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1247 Jimmie Kerr Road
Graham, NC 27253-8000
p. 336-578-2002
w. www.alamancecc.edu

Alamance Community College

Alamance Community College Rating: 4.3/5 (3 votes)

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Introduction

Alamance Community College (ACC) is a two year community college located in Graham, North Carolina with another location in Burlington, North Carolina. Founded in 1958, the college provides comprehensive vocational, technical, and general education opportunities.

The college originally offered programs suited to the industries of the area at the time, including industrial chemistry, yarn and fabric analysis, loom fixing, and machine shop. Today, the college has branched out to provide a more comprehensive education and students can work towards associate degrees or certificates from the following Academic Divisions:

  • Arts & Sciences
  • Business Technologies
  • Health and Public Services
  • Industrial and Graphics Technologies

Academics

Academic Divisions

There are a variety of academic program options for the diverse student body at ACC. The college offers concentrated, short-term instruction for those who need or wish to finish their studies quickly; part-time work for those who attend part-time, and a variety of options in between. All students earn either an associates degree, diploma, or certificate, depending upon the course.

Arts & Sciences There are two program tracks offered here: the University Transfer Program and the Biotechnology Program. Common courses such as English and math are offered to help students prepare for a four-year university transfer.

Business Technologies This division educates future business leaders by providing them with classes such emphasizing business administration, computers, office administration, and web technologies.

Health & Public Services Animal care, criminal justice technology, dental assisting, cosmetology, and fire protection are just some of the courses offered in this college.

Industrial & Graphics Technologies Students enrolled in this division take courses in air conditioning, automotive, mechanics, carpentry, and landscaping. These are more hands on fields and students will learn the basics.

Cooperative Education

Cooperative education at ACC is comprised of partnerships between the school and employers in the community. Students engaged in this program alternate between on-the-job training and classroom work by the half-day, day, week, or semester, depending on their particular program of study. Students learn the most up-to-date skills and procedures in their fields, and make sure their classroom work and experience in the field complement each other. Cooperative education is required in the Criminal Justice Technology program and the Culinary Technology program. It is an option as an elective in Accounting, Advertising and Graphic Design, Biotechnology, Business Administration, Business Administration Marketing and Retailing, Computer Information Technology, Mechanical Drafting Technology, Medical Office Administration, and Office Administration.

Distance Education

The Distance Education program offers more than 100 courses. Students may work at their own pace on the content and submit assignments and papers via email. Students can earn an Associate of Arts online, or a certificate in Word Processing, Medical Transcription, Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Accounting and Income Tax, or Early Childhood.

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Admissions

Applicants are encouraged to complete all their paperwork for admissions at least one month before registering for classes. Enrollment in some programs is limited, so the earlier you apply, the more likely you are to gain entrance into the program of your choice. There is no fee for application. Applicants must be high school graduates or have a GED.

Visiting Students

Visiting students from other colleges and universities are welcome, although they must fill out an application before registering and are strongly encouraged to get the permission on their home institution in order to ensure that they will receive credit for their work. Visit students must be in good academic standing with their home institution.

International Students

International students must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and score at least a 550 on the paper test, 217 on the computer test, or 80 on the Internet test. After being admitted, international students may be required to take the COMPASS placement test for evaluation of English and math skills. International students are also required to submit a notarized affidavit of sponsorship.

Requirements for College Work

Students who do not test up to college level in math or English on the COMPASS will be expected to successfully complete developmental classes in those subjects before enrolling in college level classes. Grades in these classes will not be averaged into the student’s grade point average (GPA).

Financial Aid

In addition to the many financial aid options open to any college or university student in the US, ACC offers several dozen of their own need- and merit-based scholarships. There are scholarships available in every department of the college. Residents of North Carolina are also eligible to apply for other available funds in the state, including North Carolina Veterans Affairs Scholarships, North Carolina National Guard Tuition Assistance Plan, North Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation, Work First, and Workforce Investment Act.

Tuition Costs to Consider

Some programs of study require tools, uniforms, or other specialized equipment. Students should factor in these additional costs when choosing their course of study at ACC. Programs with significant additional costs include Automotive, Advertising and Graphic Design, Cosmetology, Dental Assisting, Early Childhood, Medical Assisting, Medical Laboratory Technology, Nursing, and Nursing Assistant.

Insurance and Related Costs

ACC offers optional accident insurance to all students at a minimal cost. Those taking classes with lab work or shop work are encouraged to purchase insurance. Students in Early Childhood, Nursing, Allied Health, and Cosmetology are required to purchase liability insurance through the cashier’s office. Some affiliated programs in the Nursing department require students to be covered by personal health insurance.

Student Financial Aid Details

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Students

Student Activities Center

The Student Activities Center provides a space for students to socialize, watch the news, access the Internet, and participate in group activities. Some food and drink choices are available at the Center along with organized recreational opportunities.

Clubs and Organizations

Students are represented by the Student Government Association (SGA), which administrates student groups and liasons with the administration over policy issues affecting students. Student groups include those suitable to a rural population such as Animal Care Club, an organization “dedicated to promoting a more complete understanding of animal care and community participation”; groups that combine several aspects of the college experience such as the Greek service club of the Biotechnology curriculum, Beta Tau Chi; a large number of professional organization clubs such as the Criminal Justice Club, FLORA Horticulture Club, and the Culinary Club; and chapters of national and international groups such as Phi Theta Cappa, an international honors fraternity.

