Professional and Personal Development
If you’re interested in a class, please register early; however, you can register at any time with payment due before the class starts. If a class has already started, call to have your name added to a waiting list.
How to Register
COA Roanoke Island Campus (RIC)
(across from Island Pharmacy)
205 Highway 64 S.
Manteo, NC 27954
To register, call 252-473-2264 ext. 7511 or 252-335-0821 ext. 2250.
Scholarships are available to Dare County residents for occupational and technical classes. Among them are the State Employees Credit Union, Golden LEAF and the Milton Jewell Scholarship provided by the Outer Banks Community Foundation. The Northeastern Workforce Development Board has assistance for some classes — call 252-480-3500 for information. All of these scholarships are needs based and you must complete and return an application.
2019 Class Schedules
Last updated: Oct. 4, 2019
NC Vehicle Safety Inspection (8 hours)
This course prepares auto technicians and service personnel as safety and emissions inspectors for motor vehicles. Also prepares student to pass the qualification exam for certification to be used at a licensed inspection station. Must possess a valid in North Carolina driver’s license and have two years experience. Part of second night is held in a local garage. Please pre-register.
|52359||Oct. 15 and 17||Tuesday, Thursday||6 – 10 p.m.||$70||T. Maher||RIC: PAB 201|
Pool and Spa Certification (BLAFT) (9 hours)
Instruction and techniques are taught (with off campus visit to local pool.) Students should bring a pencil, highlighter and a calculator to class. Fee includes manual and written test required by the NC Department of Environmental Health. One hour for lunch on your own. Must be registered two business days before class.
|52356||Sep. 16||Monday||8 a.m. – 6 p.m.||$195||Suchy||RIC: PAB 201B|
Safe Driver/Defensive Driver (4 hours)
This four-hour class is designed to increase awareness of the need for and the benefits of defensive driving. May help you get a discount on your auto insurance or lower your points. Class may meet court requirements if you get a ticket. Price includes workbook and certificate. You must be pre-registered at least two business days before to attend class. The eight-hour class is available in Elizabeth City.
|Tuesday||4:45 – 8:45 p.m.||$75||May||RIC: BSE 102|
|Oct. 8||Tuesday||4:45 – 8:45 p.m.||$75||May||RIC: BSE 102|
|Dec. 2||Monday||4:45 – 8:45 p.m.||$75||May||RIC: BSE 102|
Notary (6 hours)
This course is designed to prepare students to be commissioned/appointed as a Notary Public. The book and a valid driver’s license or photo identification is required and one must be a high school/GED graduate. Notary Public Guidebook for North Carolina, 11th edition 2016 is required to own and can be purchased from Elizabeth City Campus Bookstore at 252-331-5964 or Downtown Books in Manteo at 252-473-1056. You’ll be responsible for mailing in notary certificate fee to the state after successful completion of the class/test. If you have an unexpired commission and need to renew, please go online to the North Carolina Secretary of State website. Please preregister.
|52469||Sep. 14||Saturday||9 a.m. – 4 p.m.||$70||McCown||RIC: PAB 201|
|52673||Nov. 2||Saturday||9 a.m. – 4 p.m.||$70||McCown||RIC: PAB 201|
Computer, Technology and Photography Classes
Beginning Computer Skills for the Workplace/HRD (24 hours)
This course is designed for students wanting to improve their computer skills. It includes basic terminology, word processing, printing a document, keyboarding, searching job sites, data entry and more. It’ll help you polish and acquire skills to make you more marketable in the workplace. Limited enrollment. Class fee may be waived for unemployed/low income.
|Oct. 21 – Dec. 9||Monday||6 – 9 p.m.||$70||Nelson||RIC: PAB 201A|
|Oct. 28 – Nov. 21||Monday, Thursday||6 – 9 p.m.||$70||McMaster||RIC: PAB 202|
Digital Photography I (24 hours)
In this introductory class, students will familiarize themselves with techniques, processes and tools of digital photography and will be able to get more consistent and satisfactory results from their camera. Students must have their own digital camera with manual controls.
