Short term training is a great way to get started in a new career or enhance your existing skills. College of The Albemarle’s Workforce Development and Career Readiness division (formerly Continuing Education) offers a host of classes and programs that can get you started or advance your career opportunities.

Manicuring/Nail Technology

Come learn the scientific and artistic principles associated with the nail technology industry, and get hands-on experience in a simulated salon. Course work includes all phases of professional nail technology, business and computer principles, and product knowledge. Graduates of this 16-week certificate program will be prepared to take the exam required for licensure and qualify for employment in beauty and nail salons, as a platform artist and in related businesses. This program is offered at COA’s Elizabeth City Campus.


The unmanned aircraft industry is creating great career opportunities within real estate and commercial based photography. “Drones: An Introduction” is a 16-hour class that can initiate opportunities in this growing field. In addition to practice time with actual drones, you’ll learn about local and FAA regulations, weather factors, flight safety, airmanship and aeronautical decision-making. Film editing and outputting of still and video photography are also included. This class is offered at COA’s Dare County Campus.

Pharmacy Technician

As a pharmacy technician you can play an important role in helping people regain and maintain their health. This course gives students the basic knowledge and skills required to work as a technician in a drug store or other pharmacy under the supervision of a registered pharmacist. Course topics covered include drug classification, packaging and labeling, dispensing procedures, controlled substance procedures, anatomy and physiology as they relate to disease management. This 12-week program is offered at COA’s Edenton-Chowan Campus.

Nurse Aide I

This course prepares graduates to provide personal care and perform basic nursing skills for the elderly and other adults. The 11-week course includes class, laboratory and clinical learning experiences. A skill/competency evaluation is required. Clinicals will be held off campus and are full eight-hour days. Upon satisfactory completion of the course and evaluation, the graduate is eligible to apply for listing on the NC Nurse Aide I Registry. The program is a blended class, meaning part of the coursework is completed online while some instruction is completed on campus. Class location varies each semester.

Nurse Aide II

Graduates in the Nurse Aide II course learn to perform more complex skills for patients or residents. A skill evaluation is required for documenting student competency. The 12-week course includes class, laboratory and clinical learning experiences. Upon satisfactory completion of the course and evaluation, the graduate is eligible to apply for listing as a Nurse Aide II by the NC Board of Nursing. Students in this course must be currently listed on the NC Nurse Aide I Registry. Nurse Aide II is offered at every campus location on a rotating schedule and there is a Nurse Aide pathway diploma option for students who wish to continue their education.


Students will learn the basics of heating and air conditioning in this course.  A mix of hands-on lab work as well as theory and simulated systems will be taught.  The course covers the fundamental physics of heating and cooling in addition to the technological considerations in heating and cooling equipment.  The class includes the certification exam that has an additional fee to be paid to the State Board of Refrigeration when the test is taken.   Offered at COA’s Dare County Campus, the class is completed in one semester and residents of Dare County may be eligible for scholarships.

Marine Diesel Engine Repair I

This course introduces theory, design, terminology and operating adjustments for marine diesel engines.  Upon completion, students should be able to measure, diagnose problems and repair marine diesel engines.  Additionally, students will be introduced to preliminary fabrication, parts ordering and inventory, and shop/lab best practices.  The class is held in Manns Harbor and can be completed in one semester.

Basic Welding

Students in the Basic Welding course will learn content specific to SMAW (stick) with an introduction to GMAW (mig) and FCAW (flux-core) welding.  Question and answer sessions will be incorporated with hands-on work to gain basic knowledge in the setup and operation of various power sources that operate these processes.  This 30-hour course meets one night a week for one semester.  The class is offered at COA’s Dare County Campus and residents of Dare County may be eligible for scholarships.


Phlebotomy classes provide theory and clinical experiences needed for the proper collection of blood and other specimens used for diagnostic testing.  Emphasis is placed on ethics, medical terminology, legalities, safety and universal precautions, anatomy and physiology, and specimen collection.  Upon completion, students can safely perform procedures necessary for specimen collections on patients in various healthcare settings and may be eligible for national certification as a phlebotomy technician.  This 13-week class consists of class/lab and clinical hours.

Hospitality and Tourism

Thanks to the beautiful beaches of the Outer Banks and the charm of the small towns surrounding them, tourism is one of the largest industries in our area. Through College of The Albemarle’s Hospitality and Tourism program, you’ll prepare for a career focused on ensuring visitors to our area have the vacation of a lifetime.

In just 6 months you’ll learn vital technical and customer service skills to make you an important part of the team at a hotel, vacation rental agency or property management company.

The Hospitality and Tourism program at COA begins with essential classes that include basic computer skills, customer service for the hospitality industry, being an ambassador for the area and quality property care.

Students can then go on to earn certifications in:

  • Reservations
  • Housekeeping
  • Maintenance

This Workforce Development and Career Readiness program is offered at our Dare County Campus. And thanks to our many local partners, graduates qualify for priority interviews and better starting pay. Dare County residents may qualify to attend for free.

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