Feb 29, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog

Corporate and Community Development

Continuing Education includes College and Career Readiness (Basic Skills), Hispanic/Latino Initiative, Human Resources Development (HRD), Occupational Extension, and Lifelong Learning. Workforce Development includes Fire, Emergency Medical Services and Rescue, Law Enforcement; Business and Industry Services; NCWorks Career Centers, and the Small Business Center (SBC).

College and Career Readiness (Basic Skills)

The Basic Skills program at ECC aims to provide educational opportunities for adults 16 years of age or older who are out of school. The program focuses on adults who do not have a high school diploma or who need basic education skills to function effectively in society. The programs are Adult Basic Education (ABE I & II), Adult High School (AHS) Online, English as a Second Language (ESL), and High School Equivalency (HSE).

Materials are available in books and via classroom technology. Regardless of previous education, students begin at their current skill level and progress at their own pace. An instructor is always present to assist students in their studies. After placement testing, students are assigned to face-to-face classes to receive appropriate grade-level instruction. There is no tuition fee to attend the center, but students should bring pencils and notebook paper. Programs are located on both campuses, and classes are generally scheduled Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Depending on the location, off-site programs operate during the morning, afternoon, and evening hours. Students may obtain additional information from any Basic Skills Center instructor on the Rocky Mount or Tarboro campus.

Adult Basic Education (ABE I)

ABE I (formerly Compensatory Education) is defined as those educational opportunities that allow adults with developmental disabilities to function at their fullest potential. The program focuses on necessary and real-life skills: language, social studies, mathematics, consumer economics, community living, health, and vocational education. These skills are geared toward helping students become independent and self-directing in the home, job, and community.

Adult Basic Education (ABE II)

ABE is a competency-based curriculum designed to assist adults who wish to improve their essential reading, writing, communication, and mathematics skills. The curriculum also explores critical thinking, self-esteem, and job performance skills. ABE II is a stepping stone needed to advance additional High School Equivalency (HSE) studies. Students progress at their rate of learning based on their abilities and needs. Students are provided books based on their assessment level.

ABE II classes are offered on the Rocky Mount and the Tarboro campuses and at some community sites. No registration fee is required, and the college provides specially prepared materials emphasizing adult needs and interests.

High School Equivalency (HSE)

The HSE program is designed for adults who left the traditional public school classroom and desired to work towards what has commonly been known as the GED. A series of five tests designed to measure general competence is required. The five testing areas are reading, mathematics, science, social studies, and writing skills.

An individualized plan of study via face-to-face classes is created for each student. Upon completing tests, students earn the equivalent of a high school diploma. To be admitted to the HSE program, individuals must meet the following requirements:

  1. Students must be 18 years of age or older.
  2. Students who are 16 and 17 years of age may enroll only with written permission from the appropriate high school official and the consent of their parent or legal guardian. To apply to the program, students must complete an application and appear before an admissions committee.

The HSE component is offered at no cost to the student. However, students who take the HSE test must pay a testing fee. Students also must submit a copy of their Social Security card and a picture ID before enrolling.

HSE classes are offered on the Rocky Mount, Tarboro, and other community sites. Students completing the HSE may participate in the ECC annual graduation ceremony. They may purchase caps and gowns through the Student Services Department.

Adult High School (AHS) Online

The AHS program is offered online through NovaNet, which the Department approves of Public Instruction. The AHS program is designed for students who want to complete the courses needed to earn an Adult High School Diploma. The AHS program of ECC is fully accredited as a high school in partnership with the Edgecombe County Public Schools System. Graduates are granted the same rights and privileges as graduates of any high school in North Carolina.

Adults who are 18 years of age or older may enroll. Individuals 16 and 17 may register with special permission from public school officials and parents or legal guardians. There are no fees or tuition for this program. Those interested can obtain additional information from the program director. Students completing the AHS program may participate in the ECC annual graduation ceremony. They may purchase caps and gowns through the Student Services Department.

Requirements for graduation are as follows:

  • Four (4) units of English
  • Four (4) of Mathematics (including Algebra I)
  • Three (3) units of Science
  • Four (4) of History
  • One (1) unit of Health/Physical Education*
  • Six (6) Electives

A total of Twenty-two (22) units required

* Students who have not passed high school Physical Education cannot enroll in the AHS program.

