Haywood Community College registration for spring semester is underway now through December 1 by appointment with an advisor. Classes begin Monday, January 8.

For students planning to pursue a Bachelor’s degree, HCC’s college transfer programs can save time and money. Options include an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree. All courses are designed to give students a solid, well-rounded foundation in the arts and the sciences before going on to four-year institutions where they will take the remainder of their course work to complete their bachelor’s degree. 

The associate in arts degree is tailored for students who want to pursue a four-year degree in one of the liberal arts disciplines or training at a professional school that requires a strong liberal arts background. The Associate in Science degree is designed for students who want to pursue a four-year degree in areas of study such as computer science, engineering, mathematics and the sciences or professionals programs that require strong mathematics and science backgrounds.

The Comprehensive Articulation Agreement enables North Carolina community college graduates of two-year associate in arts programs who are admitted to constituent institutions of The University of North Carolina to transfer with junior status.

Completing this degree at HCC costs a fraction of what students will pay at a four-year university. Students can stay close to home while getting a jump-start on a Bachelor’s degree. The College also offers a unique opportunity to study abroad through a humanities cultural studies course. Students from a variety of programs of study spend a week experiencing cultural diversity in Nicaragua.

Student Olivia Goldstein says last year’s trip to Nicaragua made a huge impact on her. “It was one of the most humbling and eye-opening experiences,” she explains. “It was really incredible.”

For those interested in a career in the field of computers, HCC offers an Associate degree, two certificates or diploma in Information Technology. Students will be trained by instructors with over 30 years of real-world experience working in the industry coupled with over 20 years of teaching information technology.

Computer technology is all around us. From the website for morning news to the smart phone app that shows today’s weather, technology is used every day. All this data travels seamlessly from place to place over computer networks.

“We live in a technology intensive society that is always looking for trained people to design, develop and maintain the networks and systems that people and businesses depend on every day,” explains Russ Virgo, HCC information technology instructor. “These are high-wage, high-demand jobs that employers are finding increasingly difficult to fill with talented individuals.”

The US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a need for many thousands of additional people each year to serve in technical support, systems analyst, network support, and IT management positions. 

As Brianna Ganskopp, a 2013 graduate in information technology related, “My time at HCC helped launch my career in IT and I’m still blown away by how that has developed. It’s wonderful to have a fulfilling and profitable career. And since moving into a management position, I’ve experienced first-hand the difficulties in hiring trained and trainable employees.”

Another versatile program of study offered at HCC is medical assisting. These graduates find themselves in an important role of being an advocate for patients and liaison to physicians in busy doctor’s offices, hospitals, surgery centers and out-patient care centers.

In addition, the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics says the job outlook for this profession through 2024 is expected to grow much faster than average with a growth rate of 23%. This means graduates become employed often before they even finish the program.

According to the American Association of Medical Assistants, the job growth is expected due to a predicted surge in the number of physicians’ offices and outpatient care facilities; technological advancements; and the growing number of elderly Americans who need medical treatment.

HCC medical assisting students learn to be effective communicators, perform administrative functions such as processing insurance and medical coding while following legal and ethical guidelines.

For more information about any of HCC’s programs of study or registration, please call 828-627-4500 or visit haywood.edu.

Haywood Community College registration for spring semester is underway now through December 1 by appointment with an advisor. Pictured are HCC medical assisting students observing a technique from their instructor. Graduates of this program find themselves in an important role of being an advocate for patients and liaison to physicians.