Cato Campus

Cato Campus 704.330.4800


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 school 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.

The next growth phase for Cato began in Spring 2014 after Mecklenburg County voters approved a bond referendum to support growth at CPCC. For the Spring 2016 semester, a new building will be ready which will double the size of the campus and add needed classrooms, offices, a new library, College & Career Readiness center, Interpreter Education/American Sign Language center, student life and community space, plus a new theater. Also included in the Cato III project, is expanded parking and an addition to the horticulture compound to hold a small engine repair program.

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 with the Fall 2014 entering class, students have the opportunity to remain with CMS and at Cato Middle College for a 13th year to continue to complete college credits at no cost. Several Cato Middle College graduates have received CPCC associate degrees along with their CMS diplomas.

Major Programs/Courses Offered

College & Career Readiness
      Adult ESL-English as a Second Language
      High School Equivalency Preparation
College Transfer and General Education
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 Campus facilities include Cato I and Cato II with student services, financial aid, registration and cashiering, college and career readiness intake, offices and classrooms. The horticulture compound includes classrooms, offices, a greenhouse, an equipment storage building plus outdoor horticulture and turfgrass classrooms and ball fields for design training. Landscape design projects enhance several areas of the campus. Campus services are listed below.

CATS Services

Public transportation is provided at 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 Janet Malkemes.

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
Orientation for New StudentsY
Outreach & RecruitmentN
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 ServicesN
Tour for Prospective StudentsY
Transfer Resource Assistance*Y
Vending MachinesY
(asterisk denotes part-time service)