HCC's department of natural resources offers several programs unique in our state. The Fish and Wildlife Management associate degree, accredited by the North American Wildlife Technology Association, is currently the only one offered statewide. Also, the Forest Management Technology associate degree program is the only one accredited by the Society of American Foresters.
HCC natural resources students compete at the national level and consistently outperform peers at other colleges and universities (see the Natural Resources Facebook Page for more information).
Other unique programs of study offered at HCC are the Professional Crafts programs. These programs--the four major program areas are clay, fiber, jewelry, and wood--are the only ones in the nation that provide both hands-on craft curriculum and the business training to aid students in successfully starting their own business.
HCC distance learning students represent over half the counties in North Carolina, as well as several other states. In the 2016-17 year, over 70% of our students enrolled in at least one online or hybrid course; hybrid or online course sections represented over 30% of our total course offerings with over 50% of our courses having an online presence; and 7 associates degrees, 3 diplomas, and 15 certificate programs were offered completely online (see Fully Online Programs). Through distance courses, HCC is able to reach students who might otherwise be unable to attend the college.