Orange County Continuing Education

Vehicle Escort Driver Certification

The course focuses on the functions and duties of the escort driver for overweight/oversized vehicles in NC, as well as highway operations and breakdown operations. Cost includes handbook and materials. (Because this course is self-supporting, no tuition waivers or exemptions are allowed.) 8 hours. $69

48610 Sat 9/12 9 a.m.–6 p.m. OCC 106 September 8 registration deadline
48621 Sat 11/14 9 a.m.–6 p.m. OCC 106 November 7 registration deadline

Notary Public

To be admitted to this course, the NC Secretary of State requires that all candidates be able to speak, read, and write in English, and present a valid government photo ID. See for additional requirements. Textbook included. Register with care as refunds and transfers are not accepted. (Because this course is self-supporting, no tuition waivers or exemptions are allowed.) Register and pay online (view instructions) for this course. If you prefer pay with cash, you may register using an alternative method. 7 hours. $95

50714 W 1/27 9 a.m.–5 p.m. OCC
50716 W 2/17 9 a.m.–5 p.m. OCC
50717 W 3/16 9 a.m.–5 p.m. OCC
50719 W 4/20 9 a.m.–5 p.m. OCC
50721 W 5/11 9 a.m.–5 p.m. OCC


This course covers basic keyboarding skills. Emphasis is on the touch system, correct techniques, and developing speed and accuracy. Basic word processing concepts and applications are introduced. No previous computer experience required. 24 hours. $79

48576 Sat 10/3–11/21 10 a.m.–1 p.m. OCC 103 September 26 registration deadline

Web Page Design

Plan, design, and create a working website. Topics include interface design, HTML, CSS (Cascading Style Sheet), graphics, and site management. Skills are introduced through structured exercises and applied through individual creative projects. Keyboarding and word processing experience recommended. HTML and CSS Design and Build Websites by John Duckett, ISBN 978-1118-00818-8, is the required textbook. 36 hours. $134

47811 Th 9/10–12/3 10 a.m.–1 p.m. OCC September 1 registration deadline

Nursing Assistant I

View the Fast Track Nursing Assistant I and the Hospital-Based Nursing Assistant I course descriptions.

Human Resources Development (HRD)

Human Resources Development (HRD) courses provide skills assessment, employment skills training, and career development and enhancement. The courses are offered in short sessions to equip you with the knowledge, values, and practical skills essential to applying for, keeping, and advancing in your job.

HRD courses are FREE for qualified participants. To qualify for free courses, participants must be unemployed, have been notified of a lay-off, or are underemployed (underemployed persons are defined as working part-time and/or are eligible for the Federal Earned Income Tax Credit).

Many of these courses are offered in Orange County. View the schedule.

Polymer Clay Jewelery

Make a fashion statement with wearable art that is fun to make. This introductory class helps you turn small, pliable blocks of clay into unique handmade jewelry. Participants make beads, pendants, necklaces, and earrings. (Because this course is self-supporting, no tuition waivers or exemptions are allowed.) 18 hours. $89

48596 Sat 10/3–11/7 9 a.m.–noon OCC 107 September 26 registration deadline

Starting Your Own Organic Garden

Suitable for gardeners of all levels, this course provides students with research-based, practical methods for gardening organically. Participants learn how to effectively plan a garden, start seeds, improve soil, control weeds, and establish an environment that is naturally resistant to pests and disease. Students also learn methods for no-dig gardening, such as container, soil bag, and straw bale gardening. Hands-on projects include using one of these methods to grow a crop of the student’s choice, as well as planning a full-scale garden. How to Grow More Vegetables by John Jeavons, ISBN 978-1580087964, is the required textbook. (Because this course is self-supporting, no tuition waivers or exemptions are allowed.) 24 hours. $89

48618 Th 9/3–11/19 6–8 p.m. OCC 106 August 27 registration deadline

Introduction to Qigong

Qigong (chi gung) is the time-honored system of cultivating health through breath, movement, and intention. This introductory course provides you with some simple forms and principles to help you increase body awareness, support healing, and create a meditative, mindful state. Among the many benefits of practicing qigong, you can greatly reduce physical and mental stress, strengthen your body internally and externally, and improve your physical balance. No particular abilities are needed for you to attend this course and practice qigong. (Because this course is self- supporting, no tuition waivers or exemptions are allowed.) 6 hours. $49

48606 T 10/6–10/27 6–7:30 p.m. OCC 112 September 30 registration deadline

Beginning Yoga I

Targeted to beginners, this course focuses on a different topic each week, including alignment of the body in postures, positive thinking, breathing exercises, philosophy, basic anatomy, deep relaxation, and asana (practice of postures). The course emphasizes the principles of yoga as well as stress management, breathing techniques, and postures. Students need a yoga mat, pillow, and comfortable clothes. (Because this course is self-supporting, no tuition waivers or exemptions are allowed.) 16 hours. $74

48603 Sat 8/22–10/17 10 a.m.–noon OCC 112 August 17 registration deadline

Basic Principals of Interior Design and Decorating

This introductory course covers the basic principles of interior design and decorating. Topics include design flow, organization, and space planning, as well as selecting color and paint techniques, furniture, fabric, lighting, and accessories. 24 hours. $88. Self-supporting course; no tuition waivers or exemptions allowed.

