Workforce Development

College of the Albemarle Aviation Systems Technology Program

College of the Albemarle’s (COA) Regional Aviation and Technical Training Center is a 37,000 square-foot, $7.1 million facility located at nearby Currituck County Airport. The sole purpose of this site is to train the region’s future aviation technicians. The community college has created the Aviation Systems Technology curriculum (approved by the Federal Aviation Administration) to provide the region’s workforce with the skills to serve the aviation industry. The program is designed to produce certified aircraft mechanics with airframe and/or powerplant ratings. The course work will include engine and inspection maintenance; aircraft engine theory; system and components; aircraft structure systems and components; aircraft drawing; basic electricity; FAA regulations; and aviation mathematics.

The Currituck County Airport facility will also provide general education opportunities. With that, students will be given a fully rounded community college education through the program. Once students complete the Aviation Systems Technology program, they will be open for employment opportunities such as entry-level mechanics with air carriers, manufacturers, repair stations, fixed-based operators such as Currituck Airport, flight schools and government aviation operations.

Elizabeth City State University Aviation Science Program

Elizabeth City State University’s (ECSU) Aviation Science Program is the only four-year aviation program in the state of North Carolina. To earn a bachelor of science degree in aviation, students must complete a core set of aviation courses, as well as the required course in their selected minor programs. The minor programs include:

  • Aviation Management, designed to prepare students in the principles of management, specializing in aviation.
  • Computer Science, providing a foundation in the application of computers throughout the aviation industry, programming and other technical skills required for a career in aerospace technologies.
  • Electronics, a mix of aviation and electronics courses to prepare students to develop systems for navigation, communications and more.
  • Avionics, educating students with the basic knowledge needed to work with the sophisticated communications, navigations, and instrument systems available in today’s aircraft.
  • Flight Education, training future professional pilots for corporate, military and commercial airliners.
  • Public Administration, preparing students for positions ranging from local to federal and private business. Policy makers with a foundation in the aviation industry will continue to be in demand and his program can and will prepare them.
  • Space Science, prepares students for many non-engineering career opportunities.
  • Air Traffic Control, offered in partnership with the FAA to educate students to take on the position of air traffic controller.

Northeastern Workforce Development Board

In the Elizabeth City area, the Northeast Workforce Development Board (NWDB) is one of the agencies dedicated to keeping the region’s workforce viable through training and continued education to support workers, managers and business owners. Their job is to improve worker skills and offer educational opportunities that promote careers and support local businesses. The development board offers a variety of youth and adult training programs to benefit not only the worker, but also the employer who is seeking a competent workforce.

  • The youth program provides tutoring, high school education assistance and skills training.
  • For the high school student they offer tutoring and GED assistance, as well as summer employment opportunities, paid and unpaid positions, occupational training and ongoing development training.
  • For adults who have not graduated from high school and are ready to advance in the workforce, the NWDB offers assistance obtaining an Adult High School Diploma.
  • For the adult who is looking to change a career, or the dislocated worker in need of a new career path, NWDB gives men and women the opportunity to hone job search skills and develop new career-oriented skills. They will have the opportunity to participate in organized job searches, counseling, new skills training, resume preparation and general information about the current job market.

Whether people need help with their business, looking for a new career or are in search of a job, the NWDB is laying the foundation for a future in northeast North Carolina.

College of the Albemarle Workforce Development and Continuing Education Programs

College of the Albemarle (COA), based in Elizabeth City, offers a dynamic workforce development and continuing education program for adults 18 years and older. The community college’s goal is to provide academic, occupational and practical skills courses to individuals who are either looking for a career change or an opportunity to enhance their knowledge for work or personal improvement. The offerings range from community continuing education opportunities such as courses in the arts or technologies, to career-specific training such as aviation, nursing and emergency medical training. Up and coming programs include:

  • Aviation maintenance technology program, with modules designed so that that the student will receive a solid introduction to many career paths such Aviation Basic Sheet Metal, Advance Aviation Sheet Metal, Advanced Composites and Aviation Basic Hydraulic/Pneumatics.
  • Courses to support the sustainable technology industry, such as solar power technology, wind power and more.
  • Career Readiness Certification, a credential that promotes skills and career development for individuals and confirms to employers that they possess basic workplace skills in Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information, and Locating Information.
  • Gatlin Education Services, an online certification program that offers training in such areas as veterinary assistant, bookkeeping and computer network/server training.
  • More than 200 online courses, offered through a partnership with Ed2Go. Most of the continuing education courses are $65 and provide students with educational opportunities in accounting and finance, computer applications, technology, writing and publishing and more.