Basic Skills

About Basic Skills

The Basic Skills programs, High School Equivalency, English as a Second Language (ESL), and Adult Basic Education (ABE), focus on providing classes to individuals seeking to improve their fundamental academic skills. These programs help students develop the skills needed to pursue further education, to improve employability, or to contribute more fully in their communities. The classes are taught by professional and compassionate instructors committed to their students’ progress. Classes are offered at no cost and allow students flexibility through open enrollment throughout the year.

The current version of the High School Equivalency test will expire at the end of 2013. Scores for students who have not completed the High School Equivalency will expire then also. Consequently, current High School Equivalency students should compete the High School Equivalency before the end of 2013 to avoid having to re-take tests.

Those who have begun the testing phase of the High School Equivalency should realize they are well along the path to success. Those who feel they not ready for testing because they need more preparation should understand that PCC’s Basic Skills team is ready to help now!

Even with a personal busy schedule, one can prepare, plan, and succeed. Call PCC Basic Skills, 252-249-1851, x 3082, email Marti Hunter., or visit Pamlico Community College, 5049 Highway 306 South, Grantsboro. Basic Skills staff members at PCC stand ready and eager to assist High School Equivalency students meet their goals.

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Learn More About Basic Skills Contact: Marti Hunter, Chair of Basic Skills 252-249-1851 ex. 3083 or

High School Equivalency



Basic Skills Success Story

High School Equivalency

Monday – Thursday: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Room 407 – PCC main campus
Tuesday and Thursday evenings
6 – 8:30 p.m.
The PCC Bayboro Center

The High School Equivalency test provides a high school equivalency for individuals who did not complete a high school diploma. Completion of the GED meets criteria often required for employment, promotion, or acceptance into either a two-year community college or a four-year university.

Students pursuing a High School Equivalency may be recently out of high school or may have been out for many years. The course work is individualized, allowing students to move at their own pace, with the constant support of an instructor. The day and night class offerings allow students to schedule their class time to work within their personal schedules.

With the support of their instructor, students gain the skills necessary to successfully complete the 5 tests that compose the High School Equivalency. These tests cover Reading, Writing, Social Studies, Science, and Math. Students may work through one subject at a time and can take the test for each subject as they become competent.

Prior to completing the final test for their High School Equivalency, students meet with the Assessment and Retention Specialist to discuss their plans after graduation. Students are provided with the contacts and resources available through PCC for continued support in their education and pursuit of employment.

Basic Skills Plus

The Basic Skills Plus Program at Pamlico Community College combines Adult Secondary Educaiton classes along with certificate or degree programs which assist students to graduate with a High School Equivalency and marketable occupational skills. Career pathways include Allied Health fields, Electronics, and Cosmetology. Students in the Basic Skills Plus Program will work on both Adult Secondary Education courses and career courses together, receive academic support services and job skills training.

Adult Secondary Education classes are free. There is a one time charge of $35.00 to take the GED.

Human Resources Development Class

The Human Resources Development Class (HRD) is a ten-week course designed to teach students resume` and cover-letter writing skills, professional interview skills, and job search techniques. Upon completion of the class each student should have created a cover-letter template, an updated resume`, and performed a mock interview. Students will also view a video series that will assist them in better understanding modern job search techniques and strategies. Representatives from local businesses will offer relevant presentations. There will also be a field trip to tour the New Bern Employment Security Office. All students enrolled in GED classes have the opportunity to take the HRD class to work on employable skills.

ESL English as a Second Language

Aprenda ingles. Ofrecemos clases gratuitas
los dias lunes y miercoles a las seis de la tarde.

ESL classes are offered to provide non-native speakers of English a competency in the English language in order to allow them to function comfortably in their communities. Our culturally sensitive instructors work with a diverse student body, from countries such as Mexico, Russia, Yemen, China, the Philippines, and various Central/South American countries.

Instruction focuses on English language acquisition, meeting the student at his/her fluency level. Students with little or no comfort with the English language as well as students working to improve their conversational fluency are welcomed.

