PHONE: 627-4521

DATE: 09-28-04



At Haywood Community College, area high school students can get a head start on a college degree while still in high school. A student could acquire as much as a year of an associate’s degree by enrolling in one of the tuition-free Advanced College Track (ACT) programs. Through a partnership between HCC and Haywood County Schools, students use one of three options in the ACT as a guide to begin a successful path to pursue and complete a college degree.

The ACT program familiarizes students with the college environment while giving them more educational and career opportunities. Options available include dual enrollment, concurrent enrollment, or college tech prep classes.

For Pisgah High School student, Adrian Parker, the HCC cosmetology dual enrollment classes have been a great experience. "Before I started the cosmetology classes at HCC, I didn’t know where I was going after high school," Parker explains. "The classes are challenging but it’s a good choice for me." After high school, Parker plans to continue with the program and obtain an associate degree.

HCC offers over 50 programs of study through internet, day, and evening classes leading to a certificate, diploma, or associate degree. Recent new programs that have been introduced include veterinary medical technology program, which is offered in partnership with A-B Technical College; pulp and paper technology; and associate in fine arts–pre-major in arts.

The veterinary medical technology curriculum prepares individuals to assist veterinarians in preparing animals, equipment, and medications for examination and surgery. Graduates of the veterinary medical technology program may be eligible to take state and national examinations administered by the NC Veterinary Medical Board. First year courses in this program will be offered at HCC with limited enrollment. Second year courses will be taught at Asheville-Buncombe Technical College.

Through the associate in fine arts–pre-major in arts program, students will be prepared for transfer to a college or university with the intention of majoring in art. This program consists of general education requirements and coursework prerequisite to advanced study.

The pulp and paper technology program is designed to prepare individuals for careers in pulp and paper manufacturing and related industries.

HCC also offers many unique programs of study. Some of which are: Professional Crafts: Wood, Clay, Fiber, or Jewelry; Film and Video Technology, Fish and Wildlife Management Technology; and Geographic Information Systems Technology/Global Positioning System Technology.

The college is located on a beautiful 83-acre main campus which is a designated arboretum. The college also has two natural laboratories, the 320-acre Raymond J. Fowler Conservancy and Teaching Forest and the 54-acre John T. and Catherine R. Beaty Natural Resources Classroom. The Regional High Technology Center is located near the main campus and is recognized nationally as one of the most outstanding advanced technology centers in the country. Cutting edge technology allows students hands-on experience with state-of-the-art equipment.

For more information about HCC or any of the many programs of study, call (828) 627-4500 or 1-866-Go To HCC, or visit www.haywood.edu on the Internet.