A well-established and affordable option for students in North Carolina who want to earn a degree, Central Carolina Community College (CCCC) offers a number of different courses of study that enrich young minds while preparing students for the career of their choosing. With campuses in three different counties, the school’s various branches provide an easy-to-reach center of learning, and many North Carolina residents find themselves earning a degree or taking some classes on one of the campuses.
Established in 1961, the college offers various certificate programs and associate degrees for students who complete the different two-year courses of study. Students can earn an Associate in Arts, Associate in Applied Sciences, or an Associate in Sciences degree. Many CCCC alumni choose to enroll at four-year colleges and universities after earning their associate’s degrees—the college has a growing rate of graduates who have also earned their bachelor’s degrees, both in-state and out-of-state.
For those who are more interested in getting right into the workforce, the college also offers one-year vocational certificates in a variety of different fields. Students can gain the skills and knowledge needed to begin a career as a nurse, police officer, early childhood teacher, and many other skilled jobs involving electricity, mechanics, and technology. The extensive Adult Education Program offers courses from basic learning to general interest pursuits for members of the community who are interested in learning but not necessarily degrees or diplomas,
Most Popular Fields of Study
The Laser-Phonetics Technology program is known throughout the country. It draws a number of students, some even from out of state.
Students must decide which semester they would like to apply for. Those interested in earning their associate degree must submit proof of high school diploma or GED, along with official high school transcripts or GED scores and a completed application form accompanied by a non-refundable application fee. Select programs have additional requirements, like ACT or SAT scores, so applicants are encouraged to check with the head of the department they are interested in enrolling in to make sure that their application contains all of the necessary materials.
Once students are accepted to attend, the school recommends that they complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible to determine eligibility for aid. The Financial Aid Office has counselors available to assist students with this process. These counselors can also recommend alternative sources for loans and point students towards scholarships in the community. Most CCCC students receive at least some form of financial aid.
With an array of facilities from computer labs to well-stocked libraries, students have a great deal of places and amenities to use to their advantage while attending college. Many students participate in campus-recognized clubs and organizations, which are geared towards common academic interests and future careers, hobbies, and more.
Student Enrollment Demographics
The athletic teams are known as the Cougars. Student athletes, regardless of their chosen sport, must maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average to be eligible to play. Teams include men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball, and golf. There are also a number of intramural sports to choose from, with options for students to participate in ski trips, bowling excursions, and various unofficial on-campus tournaments in volleyball and basketball.
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