General Information

The Campus

Wayne Community College’s 175 acre main campus is located in Goldsboro, NC at 3000 Wayne Memorial Drive. Eleven modern buildings contain more than 360,000 square feet of state-of-the art classrooms, laboratories, offices, and a model childcare center.

An aviation classroom and hanger are located at the Wayne Executive Jetport. In addition, curriculum and continuing education courses are offered on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base and various locations throughout Wayne County.

The History

A member of North Carolina’s system of 58 community and technical colleges, Wayne Community College was originally established as Goldsboro Industrial Education Center. The first on-campus building was completed in November 1960, and until fall 1962 all courses were taught in the evening, and all students were part time.

In the 1962-63 school year, the first full-time courses were offered leading to diplomas in automotive mechanics, electronics, drafting, and practical nursing. During the 1962-63 school year, Goldsboro I.E.C. had 47 students enrolled with eight faculty members; 1963 through 1965 three extension units of Goldsboro I.E.C. were established in Morehead City, Kenansville, and Clinton; later to become Carteret, James Sprunt, and Sampson community colleges.

In January 1964, Goldsboro I.E.C. became Wayne Technical Institute. By fall 1966, the enrollment had increased to approximately 550 curriculum students and more than 1,500 extension students. During the late sixties, several additional classroom buildings were added to the campus.

In November 1967, a community vote approved the necessary financial support, and Wayne Technical Institute became Wayne Community College. By the fall of 1968, the enrollment had risen to nearly 700 curriculum students.

The student population’s rapid growth overwhelmed the facilities. In January 1974, the Board of Trustees commissioned a master plan for campus relocation to Wayne Memorial Drive. The first building on the new campus, constructed in 1978, housed auto-diesel technology, welding, watchmaking, drafting and electronics programs.

A local bond referendum in 1986 provided $9.9 million in construction funds, which were matched by state funds during the years to follow. By the fall of 1992, five buildings were completed. A 1993 statewide bond referendum provided the $6.3 million necessary to add two more buildings on campus and an aviation building at the local airport. All were in use by the winter of 1996.

Enrollment and program offerings continued to grow, and so has the campus. In the fall of 2000, voters overwhelmingly approved a statewide Higher Education Bond that provided Wayne Community College nearly $13 million for construction, renovation and repair. Three buildings were built and several functional areas were reconfigured and renovated, with the last of the new facilities opening in spring 2007.

More improvements and growth are resulting from the “Connect NC Public Improvement Bond” which voters approved in March 2016 and several grants and gifts.  This funding allowed repairs and renovation to existing buildings and systems and new construction which will be completed over the next few years.

Through the decades, Wayne Community College has established a reputation for quality in certificate, diploma, and associate degree programs which prepare students for promising careers. The College also takes pride in its Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and Associate in Engineering college transfer programs and its graduates who have a high success rate at four-year institutions.

Use of technology in the classroom, modern computer labs, and options for Saturday, evening, and online courses have made instruction at Wayne Community College more effective and convenient for students. As the instruction options have increased, so has Wayne Community College’s enrollment, which now stands at around 12,000 curriculum and non-credit students.

Wayne Community College will strive to maintain its long-standing reputation for quality training and education of our community’s citizens.

Wayne Community College was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges in 1970, and was reaffirmed in 1974, 1986, 1995, 2006, and 2016.

The Community

Located in the east-west corridor between Raleigh to the west and the Outer Banks coastal region to the east, Wayne County is one of the leading agricultural areas of the coastal plains of North Carolina. The City of Goldsboro, the county seat, is the center of population, serving a major economic function as the trade and service center for Wayne County. The population of Wayne County is more than 124,000.

Wayne County, formed in 1770, was named for the great Continental Army General, Anthony Wayne. Almost a century later, in 1865, the last battle of the American Civil War was fought at Bentonville, 18 miles west of Goldsboro.

Since the mid-1960s, industrial growth led Wayne County to a more balanced industrial-agricultural economy. Agriculture continues to be the major source of income for Wayne County residents. Principal crops include tobacco, corn, cotton, grains, and soybeans. Livestock and poultry are major sources of income for Wayne County farmers. 

Numerous manufacturing companies are located throughout the area. Manufacturing is diversified in Wayne County, including automotive parts, electrical components, transformers, aviation-related cargo systems, and mass transit power systems; food stuffs such as tortillas, bread, pickles, and pork products; and wood products such as lumber chips, plywood, and timber.

Wayne County is served by several newspapers, “hometown” publications, and radio stations. It is home to a modern hospital affiliated with UNC Health Care. There are nearly 200 churches which represent many religious faiths. Varied recreational facilities include swimming pools, parks, public and private golf courses, a Family YMCA, and a state park and robust municipal parks and recreation departments offers year-round activities. The county is home to several historic sites, museums, a renovated historic theater, and arts and cultural organizations. Numerous festivals provide year-round activities and entertainment.

Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, one of the most important and modern bases in the United States, is located at Goldsboro. It is the home of the Air Combat Command’s 4th Fighter Wing, the 916th Air Refueling Wing, an Air Force Reserve Command Unit, and several other squadrons and detachments.

College Mission

Vision Statement

Wayne Community College will be the preferred choice for quality education and training in the communities it serves.

Mission Statement

Wayne Community College (WCC) is a learning-centered, public, associate degree granting institution with an open door admissions policy. WCC is located in Goldsboro, North Carolina and is part of the North Carolina Community College System.

Wayne Community College’s mission is to meet the educational, training, and cultural needs of the communities it serves.

Core Values

The College is united in sharing these core values:

  • Communication: Encourage open dialogue at all levels
  • Compassion: Exhibit concern for others
  • Diversity: Value and respect each person’s uniqueness
  • Excellence: Set and meet high standards
  • Integrity: Cultivate an environment of fairness and honesty
  • Leadership: Develop and demonstrate leadership skills for our students, employees, and community
  • Learning: Improve the quality of life by providing knowledge and developing skills
  • Service: Foster a commitment in employees and students of serving and assisting others
  • Stewardship: Hold ourselves accountable for the efficient and effective use of the resources entrusted to us
  • Teamwork: Work together and encourage collaboration
  • Unity: Operate as one college in purpose, plans, priorities, and processes

College Goals (2016-2019)

  1. Increase Student Access: Develop policies and practices that provide increased opportunities for students to enter into, and successfully proceed through, post-secondary education and training programs.
  2. Ensure Program Excellence: Examine and continually improve rigor, relevance, and quality in all academic and training opportunities to ensure that successful completion equates to a competitive position in the workforce or in the attainment of higher educational goals.
  3. Improve Student Success: Increase the number of students leaving with a job-ready credential that can lead to successful employment in a global economy and provide for better skills, better jobs, better pay, and continued educational attainment.
  4. Ensure Institutional Quality: Examine and continually improve relevance and quality in all college administrative, student, and support services to ensure that the College’s vision, mission and goals will be achieved.

College Institutional Learning Outcomes

A graduate of Wayne Community College should be able to:

  1. Make effective oral presentations.
  2. Compose effective written documents.
  3. Analyze aspects of human culture, such as creative expressions or diverse social structures.
  4. Apply appropriate mathematics to solve real-world problems.
  5. Interpret or analyze natural phenomena using concepts and principles of the natural sciences.
  6. Explain social phenomena or behaviors by applying concepts and principles of the social or behavioral sciences.

College Programs

In keeping with its mission of meeting the educational, training, and cultural needs of the communities it serves, the College offers the following educational programs:

  1. Associate degree programs.
  2. Diploma and certificate programs.
  3. Transitional skills programs for college and career offer individuals instruction to increase their ability to (a) read, write, and speak in English and perform mathematics or other activities necessary for the attainment of a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent; (b) transition to postsecondary education and training; and (c) to obtain employment.
  4. Workforce Continuing Education occupational extension programs (providing courses for adults to update or gain new skills for the workforce).
  5. Community service programs (cultural enrichment, workshops/seminars, leisure, and recreation).
  6. Wayne Business and Industry Center (workforce development and business counseling, education, training, and technical services for area businesses and organizations).

2018 Performance Measures Results


The Performance Measures for Student Success Report is the North Carolina Community College System’s major accountability document. This annual performance report is based on data compiled during the previous year and serves to inform colleges and the public about the performance of our 58 community colleges.

In 1993, the State Board of Community Colleges began monitoring performance data on specific measures to ensure public accountability for programs and services. In 1998, the General Assembly directed the State Board to review past performance measures and define standards to ensure programs and services offered by community colleges in North Carolina were of sufficient quality.

In 2010, a Performance Measures Committee was established to develop new performance-based student success measures to go into effect in 2013. During the development of these measures, it was determined that it was important to establish a three-year review process to ensure the measures and methods for evaluating colleges were current and remained focused on improving student success.

To facilitate the first three-year review of the measures, the Performance Measures Adjustment Committee was appointed to review the current set of measures and recommend deletions, revisions, and additions. This included individuals representing college leadership and research. The Committee formally presented the following seven measures to the State Board in March 2015:

  • Basic Skills Student Progress
  • Student Success Rate in College Level English Courses
  • Student Success Rate in College Level Math Courses
  • First Year Progression
  • Curriculum Student Completion
  • Licensure and Certification Passing Rate
  • College Transfer Performance

These measures were approved by the State Board and adopted by the General Assembly in 2016 through Section 10.1 of S.L.2016-94.

Baselines and Excellence Levels

As previous performance measures were being finalized in 2012, a Performance Funding Committee was appointed to develop a performance funding model incorporated into colleges’ regular formula budget allocations. One of the outcomes of this committee was the establishment of system-wide baseline and excellence levels for each measure. The committee recommended using consistent, statistically-defined levels to promote transparency, simplicity, and objectivity. This utilization of the levels is a departure from the System’s historical use of “standards.”

