K-64 brings education, business, and government together to connect people of all ages with the skills needed to fill jobs and build careers in Catawba County.

Education. Business. Government.

K-64 brings education, business, and government together to connect people of all ages with the skills needed to fill jobs and build careers in Catawba County.

Who We Are

K-64 brings education, business, and government together to connect people of all ages with the skills needed to fill jobs and build careers in Catawba County.

  • Increase student and employer engagement in educational programs proven to prepare a qualified workforce.
  • Collaborate with employers to align courses of study with workforce needs.
  • Connect students to real-world careers and related curriculum choices.
  • Empower adults to enhance employability in a dynamic work environment.

History. Mission. Vision.

Mission and Vision:

K-64 is dedicated to fostering collaboration between education, government, and business to develop, attract, and retain a future-ready talent pool to meet growing workforce demands and ensure a bright economic future for Catawba County, NC.

 

History:

K-64 Learning was born out of a 2016 population study of Catawba County which indicated an ongoing gradual decline in the local working-age population. With efforts to proactively drive economic and population growth, the Catawba County Board of Commissioners identified education as one of eight critical growth sectors in their strategic plan and commissioned K-64 Learning to lead the way. On January 17, 2017, the Catawba County Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution to form K-64 and approved its bylaws. The Board also voted to approve seed-funding to help kick-start the initiative.

In March 2017, a Memorandum of Agreement was signed to formalize the K-64 partnership among the initiative’s founding partners: Catawba County, The Chamber of Catawba County, Catawba County Economic Development Corporation, Catawba County Schools, Catawba Valley Community College, Hickory Public Schools, and Newton-Conover City Schools. We have continued to collaborate and establish best practices to meet growing workforce demands.

Accomplishments:

  • Over $6 million raised locally in less than 2 years.
  • 14,000 devices placed in the hands of K-12 students.
  • Invested more than $300,000 in teacher training.
  • Invested in soft skills education programs for three public school districts.
  • Placed high school Scholar Advisors in all three public school districts.
  • Engaged more than 300 businesses to visit and partner with the CVCC Workforce Solutions Center.

CONTACT US

K-64 – Physical Address
Catawba Valley Community College
2664 US Hwy 70 SE
Hickory, NC  28602

Robin Ross, Vice President
(828) 327-7000, ext. 4462
rross@cvcc.edu

Joretta Fish, Administration
(828) 327-7000, ext. 4471
jfish948@cvcc.edu

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