2015-2016 Catalog & Handbook 
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2015-2016 Catalog & Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Adult & Continuing Education

Workforce Development

Occupational Extension

Emergency Services Education

Customized Training Program

Community Services Education

College and Career Readiness

Human Resources Development

Small Business Center

BioAg Center

Registration Calendar 2015-2016

College and Career Readiness

Fall Semester 2015

July 7-November 25, 2015

Spring Semester 2016

December 1-March 31, 2016

Summer Semester 2016

April 4-June 30, 2016

Commencement (AHS)

June 17, 2016

General Information

Robeson Community College is dedicated to providing a broad range of educational opportunities through its Division of Workforce Development and Continuing Education. It offers students an opportunity to further their education, to improve their individual proficiency, and to upgrade and improve present job skills. The program is highly flexible and attempts to meet the group and individual needs of the community. Courses are designed to assist adults in earning a high school diploma, a high school equivalency certificate, basic education, learning occupational skills, and enriching their lives in general.

Training is also offered in special areas, such as fire fighting, law enforcement, rescue work, and management development. The division offers customized training programs for new and expanding industries, and provides upgrading and management courses to meet specialized needs.

Class Schedules and Enrollment

Classes are scheduled on weekdays, evenings, and weekends on campus, and at various times and locations throughout Robeson County. Registration for courses is normally completed at the first class meeting, but some require preregistration. Classes are publicized by various means prior to the beginning of each semester. Other courses are organized on a basis of need, interest, and availability of suitable facilities and qualified instructors.


The open door policy is observed regarding requirements for admission to continuing education courses. Any person who is a high school graduate or at least 18 years of age, not currently attending a public school, and has the ability to benefit from the program is eligible to apply. Persons 16 or 17 years of age may enroll in Continuing Education classes that are held outside of regular school hours with permission from the school system. A person who does not have a high school diploma can enroll in basic skills classes.

Fees and Insurance

Most Occupational Extension courses have a registration fee of $70-$180, and Community Services Education courses range from $0-$130. Recreational classes are required to be self-supporting and are priced accordingly. All fees are payable at the first class meeting. There is no registration fee for any of the basic skills courses. There is a technology fee for computer classes and a campus access fee for all classes eight (8) weeks and longer.

Tuition for Occupational Extension classes may be waived for legal residents of North Carolina who are rescue personnel, fire fighters, law enforcement officers, and lifesaving department personnel, however, the course must be required in their respective vocations. Fees are also waived for public and private school teachers when enrolled in CPR and first aid courses.

In some courses, students are expected to provide the materials, supplies, tools, and books that they will need.

Students are encouraged to purchase student insurance, however, in some courses the insurance is a requirement. The insurance is offered for a nominal fee.

Campus Access/Security Fee

Continuing Education students enrolled in a class eight weeks or longer (not seminars or workshops) must pay a campus access/security fee.


Regular attendance and participation are essential to effective teaching and learning. Adult students are expected to be regular and punctual in attendance. A minimum of 80 percent attendance is required to receive a certificate of completion. There are courses, seminars, and workshops that require 100 percent attendance in order to receive a certificate of completion.


College credit is not given for completion of courses in the Division of Adult and Continuing Education; however, certificates are awarded for completion of some of the courses. Licenses, diplomas, or other forms of recognition are awarded by certain agencies outside the college upon successful completion of specially designed courses.

Continuing Education Units (CEU’s)

Continuing Education Units will be awarded to those persons satisfactorily completing many of the courses in the Continuing Education Division. One CEU is defined as being 10 contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction. A permanent record of each person’s CEU’s will be maintained by the College. Individuals, firms, and professional organizations may use compilations of CEU’s to provide measures of recognition for non-credit educational achievement.

Additional Courses

If 12 or more people want to learn about a subject which is not currently offered, the college will make every effort to find a qualified instructor and offer the course anywhere in Robeson County where suitable space is available. Requests may be made by calling the Adult and Continuing Education Division at 910-272-3600.

Occupational Extension

Occupational Extension courses are designed to provide training in a specific area. These courses may teach a new skill or upgrade present skills, leading perhaps to promotion, supplemental income or employment. All extension courses are non-credit. Students earn Continuing Education Units (CEU’s). Traditionally, occupational extension courses have been extremely popular with both employers and employees.

