The underlying philosophy of the Martin Community College Division of Continuing Education is that learning is a lifelong process. Education does not stop with the completion of formal schooling but continues throughout life. The MCC Division of Continuing Education offers courses to address the life-long learning needs of our adult population in the community.
Continuing education programs at MCC offer opportunities for people currently employed to upgrade their skills. There are also a number of training programs in such areas as fire fighting, law enforcement (e.g., BLET), basic skills, and emergency medical services (EMS).
Any adult 18 years of age or older, or an individual between the ages of 16 and 18 who has officially withdrawn from high school, is eligible to enroll in continuing-education courses. High school students, 16 years of age or older, are permitted to enroll under the MCC dual-enrollment policy with approval from the appropriate public-school officials. Contact your local school counselor for additional information.
If you have met these requirements, then you are ready to begin the admissions process.
Pre-registration is required for continuing-education extension courses. To pre-register for courses in the Williamston area, contact the MCC Division of Continuing Education; for courses in the Windsor area, contact the MCC Bertie Campus.
Students register for extension courses at the first class meeting. Basic Skills courses follow an open-enrollment procedure that allows students to enroll at any time.
Times and Locations
Many MCC continuing-education courses and services are provided on the main MCC campus in Williamston, North Carolina and/or the Bertie Campus in Windsor, North Carolina. Additional courses are taught at off-campus sites in the College's service area. Classes may be organized when a sufficient number of students indicate a need or interest in having a class brought to a particular location.
Times of courses vary as they are offered. For more information about the times or locations of classes, see the Continuing-Education Class Schedule.
MCC offers a range of programs to continue your education. The following are the main areas of continuing education at MCC:
- Basic Skills: the mission of Basic Skills program is to assist adults to become literate and obtain the knowledge and skill 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. Educational opportunities are provided in reading, writing, mathematics, and communication skills through five major program components:
- Adult Basic Education (ABE): the major objectives of the programs are to enable adults to acquire the basic educational skill necessary to be fully competent in our society, to improve their ability to benefit from occupational training, to have greater opportunities for more productive and profitable employment, and to meet their own objectives for enrolling in the program. Classes focus on fundamental skills such as reading, writing, speaking, computing, critical thinking, and problem solving.
- High School Equivalencies (GED) Diploma: this program consists of classroom instruction, lab, distance learning, course, or a combination of these instructional methods and is designed to qualify a student to demonstrate a passing score on the General Educational Development Diploma from the State Board.
- English as a Second Language (ESL): this program is designed for limited-English proficiency adults whose primary language is not English. The purpose of the program is to help students who need to improve their speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in the English language so that they may be able to further their education, achieve their goal of citizenship, and/or obtain employment.
- Basic Life Skills: this program is designed for adults with intellectual disabilities, who were formerly referred to as "adults with mental retardation." The program also serves adults functioning on a level equivalent to intellectual disabilities resulting from brain injury. The program is highly individualized and fosters a maximum level of independent living commensurate with one’s personal ability. Instruction is offered in math, language, social science, health, community living, consumer education, and vocational education.
- Workforce Continuing Education: this selection provides short-term, non-credit course offerings for individuals seeking to gain new and/or upgrade current job-related skills:
- Occupational extension training can be offered as a single course or colleges may bundle a series of courses and offer students a certificate of completion leading to recognized credential (licensure, certification, renewal, registry listing, or continuing education units).
- The Human Resource Development (HRD) program provides skill assessment services, employability skills training, and career development counseling to unemployed and underemployed adults. These courses address six core components as follows: 1) assessment of an individual’s assets and limitations: 2) development of a positive self concept; 3) development of employability skills; 4) development of communication skills; 5) development of problem-solving skills; and 6) awareness of the impact of information technology in the workplace.
Fees and Charges
Some continuing-education courses are free, while others require a nominal charge for admittance. The fee schedule is as follows:
- Basic Skills classes: no fee
- High School Equivalency (GED) test: $80.00
- Community-service courses: $35.00 and up
- Registration fees for occupational courses vary according to the length of the class, as follows:
- 1 to 24 hours: $70.00
- 25 to 50 hours: $125.00
- 51+ hours: $180.00
- Fees for self-supporting courses are determined by the content and length of each class and are paid by all students; there are no exemptions.
- HRD courses adhere to the same fee structure as occupational courses. However, some individuals enrolling in HRD courses may qualify for a fee waiver. Contact the MCC Division of Continuing Education to see if you qualify.
- Volunteer firemen, local fire department personnel, volunteer and local rescue and life-saving department personnel, and local law-enforcement officers are exempt from paying a registration fee when enrolling in work-related training programs.
- Additional supply fees are required for certain classes. For example, Nurse Aide students and BLET students must purchase required uniforms.
All fees are subject to change by act of the North Carolina General Assembly.
Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
Continuing education, occupational-extension courses may carry Continuing-Education Units (CEUs) credit. The CEU is a uniform standard of measurement for participation in non-credit, occupational courses. CEUs are awarded on the basis of one CEU per ten-contact (class) hours. The MCC Division of Continuing Education maintains a permanent record on each student who takes a continuing-education course. The records are available to students upon request. Students needing a transcript should contact the MCC Division of Continuing Education.
Certifications, Licenses, and Other Recognitions
College credit is not awarded for completion of continuing-education courses; however, certificates of completion are awarded for completion of some courses. Diplomas, certifications, licenses, or other forms of recognition are awarded by certain agencies outside the College for successful completion of specially designated courses.