Brunswick Community College (BCC), located in Brunswick County, North Carolina, was chartered in 1979 and is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The college’s goal is to make relative and affordable programs available to the community, preparing their students for the future.
Students have the opportunity to earn an associates degree, certificate, or diploma in one of many established two-year programs. There are a variety of subjects to choose from, such as Cosmetology, Nursing, Law Enforcement, and Education, that prepare students for rewarding careers in the area.
BCC provides many different kinds of subject matter that lead the way to a career. Degrees are earned in two years or less, depending on which course is pursued.
For the budget-conscious student, the College Transfer Program will help make sure that classes taken to earn an associate’s degree will transfer over to a four-year college or university. This is a great way to earn credit at a cheaper rate than paying for a more expensive university.
Arts and Sciences
Students who choose the Arts track are more interested in the liberal arts, education, social work, or business. Meanwhile, if a student is more math oriented, the science track may be more appropriate, with subjects such as health care, natural studies, and technology.
Finally, there is an Associate of Fine Arts, for those interested in music and art. However, the college does not include this under the umbrella of the Transfer program because classes in this track are not guaranteed to follow the student to a four-year institution.
Nursing and Allied Health
Students who plan on working in the nursing field can earn one of the following degrees:
- Associate Degree Nursing
- Nursing Assistant
- Practical Nursing Program
These will prepare future employees in hospitals, clinics, and many other places where a nurse is needed. This is one of the fastest growing careers and getting a two-year degree with the proper training will have a strong impact.
Professional and Technical
This program has many options for those interested in earning a certificate or diploma to enter the workforce as soon as possible. Subjects include cosmetology, business education, aquaculture technology, and Infant/Toddler Care.
Some degrees offered at the school can be earned online so be sure to check the listings before enrolling to make sure the courses you want are there online. Classes can be accessed day or night and it’s a very flexible way to earn credit and get a degree, especially for busy professionals and those that cannot attend a traditional class.
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A high school degree or a GED is needed to apply. These transcripts should be submitted to Student Services, along with a completed admissions application form, which can be retrieved online, by mail, or in person. A placement assessment test, which is administered at the Student Services Office, must also be completed. An application packet will provide the applicant with information on the placement assessment, a course schedule, Financial Aid information, registration information, and the necessary transcript request forms.
New students usually being their program in the fall, although changes can be made to this schedule. All application material should be completed and submitted at least two weeks before the beginning of the semester you wish to enroll in.
The school wants all prospective students to be able to earn an education, which is why they make financial aid available to those students who qualify. Financial assistance is available in the form of grants, scholarships, and work-study positions. In order to qualify for financial aid you must meet all the requirements for admissions.
A Universal Scholarship Application is available. In order to apply, you must fill out the scholarship application, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), have a minimum of a 2.0 GPA, submit an essay, and a letter of recommendation. The essay should be typed, 2 pages, and include why you think you should receive the scholarship, why an education is important to you, and what your career goals are. A letter of recommendation can be from anyone who is not a family member; for example, a minister, teacher, employer, or faculty member.
The North Carolina Space Grant works to provide a one-year award to full time students who have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA. The grant is available for students who are interested in working for NASA and who are currently pursuing a degree in science, technology, engineering, or math. In order to apply, interested students must submit a completed application, an essay, a letter of recommendation, and transcripts. The essay must be a brief statement of how the degree the student is pursuing will help them with their future career. Letters of recommendations should include one from the student’s faculty adviser.
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The school’s campus has a lot to offer to its students. Academic resources include the Academic Resource for Excellence, the bookstore, the library, and computer labs. The Academic Center for Excellence, or ACE, provides free services that include tutoring, testing, study help, and computers.
A number of clubs, organizations, and activities are available for students. Get involved with Student Government Association, cheerleading, the school newspaper, Science Club, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Vocational & Technical Honor Society, Kappa Pi International Art Fraternity, Loaves & Fishes, Pep Band, Billiards Club, and the Nursing Club. Each club has a faculty adviser to guide the students.
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The Dolphins are members of the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 10 and they compete in the Carolinas Junior College Conference annually. Baseball, Men and Women’s Basketball, and Women’s Volleyball are played, and student athletes must maintain a GPA of at least a 2.0.
Students practice in the Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center. The Center is open to students, faculty, and residents of the community.
In 2008 Women’s Volleyball were champions in both the regular season and tournament for NJCAA Region 10, Division 2. In 2008 and 2009 Men’s Basketball were regular season champions for NJCAA Region 10, Division 1. In 2005, Men’s Basketball was both regular season and tournament champions.
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BCC’s Developmental Program was formed to help students increase their abilities in reading, writing, and math. These classes do not count towards the overall GPA and are non-credit. Also, the High School Development program allows high schoolers who are are highly motivated to attend classes and earn credit before their graduation. This is a tuition-free and great way to get a true head start in life.
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