Located in Hickory, North Carolina, the Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) is part of the North Carolina Community College System. Established in 1958, the college is set on a 120 acre campus with ten buildings, a new college Art Center, a downtown Newton Educational Center, the Alexander County Center, Balls Creek Center and an East campus.
Students here elect from a wide range of degree, career preparation, and corporate training programs. Students may participate in a short-term training program all the way to a full associate degree via either campus or online study options. The College is composed of the school of academics, education & fine arts; the school of business, industry, & technology; the school of health services; the school of public safety; and programs like college transfer, distance education, GED and continuing Education.
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CVCC participates in the Homegrown Teaching Scholars program. Students who live in either Alexander or Catawba County, North Carolina who are interested in studying to become a teacher may qualify. The participant must, after graduation, agree to teach in his or her home county for four of the seven years immediately following graduation. Students will qualify for preferred employment opportunities, participate in special educators activities, have access to a large support network, and receive important financial assistance.
Students may qualify for the Cooperative Education academic program, which allows them to blend classroom theory with one or more semesters of paid work experience. Under the scope of this program, academic credit is awarded for part-time or full-time work experience related to the individual student’s area of study. Students must apply by completing the co-op application, undergoing the interview process with the Co-op staff, and the interviewing with prospective employers. All participating students will work at least one full semester, have already completed at least 12 credit hours of course work, and will have at least a 2.0 GPA.
The school has an “open door” admissions policy in place. Anyone 18 years of age or older may attend on a full-time or part-time basis after completing the enrollment process. Some students aged 16 and older may attend with special permission granted.
Students may apply online, but the application must be activated, in person, by the student with a visit to the Student Services Office. Prospective students must remember to bring a photo ID at the time, and should also bring along a printed application agreement statement which appears after submitting the completed online application. Official transcripts must be sent from all high schools or post-secondary studies including colleges and universities, and official test-score reports must be sent to the admissions office.
Students should plan on the application and enrollment process taking from 1 to 3 weeks. Some programs, however, are limited enrollment programs and may require extra admissions requirements, including but not limited to, advertising and graphic design, associate degree nursing, dental hygiene, electroneurodiagnostic, emergency medical science, health information technology, polysomnography, radiography, respiratory therapy, and surgical technology. Students will be assigned an email account and an academic advisor. A new student orientation is given every semester, and it is strongly encouraged that all new students attend.
For assistance with budgeting, educational expenses and planning financial resource, students should contact the Director of Scholarships and Financial Aid within the Student Financial Assistance Services Department. No appointment is necessary. Students should begin by filling out the FAFSA as soon as possible after completing the admissions application. Financial aid students may qualify for comes in the form of federal, public, and private grants, scholarships, employment and loans. Students may qualify for the following Federal aid programs, the Federal Pell Grant, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), the Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), Federal Work Study (FWS), Federal Subsidized Stafford and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans, an Additional Unsubsidized Loan, and the Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Student (PLUS). North Carolina State financial aid may be also be granted from the College Foundation of North Carolina. Students must generally reapply for state aid every year, and may receive financial aid in the form of the North Carolina Student Incentive Grant (NCSIG), the North Carolina Community College Grant (NCCCG), the North Carolina Education Lottery Scholarship (NCELS), or the Education Access Rewards North Carolina Scholars Fund (EARN).
Scholarships available to students which require meeting specific criteria include the C.L. Robbins Foundation Scholarship, the Nurse Scholars Program / Prospective Teacher Scholarship Loan, the SEANC Scholarship, and the Drum-Wilkinson Educational Foundation, Inc Scholarship. Students may also apply to CVCC Foundation scholarships via campus computer only. Some students may also qualify for the New Choices program for displaced homemakers, and receive special financial support and student services.
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The student government provides students with an array of functions, activities and opportunities each semester. Some regular events are the Fall Fling, the Spring Fling, the N4C SGA conferences, co-curricular activities, the Red Cross Bloodmobile, the eARTh Day Arts Festival, the Aids Round Table, and the Biology Club Wildlife Refuge Trip.
Students may also participate in NJCAA women’s volleyball, NJCAA men’s basketball, and a variety of student clubs and organizations. Choose from clubs and organizations including, but not limited to the Automotive Systems Technology Club, EMS, the Theater Arts Club, ASIA, the Collegiate Music Educators Association, Phi Theta Kappa, and Rotaract.
The school provides its students with a range of student services, including admissions, career planning, counseling, faculty advisors, health services/information, housing, job placement, orientation, disability services, financial assistance services, veteran’s affairs, and the Learning Assistance Center. At the LAC students are provided with tutoring assistance, including computer-assisted and video-based instruction.
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The Buccaneers are a member of NJCAA. The following sports can be found here:
- Men’s Intercollegiate Basketball
- Women’s Intercollegiate Volleyball
Students wishing to stay fit may use the athletic facilities, including a Neoshock running track, fully equipped weight room, basketball courts, lighted tennis courts, a soccer field and a softball field within the Multipurpose Complex.
The school fields intercollegiate NJCAA Division II women’s volleyball and basketball teams, and men’s basketball and baseball teams. Students may also participate in cheerleading or intramural tennis.
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