Oct 05, 2023  
2012-2013 Gaston College Catalog 

Student Information


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About the College, Locations & Phone Numbers

The Gaston College Catalog is an annual publication which lists the academic policies and procedures. In addition, the catalog includes information on fees, curriculum requirements, and courses for over 100 programs of study, course descriptions, and a listing of administration, faculty, and staff at Gaston College. Publication notice: This edition of the Catalog was published May 2012. General College information and/or specific program information may have changed since this catalog was printed.

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About the College

Celebrating nearly 50 years of service, Gaston College is one of 58 community colleges in the North Carolina Community College System. In January 1963, the college was granted a charter by the State of North Carolina, and began its first classes in temporary headquarters in September 1964. The college moved to its permanent campus on Highway 321 between Dallas and Gastonia two months later. Serving both Gaston and Lincoln counties, Gaston College enrolls over 6,000 students each term in curriculum programs and averages over 16,000 students annually in its Economic and Workforce Development/Continuing Education programs.

Gaston College Campuses and Phone/Fax Numbers

Gaston College (Main)
Dallas Campus 

201 Highway 321South
Dallas, NC 28034-1499
704.922.6200 • FAX 704.922.2323

Lincoln Campus

P.O. Box 600
511S. Aspen St.
Lincolnton, NC 28093
704.748.200 • FAX 704.748.1074

Kimbrell Campus & Textile Technology Center

7220 Wilkinson Blvd.
Belmont, NC 28012
704.825.4000 • FAX 704.825.7303

Gaston College Website Address www.gaston.edu

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Telephone Numbers

Dallas Campus


  Admissions 704.922.6214  
  Bookstore 704.922.6428  
  Business Office 704.922.6414  
  Campus Cafe 704.922.6430  
  Class Auditor 704.922.6347  
  Counseling 704.922.6220  
  Financial Aid 704.922.6227  
  Office of the Registrar/Student Records/Transcripts 704.922.6232  
  Sponsorship Office 704.922.6410  
  Writing Center 704.922.2369  

Academic Affairs Division Offices


  Business & Information Tech 704.922.6263  
  Cooperative Education 704.922.6212  
  Educational Partnerships 704.922.6297  
  Engineering & Industrial Education Technology 704.922.6295  
  G-NET/TRiO 704.922.2363  
  Health Education 704.922.6379  
  Learning Center 704.922.6349  
  Liberal Arts & Sciences 704.922.6311  
    Dallas 704.922.6356  
    Lincoln 704.748.1050  
    Kimbrell 704.825.6278  
  WSGE Radio 704.922.6552  

Lincoln Campus 


  Office of the Dean 704.748.5200  
  Bookstore 704.748.5233  
  Business Office 704.748.5210  
  Counseling 704.748.5209  

Kimbrell Campus


  Office of the Dean 704.825.6272  
  Bookstore 704.825.6280  
  Business Office 704.825.6255  

Economic and Workforce Development/ Continuing Education


  Office of VP for Economic and Workforce Development 704.922.6476  
  Community Education 704.922.6251  
  Traffic School 704.922.6353  
  Corporate Education 704.922.6447  
  Criminal Justice Academy 704.922.6531  
  Department for EMS Education 704.922.6241  
  Fire and Rescue Training 704.922.6257  
  Small Business Center 704.922.6449  

Life Skills

  Adult Basic Education 704.922.6320  
  Adult High School Diploma 704.922.6319
or 704.748.5205
  Basic Skills Classes 704.922.6320  
  English as a Second Language 704.922.6318  
  Human Resources Dev 704.922.6547  

Mission Statement 

Gaston College is an open-door public community college, located in Gaston and Lincoln counties, that promotes student success and lifelong learning through high caliber, affordable, and comprehensive educational programs and services responding to economic and workforce development needs.

