Student Handbook - 2023-2024

The Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute Division of Student Services has published this handbook to assist you in meeting your educational goals at CCC&TI. Please review all policies and familiarize yourself with the academic calendar. Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute has made every reasonable effort to determine that everything stated in this handbook is accurate at the time of publication. 

The statements in this publication are not to be regarded as an irrevocable contract between the college and the student. The college reserves the right to change any provisions or requirements at any time.  However, the N.C. General Assembly, the State Board of Community Colleges or the CCC&TI Board of Trustees may make changes in policy, graduation requirements, fees and other charges, curriculum course structure and content, and other such matters after the publication of this handbook. The N.C. General Assembly may make changes in tuition without notice. The official version and any addendums of the college handbook can be found at






Academic Advising Center



Academic Support (tutoring, computer-aided lessons, workshops, test review material)






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Broyhill Civic Center



Business Office



Career Connections



Counseling Services



Continuing Education/Workforce Development



Disability Services



Distance Learning



Distance Learning Technical Support



Faculty Office



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Foundation Office



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School Resource Officer






SGA Office



Student Activities



Student Services




Dr. Mark Poarch, President

Dr. Jason Chaffin, Chief of Staff

Dr. Dena Holman, VP, Student Services

Liz Silvers, VP, Instruction

Susan Wooten, VP, Technology & Instructional Support Services

Donnie Bassinger, VP, Operations

Ronald Holste, Executive Director, Watauga Campus

David Holman, VP, Finance & Administration


College Lingo

Academic Advisor: A faculty/staff member that assists students in making informed and responsible decisions, selecting classes, and achieving their goals. Visiting an academic advisor is required prior to each registration. Students will be assigned a permanent advisor during their first semester in their academic program.

Academic Probation: Students who do not earn a 2.0 grade point average for a second consecutive semester will be placed in Academic Probation. Student assigned an Academic Probation status will be required to meet with their Success Coach to amend their Academic Improvement Plan. Students may be limited in the number of credit hours they are allowed to register for each semester.

Academic Suspension: Students who do not earn a 2.0 grade point average for two consecutive semesters will be placed on academic suspension. A student may be considered for re-entrance after one semester of suspension.

Academic Warning: A student who does not earn minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 during any semester or term will be placed on academic warning. Student assigned an Academic Warning status will be assigned a Success Coach and will be required to develop an academic improvement plan.

Accommodations: Supplemental services and/or auxiliary aids determined reasonable by Counseling and Disability Services and provided to enable students with disabilities to participate in activities compatible with their condition and interests.

Add/Drop: The designated time in which a student can make changes to their semester schedule.

Admissions Specialist: Staff members working with students regarding admissions, first semester advising and registration, change of academic programs, and other issues that may assist in the transition to college life.

Advising: An interactive process in which a student with the help of an advisor, sets academic goal and career goals while developing a plan to acquires relevant information and services to make responsible decisions consistent with their interests, goals, and abilities.

Advising Hold: A hold (also referred to as a flag) put on a student’s record that must be removed prior to registration.This is removed by ,meeting with an assigned academic advisor

Ambassador: Student leaders who represent the college at special events on campus and in the community. Students are nominated on the basis of grade point average (GPA), leadership potential, and communication skills.

Associate in Applied Science Program (AAS): An associate degree designed for workforce or vocational training.

Associate in Arts Program (AA): An associate degree that allows students to pursue general education requirements in order to transfer to a university to major in a field of study.

Associate in Arts – Teacher Preparation (AA-TP): An associate degree for those students interested in completing their degree requirements and transferring into a university education program, with a focus on humanities, writing, or the arts.

Associate in Fine Arts in Music (AFA-Music): An associate degree for those students interested in completing their degree requirements and transferring into a university education program with a focus on music, music education or the field of fine arts.

Associate in Fine Arts in Visual Arts (AFA-Arts): An associate degree for those students interested in completing their degree requirements and transferring into a university education program with a focus on visual arts, visual arts education or the field of fine arts.

Associate in General Education (AGE): An associate degree that allows students to pursue all required general education and prerequisite courses for academic enrichment with an emphasis on personal interest, growth, and development.

Associate in Science Program (AS): An associate degree that allows students to pursue general education requirements in order to transfer to a university to major in a mathematical and/or science related field of study.

Associate in Science – Teacher Preparation (AS-TP): An associate degree for those students interested in completing their degree requirements and transferring into a university education program, with a focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

AVISO: An online academic tool where students can communicate with success team members and faculty advisors, create academic success plans, and receive course kudos and alerts on course progress.

Blended Courses: These courses blend traditional face-to- face class meetings with online learning, where the seated portion comprises the majority of the course.

