About WPCC

Aerial view of the WPCC campusWestern Piedmont Community College was chartered by the North Carolina State Board of Education on April 2, 1964, as a member of the North Carolina Community College System. The Board of Trustees comprised of prominent citizens from Burke, McDowell, and Caldwell counties, assumed responsibility for the College and elected Dr. E. W. Phifer, Jr. as its first chair. From the very beginning, the citizens of Burke County demonstrated interest and strong support of their College by approving a state-required bond issue with an unprecedented margin of seventeen to one.

The College sits on approximately 300 acres of  campus with rolling hills, lush foliage, a pond, and tennis court. It is home to the Senator Sam J. Ervin Library. Students have a wide variety of associate degree programs to choose from including three transfer associate degrees in Science, Arts and Fine Arts.  There are over 36 associate in applied science degrees in healthcare, industry, business, and education.

With annual enrollments exceeding 7,000 students, Western Piedmont Community College continues to provide quality, higher education and meets the dynamic needs of its community. The Continuing Education division situated behind the main campus offers general education and adult high school diploma programs, as well as English as a Second language, crafts, computer technology and woodworking.

Facts At A Glance

Demographics

Attendance Status

Full-Time44%
Part-Time56%

 

Attendance By Gender

Female61%
Male39%

 

Attendance By Ethnic Group

White79%
Asian8%
African-American6%
Hispanic/Latino6%

Demographic Data provided by College Navigator.

Graduation Rates (150% of normal time) by Year

YearRate
201029%
201122%
201227%
201326%
201419%
201524%
201619%

 

2016 Fall

  • Average Age: 25
  • Average Class Size: 13
  • Student/Faculty Ratio: 10 to 1
  • Student Residency by County:
    • Burke: 74%
    • McDowell: 9%
    • Catawba: 6%
    • Caldwell: 6%
    • Other: 5%

 

Federal Pell Grant Recipients by Year

YearPercentage of Recipients
201053%
201173%
201281%
201377%
201477%
201577%
201676%

Graduation Rates and Pell Grant Recipients data from IPEDS Data Feedback Reports 2010-2016.

 

Funding

SourceAmount
State Operating51%
Federal/State Financial Aid19%
Student Tuition & Fees7%
Other Funding7%
County Capital1%
County Operating10%
State Capital5%

 

Enrollment (2016-2017)

DivisionEnrollment
Curriculum2,537
Continuing Education6,324
TOTAL7,312
Unduplicated counts. Rows will not add up

 

Full Time Equivalent (FTE) Enrollment

DivisionFTE
Curriculum1,680
Continuing Education457
TOTAL2,137

Enrollment figures provided by NC Community Colleges

Student Achievements 1

  • WPCC Student Performance met or exceeded the NC Community College System excellence level in the following areas:
    • Basic Skills Progress
    • Credit English Success
    • Credit Math Success
    • First Year Progression

 

For more information on WPCC’s Performance Measures, visit the NC Community Colleges Performance Measures Website.

Graduates 2

  • Associate Degree, Diploma, & Certificate Awards Earned
    • 401 Graduates earned a total of 437 Awards:  162 Associates in Arts or Sciences Degrees (AA/AS)
      190 Associates in Applied Sciences Degrees (AAS) 27 Diplomas and 58 Certificates
  • Adult High School Diplomas
    • 26 Adult High School Diplomas (AHSD)

 

Highlights 3

  • 96% of WPCC students say that they would recommend the college to friends or family members.
  • WPCC has one of only three Sustainable Agriculture programs among the 58 NC Community Colleges.
  • WPCC’s Paralegal Program is the only paralegal program among the 58 NC Community Colleges that can be completed online.
  • WPCC is one of only five NC Community Colleges achieving an “excellence” level in four of seven performance measures.
  • WPCC nursing students achieved a 100% pass rate in 2017 on the NCLEX-RN exam.
  • WPCC offers the only Recreational Therapy Assistant degree program in Western North Carolina.
  • Last year, WPCC’s Basic Law Enforcement Training program provided 157 courses to more than 2700 law enforcement officers from across the region and state.

 


1 Figures from NC Community College System 2017 Performance Measures for Student Success Report

2 Figures provided by WPCC Office of Institutional Research and reflects graduation counts from 2016FA, 2017SP and 2017SU semesters

3 Figures provided by various WPCC Academic Divisions and/or NC Community College System office publications

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