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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.

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COA – Elizabeth City
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.


Continuing Education Class Schedules

Last updated: March 23, 2020

Driver Improvement Classes

Safe Driver-DDC4 (4 hours)

COA – Elizabeth City

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 Time Fee Instructor Room
54044 Jan. 15 Wednesday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. $75 C. Griffin FC 121B
54234 Feb. 5 Wednesday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. $75 C. Griffin FC 121B
54239 March 4 Wednesday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. $75 C. Griffin FC 121B
54701 April 15 Canceled Wednesday 5 – 9 p.m. $75 C. Griffin FC 121B

Defensive Driving (8 hours)

COA – Elizabeth City

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 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
54240 March 21 Canceled Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. $100 C. Griffin FC 121B
54702 April 25 Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. $100 C. Griffin FC 121B

Motorcycle Safety

CCSP 4000M
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

Please preregister three business days prior to the start of the course. Seats are limited to 10 students per course.

Syn Date Days Time Location Fee Instructor
54573 March 6 – 8 Friday:
Saturday, Sunday:
6 – 10 p.m.
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
FC 128
parking lot D
$162 G. Wyman
54577 March 20 – 22 Canceled Friday:
Saturday, Sunday:
6 – 10 p.m.
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
FC 128
parking lot D
$162 J. Shunk
54829 May 15 – 17 Friday:
Saturday, Sunday:
6 – 10 p.m.
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
FC 128
parking lot D
$162 T. Shunk

Certification Classes

Forklift — Canceled

OSH 3013B
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
54155 March 20 and 27 Friday 1 – 5 p.m. $70 J. Stolarczyk ATTC 120

Escort Vehicle Operator (8 hours)

AUT 3003A
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
54584 Jan. 23 Thursday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. $70 J. Surles EDN3 316
54588 April 9 Canceled Thursday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. $70 J. Surles EDN3 316

NC Vehicle Inspection (8 hours)

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
54294 Feb. 4 and 6 Tuesday, Thursday 6 – 10 p.m. $70 J. Nixon FC 121A
54626 April 7 and 9 Canceled 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
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
54439 March 7 Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. $70 J. Avens FC 121A
54564 April 11 Canceled Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. $70 D. Gatling FC 121A
54565 May 9 Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. $70 D. Gatling FC 121A
54566 June 6 Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. $70 J. Avens FC 121A

Medical and Health Occupation Classes

Medication Aide

PHM 4100A
COA – Elizabeth Cityseated

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.

Syn Date Days Time Fee Instructor
54548 April 20 – 22 Canceled Monday,
Tuesday,
Wednesday
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. $85 L. Hudgins
54890 July 20 – 29 Monday,
Wednesday
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. $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 Room
54052 Feb. 6 –
March 26
Thursday noon – 5 p.m. $195 A. Pierce FC 128

Phlebotomy

MLA 3022A
COA – Elizabeth Cityseated

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.

Syn Date Day Time Fee Instructor
55574 Aug. 4 – 6 Tuesday,
Wednesday,
Thursday
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. $85 L. Brindle

Healthcare Billing and Coding

MED 3030A
COA – Elizabeth Cityhybrid

This course will prepare you for entry-level healthcare coding and billing positions. Course topics can include but are not limited to the roles and responsibilities of this position, managed healthcare, and the life cycle of an insurance claim. Legal and regulatory considerations, coding regulations, reimbursement issues, and claim instructions, medical terminology, filing commercial claims, insurance plans, Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare, and Workers’ Compensation will also be covered. Upon completion, students should be able to use Microsoft Windows and the internet to effectively retrieve billing-related information and updates. This class is a hybrid class. We’ll meet on Tuesdays and will also have assignments online.

Prerequisites: You must score the minimum requirements on the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) test. The $30 CRC fee may be waived if you’ve earned a minimum of an associate degree.

