencia. Más información.

About Free ESL Classes
  • Free training
  • Classes start year-round
  • All 7 campuses
 
 

We offer free training and learning in the top in-demand fields in DFW.

Within these training fields, some of these additional features may be available to you:

 
Credit certificates and degrees
 
Stackable credentials
 
Noncredit and fast-track options
 
Apprenticeships and internships

It all depends on what funds we currently have available. We won't know for sure until you contact us!

 

Some of the training and occupations in this area include:

  • Financial Services Professional
  • ​BankWork$
  • Customer Care Agent
  • Insurance Agent/Customer Service Representative
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Mortgage Loan Officer
  • Culinary Foundations
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  • Free training
  • Classes vary
  • Credit and noncredit
  • Campus varies
 
 

Some of the training and occupations in this area include:

  • Help desk and technical support
  • Web designers and programmers
  • Cyber security
  • VMWare and visualization
  • Linux and DevOps
  • Software development
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  • Free training
  • Classes vary
  • Credit and noncredit
  • Campus varies
 
 

Some of the training and occupations in this area include:

  • Patient Care Technician
  • Community Health
  • Medical Assisting
  • Pharmacy Technician
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  • Free training
  • Classes vary
  • Credit and noncredit
  • Campus varies
 
 

Some of the training and occupations in this area include:

  • Basic Peace Officer
  • Dispatcher
  • Corrections (Jailer)
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  • Free training
  • Classes vary
  • Credit and noncredit
  • Campus varies
 
 

Some of the training and occupations in this area include:

  • NCCER Construction Trade
  • Logistics
  • Plumbing and Pipe Fitting
  • Heavy Equipment Operator
  • Mechatronics
  • Welding
  • Orbital Welding
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  • Free training
  • Classes vary
  • Credit and noncredit
  • Campus varies
 
 

Sometimes you just need that extra boost to start out. We have the following opportunities to help prepare you for your next big move:

 

We offer special training for active military, veterans and their spouses. Training can be done in as little as 15 weeks. We also offer specialized training in robotics and manufacturing jobs.

About NPowerAbout Industry 4.0 Academy
  • Free training
  • For veterans or military families only
 
 

Current high school students in Dallas County can take advantage of the Dallas County Promise, which covers the cost of tuition at Dallas College for up to three years or completion of an associated degree.

Additional eligibility requirements apply.

About Dallas County Promise
  • Free tuition
  • Apply and pledge ahead of Fall
  • All 7 campuses
 
 

Parents of students enrolled in Dallas County Promise may be eligible for free tuition at Dallas College for certain in-demand degrees and certificates.

Additional eligibility requirements apply.

About Parent Promise
  • Free tuition
  • Only for parents of Promise students
  • All 7 campuses
 
 

Dallas College Young Adults group is a free adult education program specializing in career pathways for 18–24-year-olds.

Additional eligibility requirements may apply.

About Young Adults Program
  • Free training
  • Only for young adults 18-24
  • All 7 campuses
 
 

Through the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, Dallas College helps small business owners gain practical skills in topics such as negotiation, marketing and employee managmement.

Additional eligibility requirements apply.

About Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses
  • Free training
  • Cohort-based
  • 4 months
 
 
 

Need Help To Get Started?

If you are interested in pursuing any sort of free career-connected learning, just fill out this quick interest form. Our team will contact you to discuss which training opportunities you might be eligible for!

Submit an Interest Form

Or, if you have questions or need help enrolling, contact a college coach for help.