Dec 06, 2023  
2019-2020 Catalog 

General Information

About Edgecombe Community College

Located in the eastern part of North Carolina in Edgecombe County, Edgecombe Community College (ECC) is approximately 75 miles east of Raleigh. The county is rural with a majority of the land used for farming. During the past three decades, farm employment has declined due to mechanization, and employment in the high tech manufacturing sector and service sector has increased.

Edgecombe Technical Institute began as an extension unit of Wilson County Technical Institute. In 1967, the college came under complete Edgecombe County administration, thus dissolving the relationship with Wilson County Technical Institute. The final step to full institutional independence began in the spring of 1971 when the General Assembly made all technical institutes of North Carolina independent of any local boards of education and granted government by a 12-member Board of Trustees. The Legislature has since designated a 13th nonvoting member to the Board of Trustees, the SGA President. In 1987, the name of the college changed officially to Edgecombe Community College. In 1997, the college evolved from the quarter system to the semester system as mandated by the North Carolina Community College System. ECC is one of the 58 colleges that make up the North Carolina Community College System. The System, approved by the General Assembly of North Carolina in 1963, is provided for in the General Statutes of North Carolina, Chapter 115-A. General supervision of the system falls under the State Board of Community Colleges. The NCCCS celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2013.

The college’s main campus is located on 120 acres 2.5 miles south of Tarboro and comprises 11 buildings. ECC also operates a campus in the Edgecombe County portion of Rocky Mount. This campus covers one city block and includes three buildings. The college’s newest structure, the Biotechnology and Medical Simulation Center, opened on the Rocky Mount campus in January 2016. The state-of-the-art, 45,000-square-foot building features a simulated hospital environment that is raising the standard of healthcare education throughout the region.

Through a wide selection of programs and courses, ECC seeks to improve both the quality of life and the economic outlook of its students and area residents. With classes in subjects from English Literature to Statistical Process Control, ECC is equipping its students with practical skills that enable them to excel in their careers, homes, and communities. All ECC graduates have an opportunity to complete the Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) testing, a nationally recognized job skills assessment system. With ECC’s flexible scheduling, the success that comes with higher education is easier to achieve. Classes for traditional and non-traditional students are available during the day, evening, and weekend to accommodate individual needs.

Vision Statement

Edgecombe Community College will be the choice for quality education and training.

Mission Statement

Edgecombe Community College is a comprehensive two-year institution dedicated to fulfilling the educational, training, and cultural needs of the communities it serves.

College Goals


To provide a comprehensive range of educational opportunities, quality training, and educational access to all eligible individuals in the College’s service area.

  • Provide a broad range of Associate Degree, Diploma, and Certificate Programs.
  • Provide a broad range of Continuing Education programs.
  • Provide a blend of traditional, hybrid, and distance learning opportunities enabling students to meet their educational goals.
  • Provide support services to assist students in meeting their educational needs and goals.
  • Improve cooperative relationships with public and private schools, colleges, and universities.
  • Stimulate and support economic growth in the Service Area through education, training, and retraining of its citizens.

GOAL II     

To provide workforce development opportunities and cutting-edge technology training.

  • Maximize workforce preparedness by fostering new collaborative partnerships.
  • Assist economic development efforts by partnering in the recruitment of and training for new industry.
  • Provide training leading to nationally recognized certifications.


To ensure a measurable quality of services and outcomes throughout the College.

  • Evaluate and ensure quality instructional services.
  • Employ, retain, and support highly qualified personnel with diverse backgrounds.
  • Provide efficient and effective facilities, equipment, resources, services, and learning environments.
  • Provide a safe learning/working environment for all students, staff, and faculty.
  • Ensure, through a planned process, that the College has clearly identified priorities, strategies for achieving goals and sustaining progress, and a means for evaluating their effectiveness.
  • Employ effective leadership and sound management practices.
  • Allocate funding equitably to meet these goals.

GOAL IV     

To promote global and cultural awareness in our community.

  • Provide community service activities and programs.
  • Encourage study abroad programs and foreign exchange opportunities.
  • Recruit, retain, and support students with diverse backgrounds.
  • Raise community awareness of global issues including social equity by providing new learning opportunities and resources.
  • Inspire the community, staff, and students to be responsible environmental stewards by modeling and advancing the principles of sustainability.

