Located in Cleveland County, North Carolina, the Cleveland Community College (CCC) was established in 1965 as a unit of Gaston College. Today this independent, public, two-year college is a member institution of the North Carolina Community College System. The College became an independent unit in 1967 when a local Board of Trustees was appointed, and the school was renamed Cleveland County Technical Institute. As the College continued to expand, the need for a proper campus became evident, and thanks to grants from the Cleveland County Board of Commissioners and the State of North Carolina it was able to begin building on its long-range development plan.
By the time the institute officially changed its name to Cleveland Community College in 1987, the campus included classroom buildings, the Learning Resources Center, the Jack Hunt Campus Center, vocational shops, laboratories, a snack bar, bookstore, and offices. Since then the school has expanded to include the James Broughton Petty Amphitheater, a field house, a maintenance building and a student activities center.