High School Equivalency Program

Starting college, changing careers, or fulfilling requirements to enter the workforce can be exciting and rewarding when students are equipped with the tools for success. The Adult Education Program at Coastal Carolina Community College (CCCC) offers three comprehensive programs that are designed to help students at various levels gain the basic skills they need to become career and college ready.

  • Adult Basic Education (ABE)
  • Adult Secondary Education (ASE)
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)

Adults and qualifying minors (ages 16 or 17) may enroll in any of these programs. Qualifying minors must complete the “Petition for the Admission of a Minor Applicant” form. ABE and high school equivalency classes are offered through managed enrollment for all on-campus classes. Classes and labs are provided at no cost both on and off campus. New students are encouraged to register and attend the Orientation for Personal Educational Needs (OPEN) to reserve their seat in a class. Skill assessments are required for registration and are provided during OPEN orientation. Pre-registration is completed on campus Monday–Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., in the Academic Studies Center located in the Kenneth B. Hurst Continuing Education Building, room 200. Pre-registration consists of taking a math placement test and a 37 minute Locator assessment. No appointment is necessary, but a government-issued photo ID is required. For more information, please call 910.938.6259 or email BasicSkills@coastalcarolina.edu.

Adult Basic Education (ABE)

The ABE program provides direct instruction to adult students in basic math and reading. After completing the OPEN orientation session, students may enroll in appropriate level classes on or off campus. The ABE program builds skills in reading, writing, speaking, problem-solving, and computation to help adults succeed in society and on the job. ABE instruction is free for all students. Upon completion of the ABE program, those students lacking a high school credential are encouraged to enroll in the Adult Secondary Education (ASE) program. For more information, please call 910.938.6259 or email BasicSkills@coastalcarolina.edu.

Compensatory Education (CED)

Compensatory Education, a component of ABE, is designed specifically to build skills that adults with developmental disabilities require to function as independently as possible in the community. Areas of instruction include math, community living skills, reading, health, social science, consumer education, and vocational education. Classes offer traditional classroom instruction as well as directed activities outside the classroom.

To be eligible to participate in Compensatory Education, an individual must be 17 or older, not enrolled in the public school system, and either (a) diagnosed with an intellectual disability or (b) functioning on that level because of a head injury or brain damage. Classes are offered at no cost.

Adult Secondary Education (ASE)

ASE is comprised of two components: The High School Equivalency Program and the Adult High School Program (AHS).

High School Equivalency Program

The high school equivalency program is designed for adult students who test above a ninth grade level in math and reading but have not obtained a high school diploma. This program will prepare students to successfully pass the official standardized high school equivalency test. By passing the high school equivalency test, adult students become eligible for a North Carolina Equivalency Diploma, which is nationally recognized as equivalent to a traditional high school diploma. The high school equivalency program includes instruction in social studies, science, literature/writing, and mathematics. Day and evening classes are offered both on and off campus. Books and materials are provided for student use. Coastal Carolina Community College (CCCC) is an official high school equivalency testing center. Students can register to take the computer based high school equivalency test by visiting www.pearsonvue.com. There is a required testing fee to cover the costs of the high school equivalency test. For more information, please call 910.938.6259.

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Adult High School Diploma Program (AHS)

The AHS Program is designed for adults who need to complete the credits required to obtain a high school diploma. The year round program is administered by the Continuing Education Division at CCCC with the approval and cooperation of the Onslow County Board of Education, North Carolina Community College System, and the Department of Public Instruction.

Candidates must qualify and meet all local guidelines before being admitted into the program. Coursework is completed in the Academic Studies Center, room 200, of the Kenneth B. Hurst Continuing Education building, and weekly attendance is mandatory. For more information, please call Beverly Goodson, Adult High School Coordinator, 910. 938.6259, or visit the Academic Studies Center.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

ESL is a course designed for English Language Learners (ELLs) who want to fluently speak, read, and write the English language. Conversational English is emphasized, as well as vocabulary, spelling, and reading development. Classes are offered each semester during the day and evening, both on and off campus. Citizenship instruction is also available. For more information, please call 910.938.6259 or email BasicSkills@coastalcarolina.edu.