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

50981 Sat 4/24 9 a.m.–6 p.m. OCC March 26 registration deadline
52471 Sat 6/184 9 a.m.–6 p.m. OCC June 13 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

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

Nursing Assistant I

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

Workforce 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.

Fees for HRD courses are waived if you meet one of these criteria:

  • Are unemployed;
  • Have received notification of pending layoff;
  • Are working and are eligible for federal earned income tax credit;
  • Are working and earning wages at or below two hundred percent (200%) of the federal poverty guidelines.

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

Polymer Clay Mosaics I

This course introduces beginners to the techniques used in polymer clay and/or mosaic art. Students discover the exciting possibilities of using polymer clay to make one-of-a-kind mosaic art! Various mosaic methods are explored, and students have the opportunity to design and produce several pieces. (Because this class is self-supporting, no tuition waivers or exemptions are allowed.) 18 hours.

50741 Sat 4/2–5/21 9 a.m.–noon OCC March 29 registration deadline

Design with Nature to Live Sustainably

Looking for inspiration and information to make your home and yard more productive and sustainable? In this class, you learn from nature and local residents how to design and plant edible native landscapes; reduce energy consumption by using alternatives; capture and reuse rainwater; raise chickens and bees; compost; and select nontoxic, healthy materials for your home. You learn principles you can apply to your own projects and take field trips to see these principles in practice in local yards, homes, and businesses. This class is held at different locations in Durham and Orange counties. 20 hours. $79

50945 T 3/22–5/24 6:30–8:30 p.m. OCC March 15 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

50850 Sat 4/9–5/28 10 a.m.–noon OCC 112 March 26 registration deadline
52466 Sat 6/4–7/23 10 a.m.–noon OCC 112 May 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

50750 W 3/16–5/4 6–9 p.m. OCC March 9 registration deadline
52320 W 5/25–7/13 6–9 p.m. OCC May 20 registration deadline
52321 F 5/27–7/15 1–4 p.m. OCSDC May 22 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

50752 T 3/22–5/10 6–9 p.m. OCC March 15 registration deadline
52318 T 5/24–7/12 6–9 p.m. OCC May 19 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

50790 Sat 3/19–5/14 10 a.m.–1 p.m. OCC March 12 registration deadline
52322 Sat 5/28–7/16 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. OCC May 23 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. Prerequisite:Photography: Beyond the Basics. 24 hours $93.

50778 Sat 3/19–5/14 1:30–4:30 p.m. OCC March 12 registration deadline
52310 M 5/23–7/25 6–9 p.m. OCC May 18 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 starting with 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

50730 T 3/22–5/10 6–9 p.m. OCC March 15 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

52333 Sat 6/4–7/30 9 a.m.–noon OCC May 27 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

50744 Sat 4/2–5/21 1–4 p.m. OCC March 29 registration deadline

Upholstery Sewing for Home Decorations

This course is a workshop-type setting that covers how to sew upholstery projects for the home. Students learn to make 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

52335 Sat 6/18–8/13 1–4 p.m. OCC June 15 registration deadline