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Elizabeth City Area Continuing EducationCOA – Elizabeth City, Edenton-Chowan & Currituck

Workforce Development and Career Readiness Department

Browse College of The Albemarle’s (COA) continuing education class schedules for Elizabeth City, Edenton-Chowan and Currituck.

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


Continuing Education Class Schedules

Last updated: May 10, 2021

2021 Summer Camps for Kids

Summer Hip Hop

CSP-4000CP-7001

COA – Elizabeth City: Performing Arts Center

Ages Dates Days Time Fee Instructor Room
14 and up June 8 – Aug. 3
(no class July 19 – 22)
Tuesday, Thursday 7 – 8 p.m. $125 M. Schierer D 139

Snoof Summer Camp

COA – Elizabeth City: Performing Arts Center

Activities include:

  • Playing theatre games
  • Designing and building your own Snoof puppet
  • Learning how to bring your Snoof to life with tailored warmups and exercises
  • Rehearsing and performing a Snoof-tastic Summer Spectacular, featuring songs, dance and stories
  • Making new friends!

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Register Ages Dates Time Fee Location
252-335-0821 ext. 2250 2nd – 12th grade June 21 – 24 1 – 4 p.m. $75 D building

Kid’s College Summer Camp

CSP-4000SC-7001

COA – Elizabeth City

Give your child the opportunity to “try out” college, do some career exploration and participate in hands-on learning activities at COA – Elizabeth City. Call 252-335-0821 ext. 2250 to register — space is limited.

Syn Ages Dates Time Fee Room
58722 10 – 12 July 19 – 22 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. $95 FC 121A

Driver Improvement Classes

Safe Driver (4 hours)

Online

Online Defensive Driving training is available to students when pre-approved by DA in the area ticket was received. Please contact 252-335-0821 ext. 2250.

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 Fee Instructor
TBA TBA Wednesday $75 TBA

COA – Elizabeth City

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. Fee includes textbook.

  • No prior motorcycle and or knowledge is needed
  • A motorcycle endorsement or permit is not required
  • This course is physically demanding
  • Motorcycles, Department of Transportation approved helmets (we’ll have a limited supply of loaner helmets if you don’t have your own) and training manuals are provided
  • Students must wear an approved helmet, over-the-ankle footwear, long pants, a long-sleeved shirt or jacket, full-fingered gloves, and protective eyewear at all times during training

Pre-registration, at least three days prior to the beginning of the class is required. Seats are limited to 10 students per course.

Note: Students are required to bring their own face mask, helmet, gloves and drinks/snacks.

Syn Date Days Time Location Fee Instructor
58408 July 16 – 18 Friday:
Saturday, Sunday:
6 – 10 p.m.
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
FC 128
parking lot D
$162 T. Shunk and
J. Shunk
58973 Aug. 13 – 15 Friday:
Saturday, Sunday:
6 – 10 p.m.
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
FC 128
parking lot D
$162 G. Wyman
58975 Aug. 27 – 29 Friday:
Saturday, Sunday:
6 – 10 p.m.
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
FC 128
parking lot D
$162 G. Wyman

MSF: Experienced Rider Course

COA – Elizabeth City

Syn Date Day Time Location Fee Instructor
58405
canceled
TBA Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. parking lot D $75 G. Wyman

Certification Classes

COA – Edenton-Chowan

To enroll for classes, please bring all required enrollment materials with you to registration.

  1. Must be at least 18 years old
  2. Must have a valid driver’s license
  3. Obtain or hold a valid CDL Class A Permit — this must be a current permit that will not expire during the program. This must be presented at registration.
    • CDL Class A Permits may be obtained at your local DMV office that is open for testing. This is a written test that consists of general knowledge from the manual on the NCDMV website. Attention should be given to sections 1,2,3,5 and 6.
  4. DOT Drug Screen Results to be presented at registration. Negative results are required for registration and the screen must be within 30 days from the day of the test to the day of registration. Negative results are also required to remain enrolled. Students will be subject to random drug screening throughout the duration of the course per NCDOT and NCDMV laws. Please allow plenty of time for testing. COA currently uses SAFE-T Works as our testing site locally. However, a student is able to use any licensed testing center that provides DOT certified drug screen results.
  5. Must pass a DOT physical — only acceptable on the DOT Form 5875 and 5876. This physical must be completed within six months of the date of your class. This physical examination may be obtained from a DOT approved outpatient clinic, urgent care center or doctor’s office. Bring your DOT physical forms and medical card to registration.
  6. Obtain a NC-DMV driving record not more than three months prior to the start of class. We need an Uncertified Complete History obtainable from the DMV in Raleigh or online through the NC DOT website. Any of the following violations within four years of the start of class will prohibit a person from entering the program:
    • Driving while impaired (DWI)
    • Careless and reckless driving
    • Hit and run
    • Refusal to take a chemical test

