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Career Pathway ProgramsCollege & Career Readiness

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Program Overview

College of The Albemarle’s (COA) Career Pathways programs will help you explore your talents and passions, and discover a meaningful, satisfying career or college path that taps into your full potential.

College and Career Readiness

Today, approximately 63 percent of jobs require some college education and training. COA’s College and Career Readiness (CCR) program will help you accelerate your learning by earning your General Education Diploma or Adult High School Diploma while also earning your Career Pathway Certificate, Curriculum/Workforce Development and Career Readiness Certificate.

Programs include:

  • Free High School Equivalency Diploma or Adult High School classes
  • The ability to waive up to 12 credits while enrolled in the High School Equivalency, Adult High School, Workforce Development and Career Readiness certificate programs
  • Free assistance with college preparation
  • Free Career Readiness certification preparation and testing
  • Academic support, tutoring and advisement
  • Scholarship assistance may be available

Accelerating Transitions Career Pathway Programs

Aviation Maintenance Technology Program

  • Certificate in Basic Sheet Metal or Advanced Sheet Metal
  • Offered only at COA – Currituck
CAD Program

  • Certificate, diploma, AAS degree
Culinary Arts Program

  • Certificate or diploma (National Industry certificate: ServSafe)
Early Childhood Education Program

  • North Carolina industry certificate: with completion of EDU 119
  • Certificate, diploma, AAS degree
Nurse Aide Assistant I Program

  • North Carolina state certification exam
Welding Technology Program

  • Certificate or diploma
  • National industry AWS certification exam


Seating is limited so register early.

When you register, please supply your:

  • Social Security card
  • State-issued photo identification (or passport or military identification)


If you’re a qualifying minor (age 16 or 17), please have your parent/legal guardian complete and sign our Minor Application for Admission. This release form is for students who do not attend Pasquotank County Public Schools (PCPS). If you’re a PCPS student, contact Kevin Sawyer at 252-335-0042.

Please have your Minor Application for Admission notarized.