A paramedic class participates in a hands-on introduction to ropes and belaying, rapid trauma assessment and controlling life threats as part of Blue Ridge Community College’s Public Safety Training program.

Enrollment Made Simpler: Workforce Continuing Education Programs at Blue Ridge Community College

Featured Photo: A paramedic class participates in a hands-on introduction to ropes and belaying, rapid trauma assessment and controlling life threats as part of Blue Ridge Community College’s Public Safety Training program. (Photo by Rich Keen, Blue Ridge Community College. Feb. 2024.)


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HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. – At Blue Ridge Community College, workforce continuing education programs provide quick and effective pathways toward knowledge and skill development for career and personal goals. The College has implemented a new online course enrollment platform called FundFive Register to allow students the ability to reserve and pay for these courses faster than ever. This platform removes many barriers to register for the courses students want as long as seats are available. 

The new platform groups courses according to topic, displaying times, dates, costs and available seats. Students simply register for the courses they would like to attend and pay by credit card. Students may also apply for a scholarship, provided the course is eligible for a scholarship. Another development is that the new platform will allow public safety training students to enroll in their courses using state tuition waivers.

“Blue Ridge Community College is proud to make it easier than ever to participate in workforce continuing education programs,” said Jerry Johnson, director of continuing education operations. “Year round, we provide innovative training to support the career development demands in a wide range of industries, as well as instruction in areas of personal and creative interest. We hope these most recent updates to our website and enrollment process will help empower our community to pursue the topics that inspire them and enhance their careers.”

Last year, more than 6,800 of Blue Ridge’s 11,500 students enrolled in workforce continuing education courses and programs. These offerings complement more traditional degree-focused programs, such as two-year associate degrees. Unlike degree program students, continuing education students do not need to fill out extensive applications to enroll. Instead, they submit their personal and contact information, course preferences and payment information. 

“Some courses do have prerequisites or other certification requirements for students to enroll,” explained Johnson. “So, it’s important to read the full course or program descriptions to be sure you are enrolling in the proper sequence. You will also want to check your email for any follow-up communications with additional requirements for the course. Our workforce continuing education team is also available to help you determine the best courses for your needs. We’re only a call or visit away.”

At Blue Ridge, information about workforce continuing education is online at www.blueridge.edu/ce. Students may also email ewdce@blueridge.edu for assistance, or call (828) 694-1735 in Henderson County and (828) 883-2520 in Transylvania County.

Across North Carolina’s 58 community colleges, nearly 145,000 students enroll in workforce continuing education programs each year. At Blue Ridge, programs exist in the areas of adult education and literacy, advanced manufacturing, automotive and transportation, building and construction, business, environmental health and safety, emergency medical services, fire and rescue training, healthcare, law enforcement and personal enrichment. Blue Ridge’s Continuing Education department also oversees the Apprenticeship Blue Ridge and senior-focused Blue Ridge Center for Lifelong Learning programs.