Alamance Community College first opened in 1958, as the Burlington-Alamance County Industrial Education Center, preparing students for work in industries, like textiles, and equipping future laborers with machine shop skills. By the 1970s, the school had expanded to include options such as secretarial courses, drafting, and technology. During this period, the campus also relocated to its current home along the Haw River in Graham, North Carolina. As the school grew and evolved, it adopted the title Alamance Community College. ACC has since continued expanding, increasing acreage and facilities as well as broadening programs, including the addition of health and science fields, along with business and technology programs. More than 5,000 students are enrolled in the two-year public institution and the student-to-faculty ratio is 12:1. The Alamance Community College is a member of the North Carolina Community College System. Additionally, the college is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Individual programs also retain degree-specific accreditation and approval.
Today, Alamance Community College awards Associate’s degrees and certificates in more than thirty fields of study housed in the schools of Arts and Sciences, Business Technologies, Health and Public Services, and Industrial and Graphics Technologies. The Arts and Sciences supports Associate’s degrees in fields, like Biotechnology and University Transfer programs. Students can complete Associate’s degrees and certificates ranging from Accounting and Business Administration to Networking Technology and Culinary Arts through the division of Business Technologies. In addition, Health and Public Services feature multiple programs in fields, like Nursing, Fire Protection Technology, Criminal Justice Technology, and Animal Care and Management Technology. And with a long history in industrial education, ACC students can choose from Associate’s degrees or certificates and diplomas in fields, like Industrial Systems Technology, Welding Technology, and Automotive Systems Technology.
In addition to degree programs, Alamance Community College also extends learning through the divisions of Online and Distance Education, Continuing Education, and Services for Business and Industry. With more than 100 credit courses online, students can choose to participate in coursework delivered one hundred percent online, hybrid learning combining online and face-to-face instruction, or Web-Assisted courses that primarily feature on-campus instruction supported by web-based assignments. In addition, students can earn an Associate in Arts online, along with online certificates in Word Processing, Medical Transcription, Financial Accounting, Accounting and Income Tax, and Early Childhood. Furthermore, the Continuing Education division provides non-credit, non-degree classes that target the needs of working professionals, as well as personal enrichment classes. For added convenience, more than 250 Occupational Extension online classes are available, ranging from trainings in technology and business to courses, like Digital Photography and Start Your Own Business. Likewise, through the Services for Business, industries and corporations can work with ACC to develop customized trainings or support the advancement of skill sets via Open Enrollment Courses.
Tuition for students is based on state residency. Full-time North Carolina residents pay tuition of $1,079 per semester while full-time non-residents pay $4,151 per semester. In addition, qualifying students may access financial aid, including grants, loans, and scholarships. Aid programs include:
- Federal Pell Grant
- Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
- Federal Work Study
- Private Loans (ACC does not support Federal Direct Loans at this time)
- North Carolina Community College Grant
- North Carolina Education Lottery Scholarship
- Federal, state, local, and ACC scholarships, including need-based and merit based
- Montgomery GI Bill Chapter 30
- Post 9/11 GI Bill Chapter 33
- Survivors’ & Dependents’ Educational Assistance Chapter 35
- Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant.
Sector Of Institution:Public, 2-year
Highest Level Of Offering:Associate's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:N/A
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