Student Population

Thousands of people enroll in occupational extension courses, many to make sure their skills are as modern as the locations where they work. Others enroll to learn a new skill in hopes of finding gainful employment. Many times, students consist of employees of an individual business or industry. In these situations, the course is offered at the company’s request for training.

Types of Courses Offered

Courses offered cover a wide range of occupational areas. Many are vocational or technical in nature, including: Blueprint Reading; Measurements, NCCER Core Curriculum, Quality Control, Electronics, Fire Rescue Training, Medical Training and other courses dealing with licensing preparations and business skills. Below are some examples of the available courses offered in the Continuing Education Division. If requested, special courses can also be developed to meet specific needs.

Course Length, Cost and Location

Occupational extension courses vary in length and can be taught almost anywhere.

Occupational extension courses are offered as a service to the business and industrial community and are supported in part by tax receipts. Therefore, the cost to the students has been traditionally low. Presently, the direct cost is $70- $180 for registration fees per course. Classes meet at varying times which helps accommodate today’s busy schedule.

Course locations are as varied as course length. Generally, courses are held on the RCC Campus and/or the ComTech Campus. However, many times courses are held at an individual business, industry, or service organizations. The deciding factors when determining course location are the needs of the students.

Licensing Preparation Courses

Licensing preparation courses are offered by Robeson Community College Occupational Extension Department for barbering, medical assisting, NCCER Core Curriculum, notary public, pharmacy technician, vehicle inspection, and many others. For an entire list of the College’s licensing preparation courses visit our website at: www.robeson@edu.com [opens in a new tab] or call (910) 272-3630.

Automotive Vehicle Safety Inspection:

This course covers the rules and regulations for safety inspection of automobile vehicles. It is required of all mechanics prior to licensing to inspect vehicles.

  • Independent Automobile Dealers Pre-License Course
  • OBD Inspections

Barber Program

Students will prepare to become licensed barbers while learning in a stand-alone program and working in an on-campus barber shop. The barber program will teach students the essentials required in providing complete hair and skin services for men. Students will be taught such barbering services as steam facials, facial massages, and foam shaves, as well as modern razor styling, hair cutting, coloring, permanent waving, and blow drying. The Barber Program is located at RCC’s ComTech Campus in Pembroke, NC. Students should be able to successfully complete the program within three semesters. For additional information or to schedule a test date please call or e-mail Mr. Michael Cheek, barbering instructor, at (910) 522-1426 or mcheek@robeson.edu.

Medical Assisting

The Medical Office Assisting Program prepares students to be able to perform the vital duties of the front office. Students will learn the proper techniques for answering telephones, scheduling appointments, managing and maintaining patient charts, and creating correspondences. Students will be introduced to areas of study such as

  • Office Accounting
  • Customer Service
  • Electronic Health Records
  • Medical Coding
  • Health Insurance Billing
  • Collection Process

Governmental policies and procedures play a vital role in efficiently managing medical offices, with that being said students are expected to learn regulations in the areas of OSHA, HIPPA, DEA, and CLIA. The National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) will be the certifying body for the program. National certification in a Medical Office Assisting Program is a great way for students to demonstrate their knowledge and commitment to having a successful career in this field of study. Students who successfully pass this course will be eligible to test for the National Certified Medical Office Assistant (NCMOA). This certification is accepted at our local hospitals and other hospitals throughout the state of NC and throughout the US. Obtaining this certification will open new doors of opportunities throughout a student’s career.

NCCER Core Curriculum

This 100 - hour course consists of safety lecture and skill performance demonstrations relative to the craft trades. The Core Curriculum is nationally recognized and accepted by the Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship as time-based training.

Notary Public Education

Persons interested in becoming a notary must complete this course of study approved by the Secretary of State. Upon completion participants will be prepared to take and certify the knowledge of proof and execution or signing of any instrument or writing; take affidavits or depositions; administer oaths and affirmations. Medical Transcription

Pharmacy Technician

Within the state of North Carolina, pharmacy technicians are used in a variety of ways to support the work of a supervising pharmacist. They may also assemble prescriptions in a pharmacist’s absence, but the pharmacist must check the medication before it is distributed to any patient. Pharmacy technicians in North Carolina are considered a valuable part of any pharmacy’s team, and the state’s Board of Pharmacy and the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists is always looking for more ways to expand the pharmacy technician’s role. Subject matter includes: pharmacy laws and regulations, pharmacy calculations, pharmacy terminology, proper handling and storage of medications, dispensing systems, labeling requirements, and record-keeping and documentation. As a pharmacy technician, you will assist licensed pharmacists as they provide medication and other health care products to patients. From measuring medications to maintaining patient records, your administrative and clinical knowledge will open doors in:

  • Hospitals
  • Community pharmacies
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Assisted living facilities

Food Service Sanitation

This 16-hour course includes the ServSafe Program accepted by the food industry. Special emphasis is given to sanitation, proper food handling, cooking, holding and storage temperatures and food borne illnesses. A Robeson County Health Department Food Handler’s card is available at the completion of the course.

Construction and Industrial Training

  • Basic Electrical Wiring
  • Industrial Maintenance Tech
  • National Electrical Code I
  • Powered Industrial Truck
  • Wastewater Operator Grades I & II
  • Welding
  • Workplace Welding
  • National Electrical Code I
  • Powered Industrial Truck
  • Industrial Maintenance Tech

Where Can I Get More Information:

Director of Customized Training
Robeson Community College
Post Office Box 1420
Lumberton, North Carolina 28359
Or call (910) 272-3630 (910) 272-3632

Occupation Extension Courses:

Electronic Medical Health Records

When a patient visits any type of health facility, a record of all treatment outcomes and observations must be established. And all of this information must be represented in the form of a medical record. In a revolutionary effort to improve the way patient data is accurately maintained in a variety of health care settings, our medical industry is undergoing a historical transition from traditional paper records to digital records. All sectors of the medical industry, including doctors’ offices, outpatient centers, hospitals, nursing care facilities and home health care services, will benefit from the expertise of an individual with a firm background in electronic health records. That’s why early government research projects predict that approximately 212,000 jobs could be created from this movement.

Hippa Compliance (On-line)

Are you a health care professional or considering a career in the health care industry? Do you provide products or services to a health care organization? If the answer to either of these questions is yes, then it’s mandatory that you understand the requirements of HIPAA compliance. This ground breaking legislation requires all health care professionals to take careful steps to protect private information.

Human Anatomy & Physiology, I or II (On-line)

Human Anatomy and Physiology focuses on the structure and function of the human body. In this course, you’ll gain an understanding of basic chemistry, the human cell, and the anatomy of the body’s organ systems and the jobs that they do. You’ll also learn how our organ systems work together to allow us to process sensations, think, communicate, grow, move, reproduce, and stay alive.

Medical Terminology

This course is an introduction to the study of the structure of medical words and terms. Emphasis is placed on spelling and defining commonly used prefixes, suffixes, root words, and their combining forms. Program content covers the basic human anatomy and physiology for all systems, elements of medical terms, and names of major diseases.

Medical Transcription (On-line)

Take your first step toward a lucrative career as a medical transcriptionist! You’ll learn how to transcribe the most common medical reports used in both inpatient and outpatient settings. We’ll review a lot of the grammar you might have forgotten since high school and apply it to the reports.

Director of Occupational Extension
Robeson Community College
Post Office Box 1420
Lumberton, North Carolina 28359
Or call (910) 272-3604 (910) 272-3609

Computer Education

Introduction to PC’s/Windows 7 & Windows 8

This course is intended for people who have no or very limited experience with computers. The beginner will get an introduction to the computer that includes the following: parts of a computer, memory, keyboard practice, an introduction to Windows, word processing, and spreadsheets.

Microsoft Excel

This course will provide you with the essential information needed to develop spreadsheet skills. You will be introduced to worksheet formulas, data sorting, linking, formatting, previewing and printing. You will learn to use the standard toolbar, along with displaying, hiding, and customizing all toolbars. Emphasis will be on building spreadsheets to fit your needs in the workplace. Basic typing skills are required.

  • Security
  • Introduction to PC Troubleshooting
  • Intermediate Networking
  • Introduction to Networking
  • Wireless Networking


  • Accounting Fundamentals I & II
  • Introduction to Quick Books 2012 & 2013
  • Performing Payroll in Quick Books 2012 & 2013
  • Introduction to Peachtree Accounting
  • Quick Book for Contractors 2013 & 2014

Web Page Creation & Web Graphics

Learn how to design, create, and post your very own site on the Internet’s World Wide Web. Discover low-cost web marketing strategies.

