About Edgecombe Community College
Located in the eastern part of North Carolina in Edgecombe County, Edgecombe Community College is approximately 75 miles east of Raleigh.
Since its founding in 1967, the college has been committed to fulfilling the education, training, and cultural needs of the Edgecombe County community and surrounding areas.
ECC serves about 8,000 individuals annually in its two-year degree, diploma, certificate, and continuing education programs. Excellent teaching and learning coupled with student achievement have characterized the college throughout its history.
The main campus is located on 120 acres 2.5 miles south of Tarboro and comprises 12 buildings. ECC also operates a campus in the Edgecombe County portion of Rocky Mount. This campus covers one city block and includes three buildings.
In January 2020, the new Center for Innovation on the Tarboro campus opened for classes. This facility will enable ECC to develop better and sustain a skilled manufacturing workforce. The Center for Innovation will provide high school and adult student populations with hands-on access to the latest technologies and practices found in advanced manufacturing today.
Dr. Gregory K. McLeod, a North Carolina native and 19-year veteran of community colleges, was named president of ECC in July 2018. Since his arrival, Dr. McLeod has focused on expanding educational and training opportunities available to students. The college has renewed, strengthened, or created partnerships with regional higher education institutions to meet this goal. In addition, program directors have developed short-term training courses to equip students with the skills they need to join the workforce.
Edgecombe Community College Vision
We aspire to be an exemplary leader and training partner fostering student success and community prosperity for all.
The college fosters responsible, accountable, and ethical behavior and encourages an environment of honesty, tolerance, and civility.
The college provides relevant, quality educational and training programs and services.
The college provides educational, global, and cultural programming that enables students and the community to achieve their goals.
The college provides learning opportunities and support services to help students succeed.
Diversity and Equity
The college embraces differences and nurtures a culture of honor and respect.
The college promotes enriching partnerships and cooperative teamwork.
Edgecombe Community College Mission
ECC’s mission is to strengthen and enrich the educational, training, and lifelong learning opportunities for our community.
To provide quality education and training programs.
To elevate the profile and prominence of the college.
To maximize college partnerships and collaborations to provide relevant training and workforce development opportunities.
To demonstrate fiscal responsibility and create educational opportunities through grants and private donations.
To encourage student engagement and success through innovative programs and services.
To promote an atmosphere of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Those interested may view the current academic calendar for Edgecombe Community College online by visiting the ECC Events Calendar on the college website.
During the fall and spring semesters, the college is open from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Friday. Administrative offices are open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Friday. The Student Services Department is open from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday; and 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Friday.
During the summer semester, the college is open from 7:45 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and closed on Friday. Administrative offices are open from 7:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and closed on Friday. The Student Services Department is open from 7:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and closed on Friday.
Evening/Weekend Courses & Services
ECC offers evening classes Monday through Thursday throughout the year and daytime classes on Saturdays and Sundays. Courses in college transfer and technical areas are available. Each class usually meets one or two nights a week during a 16-week semester. Students may attend on a part-time basis. Additionally, the college offers courses in Continuing Education and Basic Skills at both on-campus and off-campus locations.
The Evening Directors assist students in coping with college and meeting other needs. The Student Services Department is open and administers placement assessments during evening hours. Interested persons should contact Student Services for an appointment. The Financial Aid Office staff is also available by appointment to assist curriculum students with financial aid concerns.
The library is open Monday through Thursday in the evenings for the convenience of students. The bookstore also has special evening hours, which they announce on the campus message boards. Snacks and drinks are available in the Student Lounge and other campus buildings during the evenings that classes are in session.
For further information about evening and weekend programs, students should contact the Evening Director on either campus at (252) 823-5166.
Visitors are welcome on the Edgecombe Community College campus. All visitors must comply with College policy and procedure. In the interest of safety and security, all campus visitors without official business or prior appointment are asked to check in with the receptionist either in person or by phone immediately upon arrival. Visitor’s passes for each respective campus are available and will be distributed as needed from the receptionist location in the McIntyre and Barnes buildings. A valid ID may be required.
Individuals with a visitor’s pass and valid ID can utilize the libraries on both campuses. Classrooms, laboratories, computer labs, student lounges, and any other instructional areas are prohibited from visitors without prior authorization. Individuals who have failed to check in or comply with requests for identification, have been found loitering, or have caused disruption to normal college operations/environment may be required to leave.
