CCE General Policies
While many Continuing Education courses have special attendance requirements, 80 percent
attendance is the general requirement for Continuing Education if the individual is to receive
a Certificate of Completion from the College. Students should take note of attendance
requirements upon beginning a course of instruction since requirements are announced at the
beginning of every course.
A student may not audit a course or any portion thereof without first paying the entire tuition
Continuing Professional Education (CPEs)
Palo Alto College is approved by the State Board for Educator Certification to provide
CPE activities to Educators for certificate renewal purposes. All Texas Educators who
hold a Standard Certificate must renew it every five (5) years. As a condition of renewal,
superintendents and principals will be required to complete 200 clock hours of CPE, and all
other educators must complete 150 hours.
Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and Course Certificates
Palo Alto College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award
CEUs for some courses. Satisfactory completion of ten clock hours of qualified instruction
equals 1.0 CEUs. Transcripts listing CEU credits satisfactorily completed will be available upon
request. Otherwise, a certificate of completion is awarded upon course completion.
Corporate Education (CE) to Credit
CE students will have the option to earn college credit for qualifying CE training which will
lead towards an Associate’s degree at Palo Alto College. A six-hour academic requirement
must be met before the CE training can be transferred into college credit.
Courses are subject to cancellation if the predetermined minimum enrollment is not attained.
If a class is cancelled, every effort will be made to notify students by phone prior to the first
class meeting. A 100% refund will be granted or the student may request to be transferred
to another available class. Due to low enrollment, Continuing Education reserves the right to
cancel classes, or change times, dates, and locations, or course offerings. Students will be
notified whenever possible, by phone, of cancellation, date changes, and time changes.
Students taking less than 40 clock hours per semester: Continuing Education students
enrolling in non-credit courses of less than 40 clock hours of instruction are allowed to park
in designated “student parking” free of charge, by properly displaying a temporary parking
permit obtained from the ACCD Department of Public Safety located in the Student Center,
Room 127B. The student must show receipt information indicating payment of tuition to the
Department of Public Safety.
Students taking more than 40 clock hours per semester: Continuing Education students
enrolling in non-credit courses of more than 40 clock hours of instruction must purchase the
ACCD parking permit from the Bursar’s Office in the Student Center, Room 130.
Professional Development and Continuing Education classes are primarily designed to
serve adult learners. Students between the ages of 15 and 17 must have written parental
permission and 13 -to 14- years-old students must have a parent enrolled in the same class.
Some courses are designed especially for younger students, older students, or for a specific
educational level. Requirements will be noted in the course description.