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Welcome to Basic Skills

The Basic Skills Department can help improve reading, writing, math and communication skills so students may obtain a high school diploma or prepare for a high school equivalency exam like the GED® Test. English as a Second Language (ESL) courses are also offered.

All classes are free of charge 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 diploma?

We offer three options:

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 for the GED® Test

This program prepares students to take the GED® Test while earning a certification in Nurse Aid Level 1, HVAC, or Hospitality Management and Food Service.  Tuition is waived by the college.

Other Classes 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.

Adult Basic Education (ABE)

Upgrade your reading, writing, and math skills.  ABE classes can help you obtain the knowledge necessary to take Adult High School, Diploma Exam Prep classes, or get a job.


 Basic Skills Links

Adult Basic Education (ABE)

Adult High School (AHS)

High School Equivalency Exam Prep

English as a Second Language (ESL)



Wilmington Campus
411 North Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

North Campus
4500 Blue Clay Road
Castle Hayne, NC 28429

Burgaw Center
100 East Industrial Drive
Burgaw, NC 28425

Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday: 8:00am to 5:00pm

Accessibility Services

Cape Fear Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, political affiliation or age.