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Foundational Studies

Transitional Studies

All Transitional Studies (formerly Basic Skills) classes are free.

Transitional Studies Orientation Schedule

The mission of the Foundational Studies Division of Pitt Community College is to provide instruction and support for academic and career success.

The Foundational Studies Division through the Transitional Studies Department offers educational opportunities to Pitt County citizens who wish to improve basic academic skills that would enable them to be more successful in today's work place or college. Adult Basic Education (ABE) provides foundational instruction in reading, writing, and math, as well as science and social studies, in the context of careers, career exploration, workplace literacy, and post-secondary training. Programs are available to address varying student needs and interests. 


High School Equivalency (GED®)

Note: GED® is the registered trademark of Pearson, however it is often used to refer to the High School Equivalency exam. If you are unable to find information relating to GED®, please see references to High School Equivalency."

Adult residents of North Carolina who have not completed high school may earn a High School Equivalency Diploma by passing a battery of tests.  The battery of assessments, available as computer-based tests only, consists of communications skills (reading and writing), math, science and social studies. The high school equivalency diploma is awarded by the State Board of the North Carolina Community College System. Classes are available at no cost to the student through the Transitional Studies Department--morning, afternoons and evenings, both on campus and off--to provide instruction for preparation for these tests. There are fees associated with taking these tests, but the classes are offered free of charge.

Contact the Transitional Studies office for more information.


Adult High School (AHS)

AHS provides course work for adults who wish to earn a high school diploma through course credit completion not previously earned in a traditional high school setting. The program consists of core courses required by the NC Department of Public Instruction along with electives required by the local public school system and the community college. Students who successfully complete all program requirements will receive an Adult High School Diploma awarded jointly by Pitt County Schools and Pitt Community College.

AHS Transcript Request (for AHS grads only) | See here for curricular transcripts.

For more information, contact Belinda Grubbs at (252) 493-7560.

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Career and College Connections

This program, also known as Basic Skills Plus, is designed to provide students with the opportunity to pursue specific career training (in either Continuing Education courses or curriculum courses) while completing their high school equivalency credentials. Instruction in basic education in the context of the specific career, employability skills, and occupational and technical skills, as well as developmental education instruction may be provided. The college may waive tuition and registration fees associated with this program.

For more information contact Belinda Grubbs at (252) 493-7560

Adult Basic Education (ABE)

This program is designed for adults who need to improve communication (reading, writing, speaking), numeracy, computational, and problem-solving skills necessary to function effectively in society, on a job, or in the family. Some classes are designed to provide basic literacy level instruction, while others are designed to prepare for the high school equivalency test or Adult High School diploma. All classes are designed to provide reading, writing, and math instruction in the context of workforce and careers. A variety of instructional strategies and approaches provides adult learners with the basic education necessary for achieving success in job training and retraining programs and post-secondary education opportunities and obtaining and retaining productive employment so that these students may fully enjoy the benefits and responsibilities of being citizens. Computer-assisted and distance learning instruction may be available as an added incentive for students working toward their goals. Classes are available throughout the Pitt County service area, both days and evenings, and may be co-sponsored with other community agencies, churches, businesses, or schools.

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Acquiring Basic Literacy Education (ABLE)

ABLE is designed to provide intensive basic academic instruction for students who have limited proficiencies in reading, writing, and math. Classes are designed to provide instruction in the context of job and occupational skills.

For more information, contact Tereasa Staton at (252) 493-7377

English As a Second Language (ESL)

ESL is provided to instruct adults who are limited in English proficiency or whose primary language is not English. The program is designed to help adults improve their English reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills in order to further education or enhance employment opportunities. Classes range from beginning to advanced levels. Instruction to enhance transitioning to high school equivalency is also incorporated as is US civics instruction.

For more information, see the ESL webpage or contact Jan Fisher at (252) 493- 7213.

Learning Center

The Learning Center is available to adults who wish to have additional access beyond the regularly scheduled classes to improve reading, math, writing, and high school equivalency test scores. The Center offers individualized instruction in an open lab format and provides a wealth of resources for the adult learner. Students may use textbooks, computers, DVDs and other materials to assist in their learning.

Contact the Learning Center at (252) 493-7342 for operating times.

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Workplace Literacy

Workplace literacy is a program of instruction designed for adults in the workplace. In conjunction with employers, instruction is provided to fit the needs of adult learners who seek to improve reading, writing, and math skills or enhance performance on adult high school equivalency or college entrance exams. Classes may be available on the job-site.

For more information, contact Teresa Staton at (252) 493-7377

GED® Test Center: 123 Leslie Building . . .

Contact Bev Webster at 252-493-7606 or Mary Hopkins at 252-493-7628 for more information.

Transitional Studies Contact info:

Laurie Weston
Chair, Transitional Studies
(252) 493-7439

Ella B. Pitt
Administrative Assistant
(252) 493-7396

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To be eligible for enrollment, potential students need to complete an orientation and assessment session. Please note that this session is required and takes place over a period of two days/evenings. Registration for these sessions is provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. All students must present a valid NC ID and Social Security card on the first day/evening of the orientation. The cost is free.

If you have any questions please call Mary Hopkins: 493-7628 or Jean Sherrod: 493-7526.

Day & Evening Sessions

Choose either a morning or evening session and attend both dates listed.

Dates Days Hours Location
March 15 and 17 Tuesday & Thursday 8:30am-12:30pm Leslie 143
March 15 and 17 Tuesday & Thursday 5:30pm-9:00pm Leslie 143
April 5 and 7 Tuesday & Thursday 8:30am-12:30pm Leslie 143
April 5 and 7 Tuesday & Thursday 5:30pm-9:00pm Leslie 143
July 5 and 7 Tuesday & Thursday 8:30am-12:30pm Leslie 143
July 5 and 7 Tuesday & Thursday 5:30pm-9:00pm Leslie 143

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