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About 4Cs

Cape Cod Community College (4Cs), founded in 1961, delivers educational programs and services to meet the diverse needs of the residents of Cape Cod, the Canal Region, the islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, and the Greater Plymouth Area. 4Cs is the only comprehensive college on Cape Cod and offers Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Applied Science degrees and academic certificate programs in a wide variety of areas.

Learn more: College Catalog

The Hyannis Center of 4Cs offers educational assistance for adults, Workforce courses and college credit classes. At its Plymouth Municipal Airport location, the Aviation Maintenance Technology program educates and trains individuals to repair both airframes and power plants of aircraft, preparing students for FAA certification and/or further academic study. College courses are offered at a variety of off-campus sites, including Martha's Vineyard, and are "beamed" directly into participating high schools through digital technology.

Learn more: Course Locations

The College also offers bachelor's and master's degree programs through its partnerships with colleges and universities throughout Massachusetts. Courses are offered in a broad array of delivery modes including: day, evening, weekend classes, face-to-face, and entirely online, or a hybrid of that system, and does so in traditional semesters, Intersessions, and shorter Quick Term sessions to meet our students' needs.

The College is a vibrant community that reflects and include all ages, races and socioeconomic backgrounds. Approximately 6,000 individuals each year take credit courses at 4Cs. The 4Cs faculty is well credentialed with 29.4% holding doctoral degrees and 69.1% holding master's degrees in their fields.

In addition to providing access to high quality higher education, the College plays a critical role in community-building and cultural events for our service area. In the last year, our Tilden Arts Center hosted over 300 events for the community free of charge or at discounted prices. The Higgins Art Gallery mounts public fine-art exhibits each year. The Academy for Lifelong Learning has provided educational and social opportunities for thousands of senior citizens since 1987.

The College is home to the Lyndon P. Lorusso Applied Technology building, a state-of-the-art teaching and learning facility. Representing the College's commitment to environmental sustainability, it was the state's first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified "green-building" ever built with state dollars.

4Cs is one of 15 public community colleges in Massachusetts operating under the jurisdiction of the Department of Higher Education (DHE). The College is governed by an eleven-member board of trustees appointed by the Governor. Appointments are for five-year terms, renewable for one additional term. Trustees are not compensated and do not have any financial or business interest in the College.

On July 1, 2012, 4Cs welcomed its seventh president, Dr. John L. Cox, Ed.D, CPA.

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) at 4Cs

Our Commitment to You and our Community

4Cs is a vibrant, diverse community that reflects the regions we serve and welcomes all. At our foundation, we believe in celebrating the diversity of our students, faculty, and staff and championing the values of equity, inclusion, and belonging for every member of our community.

From the classroom – be it virtual or on our campus – to life outside of College, it is our mission to make sure that the powerful futures that start at 4Cs reflect all backgrounds. 

More about IDEA at 4Cs

By The Numbers

The College currently offers 23 Associate in Arts degrees, 16 Associate in Science degrees, 1 Associate in Applied Science degree, and 47 certificates in a variety of program areas. Advanced degrees are offered in partnership with other colleges and universities.


  • Approximately 3000 students enroll at the College each semester
  • Students range in age from 16 to 80
  • About 61% of the students are female
  • 25% are students of color
  • 43% are 25 years of age or older
  • 84% of our students matriculate in a degree or certificate program
  • Approximately 69% attend part-time


Of the 70 full-time faculty members teaching at the College, 53% are women, 17% are educators of color while 30% hold Doctorates and 67% hold Master's degrees in their area of expertise.

Over 217 part-time adjunct faculty with specialized knowledge and expertise contribute to the College's commitment to excellence.