Children under sixteen years of age are not permitted on campus unless accompanied by a parent/legal guardian or enrolled in an Early College or Edgecombe Community College-sponsored program. Children accompanying employees, students, or visitors of Edgecombe Community College must be under the constant supervision of a responsible adult while on ECC property and are not permitted in classrooms, labs, or other learning environments.
Employees or students found to be in violation of the above policy may be subject to disciplinary action. Employees should report unauthorized individuals to the Security Officer on duty at their location. Campus security phone numbers are programmed to speed dial from office phones and are also listed below. Once contact has been made with the Security Officer by telephone, employees should immediately report the incident to an ECC official, who will assist the Security Officer in coordinating a resolution.
Rocky Mount Security: (252) 885-3629 Tarboro Security: (252) 885-5468
ECC publishes official college information in the ECC Catalog, the Student Handbook, the ECC message boards, and the college website. The Student Handbook supplements the catalog. The catalog describes academic programs and degree requirements, continuing education programs, and special programs. It gives detailed information on college procedures, services, and regulations. The handbook and catalog are updated annually.
Course offerings for curriculum programs are in the semester schedule posted on the college website. Current copies are also available in the Student Services Department. Official announcements and notices of upcoming campus events are posted on the college message boards located in critical areas of both campuses. Bulletin boards displaying student information are in all buildings on both campuses.
Accreditation and Memberships
Edgecombe Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award certificates, diplomas, and associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Edgecombe Community College. The Commission on Colleges should only be contacted when evidence appears to support an institution’s significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard.
Also, the Cosmetology, Manicuring Technology, and Esthetics Technology programs are approved and governed by the North Carolina Board of Cosmetic Arts <https://www.nccosmeticarts.com/>. The North Carolina Barbering Board <https://barbers.nc.gov/> certifies the Barbering program.
The Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) <https://www.cahiim.org/> accredits the Associate in Applied Science degree in the Health Information Technology program.
The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) <https://www.caahep.org/> upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB) provides accreditation for the Medical Assisting program.
The Nursing programs - Associate in Applied Science and Practical Nursing - are accredited by the Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) <https://www.acenursing.org/>.
The Division of Health Service Regulation (DHSR) <https://info.ncdhhs.gov/dhsr/> certifies the Nursing Assistant/Nurse Aide I and Medication Aide programs.
The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) <https://www.jrcert.org> accredits the Radiography program.
The Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (Co ARC) <https://coarc.com/> certifies the Respiratory Therapy Program.
The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)- <https://www.caahep.org/> upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) accredits the Surgical Technology Program.
Collaborative and Contractual Agreements
Business and Technologies Collaborative Agreement
ECC collaborates with one college to offer business and technology degree program opportunities to students. Students may apply for admission to these programs and transfer completed arts and sciences general education courses from ECC. They take most of the major classes in this business and technology program at the college offering the program. ECC participates in a collaborative program in the following area:
Health Sciences Collaborative Agreements
ECC collaborates with other colleges to offer health science program opportunities to students. Students may apply for admission to these programs and transfer completed arts and sciences general education courses from ECC. They enroll in most of the core classes in these Health Sciences programs at the colleges offering the credential ECC participates in collaborative programs in the following areas:
Students interested in these Health Sciences programs should contact the program chair or the Student Services Department.
Comprehensive Articulation Agreement
The Comprehensive Articulation Agreement between the University of North Carolina System and many North Carolina independent colleges and universities and the North Carolina Community College System creates opportunities for the transfer of course credits between the college and constituent institutions of the UNC System and select independent colleges and universities.
Edgecombe Community College and Area Universities Articulation Agreements
In addition, Barton College, East Carolina University, Fayetteville State University, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University, North Carolina Wesleyan, Saint Augustine’s University, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington all participate in articulation agreements with ECC.
Career & College Promise Program for High School Students
Qualified North Carolina juniors and seniors can begin their two or four-year college work, tuition-free, in high school. The program allows them to get a head start on their workplace and college work through a partnership with the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, N.C. Community College System, the University of North Carolina System, and many independent colleges and universities in North Carolina, eligible high school students begin earning college credit at a community college at NO cost to them or their families.
