Wilkes Community College operates under an “open door” admission policy. Admission is open to any individual who is a high school graduate or at least 18 years of age. Students are admitted regardless of race, national origin, religion, sex, handicap, age, or political affiliation. High school students and home school applicants, who are juniors and seniors, may be admitted into college credit and continuing education courses in accordance with the Career & College Promise policies adapted by the state of N.C.

For more information on the WCC admission policy, see the Admissions section in the WCC catalog.  Complete your online application or call 336-838-6100 to obtain a printed application form.

Getting Started

Wilkes Community College has lots of programs available to assist you with reaching your educational and career goals. To help you find the right program, our offerings have been organized below into three categories.

College Transfer: These university parallel programs Associate in Arts/AA or Associate in Science/AS) provide the first two years of academic work on a four-year baccalaureate degree.

Degree Programs: These programs allow you to earn a degree (Associate in Applied Science/AAS), diploma or certificate in a particular field.

College Opportunities for High School Students: The NC Career & College Promise program provides lots of opportnities for high school students to get an early start on their college education.

Special Credit/Non Degree Seeking: Special credit students are students that intend to only take a few courses at Wilkes Community College and are not planning to pursue a degree, diploma, or certificate with the college. Students typically choose this enrollment status if they are planning to take a small number of courses to either transfer to another college at which they have already been enrolled, for professional development, or to fulfill a special interest. Special credit students are not eligible to receive financial aid and must still satisfy the prerequisites for the courses they plan to take. This requirement includes taking the placement tests for any courses that have reading, writing, or math prerequisites, unless eligible for exemptions from the tests. Students having taken courses at another college that are prerequisites for courses they plan to take at WCC are required to have those transcripts on file with the Admissions Office before they are allowed to register. Special credit/non degree-seeking students are not required to submit high school and college transcripts, unless needed for verifying prerequisite requirements.

Students earning 12 or more credit hours will be advised to seek admission into a program of study. Students desiring to switch from the special credit status to a designated program of study must submit an updated admission application and follow the regular enrollment/admission procedures. Once the enrollment procedures have been completed, the student will be responsible for completing the requirements in effect for the chosen program of study at the time of acceptance to the program.

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Workforce Development & Community Education (Continuing Education) programs allow you to take non-degree classes for job and career enhancement or personal enrichment.

Note: These programs are not eligible for federal financial aid.

The College Readiness Divison offerings include Adult High School Diploma (AHS), Adult Basic Education (ABE), English Language Acquisition (ELA), High School Equivalency (HSE), and Family Literacy.

Adult High School Diploma
The Adult High School Diploma Program is offered to adults aged 18 or older. Minors, aged 16 or 17, must contact the program director to inquire about eligibility. Programs of study are of sufficient duration and intensity to enable adults to develop the skills necessary to obtain the diploma. Instruction is offered in a classroom setting, through supervised, individual, programmed learning. Credit is given for all work completed in the public school system as shown on the high school transcript. Students must complete the traditional high school requirements as follows:

English  - 4 units
Social Studies   - 4 units
Mathematics   - 4 units
Science   - 3 units
Health   - 1 unit
Electives - 6 units
Total   - 22 units

Graduates of this program are awarded diplomas jointly by the Board of Education of the county of residence and Wilkes Community College.

For additional information about the requirements and registering for the Adult High School Diploma program, please call 336-667-6493.

Adult High School Coordinator: Janet Derick, 336-667-8475, jederick783@wilkescc.edu.


Adult Basic Education (ABE)
Adult Basic Education (ABE) is a program of instruction designed for adults who need to improve their reading, writing, math, English, or speaking and listening in English. Students with intellectual disabilities (Compensatory Education students) are served in all of the programs, dependent upon their assessment scores.

For more information, call 336-838-3230.


English  Language Acquisition (ELA)

English Language Acquisition is a program of instruction designed to help adults who have limited English proficiency achieve competence in the English language. Classroom instruction is offered at two levels: beginners and intermediate/advanced. Distance instruction is available for intermediate/advanced learners. Instruction focuses on assisting students in acquiring competency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing in the context of real life situations and communication needs. Grammar and pronunciation are also addressed, as are topics of U.S. history, government, civics, U.S. culture and customs, and the local community. Classes for workplace ELA, English for Special Purposes, Citizenship Preparation, and other needs can be made available on request if the number of students interested is sufficient to constitute a class.

ELA Coordinator: Deborah Britton, 336-818-1401, drbritton688@wilkescc.edu.


High School Equivalency Diploma (HSE)

The high school equivalency program prepares adults to take the new test.

The new High School Equivalency test began in January 2014. The new test is computer based and will be delivered in the Pearson Vue Testing Center at the North Wilkesboro Center. This will offer more flexibility in scheduling your testing. The cost of the test is increasing to $120 ($30 per test component), and any test component that has to be repeated will incur the $10 cost for each repeat.

The test will no longer be primarily multiple choice, but will feature: Extended response, Drag-and-drop, Drop-down, Fill-in-the-blank, Hot spot, Multiple choice, and Short answer.

Subject areas covered on the new test are: Reasoning Through Language Art, Mathematical Reasoning, Science, and Social Studies.

Successful examinees are awarded the HSE diploma, issued by the State Board of Community Colleges. Adults 18 and older may qualify for the test. Persons who fail any part of the four-part examination may enroll in appropriate courses for further preparation.

Preparing for the NEW Test:
Free HSE Test preparation is offered at various times and locations throughout our service area in College Readiness/Basic Skills classrooms, online, family literacy sites, and workplace classes. Assessment tools are available to give students an indication of their likely performance on the test and to identify their areas of strengths and weaknesses.

HSE Questions: North Wilkesboro Center, 336-903-3230.

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