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    Guilford Technical Community College
  Feb 23, 2018
2014-2015 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Getting Started


GTCC’s Path To Success

For more information, email us at:

Student Success Center



Financial Aid:

GTCC's Path To Success
Visit to get started on YOUR path to success at GTCC.

Steps to Getting Started

Step #1
Review the Getting Started resource at

This brief online presentation will acquaint you with GTCC admission policies and procedures, financial aid, and orientation.

Step #2
Research your career path through College Foundation of North Carolina’s career assessments and then learn about GTCC programs

You can access the CFNC career assessments and GTCC program search tool from the Path to Success at by clicking on Find Career Path

Step #3
Apply for Admission

Admissions Office
Jamestown: Medlin Campus Center, Second Floor
(336) 334-4822 ext. 31125

College Liaison for Concurrent Enrollment
Jamestown: Sears Applied Technology Center #335
(336) 334-4822 ext. 50562

General Admission

GTCC has an open-door admissions policy. The college is open to anyone 18 years old or older or high school graduates younger than 18. Individuals under 18 years of age who have not graduated from high school can attend GTCC as stipulated by the policies of the State Board of Community Colleges and the procedures specified by GTCC.

If you apply for an associate’s degree, diploma, or certificate program, you must be a high school graduate or have earned the Adult High School diploma or the GED. If you do not meet this requirement, you can enroll in GTCC’s GED or Adult High School program, for which there is no charge.

Upon submitting an application for admission, you may be interviewed and/or be asked to take a placement test depending on the program to which you apply and the courses in which you wish to enroll.

Qualified high school graduates will be admitted into a specific program if it is not a limited enrollment program of study. High school graduates applying to a limited enrollment program will be admitted, if qualified and if space is available, based upon admissions standards, which are available in Enrollment Services or online at Admission to the college does not guarantee acceptance to the program of your choice or guarantee continued enrollment in the college.

High School and Home School Students

If you are a junior or senior in high school or a home school student and meet the eligibility requirements you can enroll as a concurrent/dual enrolled student as part of the Career and College Promise Initiative.

High school students must meet with their high school counselor to determine eligibility.

  • Have your high school counselor complete the Eligibility Verification Form.
  • If eligible, complete the GTCC application for admission.
  • Take the GTCC placement test, if necessary, to meet admission and/or course prerequisite requirements.
  • Submit the Eligibility Verification Form, GTCC Application Form, assessment scores if available, and a current high school transcript to the College Liaison for Concurrent Enrollment Programs.

Home school students should meet with the College Liaison for Concurrent Enrollment to receive additional information and determine eligibility.

More information about the Career and College Promise Initiative is available at

If you are 16 or 17 years old and have been suspended from a public or private secondary school for disciplinary reasons or you voluntarily want to enroll in Adult High School or GED classes, you must wait up to three months before you can be admitted to the college. More information on GTCC’s Basic Skills Classes is available at


Guilford Technical Community College and North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University.

Through a special admission process, students who wish to study Mechanical or Civil Engineering at GTCC and transfer to NC A&T to earn a bachelor’s degree can be admitted to NC A&T as they pursue their freshman and sophomore years at GTCC.

International Students

International students are welcome to apply for admission. You must:

  • Complete and submit the International Application packet ($40 application fee)
  • Return all required documents on or before the deadline as specified in the international application packet
  • Send all applicable transcripts from secondary and post-secondary schools
  • Present a minimum TOEFL (Test Of English as a Foreign Language) score of 500 (written test), 173 (computerized test), or a letter from a certified English language institute showing proficiency in English if your native language is not English
  • Send health and medical records that show that you have up-to-date immunizations
  • Submit evidence of adequate financial support to cover expenses for the first year of study. Financial aid is not available for international students.

When you have completed these steps and met admission approval, an I-20 eligibility document and a letter of acceptance will be issued.

If you are an international student who wants to transfer to GTCC, you must complete all of the steps listed above and receive a transfer clearance from the school or college you are currently authorized to attend.

Student housing is not available; you must make your own arrangements for housing. Contact the International Student office on the Jamestown campus for assistance.

