Noncredit courses that boost your knowledge and skills

Update your skills, discover new talents, and boost your career opportunities with a noncredit online course at Prince George's Community College (PGCC). Course offerings cover a wide range of subject areas, including business, creative arts, languages, writing, and technology.

Your computer is your classroom in the online courses at PGCC, and you gain flexibility and convenience. From wherever you have access to a computer with internet service and at any time of the day or night, you can find your course materials and complete assignments. You can also communicate with your instructor and classmates.

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Step 1: Select a Course

Step 2: Register and Pay

Step 3: Begin the Blackboard or ed2go Course

Make a note of the Category (for example, Child Care) and Course ID (for example, DCR-310) for each of the courses you are interested in. For information about when these courses are offered, view the Course Schedules 

How to Determine Your Course Format 

You can find the format of your course by checking the "Meeting Information" that is listed on Owl Link. Determine NC Course Format

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ed2go Noncredit Online Courses

ed2go is an online classroom that can be accessed over the internet at any time of the day or night. You will be able to participate entirely from the comfort of your home or office at the times that are most convenient to you.

All courses run for six weeks, with a two-week grace period in the end. The courses begin on a Wednesday in the middle of each month. Two lessons are released each week for the six-week duration of the course:  one on Wednesday and one on Friday. You do not have to be present when the lesson is released, but you must complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

Interactive quizzes, assignments, and online discussions supplement the lessons, and they are all done online. No textbook is required.

All courses require internet access, email, and a web browser --

Chrome and Firefox are preferred, then Microsoft Edge.

 

Courses Offered By ed2go
Courses offered by ed2go cover the following topics:
Accounting & Bookkeeping Grant Writing Music
Business Skills Green Training Personal Finance
Childhood Education Health Care Personal Growth
Computer & Technology Home & Garden Photography
Creative Writing Human Resources Small Business
English & Writing Skills Lifestyle Enrichment Teacher Training
Fine Arts Creativity Management Test Prep
Get Started With ed2go
Step 1: Select an ed2go Course

If you see a topic of interest to you in the types of noncredit courses offered on ed2go, and the six-week class length appeals to you, then you may be ready to look for a particular class that uses the ed2go format.
To see the ed2go courses available, click here.

Step 2: Register and Pay

Click here for information about registering and paying for your course.

Step 3: Complete the Orientation at ed2go

After you have registered at PGCC and paid for a course, you must complete the registration and orientation process at the ed2go website. There you will create an ed2go account, select the password to access your course materials, and learn about specific course requirements.

  • You must complete the registration and orientation before your ed2go class start date, and these steps must be completed for each online class you wish to take.
  • Go to http://www.ed2go.com/pgcc, the Online Instruction Center.
  • Select your course by typing the title of your course in "Search for Courses:" at the top of the page.
  • Complete the Enrollment Process:

a. Click on "Add To Cart" and select the date you wish to start your course.

b. Complete the steps to "Sign Up For a Course."

c. At the end, click the "Already Paid" button. (Do not pay at the ed2go site.)

  • Review and print the Orientation Instructions.
  • After completing your class orientation, you will be ready to enter your online classroom when the course begins.
Step 4: Check Your Hardware and Software

Most ed2go courses are Mac and PC compatible. If a class is not Mac compatible, this information will be stated on the Requirements tab when you view the course details. Make sure you have:

Step 5: Learn When and How to Access Your ed2go Course
  • When: ed2go noncredit online classes are available on the start day of the course, which is always a Wednesday. Once your course begins, your lessons will become available at noon each Wednesday and Friday. Note: classrooms are not accessible before the class starts.
  • How: Log in to the classroom page at the www.ed2go.com/pgcc website. To log in, use the account information that you created when you completed the orientation at the ed2go website.
Step 6: Begin Your ed2go Course
  • On the start date of your course, go to the ed2go website at http://www.ed2go.com/pgcc to begin.
  • Click on "Classroom" and log in.
  • When you see the name of your course, click on the "Enter the Classroom" button to the right.
    Be sure to log in frequently to your online course.

If you have questions about the coursework, don't hesitate to contact your instructor by email or by phone. Good communication is critical in an online course.

Blackboard Noncredit Online Courses

Prince George's Community College uses Blackboard (Bb) as the web-based program that serves as the College's online classroom. Blackboard offers a password-protected virtual classroom with email, course content, chat, calendar, a discussion board, and other course tools standard in an online course. The Blackboard online classroom can be accessed over the internet at any time of the day or night. You will be able to participate entirely from the comfort of your home or office at times that are most convenient to you.

