Mitchell Community College

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Mitchell Community College
Mitchell Community College logo.jpg
Motto Connecting Life to Learning
Type Community college
Established 1917
President Dr. James T. Brewer
Students 3,500
Location 500 West Broad Street, Statesville, North Carolina
219 North Academy Street, Mooresville, North Carolina 35°35′06″N 80°48′44″W / 35.584954°N 80.812351°W / 35.584954; -80.812351

35°47′00″N 80°53′34″W / 35.783227°N 80.892903°W / 35.783227; -80.892903Coordinates: 35°47′00″N 80°53′34″W / 35.783227°N 80.892903°W / 35.783227; -80.892903
Campus Small town

Mitchell Community College is a two-year community college based in Historic Downtown Statesville, North Carolina.

Its main campus is located in downtown Statesville, with many facilities located throughout the town. Mitchell also has a second campus located in Mooresville, North Carolina. Mitchell provides classes all year round on both campuses with many degree choices.


The school that would later become Mitchell College opened in 1856 as Concord Female College, a women's college sponsored by the Presbyterian church in North Carolina. After the American Civil War, during a brief period of private ownership, the name of the school was changed to Simonton Female College. In the 1870s, the school grew under the leadership of Eliza Mitchell Grant and Margaret Eliot Mitchell, daughters of the scientist and educator Elisha Mitchell. In 1917, the name of the school was changed to Mitchell College in their honor. In 1932, the school became coeducational, admitting its first male students.[1]

In 1973, Mitchell College joined the North Carolina Community College System and the name was changed to Mitchell Community College.

The Main Building, Mitchell College and Mitchell College Historic District are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[2]

In the 2008–2009 year, Mitchell became the first community college in the United States to be accepted into NASA's University Student Launch Initiative competition and placed 8th out of 28 teams. In 2009-2010, Mitchell was again accepted to the competition and the team was able to finish 4th overall.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ William S. Powell, Higher Education in North Carolina. Raleigh: State Department of Archives and History, 1970.
  2. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
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