Certificate Program: A one- to two-semester program of study intended for occupational training.

Cobra: School mascot.

College Catalog: A comprehensive publication that describes the college’s academic programs, courses, relevant student policies, and services.

Comprehensive Articulated Agreement (CAA):

Continuing Education: The department of the college that is dedicated to economic, workforce, and enrichment courses for the business sector and members of the community at large.

Corequisite: A course that must be taken at the same time as another course.

CobraMail: The email system used by the college.

Course Number: The three-digit number that follows the department prefix (ex. ENG 111, BIO 110).

Course Section: The designation after the course number that details where and when a class is located.

Credit Hours: The unit of academic credit assigned to each course that is based upon the course’s contact and lab hours.

Curriculum: A student’s program of study leading to a certificate, diploma, or degree.

Department Prefix: The three letter designation given to a course that details its department (ex. ENG, COS, BIO).

Developmental Course: A course below the 100 level that prepares a student for curriculum course work.

Diploma Program: A three-to-four semester program designed for workforce or vocational training.

Distance Education: Courses offered either completely online via the Internet or through a blend of traditional class meetings and an online component.

FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid; the application completed by students to apply for federal and state aid.

FERPA: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act; protects the privacy of student education records.

Financial Aid: Monetary assistance awarded in the form of a grant, scholarship, or other sponsorship.

Financial Aid Suspension: Students on Warning status who fail to meet the minimum requirements (cumulative 2.0 GPA and 67% completion rate) or have not met the minimum requirements for two consecutive terms will no longer be eligible for financial aid.

Financial Aid Warning: Students who do not meet the minimum requirements (cumulative 2.0 GPA and 67% completion rate) after an official evaluation at the end of a semester will be placed on warning for the following semester. Students may continue to receive financial aid during the warning period.

Full-time Student: A student enrolled in 12 or more credit hours during the fall and spring semesters and 9 or more credit hours during the summer semester.

Grade Point Average (GPA): Measures a student’s academic achievement; calculated by dividing the total number of quality points by the total number of credit hours attempted. Students’ academic GPAs do not include developmental coursework, but financial aid GPAs include developmental coursework.

Hybrid Course: These courses blend traditional face-to-face class meetings with online learning, where the online portion comprises the majority of the course.

Midterm: The central point of a semester in which students are notified of academic progress and/or take an exam.

Moodle: The online course management system used for online classes classes and as supplement web content for all other instructional methods for curriculum classes.

Official Transcript: A transcript in a sealed envelope that is sent from the credit earning institution. An official transcript can be delivered by the student if unopened, sent directly from the institution, or sent through an institution’s official electronic document provider.

Online Course: The courses are offered completely online via the Internet and Moodle but may have proctored exams.

Part-time Student: A student enrolled in 1-11 hours (Fall and Spring semesters) and 1-8 credit hours (summer semester).

Payment Plan: The deferred payment plan administered through the Nelnet. Students can use this option during the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters through the Add period only.

Placement Test: A computerized test that assesses the student’s proficiency level in English and Math.

Preregistration: The specified time that students can register with their academic advisor for the next semester.

Prerequisite: A course that must be taken prior to another course.

Priority Registration: A specific date and time current students are permitted to register based upon cumulative credit hours earned.

ReGroup Alert: CCC&TI mass notification system for Campus Emergencies and Closures.

Returning Student: A student who is currently enrolled or was enrolled in the semester prior.

Scholarship: Merit and need based funds available for qualified applicants.

Self Service: The online inquiry and registration system that permits students to view admissions and perform various registration functions, pay for classes, and check financial aid status.

Semester: The length of the academic term; the Fall and Spring are 16 weeks (though some classes are offered in 8, 10, or 12 week formats), Winter session is 5 weeks between fall and spring terms and the Summer is either 8 or 10 weeks.

Success Coach: A staff member in Student Development and Success that proactively identifies a student’s need and empowers them to discover available programs and services that will contribute to academic success.

Syllabus: A course guide provided by the instructor that details the instructor’s contact information, course objectives, assignments, and other important information.

Withdrawal: The administrative procedure initiated by the student with an admissions counselor or initiated by the instructor for the student to be officially removed from a course or all courses.

The College Experience

The experiences you will encounter while enrolled in college can be vastly different from those you experienced in high school. It is important for you to understand the differences so that you are college ready for your first semester on campus.



In High School

In College

Students can spend an average of 6

hours a day, 30 hours a week in class.

Students can spend as little as 12 to 16

hours a week in class for a full-time load if no lab classes.

Each day students proceed from one class to another and have only a few minutes between classes.

Students can have an hour or more between classes. Schedules vary each day and each semester.

Studying time outside of class may be limited each week.

