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State Authorization for Online Learning

Institutions must obtain approval from states for local and distance postsecondary educational activities relevant to the delivery of educational programs. Activities include online learning, non-classroom experiences, faculty members who live outside of North Carolina, proctoring, professional licensure and marketing. Compliance with individual state requirements is now part of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, Amended 2010. H 600.9 (c).

In what states is Surry Community College authorized to offer online courses?

Surry Community College has been approved by NC to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education.

The states in which the college is authorized to serve students are listed below. If you reside in a state not on this list, you are not eligible to register for online classes at SCC at this time. If you have questions, please contact our admissions office at

NC-SARA States
Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas
Colorado Connecticut Delaware District of Columbia
Florida Georgia Hawaii Idaho
Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas
Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland
Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi
Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada
New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York
North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma
Oregon Pennsylvania Puerto Rico Rhode Island
South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas
Utah Vermont Virginia Washington
West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming

SARA North Carolina Portal Liason:
Terrence R. Scarborough, M.P.A. - Director of SARA North Carolina
North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority
P.O. Box 14103
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
Contact and Complaint Resolution Information For Other States

Is Surry Community College accredited?

Yes, Surry Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Colleges, 1866 Southern Ln, Decatur, GA 30033, (404) 679-4500, to award associate degrees, diplomas and certificates.

What if I need help resolving a complaint?

If you have a complaint, you should attempt to resolve the complaint through the SCC grievance procedure.

Complaints should be addressed to the attention of:

Dr. Candace Holder, Chief Academic and Information Officer
630 South Main Street, Dobson, NC 27017
(336) 386-3382

If a complaint cannot be resolved through SCC’s grievance procedures, students may file a complaint with SARA-NC (State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement-North Carolina). Contact Information:

SARA North Carolina Director,
PO Box 14103 Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
(855) 727-2162

These resources may also be helpful in resolving complaints:

The North Carolina Post-Secondary Education Complaints Unit.

Please review the Student Complaint Policy then print and complete the Student Complaint Form (PDF) and submit the complaint to:

North Carolina Post-Secondary Education Complaints
c/o Student Complaints
University of North Carolina System Office
910 Raleigh Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27515-2688
919.962.4550 or send an email to:

Website: North Carolina Post-Secondary Education Complaints

Regional Accreditor (SACSCOC) Complaint Process

If a student has evidence that an institution is in significant non-compliance with SACSCOC standards, policies or procedures, the individual should inform SACSCOC using the Complaints Against Institutions: Information Sheet and Form.

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges:

1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033

What about licensure and certification programs offered by Surry Community College?

If you are considering a program at SCC that leads to licensure or certification and you do not live in North Carolina, please contact the individual below that corresponds to your desired program.

Allied Health

Debbie Cave, Director of Allied Health
630 South Main Street, Dobson, NC 27017
(336) 386-3372

Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET)

Jim McHone, Director of Basic Law Enforcement Training
630 South Main Street, Dobson, NC 27017
(336) 386-3292


Robin Minton, Lead instructor - Cosmetology
630 South Main Street, Dobson, NC 27017

(336) 386-3570

Cosmetology Program Licensure Disclosure

Emergency Medical Services

Vickie Ramey, Director of EMS Programs / Director CPS Center
630 South Main Street, Dobson, NC 27017
(336) 386-3330

Emergency Medical Services Certification Disclosure

Firefighter and Rescue

Ian Harrell, Director of Fire and Rescue Programs / ESTC
630 South Main Street, Dobson, NC 27017
(336) 386-3403

Firefighter and Rescue Certification Disclosure

Health Sciences

Dr. Yvonne Johnson, Associate Dean - Health Sciences
630 South Main Street, Dobson, NC 27017

(336) 386-3368

View the Licensure List to learn about the appropriate licensing or certification organization for your program.

Although we strive to connect you with the best information possible, Surry Community College cannot confirm whether a particular program meets requirements for professional licensure and/or certification outside of the State of North Carolina.

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