  • Creating Web Pages I & II
  • Introduction to Photoshop
  • Introduction to Visio
  • Discover Digital Photography

For an entire list of the College’s on-line courses visit our website at www.robeson@edu.com [opens in a new tab] or www.ed2go.com/robesoncc [opens in a new tab].

Customized Training Program

The Customized Training Program supports economic development efforts that provide training opportunities for eligible businesses and industries. This program combines the former New and Expanding Industry Training Program and Customized Industry Training Program to simultaneously prepare North Carolina’s workforce with the skills essential to successful employment in emerging industries.

Fast Track Industrial Maintenance Program

Industrial Maintenance Technicians work with various types of equipment and machinery used in industrial settings, hospitals, hotels, military installations, schools or anywhere maintenance of equipment is needed.

Careers in Maintenance are in HIGH DEMAND across the nation for those that enjoy working with their hands, working in a team environment, and problem solving. This career offers competitive wages and opportunity for advancement.

Scholarships and funding assistance/financial aid provided for qualifying applicants.

Course Information

IM Certification will be a 5-6 month program with students obtaining an additional CRC, Forklift, and OSHA 10 certifications.

  • Applied Math Pneumatics
  • Basic Mechanics Hydraulics
  • Welding
  • OSHA 10
  • Electrical/Electronic I
  • Electrical/Electronic II
  • PLC I
  • PLC II
  • Forklift Certification
  • Career Readiness Certificate

Program Design

The Program is designed to react quickly to the needs of businesses and to respect the confidential nature of proprietary processes and information within those businesses. Joint planning between company personnel, the community college and/or industrial training specialist calibrates and prepares a training proposal. The unlimited versatility and flexibility of the Customized Training Program enables the development of an approved training plan that can be successful.

Eligible businesses and industries must demonstrate two or more of the following criteria to receive state assistance:

  • Demonstrate an appreciable capital investment;
  • Deploy new technology;
  • Create jobs, or enhance productivity and profitability of stateside operations;
  • Or, workforce skills will be enhanced by the assistance.

Program Length and Location

The length of training is determined by the skills that are needed. There are no arbitrary minimum or maximum limits. A realistic training period is negotiated.

Classes are conducted on our main campus, satellite campus or at the company’s facility. If none of these options are acceptable, state funds may be used to lease adequate training space in the community.

Student Population

Selection of students for training is left completely to the company. The college can provide either post-employment or pre-employment depending on the preference of the company. As a result, students may or may not be receiving wages during the training period. In either instance, the state does not pay the wages of the trainees.

Cost to Industry

The basic purpose of the training service is to encourage companies to create more jobs in the community. Therefore, there are no direct charges to companies that use this service.

For an entire list of the College’s Customized Training Programs visit our website at www.ed2go.com/robesoncc [opens in a new tab].

Where Can I Get More Information

Director of Customized Training
Robeson Community College
Post Office Box 1420
Lumberton, North Carolina 28359
Or call (910) 272-3630 (910) 272-3632

Small Business Center

The Small Business Center provides assistance to small business owners and prospective owners through a variety of services. Training and educational programs designed to meet specific needs of small business entrepreneurs are offered on a regular basis. Counseling and referral services are available, as well as business related information through federal, state, and local networking with government agencies, universities and colleges, and private enterprise. Courses and services offered by the Small Business Center are free.

What is a “small business?” The U.S. Small Business Administration defines it as “… a business that is independently owned and not dominant in its field.” Small business plays a vital role in our economy with more than 97 percent of all North Carolina businesses employing less than 100 people. In Robeson County 55 percent of all businesses have less than five employees.

Workshops and Seminars

Quality programs are designed for personal development and immediate application to business activities. Seminars are specifically geared to managing a small business and will assist you in keeping your business practices current.


The Center provides limited analysis and evaluation to determine immediate needs. Referral relationships exist with SBA (Small Business Administration), SBTDC (Small Business Technological Development Center) and other individuals qualified for in-depth counseling in specific areas.

Resources Center

Publications, materials and forms furnished by the U.S. Small Business Administration and video tapes are available. A computer and applicable computer software are available for use on campus.


Workshops and seminars are co-sponsored with other agencies such as the Small Business Administration and Robeson County Chambers of Commerce.

Continuing Education

If you, as a small business owner or prospective owner, have specific training needs or business concerns, please contact the Small Business Center and share them with us. The center offers programs that are short, informative, and held during hours that will fit into the demanding schedule of the small business owner. Seminars are designed for individual development and are not tested or graded.

