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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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Continuing Education Class Schedules

Last updated: Feb. 24, 2021

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
57816 March 17 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
57755 March 12 – 14 Friday:
Saturday, Sunday:
6 – 10 p.m.
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
FC 128
parking lot D
$162 G. Wyman
57756 March 26 – 28 Friday:
Saturday, Sunday:
6 – 10 p.m.
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
FC 128
parking lot D
$162 J. Shunk and
T. Shunk
58401 April 9 – 11 Friday:
Saturday, Sunday:
6 – 10 p.m.
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
FC 128
parking lot D
$162 G. Wyman and
T. Shunk
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

MSF: Experienced Rider Course

COA – Elizabeth City

Syn Date Day Time Location Fee Instructor
58405 May 22 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
Syn Date Days Time Fee Instructor Room
57600 Feb. 15 –
April 22
Monday –
Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. $575
(includes books
required for
the course)
S. Breon 418

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
57751 April 6 – 8 Tuesday, 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
57526 March 13 Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. $70 D. Gatling FC 121A
58072 March 27 Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. $70 J. Avens FC 121A

Medical and Health Occupation Classes

Medication Aide

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: You must have a high school diploma or GED and you must be CNA certified to take the state exam.

COA – Elizabeth Cityseated:

Syn Date Days Time Fee Instructor Room
57770 May 17 – 20 Monday,
Tuesday,
Wednesday,
Thursday
8:15 a.m. – 2:45 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
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: You must be a certified healthcare worker (CNA, LPN, RN, EMT, etc.) or currently enrolled in one of these programs.

COA – Elizabeth Cityseated:

Syn Date Days Time Fee Instructor Room
57714 April 20 –
May 4
Tuesday,
Thursday
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. $140 M.Rodriguez C 123
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
57713 March 4 –
April 1
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: Reading placement test score or college-level English. Nurse Aide orientation attendance mandatory.

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 May 4 –
July 15
Tuesday,
Thursday
9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. $237.50 D. Boslau C 113
57776 May 10 –
July 14
Monday,
Wednesday
3 – 9:30 p.m. $237.50 M. McGrath C 123
57773 May 19 –
July 16
Monday,
Wednesday
8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. $237.50 J. Willis C 109

COA – Edenton-Chowanseated:

Syn Dates Days Time Fee Instructor Room
57775 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
9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. $237.50 C. Ricks C 123

Occupational Development Classes

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

Mandatory Orientation:
Thursday, April 14, 2021
12 p.m.
COA – Elizabeth City, room FC 128

Syn Date Days Time Fee Instructor Room
58141 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

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
57517 Feb. 16 –
March 18
Tuesday,
Thursday
6 – 9 p.m. $175
(earns FTE and will
include a book)
10 C. Wertz C 138

Personal Enrichment Classes

Painting: Watercolor

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. $80 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
57603 March 16 –
April 22
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
57602 March 15 – April 26 Monday,
Wednesday
9 – 11 a.m. $105 C. Henninger PLAB

Introduction to Beekeeping

COA – Edenton-Chowan

Syn Date Days Time Fee Instructor Room
58515 March 16 – 30 Tuesday,
Thursday
6 – 8:30 p.m. $45
(local/state Bee Association Membership included)
Presented in cooperation with Beekeepers of Chowan County 420