|52732||Oct. 8 – Nov. 26||Tuesday||6:30 – 9:30 p.m.||$75||Gartman||RIC: BSE 102D|
Drones: An Introduction (16 hours)
Our introductory class will act as an awareness of local and FAA restrictions, weather factors, flight safety, airmanship, and aeronautical decision-making. The class will also focus on the commercial outputting of film editing with both still and video photography used. Additionally, the class will also serve as a study guide for the Unmanned Aircraft General (small) Certification needed for business or non-recreational use such as Real estate or other commercial based photography. This exam for Certification to fly drones is available at the Elizabeth City campus with prior sign up. Actual drone practice flight time will be available with the College’s drones. Computer skills are required. Limited enrollment, so sign up early. Times may change due to weather conditions and daylight.
|Aug. 1 – 27
|Tuesday, Thursday||5 – 7 p.m.||$80||Nelson||RIC: PAB 201A|
|Sep. 24 – Oct. 17||Tuesday, Thursday||5 – 7 p.m.||$80||Nelson||RIC: PAB 201A|
|Oct. 29 – Nov. 26||Tuesday, Thursday||4 – 6 p.m.||$80||Nelson||RIC: PAB 201A|
Excel™: An Introduction (15 hours)
Introductory class will cover the basics of Excel. This class will enable students to efficiently use this application. Basic computer skills are required. Limited enrollment.
|52750||Nov. 19 – Dec. 17||Tuesday||6 – 9 p.m.||$75||McMaster||RIC: PAB 202|
Introduction to QuickBooks™ (24 hours)
This introductory class will cover the basics of QuickBooks accounting using QuickBooks 2018. This class will enable students to efficiently use this application. All levels are welcome. Basic computer skills required. Limited enrollment of 12 students. Certificate of completion awarded upon completing at least 80 percent of the class.
|52125||Sep. 24 – Nov. 12||Tuesday||6 – 9 p.m.||$75||McMaster||RIC: PAB 202|
Introduction to Photo Editing (24 hours)
This class will use Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop™ to import, sort, organize, process, modify and eventually share images. Computer skills are required. Limited enrollment.
|52675||Oct. 16 – Dec. 11||Wednesday||6 – 9 p.m.||$75||Nelson||RIC: PAB 201A|
Hospitality and Tourism Certification
This is now a state-approved certification. Call today to find out more.
The four core required classes include Customer Service in the Hospitality Industry, Computer Skills for the Workplace, Career Readiness and the Outer Banks Ambassador. After successfully completing the four required core classes, you can chose one or more specialty class in the three certification tracks of Reservation Specialist, Housekeeping and Operations Specialist, or Maintenance Specialist, which will be offered regularly. Space is limited. Call 252-473-2264 ext. 7511.
Customer Service in the Hospitality Industry (24 hours)
This core class emphasizes the Hospitality Industry (hotels, rentals, retail, restaurants, etc.) and how to prepare you to be the best employee possible to increase your employability and enhance your income potential. A certificate of completion that can be added to your resume/portfolio will be awarded upon successful completion of the class. This class is fee waived for unemployed/low income students. Please register no later than two business days before the class.
|52365||Oct. 7 – 30||Monday, Wednesday||6 – 9 p.m.||$70||Hunting||DC: 122|
Computer Skills for the Workplace (24 hours)
This is a core class. This course will help improve your computer skills as well as job search skills. Even if you think you have the computer skills, this class will make sure you know how to use a keyboard and desk computer, complete valid searches for information, and accurately submit online applications. It includes basic terminology, word processing, printing a document, keyboarding, searching job sites, data entry and much more. It will help you polish and acquire skills to make you more marketable in the workplace particularly for the Hospitality Industry. This class is required before taking the Reservationist Skills class. Limited enrollment. Class fee may be waived for unemployed/low income.
