Both credit and noncredit classes are offered at Randolph Community College, which is situated near the geographic center of North Carolina, adjacent to the ancient mountains in the area known as the Uwharries. The College is located at 629 Industrial Park Avenue in Asheboro. To reach the Asheboro Campus take the McDowell Road exit off Highway 220 Bypass (I-73/I-74), just south of the interchange with Highways 64 and 49. The College is 26 miles south of Greensboro, North Carolina, and Interstate Highways 40 and 85, making it accessible from all parts of the state.
Randolph Community College, a member institution of the North Carolina Community College System, is a public, two-year, comprehensive, community college established to serve the citizens of Randolph County. The College began operation in 1962 as a joint city-county industrial education center under the direction of the Trades and Industrial Division, Department of Vocational Education. The North Carolina legislature in 1963 established a separate system of community colleges and the College became part of that system.
Since opening its doors in 1962 as Randolph Industrial Education Center, the College has seen many changes including:
- Three name changes — Randolph Technical Institute, Randolph Technical College, and Randolph Community College,
- Facilities expansion — from 33,000 square feet to more than 384,000 square feet in three locations (Asheboro Campus, Archdale Center, and the Emergency Services Training Center)
- Enrollment growth — from 75 students in 1962 to more than 3,700 credit students and more than 9,000 noncredit students in the 2010-2011 academic year.
The College is approved by the North Carolina Community College System under the State Board of Community Colleges, as specified in Chapter 115D of the General Statutes of North Carolina. The College Board of Trustees has been granted authority to award the Associate in Applied Science, Associate in Arts, and Associate in Science degrees, vocational diplomas, and certificates by the North Carolina Community College System and the State Board of Community Colleges.
Continuing Education curricula include a state-approved Adult High School Diploma program, General Educational Development program, and a variety of preparatory level programs. Degree, diploma, and preparatory programs (including high school) are approved for veterans.
As a member of the North Carolina Community College System, Randolph Community College offers occupational and adult education to meet the educational needs of the youth and adults served by the College. The College accepts men and women for enrollment in a wide variety of subjects designed to meet the changing technology and complex social development of its community.