Persons or organizations desiring to use any of the TCCC facilities should contact Tim Nicholson at 828-835-4261. Tri-County Community College has three main locations to serve its students and its communities:
Originally chartered as the Tri-County Industrial Education Center (TCIEC), Tri-County Community College is located in the Peachtree Community of Cherokee County. In July, 1965, the Cherokee County Board of Education negotiated a lease agreement with the State of North Carolina for TCIEC to occupy the abandoned Cherokee County Prison Camp. Holland McSwain, Tri-County’s first President, found support from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to construct a new classroom facility and to assist in the purchase of the existing property so newly constructed buildings soon joined the original prison facilities. During the 1970s, grants were obtained to renovate and construct three buildings (now named McSwain, West and Crisp) on the newly renamed Tri-County Community College.
The state legislature appropriated the money for the construction of a new multi-purpose building in 1984 and the Enloe Building was completed in 1989. In 1998, a dual purpose building was constructed. The Harper Building is home to college administration offices, student services, community enrichment and, it also houses the bookstore.
In 2003, TCCC opened its four-story Fire and Rescue Training Center. A permanent site for the TCCC TeleCenter/Small Business Center was dedicated in 2004 with the opening of the Patterson Building. In 2010, Tri-County Community College opened the Emergency Services Training Center classroom which is located adjacent to the burn facility. The College also graduated its first-ever Basic Law Enforcement Training class during 2010. The expansion of the TCCC Health and Public Safety program and associated facilities is consistent with the ongoing mission to help student succeed and enrich our communities.
The Tri-County Early College High School also operates on the main campus and its administration center is housed in the Patterson Building.
The Cherokee County Center for Applied Technology (CCCAT) is the result of collaboration between Tri-County Community College, Cherokee County, and several industry partners to develop a facility to be used for classes and short-run manufacturing, plus provide space for manufacturers to develop prototypes for contracted items. The Center provides facilities for workforce development in the community and houses the college’s Small Business Center, the Machinist Training Program, and Associate Degree programs in Electrical/Electronics Technology and Machining Technology. The NC Rural Center and the Economic Development Administration provided grant funds for the renovation of the building. Phase One of the building renovation was completed in 2008.
As Tri-County Community College and the surrounding area continued to grow, the need for an off-campus site to serve the people of Graham County became obvious. One of the major goals of Tri-County Community College is to offer convenient, affordable access to educational services for Graham County residents. The construction of the Graham County Center made this goal a reality.
In November 1993, voters passed the Statewide Bond Referendum, providing funds needed to construct the new center in Robbinsville. The Graham County Commissioners and the Graham County Board of Education conveyed land and buildings for the Graham County Center in May 1995. The State Board of Community Colleges approved obtaining the proposed property in June 1995. Construction began with renovating, modernizing, and equipping two buildings and the Center opened in January 1998. As an extension campus of Tri-County Community College, the Graham County Center offers a full variety of curriculum and continuing education courses to meet the educational needs of the county’s residents. Counseling, financial aid, placement exams, admissions, registration, and other services provided at the Graham County Center are equal in quality and availability to those found on the main campus.
Hours of operation: Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Graham County Center
145 Moose Branch Road
Robbinsville, NC 28771
Approximately 36 miles from the main campus in Murphy.
When you enroll in TCCC courses, you will be assigned a faculty advisor. No student will be allowed to register without an advisor’s signature. Your advisor will:
Schedules are posted at each building and are also available from the front desk, Shope Building. Students may drop by during scheduled advising times, or make an appointment.
Please call the Graham County Center at 828-479-9256 for advising schedules.
The TCCC Bookstore is at the Graham County Center at the beginning and ending of each semester for book sales and buybacks. Students can also order books from the TCCC Bookstore online.
NOTE: Books can also be purchased on Buyback dates!
For a list of all Curriculum Classes offered at the Graham County Center click here for a semester schedule. Classes offered at the Graham County Center will be highlighted in grey.
Continuing Education Classes
The Graham County Center offers a wide variety of Continuing Education Classes. A list of upcoming Occupational Continuing Education Classes can be seen by clicking here.
Other fun and interesting classes are offered through the Graham County Center such as Aroma Therapy, Basket Weaving, Cake Decoration, Candle Making, Conversational Spanish, Couponing, Digital Photography for Beginners, Yoga, Tree Grafting, Oil Painting, Guitar, Herbal Remedies, Heritage Arts, and more! Contact the Graham County Center for more details at 828-479-9256.
The Shope Building offers FREE high-speed internet access to the community during the GCC’s regular operating hours.
Library services are extended to the Graham County Center via the Library's web page. Students may access to the TCCC Library’s online catalog and the Internet “virtual library”. A daily courier delivers materials from the TCCC Library to the Graham County Center.
The Computer Support Center offers a computer specialist ready to answer questions and to offer help in the use of e-mail, Moodle, software, WebAdvisor, and more.
Student Computers are available to both traditional and online students:
ADA access is available.
Please call 828-479-9256 for scheduled lab times.
Lab located in the Phillips Building - Room 10.