Name: Haywood Community College
President: Barbara Parker
Campus Setting: Suburban, Midsize City
Year Established: 1965
Student Characteristics based on Fall 2010 IPEDS data
2010 Fall Credit Enrollment
Part Time: 69.4%
Full Time: 30.6%
African American: 5.4%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 0.3%
Native American: 1.4%
Quote from President
“Located amid Western North Carolina’s Appalachian culture of natural resources, professional crafts, and tight-knit communities, Haywood Community College (HCC) has evolved from a vibrant local education resource to a regionally and nationally significant learning destination for students in 22 programs of study with numerous diploma and certificate offerings.The stunning architect-designed Campus Arboretum serves as the gateway, welcoming students to a world-class creative arts center, modern natural resources labs, multi-million dollar machining center, Regional Center for the Advancement of Children, and other instructional spaces. Our unique programs include forest management technology, fish and wildlife management technology, and professional crafts (wood, fiber, jewelry, & clay). Building on those strong traditions, we have also established prominent training programs in computer integrated machining, electronic and electrical engineering, entrepreneurship, and early childhood education. Haywood Community College prides itself on being an amalgam of higher education instruction providing curriculum, workforce, continuing education, and personal enrichment opportunities for our students. We strive to continually improve, to be objective and innovative in our educational approaches and offerings, and to live our motto that ‘Education changes everything.’”
- Haywood has over 300 species of trees on campus, including many rare species and a tree that was grown from a seed that had traveled in space.
- The college's multi-million dollar machining center is one of the most expansive in the region.
- HCC's unique collection of professional crafts programs is housed in a state-of-the-art complex designed from the ground up to optimize the teaching environment.
- Haywood's Early Childhood Education Program is the largest in the state with an annual headcount of over 300 students. The program is offered completely online to allow child enrichment center workers to go to school while working full-time.