NOTE: Items to consider before entering the class and career field. Employers may require regular drug screening and criminal background check. Other key requirements they consider for hire:

  • No “careless or reckless” or “hit and run” violations in last two years
  • No license suspensions
  • No drug possession charges in last two years
  • No DWI or DUI charges in the last five years
Information Session/Mandatory Orientation

The next Truck Driver Training information session/orientation will be held Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 6 p.m. in COA – Edenton-Chowan, room 420. To sign up, please email Samantha Williams at samantha_williams33@albemarle.edu.

Syn Date Days Time Fee Instructor Room
58785 May 10 – July 16 Monday –
Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. $575
(includes books
required for
the course)
S. Breon 418

Forklift

OSH-3013B-2701
COA – Currituck

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.

Syn Date Days Time Fee Instructor Room
58888 May 19 and 20 Wednesday,
Thursday
5 – 9 p.m. $75 J. Stolarczyk ATTC 120

Escort Vehicle Operator

COA – Edenton-Chowan

To become certified, escort drivers must attend this eight-hour Department of Transportation (DOT) Escort Vehicle Operator course and a four-hour Defensive Driving course held at the COA – Elizabeth City. Upon satisfactory completion of both courses, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will issue a certificate to you at no charge.

Syn Date Days Time Fee Instructor Room
58908 June 15 Tuesday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. $70 J. Surles EDN4: 420

NC Vehicle Inspection

COA – Elizabeth City

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
58906 May 18 and 20 Thursday 6 – 10 p.m. $70 J. Nixon FC 121A

Notary Public

COA – Elizabeth City

This course is designed to enable you to become a certified Notary Public.

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

*Students must provide a current state or federal picture identification for admission to the class. The ID must be a valid (not expired) ID with a picture of the face and either signature or physical descriptors or both. Temporary licenses will not be accepted.
**Students must possess their own personal copy of the Notary Public Manual.

North Carolina General Statutes (NCGS)

NCGS 10B-5(b) provided the following requirements to be commissioned as a Notary Public in North Carolina:

  1. Be at least 18 years of age;
  2. Reside or have a regular place of work or business in this State;
  3. Reside legally in the United States;
  4. Speak, read and write the English language;
  5. Possess a high school diploma or equivalent;
  6. Pass the course of instruction described in this Article, unless the person is a licensed member of the North Carolina State Bar;
  7. Purchase and keep as a reference the most recent manual approved by the Secretary that describes the duties and authority of notaries public;
  8. Submit an application containing no significant misstatement or omission of fact; and
  9. No criminal record.

If you have questions about eligibility for being commissioned as a Notary in North Carolina, call the Secretary of State Notary Public Section at 919-807-2219 before you register to have your questions answered.

Syn Date Days Time Fee Instructor Room
57529 May 8 Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. $70 D. Gatling FC 121A
58824 May 29 Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. $70 J. Avens FC 121A
58810 June 12 Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. $70 D. Gatling FC 121A
58825 June 26 Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. $70 J. Avens FC 121A
58811 July 10 Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. $70 D. Gatling FC 121A
58812 Aug. 14 Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. $70 D. Gatling FC 121A

Medical and Health Occupation Classes

Medication Aide

PHM-4100a-7001

This course will cover topics on medication administration for long-term care. It’s designed to meet the training requirements to become a Medication Aide. Upon successful completion, you’ll be eligible to take the state competency exam. The Medication Aide Manual can be purchased at the COA – Elizabeth City bookstore.

