Introduction to Craven Community College

Message from the President

Welcome to the 2021-2022 academic year at Craven Community College!

The road ahead is filled with abundant possibilities, and we are honored that you have chosen us to make the first step in your educational journey.

Our College is a dynamic one. Each year we introduce new academic programs that keep pace with our students’ evolving needs and aspirations. This year our newest programs include the Associate in Arts in Teacher Preparation and the Associate in Science in Teacher Preparation. The Volt Campus in downtown New Bern continues to expand with the addition of Diesel Technology programs and a state-of-the-art Law Enforcement Training Simulator. Our new Academic Support Center opened in January on the New Bern campus, and is designed for personalized tutoring, test preparation, and technology support.

The Academic Catalog provides a roadmap to help you navigate the programs and resources available at the College. Inside, you will find a broad range of educational opportunities that include university transfer, health programs, technical training, workforce development, and more. Whether you are pursuing a degree, diploma, certificate, or workforce development credential, our programs have been designed to help you succeed in local career opportunities and in the global job market.

We are here to provide you with education and skills that will open doors for a lifetime of success. On behalf of all the faculty and staff at Craven Community College, we are proud to have you join our family, and we look forward to celebrating your journey ahead.


Dr. Ray Staats

About Craven

Consistent with the North Carolina Community College System, the mission of the College is to open the door to high quality, accessible educational opportunities that minimize barriers to postsecondary education, maximize student success, and improve the lives and well-being of individuals.

Mission Statement

Craven Community College is a dynamic and responsive institution of higher education committed to improving and enriching individual lives and society through comprehensive, high quality and accessible learning opportunities that allow students to contribute and compete in a diverse and global community. We provide:

  • education, training and retraining for the workforce, including basic skills and literacy education, occupational and pre-baccalaureate programs;
  • support for economic development through services to and in partnership with business and industry; and
  • services to communities and individuals which improve the quality of life.

The College Fulfills Its Mission Through:

Adult General, Basic, and Secondary Education

Courses and services for students who desire to complete a high school equivalency credential or improve their adult basic education, literacy and English language skills, or for enrolled high school students seeking acceleration opportunities.

Cultural, Citizenship, and Community Enrichment

Activities, services, group travel and special projects in response to cultural needs and quality of life interests of community populations and for the leisure enjoyment and enrichment of adults and youth served.

College Readiness Studies

Courses and services for students in need of further growth and development of academic and basic skills preparation for acceptance into a curriculum and to succeed in college programs.

Economic/Workforce Development Education and Special Training

Customized courses specifically designed for, and in collaboration with, business, industry and the military including workforce readiness, job enhancement and technical skill development.

Career and Technical Education

Programs, courses and services for students who plan to enter the workforce or upgrade their career training, professional skills and work performance.

Student Development

Programs and services to support and enhance student academic, career and personal skill development and growth, and assure success for diverse and ever-changing student populations.

University-Parallel Education

Programs and coursework for the freshman and sophomore years of an undergraduate education for students who plan to continue studies toward the baccalaureate or pursue postsecondary liberal arts studies.

Vision Statement

We are Craven County’s first choice for teaching and learning

About Craven Community College

Craven Community College serves Craven County’s 103,000 residents and its military population through comprehensive credit and non-credit learning opportunities. The College plays a significant role in the county’s education, training and enrichment needs.

With campuses in both New Bern and Havelock, as well as a strong presence at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, Craven CC is committed to meeting Eastern North Carolina’s education and training needs. The college offers a wide range of associate degree and certificate programs, college transfer courses, career readiness offerings, partnerships with numerous four-year universities, developmental studies, and College & Career Readiness. The College’s workforce training capabilities also include the Volt Center, a campus located in New Bern that specializes in trades such as carpentry, welding, plumbing, HVAC, and masonry.

In addition to offering traditional seated classes in New Bern, Havelock and at Cherry Point, Craven has a robust distance education program that allows students to take courses online. The college has several degree, diploma and certificate programs that can be completed online.

Craven enrolls about 4,000 students in its curriculum (credit) educational programs each year. More than 12,000 students are served in the college’s Workforce Development programs annually.

Craven offers two-year associate degrees, including Associate in Arts, Associate in Fine Arts in Visual Arts, Associate in Fine Arts in Music, Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science and Associate in General Education. The college also offers a number of diploma and certificate options, particularly in its technical programs. High school students can enroll in some college-level courses at Craven at no cost. Students should consult their high school guidance counselors for more information.

Craven has agreements that enable students to earn Baccalaureate Degrees from four-year public and private colleges and universities.

Accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, academic credits can be earned through full- or part-time study in the day, evening or online.

The New Bern Campus is home to Craven Early College, while the Havelock Campus is home to Early College EAST. High school freshmen who remain enrolled in these innovative programs for five years are able to graduate with both their high school diploma and their two-year associate degree or two years of transferable college credit at no cost.

Consistent with its mission to meet the higher education and training needs of students, the College is committed to academic excellence, customer service, and leadership. With the support of faculty and staff and comprehensive support services, each of our students is provided hope, opportunity, and preparation for both a career and a productive life.


Craven Community College was created as an extension of Lenoir Community College by the 1965 North Carolina General Assembly. Granted independent status as Craven Technical Institute in 1967, the college was served by Dr. Thurman Brock as President in the historic Harvey House in downtown New Bern. In 1971, the college moved its operations to its present 100-acre location, and in 1973 the Institute was granted community college status. That same year, the College opened an office on the Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station. In January 2004, the 24-acre Havelock Campus, including the Institute of Aeronautical Technology, opened for classes.

The College has been served by five Presidents: Dr. Thurman Brock, Dr. Steve Redd, Dr. Scott Ralls, Dr. Catherine Chew, and, currently, Dr. Raymond Staats.

Community colleges have their own local Boards of Trustees. Four members each are elected by the local school board and the board of County Commissioners, while four members are appointed by the Governor.

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