Since its founding in 1967, Edgecombe Community College has been committed to fulfilling the education, training, and cultural needs of the Edgecombe County community and surrounding areas.
With campuses in Tarboro and Rocky Mount and classes online, the College serves about 5,500 individuals annually in its two-year degree, diploma, certificate, and continuing education programs. Excellent teaching and learning coupled with student achievement have characterized ECC throughout its history.
In January 2020, the new Center for Innovation on the Tarboro campus opened for classes. This facility will enable ECC to better develop 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 20-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. To meet this goal, the College has renewed, strengthened, or created a number of partnerships with regional institutions of higher education. In addition, program directors have developed short-term training courses to equip students with the skills they need to join the workforce.
2021 successes include:
- Edgecombe Community College was named a semifinalist for the prestigious 2023 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition for America’s community colleges.
- ECC President Dr. Greg McLeod was one of 22 college presidents worldwide selected to receive a Paragon Award for New Presidents, presented by Phi Theta Kappa. More than 500 college presidents were eligible to receive the award.
- The Division of College and Career Readiness ranked number one in performance among North Carolina community colleges for the 2020-2021 program year. A focus of the division is to assist adults who have not earned a high school credential by helping them prepare to take the high school equivalency exam and continue on to post-secondary education and/or enter the workforce.
- The Practical Nursing program was ranked #3 in the state by PracticalNursing.org. The program also was ranked #4 in the state by Nursing Schools Almanac. Both rankings were based on pass rates among first-time test takers of the National Council Licensure Examination-Practical Nursing. Since its inception in 2011, ECC’s Practical Nursing program has had a 100 percent pass rate.
- For the second year in a row, ECC was designated a 2021 Military Friendly College by Intelligent.com, a resource for online degree rankings and higher education planning. Intelligent.com conferred the designation on 49 colleges nationwide.
- The college was ranked #5 in the Southeast in “Best for Vets: Career and Technical Colleges 2021” by Military Times magazine. ECC was ranked #5 among two-year public career and technical colleges in the Southeast.
- Phi Theta Kappa, the student honor society, won nine regional awards at a virtual awards ceremony held by the Phi Theta Kappa Carolinas Region.
- A student competition to name the college’s new eagle mascot resulted in the winning name, Eddie the Eagle. The Eagle Mascot Scholarship was established to support the student who wears the mascot uniform at campus and community events.
- ECC is one of 13 two-year colleges from across the nation selected for Project Vision, a grant-focused initiative supported by the National Science Foundation. ECC is the only North Carolina college selected to participate in this Project Vision cohort.