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English Language Acquisition (ELA) Program

The ELA program consists of classes that assist adults with limited or no English proficiency. ELA classes are offered at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels.

The course curriculum is designed to develop or improve reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. The English language is integrated with topics that prepare students for everyday life, citizenship, the workforce, and high school equivalency preparation.

Classes are offered on the Rocky Mount campus on Saturday mornings from 8 am to 12 noon. The Basic Skills department provides all books and instructional materials.

Hispanic / Latino Initiatives

The Hispanic/Latino Initiatives aim to assist the Hispanic/Latino community in Edgecombe County with a smooth transition from their culture and language to the American culture and language. It is designed to provide resources and training for individuals to improve their quality of life. The Hispanic/Latino community is offered to obtain and develop their personal, communication, and workplace skills.

Under this program, the college offers a variety of Spanish classes continuously to assist citizens in learning how to communicate in another language. Several English Language Acquisition (ELA) classes are offered on the campuses and in the community.

The college offers Workplace Spanish for School Employees course designed for Edgecombe County Public Schools teachers to develop Spanish-speaking skills. As a result, teachers become more aware of the Hispanic/Latino culture.

For more information about the Hispanic/Latino Initiatives, interested persons should contact:

Kathy Webb, Lifelong Learning Coordinator
Office 160, Fleming Building, Tarboro Campus
(252) 618-6614

Human Resources Development (HRD)

HRD is a state-funded program administered by the North Carolina Community College System. HRD focuses on developing essential workplace skills by providing skill assessment services, employability skills training, and career development counseling to unemployed and underemployed adults. There is an HRD program in all 58 community colleges.

The HRD program is student-centered and focuses on the creation of developmental activities geared toward (1) the acquisition of work-related and family self-sufficiency skills, (2) the establishment of a variety of options for upgrading employment-related skills, and (3) the development of proactive outreach, instructional, and case management strategies to help students reach their goals.

Local colleges can customize the scope and duration of courses to meet their community’s or targeted populations’ needs. Thus, HRD programs offer short-term training classes, usually 4 to 10 hours, in addition to their traditional employability skills courses, from 40 to 115 hours. Course offerings include Interview/Resume/Application (IRA), Roadmap to Re-Entry, Basic Financial Literacy, SUPER Man, SUPER Woman, Job Smart, and On Target for Employment. HRD courses are free of charge to individuals who meet one of the following criteria: (1) are unemployed, (2) have received notice of layoff, (3) are working, but their income is 200 percent below the federal poverty level, or, (4) are working, and eligible for the federal earned income tax credit (This factor is appealing to individuals who need training but cannot afford to pay the registration fee).

For additional information concerning the HRD program and HRD classes, interested persons should contact the HRD Director.

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Lifelong Learning

Lifelong Learning is a department that engages in innovative community-based programming that fosters cultural and intellectual teaching and learning, emphasizing creative expression, social interaction, global understanding, and personal satisfaction.

Lifelong Learning creates classes for diverse populations/communities based on need. These courses offer opportunities reflecting the needs of business, industry, professional and public service agencies, and community services.

The following are some different classes and programs at Edgecombe Community College. If you are interested in a course you do not see listed, please get in touch with us.


Line Dancing
Shag Dancing

Crochet for Beginners
Crochet - Advanced
Distress Furniture with Southern Strokes Design (by Jennifer Cooke)
DIY Wooden Pallets Furniture Design
Introduction to Scrapbooking
Splash into Painting
Spring Bows & Wreath Making
Upholstery Auto/Marine
Upholstery Repair

Basic Cake Decorating
Cooking School Series

Spring into Fitness (with Savannah Cummins)
Golf Basics (with Tommie Deal at Maccripine Country Club)

Introduction to Genealogy
Understanding Census Records - Advanced Genealogy
Identifying and Preserving Old Photos - Advanced Genealogy
Military Records - Advanced Genealogy
Researching Historic Property