Career and College Promise provides three pathways to help eligible students:
- College Transfer Pathways (CTP) - Earn tuition-free college credits toward a four-year degree through Edgecombe Community College. This program requires completing at least 30 semester hours of approved college transfer courses, including English and mathematics. This pathway is for students enrolled in traditional or charter schools.
- Career and Technical Education Pathways (CTE) - Earn tuition-free college credits at Edgecombe Community College toward an entry-level job, diploma, or certificate in a technical field. These courses align with a specific high school career cluster. This pathway is for students enrolled in traditional or charter schools.
- Cooperative Innovative High Schools (CIHSP) - Students can earn tuition-free college credits as high school freshmen by attending Edgecombe Early College. Students have opportunities to complete an associate degree or earn up to two years of college credit within five years. Students must apply in February of their 8th-grade year. This pathway is for students enrolled in Edgecombe Early College High School only.
See the Admissions section for further details and requirements for each pathway.
Edgecombe Early College High School
Edgecombe Early College High School (EECHS) is an innovative, collaborative program between ECC and Edgecombe County Public Schools. Housed on ECC’s Tarboro campus, the program enables students to earn a high school diploma and a community college associate degree or two years of college credit in five years. EECHS serves students in grades 9-13 and is designed for students who desire a more rigorous curriculum or feel they do not fit in at a traditional high school. Students interested in EECHS must undergo an application and interview process. For more information, interested individuals should call Shawn Dawes, Early College Liaison/High School Coordinator at (252) 618-6546, or Matt Smith, EECHS Principal at (252) 618-6542.
Office of Public Information
The Office of Public Information is responsible for the planning and coordinating of college publications, community relations, marketing, and advertising. All institutional advertising and printing should go through this office.
Edgecombe Community College Foundation
The purpose of the Edgecombe Community College Foundation is to facilitate the mission of Edgecombe Community College through scholarships for students and financial resources for the college and its faculty and staff. Through such action, the Foundation works to expand opportunities for accessible quality education to the people of Edgecombe and surrounding counties. The funds provided by the Foundation enable the college to serve far more students than public funds allow. Donors should direct all private gifts to the college to the Edgecombe Community College Foundation, a tax-exempt, 501 (c) (3) nonprofit corporation operating exclusively for the benefit of the college and its students.
Persons interested in more information about the Edgecombe Community College Foundation should contact:
Lynwood Roberson, Director
Edgecombe Community College Foundation
2009 West Wilson Street
Tarboro, NC 27886
Tarboro Campus, Fleming Building, Office 162
Edgecombe Performance Series
The Edgecombe Performance Series was suspended in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2022-2023 series is being planned.
Performing arts events take place in Keihin Auditorium, a 1,020-seat concert hall located in the Fleming Building on the Tarboro campus. The purpose of performing arts events is to help meet the cultural needs of ECC’s service area by presenting quality performances in a variety of disciplines at affordable prices.
ECC presents the annual Edgecombe Performance Series designed to appeal to all facets of the population of Edgecombe County and Eastern North Carolina. The series focuses on a diverse entertainment lineup, including jazz, blues, Latino, bluegrass, swing, country, gospel, reggae, and classical music. Offerings in the past have included B.B. King, Doc Watson, Buddy Guy, Rhonda Vincent, Robert Cray, Taylor Swift, and the North Carolina Symphony, to name a few.
Persons interested in more information about the Edgecombe Performance Series should contact:
Doneva Chavis, Event Manager
Edgecombe Performance Series
2009 West Wilson Street
Tarboro, NC 27886
Tarboro Campus, Fleming Building, Office 103
Equal Opportunity Policy
Edgecombe Community College is an equal opportunity institution. The college is fully committed to the principles and practices of equal employment and educational opportunity for all people. The college declares that it does not practice or condone discrimination in any form against applicants, students, or employees on the grounds of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, gender, age, handicap, or political affiliation.
Religious Observance Policy
Edgecombe Community College (ECC) shall authorize a minimum of two (2) excused absences each academic year (or once per semester) for religious observances required by the faith of a student. ECC requires that the student provide written notice of the request for an excused absence a minimum of one week before the religious observance absence to all appropriate instructors. The student shall work with their instructors and receive the opportunity to make up any tests or other work missed due to an excused absence for religious observance.
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