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Frequently Asked Questions

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I register for a CE course?

What courses are offered through Continuing Education?

What is Kids College?

Does financial aid cover CE classes?

Do you have financial help for classes?

How soon can I register for classes?

When is the last day to register for classes?

How long are the courses?

What times are classes offered?

Where are classes held?

Is there an age requirement for CE classes?

What hours are you open?

Are there prerequisites for any classes?

I don’t know where to find my shot records; where do I start?

When is tuition due?

Is there a payment plan?

Do you have to have my social security number when I register?

If I drop from class do I get a refund?

How do I register for a CE course? 

The registration process for a CE course will depend on the course you want to enroll in.  If it is a basic course or a personal enrichment course in which no shot records, IDs, or background checks are required students can register in person, online, or over the phone.  For many of our health career classes shot records, valid social security card, valid government issued picture ID, full tuition and other items are required at the time of registration.  Specifics on each program can be found at http://www.vernoncollege.edu/CE/FastPacedCareers.aspx  under the specific program you are interested in.   Some courses require onsite registration; for onsite registration students can visit our Vernon College, Vernon Campus at 4400 College Drive in Vernon or our Century City Center at 4105 Maplewood Ave in Wichita Falls. Online registration can be done at clicking here.  You can also register over the phone with a valid Visa, MasterCard, or Discover card at 940 696-8752 ext 3295.

What courses are offered through Continuing Education?

Vernon College Continuing Education offers a wide variety of classes.  You can see our schedules at http://www.vernoncollege.edu/CE/CourseSchedule.aspx .  Classes include career classes, personal enrichment, and customized training for business and industry.  We also have a variety of online classes that may fit your needs.  Check out our page at http://www.vernoncollege.edu/CE/.

What is Kids College?

Kids College is Vernon College’s summer kids program.  Classes for Kids College are approximately 1 week in length for children 4-13 years old.  Classes include kids in the kitchen, art camps, sports camps, fun factory, science camp, horse camp and more.  Camps change each summer and vary from our Vernon Campus to our Wichita Falls Campus. 

Does financial aid cover CE classes?

No, traditional financial aid does not cover continuing education classes.  There are CE scholarships available for some classes that qualify based on financial need. 

Do you have financial help for classes?

A Vernon College scholarship may be available for certain programs.   Scholarships are based on financial need and may pay a portion of qualifying tuition.  Students may call or come to the CE office to see if a course qualifies for a scholarship and to pick up an application.   Several of our programs are on the high demand occupation list at Workforce Solutions.  This qualifies them for funding if the applicant is eligible and if there are funds available.  Students must contact Workforce Solutions, at 940 322-1801, ext. 102, to begin this process. 

How soon can I register for classes?

Students can register for upcoming classes as soon as the schedule is published. 

When is the last day to register for classes?

Continuing Education encourages all students to register at least 1 week prior to the start of class.  Some programs may have an application process with earlier registration deadlines.  See course flier for details.  Students should be aware that some classes fill up fast or have application deadlines that will affect their registration. 

How long are the courses?

Classes range from one day to nine months.  Our career classes are typically longer and may have multiple classes that make up the program.  Our fun, personal enrichment classes may last just a few hours or a few days depending on the topic.

What times are classes offered?

Continuing Education classes are offered at a variety of times.  Classes are typically held in the afternoon, at nights, or on the weekend to accommodate student’s schedules.  

Where are classes held?

Vernon College CE classes are held in a variety of places.  They include the Vernon campus in Vernon, Century City Center in Wichita Falls on Maplewood, Skills Training Center on 287 S at the Hammon Road exit, and our newest Culinary Academy at the Burkburnett Culinary Academy in Burkburnett.  Occasionally our programs are held off campus.  Please note the location of your class upon registration. 

Is there an age requirement for CE classes?

A program may have a minimum age requirement based on state guidelines, but it does vary by professional organization.   Please check the flier for each program to see what the requirements are.  Any student attending a personal enrichment class, other than Kids College, under the age of 16 must have an adult enrolled in the same class. 

What hours are you open?

Vernon College is open Monday –Thursday from 8am-6pm and Fridays from 8am-12pm beginning August – May.  Summer Hours are Monday –Thursday 8:00am-5:30pm, and closed Fridays.  Please note that Vernon College will be closed for various holidays and staff development days.