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Academic Calendar

The current academic calendar for Edgecombe Community College may be viewed online by visiting the ECC Events Calendar on the college website.

College Hours

Administrative offices are open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Friday. The Student Services Department is open from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Thursday; and 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Friday. 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 4:00 p.m. Friday. During the summer semester, the college is open from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and closed on Fridays.

Evening/Weekend Courses & Services

ECC offers evening classes Monday through Thursday throughout the year as well as 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 on 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.

Official Announcements

ECC publishes official college information in the ECC Catalog, the Student Handbook, on 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, as well as notices of upcoming campus events, are posted on the college message boards located in critical areas on both campuses. Bulletin boards displaying student information are in all buildings on both campuses.

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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. Only when there is evidence that appears to support an institution’s significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard, should the Commission on Colleges be contacted.

Also, the Cosmetology, Manicuring Technology, and Esthetics Technology programs are approved and governed by the North Carolina Board of Cosmetic Arts <>. The North Carolina Barbering Board <> certifies the Barbering program.

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) <> accredits the Early Childhood Associate Degree program.

The Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) <> accredits the Associate in Applied Science degree in Health Information Technology program.

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) <> 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) <>.

The Division of Health Service Regulation (DHSR) <> certifies the Nursing Assistant/Nurse Aide I, and Medication Aide programs.

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) <> accredits the Radiography program.

The Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (Co ARC) <> certifies the Respiratory Therapy Program.

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)- <> 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:

  • Healthcare Management Technology Collaborative Agreement with Halifax Community College

Health Sciences Collaborative Agreements

ECC collaborates with other colleges to offer health science program opportunities to students. Students may apply for admission to any of 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:

  • Biotechnology Collaborative Agreement with Pitt Community College
  • Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technology for Radiographers Consortium Agreement with Johnston Community College and Vance-Granville Community College
  • Dental Assisting Collaborative Agreement with Martin Community College
  • Dental Hygiene Collaborative Agreement with Halifax Community College
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technology Consortium Agreement with Johnston Community College and Vance-Granville Community College

Students who are interested in one or more of 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 of the North Carolina independent colleges and universities and the North Carolina Community College System creates opportunities for 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

East Carolina University, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University, North Carolina Wesleyan, St. Augustine University, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington participate in articulation agreements with ECC.

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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, while they are in high school. The program allows them to get a head start on their workplace and college work. Through a partnership with N.C. Department of Public Instruction, N.C. Community College System, the University of North Carolina System, and many independent colleges and universities, North Carolina is helping eligible high school students to 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 the completion of at least 30 semester hours credit 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 a high school freshman 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 for those who 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 the Early College Liaison/High School Coordinator at 252-823-5166 ext. 205 or the EECHS Principal, at (252) 823-5166 ext. 297.

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Office of Public Information

The Office of Public Information is responsible for the planning and coordination 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.  All private gifts to the college should be directed 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.

Donors should send correspondence to the following address:
Executive Director
Edgecombe Community College Foundation
2009 West Wilson Street
Tarboro, NC 27886
(252) 823-5166

Edgecombe Performance Series

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 lineup of entertainment which may include jazz, blues, Latino, bluegrass, swing, country, gospel, reggae, or 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.

Tickets to individual events are available, and patrons have the option to purchase reserved season tickets at a reduced rate per performance. Discounts for senior citizens age sixty-five (65) and older, ECC faculty and staff, students age thirteen (13) through college-age, and children age twelve (12) and under are usually available. Purchase tickets to all Series events through the Keihin Auditorium Box Office or online at eTix.

Persons interested in more information about the Edgecombe Performance Series should contact the Cultural Arts Director at (252) 823-5166, ext. 187.

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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 one 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 his/her instructors and receive the opportunity to make up any tests or other work missed due to an excused absence for religious observance.

Catalog Information

This catalog is intended for informational purposes only. It supersedes all previous editions. Changes in policy, fees, and other charges, course structure and content, graduation requirements, and other such matters may occur after the publication of the catalog. Efforts will be made to keep changes to a minimum, but the information contained in this release is not binding and is subject to change without notice.

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