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Transform Your Tomorrow

Why COA? We know what people tend to think of community colleges. We've heard the questions before. But the answers just might surprise you.

Can you really get a good education at the local community college? You can get book learning anywhere. But the things I learned at COA that you can’t get from a book changed my life for the better. I’m using those skills every day and they make me a more valuable team player. Rebekkah Brown Associate in Fine Arts in Theatre 2016

Isn't COA for people who can't make it at a four-year school? My associate in engineering degree transferred to NC State —  my first choice school — and by entering as a junior, I will reach my goal of earning a bachelor's and master's degree in Engineering Physics or Computer Engineering within the next few years. William Midgette Associate in Engineering 2017

Sure, I can take classes, but will I really get a job with a COA education? COA's program helped me understand career choices in the computer-aided drafting field, such as jobs in architecture, engineering, machining and surveying. What I've learned helped me step into a career, even before I finished my degree. David Twine, Jr. Associate in Applied Science in Computer Aided Drafting Technology 2017

Transform Your Perspective.

Four Simple Promises Deciding where you want to go to college — whether it’s to get a twoyear associates degree or a four-year bachelor's degree — can be a tough process. You’re hearing a lot of different things from a lot of different schools. So, to keep things simple, here are our four simple promises to you:

It's okay if you don't know what you want to do. We’ll help you figure it out. Here, you’ll be able to find and explore your interests and passions, and turn them into academic and professional opportunities.

You won’t be alone. At COA, you’ll be part of a diverse community of students, faculty and staff who are invested in your success.

You’ll get a solid educational foundation for whatever your next step is. Whether you want to transfer to a four-year institution or move directly into a career, you’ll get everything you need at COA.

You’ll be transformed into your best self. This is a transformative time in your life — and COA will be with you every step of the way to ensure you leave here with clear goals in mind and with the skills and knowledge to achieve them.

Your Transformation Starts Here.

A Smarter Way to Start Your Four-Year Journey What if you could save tens of thousands of dollars in college tuition? What if you could qualify for scholarships that made it possible to attend your dream school? What if you had the GPA needed to be accepted into colleges and universities you thought were out of your reach? These are things that can happen when you start smarter at COA.

Dream Bigger. Guess what? You’re not like any other person in the world. You are uniquely you — and the vision you have for your future is uniquely yours. At COA, we’ll help you turn that vision into reality — whether it’s laying a solid foundation for earning your four-year degree or learning the skills you need to get started on your career sooner rather than later. Who knows? It might even be a combination of both! At COA, you’ll have options — a lot of them. And that gives you the power you need to create the future you want.

I want a

four-year degree.

Many students choose to start their journey towards a four-year degree at COA. Maybe you’ll be one of them! If you are, these are some of the benefits you’ll enjoy:

Y  ou’ll save tens of thousands of dollars in tuition. Seriously — like $30,000 to $70,000. And that means you'll graduate with your four-year degree with much less debt than your classmates who started out at a four-year school.

M  ost of the courses you take a COA are guaranteed to transfer to any NC state institution. So, you’ll be getting a great start toward your goal.

Y  ou’ll have an opportunity to improve your overall GPA, making it possible for you to get accepted at, and get scholarships for, your dream school. For those who might not have done as well as they could have in high school and think their dream school is out of reach, COA provides a real second chance. And if you think you can’t afford to go to the school you want, higher grades at COA can result in more scholarship money.

O  nce you transfer to a four-year school, there’s a good chance you’ll outperform your classmates. COA students who earn two-year degrees before transferring to earn their bachelor’s degree typically do better than their peers who started out at four-year institutions.

A  t COA, you’ll enjoy small classes taught by expert instructors who truly care about your success. Freshmen and sophomores at four-year institutions are often taught by graduate students in auditorium-style classrooms with hundreds of other students. That doesn’t happen at COA. Here, you’ll be in classes with students you know and instructors who are dedicated to your personal and academic success.

Four-Year Transfer Programs Save tens of thousands of dollars. Improve your chances for admission and scholarships to your dream school. Learn from excellent, dedicated instructors. Discover your academic passion. Get a head start on your career. Whatever your motivations, launching your four-year degree journey at College of The Albemarle will transform your future.

