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Reviews 96 total reviews with an average rating of 3.2

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5 College Senior

Academic Experience: The welding teach Mr. Mcrary is a great welding teaching. He has been helpful in the techniques of welding. also he has helped tutor some of the guys in the area of math that we have found difficult he has definitely gone out of his way to see that his students succeed.

3 College Senior

Academic Experience: the academics are okay. I go to night school and it has been hard to get that extra tutoring that I feel I need in some areas of academics.

3 College Senior

Campus Resources: The library and resource center is a little small and the hours for tutoring could be extended to those going to night school.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: It is not bad, I am getting an education. I feel some of the courses are not applicable to my field of study. I do not like getting a different answer from different people about the same questions asked. I feel they need to improve on class size and not cramming students in. If the class sizes were smaller, I feel that we would learn so much more.

2 College Junior

Tuition & Financial Aid: I feel the pricing is not affordable, I do not get FA and have to pay for it out of pocket. Trying to get FA.

3 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: I have not had to transfer credits yet. FA has been a nightmare, but other then that it's about average.

3 College Junior

Academic Experience: The classroom time is spent going over subjects that we will learn in the shop hours of the course.

3 College Junior

Academic Experience: There are a range of different programs offered, from a diploma to an AAS, AA

3 College Junior

Online Courses: Their online courses and registration process have improved

3 College Junior

Campus Resources: There is a student center, library, cafe, and tlc center.

3 College Junior

Student Body: Based on the students in my program, we are all trying to get the most out of the program.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Class sizes are to big for this program and they overbooked the classes

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: I have not have the experience with this yet

3 College Junior

Career Services: My classes this semester were over booked and felt since I pay out of pocket that they should watch the class sizes and not over enroll students, so we all have a fair share of learning.

2 Recent Alumnus

Academic Experience: I haven't really been able to do much for my intended major, Public/Applied History. My Associate in Arts degree is a general education degree, and I've just been taking extra history classes to help be more prepared for when I transfer. I've now taken almost every history class available, and a couple of other classes I kept wanting to take were only available online or got cancelled due to low enrollment. Being in a general program I've had classes with early college students to adults coming back to school for getting into a different career to retirees taking classes as something to do, and I'm usually the only one of the students planning on majoring in history. My workload has also varied with each semester and is almost unpredictable. I feel like I've gotten some of the skills I'll need for a university and my career, but mainly spent my time on classes where I'll probably never use what I learned again just so I can say I've had the most basic of a higher education.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academic Experience: Registration was a nightmare for new students when I first enrolled, but I heard the school has changed it to a better method since then. Before I enrolled, I had the impression that the school pretty much only had Forestry, Fish and Wildlife Management, and Cosmetology. Obviously I was wrong, but those are the programs that get the most exposure. Workload and general experience with the courses really depends on who teaches it. I've had courses I thought I would love become my most hated ones because of someone's teaching method; whether it was giving 3 weeks of homework in one week because they personally felt the course wasn't progressing fast enough or putting so much of their personal opinions in their lectures that I didn't learn a thing. But I've also had courses I thought I would be boring actually being very enjoyable because of the teacher. For example, I took an extra psychology course because the teacher made his lectures interesting and was sympathetic to the fact the students had other classes when planning homework. There's an option for honors credit for most courses by doing an extra project, but students have to decide whether to do it or not in the first week of class. Because of the short deadline, I personally never used that opportunity because I didn't know how much it would effect the workload for the course. So while program may be sort of hidden in the school's offerings, it may be because it's entirely unpredictable in its academics.

3 Recent Alumnus

Tuition & Financial Aid: I qualify for full aid through FAFSA for this school, but it's always more of a hassle and a longer process every time due to my family's income situation. I can't really complain about an education I'm getting for free, but if you're looking to just get a general degree that would make it easier to transfer to a university, then the education is worth the low tuition.

3 Recent Alumnus

Student Body: Before attending this school, I thought I would be outnumbered by country boys and shallow girly-girls. I was happy to find the student body for general education degrees is more mixed, with a large majority of "nerds" like me. The early college students usually have their own classes or are a small section of my classes, which is good since they live up to their campus reputation of being immature and generally annoying. I do seem to be a bit odd in couple of ways though. I knew before enrolling what my education plans were and what career I wanted, and I've met only a couple of students who were the same way.I also seem to be in the minority when it comes to failing/dropping/retaking classes. I've passed all my classes the first try and have never dropped any. All the students are from somewhere in Western North Carolina, so ethnic diversity doesn't really exist other than some Hispanic students. Overall, it's mainly local kids who don't know what they want to do yet so they just keep taking different classes.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academic Flexibility: I had taken a couple of classes at this school in high school through their Dual Enrollment program, and two of the three classes I took were able to count towards my Associate's Degree. However, the computer system never remembered I was a regular student now and signing up for classes always involved my advisor having to take half an hour to get that changed to where she could sign me up for classes. Since I'm a full-time student I've never had to worry about scheduling classes around other commitments, but my whine of "please no more 8 AM classes!" was worked with. Flexibility really depends on who you're talking to, some teachers will allow extensions and some will give an automatic zero if your assignment isn't turned in on the due date. I've had experiences with both, with one teacher willing to give an extension on a take-home test because I had the due date written down incorrectly, one teacher that allowed an extension but then scolded me in front of the whole class for it in a condescending way, and another teacher who at the beginning of the semester let it be known there would be absolutely no excuses for turning work in late. My overall experience hasn't bee too bad, but I didn't have any major commitments to interfere with school.

2 Recent Alumnus

Campus Resources: Student Services usually isn't busy, which is an advantage. However, some of the workers have acted annoyed with me before, like I should already know the process for my need and not be asking them for help. Most clubs and extracurricular activities are for students of specialized programs, like Forestry and Wildlife Management. Even ones open to General Education students like me are usually biology and environmentally based. I am a member of the school's Phi Theta Kappa chapter, but in my year of membership there's been no activities and less than five meetings, and they weren't productive in the least. I did join when the club got new faculty advisers who didn't know how to run it, so that might be a possible reason. Overall, there's not much consideration for anyone who isn't trying to become a park ranger and is more of a place to get your degree and transfer to a better school.

2 College Senior

Academic Experience: They are discontinuing the program. They knew this might be a possibility when I enrolled but never said anything to me in warning.

2 College Senior

Academic Experience: I just don't think most of the instructors spend enough time preparing for class.

2 College Senior

Career Services: Career center has not be responsive or helpful to me in finding work related to my course of study.

2 College Senior

Overall Experience: I wouldn't choose this school again. Too many problems with financial aid, on-line course experiences and low availability of courses.

2 College Senior

Tuition & Financial Aid: I always have to ask for the information I need more than once because, apparently, the people in financial aid don't read my emails before responding. I also have to wait an inappropriate amount of time for a response. Many times I end up making a phone call because email takes too long. They discontinued the Federally Guaranteed Student Loan program and I found out about it too late to apply for many scholarships that would have otherwise been available to me. Due to the low quality of my on-line course instructors (meaning either their knowledge of the technology or response time to my questions) I do not feel as if I am getting my money's worth from them.

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