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State Authorization

State Authorization is a legal issue dealing with a college's adherence to state requirements for colleges to secure authorization to offer instruction in that state. The U.S. Department of Education regulation 600.9(c) State Authorization (released October 29th, 2010) mandates all institutions offering distance education in a state where they have no physical presence, must meet individual state requirements. Compliance with individual state requirements is now part of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008.

 
Distance Learning Student Compliant Process for In-State and Out of State Students
McDowell Technical Community College desires to resolve student grievances, complaints, and concerns in an expeditious, fair and amicable manner. Students residing in or out of the State of North Carolina while attending MTCC who desire to resolve a grievance should follow the College's Student Grievance Procedure.
If the complaint cannot be resolved after exhausting the institution's grievance procedure, the individual may file a complaint with the following office: Post-Secondary Education Complaints, c/o Assistant Director of Licensure and Workforce Studies, University of North Carolina General Administration. 910 Raleigh Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514, telephone (919) 962-4558, studentcomplaint@northcarolina.edu. The individual may contact UNC General Administration for further details.

The Student Grievance Contact Information for Individual States provides phone numbers, emails and/or links to state education agencies.
McDowell Technical Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

At this time McDowell Technical Community College is not currently authorized to offer Distance Learning courses in any other state. As part of the State Authorization process we are pursuing reciprocity with multiple states.

McDowell Technical Community College is working to achieve compliance as established in HEOA 600.9 (c).
If an institution is offering post secondary education through distance or correspondence education to students in a State in which it is not physically located or in which it is otherwise subject to State jurisdiction as determined by the State, the institution must meet any State requirements for it to be legally offering post secondary distance or correspondence education in that State. An institution must be able to document to the Secretary of Education the State’s approval upon request. (Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1001 and 1002)

MTCC is currently authorized to operate in, or authorization is not required in the following states:
Arizona
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Massachusetts
Michigan
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
Oklahoma
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin