2019 Best Online Community Colleges in North Carolina

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These are the best community colleges in North Carolina that offer fully online associate degree and certificate programs. All of the 35 community colleges ranked here have annual tuitions under $3,000, making them as affordable as they are convenient. At #1-ranked Wake Technical Community College, students can earn one of 36 online associate degrees, including an AA in Fire Protection Technology, an AA in Office Finance, and more. Stanly Community College, ranked #4, offers three different online associate degrees for just $2,432 per year.

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Rank School Annual Tuition Campus Location
#1 #1 Wake Technical Community College $2,432 Raleigh, Cary (NC)
#2 #2 Bladen Community College $2,432 Dublin (NC)
#3 #3 Haywood Community College $2,580 Clyde (NC)
#4 #4 Stanly Community College $2,432 Albemarle (NC)
#5 #5 Fayetteville Technical Community College $2,052 Fayetteville, Spring lake (NC)
#6 #6 Gaston College $2,432 Dallas (NC)
#7 #7 Tri-County Community College $2,280 Murphy (NC)
#8 #8 Central Carolina Community College $2,508 Sanford (NC)
#9 #9 Surry Community College $2,432 Dobson (NC)
#10 #10 Craven Community College $2,280 New Bern (NC)
#11 #11 Piedmont Community College $2,432 Roxboro (NC)
#12 #12 Wayne Community College $2,432 Goldsboro (NC)
#13 #13 Southwestern Community College - NC $2,432 Sylva (NC)
#14 #14 Vance-Granville Community College $2,280 Henderson (and 3 others)
#15 #15 Catawba Valley Community College $2,280 Hickory (NC)
#16 #16 Western Piedmont Community College $2,432 Morganton (NC)
#17 #17 Pitt Community College $2,660 Winterville (NC)
#18 #18 Edgecombe Community College $2,432 Tarboro (NC)
#19 #19 Carteret Community College $2,432 Morehead City (NC)
#20 #20 Lenoir Community College $2,508 Kinston (NC)
#21 #21 Davidson County Community College $2,423 Thomasville, Mocksville (NC)
#22 #22 Alamance Community College $2,280 Graham, Burlington (NC)
#23 #23 Forsyth Technical Community College $1,723 Winston Salem (NC)
#24 #24 Brunswick Community College $2,432 Bolivia (NC)
#25 #25 Richmond Community College $2,280 Hamlet (NC)
#26 #26 Wilson Community College $2,508 Wilson (NC)
#27 #27 Guilford Technical Community College $2,432 Jamestown (NC)
#28 #28 Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College $2,280 Asheville (and 2 others)
#29 #29 Blue Ridge Community College - NC $2,432 Flat Rock (NC)
#30 #30 Pamlico Community College $2,508 Grantsboro (NC)
#31 #31 Southeastern Community College - NC $2,280 Whiteville (NC)
#32 #32 Central Piedmont Community College $2,280 Charlotte (NC)
#33 #33 Sandhills Community College $2,280 Pinehurst (NC)
#34 #34 Coastal Carolina Community College $2,432 Jacksonville (NC)
#35 #35 Robeson Community College $2,280 Lumberton (NC)

2019 Online Community Colleges in North Carolina - Details

For each school, we conducted manual research to provide prospective students with more details about the schools' online programs. Explore online degrees offered and accreditation information below.

  • Annual Tuition: $2,432
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Raleigh, Cary
  • Online Associate Degrees: 36
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Located in Raleigh, Wake Technical Community College offers more than 130 online programs. The college uses the Blackboard online learning system to assess potential students’ knowledge; they must complete three online modules and score a minimum of 90 percent on the tests in order to register for courses. Over 30 associate degrees are offered. Students can choose from such subjects as accounting, business analytics, cyber security, medical billing and coding, mobile applications developer, office software, and web designer. Additionally, certificates are offered in such topics as Android applications, baking, crime scene technician, graphic design, hacking and forensics, JavaScript, Linux, and web designer. Courses are offered fully online and in a hybrid format. Distance learners have access to group interaction and instructor feedback.

