Catawba Valley Community College
Offering more than 50 programs of study and enrolling 4,800 students, Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) is a comprehensive learning community that provides a multitude of collegiate, industrial/vocational, and life-skills/personal enrichment experiences.
CVCC is ranked as one of the top community colleges in the nation and is widely recognized for its innovative programs that are cultivating a new generation of doers and makers and providing individuals with the tools and training to be successful in today’s workforce.
Hickory has a rich history of craftsmanship and furniture manufacturing. Today, the Catawba Valley Furniture Academy at CVCC is an industry-driven training program designed by local furniture manufacturers to prepare students for skilled positions that are in high demand by one of the region's largest employers.
“Partnerships created through programs such as the Catawba Valley Manufacturing Academy, Furniture Academy, K-64, and the development of unique facilities like the Workforce Solutions Complex and the ValleySim Hospital are evidence of the momentum around exceptional talent development in Hickory and throughout the region,” said Dr. Garrett Hinshaw, President of CVCC.
The CVCC Workforce Solutions Complex is a leading-edge 80,400-square-foot facility housing technology and engineering programs. The $25 million project is the culmination of many years of planning and collaboration with the three public school systems.
The building includes state-of-the-art classrooms, offices, labs, and shop areas for students studying HVAC systems, welding, automotive mechanics, machining, engineering, mechatronics, and more. The new Workforce Solutions Complex will ensure a future pipeline of talent for high-tech jobs, making our area even more attractive to new and expanding industry.
CVCC also recently celebrated the grand opening of Phase I of its Public Safety Training Center. Located off of Sweetwater Road in Hickory, the new 55,000-square-foot training center pad will be used by the college to teach students, as well as seasoned public service professionals in fire safety, emergency medical service, and law enforcement.
“Catawba Valley Community College is committed to developing talent in partnership with the City of Hickory to assure that our community will continue to thrive as an economic catalyst for our entire region. We work in concert with city officials to identify opportunities and aggressively pursue those that create a significant return on investment for our citizens,” said Dr. Garrett Hinshaw, President of CVCC.