College Credits

A college credit is a unit of academic credit. A one credit hour course means you will meet with the instructor in-person or online one hour per week. A two credit hour class means you will meet for two hours each week for the semester.

College Placement Tests

Most students who enroll or want to enroll in a NC community colleges must take a college placement test. Some colleges require placement testing at different stages of entrance.

College placement tests are typically used to determine an individual student’s strengths and needs and inform the college admission process.

At whatever point a student is required to take the placement tests, the test scores will determine if the student is performing at a level to enter into college level courses or if the student needs developmental studies courses prior to entering college level courses.

The student’s score on the test may also determine which type of developmental courses are needed (English, Reading or Math), how many developmental courses are needed and what levels of developmental courses are needed.

Prerequisites & Co-Requisites

Nearly all Early Childhood Education programs in the NC community college system will soon have (as of Fall 2010) pre-requisite requirements to ensure students have the literacy skills to be successful in the coursework and in the field of Early Care and Education.

What is a prerequisite?

Certain courses have specific requirements that you must take before you can enroll in them. These requirements are called “prerequisites”. For example, before you are allowed to take a higher level English class (ENG 200), you may need to complete ENG 100.

The course descriptions may read like this: “Prerequisites: ENG 100, RDG 100, MAT 092, or placement”. This means that you can fulfill these prerequisites by either taking these classes OR by placing out of them via the College Placement Test. This is to ensure that you have the necessary reading, writing, and math skills in order to succeed in college level courses.

Prerequisites usually exist because courses are sequential and build upon the skills developed in the previous course(s).

What is a co-requisite?

Sometimes a course may require another course as a co-requisite, which means you are allowed to take them at the same time.


Financial Aid

North Carolina

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarships – The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Project gives scholarships to child care workers to complete course work in early childhood education and to increase their compensation.


Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

American Association of University Women
The AAUW awards fellowships and grants of up to $35,000 to women for educational, project and professional support and for post-baccalaureate study or research in the US.  Candidates are evaluated based on scholarly excellence, commitment to helping women and girls through service in their communities, professions or other fields of research.

Business and Professional Women’s Foundation The Career Advancement Center is for women who are advancing their careers or re-entering the workforce and has resources for continuing education reimbursement support.

General Federation of Women’s Clubs
The General Federation of Women’s Clubs is a national leader in the fight to end domestic violence. GFWC implemented the Success for Survivors Scholarship in 2011. Scholarships of $2,500 are available to help survivors of intimate partner abuse obtain a post-secondary education that will offer them the chance to reshape their future by securing employment and gaining personal independence. Applications are available online.

Jeannette Rankin Foundation
Scholarships for low-income women age 35 and older to build a better lives through college completion.

Scholarship America 
Scholarship America’s three programs:  Dollars for Scholars, Scholarship Management Services, and Dreamkeepers help students pay for and stay in college.

Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards program – For women who have overcome poverty or life challenges.

Talbots Women’s Scholarship Fund 
In keeping with its long-standing tradition of helping women succeed, the Talbots Charitable Foundation offers a scholarship program for women looking to return to college later in life.

Resources to Improve Reading, Writing & Math Skills

You can do it!

  • improve your reading, math, vocabulary, English skills
  • pass the series of tests to earn your GED
  • help your child with homework
  • learn some skills to help you get a better job

Free Basic Skills Classes for Adults

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