Two universities directly serve our area. Elizabeth City State University and East Carolina University are both located within commuting distance from the Outer Banks.
Other universities located in nearby Hampton Roads Virginia as well as throughout eastern North Carolina also provide a diverse array of services to area residents.
College of The Albemarle (COA) serves the Outer Banks with locations throughout northeastern North Carolina including a campus in Manteo, one in Elizabeth City, and a third in Edenton. COA is one of 59 member institutions of the North Carolina System of Community Colleges and is dedicated to its mission of providing accessible education, training, and retraining for better jobs and lives.
COA offers something for everyone-from young children to retirees-programs are offered throughout the year to meet the lifelong learning needs of all citizens. A comprehensive community college, COA offers two-year degrees in college transfer and career programs, basic skills programs, continuing education classes for personal enrichment as well as credit, customized business and industry training, and cultural enrichment opportunities including an annual summer program called College for Kids.
Credits earned at COA in curricula leading to the Associate in Arts degree and Associate in Science degree, and some of those leading to the Associate in Fine Arts degree, Associate in Applied Science degree and Associate in General Education degree are transferable to senior colleges and universities for a higher degree. Low in-state tuition rates make college education affordable for virtually every person and family on the Outer Banks. Even at out-of-state rates, an education at COA is one of the best buys in higher education today. Private scholarships, federal financial aid and other forms of student assistance are readily available for those who apply by April 15th each year.
The college's main Dare County campus is located waterside in the town of Manteo on Roanoke Island. It is easily accessible from the North Beaches, Hatteras Island, the mainland, and nearby Currituck communities. A satellite facility, the Driftwood Center, houses English as a Second Language and the college's state-of-the-art pottery studio. The Driftwood Center is located on Manteo's Driftwood Drive.
The 30,000 square foot Dare County campus features two buildings, 17 classrooms, six computer labs, and an 80-seat Information Highway Room in which programs can be offered via satellite or two-way video and audio conference from locations throughout the state. Using this application, the instructor and students can see and talk with each other. This high-tech facility, the Diane Baum St. Clair Technology Education Center, is named after the late, local philanthropist who contributed significantly to the college. Additional funds came from Dare County and the 1993 bond referendum that was supported by community members throughout the state.
The college's state-of-the-art pottery studio at the Driftwood Center was opened in 2003 to support the Professional Crafts: Clay program. Students may earn certificates or a two-year degree focusing on the art of pottery making as well as the business skills needed to help them establish a business from their craft if that is their goal.
Marine Science Technology, the Dare County Campus' newest program offering, is designed to provide students with skills necessary for assisting in estuary and sound research and data collection and analysis. This program also provides a solid educational foundation for students seeking to pursue a higher degree in marine sciences.
In January 2004, COA's Dare County Campus started its Center for Learning in Retirement, which features classes designed for those 50 years of age and older. These classes have no tests and no papers-they simply offer learning for the love of learning. Classes are taught FOR seniors BY seniors in a daytime program.
COA's Dare County campus offers outstanding instruction from talented faculty members during convenient day and evening courses. A number of courses are available through distance education for those seeking an even more flexible schedule.
In addition to the on-campus curriculum programs, the college offers on-going adult continuing education classes at locations throughout the Outer Banks. Classes are available for continuing education credits as well as in personal enrichment subjects from computer classes to marine captain license classes. Newest course offerings include jewelry making.
If you're looking for resource materials to help with a small business, COA's Small Business Center (SBC) is the place to turn. Excellent books, videos, audiotapes, and CD-ROMs are available as are consultations and training seminars. Co-sponsored by the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce, these seminars are usually held in the spring and fall and focus on topics such as customer service, marketing, employment laws, OSHA regulations, time management, sales training, e-commerce, and more. Workshops teaching basic computer skills and training on selected computer software packages are also offered. These courses provide hands-on learning experiences with small class sizes and can be customized by request. For information about upcoming programs, call the Chamber office at (252) 441-8144, ext. 229 or COA's Small Business Center at 252-335-0821, ext. 2223 or 2231.
College of The Albemarle is committed to meeting the educational and training needs of citizens in Dare County and throughout northeastern North Carolina. To learn more about specific programs and services of the college, call the Dare County Campus at 252-473-2264 or visit the college's website at www.albemarle.edu.
COA is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097; Telephone number 404-679-4501) to award associate degrees. In addition, comprehensive programs are offered in Basic Skills, Continuing Education, Business & Industry Training, and Cultural Enrichment.
COA Dare Campus 2005
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