According to, occupations with the most job openings for those who hold an associate degree include registered nurses, nurse aides, computer support specialists, cosmetologists, automotive service technicians and mechanics, and preschool teachers.

Haywood Community College can help with degrees, diplomas and certificates in these fields. Often, graduates of these programs have jobs in the field even before they graduate.

In addition to these programs, students come to HCC for unique programs such Fish and Wildlife Management Technology, Forest Management Technology and Professional Crafts, including Clay, Fiber, Jewelry and Wood.

There are many reasons why students choose to come to HCC. At a fraction of the cost of a four-year school, students save a considerable amount of money. In addition, small class size means one-on-one attention and instructors get to know their students by name. HCC offers flexible schedule options that include face-to-face, online, hybrid, evening and day options.

Spring registration is happening now through December 1. For more information about any of HCC’s programs of study or registration, please call 828-627-4500 or visit