Back to school for Adults too! Mitchell Community College-Statesville NC


In today’s economy it is more critical than ever to continue learning new skills and technologies.  With the large number of job losses in Iredell County, more displaced workers have chosen to return to school to be retrained for a new position and learn a new trade.  Mitchell Community College offers a wide array of continuing education classes as well as their normal degree programs.  The Continuing Education building is located on W. Front Street and the Mooresville Campus is on North Academy St.  Open House is scheduled for August 30th in Statesville. 

Here are the programs offered in Statesville:


  • Allied Health – These courses relate to the medical and nursing field and lead to state certification. Courses for initial certification, recertification and job upgrade are available.
  • Business & Industry Services – This program provides for the training needs of industries new to Iredell County and also for existing companies that are undergoing a major expansion, which results in the addition of twelve or more new production jobs.
  • Community Service – Community Service Programs are designed to appeal to the vocational and special interests of adults in our community. Classes in cake decorating, painting, photography, pottery, sewing, stained glass, and other topics are sponsored through this program.
  • GED & Basic Skills – The Basic Skills division of Continuing Education encompasses the following programs: Adult Basic Education (ABE), General Educational Development (GED), English as a Second Language (ESL), Compensatory Education, Basic Skills in the Workplace.
  • Motorcycle Safety – Teaches students the proper techniques needed to ride a motorcycle safely. Classes are available for both beginning and experienced riders.
  • Occupation Courses – These programs contribute to the economic development of the region. Classes are offered which upgrade the skills of those currently employed and prepare other individuals to enter the work force.
  • Online Education – More than 100 Ed2Go courses are offered monthly via the Internet. Lessons are accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Public Safety – The Public Safety program provides certificates in fire science, basic law enforcement, and emergency medical services. Training includes a combination of classroom and “hands-on” study to ensure students are well-prepared to enter these fields.
  • Truck Driver Training – Training programs are provided by Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute Hudson, NC and hosted at Mitchell Community College. Day classes require 8.5 weeks to complete, evening classes 15 weeks and weekend classes take 17 weekends.


Mitchell Community College also offers the Small Business Center for small business owners or entrepreneurs. Here is some information from their website:


Small Business Center

Small Business Center Network LogoMitchell Community College’s Small Business Center (SBC) is a resource for existing and prospective small business owners and managers in Iredell County. The SBC is part of a statewide network which provides counseling, resources, and educational services to support the development and growth of small businesses. Starting or managing a small business is not as simple as one may think. Planning a successful business require extensive research, intense planning, creative thinking and problem solving, and a strong desire to succeed. The mission of the SBC is to be actively involved with the small business community in Iredell County and assist in economic growth by providing assistance to small businesses in order to increase the number of start-ups, expand existing small businesses, and reduce the number of small business failures.

Seminars & Workshops

The SBC hosts seminars, workshops, and courses designed for small business owners on a regular basis. Many of the seminars and workshops are provided at no cost or for a nominal fee. Expert presenters from all areas of North Carolina are brought to the campus to assist in meeting the training needs of small businesses.

Click here for a current list of seminars & workshops. (PDF)

For information or to pre-register for Small Business Center seminars contact Donna Worrell at 704-878-3226 or


The SBC provides free confidential counseling on a variety of small business management topics. The topics include business start-up, licensing, business plans, sources of financing, marketing, and more.

For information contact Suzanne Wallace, Director of the Small Business Center at 704-878-3227 or To schedule an appointment for small business counseling complete the Request for Counseling form.

Information & Referral Center

The SBC has a resource center available to SBC clients, in which they can review periodicals, books, and other materials relevant to starting and running a small business. In addition a computer is available for business plan preparation as well as researching the feasibility of a business by accessing the Internet. The SBC also makes referrals on a regular basis to other state agencies and other business assistant resources.

Computer Technology

The Small Business Center also provides a wide array of courses in computer technology. A variety of short courses are available providing training on various software packages that include the following: word processing, spreadsheets, databases, des6op publishing, computerized accounting, and presentation programs.

Statesville NC – Where it all comes together!

Our new logo says it all – “Where it all comes together.”  There are so many people coming together in Statesville to ensure our town survives and thrives in the coming years and we should all be proud of the work they do.  I would like to recognize the  The City of Statesville, Downtown Statesville, The Statesville Chamber of Commerce, Convention & Visitors Bureau and Greater Statesville Development Corporation for working together for the good of our city.  It has been a rough few years for our city and our schools but we continue to move forward and make plans for a brighter future.  Yes, we have lost many jobs due to businesses closing but these entities work hard every day to bring business back to Statesville and to support the the current companies that are still going strong.  We have lots to be proud of and to look forward to in the very near future. 

Here are a few happenings in Statesville that we can all be a part of:


PANEL DISCUSSION:  BUSINESS IN STATESVILLE/Iredell County Today and Tomorrow is a discussion jointly coordinated by the Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Statesville Development Corporation. This event will be an opportunity to hear from the top CEOs in the area as to how/where their business is successful today, the challenges they currently face and how they view success 2-3 years down the road.  We will have two panel discussions:  One panel will feature CEO’s of local service industry organizations while the second panel will feature CEO’s of area manufacturers. 

     Our hope is to better understand the economic impact of local service and manufacturing sectors while better defining the common challenges faced.   To register for the event which will be held at the Statesville Civic Center, $10 per person, please call the Chamber office at 704-873-2892 for a reservation or email

FRIDAY AFTER 5 CONCERTS:  Need a release after a long day at work?  Come on out to the Friday after Five Concert Series sponsored by Piedmont Health Care.  The street in front of Mitchell Community College is blocked off so that that stage can be set up and the tents with food, beverages (yes- beer and wine) and local businesses can display their products.  A fun “rockin” time for all ages.  Here is the schedule for the remaining concerts.

STREETSCAPE PROJECT:  The much anticipated downtown streetscape plan has begun and things are taking shape.  Although they are a little behind schedule, the changes are looking wonderful to our downtown.  The finished product will be well worth the wait and the dust.  I know many are upset about the parallel parking but I consider it a challenge. I have to say, I am getting pretty good at parallel parking! 

CHAMBERDEALS.ORG:  Help your community, your schools and save a few bucks all at the same time!  Sign up for and get at least 40% off retail prices for tons of great stuff and services.  Deals are emailed to you every week.  I have already purchased the frozen Yogurt deal! 


I am proud to be a Statesville Resident and if we all do just a little bit to make where we live a better place, we can overcome anything and thrive in any economic climate!  We were not named All American City twice for nothing!  Go Statesville.