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Professional and Personal Development

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If you’re interested in a class, register early; however, you may register at any time with payment due before the class begins.

If a listed class has already started, call to have your name added to a waiting list. To keep class costs low, we have a minimum number of students required for each class.

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Elizabeth City Campus
John Woods Foreman Center
1208 N. Road St
Elizabeth City, NC 27909

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For the most up-to-date information or to register, call 252-335-0821 ext. 2250.


Class Schedules

Last updated: Dec. 5, 2019

Certification Classes

NC Vehicle Inspection (8 hours)

Elizabeth City Campus

Prepares auto technicians and service personnel as safety and emissions inspectors for motor vehicles and to pass qualification exams for certification at a licensed inspection station.

Syn Date Days Time Fee Instructor Room
52181 Sep. 3 and 5 Tuesday, Thursday 6 – 10 p.m. $70 Jeff Nixon FC 121A
52731 Dec. 3 and 5 Tuesday, Thursday 6 – 10 p.m. $70 Jeff Nixon FC 121A

Notary Public Certification Training

Elizabeth City Campus

This course is designed to enable you to become a certified Notary Public. You must show the instructor a valid photo identification and must be a high school/GED graduate. Certification testing is done at the end of the course. Students are required to bring the 2016 Notary Manual with them to class. Books are available at the COA Bookstore at the Elizabeth City Campus or may be purchased through the Secretary of State website.

Syn Date Days Time Fee Instructor Room
50806 Sep. 21
canceled
Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. $70 D. Gatling FC 121A
50809 Oct. 5 Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. $70 D. Gatling FC 121A
50811 Nov. 9 Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. $70 D. Gatling FC 121A
50820 Dec. 7 Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. $70 D. Gatling FC 121A

Medical and Health Occupation Classes

Medication Aide

PHM 4100A
Edenton-Chowan Campus

The course will cover topics on medication administration for long term care. It is designed to meet the training requirements to become a Medication Aide. Upon successful completion, students will be eligible to take the state competency exam. Medication Aide Manual can be purchased at the Elizabeth City Campus Bookstore. You must have a high school diploma or GED.

Syn Date Days Time Fee Instructor Room
53019 Nov. 18 – 20 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. $85 L. Hudgins 304

Cardiovascular Technician/Monitor

ICV 3111A
Elizabeth City Campus

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 or college-level English.

Date Days Time Fee Instructor Room
Sep. 16 – Nov. 4 Monday, Wednesday 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. $195 M. Rodriguez C 109

Electrocardiograms (ECG)

Elizabeth City Campus

COA presents the first in a series of continuing education professional development “workouts” for interested nursing and allied health personnel to enhance or refresh skills and knowledge. This first course will be online with two face-to-face, hands-on labs that will be available at the Elizabeth City Campus (Labs will be added for Dare County and Edenton-Chowan Campuses if there are at least six participants. Call 252-335-0821 ext. 2250 to register.).

Date Fee Instructor Room
Oct. 29; Nov. 5, 12, 21 (lab), 26;
Dec. 3 and 5 (lab)
$85 (plus cost of text) Shelia Winslow, RN online/lab (TBA)

Nurse Aide I

NUR 3240C

This course introduces basic nursing skills required to provide personal care for patients, residents, or clients in a healthcare setting. Topics include communications, safety, patients’ rights, personal care, vital signs, elimination, nutrition, emergencies, rehabilitation, CPR and mental health. Upon successful completion of the course, the student is eligible to sit for the competency exam through PearsonVue for listing on the North Carolina Nurse Aide I Registry.

Prerequisites: Reading placement test score or college-level English. Nurse Aide orientation attendance mandatory.

Edenton-Chowan Campus:

Date Days Time Fee Instructor Room
Aug. 21 – Nov. 5 Monday, Tuesday,
Wednesday
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. $237.50 L. Hudgins 304

Elizabeth City Campus:

Date Days Time Fee Instructor Room
Aug. 14 – Nov. 18 Monday, Wednesday 5 – 9 p.m. $237.50 C. Baeza C 109
Aug. 19 – Dec. 11 Monday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. $237.50 M. McGrath C 113
Aug. 20 – Nov. 19 Tuesday, Thursday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. $237.50 D. Boslau C 109
Aug. 26 – Nov. 26 Monday, Tuesday 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. $237.50 J. Garrett C 123

Nurse Aide I Refresher

NUR 3242A
Elizabeth City Campus:

The Nurse Aide I Refresher course is a 40-hour course consisting of classroom and lab review of basic nursing care performed by the Nurse Aide I. The goal is to build upon the experience and knowledge that the student has and to prepare the student to take the North Carolina Nurse Aide I written exam and skills evaluation offered through PearsonVue. Previous or out-of-state Nurse Aide registry listing required.

