• Program and Class Descriptions

    Socorro Community Education programs and classes are organized around three main goals of adult students: to obtain a job or start a career, attend college or post-secondary training and to develop basic English language skills to function effectively as a parent or citizen.  All classes and certifications are offered at no cost to students who qualify and are accepted into a program of study.

    Work-Bound Academy

    These are programs of study that prepare adults to find a job or develop the skills for a high-demand occupation.

    Vocational Certifications - Integrated Education and Training (IET)

    Each program of study includes basic skills or English language instruction, workforce preparation and vocational training required  for passing industry-recognized certifications for a variety of high-demand occupations in the El Paso area.  Students must attend all vocational and basic skills English classes.  Most classes are four nights per week and may be located at different SISD campuses.  To be admitted in the vocational program, students must have a high school diploma or equivalent, be eligible to work in the United States and be accepted to the program after an interview. Students must qualify according to the required English proficiency or TABE score results.  Call 915-937-1700 or write communityed@sisd.net for information on the next registration.

    Security Officer Certification – 18 weeks

    This program of study provides the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare students for certifications in the field of security services.  Classes provide an overview of security concepts and types of organizations with a focus on security measures used to protect lives, property and proprietary information and are designed to provide job-specific training for entry-level employment in security services careers. Instruction includes:

    • security patrol procedures
    • use of computers and communications systems
    • understanding procedures and limits of apprehension and detention
    • licensing certification requirements
    • goals of investigation, interview, and interrogation
    • understanding crime prevention devices, equipment, and procedures
    • demonstrating ability to provide oral and written reports


    Student will receive Level II and Level III certificates from the Texas Department of Public Safety by passing each level of training with the minimum of 80%.  Students will have to shoot score of 180 out of 250 on the 9mm firearm.   The student will have to shoot to qualify on the firearm by shooting 9mm firearm and shotgun. (Local Competency Profile requires 85% objective attainment and 90% attendance)

    Other Requirements

    • Lifting, surveillance skills, coping with uncertainty, exercising good judgment, bjectivity, Dependability, Emotional Control, Integrity, Safety Management, Professionalism, Reporting Skills
    • Texas Department of Public Safety-Public Security Bureau Curriculum
    • Successful completion of Level II and Level III phases.
    • Students who proceed through the Level III certification will be required to demonstrate mastery of the skills taught. Weapon qualification will be conducted in a certified firing range, which is supervised by certified firearms instructors.  The skills required for a Level III certification are as follows:
      • Defensive Tactics Techniques
      • Expandable Baton Training
      • CPR and First-Aid Training
      • Firearm safety and maintenance
      • Firearm qualification (9mm)
      • Shotgun qualification (12 gauge)

    Electrical Pre-Apprenticeship - 36 weeks

    The Electrical Pre-Apprentice program provides graduates with the technical background and the manual skills necessary for careers in the installation and maintenance of modern electrical systems, electrical equipment, and electrical controls. Graduates are critical thinkers and are able to troubleshoot problems in residential, commercial, or industrial electrical environments. The program provides students with the ability to communicate effectively using standard methods of communication. Recognizing the need for lifelong learning, the program helps students achieve various professional and personal goals that may arise over a lifetime, including the opportunity for transfer to other college and university technical programs. The program strives to maintain a high academic standard for teaching and learning through a continuous process of self-assessment and improvement. Students are exposed to a learning environment that is safe and supportive of student growth and achievement. Using modern training equipment, innovative teaching methods and highly trained faculty members, the ET program endeavors to fully prepare students for a variety of electrical occupations and to enter a pre-apprenticeship program.


    Electrical, Level 1 National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER)  -- Students need to pass written exams for all course modules with a score of 70% or better.  Some modules require pass/fail performance demonstrations of specific skills.

    HVAC Certification – 36 weeks (Note: Class Start Pending)

    The class begins in June and ends July of the following year. This course will not only provide students with Basic Electrical and Refrigeration content referenced with textbooks, but also provides “hands on” training to prepare students to work for the industry.


    Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)  Level 1 National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER)  -- Students need to pass written exams for all course modules with a score of 70% or better.  Some modules require pass/fail performance demonstrations of specific skills.  Students will also need to pass EPA Section 608 and 609 certifications; OSHA 10 Hour Nationally Accredited Certification

    Office Administration Program - 36 weeks

    At the completion of the course, students will be able to identify computer terminology and use Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook to create, format, edit, and save business documents, letters, mail merges, resumes and reports.  In addition, students will learn basic workplace oral and written communication skills required to function effectively in an office environment.


    Student are required to pass the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certifications for Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook through the Certiport – G-Metrix platform.

    Additional Requirements

    Admission into this program requires advanced computer skills including keyboarding, use of a mouse, internet navigation and computer operations including opening, saving and deleting files and cutting and pasting text.  This certification does not include training on basic computer skills.

