Community colleges in North Carolina have been providing
basic skills opportunities for adults throughout the state since 1964. Even today, adults
18 years and older who lack basic skills can enroll in classes to:
- Acquire the reading, writing, and mathematics skills
needed to get or advance in a job.
- Meet requirements for getting into vocational training
- Study to pass the General Educational Development (GED)
tests, nationally recognized certification of high school equivalency.
- Gain basic skills for entry level employment.
- Learn the skills needed to become a productive member of
society and a smarter consumer.
- Learn English as a Second
- Prepare for United States citizenship.
The Basic Skills' programs of the North Carolina
Community College System are offered at over 2,500 sites throughout the state. Beaufort
County Community College offers over 25 classes in Beaufort, Hyde, and Tyrrell counties.
Programs focus on developing academic competencies as well as the fundamental skills necessary for tomorrow's jobs.
Some of the skills include: listening, critical thinking, problem solving,
negotiating and organizing.
Adult Basic Education (ABE) and General Educational
Adults with less than a high school education or adults who wish to improve academic achievement may enroll in classes scheduled at a variety
of times and places. Students performing from non-reader through eighth grade will start
at their own level of proficiency and will be allowed to proceed at their own speed
until they achieve their goals. Those students performing on the high school level will review
high school materials, including mathematics, reading, writing skills, science and social
studies, preparing them to take the General Education Developmental (GED) tests.
College & Career Readiness
Classes are offered on an 8-9 week basis for students who wish to accelerate their achievement. These classes provide career exploration hands on training & college transition instruction along with GED preparation. Attendance in these programs is required and students may enroll during the 1st week of each 9 week session. Two sessions are offered each semester. Two six-week sessions are offered in the summer.
English as a Second Language (ESL)
English as a Second Language is designed for adults who want to learn the English language
skills necessary to function effectively in an English-speaking environment.
Basic Skills Lab
This lab is designed to help Basic Skills students in reading, composition, and
mathematics. Students may study to obtain or to improve scores on a GED. The lab is also
available to anyone who would like to learn English as a Second Language or upgrade academic skills. The Basic Skills Lab is located in Building 8. The hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Tuesday and
Wednesday evenings from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Assessments are done by
Basic Skills Plus
Classes are offered concurrently with Career Pathway classes to allow students to work on their GED while also working toward various career credentials. Students may qualify for participation if they do not yet have a GED or high school diploma and score at least adult secondary low level on placement test.
A program to provide
adults with intellectual disabilities with skills to become more
independent and self-directed and to meet and manage community,
social, work, and personal adult responsibilities.