Prerequisites
  1. You must have a high school diploma or GED and you must be CNA certified to take the state exam
  2. Testing/Reading requirements: High school diploma/GED or Reading placement test score or college-level English with a 10th-grade reading level, or CASAS score of “244 – 248” (maximum of two tests, at least seven days apart, within 90 days, then recommend remediation prior to testing again for a third try)

 
COA – Elizabeth Cityseated:

Syn Date Days Time Fee Instructor Room
57770 May 20 – June 3 Thursday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. $85 M. Bohn C 109
57771 Aug. 2 – 11 Monday,
Wednesday
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. $85 L. Hudgins C 109

COA – Elizabeth Cityhybrid

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
  • Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) test: a score of “4” on the applied math section
  • CASAS score of “241” or higher
Syn Date Days Time Fee Instructor Room
57768 April 8 –
May 27
(seated dates:
April 15 and 29,
May 13 and 27 —
remaining online)
Thursday noon – 5 p.m. $195 A. Pierce FC 128
57769 June 10 –
July 29
(seated dates:
June 17, July 1,
15 and 29 —
remaining online
Thursday noon – 5 p.m. $195 A. Pierce FC 128

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.

Prerequisites
  1. You must be a certified healthcare worker (CNA, LPN, RN, EMT, etc.) or currently enrolled in one of these programs
  2. Testing/Reading requirements: High school diploma/GED or Reading placement test score or college-level English with a 10th-grade reading level, or CASAS score of “244 – 248” (maximum of two tests, at least seven days apart, within 90 days, then recommend remediation prior to testing again for a third try)

 
COA – Elizabeth Cityseated:

Syn Date Days Time Fee Instructor Room
57715 July 28 –
Aug. 11
Wednesday,
Thursday
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. $140 A. Brindle C 109

COA – Edenton-Chowanseated:

Syn Date Days Time Fee Instructor Room
TBA TBA Thursday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. $140 M. Rodriguez 304

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. Fee includes online book.

Prerequisites
  1. You must have a high school diploma/GED or successfully complete a reading placement test score or college-level English with a 10th-grade reading level, or CASAS score of “244 – 248” (maximum of two tests, at least seven days apart, within 90 days, then recommend remediation prior to testing again for a third try)
  2. You must also attend the Nurse Aide mandatory orientation.

 
COA – Elizabeth Cityhybrid:

Syn Dates Days Time Fee Instructor Room
57427
full
March 15 –
May 19
Monday,
Wednesday
8 a.m. – 3 p.m. $237.50 M. McGrath
57778
full
May 4 –
July 15
Tuesday,
Thursday
9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. $237.50 D. Boslau C 113
57776
full
May 10 –
July 14
Monday,
Wednesday
3 – 9:30 p.m. $237.50 M. McGrath C 123
58991 May 18 –
July 22
Tuesday,
Thursday
3 – 9:30 p.m. $237.50 M. McGrath C 113
57773
full
May 19 –
July 16
Monday,
Wednesday
8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. $237.50 J. Willis C 109
58837
full
May 21 –
July 23
Friday,
Saturday
8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. $237.50 J. Folwick C 109

COA – Edenton-Chowanseated:

Syn Dates Days Time Fee Instructor Room
57775
full
May 3 –
July 14
Monday,
Wednesday
9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. $237.50 L. Hudgins 306

Nurse Aide II

COA – Elizabeth Cityseated

The Nurse Aide II course prepares graduates to perform more complex skills for patients or residents. A skill evaluation is required for documenting student competency. The course includes class, laboratory and clinical learning experiences. Upon satisfactory completion of the course and competency evaluation, the graduate is eligible to apply for listing as a Nurse Aide II by the North Carolina Board of Nursing. In all employment settings, the listed Nurse Aide II will work under the direction and supervision of licensed personnel. Book required.

Prerequisites: You must have a Nurse Aide I Certification and attend the mandatory Nurse Aide orientation.

Syn Date Days Time Fee Instructor Room
57774 May 10 –
July 14
Monday,
Tuesday,
Wednesday
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. $237.50 M. Bohn C 123

Nurse Aide Refresher

COA – Elizabeth Cityseated

Prerequisites: You must meet one or more of the following requirements:

  • Current or previous listing on North Carolina’s or another state’s Nurse Aide I Registry within the past five years
  • Completion of a state-approved Nurse Aide I training program within the past two years
Syn Days Date Time Fee Instructor Room
58909 Tuesday,
Thursday
July 20 – Aug. 12 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. $125 L. Hudgins C 123

Occupational Development Classes

Effective Teacher Training

EDU-3002A-7001

COA – Elizabeth Cityblended

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

Syn Date Days Fee Instructor Room
58805 June 3 –
Aug. 19
Face-to-face dates:
Thursday, 6 – 9 p.m.
(June 3 and 10, July 8, and Aug. 12 and 19)
$156
(includes books)
L. Figgs TBD

COA – Elizabeth Cityblended

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. Limited to 10 students.