**If your organization or institution sees a need for this service, please contact PCC about establishing satellite locations for your group: Marti Hunter, Chair of Basic Skills 252-249-1851 ex. 3083 or

ESL classes are free and are held in collaboration with Pamlico County High School, Monday nights, 5 – 7 p.m.

ABE Adult Basic Education

Monday – Thursday 10:00 am – 12 noon at the Senior Center

Monday – Thursday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Room 407 at PCC main campus

Tuesday and Thursday evenings
6 – 8:30 p.m.
The PCC Bayboro Center

The ABE classes focus on the student whose competency in Reading, Writing, or Mathematics places them below the 9th grade level. Through individualized instruction and support, when a student’s proficiency reaches the 9th grade level, he/she may move into High School Equivalency classes.

Our instructors work with students to overcome their academic hurdles in order to reach a competency level necessary to function in society, on a job, or in the family. Students are welcome to take the class in order to improve their reading or writing skills, even if they do not choose to pursue a High School Equivalency.

ABE classes are free.

The Fall 2013 Basic Skills Class Schedule

The Complete Fall Continuing Education Class Schedule

Contact:Marti Hunter, Chair of Basic Skills 252-249-1851 ex. 3083 or

Basic Skills Success Stories

It’s not just about meeting students where they are when they walk through the doors of Pamlico Community College. It’s also more than just getting them to the next highest level. It is really about helping them acquire a broad range of skills, preparing them to embark on an upward journey to many levels.

This is especially true in Basic Skills, those classes used primarily to help students earn the High School Equivalency.

While a few earn the High School Equivalency to simply earn a higher wage or to qualify for a job that requires a high school diploma, PCC offers Basic Skills Plus, a coordinated effort to help students go beyond the High School Equivalency to enroll in either Continuing Education Occupational Skills courses or curriculum programs of study to earn a degree.

Two students currently enrolled are prime examples of how Basic Skills Plus propels students forward, to more than just a better job.

Kody Pegram dropped out of school when he fell behind and could see no way to catch up. A few tours of working in a fish house and with a tree trimming service helped him realize he wanted not only a better job, but one with benefits.

“I wanted a fresh start,” he said of his decision to enroll in Adult Secondary Education classes at PCC. The college not only provided him with that opportunity, but also helped him enroll simultaneously in a Continuing Education welding class. He is now near completion of Adult Secondary Education studies hoping to use his welding skills to move into a career at a shipyard somewhere on the East Coast.

Pegram made an astute observation. He said, “You have to love what you are doing. If you don’t love what you are doing, you will just keep changing jobs. Pretty soon, nobody will want to hire you if you’ve changed jobs so much. I love welding; I love creating something with my hands.”

Carrie Voliva left school at a very young age as she dealt with a myriad of family issues. In her words, the impetus to enter the Adult Secondary Education classes at PCC was prompted by “countless, endless, dead-end jobs with low pay and no benefits, just simply surviving.”

She prides herself on being intelligent and smart enough to delay beginning a family while struggling financially. Now 27, she is about to earn the High School Equivalency while enrolled in Nurse Aide classes. She hopes to get a job as a Nurse Aide with a firm that will help her further her education and enter a nursing degree program.

She admits, “I always had a fear of education and going to school. I have learned there is nothing to be afraid of. Leaning is coming naturally. I now have a brighter future and anybody else can do the same.”

Pamlico Community College also offers Adult Basic Education classes for those have been out of school for a significant amount of time and who might need pre-High School Equivalency instruction. High School Equivalency /ABE classes meet at PCC, Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. and at the college’s Bayboro Center, Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday evenings, 6 – 8:30. Classes in English as a Second Language are offered at PCC Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6 – 8:30.

While everyone reading this information may not be in need of this instruction, the probability is high that everyone knows someone who would benefit from these classes. You are encouraged to be a positive influence and guide those individuals to learn more by contacting Marti Hunter, Chair of Basic Skills, 252-249-1851 × 3082,

No one without a high school diploma is likely to have that brighter future unless they take the steps that Kody Pegram and Carrie Voliva took, through the doors of an institution like Pamlico Community College to the Basic Skills office.