Career Education

Important Information

Some courses require more than a single term to meet all certificate requirements and to complete the training programs. Grade averages and minimum attendance, specific to each class, must be met in order to receive Certification.




Torrance Adult School Certification

Career Education courses may offer certificates of completion that are awarded based on subject competency demonstrated through class participation, quizzes, projects, tests, presentations, practicum, possible externships, as well as with attendance and class assignment requirements. Specific requirements for certificate levels, course sequencing, and required competencies will be provided at the first class meeting.


Torrance Adult School Finance & Business Program Certification

To be eligibile for the TAS Finance & Business Program Certificate, students must complete the following series of courses: Bookkeeping & Accounting 1 and 2, QuickBooks 1 and 2, and Excel Beg/Int/Adv. Students receive a certificate of completion for each individual course by completing required assignments, tests, and simulations with a minimum average grade of 75% and maintain a minimum of 80% attendance. Each skill level has specific requirements.


Microsoft© Office Specialist (MOS) Certification

Microsoft Office Specialist Exams & Certifications are offered at Torrance Adult School for the following courses: Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Access. Students currently enrolled in these classes will have access to take practice tests and to take the formal Certification Test.


Intuit® Quickbooks Certified User Certification

Quickbooks Certified User Exam & Certification are offered at Torrance Adult School to registered students enrolled in Quickbooks classes. Students will have access to practice tests as well as the Certification Test.


Computer Courses for Beginners


Basic Computer Skills: Designed for New Users/Seniors

New to computers? Intimidated by them? Not anymore! Take this course and take the fear out of computers. Learn to have fun and enjoy using the computer as a tool for crafts, letters, orgtanization, etc.


Laptop & You: Bring your own laptop (PC)

Do you have a new laptop or have been using one that feels like it's slowing down? Do you have questions about your laptop? Bring them to class and learn how to put your laptop to the best use. Learn how to properly secure your laptop and find out about browsers, Wi-Fi, Internet connections, and much more.


Windows 10- Computer Operating System

Have you ever wondered "How do I really run my Windows 10 computer?" or "Where is everything?" I want my email or my photos or some other "thing" I have put on my computer and I don't know where it is. These questions and many more can be answered after attending this class and learning about Windows 10. You will learn about Windows 10 and how to use it as well as how to add more to your computer so it will do what you want. You will learn about the Internet, email, searching, and even how to buy things. If you don't know why you have to "Start" to shutdown Windows-this is the course for you.



Microsoft© Office Courses


Microsoft© Access

Want to be ahead in your job? Learn basic concepts to help you use Access to manage information that you need to store for reference, reporting and analysis. Learn how to use Access to overcome limitations you may find when you try to manage large amounts of information in Excel or other spreadsheets programs. Develop the ability to create and manage lists of data into tables and create useful reports for clients or employers.


Microsoft© Word (Beg/Int/Adv)

Trying to find a job? Want to stand out amidst the vast competition? Improve and develop your word-processing skills using Microsoft Word. Develp the ability to create documents, reports, flyers, and other skills that will help you with your occupation. Learn how to take these job skills and apply them to other fun activities such as yard sales, housekeeping, cookie sales, membership drives, and party signs.


Microsoft© Excel (Beg/Int/Adv)

Are you looking for a promotion, a new job, or just want to improve your job skills? Take charge and take the mystery out of spreadsheets. Develp or improve the ability to use Microsoft Excel to plan and manage business needs. Learn how to create charts, worksheets, and data management tools. Let's have some fun. Learn how to take these job skills and apply them to other fun activities such as yard sale Price List, Potluck Sign-In Sheet, Cookie Sale Organization List and much more.


Microsoft© Excel Hybrid (Beg/Int/Adv)

This Excel section has an online companion. This is a hybrid class that includes in-class lectures as well as online assignments that will be completed on your home computer. The intent is to improve your Excel and online collaborative skills at the same time, a skill highly desired by employers.



Business Finance & Accounting


Bookkeeping & Accounting 1

Hands-on manual training includes the accounting cycle, debit/credit rules. journalizing and posting business transactions, accounts payable, accounts receivable, preparing financial statements, performing closing entries, and reconciling bank statements.


Bookkeeping & Accounting 2

Expand your knowledge of accounting principles to include practices related to a merchandising compoany. Procedures specific to the recording of sales and purchases, payroll and reporting procedures, and accounting for cash will be covered as you focus on the following topics: Sales & Purchases, Journals, Sales & Purchase Discounts, Returns, Allowances, A/R and A/P Subsidiary Ledgers, Cost of Merchandise Sold, as well as Internal Controls for cash and bank reconciliations.


QuickBooks Level 1 & 2 Computerized Accounting

Prerequisite: Certificate for Accounting 1 or a work background in Bookkeeping/Accounting.