Studying time should be at least two to three hours outside of class for every hour spent in class.

The high school provides students with the textbook sand needed materials for each class.

Students are responsible for purchasing their own textbooks, supplies, uniforms, and other materials to accompany their classes. Textbooks can be $200-$650 per semester.

Classes are scheduled for the student based upon track and grade level.

Students will consult with their academic advisor each semester to select classes appropriate for their major.

Teachers carefully monitor class attendance.

There is a college attendance policy outlined in the catalog and each course syllabus.  Always remember that consistent class attendance is critical to success.


In High School

In College

Extra credit projects are often available to help students raise their grade.

Extra credit projects are seldom available.

Grades are given for most assignments.

Assigned work may not be graded or reviewed.

Consistently good homework may help raise the student’s overall grades even when test results have low grades.

Students should check the course syllabus for how assignments are weighted. Results on tests, major projects, or papers usually carry more weight in the overall course grade.

Testing is frequent and covers small amounts of material.

Testing is usually infrequent and may be cumulative, covering large amounts of material.

Make up tests are often available.

Make up tests are seldom an option.

Initial test grades may not have an adverse effect on the student’s final grade.

The first test may count for a substantial part of the final grade. If students are not doing well, it is their responsibility to get assistance.


In High School

In College

Parents can talk to their child’s teachers about their grades and can have access to their records.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) governs college policies regarding student records and, without the student’s written permission, parents are not allowed access to them.

The high school counselor can register students in classes.

An academic advisor can help students select courses and develop an educational plan, but students are responsible for enrolling and managing schedules.

Students can count on parents and teachers to remind them of responsibilities and provide guidance as they set their priorities.

Students will be faced with a large number of decisions. Students must balance their responsibilities and set priorities on their own.

Students will usually be told what to do and corrected if their behavior is out of line.

Students are expected to take responsibility for what they do and don’t do, as well as for the consequences of their decisions.

*Sources: How is College Different From High School, Southern Methodist University:


Reaching Academic Success

We are committed to helping you reach your educational goals and to getting you started on the path toward success. We have provided several student success tips to help you on your academic journey.

  • Complete all admission requirements in a timely manner. You should complete all admission requirements in order to be officially accepted into your curriculum. Financial aid will not be awarded to eligible students until all requirements are complete.
  • Apply early for financial aid. Whether you’re applying for federal grants, veteran’s benefits, or other sponsorship, the process can take a considerable amount of time. Be sure to apply early to avoid the possibility of paying out-of-pocket for your expenses.
  • Know the campus resources that are available to you. You are highly encouraged to explore the free support services we offer such as career exploration, academic tutoring, accessibility services, library services, open computer labs, and resume building.
  • Follow your curriculum guide. Each curriculum has a guide that details the courses needed to complete the program. Pursuing the courses listed on your curriculum guide is the quickest way to obtaining your education in a timely manner.
  • Complete all developmental courses in your first year. You may need multiple courses taken in sequence before taking your curriculum’s English and/or Math requirement. Developmental courses are meant to refresh your skills so that you will be successful in your English, Math, and other curriculum classes.
  • See your academic advisor each semester and register early. Each student is assigned an academic advisor. Consultations with your advisor will give you the most updated and pertinent information that you need. Registering during the designated early registration dates will ensure that your classes are available.
  • Be familiar with the student handbook and college catalog and know deadlines. You are urged to review the college policies and the calendar in your student handbook and college catalog. Failure to follow policy could result in financial and academic penalties. The calendar details important dates you should know such as registration, drop/add, etc.
  • Read and follow each course syllabus. Your course syllabi will contain important information regarding the course objectives, assignments, and other college policies, including attendance and plagiarism.
  • Attend and participate in class. Regular attendance is required and demonstrates a commitment to educational achievement. Be an active learner.
  • Get involved and make connections. Seek out opportunities to participate in campus organizations and other events. These opportunities will assist you in learning valuable leadership skills and in meeting other students, faculty, and staff.
  • Manage your time wisely, take care of your health, and don’t overload your schedule. Consider work, family, and social obligations when registering for your courses. Be sure to get enough rest, eat well, and exercise regularly.


Accidents during class time should first be reported to the instructor. Outside class time, any student or faculty/staff member who first discovers a serious accident or someone who needs medical attention should immediately call the switchboard or call directly for emergency services (ambulance). If there is any doubt as to the seriousness of the incident, call for emergency assistance first (911). CCC&TI cannot guarantee trained first-aid personnel will be available. First aid kits are available throughout the college. Contact the main switchboard for their locations.

Accident forms should be completed on all first-aid emergencies within 24 hours of the injury. Forms can be picked up at the switchboard of either campus, E-342, or Student Services and must be completed and returned to the main receptionist areas on either campus. 

