Campus Life

While academics are of primary importance at the College, learning and development outside the classroom are also critical. For that reason, participation in student organizations is encouraged. Students wishing to join a club should contact the faculty advisor for that club. Names of club advisors can be obtained in Student Services or from the College website. All student organizations must be approved by the administration and the Campus Life Coordinator. Each organization must meet and adhere to the criteria and procedures established by the administration and SGA.

The following are active clubs:

Automotive Technology Club –The purposes of the Automotive Technology Club are: (1) to promote professional competency among students who are training to be automotive technicians; (2) to research, coordinate, and provide opportunities for educational field trips to observe and learn about various aspects of the automotive industry; (3) to host guest speakers/instructors from the automotive industry in order to become informed about current trends and new products; and (4) to assist club members in finding industry-related jobs within the local area.

Craven Outdoors – Through this organization students will encourage other students to go outdoors while engaging in the community and helping to conserve the wilderness around them. The purposes of Craven Outdoors are (1) to create an outlet for community engagement and involvement; (2) to raise awareness of wildlife conservation and preservation; (3) to actively participate in campus and community volunteer opportunities; (4) to venture the outdoors and find enjoyment in nature; (5) to educate participants on the physical and mental health benefits of outdoor activities; and (6) to nurture physical fitness for participants through outdoor activities.

Craven CC Hurst Student Ambassadors -The Student Ambassadors are selected to represent the college at various community and student events. Students selected for the scholarship program must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 to be eligible to apply, have recommendations from the faculty and staff, and be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours.

ENCORE! - ENCORE! is Craven Community College’s singing ambassadors group that perform at the college and throughout the community.

Gaming Club - The purposes of the Gaming Club are (1) to promote interest in Magic the Gathering and other social games that develop math, reading, problem solving and critical thinking; (2) to provide
opportunities to play at organized events with club members and the community; and (3) to provide social interactions; including opportunities to teach games to interested parties.

Global Club - The students of the Global Club at Craven Community College will celebrate diversity and cultures both at home and abroad. The purposes of this club are: (1) to share information about cultures. (2) to promote open-mindedness and diversity; (3) to create a more inclusive environment for all students at our institution; and (4) to provide fundraising opportunities for students who wish to participate in a Craven CC Study Abroad Trip in order to further their global understanding across international borders.

H.I.T. Club - The purposes of the Health Information Technology Club are (1) to provide the opportunity for leadership training in service; (2) to promote good fellowship and high scholarship; (3) to practice the application of the highest social, business and professional standards; (4) to provide a platform enabling student participation in local and state association meetings; and (5) to provide networking opportunities with fellow students, faculty, staff and community businesses.

Kappa Beta Delta – Kappa Beta Delta membership is available exclusively to students whose grade point average places them in the top 10% of programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) (accounting, business administration, entrepreneurship, information technology). KBD’s purposes are to encourage and recognize scholarship and accomplishment among students of business management and administration pursuing associate degrees, and to encourage and promote personal and professional improvement and a life distinguished by honorable service to humankind.

Math & Engineering Club – The Math/Engineering Club promotes interest in the Math and Engineering fields. We plan trips each semester to local manufacturing plants to see how our studies in the science fields are being used in a career setting. During its meetings, the club offers many opportunities to build and design items including catapults, paper airplanes, and bridges. We also participate in a yearly state-wide math competition for community college students.

Panthers Baseball Club – The Panthers Baseball Club is the official baseball athletic team/club of Craven Community College. All players must be full-time students and meet the eligibility of the National Club Baseball Association (NCBA), which is the governing association in which the club plays. Any eligible student is encouraged to try out for the team at the beginning of each semester.

Physical Therapist Assistant Club - The purposes of the Physical Therapist Club are (1) to encourage and promote awareness in the field of Physical Therapy within the college and the community; and (2) To assist the club members in continuing professional growth.

Phi Theta Kappa - Phi Theta Kappa is recognized as the official honor society for community colleges by the American Association of Community Colleges. Eligible students must achieve a minimum GPA of 3.5 and have 12 hours of college credit that can be used toward an associate degree. PTK exists to encourage and support the complementary ideas of scholarship and leadership. Through charitable projects and student activities, PTK allows members to cultivate a positive image for Craven Community College within their own community.

Science Club - The purposes of the Science Club are (1) to promote an interest in the sciences; (2) to experience the sciences above and beyond the classroom setting; (3) to provide career information; and (4) to enhance the involvement of science students within Craven Community College.

