Workforce Development, Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning

Career development and professional resources at Trocaire College.
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Trocaire offers a wide array of training, educational opportunities and lifelong learning for individuals getting started in the workplace, furthering their current careers, or working to meet licensure/certification requirements. Take a look at some of our program types below and register by phone, 716-827-4310 or online.

Career Training

  • Phlebotomy
  • Computed Tomography (CT)
  • Massage Therapy Continuing Education
  • Surgical Technologist Continuing Education Workshops
  • Sterile Processing & Distribution Technician
  • CPR/BLS for Healthcare Providers
  • NYS Mandated Infection Control
  • Nursing Specialties: (LPN refresher program, RN refresher program, perioperative, dialysis, emergency and trauma nursing, legal nursing consultant, pediatric nursing, critical care nursing, geriatric nursing)
  • EKG Technician/Cardiac Monitor Technician (call 716-827-4310 for more information)

Personal Development & Educational Programming

Learn a new skill or further your passion with one of our personal development workshops. Throughout the year we offer fun, interactive sessions on a variety of topics. 

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Winter/Spring Culinary, Wine & Brewing Workshops

Cake and Fondant Fundamentals
Saturday, March 2, 2019
12:30-3:30 P.M.

Cost $35

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by decorating a cake? After our Cake Decorating course this will never happen to you again. Join our Master Pastry Chef and start icing your way to greatness! Learn basic fondant fundamentals and techniques like adding flowers, shells, leaves, roses, and more striking additions that are sure to “WOW” anyone who lays eyes on your beautiful creation.

Artisanal Breads and Dough
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
6-9 P.M.

Cost $35

For the love of bread! Join our Chef as you explore the art and beauty of bread-making from beautiful baguettes to savory Italian breads and specialty techniques. This course will teach you the proper mixing, kneading and professional bread baking techniques to make breads from around the world. Witness the art, the technique, and the passion of our Chef as he shares time-honored traditions and secrets to the perfect loaf and celebrate l’arte del pane!

Pies, Cakes, and Tortes, Oh My!
Saturday, March 30, 2019
12:30-3:30 P.M.

Cost $35

Bake your cakes, pies and tortes and eat them too! Take your baking to the next level with our Master Pastry Chef creating the perfect flaky or crispy shells for pies to claim their greatness! You will be taught various batter mixing techniques and applying these to create your own stunning, and yummy, cakes and tortes!  Best of all, you get to take home what you make!

Pasta 2.0
Saturday, April 6, 2019
12:30-3:30 P.M.

Cost $35

Benvenuto! Join us for an advanced pasta making class in an intimate workshop of delicious creations that you can bring to your own kitchen.  Learn some of the greatest generational secrets of the artisanal pasta-making traditions of Italy followed by a delicious tasting prepared by you. Buon Appetito!

Sweet Surrender: Chocolates, Candies and Confections
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
6-9 P.M.

Cost $35

Chocoholics, this one is for you! Come one come all to our chocolate wonderland where you will create your own chocolate desserts.  You will master the art of hand-dipped chocolate treats, various chocolate candies and confections and an assortment of elegant chocolate decorating techniques.  Be sure to save some of your creations to share with the people you love.


Brewing Gluten-Free Beer
Date: Thursday, February 21
Cost: $30

Whether you are suffering from Celiac disease or you are gluten-free for other reasons, brewing your own gluten-free beer is a fun way to enjoy a tasty beer without destroying your diet or health. Home brewing, can offer an elegant solution to the gluten-free beer drinker. This workshop will demonstrate the essential components and processes used to make high-quality and flavorful gluten-free beer. Both extract and all-grain brewing methods will be covered in this class.



Brew Basics: A Home Brewers Introduction
Date: Tuesday, March 5
Cost: $30

Our 3-hour Brew Basics workshop is hands-on and designed for the novice brewer. This workshop is for those beer enthusiasts looking to develop a deeper understanding of beer, its ingredients, and the process by which it’s made. The workshop will provide students the confidence, knowledge, and experience needed to become proficient home brewers and cultivated beer drinkers. Learn all the basics to get you up and running while brewing a batch of beer. Find out about extract brewing, malts, grains, yeasts and how to avoid or troubleshoot the most common problems. All reference materials will be provided as well as some seasonal brew for tasting.


What the Fork! Culinary Series with Chef Alexa Wajed

Explore inspired cooking for foodies with a health conscience. Join Chef Alexa Joan Wajed, a buffalo born creative entrepreneur whose culinary training has taken her from Buffalo to the Amalfi Coast with a few stops in between, as she imparts her passion for creating delectable AND healthy food that is good for your mind, body and soul.

