Continuing & Community Education

Get inspired, re-energize yourself or learn a new skill – we’re ready to help. Along the way you’ll make new friends and might even uncover a hidden talent you never knew you had! At Trinidad State we believe learning should never stop. Our Continuing & Community Education offerings can provide you training to enhance your performance at work, help you explore a new field, unlock a solution to one of life’s problems or get you started with a new hobby.

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For more details contact:
Donna Haddow, Coordinator
Call 719-846-5724

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For more details contact:
Donna Haddow, Coordinator
Call 719-846-5724



  • BUS 115    Introduction to Business    CRN 10873    3 credit hours    ONLINE COURSE
    Focuses on the operation of the American business system. Covers fundamentals of the economy, careers and opportunities, marketing, management, production, governmental regulations, tools of business and social responsibilities.
  • MAR160    Customer Service    CRN 10942    3 credit hours    ONLINE COURSE
    Enables students to learn the relationship of self to customers, problem solve and understand the importance of communicating with customers. Specific emphasis is given to managing customer expectations by building customer rapport and creating positive outcomes
  • MAR216    Principles of Marketing    CRN 10943    3 credit hours    ONLINE COURSE
    Presents the analysis of theoretical marketing processes and the strategies of product development, pricing, promotion and distribution, and their applications to businesses and the individual consumer.


  • CIS118    Introduction to PC Applications    CRN 10666    3 credit hours    ONLINE COURSE
    Introduces basic computer terminology, file management, and PC system components. Provides an overview of office application software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation graphics. Includes the use of a web browser to access the Internet.


  • CNED1228    Introduction to Part Layout and Shop Math    June 24-28, one week 8-5 each day    $380 for 40 hours of instruction
    The focus of this class will be introducing the student to foundational skills and knowledge used every day in the machine shop. Designed for individuals looking for a deeper level of understanding of the steps involved in preparing to create a part prior to turning on a mill or a lathe. Topics include: the use of, and familiarization with, different methods of part layout; the function of calipers, micrometers and other precision instruments; understanding blueprint reading and mathematic calculations needed in a shop setting; identification of different components of lathes, mills and surface grinders; and using a grinder to create lathe tool bits. We will also have the opportunity to touch on the basic use of a computer aided drafting program (CAD) utilizing the colleges computer lab and software.
    Contact Donna Haddow at 719-846-5724 or for additional information including list of required tools or to register.
  • CNED1221    Introduction to Manual Mill and Lathe (metal)   June 15-23 (weekend, week, and weekend)    8-5 each day    $550 for 72 hours of instruction
    This class is intended for beginning machinists with no prior experience. Introduces basic manual lathe applications which will consist of identifying lathe components and controls, understanding turning safety, calculating speeds and feeds, using various tools and tool holders, identifying basic tool geometry, and the use of common lathe spindle tooling. Students will perform basic lathe operations, which will consist of facing, center-drilling, chuck turning, turning between centers, boring, grooving, tapers, knurling, and single point threading. Students will be required to produce specified parts to a tolerance of +/- .004 in. and perform competencies set by manufacturing standards. Students will also learn to identify the major parts of the vertical mill, align a vise, use an indicator, edge finder and boring head, determine speeds and feeds, perform simple indexing, mill flat, square surfaces and slots, drill, bore, and tap holes, and work within a plus or minus .0002 inch tolerance.
    Contact Donna Haddow at 719-846-5724 or for additional information including list of required tools or to register.


  • HEQ101    Job Site Safety & Skills    CRN 10946    5 credit hours    June 3-July 26    8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.    Monday through Thursday
    Introduces standard jobsite safety and work practices. Basic safety, introduction to construction math, hand tools, power tools, construction drawings, basic communication, and employability skills, and materials handling will be covered.
  • HEQ240    Bulldozer I    CRN 10946    2 credit hours    1:00 to 3:45    Monday and Tuesday
    Teaches performing walk-around inspections, using proper terms and definitions associated with the bulldozer, and using proper safety procedures. Includes performing rough ditching and spreading, performing ripping operations, cutting and building a gentle slope bench, using the bulldozer on unstable soil, and replacing cutting edges on blades and teeth on rippers.
  • HEQ230    Hydraulic Excavator    CRN 10947    2 credit hours    1:00 to 3:45    Wednesday and Thursday
    Covers the safe operation of the hydraulic excavator. Allows the student to perform a variety of operations with the excavator.


  • HPR178    Medical Terminology    CRN 10838    2 credit hours    ONLINE COURSE
    Introduces the student to the structure of medical terms with emphasis on using and combining the most common prefixes, roots and suffixes. Includes terms related to major body systems, oncology, psychiatry, as well as clinical laboratory and diagnostic procedures and imaging. Class structure provides accepted pronunciation of terms and relative use in the healthcare setting.
  • HWE100    Human Nutrition    CRN 10720    3 credit hours    9:00 to noon    Mondays only
    Introduces basic principles of nutrition with emphasis on personal nutrition. Satisfies nutrition requirement of students entering health care professions.

I recently took a class at Trinidad State Junior College for my CDL. The class took about a month and I learned a lot and was able to pass my driving test and get my CDL. The teacher of the theory part of the class and was very helpful and had a great attitude and she really knows her business. And the driving instructor was very helpful and patient and thorough.
All in all I highly recommend this class to other people.
Sincerely, Randy

Want to share your knowledge? Trinidad State is THE place!
Do you have knowledge, ideas or passions that you would like to share with others? Have a great idea for a class you'd like to teach? Consider teaching a community education class. Planning for future classes is always underway.

Classes or workshops can run anywhere from a few hours to an entire semester – or share your information through a short presentation.

Please note:
Continuing/Community Education fees are kept as reasonable as possible to make the program accessible. Continuing/Community education classes are non-credit and do not count toward any degrees or certificates and do not transfer to other institutions. They are not eligible for financial aid.