Catawba Valley Community College
- The mission of Catawba Valley Community College is to empower individuals and enrich the community by providing quality education and workforce training for economic and personal development.
- The teacher population of 229 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
|Catawba Valley Community College||(NC) Community College Avg.|
|Institution Level||At least 2 but less than 4 years||At least 2 but less than 4 years|
|Total Faculty||229 staff||139 staff|
|Total Enrollment||4,742 students||2,380 students|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||21:1||19:1|
|# Full-Time Students||2,100 students||1,019 students|
|# Part-Time Students||2,642 students||1,361 students|
|% American Indian/Alaskan|
|% Unknown races|
|College Completion Rate|
|Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)||$29,700||$27,500|
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS
- Through the concerted efforts of concerned and united Catawba County citizens and North Carolina educational leaders, on April 3, 1958, Catawba Valley Community College was established by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction as the ninth school of its kind in the state. In July 1963. the General Assembly of North Carolina enacted into law G.S. 115A which provided for the establishment of the present North Carolina System of Community Colleges. On January 9, 1964, Catawba Valley Technical Institute was among the original seven institutes chartered by the Department. At that time, CVTI established its own Board of Trustees and began operation as a member of the Department of Community Colleges. Thus, it was in August 1964, that the College awarded its first Associate Degree in Applied Science. Catawba Valley Community College, located about half way between Hickory and Newton on Highways 70 and 321, is in Catawba County, North Carolina. The campus covers 120 acres and includes ten buildings for a total of 270.000 square feet of floor space. In addition, there is a college Art Center on the Startown Highway, an Education Center in downtown Newton, the Alexander County Center, Balls Creek Center, and an East Campus. CVCC offers a variety of education programs including but not limited to the following: College Transfer, Automotive Systems, Business, Criminal Justice, Engineering Technology, Environmental Life Science, Furniture Technology, Health Science, Humanities, Industrial Technologies, Mathematics, Science, Social Science, Corporate & Continuing Education. CVCC offers a variety of vocational and technical education programs that can be completed in two years or less. Our College transfer programs are designed to give students the first two years of a four-year college education. A student's experience at Catawba Valley Community College does not begin and end in the classroom. Various activities, opportunities, and functions of a social and professional nature are offered by Student Government in order to provide a well rounded campus atmosphere. The College encourages participation in student organizations and activities. Programs sponsored include Fall and Spring Flings, N4C SGA conferences, co-curricular activities, NJCAA women's volleyball and NJCAA men's basketball and much more.
- The nearest community college to Catawba Valley Community College is Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute (15.6 miles away).
- College Location Mi. Students
- 3,876 students | 15.60 Mi2855 Hickory Blvd.
Hudson,  NC  28638
- 2,056 students | 22.50 Mi1001 Burkemont Ave
Morganton,  NC  28655
- 3,106 students | 22.90 Mi500 W Broad Street
Statesville,  NC  28677
- 5,777 students | 30.60 Mi201 Hwy 321 S
Dallas,  NC  28034
- 2,718 students | 30.90 Mi1328 South Collegiate Dr
Wilkesboro,  NC  28697
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