COA is state’s first to offer dual-enrollment for hospitality

By on December 19, 2018

College of The Albemarle (COA) recently received notification from the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) that a Continuing Education Dual Enrolled program in Hospitality Leadership has been approved.

This makes COA the first community college in the state to offer this Career and College Promise-Workforce Continuing Education pathway for dual enrolled students.

Because the Hospitality industry is such a major source of the economy along the Outer Banks, COA first offered certifications in Reservations, Housekeeping and Maintenance through Workforce Development and Career Readiness.

The classes became wildly successful and college officials began to look for more opportunities to help this innovative program grow.

In working with Dare County Schools, it was evident that there was a firm commitment for students along the Outer Banks to have the opportunity to receive the certifications.  

With the support from the local schools and with the help of partners within the hospitality industry in Dare County, such as Twiddy Realty Outer Banks Blue and The Hilton Garden Inn, COA went a step forward and applied for the pathway to offer the certifications for dual enrolled students at Cape Hatteras High School, First Flight High School and Manteo High School.

Robin Zinsmeister, Dean, Workforce Development, Public Services, and Career Readiness, said: “This is, hopefully, the first of many Workforce Credential Pathways that make it possible for high school students to enroll in a continuing education/workforce program and gain industry-specific skills that are much needed in Dare County.  We were happy to partner with all three high schools for the Hospitality and Tourism program to allow for the certifications.”

“Creating a Career and College Pathway state certification in Hospitality Leadership now provides our local high school students and community an opportunity to be employed immediately, either during or after they graduate from high school.  We are proud that COA is able to assist these students and transition them right into a full-time job immediately after completing the program,” said Tim Sweeney, Dean, Dare County Campus, when discussing the approval from the state.

For more information on the Hospitality Program, visit or contact Sherri May, Coordinator, Workforce Development and Career Readiness, at 252-473-2264, ext. 7511.

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  • corollagirl

    Is Currituck County participating in this program?

    Thursday, Dec 27 @ 1:37 pm