Visiting Students

Students not enrolled in a college transfer or career-technical degree, diploma, or certificate program who wish to take classes are classified as special credit students. To enroll as a special credit student, indicate Visiting Student as your program of interest on the GTCC application. Special credit students are encouraged to complete Pre-Orientation and must provide documentation demonstrating course pre-requisites have been met. Financial aid is not available for special credit students.

Limited Enrollment Admissions

Some of our programs have enrollment limits and require special application procedures before a student may register. The submission of an application packet to these limited enrollment programs does not guarantee that the applicant has satisfied minimum admission criteria. Only completed applications meeting minimum admission criteria will be considered.

Limited enrollment programs include: Associate Degree Nursing, Cosmetology, Dental Assisting, Dental Hygiene, eDegree Programs, Emergency Medical Science, Licensed Practical Nurse, Medical Assisting, Pharmacy Technology, Physical Therapist Assistant, Radiography, Returning LPN, and Surgical Technology.

Applicants for limited enrollment programs must complete the admission application procedures and satisfy program criteria by the stated deadline before being considered for acceptance to the program. Information and admissions deadlines for limited enrollment programs can be found at

Step #4
Apply for Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial Aid Office
Jamestown: Medlin Campus Center, Second Floor
(336) 334-4822 Option 3

The Financial Aid office at GTCC helps students apply for and receive all major types of Title IV federal and State of North Carolina financial aid, including grants, work study, loans, and scholarships. Additional information regarding specific types of financial aid is available on Academic Information  or at

The Financial Aid office provides materials, resources, and helpful staff to guide students through the application process.

General Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for financial aid, you must:

  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen
  • Have earned a high school diploma, its equivalent, or a GED
  • Be enrolled in an eligible program of study at GTCC
  • Be registered with the Selective Service if you are male and at least 18 years of age
  • Not be in default on a Federal Student Loan or owe a refund on any Title IV grant at any educational institution

How to Apply

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at For help filling out the FAFSA, visit Enrollment Services on the second floor of the Medlin Campus Center on the Jamestown campus, room 125 of the Continuing Education Center on the Greensboro campus, or the Counseling Center at the High Point campus.

The FAFSA requires the GTCC school code: 004838

Because financial aid is determined each academic year, you must fill out a new FAFSA every year.

For scholarships available through GTCC, visit The scholarship website lists the application deadline and includes a link to the GTCC scholarship application.

Conditions for Awards

The following three items are the key conditions reviewed when awarding financial aid:

  1. The size of the Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The FAFSA information is used to calculate this number. This number is used to determine eligibility for most types of financial aid.
  2. The budget of the student while in college
  3. Availability of the types of aid

Application Verification

Students may be selected for verification of the data on their FAFSA. Examples of verification materials required include a tax transcript from the IRS for some FAFSA filers (confirmation of household size and number in college and other items as required).

Financial Aid Disbursement

After the student is awarded financial aid, it is noted on their account and will be used directly to pay their tuition and fees. Students may use financial aid in the bookstore during specified days each semester. Any remaining aid will be disbursed to the student to be used for college expenses such as room and board, transportation, supplies, and personal items.

Step #5
Submit Official Transcripts

Enrollment Services
Medlin Campus Center, Second Floor
(336) 334-4822 ext. 50161

How to Submit Transcripts

You must submit to GTCC an official high school or GED transcript, as well as transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended. Send transcripts to:

Guilford Technical Community College
Records Department
P.O. Box 309
Jamestown, NC 27282

Recognized Institutions

GTCC recognizes state funded public schools and home schools registered with the state. If you attended a non-traditional private school, online high school, or correspondence school, GTCC will only accept your high school diploma if it is from a regionally accredited diploma granting high school. We accept high school diplomas from schools accredited by the Distance Education Training Council (DETC).

International Students

Students who graduated from international high schools will need to submit for copy an original diploma or original exit test scores.

Students will have one semester to show proof of high school graduation to remain in a degree, diploma or certificate program.

College Transcripts

If you have taken courses at another college or university, have all official transcripts sent to Enrollment Services. If you have a bachelor’s degree, a high school transcript is not required unless you are applying for a limited enrollment program. Students must submit any outstanding official college transcripts within 30 days of the first day of class in fall and spring semesters, and within 15 days in the summer term. Failure to submit an official college transcript that validates pre-requisites will result in the student being administratively withdrawn from all classes that require proof of those prerequisites, which for financial aid and veterans benefits recipients, may result in a debt which must be repaid.

