Coastal Carolina College (CCC) is a two-year community college in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Along with several other industrial education centers in North Carolina, it was founded in the early 1960’s. It serves a mixed urban and rural area on and near the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. The college campus is attractive and spacious, covering 98 acres and for interested students, tours are generally available on weekdays during business hours.
One of the most notable aspects of the school is the strong military presence in the student body. Up to half of the students in any given year are active members of the military or their family members; even more are veterans. In addition to their main campus, the college offers classes right on base at the Marine Corps Air Station New River and Camp Lejeune. In addition, several hundred military members take online classes here while deployed all over the world.
Several other locations throughout the Jacksonville area have been founded, including Camp Geiger, Camp Johnson, the Naval Hospital, Courthouse Bay, Tarawa Terra, and the Base Correctional Facility.
The curriculum includes associate degrees in arts, fine arts, and sciences for students planning to transfer to a four-year school after successfully completing their first two years of college. For students planning to enter the workforce after graduation, the school offers associate degrees in applied sciences and several other diploma and certificate programs. There is a wide diversity in the programs of study, ranging from Information Systems to Communication Studies to Emergency Medical Training to Financial Crime and Computer Fraud.
The Service Learning program integrates academic instruction with community service. Students earn extra credit by providing service, then participating in a critical and reflective thinking discussion afterwards.
There is a particularly strong distance learning program to meet the needs of students. Many of the students in the military are deployed across the globe during their education and this program makes sure that the vast majority of them are able to continue learning, online, without skipping a beat. Most degrees are available completely online.
The Basic Skills Program provides intensive, cost-free educational opportunities for literacy for adults. The program helps adults improve basic life and job skills and earn high school credentials. The Adult Basic Education program picks up where Basic Skills leaves off, teaching basic reading, writing, and math skills at many locations throughout the Jacksonville area. The Adult High School Diploma Program prepares students to obtain their diplomas (and, if they wish, transition into college level work).
The Compensatory Education Program offers classes for adults with intellectual disabilities. Subjects covered include living skills, math, social science, consumer education, reading, health, and vocational education. Students must be at least 18 years old and provide documentation of their disability. Community Service Programs (CSP) include classes that teach skills and share cultural enrichment for personal development.
English as a Second Language
The English as a Second Language (ESL) program assists international students in their abilities to speak, write, and otherwise communicate in English. Students learn vocabulary, spelling, and citizenship.
Learning Resources Center
The C. Louis Shields Learning Resources Center contains more than 41,000 volumes as well as a large collection of software and other learning materials. The Learning Resources Center contains several individual study rooms and conference rooms for student use.
Computer Skills Laboratories
The Computer Skills Laboratories, located in several of the academic buildings, have computer terminals available for student use as well as coordinators who are available to teach and problem solve as needed. The Center is connected to NC LIVE, an online compendium of more than 5,500 newspapers, magazines, and journals. NC LIVE is available through the terminals at the Learning Resources Center or remotely with a Learning Resources Center-issued password.
Academic Studies Center
The Academic Studies Center provides individualized study labs and tutors for students in all major content areas. In addition, the center offers Basic Skills Education and GED testing.
Small Business Center
The Small Business Center provides support and educational opportunities to prospective and existing small businesses in the Jacksonville area. The Center offers business idea development, market analysis, information referral, personalized business counseling, and informational events.
Industry Training Center
The Industry Training Center supports industrial needs in Onslow County. The Center designs customized curricula for companies involved in manufacturing industries, technology intensive industries, regional warehouses and distribution centers, customer support centers, civil service employees providing technical support to US military installations, and air courier services.
In addition to degree and certificate track course offerings, the Camp Lejeune facility offers a variety of continuing education classes and a learning lab with free placement testing and tutoring for students.
Most Popular Fields of Study
As part of their mission to provide higher education to anyone who wishes to pursue it, open admissions are available to students with a high school education or equivalent, and who are 18 years or older. Minors of age 16 or 17 may enroll for college coursework by completing a Petition for the Admission of a Minor Applicant.
There is a special admissions policy for the advanced placement of Licensed Practical Nurses who enter the associate degree Nursing program and transition program. Licensed Practical Nurses who satisfactorily complete their first-year courses with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher, score acceptably on the PN Gap or a similar examination, and procure a professional recommendation documenting a work history of at least six months, and an additional letter of reference are eligible for the program.
In addition to the normal options for federal financial aid open to any college or university student in the United States, students here have access to the North Carolina Community College Grant, North Carolina Student Incentive Grant, and the North Carolina Education Lottery Scholarship, which provides financial aid to residents of this state.
The school has a nice assortment of clubs and activities for its students to enjoy. They include the National Student Nurses’ Association; a Spanish language and culture club called Café Con Leche (Coffee with Milk); the Dental Professions Club; an experiential science activities group called the eXtreme Science Club; the visual-arts focused Fine Arts Society; the Minority Male Mentoring Program; Paralegal Society, which is the CCC chapter of the National Association of Legal Assistants; the academic and socially active Philosophy Club; Practical Nursing Education Club; Social Sciences Club; the fellowship society of the Emergency Medical Science department, Star of Life; and The Scrub Club, a club for people interested in many different aspects of health care. The Student Government Association (SGA) represents the student body in self-governance and acts as a liason to the administration of the college.
Because so many of the students either don’t have leisure time on campus, or study online, most social life and casual conversation between students takes place on CampusCruiser, a social platform that includes multiple aspects of college life.
There is a traditional cafeteria on campus while classes are in session. It is open from 7 AM to 8 PM most days.
Dental Hygiene Clinic
One of the perks of student life here is access to the on-campus Dental Hygiene clinic. Students in the Dental Hygiene program at the college take patient histories, plan patient care, teach oral hygiene techniques, take x-rays, clean teeth, and perform other procedures on patients as part of their education. At the same time, they perform services at-cost for students, faculty, and staff.
The Career Center helps students explore potential careers, write resumes, develop job readiness skills, and assists in job placement. They also administrate a virtual Career Center with online workshops and activities to connect students with the employment that best suits them. The Career Center partners with the Marine Corps Community Services to host job fairs that bring students and employment recruiters together.
Additional Student Services
Personal counseling is available through the admissions office through academic advisement and admissions assistance. The Human Services office assists students in locating funding assistance for tuition, books, supplies, tools, and child care for qualifying students.
Student Enrollment Demographics
The school does not participate in organized sports, however, the Wellness Program is a comprehensive fitness program in which students work with trained athletic staff to set and meet goals of their own.
Jackson is a city of over 80,000 in what is known as the Inner Banks, less that an hour away from the port city of Wilmington. It is mostly known for its large military presence. It features a downtown waterfront park, a nice assortment of shops and restaurants, and a huge number of marines.
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