Syn Date Day Time Fee Instructor
54961 May 19 – July 20 Tuesday 6 – 8 p.m. $180
(book required)
R. Walker

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
55462 Monday,
Wednesday
April 1 – June 24 Canceled
Clinical: June 1 – 17 Canceled
4 – 9:30 p.m.
3 – 11 p.m.
$237.50 J. Willis
55474 Wednesday,
Thursday
April 29 – July 9
Clinical: June 17 – July 2
9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
$237.50 M. McGrath
54922 Monday,
Wednesday
May 6 – July 20
Clinical: June 24 – July 13
3:30 – 9 p.m.
3 – 11 p.m.
$237.50 C. Baeza
54923 Tuesday,
Thursday
May 7 – July 16
Clinical: June 23 – July 9
9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
$237.50 D. Boslau
54975
(accelerated)
Monday,
Wednesday,
Saturday
May 16 – July 6
Clinical: June 22 – July 1
8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
(Monday,
Wednesday,
Friday,
Saturday)
$237.50 TBA

COA – Edenton-Chowanhybrid:

Syn Days Dates Time Fee Instructor
54892 Monday,
Wednesday
May 4 – July 15
Clinical: June 24 – July 14
8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
(Monday,
Tuesday,
Wednesday)
$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.

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

Syn Days Date Time Fee Instructor
54978 Monday,
Tuesday,
Wednesday
May 18 – July 21
Clinical: June 23 – July 20
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
$237.50
(book required)
C. Ricks

Occupational Development Classes

Local Government Finance

ACC 3240A-7001
COA – Elizabeth Cityhybrid

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

EDU 3002A
COA – Elizabeth Cityhybrid

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
54619 April 23 –
July 2
meets in classroom
on some Thursdays
6 – 9 p.m. $156
(book included)
L. Figgs A 210,
FC 128

Manicuring

COS 3101A
COA – Elizabeth City

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.

Requirements

Manicuring students must:

  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Attend orientation (the date will be announced)
  • 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
54774 May 11 – Aug. 6 Monday –
Thursday
9 a.m. –
4 p.m.
$180
(Supplies/manicurist kit
must be purchased at the
COA Bookstore
estimated cost of $677.50)
S. McCoy C 155

Introduction to Plumbing: Residential Basics — Canceled

PLU 3024A
COA – Elizabeth City

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

Basic Welding

WLD 3106J
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.

Prior to the first night of class, you’ll need to purchase the following personal safety items and supplies: welding helmet (auto-darkening is a plus), safety glasses, earplugs, tip cleaners, welding jacket with leather sleeves, steel toe leather boots (with high sides) and welding gloves.

Syn Date Days Time Fee Instructor Room
54438 March 3 – April 9 Tuesday, Thursday 6 – 8:30 p.m. $175 C. Werts C 128

Human Resources Development (HRD)/Job Skills

Introduction to Basic Computers — Canceled

COA – Elizabeth City

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. May be fee waived.

Syn Date Days Time Fee Instructor Room
54346 Feb. 10 – March 4 Monday,
Wednesday
5 – 8 p.m. $75 R. Jackson FC 128

Personal Enrichment Classes

Digital Photography I

PHO 3001A
COA – Elizabeth City

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

Digital Photography II

COA – Elizabeth City

Take your photography to the next level. You’ll learn all about exposure, shooting modes, focusing and much more. So, join us and take the next step beyond fully automatic shooting. Regardless of how basic or advanced your camera, the principles taught in this class are universal and useful no matter what type of camera is being used. Required: Please bring your camera and its manual to class.

Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of using your camera on the manual setting and/or have taken our Digital Photography I course.

Syn Date Days Time Fee Instructor Room
55573 April 18 – May 9 Saturday 9 a.m. – noon $70 E. Tick FC 121A and FC 128

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
54500 Feb. 6 – April 8 Thursday 9 a.m. – noon $80 P. West C 222

Painting: Acrylic and Mixed Media — Canceled

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
52671 March 17 – May 12 Tuesday 9 a.m. – noon $70 M. Sawyer C 222

Wheel Throwing Ceramics

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 eight students.

Syn Date Days Time Fee Instructor Room
54283 Feb. 26 – April 3 Wednesday:
Friday:
12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
9 – 11 a.m.
$95 J. Murray PLAB 1

Ceramics Open Studio

CSP 4000CF
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.

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