These are all instructor-led courses. They are not self-paced. The entire class works together on the weekly lessons. The discussion board feature allows for interactions between students and the instructor.

The start dates and lengths of these courses vary from course to course. Although a lot of the coursework is located in the web classroom, a textbook purchase may be required for some courses.

All courses require internet access, email, and a browser -- Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome are recommended. You must also have a working Owl Link account at PGCC to access a Blackboard course.

 

Get Started With Blackboard Noncredit Online
Step 1: Select a Blackboard Noncredit Course

If you see a topic of interest to you in the types of noncredit courses offered on Blackboard, then you may be ready to look for a particular class that uses the Blackboard format. To see the Blackboard Noncredit courses available, click here

Step 2: Register and Pay

Click here for information about registering and paying for your course.

Step 3: Activate Your Owl Link Account

After you have registered and paid for a course, you must then activate your Owl Link account, which is needed for accessing your Blackboard online course.
1. Look up your PGCC Owl Link User ID
2. Go to the Owl Link website
3. Click "Account Information"
4. Select "What's My UserID?"
5. Reset your Owl Link password
6. Select "What's My Password?" Click here to go to Owl Link.
Note: IPMA-HR students do not get Owl Link accounts. They receive their login information from the IPMA-HR.

Step 4: Check Your Hardware and Software

Make sure you have access to:
• A Pentium-class or Mac computer with at least 1 GB RAM
• Broadband (DSL, Cable, FIOS) is highly recommended
• An Internet Service Provider (ISP)
• Your PGCC student email address
• The recommended browser is Firefox
• Word Processing software (Microsoft Word is standard)
• Multimedia is required in some courses
Click here for supported browser information.
Click here for a quick browser check.

Step 5: Learn When and How to Access Your Blackboard Noncredit Course
  • When: Noncredit online classes using Blackboard will be available four days before the course officially begins, giving everyone time to work through any possible access problems.  
  • How: Log into Blackboard. Note: This web address does not contain "www." Type your Owl Link account information into the Blackboard login box. Note: IPMA-HR students use the login information received from the IPMA-HR. They do not use Owl Link account information to log into Blackboard.
Step 6: Begin Your Blackboard Noncredit Course

• On the start date of your course, log into the Blackboard website at http://pgcconline.blackboard.com to begin.
• On your "Welcome" screen, you will see the course(s) in which you are enrolled listed in the box labeled "My Courses." Click on the course name to enter your Blackboard course.

What if I have problems logging into my online class?

If you are unable to log in to Blackboard, contact your instructor by email or voicemail. If your instructor is unable to help you, please contact eLearning Services.

Log in frequently to your online course, and if you have questions about the coursework, don't hesitate to contact your instructor by email or phone. Communication is critical in an online course.

What types of noncredit courses are offered on Blackboard?

Totally online noncredit courses

PGCC offers totally online noncredit courses where all of the coursework is located on Blackboard (Bb). The topics of these courses include:

  • MD Child Care Credential 45- & 90-hr
  • Grant Writing
  • Human Resources

Hybrid online noncredit courses:

Hybrid courses meet both face-to-face and online. While some portions of the course meet at on-campus locations on particular dates and times, other parts of the course are conducted online. Their online component is located on PGCC's Blackboard (Bb). The topics of these courses include:  

  • Pharmacy Technician Training

Concurrent credit/noncredit online courses:

Concurrent credit/noncredit courses are ones that have both credit and noncredit students in the same class. While the coursework is the same for both types of students, the credit students earn college credits. In contrast, the noncredit students earn CEUs (Continuing Education Units) for their participation in the coursework. The topics of these courses include:

  • Art
  • Business and Management
  • Food Service & Culinary Arts
  • Hospitality Management

Continuing Education Certificates

Boost your career with an online non-credit certificate course. Prince George's Community College offers the following continuing education certificate courses that can be earned entirely online:

  • Internet Webmaster Continuing Education Certificate
  • Solid Waste Operations Continuing Education Certificate 

For information about noncredit programs and certificates, contact eLearning Services at elearning@pgcc.edu or 301-546-0463.

