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College of The Albemarle
Test Drive

COA – Currituck

"Test Drive" COA!

You wouldn’t buy a car without a test drive. Why commit to a new career without one?

Eight out of ten students go to college without a real idea of what they want to study, and about one third of students change their major at least once. That can add up to a lot of wasted time and money. Doesn’t it make more sense to try a few things out before you make a decision? So, if you’re looking to get started in a new career that’s hands-on and in demand, check out College of The Albemarle’s (COA) “Test Drive” program to be held March 16 through 18 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at COA – Currituck. During this three-evening event, you’ll experience three different programs that can take you from College to Career in two years or less.

Test Drive Program

Get in the Driver’s Seat!

Computer-Aided Drafting Technology

Learn the basics of using computer software to develop item designs that can be produced for industry and consumer products. Prototypes will be 3-D printed to illustrate the practical applications of this exciting career.

Computer Aided Drafting Technology program

Computer Integrated Machining

Learn to operate both traditional and CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machines to take a part from schematic to finished product. You’ll explore this high-tech, hands-on career in our state-of-the-art shop and experience the satisfaction of a completed project.

Computer Integrated Machining program

Aviation Systems Technology

Learn the basics of riveting and sheet metal — key components of repairing aircraft structures. You’ll also learn how COA’s Aviation Systems Technology program can lead to a FAA certification.

Aviation Systems Technology program

Forklift Operator Certification

As an added bonus, those who complete the Test Drive and qualify (18 years old and up and have a valid driver’s license) can return for a free, two-night Forklift Operator Certification course. This comprehensive, hands-on program covers all aspects of forklift training and is OSHA compliant:

March 22 and 23, 2021
5 – 9:30 p.m.
COA – Currituck
Dinner break: bring your own meal


Contact Michelle Waters at or 252-335-0821 ext. 2407.

Sign Up for Our Industrial Technology Program Test Drive

The Test Drive program welcomes adults and high school seniors.

Date and Time

March 16 – 18, 2021
5:30 – 9 p.m.


COA – Currituck
107 College Way
Barco, NC

During the dinner break, COA will provide meals.




    The Test Drive program is presented in partnership with NC Works and the Northeastern Workforce Development Board.
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