Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute was founded in 1964 as Caldwell Technical Institute. In 1966, health and adult education courses were added to the curriculum. In 1969, the school received its current name and began offering classes designed to transfer to other universities.
Today the school is primarily located on two campuses – one in Hudson and another in Watuaga. A wide range of students are served, including working professionals, continuing education students, students planning to transfer to a four-year university, and students seeking an associate degree.
The Caldwell Campus’ J.E. Broyhill Civic Center and the Performing Arts Theatre are both home to many musical performances and other events throughout the year. The Watuaga Campus is located near many outdoor activities, including skiing, hiking, mountain biking, golf, fishing, and others. Because both campuses are nestled in the scenic Appalachian Mountains about 70 miles northwest of Charlotte, the possibilities for recreation are endless.
The school offers an intercollegiate athletics program as well as intramural sports and numerous social, political, religious and academic student organizations. There are also two national honor societies represented on campus. In addition to student-centered activities, there are many community service programs that the school utilizes to encourage local youth to attend college.
The school offers classes in almost 100 areas of study as well as certificate and continuing education programs. Some distance learning programs are also available.
Associate degrees are offered which are accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Additionally, five of the school’s programs are approved by the North Carolina Department of Community Colleges and the State Board of Community Colleges.
Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute offers five programs designed to transfer to four-year institutions: Associate in Science, Associate in Arts, Associate in Fine Arts-Music, and Associate in Fine Arts-Visual Arts.
The Huskins Learn & Earn Program is designed for high school juniors and seniors who are ready to begin their college careers. Students have the opportunity to enroll in this program and take core classes online that allow them to complete high school requirements for graduation while earning college credits. Students may choose from a long list of courses that are part of the core transfer requirements but need to be aware that college-level writing skills are required for these classes. There is no limit to the number of courses that may be taken.
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An unusual program offered is the Apprenticeship Training Program. The college works hand-in-hand with businesses in the community to provide career training in more than 900 different occupations. Students participate in a combination of on-the-job training and classroom work to earn a certificate and become registered as a journeyman in their field of study. CCC&TI works with local businesses to develop a program that teaches the specific skills and competencies desired in the given profession. Skills such as leadership skills, time management, problem solving, customer service skills and workplace skills are common areas of concentration. Businesses can work with the school to develop unique programs designed specifically for them.
The school is open to all students who satisfy the admission requirements, and the application process is fairly straightforward. The college accepts applications on a rolling basis which means that students may apply right up until classes start or until the program of choice is full. Prospective students must submit a completed application form as well as official high school and any prior college transcripts. Certain classes may require placement tests to determine whether prerequisite courses in math, English or writing are necessary. Additionally, all prospective students must have an interview with a member of the school’s admissions staff. After the admissions process is complete, students may register for classes and pay tuition. The school has an on-campus bookstore that offers all textbooks necessary for courses.
Additional interviews and tests are required for students interested in the Health Sciences program. International and transfer students also have different, additional requirements so they should contact the Institute to ensure that all application materials are submitted and all requirements are met.
Students who score well on the ACT/SAT may use those test scores to gain exemption from taking placement tests.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which is available online beginning in January, must be completed to determine financial aid eligibility. The school provides assistance in obtaining financial aid, including federal, state, local, and institutional aid. These include need-based and merit-based scholarships, grants, federally-subsidized loans and work-study programs.
Prospective students may complete a financial aid form in addition to the FAFSA and submit it to the school to be considered for additional aid. It is recommended that the student submit this form at least three months before classes begin in order to allow sufficient time for a financial aid packet to be developed. Students should complete the FAFSA as soon as possible because many scholarships are awarded to a limited number of people on a first-come, first-served basis.
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The Cobra’s athletic tradition began in 1974 with men’s basketball. The school currently offers two other NJCAA Division III sports: women’s basketball and volleyball.
The college also offers intramural sports such as dodgeball so that students may stay healthy and fit. There’s also a gymnasium that’s available for students.