Business Office

Students may pay tuition, fines, graduation fees, and purchase malpractice insurance in the Business Office. All checks should be made payable to CCC&TI. Visa and MasterCard are accepted. Valid ID is required for checks and credit cards. Current students can pay online through WebAdvisor-SelfService. Office hours are as follows:

Caldwell Campus:
Mon. – Thurs.: 8:30 am - 6 pm and Fri., 8:30 am - 12 pm
Watauga Campus:
Mon. – Thurs.: 8:30 am - 1 pm and 2 - 6 pm; Fri.: 8:30 am - 12 pm

*Times for both campuses are subject to change without notice due to illness, registration, holidays, end of semester, etc.

Payment Plan
CCC&TI provides, through Nelnet, an integrated payment solution. This is an interest-free tuition payment plan for tuition and fees only, and it’s only available prior to the start of the term. A non-refundable enrollment fee is required. Please contact Nelnet Business Solutions for more information on the payment plan. Details may also be found at or 1.800.609.8056.


CCC&TI Closings and Delays

Decision Making Process - The Caldwell Campus will be closed only by the president of the college or by an administrative designee. The Watauga Campus will be closed by the Executive Director of the Watauga Campus, usually after consulting with the president or designee.

Our primary mission centers around training adults for careers. Our weather calls during winter storms will more closely resemble cancellation decisions made by local business and industry than decisions made by the local school system. As a general rule, the college will wait until frozen precipitation hits, begins to stick, and is predicted to sufficiently accumulate before delaying and/or canceling classes. In very few cases (such as 100% probability of heavy accumulation and forecast time beginning well before 8 a.m.), we will make cancellation announcements the evening before a storm hits.


  • No announcement means the institution will operate on a normal schedule.
  • Delayed Start (Caldwell or Watauga campus) If we find it necessary to delay morning classes, we will use 8 a.m. as a reference time for delays.
    1. For example, “two-hour delay” will actually mean that classes will begin at 10 a.m. and continue thereafter on a regular schedule. If we find it necessary to delay evening classes, we will use 5 p.m. as a reference time for delays.
    2. A “one-hour delay,” for example, will mean that all classes that would be in session at 6 p.m. would meet and conclude at their normal time. 
  • Early Dismissal (Caldwell or Watauga) When the college declares an early dismissal due to inclement weather, an administrative designee will make the announcement over the emergency public address (PA) system, ReGroup message by campus location, and email notification.  
  • Campus Closed (Caldwell or Watauga) When the college closes due to inclement weather students should check their email and Moodle account for make-up assignments.  

*Announcements on closings and delays by the college will be made before 6 a.m. for morning classes and before 4 p.m. for evening classes. No announcement means we will operate on a normal schedule.

Other Conditions - Specific inclement weather policies for clinical and other off-campus work experiences have been developed and may be obtained from program directors.

Accessing Inclement Weather Announcements
Students and employees may access the most up-to-date weather information on delayed starts, campus closures, or early dismissals in the following manners:
      • College website at
      • Caldwell campus snow line at (828) 726-2900
      • Watauga campus snow line at (828) 297-7077
      • Register for ReGroup Alert via email, text, or voice messaging at: (make sure to select the campus you attend)
      • CCC&TI Facebook or Twitter page

Computer Labs
In an effort to provide training and support to students, CCC&TI provides three open-access computer labs that house networked computer stations across both campuses to support student technology needs. These labs provide students with access to computers and hundreds of software programs as well as Internet access outside of class. They are open during the normal operating hours of the college and are staffed with employees, whose responsibilities include providing technical support to students and faculty, monitoring the lab and maintaining the working order of the computer systems. Student i.d. cards are required to access open computer lab services. See computer usage policy under Institutional Policies. The full policy may be viewed by going to

Labs are located in the Academic Support Center (ASC) on both campuses and in the John A. Forlines Building (Caldwell Campus).
Hours are as follows:
Lab Operating Hours
ASC Caldwell (LRC) M - TH 8 am-8 pm, Friday 8 am -Noon
ASC Watauga Student Services  W460 M - TH 8 am - 8 pm, Friday 8 am - Noon
Forlines Building, Caldwell M - TH 7:30 am - 10 pm, Friday 7:30 am - Noon (Second Floor)

*Hours subject to change during student breaks or summer semester.

Continuing Education and Workforce Development
The Continuing Education/Workforce Development Division of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute seeks to provide accessible, quality educational instruction in Occupational Extension courses to individuals who seek to enhance their employment skills and to offer a variety of Community Service and Self-Supporting courses to individuals and the community for personal enrichment.


