Workforce Development and Career Readiness Department
Explore our Dare 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
For most classes, please register online.
- Visit WebAdvisor (use a desktop computer for best results)
- Select “Continuing Education”
- Select “Register and Pay for Continuing Education Classes”
- Do not enter anything on form — just select the “Submit” button
- Scroll through offered courses and check the box on the left of the class title you want to register for
- At the bottom of that list, select “Submit”
- Proceed to fill in your information and payment information — make sure you have submitted a valid email address so you get confirmation of your payment and registration
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. COA’s Dare County Guarantee Scholarship Program may be available for recent high school graduates for specific workforce classes.
Dare County Continuing Education Class Schedules
Forklift Operator/Safety (8 hours)
Gain the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary to operate a sit-down powered forklift. Learn safety aspects, operations, basic maintenance, and OSHA compliance issues. Upon successful completion of the course, you’ll earn an operator’s certificate.
|TBA||TBA||TBA||$80||S. Sizemore||PAB 102|
Pool and Spa Certification (BLAFT) (9 hours)
Pool and spa operator certification. 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. Space is limited.
|TBA||TBA||8 a.m. to 6 p.m.||$229||T. Suchy||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 NC driver’s license, pass a background check, and have two years experience. Part of second night will be held in a local garage. Please pre-register.
|62202||June 7 and 9||Tuesday, Thursday||6 to 10 p.m.||$70||T. Maher||PAB 201B|
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 ID is required and one must be a High School/GED graduate. Notary Public Manual for North Carolina 11th ed. 2016 is required to own, should be read before the class, and can be purchased from the COA Bookstore 252-331-5964 in Elizabeth City or Downtown Books in Manteo at 252-473-1056. You will 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 NC Secretary of State website.
|62286||June 18||9 a.m. to 4 p.m.||$70||McCown||PAB 201B|
|62289||July 16||9 a.m. to 4 p.m.||$70||McCown||PAB 201B|
|62293||Aug. 20||9 a.m. to 4 p.m.||$70||McCown||PAB 201B|
|62301||Oct. 1||9 a.m. to 4 p.m.||$70||McCown||PAB 201B|
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
Technology Skills for the Workplace (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 will 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.
|TBA||TBA||Monday, Wednesday||6 to 9 p.m.||$70||Maher||PAB 202|
Computer, Technology and Photography Classes
Excel™: An Introduction (18 hours)
This Introductory class will cover the basics of Excel. This six-night class will enable students to successfully use this application. Basic computer skills are required. Limited enrollment students. You will need to have access to a computer with Excel on it at home to practice.
|TBA||TBA||Monday||6 to 9 p.m.||$75||TBA||PAB 202|
Introduction to QuickBooks™ (24 hours)
This introductory class will cover the basics of Quickbooks accounting using Quickbooks2018. 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.
|TBA||TBA||Tuesday||6 to 9 p.m.||$75||L. McMaster||PAB 202|
Digital Photography I (18 hours)
In this beginning class, students will familiarize themselves with basic 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. Limited to eight students.
|TBA||TBA||Monday||6 to 9 p.m.||$75||R. Nelson||229|
Intro to Photo Editing (24 hours)
This class will use Lightroom and Photoshop by Adobe™ to import, sort, organize, process, modify and eventually share images. Computer skills are required. Limited enrollment.
|TBA||TBA||Wednesday||6 to 9 p.m.||$75||R. Nelson||PAB 202|
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 COA – Elizabeth City 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. Some of this class may be online.
|TBA||TBA||Tuesday, Thursday||5 to 7 p.m.||$85||R. Nelson||PAB 201A|
Introduction to Electrical (96 hours)
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of the electrical industry and worksite. Topics include: introduction to theory, terminology, safety, codes and circuits. The course will take a hands-on, lab-based approach and focus on the basics of residential wiring. Fee includes required code book. Scholarships are available for Dare County residents.
|TBA||TBA||Monday, Wednesday||6 to 9 p.m.||$180||Melton||PAB 102|
OSHA Construction Safety (10 hours)
This course is designed to provide a basic overview of the recognition and avoidance of unsafe conditions on the job site and will provide the student with a basic understanding of OSHA regulations, enforcement, and compliance. Topics include discussions of the OSHA standards that relate to scaffolds and ladders, excavation and trenching, electrical safety, personal protection equipment, fire protection and prevention, health hazards, concrete and steel erection, material handling, tools and welding, heavy equipment, and cranes. Optional topics include motor vehicles, roll-over protection, cutting, masonry structure, blasting and the use of explosives.
|TBA||TBA||Tuesday, Thursday||6 to 8:45 p.m.||$78||Williams||PAB 102|
Marine Diesel Engine Repair (51 hours)
This course introduces theory, design, terminology, and operating adjustments for inboard 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. It is not a certification class. Fee includes required textbook. All classes held in Manns Harbor.
