University and community college students can get ahead or catch up on college courses over the holidays through online study.

Students can sign up for holiday break courses at Edgecombe Community College. These five-week classes begin Dec. 3 and end Jan. 6.

Five classes are available: Nutrition, Personal Health and Wellness, Critical Thinking, Music Appreciation and Introduction to Sociology. These online classes cover the same amount of material as traditional 16-week classes. All of the classes will transfer to any college or university.

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Edgecombe Community College has continued to safely and effectively serve students throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, making appropriate adjustments to course delivery based on current local, state and national governmental and public health guidelines. This fall, most classes are being delivered online, with some offered as a hybrid of online and in-person instruction.

ECC offers a number of degree programs that are 100 percent online. Online classes earn the same credit and have the same quality and standards as face-to-face courses. Support services such as tutoring, student services, the library and the bookstore are available online for the online learning student. Financial aid also is available.

Students can complete two-year online degree programs in Accounting, Business Administration and Health Information Technology as well as Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees, which are college transfer degrees, without ever stepping foot on campus.

Three one-year diploma programs are available online in Business Administration, Early Childhood Education and Health Information Technology.

ECC also offers nine online certificate programs, including Business Leadership, Logistics, Early Childhood Education and several certificates in Geospatial Technology and Health Information Technology. Certificate programs typically require one or two semesters to complete.

In recent years, the college has restructured its programs of study so that certificate and diploma programs provide stackable credentials that students can earn along the pathway to their degree. Stackable credentials build on each other and provide incremental milestones that keep students engaged and demonstrate achievement.

Spring semester classes at ECC begin on Jan. 7. Learn more at or call 252-823-5166.