The Community Education office is committed to providing “Life-long Learning” opportunities to individuals in our community.  We offer a wide-range of classes, from the just-for-fun classes to improving a skill or learning a new hobby.  Whether you are looking for an educational, enrichment or adventure class, we may have just what you’re looking for.
 
Community Education classes are short-term, not-for-credit, fee-based courses, workshops and training programs.  The program is self-supporting from class fees, receiving no funds from COS or the State of California.  Fees are based on the instructor's salary, enrollment, duration of the class administrative and operating costs.
 
Community Education classes are separate from the academic offerings of the College.  Not-for-credit classes are not equivalent to credit offerings and cannot be used to meet prerequisites or to fulfill credit requirements.
 
Community Education is a unit of the Business, Industry and Community Services Department, offering classes on the Visalia campus, the BICS Training Center and other off-campus sites in the community.
 

 
A list of current class offerings is listed below. Click on the class that is of interest to you to see more information. Classes are added on an on-going basis, check back often for newly added classes.
  
Health, Fitness & Wellness
​Achieving Success with Difficult People (online)
Human Anatomy & Physiology (online)​​
​Introduction to Biology (online)
​Lose Weight and Keep it Off (online)
​​Natural Health & Healing (online)
​Starting Your Own Edible Garden (online)
Hobbies, Crafts, & Interests
​Common Core Standards for English Language Arts K-5 (online)
Culinary Fundamentals
​Discover Digital Photography (online)
​Homeschool with Success (online)
Instant Italian (online)
​Marriage and Relationships: Keys to Success (online)
Preston Bailey's Fundamentals of Floral Design
​Understanding Adolescents (online)
Leadership & Professional Growth
​Fundamentals of Supervision & Management (online)
​Individual Excellence (online)
​Leadership (online)
Mastering Public Speaking (online)​
Medical Training 
ICD-10 FastTrack (online)
Medical Administrative Assistant with EHR (online)
​Medical Billing (online)
​Medical Transcription Editor (online)
​Professional Medical Coding & Billing (online)
Other Online Courses
Click here to view all available online courses​
Personal Development
​Get Assertive! (online)
​Finance & Investments (online)
Genealogy Basics (online)
Individual Excellence (online)​
​Photography (online)​
Twelve Steps to a Successful Job Search (online)
​Writing (online)
Travel & Leisure
Back Country Backpacking in the Sierras
​Travel Photography for the Digital Photographer (online)
​Travel Writing (online)
 

 Registration:

 
You must pre-register for Community Education classes. Pre-registering secures your space in a class (some classes have limited enrollment) and allows us to notify you if a class is cancelled. 
 
All classes require a minimum number of enrollments to be held and are subject to change and/or cancelled at the discretion of the department. You will not be able to register in the classroom.
 
Register early:
Classes may fill up quickly. Registration closes three days before the start of each class. We will accept your registration as long as there’s room and is received prior to the cut off date. Community Education classes may be cancelled before the first class meeting if the minimum class size is not met. If a class is cancelled, you will receive a refund. See our Cancellation & Refund page for more information.
 
Online:
You can now register online, 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.
When you find the class you wish to take, click on the "Click Here" link under Registration and you will be directed to the registration page for that specific class. 
 
For step-by-step guidance on the registration process, please click here.
 
By Mail:
Just fill out the registration form. Please print clearly and provide all of the information requested on the form to ensure quick processing of your registration. Be sure to include your credit/debit card information, or a check or money order, payable to COS BICS. Please mail to:
 
COS BICS Training Center
Community Education
4136 N. Mooney Blvd.
Tulare, CA 93274
 
By Phone:
You can register by phone using your credit or debit card.  Have the class information and your credit card ready, and call (559) 687-3201, Monday thru Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
 
By Fax:
You can fax your registration form any time using your credit/debit card to (559) 687-3210.
 
In Person:
You can register in person at the Community Education office, Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We are located at 4136 N. Mooney Blvd. Tulare (the old TCOVE building located approx. halfway between Visalia and Tulare).
 
 

 Mission Statement

 

To advance the economic growth and global competitiveness of business and industry in our region by:

  • developing networks and partnerships that allow for information exchange and increased opportunities to bring needed workforce resources to our region
  • delivering customized training and consulting services that provide a return-on-investment for the business served
  • adding value and richness to the lives of those who live or relocate to the area by offering continuing education or community services courses, workshops or special events that promote life-long learning.
Last Updated: 6/27/2014 8:15 AM