College Catalog

Workforce Continuing Education (WCE) Programs (Career Credit)

Advanced Manufacturing

The Advanced Manufacturing Program provides training for students seeking to learn new job skills in the construction and industrial trades.  Included are National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) certification programs in electrical and welding as well as training in the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) and the Certified Production Technician (CPT) certification programs.  Additional certification preparation programs are provided in the programmable logics, industrial electronics, mechatronics, ABB Robotics, and manual and CNC machining fields.  Training is provided at both the Palmer Advanced Manufacturing Center on the main campus and the Hoke Trades Center at the Hoke Center.  The program provides employment preparation and job opportunity identification for the students.


Business and Industry Support Customized Training Program

The Customized Training Program, part of the Business and Industry Support initiative, administers the North Carolina Community College System Customized Training Program for its service area. This program provides training at no cost to qualifying companies new to the service area or those companies expanding their employment base, implementing innovative technology, or enhancing the skills of their current workforce to increase their productivity. Through consultation with the Center, the company creates a customized training program specific to the needs of the company. This program is then funded by the North Carolina Community College Customized Training Program and implemented by the Center and the company.


Career Readiness Assessment Center

Sandhills Community College has been designated a Career Readiness Assessment Center by the North Carolina Community College System. Through the Career Assessment Readiness Center, the department is authorized to assess individuals for the Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) workforce credentialing system. The credentialing system is based on three ACT WorkKeys assessments: Workplace Documents, Graphic Literacy, and Applied Mathematics. CRCs are awarded on four levels (Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum) and are based on the levels scored on the assessments. Sandhills Community College is an authorized ACT WorkKeys assessment site.


Career Training

Career Training courses provide instruction and training necessary to compete in today’s workforce. Classes are offered to individuals seeking to improve their job marketability by learning new skills, those seeking to earn an industry-recognized credential and for seasoned professionals seeking CEU credit courses to stay abreast of new business practices. Other classes are provided for those who desire understanding of innovative technologies or who may need to comply with State and/or Federal licensing regulations. For the individual seeking to learn new job skills, courses are offered in areas such as automotive, health care, hospitality, business, construction trades, real estate, and languages. Professional development opportunities range from one-day workshops to certification programs in both traditional and online delivery. Sandhills Community College is an authorized Prometric Testing Center for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) assessments.


Construction Trades

Our new Breakthrough Construction Center, located at the Larry Caddell Public Training Center in Carthage, holds National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) certification programs in Core, Plumbing and HVAC. We also offer a new summer Construction Academy, and we partner with Habitat for Humanity to build a tiny home several times a year.


Ed2Go® Online Training

Continuing Education Ed2Go® online courses provide an option for those seeking a convenient or self-paced option. There are hundreds of online courses available for professional development or personal interests in the following categories: Arts and Design, Business, Computer Science, Construction and Trades, Health and Fitness, Hospitality, Information Technology, Language and Arts, Legal, Math and Science, Teacher Professional Development, Test Prep, and Writing.


Healthcare Training

Healthcare Training courses provide a broad scope of specialized training to meet the local demand of area healthcare industry providers. Included are courses and certification in areas such as Nurse Aide, Phlebotomy, EKG (Electrocardiogram Monitoring), Medication Aide, Medical Coding, Medical Terminology and Anatomy, CMAA (Medical Administrative Assistant), Central Sterile Processing, Pharmacy Technician, Medical Assisting, and NC Community Health Worker.


Medical Assisting

The Medical Assisting Program at SCC is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). Graduates of a CAAHEP accredited medical assisting program may be eligible to sit for the American Association of Medial Assistants’ (AAMA) Certification Examination to become a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA). Students who successfully pass the MA program are also eligible to sit for the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) with American Medical Technologies (AMT).


Technology Training

The Frick Technology and Innovation Center Technology Training programs provide up-to-date instruction in many areas of technology for adult learners of all experience levels. The program provides instruction in both Apple and personal computer platforms including such topics as operating systems; applications software; personal computer safety; maintenance and repair; 3D printing; tablets; photography and cyber security.


Workforce Skills Training

The Workforce Skills Training Program provides skill assessment services, employability skills training, and career development counseling to unemployed and underemployed adults hoping to advance their careers. Workforce Skills Training classes assist students in assessing their interests, personality traits and abilities, in setting career and/or educational goals, and in creating a pathway leading to economic, social, and educational success. These goals are achieved through individual classes, coaching, and counseling. The program is fee-waived for those who qualify.


Larry R. Caddell Public Safety Training Center

The Larry R. Caddell Public Safety Training Center serves the training needs of approximately thirty (30) fire departments in Moore and Hoke counties.


Fire and Rescue Training

Under the auspices of the North Carolina Fire Commission, the college provides certification and training programs (and regional and state training) for fire and rescue personnel. The College offers biannual Fire Academies each year that provide cadets their Firefighter certification as well as additional Office of the State Fire Marshall certifications.


