We are excited that you have chosen us to help you with your goals and your future. This is why we offer a variety of classes, learning labs, and instructional options. All of which are designed to help you improve your academic and employment skills. The Tri-County Community College, College and Career Readiness Program provides educational opportunities for those students in the service area of Cherokee, Clay and Graham counties who did not complete their high school education or have not received their High School Equivalency Diploma or who need to improve their reading, languages or math skills. College and Career Readiness also focuses on providing employability skills, job-specific occupational and technical skills, and developmental education instruction. The College and Career Readiness Program is based on the philosophy that every student, regardless of educational level, is capable of self-improvement, and should have the opportunity to participate in furthering their education and employment goals. Any adult 18 years of age or older who did not graduate from high school is eligible to participate in the program as is any high school graduate who wishes to increase their skills. If you are under the age of 18, please read the information under Minor Student Information.
New Student Orientation is offered weekly and there is at least one ABE / ABE-Advanced class in each county to ensure students have access to the resources available. Classes meet during the day, evening, and at a distance and are offered on campus or at different locations in Cherokee, Clay, and Graham Counties. All orientation and instructional classes are:
Whether you have been out of the public school system or workforce for six months or over thirty years, you have a place in the College and Career Readiness Program. If you would like more information on any of our programs we encourage you to, contact:
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New Student Orientation and ALL classes are FREE of charge. We encourage you to pre-register for New Student Orientation class by contacting either:
You will begin class the week of your New Student Orientation. You do not need to wait for the beginning of a new semester at TCCC.
Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Monday/Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday/Wednesday 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Tuesday/Wednesday 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Monday/Thursday 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Individual / Group Remediation Lab and Tutoring - Crisp Building Room 109
Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
The High School Equivalency Diploma / 2014 GED program is designed to prepare adult students to take the 2014 GED® tests and, with passing scores, the student earns a High School Equivalency Diploma which is awarded by the North Carolina Community College System. This certificate is generally accepted on an equal basis with a traditional diploma for employment, promotion, or further education. Classes meet during the day and evening and are offered on campus or at different locations in Cherokee, Clay, and Graham Counties. Instruction is offered in the four subject areas in preparation for taking the high school equivalency diploma exam (2014 GED® test).
Tri-County Community College is an Official GED Testing site for Computer Based 2014 GED® testing.
The General Educational Development (2014 GED®) tests covers four content areas:
Is available in English and Spanish
Students have 3 opportunities to test per year, per content area
The test includes seven different item types: Delivered on computer (not online)
Paper testing is only available as an accommodation
To be eligible for 2014 GED® testing, a student must:
To pass the 2014 GED® Test one must earn a minimum standard score of 580 on all 4 tests and a minimum standard score of 145 on each content area test.
Please attend New and Returning Student Orientation and let us assist you with the process.
NC-DAP Math and Language Preparation classes (Pre-DMA and Pre-DRE) are designed to increase scores for entry into the DMA and DRE sequence and beyond. This 8 day session includes an intensive review of material via lecture and computer based instruction that is related to the test subject matter. Following the completion of this session students should be better prepared to take their initial placement or re-take their test with a higher score.
Students assigned to NC-DAP Basic Math Preparation and Basic Language Preparation classes by their Academic Advisor or the Accuplacer Testing Center Staff do not have to attended the College and Career Readiness / ABE New Student Orientation.
For more information please contact:
You must attend class orientation prior to beginning classes. During EACH Class Orientation you will complete a registration form and listen to a brief overview of the orientation process, classes offered and additional services available. You will then take an assessment test to determine your current skills level. After you complete the assessment, you will receive your results and what courses are available to you based on your scores. You will also create a personalized plan for success and to meet your personal goals
English Language Acquisition (ELA) is a program of instruction designed for adults who are limited English proficient and whose primary language is not English. The ESL program is for students who need to improve their speaking, reading, writing, and understanding of the English language to enable them to further their education or obtain employment.
Classes are designed for adults who are not native English speakers. Because individual needs vary considerably, instruction in reading, writing, speaking, and listening is tailored to meet individual needs.
Monday, March 6 - 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Monday, April 3 - 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Monday, May 1 - 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Monday, June 1 - No Orientation for New Students
Monday, July – No Scheduled Orientation
Monday, August 14 - 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Monday, September 11 - 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Monday, October 9 - 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Monday, November 3 - 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
ESA Class Sessions: Monday and Tuesday 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Crisp Building Room 108
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EL Civics/Citizenship Sessions:
Classes are offered in Hayesville, Robbinsville, and Andrews call for class days and times.
If you have questions or would like to attend class please contact:
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