Alexa will explore topics like mindful eating, healthy alternatives to unhealthy favorites, plant-based feasts, no-cook snacks, meal planning, and healthy eating on a budget in these fun, interactive classes.


Spring 2019 classes coming soon!

Brewing, Distilling, and Fermentation Science Program

This 5 course program provides the knowledge and hands-on experience needed to enter into the ever expanding and exciting industry of brewing, microbrewing, and distilling. Courses run in the fall and spring semesters. A certificate of completion in Brewing, Distilling, and Fermentation Science from Trocaire College will be awarded to students who successfully complete all courses in the program.

Intro to Brewing
January 28 — May 13, 2019 (no class 4/22)
Mondays, 6pm-8:30pm
Cost $495
This course is the first in the 5 course program and provides a foundation for students interested in pursuing the program. Topics include: historical aspects of the industries of brewing and distilling along with ingredients, equipment and process requirements involved in brewing and distilling. Classes are held at Trocaire’s Transit location in Williamsville.

Sensory Evaluation of Beer
January 23 — May 8, 2018 (no class 4/24)
Wednesdays, 6pm-8:30pm
Cost $495

Students will develop sensory skills and learn terminology typically used in the alcohol beverage industry. The Blichmann TopTier Modular Brewing system and professional grade fermentation equipment will be utilized in the College’s brewing lab. Classes are held at Trocaire’s Transit location in Williamsville.

Science of Brewing and Distilling
January 26 — May 11, 2018 (no class 4/20)
Saturdays, 9am-11:30am
Cost $495

This course will include in-depth lessons on yeast and bacteria microbiology as well as water and beer chemistry. Students will learn to evaluate microbes on media and microscopically, optimize chemical composition of wort and beer, and control microbial activity in ‘clean’ and sour beers. Students will gain hands-on experience with aseptic technique, chemical analysis of beer bitterness, and – of course – brewing on a professional-grade brewing and fermentation system. No prior microbiology or chemistry education is necessary.

T.I.P.S. and ServSafe Duo Course
Cost $395

This 5-week combined course provides T.I.P.S., Alcohol Training for Intervention Procedures, and ServSafe training lectures and exams. The course cost includes books and exam fees for both hospitality industry certifications. T.I.P.S. is education for the responsible service, sale, and consumption of alcohol. This skills-based training course is intended to prevent intoxication, underage drinking, and drunk driving. ServSafe provides food safety training and is recognized by the National Restaurant Association.

Brewing Internship
Summer, Fall, Spring Semesters
Cost $395

Brewing students who have completed all coursework (or are in progress) in the program are eligible to participate in this 150 hour internship experience. Internships will be with one of WNY’s local breweries/distilleries. The internship experience will be geared toward individual student goals and supervised by the Brewing, Distilling and Fermentation Science Program Director. Internship hours are flexible to allow for working students to participate.

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Professional Development and Lifelong Learning

Trocaire offers employers customized, on-site or on-campus training programs in healthcare, customer service, leadership, management, and customer relations. Businesses interested in offering professional development training to their employees should contact the Office of Workforce Development at 716-827-4310 to arrange a consultation meeting.

Online Training Courses

Trocaire College partners with online providers that help students meet their educational goals on their own time and within their schedule. The instructor-facilitated online course offerings include a large number of options, with start dates that are ongoing.

  • Ed2GO: You may take these affordable online courses in the comfort of your home or office at times that are convenient for you. Courses begin monthly, run for six weeks and are comprised of 12 lessons that are posted to the website weekly. The courses are entirely web-based with comprehensive lessons, quizzes and assignments. You may ask questions of your instructor and receive advice at any time during the course.
  • ProTrain: Offering dozens of options in healthcare, accounting, information technology and green/renewable energy, these online training courses provide you with the workforce skills necessary for many in-demand occupations. Gain the knowledge you need to get a new job, brush up on your current skills or take something just for fun.
  • PennFoster: Offering a breadth of viable, online academic alternatives that meet the training needs of business professionals and the region’s workforce population, these programs are on-demand and tailored around your schedule. All programs can be completed in as little as six months.

Test Preparation

Students and working professionals looking to take the next step, whether it be college or in their current careers, can find numerous test preparation courses that will assist them in meeting their desired score, licensing or certification goals.

  • Dietetic Technician Registry Exam Review Course
  • NCLEX-PN Review Program (call 716-827-4310 for more information)
  • Radiography Registry Seminar (call 716-827-4310 for more information)
  • Surgical Technology Review Course (call 716-827-4310 for more information)



Office hours are:
Mondays & Thursdays: 8am-6pm
Tuesdays & Wednesdays: 8am-5pm
Fridays: 8am- 4pm

Phone: 716.827.4310

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Trocaire College Phlebotomy Program Outcomes Measures and Annual Survey 2017