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Community Colleges

The nationally acclaimed North Carolina Community College System serves more than 700,000 students through its 58 campuses with a variety of educational opportunities, from literacy education for adults to associate degree programs for technical careers or college transfer, along with customized training programs for area companies. There are 11 NC Community College System colleges located in the Region.


BioNetwork is a statewide initiative that connects community colleges across North Carolina, providing specialized training, curricula and equipment, to develop a world-class workforce for the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and life sciences industries.

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Since 2009, regional and the NC Community College System (NCCCS) enrollments have followed similar trends. Over the 2000-2011 period, general trends show higher enrollment, while the 2010-2014 period saw a decline in enrollment. 2014 CC enrollment in the region was 149,359 compared to the 10-year high of 174,800 in 2009. Since 2014 CC enrollment has continued to decrease and was 129,250 for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Specialty Community College Programs

Biotechnology Curriculum – Offered at Pitt Community College in Greenville, the program is designed to prepare graduates to serve as a research assistant to a biologist or chemist, laboratory technician/instrumentation technician, or quality control/quality assurance technician. Read More

Aviation Program – Wayne Community College in Goldsboro offers this FAA Part 147 approved curriculum to students seeking training and advancement within the aviation industry. The program prepares aviation industry talent for careers with fixed base operators, maintenance facilities, FAA repair stations, aircraft engine or component manufacturers, military and governmental aircraft maintenance facilities. Having been FAA approved since1969, the program is well known and accepted by area employers for over 40-years. Read More

Institute of Aeronautical Technology - Located in Havelock and operated by Craven Community College, the Institute provides specialized training in many areas of aviation including Aviation Systems Technology courses designed to prepare aviation professionals for careers with the Fleet Readiness Center East at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point. Read More

NC Aviation Alliance Advanced Machining Center - Based at Lenoir Community College in Kinston, the Advanced Machining Center provides training programs and other assistance for businesses interested in manufacturing aircraft components for the military.

Eastern NC Plastics Technology Center - The Center trains students in the latest techniques and equipment used in the plastics industry, and awards associate degrees in applied science in Manufacturing Technology with a Plastics concentration. Eastern North Carolina community colleges offering courses toward this degree are Edgecombe, Nash, Wayne, and Wilson Community College.

Marine Training and Education Center (NC MARTEC) - This state-of-the-art training facility is located on the Intracoastal Waterway in Morehead City. With courses taught through Carteret Community College, NC MARTEC offers customized and curriculum training in maritime trades, including marine propulsion, boat manufacturing, composite and fiberglass technologies, marine electrical and plumbing systems, marine coatings, boat maintenance, repair and restoration, rigging and welding. Read More

Region Community Colleges

Beaufort Community College

Carteret Community College

Coastal Carolina Community College

College of the Albemarle - Dare Campus

College of the Albemarle - Edenton Campus

College of the Albemarle - Elizabeth City Campus

Craven Community College

Edgecombe Community College

Halifax Community College

James Sprunt Community College

Lenoir Community College

Martin Community College

Nash Community College

Pamlico Community College

Pitt Community College

Roanoke-Chowan Community College

Wayne Community College

Wilson Community College