HAYWOOD COMMUNITY COLLEGE

185 FREEDLANDER DRIVE

CLYDE, NORTH CAROLINA 28721

CONTACT: DEBBIE DAVIS

DIANA CONARD

PHONE: 627-4521

DATE: 07-07-03

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HCC RATED SUPERIOR IN STATE-WIDE PERFORMANCE MEASURES FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR

For the second consecutive year, Haywood Community College received a superior rating, the highest rating awarded, in the 2003 report on Accountability/Performance Measures and Standards released by the North Carolina Community College System.

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. "Receiving a superior rating for the second consecutive year shows that HCC is focused on student, employer, and community needs as we provide educational opportunities for residents of Haywood county and the surrounding areas," Hodges said. "I salute our faculty and staff for their hard work in achieving recognition among the state’s 58 community colleges as having superior practices relating to helping students."

To achieve a superior status, the highest rating awarded, a college must meet a minimum of five of the six performance funding measures. The six measures are the progress of basic skills students, passing rates on licensure certification tests for first time test takers, goal completion of completers, employment of graduates, the performance of college transfer students, and business/industry satisfaction with services provided.

In addition to the six funding measures, the college is also accountable for six more performance measures and standards, making 12 in all. Of the 2001-2002 HCC graduates surveyed, 100 percent indicated they met their educational goal and 98.94 percent of the graduates were employed within a year of graduation. Of the employers surveyed, 95 percent were satisfied with HCC graduates and 98 percent of the businesses and industries were satisfied with the services the HCC graduates provided.

Mountain Eye Associates employs several HCC graduates. Vera Whitted, office manager for the practice says that she has been very pleased with their performance on the job. "HCC graduates come to us with diversified skills, demonstrating competency in both the clinical and clerical work areas. Graduates tend to conduct themselves in a professional manner. They understand the needs of the patient as well as the doctor. They have a strong work ethic and show dedication to the goals of the practice."



And students, as well as employers continue to be pleased with what HCC offers. Last year, HCC was ranked number one in the state in student retention and this year was ranked third among the 58 community colleges in student retention and graduation.

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