Cato Campus History


In the fall of 2002, the first buildings (Cato I and Horticulture) on the Cato Campus opened offering college transfer, Corporate and Continuing Education and College and Career Readiness (basic skills) courses. The original building(Cato I)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 second building (Cato II) 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 offers a beautiful and relaxing learning lounge and a cafe. This area now houses the Cato bookstore and Student Life offices.

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.

After the passage of Mecklenburg County's 2013 bond referrendum, construction began on a third building for Cato that will double the amount of classroom and office space available for students, faculty and staff. Completion is scheduled for January 2016.