|Oct. 21 – Dec. 9||Monday||6 – 9 p.m.||$70||Nelson||RIC: PAB 201A|
|Oct. 28 – Nov. 21||Monday, Thursday||6 – 9 p.m.||$70||McMaster||RIC: PAB 202|
Career Readiness (24 hours)
This is a core class. This class provides employability skills training for those wishing to improve their employability skills in the hospitality and tourism Industry. Career exploration, entry and mid-level skills, employability skills, and numerous soft skills desired by employers will be the framework for the curriculum. Customer Service and Computer Skills classes are prerequisites for taking this class (see classes listed above). A certificate of completion that can be added to your resume/portfolio will be awarded upon successful completion of the class. This class is fee waived for unemployed/low income students. Please register no later than three business days before the class.
|Dec. 2 – Jan. 13||Monday, Wednesday||6 – 9 p.m.||$70||Hunting||TBA|
OBX Ambassador (7 hours)
This is a core class. It will help you polish and acquire skills to make you more marketable in the workplace particularly for the hospitality industry. This one day “field trip” style class is required as part of the Hospitality and Tourism Certificate. Please bring your lunch and water and wear comfortable clothing. Fee includes booklet. Limited enrollment. Please complete Customer Service in the Hospitality Industry before taking this class. Other dates will be added.
|TBA||Friday||9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.||$75||TBA||field trip|
Reservation and Front Desk Skills Specialist (24 hours)
This specialty class introduces the basic principles of customer service and sales with emphasis on the Reservationist position in the Hospitality Industry (rentals and hotels) and how to prepare you to be the best employee possible to increase your employability and enhance your income potential. Actual hands-on mock reservation programs may be used and part of the class may be held at a local rental agency. It’s required that you complete Computer Skills for the Workplace before taking this class. No class Nov. 22.
|TBA||TBA||6 – 9 p.m.||$75||Maher||RIC: PAB 201|
|TBA||TBA||TBA||$75||Moss||RIC: PAB 201|
Introduction to Maintenance for the Hospitality Industry (18 hours)
This specialty class is designed to provide the student with an introduction to the basic fundamentals of home maintenance with practical, hands-on exercises applying these principles. We will cover safety, home inspections, preventative maintenance, trouble shooting, diagnostics and repair. Attention will be given to the skills, duties, and responsibilities of those working in or planning to work in maintenance operations, including within the real estate rental industry. Specific areas include basics of electricity, plumbing, HVAC, carpentry, tools and building materials. This is an introductory class. No class Nov. 27.
|52719||Nov. 6 – Dec. 18||Wednesday||5:30 – 9:30 p.m.||$75||Walter||RIC: PAB 103|
Housekeeping and Operations Specialist in the Hospitality Industry
This specialty course introduces the basic principles of customer service with emphasis on “First Impression,” housekeeping and rental cottage cleaning in the hospitality industry (hotels, rentals) and will prepare you to be the best employee possible to increase your employability and enhance your income potential. Will also discuss inventory control, photographing damages, learning to be a manager in housekeeping, and more. A supply kit will need to be purchased while in this class. Please register no later than two business days before the class. Part of the class will be held on site in actual cottages/hotel rooms.
|TBA||TBA||6 – 9 p.m.||$70||Fortner||RIC: PAB|
Industrial Technology Classes
Introduction to Maintenance for the Hospitality Industry/Handyman (18 hours)
This course is designed to provide the student with an introduction to the basic fundamentals of home maintenance with practical, hands-on exercises applying these principles. We will cover safety, home inspections, preventative maintenance, trouble shooting, diagnostics and repair. Attention will be given to the skills, duties, and responsibilities of those working in or planning to work in maintenance operations, including within the real estate rental industry. Specific areas include basics of electricity, plumbing, HVAC, carpentry, tools, and building materials. This is an introductory class. No class Nov. 27.
