Randolph Community College
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Randolph Community College, a member institution of the North Carolina Community College System, is a public two-year community college located in Randolph County, North Carolina, in the United States.
The college opened in September 1962 as "Randolph Industrial Education Center", a joint city-county industrial education center, with 75 full time students. Merton H. Branson served as the school's first president.
The college became a member of the North Carolina Community College System in 1963 when the North Carolina legislature established a separate system of community colleges. From 1965-79 the school was known as "Randolph Technical Institute", and as "Randolph Technical College" from 1979-88. It adopted the name Randolph Community College in 1988.
The school is located in Asheboro, North Carolina, at the McDowell Road Exit off U.S. 220 just south of the U.S. 64/N.C. 49 interchange. The college draws from a population base of just over 25,000 in Asheboro and 141,752 countywide.
RCC’s 35-acre (140,000 m2) main campus in Asheboro contains eleven major buildings and the Richard Petty Education Center for its Automotive Systems and Autobody programs which opened in 2009. Three satellite centers include the Archdale Center, serving residents in the northwest corner of Randolph County, the Randleman Center, and a 60-acre (240,000 m2) Emergency Services Training Center located just outside Asheboro near Franklinville.
Randolph Community College currently offers over 25 vocational and technical degrees, including a college transfer program and a continuing education program. The school is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Annual enrollment for curriculum students is 3,767; annual enrollment for continuing education students is 7,526.
Randolph Community College also has a partnership with Randolph County public schools which created the Randolph Early College High School in 2005. The Randolph Early College High School (RECHS) is an autonomous, nontraditional public high school involved in the North Carolina Innovative High Schools Program, and is located the school's main campus. Students are selected to attend RECHS based on an application process and typically enter at the beginning of their high school career. RECHS seeks to target economically disadvantaged, minority and first generation college-bound students.
- Keys, Kathy (4 September 2012). RCC celebrates on 50th Anniversary date, Courier-Tribune (Asheboro, North Carolina)
- 2010-2011 Report to the Community, Randolph Community College and RCC Foundation, Retrieved 26 November 2014