Fayetteville Technical Community College, also referred to as FTCC or FayTech, is a public, state-supported, two year, comprehensive community college serving Fayetteville and Cumberland counties in North Carolina. The institute is located adjacent to Fort Bragg, NC. Its main purpose is to provide affordable general education, vocational training, college transfer and continuing education programs to the students.
The Fayetteville Technical Community College Foundation, Inc. was established in 1984 to support the development of the college and its various programs and activities. The foundation presents scholarships and other resources for students, and upholds the academic environment of the College. Apart from the main campus, there are three off-campus sites: the Spring Lake campus, Horticulture Education Center, and the Fort Bragg Center.
Accreditation is granted by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to grant associate degrees, diplomas and certificates. Since 1961, the college has provided high quality education to the military. It is the fourth largest community college in North Carolina, and boasts the largest continuing education program in the state.
Academic tracks of study include two-year degree programs such as Associate in Applied Science, Associate in Science, Associate in Fine Arts, Associate in Arts, and Associate in General Education. The college also offers various diplomas and certificates. The departments are Health Programs; Funeral Service Education; Engineering, Public Service and Applied Technology; and Fine Arts’ Virtual Art Gallery.
The adult basic education programs are tailored to meet the needs of students who have very little or no formal education. The self-enrichment and self-improvement courses are grouped under the community services programs, designed to provide non credit courses in areas of personal interest, occupational activities, and personal development.
Other options include continuing education/ literacy programs based on various needs and interest of the local community. The college provides specialty programs such as emergency medical technician, teacher recertification, GED, and fire service training. The college offers various short-term courses such as Phlebotomy, Introduction to Plumbing, and Solar Panel Installation, under the JobsNOW Program. It helps the North Carolinians gain occupational training that can open up better job opportunities.
Several online programs are available to individuals who are unable to attend regular college due to various reasons. Online education is made easy with SmarThinking, a web-based online tutoring service, available to qualified students 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Tutoring is available in subjects such as accounting, algebra, chemistry, economics, finance, anatomy & physiology, physics, Spanish, geometry, basic math, calculus, biology, statistics, and writing.
Students seeking online education can connect to SmarThinking ‘e-structors’ anytime for live, online tutoring sessions. Students can also schedule a session with a specific instructor through this program.
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Admissions are open, with some programs as exceptions which may require specific entrance tests. Students seeking admission are required to submit an application prior to registration, with the College Foundation of North Carolina, (CFNC) online application form. All students must take the Placement Assessment test.
Students who apply from outside United States and have never before attended any American College or University are considered International students. They need to apply as freshman. Students whose native language is not English must take The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test.
The financial aid office offers various forms of aid such as scholarships, loans, grants, and work/ study programs. To apply for financial aid, students must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. The FayTech Financial Aid Office is located in the Tony Rand Student Center. Deadline for applying for financial aid programs are:
- Mid of March (Fall)
- First week of November (Spring)
- First week of March (Summer)
Grants and loans include the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program, North Carolina Student Incentive Grant, North Carolina Community College Grants, and North Carolina Nursing Educational Student Loan Program (NESLP).
Scholarships are also offered to the students. Some of the scholarships are Dr. Herbert Boyd Ayers Memorial, William & Karron Boyles Vocational Endowed Scholarship, North Carolina Education Lottery Scholarship (NCLOT), Bill Bryant Memorial Endowed, William O. Cameron Memorial Endowed, Mr. & Mrs. Neill A. Currie, Jr. Memorial Endowed, Fayetteville Rose Society, Roscoe and Evelyn Hauser Memorial Endowed Scholarship, Harold Poole Memorial Endowe, and L. Gary Taylor Memorial.
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The campus boasts a diverse student body who take part in different events and programs. The Student Government Association (SGA) is the voice of the students. They address any issues and concerns that students may have as well as plan many events to enrich the academic experience. There are several on-campus clubs and organizations. Students can either take part in the existing student clubs or create a new one.
Some of the student clubs and organizations include Advertising Design Club, African/American Heritage Club, Future Culinarians of America, Architectural Technology Club, Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE), Veterans Club, and Student American Dental Hygienist Association (SADHA). Students can also be a part of the many honor societies which include Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society, Sigma Phi Sigma Funeral Service Fraternity, Sigma Kappa Delta English Honor Society, Phi Beta Lambda (PBL), and Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society.
The Career Center provides counseling, career assessments, and decision-making information to all who seek professional help with varied career choices. Students can opt for the career fields and occupations such as anesthesiologist food inspector, paralegal, art therapist, historian, respiratory therapist, autobody, horticulturist, social worker, botanist, biochemist, interior designer, and sociologist. There is also a counseling center that assists all students with personal concerns, career plans, or academic counseling.
Paul H. Thompson library is located on the campus. The library collection is more than 68,000 volumes. It houses a wide range of books, course materials and references related to the academic curriculum. Student Game Room provides the much needed break to the students. It features video games, cards, chess, checkers, and television. It is a great meeting place for the students.
TheSuccess Center is designed to offer free supplemental training to students enrolled in several college credit or developmental studies courses. The well-qualified success center instructors provide individualized or small-group coaching to students in a wide range of subjects, such as English, mathematics, science, and accounting. The resources available include course-specific computer software, audio/ visual aids, printed materials, and handouts.
The Special Populations Office serve students who need special accommodations based on their documented disability. The program counselor provides vocational, personal, social, and educational counseling services to such students. Other services and facilities include counseling (personal and academic); assistance with registration; academic planning and progress monitoring; interpreters for the deaf and hearing impaired; career planning and job placement; materials and equipment; assistance with securing readers & note takers; and test proctoring and extra test time.
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The Intramural department coordinates various inter-campus recreational activities and sports for the current curriculum students, faculty members and staff. The sports teams are nicknamed as Bobcats. They can participate in various intramural programs such as Women’s and Men’s Intramural Basketball Teams, Women’s and Men’s Bowling Tournament, COED Slow Pitch Softball Team, Battle for the Bobcats, Spades, Ping Pong and Video Game Tournaments; and Dodgeball Teams. There is also a state-of-art gym that is open to all students, staff and faculty members.
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As a military friendly institute, FTCC presents a wide variety of programs offering special benefits to the military personnel, spouses and dependents who wish to improve their skills for professional progression or personal enhancement. The Fort Bragg Center, located on Fort Bragg, provides registration, counseling, and testing services for the convenience of military personnel and their families. It was chosen as one of the first 16 colleges in America to become an educational provider to the Army University Access Online, which is now known as the GoArmyEd Program.
North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC) promotes the economic development as well as the quality of life of the military personnel in the state. The goals include: increase the military business for current NC companies; integrate transitioning military personnel and their family members in the workplace; and support recruitment and growth of the defense related businesses in the state.
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