Seminars and programs offered by the Small Business Center include, but are not limited to:

Starting a Small Business

Pre-business sessions with emphasis on planning in areas of financing, marketing, business plans, licensing and regulations and insurance

Buying and Selling a Small Business

Comparison of initial expenditures between starting or buying a business, determining of price and the value of the business, and advantages and disadvantages of franchise businesses.

Credit and Collections

Understanding commercial credit, credit policy, detecting bad checks and bad debts, collection policies and procedures, small claims and civil court action.

Customer Relations

Satisfying customers and keep them coming back, dealing with the angry customer, company image and developing employee appreciation for the customer.

Inventory and Control

Identifying the key elements of an effective inventory management system, establishing guidelines for inventory levels, and identifying inventory losses through theft and ineffective handling.

Labor Laws and Regulations

Update for business on Equal Employment Opportunity laws, affirmative action requirements, wage garnishment, right to work and wage and hour laws.

Marketing and Advertising

Defining your market and understanding consumer needs, assessing the most effective advertising media for your business, effective advertising techniques and promotions, and how to plan your advertising budget.

Money Management

Understanding the objectives of financial planning, risk management, reducing tax burdens and how to put your dollars to work to maximize profit.


REAL stands for “Rural Entrepreneurship through Action Learning.” NC REAL Enterprises is a non-profit organization based in Durham that works with selected rural community colleges to provide adults of all ages with the opportunity to become entrepreneurs. REAL classes are designed to assist and empower a person with entrepreneurial interest and abilities to plan and start a business. Prior business experience and/or courses are not required. If you would like to create a business from skill, hobby, or idea you have, and you’re willing to work to make it a reality, the REAL program is for you.


Understanding the importance of maintaining complete records, developing an accurate recordkeeping system and support system for decision making based on financial statements, payroll and daily cash reports.

Other Small Business Management Courses

Topics include time management strategies, communication skills, coping with stress, increasing effectiveness at work and home, problem identification and decision making.

For an entire list of the College’s Small Business courses visit our website at www.ed2go.com/robesoncc [opens in a new tab].

Director of Small Business Center
Robeson Community College
Post Office Box 1420
Lumberton, North Carolina 28359
Or call (910) 272-3631

Industrial/Business/Community Linkages

Contacts are made to all industries and businesses employing eligible adults for the literacy program. Recruiters and other designated staff meet with personnel to further explain the program and to develop partnerships.

Community organizations are also used to advocate the literacy efforts among the workforce and young dropouts. These groups are asked to assist in funding for transportation and childcare, speaking in churches and other group settings, soliciting friends, relatives and associates of illiterates to encourage enrollment in literacy classes, and providing referrals and direction to the class sites or program headquarters.

For further information contact the College and Career Readiness Department, 910-272-3700.

Human Resources Development

The Human Resources Development (HRD) program is an intensive program to recruit, train, and either place in employment or vocationally train unemployed or underemployed adults. The primary objective of the training component is to help the trainee orient himself or herself to the world of work, appreciate the effects of his or her behaviors on others, and develop the basic academic and communication skills prerequisite to obtaining and maintaining employment. Student referrals to other special programs or supportive services are made on individual needs. Cost of these classes range from $70–$180. Fees for these classes may be waived for students meeting eligibility criteria.

Basic Computer Skills

This course assesses an individual’s technology literacy, develops a moderate comfort level of basic computer use skills, uses technology to implement job search strategies, researches career and occupational information, helps to compile employment related documents (resume, cover letters, applications, and electronic employment portfolios), helps individuals understand the impact of social networking on employment and emphasizing the role of technology in the workplace. Fee waiver available for individuals meeting eligibility criteria.

Career Readiness Certificate (CRC)

The Career Readiness Certificate certifies that job seekers have the core employability skills required across multiple industries and occupations. It is a portable credential that promotes career development and skill attainment for the individual, and confirms to employers that an individual possesses basic workplace skills in reading, math, and locating information – skills that all jobs require. The Certificate is based on the WorkKeys skill levels an individual has achieved, typically in the areas of Applied Mathematics, Locating Information, and Reading for Information. Those who score at higher levels are qualified for more jobs.

