Secondary Education

Iredell County has multiple opportunities for education beyond high school. NASCAR Technical Institute and PIT Welding equip students to work in automobile manufacturing and maintenance. Part of the North Carolina Community College system, Mitchell Community College offers degree-programs as well as career specialized tracks.

Iredell County is served by several nearby four-year colleges, including Catawba College, Davidson College, Lenoir-Rhyne University, and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Gardner-Webb University also has a satellite program in Statesville. Click here for a full list of community colleges and univesrsities within 50 miles of Iredell.

Michell Community College

Mitchell Community College, founded in 1852, is a comprehensive, open admissions community college dedicated to meeting the postsecondary education and training needs of the citizens of Iredell County and surrounding areas. Located in Statesville, the College operates two campuses, Statesville and Mooresville campus.

The 2022 fall semester enrollment was in excess of 3,500 students in curriculum credit courses.

Basic Skills/Workplace Literacy

This program provides Adult Basic Education (ABE), General Education Development (GED), English-as-a-Second
Language (ESL), Math and More for the College Bound, and workplace literacy training opportunities. Classes are
offered throughout the College’s service area and are provided on site for industry employees.

College Transfer Programs

These programs, leading to Associate in Arts (A. A.), Associate in Fine Arts (A.F.A.), or Associate in Science Degrees
(A.S.), are designed to provide the general education core along with selected electives needed by most
baccalaureate degree programs. The College has structured its program around the study of several academic

Mitchell Community College, Career and College Promise

Career & College Promise (CCP) allows high school students to get a jump-start on earning college credits while still enrolled in high school.  The tuition is free.  Eligible students may earn college transfer credits, workforce credentials, or both.  College Transfer Pathways designed for students to start working toward a four-year degree.  These structured pathways offer courses that, if successfully completed with a “C” or better, will seamlessly transfer to any public university and many private colleges and universities in the state.

Career and Technical Education Pathways are aligned with the high school career clusters and allow students the opportunity to earn a workforce credential before ever graduating from high school.  Students acquire skills in high-demand areas to fill a need in our community.  These credentials will help a student go directly into the workforce.

Mitchell Community College – Summer Bridge Program

Mitchell Community College offeris a free six-week academic program for first year students to gain college experience and develop a network of support prior to beginning their first year. Within the Summer Brigde Program, first year Mitchell students take two courses, attend weekly workshops and meet faculty and staff who will support them during the upcoming academic year. Additionally, first year students earn free college credit through their participation in the program.