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Highly Skilled and Affordable Labor

Born from generations of furniture making, skilled craftsmanship is in our DNA. And as Caldwell County’s economy has evolved, new companies have discovered that these skills translate well to other types of manufacturing.

A right-to-work state, North Carolina’s pro-business environment helps keep wages and worker-related costs well below national averages — in fact, unemployment insurance and workers’ compensation rates are among the very lowest in the nation. Visit our Data section for key labor statistics.

America’s Best Community College-Based Job Training

North Carolina pioneered customized job training for new and expanding businesses more than 40 years ago. Today, this state-sponsored program is considered the best of its kind and is administered through the 58-campus North Carolina Community College System.

Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute offers a full range of programs that can be customized to meet a company’s specific training needs for skilled or semi-skilled workers. In most cases, training is free to qualifying businesses, and can be taught on the college campus or at the employer’s workplace. Click here for more details.

Top-Performing Public Schools

Serving almost 12,000 students, Caldwell County’s public school system is recognized statewide for its innovative approach, faculty excellence, and exceptional test scores. Modern learning facilities feature computer labs and “smart technology rooms,” and the percentage of nationally board certified teachers is among the highest in the state. 

Seamless Education

Located on the campus of Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute (CCC&TI), the innovative Caldwell Early College High School and Caldwell Career Center Middle College put students on a fast track to college degrees and marketable skills.

A cooperative effort of CCC&TI and the County’s public school system, the program is a national model for seamless education that allows a student to earn their high-school diploma, an associate’s degree and a four-year degree on the same campus. 

Area Universities

Less than 12 miles from our northern border is Appalachain State University and just across our southern border is Lenoir-Rhyne University, both offering advanced degrees. Other major institutions within a 100-mile radius include:

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