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Elizabeth City 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.


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: Nov. 30, 2020

Driver Improvement Classes

Safe Driver (4 hours)


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
56644 Nov.18 Wednesday $75 TBA

Defensive Driving (8 hours)

COA – Elizabeth Citytraditional/seated

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 Location
56643 Nov. 14 Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. $100 C. Griffin FC 128

Motorcycle Safety

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
57373 Nov. 6 – 8 Friday:
Saturday, Sunday:
6 – 10 p.m.
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
FC 128
parking lot D
$162 J. Shunk

Certification Classes

Truck Driver Training (384 hours)

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 screen must be within 30 days from the day of test to 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.
  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
57282 Nov. 9, 2020 –
Jan. 27, 2021
Monday –
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. $575
(includes books
required for
the course)
S. Breon 418

FAA Part 107: Commercial Drone (UAS) Pilot Exam Training (24 hours)

COA – Currituck

The FAA now requires all commercial drone pilots to pass a certification test to pilot a UAS (unmanned aerial system). This course prepares students for the test with classroom instruction and actual drone flight experience. Participants are encouraged to bring their own drone to the flight portion of the course. You’re required to bring the book Gleim Remote Pilot FAA Knowledge Test Prep — 2nd Edition ($19.95).

The test is offered separately through CATS testing centers.

Syn Date Days Time Fee Instructor Room

NC Vehicle Inspection (8 hours)

AUT 3129A
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
57469 Dec. 8 and 10 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 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 Bookstore at COA – Elizabeth City or may be purchased through the Secretary of State website.

Syn Date Days Time Fee Instructor Room
56447 Nov. 14 Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. $70 D. Gatling FC 121A
57432 Dec. 12 Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. $70 D. Gatling FC 121A
56464 Dec. 19 Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. $70 J. Avens FC 121A
57464 Jan. 9, 2021 Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. $70 D. Gatling FC 121A
57466 Feb. 13, 2021 Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. $70 D. Gatling FC 121A

Medical and Health Occupation Classes

EKG/Cardiovascular Technician/Monitor

COA – Elizabeth Cityhybrid

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 or college-level English with a grade of “C” or better.

Syn Date Days Time Fee Instructor
57362 Jan. 13 – March 5, 2021 Wednesday,
9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. $195 J. Willis

Medication Aide

PHM 4100A

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
56033 Dec. 5 – 19 Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. $85 M. Bohn

COA – Edenton-Chowanseated:

Syn Date Days Time Fee Instructor
56027 Nov. 9 – 18 Monday,
8 a.m. – noon $85 L. Hudgins

Pharmacy Technician

PHM 3250A

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 Day Time Fee Instructor
56030 Oct. 22 – Dec. 17 Thursday noon – 5 p.m. $195 A. Pierce


MLA 3022A

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 Day Time Fee Instructor
56026 Dec. 3 – 10 Wednesday,
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. $85 L. Brindle

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. Fee includes online book.

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

COA – Elizabeth Cityhybrid:

Syn Days Dates Time Fee Instructor
57364 Tuesday,
Jan. 12 – April 15, 2021 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. $237.50 D. Boslau
57365 Monday,
Jan. 25 – April 28, 2021 5 – 9 p.m. $237.50 C. Baeza
57366 Tuesday,
Feb. 9 – May 6, 2021 5 – 9:30 p.m. $237.50 TBD
Registration opens
Jan. 1, 2021
March 15 – May 19, 2021 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. $237.50 M. McGrath

COA – Edenton-Chowanseated:

Syn Days Dates Time Fee Instructor
57363 Monday,
Jan. 19 – April 13, 2021 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. $237.50 L. Hudgins

Nurse Aide II

NUR 3241C
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 Days Date Time Fee Instructor
57374 Wednesday,
Jan. 22 – May 7, 2021 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. $237.50 C. Ricks

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
56035 Monday,
Nov. 30 – Dec. 9 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. $125 L. Hudgins

Occupational Development Classes

Effective Teacher Training

EDU 3002A
COA – Elizabeth Cityhybrid

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

Syn Date Day Time Fee Instructor Room

Manicuring (330 hours)

COS 3101A
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.


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, Dec. 10, 2020 at 10 a.m.
COA – Elizabeth City, room FC 111

Syn Date Days Time Fee Instructor Room
56994 Jan. 12 – May 13, 2021 Tuesday, Thursday 2 – 6 p.m. $180 S. McCoy C 155

Introduction to Plumbing: Residential Basics (48 hours)

PLU 3024A-7001
COA – Elizabeth City

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 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
57000 Jan. 12 – Feb. 18 Tuesday, Thursday 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. $130 C. Albany C 138H

Basic Welding (30 hours)

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
6 – 9 p.m. $175
(earns FTE and will
include a book)
10 C. Wertz C 138

Personal Enrichment Classes

Painting: Watercolor

CSP 4000D
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
TBD TBD 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
57462 Jan. 12 – March 2, 2021 Tuesday 9 a.m. – noon $70 M. Sawyer C 222
57463 March 16 – May 11, 2021
(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
57423 Dec. 1, 2020 –
Jan. 7, 2021
8:30 – 10:30 a.m. $105 J. Murray PLAB
57425 Jan. 12 –
Feb. 18, 2021
8:30 – 10:30 a.m. $105 J. Murray PLAB
57426 Feb.23 –
April 1, 2021
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
561499 Nov. 23 – Dec. 30 Monday,
9 – 11 a.m./noon – 2 p.m. $95 C. Henninger PLAB