Education and a better future go hand-in-hand
Fact: If you have a college degree, you will earn thousands of dollars more in your lifetime.
Fact: A college degree not only enhances your changes for advancement, but your job security as well.
Fact: During the next decade most new jobs in our economy will require a two-year degree.
Give TCCC a try. You will find highly qualified faculty, friendly staff, great technology, and a sense of family that is both unique and wonderful.
What is Tri-County Community College?
Tri-County Community College serves Cherokee, Clay and Graham counties from two convenient campuses, as well as through hundreds of online classes by providing college transfer, vocational, technical, and adult education programs. TCCC is one of the 58 community colleges of the North Carolina Community College System. Established in 1964, the College is a public, two-year institution accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
- Founded: 1964
- Enrollment: 1300
- Student Body Snapshot: The average age of a TCCC student is 26; 64% are female and 36% are male; 63% are enrolled part time.
- Areas of Study: TCCC offers 22 curriculum programs along with a full slate of continuing education offerings.
- Accreditation: Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, North Carolina State Board of Nursing, North Carolina Board of Cosmetic Arts, American Association of Medical Assistants
TCCC offers many ways to get involved in campus life. The Student Government Association is an active part of campus life and has been recognized as one of the best in the state. Organizations like Alpha Beta Gamma, Phi Theta Kappa, and the National Technical Honor Society recognize academic excellence. Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) works on community outreach projects that help members learn about economics, success skills, entrepreneurship and more. The Hiking Club lets students, faculty and staff share their love of the trail while members of the Astronomy Society turn their eyes to the sky.
A Great Value
A TCCC education is a value that is hard to beat. Students can save nearly $5,000 by completing the first two years of college at TCCC and the second two at a public, four-year university in North Carolina. The savings are even greater if you transfer to a private institution. The low cost, combined with a quality education from highly-qualified instructors make TCCC hard to beat. If the cost is a factor for you, our financial aid department can help.
College Transfer Works
All 16 University of North Carolina universities and 21 private colleges and universities across the state are part of an agreement that connects the Associate in Arts and the Associate in Science degrees at TCCC with their bachelor’s degree programs. The agreement allows students to transfer selected courses directly to these colleges. Transfer of academic work to other colleges is on a course-by-course basis.
TCCC operates under an open door admission policy. While there are some restrictions on admissions to specific programs, these restrictions are flexible enough to allow each student an opportunity to improve his or her educational status. To apply, just complete an application for admission, submit copies of your school transcripts, and take a placement test.
Something for Everyone
TCCC offers degrees, diplomas and certificates in a wide variety of subjects as well as continuing education courses to enhance your job or your skills.
Program Areas of Study
- Associate in General Education (A.G.E.)
- Automotive Systems Technology
- Business Administration
- College Transfer
- Computer Information Technology
- Computer Integrated Machining
- Cosmetology Instructor
- Criminal Justice Technology
- Early Childhood Education
- Human Services Technology
- Human Services Technology: Animal Assisted Interactions
- Human Services Technology: Social Services
- Manicure and Nail Technology
- Medical Assisting
- Medical Office Administration
- Nursing Pre-Major (A.A.)
- Office Administration
- Office Administration - Legal
- School-Age Education
- Therapeutic Massage
- Web Technologies
TCCC’s Career & Community Education department offers ongoing training in career fields like Emergency Medical Science, CPR, nurse aide, fire and rescue, cosmetology, notary public, real estate, and more. Through Community Service classes, students can learn a variety of skills such as painting, basket weaving, bead weaving, creative writing, genealogy, and cooking. Classes are ongoing and change regularly so there’s always something new to learn.