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Occupational Extension Course Descriptions
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Occupational extension courses are designed to improve individual efficiencies as well as train and develop marketable job skills that lead to employment or promotional opportunities. These courses cover a wide range of topics in areas such as vocational trades, occupational healthcare, bio works, computer technology, substitute teacher training, heavy equipment operator, and SERV Safe. The college is continuously researching and seeking the latest employment trends to educate and train individuals to meet the employment needs of the community. Courses are added to the schedule on this website as they are developed and offered.

Courses are available in the classroom, on-line, or hybrid (combination of classroom and on-line). Additionally, VGCC offers a wide variety of on-line classes through Ed2Go. Please visit the Ed2Go site to review the listing of courses available.

Registration and payment for courses listed in this section is available online or by registering and paying for classes at any or our campus sites on Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Courses that do not have a sufficient number of students registered and paid will be cancelled and payment for the class will be refunded. Refunds will be sent directly to student, regardless if registration was paid by a third party.

NEW HR Specialist Certificate Program on South Campus

VGCC now offers a certificate as HR Specialist through our Continuing Education Department.

WARNING: Counterfeit Notary Manual Circulating

A counterfeit Notary Manual is being sold online. You can purchase the NC Secretary of State’s authorized edition online at the UNC School of Government or in person at VGCC’s bookstore.

Specific Course Information Including Fees, Books, etc.

$ 70.00 for 1-24 hours

$125.00 for 25-50 hours

$180.00 for 51+ hours


Security Access Fee – $4.00

Technology Fee – $3.00

Accident Insurance Fee – $.60

OSHA 10 Card Fee – $8.00

Certified Production Technician Test Fees – $220.00 (application & exam fees)

CompTIA Server+ exam fee & UCertifty Subscription – $228.00 and $110.00

CompTIA Network+ exam fee & UCertify Subscription – $141.00 and $110.00

CompTIA A+ exam fee & Ucertify Subscription – $182.00 & $110.00

CompTIA Security+ exam fee & Ucertify Subscription – $228.00 & $120.00

CAD with Solid Edge – $99.00 exam fee

CISCO CCENT Certification – $125.00 exam fee

C++ Computer Programming- exam fee $295.0

Manicure Nail Technology – View Requirements

Natural Hair Care – View Requirements
Cosmetology – View Requirements

NC Auto Safety Inspection – Students must be employed at a North Carolina licensed vehicle inspection station. The employer will have to sign a form for each student when they attend the class.

NC Auto Emission & Control – Students must be employed at a North Carolina licensed vehicle inspection station. The employer will have to sign a form for each student when they attend the class.

Welding – Harbor Freight Welding supplies

  • Welding helmet $30.00 OR Welding helmet $80.00 auto lens
  • Welding gloves $6.00
  • Chipping hammer $6.00
  • Wire brush $3.00
  • Mig pliers $12.00
  • Welding Jacket $35.00
  • 25 foot Tape measurement $15.00
  • TOTAL $107.00
BioWork Process Technician Book Fee – $70.00

Cabinet Making – 3 books & total cost $192.89

CAD with Solid Edge – $78.75

Carpentry – 2 books needed $95.54 & $76.86

Electronic Health Records – $120.00 (online book)

Healthcare Billing & Coding – $120.00 ( online book )

Health Unit Coordinator – $150.00

Heavy Equipment Operator – 2 books needed: Heavy Equipment Operations – Level 1 $104.00, CORE Curriculum – Introductory Craft Skills $86.25

Hospitality (START) Program – $59.80 book & $26.70 Workbook

Introduction to Medical Terminology – $90.00 (online book)

Manicure Nail Technology book – contact the VGCC Bookstore for pricing

Manicure Nail Technology Kit – contact the VGCC Bookstore for pricing

Medical Administrative Assistant – $90.00 (online book, ISBN10: 1260158926)

Medical Terminology – eBook $119, Hardcopy Textbook Rental $7.99 plus shipping & handling

Natural Hair Care – contact the VGCC Bookstore for pricing

Notary Public (2016) – $28.56

Office Assistant – $31.00 (online book)

Real Estate Pre-Licensing Course:
North Carolina Real Estate Manual 2020-2021 edition – (New at $49.00)

Modern Real Estate Practice in North Carolina, 10th edition (Published by Dearborn) – (New at $54.97)

ServSafe – $116.09 (newest version-includes exam answer sheet)

Occupational Extension Course Descriptions (Click here to view)

Occupational Extension Department Contacts:

If you have questions or need more information, please email oex@vgcc.edu

Elisa Rodwell , Director of Occupational Extension

Phone Number: 252-738-3300