For residents of Tarboro and Rocky Mount who are looking for an extensive and helpful community college experience, the location of two different campuses of Edgecombe Community College is a serious advantage. An affordable and accredited institution, this college offers the opportunity to earn an associate’s degree in a number of different subjects, as well as certificates in other areas, including those devoted more towards the advancement of technical skills.
Whether learning on-campus, off-campus, or as part of a continuing education program, their courses are broken up into four different departments. There is the Department of Arts and Sciences, the Departments of Business and Technologies, and the Health Sciences Department. Certain programs in these departments also involve courses off-campus at other North Carolina community colleges, but for the most part, classes take place in either Rocky Mount or Tarboro.
A wide variety of programs are available for students depending on their area of interest. Those who want to help others in some way often enroll to earn their AA degrees in Nursing, Medical Assisting, Manicuring/Nail Technology, Radiography, Surgical Therapy, and Respiratory Therapy. For those whose interests and mentality tends to shift more towards technology, there are associate degrees to earn in Industrial Systems Technology, Human Services Technology, Health Information Technology, Esthetics Technology, and Criminal Justice Technology. Other popular courses of study include Accounting, Computer Information Technology, and Early Childhood Education.
ECC also offers the chance to learn hands-on skills that can be immediately applied towards a career. Whether it is Automotive Body Repair, Automotive Systems Technology, Dental Assisting, or Cosmetology, there are plenty of options available that will also lead to more immediate job placement as well as a fulfilling career out in the workforce.
Most Popular Fields of Study
Students interested in attending can ask the office of admissions for more information on various programs before completing an application. The application must then be turned into the Student Services office in either Tarboro or Rocky Mount. Students must also remember to submit their official high school transcript or GED scores, and those transferring from another community college should also submit their official college transcript if interested in earning credit for previous courses taken. Certain courses of study require placement tests, which can be taken at either the Rocky Mount or Tarboro campus. Most of the time, scheduling your test date a couple of months in advance is best. For those who have taken the ACT or the SAT, it is sometimes possible to use theses scores in lieu of placement tests.
As college in all of its forms can get quite expensive, Edgecombe understands the need for a bit of financial assistance in completing one’s degree. Loans, grants, and work are all available for students who qualify for aid. It is also possible to earn Federal Pell Grants as well as receive aid as part of the FAFSA program. In fact, after you decide to attend, the best thing for you to do is fill out the FAFSA form immediately so that there is no delay in your aid. If the financial aid process gets to be a bit overwhelming, someone in the college’s financial aid office is always available to help you.
Students come to the college from all different backgrounds. Some are starting college for the first time and intend on completing their four-year education off-campus after earning their associate’s degree, while others are interested in learning specific skills to start a new career. This means that their students are of all different ages each with their own specific goals in mind. Some have previously attended college, many are just starting their college career, while others might be more lifelong learners or nontraditional students.
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Intramural sports are possible for students attending ECC, though often it is more rewarding to find out which student organizations on campus organize pick-up games of soccer, basketball, and baseball. In both Rocky Mount and Tarboro, there are often community leagues as well.