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Mary Tom Bass: ECC offers chance to begin anew

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Mary Tom Bass is director of public Information for Edgecombe Community College.

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BY MARY TOM BASS
Edgecombe Community College

Sunday, January 6, 2019

A new year symbolizes a fresh start, a time to dust off long-standing goals and develop an action plan to turn those goals into reality.

Whether your goal is to begin a new career, study toward a four-year degree, improve job skills or earn a high school diploma, Edgecombe Community College can help.

Our mission is to offer education and training that is both relevant and life enhancing. Through a wide selection of programs and courses, the college seeks to improve both the quality of life and the economic outlook of its students and area residents.

Through programs in health sciences and public safety; business, industry and technologies and arts and sciences, ECC is equipping students with practical skills that enable graduates to excel in their careers, homes, and communities.

With a 15-to-1 student-faculty ratio, small class size is just one of many benefits to students at ECC. The college offers career counseling, mentoring programs, services for veterans, professional tutoring and specialized services for students with disabilities.

Student Success Centers on each campus offer one-stop shopping for advising, student planning, goal setting and success workshops. The centers are the main hub on each campus in connecting students to academic resources and services.

ECC is affordable. Currently, tuition and fees amount to $88 per semester, with a maximum of $1,000 per semester for North Carolina residents. Ninety-seven percent of students receive financial aid. The college’s financial aid counselors are experts at helping students find assistance through a combination of grants, scholarships, and work-study.

Sixty percent of ECC students attend as part-time students, and nearly half are employed while they are students. Faculty and staff understand the need for flexibility and are committed to meeting every student’s unique needs.

“Our goal is to ensure that students have the necessary resources and support to stay in college, graduate, or transfer to other institutions of higher learning,” says ECC President Greg McLeod. “We want all Edgecombe residents to have the tools they need to succeed and thrive in the workplace, in their homes and communities, and in life.”

Let Edgecombe Community College help you get started on reaching your goals. Final registration for spring classes is Monday. Classes begin Tuesday.

To learn more, go to edgecombe.edu or call 252-823-5166.

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