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Sandhills Hoke Center Continues to Increase Offerings


The Sandhills Community College Hoke Center is responding to growing community needs by offering more classes at the center for spring semester.

Continuing Education

Learn the required skills to become a certified EKG Technician and work in a variety of healthcare settings. Topics include cardiac anatomy and physiology, cardiac cycle, EKG strip analysis, 12 lead EKG, and EKG procedures.

EKG Technician will be offered Jan. 24- May 11 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. and the cost is only $185 plus text.

Nurse Aide, Level 1 prepares students for work under the supervision of licensed healthcare professionals to perform hands-on patient care. The course includes preparation for the State Board examination for NC NA Registry listing. Please contact Jenell Powell at 695-3965 for program information. The cost of the course is $205.50 plus course pack. 

Nurse Aide, Level 1 will be offered Jan. 9- May 8 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. An additional class will be offered Jan. 10- May 9 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4- 9:30 p.m. 

Phlebotomy Technician & Clinical Rotation will teach students the skills necessary to draw blood specimens in various healthcare settings and blood donation centers. Topics include venipuncture, specimen handling, recordkeeping, and the healthcare profession. A Work Keys Reading for Information test, drug screening, background check, and current immunizations are required for registration. Please email for a complete list of program requirements.

Phlebotomy Technician & Clinical Rotation will be held Jan. 23- May 15 from 6-9 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays plus four Saturdays from 6-9 p.m. and the cost is $205.50 plus text. 

Notary Public officially authorizes students to witness signatures on legal documents, collect sworn statements, and administer oaths. Participants must have a high school diploma or GED and no felony convictions.

Notary Public will be offered Jan. 10 & 12 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30- 9 p.m. and the cost is $75 plus text. 

Basic Programmable Logic Controls (PLC) is the second course of three classes in the SCC Automated Technology Certificate program. This class will train students to explain how a programmable logic control system operates (PLC), understand basic logic operations, create a PLC program, design complex logic operations, master storage function applications, understand and implement the principal of program flow control, carry out analog processing, and solve complex text assignments. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of control engineering (basic logical operations, flipflops, timers, counters, process control, function plans).

Basic Programmable Logic Controls (PLC) will be held Jan. 10- May 2 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. and the cost is $185 plus text. 

Mechanical Power Transmission Fundamentals Level 1 is designed to provide students with the necessary foundation content to understanding working with mechanical power transmissions. Topics covered range from reading blueprints, industrial mathematics to linear motion, drilling speed calculations and more. Topics are to be instructor led with hands-on demonstrations and troubleshooting performed by the student. Upon successful completion, students should be able to identify, apply learning to all fundamental content and demonstrate safe proper maintenance and troubleshooting procedures in those areas.

Mechanical Power Transmission Fundamentals Level 1 will be Jan. 9-July 31 on Mondays and Tuesdays from 6-9 p.m. and the cost is $185 plus text. 

EMT-Basic prepares students to provide emergency care for the sick and injured. Students will learn to respond to a variety of emergency medical situations. Upon successful completion, the student can sit for the state certification exam. Course requirements are the text and a copy of high school or GED diploma by first night of class. Class will meet on various Thursdays and Saturdays.

EMT-Basic will be held Tuesdays and Wednesdays Jan. 10 – May 13 from 6 – 10 p.m. and the cost is $180 plus a $5 technology fee.

The Detention Officer Certification Course is offered under guidelines and requirements as set forth by North Carolina Sheriff’s Education and Training Standards Commission. Trainees must successfully complete 22 blocks of instruction and pass State administered exam as well as demonstrate competency in all skill areas to be eligible for certification as a detention officer. Lecture, demonstrations and practical exercises are primary methods of instruction. Contact Denise Cameron for registration information at or 910-695-3944. Prerequisites: High School diploma or


The Detention Officer Certification Course costs $180 plus a $5 technology fee and will meet at the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office Monday- Friday. Dates and times are still to be decided.  

Pre-Employment Training will teach students how to properly complete an application, write a résumé, and prepare for an interview. Learn job search techniques and how to be safe and successful on a job. This class is a requirement to be considered for employment with Smithfield Packing Company. Call the Hoke Center at (910) 875-8589 for more information.

A new Pre-Employment Training class begins on Monday morning the first and third week of each month and the cost is $75 (waived for qualified students). Class will meet Monday- Friday from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Introduction to Direct Care Work-Phase 1 introduces students to direct care work (DCW) settings, what it takes to be a Direct Care Worker, how to get and keep a job, and other interpersonal skills training. This course will help students decide if DCW is right for them. Completers will receive CPR certification.

Introduction to Direct Care Work-Phase 1 costs $75 (waived for qualified students) and a $7 CPR Certification fee. Class will be held Jan. 10- 24 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30- 3:30 p.m.

Key Train Computer Skills will teach computer basics and use the Key Train software to prepare for the Work Keys® Reading for Information Assessment (required for Phase 3 of this program - Nurse Aide Level I).

Key Train Computer Skills will meet Jan. 26- Mar. 2 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30- 3:30 p.m. and the cost is $130 (waived for qualified students) and a $15 assessment fee.

College and Career Readiness classes are available weekdays and evenings in Adult High School, Adult Basic Education, High School Equivalency and English Language Acquisition.

Curriculum Programs Offered at the Hoke Center

The Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) program is offered at the Sandhills Hoke Center. It is a ten-month program with classes meeting one and two days a week and beginning in August of each year. Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) is designed to give students essential skills required for entry-level employment as law enforcement officers with state, county or municipal governments, or with private enterprise.

The Early Childhood Education Preschool Certificate is also offered at the Hoke Center. The program can prepare individuals to work with children from birth through eight in diverse learning environments. Learned theories are combined with practice in actual settings with young children under the supervision of qualified teachers.

The Criminal Justice Technology program is providing more learning opportunities at the Hoke Center This program is designed to provide knowledge of criminal justice systems and operations. Study focuses on local, state, and federal law enforcement, judicial processes, corrections, and security services. The criminal justice system’s role within society is explored.

Registering for Classes

Seats are still available for Continuing Education courses. Registration can be carried out by phone with a credit card at (910) 695-3980. Registration hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Fridays 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. 

Curriculum classes are open to both non-degree and degree-seeking students. The semester begins on January 9 with registration for classes on January 5. To begin the enrollment process, click “Apply” on at

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