Wilkes Community College’s service area, comprising Wilkes, Ashe, and Alleghany counties, covers 1,423 square miles with a population of approximately 108,000 residents. It has multiple locations and an 1,100-seat cultural arts facility.
The Wilkes Campus now comprises 17 buildings and 151.7 acres. WCC also has an Ashe Campus; an Alleghany Center; and Herring Hall, an integrated health science center.
Wilkes Community College is known for its serene mountain surroundings; lush gardens; recreational and cultural amenities; and a world-renowned roots music festival, MerleFest, which serves as the WCC Foundation’s largest fundraiser each year.
Wilkes Community College
1328 S. Collegiate Drive
Wilkesboro, NC 28697
PO Box 120
Wilkesboro, NC 28697
Located at the foot of Mount Jefferson in West Jefferson, the Ashe Campus offers a wide variety of programs and courses in regular classroom settings, in cyber classrooms, and online. Examples of curriculum programs offered at campus include:
Additionally, numerous continuing education courses are offered at the Ashe Campus throughout the year. Examples include basic and advanced computers, welding, drafting, real estate, certified nursing assistant, cosmetology, phlebotomy, pharmacy technician, emergency medical training, and firefighter training. Courses are offered throughout Ashe County, both during day and evening hours.
Adult High School and High School Equivalency preparatory classes are available to allow students to complete their high school education. The Ashe Campus also offers numerous adult basic education (ABE) courses and English as a Second Language courses on campus and at sites throughout the community.
The Ashe Campus is an active participant in the county’s economic development. A variety of industrial training is offered, on campus and at individual manufacturing facilities. Much of this training is customized to best fit the needs of the individual industries. The college’s Small Business Center offers a wide variety of training programs, counseling services, and other assistance at the Ashe Campus. Job skills development courses, including the statewide Career Readiness Certificate, are offered through Human Resource Development courses for individuals looking to change careers or build specific skills for employment.
The Ashe Workforce Center is an integral partner of the Ashe Campus. Located at Family Central, the Workforce Center provides employment and training services to residents of the county through its partners, including Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Division of Workforce Solutions, Ashe Partnership for Children, and Vocational Rehabilitation. Job placement, childcare referrals, human resource development classes, and assistance with education are just some of the services provided.
The Ashe County Board of Commissioners appoints two representatives to the Board of Trustees of Wilkes Community College. A local advisory board meets periodically to recommend how the college can best serve the residents of Ashe County. The college’s overarching goal is to provide a variety of educational opportunities at convenient locations to meet the needs of residents of Ashe County and the Wilkes Community College service area.
The Alleghany Center serves the residents of Alleghany County with traditional curriculum and continuing education courses. Curriculum classes are offered in:
Students attend classes in a variety of classroom settings, including regular classroom, hybrid format, internet, or in an interactive video classroom. Numerous continuing education courses are also offered, such as basic and advanced computers, notary public, real estate, emergency medical, and firefighter training. The Basic Skills program operates year-round assisting adults to improve their literacy skills, earn an adult high school diploma, or prepare for the Adult High School Equivalency exam.
The center is co-located with the Blue Ridge Business Development Center and the Alleghany County Public Library on Atwood Street in Sparta. The Blue Ridge BDC offers support to small business owners and is focused on economic development for the county. The Alleghany Center is an active partner in the county’s economic development. A variety of industrial training is offered, both at the center and at individual manufacturing facilities. The college’s Small Business Center, based on Wilkes Campus, offers a wide variety of training programs, counseling services, and other assistance at the Alleghany Center. Job skills development, including statewide Career Readiness Certificates, is offered through Human Resource Development courses for individuals looking to change careers or build specific skills for employment. The NCWorks Center, located in the public library, provides employment and training services to residents through its partners, which include the North Carolina Division of Workforce Solutions, Workforce Innovative Opportunity Act Services, Get Real Youth Services, and North Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Services. Job placement, human resources development courses, and assistance with education are just some of the services provided.
The county commissioners appoint two Alleghany representatives to the Board of Trustees of Wilkes Community College. The Alleghany Center offers a variety of educational opportunities at a convenient location to meet the needs of residents of Alleghany County.
Herring Hall brings together all of Wilkes Community College’s health sciences programs – both curriculum and continuing education – creating an integrated learning environment. These programs prepare students for success in the following careers in healthcare:
Additionally, the facility offers space for future expansion of these programs and the addition of new programs.
Healthcare is one of North Carolina’s fastest growing industries. Herring Hall’s 58,000 square feet of space with its state-of-the art simulation technology allows us to equip, engage, and empower a pool of credentialed workers for 2,352 healthcare establishments and businesses in Wilkes, Ashe, Alleghany, and eight other regional counties in Northwest North Carolina.
Billy Woods, MAEd,RCP,RRT,RRT-NPS
Dean-Health Sciences & Director-Respiratory Therapy