|TBA||TBA||Monday, Wednesday||4 to 7 p.m.||$350||P. White||Manns Harbor|
HVAC (96 hours)
Students will learn the basics of heating and air conditioning. If you are 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 fundamentals of heating and cooling in addition to the technological considerations in heating and cooling equipment. Loan of book is included in fee. Scholarships are available for Dare County residents.
|TBA||TBA||Monday, Wednesday||6 to 9 p.m.||$320||Daniels||PAB 101|
Basic Welding (30 hours)
Starting with safety guidelines, the 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 Welding program include 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), welding gloves. Limit of nine students per class. Scholarships are available for Dare County residents.
|61761||May 18 to July 20||Wednesday||6 to 9 p.m.||$175||Cahoon||PAB 103|
|61766||Sep. 1 to Nov. 17||Thursday||6 to 8:30 p.m.||$175||TBA||PAB 103|
Education, Language and Law Classes
Spanish (24 hours)
This is a basic introduction to Spanish including pronunciation, travel expressions, and common everyday conversation offered through Ed2Go.
Medical and Health Occupation Classes
GEM Dementia Alliance — traditional
This course covers Alzheimer’s disease, which is a degenerative brain disease and the most common cause of dementia. Dementia is a syndrome — a group of symptoms — that has a number of causes. The characteristic symptoms include difficulties with memory, language, problem-solving, and other cognitive skills that affect a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. You will learn current evidence-based, person-centered practices to care for individuals living with dementia in diverse settings. Scholarships are available for RNs, LPNs and CNAs.
|62123||Sep. 27 to
Friday (Oct. 14 to 28):
|5:30 to 8 p.m.
1 to 5 p.m.
NC Community Health Worker — hybrid
This course is designed to provide individuals with the required knowledge, tools, and resources to become recognized as a certified Community Health Worker (CHW) in North Carolina working in a variety of healthcare and community settings (health departments, hospitals, federally qualified health centers, clinics, faith-based organizations, etc.). Instruction is designed to cover the nine core competencies essential to working as a certified CHW which include communication, capacity building, service coordination, interpersonal, advocacy, outreach and personal/professional skills. The knowledge base competencies will cover health and social issues that disproportionately impact clients including but not limited to chronic diseases such as diabetes, asthma and cancer. Some of the social issues covered will include safety, emergency preparedness, social isolation and adverse childhood experiences (ACES). Students will also learn about the changing health care landscape in North Carolina and how to work with their clients in connecting them to resources through NCCARES 360 and others. Upon completion of this training students will be eligible for listing as a NC Certified Community Health Worker. Course facilitators must complete a train-the-trainer course prior to providing certification instruction.
|60734||Jan. 24 to May 23||Monday||4 to 6 p.m.||$180||K. Davita
Nurse Aide I (160 hours) — hybrid
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 NC Division of Facility Services. Enrollment is limited to 10 students per class.
Prior to enrollment: Students must have a high school diploma or GED.
Prior to clinical: Verified by Nurse Aid instructor. Must complete a background check submitted to an online agency and attend an orientation.
|61097||May 10 to
|9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Pharmacy Tech — hybrid (136 hours)
This course provides the basic knowledge and skills required to work as a technician in a drug store or other pharmacy. Topics include drug classification, drug distribution, anatomy and physiology as they relate to disease with an emphasis on drug therapy, laws and regulations basic to pharmacy practice. Manuals can be purchased at the Follett Bookstore at COA – Elizabeth City. You must meet one of the following requirements:
- North Carolina Diagnostic and Placement (NCDAP) test: a score of “7” or higher in all sections of DMA 010, DMA 020 and DMA 030
- Passing grade in the courses DMA 010, 020 and 030
- Passing grade in college-level math class (“C” or better)
- (CRC) test: a score of “4” on the applied math section
- Be at least 18 years old
- CASAS score of “241” or higher
|TBA||TBA||Thursday||noon to 5 p.m.||$85||A. Pierce||PAB 201B|
EKG/Cardiovascular Monitor Technician — hybrid
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.
Students are required to have a high school diploma or GED.
|June 13 to July 28
(seated: June 23 to July 28)
|Thursday||9 a.m. to 3 p.m.||$195||Bohn||PAB 207|
Medication Aide (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. The book, Medication Aide Manual 25th edition, is required and available by calling 252-331-5964 (about $35).
|TBA||TBA||Monday, Wednesday||9 a.m. to 1 p.m.||$85||M. Coley||PAB 207|
Introduction to Phlebotomy for Healthcare Workers (30 hours)
This course will provide theory and lab experiences needed for the proper collection of blood and other specimens used for diagnostic testing. The class is focused on skill-building for people already working in healthcare. CNAs, Medical assistants, nurses, or EMTs are eligible. Students who are currently enrolled in or have completed Nurse Aide I training within the last two years are also eligible, even if they have not tested for registry listing yet. 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 and does not grant phlebotomy certification. Book is required. No clinical.