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  • Annual Tuition: $2,432
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Dublin
  • Online Associate Degrees: 9
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Six online Associate of Applied Science degrees are available at Bladen Community College, located in Dublin, North Carolina. These programs cover the following subjects: business administration, information technology, medical office administration, office administration, general education, and early childhood education. Both an Associate of Arts and Associate of Science college transfer program are available as well. In addition, 21 certificate programs and five diploma programs are offered. Some, but not all, are available 100 percent online. Coursework is delivered via the Moodle online learning management system. Online programs and courses are fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. There are no extra fees applied to distance courses.

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  • Annual Tuition: $2,580
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Clyde
  • Online Associate Degrees: 7
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Haywood Community College, in Clyde, North Carolina, offers seven associate degrees that can be completed fully online: an Associate of Arts and an Associate of Applied Science in Accounting and Finance, Business Administration, Criminal Justice Technology, Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Education Administration or Medical Office Administration. Certificate programs are available in a number of subjects, and a diploma can be earned in three areas: accounting, business administration, and medical office administration. The programs are delivered fully online. HCC uses the Moodle online learning management system. Students should plan to spend three to four hours online for every credit hour of a course. Students can attend orientation either on campus or online.

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  • Annual Tuition: $2,432
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Albemarle
  • Online Associate Degrees: 3
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Located in Albemarle with a satellite campus in Locust, Stanly Community College offers nearly 40 online programs. These include diplomas, certificates, and associate degrees. Students have access to a virtual classroom, and they can log on 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The online learning program incorporates streaming and prerecorded videos, live chat rooms, forums, and real-time classroom sessions. Some programs are available in a hybrid format, blending traditional face-to-face learning with distance learning. Among the online programs offered at SCC are an Associate in Applied Science with seven different concentrations; certificates in business, accounting, criminal justice, and early childhood education; and diplomas in accounting, business administration, human service technology, and IT business support.

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  • Annual Tuition: $2,052
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Fayetteville, Spring lake
  • Online Associate Degrees: 18
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More than 80 online programs are available at Fayetteville Technical Community College. Sixteen associate degrees are offered in such subjects as business administration, criminal justice technology, early childhood education, fire protection technology, and hospitality management. Two diploma programs are available: funeral service education – North Carolina funeral director and school-age education. And more than 60 certificate programs are offered in several categories: business, computer and information, criminal justice, emergency management, engineering and applied technology, fire protection, health programs, intelligence studies, and public service. Additionally, corporate and continuing education classes are offered in 20 categories including healthcare, language, marketing, photography, and writing and publishing. All programs at FTCC are available 100 percent online. Asynchronous learning gives students greater control over their schedules.

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  • Annual Tuition: $2,432
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Dallas
  • Online Associate Degrees: 4
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Serving both Gaston and Lincoln Counties, Gaston College in Dallas, North Carolina offers four associate degrees online: Associate in Arts, Associate in General Education, Associate of Applied Science in Computer Programming, and Associate of Applied Science in Web Technologies. Two diploma programs are available – one in arts, and the other in medical billing and coding. Additionally, the college has 14 certificate programs in such subjects as business administration, computer accounting, dietary management, and logistics management export operations. While some courses are available completely online, students may be required to go to the campus for exams or lab work.

  • Annual Tuition: $2,280
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Murphy
  • Online Associate Degrees: 8
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The three counties implied in Tri-County Community College’s name are Graham, Cherokee, and Clay, all situated in the very southwest corner of North Carolina. Online and hybrid degree programs, certificates, diplomas, and classes are offered. Four Associate of Science degrees are available in accounting, criminal justice technology, early childhood education, and office administration. Certificates and diplomas are available in both accounting and office administration, and students can also earn a diploma in business administration. About 70 different non-credited classes are offered through the college’s Ed2Go program; they are six weeks in length with lessons delivered twice per week. TCCC uses Moodle, and students can access coursework at home, on campus, or anywhere they have high-speed internet access.

  • Annual Tuition: $2,508
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Sanford
  • Online Associate Degrees: 10
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Located in Sanford, Central Carolina Community College offers degrees, certificates, and diplomas in more than 30 college-level programs. Distance learners can earn an associate degree in such areas as accounting, business administration, early childhood education, and library and information technology. Over 20 certificates are offered; students can expand their knowledge and sharpen their skills in subjects such as electronics engineering technology, infant/toddler care, library management, and payroll accounting. Finally, four diplomas are available: accounting, business management, early childhood education, and office administration. A student who completes an Associate in Arts or Science degree can transfer to a four-year state college as a junior.

