The Cato Campus, located on 34 acres at the corner of W.T. Harris Boulevard and Grier Road, houses the Professional Careers Division (Paralegal, Interpreter Education and ASL, Horticulture, Turfgrass and Office Administration) and offers Curriculum, College Transfer, Corporate and Continuing Education and Basic Skills programs.
Cato I opened in 2002 with approximately 48,000 square feet of classrooms, computer labs, offices, and student services, as well as a bookstore and Law Library. Also included in the first phase was the opening of a 7,500 square foot Horticulture building and a 4,500 square foot attached greenhouse. Using 2,000 state bonds, Cato II opened in 2007, bringing an additional 48,000 square feet of classrooms, offices, a full-service library and the Cato Middle College High School. In 2011, Cato II was renovated to include an expanded Bookstore, Café, Student Life Center and study areas in the Learning Lounge.
Cato is home to a diverse group of students and programs and is now the third largest of the CPCC campuses with comprehensive services for curriculum, ESL/Adult High School/GED and Continuing Education students. Degree seeking students can complete all coursework in the academic programs housed on the Cato Campus as well as many requirements for other A.A. or A.S. college transfer programs.
Cato Middle College High School
This partnership between CPCC and CMS is designed for high school juniors and seniors who want to complete their high school graduation requirements while earning college credit through CPCC. The program opened in the fall of 2007 with 57 students and has reached capacity at 200 students. The program has earned the school distinction as a North Carolina “School of Excellence” and most graduates have gone on to attend a two- or four-year college/university. Applications for admission may be obtained from the CMCHS Principal, Mr. Joey Burch, located on the Cato Campus.
Major Programs/Courses Offered
Horticulture Technology (A.A.S. Degree, Diploma, Certificates)
Paralegal Technology (A.A.S. Degree, Post-baccalaureate Diploma)
Interpreter Education (A.A.S. Degree)
Turfgrass Management Technology (A.A.S. Degree, Diploma, Certificates)
Corporate and Continuing Education
College Transfer (A.A. or A.S. Degree courses) including: English, Math, Reading, Communications, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Humanities, etc.
Pre-College and Community Development (Basic Skills)
English as a Second Language (ESL)
Adult High School (AHS)
General Educational Development (GED)
In addition to day and evening courses, the Cato Campus offers many services for students including: Admissions, Registration, Student Records, Counseling & Advising, Cashiering, Career Services, Disability Services, Financial Aid, Cooperative Education and Placement Testing. Also available on campus are full-time security, a full bookstore, main Library and Law Library and a variety of activities through Student Life. ESL, Adult HS and GED student services are available as well. In addition, there is an ATM machine on campus as well as vending machines in each building. A Learning Lounge, Café, Bookstore and Student Life office are located on the ground floor of Cato II.
The Cato Campus Library is in Room 250, Cato II. The Cato Law Library is in Room 200, Cato I.
The facility sits on one of the higher points of land along W.T. Harris Boulevard, with a natural, wooded acreage that includes rock outcroppings and a mile-long nature walk. The campus’ signature dome is easily visible to passing motorists.
The campus has two main buildings for classrooms, labs, offices and other instructional support space. A third free-standing Horticulture building, attached greenhouse and turfgrass plots provide opportunities for hands-on instruction. The campus is also equipped with a separate Law Library and American Sign Language (ASL) lab.
Public transportation is provided at the Cato Campus by Charlotte Area Transit. Route 3 (East to West) and Route 29 (North to South) run every 30 minutes, Monday–Saturday.
The dean of the Cato Campus is Janet Malkemes.
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