Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) is the third largest of North Carolina’s 58 public community colleges.
Established in 1961 in Fayetteville, North Carolina, FTCC serves more than 27,000 students (unduplicated) in a wide variety of Curriculum and Corporate and Continuing Education programs. Courses are offered in person on two campuses and at six other off-site locations in Cumberland County and also online, in both synchronous and asynchronous settings. The student population includes dual-enrollment high school students, recent high school graduates pursuing university-transfer pathways, and adults seeking to improve their lives through college education, career training and/or classes that meet their personal interests.
Two-thirds of FTCC’s Curriculum students are enrolled on a part-time basis, reflecting a common need to juggle classes with the demands of work and family.
FTCC is a minority-serving institution, with just over 50 percent of its student body listed as non-white. More than half of FTCC’s students are female.
Many FTCC students are connected with the military, including active-duty service members, veterans and military family members. FTCC has partnerships with Fort Bragg, the nation’s largest military installation, which is primarily located in Cumberland County. FTCC typically ranks highly on lists of educational institutions that provide services to the military. In March of 2022, the College was named the No. 1 Military Friendly School in the nation among large community colleges. It ranked third among two-year colleges in the most recent Best for Vets list. And it is a Top Ten Military Spouse Friendly School.
Among other accolades and successes, FTCC has been recognized by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education. The College is home to a Red Hat Academy and has been recognized frequently by that company, including receipt of the Red Hat Training Academy Innovator’s Award in 2020, the Red Hat Training Academy Director’s Award in 2020-21 and the Red Hat Training Academy Director’s Award for an Instructor for 2020-21. In 2019, the College was named a National Cyber Security Alliance Champion. It was also named the Academic Innovator of the Year in 2019 by EC-Council, an organization committed to expanding cybersecurity career paths in higher education.
FTCC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and was reaffirmed in December 2021, demonstrating compliance with the SACSCOC Principles of Accreditation and approval of a Quality Enhancement Plan. The College is preparing for its fifth-year interim report.
FTCC is proud to offer high-quality affordable courses whose schedules, locations and purposes are designed to fit the needs of the College’s varied student population and the needs of the local and regional economy. The College partners with employers, government agencies, nonprofit groups and other educational institutions to offer many pathways to good careers and bright futures.
In response to expressed societal needs, FTCC is currently expanding several of its healthcare programs, including nursing and respiratory therapy. As part of these plans, FTCC is establishing a new, state-of-the-art Nursing Educational and Simulation Center. The College is planning to greatly expand its current CDL offerings by building a regional truck driving center. The College is also in the process of building a regional fire and rescue training center which will include many different fire and rescue training facilities on the property. The property will also include one of the first and only indoor swift water rescue training facilities in the nation. The fire and rescue training center and swift water rescue training center are expected to draw students from across the state and the southeast region, if not the country.