Jul 12, 2024  
2024-2025 Gaston College Catalog and Student Handbook 
2024-2025 Gaston College Catalog and Student Handbook

Continuing Education


Customized Training Program

North Carolina’s Customized Training Program supports economic development efforts through education and training opportunities for eligible businesses and industries. The program recognizes the fact that one of the most important factors for a business or industry considering locating, expanding, or remaining in North Carolina is the presence of a well-trained workforce. The Customized Training Program is designed to meet business needs and respect the confidential nature of proprietary processes and information within those businesses.

The Customized Training Program provides assistance for full-time production and direct customer service positions created in the State to enhance the growth potential of these companies and simultaneously prepare the State’s workforce with the skills essential to successful employment in emerging industries.

Workforce Development/Continuing Education

The Workforce Development/Continuing Education department offers a wide variety of courses ranging from occupational training to personal enrichment interests. Courses in this department may also be customized to meet specific industry and agency requirements as requested. We offer licensing and certification courses in Notary, Electronic Notary, Nurse Aide I, II, and Refresher, Nursing Educator Training, Phlebotomy, Manicure/Nail Technician, Natural Hair Care Specialist, Real Estate Pre-Licensing, Escort Vehicle Operator, NC Auto Inspections and Truck Driver Training. Non-licensing/certification courses are offered in Defensive Driving and TEAS prep, as well as many online courses through our partnership with Ed2Go. We offer several personal enrichment classes range in subjects such as Genealogy, and Motorcycle 2-wheel and 3-wheel safety courses. Class availability is spread throughout Gaston College’s three campuses located in Dallas, Belmont, and Lincolnton, as well as online. Continuing Education is also an approved provider for a wide variety of CEU classes that are required for many occupations. In addition to our seated classes, we offer over 400 internet-based courses in which many are approved for teacher renewal, as well as online Career Training Programs. All Continuing Education classes are convenient, affordable, and reflect the highest of quality. For additional information on any of these courses, call 704.922.2244 or email us at coned@gaston.edu.

Criminal Justice Academy

The Criminal Justice Academy provides professional in-service training for the regional criminal justice community. Courses include law enforcement, detention, and telecommunications. In-service training courses are designed to facilitate the state mandated training requirements for criminal justice personnel, state certification and recertification programs, and advanced specialized training. In addition to the mandated training, the Criminal Justice Academy also offers the following:

  State Mandated In-Service Training Courses:

Firearms Training and Qualification.


Ethics: Preempting Misconduct and Increasing Integrity, Stress in the Communications Center: Developing Healthy Responses, Promoting Career Development and Survival, Duty-Related Trauma, The Telecommunicator’s Role in Crisis Management, Community and Responder Engagement: Identifying the Telecommunicator’s Role.

  In-Service Training Topics - Departmental Topics of Choice:

Law Enforcement Driver Training.


Broadcasting Techniques and Radio Etiquette.


SPLETA-Southern Piedmont Law Enforcement Training Association.

  Certification/Recertification Courses:

Radar Operator, Time-Distance Operator, Radar/Time-Distance Operator, LIDAR, Detention Officer Certification, Drug Recognition Expert, Telecommunicator and General Instructor Certification Training.

  Specialized Training Courses:

Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST), Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) Aerosol Spray, Rapid Deployment: Immediate Response to an Active Shooter, Law Enforcement Driving, SWAT Training, Patrol Rifle, Advanced Patrol Rifle, TASER Training, PRISim (Simulator) Use of Force Training, School Resource Officer Training, and Driving Simulator Training.

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Education Continuing Education

The Department for EMS Education provides initial certification courses and specific continuing education courses and programs for public safety agencies, business and industry, and the public. The classes offered include the following:

Initial State Certification Classes: Emergency Medical Responder (EMR), Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Paramedic Online Hybrid, EMS Instructor Methodology, Level I EMS Instructor, Level II EMS Instructor, EMS Administration.

Renewal State Mandated Classes: Recertification for Emergency Medical Responder, EMT, Advanced EMT and Paramedic, online and traditional classes, and Monthly EMS Continuing Education for Emergency Medical Technicians online and off campus.

Specialty Classes and Training Courses: Prehospital Trauma Life Support Provider, Instructor, and Renewal; Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals Provider, Instructor, and Renewal; Advanced Medical Life Support Provider, Instructor, and Renewal; FEMA/DHS, Professional Development for EMS Educators at all levels, TCCC, NREMT Prep Classes, etc.