In this multi-level course, you will set up businesses, add vendors and customers, and prepare charts of accounts. Upon completion of both levels, you will know how to execute the accounting cycle through financial statements and year-end reporting.



Digital Cameras, Photography, & Video Editing


Lightroom on Your Laptop

Learn how to use the favorite photo organizing and editing program of serious amateaurs as well as professional photographers. This course provides students with what they need to get started with Lightroom. By the end of the course, the student will be introduced to the overall work flow of Lightroom, the Library module of Lightroom, as well as the basic use of photo editing tools in the develop module, including those to enhance camera RAW images. Explore ways to use Lightroom to output and share photos using its slideshow and Web capabilities. Be introduced to the basics of protecting and backing up one's photo collection as well as migrating one's Photoshop Elements Catalog into Lightroom while maintaining the photo's metadata. This course is intended to be the first of a series of future classes. Lightroom 5 should be installed on your laptop prior to the first class.


Learn to use your iDevice (iPad/iPhone)

Did you buy, or are planning to buy, an Apple iPad? Are you finding it a little frustrating to use? Even if you own an iPhone rather than an iPad, you will find most of the topics applicable and useful. In this course you will learn basic iPad controls (swipes, pinches, etc.), some shortcuts, and how to use key features, including the camera and how to enhance photos. You will learn how to get pictures and documents into and out of yoru iPad, so you can share them with others. As useful as they are, the applications (apps), supplied with the iPad don't even scratch the surface of what is available. You will learn to download and use third-party apps. These include general purpose apps, and apps that help you take better iPad photos and videos, and then edit and enhance them. You will also learn how to copy photos from your digital camera to your iPad. The class includes online handouts, demonstrations, and in-class exercises.


Your Digital Camera

Five weeks to master your own digital camera! Learn operations, take photos, and review them on the computer, while learning both point-and shoot, and manual settings. Create photos you'll want to keep and share.



Floral Design & Floral Training


Floral Design-Basic

This class features floral elements in trendy configurations with unsual materials and creative containers. Each semester celebrates the colors and themes of the season.


Floral Design-Intermediate/Advanced

Enhance basic floral designs with artistic style and flair. Let colorful seasonal textures and fragrances inspire you to create a special fresh flower arrangement for your home, gifts, holidays, and events.


Floral Training-Beginning

This is the first of a three term program to work as a skilled employee in a flower shop/home based business. Students learn to arrange, buy, condition, store, and sell flowers.



Medical Support Careers

*Pre-requisites: Medical Terminology is the foundation course preparing students for their chosen health occupations pathway. Students should become proficient in keyboarding, be able to use Micrsoft Word, and Excel for job-related tasks, as well as basic computer skills for the health profession. All Allied Health training applicants need to have a GED or High School Diploma or be enrolled in a program to complete the necessary course work required for completion. Proof of either GED or High School Diploma will be required if students take a certificiation exam for completing the course, as well as live scans. Students should complete the Hepatitis B series of inoculations.


Medical Terminology & Anatomy

This foundation health occupations course is recommended for everyone planning on a career in the healthcare field. Knowledge of medical terms, parts of the body, and common medications will be valuable in Pharmacy Technician, Medical Billing & Coding, and Medical Assistant training programs. Prepare for a career in health by learning the "Language of Medicine" & Anatomy, which are foundational courses for all medical support occupations. You'll learn prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms that are medical and pharmaceutical terms. Discover body systems and terms identifying each.


Pharmacy Technician

Prepare to become an entry-level pharmacy technician by learning concepts of pharmacology, standards, ethics, pharmacy calculations, record keeping, and customer service. You will successfully complete the classroom portion of the course and then get hands-on experience while completing a 160-hour externship. Upon completion of all requirements, you will receive both an affidavit as proof of completion, as required by the state, and a TAS Certificate of Compeltion. Employers recommend keyboarding skills for all pharmacy technician students.


Medical Billing & Coding

Prepare for a future in Medical Billing & Coding, and qualify for a job working in a physician's office, clinic, and many other health organizations. You will learn terminology, billing/computer procedures and coding. You’ll be prepared to take the national certification exam and be career ready. Be sure to register early to save a place in this popular course.


Medical Assistant

A Medical Assistant (MA) helps physicians carry out procedures, care for patients, take histories, schedule appointments, perform simple lab tests, and administer medications. This course combines 4, 5-week modules of classroom/lab training with an additional 160-hour externship for more hands-on practice. Students will be required to complete an assumption of risk form, prepare a resume, interview, and may be required to complete a live scan and/or provide immunization records in order to qualify for some externship positions. Students who have medical or other issues that may affect their participation or require accommodations must notify the instructor and the Career Education office prior to registering for classes.