Are there prerequisites for any classes?

There are no prerequisites for most continuing education courses.    For “programs” such as Culinary Arts/Hospitality and Phlebotomy, students must complete all classes in the order they are offered and must pass each one before moving on.  Prerequisites such as a HS diploma, shot records, etc. will be listed in the schedule under course description. 

I don’t know where to find my shot records; where do I start?

Students enrolling in some of our healthcare programs will be required to provide their updated shot records upon enrollment.  Records can be found at the last place you had vaccinations (for example the local health department, your employer, your doctor’s office, last public school attended, etc.).   If you are a recent high school graduate you may check with your high school for a copy of your records.  If you don’t know where to start it may be necessary to get the vaccinations again.  The Hepatitis B vaccination, a series of 3 shots, takes 4-6 months to complete.  Students must be complete with all required shots before any direct patient care.  If you are certain that you have had shots, but are no longer able to get proof you may have a titer drawn to show immunity.  We need either proof of the required doses of each vaccination or positive immunity to the vaccinations. 

When is tuition due?

Tuition is due at the time of enrollment/registration.  If a scholarship is awarded the balance is due before the student’s spot in the class is secured.  If a 3rd party agency is paying for the student’s tuition,  the student must present a letter, on company letterhead, that includes student’s name, course, tuition/book fees covered, and billing information.   Early registration is encouraged to secure a student’s spot in a class.  

Is there a payment plan?

A payment plan is not available through Continuing Education.  Students usually only pay for the classes they are currently taking.  Exceptions are students enrolling in the culinary arts program who are required to register and pay tuition for all classes in the Fall semester.  Then upon completion of those classes the student would pay tuition for the next set of classes for Spring. 

Do you have to have my social security number when I register?

Vernon College is a community college and receives some of our funding from the state.    Due to this state funding we must report enrollment to the state to assure that Vernon College is meeting its mission of serving our 12 county service area.  Unfortunately social security numbers are the only unique identifier recognized by the state.  These are used to verify that we officially had the enrollment and provided services that we claim to be providing.  Without your social security number we have no way to count you as a student at Vernon College, therefore affecting our ability to obtain state funding for future programs.  Once you have registered for a Vernon College class you will be given a student ID which can be used for future enrollment. 

If I drop from class do I get a refund?

Once a course has begun Continuing Education cannot offer a refund.    If a student does not meet the attendance policy for any reason and is dismissed from a program, a refund will not be available.    If a student requests a refund at least one Vernon College business day prior to the start of class, a refund will be processed minus a $5.00 fee.  A full refund is made if the class is cancelled by the college. Refund policy may be different for some programs; see program information for details.

