The Academic & Career Readiness Department offers classes to help students earn their high school credential with the Adult High School Program or the High School Equivalency Program, learn or improve their English language skills with ESL classes, or prepare for the workforce with Career Readiness classes.

All classes are free of charge or fee waived and offered at CFCC’s downtown location, North Campus, Burgaw Center and other convenient locations throughout New Hanover and Pender Counties. Online courses are also available for Adult High School (AHS) and preparation for the GED® Test.

Want to earn your high school credential?

Adult High School (AHS)

This program helps students earn the credits they need to complete their high school diploma.

High School Equivalency Exam Prep for the GED® Test

This program prepares students for a high school equivalency exam.  CFCC currently offers preparation for the GED® Test.

Basic Skills Plus

This program provides the opportunity for students to earn a certification while working towards their high school credential. Certifications include Nurse Aide Level 1, HVAC, Building Technology, Welding, or Truck Driver Training.  Tuition is waived by the college.

Other Programs Available

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Improve your English language skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing.  ESL classes can help you prepare for the workplace, advance professionally and become more involved in the community.


Classes for those functioning below the 8th grade level. Classes focus on academic skills as well as introduce career pathways. Individuals with intellectual disabilities are encouraged to apply.


To enroll in Adult High School, GED® Test Preparation Classes, or Basic Skills Plus:

Age 18 or older:

  1. Bring a valid identification card (driver's license or state ID card).
  2. Know your Social Security number or bring your card.
  3. Obtain your official high school transcript in a sealed envelope.
  4. Attend the next registration and orientation.

Ages 16 or 17:

  1. Complete steps above.
  2. Bring your parent or legal guardian to registration.
  3. Obtain and complete a notarized parental consent form (available at CFCC's Wilmington campus or cfcc.edu/ce/basic-skills/ahs/ ).
  4. Bring a completed official school withdrawal form signed by the superintendent or designee (available at CFCC's Wilmington campus or cfcc.edu/ce/basic-skills/ahs/ ).