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Occupational Extension

Occupational extension courses are specifically designed to provide training that leads to employment, to upgrade the skills of persons presently employed, or retraining for new employment in a different occupational field. These courses may be offered exclusively by the college or in cooperation with business and industry. Occupational extension courses cover a range of topics including, but certainly not limited to, the following topics: fire service, emergency medicine, law enforcement, truck driving, driving safety training, industrial maintenance technician, and a variety of other types of technical and employment-related training. The Division is constantly seeking to meet the certification needs for professional workers; therefore new courses are added periodically. Please call to inquire if the training you seek is not listed.

Pre-employment Training

A number of pre-employment training courses are available though the Human Resources Development Program.  These classes are specifically designed to enhance the skill levels of persons who are unemployed, underemployed and those facing an impending layoff.  The courses we offer include Career Planning and Employability Skills, Basic Keyboarding and Computer Applications, Clerical and Medical Office Skills, Home Care Companion and Introduction to Health Care Careers. Training for the Career Readiness Certification is also available through the HRD Program.

Healthcare Related Programs

Greatest in demand are courses which prepare individuals for work in the health care field. Offerings include Nurse Aide, Phlebotomy, Pharmacy Technician, EKG Technician, Veterinary Technician, Healthcare Billing and Coding,  and emergency medical courses which include Emergency Medical Responder, EMT Basic, EMT Intermediate, and Paramedic Courses. Medical courses are considered “limited enrollment,” which requires that candidates apply for admission and meet established criteria to enroll.

Law Enforcement, Fire and Emergency Respsonders Training

Training classes which meet state certification requirements are typically provided as occupational extension courses. Law enforcement in-service training requirements are outlined in the Administrative Code 12 NCAC 09E. The Code requires that every law enforcement officer certified by the Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission must receive 24 hours of in-service training annually. The Criminal Justice and Sheriff’s Education and Training Standards Commission approved additional training requirements which were implemented January of 2009. The division also offers Detention Officer Training and courses in support of the Juvenile Justice Training Program.

NC Community Colleges provide in-service training to over 90% of our State’s firefighters. NCDOI Certification classes for Firefighters I & II, Rescue Technician, Driver Operator, and Emergency Vehicle Operator will maintain their normal schedules posted at each department. Emergency Medical Services continuing education classes follow the schedules posted at each department. Initial training for Emergency Responders, EMTs and Paramedics is available at various locations throughout the county.

Continuing Education classes are open to students age 18 and above. Students should note that if they register for the same course more than twice within a five-year period they will be charged the full cost of the course which they have taken twice. Students shall be primarily responsible for monitoring course repetitions; however, the college shall review records and charge students the full cost for courses taken more than twice. Please note that the repetition rule applies to all Occupational training classes. If you think that you may have taken the same course within a five year period, ask the staff member registering the class to check this before you register in order to avoid additional costs for the class.

Occupational extension Tuition Fees:

0-24 hours
25-50 hours
51 or more hours


For additional information,
call Continuing Education at 592-7176, extension 4001 or 4003

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