SkillsUSA Organization - The purposes of the SkillsUSA Organization are (1) to assist vocational trade, industrial, technical and health occupational students in their academic growth and development; (2) to unite students in a common bond without regard to race, sex, religion, creed or national origin; (3) to develop local SkillsUSA members with leadership abilities through participation in educational, vocational, civic, recreation and social activities; (4) to foster a deep respect for the dignity of work; (5) to assist students in establishing realistic vocational goals; (6) to promote high standards in all phases of occupational endeavor including trade ethics, workmanship, scholarship and safety; (7) to plan, organize and carry out projects through the use of the democratic process; and (8) to foster a wholesome understanding of the functions of labor and management organizations.

Student Government Association – The SGA acts as a representative of Craven CC and the N4CSGA, upholds a philosophy of teaching and learning through campus activities, develops continued connections amongst the clubs and organizations of Craven CC and is an active, responsive resource for the student body. The SGA has scholarship opportunities for Executive Board members.

Student Nursing Association - The purposes of the Student Nursing Association shall be the encouragement of scholarship, the development of leadership, the promotion of service and the
cultivation of fellowship among members. Any student enrolled in the Nursing Program may be a member of the club.

TRIO- The purpose of the TRIO Leadership Club is (1) to develop leadership abilities through the participation in educational, vocational, civic, recreational, and social activities; (2) to develop the ability of students to plan together, organize and carry out worthy activities and projects through the use of democratic process; (3) to emphasize the importance of continuous education consistent to the needs of the individual and requirements of his/her chosen occupation; (4) to help students obtain a purposeful life; (5) to create enthusiasm for learning.; and (6) to unite in a common bond without regard to race, sex, religion, creed, or national origin.

Welding Club - The purposes of the Welding Club are (1) to promote professional competency by providing opportunities for club members to serve together productively on practical and artistic projects; and (2) to create a joint effort between faculty and students that allow members to refine their skills while increasing their understanding of welding principles.

Each year new clubs and organizations are formed by students with different interests. Contact the Campus Life Coordinator in the Ward Hall.

First-Year Experience

The college is committed to making sure that each student succeeds and wants their college experience to be rewarding.  First-year students are encouraged to take advantage of the wonderful resources that Craven CC provides to ensure they are successful as college students. The First-Year Experience offers:

  • New Student Orientation Sessions (on-campus and online.)
  • ACA College Student Success Courses
    (ACA 111, and ACA 122)
  • Peer mentors in ACA classes and the advising center
  • First-Year Advising
  • Student Success Workshops
  • First-Year Events to promote student engagement

Additional information on the first-year experience at Craven CC can be found on the website.

Philosophy of the First Year

Craven Community College believes the first-year experience is critical to the academic success and personal growth of our students as it is the foundation upon which future educational endeavors are built. Craven is committed to creating a comprehensive first-year experience program that integrates students into the college community as engaged learners and participants in campus life and facilitates their transition to college.

To reach this goal, we are committed to creating:

  • A welcoming environment both in and outside of the classroom that is sensitive to individual needs, backgrounds and experiences of all first-year students.
  • Connections across campus and points of contact for students with faculty, staff and experienced students.
  • A vibrant student-learning community that challenges and inspires students to actively engage in learning, achieve their maximum potential and become independent, life-long learners.

The college recognizes this commitment obligates all members of the Craven community to cooperatively and intentionally structure their programs, activities and services to promote first-year success.

Fitness Center

A Fitness Center for students and staff is located in Ward Hall on the New Bern Campus. Credit wellness and activity classes are offered in the Fitness Center along with “open lab” hours designated throughout the week. Free weights, yoga DVDs, and various exercise equipment are available for use.

Military Affairs Resources Center
(Havelock Campus)

The Military Affairs Resources Center (MARC) was established specifically to address the unique academic, financial and social needs of active military members and veterans transitioning from warrior to student. Craven Community College is committed to providing military-affiliated students with quality assistance and guidance throughout their academic career. The MARC provides one-on-one assistance to ensure that the college’s current and former military students have a positive college experience. Our faculty and staff want you to feel supported every step of the way. Balancing college life with career and personal responsibilities can be very challenging. The MARC staff members are happy to assist you in handling these challenges and getting the most out of your college education.

Food Service

Food service is available in Ward Hall on the New Bern campus through Craven Coffee House and Cafe. Vending machines are located in the Ward Hall hallway and the Redd Building lounge. Coffee, soda and snacks can be purchased in the Bookstore.

Bookstore

Follett Higher Education Group operates bookstores at both the New Bern campus and the Havelock campus, where students may purchase textbooks, supplies, and other items. The Havelock campus has limited service, generally prior to and during the first few days of each semester.

The cost of textbooks and other materials varies. Students may return books for a refund within seven business days of class. Books purchased after the first day of class may be returned within two business days from the date of the receipt. An appropriate register receipt must accompany all books returned to the bookstore. Used or damaged books will not be accepted for return.

Textbooks for some courses are on reserve in the library for limited use.

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