Craven Community College is located in New Bern, North Carolina with a satellite campus is located in nearby Havelock-Cherry Point. The college has a balance of academic and career programs.
The college’s roots are in technical training and this tradition runs strong in the college, which still offers many practical courses intended. for students planning on quickly entering the workforce. In addition to the college’s degree programs, it also offers a number of continuing education courses.
Craven Community College was originally an extension of Lenoir Industrial Education Center in Kinston that offered blueprint reading and electronics courses to students across the county. In the 1960s, Lenoir expanded offerings, including a nursing program at the old site of St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bern.
In 1965, the state legislature officially created an Industrial Education unit as a formal extension of Lenoir. The original site of the school was the Harvey Mansion in downtown New Bern. Facilities included classrooms and a lab, and another facility housed a machine shop.
Two years later, voters in the county approved a bond issue that financed the construction of a new technical school. By the early 1970s, the college had settled in at its permanent campus in New Bern. Since then the main campus has grown from two buildings to nine and a satellite campus in Havelock-Cherry Point has been established.
Students wide variety of programs including college transfer courses, career certification programs, joint partnerships with four-year colleges and unviersities, workforce training programs and basic skills and developmental courses.
Academcic tracks include roughly 33 major areas of study. The most popular majors include:
Social Sciences & Liberal Arts
Liberal Arts and Humanities
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Health and Medical Administrative Services
The college’s flagship programs are its nursing and aeronautical technology programs.
The school has a good relationship with the nearby Marine base and offers courses at the Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point. This partnership has led to a great deal of relevance and expertise in the college’s aeronautical technology program.
Other partners, East Carolina University and North Carolina State University, allow placebound students to study for four-year degrees from these institutions, reducing obstacles to students attainment of higher education.
There is also a unique program in partnership between the local public K-12 system. The Early College is a small high school on the college campus, where teachers have leeway to test innovative new education techniques. The school is well-regarded, and Early College students graduate with a high school diploma and two year’s college credit toward a two or four-year degree.
Business and Computer Programs
The college recently opened a 35,000 square foot building for its business and computer information technology programs and has also recently opened a manufacturing facility at the Havelock-Cherry Point campus to provide training relevant to local industries.
Accreditation is granted by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, which accredits more than 13,000 colleges and schools.
Most Popular Fields of Study
Admissions are open – any student with a high school diploma or GED may attend. However, certain programs at the college may have special entrance requirements. Programs with entrance criteria include its pharmach tech, nursing, practical nursing, health information tech, and physical therapist assistant programs.
There is no admissions deadline. Students will need to submit high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores. Some students will be required to take a COMPASS placement test to determine whether remedial courses will be necessary.
Students are eligible for federal grants and student loans. There are also a number of grants and scholarships offered by the state, the university itself, and other organizations that students may be eligible for. Craven’s website lists a number of scholarships available to students and the office of financial stands ready to help students find other grants and scholarships they may be eligible for. To get priority consideration for financial aid, it’s important to get all financial aid information submitted by March 15.
The student body of 4,500 is mostly European American, and women make up about 62 percent of enrollment. The average age of students is 29.
The college has a student wellness and fitness center for students, and dozens of student clubs and organizations including professional and academic groups, religious organizations and recreational clubs such as the Book Club.
Student Enrollment Demographics
Athletic teams are known as the Panthers, and the school’s colors are blue and green. While Craven is a member of the NJCAA, the only intercollegiate sport the college offers is a men’s golf team. However, the college does offer club sports, including a men’s baseball team.
New Bern is the second-oldest town in North Carolina. Originally established by Swiss settlers, it served as the colonial capital of North Carolina and was later the state capital for a time. The town is also considered to be the birthplace of Pepsi. Caleb Bradham invented the soda at a pharmacy there in 1898.
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