Feb 24, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog

General Information

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, learning, and student achievement have characterized the college’s history. 

The main campus is 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 partnered 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 exemplary leaders and training partners fostering student success and community prosperity for all.

College Values


The college fosters responsible, accountable, and ethical behavior and encourages an environment of honesty, tolerance, and civility.


The college provides relevant, quality education and training programs and services.


The college provides educational, global, and cultural programming that enables students and the community to achieve their goals.

Student Success

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 our community’s educational, training, and lifelong learning opportunities.

College Goals

Goal 1

To provide quality education and training programs.

Goal 2

To elevate the profile and prominence of the college.

Goal 3

To maximize college partnerships and collaborations to provide relevant training and workforce development opportunities.

Goal 4

To demonstrate fiscal responsibility and create educational opportunities through grants and private donations.

Goal 5

To encourage student engagement and success through innovative programs and services.

Goal 6

To promote an atmosphere of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Academic Calendar

Those interested may view the current academic calendar for Edgecombe Community College online by visiting the ECC Events Calendar on the college website.

College Hours

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 available 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 available 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 continuing education and basic skills courses 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 evenings for students’ convenience. 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 when 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.

Visitor’s Policy

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 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 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 disrupted 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 violating 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 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

Official Announcements

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 supports 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 students business and technology degree program opportunities. 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 and participate 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 to transfer 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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. Interested individuals should call Shawn DawesEarly College Liaison/High School Coordinator, at (252) 618-6546 or Matt SmithEECHS Principal, at (252) 618-6542.

Office of Public Information

The Office of Public Information is responsible for planning and coordinating 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 college’s and its students’ benefit.

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
(252) 618-6650
Tarboro Campus, Fleming Building, Office 162

Edgecombe Performance Series

Performing arts events occur in Keihin Auditorium, a 1,020-seat concert hall 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 various 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. Past offers 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
(252) 618-6618
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 against applicants, students, or employees based on 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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