Wood Roofing Repair
Historic Carpentry Tools
Building with Reclaimed Material
Structural Pathology
Historic Landscape and Gardening
Build an Adirondack Chair
Windows and Exterior Doors
Porch Repair
Painting and Finishing
Barns, Smokehouses, and Dependencies
The architecture of Northeastern North Carolina
Designing and Replicating Historic Home Interiors
Annual Preservation Trades Fair

Beekeeping: Managing a Colony of Bees

Beginning Guitar
Intermediate Guitar

Motorcycle Safety

Introduction to MS Word & PowerPoint
Introduction to MS Excel
Introduction to PowerPoint
Android for Newbies
iPhone for Newbies
Simple Computers

For more information about Lifelong Learning, interested persons should contact the Continuing Education Program Administrator at 252-823-5166.

Occupational Extension Classes

Occupational Extension classes are designed to train individuals for employment, upgrade the skills of persons presently employed, and retrain others for new jobs. Classes are offered in all technical and occupational fields and vary in length according to the complexity of the skill and the need of the employee or employer. Most classes are developed and taught on request, are usually offered at a time and location convenient to the employee and employer, and are custom-designed.

Continuing Education Online Classes

Ed2Go classes are online continuing education classes that can be completed at home, in the office, or the college media center. These courses are offered every month, with the length of the courses being about eight weeks. Two lessons are issued each week for six weeks; the average time required to complete each is about two hours. Because the book is online, there is no extra fee. A chat room and supplementary materials and assignments are available with the instructor and other students worldwide. Most classes are through occupational extension, while some are only for personal enrichment. These classes are considered 24 contact hours, which equals 2.4 CEUs. There is a specific category for teacher renewal classes. All Ed2Go classes are monitored electronically by the Lifelong Learning office. Interested persons should visit the college’s website to view the courses offered.

Recertification Classes

Courses can be custom-designed for recertification. Teachers can take occupational extension classes related to their field of work or take ED2Go courses online. A class that is ten contact hours is one CEU for teachers. When individuals complete a class, the Continuing Education office issues a certificate, which students can submit to the NC Department of Public Instruction for teacher renewal credit.

The Special Programs office works with other state agencies that require annual recertification for professionals. Some agencies are the NC Real Estate Commission, NC Appraisal Board, NC Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners, NC State Board of Examiners for Electrical Contractors, NC Board of Nursing, and NC Department of Health/Human Services Division of Facility Services. These agencies consider one contact hour to be equal to one CEU. The Special Programs office submits the names of those completing the courses to the appropriate agencies and issues official certificates to the attendees.

Contact the Continuing Education Program Assistant at (252) 823-5166.

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Business and Industry Services

Business and Industry Services offers Customized Training Programs funded by the NCCCS for individual companies meeting the criteria described below-specific courses customized to individual business needs and public courses for individuals. Business and Industry Services also offer WorkKeys(R) services and NC Career Readiness Certificates.

Customized Training Programs

The purpose of the Customized Training Program is to provide individualized training assistance in support of full-time production and direct customer service positions created in the State of North Carolina, thereby enhancing the growth potential of companies located in the State while simultaneously preparing North Carolina’s workforce with the skills essential to successful employment in emerging industries.

Qualified businesses include: Manufacturing, Technology Intensive (i.e., Information Technology, Life Sciences), Regional or National Warehousing and Distribution Centers, Customer Support Centers, Air Courier Services, National Headquarters with operations outside of North Carolina, and Civil Service employees providing technical support to US military installations located in North Carolina.

Eligible businesses and industries must demonstrate two or more of the following criteria to receive assistance:

  • The company is making an appreciable capital investment;
  • The firm is deploying new technology;
  • The firm is creating jobs, expanding an existing workforce, or enhancing the productivity and profitability of the operations within the State; and,
  • The assistance will improve the skills of the workers.

Resources may support training assessment, instructional design, instructional costs, and training delivery for personnel directly producing goods and services. Production and technology support positions are also eligible for training support.

Full-time probationary employees of qualified Customized Training companies are eligible for training delivered by the community college. Customized Training funds require the company to pay trainees for all time during training hours.

