Adult Learners

Returning to school means daring to imagine a brighter future for yourself. Whether it’s been two years or twenty since you last set foot in a classroom, the NC Community College System makes going back to school or getting specialized training easy, accessible, and affordable.

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Popular Adult Learning Programs

Degrees and Programs

Whether you want to switch careers, advance your skills, gain credentials, or explore a subject that’s always interested you, you can do it with us. We offer over 200 certificate and diploma programs that can provide you with a high-quality education that will improve your life and the community around you.

Workforce Continuing Education

Get accelerated occupational training to enhance your skill set in your current career or gain experience in a new field. Our Workforce Continuing Education programs will prepare you for success in emerging and sustained industries across the state.

Finish High School

Prepare to finish your high school education or complete your Adult High School Diploma with free instruction at your local community college. The program covers core subjects like Reading, Science, and Mathematics, preparing you for the required assessment to obtain your degree.

College Entrance Prep

Improve your reading, writing, math, and tech skills with courses that meet you where you are in your educational journey. Our classes give you the confidence to help with homework, navigate the internet, and prepare to enter postsecondary education programs.

Learn to Speak English

Our English as a Second Language program can help you learn to read, write, speak, and understand the English language so you can make progress in your education, training, or career.


“I have dreamed of being an occupational therapist for a long time, and Mayland changed my life and gave me the confidence and security to do it. It opened up a whole new world for me!”

Rachel Stewart

Mayland Community College

"Gaston College has created a holistic student experience for me and allowed me to truly own my momentum. The College helped me overcome the fears and insecurities of being a ‘non-traditional’ working adult student, and the Medical Assisting program continues to heighten my passion to help persons with their medical needs.”

Keisha Cook

Gaston College

Maybe it’s been a while since you thought about school. Here are some questions and answers that may help you as you continue your research.

Paying for School

We make it more affordable to continue your education than anywhere else in the state. Find out how we help you find funding to cover your costs.

Student Services

Discover the support services you can access as a student within the System from the time you enroll in your first class through graduation.

200 West Jones Street Raleigh, North Carolina 27603

(919) 807-7100