Catawba Valley Community College

Catawba Valley Community College

Catawba Valley Community College is a public community college located in Hickory, North Carolina. The college was established on April 3, 1958, as a part of the North Carolina Community College System. It was given its present name on December 1, 1987. The main campus is spread across an area of 120 acres.

CVCC's athletics department fields both men's and women's sports teams. They participate in the intercollegiate NJCAA Division III sports and are nicknamed the Buccaneers. The campus of CVCC is home to a wide variety of student clubs and organizations.

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Contacting Catawba Valley Community College

Catawba Valley Community College
2550 Hwy 70 SE
Hickory , NC 28602-0699
General Phone: (828) 327-7000

Catawba Valley Community College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts122liberal arts and sciences, general studies
Transportation76truck and bus driver
Nursing and Emergency Medicine74EMT paramedic, registered nursing
Production Trades64upholsterer, machine shop assistant, welding, furniture design
Business and Management60business management, operations management, electronic commerce, accounting technology, call center operation, banking
Medical Support and Technology58health service and sciences, dental hygienist, radiation therapist, respiratory care tech, surgical tech, health diagnostic professions
Medical Administration45medical office management, medical records tech, medical transcription
Engineering Technician35architectural engineering tech, electronics tech, electromechanical instrument tech, mechanical engineering tech, computer engineering tech
Security and Law Enforcement32criminal justice and safety, criminal justice and police, corrections and criminal justice, fire protection tech
Education and Teaching30early childhood education
Mechanics and Repair25HVAC, automobile mechanics
Landscaping and Horticulture19applied horticulture, turf management
Computer Science and Engineering14information technology, computer programming, information science, computer networking, network management
Office and Administration13office management
Photography and Commercial Art13commercial art
Media7photo and film tech
Construction Trades5electrician
Engineering2industrial engineering
Beauty and Cosmetology1cosmetology

Number of programs and degrees for Catawba Valley Community College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Award of less than 1 academic year18419
Associate's degree45939
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years5211

Catawba Valley Community College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Catawba Valley Community College had a total enrollment of 4,765 students (4,583 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 79%
Black 9%
Hispanic 4%
Asian 7%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 1%
(Foreign Students) 0%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 10%
18-19 21%
20-21 14%
22-24 11%
25-29 11%
30-34 9%
35-39 8%
40-49 11%
50-64 5%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

North Carolina100%

Catawba Valley Community College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 55 %
Part-Time 34 %

Catawba Valley Community College Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of Hickory, North Carolina for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other North Carolina Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Catawba Valley Community College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 1,387
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 7,509
Books and supplies $ 1,150

Financial Aid:
Catawba Valley Community College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 531800)

Catawba Valley Community College Faculty

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured and not on tenure track7274

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
No academic rankacademic year72$44,83674$43,950
All faculty totalacademic year72$44,83674$43,950

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Catawba Valley Community College Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Other

Catawba Valley Community College Degree Programs (2007)

Beauty And Cosmetology
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General

Business And Management
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping
Banking and Financial Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General
Customer Service Support/Call Center/Teleservice Operation
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce
Operations Management and Supervision

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Programming/Programmer, General
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Information Science/Studies
Information Technology
System, Networking, and LAN/WAN Management/Manager

Construction Trades

Education And Teaching
Early Childhood Education and Teaching

Industrial Engineering

Engineering Technician
Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engr Technology/Technician
Electromechanical Instrumentation/Maintenance Techs, Other
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician

Landscaping And Horticulture
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General
Turf and Turfgrass Management

Liberal Arts
General Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

Mechanics And Repair
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician
Heating/AC/Ventilation/Refrig Maint Technology/Technician

Photographic and Film/Video Technology/Technician and Assistant

Medical Administration
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician
Medical Office Management/Administration
Medical Transcription/Transcriptionist

Medical Support And Technology
Allied Health Diagnostic/Intervention/Treatment Professions, Oth
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist
Surgical Technology/Technologist

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Office And Administration
Office Management and Supervision

Photography And Commercial Art
Commercial and Advertising Art

Production Trades
Furniture Design and Manufacturing
Machine Shop Technology/Assistant
Welding Technology/Welder

Security And Law Enforcement
Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other
Criminal Justice/Police Science
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
Fire Protection and Safety Technology/Technician

Truck and Bus Driver/Commercial Vehicle Operation

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