Customized Courses for Individual Businesses

ECC can provide courses at times and locations that meet individual business needs. Examples include:

  • Apprenticeship programs approved by the Department of Labor
  • Kepner-Tregoe courses (a nationally recognized leader in problem-solving): currently, ECC offers Analytical Troubleshooting for industrial employees
  • Leadership, supervisory, customer service & recruiting & selection skills
    • DDI, Development Dimensions International ®
    • DISC - a behavior-based learning tool for understanding individuals & groups
  • Practical Project Management - a 3-day seminar for professionals new to managing projects or experienced managers who wish to review and reinforce best practices in project management. It offers foundation tools & techniques as defined by the Project Management Institute.
  • Continuous Improvement Skills and Methods,
    • ISO 9000 Auditing and Implementation courses
    • Lean Six Sigma Yellowbelt, Greenbelt, & Blackbelt
    • Specific Lean and Six Sigma Topics Include:
      • 5S
      • Process & Value Stream Mapping
      • Error Proofing
      • Lean Office
      • Quick Changeover
      • Theory of Constraints
      • Design of Experiments
      • Statistical Process Control
  • Safety Skills, for example:
    • Confined Space
    • Forklift Training
    • HazCom
    • HazWoper 24, 40, Refresher
    • Lockout/Tagout
    • OSHA 10 hr. - General Industry
    • PPE
  • Specific Technical Skills:
    • AutoCAD
    • Biotechnology
    • Computer Applications: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project, Access, FrontPage, QuickBooks, Publisher, and Windows; Introduction to Computers, Internet Basic, and More
    • Hydraulics & Pneumatics
    • Machining
    • Manufacturing Automation
    • MSSC Certified Production Technician
    • PLCs - Programmable Logic Controllers
    • Refrigeration
  • Train the Trainer

Business and Industry Public Course Offerings

These courses enable students to upgrade professional skills, learn new technologies, or achieve professional certifications, licensures, renewals, or job skill upgrades. These courses are offered due to requests or identified needs and can be open to any appropriate individual.

  • Introduction to Tire Manufacturing - a 33-hour course, successful completion is required for employment consideration at Bridgestone in Wilson, NC.
  • Introduction to Electronics Manufacturing - a 30-hour course, successful completion is required for employment consideration at Keihin CST in Tarboro, NC (call for details)

For more information on any Customized Training or Business and Industry Services offerings, contact the Director of Customized Training and Workforce Development at (252) 823-5166.

WorkKeys® and North Carolina’s Career Readiness Certificate (CRC)

The WorkKeys® system provides job profiles, skill assessments, and training in necessary workplace skills. The Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) certifies core employability skills required across multiple industries and occupations. It:

  • It is a portable credential that promotes career development and skill attainment for the individual
  • Confirms to employers that an individual possesses essential workplace skills in reading for information, applied math, and locating information and is capable of learning job-specific skills
  • It is an Economic and Workforce Development tool that transcends all populations and all occupations.
  • Is a Multi-Level Approach: Bronze, Silver, and Gold Level Certificates
    • Bronze Level - core employability skills for approximately 30% of the jobs profiled by WorkKeys® in these skill areas
    • Silver Level - core employability skills for about 65% of the jobs profiled by WorkKeys® in these skill areas
    • Gold Level - core employability skills for approximately 90% of the jobs profiled by WorkKeys® in these skill areas
    • Platinum Level - core employability skills for about 99% of the jobs profiled by WorkKeys® in these skill areas
  • The individual earns it by assessing with WorkKeys® in reading, applied math, and locating information (WorkKeys® is a comprehensive employability skills assessment tool used by thousands of companies in the United States and internationally)
  • Local community colleges and NCWorks Career Centers administer the program.
  • For more information about this testing service, visit the website: www.crcnc.org. In addition to the general information, students and clients will find practice tests on this website.
  • CRC fees are as follows:
                $30.00 - Complete battery - Reading for Information, Locating Information, and Applied Math.
                $10.00 - Cost for individual assessment.
                $  5.00 - Cost for a reprint of scores.
                $10.00 - Cost of a certificate.
  • For more information about how to request your CRC scores, feel free to e-mail your request to the CRC Administrator.

At Edgecombe Community College, contact the CRC Administrator at (252) 823-5166, or go to https://edgecombe.edu/resources/crc/.