|52719||Nov. 6 – Dec. 18||Wednesday||5:30 – 8:30 p.m.||$75||Walter||RIC: PAB 103|
HVAC (96 hours)
You’ll learn the basics of heating and air conditioning. If you’re ready to replace the daily grind with a career you enjoy, then become an HVAC tech. A mix of hands-on lab work as well as theory and simulated systems will be taught. This course covers the fundamental physics of heating and cooling in addition to the technological considerations in heating and cooling equipment. This class includes CFC certification exam that has an additional $40 fee to be paid to the State Board of Refrigeration at time of test. Loan of book is included in fee. Limit of 15 students. Scholarships are available for Dare County residents.
|52024||Sep. 11 – Dec. 19||Monday, Wednesday||7 – 10 p.m.||$305||Cahoon||RIC: PAB 101|
Marine Diesel Engine Repair I (96 hours)
This course introduces theory, design, terminology and operating adjustments for marine diesel engines. Emphasis is placed on safety, theory of operation, inspection, measuring and rebuilding and repairing diesel engines according to factory specifications. Upon completion, students should be able to measure, diagnose problems and repair marine diesel engines. Additionally, students will be introduced to preliminary fabrication, parts ordering and inventory, and shop/lab best practices. Fee includes required textbook. All classes held in Manns Harbor.
|52096||Sep. 11 – Dec. 18||Monday, Wednesday||4 – 7 p.m.||$350||White||Manns Harbor|
Basic Welding (30 hours)
Course content will be specific to SMAW (stick) with an introduction to GMAW (mig) and FCAW (flux-core) welding. Students will participate in questions-answer sessions and hands on to gain basic knowledge in the setup and operation of various power sources that operate these processes. Upon completion, students will have the basic knowledge of various industry standards and certifications. Personal items required for the Welding Technology program: welding helmet (auto darkening is a plus), safety glasses, ear plugs, tip cleaners, welding jacket with leather sleeves, steel toe leather boots (with high sides) and welding gloves. PPE Ready-Packs that have the above are available for purchase and must be pre-paid to the instructor to receive the educational discount. Orders for Ready-Packs should be at least two weeks before start of the classes or as soon as possible. Contact 252-335-0821 ext. 2335 for more information on Ready-Packs. Limit of 10 students per class. Scholarships are available for Dare County residents.
|52098||Aug. 21 – Dec. 4||Wednesday||6 – 8 p.m.||$175||Spear||RIC: PAB 102|
Education, Language and Law Classes
Effective Teacher Training (ETT) (24 hours)
This is for those who wish to substitute teach. This course is a systematic and comprehensive approach to improving learning environments for students. ETT covers the major components of appropriate teaching as identified in research and practice. Participants will develop more effective skills in planning, instruction, behavior management, human relations, and professional growth. Also, you will receive instruction on school culture, school policy, North Carolina school law, exceptional children education, learning styles, and student engagement. After you start the class, you must pay for and be able to pass a background check, have a physical, and a TB test. In addition to attending the eight classes, there is an assignment of six hours of observation. All classes are held at First Flight Middle School (FFMS). Limit of 30 students. Currently certified teachers seeking to be a substitute do not have to take this class but must contact the instructor at 252-441-8888 to find out details on attending the information session. (Go to Dare County schools’ website to find out more about this class.) Next section starts in the early spring. This class fills quickly.
|52059||Oct. 2 – 28
|Monday, Wednesday||4 – 7 p.m.||$70||Cartwright/Evanoff||FFMS|
Spanish (24 hours)
This is a basic introduction to Spanish including pronunciation, travel expressions and common everyday conversation. Interaction between students and instructor will include oral exercises and some written assignments as well as a “field trip” to a local Mexican restaurant to practice what you’ve learned.
|52757||Oct. 7 – Nov. 25
|Monday||6 – 9 p.m.||$70||Morris||RIC: BSE 102C|
Gain confidence in your ability to produce clean, correct documents and presentations.
|Every month||$70||online||Sign up at Ed2Go|
Medical and Health Occupation Classes
Nurse Aide I — hybrid (160 hours)
This course prepares graduates to provide personal care and perform basic nursing skills for the elderly and other adults. Emphasis on aging process including mental, social and physical needs of the elderly, patient’s rights, nutrition management, elimination procedures, safe environment, restorative services, personal and special care procedures and activities, human body structure and function and related common disease/disorders, communication and documentation, death and dying, and roles of the nursing assistant and health team members. A skill/competency evaluation is required. The course includes class, laboratory and clinical learning experiences. Clinicals will be held off campus and are full eight-hour days. This class is partially online so you must have access to a computer and the internet. You must be able to pass a background check. Upon satisfactory completion of the course and skill/competency evaluation, the graduate is eligible to apply for listing as a Nurse Aide I by the North Carolina Division of Facility Services. Enrollment is limited to 10 students per class.
