The North Carolina Community College System is made up of 58 campuses, 28 mini-campuses and 74 off-campus sites serving all 100 counties within the state. This translates to classes being held only a 30-minute drive away from any given student, outside of “distance learning.” “ There are more than 1,000 curriculum programs under more than 250 curriculum titles offered across the state. Programs are offered at the certificate, diploma and associate degree levels. New programs are established as a response to local and regional labor market needs and student demand.” http://www.nccommunitycolleges.edu/News_Releases/GetTheFacts.htm
Currently, the NCCCS enrolls about 800,000 students in comparison to the University System of North Carolina which, as of Fall 2009, serves 176,133 undergraduate students and 46,189 graduate students. There are also over 60 of proprietary business/technical/trade/correspondence private colleges in North Carolina, including ECPI College of Technology, ITT Technical Institute, Universal Technical Institute (which includes NASCAR Tech), Miller-Mote Technical College and The Art Institutes of Raleigh-Durham and Charlotte. The State Board of Community Colleges is in charge of licensing these programs via Article 8 of the North Carolina General Statutes (115D). Sources: http://www.nccommunitycolleges.edu/Proprietary_Schools/docs/Directory_Proprietary_Schools_2008_2009.pdf http://www.nccommunitycolleges.edu/External_Affairs/History/history.htm
The underlying reason to develop the Community College system was to support economic growth and prosperity through education. Each institution within the system offers certificate, diploma and associate degree programs. There are also very clearly defined programs for college transfer, as well as job training, literacy and continuing education opportunities. Source: http://www.nccommunitycolleges.edu/External_Affairs/History/history.htm
In April 2009, the report based on the Study on the Admission of Undocumented Students was published. Current policy has only three types of students who may be admitted: 1) high school students who had been dual enrolled, 2) participants in non-college level course (e.g., GED) and 3) those who can provide proper documentation as defined under Federal Law , 8 U.S.C. §1641. Source: NCCCS Fact Book, 2005, p.62 http://www.nccommunitycolleges.edu/Reports/undocumented%20students/Study%20on%20the%20Admission%20of%20Undocumented%20Students.pdf
Occupational and ConEd coursework is also available for “distance learning” opportunities. In 2006-2007, approximately 45,000 students were enrolled in such classes. This enrollment was a 34% increase in this type of instruction from the previous instructional year. Sources: http://www.nccommunitycolleges.edu/successstories/story.aspx?story=542 http://www.nccommunitycolleges.edu/pr/newsreleases/GetTheFacts.htm
These programs are provided tuition-free and are offered in order to keep the typical high school student on a path toward postsecondary education. Sources: http://www.rockymounttelegram.com/news/early-college-high-schools-transform-education-19000
Employment within the NCCCS is 1-12 months in length. The definition of FT, Less-Than-FT and PT faculty is determined by each individual college. Source: http://www.nccommunitycolleges.edu/Statistical_Reports/collegeYear2008-2009/docs/Anntbl80-2009.pdf
I was surprised by the high numbers of Faculty and Senior Administration who did not have a Doctorate of any kind. This realization indicates that once I have achieved my master’s my career opportunities should increase greatly if I consider moving into a community college system. Source: http://www.nccommunitycolleges.edu/Statistical_Reports/collegeYear2008-2009/docs/Anntbl78-2009.pdf
The website offers resources for all educators, K-20. It includes user videos available to explain the website in detail. There is also instruction on the Blackboard Integration system, the preferred course management program. Source: http://www.explorethelor.org/ccfaculty_profile.html
Ten members are appointed by the Governor, four members are elected by the State Senate, four more by the State House. The Lt. Governor and the State Treasurer are considered ex officio members, as well as the current president or vice president of the North Carolina Comprehensive Community College SGA. Board meetings occur at least ten times a year. A Chair is elected by the members to serve as leader and is responsible for projecting proper guidance. Source: NCCCS Fact Book, Section 1-Pages 7 and 8
Source: NCCCS Fact Book, Section 1-Page7
The local board of trustees sets policy for its given college. It elects the college president, contingent on approval by the State Board. *Often, faculty decisions are made by a committee with presidential input. Source: http://www.nccommunitycolleges.edu/Publications/docs/Publications/fb2008.pdf (pp, 7-8)
The formula for disbursement of state funds to the separate colleges is found in Section 2D.0300 of the North Carolina Administrative Code. Source: NCCCS Fact Book, Section 1 – Page 9
Source: National Association of State Budget Officers, State Expenditure Report – Table12, p. 23, also Table 48, p.83 http://www.nasbo.org/Publications/StateExpenditureReport/tabid/79/Default.aspx
Additional fees are applicable and vary by program. Source: http://www.nccommunitycolleges.edu/Stu_Dev_Services/
Citing tuition and fees listed within the 16 institutions of the University of North Carolina System, costs are significantly higher. In comparison, a FT student at an NCCCS institution would pay approximately $1,300/year in tuition & fees. Source: http://www.northcarolina.edu/finance/tuition/2009-10_UG_tuition_fees.pdf
The latest Strategic and Marketing Plans for Career & Technical Education was adopted in July of 2009. Source: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/cte/perkins/fiveyearplan.pdf http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/docs/statesuperintendent/office/commissions/meetings/20091029/nc-cte-strategicplan.pdf
Special populations such as the homeless, learning disabled adults, and adults in correctional facilities. GED programs offer preparation for the five tests that would certify the individual has attained high school equivalency skills. Source: http://www.nccommunitycolleges.edu/Basic_Skills/index.html
The above website will allow a student to look up credits by community college or by intended four-year institution. Agreements were first established in 1997. Sources: http://www.northcarolina.edu/aa/articulation/index.htm
For transfer credit, a minimum grade of C must be received. Also, the number of hours is limited to 64. Source: http://www.northcarolina.edu/aa/articulation/CAA_Brochure_Final_03.2006-1.pdf
Meetings are scheduled three times a year to review coursework and the possible transfer thereof. Source: http://www.nccommunitycolleges.edu/Programs/comprehensive_a_a.htm
The North Carolina Community College System Presentation by Teresa Dize
1950: The State Superintendent authorized a study to possibly establish a system of tax-supported community colleges.
