PHONE: 627-4521

DATE: 10-30-02



Haywood Community College puts students’ interests and needs first. And it shows. HCC was ranked first among community colleges in the state in curriculum student retention and graduation. With an 81% rating, HCC’s performance was more than 20% above the system standard of 60%. Dr. Nathan Hodges, HCC president, attributes this to HCC’s caring faculty, excellent teaching, and excellent advising of students toward the achievement of their educational goals. Overall, HCC received a superior rating—the highest rating awarded.

Second year pottery student, Sonja Hernandez, says that she likes the campus atmosphere and loves her teachers. "I like the individual attention and hands-on experience that I receive at a smaller college. The teachers really focus on helping us have skills to succeed professionally by not only teaching us our craft but also marketing and advertising strategies," she said.

At HCC, students can choose from 40 curricular programs. This fall, the college had a record enrollment of 1944 students. "In addition to the realization that greater skill levels and higher degrees of education will be required of workers in the future, we believe that our flexible response to offering classes has contributed to increased enrollment and we should see that trend continue," said Dr. Hodges.

By initiating innovative alliance programs with WCU, by adding new programs of study and expanding existing programs in the vocational, technical, and general academic areas in response to the needs of our community and region, and by offering alternatives to traditional classroom study through distance education opportunities, Haywood Community College continues to make quality education affordable and accessible.

This fall, HCC introduced a new program in Film and Video Production. Students have three study options—a certificate in Video Editing & Post Production Operations, an associate degree in Film and Video Production or an option to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications through the alliance program with Western Carolina University. In the alliance program, students will complete three years of study at HCC and complete the final year at WCU. Currently, HCC also has established alliance agreements with WCU in Early Childhood and Criminal Justice.

Students wanting to pursue a bachelor’s degree in other fields of study may enroll in HCC’s Associate of Arts or Associate of Science programs. These college-transfer programs are designed to parallel the freshman and sophomore years of a four-year college or university. Both degrees meet the general education requirements of all schools in the University of North Carolina System and some private institutions. Students can take advantage of the lower tuition cost and gain college skills while staying close to home, family and friends.

Students enrolled in our engineering technologies programs have the advantage of gaining hands-on experience at the Regional High Technology Center. From fiber optic communications to automated robotic manufacturing, students in these programs learn high tech skills geared toward today’s workplace.

Other unique programs of study at HCC include Professional Crafts: Wood, Clay, Fiber, or Jewelry; Forest Management Technology; Fish and Wildlife Management Technology; Geographic Information System Technology/ Global Positioning System Technology; Wood Products Technology; Lumber Specialist; Sawyer; and Saw Filer.

As more students have started taking advantage of the convenience of distance education classes, HCC has stepped to the forefront as a leader of distance education in Western North Carolina. This past fall HCC offered 29 courses through distance learning, and this spring the college will offer over 40 distance learning courses.

To obtain more information about the many endless opportunities at HCC and how HCC can help make your educational dream possible, call (828) 627-4500 or 1-866-Go To HCC, or visit HCC at www. haywood.edu on the Internet.

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The new Film and Video Program promises to be a favorite with Haywood Community College students. (Left) Ken Hipps, program coordinator and instructor, shows Erin Ashworth how to properly hold a camera.

Photo 2: Students in the Professional Crafts programs are encouraged to be creative with design as they learn entrepreneurial skills focused to prepare them to market their artwork upon graduation. Shad May, pottery student is shown diligently at work on a piece of pottery.