Activities in Support of the Mission

To accomplish its mission, the College:

  • Provides comprehensive Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree programs designed primarily to prepare students to enter the workforce.
  • Provides diploma and certificate programs consisting of a sequence of courses that frequently can be completed in one year or less by full-time students. These programs are intended for individuals seeking employment in a specific occupation.
  • Provides Associate in Arts (A.A.), Associate in Science (A.S.) and Associate in Fine Arts (A.F.A.) degree programs primarily designed to prepare students to transfer to a four-year college or university.
  • Provides developmental education to prepare students for entry into a degree, diploma, or certificate program.
  • Provides compensatory education, adult literacy, English as a Second Language, and high school diploma or equivalency for individuals seeking to improve basic skills, complete high school requirements, prepare for the workforce, or enter post-secondary education.
  • Provides continuing education programs for individual, personal, and professional development and for employee education and training to satisfy the skill development needs of business, industry, and public agencies.
  • Assures quality in all educational programs by measuring performance on a set of well established criteria and by identifying and analyzing program needs.
  • Assures quality instruction by establishing effective, innovative, and professional teaching practices; by frequent evaluation of instructor effectiveness, and by updating methods, materials, equipment and facilities.
  • Provides support services for all students, including specialized services for the disadvantaged, the handicapped and other special needs groups to enable student success.
  • Promotes positive relationships with public and private schools, colleges, and universities, and with business and industry.
  • Provides services that support community economic, educational, and cultural efforts, which promote cooperative relationships with the community.
  • Promotes accessibility to educational programs through off-campus course offerings and through distance-learning opportunities.

Performance Measures

In response to a mandate from the NC General Assembly (S.L. 1989; C. 752; S. 80), the State Board of Community Colleges adopted twelve (12) performance measures to ensure the effectiveness of community college programs and to provide public accountability. In 2007, the General Assembly approved modifications to the North Carolina Performance Measures and Standards, which reduced the number to eight (8) measures. The results are published annually by the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) on the NCCCS Web page at http://www.nccommunitycolleges.edu/Publications.

Performance Measure
Description Standard Gaston College
Progress of Basic Skills Students A composite measure that includes the percent of students progressing within a level of literacy, the percent of students completing a level entered or a predetermined goal, and the percent of students completing the level entered and advancing to a higher level. 75% 90% - Met
Passing Rates on Licensure and Certification Exams The percentage of first-time test takers from community colleges passing an examination required for North Carolina licensure or certification prior to practicing the profession. 80% aggregate

No exam with pass rate less than 70%

88% - Met

All exams met the performance measure

Performance of College Transfer Students The percentage of associate degree recipients and the students who transferred with 24 or more semester hours at a community colleges who had a GPA of 2.0 or higher after two semesters at a university. 83% 84.7% - Met
Passing Rates in Developmental Courses The percentage of students who complete developmental English, mathematics, or reading courses with a grade of “C” or better. 78% 83% - Met
Success Rate of Developmental Students in Subsequent College-Level Courses The percentage of students who take developmental courses and pass the subsequent college-level courses. 80% 90% - Met
Satisfaction of Program Completers and Non-Completers The proportion of graduates and early-leavers who are satisfied with the College’s programs and services. 90% 95% - Met
Curriculum Student Retention, Graduation and Transfer A composite indicator of students who complete a program or who continue enrollment elsewhere. 65% 67% - Met
Client Satisfaction with Customized Training Percentage of individuals who have received Small Business Center services from a community college indicating that their expectations have been met. 90% 97% - Met

Notification of Nondiscrimination

Gaston College is committed to affirmative action and equal opportunity in employment and educational programs and activities and does not discriminate against current or potential employees or students on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability. Gaston College supports protections under all applicable state and federal laws including but not limited to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) of 2008. Inquiries should be directed to the Director of Human Resources (Employees) or Director of Counseling (Students), 201 Highway 321 South, Dallas, NC 28034 or call 704.922.6200.

Right to Change

The Gaston College Board of Trustees and/or Administration of Gaston College reserves the right to change at any time, and without notice, graduation requirements, fees and other charges, curriculums, course structure and content, and other such matters as may be within its control, notwithstanding any information set forth in this catalog. Gaston College reserves the right to cancel classes due to insufficient enrollment. Course offerings approved after publication of this catalog are described in class schedules, which are issued each semester. 2012-2013 tuition rates subject to change pending legislative action and approval.