1957 : The General Assembly adopted the first Community College Act to provide funding
1961: 5 public junior colleges and 7 industrial centers for vocational/technical education had been established
1962: Gov. Terry Sanford created the Governor’s Commission on Education Beyond the High School thus unifying the community college system
1963: The General Assembly established G.S.115A to establish the Department of Colleges
1966: 43 institutions enrolled 28,250 FTE (Full-Time Equivalent) students
1969: 54 institutions enrolled 59,329 FTE students
1974-75: Growth reached the 33% mark
1978: The 58 th institution, Brunswick Community College, was established
1979-80: The State Board of Community Colleges was established
1988: The system celebrated 25 years as an established system and had become the nation’s third largest community college system
Mission Statement as established in NC General Statutes 115D-1
… The major purpose of each and every institution operating under the provisions of this Chapter shall be and continue to be the offering of vocational and technical education and training, and of basic, high school level, academic education needed in order to profit from vocational and technical education, for students who are high school graduates or who are beyond the compulsory age limit of the public school system and who have left the public schools…
Currently, NC General Statute 95-98 denies the ability for any public workers in the state to use collective bargaining.
On June 15 th , Collective Bargaining Lobby Day will occur on the steps of the North Carolina General Assembly in Raleigh, NC. The hope of Lobby Day is to establish the right to utilize collective bargaining in regards to salary, benefits and safety issues in the workplace for all public employees.
The State Board of Community Colleges has the authority to adopt policies, procedures, standards and regulations for the 58 public community colleges. 21 members represent all aspects of society: business, education, industry and government.
Daniel Creech had spent several years working in his dad's auto repair shop and knew it was his career. “It feels good knowing you can take a car's problem and fix it,” he says. He went on to enroll in Wake Tech's Automotive Systems Technologies and has prepared for a series of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) exams. In his last semester at Wake Tech, he is just one ASE exam from Master Technician certification. Even before completion of the program, Creech has been hired at a local Ford dealership. He credits Wake Tech with his success: “Going through the program at Wake Tech lets employers know you're committed to doing a good job.”
Public Law 109-270 established the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act in 2006. It was specifically designed to fully develop the necessary skills for vocational and technical education.
Daniel Creech is just one example of the program’s success.
Local business and industry utilize the innovative training available at NCCCS. In 2006-07, over 30 thousand workers participated in over 600 classes. BioNetwork is used by 20 colleges in order to offer training in the pharmaceutical & biomanufacturing Industry. There are over 200 courses which would lead to the certification or recertification required by outside agencies. The Career Start program available on 31 campuses provides job placement and training. It bridges the gap between education and job skills. 11,242 students used this program in 2006-07. In 2006, 84,310 unemployed workers received skills training through the Human Resource Development program.
Employment information across the state is used in order to determine coursework and programs. Increased programs only occur if the local employment outlook has proven the need.
All such programs are reviewed annually in regards to enrollment, student satisfaction, passing rate of licensing and certification testing, retention and graduation rate, rate of employment, employer satisfaction and other standards.
Over 135,000 participated in developmental education programs in 2006-07.
The Basic Skills programs include services in English as a Second Language, Adult Basic Education, Adult High School and General Education Development (GED).
“ The mission of the Basic Skills program is to assist adults to become literate and obtain the knowledge and skills necessary for employment and self-sufficiency, assist adults who are parents to obtain the educational skills necessary to become full partners in the educational development of their children, and assist adults in the completion of a secondary school education.”
There is a well-established partnership between the North Carolina Community College System and the University System of North Carolina with active articulation agreements for students planning to transfer to a four-year institution.
Students who have transferred have proven to perform as well or better than students who have been in the four-year institution from their first year.
TAC is an eight member board appointed by the respective Presidents of the North Carolina Community College System and the University System of North Carolina.
If a student feels a course should have transferred, there is a grievance procedure to be submitted to the TAC for consideration.
Making It All Work http://www.nccommunitycolleges.edu/pr/newsreleases/BioNetwork%20Career%20Launch%20Pad%20Release.pdf http://www.nccommunitycolleges.edu/pr/newsreleases/Excellence_Event_Media_Advisory.pdf http://www.nccommunitycolleges.edu/pr/newsreleases/NC%20Community%20Colleges%20Experience%20Unprecedented%20Growth.pdf The following articles demonstrate the strength and continued success of the NCCS