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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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2021 Continuing Education Class Schedules

Last updated: Aug. 4, 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
TBA TBA Wednesday $75 TBA

Attitudinal Dynamics of Driving (8 hours)

COA – Elizabeth Citytraditional/seated

This 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 Location
TBA TBA Saturday 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. TBA C. Griffin FC 128

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
58973
full
Aug. 13 – 15 Friday:
Saturday, Sunday:
6 – 10 p.m.
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
FC 128
parking lot D
$162 J.Shunk
T.Shunk
58975
full
Aug. 27 – 29 Friday:
Saturday, Sunday:
6 – 10 p.m.
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
FC 128
parking lot D
$162 J.Shunk
T.Shunk
59181 Sep. 10 – 12 Friday:
Saturday, Sunday:
6 – 10 p.m.
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
FC 128
parking lot D
$162 J. Shunk
G. Wyman
59187 Oct. 8 – 10 Friday:
Saturday, Sunday:
6 – 10 p.m.
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
FC 128
parking lot D
$162 G.Wyman
T. Shunk
59194 Oct. 22 – 24 Friday:
Saturday, Sunday:
6 – 10 p.m.
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
FC 128
parking lot D
$162 J. Shunk
T. Shunk
59259 Nov. 5 – 7 Friday:
Saturday, Sunday:
6 – 10 p.m.
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
FC 128
parking lot D
$162 T. Shunk
J. Shunk

MSF: Experienced Rider Course

COA – Elizabeth City

Syn Date Day Time Location Fee Instructor
59195 Oct. 16 Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. parking lot D $75 J. Shunk
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

Our next orientation date will be announced soon.

Syn Date Days Time Fee Instructor Room
59106 July 26 – Sep. 30 Monday –
Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. $575
(includes books
required for
the course)
S. Breon 418
59314 Oct. 12 – Dec. 17 Monday –
Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. $575
(includes books
required for
the course)
S. Breon 418

Forklift

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
59277 Aug. 25 and 26 Wednesday,
Thursday
4 – 8 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
TBA TBA TBA 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. $70 J. Surles 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
59219 Aug. 31 and Sep. 2 Tuesday, Thursday 6 – 10 p.m. $70 J. Nixon FC 121 A

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
58812 Aug. 14 Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. $70 D. Gatling FC 121A
59163 Aug. 28 Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. $70 J. Avens FC 121A
59094 Sep. 11 Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. $70 D. Gatling FC 121A
59095 Oct. 9 Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. $70 D. Gatling FC 121A
59096 Nov. 13 Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. $70 D. Gatling FC 121A
59097 Dec. 11 Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. $70 D. Gatling FC 121A

Medical and Health Occupation Classes

EKG/Cardiovascular Technician/Monitor

COA – Currituckhybrid

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
59028 Sep. 14 – Nov. 4 Tuesday,
Thursday
9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. $195 J. Willis

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
  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
57771
full
Aug. 2 – 11 Monday,
Wednesday
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. $85 L. Hudgins C 109

COA – Edenton-Chowantraditional:

Syn Date Days Time Fee Instructor Room
59247 Nov. 29 – Dec. 8 Monday,
Tuesday,
Wednesday
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. $85 L. Hudgins 305

COA – Currituckhybrid:

Syn Date Days Time Fee Instructor Room
59017 Dec. 6 – 15 Monday,
Wednesday
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. $85 J. Willis TBA

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
59190 Aug. 19 –
Oct. 7
(face-to-face dates:
Aug. 26, Sep. 9 and 23, Oct. 7)
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-Chowantraditional:

Syn Date Days Time Fee Instructor Room
59191 Sep. 23 – Oct. 28 Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. $140 M. Rodriguez 304

COA – Curritucktraditional:

Syn Date Days Time Fee Instructor Room
59193 Nov. 2 – 18 Thursday 4 – 9 p.m. $140 M. McGrath 205

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
59014
full
Aug. 20 –
Dec. 10
Friday:
Friday clinical:
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
$237.50 J. Garrett TBA
59013
full
Aug. 24 –
Nov. 18
Tuesday, Thursday:
Tuesday, Thursday clinical:
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
$237.50 D. Boslau TBA
59011
full
Aug. 25 –
Dec. 1
Monday, Wednesday:
Monday, Wednesday clinical:
5 – 9 p.m.
2 – 10 p.m.
$237.50 C. Baeza TBA
59297 Sep. 14 –
Nov. 23
Tuesday, Thursday:
Clinical:
4 – 9 p.m.
1 – 10 p.m.
$237.50 J. Folwick TBA

COA – Currituckhybrid:

Syn Dates Days Time Fee Instructor Room
59016 Sep. 8 –
Dec. 1
Monday, Wednesday:
Monday, Wednesday clinical:
9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
$237.50 J. Willis TBA

COA – Edenton-Chowantraditional:

Syn Dates Days Time Fee Instructor Room
59015
full
Aug. 30 –
Nov. 16
Mon, Tue, Wed:
Clinical:
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
7 a.m. – 3 a.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
TBA TBA 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

COA – Elizabeth Cityblended

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

Syn Dates Days Fee Instructor Room
58805 June 10 –
Aug. 26
Face-to-face dates:
Thursday, 6 – 9 p.m.
(June 10, July 8, Aug. 12, Aug. 19 and Aug. 26)
$156
(includes books)
L. Figgs TBD

COA – Elizabeth Cityhybrid

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, Aug. 5, 2021 at 11 a.m.
COA – Elizabeth City, room FC 121A

Syn Date Days Time Fee Instructor Room
59230 Aug. 23 – Dec. 14 Tuesday – Thursday 2 – 7 p.m. $180 S. McCoy C 155

Intro to Residential Wiring

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
canceled
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

HRD Employability/Job Skills

NC Works Career Center
111 Jordan Plaza
Elizabeth City, NC

Dates Time Instructor Register
Aug. 12
Aug. 26
Sep. 9
Sep. 23
Sep. 30
10 a.m. – noon NC Works Register prior to class by calling 252-621-6350 or 252-335-0821 ext. 2250, or you may register in class

COA – Edenton-Chowan

Dates Time Instructor Register
Aug. 5
Aug. 19
Sep. 2
Sep. 16
10 a.m. – noon NC Works Register prior to class by calling 252-335-0821 ext. 2250, or you may register in class

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
TBA TBA Tuesday,
Thursday
5 – 8 p.m. $70 R. Jackson FC 208

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
59278 Sep. 16 – Nov. 18 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
59159 Sep. 21 – Nov. 9 Tuesday 1 – 4 p.m. $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
57799 July 20 – Aug. 26 Tuesday,
Thursday
8:30 – 10:30 a.m. $105 J. Murray PLAB
59110 Aug. 31 – Oct. 7 Tuesday,
Thursday
8:30 – 10:30 a.m. $105 J. Murray PLAB
59111 Oct. 12 – Nov. 18 Tuesday,
Thursday
8:30 – 10:30 a.m. $105 J. Murray PLAB
59112 Nov. 30, 2021 –
Jan. 13, 2022
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
59113 Aug. 30 – Oct. 6 Monday,
Wednesday
9 – 11 a.m. $105 C. Henninger PLAB
59114 Oct. 11 – Nov. 17 Monday,
Wednesday
9 – 11 a.m. $105 C. Henninger PLAB
59115 Nov. 22, 2021 –
Jan. 12, 2022
Monday,
Wednesday
9 – 11 a.m. $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