Workforce Continuing Education (WCE) Career Credit
The Workforce Continuing Education Division offers a wide variety of courses designed to meet the needs and interests of the citizens of Moore and Hoke Counties. Through this division, students may acquire or enhance basic academic skills and general knowledge and/or earn industry-recognized credentials and/or train or retrain for employment.
Some courses are offered on a continuing basis while others are developed and offered in response to requests by individuals, business and industry or other community and public service groups. A printed class schedule is available prior to the beginning of a term and offerings are also posted and updated on the Sandhills website at www.sandhills.edu/wce.
Personal Enrichment classes at Sandhills Community College are designed to enhance the intellectual, physical, and personal well-being of the Sandhills community. The Center for Creative Living and the Lifelong Learning Institute facilitate innovative programs that are designed to promote access to services and community resources and to encourage participation and collaboration with various community organizations and agencies.
Any person 18 years or older may enroll in continuing education classes throughout the year. During summer months while local schools are not in operation, persons under 18 can enroll in continuing education classes as specified by the class offering. During the school year, exceptions can be made for 16- and 17-year-old students who have not completed high school. Students who request admission under these exceptions should contact the Continuing Education Division for special instructions concerning admission and registration.
High school juniors and seniors may enroll in a WCE Career and College Promise (CCP) course offered at their high school in accordance with the CCP guidelines (see College Programs for High School Students).
Registration for continuing education classes may be completed by contacting our registration office at 910-695-3980 or by visiting sandhills.edu/cereg. Class registration is ongoing and start dates are announced in the printed class schedule and on the Sandhills website at sandhills.edu/wce.
The NC Legislature establishes all tuition fees charged except for self-supporting classes. Additional specialty fees that cover specific course materials vary according to specific programs in Continuing Education. College and Career Readiness, Career Development (for those students who qualify), and most small business seminars are offered to students at no cost. Tuition fees for occupational classes are determined by the Legislature. Classes designated “self-supporting” require varying registration fees. All registration fees are advertised in the printed class schedules. A $5.00 technology fee and a $2.50 accident insurance fee is charged for some classes.
A full refund can be made if the class is canceled by the College or if the student requests the refund before the class starts. After the class begins, 75% of the registration fee can be refunded if requested by the 10% attendance point.
Workforce Continuing Education students with any outstanding balance may still enroll in occupational extension certification classes and receive continuing education units (CEUs) 1) if the course section is offered for the benefit of a company or agency and 2) when course attendance is limited to employees of said company/agency, and 3) the company/agency pays the tuition. The students will be made aware that the outstanding balance remains on their account. They will be restricted to taking company/agency sponsored classes until the outstanding balance is paid in full.
Location of Classes
Classes are held on the campuses of Sandhills Community College in both Moore and Hoke Counties, and at designated locations throughout the communities.
Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
The Workforce Continuing Education Division awards Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for appropriate programs. The Commission on Colleges defines the CEU as follows: “One Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is ten (10) contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction.”
The Workforce Continuing Education Division has a variety of scholarships made available by donors and various state and local partners. Applications are available through the Office of Workforce Continuing Education located in Van Dusen Hall and on our website at www.sandhills.edu/available-funds-for-your-training/.
In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), student records are maintained in the college’s information system. Student information requested by the College, at the time of registration, consists of social security number, name, address, telephone number, date of birth, county of residence, email address, employment status, race, gender, emergency contact information, and level of education completed.
Workforce Continuing Education transcripts will be issued only upon students’ written authorization to the Office of Workforce Continuing Education. A transcript request form and directions can be found online at www.sandhills.edu/continuing-education/wce/transcripts.
A separate process is required for High School Equivalency (HSE) and Adult High School (AHS) transcripts.
All requests for an HSE (to include GED® and HiSET®) transcripts should be directed to Diploma Sender, www.diplomasender.com. Fees may be applied.
Requests for an AHS transcript should be directed to the Office of Workforce Continuing Education. The request form is located online at www.sandhills.edu/wce/transcripts.