Syn Date Days Time Fee Instructor Room
53025 Dec. 9 – 18 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. $125 L. Hudgins C 123

Pharmacy Tech

Elizabeth City Campus

The course provides the student with the basic knowledge and skills required to work as a technician in a drug store or other pharmacy. Course topics covered include drug classification, drug distribution, anatomy and physiology ads they relate to disease with an emphasis on drug therapy, laws and regulations basic to a pharmacy practice. Manuals can be purchased in the Follett Bookstore on the Elizabeth City Campus.

You must meet one of the following requirements:

  • NCDAP: 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
  • CRC: a score of “4” on the applied math section
Syn Date Days Time Fee Instructor Room
52278 Sep. 5 – Oct. 24 Thursday noon – 5 p.m. $195 A. Pierce FC 128

Phlebotomy

MLA 3022A
Elizabeth City Campus

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).

Date Days Time Fee Instructor Room
Dec. 9 – 16 Monday, Wednesday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. $85 M. Rodriguez C 123

Aviation Classes

DME/AMT Prep Course — written and practical (48 hours)

Regional Aviation & Technical Training Center, Currituck campus

This course is a fast-paced review course designed for participants who want a quick refresher to prepare for the FAA written, and practical airframe and powerplant exams.

Prerequisite: To enroll, students must have an 8610 or Aviation program coordinator’s permission.

Syn Date Days Time Fee Instructor Room
51864 Sep. 23 – Oct. 30 Monday, Wednesday 5 – 9 p.m. $125 Repanshek 104

AVI Wire Harness Course (32 hours)

Regional Aviation & Technical Training Center, Currituck campus

This course will cover the following topics: nomenclature breakdown, deciphering and labeling; wiring and connector type identification, aviation harness fabrication and installation requirements; harness troubleshooting and repair; software programming of Garmin avionic products. This course is designed for A and P mechanics and avionics technicians.

Syn Date Days Time Fee Instructor Room
52014 Oct. 21 – Nov. 13 Monday,
Wednesday
5 – 9 p.m. $125 Repanshek 104

Human Resources Development (HRD)/Job Skills

Basic Introduction to Computers

HRD 3005A
Elizabeth City Campus

Students will learn basic computer skills necessary in the workplace or at home. The course consists of an introduction to basic computer skills and terminology and word processing using Microsoft Word, Access, PowerPoint and Excel, how to send attachments, surf the World Wide Web, search and emails. You’ll learn how to use basic computer tools to complete simple cut and paste tasks using the mouse and keyboard. May be fee waived.

Syn Date Days Time Fee Instructor Room
53960 Nov. 18 –
Dec. 11
Monday,
Wednesday
5 – 8 p.m. $75 R. Jackson FC 128,
FC 208 on Dec. 11

Occupational Development Classes

Effective Teacher Training

Elizabeth City Campus — hybrid

Recommended training for substitute teachers, teacher assistants and prospective new teachers. Fee includes manual.

Syn Date Days Time Fee Instructor Room
52870 Sep. 26 – Dec. 12 Thursday 6 – 9 p.m. $156 L. Figgs A 210

Introduction to Basic Residential Electricity

Elizabeth City Campus

This course teaches the basics of electricity including theory, terminology, safety, codes, and circuits. The lab and practical portion of the course will focus on residential wiring.

Date Days Time Fee Instructor Room
Aug. 27 – Dec. 17 Tuesday, Thursday 6 – 9 p.m. $180 C 138H Paul Kahl

Industrial Classes

Plumbing Inspection III — Canceled

Elizabeth City Campus

This course will review the 2018 NC Plumbing Code and 2018 NC Energy Code and prepare the candidate for the qualifying examination for a Standard Certificate. It’s geared for individuals who have the responsibility of inspecting buildings of all sizes, including buildings larger than 60,000 square feet and higher than four stories. This class will also allow the individual to gain a working knowledge of the Code as it applies to residential and commercial inspections and to be able to apply the Code to problems presented during the course. The course will be taught by understanding concepts through the use of Code Commentaries and real world photos and problems.