48550 Th 9/3–11/19 6–8 p.m. OCC 109 August 27 registration deadline

Photography: The Basics

Have you ever taken a picture of a beautiful scene, but it didn’t turn out as pretty as you remembered? Have you ever gotten a new camera but didn’t understand how it worked or the manual wasn’t helpful? Enabling you to pick up a camera and use it easily, this course helps you improve the quality of the photos you take by focusing on basic techniques and then moves well past amateur photographic knowledge. Students may need to purchase additional materials. 24 hours. $74

48595 M 8/17–10/12 6–9 p.m. OCC August 10 registration deadline

Digital Photography: Beyond the Basics

This course guides students deeper into the controls of a digital camera by answering such questions as: Do you shoot in jpeg, raw, or tiff? How do you control your own white balance? How should you save your work? What can you do to improve or alter the picture after you have the shot? How can you get a better exposure? Students should have completed Photography: The Basics or have basic camera knowledge. 24 hours. $74

48591 M 10/19–12/7 6–9 p.m. OCC October 12 registration deadline

Fine Art Photography

Students learn what makes a good black and white photograph by exploring creative tools and techniques in Photoshop. 24 hours. $79

48590 F 8/28–10/16 6–9 p.m. OCC August 21 registration deadline

Photo Outings

This course takes the learning outside — the best place to develop your photography skills. A basic understanding of photography is recommended but not necessary. This course concentrates on developing your “photographic eye” to take better pictures. Every other class meeting is held at a different location. Learn to take better nature, portrait, action, close-up, architecture, and travel shots on location. After every location shoot, the photos taken are reviewed to help you improve your ability and understanding of good photography. 24 hours. $74

48589 Sat 8/15–10/10 10 a.m.–1 p.m. OCC August 8 registration deadline

Photojournalism: The Basics

Photojournalism is about telling a story or describing/documenting an event with photographs in a way that others can understand. This class teaches how to make a good photojournalistic photograph, how to record events as they happen, and how to capture all of the necessary elements. Once the course has begun, off-site locations will be determined to give students a hands-on opportunity to create great photographs. This course is suitable for all levels of photographers who want to learn how to record their favorite events. 24 hours. $74

48578 W 8/19–10/7 6–9 p.m. OCC August 12 registration deadline

Nature/Landscape Photography

This course examines the great outdoors. The nature photographer needs to have the right equipment, the right light, and know what to look for in the right moment. This course will instruct the student on various techniques to capture landscape, wildlife, and close-up subjects. Every other class we will experience the beauty of photographing the magic of nature. Full-day special outing is possible. Recommended Text: John Shaw’s Nature Photography Field Guide, ISBN13: 978-0817440596. Prerequisite: Photography: Beyond the Basics. 24 hours $74.

48597 Sat 10/10–12/5 1:30–4:30 p.m. OCC October 3 registration deadline

Sports Photography

Sports photography takes knowledge, skill, and quick reflexes to get the right shot. Learn about equipment, lighting, and shooting techniques to capture the action. Practice artistic techniques such as slow-shutter in the field. Prerequisites are Photography: The Basics and Digital Photography: Beyond the Basics or equivalent knowledge. 24 hours. $74.

48693 Sat 10/10–12/5 1:30–4:30 p.m. OCC October 3 registration deadline


Save money and dress in style by sewing your own clothes. Students learn how to select patterns; choose an appropriate fabric, pattern layout, and construction; and develop skills to create a flattering garment. No sewing skills required. Students must bring their own sewing machine to the second class. Additional expenses may be incurred in purchasing materials for class projects. (Because this course is self-supporting, no tuition waivers or exemptions are allowed.) 24 hours. $89

48617 T 8/11–9/29 6–9 p.m. OCC 109 August 4 registration deadline
48609 T 10/27–12/15 6–9 p.m. OCC 109 October 20 registration deadline

Sewing Home Decorations

This course covers sewing for the home: window valances, Roman shades, throw pillows, and cushions. Students must have some basic sewing skills and a sewing machine. Cost of supplies depends on the project chosen. (Because this course is self-supporting, no tuition waivers or exemptions are allowed.) 24 hours. $79

48558 Sat 10/17–12/12 1:30–4:30 p.m. OCC 202 October 12 registration deadline

Basic Upholstery

This course covers the basics of furniture upholstery for students with basic sewing skills. Students learn about fabrics and how to cover chairs, cushions, footstools, and small sofas. Cost of materials depends on the project chosen. (Because this course is self-supporting, no tuition waivers or exemptions are allowed.) 24 hours. $74

48555 Sat 8/15–10/10 1–4 p.m. OCC 112 August 8 registration deadline

Intermediate Upholstery

This course covers furniture upholstery for more complicated sofas and chairs, and is for students who have already completed the Basic Upholstery course. Students learn how to repair and upholster using channel backs and button tufting. Cost of materials depends on the projects chosen. (Because this course is self-supporting, no tuition waivers or exemptions are allowed.) 24 hours. $79

48554 Sat 10/31–12/12 9 a.m.–1 p.m. OCC 112 October 26 registration deadline