Tri-County Community College
- Tri-County Community College is an accredited, comprehensive, publicly-supported, two-year post-secondary institution which operates in accordance with North Carolina Law and the administrative policies of the North Carolina Community College System. Located in the westernmost tip of North Carolina, the College serves commuter students in a remote, rural area consisting of Cherokee, Clay, and Graham Counties by providing college transfer, vocational, technical, and adult education programs.
- The teacher population of 68 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
|Tri-County Community College||(NC) Community College Avg.|
|Institution Level||At least 2 but less than 4 years||At least 2 but less than 4 years|
|Total Faculty||68 staff||139 staff|
|Total Enrollment||1,273 students||2,380 students|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||19:1||19:1|
|# Full-Time Students||550 students||1,019 students|
|# Part-Time Students||723 students||1,361 students|
|% American Indian/Alaskan|
|% Unknown races|
|College Completion Rate|
|Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)||$24,300||$27,500|
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS
- The roots of Tri-County Community College date back to mid 1964, when political and educational leaders of Cherokee County met with representatives of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Institute. That same year, the North Carolina State Board of Education approved The Tri-County Industrial Education Center to operate as a part of the State Department of Community Colleges. Tri-County Community College have two campuses. Both are located in areas of the Blue Ridge and Appalachian mountains that are among the most beautiful and charming places on earth. Quality of life is high. Costs are low. Outdoor recreation opportunities abound, attracting visitors from around the world, year-round. We have no residential facilities on campus, but there are plenty of folks near us who can accommodate student housing needs. Academic programs currently being offered are designed within one of the following general categories: Technical-Programs classified as technical confer an Associate in Applied Science Degree. These programs are normally four or five semesters in length; General Education- The general education program confers an Associate Degree. This program is normally four semesters in length, and it is designed for those individuals who normally desire only two years of college; College Transfer- The program classified as college transfer confers an Associate in Arts Degree. This program is normally four semesters in length and is designed for individuals who plan to transfer to a senior institution for completion of a four year degree. The college is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees.
- The nearest community college to Tri-County Community College is Durham Technical Community College (8.4 miles away).
- College Location Mi. Students
- 5,035 students | 8.40 Mi1637 Lawson Street
Durham,  NC  27703
- 4,437 students | 19.00 Mi1247 Jimmie Kerr Road
Graham,  NC  27253
- 316 students | 24.00 Mi2205 Walnut Street
Cary,  NC  27518
- 400 students | 26.60 Mi3000 Wakefield Crossing Drive
Raleigh,  NC  27614
- 1,077 students | 26.70 Mi15 E Peace St
Raleigh,  NC  27604
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