Syn Date Days Time Fee Instructor Room
52572 TBA Saturday,
Sunday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. $70 Godsey FC 121A

OSHA 10 General Industry (10 hours)

Regional Aviation & Technical Training Center, Currituck campus

This class helps to ensure that workers are more knowledgeable about workplace hazards and rights. This class is for entry level workers or anyone seeking an OSHA 10 General Industry card. Participant must attend the full class and meet requirement to receive card.

Syn Date Days Time Fee Instructor Room
51866 Oct. 16 – Dec. 4
(no class Nov. 27)
Wednesday noon – 2 p.m. $78 J. Stolarczyk 120

Driver Improvement Classes

Safe Driver-DDC4 (4 hours)

Elizabeth City Campus

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. You must be preregistered to attend class. You’ll receive a certificate after the class is finished.

Syn Date Days Time Fee Instructor Room
52171 Sep. 11 Wednesday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. $75 C. Griffin FC 121B
52174 Oct. 9 Wednesday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. $75 C. Griffin FC 121B
52178 Nov. 13 Wednesday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. $75 C. Griffin FC 121B
52180 Dec. 4 Wednesday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. $75 C. Griffin FC 121B

Attitudinal Dynamics of Driving (8 hours)

Elizabeth City Campus

This eight-hour class is designed to help you understand the connection between choices and consequences, and help you develop a plan to change your driving choices and behaviors. This course is designed for traffic violators and court referrals for drivers with excessive violations, or for drivers with poor driving habits. Price includes workbook. You must be preregistered to attend class. You’ll receive a certificate after the class is finished.

Syn Date Days Time Fee Instructor Room
TBA Oct. 19 Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. $100 C. Griffin FC 121B
TBA Nov. 2 Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. $100 C. Griffin FC 121B
53859 Dec. 7 Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. $100 C. Griffin FC 121B

Motorcycle Safety

Elizabeth City Campus

Learn in an atmosphere proven to reduce the risks of motorcycling. Most self-taught riders are unaware of the skills needed to minimize chances of accidents or injuries. You’ll be amazed with your newly-found skills and confidence. Even experienced riders have expressed appreciation for the skills they have learned.

Successful completion of this class will exempt you from the riding skills portion of the DMV Endorsement test, but you’ll still need to pass a written exam in order to earn that endorsement. Many insurance companies offer premium discounts for successful graduates of this course.

Syn Date Days Time Location Fee Instructor
52293 Aug. 16 – 18 Friday:
Saturday, Sunday:
6 – 10 p.m.
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
FC 128
parking lot D
$160 Jeff Shunk
52295 Sep. 20 – 22 Friday:
Saturday, Sunday:
6 – 10 p.m.
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
FC 128
parking lot D
$160 Gene Wyman
52297 Oct. 11 – 13 Friday:
Saturday, Sunday:
6 – 10 p.m.
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
FC 128
parking lot D
$160 Gene Wyman
52298 Nov. 8 – 10 Friday:
Saturday, Sunday:
6 – 10 p.m.
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
FC 128
parking lot D
$160 Tammy Shunk

Personal Enrichment Classes

Learn to Sail — Canceled

Elizabeth City Campus

This course provides instruction in the basic fundamentals of small boat sailing. Topics include sailing terminology, knot tying, rigging and various skills necessary to maneuver boats. Upon completion, you should be able to demonstrate safe handling of a small boat. No experience necessary.

Syn Date Days Time Fee Instructor Room
52097 Aug. 20 – Oct. 31 Tuesday, Thursday 12:30 – 1:45 p.m. $75 Jeffery Carter COA Sailing Center

Painting – Watercolors

CSP 4000D
Elizabeth City Campus

During the fall class, which is a 10-week course, you’ll work in your medium of choice. It’s designed for the intermediate to advanced student, offering individual help and challenges for continued development of each individual’s creative style of painting. Emphasis will be placed on designing and composing paintings. Participants will be encouraged to paint landscapes on location as weather permits. In class, participants will paint from still life set ups, their own sketches, photographs and imagination. In addition to the individual’s usual painting supplies, a sketch book, drawing pad, watercolor pad, Prang watercolor set, tape, view finder, sharpie pen, palette knife and eraser will be needed.