Prior to enrollment: Students must have an accuplacer test or equivalent college class. Call 252-473-2264 ext. 7011 to schedule test, plus you must attend the mandatory orientation.
|Nurse Aide I||Date||Time||Location|
|Mandatory Orientation||TBA||TBA||RIC: BSE 101|
Prior to clinical — verified by nurse aide instructor: Must complete a student medical form with complete official immunization record and background check. Please be aware nurse aide students are required to do a two-step PPD process ($70.00 submission fee to Castle Branch).
|52001||Aug. 20 –
|9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (hybrid)||$237.50||Flagg||RIC: BSE 101|
Medication Aide for Long Term Care (24 hours)
This course is designed to meet the training requirements for becoming qualified as a Medication Aide. The course will cover the six rights of medication administration for non-licensed personnel. Topics will include medication administration via the oral, topical and instillation routes, medical asepsis, hand hygiene, terminology, and legal implications. Upon completion, students should be able to take the competency exam and demonstrate skills necessary to qualify for listing on the North Carolina Medication Aide Registry.
|52725||Nov. 1, 8 and 15||Friday||9 a.m. – 5 p.m.||$85||Bohn||RIC: BSE 101|
|TBA||TBA||Elizabeth City Campus||Call 252-335-0821 ext. 2250 to register|
|Every month||See Ed2Go website||online||Sign up by visiting Ed2Go|
Phlebotomy for Healthcare Workers (18 hours)
This course will provide theory and lab experiences needed for the proper collection of blood and other specimens used for diagnostic testing. Upon completion, you should be able to safely perform procedures necessary for specimen collections on patients in various healthcare settings. This course is class and lab only. No book required. No clinical. Prerequisite: Must be a certified healthcare worker (CNA, Medical Assistant, LPN/RN or EMT).
|52123||Dec. 2 – 4||Monday, Wednesday||9 a.m. – 4 p.m.||$85||Rodriguez||RIC: BSE 101|
Medical Terminology: A Word Association Approach (Ed2Go)
Prepare for a career in the health services industry by learning medical terminology in a memorable and enjoyable fashion.
|Every month||$70||online||Ed2Go website|
Management and Business Skills Classes
A-Z Grantwriting (Ed2Go)
Learn how to research and develop relationships with potential funding sources, organize grantwriting campaigns and prepare proposals.
|Every month||$70||online||Ed2Go website|
Fundamentals of Supervision and Management (Ed2Go)
If you’ve recently been promoted to a supervisory or management position or want to learn how to become a more effective manager, this course will help you master the basics of business by learning the language of management. You’ll learn how to make a successful transition from employee to manager and you’ll learn how to manage your time so that you can deal with the constant demands of a managerial job. You’ll learn the skills required to delegate responsibility and motivate your employees. A large part of a manager’s job involves getting things done through other people, and this course will help you understand how to influence and direct other people’s performance. Finally, you’ll learn how to solve problems and resolve conflicts so you can accomplish your job more effectively.
|Every month||$70||online||Register at Ed2Go|
Administrative Assistant Suite (Ed2Go)
This online training consists of three 24-hour classes.
Administrative Assistant Fundamentals: Rapid growth in the health, legal services, data processing, management, public relations, and other industries have created many new job opportunities for administrative assistants. This course will help you discover and master the essentials of managerial and staff support, information and records management, communications technology, travel and meeting coordination, space planning, and office ergonomics. You’ll become an indispensable member of your team by identifying opportunities and implementing solutions to turn your office into a high productivity machine.
