Western Piedmont Community College

Western Piedmont Community College

Western Piedmont Community College, commonly referred to as WPCC, is located in Morganton, North Carolina, United States. It was chartered in the year 1964 and is under the North Carolina Community College system. The college offers several distance education programs to students. The main campus awards degrees and certificates through four academic divisions, which are as follows:

  • Business Technologies
  • Health Sciences
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Science, Engineering and Mathematics

Students participate in several clubs and organizations available at the college including the Students for Christ, Sign Language Club, Nursing Club, Film and Fine Arts, Global Village, WPCC Growers Connection, and Building Energy Sustainable Technology (B.E.S.T.).

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Western Piedmont Community College
1001 Burkemont Ave
Morganton , NC 28655-4511
General Phone: (828) 438-6141

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Western Piedmont Community College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Security and Law Enforcement112criminal justice and police
Liberal Arts104sign language translation, liberal arts and sciences, general studies, liberal arts and humanities
Medical Support and Technology92dental assistant, medical assistant, medical lab tech, mental health services tech
Business and Management77business management, operations management, accounting technology, retail
Nursing and Emergency Medicine39registered nursing, health aide
Family and Social Work29child care management
Engineering Technician27civil engineering tech, electronics tech, electromechanical tech, mechanical engineering tech, computer systems tech, engineering technician
Construction Trades21building inspection and management
Law21legal assistant
Office and Administration18executive secretary
Production Trades18upholsterer, machine shop assistant, welding, precision production
Computer Science and Engineering15information science, systems analyst
Landscaping and Horticulture15applied horticulture
Medical Administration10medical secretary
Design8interior design
Conservation and Resource Management5environmental science
Education and Teaching5teacher aide
Photography and Commercial Art4cinematography
Therapy and Counseling4substance abuse counseling

Number of programs and degrees for Western Piedmont Community College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Award of less than 1 academic year21020
Associate's degree35736
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years5710

Western Piedmont Community College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Western Piedmont Community College had a total enrollment of 2,448 students (2,504 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 82%
Black 8%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 5%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 2%
(Foreign Students) 0%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 7%
18-19 19%
20-21 14%
22-24 10%
25-29 12%
30-34 10%
35-39 9%
40-49 12%
50-64 6%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

North Carolina99%

Western Piedmont Community College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 50 %
Part-Time 61 %

Western Piedmont Community College Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of Morganton, North Carolina for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other North Carolina Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Western Piedmont Community College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 1,291
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 7,051
Books and supplies $ 1,104

Financial Aid:
Western Piedmont Community College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 298200)

Western Piedmont Community College Faculty

Western Piedmont Community College has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Instructoracademic year31$51,30444$50,020
All faculty totalacademic year31$51,30444$50,020

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Western Piedmont Community College Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping
Business Administration and Management, General
Operations Management and Supervision
Retailing and Retail Operations

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst
Information Science/Studies

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science

Construction Trades
Building/Construction Finishing, Management, & Inspection, Other

Interior Design

Education And Teaching
Teacher Assistant/Aide

Engineering Technician
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician
Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engr Technology/Technician
Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Tech
Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Child Care and Support Services Management

Landscaping And Horticulture
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General

Legal Assistant/Paralegal

Liberal Arts
General Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation

Medical Administration
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician
Dental Assisting/Assistant
Medical/Clinical Assistant
Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Health Aide
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Office And Administration
Executive Assistant/Executive Secretary

Photography And Commercial Art
Cinematography and Film/Video Production

Production Trades
Machine Shop Technology/Assistant
Precision Production, Other
Welding Technology/Welder

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Police Science

Therapy And Counseling
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling

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checked Open admission
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Offers credit for life experience
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers remedial adult education
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checked Tenure system for quality teaching

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