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Emergency Services / Public Safety

The Fire Service program provides full-time and volunteer fire departments with the opportunity to gain knowledge, practical skills, and certification in modern firefighting, rescue, officer development, and fire department management skills. The Emergency Medical Services and Rescue program provides certification in various emergency medical and rescue-related programs. The Law Enforcement program provides Sworn Credentialed Law Enforcement Officers, Detention Officers, and Communication Personnel the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills based on new and existing technology. The First Responder program provides a wide variety of specialized training to individuals and organizations included in the Emergency Management and local government emergency plans and recognized as first responders during disasters and emergencies. First Responders include, but are not limited to, Emergency Medical Personnel, Firefighters, Hospital Staff, Law Enforcement, Public Health Personnel, Public Works/Utility Personnel, Skilled Support Personnel, and other emergency management response, support, and volunteer personnel at all levels. 

Fire Service

The Fire Service program is designed to provide full-time and volunteer fire departments with the opportunity to gain knowledge, practical skills, certification, and recertification in modern firefighting, rescue, medical first responder, officer development, and fire department management skills. Programs are open to all fire department personnel. A broad range of specialty classes is offered on the college campus or at various fire departments based on department needs and new training standards. Fire Service classes that require physical exertion and use specialized departmental equipment may only be restricted to credentialed fire service personnel.

Classes include but are not limited to the following:

  • Firefighter Certification (Includes Skill Assessments & Written Tests)
  • Basic Fire Fighter Training (Non-Certified, no written test)
  • Live Fire Burns (Both Structural, Simulator Trailer, and LP Gas)
  • Aerial Operations Series
  • Driver Operator Series
  • Technical Rescuer
  • National Incident Management System (IS 700, 100, 200, 300, 400, 800)
  • Special Rescue Operations
  • Wildland Fire Management & Safety
  • Hazardous Materials/Terrorism /Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • Search & Rescue
  • Basic Arson Awareness
  • Clandestine Drug Lab Awareness
  • First Responder / CPR / Basic First Aid
  • NC Fire Incident Reporting System / Computer Basics
  • Spanish for Fire Service
  • Water Shuttle

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

The EMS and Rescue program is designed to provide certification in various emergency medical and rescue-related programs. It offers full-time and volunteer Rescue Squads the opportunity to gain knowledge, practical skills, and advanced skills based on pre-hospital emergencies. Programs are open to all EMS providers. Based on needs and new training standards, various specialty classes are offered on the college campus or at multiple departments. Many of these classes may be provided to interested citizens; however, Emergency Medical Service classes that require physical exertion and use specialized departmental equipment may be restricted to credentialed EMS service personnel only.

Classes include but are not limited to:

  • Emergency Medical Responder *
  • Emergency Medical Technician *
  • Advanced EMT *
  • Paramedic *
  • Trauma Specialty Certifications
  • EMS Credential Recertification & Refreshers
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support
  • Technical Rescuer
  • BLS - CPR
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • National Incident Management System (IS 700, 100, 200, 300, 400, 800)
  • Incident Command
  • Emergency Vehicle Driving
  • Hazardous Materials/Terrorism /Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • Clandestine Drug Lab Awareness
  • Spanish for EMS
  • Scope of Practice Assessment

* Course completion allows students to take the N.C. Office of Emergency Medical Services Credentialing Exam. This four-year renewable certification with required monthly continuing education is completed through departmental in-service training or refresher courses.

Law Enforcement

The Law Enforcement program at ECC is designed to provide Sworn Law Enforcement Officers, Detention Officers, and Communication Personnel the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills based on new and existing technology. Programs are open to all Law Enforcement Agencies in the State. Based on department needs and new training standards, a broad range of mandated and specialty classes are offered during the year on the college campus or at various department locations.

