May 19, 2024  
2021-2022 Catalog & Student Handbook 
2021-2022 Catalog & Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Eastern Shore Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Eastern Shore Community College.

The State Board for Community Colleges governs ESCC, a member institution of the Virginia Community College System. The State Board approves the college’s associate degrees and certificates. The ESCC College Board approves the college’s career studies certificates.

Certain curricula of the college are accredited or certified by specialized accrediting or certifying organizations. They include the following:

  • The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing, in cooperation with Tidewater Community College, is approved by the Virginia State Board of Nursing, Perimeter Center, 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300, Richmond, VA 23233, 804-367-4515. This Tidewater Community College program is also accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 300, Richmond, VA 23233; phone 804-367-4515.
  • The Practical Nursing certificate program and the Long-Term Care Assistant (LTCA) career studies certificate program have full approval from the Virginia State Board of Nursing, Perimeter Center, 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300, Richmond, VA 23233, 804-367-4515.

All degree and certificate programs awarded by the college are approved by the Virginia State Approving Agency for payment of veterans’ educational benefits.

The College

Eastern Shore Community College, one of 23 two-year colleges that make up the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), serves the residents of Accomack and Northampton counties. Originally a branch of the University of Virginia, the institution joined the VCCS in 1971 and moved to its current location in 1974, a 115-acre site on U.S. Route 13, south of Melfa and in Accomack County.

The college offers a comprehensive range of programs and services designed to meet the educational and training needs of the people it serves. Programs of study lead to associate degrees or certificates; they include the first two years of university-parallel instruction and many career and technical programs. Most offerings are delivered from a new building that opened in 2019. Facilities include classrooms, laboratories, a bookstore, a lecture hall, administrative offices, a student lounge, a testing center, and a Learning Resources Center.

The Workforce Development Services Center opened in 2009 and primarily houses employer training programs. ESCC’s Workforce Development Services Division offers a broad range of high quality, cost effective education and training services to individuals, as well as business, industry, government and professional organizations, in support of economic development and community enrichment. In addition to offering open enrollment continuing education classes, Workforce Development Services customizes programs to meet specific needs.