Child Care Center

ACC maintains an on-campus child care center for the children of students, faculty, staff, and the general community. The center is open weekdays year-round from 7 AM to 5:45 PM. During the summer, the child care center operates day camps for school-aged children through 5th grade. The child care center is fully licensed and accredited, and has received a 4-star rating from the North Carolina Division of Child Development.

Student Development

The Student Development office provides multiple forms of assistance to students, prospective students, and alumni. These services include academic advising, personal counselling, academic testing, job placement, veterans affairs, and registration assistance.

Academic Advising Center

The Academic Advising Center works with currently enrolled students to help them with transfers, curriculum changes, and progressing toward graduation.

Disabilities Services

The Disabilities Services Office provides assistance with physical accessibility of the campus, integration into the academic environment, and aids and services to allow students with disabilities to succeed academically. Services provided include note takers and the use of readers and interpreters where appropriate.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Additional School Information

Library Resources

The library contains more than 35,000 volumes, including audio-visual materials. The library also maintains several electronic databases that are accessible both at the library and with a library-issued password through the internet from any computer. Wireless internet access is available throughout the library. Students are encouraged to work on research there and make good use of reference librarians as they structure paper topics for their classes.

Academic Skills Lab

The Academic Skills Lab is the home to the campus computer lab for student use. The Skills Lab also has a staff of tutors on call to help students on both an appointment and walk-in basis six days a week.

Literacy Instruction

Literacy instruction is offered through the following programs: Adult Basic Education (ABE), Adult High School, Compensatory Education, General Educational Development (GED), and English as a Second Language (ESL).

Continuing Education for Professionals

Job-oriented training programs exist for new, existing, and expanding business programs and industries in their catchment area as part of their mission to support, develop, and help to recruit businesses.

Testing for Academic Credit

It is possible to earn credit in several subject areas by scoring well on the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) exams. AP credit is granted for classes in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Micro-Economics, Macro-Economics, English, French, American Government and Politics, Statistics, Calculus, Physics, Psychology, Spanish, and US History.

Comparably, students at ACC may earn college credit by scoring an “excellent” rating on the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Credit can be awarded in the following areas: Accounting, Biology, Chemistry, Algebra, Trigonometry, Statistics, Calculus, Economics, English Composition, and Foreign Language.

Information Summary

Ranks 101st in North Carolina and 2689th overall
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Alamance Community College

Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.02
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.02
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 2 0.04
Arrest 2 0.04

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 59 0.41
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 3 0.02
Robbery 7 0.05
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 140 0.98
Larceny 338 2.36
Vehicle theft 25 0.17

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Graham, NC 27253-8000
Surrounding communityFringe rural area (less than 5 mi. from an urban area)
Total Population25,198 (16,657 urban / 8,541 rural)
Households10,108 (2.45 people per house)
Median Household Income$38,848
Families6,986 (2.93 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Suburban-serving Multicampus
UndergraduateAssociates
GraduateN/A
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingMedium two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAssociate's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3706

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 3686th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $2,145 $2,145 $7,905
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $30 $30 $30
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $72 $72 $264
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $4,846 $4,846 $10,606
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $21,019 $21,019 $26,779
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $9,412 $9,412 $15,172

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $2,158(N/C) $2,158(N/C) $8,302(N/C)
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,548 $2,012
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,500(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $6,800 $7,300
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $6,800 $7,300

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
TOEFLN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 160 55 10 3 652 49 943
Accounting 16 2 64 82
Animal/Livestock Husbandry and Production 16 19
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General 1 21 5 27
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 2 2 15 19
Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician 2 1 12 15
Business Administration and Management, General 10 2 23 2 37
Cabinetmaking and Millwork 2 2
Carpentry/Carpenter 1 4 5
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician 2 1 7 2 12
Commercial and Advertising Art 2 4 15 6 28
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 1 2 3
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General 13 6 33 53
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 6 1 18 25
Culinary Arts/Chef Training 5 1 17 2 26
Dental Assisting/Assistant 5 1 20 26
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 18 5 1 19 4 48
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician
Electromechanical and Instrumentation and Maintenance Technologies/Technicians, Other 1 1 14 16
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields, Other
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician 1 1 1 15 1 20
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
Information Science/Studies 2 5 7
Information Technology 4 3 16 23
Language Interpretation and Translation
Legal Administrative Assistant/Secretary 1 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 11 1 32 4 48
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 22 14 2 125 11 178
Machine Shop Technology/Assistant 1 1
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 1 3 4
Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD 1 1 18 1 21
Medical Office Management/Administration 24 4 31 4 63
Medical/Clinical Assistant 8 4 2 19 4 37
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide 1 5 7
Office Management and Supervision 1 24 1 26
Operations Management and Supervision
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 1 32 2 36
System, Networking, and LAN/WAN Management/Manager
Tool and Die Technology/Technician 1 2 3
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant 9 10
Welding Technology/Welder 1 2 12 15

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2530th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $57,805 ($61,933 male / $45,757 female)
Number of FT Faculty 108 (39 male / 69 female)
Number of PT Faculty 616
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits $2,653,872
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