General Information


DISCLAIMER

This catalog and handbook are intended for information purposes only. Changes in policy, fees and other changes, course structure and content, graduation requirements, and other such matters may occur after the publication of this catalog. Efforts will be made to keep changes to a minimum, but the information contained in the catalog is not binding and is subject to change without notice. 

INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDENT CATALOG & HANDBOOK

The Southeastern Community College (SCC) Student Catalog & Handbook is published to provide important information for students about the opportunities and services offered by SCC as well as the procedures and regulations to be followed. The Student Catalog & Handbook provides details about campus services and procedures, advisement, and student organizations. It also contains student rights and responsibilities, grievance procedures, and campus regulations.  The Student Catalog & Handbook also describes academic programs, procedures, and degree requirements; continuing education programs; and special programs. It also contains course descriptions and gives information on college admissions procedures, costs, financial aid programs, student services and activities, college facilities, and community outreach programs. 

Because students are responsible for the information in the Student Handbook & Catalog, they should familiarize themselves with the publication. Students are responsible for the proper completion of their academic program, familiarity with all requirements, maintaining the grade point average required, knowing their academic standing, and meeting all other requirements. Advisors and counselors are available to all students, but final responsibility remains with the student. 

All information contained in this Student Catalog & Handbook is subject to change at any time without notice. 

NON-DISCRIMINATION

Southeastern Community College is committed to providing a learning, working, and living environment that promotes respect, responsibility, communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and accountability in an environment free of sexual misconduct and discrimination. The College adheres to the principles and practice of equal employment and educational opportunities.  Accordingly, the College does not practice or condone discrimination in any form, against students, employees, or applicants on the grounds of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, age, disability, or political affiliation, or any other legally protected classification.  Sexual discrimination violates an individual’s fundamental rights and personal dignity. 

Southeastern Community College considers discrimination in all its forms to be a serious offense. The College supports the protection available to members of its community under all applicable Federal Laws, including Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and 1991, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972,  Sections 799A and 845  of the Public  Health Service Act, the Equal Pay and Age Discrimination Acts, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities ACT of 1990, and Executive Order 11375. 

INSTITUTIONAL ACCREDITATION

Southeastern Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award certificates, diplomas and associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Southeastern Community College. 

ACCREDITATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS OF SELECT PROGRAMS

The Nursing programs (Associate in Applied Science, Practical Nursing, Nursing Assistant/Nurse Aide II certificate) are approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing, Post Office Box 2129, Raleigh, North Carolina 27602-2129, 919-782- 3211 (November 2002). The Nursing Assistant/Nurse Aide I certificate program is approved by the Division of Facility Services, Nurse Aide I Training & Registry Administration, Health Care Personnel Registry Section, 2709 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-2709, 919-733-2786 (May 1992). 

 The Phlebotomy program is approved by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science, 8410 West Bryn Mawr Avenue, Suite 670, Chicago, Illinois 60631, 773-714-8880 (October 2005). 

 The Cosmetology program is licensed by the North Carolina State Board of Cosmetic Arts Examiners (August 1995). 

 The Basic Law Enforcement program is certified by the North Carolina Department of Justice Criminal Standards Division. (Post-secondary Criminal Justice Certification by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission [November 1994]). 

 The Medical Laboratory Technology program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science, 8410 West Bryn Mawr Avenue, Suite 670, Chicago, Illinois 60631, 773-714-8880 (October 2002). 

 For questions about specific program accreditations or approvals, contact the organizations listed above; for other questions about Southeastern Community College, contact the Help Center at HelpCenter@sccnc.edu. 

MEMBERSHIPS

Institutional memberships include the American Association of Community Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Council for Higher Education Accreditation, Council for Advancement and Support of Education, Region Ten of the National Junior College Athletic Association, North Carolina Association of Community College Trustees, North Carolina Council of Officers for Resource Development, National Council for Marketing and Public Relations, American Library Association, NC Community College Association of Distance Learning, National Safety Council, Safety and Health Council of North Carolina, Carolinas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, Columbus County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, Columbus County Fire and Rescue Association, Tabor City Chamber of Commerce, and the Fair Bluff Chamber of Commerce. 

