Starting college or a career can be a rewarding experience, especially when students have confidence in their basic skills, such as math, reading, computing, and study skills. Adult Education offers three programs for students at various levels to help them gain the basic skills they need to succeed in college, in their careers, and at home.
- 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.” ABE and GED® classes are offered through managed enrollment for all on campus classes and new students are encouraged to register and attend the Orientation for Personal Educational Needs (OPEN) to reserve their seat in a class. Classes and labs are provided at no cost both on and off campus. Skill assessments are required for registration and are provided during OPEN orientation. Pre-registration is completed on campus Monday–Wednesday, 7:30 am – 7:00pm, in the Academic Studies Center located in the Kenneth B. Hurst Continuing Education Building, room 200. Pre-registration consists of taking a 38 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 is designed for adult students who test below a ninth grade level in math or reading. After completing an orientation session, students may enroll in appropriate level classes either on campus, off-campus, or through Take-Out (distance learning). The ABE program builds skills in reading, writing, speaking, problem-solving, and computation to help adults function in society, at a job, or in a family. 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 GED® 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 needed by adults with developmental disabilities 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 Diploma (GED) and the Adult High School Program (AHS).
The GED® 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. The GED® program will prepare students to successfully pass the GED® test. Passing the GED® test will allow adult students to be awarded a North Carolina Equivalency Diploma, which is nationally recognized as equivalent to a traditional high school diploma. The GED® 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. A distance learning course, GED® Takeout, is also offered, which includes text, video, and online instruction. Coastal Carolina Community College (CCCC) is an official GED® testing center. The paper based GED® test will be given once per month or at the end of each session until the end of 2013. In addition to the paper based GED® test, students can register to take the computer based GED® test by visiting www.GEDcomputer.com/clicks. As of 2014, all GED® testing will be computer based. There is a required testing fee to cover the costs of the GED® tests. For more information please call 910.938.6259.
Adult High School Diploma Program (AHS)
The AHS Program is designed for adults to complete the necessary credits 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.