Step #6
Satisfy Placement Requirements

Assessment Center
(336) 334-4822 + extension
Jamestown: Medlin Campus Center #217, ext. 50262
High Point: H1 #133, ext. 55023
Greensboro: Continuing Education Center #132, ext. 53059

To be properly placed into classes, students must take placement tests in reading, writing, and mathematics. These tests assess students’ academic readiness and will help them find classes that fit their present skill levels.

You may not be required to take the placement test if:

  • You have transcripted coursework in reading, English, or math with a grade of C or higher from a regionally accredited college or university. GTCC must offer a similar course based on the common course catalog for credit to be awarded. Students should see an admissions officer in Enrollment Services for assistance.
  • You have previously taken a placement test and your scores are less than five years old. GTCC accepts the following tests for placement: COMPASS, ASSET, Accuplacer, NC DAP, PLAN, PSAT, ACT, and SAT. Students must have their scores officially reported by the testing agency or testing institution, depending on the test, to the GTCC Assessment Center. Additional score and placement information is available at
  • You have achieved proficiency by completing college proficiency exams. For more information on proficiency exams, please see Academic Information .
  • You are a recent high school graduate and have completed specific course work and have a sufficient unweighted GPA.

Take a Placement Test

If you have not previously completed college level course work in English or math or completed a placement test, you will need to visit a GTCC Assessment Center to complete placement tests prior to registering for classes. To take a placement test, you must bring with you a photo ID, a blue testing card from an Admissions officer or Enrollment Services, and a workshop certificate if you are re-testing.

Prepare for Placement Tests

Study for placement tests and take them seriously. Your scores on placement tests impact how long it will take you to finish your program and earn your degree. A low score on a placement test can mean up to three extra semesters of college and limit your course selection. Of the students who took the placement test, then studied and re-tested, 60% placed at least one level higher in reading and English, and 30% placed at least one level higher in math. You can re-test once in a 6-month period if you have not started a course sequence. Resources to help you study for the placement test are available at enrollment-services/assessment.aspx

Step #7
Activate Titan Account

Tutorial: Activation Page: (336) 334-4822 ext. 31216

Your Titan Account is the username that will enable to you to access GTCC orientation information, email, and WebAdvisor. After your application is processed, it will take 2-3 days for your Titan Account to be created. You can check whether your Titan Account has been created on the Application Status website:

Activate your Titan Account

After your Titan Account has been created, you must activate it to access GTCC online resources. To watch a tutorial about how to activate your account, go to titanliveid.html. To navigate straight to the activation page, go to

Carefully read and follow the password requirements, and be sure to answer the security questions in case you need to reset your password in the future.

Step #8
Complete Pre-Orientation

Student Success Center
(336) 334-4822 + extension
Jamestown: Medlin Campus Center, Second Floor, ext. 50578
High Point: H1 #133, ext. 55016
Greensboro: Continuing Education Center #132, ext. 53126
Moodle: (log-in required)

New and former students must complete Pre-Orientation. Pre- Orientation is an online module accessed through Moodle, our learning management system. You must have activated your Titan Account to be able to sign into Moodle and access Pre- Orientation. Pre-Orientation covers important campus information and policies including laws related to students, campus services, online and academic resources, civility, registrar procedures, developmental education, career exploration, and student life.

Pre-Orientation Exam

After you watch or read the Pre-Orientation presentation, you must complete the Pre-Orientation Exam and score a 90% or higher. After you pass the Pre-Orientation Exam with a 90% or above, you will receive a certificate of completion and can access the website where you will register for a New Student Orientation session.

Complete Pre-Orientation on Campus

If you do not have computer access or need assistance, you can complete Pre-Orientation on computers in any of our Student Success Centers.

