Creativity, Entrepreneurship & Sustainability


A creative environment

HCC embraces new ideas, innovative techniques and thinking outside of normal boundaries. The result is an environment conducive to creative thinking that is demonstrated in many ways across campus. Creative art. Creative communication. Creative teaching. Creative leadership. Creative thinking. It all happens on our campus.

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A resource for future business owners

At HCC we recognize that the economic identity of Haywood County is changing. With the closing of many large manufacturing employers, the economic health of the region is bolstered by small business. With that in mind, we have integrated entrepreneurial skill sets across our curriculum courses.

HCC is also the first community college in the state to offer an Associate in Applied Science degree in Entrepreneurship. The college also has an articulation agreement with Western Carolina University for a 2+2 degree program in Entrepreneurship.

Another resource, The Small Business Center guides budding entrepreneurs in our community and helps them take those first steps toward becoming a viable, thriving business. The center also contains a resource library full of books to help the small business owner.

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A commitment for our world.

In 2008 HCC President Dr. Rose Johnson signed the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment. The commitment is a pledge to cut emissions on campus that contribute to global warming, utilize green building practices, and incorporate sustainability into the curriculum.

This pledge reinforced Haywood Community College’s vow to teach, demonstrate and use sustainable development technologies that promote the economic, environmental and social health of the college and the communities it serves.

The campus community has embraced this philosophy and is incorporating sustainability in many new and exciting ways--from the college’s everyday processes to its new programs and building projects.

The college also introduced two new programs of study Low Impact Development , part of our Natural Resources division; and Building Construction: Certificate in Green Building Technology, part of our Advanced Technologies division.

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