Classes include but are not limited to:

  • Legal Updates *
  • Domestic Violence *
  • Ethical Awareness *
  • Blood Borne pathogens *
  • Juvenile Minority Sensitivity *
  • Basic Firearms Training *
  • Advanced Firearms Training / Combat
  • Officer Survival
  • Detention Officer Certification
  • Basic Arson Detection / Investigation
  • Emergency Medical Technician-Basic
  • First Responder / CPR / Basic First Aid
  • Report Writing
  • Defensive Tactics
  • Basic Canine Patrol Dog Training (400Hrs)
  • K-9 Handler Training (obedience, agility, tracking, woods & building)
  • Advanced K-9 Handler Training (apprehension, narcotics, parcel search)
  • Vehicle Search
  • Search & Seizure
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Spanish for Criminal Justice
  • National Incident Management System (IS 700, 100, 200, 300, 400, 800)
  • Rapid Deployment
  • Spanish for Law Enforcement Service
  • Verbal Judo
  • Customer Service
  • AHA CPR, AED & First Aid
  • Emergency Medical Dispatcher (CE)

Many Law Enforcement Initial and Refresher Programs are based on need and departmental requests.
*State-mandated annual training may vary by agency.
Classes are offered to sworn law enforcement officers only.

Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET)

Basic Law Enforcement Training is accredited by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission and the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Education and Training Standards Commission. BLET is designed to give students essential skills for entry-level employment as law enforcement officers with State, county, or municipal governments or private enterprises. Successful graduates earn 18 credits toward an associate degree in criminal justice technology, receive a certificate, and are qualified to take the certification examination mandated by the North Carolina Justice Education and Training Standards Commission.
In addition to the BLET Certificate, successful graduates receive certifications in the:

  • Taser
  • Pepper Spray
  • Expandable Baton
  • Shotgun   

First Responders

The First Responder program at ECC is designed to provide full-time and volunteer disaster and emergency response personnel with the opportunity to gain knowledge, practical skills, emergency response, rescue, and life safety skills. Programs are open to all individuals and organizations included in the Emergency Management and local government emergency plans and designated first responders during disasters and emergencies. First responders include, but are not limited to, Emergency Medical Personnel, Firefighters, Hospital Staff, Law Enforcement, Public Health Personnel, Public Works/Utility Personnel, Public School / College Administration & Staff, Skilled Support Personnel and other emergency management response, support, volunteer personnel at all levels.

Classes include but are not limited to:

  • National Incident Management System NIMS (IS 700, 100, 200, 300, 400, 800)
  • First Responder / CPR / Basic First Aid / AED
  • Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operational Level
  • Hazardous Materials/Terrorism /Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • Search & Rescue
  • Legal Updates
  • Blood Borne Pathogens
  • Emergency Medical Technician-Basic
  • Report Writing
  • Special Rescue Operations
  • Land Search Rescue
  • Web EOC
  • Multi-Hazards in Schools
  • Community Mass Care Management
  • Other emerging programs from Federal, State, and Local Government Agencies
  • Mounted Search & Rescue
  • AHA CPR, AED & First Aid

Various Initial and Refresher Programs are based on Federal, State, and Local Emergency Management requests.
For more information about Fire, EMS and Rescue, and Law Enforcement, contact the coordinator at (252) 823-5166.

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Health Occupations

Edgecombe Community College currently offers various certificate training programs in healthcare. Courses include Personal Home Care Aide State Training (PHCAST), Community Health Coach, Nurse Aide I & II, Nurse Aide I Refresher, Phlebotomy, Medication Aide, and Medication Aide Instructor Training. Healthcare Provider CPR is included in each course except for Medication Aide courses. The college partners with community organizations and develops programs to reach county residents interested in pursuing a health career. Visit the Edgecombe Community College website for registration and class schedules. Contact the Health Occupations Coordinator at 252-823-5166 ext. 174 for course information or an agency interested in offering a course for a group of students.

Small Business Center (SBC)

The ECC Small Business Center is part of a statewide network designed to support the development of new businesses and the growth of existing businesses by being a community-based provider of training, counseling, and resource information.

The SBC provides free, confidential counseling services for new and existing businesses. Available on an as-needed basis, counselors serve as sounding boards for ideas and concerns individuals may have about their companies. The professional staff also helps find solutions to challenging business questions. The center has contact with crucial local business and community leaders and other member agencies across the State that will help with business ventures.