News and Events
The Marketing and Communications Department shares campus news, events and activities through various means. Publicity Request Forms are available to help publicize college information, including club activities, news, accomplishments and unique features, by contacting the Marketing and Communications Office on the second floor of E Building on the Caldwell Campus, by calling 726-2202 or on the college website. To find out what’s happening on campus, information is disseminated as follows:

The Caldwell Chronicle – The college’s campus newsletter covering announcements, news and features is available at various locations on both campuses; students are encouraged to share suggestions for content. Be sure to look for this and other important announcements in your student email.

CCC&TI Cable Channel/Video – The college operates an informational news channel on Charter Cable channel 192 and ATT UVerse 99. The channels air various announcements and educational programming. Graduation ceremonies and other select events are also rebroadcast on the channels for a period of time following the live events. CCC&TI’s television and digital production facility is located in B Building on the Caldwell Campus.

Flyers – Information on campus events may be posted as space permits on campus bulletin boards located in the Forlines, B and E Buildings, in the Student Lounge of the Caldwell Campus and at approved locations on the Watauga Campus. Individuals are asked to refrain from posting announcements anywhere other than designated bulletin boards. SGA and college officials will ensure that items are current and appropriate with campus events receiving first priority. All flyers or college information posted off-campus must be approved by the Public Information Officer prior to printing and distribution. The Public Information office is located in E-200 on the Caldwell campus. Call 828.726.2202 for information.

Sign – The electronic marquees at the entrance of the Caldwell and Watauga Campuses are programmed at request through the Marketing and Communications Department.

Website – Log on to for the latest news, events, class schedules, catalog, publications, program information, club activities, sports and many other resources and opportunities. This is also the best way to check for any closings and delays.

CCC&TI on the Web
CC&TI’s marketing and communications department will maintain official Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and other social media accounts to share college news and information with the communities we serve.

Requests to post information to our social media accounts may be made through the publicity request form or by contacting the public information officer. According to CCC&TI policy, all social media messages and request for social media accounts must be directed to the marketing and communications department for approval.

Please note every effort is made to handle information on a first-come, first-served basis and by institutional priority. Also, any potential public media coverage must be initiated and/or approved by the Public information Officer. Call 828.726.2202 for more information.

Incoming calls for students will not be honored except in the case of medical emergency. Students are requested not to use phones located in the faculty offices, Business Offices or Student Services.


Workshops for students will provide information related to academics, careers and wellness. Topics vary based on student request, technology, and wellness. Visit the Cobra Calendar for specific workshops and times.


Student records may be obtained from the Student Services Office on both campuses. Requests must be made in writing, including student signature, at least 24 hours in advance. Transcripts may be picked up, with proper identification, or mailed as indicated in the written request. Request forms are available in the Continuing Education and Student Services Offices on both campuses, through Self Services and online under Students then forms.


Consumer Information

According to federal regulations, CCC&TI is required to provide specific information about the school to current and prospective students, employees and applicants. This information may be referenced on the college website at A paper copy may be obtained by contacting Student Services.


Drug and Alcohol Prevention

Safe and Drug FreeSchools and Communities Act of 1994

Central Carolina Community College complies with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989 (PublicLaw101-226) as implemented by regulations and contained in 34CFRPart86, Subpart B (amended as TitleIV Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities Act of 1994).

  1. Program and Policy

Promoting a drug and alcohol free environment is everyone’s responsibility. CCCC supports this nationwide movement and is committed to maintaining such an environment for all employees and students. The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of a controlled substance by employees or students at any official college location or at any location while engaged in activities on behalf of the college is prohibited. “Controlled substance” generally refers to drugs which have a high potential for abuse. This includes, but is not limited to, narcotic drugs, hallucinogenic drugs, amphetamines, barbiturates, marijuana, 

anabolic steroids, or any other controlled substance as defined in Schedules I through V of Section 2020 of the Controlled Substance Act (21 U.S.C. Section 812) and is further defined by regulation at 21 C.F.R. 1300.11 through 1300.15 or article 5 Chapter 90 of the North Carolina General Statutes. They also include “legal drugs” which are not prescribed by a physician. Likewise, possessing, consuming, or serving alcoholic beverages at any college location is prohibited.


N.C. General Statutes 90-95 states that it is unlawful for any person:

  • To manufacture, sell, deliver, or possess with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver a controlled substance; 
  • To create, sell, deliver, or possess with intent to sell or deliver, a counterfeit controlled substance;
  • To possess a controlled substance.