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  • Annual Tuition: $2,432
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Dobson
  • Online Associate Degrees: 8
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Located in Dobson at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Surry Community College offers eight degree and eight certificate programs online. Associate degrees and certificate programs are offered in accounting and finance, business administration, criminal justice technology, digital media technology – graphic design, early childhood education, medical office administration, and office administration. An Associate in Arts is also available, as are certificate programs for computer programming and development and early childhood administration. SCC uses the Moodle online learning system, which allows students to communicate with the instructor, participate in forums, submit assignments and quizzes, and check grades. Students are expected to attend a minimum of 85 percent of the hours in each course.

  • Annual Tuition: $2,280
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: New Bern
  • Online Associate Degrees: 9
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Craven Community College in New Bern has more than 40 online programs including associate degrees, certificates, and diplomas. The coursework is delivered through the Moodle online learning management system. Nine associate degrees are offered in five categories: liberal arts, business technologies, criminal justice, early childhood education, and information technology. Students can earn certificates and diplomas in business, health, criminal justice, early childhood education, and information technologies. In addition, Craven Community College has over 200 online classes available. Students who enroll in an online or hybrid course must complete a distance learning orientation, delivered via Moodle. Both the New Bern Campus and the Havelock Campus have computers available for students to use.

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  • Annual Tuition: $2,432
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Roxboro
  • Online Associate Degrees: 4
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Piedmont Community College in Roxboro offers two online associate degree programs, one in accounting and one in business administration. Online diploma and certificate programs are available in those subjects as well. Additionally, PCC offers both an Associate in Arts and Associate in Science transfer degree. Coursework can be delivered via the internet or in a hybrid or teleclass format, so students can learn in both synchronous and asynchronous settings. The Blackboard online learning system is used for web-based coursework.

  • Annual Tuition: $2,432
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Goldsboro
  • Online Associate Degrees: 11
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A total of 19 fully-online programs are available at Wayne Community College, located in Goldsboro, North Carolina. Seven online Associate of Applied Science degrees are offered in accounting, business administration, business operations management, criminal justice technology, emergency management technology, medical office administration, and office administration. An Associate in Arts college transfer program, three online diploma programs, and eight online certificate programs are also offered. Even more courses can be taken in a hybrid format. The Moodle online learning system is used, and prospective students who are considering online learning can take a Moodle demo course on the college’s website.

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  • Annual Tuition: $2,432
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Sylva
  • Online Associate Degrees: 11
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Twelve associate degrees, 19 certificate programs, and two diploma programs are available online at Southwestern Community College in Sylva, North Carolina. An Associate of Arts College Transfer is offered, as well as Associate of Applied Science degrees in Business Administration (general and with three concentrations), Computer Information Technology, Cyber Crime Technology, Information Technology (three concentrations), Medical Office Administration, and Web Technologies. SCC uses the Blackboard learning system, and prospective students can take a sample online course through the college’s website. Online courses have weekly deadlines; interaction with other students is often necessary. Students should plan to spend at least 20 hours per week doing their coursework throughout the duration of the program.

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  • Annual Tuition: $2,280
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: 4 Cities
  • Online Associate Degrees: 9
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Serving Vance, Granville, Franklin, and Warren counties, Vance-Granville Community College, located in Henderson, North Carolina, offers three online Associate of Applied Science degrees: business administration, criminal justice, and medical office administration. An Associate of Arts is also available online. In addition, VGCC offers five certificate programs online: business management, front line management, medical coding specialist, medical office administration, and medical office administrative assistant. VGCC uses Ed2Go to deliver online classes; two lessons are available each week, and classes are delivered in a six-week format.

  • Annual Tuition: $2,280
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Hickory
  • Online Associate Degrees: 7
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Located in Hickory, North Carolina, Catawba Valley Community College has been educating students for more than 60 years. The college offers five Associate of Applied Science degrees online: office administration, fire protection technology, accounting, electroneurodiagnostic technology, and entrepreneurship. An Associate of Fine Arts is also available. Three online certificate programs are offered: accounting, entrepreneurship, and office administration. Also, diplomas can be earned in entrepreneurship and office administration. Distance learning at CVCC is presented in a variety of formats, including web-based, cablecast, telecourses, and the North Carolina Information Highway (NCIH).

