Full-Time Benefits

Medical Insurance

All full-time employees are offered individual medical health care insurance at little or no cost for employee coverage. Families may be insured at an additional cost. The effective date of coverage will be either the first of the month following employment if you work one-half or more scheduled work days during your month of employment, or the first of the second month following employment if you work less than one-half of the scheduled work days.


Twelve (12) days paid vacation per year increasing with service to 25 days. On December 31, any employee with more than thirty (30) days or 240 hours of accumulated leave shall have the excess accumulation converted to sick leave.

Sick Days

Twelve (12) days paid sick leave per year. (Unused sick leave is credited toward years of service at retirement).


Thirteen (13) paid holidays per year; fourteen (14) if Christmas falls on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday.
  • New Years Day
  • Martin Luther King Day
  • Easter Holiday
  • Memorial Day
  • July 4th
  • Labor Day
  • Veteran's Day
  • Thanksgiving (Thursday and Friday)
  • Christmas (Four workdays)
  • Additional Holiday (if Christmas falls on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday).

Child Involvement Leave

Promotes employees' involvement in the education of youth and to bolster employees' assistance to schools. Therefore, the college shall grant four (4) hours paid, and four (4) hours unpaid leave for a total of eight (8) hours leave per contract year to a full-time employee who is a parent, guardian, or person standing in loco parentis of a school-aged child so that the employee may attend or otherwise be involved at that child's school.

Shared Leave

Provides a means of continued income for employees experiencing serious or prolonged medical conditions. The policy would allow for the transfer of leave from one employee to another only in medical situations that would otherwise cause the employee to be forced to be placed on leave without pay.

Educational Leave

The granting of educational leave with or without pay will be contingent upon evidence that study or work is related to improving competencies of the instructor or administrator, seniority, availability of substitute (if necessary), and funds being available to pay the qualified substitute. The employee is expected to complete a minimum of nine semester hours of credit (9 semester hours) during the period of educational leave.

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Limited Free Tuition

Full-time faculty and staff may enroll in one class per semester at the college without paying tuition or registration fees.

Tuition Reimbursement

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute recognizes the mutual benefits derived from personal growth and increased work competence; therefore, it is the policy of the college to reimburse employees interested in furthering their education for tuition.  The reimbursement amount per semester is dependent upon availability of funds. This program supports the institution's commitment to encourage employee performance and enhance professional development.


Employees are eligible to receive longevity pay based on a percentage of the employee's annual salary and length of service after ten (10) years of service.

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The employee, State, and the investment earnings on total contributions pay the cost of providing your retirement benefits. Employees contribute six (6) percent of gross salary on a pre-tax basis. The amount of your benefit or your monthly payments at retirement are determined based on your salary, age, and years of service.


Short-term disability benefits are provided through the college at no cost to you and payable after one (1) year of service following the conclusion of the sixty (60) day waiting period not to exceed 365 calendar days. Long-term disability benefits are also provided to you at no cost and payable after five (5) years of service following the conclusion of the short-term disability period or after salary continuation payments cease, whichever is later, for as long as you are permanently disabled.

Death Benefit

Paid to your beneficiary if you die while still in active service after one (1) year of service. Equal to highest twelve (12) months in a row, but no less than $25,000 and no more than $50,000.

Life Insurance

Term life insurance, whole life insurance, or a combination of both are available to provide the level of coverage you need. All costs are paid by employee. Payroll deduction is provided by the college.

Supplemental Coverage Policies

Special policies are offered to cover cancer, accidents, and total disability due to sickness. All costs are paid by employee. Payroll deduction is provided by the college.

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Auto, Home, Property and Casualty

Special group rates and discounts for auto, home, and other personal property.  Discounts are based on numerous factors including, but not limited to: multi-policy discounts, payroll deduction, college tenure, driving record, etc.  All costs are paid by employee.  Payroll deduction is provided by the college.


Coverage includes preventive, basic, major, and orthodontia benefits. If you apply within thirty-one (31) days after your eligibility date, your insurance will start on the first day of the month which falls on or next after the date you apply. All costs are paid by employee. Payroll deduction is provided by the college.

Vision Care Insurance

A comprehensive vision plan that provides affordable, quality vision care through a nationwide network or private-practice optometrists and ophthalmologists. All costs are paid by the employee. Payroll deduction is provided by the college.

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Supplemental retirement income that allows employees to make pre-tax contributions through payroll deduction and later collect the accrued amount.

401(k) Roth Plan

The Roth 401(k) feature combines elements of a traditional 401(k) with those of the Roth IRA. It gives employees the opportunity to put aside after-tax dollars for retirement today, lets the investments grow tax-deferred during the employee's working years, and allows the employee to withdraw the money tax-free at retirement. Monies that are designated as Roth (after-tax) contributions cannot be changed after beginning the program. A variety of investment options are available. Employees may enroll in both the 401(k) and the 401(k) Roth plans, but federal tax limits apply to the combined total of those contributions.

Tax Sheltered Annuities/403(b)

Supplemental retirement income for non-profit and public organizations equivalent to a 401(k) which allows employees to make pre-tax contributions through payroll deduction and later collect the accrued amount.

457 Plan

The NC 457 Plan is a non-qualified, deferred compensation plan available exclusively to North Carolina public employees. The NC 457 plan provides you with the ability to save additional funds for your retirement. Earnings grow on a tax-deferred basis and contributions are not taxed until the assets are distributed from the plan. It is very similar to the NC 401(k) plan. The key difference is that there is not a 10% penalty for withdrawal before the age of 55 (although the withdrawal is subject ordinary income taxations).

Employee Assistance Program

An employee benefit that provides free, confidential assistance to help employees and their families resolve problems affecting their personal lives or job performance. The college pays for the first five visits per fiscal year. Additional visits may be covered under your medical insurance.

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State Employee Credit Union

The State Employee Credit Union is a cooperative financial institution owned and operated by the people who use its services. Their services include, but not are limited to: checking and share (savings) accounts, CD's, and IRA's, vehicle, mortgage, home equity, and student loans.

North Carolina 529 National College Saving Program

North Carolina's 529 college investment program is designed to make college more affordable for everyone. An account can be opened for a person of any age. you decide how much you can contribute and you can choose from a variety of investment options. Account earnings are free of federal and North Carolina income taxes when the money is used to pay for qualified expenses from eligible colleges anywhere in the country.

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Flexible Spending Accounts

Medical Care and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA's) are available for employee participation. The Medical Care FSA is an account from which you can request reimbursement for out-of-pocket medical, dental and vision expenses not covered by your medical, dental, or vision plans. The Dependent Care FSA is an account from which you can request reimbursement for childcare and/or dependent custodial care expenses. These monies are then used to reimburse you for eligible expenses from each flexible spending account.

Prepaid Legal Insurance

A type of arrangement in which an employee prepays for legal services employees may require in the future. The college offers a plan to meet the needs of the participant. The plan provides limited coverage for enrolled employees and members of their families provided by an attorney.

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WeSave Program

WeSave is a discount membership and loyalty rewards program for state and local government employees. Register and print coupons online to use at local businesses or make direct purchases through their online merchant portal. WeSave offers discounts on electronics, travel, vacations, movie tickets and appliances. WeSave has an online shopping mall where public employees can shop thousands of online retailers and earn cash back on every purchase.
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