Workforce Development and Career Readiness Department
Explore our Dare County continuing education class schedules for professional development and personal enrichment.
If you’re interested in a class, please register early; however, you can register at any time with payment due before the class begins. If a class has already started, call to have your name added to a waiting list.
How to Register
Roanoke Island Campus (RIC)
205 Highway 64 S.
Manteo, NC 27954
For the most up-to-date information or 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.
Last updated: Jan. 2, 2020
Notary (6 hours)
This course is designed to prepare students to be commissioned/appointed as a Notary Public. A valid driver’s license or photo identification is required and one must be a high school/GED graduate. You must have the book Notary Public Guidebook for North Carolina, 11th edition to be a Notary. It may 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 and test. If you have an unexpired commission and need to renew, please go online to the North Carolina Secretary of State website. Class includes a lunch break on your own.
|54343||Jan. 25||Saturday||9 a.m. – 4 p.m.||$70||W. McCown||RIC: PAB 201B|
|54370||Feb. 22||Saturday||9 a.m. – 4 p.m.||$70||W. McCown||RIC: PAB 201B|
|54373||March 28||Saturday||9 a.m. – 4 p.m.||$70||W. McCown||RIC: PAB 201B|
|May 2||Saturday||9 a.m. – 4 p.m.||$70||W. McCown||RIC: PAB 201B|
Pool and Spa Certification, LAFT (9 hours)
This course is for pool and spa operator certification. Instruction and techniques are taught, with off-campus visit to local pool. Bring a pencil, highlighter and a calculator to class. Fee includes manual and written test required by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Health and a certificate. One hour for lunch on your own. Must be registered two business days before class.
|54020||Feb. 10||Monday||8 a.m. – 6 p.m.||$195||T. Suchy||RIC: PAB 201B|
|54020||March 9||Monday||8 a.m. – 6 p.m.||$195||T. Suchy||RIC: PAB 201B|
|54020||April 6||Monday||8 a.m. – 6 p.m.||$195||T. Suchy||RIC: PAB 201B|
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.
|54029||March 24 and 26||Tuesday, Thursday||6 – 10 p.m.||$70||T. Maher||RIC: PAB 201B|
Safe Driving (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 preregister at least two business days before class begins. The eight-hour class is available in Elizabeth City.
|54031||Jan. 30||Thursday||4:45 – 8:45 p.m.||$75||S. May||RIC: PAB 201B|
|March 12||Tuesday||4:45 – 8:45 p.m.||$75||S. May||RIC: PAB 201B|
|May 2||Thursday||4:45 – 8:45 p.m.||$75||S. May||RIC: PAB 201B|
Computer, Technology and Photography Classes
Computer Skills for the Workplace (24 hours)
This course is for students needing 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.
|53958||Jan. 27 – March 16||Monday||6 – 9 p.m.||$70||R. Nelson||RIC: PAB 201A|
|54253||Feb. 24 – April 13||Monday||6 – 9 p.m.||$70||L. 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.
|54050||Jan. 21 – March 3||Tuesday||6:30 – 9:30 p.m.||$75||T. Gartman||DC 114|
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. The 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.
|54048||March 24 – April 21
April 13 – 17)
|Tuesday, Thursday||*4/5 – 6/7 p.m.||$80||R. Nelson||RIC: PAB 201A|
Introduction to Excel™ (18 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.
|54047||March 5 – April 9||Thursday||6 – 9 p.m.||$75||L. McMaster||RIC: PAB 202|
Introduction to QuickBooks™ (24 hours)
This introductory class will cover the basics of QuickBooks accounting using QuickBooks 2018 desktop version. This class will enable students to efficiently use this application and how to apply it to the version one is using. Basic computer skills required. Limited enrollment of 12 students. Certificate of completion awarded upon completing at least 80 percent of the class.
|53957||Jan. 28 – March 17||Tuesday||6 – 9 p.m.||$75||L. McMaster||RIC: PAB 202|
Photo Editing/Lightroom (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.
|54049||Jan. 27 – March 17||Tuesday||6 – 9 p.m.||$75||R. Nelson||RIC: PAB 201A|
Hospitality and Tourism Certification
Customer Service in the Hospitality Industry (24 hours)
This core class introduces the basic principles of customer service and will prepare you to be the best employee possible. Increase your employability and enhance your income potential. Role playing and finding solutions for different customer service scenarios will be presented. Find out your best fit in a company or business. Learn how to serve both customers and your company. 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.
|54136||Jan. 22 – Feb. 17||Monday,
|6 – 9 p.m.||$70||J. Hunting||RIC: PAB 202|
Career Readiness (24 hours)
This core class builds on the Customer Service and Soft Skills taught in the first core class. Emphasis will be on soft skills, finding a job in your areas of expertise, and enhance your employability and income potential. Learn how to serve both customers and your company. 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.
|53954||Dec. 9, 2019 –
Jan. 13, 2020
|6 – 9 p.m.||$70||J. Hunting||TBA|
OBX Ambassador (7 hours)
You must be enrolled in or have completed Customer Service in the Hospitality Industry to register for this class.
