The Cato Campus, located on 34 acres at the corner of W.T. Harris Boulevard and Grier Road, houses the Professional Careers Division (the William K. Diehl, Jr. Paralegal Technology, Interpreter Education and ASL, Horticulture and Turfgrass Technologies, and Office Administration programs) and offers curriculum, college transfer, Corporate and Continuing Education and College and Career Readiness 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 a 7,500 square foot Horticulture building with a 4,500 square foot attached greenhouse. Using state bonds passed in 2000, Cato II opened in 2007, with 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 office and Student Learning Lounge.
Cato is home to a diverse group of students and programs and is 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 at the Cato Campus. 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 office located in Cato II or online at the CMS website. In the spring of 2014 CPCC and CMS expanded their middle college collaboration with the opening of a second Middle College High School at the Levine Campus. A third Middle College High School is scheduled to open in 2015 at the CPCC Harper Campus.
Major Programs/Courses Offered
Horticulture Technology (A.A.S. Degree, Diploma, Certificates)
William K. Diehl, Jr. 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, Science and others
Pre-College and Community Development (College and Career Readiness)
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, Workplace Learning 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 in Cato I as well as vending machines in each building. The 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 offers an attached greenhouse, horticulture fields and turfgrass plots provide opportunities for hands-on instruction. The campus also offers a separate Law Library and American Sign Language (ASL) lab.
In 2013, Mecklenburg County voters approved a bond referendum that is financing construction of a third classroom building (among other projects) that is scheduled for opening in January 2016. This will double the size of the Cato Campus.
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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