Dec 06, 2022  
2022-23 Gaston College Catalog 
2022-23 Gaston College Catalog

Student Information


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 2022. General College information and/or specific program information may have changed since this catalog was printed.

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About the College

Celebrating over 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
704.748.5200 • FAX 704.748.1074

Kimbrell Campus & Textile Technology Center

7220 Wilkinson Blvd.
Belmont, NC 28012
704.825.3737• FAX 704.825.7303

Gaston College Website Address

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Telephone Numbers

Dallas Campus


  Admissions 704.922.6232
  Bookstore 704.922.6428
  Business Office 704.922.6414
  Educational Partnerships 704.922.2424
  Counseling 704.922.6220
  Financial Aid 704.922.6227
  Gaston Early College High School 704.922.2408
  Gaston College Early College Medical Science 704.922.8480
  Student Development 704.922.6312
  Learning Center 704.922.6349
  Student Records & Registration/Transcripts 704.922.6232
  Sponsorship Office 704.922.6410
  TRiO Student Support Services 704.922.2363
  TRiO Upward Bound 704.922.2286
  Writing Center 704.922.2369
  WSGE Radio 704.922.6552

Academic Affairs Division Offices


  Arts & Sciences 704.922.6310
  Business & Information Tech 704.922.6263
  Engineering & Industrial Education Technology 704.922.6295
  Health and Human Services 704.922.6379
    Dallas 704.922.6356
    Lincoln 704.748.5208
    Kimbrell 704.825.6278

Lincoln Campus 


  Office of the Dean 704.748.5213
  Admissions and Financial Aid 704.748.5214
  Bookstore 704.748.5233
  Business Office 704.748.5211
  Counseling 704.748.5209

Kimbrell Campus


  Office of the Dean 704.825.6272
  Bookstore 704.825.6280
  Business Office 704.825.6255
  Student Affairs 704.825.4269

Economic and Workforce Development


  Apprenticeship 321 704.922.6521
  Customized Training 704.748.5259
  Criminal Justice Academy 704.922.6531
  Department for EMS Education 704.922.6241
  Fire and Rescue Training 704.922.6257
  Small Business Center 704.922.6447
  Work Based Learning 704.922.6212
  Workforce Development 704.922.2244

Adult Education

  High School Equivalency 704.922.6320
  Adult High School Diploma 704.748.5206
or 704.748.5205
  Basic Skills Plus 704.922.2268
  English as a Second Language 704.922.6319
  WIOA (NCWorks) NextGen 704.923.8410

Mission Statement

Gaston College is dedicated to providing flexible, high-quality and accessible learning opportunities that are relevant and responsive to diverse regional, community and student 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 Arts in Teacher Preparation (A.A.T.P.), Associate in Science (A.S.), Associate in Science in Teacher Preparation (A.S.T.P.), Associate in Fine Arts in Visual Arts (A.F.A.), Associate in Engineering (A.E.), and Associate in General Education-Nursing (A.G.E.-N.) 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. Modifications to the North Carolina Performance Measures and Standards were made in 2007 and 2012, reducing the number to eight (8) measures. In 2016, the measures were modified, reduced to seven (7) and were adopted by the General Assembly through section 10.1 of S.L.2016-94. Recommendations from the most recent review were approved in 2018. The results are published annually by the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) on the NCCCS web page at



2022 Gaston College
Performance Measures Results



1. Basic Skills Student Progress

A 0.283 weighted index score of Basic Skills periods of participation (POP) with a measurable skills gain (MSG)

0.720 weighted index score. 



2. Student success rate in college level English

A 0.747 weighted index score of first-time fall associate degree seeking and transfer pathway students will successfully complete a credit-bearing English course with a “C” or better within three years.

0.998 weighted index score. 



3. Student success rate in college level Math

A 0.662 weighted index score of first-time fall associate degree seeking and transfer pathway students will successfully complete a credit-bearing math course with a “C” or better within three years.

0.895 weighted index score. 



4. First year progression

A 0.872 weighted index score of first-time full credential-seeking curriculum students will graduate prior to or enroll in postsecondary education the subsequent fall semester.

1.069 weighted index score. 



5. Curriculum completion

A 0.853 weighted index score of first-time fall credential-seeking curriculum students will graduate, transfer, or be still enrolled during the fourth academic year with 42 successfully completed non-developmental hours.

1.012 weighted index score. 



6. Licensure and certification passing rate

A 0.800 weighted index score of first-time test-taker results on licensure and certification exams. 

1.017 weighted index score. 



7. College Transfer Performance

A 0.922 weighted index score of Associate Degree completers and those who have completed 30 or more articulated transfer credits who subsequently transfer to a 4-year college or university during the fall semester will have graduated or remain enrolled at any 4-year college or university in the subsequent fall.

0.966 weighted index score. 




Notification of Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity

In accordance with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; 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, it is the policy of Gaston College to maintain a professional working and learning environment in which individuals are accorded respect, regardless of their differences, which includes ensuring that all persons are given equal opportunity in employment and educational programs and activities, and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex or sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, disability, age, or veterans’ status.

Inquiries regarding equal opportunity should be directed to: Chief Administrative Officer (Employees) or Vice President for Student Affairs (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. 2021-2022 tuition rates subject to change pending legislative action and approval.

Academic Calendar

Please view the Academic Calendar under Quick Links at under Students.

Student Right to Know

The Student Right to Know Act requires an institution that participates in any student financial assistance program under Title IX of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (as amended) to disclose information about graduation rates to current and prospective students. The average rate of persistence toward degree completion by students at Gaston College is available in the Student Records Office and is also available on the Consumer Information page at The College also complies with the other reporting requirements of the Federal Right to Know and Campus Security Act.

Accreditations and Memberships

Gaston College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges 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. Students with institution or program accreditation questions should contact the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.