The public Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC) is located in Jamestown, North Carolina. Founded as the Guilford Industrial Education Center in 1958 with a mere 50 students, the college became known by its present name in 1965. A two-year community college, Guilford is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees.
Satellite campuses outside of Jamestown are located in High Point, Greensboro, the Small Business Center, and the Aviation Center at the Piedmont Triad International Airport. The college provides a good foundation for continuing on to other higher educational institutions, as it boasts small class sizes, many different student services, affordable tuition, and job placement assistance.
Guilford offers a variety of programs and degrees. Students can opt for one- or two-year career-oriented programs, certificate programs, courses designed for personal enrichment, two-year college transfer programs, and different adult education options. In addition to more traditional daytime class schedules, working adults may choose to complete their education strictly in the evenings.
Academics at Guilford aim to build upon the student’s previous knowledge and further their interest and expertise about their chosen field. Often students choose to continue on to pursue their four-year degrees at other institutes of higher education, but two year terminal degrees are also offered. Areas of study include:
Arts & Sciences
Commercial Artistic Production Technologies
Public Service Technologies
Transportation Systems Technologies
Most Popular Fields of Study
To gain admission to the college, degree-, certificate-, and diploma-seeking students must:
Submit a GTCC application.
Send an official high school or GED transcript to the Admissions Office, as well as an official transcript from any colleges previously attended.
Make an appointment with an admissions counselor to determine if any placement tests are required.
Students seeking special credit (non-degree seeking) must:
Submit a GTCC application.
Send/bring in transcripts and proof of having completed any prerequisites.
Current high school/homeschooled students are eligible to take classes at GTCC while still in high school. Prospective students must be at least 16 years of age at the time of enrollment. These students must submit a letter from their principal stating that the student has permission to register. Homeschooled students must get a card from the Department of Public Instruction stating that their homeschool is certified.
When coming to Guilford to enroll in classes, it is imperative to bring a copy of previous high school or college transcripts. Likewise, students must supply proof that they have fulfilled all prerequisites when attempting to enroll in particular courses.
All students seeking financial aid must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The Office of Financial Aid is staffed with profession, courteous people willing to answer any questions regarding the application process.
The local community of Jamestown is close-knit (population: 3,000 according to the 2000 census), with roots that can be traced all the way back to the Keyauwee Indians’ occupation in the early 1700s. Inhabitants have always enjoyed the region’s verdant forested areas, the beautiful Deep and Uwharrie Rivers, and the moderate climate. The arrival of the first European settlers to the area in the later 1700s saw many Quaker families establish themselves in Jamestown. Today, inhabitants strive to protect and honor their heritage, and visitors enjoy the many churches, antiques stores, and Southern cooking that can be found around town. Historic sites include the Madison Lindsay House, the Oakdale Store, Magnolia Farms, the Town Hall Sign, the Mendenhall Plantation, the Old Mill, and the First Town Hall and Fire Department.
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