Registration and Policies

Continuing Education Admission

In accordance with the “open door” policy of Tri-County Community College, any adult eighteen years of age or older – regardless of race, national origin, color, religion, sex, disability, age, or political affiliation – who is not attending public school is eligible to enroll in Career and Community Education classes. However, pursuant to 1D SBCCC 400.2 in the N.C. State Board of Community College Code, Tri-County Community College may refuse admission to any applicant where there is an articulable, imminent, and significant threat to the applicant or any other individuals. In such cases, the College shall document the following:

  • Detailed facts supporting the rationale for denying admission;
  • The time period within which the refusal to admit shall be applicable and the supporting rationale for the designated time period; and
  • The conditions upon which the applicant that is refused would be eligible to be admitted.

Continuing Education Registration

Early registration is recommended for all Career and Community Education courses. If you are interested in a particular class that is not currently being offered, click here to place your name on the Class Interest List. You will be notified when the course next becomes available.

Students may register for Continuing Education courses online through WebAdvisor.  Click here for a step-by-step online registration guide for new students.

Students are urged to complete all required registration forms and to make payment of fees prior to the first class meeting. Classes will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. In classes with limited enrollment, students will be admitted to class in the order that their registration forms are completed and fees are fully paid.

Insufficient enrollment will result in cancellation of the specific class and the registration fee, along with any other applicable fees, will be refunded to the student. For Community Enrichment classes, if the minimum number of students required is not met, total hours of class may be reduced in order to cover total cost of class or the class will be canceled and registration fees refunded.


Please mail any of the following forms to:

Tri-County Community College
Harper Building
21 Campus Circle
Murphy, NC 28906

Registration Form

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Fees for most Career & Community Education classes are set by the North Carolina Legislature and are subject to change at any time. Fees for self-supporting Community Enrichment classes are determined by a formula in which the total costs of the class are divided by the minimum number of required students. Books, supplies, and materials for individual courses vary and are to be purchased by the student when necessary. In addition to the regular registration fees, some classes may include a technology fee, parking fee, insurance fee, materials fee, meeting fee and/or lab fee.


The College may refund registration fees under the following circumstances:

  1. If a student officially withdraws from the class prior to the first class session, the student will receive a 100% refund.
  2. If a class is canceled due to insufficient enrollment, the student will receive a 100% refund.
  3. After a class begins and a student officially withdraws from the class prior to, or on, the 10% point of the scheduled hours, the student will receive a 75% refund.

This refund is limited to the registration fee and does not include technology fee, parking fee, accident insurance, liability insurance, textbooks, or supplies.

Students may request a refund in writing, by e-mail, or by completing a Course Withdrawal Form. Course Withdrawal forms must be received on, or prior to, the deadlines listed above before a refund can be initiated.

Continuing Education Policies

Students must complete all classroom and clinical requirements (when applicable) prior to the end of the course. All Incompletes may be made up within the next scheduled course. Certificates are issued in the name of Tri-County Community College.


Students are expected to attend class regularly. Instructors are required to maintain attendance records. If there are to be mandated attendance policies, these will be announced during the first class meeting.

Course Repetitions

All students, including senior citizens, who take an occupational extension course more than twice within a five-year period will be charged a fee per scheduled hour as set by the N.C. Legislature. Students may repeat occupational extension courses more than once if the repetitions are required for certification, licensure, or re-certification.


Qualified instructors, as determined by the appropriate administrators, will be employed for Career & Community Education classes. Leaders from the community in civic, cultural, educational, industrial, and business fields as well as persons skilled or knowledgeable in particular areas of interest are used as instructors.

Class Locations

A number of Career & Community Education classes are held at local public schools, community centers, churches, industries, businesses, or wherever a suitable meeting place can be arranged. Classes may be organized in any community within our three-county service area whenever a sufficient number of prospective class members indicate an interest.

Arrangements for Classes

Because of the organizational flexibility of Career & Community Education courses, a wide variety of classes, lectures, seminars, workshops, and conferences are conducted both on campus and in other locations within the College service area of Cherokee, Clay, and Graham counties.


Career & Community Education programs at Tri-County Community College are not a part of the regular academic curriculum. Therefore, the awarding of certificates for non-curriculum study areas is at the option of the Career & Community Education division. Certificates are awarded to those students who have met the attendance requirements of the course and have demonstrated satisfactory progress in the best judgment of the instructor.

Continuing Education Units

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be awarded to those persons satisfactorily completing any of the courses listed as offering a specified number of CEUs. One CEU is defined as ten contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction.

A permanent record of each person’s CEU attainments will be maintained by this institution. Individuals, firms, and professional organizations may use compilations of CEUs to provide measures of recognition for non-credit educational achievements. Transcripts are available upon written request.

Accredited CEU Courses

A partial list of approved course areas offered include: Nursing Assistant, EMT, First Aid, Computer, and all other occupational courses; however, not all Career & Community Education courses are accredited for CEU recognition. New CEU accredited courses must follow academic guidelines as established by Tri-County Community College.

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