Transfer Programs Include:

Associate in Arts

Associate in Engineering

Associate in Fine Arts in Theatre

Associate in Fine Arts in Visual Arts

• Associate Degree Nursing •

Associate in Science

All programs endorsed by NC Articulation and/or Other Transfer Agreements

Where COA Students are Earning Their Four-Year Degrees •

UNC Chapel Hill

UNC Charlotte

East Carolina University

Mid-Atlantic Christian Univeristy

Yale University

Appalachian State University

Meredith College

Elizabeth City State University

UNC Wilmington

NC State University

Regent University

Liberty University




Number of Students in an Average COA Class

Average Cost Savings by Starting at COA

of COA's College Transfer Instructors hold PhD or Master’s Degrees

Find Your Professional Purpose. Are you dreaming of putting your talents and passions to work in a meaningful career? COA provides a clear path to making those dreams a reality — not in the distant future, but soon. We offer programs that open up a wide range of career options in fields that are experiencing growth in the Albemarle area and throughout the country. Here at COA, you’ll get the training and support you need to take advantage of these opportunities and to be successful in whatever career field you choose.

I want to

launch my career.

Are you ready to get started on your career now instead of waiting four more years? COA is the place you need to be! We have everything you need to succeed. No matter what career you want to pursue, we have a program that will fit what you’re looking for. Our four main career pathways include the following: Public & Emergency Services

Business and Technology

Health Sciences & Wellness

Police Officer

Agricultural Manager

Registered Nurse

Detective & Investigator

Computer Programmer

Licensed Practical Nurse

EMT & Paramedic

Database Administrator

Medical Laboratory Technician


Computer & Technical Support Specialist

Surgical Technologist

Preschool Teacher Chef or Head Cook Cosmetologist

Health Informatics Specialist Software Developer Health Services Manager

Industrial Technology

Computer Repair Technician

Aircraft Mechanic & Service Technician

Executive Assistant & Office Manager


Network & Computer Systems Administrator

HVAC & Refrigeration Mechanic and Installer

Phlebotomist Health Information Specialist Nurse Aide Health Services Manager Medical Assistant Emergency Medical Technician

Accounting Assistant

Computer-Aided Drafter Electrical Technician Welder and Cutter

If you need to work full-time while you’re going to school part-time at COA, we’ll be here to support you along the way. We have many students who may need to work while also going to school. We’ll work with you to make sure your class and work schedules mesh and help you achieve the academic and professional goals you’ve set for yourself.

Y  ou can also get the diploma or certifications you need at COA. Not every career path requires an associates degree. Some require a diploma or certificate. We can provide both so that you get all you need right here in one place.

Not Sure What Path to Take? We’ll Help You Figure it Out. You have the potential to reach your goals — whatever they are. We have absolutely NO doubt about that. But, you might be having a tough time figuring out exactly what those goals are. And that’s okay. We’re here to help you. At COA, you’ll find mentors who are eager to help you find your way. It might be a faculty member, administrator or a staff person. We all work very hard to get to know each and every student on our campuses so that we can understand what your goals and dreams are. Because, by doing so, we can help you hone in on exactly what you want to do and then help you get there. That's why we're here. And that’s one of the main reasons why students like you choose to attend COA.

Want to find out what kind of careers best match your interests and strengths? Take the Career Assessment at www.albemarle.edu/coach

Career and College Promise at COA Who says you can’t do two things at once? You can at COA! Through our Career and College Promise (CCP) program — which is often called “dual enrollment” — college-ready high school juniors and seniors with a 3.0 GPA or above can attend COA and earn 30+ hours of college credit. And it’s completely tuition free! Students who participate in the CCP program can earn their Associate in Arts, Associate in Science or Associate in Engineering degrees — all of which include 30+ hours of college transfer credit. Additionally, entry-level job credentials, diplomas and certifications are available to those who want to move directly into their career. All of this can be done while you’re still in high school — putting you WAY ahead of the game when you graduate.

