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 College and Career Readiness Program (formerly known as Basic Skills) at Coastal Carolina Community College 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)

Classes and labs are provided at no cost both on and off campus. For more information, please call 910.938.6259 or email collegeandcareerreadiness@coastalcarolina.edu.

To pre-register:

Pre-registration is completed on campus in the Academic Studies Center (ASC), which is located in Room 200 of the Kenneth B. Hurst Continuing Education Building. The ASC is open Monday-Thursday, 7:30am-9:00pm, and Friday, 7:30am-5:00pm. No appointment is necessary, but a government-issued photo ID is required.

Minor Applicants

Qualifying minors, students aged 16 or 17 who wish to participate in the College and Career Readiness Program must complete the “Petition for the Admission of a Minor Applicant” form. This form is available in the College and Career Readiness Office (Continuing Education Building, room 208).


After completing pre-registration, new students are required to attend the Orientation for Personal Educational Needs (OPEN) to set goals for success and to take a skills assessment for placement. After attending OPEN, each student will attend an individual advising session to schedule and register for class.

Adult Basic Education (ABE)

The ABE program provides direct instruction to adult students in foundational math and literacy skills. After completing the OPEN orientation session, students may enroll in classes at the appropriate level on or off campus. The ABE program builds skills in:

  • literacy
  • workplace education
  • reading
  • writing
  • problem-solving
  • mathematics

Life Skills

Life Skills, 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.  Students are offered a combination of traditional classroom instruction and directed activities outside the classroom. Areas of instruction include:

  • math
  • Literacy
  • community living skills
  • health and social science
  • consumer education
  • vocational/workplace education.

To be eligible for participation in Life Skills, an individual must be 16 or older, not enrolled in the public school system, and either (a) diagnosed with an intellectual or developmental disability or (b) functioning on that level because of a head injury or brain damage. Classes are offered at no cost. (16- and 17-year-old students must follow the Minor Applicant procedure above.)

Adult Secondary Education (ASE)

ASE is comprised of two components: The High School Equivalency Program (HSE) 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 one of the two official standardized high school equivalency tests: the GED or the HiSET. The high school equivalency program includes instruction in:

  • literature
  • writing
  • mathematics
  • science and social studies

Day and evening classes are offered both on and off campus. Books and materials are provided for student use. All classes are offered free of charge to students.

Adult High School Diploma Program (AHS)

The AHS Program is designed for adults who need to complete the credits required to obtain a North Carolina 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). For more information, please call Anne Davenport, Adult High School Coordinator, 910. 938.6826, or visit the Academic Studies Center.

English Language Acquisition (ELA)

ELA courses are 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 . For more information, please call 910.938.6259 or email collegeandcareerreadiness@coastalcarolina.edu.

High School Equivalency Program

Coastal Carolina Community College (CCCC) is an official high school equivalency testing center. Students can register to take computer- or paper-based tests by visiting www.pearsonvue.com or hiset.ets.org. 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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