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Primary and Secondary Education

Cabarrus County offers a variety of educational options whether it be through public schools, private schools, or charter schools. The Cabarrus County School System services all of the county with the exception of parts of Kannapolis, which operates its own school district.

Cabarrus County Schools educates 30,000 students in 39 schools – making its system among the largest in North Carolina and one of the largest employers in Cabarrus County. Cabarrus County Schools reported a graduation rate of 86.5% four-year graduation cohort rate – 4% higher than the state average.

Kannapolis City Schools educates 5,500 students in 9 schools. It features a highly acclaimed STEM Academy, partnerships with the NC Research Campus, an innovative online learning program (iKann) and teachers who are among the most effective in the region. Kannapolis City Schools is one of only four NC school districts named to the College Board’s AP Honor Roll for outstanding performance in administering Advanced Placement college level courses. 

 Higher Education

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College has spent more than 50 years serving Rowan and Cabarrus counties, ultimately educating nearly 650,000 individuals. Over time, the College has progressively evolved in response to the community’s workforce and economic development needs, annually serving more than 20,000 individuals on seven campuses and sites across two counties.

The North Carolina Manufacturing Institute initiative was conceived in the summer of 2014 during meetings with leaders from Rowan and Cabarrus counties from both chambers of commerce, economic development authorities, the Centralina Workforce Development Board and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. The North Carolina Manufacturing Institute is a response to employers’ need for solving talent recruitment issues in order to grow and remain competitive. This initiative builds a clear and achievable pathway for people to acquire those skills in order to access good jobs in local communities.

UNC Charlotte is an urban research institution located just outside of Cabarrus County that educates over 27,000 students. UNC Charlotte has seven professional colleges that offer a total of more than 170 undergraduate and graduate programs in a wide range of academic disciplines.

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