Emergency Medical Services

Emergency Medical Services training emphasizes initial and upgrade certification programs from the basic First Responder to Advance Life Support. Specialized lifesaving programs are offered to the general public and on site for business and industry.


Law Enforcement Training

The College provides upgrade and re-certification training programs for law enforcement and corrections personnel. Emphasis is placed on officer skills and duties necessary to enhance job performance and courses required for continued certification in these careers. Special law enforcement topic classes are offered to respond to a rapidly changing environment and based on the needs of the community. These classes equip law enforcement personnel with the information and skills necessary to serve. Instructional delivery is offered in both traditional and eLearning formats.


College and Career Readiness (CCR)

The Furches Center for Lifelong Learning offers a variety of College and Career Readiness (CCR) Programs. These Basic Skills programs provide educational opportunities at no cost to adults who would like to improve their academic skills to function more effectively in society or on the job. In accordance with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act guidelines, students have the option to enroll in a career pathway program while attending a literacy program so they may reach their career goals sooner.  Each of the CCR literacy programs are designed to meet students’ unique learning needs.  Classes are available during day and evening hours at several convenient locations in Moore and Hoke counties, as well as online offerings. Specific program areas are described below.


Adult Basic Education (ABE)

Adult Basic Education (ABE) classes provide adults, 18 or older, an opportunity to learn basic reading, writing, and math skills. Students experience firsthand how these skills relate to daily living and the workplace by completing such tasks as reading a newspaper, helping their children with homework, writing a letter, calculating a budget and so much more. Upon completion of eighth grade level work, students may progress into the High School Equivalency (HSE) program to pursue their HSE diploma.


High School Equivalency (HSE)

The High School Equivalency program offers classes at no cost to students providing the knowledge and skills needed to successfully complete the high school equivalency test credential.  Students have the option to take either the GED® test or the HiSET® test.  Successful completion of either test results in the same High School Equivalency Diploma issued by the North Carolina Board of Community Colleges.

Applicants ages 16 and 17 may apply to the HSE program contingent upon an interview with a Coordinator.  All accepted minor applicants must present a signed and notarized Petition for Admission of a Minor Form which can be obtained prior to the minor applicant’s interview.

The completed petition will indicate applicant’s parents, legal guardian, or other person or agency having legal custody and control.  It will certify residency and date of birth and appropriate legal relationship of the petitioner to the applicant and official school drop date as determined by the previous school.


English Language Acquisition (ELA)

English Language Acquisition (ELA) classes are offered at no cost to adults 18 or older having limited skills in the English language.  Instruction is provided in life skills, communication, family and workplace literacy, reading and writing, U.S. culture, and civics.  Preparation for the U.S. citizenship test is also available through the ELA class.


C. Harlan McCaskill Center 

The C. Harlan McCaskill Center offers programs to meet the training needs of the public service sector and to enhance the cultural, academic, and social enrichment of area citizens.


Small Business Center

The mission of the Small Business Center is to increase the success rate and the number of viable small businesses in North Carolina by providing high quality, readily accessible assistance to prospective and existing small business owners ultimately leading to business start-ups, job creation and retention. The Sandhills Community College Small Business Center is a community-based provider offering seminars, workshops, and business counseling at no cost to the participants.


Dedman Center for Business Leadership

Designed to prepare individuals to become effective leaders in their respective businesses or organizations, the Dedman Center offers an annual Dedman Institute for Business Leadership. Participants are given a well-rounded look at the elements of leadership in corporate and institutional settings, including academia.

Those completing the program are designated a Dedman Fellow in Leadership from the Sandhills Community College Division of Workforce Continuing Education. Participation in the program is made possible through scholarships underwritten by the Robert Dedman Permanent Endowment to Benefit Sandhills Community College, an endowment created by the late Robert H. Dedman to support programs at Sandhills.


Personal Enrichment

The Center for Personal Enrichment and the Lifelong Learning Institute, both part of the C. Harlan McCaskill Center, facilitate the learning and participation of individuals in the region. Short-term courses are offered throughout the year allowing participants to strengthen proficiencies; experience cultural, personal, or academic enrichment; and investigate new curiosities promoting self-expansion and lifelong learning. Course topics and offerings range from academics such as foreign languages, art history or debates on issues regarding tour current legal processes to developing cultural and personal enrichment through healthy living, art, film, literature, horticulture and culinary.


College for Kids

College for Kids is a series of exciting summer youth enrichment and educational programs for students ages 8-14. Programs are designed to provide fun, hands-on learning activities promising to develop and build skills, encourage creativity and fuel a passion for lifelong learning.



Alive@25 is a program designed for those ages 16-25 and recommended for those who have received a traffic violation. The Safety and Health Council of North Carolina has recognized Sandhills Community College as a National Safety Council Public Training Agency accredited to offer defensive driving courses to the public.