Workforce Development is Committed to Life Long Learning

The Center for Workforce Development (CWD) delivers business and industry training, continuing education and other community service in southern Middle Tennessee. If you want to develop new skills, improve your organization's performance or just learn new things, you have found the right place!

preparing for a testACT Prep Classes

ACT Test Prep classes meet one evening per week for five weeks and are 2½ hours in length. These classes are fast-paced and cover the five areas of the ACT test in addition to test-taking strategies and practice tests. Each student will receive a Prep Guide on the first evening of class.

Class Schedule

Training classBusiness and Industry Training

Columbia State’s Center for Workforce Development (CWD) develops and delivers on-site, customized training that addresses specific business and industry needs. Training courses usually range from four hours to several days.

Business training courses

Law-EnfLaw Enforcement Training Courses

We offer both specialized training and an annual regional in-service training course. The in-service course is held five times per year. All training for law enforcement is POST (Peace Officer Standards Training) approved.

The Tennessee Highway Safety Training Center
Regional In-Service Training for Law Enforcement

students in classroomInstructor-Led Paralegal Program

Columbia State's Center For Workforce Development (CWD) has partnered with the Center for Legal Studies (, based in Golden, CO, to bring this 84-hour course to Middle Tennessee.

Learn more about Legal Studies.

Online-TrainingOnline Training

Through its Center for Workforce Development, Columbia State offers a range of online, instructor-led courses, including A+ and Network+ Certification. 

Learn more about some of the options.

instructor helps studentBecome a CWD Instructor

Columbia State is always looking for qualified instructors for our Workforce Development programs. The best candidates are individuals who combine career knowledge and enthusiasm for the subjects they teach. 

More information about becoming an instructor
Help Person

Help Desk Technician Training

Help Desk Technician Training courses last five weeks and can lead to certification in A+ or Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA). 
young female tech working with medicine

Pharmacy Technician Program

This comprehensive 50 hour program will prepare students to work as pharmacy technicians in a retail or other pharmacy setting and to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s PTCB exam.

Learn more about becoming a Pharmacy Tech.

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