Robeson Community College, a member of the North Carolina Community College System, is a public, two-year institution of higher education, located in the city of Lumberton, North Carolina.
In 1965, Barker Ten-Mile Elementary School provided space for a technical institute that enrolled its first twenty students. As the institute continued to expand its vocational and technical programs, it transitioned into Robeson Technical Institute and founded a campus in Lumberton. It later adopted its current title, Robeson Community College. Today the college serves the surrounding community, offering vocational and technical programs, in addition to supporting college transfer degrees and hosting continuing education programs. Apart from academics, the school sponsors a number of extracurricular activities, ranging from Phi Theta Kappa and the National Technical Honor Society to Student Ambassadors, RCC Astronomy Club, and the Minority Male Achievement Program.
As part of the mission statement, Robeson Community College defines the school as “an open door, comprehensive, public community college committed to promoting lifelong learning opportunities to the diverse population of Robeson County and the surrounding region by offering associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates.” In addition, RCC has established institutional goals focusing on the areas of: Organization and Administration, Fiscal Responsibility, College Facilities, Educational Programs, Educational Support Services, Life-Long Learning, Technology, Institutional Advancement, Institutional Effectiveness, and Community Service.
Robeson Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate’s degrees. In addition, individual programs retain programmatic accreditation, including the following accrediting agencies: North Carolina Board of Nursing, Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs and the Joint Committee for Respiratory Therapy Education, Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology, and the North Carolina Board of Cosmetic Arts and Redkin Laboratories.
Robeson Community College enrolls about 2,800 students. There is a 72:28 female-to-male student body ratio, and just over half of students attend full-time. Student ethnicity includes 44 percent American Indian, 30 percent Black, 22 percent White, and two percent Hispanic students. Nearly half of the student population is classified as age 25 and over, and one hundred percent of students declare in-state residency. The student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1.
RCC awards Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, College Transfer, and Associate in Applied Science degrees, in addition to diploma and certificate programs. More than ten Associate in Applied Science degree options range in studies from nursing and radiography to fields in business and culinary arts. Diploma and certificate programs target technical skills, including but not limited to air conditioning, cosmetology, nursing assistant, law enforcement, and electrical programs.
RCC retains an open admissions policy. Students must complete the application, and submit necessary documentation, including transcripts. Students are also required to complete the Placement Test prior to enrollment.
DISTANCE AND ONLINE EDUCATION
Two online programs at RCC include the Associate in Arts degree leading to transfer into a four-year institution, and the online Business Administration program. There are also a number of individual online courses available to students. Fields range from accounting and finance coursework to teaching and education classes. Courses include asynchronous and synchronous formats, and students can expect to complete assignments and tests, much like on-campus counterparts.
COSTS AND FINANCIAL AID
Tuition is based on state residency. The estimated cost of in-state tuition and fees for students enrolled in 16 or more credit hours is $2,410 per year, and $8,554 for out-of-state students.
Financial aid assistance is available for qualifying students, and specific aid programs include: the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Work-Study, America Reads, and the Community College Grant. North Carolina residents may also be eligible for the NC Student Incentive Grant and the NC Community College Grant. RCC also supports the Federal Direct Stafford Loan program. For veterans and military personnel, Robeson Community College is approved to award assistance, which includes the New GI Bill, REAP, New Selected Reserve, Active Duty Educational Assistance Program, Dependent’s Educational Assistance, and the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program.
Sector Of Institution:Public, 2-year
Highest Level Of Offering:Associate's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:1,365
Percent Admitted:Open Admissions
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