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College Catalog 2008-2010

Continuing Education

Overview of Continuing Education

Continuing Education is organized to help fulfill the otherwise unmet educational needs of the community as they are identified or anticipated. It provides opportunities for adults, regardless of educational backgrounds, to retrain and update themselves in employment, develop leadership and civic responsibility, improve in-home and community life, expand knowledge in general education, and develop creativity in the fine arts.

The Continuing Education Division awards the Continuing Education Unit (CEU) for appropriate programs. The CEU is a nationally recognized records device for substantive noncredit learning experiences. A CEU is defined as "10 hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship and qualified instruction or direction." The following are continuing education programs for which CEU's may be earned:

Community Service programs are offered as a part of the commitment of the college to serve the total community. Offered on day or evening basis, these courses are designed to meet the educational needs of adults in a variety of areas.

Occupational Extension programs provide preemployment, on-the-job, and in-service training of personnel for area businesses and industries. Occupational extension courses have been or can be developed for any industrial training need, which can be addressed in a classroom or lab environment. These courses may be offered "on site" or at one of the college's three campuses. Course content can be tailored to meet a particular company's needs. A group of at least 10 people is required. Public Service Education programs provide courses to meet the training needs of area law enforcement, emergency services, and fire departments.

Basic Skills Program

The mission of the Basic Skills Program is to assist adults to become literate and obtain the knowledge and skills necessary for employment and self-sufficiency, assist adults who are parents to obtain the educational skills necessary to become full partners in the educational development of their children, and assist adults in the completion of a secondary school education. The North Carolina Community College System provides educational opportunities for adults to improve their reading, writing, mathematics, and communication skills through the following major program components:

  1. Adult Basic Education: Adult Basic Education is offered to individuals, 16 years of age or older, who have been out of school at least six months and who desire to improve basic skills in reading, writing, arithmetic, and related subjects. Classes are offered on a non-fee basis in both the day and evening programs at sites throughout Chatham, Harnett, and Lee counties. The intent is to raise the educational standards of individuals to meet the demands of today's world.

    Individuals are tested, counseled, and placed in informal classes where they may progress in each subject area at their own individual rate.

  2. High School Completion Programs
    • Admission: Anyone 16 years of age or older, who has been out of school at least six months, may enroll in the General Educational Development (GED) Program or the Adult High School Diploma Program.
    • Purpose of Programs: The General Educational Development (GED) or High School Equivalency Program and the Adult High School Diploma Program provide the opportunity for adults to complete their high school education. Upon completion of the program of their choice, students receive certificates from either the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges or diplomas from the local school board of the county in which they reside.

      A high school diploma or certificate is required for admission to colleges, vocational or technical schools, and for certain employment. Graduates who complete either of the adult high school programs will meet all the requirements for high school completion.
      1. General Educational Development (GED): The GED program allows an adult to take a series of tests to demonstrate that he has attained the basic skills of the high school graduate without having attended four years of regular high school. The GED includes a test in each of the five general areas of learning: writing skills, social studies, science, reading skills, and mathematics. The tests determine an individual's ability to think clearly and evaluate information critically.

        Preparation for the GED - Adults can prepare for the examination by attending one of the classes at sites throughout the three-county service area of Chatham, Harnett, and Lee counties. Each student is evaluated and an educational plan is devised.

        There is no required length of time that an individual has to study for the test. A pretest is required to determine the individual's test readiness. GED tests are given on the Chatham, Harnett, and Lee campuses. A $7.50 fee is required for the GED testing.

      2. Adult High School Diploma: A student may earn units of credit and receive a diploma that is issued from a local school board. The number of credits to be earned is determined after an evaluation of the transcripts from all previously attended schools. Credit for each course is earned through the use of traditional and nontraditional methods of instruction in the Continuing Education classes organized in Chatham, Harnett and Lee counties.

  3. Compensatory Education: The compensatory education program is designed to meet the needs of developmentally challenged adults over the age of 17. The abilities of those served range from prekindergarten through high-functioning. The program offers educational opportunities that allow them to reach their fullest potential. They are trained in essential life skills, from personal hygiene to cooking. They receive enrichment education with crafts, arts, and music. Community living, consumer education, and vocational education are also an important part of their training.
  4. English as a Second Language (ESL)/English Literacy: English as a Second Language is a program of instruction designed to help adults who are limited English proficient achieve some level of competence in speaking, reading, listening, and writing the English language. The Workforce Investment Act of 1998 also refers to English as a Second Language programs as English Literacy programs.

Small Business Centers

CCCC's award-winning Small Business Centers provide confidential one-on-one business counseling, referrals, business resources, and programs offering an extremely broad range of short courses and seminars that deal with business operations and management.

Training is provided for individuals who are starting a business or operating an ongoing business. Professional and personal development courses are also offered.

A special focus of assistance and loan referral is maintained and the centers specialize in assisting entrepreneurs with planning and financial preparation.

There is an SBC in each of the three counties the college serves. The Chatham County SBC is located in Building #1 on the Chatham Campus in Pittsboro. The Harnett County SBC is in the Triangle South Enterprise Center (TSEC) on Magnolia Road, in Dunn. The Lee County SBC is located at the Dennis A Wicker Civic Center, at the southeast corner of the college's Lee Campus.

Additionally, the SBCs work in conjunction with other services in the three-county service area, such as the USDA IRP business loan program, business incubator facilities, and business and civic alliances.

Industrial Relations Office

There are three types of training that are generated and administered through the Industrial Relations Office of CCCC. The primary purpose is to provide customized training resources to local industries in Lee, Harnett, and Chatham counties. Trainees earn CEUs for completion of courses.

  1. New and Expanding Industry Training (NEIT): The New and Expanding Industry Training (NEIT) program is available for those industries creating 12 or more jobs in one community in one year, either as the result of a new location or expansion of an existing facility. The level of assistance is determined by the total number of new jobs created, their skill and wage levels, and the total amount of capital investment by the company. NEIT projects are developed jointly with the industry on a proposal basis and submitted for approval to the NCCCS, then administered through the local college at no cost to the company. NEIT projects can vary from one to three years in length.
  2. Focused Industry Training (FIT): Focused Industry Training (FIT) is a special program of the NCCCS for the state's existing manufacturers. FIT uses individualized needs assessments and consultation to design and implement targeted, customized training for incumbent workers whose jobs are changing because of technological or process advances. Training is developed jointly by the community college and the participating industry.
  3. Customized Industry Training (CIT): The Customized Industry Training (CIT) program provides the flexibility to meet the retraining needs for existing business organizations. The program augments the services of the NEIT and FIT programs when their current guidelines do not apply. Allocations are made on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the NCCCS president with the recommendation of the vice president of Economic and Workforce Development. CIT works much like NEIT projects in that it is at no cost to the industry and is administered by the local college; however, the duration of a CIT project is 18 months.