Dual Enrollment Programs Include:

• Associate in Arts

• General Business Administration

• Associate in Engineering

• Global Business

• Associate in Fine Arts in Visual Arts

• Health & Fitness Science

• Associate in Science

• Healthcare IT Foundations

• Associate Degree Nursing

• Human Services

• Aviation Technology

• HVAC Technology

• Computer Aided Drafting

• Information Technology: Computer Programing

• Computer Integrated Machining

• Information Technology: Workplace IT Professional

• Criminal Justice

• Medical Assisting

• Culinary Arts

• Medical Office Administration: Patient Representative

• Early Childhood Education

• Nurse Aide

• Electrical Systems Technology

• Phlebotomy

• Emergency Medical Science

• Welding Technology

Why Wait? Start While You're in High School. A Few Really Powerful Reasons to Consider CCP at COA •

E  arn college credit that can be applied to a college certificate, diploma or associate degree while still in high school.

G  et the qualifications, certifications and/or diplomas required by the career you want to enter when you graduate from high school.

Save LOTS of money by earning up to two years of tuition-free college credit.

C  ollege transfer courses you take at COA can be transferred to any of the 16 universities within the UNC system — as well as many private colleges and universities.

Learn from highly-qualified and extremely caring instructors in small classes.

G  et the education and qualifications you need now, so that you can have a head start on pursuing your career and educational goals as soon as you graduate from high school.

B  y attending COA, the transition from high school to college will be much easier.

Want to learn more about the Career and College Promise Program at COA? Visit explore.albemarle.edu/ccp

Focusing on YOU First From the first moment you step on a COA campus, you’ll be surrounded and supported by instructors, success coaches and others who are completely dedicated to helping you achieve your academic, professional and personal goals. If you’re not sure what path you want to take, no problem. They’ll help you find your way. If you know exactly what you want to do, great! They’ll make sure you have everything you need to help you reach your goals. College can be hard. But you’ll never be alone at COA. You’ll always have someone by your side — focusing on you first.

Transfer Services

Career Services

Academic Support

We have guaranteed transfer agreements with dozens of public and private four-year institutions. We’ll help you set long-term goals, choose the best four-year institution, and plan exactly what courses to take for a smooth transfer.

Career planning involves learning about yourself, exploring different careers, and using tools and resources to help you find your niche. We’ll help you identify and prepare for the best career for your unique talents, personality, interests and values.

We don’t just want you to survive college, we want you to thrive. We offer a host of free support services including: • Writing Center • Math Center • Individual & Group Tutoring • Upswing Online Tutoring • Veterans Services • Disability Support Services

Earn Scholarships Save Thousands. Too many students and families are drowning in student loan debt because they believe the hype that a great college education has to cost a fortune. That's simply not true. At COA, you'll save tens of thousands of dollars in tuition compared to most four-year schools. Plus, we offer a host of scholarships to make college affordable, whether you're looking to transfer or head straight into a career.

Did you know? •

E  very year, the COA Foundation awards more than $250,000 in private scholarships to COA students. And, you only have to fill out one form to apply for all of them.

W  e offer scholarships for transfer programs and careerfocused programs for both full- and part-time students.

T  here are a host of national scholarship programs for transfer students, and most four-year schools offer transfer scholarships reserved only for students from community colleges.

C  OA’s advisors can help you complete the FAFSA and apply for federal grants, loans or work study opportunities to make college affordable.

I'm extremely grateful for the scholarships I received. They gave me the ability to worry less about how college is getting paid for and think more about how my degree will better my future. I'd hate to think of what would have happened had I not received the scholarships that made furthering my education possible. Casey Bundy Associate in Arts 2017

In the Classroom... One of the most important goals we have at COA is to make learning exciting and fun for everyone. So what does that mean for you? It means that your classroom experience will be one that goes beyond what you might expect. You’ll be taught by experts in their field — who have done the things you want to do and who are eager to share their knowledge and experience with you. You’ll learn by doing — not just by listening or watching. And you’ll be surrounded by people who are cheering you on — helping you find your way and supporting you throughout your learning journey.

...and Beyond Some of the most important opportunities for learning and growing are found outside the classroom. To make the most of your college experience at COA, you’ll want to get involved with campus organizations and programs where you’ll meet new friends and expand your horizons.

