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Workforce Development & Career Readiness

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Career Skills, Broaden Your Interests

College of The Albemarle’s (COA) Workforce Development and Career Readiness (WDCR) department, formerly Continuing Education, places an emphasis on the value of lifelong education and provides a variety of classes to meet the needs and interests of individuals, businesses and industries in the area.

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COA provides occupational, academic, avocational and practical skills classes for people 18 years of age or older and for those who need vocational or professional retraining and upgrading, and workshops for fun or personal enrichment.

If you’re sponsoring a student’s registration, you’ll need to register by phone or in person at your campus. A sponsor can be an employer, parent, agency or anyone who’s registering a student.

A full refund is provided to students who drop a class at least one day before the class start date. A 75 percent refund may be available to students who complete 10 percent or less of the class.

Featured Classes

English as a Second Language Program

English as a Second Language

College of The Albemarle’s (COA) English as a Second Language (ESL) is a course designed for English Language Learners (ELL) who want to fluently speak, read and write the English […]

About English as a Second Language
Emergency Public Services Classes

Fire & Rescue Service Training

College of The Albemarle’s (COA) Fire and Rescue Service Training helps prepare firefighters to serve their communities. Training sessions are held in fire departments throughout our seven-county service area, training […]

About Fire & Rescue Service Training
HSED Graduation

High School Equivalency

College of The Albemarle’s (COA) High School Equivalency (HSE) is designed for adult students who test above a 9th grade level in math and reading but haven’t obtained a high […]

About High School Equivalency
Tourism and Hospitality Certifications

Hospitality & Tourism

College of The Albemarle’s (COA) Workforce Development and Career Readiness (WDCR) at the Roanoke Island Campus offers three certifications for the hospitality and tourism industry: Reservations, Housekeeping and Maintenance. Search […]

About Hospitality & Tourism
Basic Law Enforcement Training program

Law Enforcement Training

Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) BLET is a 16-week certificate program (typically offered twice a year) designed to give you the essential skills required for entry-level employment as a law […]

About Law Enforcement Training

Pharmacy Technician

This course is designed to provide instruction in the technical procedures for preparing and dispensing drugs in the hospital and retail settings under supervision of a registered pharmacist. Topics include: […]

About Pharmacy Technician