Business Partnerships Drive our Programs

Catawba County Schools prides itself on the many business partnerships we have established over the past several years.  We have place an average of more than 400 students into work-based learning opportunities sponsored by more than 280 regional businesses.  If you would like to become a business partner with K12 education feel free to contact us to learn how to get started.

Below are just a few examples of supporting businesses in our area.


  • Manufacturing is our largest industry and employment sector.
  • All industries are currently seeking highly skilled labor force.
  • Catawba Co. Schools offers middle school exploration courses targeting local industries.
  • High school work-based learning available (click here)
  • High School Pathway Courses to CVCC
  • 2+2 Programs with CVCC/WCU/UNCC

Catawba Valley Medical Center

Since 1967, Catawba Valley Medical Center has built strong relationships with the people, businesses and communities throughout the Catawba Valley. As the region’s largest not-for-profit community hospital, the Catawba Valley Medical Center has been a great work-based learning partner with Catawba County Schools for many years.  Contact us today to learn about the opportunities available to students through this great partnership.  You can learn more about the Volunteen Program Here.

McCreary Modern

McCreary Modern

McCreary Modern is Employee (ESOP) and privately owned company.  Bob and Michele McCreary who started the company over 25 years ago continue to be actively involved in the business. Since the very beginning, there philosophies have reflected a family approach to managing the company. Key strategies include providing a safe, competitive and engaged work force that is empowered to produce outstanding products of exceptional quality.

Bench made upholstered and occasional products are produced in North Carolina in one of three factories located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.   



Since 1949 the family-owned company of Pöppelmann, with its five production sites and 450 injection molding machines, thermoforming lines and extruders, has grown into a leading manufacturer in the plastics processing industry. In more than 70 countries people value the quality we offer, “made by Pöppelmann”. More than 1,650 highly qualified employees stand for our success.



The SARSTEDT Group develops, manufactures and sells equipment and consumables in the field of medicine and science. Ever since it was set up in 1961 the company has continued to grow to the point where it now employs a workforce of 2,500.

Product profile

  • Consumables and analytical equipment for medical diagnostics and consumables for use in medical patient care
  • Consumables, laboratory aids and laboratory equipment for industrial and research laboratories and also for environmental analytical work.

Sutter Street

Sutter Street

Sutter Street Manufacturing in Claremont, NC is Williams-Sonoma existing U.S. furniture production subsidiary. Originally opened in 2007, it employs 300, with production centered around upholstering. Plans were announced in 2008  to create 820 jobs and invest $2.7 million in the plant.