Internet KeyTrain Lab

This employability lab is your next level in career readiness preparation. Students are provided assistance with KeyTrain, soft skills, financial literacy, career exploration, interviewing, resume writing, interest surveys and job search. This course leads students to certification with WorkKeys assessments and the NCRC. It’s a powerful way to build self-esteem, provide real credentials, and simply set students up for success. Fee waiver available for individuals meeting eligibility criteria.

Pathways to Professional Administrative Assistant

In this course you’ll learn about technical skills and professional qualities needed to operate as an administrative assistant in corporate settings, government agencies, non-profits, and legal offices. Students will explore techniques in planning and scheduling meetings and appointments, maintaining files and managing projects.

Child Care Provider Training

Thinking about a career in Child Care? In this class you will be given an overview of the Child Care industry. Students will explore educational and job opportunities in child care. Students will get to experience some hands-on opportunities during site visits to local child care facilities. Fee waiver available for individuals meeting eligibility criteria.

Succeeding in the Banking Industry

Ever thought about a career in banking? You will be given an overview of the many areas in the banking industry. One or more of the following topics will be covered: customer service, problem solving, communication, team work, and work ethic. Attending this class will make you more marketable for jobs in the banking industry. Students will be given the opportunity to visit an area banking facility. Fee waiver available for individuals meeting eligibility criteria.


WorkKeys is a job skills assessment system measuring “real world” skills that employers believe are critical to job success. These skills are valuable for any occupation-skilled or professional-and at any level of education. The WorkKeys assessment system includes nine assessment areas: applied mathematics, applied technology, business writing, listening, locating information, observation, reading for information, teamwork, and writing. Each WorkKeys assessment has a score level range which is usually 3 to 7. The scores indicate an individual’s ability to perform more complex skills as the score level increases. Individuals who use WorkKeys to document their readiness for work have an edge with the growing number of employers nationwide who accept or require that job applicants have WorkKeys scores.

Where Can I Get More Information:

For an entire list of the College’s HRD courses visit our website at www.ed2go.com/robesoncc [opens in a new tab]

Information can be obtained by contacting:

Director of Human Resource Development
Robeson Community College
Post Office Box 1420
Lumberton, North Carolina 28359
Or call (910) 272-3613 (910) 272-3604


The BioNetwork BioAg Center hosted at Robeson Community College is part of the North Carolina Community College System BioNetwork which delivers world-class economic and workforce development support to life science industries across the North Carolina Community College System though education, outreach and laboratory programs. Utilizing industry experts, we embark daily on a stewardship-focused mission designed to empower individuals and further their personal and professional advancement. Encouraging vision, leadership, exploration, and economic progress is at the core of BioNetwork’s efforts.

Community Outreach

  • Inspiring K-12 students in NC to consider STEM careers
  • Summer camps, festivals & activities for students

Customized Resources

  • Responsive, low-cost programs tailored to your business
  • Convenient access for your workforce skill instruction
  • Shared curricula & research across the state

Industry Partners

  • Feedback from employers on workplace developments
  • Professional networking with top business leaders

Return on Investment

  • Better investment with less expensive internal training
  • Utilization of state resources to help educate your workforce
  • Partnership with government to expand your market influence

World-Class Training

  • Current pilot-scale equipment
  • State-of-the-art training programs current in regulatory and production trends
  • Innovative e-learning products

Director of BioAg Center
Robeson Community College
Post Office Box 1420
Lumberton, North Carolina 28359
Or call (910) 272-3691 (910) 272-3690

Emergency Services Education

Emergency Medical Technician

This program is designed primarily for ambulance attendants, rescue squad personnel, firefighters, and law enforcement officers, but is offered to other interested persons, such as teachers, coaches, industrial safety brigade, and the general public. The program is offered in cooperation with the North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services and meets all state and national standards.

The basic Emergency Medical Technician course consists of training in the following areas: roles and responsibilities of the EMT; airway obstruction and pulmonary arrest; mechanical aids to breathing; cardiac arrest; bleeding, shock, airway care, pulmonary resuscitation, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation; wounds, fractures of the lower and upper extremities; injuries to the face, head, neck, and spine; injuries to the eye, chest, abdomen, pelvis, and genitalia; emergency childbirth; lifting and moving patients; environmental emergencies; and, operating an emergency vehicle. The basic Emergency Medical Technician course is offered twice yearly on the campus of RCC. If demand necessitates, these courses can be taught more often and may be taught at various locations throughout the county. Rescue squads, fire departments, law enforcement agencies, and industries may offer the emergency medical programs at their permanent location. The EMT-I program is available to state certified EMT’s working for the ambulance service and to EMT’s on the rescue squads and Lumberton Fire Department, and other EMS agencies.

