Workforce Development and Lifelong Learning

The mission of Nassau Community College’s Department of Workforce Development and Lifelong Learning is to provide high quality programs and services to promote education and training to residents, business and industry on Long Island. NCC is dedicated to serving the diverse needs of its constituents and enabling access to an array of learning opportunities through credit and non-credit offerings. The department is committed to building a well-educated workforce as well as enriching the lives of those in the surrounding community. It strives to offer students experiences that balance recreation and professional development, while engaging in social, cultural, and intellectual pursuits.

Continuing Education
The College offers a variety of non-credit courses, which do not involve grades, for personal enrichment and growth, and are designed to broaden the professional and cultural background of the participants. Many courses are offered, including business skills, career change exploration, health and wellness, personal investments, computer skills, art, language skills, test prep for a variety of exams, dance, sports, and physical activities. For a current listing of courses and events ,visit the Continuing Education website or email us at For more information, call 516.572.7472.

Center for Workforce Development
Nassau Community College’s Center for Workforce Development offers a wide spectrum of educational and train­ing services to strengthen and improve the regional workforce. The Center delivers a variety of high-quality, cost-effective programs to individuals and incumbent workers/members of industry, unions, and non-profit organizations.

  • Individuals interested in beginning a new career and improving skills can enroll in a non-credit training course offered by the Center. Courses are available in a range of areas including health care, project management and business.

  • Employers wanting to engage in workforce development (non-credit) training can have programs developed and customized to the specific needs of employees. Customer service, supervisory skills, leadership development, computer and language classes are among frequently requested training topics. Training may be provided at the workplace or on campus. Flexible scheduling allows programs to be offered conveniently. Corporate Credit Programs allow businesses, unions and other organizations to provide college credit-bearing courses for their employees or members. Individual course sections can be arranged at flexible times at the work site, on campus, or online. NCC’s affordable tuition makes implementing a Corporate Credit program a cost-effective investment.

Individuals and organizations interested in obtaining more information may visiting the Center for Workforce Development website, call 516.572.7487, or email

Community Programs & Testing Center

  • TEAS - Test of Essential Academic Skills: Test of Essential Academic Skills, is designed specifically to assess a student's preparedness entering the health science fields. TEAS exams are offered to support the recruiting efforts of three NCC academic departments: Nursing, Radiation Therapy and Radiation Technology. The academic departments rely on the exam results to determine which of the applicants to their programs will be accepted. In addition to servicing NCC, the department is valued as a public test site for other colleges on Long Island and in Queens and local residents applying to programs out of state. When necessary, the exam is able to be administered remotely according to ATI and NCC guidelines. Register for the exam at For more information contact our TEAS office by emailing or calling 516.572.7667.

  • Credit by Exam: Nassau offers two options for earning college credits through testing. College level exams can help you satisfy pre-requisite requirements, graduate on time or accomplish career goals. High school and college students have used college level exams to qualify for employment or help reduce the cost of college. Professionals including teachers, firefighters, and police officers have used college level exams to meet professional development goals or to qualify for employment. Before registering for any CLEP or DSST exam consult with your advisor to be sure the subject is appropriate for your curriculum.

  • College-Level Examination Program (CLEP): Nassau Community College is a test site for the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP). Sponsored by the College Board, CLEP offers the opportunity to receive college credit by earning qualifying scores on exams in the disciplines of business, composition and literature, foreign language, history and social sciences, and science and mathematics. There are 30 exams available through the College Board. For more information, visit our website or contact our CLEP office by emailing or calling 516.572.7667
  • DSST Exams: Nassau Community College is also a test site for DSST, formerly known as DANTES Subject Standardized Tests. The DSST exams offers the opportunity to receive college credit by earning qualifying scores in the areas of social science, business, mathematics, applied technology, humanities, and physical science. There are 30 exams to choose from. For more information, visit our website, email or call 516.572.7667

Impaired Driver Program (IDP)
Motorists convicted of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), or Driving While Alcohol Impaired (DWAI) are often required by court or the Department of Motor Vehicles to participate in a 16-hour education program. Nassau Community College offers a flexible schedule with DMV certified instructors. The Department of Motor Vehicles approves curriculum and determines eligibility for the IDP program. If you are eligible, you must register at your local DMV office and select Nassau Community College as your educational partner. For detailed information on the program, visit online, email, or call 516.572.7201.

High School Equivalency (HSE) Testing GED® 
Nassau Community College is your resource for New York State Education requirements for pathways to earn your high school equivalence either through the GED ® exam or the 24-college credit pathway.  For information visit the Continuing Education HSE webpage or call 516.572.7667.

Testing Services
Nassau Community College is an approved test center for employment testing, career certification and talent assessment from a growing list of organizations including; the National Association of Healthcare Professionals, MedCA, and PSI Talent Measurement (formerly PAN). For more information, contact the office at 516.572.7667. Candidates in need of proctored exams for other colleges and universities are advised to email,, or call 516.572.7780

Language Center
The Language Center provides a variety of non-credit, English and Foreign Language courses. English courses are specifically for non-native English speakers. These classes focus on speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Pronunciation and Conversation classes are also available. Our goal is to help students strengthen English language skills in order to interact comfortably in community, social, business, and work situations. Day, evening and weekend courses are available.

Foreign Language class offerings are based on the diverse needs of our students who may want to travel, converse with family members, attend international conferences, learn a new language, or improve business communication skills. These courses are taught at different levels, guiding students in speaking, reading, writing, and listening as well as in developing a familiarity with international customs, cultures, and traditions. We also offer classes in American Sign Language.

For further information, email, or call 516.572.7062.

Senior Observer Program
Nassau Community College invites Nassau County senior citizens to participate in the Senior Observer Program. This program permits Nassau County residents 60 years of age and older to observe credit-bearing courses, tuition free, on a space-available basis. Seniors should be aware that there is a mandatory College-wide parking fee. While the program provides senior citizens the opportunity to observe a course, the extent and level of participation is at the discretion of the instructor. Certain courses at the College are not available through the Senior Observer Program. Although senior observers are not graded or given academic credit, they must meet course prerequisites.

To be eligible, participants must submit proof of age and residency (Nassau County senior citizen’s pass, driver’s license or other official documentation), and register with the Senior Observer Program office.

Further information and an application may be obtained by emailing, or by calling 516.572.7472.

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