Step #9
Complete Orientation

Student Success Center
(336) 334-4822 + extension
Jamestown: Medlin Campus Center, Second Floor, ext. 50578
High Point: H1 #133, ext. 55016
Greensboro: Continuing Education Center #132, ext. 53126 (log-in required)

New Student Orientation is designed to provide information that will help students succeed at GTCC. In orientation, you will learn about expectations of college students, attendance and registrar procedures, academic advising, and other relevant information such as transitioning from high school to college or transferring from GTCC to a university. You will develop an academic plan with an advisor and learn how to use GTCC’s online systems. You will also have the option to take a tour of the campus.

Orientation Requirements

New Student Orientation is required for students who are:

  • Attending college for the first time
  • Attending GTCC for the first time, but have previous college experience
  • Returning to GTCC after an absence of more than two years

New Student Orientation is not required for students who:

  • Have completed a bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Are enrolled at GTCC as Special Credit students

Register for an Orientation Session

You must pass the Pre-Orientation Exam with a 90% or higher before you can register for New Student Orientation. After you successfully complete Pre-Orientation, log in to https:// with your Titan Account username and password and follow the prompts that appear. You will be able to choose an orientation session from a list of available dates.

Attend an Orientation Session

Plan to check in at your scheduled orientation session at least 15 minutes before the session begins. After you complete New Student Orientation, you will have the knowledge and skills necessary to register for classes during a registration period.

Online Orientation

Online New Student Orientation is available to students who:

  • Have completed an associate’s degree
  • Are exempt from developmental reading and English course work (placed into or completed ENG 111 )

Some exclusions apply, please see the Director of the Student Success Center for more information. Eligible students will see the option to register for Online New Student Orientation on the New Student Orientation registration site.

Step #10
Register for Classes

WebAdvisor: (log-in required) Registration for classes is available for currently enrolled, returning, and new students via WebAdvisor. To register via WebAdvisor, students must know their Titan Account username and password.

Please use the following checklist to review required steps prior to registration:

  • New students and students who have not attended GTCC in two years must apply to the college (see step 3).
  • Students must satisfy placement requirements for any course with a pre-requisite or co-requisite (see step 6). Pre-requisites and co-requisites can be found in this catalog at the end of individual course descriptions.
  • New and former students must complete Pre-Orientation (see step 8) and Orientation (see step 9).
  • Students should meet with an advisor to create a new academic plan or review an existing academic plan. Students attending orientation will create this plan in orientation.
  • Register via WebAdvisor. If you encounter difficulties registering via WebAdvisor, assistance is available in the Advising Center or Open Computer Lab.

See the Academic Information  section for important registration information regarding adding, dropping, refund dates, withdrawal from school, waiting lists, attendance, and no-show drop policy.

Step #11
Pay Tuition and Fees

Cashiers Office
(336) 334-4822 + extension
Jamestown: Medlin Campus Center #270, ext. 50083
High Point: H1, ext. 55083
Greensboro: Continuing Education Center #136, ext. 53012

College Tuition and Fees

After you have registered, you must pay your tuition and fees and any other financial obligations. You are responsible for buying books and supplies for your courses.

The amount of tuition is determined by residency and by the number of credit hours. Some classes require an additional course fee, and there may be other fees as well. More information about tuition and fees can be found at

Payment Deadlines

Payment for all tuition and fees is due on or before the published deadlines. Deadlines can be found at Your account balance must be paid by the deadline or you may lose your classes and owe tuition charges. Sponsor authorizations must be received before posted student payment deadlines.

Payment Options

The College offers the following payment options:

Option #1:

Pay all tuition and fees by the payment deadline

Option #2:

Tuition Deferment Program

The Tuition Deferment program is designed to assist students who do not have or are awaiting financial aid eligibility and need help with paying their tuition and fee charges. When they sign up for the tuition deferment program, qualified students can pay 50% of their tuition and fees charges on or before the payment deadline and pay for the other 50% approximately one month after classes begin. If a student does not repay the deferment on the agreed-upon date, the total deferment plus late fees will become due and payable immediately. Failure to repay the deferment will result in the student being denied selected student services. For more information about tuition deferment, visit

Option #3:

Financial Aid/Scholarships

If financial aid is not available by the first day of the term or does not completely cover tuition and fees, select option 1 or 2 in the preceding text. If a balance remains on a student account past the due date, the account is subject to late fees and collection costs.