  • Annual Tuition: $2,432
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Morganton
  • Online Associate Degrees: 3
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A small community college in Morgantown, Western Piedmont Community College offers three fully-online Associate of Applied Science degrees: Business Administration, Information Technology, and Paralegal Technology. Along with these, eight certificate and two diploma programs are available completely online. Seven associate degrees, three certificate programs, and one diploma program, each at least 75 percent online, are also available; some courses must be taken at the WPCC campus. Some internet courses have optional on-campus meetings, and some have mandatory online meetings.

  • Annual Tuition: $2,660
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Winterville
  • Online Associate Degrees: 17
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Located in Winterville, Pitt Community College offers over 50 programs online, including associate degrees, certificates, and diplomas. These programs and certificates are available in more than 20 subjects, including business administration, healthcare management, information technology, and medical office administration. Some programs can be completed 100 percent online, while others have components that require a face-to-face learning environment. PCC uses the Moodle online learning system. The college’s Online Readiness Assessment (accessible on its website) helps students determine if distance learning is a good fit for them. Other resources are available to help students benefit as fully as possible from their online learning experience.

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  • Annual Tuition: $2,432
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Tarboro
  • Online Associate Degrees: 6
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Located in Tarboro, Edgecombe Community College offers four online Associate of Applied Science: accounting, business administration, geospatial technology, and health information technology. Also, Associate of Arts and Associate of Science college transfer programs are available. ECC offers 10 online certificates and four online diploma programs as well. Some courses are available in a hybrid format. The college primarily uses the Moodle learning management system to deliver the online coursework, and much of it is asynchronous. A variety of online courses are available through the Ed2Go format; six-week courses feature lessons that are issued each week on Monday and Friday.

  • Annual Tuition: $2,432
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Morehead City
  • Online Associate Degrees: 1
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Located on the Atlantic coast near North Carolina’s Outer Banks, Carteret Community College offers an Associate of Applied Science in Aquaculture Technology with a Work or Business option. This can be taken either on campus or online; for distance learners, coursework is delivered via the Blackboard online learning system. Students learn the principles and practices connected with the farming and husbandry of aquatic organisms. Additionally, CCC partners with Ed2Go to offer online courses in nearly 20 different categories. The courses are instructor-led; each is six weeks, and lessons are delivered twice per week.

  • Annual Tuition: $2,508
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Kinston
  • Online Associate Degrees: 17
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Lenoir Community College, located in Kingston, offers over a dozen online associate degrees. Students can earn an Associate in Applied Science in such subjects as Business Administration Marketing, Emergency Medical Science Bridging, and Supply Chain Management. More than 30 online certificate programs and five diplomas are also available. For students who wish to pursue further education in the field of aviation, LCC offers an Associate in Applied Science, certificate, and diploma in Aviation Management and Career Pilot Technology. The programs are available 100 percent online. Coursework is delivered via the Moodle learning management system. Through WebAdvisor, LCC students can check their admission status, see financial information, access an unofficial transcript, check grades, search and register for courses, and print class schedules.

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  • Annual Tuition: $2,423
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Thomasville, Mocksville
  • Online Associate Degrees: 9
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Centrally located between Lexington and Thomasville, Davidson County Community College offers both curriculum courses and non-credit courses online. Eleven associate degrees and four certificate programs can be completed 100 percent online. Students can study such subjects as criminal justice technology, logistics and distribution management, emergency medical science, and fire protection technology. Distance learners should plan to spend eight to nine hours per week on each course. The college uses the Moodle online learning system to deliver coursework.

  • Annual Tuition: $2,280
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Graham, Burlington
  • Online Associate Degrees: 3
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With its main campus in Graham, North Carolina – halfway between Greensboro and Durham – Alamance Community College offers three associate degrees online: Associate in Arts, Associate in General Education, and Associate of Applied Science in Fire Protection. Additionally, 10 online certificate programs are available. These include accounting and income tax, financial accounting, early childhood, early childhood administration, child care essentials, fire protection, fire inspections, fire protection management, general business administration, and web design. More than 130 individual courses can also be taken fully online at ACC, and many others are offered in a hybrid format. The college uses the Moodle online learning system, and much of the coursework can be done asynchronously.

