If you are worried about having an available trained workforce, look no farther. Rowan County is home to one of the premier community colleges in the nation. The college has two campuses and more than 18,000 students. Rowan-Cabarrus Community College (RCCC) was the first in the state to offer ISO 9000 training. RCCC can provide cutting-edge worker training, as well as specially tailored training and development programs for your business.

Award Winning Education

Rowan Cabarrus Community College (RCCC)
Rowan Cabarrus Community College has won two awards for its industry training partnerships and custom-made programs for local industries. The mission of RCCC is to provide training and development opportunities for individuals, businesses and industries in Rowan and Cabarrus counties.
Catawba College
Catawba College is located on 276 acres in Salisbury, and is the sixth oldest college in North Carolina, with 1,300 students from 30 U.S. states and 14 foreign countries. The private, liberal arts school offers 40 academic fields of study, including a strong science program, pre-professional programs, evening/adult programs and graduate studies. Catawba offers a student-faculty ratio of 16:1 with 76 full-time faculty members.


Livingstone College
Livingstone College is a private, historically black college affiliated with the African Methodist Episcopal Zion church. The college is located on 272 acres in Salisbury. The Academic Affairs consists of four divisions: Divisions of Business, Education and Social Work, Liberal Arts and Mathematics and Science. Livingstone also offers evening/adult programs.

Catawba College Center for the Environment
The Center for the Environment is located on the college's Ecological Preserve and educates students and the public on environmental stewardship and sustainability. The Center's sustainable facility is a model for green building practices and a nationally recognized example of the sustainable use of natural resources.

Rowan-Salisbury School System
Rowan-Salisbury School System consists of 35 schools serving 21,000 students with a student ratio of 15:1. A total of 31 schools recently met expected or high growth through the state accountability model.
Rowan County Early College opened its doors in August of 2008 with 73 new freshmen students at Rowan Cabarrus Community College. The school expanded during 2009/2010 school year to hold 9th and 10th grade students.
Rowan-Salisbury Schools increased the number of 21st Century Model Classrooms to twenty-five at twenty-two schools in the district.
Salisbury High School, one of five high schools in the county, has received a Silver Medal for excellence for two years by U.S. News & World Reports and is listed by Newsweek as one of the top schools in America.

The North Carolina Research Campus
The North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) is a public-private venture created by visionary David H. Murdock, owner of Castle & Cooke, Inc. and Dole Food Company, Inc. Murdock, who has a long-time interest in health, wellness and economic development, is investing approximately $1 billion in development and construction, and another $100 million to fund strategic biotechnology ventures. At NCRC, the world's leading researchers from academia and industry are stimulating discovery and fostering collaboration that is advancing the fields of nutrition, agriculture and biotechnology. The goal is to enhance the understanding of the links between nutrition and disease in order to translate scientific discovery into new models of prevention, treatment and cures while raising the standards of healthly living for people worldwide. The NCRC is home to eight leading research universities, each with a specific research focus and one commitment - improving human health. The NCRC universities are: Duke, UNC Chapel Hill, NC State University, UNC Charlotte, NC Central University, NC A&T University, UNC Greensboro and Appalachian State University.