EMT-Paramedic Course

This course is designed to train a basic EMT-I to the highest level of advanced prehospital care. Areas of study will be medications, advanced airway maintenance, EKG recognition, and other advanced level patient care. At completion of this course you will be eligible to take the state exam for certification.

Health Related Training

Robeson Community College offers special courses in nursing and other health related occupations to the local community. Many of these special programs are administered in cooperation with the area health institutions and agencies. Course offerings have included:

  • Activity Coordinator Training
  • Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS)
  • CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation)
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
  • First Aid
  • Assistant I
  • Basic Trauma Life Support (BTLS)
  • Mobile Intensive Care Nursing (MICN)
  • Stress Management
  • Basic Cardiac Life Support (CPR) Instructor
  • Nurses Assistant Refresher
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
  • Phlebotomy
  • Medical Responder

Nurse Aide

This program is for listing on the state registry of the North Carolina Nurse Aide Registry. North Carolina registration is required for employment in a nursing home, long term care facility, hospital, or similar facility. The program consists of classroom work, practical exercises in skill areas and clinical work in a nursing home facility under the supervision of the instructor. This course introduces basic nursing skills required to provide personal care for patients, residents, or clients in a health care setting. Topics include communication, safety, patient’s rights, personal care, vital signs, elimination, nutrition, emergencies, rehabilitation, and mental health. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate skills necessary to qualify as a Nursing Assistant I with the North Carolina Nurse Aide I Registry.

Director of Emergency Medical Services
Robeson Community College
Post Office Box 1420
Lumberton, North Carolina 28359
Or call (910) 272-3407 (910) 272-3408

Fire Service Training

Robeson Community College offers IFSAC approved fire training to industry as well as volunteer and career firefighters. This training, taken directly to the local fire departments and industry, allows the firefighters to be trained as an organized group utilizing equipment ordinarily used in controlling fire. Highly specialized training such as Arson Investigations is offered at a central location but is open to firefighters from all departments.

Instruction offered by the Fire Service Training program covers every phase of firemanship. Courses are designed not only to develop necessary skills, but also to develop the firefighter’s initiative and judgment, safe habits, and correct situation experiences. Materials and texts used are those approved by the International Fire Service Training Association.

Robeson Community College offers the North Carolina Firefighter Level I and Level II certification programs on campus and at fire departments throughout Robeson County. This certification program is based on the National Fire Protection Association 1001 standards as modified by the North Carolina Fire Commission. These programs are available to all paid and volunteer firefighters.

Courses included in the Firefighter I and II Certification programs:

  • Emergency Medical Care
  • Forcible Entry
  • Ropes
  • Portable Fire Extinguishers
  • Ladders Fire Hose, Appliances, & Streams
  • Salvage
  • Foam Fire Stream Practices
  • Ventilation
  • Rescue
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Sprinklers
  • Fire Alarms and Communication
  • Fire Behavior
  • Fire Department Organization
  • Fire Safety
  • Water Supply
  • Fire Control
  • Overhaul
  • Response to Hazardous Materials & Terrorism
  • Fire Prevention, Education & Fire Cause Determination

In addition to the standard training listed above, the following specialized courses are offered:

  • Arson Investigation
  • Officer Training
  • Arson Detection
  • Fire Brigade Training for Industry
  • Radio Communication
  • Advanced Forensic Fire Investigation
  • Southeast Fire/Rescue College
  • Civil Disorder
  • Driver Operator Certification
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Bombing and Bomb Threats
  • Introduction to Firefighting
  • First Responder
  • Fire Apparatus Practices
  • Instructor Certification (Fire & EMS)
  • Fire Safety
  • LP Gas Emergencies
  • National Fire Academy Classes

Rescue Technician Certification Training

This training replaces Emergency Rescue Technician training previously being offered across North Carolina. Training can be directly taken to rescue squads throughout Robeson County or offered at the Emergency Services Training Center. These courses are available to all paid and volunteer emergency services personnel.