2012-2013 Academic Calendar

Fall Semester 2012

August 16 Late Fall Registration (8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.)
August 16-17 Student Break
August 17 Convocation
August 20 First Day of Fall Classes
August 30 Last Day to Drop Classes with a 75% Refund or Audit Fall Semester
September 3 College Closed: Holiday
October 8-9 Faculty/Student Break (college closes at 4 p.m.)
October 23 Last Day to Petition for Fall Graduation
November 7-15 Advising & Registration for Spring: Returning Students
November 14 Last Day to Withdraw - Fall Semester
November 21 Faculty/Student Break (college closes at 3 p.m.)
November 22-23 College Closed: Holiday
November 27 -
December 6
Advising & Registration for Spring: New & Returning Students
December 11-17 Final Exam Week
December 18 Last Day of Class/Grades Due
December 17 Last Day of Exams
December 17 Pay Tuition & Fees for Spring Semester by Noon
December 18 Last Day of Class/Grades Due
December 18-19 Faculty/Student Break (college closes at 3 p.m. on 12/19/12)
December 20-31 College Closed: Holiday

Spring Semester 2013

January 1 College Closed: Holiday
January 2-4 Faculty Break
January 2-8 Student Break
January 7 Late Spring Registration (8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.)
January 2-8 Student Break Only
January 9 First Day of Spring Classes
January 18 Last Day to Drop Classes with a 75% Refund or Audit for Spring Semester
January 21 College Closed: Holiday
February 11 Last Day to Petition for Spring Graduation
February 20 On Wednesday Attend Monday Class
February 21-22
Faculty/Student Break (college closes at 4 p.m.)
March 25-28 Faculty/Student Break (college closes at 4 p.m.)
March 29-April 1 College Closed
April 10-18 Advising & Registration for Summer: Returning Students
April 16 Last Day to Withdraw or Audit Spring Semester
April 22-26 Advising & Registration for Summer: New & Returning Students (Ends at 12 noon on 4/26)
May 1 On Wednesday Attend Monday Classes
May 8-14 Final Exam Week
May 13 Start Summer Flex Schedule - Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
May 14
Pay Tuition & Fees for Summer Semester by Noon/Last Day of Class
May 15 Graduation/Grades Due
May 16-24 Faculty/Student Break


Summer Semester 2013

May 22 Late Summer Registration (8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
May 27 College Closed: Holiday
May 28 First Day of Full/First Summer Session Classes
May 29 Last Day to Drop Classes with a 75% Refund - First Session
June 3 Last Day to Drop Classes with a 75% Refund - Full Session
June 10 Last Day to Petition for Summer Graduation
June 11-20 Advising & Registration for Fall: Returning Students
June 17 Last Day to Withdraw  - First Session
June 26 Last Day to Drop Classes with a 75% Refund - Second Session
June 27 Last Day of First Summer Session Classes
July 1 First Day of Second Summer Session
July 4 College Closed: Holiday (July 4 week is not a faculty student break)
July 8-24 Advising & Registration for Fall: New & Returning Students
July 15 Last Day to Withdraw or Audit-Full Summer Semester Classes
July 24 Last Day to Withdraw  - Second Summer Semester Classes
August 1
Pay Tuition & Fees for Fall Semester by Noon/Last Day of Summer Classes
August 2 Last Day of Class – Summer Semester
August 5 Grades Due
August 5-14 Faculty/Student Break
August 9 End Summer Flex Schedule (Return to Regular Schedule 8/12)
August 15-16 Student Break

Student Right to Know

The average rate of persistence toward degree completion by students at Gaston College is available in the Student Records Office.

Accreditations and Memberships

Gaston College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Gaston College. The Commission on Colleges should be contacted only on matters related to the accreditation status of Gaston College and not for general College information.

The College’s diploma, certificate, Associate, and Applied Science Degree Programs are accredited by national accreditation boards, commissions, or service agencies. Additionally, the College is in good standing with over 20 institutional memberships.