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Catalog 2019-2020 
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Professional Animal Workers (PAWS) - Individuals with Disabilities

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Program Description

This one-semester program prepares students to work with animals in kennels, doggie day care centers, groomers, and other animal-centered businesses. It prepares students to effectively care for, work with, and identify the needs of animals in a safe, calm and sensitive manner in a professional setting. Students will also learn soft skills for employment. Internships are arranged and provide by program staff.

This career and academic track is designed for students with learning differences or disabilities that impact learning. This track provides instruction that is multisensory, multimodal, personalized, and incorporates elements of universal design for learning. Classes are taught with a 6 to 1 student-teacher ratio to better meet the needs of individual learners.

Program Outcomes

Successful Completion:

CCBC Credential: Students will earn a CCBC Workforce Training Certificate and will have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript).

Financial Aid and Payment Options

Baltimore County College Promise
Continuing Education Opportunity Grant
Partial Payment Option (through Nelnet Business Solutions)
Tuition Waiver for those who qualify
Workforce Development Sequence Scholarship
Employer/Sponsor Paid Tuition
Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)
Local Office of Workforce Development

Program Length

15 weeks (daytime)

Courses start in August and February at CCBC Dundalk campus.

Program Requirements

6th Grade Reading Level according to TABE (Test for Adult Basic Education) that will be administered during an intake interview

Application Process

To apply, go to and complete the CCBC Non-Credit Workforce Training Certificate application.  An email will then be sent with program information and any additional requirements necessary to apply for the program.

Selective Entry – Please call 443-840-3262 to schedule an interview and assessment.

Program Course Sequence

Course Number

Course Title

Course Hours

Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)



CHA 081

Basic Animal Studies





CHA 115

Basic Animal Studies II





CHA 080

Skills and Concepts for Clerical Work





CHA 031

Vocational Readiness





CHA 037

Microsoft Office Applications for Special Learners





CHA 070

Afternoon Internship





Course Series Totals:





Additional Information

Career Opportunities:

Veterinary assistant at an animal rescue, doggie day care center, veterinary clinic, kennel or groomer.

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Program Contact Information

Coordinator: Trish Alvey | | 443-840-3262 | Dundalk | MASH | 109

Administrative Assistant: Jennifer Cabana | | 443-840-3262 | Dundalk | MASH | 104

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