Student Government Association The COA Student Government Association offers students an opportunity to get involved in the school’s decision-making process. As a member of this organization, you’ll play an important role in giving the entire student body a voice in what happens within the COA community.

Student Ambassador Program Are you a natural leader or someone who wants to become a better one? If so, the Student Ambassador Program provides a powerful opportunity to learn and build upon leadership skills — all while receiving thousands in scholarship money. Student ambassadors serve our local communities, network with business and community leaders, travel, and enhance their career potential. They can serve for up to two years and are selected based on their GPAs, character, leadership potential and community involvement.

Clubs and Organizations COA students have a wide variety of interests — and the clubs and organizations on our campuses reflect that diversity. Currently, the following opportunities are available:


SGA Organizations

• Ceramics Cooperative

• Associate Degree Nursing Class of 2019

• Drama • International • Literary • Professional Arts • Student Veterans of America • Writers

• National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) • Personal Student Assistant • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

Programs at a Glance Credit Programs Credit students work toward either a career or technical certificate or degree program, or take classes that are eligible to transfer to another college or university. If you enroll full time, you can generally complete our associate degree programs in two years. The associate degree is designed to provide general education classes for transfer to four-year colleges and universities.

• Agribusiness Technology

• Global Business Management

• Associate Degree Nursing

• Health & Fitness Science

• Associate in Arts

• Healthcare Business Informatics

• Associate in Engineering

• Human Services Technology

• Associate in Fine Arts in Theatre

• HVAC Technology

• Associate in Fine Arts in Visual Arts

• Information Technology: Computer Programming

• Associate in General Education • Associate in Science • Aviation Systems Technology

• Information Technology: IT Project Management

• Basic Law Enforcement Training

• Information Technology: Systems Administration & Support

• Business Administration

• LPN - ADN Option

• Career Pathway Programs

• Medical Assisting

• Computer Aided Drafting Technology

• Medical Laboratory Technology

• Computer Integrated Machining

• Medical Office Administration

• Cosmetology

• Nurse Aide Pathway Diploma

• Criminal Justice Technology

• Office Administration

• Culinary Arts

• Phlebotomy

• Dental Assisting (in conjunction with Martin Community College)

• Practical Nursing

• Early Childhood Education • Electrical Systems Technology • Emergency Medical Science • General Business Administration • General Occupational Technology

• Pre-BSN Nursing Pathway • Professional Crafts: Jewelry • Surgical Technology • Welding Technology

Noncredit Programs At College of The Albemarle, students can pursue noncredit classes for professional or personal interests. You’ll have the opportunity to earn career readiness units, certifications or other evidence of class completion to meet your development goals.

• Adult High School Program

• Intellectual Disabilities Education

• AMATM Certificate in Management

• Law Enforcement Training

• American Heart Association

• Manicuring/Nail Technology



• Cardiovascular Technician

• Medication Aide

• Emergency Medical Services Training

• Motorcycle Safety

• English as a Second Language

• Nurse Aide I & II

• Fire & Rescue Service Training

• Pharmacy Technician

• High School Equivalency

• Phlebotomy

• Hospitality & Tourism Certifications

• Small Business Center

Want to learn more about programs at COA? Visit explore.albemarle.edu

Transform Your Tomorrow Admissions admissions@albemarle.edu • 252-335-0821 ext. 2290 Financial Aid coafainfo@albemarle.edu • 252-335-0821 ext. 2355 Mailing Address College of The Albemarle, PO Box 2327, Elizabeth City, NC 27906-2327

Dare County Campus 132 Russell Twiford Rd, Manteo, NC 27954 • 252-473-2264 205 Highway 64 S, Manteo, NC 27954 • 252-473-2264 Edenton-Chowan Campus 118 Blades St, Edenton, NC 27932 • 252-482-7900 Elizabeth City Campus 1208 N Road St, Elizabeth City, NC 27909 • 252-335-0821 Regional Aviation and Technical Training Center (RATTC) 107 College Way, Barco, NC 27917 • 252-453-3035



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