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 8,000 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 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. 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.
2019 successes include:
- In January, Edgecombe Community College and the University of North Carolina Wilmington signed a partnership agreement called the Pathway to Excellence Program that assures admission to UNCW for students who complete an associate in arts or associate in science degree at ECC.
- ECC and Elizabeth City State University signed an agreement in April that guarantees admission to ECSU for qualified ECC students.
- In May, ECC and North Carolina Wesleyan College reauthorized an agreement that enables a seamless transfer for students who enroll at Wesleyan following completion of their two-year degree at ECC.
- Over the summer, the Division of Continuing Education launched new short-term training programs that lead to jobs, including Baking and Pastry Arts, Forklift Training, Construction Academy, Residential HVAC Service and Repair, and Welding.
- For the fourth year in a row, ECC students brought home gold from the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference held in June.
- In August, the presidents of Edgecombe Community College, North Carolina Wesleyan College, and Nash Community College met to sign a Statement of Collaboration. The agreement strengthens the call for collaborative discussions regarding trade-specific training and educational opportunities for the region.
- Over the summer, ECC piloted a successful Advanced Manufacturing Academy. The class prepares students for careers in manufacturing and is a collaboration between ECC, Ramp East, and Turning Point Workforce Development Board.
- In Fall 2019, ECC became the first community college in the Edgecombe area to offer students advanced certification in auto body repair through the College’s I-CAR curriculum.
- In October, ECC began a new certificate program in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drones). ECC is the only community college in the state that offers the program, which is available through the College’s Geospatial Technology program.
- ECC and Fayetteville State University signed an agreement in October that permits ECC associate degree graduates to complete an online bachelor’s degree at FSU at a total cost of no more than $10,000 in out-of-pocket expenses, or approximately $5,000 at ECC and $5,000 at FSU.
- In December, ECC was among the North Carolina colleges that celebrated the rebrand of a teacher education program that unites East Carolina University and 23 institutions of higher education. Partnership Teach was officially unveiled as the new name for the ECU College of Education’s online degree completion model.