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

This one semester program prepares students to work with animals in kennels, doggie daycare 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 provide 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

Successful Completion:

CCBC Credential:         

Students will have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript).

Students will receive a Continuing Education Workforce Training Certificate.

Animal First Aid/CPR

Financial Aid and Payment Options

  • Continuing Education Opportunity Grant
  • Partial Payment Option (through Nelnet Business Solutions)
  • Tuition Waiver for Senior Citizens and Individuals with Disabilities
  • Employer/Sponsor Paid Tuition
  • Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)
  • Local Office of Workforce Development

Program Length

15 weeks (daytime)

Courses start in August and February at CCBC Dundalk.

Program Requirements

6th Grade Reading Level according to TABE (Tests of Adult Basic Education) that will be administered during an intake interview

Application Process

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

CHA 081

Basic Animal Studies

44

None

$603

T-$150/F-$453

CHA 115

Basic Animal Studies II

44

None

 

$653

T-$150/F-$503​

 

CHA 080

Skills and Concepts for Clerical Work

44

None

$603

T-$150/F-$453

CHA 031

Vocational Readiness

24

None

$455

T-$75/F-$​380

CHA 037

Microsoft Office Applications for Special Learners

24

None

$460

T-$68/F-$392

CHA 070

Afternoon Internship

60

None

$574

T-$104/F-$470

Course Series Totals:

240

 

$3348

T-$697/F-$2651

Additional Information

Career Opportunities:

Veterinary assistant at an animal rescue, doggie 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

Coordinator:

Rakeah Glass

rglass@ccbcmd.edu

443-840-3846

Dundalk, MASH 104