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 Catawba Valley Community College 

Name: Catawba Valley Community College
President/CEO: Garrett D. Hinshaw
City: Hickory
State: North Carolina
Type: Public
Campus Setting: Rural, Fringe
Year Established: 1960

Governing Board Website

Catawba Valley Community College


Student Characteristics Based on Fall 2010 IPEDS Data

2010 Fall Credit Enrollment
Total Enrollment: 5,502
Part Time: 60.6%
Full Time: 39.4%

Male: 43.2%
Female: 56.8%

African-American: 8.7%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 8.9%
Hispanic: 5.6%
Native American: 0.7%
White: 74.7%
Other: 1.5%


 Catawba Valley Community College President

Garrett D. Hinshaw

 Catawba Valley Community College Board Chair

Forrest A. Ferrell
Board Chair

Quote from the President

“The one core value on our campuses that must remain consistent in today’s global economy is our passion and commitment to improve the lives of the people we serve. We must continuously strive to remain relevant for the workforce and provide access for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Our focus has transitioned from one of maintaining to one of being a catalyst in our community through intentional actions that lead to a positive return on investment for our stakeholders and our college.

Interesting Facts

  • The Valley Regional Simulated Hospital at Catawba Valley Community College is the newest and largest simulation medical center on the East Coast. Equipped with a wide variety of low- and high-fidelity programmable manikins, innovative technology enhancements, and a realistic comprehensive hospital environment, we are able to bring health care education to life like never before.
  • The CVCC Office of Multicultural Affairs is the first office of its kind within the North Carolina community college system and reflects a strong commitment to diversity throughout the campus and in the community.
  • Education Matters is an action-oriented initiative unique to CVCC. The program demonstrates formal and effective partnerships between business/industry, government and the local educational systems to promote and foster student success. 
  • CVCC is instrumental in promoting workforce development for our citizenry and in serving the ever-changing needs of local businesses. The CVCC Manufacturing Solutions Center provides research and development services to the national and international business community in order to create and maintain jobs in North Carolina and the United States.
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