HISTORY

Chartered on February 6, 1964, Southeastern Community College (SCC) is a public, comprehensive community college providing accessible educational, cultural, and social opportunities for area residents.  Dozens of occupational and liberal arts curriculum certificates, diplomas and degrees are offered by the college.  Classes are small, quality is high, and student services, such as counseling and tutoring, help students realize their potential.  SCC provides a wide range of continuing education courses throughout Columbus County, serving thousands of students annually. Through the college, enriching cultural events are brought to the area, and community services are provided for citizens of all ages.  The 246-acre campus is on the Chadbourn Highway between Whiteville and Chadbourn in southeastern North Carolina. SCC is a one-hour drive from the historic cities of Wilmington and Fayetteville, North Carolina, as well as the beaches of both North and South Carolina. 

MISSION STATEMENT

To continuously promote educational attainment, economic development, and cultural enrichment in Columbus County and surrounding areas. 

Originally approved by the Southeastern Community College Board of Trustees, May 2004, amended November 2010; amended May 2015; amended July 2017. 

VISION STATEMENT

To be recognized as the PREMIER rural community college in North Carolina.
Approved by the Southeastern Community College Board of Trustees, July 2017. 

DEGREES AND PROGRAMS

SCC offers a wide variety of college-credit curriculum programs in both face-to-face and distance learning formats.  Associate degree programs prepare students to enter the workplace immediately upon graduation and/or to continue their education at a four-year institution. After program admission, full-time students can complete associate degree programs in two years if they follow the program pathway/graduation plan. 

 Diploma programs are primarily for those who wish to enter a trade prior to completing an associate degree and may be completed in as little as three semesters. In addition, vocational diploma programs are frequently the equivalent of the initial semesters of an associate degree program, and in all cases, courses earned in completing the diploma count toward the associate degree. 

 Certificate programs provide short-term training which may be immediately applicable to employment and may be completed in as little as one semester. The courses earned in completing a certificate program count toward the diploma and/or associate degree. 

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE OPPORTUNITIES

SCC offers a variety of financial aid opportunities, especially for students who would be unable to begin or to continue their college education without aid.  Most of SCC students receive some sort of financial aid each year. Types of financial aid include grants, scholarships, and on-campus jobs. For recent high school graduates in Columbus County, the SCC Success Scholarship, funded by the SCC Foundation, provides free tuition and fees for up to four consecutive semesters, not including summers. Success Scholarship participants must have completed two Career and College Promise classes, have a 2.5 GPA, and meet other requirements to qualify.  Financial aid is available to other students who demonstrate need, and who are enrolled in degree-granting programs as well as diploma and certificate programs. Applicants must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for funds from most of the programs. Some programs require additional forms. Students needing financial assistance should contact the Financial Aid Office as soon as possible for information and applications at (910) 788-6214. 

COLLABORATIVE AND CONTRACTUAL AGREEMENTS

  • Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) between the North Carolina Community College System and the University of North Carolina system (for transfer of course credits between the college and constituent institutions of the UNC system) 
  • Independent Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (ICAA) between the North Carolina Community College System and the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (for transfer of course credits between the college and constituent institutions of the NCICU) 
  • North Carolina High School to Community College Articulation Agreement 
  • The North Carolina Early Childhood Education Articulation Agreement 
  • The University of North Carolina at Pembroke Brave Step Dual Enrollment Agreement with Southeastern Community College 
  • The University of North Carolina Wilmington Guaranteed Admissions Agreement with Southeastern Community College 
  • Gardner-Webb University Guaranteed Admissions Agreement with Southeastern Community College 
  • Memorandum of Agreement with Columbus County Schools for the operation of ColumbuCareer & College Academy 
  • Memorandum of Agreement and Understanding between North Carolina Department of Public Safety and Southeastern Community College. 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY POLICY

Policies & Procedures

CONSUMER INFORMATION

Detailed information concerning the terms and conditions of financial aid, safety on campus, graduation rates, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and other pertinent information about Southeastern Community College is available on the SCC website www.sccnc.edu/about-scc/consumer-information/.