Career & Community Enrichment

Neill Currie Building (NCB), Room 1 2201 Hull Road, Fayetteville, NC 28303
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Office Hours Monday - Friday
8:00AM to 5:00PM
The Community Enrichment (personal interest) courses encourage lifelong learning and allow you to express your creative, cultural, civic, and leisure interests. These courses are self-supporting and no fee exemptions apply.
We have something for everyone! Personal interest classes include Academics and Test Preparation, Art, Boating Skills, Cooking, Crafts, Dance, Furniture Upholstery, Gardening & Landscaping, Home Improvement, Music, Motorcycle Basic Rider Training, Photography, Sewing, and much more!
Additional course topics are available! Search the current course schedules for the complete list.

What types of classes are offered?

Academic & Test Prep

Algebra Refresher

So you finished high school a few years ago and now you’ve decided to go back to school. The problem is you’re not sure that you can handle the college-level algebra that will be required. This course is designed for people just like you—high school graduates who need to review basic algebra in order to increase their chances of success in a college-level classroom. This course is a review of the basic concepts of algebra using formulas, exponents, signs, squares and square roots, equations, and inequalities.


ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery)

The ASVAB is a multiple choice test, administered by the United States Military Entrance Processing Command, used to determine qualification for enlistment in the United States Armed Forces. It is often offered to American high school students when they are in the 10th, 11th, and 12th grade, though anyone eligible for enlistment may take it. FTCC offers this test preparation course at FTCC’s Education Center, located at 225 B Street, Fayetteville, NC.


Creative Writing

Open up the world of creative writing and learn the techniques that can put you in print. In this course, you will experience the hands-on practice of learning to say what you want in the best, most efficient and attractive way possible. There will be discussions on the art of criticism and how it helps, not hurts. You will learn the specifics of editing, manuscript preparation, querying, and submission of your writings. Emphasis will be on learning to develop your own voice or recognizable style. The world is waiting for that book you’ve been planning or that short story you’ve been meaning to write!


Creative Writing (Intermediate)

This is a course for devoted writers — for those who’ve probably been writing off and on for years but have begun to wish that they could go forward with their talents. Students who have never before taken writing classes in their lives may also register for this class, but they should enjoy challenges. Students in the intermediate class will briefly discuss a few famous authors and try to determine what’s so good about them, read and/or listen to the other students’ creations, and write with an end in mind. Students will also gain a realistic admiration for their own capabilities.


Grammar Refresher

Whatever your goals, a grasp of English grammar is important if you want to improve your speaking and writing skills. This course will help you gain confidence in your ability to produce clean, grammatically correct work. You’ll explore the basics of English grammar – like sentence structure and punctuation – as well as more sophisticated concepts – like logic and clarity. A patient instructor, memorable lessons, vivid examples, and interactive exercises will give you ample opportunity to put what you learn into practice. Reacquaint yourself with old, forgotten rules, meet some new ones, and discover your own grammatical strengths!


Grammar Refresher (Online)

Whatever your goals, a grasp of English grammar is important if you want to improve your speaking and writing skills. This course will help you gain confidence in your ability to produce clean, grammatically correct work. You’ll explore the basics of English grammar – like sentence structure and punctuation – as well as more sophisticated concepts – like logic and clarity. A patient instructor, memorable lessons, vivid examples, and interactive exercises will give you ample opportunity to put what you learn into practice. Reacquaint yourself with old, forgotten rules, meet some new ones, and discover your own grammatical strengths!

PRE-REGISTRATION IS DUE BY 12:00 NOON THE DAY PRIOR TO THE COURSE START DATE.


GRE Preparation

If you’re ready to go for that advanced degree but have never taken the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), PLEASE prepare for it. No one should go into the exam cold, not knowing what it’s all about. Moreover, the GRE exam has changed, and the new format should be reviewed before you take the exam! Your admission into advanced degree programs may well depend on your score on this exam. This course is designed to help you prepare for all parts of the re-formatted general exam to include a review of the verbal, quantitative, and written sections of the exam. You will also learn useful test-taking tips and hints.

Textbook Requirement: ETS: The Official Guide to the GRE Revised General Test, 2nd edition.
Supplies: Please bring a notebook, pencils, and a calculator to class each section.


GRE Preparation I (Verbal and Analytical)

If you’re planning to apply to graduate school, you’ll likely have to take the GRE. This course is here to help! Part 1 takes you through all the question types on the verbal reasoning and analytical writing sections, including reading comprehension, text completion, sentence equivalence questions, and both essay tasks. You’ll also gain pointers on time management, anxiety relief, scoring, and general standardized test-taking. Be prepared to excel on exam day to achieve your best potential score!

NOTE: This course prepares you for the GRE revised General Test, which replaced the GRE® General Test on August 1, 2011. This is a self-supporting class; fee-exempt status does not apply. PRE-REGISTRATION IS DUE BY 12:00 NOON THE DAY PRIOR TO THE COURSE START DATE.


GRE Preparation II (Quantitative)

Complete your GRE preparation! This course features a math review and techniques for tackling the quantitative comparison, data interpretation, and standard math questions that make up the quantitative reasoning sections, as well as how to tackle the GRE’s unique new question formats. You’ll find pointers on time management, anxiety relief, scoring, and general standardized test-taking, too. Be prepared to excel on exam day and to achieve your best potential score!

NOTE: This course prepares you for the GRE revised General Test, which replaced the GRE® General Test on August 1, 2011. This is a self-supporting class; fee-exempt status does not apply. PRE-REGISTRATION IS DUE BY 12:00 NOON THE DAY PRIOR TO THE COURSE START DATE.


Math Refresher

When you were in high school, did you avoid the “tough” math courses like algebra? Now you’d like to go to college. This course is designed for those who need a review in basic math and pre-algebra in order to prepare for more advanced math such as algebra and college mathematics.

You will review basic arithmetic operations with integers such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, fractions and decimals, percents, measurements, and word problems.


Public Speaking

Adults in America are more afraid of public speaking than they are of high school reunions, visits from the in-laws, or even the Internal Revenue Service. Sweaty hands, unreliable knees, and the inability to concentrate; nobody enjoys this level of panic. Yet there are times when everyone needs to be heard, understood, and appreciated, and Public Speaking can lead you in that positive direction. During this class you’ll read famous and memorable speeches, encourage your classmates’ attempts, and see yourself evolving form a victim of nerves to a confident and enthusiastic public speaker.


SAT Preparation

Get ready for the SAT—one of the most important exams you will ever take. This comprehensive preparation program is designed to help you meet the challenges of the exam format. You will receive a thorough overview of the SAT and become familiar with every question type that appears on the exam. The course will cover both math and verbal skills. Practice will include math skills and review of test questions including algebra, geometry, percentages, pictorials, and quantitative comparisons. Verbal skills will also be covered with special emphasis placed on the critical reading section which includes single and paired passages, sentence completion, analogies, and vocabulary enhancement.

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