    Computer Maintenance & Repair- 36 weeks

    Fall Semester: This course provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare for the CompTIA’s A+ Certification exam 220-901 and exam 220-902. Students will have the knowledge required to assemble components based on customer requirements. Students will:

    • Learn computer and networking concepts
    • install, configure and maintain devices and PCs for end users
    • understand the basics of networking, security and forensics
    • safely diagnose, resolve and document common hg skills
    • provide appropriate customer support 
    • understand the basics of virtualization, desktop imaging and deployment

    Spring Semester: This course offers a comprehensive guide for anyone wishing to take the CompTIA Security+ SY0-401Certification Exam.  This introduction to the fundamentals of network security includes:  

    • compliance and operational security
    • threats and vulnerabilities
    • application, data, and host security
    • access control and identity management
    • psychological approaches to social engineering attacks
    • Web application attacks, penetration testing, data loss prevention
    • cloud computing security
    • application programming development security
    • Information on Security Community Site

    Pharmacy Technician- 36 weeks (Note: new program! Start of classes pending)

    The Pharmacy Technician certification program provides participants with the knowledge, technical skills, and work habits required to obtain an entry-level position in the pharmacy field. A strong emphasis is placed on ethics, accountability, and professionalism.  In addition, the program helps to develop contextualized reading, writing and math skills that are required to succeed in this certification program and that will allow the individual to continue to pursue further training in this field.


    CPR National Sterile Products “IV” (Intravenous) Certification and Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE).

    Dental Assistant- 36 weeks

    This Dental Assistant certification is designed to prepare students to assist a dentist or dental hygienist in performing the functions of a dental practice. Students will learn Chair side assistance, patient preparation, dental office functions, dental office laboratory procedures and dental radiography.


    Dental Assisting National Board’s (DANB) Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification

    High School Equivalency (HSE/GED) classes

    English GED students will be prepared to successfully pass the four HSE/GED tests, which consist of Social Studies, Science, Mathematical Reasoning, and Reasoning through Language Arts. Students will learn how to utilize or incorporate technology in their learning process.  Students will be regularly evaluated for their readiness to take the HSE/GED exam.    How long the student needs to remain in the HSE/GED program will depend on the student's initial level of readiness and rate of progress.  Community Education only provides preparation classes for the HSE/GED tests.  Students will have to pay and register for the HSE/GED on their own.  For more information about the HSE/GED tests visit the Students tab on the right-hand section.

    English as a Second Language (ESL) for Professionals

    This program of study is designed for English language learners who have already attained a post-secondary degree or certification outside the United States.  Eligible students must have a High Intermediate ESL or higher level of English as determined by an official assessment test.  The goal of the class is to accelerate oral and written English language skills to help students find and succeed in a job in their field of study.  In addition, students who successfully complete the program are eligible to have their degree evaluated at no cost to the students.

    College-Bound Academy

    High School Equivalency (HSE/GED) classes

    While many adults view obtaining a High School Equivalency (HSE) or GED as a means a job, our HSE/GED classes begin preparing students to pass college entrance examinations such as the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) and to succeed in college or post-secondary training.  We encourage all students to evaluate whether college or post-secondary training after obtaining an HSE/GED is appropriate for them.  Labor market research shows that a post-secondary degree or certification will be required for most family-sustaining high demand occupations.

    Advanced ESL and ESL/HSE Combo classes

    English language learners who have an interest in going to college or post-secondary education will need to improve their reading, writing and listening skills in English.  In addition, we offer an ESL/HSE-GED Combo class which allows English language learners to study for the HSE exam Spanish while continuing to learn English.

    Transition to College and Post-Secondary Education classes

     Students who have already obtained an HSE/GED and are considering attending college or other post-secondary training leading to a degree or certification will benefit from this class which targets academic college readiness in reading and math, college level skills such as note-taking and learning strategies as well as career exploration and college knowledge.  

    Life-Skills Academy

    Basic and Intermediate English as a Second Language (ESL) classes

    Effective oral and written communication in English are essential for adults to successfully manage their roles as parents and members of society.  Basic and Intermediate ESL instruction is designed as a means to help adults develop foundational skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing in English with the ultimate goal of helping adults make successful transitions to work or post-secondary education.  Placement into classes is based on the results of your initial assessment on a state-approved test.  Students are required to receive at least 60 hours of instruction until they can take a post-test to determine how much progress they have made.

    Citizenship classes

    English language learners interested in passing the US Naturalization exam take this class to learn oral and written skills required to pass the interview portion of the exam as well as the US history and government knowledge required to pass the Civics test.   Students are required to test at the ESL Intermediate High level or above in the initial assessment.  Students scoring below this level will be required to attend an ESL class that will allow them to advance to this level.  The class does not provide legal advice on immigration or naturalization matters.

    Family Literacy Program—ESL and early childhood education

    Family Literacy is a comprehensive family-centered education program that involves parents and children in a cooperative effort, enabling parents to become partners in their children's education.  Since Socorro ISD became involved in family literacy through an Even Start grant in 1989 it has served over 1,000 families.  Family Literacy has three key components:

    • Early Childhood Education: Provides educational services for children between the ages of 2-4. Program activities are age appropriate and respond to the growth and development process of individual children. The goal is to encourage emergent literacy of children and ease the transition of young children into school.
    • Adult Education: Offers English as a Second Language instruction.
    • Parenting Education: Enhances the parent's skills on child rearing practices and focuses on the central role parents play in the development of their children. Parenting sessions also include information on community resources and how to access services to address personal and family needs.
    • Interactive Literacy Activities (ILA): These are intergenerational activities that allow the child and parent an opportunity to spend time together to enhance literacy development.

    Families with young children between the ages of 2-7 who reside in Socorro ISD are eligible for the full program.  Individuals without eligible children may enroll in the adult English classes only.  Currently, the Family Literacy program is located at Robert R. Rojas and Elfida Chavez elementary schools.