American Heart Association Training Center (AHA): Gaston College is a full-service American Heart Association Training Center serving Gaston and Lincoln counties offering Healthcare Provider CPR, Heartsaver CPR, Heartsaver First Aid with CPR and AED, Bloodborne Pathogens, Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Life Support (PALS), online and traditional classes. AHA Instructor classes are available as needed.

Fire and Rescue Training

Gaston College leads the state in the delivery of Fire and Rescue Training. The program assists local municipal and volunteer fire departments and rescue squads in the overall training of firefighter and rescue personnel. Certification training is delivered in cooperation with the NC Office State Fire Marshal, NC Fire and Rescue Commission and the National Fire Academy, utilizing standards of the National Fire Protection Association. Programs offered for North Carolina certification are Firefighter, Technical Rescue, Hazardous Materials, Fire Officer, Fire Instructor, and Emergency Driver/Operator & Pumps, and Aerial Operations. Courses are offered on the Dallas Campus, at the Regional Emergency Services Training Center, and at various off-campus locations throughout Gaston and Lincoln counties.

Regional Emergency Services Training Center (RESTC)

The Regional Emergency Services Training Center (RESTC) provides basic, continuing, and advanced training in all areas of emergency services, including fire, rescue, law enforcement, and emergency medical services. The primary intent of the RESTC is to improve the training and level of expertise within emergency services across the state of North Carolina.

The facility began operation in January 1991 and is located on 25 acres on Gaston College’s Dallas campus. The RESTC includes a five-story, 21,000 square foot commercial burn structure, which is used for live fire and emergency training. The burn structure is the largest of its type in the United States. The burn structure houses a flat roof ventilation training area, industrial simulation areas, interior combustible liquid area, five-story vertical confined space shaft, and 1,800 square foot simulated smoke maze. A second 1,500 square foot burn building, simulating a three bedroom ranch style house was added in 2004. It has two pitched-roof ventilation areas. In addition to the burn structures, there are also 12 flammable liquid/liquid petroleum gas pits, confined space areas, hazardous materials areas, and a training pavilion with restroom and shower facilities at the RESTC. The center also operates a mobile Swede Flashover Survival training unit which is used for firefighter survival training on campus and across the southeast. Also located at the RESTC is the Bernard Dalton Driving Track which is used for small vehicle (police and ambulance) emergency driving training. Offices and classroom facilities for the RESTC are housed in the Albright Public Safety Building, along with additional locker room facilities, refreshment area, and a fitness center. For more information, visit the RESTC website at gaston.edu/economic-workforce-development/public-safety-non-credit/restc/.

Industrial Emergency Response Team and Fire Brigade Training: Gaston College’s RESTC specializes in Nuclear Fire Brigade and High-Risk Response Training and leads the state in the delivery of Industrial Fire Brigade Training. This program provides training for local, regional, and national industry through the delivery of customized programs of training addressing the specific needs of each customer. These programs include on-site visits, consultations, and specialized courses in the areas of confined space; hazardous materials, basic and advanced fire suppression techniques, and rescue operations.

College and Career Readiness (CCR) - Formerly Life Skills Program

The College and Career Readiness (CCR) is designed to raise the literacy level in Gaston and Lincoln counties. Depending on the program you plan on entering, you will first need to attend a Student Success Class. For Adult High School please call 704.748.5205 or 704.748.5215 (Lincolnton). For Adult Basic Education/High School Equivalency and English as a Second Language please call, 704.922.6319, 704.922.6320 or 704.922.6545.

Students age sixteen and seventeen must complete a Minor Student Application which can be obtained in the Craig Building (2nd floor), or on the Lincoln Campus, or on our web page.

CCR programs include the following:

Adult Basic Education Program (ABE): Some students may need to refresh their basic skills in reading, math, and writing before they begin the High School Equivalency program. Adult Basic Education (ABE) provides basic skills preparation for adults who are seeking a High School Equivalency diploma and focuses on developing the skills to get a job, including reading, math, writing, and critical thinking.

High School Equivalency (HSE) High School Equivalency focuses on the  preparation for the GED® exam, which includes four tests in the areas of Reasoning through Language Arts (RLA), Social Studies, Science, and Math.

Adult High School (AHS): AHS offers traditional high school courses for adults 16 years or older in 100% online setting. Program participants are awarded a NC high school diploma upon successful completion of the necessary coursework. AHS is 100% virtual, enabling students to work anytime day or night. For additional information call 704.748.5215 or 704.748.5205.