CCCTI policies also prohibit:

  • Possessing, consuming, or serving alcohol beverages or controlled substances; or use, manufacture, and/or sell of controlled substances at any college location. Applies to all employees and students.
  • Possessing, using, transmitting, or being under the influence of any narcotic drug, intoxicant of any kind. Applies to all employees and students.
  1. Disciplinary Action

If an employee is convicted of violating and criminal drug statute while in the workplace, he or she will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination. Likewise, the violation of the college Alcohol policy is also subject to disciplinary action. This action may include, but is not limited to, probation, suspension, termination, or the required successful completion of a drug or alcohol treatment program sponsored by an approved private or governmental institution as a precondition for continued employment.

A penalty will be imposed on students through the office of the vice president of student services as a result of unacceptable conduct, which includes violation of the college’s drug and alcohol policies.


Disciplinary actions may include: a written reprimand; being dropped from a class; receiving a failing grade on a test of course; probation; suspension from the college; dismissal from the college; or possible prosecution. More information can be found in the Student Code of Conduct sections of the student handbook or the college catalog.


     C. Drug Counseling and Rehabilitation Services

CCC&TI recognizes the effects of drug and alcohol use. For more information about health risks along with legal repercussions please visit:

If you need to seek assistance for any reason related to the use/abuse or drugs or alcohol, 

the CCC&TI counseling staff will act as a referral source.


Children on Campus
While some official college-sponsored functions such as special summer youth programs and athletic events may be open to children, generally children are not permitted on campus.

Faculty, staff and students may not bring their children to work with them. Students of the college may not bring their children to classrooms or laboratories with them nor leave their children in college buildings or on campus while they attend classes. Visitors may bring their children on campus as long as they remain under their direct supervision and control.

Communicable Disease
The Communicable Disease Policy of CCC&TI is an effort to ensure the good health and safety of all students. Communicable disease is defined as an illness due to an infectious agent or its toxic products which is transmitted directly or indirectly to a person from an infected person or animal through the agency of an intermediate animal, host or vector, or through the inanimate environment (NC G.S. 130A-133). Communicable diseases shall include, but not be limited to:
• Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS related complex (ARC)
• Chickenpox Virus
• Conjunctivitis
• Hepatitis A, B, and D
• Infectious Mononucleosis
• Influenza
• Measles
• Meningitis
• Positive HIV antibody status
• Sexually Transmitted Diseases
• Tuberculosis
• Whooping Cough
• Covid-19

Students who know or who have reason to believe that they are infected with a communicable disease have an ethical and legal obligation to conduct themselves in accordance with such knowledge in order to protect themselves and others. Students who have communicable diseases, whether symptomatic or not, will be allowed regular classroom and work attendance in an unrestricted manner as long as they are physically able to attend classes, college activities and/or work and do not pose a medically proven threat for transmission of the disease or condition.

Students who are infected with a communicable disease are expected to seek expert medical advice and are encouraged to advise local health authorities. Local health authorities should offer counseling to these persons about measures which can be taken to prevent the spread of infection and about ways to protect their own health.

Students who know that they are infected with a communicable disease are urged to share that information with the appropriate college administrator. Students should contact the vice president of student services and employees should contact the director of human resources so the college may respond appropriately to their needs. Medical information relating to the communicable diseases of a student or employee will be disclosed to responsible college officials only on a strictly limited need-to-know basis.

Students infected with any communicable disease will not be excluded from enrollment, or restricted in their access to college services or facilities, unless medically based judgment in individual cases establish that exclusion or restriction is necessary for the welfare of the individual or for the welfare of other members of the college community. Temporary exclusion from access to the campus or enrollment may be appropriate in individual cases if deemed necessary until a medical judgment can be made.

If there is a pandemic health event, the President shall regularly monitor the situation by communicating with local and state health officials. Should a health event reach a pandemic level in a county contiguous to Caldwell County or Watauga County, the President will provide information to students and employees on preventing the spread of the pandemic health event. Should a health event reach a pandemic level within the service area the President, after consulting with local health officials, may close the college temporarily if he feels it is in the best interest of the college and community. Students who are infected with a pandemic health event, or know of someone in the college community who is, should contact college officials immediately. Students should contact the vice president of student services and employees should contact the Human Resources Office. For more information on a pandemic health event, please refer to the Institution Policy Manual reference Procedure 3.9.1.

No person, group, agency, insurer, employer, or institution should be provided any medical information without the prior specific written consent of a student or employee unless required by state and/or federal law. Furthermore, all medical information relating to the communicable diseases of students and employees will be kept confidential, according to state and federal law, including the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.

Computer Usage

CCC&TI uses technology to advance the institution and enhance the student’s learning environment. Students of the college are directly responsible for the integrity of the computer system for the period of time they use it. Unless specifically authorized by the software developer or publisher, programs and their contents shall not be reproduced in any form.

Computer related files or data (including email) are considered open records and are subject to discovery and subpoena during disciplinary or legal actions. The college reserves the right to view, monitor, and disclose contents of e-mail and data created, transmitted, received, and stored on college owned computer systems.

