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Additional Programs and Centers at Catawba College

Special Programs

Catawba to Career (C2C)
Career awareness is the focus of Catawba College's Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). The topic of career awareness is one that meets many aspects of not just what is going on in higher education today, but is also closely aligned with Catawba's mission: that through our value of "providing an education rich in personal attention," we seek to do so by blending 'the knowledge and competencies of liberal studies with career preparation."
First-Year Experience
This unique program was established to provide new Catawba students with not only basic survival skills for college life, but enriching experiences to shape their future as well. First-time freshmen are required to take the First-Year Seminar, which focuses on the rigorous study of a selected topic and the development of essential study and research skills.
The Honors Program cultivates a community of academically gifted students who pursue challenging educational experiences with outstanding faculty. Through interdisciplinary, provocative, and intellectually demanding courses, the Honors Program piques the curiosity of students, encouraging them to become life-long learners whose lives are enriched by their experiences.
Orientation information for new, transferring and re-entering students and their parents to prepare for arrival on campus. Resources about technology on campus, housing, mail, health services, dining, and much more!
Sustainable Catawba
The commitment to sustainability is strong on the Catawba College campus. Sustainable Catawba is the on-campus collaboration between student groups, organizations, and academic and operational departments, which is key to maintaining sustainability on campus.
Volunteer Catawba
Volunteer Catawba coordinates the collective, collaborative volunteer effort of the college community. Many faculty members work with Volunteer Catawba to incorporate service-learning opportunities into curriculum. Individuals — as well as entire classes, athletic teams, and clubs — participate in rewarding service projects, mission trips, and more.

College Centers

Academy for Teaching
The Shirley Peeler Ritchie Academy for Teaching was established in 2007 to answer the ongoing need for excellent teachers and to further enhance the outstanding Teacher Education department at Catawba. The Academy's focus is on equipping its participants with 21st Century teaching skills and offering extensive field experiences through regional and east coast travel, community leadership development and service learning.
ctr_lake.jpg Black Lake Retreat Center
This off-campus facility offers a place of retreat and spiritual renewal to persons of all ages and levels of faith development. A picturesque outdoor ministry resource, Black Lake is conveniently located in the "Heart of North Carolina" in Asheboro, N.C. It is just minutes from the Uwharrie Mountains, N.C. Zoological Park, Museum of Traditional N.C. Pottery, Richard Petty Museum, N.C. Aviation Museum and Hall of Fame, and others.


Career Services
Our office strives to serve Catawba students with their individual career development — getting them ready for "life after Catawba." We assist with all phases — from making "major" decisions, to how to write a resume, to experiential learning opportunities. So no matter what phase you find yourself in, we are here to help!


Center for Entrepreneurship & Experiential Development (CEED)
Designed to integrate academic excellence, creativity, innovation, and hands-on experience, the Entrepreneurial program in the School of Business gives students a detailed understanding of, and necessary skills, to run a small business, to launch their own venture, to take a leadership role in a venture, or to take on an intrapreneurial role in a mature organization.


Center for the Environment
Catawba College launched the Center for the Environment in 1996 to educate students and the public about environmental stewardship and sustainability. It involves students, faculty, and staff, and its many partners and volunteers in programs and activities that promote sustainable solutions in the community, the region and beyond. The building that houses the Center, which was completed in 2001, epitomizes the mission of the Center and serves as a model for green building practices. It reflects Catawba College's commitment to conservation and the sustainable use of the earth's resources.
The Center for International Studies
We wish to encourage and assist Catawba students who wish to pursue part of their education in a foreign country, to promote international and cross-cultural educational experiences on the Catawba campus, and to help international students on campus achieve the maximum benefit from their time at Catawba.
ctr_cmc.jpg The Curriculum Materials Center
The mission of the Catawba College CMC (Curriculum Materials Center) is to provide services and resources that help prepare and enable reflective practitioners to teach effectively students in a global and diverse society.
ctr_lilly.jpg Lilly Center for Vocation & Values
Founded in 2003 with the help of a generous grant from the Lilly Foundation, Catawba's Lilly Center strives to promote thought-provoking journeys of self-exploration. The Lilly Center has helped participants, especially students, discover and use their gifts in ways that serve others. The funds will also help in continuing to make a special focus by encouraging students to consider how they can make a real difference in today's world through the Christian ministry.
ctr_math.jpg The Math & Science Center

The Math & Science (SMART) offers excellent tutorial services designed to help you understand concepts in math and science. The welcoming environment provides students a caring, supportive and encouraging academic presence while tackling the development of math and science skills. The open work area gives students the ability to drop-in and work on math assignments, receive peer tutoring and study for exams. 

ctr_writing.jpg The Writing Center
The Writing Center provides free, one-to-one tutoring to all Catawba students who are working on writing projects. Our undergraduate peer tutors work with writers of all abilities and at every stage of the writing process.