English as a Second Language (ESL): ESL provides instruction for individuals with limited English proficiency. ESL stresses development of basic language skills and preparation for daily life, employment, and citizenship. Classes are offered on the Dallas Campus and the Lincoln Campus at no charge. For additional information, call 704.922.6320, email esl@gaston.edu or visit gaston.edu/esl.

GED® Testing: GED® Testing is designed to measure academic skills in Reasoning through Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. Persons who pass the GED® Test receive a high school equivalency diploma. GED® Testing services are provided at the Dallas and Lincoln Campuses. For additional information call 704.922.6321.

WIOA NextGen Program: NextGen is a federally funded program designed to help young adults, ages 14 - 24, achieve their educational and employment goals. The program offers a variety of supportive services to assist in-school, out-of-school and at risk youth, which include: academic assistance, occupational training, employability skills, work experience, career exploration, on-the-job training, post-secondary education, leadership development, employment and more. NextGen’s ultimate goal is to educate and prepare young adults for self-sufficiency in the world of work and life. For additional information and program eligibility call 704.923.8410.

Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP): Serves low-income unemployed persons who are 55 years of age and older, by training them in part-time community service assignments and by assisting them in developing skills and experience to facilitate their transition to unsubsidized employment. The SCSEP is locally sponsored by Gaston College. Funding comes from Senior Service America, Inc. (SSAI), headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland. SSAI administers the SCSEP on behalf of the U.S. Department of Labor. For additional information and program eligibility call 704.922.6461.

Human Resources Development (HRD) Program

The Human Resources Development Program offers courses that provide employability skills training and career development for adults who are trying to find employment, transitioning back into the workforce, or working to redefine their professional vocation in today’s workforce. Courses are taught to equip individuals with the knowledge, values, and practical skills essential to applying, keeping and advancing in their careers. Many of the HRD courses are tuition-waived for qualifying adults and are offered at convenient locations throughout Gaston and Lincoln counties. For additional information on any of these courses, call 704.922.2244 or email us at hrd@gaston.edu.

Small Business Center

The Small Business Center is a specially funded program that provides no-fee consulting and seminars for prospective and existing small business owners. The Gaston College Small Business Center is one of 58 Small Business Centers comprising the NC Community College Small Business Center Network. The Small Business Center provides assistance in business planning, marketing, accounting, financing, and management concerns relating to small business. To register for Small Business Center seminars, or to schedule a counseling appointment, please visit gaston.edu/sbc-events.

Work-Based Learning

Work-Based Learning (WBL) is an academic program that integrates classroom study with practical work experience in industry, business, and public agencies. The work experience constitutes a regular and essential element in the educational process by allowing students to apply their studies in a real work environment.

The WBL work experience is concurrent or alternates with academic studies. It is a paid or non-paid work experience, and students receive academic credit toward degree, diploma, or certificate requirements. Students work either part-time or full-time jobs with employers selected and/or approved by the College. Students are contacted and evaluated periodically by a faculty coordinator and receive on-the-job supervision by the employers.

WBL Eligibility

Students must meet the following criteria to be accepted into the program:

  • Be enrolled in an approved WBL curriculum.
  • Have a minimum 2.00 GPA or departmental approval.
  • Be recommended by a faculty member.
  • Completed at least 9 credit hours within your program of student.

(Note: Enrollment in the WBL program does not guarantee placement for every student.)

Application Procedure

Interested students must speak with a member of the Work-Based Learning staff and complete a WBL application packet. Note: WBL staff will advise students to determine the correct WBL course(s) based on program area and state requirements.

Presently Employed Students

Students may qualify to receive academic credit if they are already employed in an area directly related to their academic major. The following general criteria will be used to determine eligibility:

  1. The student must be acquiring new skills or knowledge related to their academic major
  2. The student must be developing a recently learned skill or applying recently-learned knowledge related to their academic major
  3. The student must be receiving increased levels of responsibility related to their academic major
  4. The employer agrees to assist with an evaluation of the student’s progress and to permit on-the-job visits by WBL Faculty Coordinator.

Student Employment Services

Student Employment Services assists students and graduates who are seeking employment by making them aware of the range of career opportunities available, helping them present themselves effectively as candidates, and aiding them in finding part-time, full-time, temporary, or summer employment.

Some of the specific services and activities offered are Career Fair; employer on campus visits; recruiting events; resume writing information/workshops; interview techniques information/workshops; and posting of part-time, full-time, and temporary job openings on electronic Job Board (collegecentral.com/gastoncollege) and the bulletin board outside the Myers Center Cafeteria.