This core class will help you polish and acquire skills to make you more marketable in the workplace particularly for the hospitality industry. This class is required as part of the Hospitality and Tourism Certificate. Please bring your lunch and water and wear comfortable clothing. Limited enrollment.
|54273||Jan. 17||Friday||9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.||$70||L. McMaster||field trip|
|54274||Jan. 31||Friday||9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.||$70||L. McMaster||field trip|
Reservation and Front Desk Skills Specialist (24 hours)
This course introduces the basic principles of customer service and sales with emphasis on the Reservationist position in the hospitality industry (rentals and hotels). Prepare yourself to be the best employee possible to increase your employability and enhance your income potential. It’s required that you take Computer Skills for the Workplace before taking this class. Please register no later than two business days before the class.
|54374||Jan. 27 – Feb. 19||Monday, Wednesday||6 – 9 p.m.||$75||M. Maher||RIC: PAB 206|
Maintenance for the Hospitality Industry (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. Scholarships may be available for those in the Hospitality and Tourism Certification program and who live in Dare County.
|54051||Jan. 22 – Feb. 19||Wednesday,
|6 – 8 p.m.||$75||Walter||RIC: PAB 103|
Housekeeping and Operations Specialist in the Hospitality Industry (18 hours)
Understand the basic principles of customer service with emphasis on housekeeping and room and rental cottage cleaning in the hospitality industry (hotels, rentals). The class 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.
|TBA||TBA||6 – 9 p.m.||$70||Fortner||TBA|
Industrial Technology Classes
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.
|53867||Jan. 13 – May 7
(no classes Jan. 20,
April 13 – 17)
|7 – 10 p.m.||$315||J. Cahoon||RIC: PAB 101|
Introduction to Marine Diesel Engine Repair (51 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.
|TBA||September 2020||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA||Manns Harbor|
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 introduction to electricity, plumbing, HVAC, carpentry, tools and building materials.
|54051||Jan. 22 – Feb. 19||Wednesday,
|6 – 8 p.m.||$75||Walter||TBA|
Basic Welding (30 hours)
Course content will be specific to SMAW (stick) with an introduction to GMAW (mig) and FCAW (flux-core) welding. You’ll 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, you’ll have the basic knowledge of various industry standards and certifications. Personal items required for the welding program include a welding helmet (auto darkening is a plus), safety glasses, ear plugs, tip cleaners, welding jacket with leather sleeves, steel-toed leather boots (with high sides) and welding gloves. Limit of 10 students per class.
|53915||Jan. 15 – April 29
April 13 – 17)
|Wednesday||6 – 8 p.m.||$175||Spear||RIC: PAB 102|
Medical and Health Occupation Classes
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.
|TBA||TBA||TBA||$85||TBA||RIC: PAB 207|
Nurse Aide I — hybrid/blended (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 you must have a reading placement test or equivalent college class.
Prior to clinical you must get verified by Nurse Aide instructor by completing a background check ($35 submission fee to Castle Branch).
|53850||Jan. 21 –
|9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.||$237.50||Flagge||RIC: PAB 207|
|54133||Feb. 11 –
|4:30 – 8:30 p.m.||$237.50||TBA||RIC: PAB 207|
Nurse Aide II (176 hours)
Student must be on Pearsonvue registry. Limited to 10 students. Required book: North Carolina Nurse Aide II from Follett Bookstore (call 252-331-5964). Same prerequisites as Nurse Aide I, plus the additional ones listed below. Nurse Aide II students must have high school diploma/GED to enroll in the Nurse Aide II course because the North Carolina Board of Nursing has this listed as a requirement for Nurse Aide II Registry.
Prior to enrollment get verified by admission personnel/Nurse Aide II instructor:
- High school/GED documentation (This is required by the North Carolina Board of Nursing for Nurse Aide II listing)
- Current CPR card — must be American Heart Association: Health Care Provider, Modules 1-4 or American Red Cross: Professional Rescuer; Call 252-335-0825 ext. 2286 for CPR classes
Currently (and throughout entire Nurse Aide II course): be listed on the North Carolina Nurse Aide I Registry.