Syn Date Days Time Fee Instructor Room
52644 Sep. 10 – Nov. 12 Tuesday 1 – 4 p.m. $80 Peggy West C 222

Pottery: Wheel Throwing

Elizabeth City Campus

This class is for beginners and intermediate students. You’ll learn basic information on the use of the potter’s wheel. Instruction and demonstrations will be given for preparing the clay (wedging) and basic throwing techniques such as centering and pulling a nine-inch cylinder. Then the class advances to throwing functional pieces of pottery: cups, mugs and bowls. We’ll discuss glazes, surface design and decoration that can be used on finished work. You’ll need to bring an apron and wear appropriate clothing. Registration includes supplies. Class limited to eight students.

Syn Date Days Time Fee Instructor Room
52203 Aug. 7 – Sep. 13 Wednesday:
Friday:
12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
9 – 11 a.m.
$95 J. Murray PLAB 1
52330 Aug. 26 – Oct. 2 Wednesday:
Friday:
12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
9 – 11 a.m.
$95 J. Murray PLAB 1
52204 Sep. 18 – Oct. 25 Wednesday:
Friday:
12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
9 – 11 a.m.
$95 J. Murray PLAB 1
52205 Oct. 30 – Dec. 13 Wednesday:
Friday:
12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
9 – 11 a.m.
$95 J. Murray PLAB 1

Certification Classes

Notary Public

Elizabeth City Campus

This course is designed to enable you to become a certified Notary Public. You must show the instructor a valid photo identification and must be a high school/GED graduate. Certification testing is done at the end of the course. You’re required to bring the 2016 Notary Manual with you to class. Books are available at the COA Bookstore at the Elizabeth City Campus or may be purchased through the Secretary of State website.

Syn Date Days Time Fee Instructor Room
54138 Jan. 11 Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. $70 D. Gatling FC 121A
54243 Feb. 8 Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. $70 D. Gatling FC 121A

Medical and Health Occupation Classes

Nurse Aide I

NUR 3240C

This course introduces basic nursing skills required to provide personal care for patients, residents, or clients in a healthcare setting. Topics include communications, safety, patients’ rights, personal care, vital signs, elimination, nutrition, emergencies, rehabilitation, CPR and mental health. Upon successful completion of the course, the student is eligible to sit for the competency exam through PearsonVue for listing on the North Carolina Nurse Aide I Registry.

Prerequisites: Reading placement test score or college-level English. Nurse Aide orientation attendance mandatory.

Elizabeth City Campus — hybrid:

Syn Date Days Time Fee Instructor Room
54021 Jan. 7 – April 7 Monday,
Tuesday
5:30 – 9:30 p.m. $237.50 J. Garrett C 123
53962 Jan. 14 – April 9 Tuesday,
Thursday
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. $237.50 D. Boslau C 123
53963 Jan. 15 – April 22 Monday,
Wednesday
5 – 9 p.m. $237.50 C. Baeza C 109
53964 Jan. 18 – May 9 Saturday 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. $237.50 C. Ricks C 123
53966 Fec. 3 – May 18 Monday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. $237.50 M. McGrath C 109

Edenton-Chowan Campus — seated:

Syn Date Days Time Fee Instructor Room
53955 Jan. 13 – March 31 Monday,
Tuesday,
Wednesday
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. $237.50 L. Hudgins 304

Occupational Development Classes

Local Government Finance

ACC 3240A-7001
Elizabeth City Campus — hybrid

The Local Government Finance course is intended to meet the North Carolina Department of State Treasurer standards for the core duties of finance operations in local government units. Topics include overview of local government finance and accounting, GS 159, the role of finance officer, pre-audit and budget processes. This is a hybrid class, meaning you’ll attend in person and online.

Syn Date Day Time Fee Instructor Room
54043 Jan. 14 –
March 31
Tuesday 4:30 – 6 p.m. $125 S. Hill FC 128

Effective Teacher Training

Elizabeth City Campus — hybrid

Recommended training for substitute teachers, teacher assistants and prospective new teachers.