Master Course List ed2go

ed2go Courses

Art
ART-345 Drawing for the Absolute Beginner (online)

Business
BUS-355 Start and Operate Your Own Home-Based Business
BUS-438 Starting a Consulting Practice
OFC-346 Administrative Assistant Fundamentals

Communications
OFC-321 Effective Business Writing
OFC-347 Grammar Refresher

Computer
CRE-375 Creating Web Graphics with Photoshop CS3
DPR-310 Dreamweaver, Version MX 2004
DPR-329 Java for the Beginner
DPR-342 Introduction to MS-Excel, Version 2003
DPR-383 Introduction to ASP.NET
DPR-394 Learn to Buy and Sell on eBay
DPR-403 Introduction to Flash 8
DPR-409 Achieving Top Search Engine Positions
DPR-415 Introduction to Windows Vista
DPR-421 Intermediate MS-Excel, Version 2003
DPR-422 Introduction to MS-Access, Version 2003
DPR-431 Introduction to Networking
DPR-434 Intermediate Oracle
DPR-435 Introduction to C# Programming
DPR-437 Intermediate MS-Access, Version 2003
DPR-445 Introduction to Alice 2.0 Programming
DPR-447 MS-Publisher, Version 2003
DPR-449 Introduction to QuickBooks, Version 2007
DPR-450 Introduction to Windows, Version XP
DPR-451 Computer Skills for the Workplace
DPR-461 Introduction to Oracle
DPR-462 Introduction to Database Development
DPR-463 Introduction to SQL
DPR-464 Introduction to Perl Programming
DPR-469 Creating Web Pages, Part II
DPR-473 Introduction to FrontPage, Version 2003
DPR-479 C++ for the Absolute Beginner
DPR-485 Creating Web Pages
DPR-492 Introduction to Crystal Reports, Version 10
DPR-497 Introduction to Macromedia Flash, Version MX 2004
DPR-514 Introduction to Linux
DPR-517 Introduction to the Internet
DPR-530 Introduction to MS-Word, Version 2007
DPR-532 Introduction to MS-Excel, Version 2007
DPR-540 Introduction to PHP and MySQL
DPR-583 Intermediate PHP and MySQL
DPR-585 Introduction to Python 2.5 Programming
DPR-597 Introduction to QuickBooks, Version 2008
DPR-609 Introduction to Dreamweaver 8
OFC-351 Introduction to MS-Word, Version 2003
OFC-352 Intermediate MS-Word, Version 2003
OFC-353 Advanced MS-Word, Version 2003

Child Care
DCR-328 Enhancing Language Development in Childhood (Content Area D)
DCR-452 Ready, Set, Read! (Content Area D)

Finance
FIN-310 Debt Elimination Techniques That Work
FIN-345 Introduction to Stock Options
FIN-346 Personal Finance
OFC-350 Accounting Fundamentals, Part I
OFC-354 Accounting Fundamentals, Part II

Legal
LAW-350 Paralegal Certificate Program 1
LAW-351 Paralegal Certificate Program 2
LAW-352 Paralegal Certificate Program 3
LAW-353 Paralegal Certificate Program 4
LAW-354 Paralegal Certificate Program 5
LAW-355 Paralegal Certificate Program 6

Medical
HES-354 Medical Terminology, Word Association

Music
MUS-339 Music Made Easy

Photography
CRE-349 Exploring Digital Photography

Teacher Training
SKB-412 Teaching Math, Grades 4 - 6
SKB-415 Teaching Science, Grades 4 - 6
SKB-416 Survival Kit for New Teachers
SKB-417 The Creative Classroom
SKB-431 Teaching Students with Autism: Strategies for Success
SKB-433 Response to Intervention: Reading Strategies That Work
SKB-475 Creating the Inclusive Classroom: Strategies for Success
SKB-476 Solving Classroom Discipline Problems, Part I
SKB-477 Solving Classroom Discipline Problems, Part. II

Test Prep
SKB-357 GRE Preparation, Course I, Verbal
SKB-358 GRE Preparation, Course II, Quantitative
SKB-361 LSAT Preparation, Course I
SKB-362 LSAT Preparation, Course II

Writing
SKB-307 The Craft of Magazine Writing
SKB-326 Write Fiction Like a Pro
SKB-367 Writing Your Life's Story
SKB-382 Internet Writing Markets
SKB-386 Keys to Effective Editing
SKB-393 Beginner's Guide to Getting Published
SKB-403 Travel Writing

Master Course List Blackboard

Blackboard Noncredit Online Courses

Child Care
DCR-303 Child Growth and Development, 45 Hours
DCR-304 Curriculum/Activities, 45 Hours
DCR-310 Child Care, 90 Hours
DCR-455 Communication Skills for Child Care Professionals
DCR-456 School-Age Curriculum Development, 45 Hours

Health Care
HES-332 Pharmacy Technician

Human Resources Management
MGT-671 Managing Employees as a Human Resource Business Partner

 

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