Freedom of expression is a constitutional right afforded to individuals. However, users of college equipment, systems and software are held accountable for their actions and will respect the rights of individuals who may be offended by the services and images retrieved on the Internet. Individuals who feel they have been harassed should report the incident to the Vice President of Technology and Instructional Support Services. Violators of the computer usage policies and procedures previously stated will be subject to one or more of the following sanctions: verbal and/or written warning, temporary or permanent suspension of computer access privileges, or dismissal from the college as stated in the CCC&TI Student Code of Conduct. The full policy may be viewed by going to:



Continuing Education 
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Attendance ...................................................................................................Instructors
Dropping a Course ........................................................Continuing Education Office Staff
Grading System.............................................................Continuing Education Office Staff
I.D. Card ..............Caldwell Learning Resource Center/Watauga Learning Resources Center 

Parking Tags ................................................................................................Office Staff 

Student Transcripts ..............................................................................Student Services
Continuing Education Directory
Continuing Education/Workforce Development (Caldwell) ......................726-2242/726-2619 

Continuing Education/Workforce Development (Watauga) ...................................297-8120 

Career Connections .........................................................................................726-2609
NCWorks Career Planning and Placement Center (Caldwell)................................759-4680
NCWorks Career Planning and Placement Center (Watauga)...............................265-5385 

Public Safety ..................................................................................................726-2313 

Vocational & Technical Services ........................................................................726-2610

Since the Continuing Education/Workforce Development department offers such a wide variety of courses, it is impossible to have a departmental-wide attendance policy. Therefore, it is important that each student be aware of the particular attendance policy for each course. Instructors will issue attendance policies at the beginning of the course. Students will be held responsible for understanding all attendance and classroom rules issued by the instructor.

Dates to Remember
Students may register for classes in the current semester in Student Services on each campus, Monday - Thursday, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm and Friday, 8:30 am - 12 pm.

The college will be closed on the following holidays in the 2023-24 academic year: 

Labor Day .......................................................................................................Sept. 4
Veterans Day ..................................................................................................Nov. 11
Thanksgiving (College closes at 5 pm on Nov. 23) ..........................................Nov. 23-26

Christmas/New Year’s (College closes at 12 pm on Dec. 22) ....................Dec. 22-Jan. 2

Dr. Martin L. King Holiday.................................................................................Jan. 15
Easter Monday ................................................................................................April 1
Memorial Day Holiday .....................................................................................May 27
Fourth of July Holiday .......................................................................................July 4

Grading System
Numerical and/or letter grades will be given for continuing education courses meeting 96 contact hours or more. A course syllabus with the requirements for each class will be given to students at the first class session.

Ten Point Grading Scale (96 contact hours or more)
A = 90-100

B = 80-89

C = 70-79

D = 60-69

F = 59 and below

The following grades will be recorded for those courses less than 96 hours unless approved by the Continuing Education Dean.

Continuing Education 

Occupational Extension/Self Support (less than 96 contact hours)

S = Satisfactory

AU = Audit

U = Unsatisfactory

I = Incomplete

W = Withdrawal by student or instructor

Insurance (Accident)
A student accident insurance policy is provided for each student enrolled in a continuing education course or adult education course. Continuing education students are charged $1.00 as an additional fee at registration.

Please note that this is a limited accident policy. The policy provides coverage for all students during school time activities, including intramural sports carried on within the boundaries of the college.

Coverage is provided while students are participating in college supervised and sponsored activities, including:
• Participating in or attending any regularly scheduled activity of the college. The activity must be supervised by a person authorized by the college
• Traveling directly to and from a regularly scheduled activity with other members as a group. The travel must be supervised by a person authorized by the college.
• Traveling directly and without interruption to and from the student’s residence and the meeting place for the purpose of participating in the regularly scheduled activity.
Insurance (Malpractice)
Special malpractice insurance is required for certain continuing education courses such as: massage therapy, phlebotomy, nurse aide, EMT, paramedic, etc. This fee is not refundable.

Refund Policy
• Students registered for an occupational extension class who officially withdraw prior to the first class session will be eligible for a 100 percent refund, if requested.
• Students who officially withdraw at the first class session or by the 10 percent date of the class will be eligible for a 75 percent refund, if requested. (Students enrolled in a multi entry/multi exit class who officially withdraw on the first day of class or within 10 calendar days of the first class meeting are eligible for a 75 percent refund, if requested.)
• Students registered for an occupational extension class that is canceled for any reason by the Continuing Education Department Dean will automatically be issued a 100 percent refund.
• Students registered for a community service/self supporting class will not be eligible to receive a refund. Exceptions will be determined on an individual basis by the continuing education dean.
• To receive a refund, a student must complete and sign a continuing education drop form and have the Continuing Education Dean sign for the class(es) being dropped.
Student Records/Transcripts
Official continuing education transcripts are available in Student Services. Student records and transcripts can be reviewed by students for accuracy.

