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.

About Us

Our 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.

Pictured Above: The Mark Story Innovation Wing, named in honor of K-64’s former CEO, Mark Story, a pioneering advocate for education in Catawba County.

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.

Meet the Team

Robin Ross

Robin Ross

Vice President of K-64

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Isabella Esposito

Isabella Esposito

Marketing

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Joretta Fish

Joretta Fish

Administration

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CONTACT US

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

Isabella Esposito, Marketing
(828) 327-7000, ext. 4944
iesposito529@cvcc.edu

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