Mary Tom Bass: New classes set to begin at ECC


Mary Tom Bass is director of public Information for Edgecombe Community College.


By Mary Tom Bass
Edgecombe Community College

Sunday, February 12, 2017

In an effort to meet students’ needs, new eight-week classes begin March 7 at Edgecombe Community College.

Fall and spring semester classes are 16 weeks long. The college has offered eight-week classes during the second eight weeks of the semester for several years. The classes are accelerated and cover the same amount of material as the 16-week classes.

Each semester, the slate of eight-week course offerings has grown. This spring, more than 80 courses are available and about 30 are online classes. Courses include topics in business, criminal justice, humanities, computers, math, early childhood education, human services, medical terminology and welding.

According to Tony Rook, dean of enrollment management at ECC, “About half of our students are employed, so it’s important that we provide for flexibility in our schedule in order to meet their needs and the needs of students who might have other responsibilities that prevent them from taking a class that lasts four months.

“Also, these eight-week classes give students who weren’t able to get in and register for the 16-week classes an opportunity to get started on their college education.”

Registration is under way for eight-week classes. Contact admissions@edgecombe.edu or 823-5166, ext. 255.

Don’t miss a unique theatre performance this coming Thursday on the Tarboro campus. The Barter Players will perform “Great Expectations,” based on the novel by Charles Dickens and adapted for the stage by Catherine Bush.

Presented by the college and funded by Furman Mathewson Trust, the play begins at 7:30 p.m. in Keihin Auditorium on the Tarboro campus. Admission is free, but tickets are required. Go to etix.com or call 823-5166, ext. 187.

In addition, Spring Into Fitness starts this week. A four-week class that begins Monday, the course is led by Savannah Cummings, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator. The goal is to help participants adopt a sensible exercise program and healthier eating habits to improve overall health. The fee is $35. The class meets 5:45-7:45 p.m. on the Tarboro campus.

Also, coming soon is the first of four Spring Cooking Schools. On Feb. 21, Stephen Ribustello, executive chef and co-owner of On The Square in Tarboro, will lead a class on Grandma’s Italian Kitchen Part II. The fee is $35 per class or $70 for the entire four-part series. Cooking classes meet 6-8 p.m. on the Tarboro campus.

To sign up or learn more about the fitness or cooking classes, contact hymang@edgecombe.edu or 823-5166, ext. 357.