ONE and DONE, Workforce Development at Houston Community College

Houston Community College is pioneering a program to ensure students earn a level one certificate, receive resume writing assistance and get help with job interviews in just one semester.  The “Take One & Done” program is being offered at HCC’s Southeast College Eastside Campus.

“Students come full time and we will provide financial aid, child care from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. if necessary, and they will get a level one certificate in one of seven programs,” says Melissa Gonzalez, president of Southeast College. “We looked specifically at these programs, where there are jobs and there is a demand for workers.”

“Take One and Done” includes level one certificates in:

  1. Welding Technology-Basic Welding Helper
  2. Construction Management Technology
  3. Industrial Electricity Electrical Helper
  4. Business Management-Insurance Specialist/Associate
  5. Logistics & Supply Chain Management - Maritime Logistics & Specialist
  6. Real Estate - Residential
  7. HVAC

While taking courses at the Eastside Campus, HCC will help students prepare for job searches. “They will be getting a professional resume done through our career center and we are going to provide interviews for every single student,” Gonzalez says. “We are working with our industry partners to make sure they are available to interview on site before the students are finished for the semester.”                                               

Gonzalez emphasizes that students also have the option to pursue an associate degree and prepare for a transfer to a four-year university. “We actually have an advisor on site from the University of Houston Downtown for our business program, but also for general UHD programs,” Gonzalez says. “Texas Southern and the University of Houston also have a presence on our campus.”

Registration for classes is going on right now. For additional information on “Take One & Done,” click here. A video about the program is available here.

About HCC

Houston Community College (HCC) is composed of 15 Centers of Excellence and numerous satellite centers that serve the diverse communities in the Greater Houston area by preparing individuals to live and work in an increasingly international and technological society. HCC is one of the country’s largest singly-accredited, open-admission, community colleges offering associate degrees, certificates, workforce training, and lifelong learning opportunities. To learn more, visit