Isothermal Community College, located in Spindale, North Carolina, was founded in 1964 to provide service in the form of education and career training to the counties of Rutherford and Polk. The school plays an important role in community development, providing a local radio station through WNCW, a Performing arts center that continually hosts plays, concerts and other events, and supports academic development of high school students through courses that allow a part of their education to be taken at the college. Additionally, the school operates an alternative high school known as the REaCH School (Rutherford Early College High) that provides a mixture of high school and college courses.
Isothermal Community College offers programs in a variety of fields that provide career training and academic transfer opportunities, with most programs take between one and two years to complete, resulting in an associate degree or career training certificate. Career training programs prepare individuals for work in a particular field by providing the skills and abilities necessary to become professional in the workplace. Students will participate in practical courses alongside more traditional classroom course to provide practical experience that is beneficial in the workplace. Upon graduating a program the earned degree or certificate will demonstrate competence in one's field of study, allowing for the immediate pursuit of employment.
Academic transfer programs prepare students for entry into a four year program by providing the lower division courses offered during the first two years, at low cost, followed by the transfer of credits to a college or university to complete a bachelor's degree in one's desired field of study. Students may find it easier to transfer to public North Carolina Institutions through transfer agreements in place with the school. Individuals wishing to apply to private or out of state schools should meet with a counselor to outline a curriculum that best meets the transfer requirements of the desired school or schools.
Programs offered include:
- Business Administration
- Computer Programming
- Early Childhood Education
- Practical Nursing
- Welding Technology
Isothermal Community College is an open enrollment institution and as such allows any student that meets the requirements for admission to enroll by submitting a completed application for admission.Students must provide all pertinent information, including transcripts and test scores. Students may also be asked to take a placement exam and are encouraged to meet with a counselor to outline their curriculum as well as participate in orientation to get a feel for campus life.
Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants and scholarships. Students requiring financial assistance must submit a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), either through mail or online, after which the resulting information will be used to determine a student's financial needs, aid program eligibility and monetary awards. Students must reapply for financial aid prior to the start of each academic year and be asked to provide additional financial documentation to ensure the accuracy of the FAFSA prior to the disbursement of funds due to new federal aid regulations.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $4,800. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Annual tuition range:
- State Residents: $2,300-$2,800
- Out-of-State: $8,400-$10,140
- Charges per unit:
- In-State: $72-$86 per unit
- Out-of-State: $260-$320 per unit
Financial Aid Details
The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||64%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||63%||$4,651|
Admissions, Academics, & Student Services
To help students and alumni, Isothermal Community College may provide services to students like those listed below:
- Distance learning
- Remedial courses
- Counseling assistance
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
Get more information about the programs offered by Isothermal Community College by clicking the request information to the right.
(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Business and Marketing Studies
Computer and Information Sciences
Family and Consumer Sciences
Health and Clinical Professions
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mechanic and Repair Technology
Personal and Culinary Services
Security and Protective Services
Visual and Performing Arts
Other Community Colleges Nearby
The list of nearby schools has been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to Isothermal Community College.
- McDowell Technical Community College in Marion, NC (22 miles away)
- Cleveland Community College in Shelby, NC (24 miles away)
- Blue Ridge Community College in Flat Rock, NC (29 miles away)
- Western Piedmont Community College in Morganton, NC (29 miles away)
- Asheville - Buncombe Technical Community College in Asheville, NC (39 miles away)