CVCC’s SkillsUSA Team Wins Four National Championships and One Second Place

2015 CVCC SkillsUSA National TeamCatawba Valley Community College’s SkillsUSA team brought home four gold medals and one silver medal from the National Championship held recently in Louisville, Ky. Twenty-six CVCC students competed in 13 categories.

In addition to gold and silver medals, CVCC team members also earned four top 10 awards in the national competition.

“SkillsUSA is an opportunity for students to compete against their peers in technical skills, leadership, teamwork and character development.  SkillsUSA also promotes understanding of the free-enterprise system and involvement in community service,” said Dr. Garrett Hinshaw, CVCC’s President. Continue reading

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Unifour Foundation Awards Grant to CVCC for Expansion of Catawba Valley Furniture Academy

Unifour Family Foundation Grants 2015-Furniture Academy & SBC

Pictured (from left) Unifour Foundation board members Nancy Fritz, Chip Huffman and John Francis; Dr. Garrett D. Hinshaw, president of CVCC; Lori Price, CVCC Director of Customized Industry Training; Crystal Glenn, CVCC Executive Director of Workforce Development Innovaion Center.

The Unifour Foundation has awarded Catawba Valley Community College a $50,000 grant to support the critically needed expansion of the Catawba Valley Furniture Academy.

The Catawba Valley Furniture Academy is an industry-driven training program designed in collaboration with local furniture manufacturers to prepare a workforce with industry-specific skills for modern-day furniture manufacturing not currently in supply. Continue reading

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CVCC Offers Adult High School in New Online Format

CVCC Adult Secondary Education Certification 2014Catawba Valley Community College’s Adult High School Program will soon be offered in a 100 percent online format for the convenience of students. And, there is no fee.

This convenient new distance learning option will be available beginning July 6. Computer labs on campus will be staffed at advertised hours to also provide students with an opportunity for personalized instruction.

The new online format accommodates more students, and allows them to work toward their diploma on their schedule at their pace. There are no required class days. Students are also able to work on assignments in CVCC’s Adult High School computer lab during set hours. Continue reading

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CVCC Offers Math Placement Test Review Sessions

If you are a current student or plan to enroll at Catawba Valley Community College this fall and need to brush up on your math skills before you take or re-take a math placement test, two free review sessions are scheduled for July.

The first session will be held Mon., July 27, and covers concepts taught in Developmental Mathematics 010, 020 and 030. Attendees can choose from one of two different times: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 5 to 9 p.m. Continue reading

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CVCC Honors 2015 Adult Secondary Credentials Graduates


Catawba Valley Community College recently honored those who completed their high school equivalency in the past year. Pictured (1st row from left) Jahaira Deliz Goolsby, Roxanne Elizabeth Stafford, Angel E. Mendez, Drew Danielle Vinson, Carolyn McAninch, Jeremiah Jolly, (2nd) Derek Mikeal Scaglione, Jaime Hernandez, Rachel Marie Fox, Adam Randall King, Dalton Alexander Davis, Chad Shawn Presnell, and Shelby Megan Godlove.

They leave high school for various reasons, but thousands return to Catawba Valley Community College each year to complete their high school credentials. Recently, the college honored those who completed their high school equivalency in the past year.

This year’s graduates include Dalton Alexander Davis, Bessemer City; Rachel Marie Fox, Hickory; Shelby Megan Godlove, Maiden; Jahaira Deliz Goolsby, Hickory; Jaime Owuin Hernandez, Hickory; Jeremiah Edward Jolly, Taylorsville; Adam Randall King, Hiddenite; Carolyn Cox McAninch, Hickory;Angel E. Mendez, Valdese; Chadwick Shawn Presnell, Hickory; Derek Mikeal Scaglione, Hickory; Roxanne Elizabeth Stafford, Newton; and Drew Danielle Vinson, Scotts;

CVCC recently launched a new option that’s especially attractive to those who may only lack a few high school credits or have not left high school that long ago. It’s called Adult High School, and the price tag is especially attractive: free.

Unlike the GED®, all previously earned high school credits apply. Students focus only on the subjects or credits they lack. Perhaps the best part is there is no charge to take the Adult High School competency tests.  

For more information about obtaining an adult secondary credential, call or email Tina Fredell at 828.327.7000, ext. 4353 or

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