Transitional Studies/Adult Education Department
The mission of CCC&TI’s Adult Education Department is to educate and train individuals to raise their level of education and increase their opportunities for success, allowing them to become better parents, citizens and employees.

For more information about Adult Education opportunities such as the Adult High School Diploma Program, High School Equivalency Program or English as a Second Language please contact Adult Education on the Caldwell Campus at 726-2230 and on the Watauga Campus at 297-5253, ext. 5320.

Adult Education Offerings

Adult Basic Education (ABE)
Adult Basic Education classes are offered for people who may need help learning basic reading, writing and math skills. Instruction is also provided in science and social studies. Its goals are to help the individual acquire basic skills and abilities needed to become more independent and self-directed and to meet and manage community, social, work and personal adult responsibilities. Classes are offered free of charge, including all books and materials which have been especially prepared for adult learners. Persons can study at their own pace with instructors available to assist them in this pre-high school program. Instruction and materials are available in content specific classes where students can improve their reading, writing and math skills while learning about the career area in which they are interested.

Adult High School Diploma (AHS)
The Adult High School Diploma Program is for anyone who wants to complete his/her high school education and earn a diploma. Credits previously earned in public or private high school can be transferred into this program. This program is best for those students who have less than 8 credits to complete and are comfortable with online learning. Classes are free and are offered on both the Caldwell and Watauga campus.

English Language Acquisition (ELA)
English as a Second Language classes are designed for non-native students who need to learn to speak, read or write English. Special curricula and instructional techniques are used to meet the needs of this population. Conversation classes, a computer lab, a
U.S. Citizenship Preparation Class, and an online class are all are available.

Family Literacy
Adult Education provides Family Literacy classes at the Family Resource Center that enable parents and children to learn together in both joint and separate classes on a daily basis. Adult Basic Education/GED, English as a Second Language, parenting, and life skills instruction for parents, and preschool and school enhancement activities for children are provided in these free Family Literacy classes.

NCCCS High School Equivalency (HSE)
This program is designed to give adults who have less than a twelfth-grade education an opportunity to earn a high school equivalency credential. Classes are offered on the Caldwell and Watauga campuses and throughout the community. Individualized instruction as well as group instruction in reading, language, and math are provided in an adult-centered atmosphere. Students can also work online to do some preparatory work for the NCCCS High School Equivalency. To complete the NCCCS High School Equivalency, passing scores are required on the multiple test battery. Those who want to earn a NCCCS High School Equivalency may enroll and complete the program at any time during the semester. Registration is free.

High School Equivalency Online
Students with appropriate placement test scores may choose to enroll in the NCCCS High School Equivalency online program to prepare for earning an equivalency diploma. This program can be accessed in any location that has reliable internet service. Applicants should meet with an advisor who will evaluate their placement test scores and their eligibility for the online course. Those who meet the requirements will need to attend a short orientation to learn about the software, receive a password, and get ready to work online. Students may complete their preparation for the test battery while communicating with the online instructor electronically. When ready, students come to the Testing Center on the college campus to take the official tests.

Students can enroll on both the Caldwell and Watauga campuses and in the community. Placement testing is the first step and then students meet with an advisor who will counsel them individually concerning their goals. To enroll, call 828-726-2230 for information.

Who May Enroll?
Anyone 16 years of age or older may enroll.

Minor Permission Form
If a prospective student is under the age of 18, he/she must complete a minor permission form. The minor permission form may be obtained from the Adult Education area on the Caldwell campus and the Watauga Student Services Building. The form must have the signatures of the student, the parent or guardian, the notary public and the principal of the last school attended with the date of public school withdrawal. Any student who has been out of public school less than 6 months must also have the superintendent’s signature. Any student who has a driver’s license or permit must provide a copy.

Driver’s License
Minors who wish to keep or apply for their driver’s license or learner’s permit must attend class 60 hours a month (average 15 hours a week). After a student has been successful in class for 6 months, they may request a certificate from the Director of Adult Education. The Department will issue a certificate to the Department of Motor Vehicles to apply for his/her driver’s license. Driver’s education classes are the responsibility of the student.

Transition Advising
Students have access to a Transition Advisor to assist them in moving from NCCCS High School (HSE) and AHS to college programs. This individual is available to students in Caldwell and Watauga counties by appointment. Each graduate is expected to meet with the Transition Advisor to develop a plan for their post- secondary education and/or training.