Our public school system has 17 elementary, four middle and six high schools serving nearly 12,000 students who regularly achieve top performance in virtually every major category. Our classrooms are competitive, with up-to-date computer labs and “Smart Technology Rooms.” Caldwell County has one of the highest nationally board certified rates of teachers, many who have earned their Master’s and doctorates.
In addition to the excellent public schools in the community, parents may also choose to educate their children in a choice of private schools.
Since 1964, Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute (CCC&TI) has provided the community with a host of educational opportunities, services, and comprehensive resources to business and industry. Today, CCC&TI offers hundreds of day and evening courses, as well as online courses designed to fit any schedule or lifestyle. Students may choose from more than 75 curriculum programs and a variety of corporate and continuing courses, including basic skills and GED training in both Caldwell and Watauga counties. The college serves more than 15,000 students per year.
CCC&TI is distinguished as a state and national model in offering seamless education. Through cooperative efforts with the public school system and widespread support from the community, the Caldwell campus houses the innovative Caldwell Early College High School and the Caldwell Applied Sciences Academy. Both the Early College and Caldwell Applied Sciences Academy have been recognized across the state for their exceptional test scores. In addition, CCC&TI’s Faye A. Broyhill Building is home to the Appalachian State University Center, making it more convenient for students to continue their education.
Thanks to the Caldwell Early College High School and the Caldwell Applied Sciences Academy, Caldwell County students can earn their high-school diploma, an associate’s degree, and a four-year university degree without ever leaving the campus of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute.
Twelve miles north of the county in Boone is Appalachian State University and 20 minutes south in Hickory are the North Carolina Center for Engineering Technologies, Lenoir-Rhyne University, and the Hickory Metro Higher Ed Center, which offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees from multiple major colleges and universities. The University of North Carolina at Asheville, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Western Carolina University, and Wake Forest University are all within 100 miles of the county as well.