General Information

The Campus

Wayne Community College’s 175 acre main campus is located in Goldsboro, NC at 3000 Wayne Memorial Drive. Thirteen modern buildings contain nearly 437,500 square feet of state-of-the-art classrooms, laboratories, offices, and a model childcare center.

Additional campus amenities include greenhouses, hydroponic growing containers, cultivation plots, softball field, tennis courts, a walking track with exercise stations, and six landmarks and monuments.

An aviation classroom and hanger are located at the Wayne Executive Jetport.

Beyond the campus, curriculum and workforce 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 resulted 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, including a new Automotive and Collision Repair Building that was completed in time for occupation in the Fall 2020 semester.

In the Spring 2022 semester, the college's curriculum welding program and workforce continuing education classes moved into a renovated and expanded space.  The $1.2 million project was made possible in part by grants from the Golden Leaf Foundation and Duke Energy Corporation as well as funding from the County of Wayne and the Foundation of Wayne Community College.

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 and evening classes as well as an abundance of online and hybrid courses have made instruction at Wayne Community College more effective and convenient for 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 close to 117,000.

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, 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 headquarters for 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 (2019-2024)

  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.

Institutional Learning Outcomes

A graduate of Wayne Community College should be able to:

  1. Make effective oral presentations.
  2. Compose effective written documents.
  3. Apply critical or creative reasoning, including diverse perspectives, to address complex problems or to analyze original works.
  4. Apply appropriate mathematics to solve real-world problems.
  5. Interpret or analyze natural phenomena using concepts and principles of the natural 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).

2021 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 review process was established to ensure the measures and methods for evaluating colleges were current and remained focused on improving student success. Every three years, a committee that is inclusive of college leaders; subject matter experts; and research and assessment professionals are appointed to review the measures and recommend deletions, revisions, and additions. Recommendations from the most recent review were approved in 2018 and this is the final report associated with the most recent set of measures.

The current list of measures includes: 

  • 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

Baselines and Excellence Levels

The outcomes funding model associated with the performance measures was implemented in 2013. A major component of this model is the establishment of system‐wide baseline and excellence levels for each measure. These statistically defined levels were developed to provide consistency and promote transparency, simplicity, and objectivity.

Baseline levels are set two standard deviations below the system mean and excellence levels are set one standard deviation above the system mean.  Prior to 2021, these levels remained static and reset on a new three-year cycle.  To better respond to external factors influencing the success rates of students, baseline and excellence levels are now changed annually and derived from the most recent results.

The North Carolina Community College Performance Measures for Student Success Report is designed to provide colleges and stakeholders with summary results related to the performance measures. Additional analysis and insights based on student characteristics, including race/ethnicity and gender can be accessed at:

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.  Additional information can be accessed at:

  1. Basic Skills Student Progress. To ensure individuals with low literacy skills are progressing academically toward credential or employment. Percentage of Periods of Participation (PoP) with at least one Measurable Skill Gain (MSG) during the Basic Skills program year (July 1-June 30). System Excellence Level: 42.5%; System Baseline: 15.7%; WCC Performance=31.6%.
  2. Student Success Rate in College-Level English Courses. To ensure students are successfully completing a credit-bearing English course within their first three 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 three years of their first fall term of enrollment.  System Excellence Level: 70.4%; System Baseline: 47.1%; WCC Performance=72.6%
  3. Student Success Rate in College-Level Math Courses. To ensure students are successfully completing credit-bearing Math courses within their first three academic years. Percentage of first-time fall associate degree seeking and transfer pathway students passing a credit-bearing Math course with a “C” or better within three years of their first term of enrollment. System Excellence Level: 54.5%; System Baseline: 29.9%; WCC Performance=48.3%
  4. First Year Progression. To ensure first-year students are making progress toward credential completion. Percentage of first-time fall credential-seeking students who graduate prior to or enroll in post-secondary education during the subsequent fall term. System Excellence Level: 71.8%; System Baseline: 56.8%; WCC Performance=68.1%
  5. Curriculum Completion. To ensure student completion and/or persistence toward a post-secondary credential in a timely manner. Percentage of first-time fall credential-seeking curriculum students who have graduated, transferred, or are still enrolled during the fourth academic year with 42 successfully completed non-developmental hours. System Excellence Level: 61.3%; System Baseline: 43.1%; WCC Performance=60.7%
  6. Licensure and Certification Passing Rate. To ensure programmatic coursework prepares students to competently practice in their chosen profession. Weighted index score of first-time test-taker results on licensure and certification exams. Exams included in this measure are state mandated exams which candidates must pass before becoming active practitioners. Weights are based on the tier associated with the related instructional program. System Excellence Level: 1.09; System Baseline: 0.75; WCC Performance=1.04
  7. College Transfer Performance. To ensure the academic success of community college students at a four-year university or college.  Among community college Associate Degree completers and those who have completed 30 or more articulated transfer credits who subsequently transfer to a four-year university or college during the fall semester, the percentage who graduate prior to or remain enrolled at any four-year college or university the subsequent fall semester.  System Excellence Level: 91.1%; System Baseline: 79.4%; WCC Performance=89.1%

WCC Memberships and Approvals

Wayne Community College is a member of:


American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)
American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)
Association for Institutional Research (AIR)
Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT)
Aviation Technician Education Council (ATEC)

Bellwether College Consortium (BCC)
Carolinas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (CACRAO)
Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCCSE -The University of Texas at Austin)
Community College Business Officers (CCBO)

Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)

Council of Eastern Forest Technician Schools (CEFTS)

International Association of General Motors Automotive Service Educational Programs (IAGMASEP)
League for Innovation in the Community College
Mount Olive Chamber of Commerce
National Academic Community Advising Association (NACADA)

National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO)
National Association of Educational Procurement (NAEP)

National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA)
National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3)
National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR)

National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA)
National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD)
National League for Nursing (NLN)
National Tutoring Association, Inc. 

North Carolina Association of Community College Safety and Security Officials (ACCSSO)
North Carolina Association of Community College Trustees (NCACCT)

North Carolina Association of Community Colleges Business Officials (NCACCBO)

North Carolina Association of Community Colleges Presidents (NCACCP)

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

North Carolina Association of Pharmacists (NCAP)
North Carolina Community College Association of Distance Learning (NC3ADL)
North Carolina Comprehensive Community College Student Government Association (N4CSGA)

North Carolina Cooperative Education Association (NCCEA)

North Carolina Forestry Association (NCFA)

North Carolina Organization for Student Success (NCOSS)

Society of American Foresters (SAF)
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)