Ongoing changes in technology, and career and job requirements, create the need for life-long learning for individuals in both occupational and vocational areas. The Workforce Development and Community Education Division is responsible for responding to these needs by providing services to individuals, organizations, businesses, and industries within Alleghany, Ashe, and Wilkes counties. Tailored to the needs of our service area, the courses range from basic skills to advanced courses in various technical fields. In addition, a range of vocational courses are offered that are designed to meet the needs and interests of the citizens of the region.

These are non-curriculum courses that provide Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and are made available whenever there are a sufficient number of students interested in a specific subject area.

Adults may also attend these courses to improve vocational and practical skills. These courses are available to adults 18 years old or older.

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Persons 18 years of age, or not yet 18 but have completed high school, are eligible to take courses. Persons under 18 years of age may be admitted to the courses outside of the school day or with permission of the instructor and the school. All students must meet special course prerequisites that may be in place for specific courses, particularly those that may lead to third-party certification. The most current schedule of courses is available on the college’s website, with periodic mailings sent to residents throughout the college’s service area.

Phone registration is Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Many courses are available for online registration. Students should check the online schedule for registration information for a particular course. Names are taken on a first-come, first-served basis until classes are filled. Call 336-838-6210 for more information.

Pre-registration only assures a person a space in the class if that person is on time for the first class meeting. Registration will be completed at the first class meeting when students pay fees (unless otherwise required). Classes without a minimum number of paying students physically present and on time to register at the first class meeting will be canceled. A student may not register for someone else. Fees are not refundable for community service and self-supporting classes, and both areas require a registration fee for all participants. There are no exemptions. Late registration is permitted through the second class meeting.

Students must pre-register in person for the following classes: Notary Public, Phlebotomy, Nurse Aid I, Nurse Aid II, Law Enforcement, Defensive Driving, and Cosmetology.

Fees vary depending on the course classification and the length of the course. Some programs, such as College Readiness (Basic Skills) and Career & Talent Development (formerly Human Resources Development), are offered tuition free for eligible students. Books and supplies are the responsibility of students and may be purchased from the college bookstore.

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Online Registration Instructions

Many adult education courses and services are provided on the college campus. Other courses and services are provided at off-campus locations in Wilkes, Ashe, and Alleghany counties.

The Wilkes Community College Workforce Development & Community Education Division is located on the Wilkes Campus in Kendrick/Church Hall.

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Regular attendance and participation are essential to effective teaching and learning. Adult students are expected to be regular and punctual in attendance. A minimum attendance of 80% is required to receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and/or award. Some re-certification or licensure programs require 100% attendance.

Refund Policy

A registration fee refund shall not be made except under the following circumstances:

  1. For courses that are scheduled to meet four times or less, a 75 % refund shall be made upon the request of the student if the student officially withdraws from the course(s) prior to or on the first day of class(es).
  2. For courses that are scheduled to meet five or more times, a 75 % refund shall be made upon the request of the student if the student officially withdraws from the course(s) prior to the 10% point of the course(s). Requests for refunds will not be considered after the 10% point.
  3. For contact hour courses, 10 calendar days from the first day of the course(s) is the determination date for a refund.
  4. At the time of official withdrawal under this policy, the college shall notify the student of the right to receive a refund.

Course Repeat Policy

Action taken by the 1993 term of N.C. Legislature requires that students taking an Occupational Extension class more than two times within a five-year period will be required to pay the full cost of the course beginning with the third repeat.

The above provision is waived if course repetition is required by standards governing the certification or licensing program in which the student is enrolled.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Effective with the Fall Quarter 1974, approval was given by the president and Board of Trustees for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to be awarded in accordance with guidelines published by the North Carolina Department of Community Colleges. A Continuing Education Unit is defined as: “Ten contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction and qualified instruction.”

The Continuing Education Unit may be used for the measurement, recording, reporting, accumulation, transfer, and recognition of participation by adults in programs which in the past have not been recorded in any formal or systematic way.

Continuing Education to Curriculum Credit Information

CE to CU Information


In 2012, the SECU Foundation established a Continuing Education Scholarship Program to help remove financial barriers for students seeking to gain new and/or upgrade current job-related skills.

Annually, the SECU Foundation will provide a total of 580 scholarships— 10 (ten) $750 scholarships to all 58 community colleges.

Student Eligibility

To be considered for this scholarship program, an individual must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen and a North Carolina resident.
  • Be in one of the following target groups: unemployment insurance claimants, unemployed & underemployed adults, members of the NC National Guard, or military veterans & spouses.
    Note: Underemployed will be defined as individuals earning 200% below the federal poverty level. Preference will be given to students with limited or no access to financial aid from other programs.
  • Be enrolled in a short-term training program 96-hours or more that leads to a state-regulated or industry-recognized credential that is offered through Continuing Education.
  • Not be a Director, employee or family member of an employee of the State Employees’ Credit Union or SECU Foundation.


    1. Preference will be given to students with limited or no access to financial aid from other programs.
    2. Students should only be awarded one (1) CE SECU Foundation scholarship within a funding year.

Application Procedures

This scholarship program is administered through the college’s Continuing Education department in collaboration with their Financial Aid office.  Individuals must contact local colleges for specific instructions for submitting a scholarship application.  All applications will be reviewed by a scholarship selection committee.  Scholarship recipients should receive an award letter from the college with instructions for accepting the scholarship award.  SECU Foundation scholarship funds may be used for registration fees, books, certification fees, course supplies and other educational expenditures – any balance is to be released to the student.

For more information on applying; contact Jeff Shore at 336.838.6206.  These scholarships are on a first come first serve basis.

Contact Information

Wilkes Campus

  • 336-838-6210

Ashe Campus

  • 336-846-3900

Alleghany Center

  • 336-372-5061

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