Charlotte Relocation Guide

VOL2 ISS2 2018

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VOLUME 10—ISSUE 1 77 THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CHARLOTTE | VOLUME 2 — ISSUE 2 EDUCATION this year for their brand new, state-of-the-art school, Royal Oaks Elementary (ROE). ROE will be the first fine arts school in the district. Travel to the west of Charlotte, and you'll find the ninth largest public school district in the state with more than 32,000 students - Gaston County School System (GCSS). GCSS is the second largest employer in Gaston County with more than 3,700 full-time and part-time employees, including 1,950 classroom teachers. Gaston County Schools is fully accredited by AdvancED and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools as a quality school system. To the north of Charlotte, with more than 20,000 students, Iredell-Statesville Schools (I-SS) ranks among the 20 largest school districts in North Carolina. Student performance has placed Iredell- Statesville Schools among the top 25% of school districts in the state. In fact, SAT scores, graduation rate, and writing scores are among the best in North Carolina. In addition to traditional school settings, the district provides a wide range of exciting educational opportunities through choice programs specifically designed for unique student needs. Just southeast of Charlotte, Union County Public Schools (UCPS) is the sixth largest school system in the state, with 53 fully accredited schools and about 40,500 students. Agriculture and manufacturing are important industries in this, the state's fastest growing county. After high school, and in the case of some students who are in 'early college programs' during high school, preparation for the 'real world' is equally unsurpassed in the region. Two-year specialty and community colleges and four-year colleges and universities within easy access of the Queen City are excellent. Each year several of Zippia's North Carolina Top Ten Small Colleges in North Carolina are from the Charlotte Metro area or within an easy commute. Zippia ranks schools using data from the National Center for Education Statistics and the College Scorecard to critically judge several aspects of each college, including career earnings after six and ten years, admissions rate, the ratio of people working to not working after ten years, and the average cost of attendance. When all was said and done, Cabarrus College of Health Sciences (CCoHS) was once again ranked as the top Small College in North Carolina. CCoHS is located on the campus of Carolinas HealthCare System NorthEast in Concord, the leading tertiary care center in the north Charlotte region. Small classes feature a student-focused learning environment, mentoring from exceptional faculty, coupled with 'real-world' experience at CCoHS. Cabarrus College graduates earn the 2nd- highest salaries in the state for all small colleges, even a decade after graduation. A 31% admission rate means exclusivity (a good sign) while the cost remains the 3rd lowest, meaning you get a big bang for your buck. It's a great place for women to study, as about 9 in 10 students at CCoHS are female. Joining Cabarrus College in Zippia's Top Ten Small Colleges of North Carolina was Davidson College (located north of Charlotte in the town of Davidson). Davidson ranked among America's strongest and most selective liberal arts colleges and is alma mater to 23 Rhodes scholars. Davidson was also the first liberal arts college to eliminate loans from financial aid packages. While most people in the state know Davidson as being a top-notch basketball program, keep in mind its graduation rate of 93% - by far the highest in North Carolina. They have a student-teacher ratio of 10:1 while offering 26 majors, 17 minors, plus Interdisciplinary Studies. Catawba College, located halfway between Charlotte and High Point, rounded out the area schools in Zippia's Top Ten Small Colleges of NC list. Established by the United Church of Christ in 1851, Catawba College is a private, coeducational, residential, institution with a 13:1 student– faculty ratio. Catawba offers career preparation grounded in liberal arts with over 70 academic fields of study including strong science and pre-professional programs. Of course, Charlotte may be best known as home to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC). The fastest-growing and third-largest university in North Carolina; UNCC is a large university with a small college feel. UNC Charlotte features seven academic colleges with 139 undergraduate majors and is a driving force of growth, discovery, and innovation for the metro Carolinas. The direct light-rail connection to the city of Charlotte provides many opportunities for students to learn beyond the classroom through internships, networking, and research. US News & World Report has recognized UNCC as one of the ten most innovative colleges and universities in the country. UNCC produces more start-up businesses than any other college or university. The number of excellent colleges and universities within a 20-mile radius of the city of Charlotte are impossible to cover in proper detail within a single article. Before making your decision, look into great schools such as Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU), an independent, urban university that continues to gain a national reputation and has been ranked several times by U.S. News and World Report as one of the best comprehensive colleges in the South. Another example of excellent higher learning choices is Belmont Abbey College (Belmont). First Things Magazine recently named the Abbey America's #1 "School on the Rise, Filled with Excitement." They have also received a "Top-Tier Ranking" by U.S. News and World Report, and recently was named "A best Southeastern College" by The Princeton Review. Charlotte truly provides "Big City" benefit with southern charm in a location just two hours from the mountains or three hours from the beach. It's easy to see why Charlotte is such a favorite destination for relocation. []

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