Option #4:


Arrangements for payment by an agency or company must be preapproved by the college. The student is responsible to ensure that a payment authorization is on file before posted student payment deadlines. If authorizations are not received and no payments are made, students’ classes may be dropped for non-payment. Ultimately the student is responsible for payment of all unpaid charges, including late fees and third party service fees.

Option #5:

Tuition Payment Requirements for Veterans

Students who submit a Certificate of Eligibility from the VA to the school for Post 9/11 Chapter 33 will have their eligibility percentage of in-state tuition and fees paid to the school by the VA providing they have remaining entitlement. VA Vocational Rehabilitation Chapter 31, NC Children’s Scholarship, and Tuition Assistance students with current approval documents on file will have their tuition cost paid for by the respective entity sponsoring the student. All other GI Bill® Chapters and Veterans Programs are responsible for paying their tuition on the school’s payment due date.

Payment Types

All payments must be made in U.S. funds. Acceptable payment types include cash, check, money order, American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa. To avoid long lines at the Cashiers Office, students can pay their account balance with a credit or debit card through WebAdvisor. If paying in person, you must present two forms of identification, including at least one unexpired photo ID. Students paying by credit card in person must present the actual credit card to the cashier. If paying by check, the account holder’s name, address, and account number must be pre-printed on the check.

Student Financial Responsibility

By enrolling or having enrolled as a student at GTCC, students agree to be responsible for all charges on their student account and abide by the student account practices and policies. Students will be held accountable for understanding the practices and policies of college billing and collections. Detailed descriptions are provided on the Academic Information  section of this catalog. They include:

  • Billing and Collection Rights and Responsibilities
  • Student Account Statements
  • Past Due Accounts
  • Collections
  • Types of Fees
  • Refunds

This information is also available on the GTCC website:

Step #12
Get Your Student ID Card

Student Life Office
(336) 334-4822 + extension
Jamestown: Medlin Campus Center #132, ext. 50517
High Point: H1, ext. 55066
Greensboro: Continuing Education Center 101, ext. 53070

All students are required to have a student ID card. Student IDs are created on the Jamestown, High Point, and Greensboro campuses. To obtain a new student ID, you must present two forms of state or federally issued identification, one of which must be a photo ID; the other may be another state or federally issued identification such as your voter registration card, a passport, or birth certificate. The first student ID is free. If you need a replacement ID, you must first pay $5 at the Cashiers Office and bring the receipt as proof of payment. Student IDs are made only during periods when GTCC is accepting tuition payments for the current or upcoming semester.

Step #13
Purchase Books and Supplies

GTCC Bookstore
(336) 334-4822 + extension
Jamestown: Medlin Campus Center, First Floor, ext. 50050
High Point: H1, ext. 55061
Greensboro Bookstore/Cashiers Office: Continuing Education Center, First Floor, ext. 53011
Aviation Center: AV1 #153, ext. 59021

You can find your required textbooks online at or by visiting the GTCC bookstore on the campus where your program is based.

Step #14
Get Parking Pass

Campus Police
(336) 334-4822, ext. 52529
Jamestown: Medlin Campus Center #101
High Point: H1, Main Lobby
Greensboro: Continuing Education Center #148
Aviation Center: AV1 #119

Students can obtain their parking pass from campus police offices on the Jamestown, High Point, and Greensboro campuses or from the Aviation Center main office. Students can also retrieve a parking pass from the Cashiers Office on the Jamestown campus. The cost of a parking pass is included in the campus access, parking, and security fee.

The GTCC parking deck on the Jamestown campus requires a paid access card and permit for entry. Payment can be made at the Jamestown Cashiers Office. For more information, visit

Step #15
Go to Class!

Students are responsible for their attendance in classes for which they are enrolled. Non-attendance is not a basis for refund or nonpayment of tuition.

Degree Requirements

GTCC offers a wide variety of planned educational programs, called “curriculum” programs, which range in length from one semester to two years. These programs lead to certificates, diplomas, or associate’s degrees, depending on the nature of the curriculum. Curriculum programs include Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Fine Arts, Associate in Applied Science, Associate in General Education, diploma, and certificate programs. All curricula are subject to change.