Administrative Assistant Applications: Discover how time management, accounting, business law, organizational behavior, and management affect administrative assistant responsibilities and activities. Learn the basics of accounting, including the general ledger and key accounting terms, and see how financial statements and controls help keep your organization moving in a positive direction. Understand the fundamentals of business law, contracts, and the principal-agency relationship; discover ethics and organizational politics; and understand the basics of human resources management.
Effective Business Writing: Do you have a nagging suspicion that a small improvement in your writing skills might also improve your career prospects? Don’t let small gaps in your business writing skills prevent you from reaching your full potential. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a clerical worker, an engineer, or an executive. If you communicate with others in writing, you need this course to help you identify and eliminate problem areas. By the end of this course, you’ll know the secret to developing powerful written documents that immediately draw readers in and keep them motivated to continue until your last, well-chosen word.
|Every month||$180||online||Register online at Ed2Go|
Human Resource Development(HRD)/Job Skills
HRD/Information for Job Seekers (3 hours)
This class assists students in their pursuit of employment in today’s challenging global economy. Content will include a review of vital topics such as creating an effective resume, job search strategies, preparing for the interview and job retention. Course fee may be waived for unemployed/low income students. You must be pre-registered.
|Classes held regularly||NC Works Career Center||2522 S. Croatan Hwy
Nags Head, NC
Personal Enrichment Classes
Batik (24 hours)
In this class, you’ll do a sample batik and a 16-inch by 20-inch batik. Hot wax and dye will be provided. Student will need to supply a 16-inch by 20-inch wood frame, paint brushes for wax and dyes, and muslin fabric. All levels are welcome. Please preregister.
|52571||Oct. 4 – 25||Friday||9 a.m. – 1 p.m.||$100||York||RIC: PAB 103|
Pottery I and II and Advanced Pottery (24 hours)
Starting with hand built, coil, pinch pots, etc., you’ll advance to using the wheel and tools. The instructor will help you perfect your skills creating useful and decorative pottery. All levels are welcome in this six-class program. Please preregister. Fee includes most supplies. Space is limited to 12 students per class.
|52418||Sep. 3 – Oct. 8 (II)
|Tuesday||9 a.m. – 1 p.m.||$130||York||RIC: PAB 104|
|52419||Sep. 11 – Oct. 16 (II)
|Wednesday||5:30 – 9:30 p.m.||$130||York||RIC: PAB 104|
|52420||Sep. 12 – Oct. 17 (I)
|Thursday||9 a.m. – 1 p.m.||$130||York||RIC: PAB 104|
|53375||Oct. 22 – Dec. 3
|Tuesday||9 a.m. – 1 p.m.||$130||York||RIC: PAB 104|
|53380||Oct. 23 – Dec. 4||Wednesday||5:30 – 9:30 p.m.||$130||York||RIC: PAB 104|
|53381||Oct. 24 – Dec. 5||Thursday||9 a.m. – 1 p.m.||$130||York||RIC: PAB 104|
Mixed Media Jewelry Making (24 hours) — Canceled
Create fun and eclectic jewelry using a variety of methods and materials. This class is for all skill levels from beginner to the seasoned artist. Join this happy class and make friends while learning new techniques and finding unusual sources for your unique creations.
|Oct. 8 – Nov. 26||Tuesday||6 – 9 p.m.||$70||Flowers||Cloud 9|
Painting (24 hours)
In this four-hour class, you’ll learn basic principles of painting in a variety of media over an six-week period. Topics covered include different painting surfaces, painting tools and their use. You’ll learn what methods are best suited to you and will explore your creativity. Students will supply their own paint brushes, canvases, rags and paints.
|52421||Sep. 11 – Oct. 16||Wednesday||1 – 5 p.m.||$70||York||RIC: PAB 207|
|53865||Oct. 23 – Dec. 24||Wednesday||1 – 5 p.m.||$70||York||RIC: PAB 207|