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Accreditation and Recognition

North Carolina Community College System

Isothermal Community College, a member of the North Carolina Community College System, is a comprehensive, two-year, public institution that serves the individuals in Rutherford and Polk Counties. The College offers individual courses and certificate, diploma, and degree programs that enable students to transfer to four-year institutions or to acquire skills for new or continued employment, as well as to function effectively as citizens in our society. In addition, the College provides training for area business and industry, personal enrichment courses, remedial and developmental courses, and community service activities.

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SACSCOC Accredited InsitutionIsothermal Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award certificates, diplomas, and associate degrees.  Questions about the accreditation of Isothermal Community College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA  30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (

As a requirement for on-going accreditation, member colleges must go through an accreditation reaffirmation process every ten years. This means that college personnel review policies and practices of the College to ensure that operations are in compliance with SACSCOC principles.


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Quality Enhancement Project (QEP)

"The Start Strong. Finish Stronger." Initiative (SSFS) focuses on increasing students’ abilities to set a realistic, time-bound goal—degree completion.

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Licensed Programs:

  • The Associate Degree Nursing Program and Practical Nursing Program have been approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing.
  • The Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) Program is approved by the NC Criminal Justice Educational and Training Standards Commission (NCCJTSC).
  • The Cosmetology Program is approved by the North Carolina State Board of Cosmetic Arts.

Contact for information

Institutional Assessment
Administration, 215

Office: 828-395-4194
Department Directory

Office hours

8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Subject to change depending on availability.