Prior to clinical: get verified by Nurse Aide instructor. Please be aware Nurse Aide students are required to do a two-step PPD process ($35 submission fee to Castle Branch).
|53384||April 15 –
|9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.||$237.50||J. Jordan||TBA|
|8 a.m. – 4 p.m.||n/a||n/a||OBX Hospital,
EKG/Cardiovascular Technician/Monitor — hybrid (112 hours)
This course is designed and approved to prepare the student to become a certified EKG (ECG) and Technician/Monitor. The course will cover the anatomy and physiology of the heart, principles of EKG, dysrhythmia recognition of sinus, junctional/atrial rhythms, heart blocks and bundle branches, and ventricular ectopy rhythms. Skills will include operating EKG equipment, running and mounting strips as well as reading and interpreting 22 types of cardiac lead tracings produced from 12 and five lead monitors and to understand the basics of capnography as it relates to heart function. No clinical. Book required.
Prerequisites: High School Diploma or GED and reading placement test score of “64” or higher or college-level English with a grade of “C” or better.
|54430||May 4 –
|9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.||$185||TBA||RIC: PAB 207|
Dementia Training GEM (35 hours)
Using the GEM method of care for dementia patients, you’ll learn about the stages of dementia and Alzheimer’s. Actual clinical experience with patients to connect with people experiencing dementia make up the balance of this class. Class meets at various sites and times.
|Dec. 10, 2019 –
Jan. 31, 2020
|varies||varies||$132.50||G. Sonnesso||RIC: PAB 201B|
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).
|54423||April 20, 22 and 27||Monday,
|9 a.m. – 4 p.m.||$85||M. Rodriguez||RIC: PAB 207|
|TBA||TBA||Elizabeth City Campus||Call 252-335-0821 ext. 2250 to register|
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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||NCWorks Career Center||2522 S. Croatan Hwy
Nags Head, NC
Education and Language Classes
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.
|54030||Jan. 27 – March 16||Monday||6 – 9 p.m.||$70||J. Morris||RIC: PAB 202B|
Spanish II (24 hours)
This is part II of 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 have learned.
|Please call 252-473-2264 ext. 7511 or
252-335-0821 ext. 2250 if interested
|TBA||6 – 9 p.m.||$70||J. Morris||RIC: PAB 202B|
Teaching Students with Autism: Strategies for Success
Help your students with high-functioning autism and Asperger’s Syndrome unlock their potential in the classroom.
|Every month||$70||online||Sign up online at Ed2Go|
Gain confidence in your ability to produce clean, correct documents and presentations.
|Every month||$70||online||Sign up at Ed2Go|
Personal Enrichment Classes
American History Through Film, The Civil War (24 hours)
The goal of this class is to learn about the American Civil War through watching films. The films selected cover the war from its beginning through its end and aftermath. The films not only reflect reenactments of the 1860s and 1870s but also reflect the times in which they were made. At the beginning of each class, there will be a brief overview of the film and the time period it covers as well as the time period it was made. After the actual watching of the film, there will be a wrap up with a class discussion of the film. Reading materials will be provided to better facilitate the discussions. This class is perfect for film buffs as well as those who enjoy history. All are welcome but space is limited. Please preregister.
|53948||Jan. 21 – March 10||Tuesday||6 – 9 p.m.||$75||R. Etheridge||DC 201|
Painting and Drawing Studio (48 hours)
This class is set up as a studio class with guidance for seasoned students and instruction for new students. You’ll learn what methods are best suited to them and will explore their creativity. You’ll supply your own acrylic paint brushes, canvases, rags, and paints drawing paper, charcoal pencils, etc. Please preregister. All skill levels are welcome.
|54032||Jan. 15 – April 1
|Wednesday||1 – 5 p.m.||$125||R. York||RIC: PAB 207|
Basic Pottery and Pottery II (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.
|53917||Jan. 16 – Feb. 20 (Basic)
|Thursday||9 a.m. – 1 p.m.||$140||R. York||RIC: PAB 104|
|53916||Jan. 15 – Feb. 19 (II)
|Wednesday||5:30 – 9:30 p.m.||$140||R. York||RIC: PAB 104|
Evening Pottery — Basic (24 hours)
In this class, you’ll learn and practice pottery and ceramic skills. Starting with hand built, coil, pinch pots, etc. you will progress to using the wheel and tools. The instructor will help you perfect your skills creating useful and decorative pottery. All levels are welcome but space is limited. Please pre-register. Fee includes one box of clay and use of glazes.
|54371||March 4 – April 8||Wednesday||5:30 – 9:30 p.m.||$140||R. York||RIC: PAB 104|
|54372||March 5 – April 9||Wednesday||5:30 – 9:30 p.m.||$140||R. York||RIC: PAB 104|
Pottery Studio — Advanced (48 hours)
This extended studio class is for those who are skilled potters and wish to use the lab as a studio to perfect their previously acquired skills. Limited instruction and guidance will be available from the instructor. Space is limited.
|53914||Jan. 14 – March 31
|Tuesday||9 a.m. – 1 p.m.||$260||R. York||RIC: PAB 104|