College and Career Readiness

The College and Career Readiness programs educate adults without a high school diploma and adults with a high school credential who need to upgrade their fundamental skills in reading, math, and/or the English language for college and/or workplace readiness learning opportunities.

Five College and Career Readiness programs are offered:

  • Adult Basic Education (ABE)
  • Adult Secondary Education (ASE)
  • Adult High School Diploma (AHS)
  • NC High School Equivalency (HSE)
  • English Language Program (ELP)

Basic Skills Interest Form

College and Career Readiness Admissions

Adults 18 and over, and minors, ages 16 and 17 with an authorized school release or withdrawal form signed by the administrator of the last public school, private school, or home-school attended, are eligible to enroll in College and Career Readiness programs.

Steps to Enroll:

  1. Attend a TABE Placement Test Session:
    ο Please contact Tonya Brinkley at (252) 246-1356 or to schedule a test appointment.
    ο ID is required in order to take the TABE Placement Test.
  2. Your class assignment is based on your TABE scores.
  3. Mandatory Orientation Sessions are scheduled once you complete TABE Placement Testing.

During the Orientation

  1. Complete a student registration form.
  2. Pay $5.00 security fee (on-campus classes only).
  3. Receive a class schedule.
  4. Discuss important classroom information.

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Transitions Career Academy

Provides adults with the opportunity to continue their education by improving their reading, writing, math, and technology skills while preparing for the world of work or other appropriate post secondary program.

Transitions Career Academy Application

Transitions Career Academy Information Session Presentation

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Adult Basic Education (ABE)

The Adult Basic Education program is designed for adults who function below the high school level. Instruction is provided using a combination of instructor led classes and computer-based instruction Monday through Friday at on- and off-campus sites.

The objective of the Adult Basic Education program (ABE) is to raise students’ basic skills in:

  • Reading/Writing
  • Math
  • Language

Giving students the skills they need to meet their daily life at home, the workplace, and in the community.

The ABE Program is designed to achieve the learning objectives of the Cooperative and Employability Pathways.

Basic Skills Plus Program

Basics Skills Plus offers transition and career pathway support to students preparing for entry into employment or postsecondary education programs.  Eligible students are co-enrolled in the AHS or HSE program along with one of the following occupational courses:

  • Certified Nurse Aid I

Eligibility Standards:

  • Performing academically at the ASE (9th grade) level.
  • Complete a Basic Skills Plus application.
  • Attended a minimum of 60 hours of ABE, ASE, or ELA classroom instruction the preceding semester.

Adult Secondary Education (ASE)

The Adult Secondary Education program of study is designed for adults functioning at the 9th grade or higher level. Instruction is provided both by instructor led classes and online class work. Classes are available Monday through Thursday at both on-campus (AHS) and off-campus (HSE) class sites.

The Adult Secondary Education (ASE) Program offers two programs of study that lead to a high school credential.

  • Adult High School Diploma Program (AHS)
  • NC High School Equivalency Diploma (HSE)

Both programs of study are available in the Occupational Career Pathway and the Pre-College Pathway.

The Occupational Career Pathway prepares students to earn a high school credential and enter short-term (4 to 12 month) educational training programs.
The Pre-College Pathway prepares students to earn a high school credential and enter curriculum certificate, diploma, or degree programs.

All students who enroll and complete the requirements of an ASE Program will receive free tuition, up to 5 credit hours, towards a WCC continuing education or curriculum course.

All students must attend a two-day orientation session. Cost: $5.00 security fee due the first day of the two-day orientation session for students attending on-campus classes only. Minors, 16 & 17 years old must completed the required paperwork prior to attending the orientation session.

Requirements: Arrive 15 minutes prior to the orientation session. No one will be permitted to attend orientation after the session begins.

Adult High School Diploma Program (AHS)

In the AHS Program, students earn units of high school course credits to complete the program and to receive a diploma issued by the Wilson County Board of Education.

In order to complete this program, eighteen core courses and seven elective courses for a total of 25 credits, is required. Credits can be transferred in or earned as a part of the AHS program. Please note, students with 22 or more transferred-in high school credits must take and pass a minimum of 4 AHS credits at WCC to earn their AHS diploma.)

AHS Requirements:

  • Obtain 25 course credits (18 core courses and 7 course electives).
  • Pass one or more AHS course credits per semester until the completion of the AHS program of study.

Additional Fees:

  • AHS Diploma – $5.00 (required)
  • Graduation Ceremony – $15.00 (optional)
  • Graduation Cap and Gown – Purchased at the Wilson Community College Bookstore

NC High School Equivalency Diploma Program (HSE)

In the NC High School Equivalency Diploma Program, students are evaluated in four subject areas equivalent to 9th -12th grade high school coursework:

  • Language/writing
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies

Classroom or online academic instruction is recommended prior to attempting HSE exams but is not a requirement. A student must pass the HSE exam in order to receive a NC HSE diploma awarded by the NC Community College System.

HSE Requirements:

  • Pass the GED Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and Mathematics exams.
  • Visit the GED website to register, pay for the GED exams, and select Wilson Community College PersonVue GED Testing Center.
  • $20.00 per test (Retake the test up to two times for free.)
  • Note: The GED exams are computer-based exams.


  • Pass the HiSET Reading, Writing, Science, Social Studies, and Mathematics exams.
  • Visit the HiSet website to register, pay for the HiSET exams, and select Wilson Community College HiSET Testing Center.
  • $15.00 per test (Retake the test up to two times for free.)
  • Note: The HiSET exams are paper-based exams.

Additional Fees:

  • NC HSE Exams visit $80.00 or $75.00 (required)
  • NC HSE Diploma Cover – $5.00 (optional)
  • Graduation Ceremony – $15.00 (optional)
  • Graduation Cap and Gown – Purchased at the Wilson Community College Bookstore

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English Language Program (ELP)

As part of the Cooperative Pathway, the English Language Program (ELP) teaches adults whose first language is not English the oral, listening, reading, and/or writing English skills needed to successfully function as parents, workers, and citizens.

Beginning to advanced level EL classes are offered at varying times and places, including U.S. citizenship preparation classes.

After students have achieved their desired level of competency, they are welcomed to transition to the Employability, Occupational Career, or the Pre-College pathways.

English Literacy and Civics Education

English Literary Civics courses teach U. S. history, events, and facts to prepare speakers of other languages with the knowledge needed to become a naturalized citizen through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.  Additionally, these courses bridge technical and career occupational content with curricula to assist students in transitioning into career pathways.

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