Courses included in the Rescue Technician Certification program:

  • General - Incident Planning
  • General - PPE
  • General - Search
  • General - Helicopter Transport
  • General - Victim Management, Lifts, Carries, Drags
  • General - Inspection & Maintenance
  • General - Ropes, Anchors & Lowers
  • VMR - Incident Planning
  • VMR - PPE
  • VMR - Equipment
  • VMR - Extrication


Both of the pre-requisites must be completed before you are issued a Rescue Technician certificate: HazMat Level I Responder & Medical Requirement (i.e. EMT, First Responder, or Firefighter Emergency Medical Care)

For an entire list of the College’s Emergency Medical Service courses visit our website at www.ed2go.com/robesoncc [opens in a new tab].

Director of Fire Training Services
Robeson Community College
Post Office Box 1420
Lumberton, North Carolina 28359
Or call (910) 738-7128

Driver Operations Training

This training is offered to all paid and volunteer emergency services personnel for certification:


  • Emergency Vehicle Driver

Pump Operations

  • Introduction to Pumps
  • Basic Pump Operations
  • Pump Maintenance
  • Sprinklers & Standpipe
  • Pump Hydraulics
  • Service Testing
  • Water Supply for Pumps

Aerial Operations

  • Introduction to Aerial Operations
  • Basic Aerial Operations
  • Aerial Maintenance
  • Aerial Testing

Hazardous Materials Certifications

  • Hazardous Materials Level I - Awareness & Terrorism
  • Hazardous Materials Level II - Operations & Terrorism

Basic Law Enforcement Training

Robeson Community College offers basic, in-service and advanced law enforcement training to personnel of law enforcement agencies. The goal is to promote and provide adequate training and education courses in legal and technological fields that will keep law enforcement officers abreast of advancements in law enforcement techniques.

North Carolina State Law requires that new law enforcement officers complete the Basic Law Enforcement Training Course. Municipal police officers must complete the BLET prior to being sworn in as officers. Sheriff’s deputies have one year from the date they are sworn in to begin the BLET.

Robeson Community College is certified to conduct the Basic Law Enforcement Training Course which is normally offered three times per year, two times during the day and one class at night.

Many courses are offered through our Continuing Education Department or as they are requested by various law enforcement agencies. The required mandated inservice training for law enforcement officers is offered at least 3-4 times a year. Other specialized training for certified law enforcement officers is scheduled throughout the year.

Some of the courses available are listed below; however, other law enforcement courses are available upon request.

  • Accident Investigation
  • Criminal Drug Interdiction
  • Bomb Threats
  • Hostage Negotiations
  • CPR
  • Interview Techniques
  • Civil Liability
  • Crowd Management
  • Community Relations
  • General Instructor Training
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Laws of Arrest, Search & Seizure
  • Defensive Tactics
  • Drivers Training
  • Radar Operator School
  • Fingerprinting
  • Firearms Recertification
  • Supervision for LEO
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • ASP Training
  • Report Writing Homicide Investigations

Detention Officer (Jailer) Certification Course

This course is required for jailer personnel and those wishing to become employed as jailers. It is designed to provide the student with the skills and knowledge necessary to perform those tasks considered essential to the administration and operation of a confinement facility. Students entering this course will have to meet the requirements and standards set forth by the State of North Carolina for certification.

Community Services Education

The Community Services Education Program is designed to meet community needs and to assist adults in the development of new skills or the upgrading of existing ones. The Program is divided into two areas: 1. Vocational courses provide practical training for persons pursuing additional skills which are not considered their major or primary vocation or focus on an individual’s personal or leisure needs rather than their occupation, profession or employment. 2. Cultural and civic activities focus on quality events that are of general interest to the public.

Any adult 18 years of age or older who can profit from instruction may enroll in classes on campus, or at other specified areas in the county. Some of the more popular community services courses offered are listed below.

Community Services Education Course Descriptions


Experience the thrill of creating with clay! Imagine the thrill you’ll have as you build your unique pieces. Your imagination will help you learn the basics of clay building as you delve in on hand building and glazing. The various uses of color will also be explored. You’ll find this course straightforward and enjoyable.

Wine Making

Learn the basic theory and process of wine making using fresh fruit as well as juice concentrate. The proper technique to sweetening and stabilizing finished wines will also be discussed.

Motorcycle Rider Course-Beginning

Do you want to learn how to ride a motorcycle? Riding and street skill has at its core, 22 hours of instruction. Eight of these hours will be spent in the classroom in preparation for fourteen hours of range activities. For more information or registration call the Continuing Education Office at (910) 272-3604.