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 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.
2020 successes include:
- The College completed a yearlong process of self-examination and identified through broad institution-wide input new vision and mission statements. New values and goals also were defined.
- ECC launched a new program in Agribusiness Technology to strengthen the local agriculture community.
- The new Ophthalmic Medical Personnel program received initial accreditation from its international accrediting body. Ophthalmic Medical Personnel is the first evening program in health sciences at ECC.
- Nursing and BLET programs earned continuing accreditation.
- SACSOC approved ECC’s monitoring reports with no further action required.
- ECC was the only community college in the nation to participate in a celebration of Space Grant’s 30th anniversary in Washington, DC. The invitation was extended because of students’ success with the High Altitude Balloon Team competition and the achievements balloon team members attained through SkillsUSA.
- ECC was designated a 2020 Military Friendly College by Intelligent.com, a resource for online degree rankings and higher education planning.
- Practical Nursing was ranked #5 in the state after receiving a perfect score by a national nursing advocacy organization.
- ECC partnered with College Central Network® to help students and employers connect. The CCN app features opportunities for internships, part-time jobs, and full-time employment
- The College received nearly $137,000 in GEER funding to help students cover the costs of short-term workforce training programs.
- ECC received more than $850,000 for the Rural College Broadband Access project from the NC Community College System to address technology needs, access, and security.