Transitional Studies Department

The Transitional Studies Department offers educational opportunities to those who wish to improve basic academic skills, increase job attainment and retention opportunities, or brush up on skills to improve college entry test scores. enabling them to be more successful in today’s work place or college. Transitional Studies comprises three main components: Adult Basic Education (ABE) providing 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, Adult Secondary Education (ASE) expanding the content and experiences from ABE, and English Language Acquisition, providing instruction for improving English speaking, listening, reading and writing while also offering opportunity to enhance career skills. Programs are available to address varying student needs and interests.

The Transitional Studies Ability to Benefit Policy applies.

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.” Other available test batteries include the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) produced by Educational Testing System (ETS) and Test of Adult Secondary Completion (TASC) produced by Data Recognition Corporation.

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 for GED®, consist of reasoning through language arts (reading and writing), math, science and social studies. HiSET or TASC, computer-based or paper-based offer a battery of five tests in reading, 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 Mary Hopkins, Chief HSE Examiner for more information, 252-493-7628 or 493-7606.

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 requiredby 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.

Achieving College Entry (ACE)

This course is offered periodically to assist students wishing to enroll in college. Students receive instruction to

  • Complete the PCC application and Financial Aid forms
  • Gain information about PCC’s New Student Orientation
  • Prepare for PCC’s placement test, the NCDAP
  • Schedule and take the NCDAP as well as the TABE
  • Learn about additional opportunities for study as needed

This class is offered to high school or HSE/GED graduates (and near HSE grads) at no charge!

Contact Belinda Grubbs, 252 493-7560, for information about the next available sessions or for ongoing tutorial opportunities.

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 Laurie Weston at (252) 493-7439.

Adult Basic Education (ABE)

This program is designed foradults 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 career development and preparation. 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.

Career Academy

Career Academy is a program of career exploration, career development, and academic instruction designed for students with learning difficulties and challenges. Students are encouraged to identify employment and job attainment goals upon enrollment. It provides students opportunity to explore and develop job skills, career choices, academics in career contexts, and goals and objectives for job attainment. The program of study has been developed in partnership with Pitt County Vocational Rehabilitation Services.

For more information, contact Laurie Weston at 493-7439.

English Language Acquisition (ELA, formerly ESL)

ELA 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 ELA 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.

Distance Learning

On-line learning opportunities are available for students wishing to enhance classroom instruction or those who need the flexibility of learning from home.  A face to face orientation is needed for instruction in how to use the available programs.

Contact the Learning Center at 252 493-7342 for more information.

Workplace Literacy

Workplace literacy is 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, speaking, listening, technology, and math skills or enhance performance on adult high school equivalency or college entrance exams. Classes may be available onthe job-site.

For more information, contact Transitional Studies Department at 252 493-7396.

High School Equivalency Test Center: 123 Leslie Building . . .

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


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. Special orientations are also available upon request of agencies and/or site administrators. Registration for these sessions is provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. All students should present a valid NC ID and Social Security card on the first day/evening of the orientation. The cost is free.

Tuesday, January 8 & Thursday, January 10
8:30am - 12:30pm OR 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Tuesday, February 5 & Thursday, February 7
8:30am - 12:30pm OR 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Tuesday, March 5 & Thursday, March 7
8:30am - 12:30pm OR 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Tuesday, April 2 & Thursday, April 4
8:30am - 12:30pm OR 5:30pm - 9:00pm

Call for more information or to request a special on-site orientation:
252 493-7396, 493-7439, or 493-7377.