2024-2025 Catalog and Student Handbook 
    Jul 12, 2024  
2024-2025 Catalog and Student Handbook

Diploma Description

This section provides a listing of Robeson Community College’s diploma programs. The College’s programs are subject to change. For an updated list, please visit the College’s web site at www.robeson.edu [opens in a new window]. 

Diploma programs are designed to provide entry-level employment training and are offered at all System colleges.

Diploma programs range from 36 to 48 semester hour credits and can usually be completed by a full-time student within two semesters and one summer session. Associate degree level courses within a diploma program may also be applied toward an Associate in Applied Science degree.

The diploma programs at RCC include general education core courses in English composition, humanities/fine arts, social/behavioral sciences, and natural sciences/mathematics that introduce content and skills students have in common, regardless of their major or degree program. In addition to discipline specific content, these courses introduce general intellectual skills, such as critical thinking, communication and quantitative reasoning.

Student competencies in general intellectual skills are introduced and assessed in general education courses; however, curriculum major courses also teach these skills embedded in program specific content. It is the reinforcement of these competencies across disciplines and in program specific courses that advance qualified students. Therefore, RCC will assess the extent to which students have obtained these competencies (SACSCOC Section 8 2.b.). The General Education Student Learning Outcomes (GESLO) are defined as follows:

Written Communication

Students will be able to communicate effectively following the conventions of standard written English in areas such as mechanics, organization, language, and support.

Critical Thinking

Students will be able to use cognitive skills necessary in application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation to solve problems in academic and real world situations.

Quantitative Reasoning

Students will be able to use mathematical skills necessary for calculation, analysis and problem solving.

Upon completion of a diploma degree, graduates will have had the opportunity to develop competency in written communication, critical thinking and quantitative reasoning. These areas provide the academic foundation required to succeed in their academic and professional careers.