Private counseling services and access to resource libraries are free of charge. Some seminars and workshops require a minimal registration fee. The SBC offers a wide variety of seminars and workshops to help small businesses be successful. Topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Doing Business with the Military
  • Employment Law Updates
  • Financing a Business
  • How to Start a Business
  • How to Write a Business Plan
  • Marketing for Success

The SBC has a library of professional resources available. Printed materials, including books, pamphlets, magazines, trade journals, and a wide variety of tapes, videos, DVDs, and CD-ROMs, are available for use. In addition to providing training, counseling, and other resources, the SBC puts individuals in touch with important local business and community leaders. As a North Carolina Business Alliance member, the center connects individuals with other member agencies across the State to help jump-start ventures.

For more information, interested persons should contact the following address:
Small Business Center
2009 W. Wilson St.
Tarboro, NC 27886
(252) 823-5166

NCWorks Career Centers

The NCWorks Career Center in the Edgecombe County service area is governed by the local area Workforce Development Board, Turning Point WDB. It provides oversight to other centers in the region as well. Job seekers can receive career and labor market counseling to assist with career choices and job placement. The mission of the TPWDB is: Provide a workforce that answers the demands of transforming knowledge and a skills-driven economy.

For more information about the NCWorks Career Center in Edgecombe County, please call 252-443-6175. The center is 110 Fountain Park Drive, Suite 22-B, Battleboro, NC 27809. The mailing address is P.O. Box 7516, Rocky Mount, NC 27804.

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Enrollment and Class Schedules

Regardless of educational background, adults 18 years old or older who are not enrolled in public school may be admitted to Continuing Education courses. With the approval of the appropriate public school official, some students between 16 and 18 years of age may be considered for enrollment.

Classes are scheduled during the day, evening, on weekends, on and off-campus, and at various locations and times throughout Edgecombe County. Courses are organized based on need, interest, and availability of suitable facilities. Continuing Education courses are also offered online.


Students should register in advance for Continuing Education courses to ensure they have a seat. Some courses will require registration and payment in advance. To register for a class or obtain more information, individuals should call the Continuing Education Office on the Tarboro or Rocky Mount campus at 252-823-5166.


The NCCCS State Board sets tuition fees for occupational extension courses. Costs vary depending on the number of courses and contact hours.

Tuition fees for self-supporting courses vary according to the number of students enrolled and the materials needed.

Textbook and supply charges are announced at the first class meeting. All students are responsible for textbook and supply fees. No student is officially enrolled until they have paid all costs.

Refund Policy

Refunds are based on the following circumstances:

  1. A 100 percent refund is issued upon the request of students if they are pre-registered for an occupational extension class and officially withdraw from the course before the first day of class.
  2. For classes that meet four times or less, a 75 percent refund is issued if persons withdraw on or before the course’s first session and request a refund.
  3. For classes that meet five or more times, a 75 percent refund is allowed if students officially withdraw on or before the 10 percent point. The 10 percent point varies from course to course.
  4. For contact hour classes, ten calendar days from the first day of the course are the determination date.
  5. There are no refunds for self-supporting courses once they have begun.
  6. If the course is canceled or seats are not available in the class, the college makes a full refund.

Attendance and Certificates

  1. Students are expected to attend classes regularly. The class teachers maintain attendance records.
  2. The Continuing Education office issues official certificates for students who satisfactorily complete classes. Completion criteria vary from class to class.
  3. For professional licensure, recertification, and re-licensure, attendance information is forwarded to the appropriate agency by mail or e-mail if requested by the agency.

Grading Policy

The Continuing Education Division awards grades for every course, regardless of length. The college maintains all grades on a permanent record indefinitely.

Grade Significance



Represents satisfactory completion of course requirements



Given to students who do not complete course requirements or attend less than 75 percent of the classes.



Given students who register but do not attend the class again before the 10 percent point of classes.



Represents satisfactory completion of course requirements


93 - 100



85 - 92



77 - 84



70 - 76



0 - 69





Continuing Education Unit (CEU)

The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) recognizes and records individual and institutional participation in non-traditional studies and special activities. Recertification, licensure, and re-licensure courses require CEUs. CEUs are awarded for teacher certificate renewal courses for one CEU for every ten-course contact hours. Other groups, such as real estate brokers, appraisers, cosmetologists, manicurists, estheticians, and electrical contractors, receive one CEU for every course contact hour. Policies for CEUs vary from agency to agency.

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