Syn Date Day Time Fee Instructor Room
53674 Jan. 9 –
March 26
meets in classroom
on some Thursdays
6 – 9 p.m. $156
(book included)
L. Figgs A 210,
FC 128

Manicuring

Elizabeth City Campus

The Manicuring/Nail Technology course provides competency-based knowledge, scientific/artistic principles and hands-on fundamentals associated with the nail technology industry. The course provides a simulated salon environment which enables you to develop manipulative skills. Course work includes instruction in all phases of professional nail technology, business/computer principles, product knowledge and other related topics. Supply list included once registered. You must have a high school diploma or GED to take the class.

Date Days Time Fee Instructor Room
Jan. 7 – May 5
(no class April 10 – 17)
Tuesday –
Friday
9 a.m. –
2 p.m.
$180
(Supplies/manicurist kit
must be purchased at the
COA Bookstore
estimated cost of $550)
S. McCoy C 155

Introduction to Plumbing — Residential Basics

PLU 3024A
Elizabeth City Campus

Whether you are a do-it-yourself-er or looking to learn the basics of the plumbing trade, this course will introduce students to the basic of plumbing. Topics will include installation and maintenance of piping, fittings, valves along with tool safety and standard practices in the plumbing industry. Upon completion, students should have basic knowledge of installing and maintaining basic residential plumbing systems, components, and fixtures. This class will consist of classroom work as well as work in the plumbing lab.

Syn Date Days Time Fee Instructor Room
52933 Jan. 7 – Feb. 27 Tuesday, Thursday 6 – 9 p.m. $125 C. Albany C 138H

Driver Improvement Classes

Safe Driver-DDC4 (4 hours)

Elizabeth City Campus

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. You must be preregistered to attend class. You’ll receive a certificate after the class is finished.

Syn Date Day Time Fee Instructor Room
54044 Jan. 15 Saturday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. $75 C. Griffin FC 121B
54234 Feb. 5 Saturday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. $75 C. Griffin FC 121B
54239 March 4 Saturday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. $75 C. Griffin FC 121B

Defensive Driving (8 hours)

Elizabeth City Campus

This eight-hour class is designed to help you understand the connection between choices and consequences, and help you develop a plan to change your driving choices and behaviors. This course is designed for traffic violators and court referrals for drivers with excessive violations, or for drivers with poor driving habits. Price includes workbook. You must be preregistered to attend class. You’ll receive a certificate after the class is finished.

Syn Date Day Time Fee Instructor Room
  Jan. 18 Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. $100 C. Griffin FC 121B
54235 Feb. 22 Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. $100 C. Griffin FC 121B
54240 March 21 Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. $100 C. Griffin FC 121B

Special Interest Classes

Introduction to Beekeeping

Edenton-Chowan Campus

Beekeeping is a complex but rewarding undertaking. This class will give you a basic understanding of what is required to become a successful beekeeper. You’ll learn how to prepare to keep bees, install bees in a hive and care for bees through the first year. One of the important lessons in the class will be how to get support for your beekeeping efforts after the class. Come prepared to be amazed.

Suggested textbook (purchase on your own): Beekeeping for Dummies, 4th Edition.

This course is presented in cooperation with the Beekeepers of Chowan County. For more information, email beekeepersofchowancounty2017@gmail.com.

Syn Date Day Time Fee Room
53771 Jan. 14 – Feb. 11 Tuesday 6 – 8:30 p.m. $45 (cost includes membership
to the Beekeepers Association)
418

Personal Enrichment Classes

Digital Photography

PHO 3001A
Elizabeth City Campus

During this course, you’ll become familiar with techniques, processes and tools of digital photography and get more consistent and satisfactory results. You must bring your own digital camera that has manual controls.

Date Days Time Fee Instructor Room
Feb. 1 – 22 Saturday 9 a.m. – noon $70 E. Tick FC 121A and FC 128

Ceramics Open Studio

CSP 4000CF
Elizabeth City Campus

Open studio allows beginners to advanced students to share space, equipment, and materials to create with clay. Open studio is recommended for those who are familiar with the ceramic process. There’ll be an open studio monitor present to assist in the studio. Please make sure to register prior to the first day of class.

Syn Date Days Time Fee Instructor Room
54057 Jan. 13 – Feb. 19 Monday, Wednesday 9 – 11 a.m. $95 C. Henninger PLAB 1
54158 Feb. 21 – April 1 Monday, Wednesday 9 – 11 a.m. $95 C. Henninger PLAB 1