North Carolina 

Community College System

As the only public organization in North Carolinas dedicated to providing affordable college access to anyone in the State, the North Carolina Community College System prides itself of meeting the needs of everyone in every community across the State’s 100 counties.

North Carolina Community Colleges are the perfect place to build a bright future. Learners of all ages are served through a vast array of courses, programs, trainings, and more. Whether you are starting to work on your four-year degree, learning skills needed to build a rewarding career, finishing an educational journey, acquiring new skills, or pursuing a passion, community colleges are the place to be.

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The North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) is dedicated to providing affordable college access to anyone in the state. The NCCCS serves with a mission “to open the door to high-quality, accessible educational opportunities that minimize barriers to post-secondary education, maximize student success, develop a globally and multi-culturally competent workforce, and improve the lives and well-being of individuals.”

Colleges: Nearly every North Carolina resident can drive to their nearest community college within 30 minutes or less. The Carolinas Gateway Partnership region has two community colleges within its geographical domain — Edgecombe Community College and Nash Community College.

Through the Regional Advanced Manufacturing Pipeline of Eastern North Carolina (RAMP East), the Partnership works with five additional community colleges serving 10 counties. These colleges include: Beaufort County, Halifax, Martin, Pitt, and Wilson Community Colleges.

Programs: Through community colleges, residents can receive a headstart on a college education, level up in their career, or train to re-enter the workforce.

Programs include: Apprenticeships, Workforce Continuing Education, Adult Basic Education, Career and Technical Education, and Career and College Promise.

Apprenticeships: Apprenticeships provide future employees the ability to acquire industry skills and launch their career while earning credits towards degrees and credentials. 

With apprenticeships, future employees (students) have access to:

  • Hands-on learning and job-related classroom or technical training
  • Wages that increase as students learn new skills
  • Courses that count towards national credentials, certifications or college degrees
  • Local employment opportunities for a career close to home

Specialized training, custom courses, and certifications: Industries and community colleges work together to create customized programs, trainings, courses, and certifications to meet industry needs and demands. Specilized programs include: Lean Six Sigma, OSHA-10, and Working Smart.

“The more community colleges understand what industry needs, the easier it is to fulfill their needs. We have 58 colleges across the state that truly want to be partners with industries.”

Dr. Jeff Cox, President, NCCCS System

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