  • Annual Tuition: $1,723
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Winston Salem
  • Online Associate Degrees: 14
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One of the largest community colleges in North Carolina, Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem offers ten associate degrees in applied science along with an Associate in Arts College Transfer. Students can earn a degree in such areas as business administration, criminal justice technology, emergency management, entrepreneurship, financial services, healthcare management technology, and project management technology. Ten online certificate programs are also available, including one in interventional cardiac and vascular technology with specialties in cardiac and vascular. Additionally, online courses are offered in a number of subjects including medical terminology, medical coding, national standards and ethical principles for interpreters, effective teacher training for substitute teachers, and various courses for translators and interpreters.

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  • Annual Tuition: $2,432
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Bolivia
  • Online Associate Degrees: 3
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Headquartered in Brunswick, North Carolina, Brunswick Community College offers two online degree programs: an Associate in Arts and an Associate in Applied Science in Early Childhood Education. Two online diploma programs – aquaculture technology and early childhood education – are available, and certificates can also be earned in aquaculture technology and early childhood education (general and with two concentrations). There are no additional fees for online learning. Students can take exams close to their homes; it is not necessary to test at a BCC campus. Additionally, through Ed2Go, BCC offers hundreds of online, instructor-facilitated courses. Classes run for eight weeks, and new sessions start each month. Much of the coursework is asynchronous; students in all programs can access classrooms 24/7.

  • Annual Tuition: $2,280
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Hamlet
  • Online Associate Degrees: 15
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Located a few miles southeast of Charlotte in Hamlet, North Carolina, Richmond Community College offers an online Associate of Arts University Transfer as well as 10 Associate of Applied Science degrees that can be completed online. Students can earn their degree in business administration, criminal justice technology, early childhood education, health information technology, and nonprofit leadership and management. Online certificate programs are also available in business administration, criminal justice technology, and nonprofit leadership and management. Nearly 100 online classes in many different subjects are available through RCC, as well as hybrid courses – an option for those who would like to have at least some face-to-face learning.

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  • Annual Tuition: $2,508
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Wilson
  • Online Associate Degrees: 7
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Wilson Community College, located just a few miles from Raleigh in Wilson, North Carolina, offers six online associate degrees in accounting and finance, business administration, criminal justice technology, early childhood education, fire protection technology, and school-age education. Ten online certificate programs are also available; these cover subjects such as business administration, early childhood education, IT support foundations, network and security essentials, office administration, paralegal, and school-age education. The Moodle online learning system is used to deliver coursework, and a mobile app is available for both Apple and Android. Not all required courses may be available online. Proctored exams must be held at the college’s campus or an authorized facility. Students who are considering distance learning can take the Online Learner Self-Assessment on WCC’s website.

  • Annual Tuition: $2,432
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Jamestown
  • Online Associate Degrees: 16
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More than 15 online associate degrees are available from Guilford Technical Community College in Jamestown, North Carolina. Subjects include criminal justice technology, emergency management technology, human resources management, information technology (six concentrations), medical office administration (general or two concentrations), office administration, and simulation and game development. All courses are taught both on campus and online. Additionally, over 15 online certificate and diploma programs are offered. GTCC also makes many courses available online through Ed2Go; the six-week courses comprise 12 lessons that are available to students each week on Wednesday and Friday. Approximately 150 different courses are offered.

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  • Annual Tuition: $2,280
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Asheville, Candler, Marshall
  • Online Associate Degrees: 2
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Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College offers three degree programs that are 100 percent online: an Associate of Arts (General Pathway), an Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration, and an Associate of Applied Science in Fire Protection Technology. Both AAS degrees require 65 credit hours to complete. Additionally, five fully-online certificate programs are available through the college: human services and substance abuse studies, human services and youth studies, early childhood, special education, and fire protection technology. A-B Tech has partnered with Ed2Go so that many instructor-led, online courses can be taken in areas such as art, finance, language, music, photography, test preparation, and writing.