|TBA||TBA||Friday||9 a.m. to 5 p.m.||$140||M. Coley||PAB 207|
Hospitality Leadership Certification
Hospitality Employment Skills (24 hours)
This course introduces the basic principles of customer service and employability skills and will prepare you to be the best employee possible no matter what your career path. Soft Skills so sought by employers and other employability skills will be explored. Role playing and finding solutions for different customer service scenarios will be presented. Find out your best fit in a company or business and provide an excellent experience for your customers or guests. 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. Some of this class may be online.
|TBA||TBA||Monday, Wednesday||6 to 9 p.m.||$70||TBA||PAB 201B|
Career Readiness (24 hours)
This course builds on the Hospitality Skills, technical/computer skills, and the Soft Skills taught in the first two core class. Emphasis will be on honing your soft skills, finding a job in your areas of expertise, and enhancing your employability and income potential or business. Learn how to serve both customers and your company. You must have completed the Technology/Computer Skills class or the Excel class before taking this class. 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. Some or all of this class may be online.
|TBA||TBA||Tuesday, Thursday||6 to 9 p.m.||$70||Peterson||PAB 202|
It will help you polish and acquire skills to make you more marketable in the workplace particularly for the hospitality industry. Learn how to be an ambassador for your area. This class will be online and will also require the student to do a presentation as assigned by the instructor. Some of this class may be online.
|TBA||TBA||Tuesday, Thursday||6 to 9 p.m.||$70||Maher||OC28|
Leadership Management (24 hours)
This class is the last of the five required Core classes for the Hospitality Leadership Certification. This course builds on the service skills introduced in the Customer Service/Hospitality Skills and provides principles and practices for leadership development and supervisory skills. Emphasis is placed on planning, organizing, directing, and communicating. Core topics include interpersonal skills, decision making strategies, change management, negotiating skills, event planning, and other management skills. Servant Leadership and what it means will be discussed. A certificate of completion that can be added to your resume/portfolio will be awarded upon successful completion of the class. Please register no later than three business days before the class. Some of this class may be online.
|TBA||TBA||Monday, Wednesday||6 to 9 p.m.||$70||Maher||OC28|
Customer Experience (24 hours) — online
This course introduces the basic principles of customer service and employability skills and will prepare you to be the best employee possible no matter what your career path. Soft Skills so sought by employers and other employability skills will be explored. Role playing and finding solutions for different customer service scenarios will be presented. Find out your best fit in a company or business and provide an excellent experience for your customers or guests. 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.
|TBA||TBA||Monday, Wednesday||6 to 9 p.m.||$70||TBA||online|
Reservation 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 is required that you take Computer Skills for the Workplace or the equivalent before taking this class. Career exploration, entry and mid-level skills, employability skills, and numerous soft skills desired by employers will be the framework for the curriculum. Your resume will be polished to present to potential employers as needed. Customer Experience and Computer Skills classes are pre-requisites 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. Some of this class may be online.
Personal Enrichment Classes
Painting and Drawing Studio (36 hours)
In this three-hour class, students will learn basic principles of painting in a variety of media. Drawing and Painting skills will be explored. Topics covered include different painting surfaces, painting tools, perspective, media and more. Students will learn what methods are best suited to them and will explore their creativity. Students will supply their own paint brushes, canvases, rags, paper, charcoal, pencils and paints. Please call to find out list of supplies. Please pre-register. All skill levels are welcome.
|61772||Aug. 17 to Oct. 12||Wednesday||9 a.m. to 1 p.m.||$125||R. York||PAB 104|
Basic Pottery (24 hours)
In this class, students will learn and practice pottery and ceramic skills. Starting with hand built, coil, pinch pots, etc. you will advance to using the wheel and tools. The instructor will help you perfect your skills creating useful and decorative pottery. All levels are welcome but the class is geared towards new or rusty students. Please pre-register. Space is extremely limited.
|62244||June 7 to June 26||Tuesday||6 to 9 p.m.||$120||S. Gannon||PAB 104|
|62024||Aug. 17 to Oct. 5||Wednesday||6 to 9 p.m.||$120||R. York||PAB 104|
|62078||Aug. 18 to Oct. 6||Thursday||9 a.m. to noon||$120||R. York||PAB 104|
This extended class is for those who are skilled potters or newbies! Instruction and guidance will be available from the experienced instructor. All levels are welcome and hand built and thrown pottery techniques will be used. Space is extremely limited.
|62245||June 9 to July 28||Thursday||5 to 9 p.m.||$225||S. Gannon||PAB 104|
|62034||Aug. 16 to Oct. 11||Tuesday||9 a.m. to 1 p.m.||$225||R. York||PAB 104|