Requirements

Manicuring students must:

  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Attend orientation
  • Bring their Social Security card to the first day of class
  • Bring a state-issued identification or Driver’s License to the first day of class

Syn Date Days Time Fee Instructor Room
58141
full
May 17 – July 30 Tuesday – Thursday
(face-to-face)
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
(30-minute lunch break)
$180 S. McCoy C 155

Intro to Residential Wiring

ELC-3119A-7001

COA – Elizabeth City

Installing electrical wiring is an integral part of an electrician’s job. This course will cover topics including theory, terminology, safety, codes, and circuits. The course will take a hands-on, lab-based approach and focus on residential wiring.

Syn Date Days Time Fee Instructor Room
58880 June 1 – Aug. 5 Tuesday,
Thursday
5:30 – 9 p.m. $185 TBA C 138H

Basic Welding

COA – Elizabeth City

Course content will be specific to SMAW (stick) with an introduction to GMAW (MIG) and FCAW (flux-core) welding. Students will participate in question-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 basic knowledge of various industry standards.

Personal items required for the Welding program include a welding helmet (auto-darkening is a plus), safety glasses, earplugs, tip cleaners, welding jacket with leather sleeves, steel-toed leather boots (with high sides) and welding gloves.

Syn Date Days Time Fee Seat Cap Instructor Room
TBA TBA Tuesday,
Thursday
6 – 9 p.m. $175
(earns FTE and will
include a book)
10 C. Wertz C 138

Human Resources Development (HRD)/Job Skills

Introduction to Basic Computers

COA – Elizabeth Citytraditional/seated

You’ll 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.

Syn Date Days Time Fee Instructor Room
58777 May 18 – June 10 Tuesday,
Thursday
5 – 8 p.m. $70 R. Jackson FC 208

Personal Enrichment Classes

Painting: Watercolor

CSP-4000D-7004

COA – Elizabeth City

Let’s Get Started and Have Fun with Watercolor is a course for the intermediate and beyond students. This course provides an introduction, as well as a review of, the basics in painting with watercolor. It focuses on materials and techniques as a foundation to create luminous watercolor paintings. Emphasis will be placed on helping each participant to further develop a creative and individual style of painting. Beginners are welcome.

Syn Date Days Time Fee Instructor Room
57815 April 8 – May 27 Thursday 1 – 4 p.m. $70 P. West C 222

Painting: Acrylic and Mixed Media

COA – Elizabeth City

This course is a painting survey course where participants will have the opportunity to explore several mediums in the creative and painting process, including painting, collage and mono-print. This course will also focus on acrylic techniques. You’ll have the flexibility in the subjects they depict. A supply list will be given on the first day of class.

Syn Date Days Time Fee Instructor Room
57463 March 16 – May 11
(no class April 4)
Tuesday 9 a.m. – noon $70 M. Sawyer C 222

Wheel Throwing

COA – Elizabeth City

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 six students.

Syn Date Days Time Fee Instructor Room
57797 April 27 – June 3 Tuesday,
Thursday
8:30 – 10:30 a.m. $105 J. Murray PLAB
57798 June 8 – July 15 Tuesday,
Thursday
8:30 – 10:30 a.m. $105 J. Murray PLAB

Open Studio Ceramics

COA – Elizabeth City

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. This class is limited to six students.

Syn Date Days Time Fee Instructor Room
58875 April 26 – June 2 Monday,
Wednesday
9 – 11 a.m. $105 C. Henninger PLAB
58876 MW, 9 am – 11 am; MW (June 7 – July 7), F (July 9) $105 C. Henninger PLAB

Introduction to Beekeeping

COA – Edenton-Chowan

Syn Date Days Time Fee Instructor Room
TBA TBA Tuesday,
Thursday
6 – 8:30 p.m. $45
(local/state Bee Association Membership included)
Presented in cooperation with Beekeepers of Chowan County 420