Cato Campus

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Cato Campus is located in the University area of Charlotte at the corner of W.T. Harris Boulevard and Grier Road. Among CPCC campuses, it has the third largest number of students with diverse services for a diverse student body. General education classes are offered along with Corporate & Continuing Education (CCE) and College & Career Readiness (CCR) classes. Curriculum classes are offered for Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degree transfer programs, as well as for Associate in Applied Science degree programs. The campus also is home to the Professional Careers Division which includes 4 programs of study: Paralegal, Interpreter Education and American Sign Language, Horticulture and Turfgrass, and Office Administration.

Cato I Building, identified by its prominent dome, opened in 2002 with classrooms, offices, student services, computer labs, a bookstore and a law library.  Also included was a horticulture building and greenhouse. With state bond monies, Cato II opened in 2007, doubling the number of classrooms and offices at the campus and adding a general library to campus amenities. Also in 2007, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and CPCC opened the county’s first Middle College High Cchool at Cato, providing access to college classes for 200 high school juniors and seniors. The CPCC Paralegal program at Cato received a substantial gift from William K. Diehl, Jr. in June 2010 and was subsequently named in his honor. In 2011, Cato II was renovated to add a learning lounge, café, Student Life Center and expanded Barnes & Noble Bookstore.

In November 2013, Mecklenburg County voters approved a bond referendum to support further growth at CPCC. As a result, in January 2016, Cato III opened for classes, doubling the size of the campus and adding needed services as described below. The library, American Sign Language Interpreter labs, Student Life center, College and Career Readiness Intake, plus program and administrative offices moved from Cato I and II Buildings to Cato III. Also included is expanded parking, accessible via a bridge across a creek and protected green space.

CMS Middle College High School at Cato

Cato Middle College High School reached its legislated capacity of 100 juniors and 100 seniors each of the past several years, with a wait list generated annually. Cato Middle College students, under Principal Alicisa Johnson since 2014, earned distinctions, scholarships and college acceptances beyond their Mecklenburg County peers. Starting Fall semester 2016, students are able to remain with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools at Cato Middle College for a 13th year in order to accumulate more college credits at no cost with the goal of completing associate degrees. Several Cato Middle College graduates have received CPCC associate degrees along with their CMS diplomas.

Major Programs/Courses Offered

College Transfer and General Education
College & Career Readiness
      Adult ESL-English as a Second Language
      High School Equivalency Preparation
Corporate and Continuing Education
Horticulture Technology (A.A.S. Degree, Certificates, Career & College Promise Certificate)
Interpreter Education (A.A.S. Degree, American Sign Language Certificate, Career & College Promise Certificate)
Paralegal Technology (A.A.S. Degree, post-baccalaureate Diploma)
Turfgrass Management Technology (A.A.S. Degree, Certificates)


Cato I and Cato II Buildings house student services, financial aid, registration / cashiering, a veterans resources center, offices and classrooms. As part of the 2013 Mecklenburg County bond package, enhancements include recently renovated science classrooms, a state-of-the-art math emporium and new student services spaces for First Year Experience and orientation programs. The bookstore was expanded to offer food and coffee service along with textbooks and supplies.

The Horticulture compound houses classrooms, offices, a greenhouse, an equipment storage building, plus outdoor horticulture and turfgrass classrooms and fields for design training. The bond package supported the construction of a small engine repair shop to accommodate classes for this in-demand area.

Cato III building houses Student Life, a student lounge, auditorium and a multipurpose room on the ground floor. The first floor provides classrooms, a landscape design studio, security office, amily restroom and study spaces, as well as the Patty and Bill Gorelick Art Gallery. The College and Career Readiness Registration Center, classrooms, and faculty offices or work stations are on the second floor, along with a second family restroom and a quiet room available for reservation. The top floor of Cato III houses the Library, ASL Interpreter Education labs, offices and classrooms, a conference room, the Professional Careers Division and Dean's offices. The Rodgers amphitheater offers outdoor study space as well as a venue for theater, music and classes. Landscape design projects enhance several areas of the campus.

CATS Services

Public transportation is provided to Cato Campus by the Charlotte Area Transportation Service (CATS). Route 3 (east/west) and Route 29 (north/south) run regularly Monday through Saturday. Both services stop on Grier Road at the entrance to Cato Campus.


The dean of the Cato Campus is George A. Henderson.

Services offered on this campus

Service Offered Here
Academic Learning Center (tutoring)Y
Career ServicesY
CLEP ExaminationsN
Coffee ShopY
College & Career Readiness (CCR)Y
Copy Machines / PrintersY
Corporate & Continuing Education (CCE)Y
Disability ServicesY
Financial Aid / Veterans AffairsY
Fitness CenterN
Graduation ServicesN
Human Resources*Y
Law LibraryY
Math EmporiumY
Orientation for New StudentsY
Outreach & RecruitmentY
Placement TestingY
Public Transportation (CATS routes 3 and 29)Y
Student Computer LabsY
Student Life / SGAY
Student RecordsY
Student Success AdvisorY
Student Success CenterY
Student Support Services/TRION
Tour for Prospective StudentsY
Transfer Resource Assistance*Y
Vending MachinesY
Veterans Services CenterY
(asterisk denotes part-time service)