Jul 20, 2024  
2016-17 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 2016. 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
704.748.200 • 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 www.gaston.edu

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Telephone Numbers

Dallas Campus


  Admissions 704.922.6232  
  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  
  Gaston Early College High School 704.922.2408  
  Office of the Registrar/Student Records/Transcripts 704.922.6232  
  Sponsorship Office 704.922.6410  
  Writing Center 704.922.2369  

Academic Affairs Division Offices


  Liberal Arts & Sciences 704.922.6311  
  Business & Information Tech    
  Cooperative Education 704.922.6263  
  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  
    Dallas 704.922.6356  
    Lincoln 704.748.1050  
    Kimbrell 704.825.6278  
  WSGE Radio 704.922.6552  

Lincoln Campus 


  Office of the Dean 704.748.5213  
  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  

Economic and Workforce Development/ Continuing Education


  Office of VP for Economic and Workforce Development 704.922.6476  
  Occupational and Continuing Education 704.922.6251  
  Traffic School 704.922.6353  
  Business and Industry Training Services 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  
  Human Resources Development 704.922.6546  

Adult Education

  High School Equivalency 704.922.6320
or 704.748.5206
  Adult High School Diploma 704.922.6319
or 704.748.5205
  Basic Skills Plus 704.922.2268  
  English as a Second Language 704.922.6318  
  WIOA Youth Works 704.923.8409  

Mission Statement

Gaston College is an open-door public community college, located in Gaston and Lincoln counties, that promotes student success and access to lifelong learning through high-quality, flexible, 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 N.C. 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.  The results are published annually by the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) on the NCCCS Web page at http://www.nccommunitycolleges.edu/analytics.



Performance Measures


Basic Skills Student Progress 34.5% of basic skills students will show progress as defined by an educational functioning level. 57.1% of basic skills students at Gaston College showed progress. Yes

Credit English Success

23.8% of first-time Associate Degree seeking and transfer pathway students will succesfully complete a credit-bearing English course with a “C” or better within their first two academic years

The success rate for Gaston College was 54.9%.


Credit Math Success

10.1% of first-time Associate Degree seeking and transfer pathway students will successfully complete a credit-bearing Math course with a “C” or better within their first two academic years

The success rate for Gaston College was 25.4%.


First Year Progression


54.1% of first‐time fall credential‐seeking students attempting at least twelve hours within their first academic year will successfully complete (“C” or better) at least twelve of those hours.

71.1% successfully completed at least twelve hours.


Curriculum Completion

35.9% of first‐time fall credential‐seeking students will graduate, transfer, or will be still enrolled with 36 non-developmental hours after six years.

40.5% of GC students meet these criteria.


Licensure and Certification Pass Rates

The aggregate passing rate of first time test‐takers on licensure and certification exams will be 69.9%.

The aggregate score for Gaston College was 90.7%.


College Transfer Performance


Among associate degree completers and those who have completed 30 or more credit hours who transfer to a four‐ year college, 65.1% will earn a GPA of 2.25 or better after two consecutive semesters at the transfer institution.

79.7% earned a GPA of 2.25or better.



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 or complaints concerning the College’s affirmative action/equal opportunity policy should be directed to the following individuals: Human Resources Director (Employees) or Vice President for Studen tAffairs and Enrollment Management (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. 2014-2015 tuition rates subject to change pending legislative action and approval.

2016-2017 Academic Calendar

Fall Semester 2016

August 18 Last Day Registration-Fall (6:00am online/8:00 am - 6:00 pm in person)/Payment Due
August 19 Convocation/Student Break
August 22 First Day of Fall Classes
August 31 Last Day to Drop Classes with a 75% Refund or Audit Fall Semester
September 5 College Closed: Holiday
September 20 Financial Aid Checks Mailed
October 10-11 Faculty/Student Break (college closes at 4 pm)
October 24-January 5 Spring Advising/Registration-Returning Students
November 11 Last Day to Petition for Spring 2016 Graduation
November 9-January 5 Spring Advising/Registration-New Students Begins
November 23 Faculty/Student Break (college closes at 1 pm)
November 24-25 College Closed: Holiday
December 12-16 Final Exam Week/December 16 Last Day of Class
December 15 Pay Tuition & Fees for Spring Semester by 5pm
December 19 Grades Due
December 19-20 Faculty/Student Break (college closes at 3 pm on 12/20/16)
December 21-31 College Closed: Holiday

Spring Semester 2017

January 1 College Closed: Holiday
January 2-4 Faculty Break
January 2-6 Student Break
January 5 Last Registration Day Spring (6:00 am online/8:00 am - 6:00pm in person)/Payment Due
January 9 First Day of Spring Classes
January 16 College Closed: Holiday
January 20 Last Day to Drop Classes with a 75% Refund or Audit for Spring Semester
February 9 Financial Aid Checks Mailed
February 10 Last Day to Petition for Spring Commencement Ceremony for Summer Graduates  
February 27-March 3 Faculty/Student Break (college closes at 4pm)
March 13 Faculty/Student Break (college closes at 4pm)
March 15 Student Break/Professional Development Day
April 13 Faculty/Student Break (college closes at 4pm)
April 14-17
College Closed: Holiday
April 19 Last Day to Petition for Summer Graduation
April 25-May 18 Advising & Registration for Summer & Fall: Returning Students Begins
May 3-May 18 Summer Advising/Registration-New Students Begins
May 8-12 Final Exam Week/May 12 Last Day of Class
May 11
Pay Tuition & Fees for Summer Semester by 5 pm
May 12 Graduation, Bojangles Arena 4pm/Grades Due
May 15-19 Faculty/Student Break
May 16 University Visting Student Day
May 22
Start Summer Flex Schedule - Monday-Thursday, 8 am - 6 pm

Summer Semester 2017

May 18 Last Registration Day Summer (online 6:00am/8:00 am - 6:00 pm in person)/Payment Due
May 22 First Day of Frist 5 Week and 10 Week Session Classes  
May 24 Last Day to Drop Classes with a 75% Refund or Audit - (First 5 Weeks)  
May 29 College Closed: Holiday
May 30 Last Day to Drop Classes with a 75% Refund or Audit - (10 Weeks)
June 22 Financial Aid Checks Mailed
June 22 Last Day of First 5 Week Classes
June 26 First Day of Second Summer Session
June 28
Last Day to Drop Classes with a 75% Refund or Audit - (Second 5 Weeks)
July 3 Faculty/Student Break
July 4 College Closed: Holiday
July 5-6 Faculty/Student Break
July 11 Fall Advising/Registration-New Students Begins
July 13 Last Day to Petition for Fall Graduation
August 3 Last Day of Term/Fall Payment Due
August 7 Grades Due
August 7-16 Faculty/Student Break
August 11 End Summer Flex Schedule (Return to Regular Schedule 8/14)
August 17-18 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 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.