Cato Campus History


In the fall of 2002, the first building on the Cato Campus opened offering college transfer, Corporate and Continuing Education and basic skills courses. The original building houses classrooms, computer labs, offices, student services, a bookstore and the law library. The Horticulture building was also opened during this first phase and features a 4,500 sq. ft. attached greenhouse.

The Cato Campus grew again in the spring of 2007 with the opening of a new building that houses the Cato Middle College, classrooms, computer labs, the campus library, offices, a student life lounge and a 95 seat auditorium.

In the fall of 2011, the unfinished area of Cato II - Lower Level (basement) was completed and now consist of a beautiful and relaxing learning lounge for students, and a cafe. This area now houses the Cato bookstore and Student Life.

Currently, the Cato Campus is home to more than 10,000 students, making it the third largest of CPCC’s six campuses. The student population ranges in age from high school to adult learners, and boasts many diverse backgrounds including non-native English speakers and career professionals.