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  • Vernon Campus
    4400 College Drive
    Vernon, TX 76384
    940.552.6291
  • Century City Center
    4105 Maplewood
    Wichita Falls, TX 76308
    940.696.8752
  • Skills Training Center
    2813 Central Expressway East
    Wichita Falls, TX 76302
    940.766.3369
  • Seymour Learning Center
    200 Stadium Dr
    Seymour, TX 76380
    940.889.3133
1970 marked the beginning of Vernon College. Throughout this decade the College continued to grow and more students enrolled in both on- and off-campus courses. On January 20, 1970, a majority of the citizens of Wilbarger County voted to create the Wilbarger County Junior College District. Following that decision, Vernon Regional Junior College was established and on April 9, 1970, the newly elected Board of Trustees appointed Dr. David L. Norton as the College’s first president. Campus construction began in May 1971, and included an Academic Science Center, Administration-Fine Arts Center, Applied Arts Center, Library, and Student Center. The following year, on September 5, 1972, classes met for the first time on the Vernon campus with a total of 608 students. On August 1, 1974, Dr. Jim M. Williams became the College’s second president. In the fall semester of that year, combined on- and off-campus enrollment exceeded 800 students. During the 1975-76 academic year, the College expanded its services to include a learning center on Sheppard Air Force Base. During this year, enrollment in credit courses, both on- and off-campus, rose to a level of 1,199. The scope of the Vocational Nursing Program was enlarged during the 1976-77 academic year with the assumption of the Bethania School of Vocational Nursing in Wichita Falls. In August 1976 the Physical Education Center was dedicated in honor of Dr. and Mrs. Thomas A. King longtime benefactors of Vernon College. Growth and changes continued during the 1980s. In August 1980 a Student Residence Center, designed to house 128 students, opened for occupancy. Further expansion of program offerings in the Wichita Falls area was accomplished through absorption of an existing proprietary school that was renamed the Vernon College Technical Center and the integration of the nursing program from the Wichita Falls Independent School District. On March 22, 1982, Dr. Joe Mills took over the leadership of the College as the third president. That fall, the College fielded its first intercollegiate rodeo team. During 1983-84, the Department of Cosmetology and the Career Development Center (previously known as the North Texas Skills Center) were established in Wichita Falls. On the Vernon campus, the Chaparral Center was completed, and the Pease River farm purchased through a state land trade. The following academic year, 1984-85, Vernon College reached a record credit enrollment of 1,863 and a record continuing education enrollment of 7,056 registrations. A Vocational Nursing Program opened in Seymour, and the Board of Trustees established a college foundation and approved an agreement to allow construction of the Red River Valley Museum on the Vernon campus. In February 1987 the College played its first intercollegiate baseball game on the Vernon campus. During May of that year, the new Natatorium was opened in the King Physical Education Center. A newly constructed Athletic Dormitory opened to house 28 athletes in August 1988. In October, Trustees voted to add women’s volleyball as a varsity sport, effective with the fall 1989 semester. In May 1989 Vernon College moved all Wichita Falls programs to one centralized location—Century City Center. Since the College opened its doors 38 years ago, many individuals, corporations, foundations, and organizations have made an investment in our students through the creation of endowed and annual scholarships. As of this year, more than 100 scholarship funds are available to help students pursue their educational dreams.VERNON COLLEGE PHILOSOPHY: Vernon College is a constantly evolving institution, dedicated primarily to effective teaching and regional enhancement. With this dedication to teaching and to the community, the College encourages open inquiry, personal and social responsibility, critical thinking, and life-long learning for students, faculty, and other individuals within its service area. The College takes as its guiding educational principle the proposition that, insofar as available resources permit, instruction should be adapted to student needs. This principle requires both flexibility in instructional strategies and maintenance of high academic standards. Strong programs of assessment and accountability complement this educational principle. VC accepts the charge of providing a college atmosphere free of bias, in which students can exercise initiative and personal judgment, leading to a greater awareness of personal self-worth. It strives to provide every student with opportunities to develop the tools necessary to become a contributing, productive member of society. Vision VERNON COLLEGE VISION: Vernon College will promote a culture of success for our students and communities through learner-centered quality instructional programs and exemplary services. Values VERNON COLLEGE VALUES: Vernon College promotes a culture of success through our shared values and commitment to: Accessibility Accountability Building Relationships Diversity Inclusion Innovation Leadership Quality Student Success Teamwork Our values define who we are and guide us in conducting our business every day. Our values are our morals – what is important to us at our college. Mission VERNON COLLEGE MISSION The mission of Vernon College is teaching, learning, and leading. Vernon College is a comprehensive community college that integrates education with opportunity through our instructional programs and student support services by means of traditional and distance learning modes. Therefore, to fulfill its mission, the College will provide access, within its available resources, to: Career technical/workforce programs up to two years in length leading to associate degrees or certificates; Career technical/workforce programs leading directly to employment in semi-skilled and skilled occupations; Freshman and sophomore courses in arts and sciences, including the curricula leading to associate and baccalaureate degrees; Ongoing adult education programs for occupational upgrading or personal enrichment; Compensatory education programs designed to fulfill the commitment of an admissions policy allowing the enrollment of disadvantaged students; ; A continuing program of counseling and guidance designed to assist students in achieving their individual educational goals; Career technical/workforce development programs designed to meet local and statewide needs; Support services for educational programs and college-related activities; Adult literacy and other basic skills programs for adults; and Other To help prospective and current students, faculty, and staff locate important information about Vernon College, this webpage provides links to helpful information on a variety of government mandated and consumer information. Examples are academic programs, cost of attendance, financial aid, safety and security, and institutional financial reports. Vernon College’s presentation of this information complies with the Higher Education Act, as amended, and implementing regulations.