Community college budget overview provided

By Vicki Hyatt | May 03, 2013

Haywood County commissioners got a preview of what the community college budget, as well as its impact in the area, during a gathering prior to the college board's annual retreat held in mid-April.

Laura Leatherwood, vice president of student and workforce development at HCC, said the college had four unique programs that help distinguish Haywood from the other 57 community colleges in the state. These include the fish and wildlife program, the forestry program, the professional crafts program and the offerings at the Regional High Technology center.

"These programs draw students from across North Carolina and the U.S.," she said.

It is estimated relocating students spend about $15,000 a year, and with 70 students who move to the county for these programs, it equates to an economic impact of more than $1 million, she said.

In addition to the college curriculum with courses that include vocational/technical and college transfer programs, the college provides adult education, continuing educaiton and an early college program where incoming eighth-grade students can earn both a high school and college degree in five years.

There are also on-line programs, a showcase regional childcare center, a small business center dedicated to helping existing and startup businesses and clinics where cosmetology and therapeutic massage students practice skills on paying clients.