Higher Education

Craven Community College

Craven Community College (CCC) is a comprehensive community college with campuses in New Bern and Havelock-Cherry Point.

Craven serves more than 3,200 curriculum students and nearly 10,000 continuing education students each year. CCC features a wide range of programs, including college transfer courses, career and occupational offerings, partnerships with four-year universities, specialized workforce training options, developmental studies and basic skills classes.

The College features an FAA-certified Aviation Systems Technology program, as well as a number of healthcare offerings, including Nursing Medical Assisting and Health Information Technology.

Through University Connections, Craven’s partnerships with East Carolina University, North Carolina State University, NC Wesleyan College, and Southeastern Illinois University, students have the opportunity to pursue bachelor’s degrees without leaving the area.

The Bosch Advanced Manufacturing Center on the New Bern Campus provides state-of-the-art training in manufacturing methods and processes to support industrial employers.

The Havelock-Cherry Point Campus is home to the Institute of Aeronautical Technology, which provides training in aircraft maintenance to support the Fleet Readiness Center East at nearby MCAS Cherry Point.

The Volt Center offers educational programs specializing in construction and manufacturing trades that are in high-demand across eastern North Carolina. Many training programs include hands-on experience, certifications, and are available at no cost. Classes are offered at the Volt Center through Craven Community College’s Workforce Development Program. Current learning opportunities include:

  • Carpentry
  • Electrical
  • HVAC
  • Plumbing
  • Small Engine Repair
  • Forklift Operation
  • Manufacturing Career Pathways
  • Welding

North Carolina State University - Havelock

The NC State / CCC partnership allows students to complete the necessary transfer courses to apply to complete their 4-year engineering degree in NC State’s Mechanical Engineering Systems BSE program (MES) located at Craven Community College. Throughout this program, a student can graduate with their engineering degree from NC State without leaving Craven Community College. The MES program was evaluated under the criteria for Mechanical Engineering Programs and is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. Since 2012, 84 local students have graduated with their Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Mechanical Engineering Systems concentration) through the NC State program located at Craven Community College’s Havelock Campus, 91% of whom are employed locally.The partnership now offers both Mechanical and Electrical Engineering degree programs, empowering our workforce with crucial skills for local industry growth.

North Carolina Wesleyan College at Craven Community College

North Carolina Wesleyan College offers Bachelor of Science degrees in business administration, marketing and organization, marketing and organizational administration, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice on CCC’s New Bern and Havelock campuses. The articulation agreement will allow students to complete these degrees without leaving Craven County.