Based on three years of data (if available) for each measure, baseline levels are set two standard deviations below the system mean, and excellence levels are set one standard deviation above the system mean. These levels remain static for three years and are reset every three years.

Each performance measure begins with a purpose and description, goal and baseline, and the College’s performance for that measure. Additional information about the seven performance measures is available from the Wayne Community College Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

  1. Basic Skills Student Progress. To ensure adult students with low literacy skills are progressing academically toward basic skill attainment necessary for employment and self-sufficiency. Percentage of Basic Skills students who achieve an Educational Functioning Level gain during the program year (July 1-June 30). System Excellence Level: 68.3%; System Baseline: 34.5%; WCC Performance=74.5%.
  2. Student Success Rate in College-Level English Courses. To ensure students are successfully completing credit-bearing English courses within their first two academic years.  Percentage of first-time Associate Degree seeking and transfer pathway students passing a credit-bearing English course with a “C” or better within two years of their first term of enrollment.  System Excellence Level: 55.9%; System Baseline: 23.8%; WCC Performance=63.0%
  3. Student Success Rate in College-Level Math Courses. To ensure students are successfully completing credit-bearing Math courses within their first two academic years. Percentage of first-time Associate Degree seeking and transfer pathway students passing a credit-bearing Math course with a “C” or better within two years of their first term of enrollment. System Excellence Level: 32.5%; System Baseline: 10.1%; WCC Performance=30.3%
  4. First Year Progression. To ensure first-year students reach an academic momentum point that helps predict future credential completion. Percentage of first-time fall curriculum students attempting at least twelve credit hours who successfully complete at least twelve hours within their first academic year (fall, spring, summer). System Excellence Level: 75.0%; System Baseline: 54.1%; WCC Performance=69.9%
  5. Curriculum Completion. To ensure student completion and/or persistence toward a post-secondary credential. Percentage of first-time fall curriculum students who, within six years of first term of enrollment, have either graduated, transferred, or are still enrolled with at least 36 non-developmental credit hours.  System Excellence Level: 51.9%; System Baseline: 35.9%; WCC Performance=49.4%
  6. Licensure and Certification Passing Rate. To ensure programmatic coursework prepares students to competently practice in their chosen profession. Aggregate institutional passing rate of first-time test-takers on licensure and certification exams.  Exams included in this measure are state mandated exams which candidates must pass before becoming active practitioners. System Excellence Level: 90.9%; System Baseline: 69.9%; WCC Performance=88.6%
  7. College Transfer Performance. To ensure the academic success of community college students who transfer to a four-year college or university.  The percentage of students who exited NCCCS after having completed an Associate Degree and/or least 30 cumulative hours of articulated transfer credits and subsequently transferred to a four-year college or university and earned a GPA of 2.25 or better after two consecutive semesters within the academic year at the institution.  System Excellence Level: 87.6%; System Baseline: 65.1%; WCC Performance=80.1%

WCC Memberships and Approvals

Wayne Community College is a member of:


American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)
Association for Institutional Research (AIR)

Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT)

Aviation Technician Education Council (ATEC)

Carolinas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (CACRAO)

Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCCSE -The Univ. of Texas at Austin)

Community College Business Officers (CCBO)

Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)

Council of Eastern Forest Technician Schools (CEFTS) 

Eastern Carolina Safety Council (ECSC)

International Association of General Motors Automotive Service Educational Programs (IAGMASEP)

League for Innovation in the Community College

Mount Olive Chamber of Commerce

National Academic Advising Association (NACADA)

National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO)

National Association of Educational Procurement (NAEP)

National Behavioral Intervention Team Association (NaBITA)

National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3)

National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR)

National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD)

National League for Nursing (NLN)

North Carolina Association of Colleges and Employers

North Carolina Association of Community College Facility Operations (ACCFO)

North Carolina Association of Community College Trustees (NCACCT)

North Carolina Association of Community Colleges Business Officials (NCACCBO)

North Carolina Association of Coordinators of Veterans’ Affairs (NCACVA)

North Carolina Campus Compact

North Carolina Community College Association of Distance Learning (NC3ADL)

North Carolina Comprehensive Community College Student Government Association (N4CSGA)

Northrop Rice Foundation (NRF)

Post-Secondary International Network (PIN)

Presidents’ Round Table of African-American CEOs

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)

Southern Association of Colleges with Associate Degrees (SACAD)

Student Development Administrators Association (SDAA)

The Organization for Safety Asepsis and Prevention Procedures Foundation (OSAP)

Wayne County Chamber of Commerce

Wayne County Chamber of Commerce - Military Affairs Committee

Wayne County Development Alliance (WCDA)

Wayne County Human Resources Association (WCHRA)