  • Annual Tuition: $2,432
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Flat Rock
  • Online Associate Degrees: 5
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Located in Flat Rock, Blue Ridge Community College offers 12 fully online programs. These include five Associate in Applied Science degrees: Accounting, Business Administration/Marketing and Retailing, Criminal Justice Latent Evidence, Early Childhood Education, and Fire Protection Technology. Five certificate programs and two diploma programs are also available. Online students should expect a workload equal to or greater than what is typical in a normal classroom setting. BRCC uses the Moodle online learning system to deliver coursework; at least some of the work is asynchronous. A mobile app is available for both Apple and Android. Individual courses are also available through Ed2Go. These are delivered online in a six-week format, and the material can be accessed 24/7.

  • Annual Tuition: $2,508
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Grantsboro
  • Online Associate Degrees: 1
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Pamlico Community College in Grantsboro offers an online Associate of Applied Science in Accounting. Students delve into the essential elements of financial organizations and study accounting from both a theoretical and practical vantage point. Coursework also focuses on business law and economics. Students become adept at using tools of the trade – Microsoft Word and Excel, PowerPoint, Quickbooks, and tax preparation programs. Graduates are prepared to pursue careers in such fields as tax preparation, financial advising, accounts payable/receivable management, payroll management, sales, and more. PCC uses the Moodle online learning system to deliver coursework.

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  • Annual Tuition: $2,280
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Whiteville
  • Online Associate Degrees: 4
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Southeastern Community College’s main campus is in Whiteville, North Carolina, which is about 50 miles from Wilmington. The college offers three online Associate in Applied Science degrees: Business Administration, Early Childhood Education, and Information Technology. SCC utilizes the Moodle online learning system to deliver coursework, with a mobile app available for both Apple and Android. This provides busy students with greater flexibility and control over their schedules. Much of the work can be done asynchronously. For every credit hour of coursework, students should plan to spend two to three hours per week on reading, study, homework, and research.

  • Annual Tuition: $2,280
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Charlotte
  • Online Associate Degrees: 4
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One of the largest community colleges in the North Carolina Community College System, Central Piedmont Community College is located in Charlotte. Both an Associate in Arts and Associate in Science are available online. Two Associate in Applied Science degrees are also offered online, one in fire protection technology and one in health information technology. In addition, CPCC offers 25 certificate programs in five different categories: business administration, computer technology integration, criminal justice, fire protection technology, and office administration. Other courses for college credit are available online, along with non-credit continuing education courses. CPCC uses the Blackboard online learning system to deliver coursework.

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  • Annual Tuition: $2,280
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Pinehurst
  • Online Associate Degrees: 2
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Sandhills Community College in Pinehurst, North Carolina offers two associate degree programs: an Associate in Applied Science in Business Administration and an Associate in Arts. Both can be completed without any visits to the campus. The AAS provides students with the fundamentals of business operations and processes as well as a comprehensive understanding of business organization in the 21st century. The AA prepares students to transfer to a university and earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in many different fields of study. Distance learning courses are offered either 100 percent online or in a hybrid format. Additionally, SCC has partnered with Ed2Go, and many instructor-led, online courses are available.

  • Annual Tuition: $2,432
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Jacksonville
  • Online Associate Degrees: 1
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Coastal Carolina Community College, located near the Atlantic coast in Jacksonville, North Carolina, offers an online Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Technology. The five-semester program provides students with a comprehensive understanding of civil law, criminal law, civil litigation, law office management and technology, research and writing, estate planning, and much more. In addition, four online certificate programs are available: corporate law legal assistant, legal secretary, real property assistant, and litigation assistant. A paralegal diploma can also be earned online. Distance learners have many opportunities to interact with instructors and fellow students using discussion boards, chat sessions, and recorded materials. CCCC has partnered with Ed2Go, featuring many instructor-led, online courses that can be taken in six-week formats.

  • Annual Tuition: $2,280
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Lumberton
  • Online Associate Degrees: 4
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Located in Lumberton, North Carolina, Robeson Community College offers an online Associate of Arts – College Transfer. Additionally, four associate degrees in applied science are available online: business administration, criminal justice technology, early childhood education, and office administration. Instruction may be both synchronous and asynchronous. Distance learners are expected to do homework assignments, participate in classroom discussions via discussion forums, and take tests and exams. Instructors may contact and interact with students via phone and/or email. RCC also uses the North Carolina Information Highway, a video conferencing system that enables interactive, multi-campus instruction to occur in real time, allowing students in one location to “attend” a class in another.

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