Continuing Education
laredocares2webbanner FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

In order to qualify for the program, participants must:

  • Be United States citizens or be legally allowed to work in the United States
  • Be willing and able to seek employment upon the completion of the training
  • Self-attest that their employment was affected due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Yes, if you qualify for this free workforce training, you can choose only one of the 27 short-term certificate programs listed.

This initiative is expected to cover training expenses for approximately 1,100 people.

The deadline to apply varies depending on the program and the number of individuals enrolled. All funds must be used before November 2023. Participants will be determined upon review of eligibility. If they meet all applicable criteria, applicants will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis until all funding is exhausted.

Find the application here.

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This program is free of charge to all qualifying participants. All instructional materials and certifying tests fees are covered; however, some programs may require out-of-pocket expenses such as the cost of vaccines, physical exams, and/or permits not covered by tuition.

Only certain programs require a high school diploma or GED, including Pharmacy Technician, Dental Assisting, Patient Care Technician, Certified Medical Administrative Assistant, and Medical Billing & Coding. It’s important to note that although your chosen program might not require a high school diploma or GED, some employers might require it for hiring purposes.

Laredo College and the City of Laredo will provide the training and funding, respectively, to help individuals rejoin the workforce. However, they will not be responsible for job placement.


Yes, as long as you meet eligibility criteria.

If you have any further questions about the program or your eligibility, please contact Laredo College:

Continuing Education Department Economic Development Center

E-mail: Continuing Education

E-mail: Economic Development Center

(956) 721-5374

(956) 764-5986

(956) 794-4520

(956) 721-5110