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College of The Albemarle and Beaufort County Community College Partner to Expand Student Opportunities

Elizabeth City, NC — College of The Albemarle (COA) is proud to announce new Instructional Service Agreements (ISAs) with Beaufort County Community College (BCCC), opening exciting educational and career pathways for students in both areas. ISAs allow students to take general education course requirements at their “home” college and then easily transfer to the partner college to complete program-specific courses. These partnerships enhance COA’s and BCCC’s commitment to providing diverse, high-quality educational opportunities that lead to successful careers.

“These new ISAs and our existing transfer agreements emphasize our commitment to student success and workforce development,” said Dr. Jack Bagwell, President of College of The Albemarle. “As a regional education and workforce training provider in Northeastern North Carolina, our partnership with Beaufort County Community College enhances our ability to serve our communities. By collaborating with BCCC, we are expanding educational and career opportunities for students, providing them with the education and skills necessary for ‘Better Skills. Better Jobs. Better Future.’ We are dedicated to equipping our students with the knowledge and experiences they need to thrive in their careers and contribute to the economic vitality of our region.”

Sandra Bates, COA Aviation Systems Technology Graduate

The latest agreements between the two colleges include:

  • Boat Manufacture and Service – Boat Construction Diploma – Offered at BCCC
    Focused on the intricate craft of boat building, this diploma program offers hands-on training in boat construction techniques, ensuring graduates are ready to meet industry demands​​. To learn more about BCCC’s Boat Manufacture and Service – Boat Construction Diploma, visit
  • Culinary Arts Diploma – Offered at COA – Edenton-Chowan
    This program equips students with essential culinary skills, preparing them for various roles in the food service industry. The curriculum covers fundamental techniques, menu planning, and food safety standards​​. To learn more about COA’s Culinary Arts program, visit
  • Aviation Systems Technology Associate of Applied Science (AAS) – Offered at COA – Currituck
    This comprehensive program trains students in the maintenance and repair of aviation systems, combining theoretical knowledge with practical experience to prepare for careers in the aviation industry​​. To learn more about COA’s Aviation Systems Technology program, visit
  • Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration (HVAC) Technology Diploma – Offered at COA – Dare and COA – Edenton-Chowan
    This program provides specialized training in HVAC systems and prepares students for technical roles in the installation, maintenance, and repair of heating, cooling, and refrigeration systems​​. To learn more about COA’s HVAC program, visit

“We are very pleased to accept qualified College of The Albemarle (COA) students into our boat manufacture and service program and open new opportunities for our students with COA in areas such as aviation, culinary arts, and heating and air,” said Dr. Dave Loope, Beaufort CCC President. “Our students are ambitious, and they want to work in positions that feel exciting and purposeful. We are happy to collaborate with COA to connect them to their chosen career aspirations.”

These agreements represent just a portion of the transfer and educational opportunities available to COA students. Our extensive network includes transfer agreements with institutions across North Carolina and beyond, offering pathways in various fields of study:

  • The University of North Carolina System: COA students can transfer to multiple campuses, including Appalachian State, East Carolina University, Elizabeth City State University, UNC Chapel Hill, and others, in disciplines ranging from Nursing and Engineering to Fine Arts and Early Childhood Education​​.
  • North Carolina Independent Institutions: Agreements with colleges such as Barton College, Belmont Abbey College, and High Point University offer seamless transitions for COA graduates​​.
  • Regional Partnerships: Collaborations with Mid-Atlantic Christian University, Old Dominion University, and Virginia Wesleyan extend opportunities for students pursuing degrees in Nursing, Business Administration, and Medical Laboratory Science​​.


About College of The Albemarle

As a regional community college for Northeastern North Carolina, College of The Albemarle fosters educational excellence and is the heart of the communities we proudly serve. With a rich and expansive history, COA offers accessible, high-quality education to students across Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Pasquotank and Perquimans counties. Our four campuses, strategically located throughout the region, reflect our commitment to student success. At COA, we empower individuals, transforming lives and shaping the future of our region. Discover your potential with College of The Albemarle, where education meets opportunity.

About Beaufort County Community College

Beaufort County Community College is a comprehensive public community college located in Washington, N.C. Beaufort CCC is dedicated to providing high-quality education, workforce training, and lifelong learning opportunities to the residents of Beaufort, Hyde, Tyrrell, and Washington Counties. The college offers a wide range of associate degree programs, diplomas, and certificates across various fields of study, ensuring that students are well-prepared for successful careers or further education. Through the Beaufort Promise Scholarship, the college covers tuition and fees for all college credit courses and 50+ hour certification courses through the Division of Continuing Education for qualifying residents of its four-county service area.