Basic Skills


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About Basic Skills

Basic Skills programs take place on PCC's main campus and at the Bayboro Center. Map and directions

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 instructors who are committed to engaging their students and enhancing their students' progress.

Day classes are offered Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. -2 p.m. Night classes are Monday and Wednesday nights starting fall 2016 from 6-8:30 p.m.

During the fall and spring, registration for both day and night classes is scheduled for every other Monday evening at 6 p.m (see schedule below). Registration for both day and night classes begins promptly at 6:00 PM and takes approximately 2.5 hours. The location is Room 113A in the Johnson Building on the main campus, Hwy 306 South of Grantsboro.


Registration Schedule

Classes are offered at no cost and allow students flexibility through open enrollment throughout the year.

Even with a personal busy schedule, one can prepare, plan, and succeed. Basic Skills staff members at PCC stand ready and eager to assist High School Equivalency students meet their goals.

The cost to test for the High School Equivalency diploma is $50.

For students taking the new 2014 High School Equivalency (HSE) test, a free transcript is mailed to each student. A duplicate transcript can be obtained at a cost of $15.

Data shows that students who finish high school or have the HSE diploma earn on average $7,000 more than those without a high school education.

Learn More About Basic Skills Contact:

Jim Privette
Director of Transition Programs
252-249-1851 x3082

High School Equivalency

The High School Equivalency test provides a high school equivalency for individuals who did not complete a high school diploma. Completion of the HSE diploma 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. Daily instruction in math, language, computer skills, critical thinking, social studies, and science is included. 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 4 tests that compose the High School Equivalency. These tests cover Language Arts, 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 Education classes along with certificate or degree programs which assist students to graduate with a High School Equivalency Diploma and marketable occupational skills. Career pathways include CNA I, phlebotomy, electrical, restaurant management, and welding. Students in the Basic Skills Plus Program will work on earning both the High School Equivalency Diploma and pathway career courses. In this process, students receive academic support services and job skills training.

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 perform 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.

Students will also have the opportunity to achieve a bronze, silver, or gold Career Readiness Certificate, (CRC).

ESL English as a Second Language

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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:

Jim Privette
Director of Transition Programs
252-249-1851 x3082

Pamlico Community College does not discriminate in its educational programs, activities, or employment on the basis of sex, age, disability, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation or religion.