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History of Central Piedmont Community College: Mecklenburg College (1961-1963)

A digital exhibition highlighting the history of Central Piedmont Community College, from its origins in Central High School to the present multi-campus institution.

Mecklenburg College History

On December 19, 1961, by the action of the Community College Board of Trustees, Carver College officially changed its name to Mecklenburg College.


“This relatively young, vigorous, and co-educational school, moved to a new campus location four miles northwest of Charlotte, between Interstate Highway 85 (I-85) and Beatty's Ford Road.”

Mecklenburg College was provided with two new, state-of-the-art buildings to house general education and vocational trade courses. The institution remained in this location until the summer of 1963, after it would merge with the Central Industrial Education Center (CIEC) to form Central Piedmont Community College.


Below, visitors will find digitized materials related to the history of Mecklenburg College and its students. To view the rest of the Mecklenburg College collection, which includes publications, yearbooks, and photographs, visit our Digital Collections.

The Mecklenburg College Collection

Left: Dr. Jim Alexander, first director of Mecklenburg College
Center: The May Day King & Queen
Right: Dora Johnson, Instructor of the Secretarial Sciences Program

Browse through Mecklenburg College's Annual Catalogs:

Browse through Mecklenburg College's Yearbooks:

Listen to Oral History Interviews: