Continuing Education

Continuing Education promotes the lifelong learning process by offering a wide range of programs and services. These programs and services are designed to meet the needs and interests of adults, regardless of their educational background. Some courses and services are offered on a continuing basis while others begin as a result of specific requests by individuals or professional or civic groups.

Courses can be delivered on or off campus, day or night, whenever or wherever there is an interest expressed by a sufficient number of people. Courses and services are usually designed to assist in the following areas:

  • To prepare for entry into an occupation
  • To upgrade or retrain employed individuals
  • To provide cultural awareness
  • To provide self-improvement opportunities

The broad areas of Continuing Education are College and Career Readiness, Career Readiness Certification, Business & Industry Services, Health Occupations, Hispanic/Latino Initiatives, Human Resources Development, Public Safety Programs, the Small Business Center, Special Programs, and the NCWorks Career Center.

Requests and suggestions for new courses are always welcome!


Students may register for Continuing Education courses using one of the following methods:

  • Register during the first class session.
  • Contact the appropriate individual for each of the program areas.
  • Contact Continuing Education on either campus at (252) 823-5166, and press 3 for Continuing Education.
  • Submit the Continuing Education Application.
  • Students registering for Health Occupations classes must meet additional requirements prior to registering for specific programs.
  • Edgecombe Community College recently launched an online registration and payment system for a limited number of continuing education courses. Please note that certain courses may not be available for online registration and payment at this time, but we are working to expand our list.


Occupational Extension class fees are dependent upon the number of hours the class meets. A class that meets 1-24 hours costs $70. A class that meets 25-50 hours costs $125. A class that meets for more than 51 hours costs $180.

Classes designated as self-supporting vary in cost, as the number of students in the class determines the cost.

Depending upon the availability of funding, students may qualify for financial assistance for the following courses:

  • NA I
  • NA II
  • Phlebotomy
  • Welding
  • EMT Basic
  • Natural Hair
  • BLET
  • Community Health Coach


Any adult is eligible to attend adult education classes offered by the college on campus or at any of the several adult education centers in Edgecombe County.

Refund Policy

The College may refund registration fees under the following circumstances:

  • If a student officially withdraws from the class prior to the first class session, then the student will receive 100% refund.
  • A student will receive a 100% refund if a classes is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.
  • If a student officially withdraws from the class prior to or on the 10% date of the class, the student will receive a 75% refund of the registration fees only.
  • Registration fees for self-supporting classes are non-refundable once the class starts.

Accident Insurance

Accident insurance, covering hours in school and transportation to and from school, is available.


Students are expected to attend classes regularly. Attendance records are maintained by the class teachers. Certificates are issued, upon request, to any student who satisfactorily completes the course work and attends at least 75% of the class meetings.


The Division of Continuing Education awards grades for every course taken regardless of the length of the course. All grades are recorded on a permanent record which will be maintained by the college indefinitely.

Grade Significance:

S – Satisfactory Represents satisfactory completion of course requirements
U – Unsatisfactory Given to students who do not complete course requirements or a student who attends less than 75% of the classes

Course Descriptions

Specific course descriptions are provided in course schedules or may be furnished upon request. Courses not listed on this site may be offered if the need and interest is made known and provided a qualified instructor, equipment, and funds are available.

Continuing Education Unit

The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) was designed to recognize and record individual and institutional participation in non-traditional studies and special activities. The CEU meets the need in adult and continuing education for uniformity in the planning of educational experiences for technical and professional people who seek to improve their competency and skill levels through staff development-type training.

Edgecombe Community College has adopted the CEU as a system for record-keeping and quality control in programs of educational activities in continuing education. The functions of organization, instruction, and record-keeping are performed according to CEU standards in programs of continuing education.

CEUs are awarded for teacher certificate renewal courses in terms of “units of credit.” Other certificate renewal CEUs are in Cosmetology, Real Estate, and Real Estate Appraisal. There is an application to the governing agency for CEU course approval. All other courses awarding CEUs will be approved on a course by course basis using the criteria listed below. Adult Basic Education, GED, and most general adult education and self-supporting courses will not be measured in institutional CEUs.

Edgecombe Community College’s policy in regard to CEU courses requires all the following criteria be met before CEUs will be awarded.

  1. The activity will be sponsored, CEUs determined, and faculty personnel approved by the Continuing Education Division at Edgecombe Community College.
  2. The amount of CEUs for any course shall be determined prior to the course offering announcement.
  3. In the preplanning sessions, there is active involvement by the target population, appropriate instructional personnel, and representation by Edgecombe Community College.
  4. There is an articulated activity description, an identification of the target population rationale, education need(s), objectives, sequential outline of the program, and a vehicle for evaluation.
  5. Each participant duly registers for CEUs by completing an appropriate registration form.
  6. A permanent record must be maintained for each student.
  7. The local administrative responsibility resides in the Department of Instruction.

Some programs at Edgecombe Community College lead to a license and/or certification in North Carolina. Beginning July 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education regulations require disclosures for all programs leading to a license or certification. Disclosures will be provided for all states and will indicate whether the program meets licensure requirements, does not meet licensure requirements or has not yet been determined for each state.