Welcome to Tri-County Community College!
A community college is unique because it offers an opportunity for goals to become reality. Plus, it is a highly visible public trust that fosters an open and inviting learning atmosphere while reflecting the values and aspirations of its communities.
For more than 45 years, our College has provided opportunities for individuals to achieve their personal and career goals through educational programs, learning opportunities, and support services. Rooted in our far western North Carolina traditions of reliability, ingenuity, and resourcefulness, Tri-County Community College (TCCC) is committed to holding true to our community values and our mission. The college has long been a source of pride, as well as the first contact for many seeking educational excellence, economic stimulation, and cultural enrichment in the counties of Cherokee, Clay and Graham.
As the President of Tri-County Community College, I am proud of the special place our college occupies in western North Carolina and I look forward to promoting excellence as we strive to make our mission come to life.
The mission of Tri-County Community College is to help students succeed and to enrich the communities we serve. As we look ahead into the 21st century, we pledge to continue providing quality educational experiences for all. Whether you are a high school student or recent high school graduate searching for your future career, a working adult seeking to prepare for a better job, or a member of our community seeking educational challenges or additional knowledge, I invite you to discover more about the opportunities available at Tri-County Community College.
The dedication and support of every employee is outstanding, and we promise to help you feel comfortable and confident on your educational journey. I hope you will take time to look through the list of program options on this website and then imagine the worldwide connections that await you as you scale the mountain of opportunities offered here and through our distance education classes.
I look forward to seeing you at Tri-County Community College!
Dr. Donna Tipton-Rogers, President
Tri-County Community College
About Dr. Donna Tipton-Rogers
Dr. Donna Tipton-Rogers began her tenure as President of Tri-County Community College in October 2007. She is the first woman elected to the presidency in Tri-County's history.
Tipton-Rogers has long-standing ties to the college. She served as Vice President of Graham County Operations since 2001.
A native of Cherokee County, Tipton-Rogers is a graduate of Murphy High School. She earned a B.A. in History and Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Asheville in 1991, an M.A. in History from the College of Charleston in 1997, and an Ed.D. in Educational Administration & Policy Studies in Higher Education from the University of Tennessee in 2004.
Tipton-Rogers started her career in higher education as Director of TCCC’s Graham County Center in 1996, where she oversaw the planning, resource development, construction, and operational phases of the satellite campus. She became Dean of the Graham County Center in 1998 and Vice President in 2001.
Under her leadership, the Graham County Center grew from a small location holding a few classes to a fully-functioning campus that serves an average of 1,500 students each year. She has extensive experience working in collaboration with local government officials, public schools, county health department and library, childcare centers and county agencies on grant projects and activities.
In her time at the Graham County Center, Tipton-Rogers worked as an advocate for Graham County and worked to develop positive community relationships with local schools, businesses and industries.
Tipton-Rogers is married to Hayden Rogers and has two daughters, Torin and Lochlan.