Corporate and Community Development

Continuing Education programs are provided by the Corporate and Community Development Division at Edgecombe Community College. 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 Workforce Development and Training 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.
  • Visit or call the Corporate and Community Development Division on either campus.
  • In Tarboro, see Brittany Harrelson in the Fleming Building (Nina Fountain Wing), 2009 West Wilson St., Tarboro, NC 27886; or call (252) 823-5166, ext. 293.
  • In Rocky Mount, see Gwen Hyman in the Barnes Building, 225 Tarboro St., Rocky Mount, NC 27801; or call (252) 823-5166, ext. 357.
  • Submit the Continuing Education Application

Students registering for Health Occupations classes must meet additional requirements prior to registering.

Occupational Extension class fees are dependent upon the number of hours the class meets. A class that meets 1-24 hours costs $70.00. A class that meets 25-50 hours costs $125.00. A class that meets for more than 51 hours costs $180.00.

Classes designated as community service classes cost $20.00.

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

Financial Assistance may be available for qualifying students who are enrolled in identified Tier 2 programs of study.

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. Any student admitted to class must have reached his or her 18th birthday and the individual’s regular public school class must have graduated, or he or she may be admitted as a person with special needs with written permission from the superintendent of the appropriate local school system.

Refund Policy
For classes that are scheduled to meet four times or less, a 75% refund shall be made upon the request of the student if the student officially withdraws from the class(es) prior to or on the first day of class(es).

For classes that are scheduled to meet five or more times, a 75% refund shall be made upon the request of the student if the student officially withdraws from the class(es) prior to or on the official 10% point of the classes(es). Request for refunds will not be considered after the 10% point.

For contact hour classes, ten calendar days from the first day of the class(es), is the determination date.

At the time of official withdrawal under this policy, the college shall notify the student of the right to receive a refund.

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.

Counseling Services
Academic counseling services are provided by the college to help students with their career and educational plans. Appointments are strongly encouraged.

For counseling services contact:

Nancy Hobbs
(252) 823-5166 x243

Sheila Shaw
(252) 823-5166 x243

The Continuing Education Department 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:

Satisfactory – Represents satisfactory completion of course requirements
Unsatisfactory – Given to students who do not complete course requirements or a student who attends less than 75% of the classes
Dropped – Given to students who register but do not attend class again before the 30% point of class
Pass – Represents satisfactory completion of course requirements
93 – 100
85 – 92
77 – 84
70 – 76
0 – 69

There are no official forms for withdrawing from continuing education classes. Those who wish to discontinue class should inform the instructor. A code of DR will be recorded on the student’s permanent record for students who withdraw from class before the 30% point and a U for students dropping a course after the 30% point. There are no provisions for auditing classes. All students who register for classes in the Corporate and Community Development Division will receive a grade which will be posted on a permanent record at Edgecombe Community College.

Course Descriptions
Course descriptions for all continuing education and community service programs are not listed on this site. Only examples or titles of the types of courses that may be offered are listed. Specific course descriptions are given 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, to name a few, who seek to improve their competency and skill levels through staff development-type training. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges recognized the need for a uniform unit of recognition for such specialized activities and incorporated the Continuing Education Unit into Standard Nine in December 1971.

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 Corporate and Community Development 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 will rest with the Associate Vice President of Instruction.