College of The Albemarle’s Dare County Campus opened in 1984. COA offered classes in Dare County since the 1960’s in various borrowed facilities, but population growth and student demand justified the opening of a full-time facility. Today, Dare Campus has two locations and four buildings.
COA’s main Dare County Campus is located on Russell Twiford Road at the intersection of US Highway 64 and state road 345 in Manteo. It features a high-tech facility known as the Diane Baum St. Clair Technology Education Center. The Dare Campus Technology Education Center houses computer labs, classroom and office space, and a 62-seat Information Highway Room. The building features decking from which students can enjoy the sun, the water, and the wildlife. A second building at the Twiford Road location houses the campus library, student lounge, science labs, multimedia classrooms and administrative offices.
In the spring of 2006, COA Dare Campus took possession of part of the old Manteo Middle School - recently renamed the Roanoke Island Campus of COA. The facility, owned by the County of Dare, has been leased to the college for 40 years. COA is sharing parts of the facility with the Dare County Alternative School, including the gym and cafeteria. The Roanoke Island Campus has three buildings. The renovated Manteo Middle School building houses administrative offices for Corporate and Workforce Development and Career Readiness as well as the Small Business Center, an electronics lab, a computer lab, Certified Nursing Assistant lab, and multimedia classrooms. An adjacent building houses the Basic Skills/GED program. A Professional Arts Building was recently constructed directly behind the renovated Manteo Middle School building and faces the Albemarle Sound. This building contains specialized labs for; ceramics, jewelry making, HVAC, Electrical, Welding, and Construction as well as general purpose classrooms and computer labs.
Faculty and staff at the full-service Dare County Campus provide one-on-one counseling and services for students. A student may receive an Associate Degree entirely at the Dare Campus.
The Dare County Campus’ Corporate and Workforce Development and Career Readiness, housed at the Roanoke Island location, provides ongoing professional and technical training as well as options for personal enrichment and growth. The Roanoke Island Campus also features a learning lab for Basic Skills Education. The Small Business Center, also housed at the Roanoke Island location, works in conjunction with both the Currituck and Outer Banks Chambers of Commerce to provide special seminars and training events for area businesses at various locations across the Outer Banks and mainland Currituck. Several basic business development training opportunities are also held at the Roanoke Island location through out the year.
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