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Dr.  Skinner, President of Gaston College

Thank you for choosing Gaston College. This is a great place to continue your education whether you’re new to college, planning to transfer to a four-year college or university, returning to achieve career certification to prepare for the job market, or improving your skills. We hope to remain your “College of Choice.”

As one of the state’s largest community colleges, Gaston College promotes lifelong learning and economic development by providing high quality educational programs and services. Over 100 programs of study are offered to help you obtain a diploma, certificate, or two-year Associate Degree. We offer an exceptional and affordable education that can be tailored to fit your schedule, and you don’t have to travel a long distance to reach one of our three convenient campuses as well as locations throughout Gaston and Lincoln Counties.

Our goal is to provide the best possible educational experience for each of our students. A dedicated faculty and staff provide personalized instruction and a supportive learning environment that encourages student success.

I invite you to take advantage of all the opportunities available at Gaston College that can enrich your life and the lives of others in our community. Explore our catalog, visit our website, and tour our campuses. Come join us for an exciting learning experience that will change and compliment your future.


Patricia A. Skinner, Ph.D.


It's been 48 years since the first Gaston College classes were offered in the basement of First Methodist Church in Gastonia. The college has grown to cover three campuses and serve over 30,000 students each year. Credit for this remarkable growth goes to wonderful faculty and staff, supportive board members, and generous donors.

During the past 18 years, under the great leadership of Dr. Skinner, enrollment has increased dramatically. Several new buildings were built during these years to accommodate this growth, including the Jerry W. Cochrane Science and Technology Center, part of the Lincoln Campus; the David Belk Cannon Health Education Institute, home of the Division of Health Education; the Robinson Classroom Building, home of the Writing Center; the Morris Library, the first in the state to be designed for Internet access; the Pearson Life Skills Center, which awards more General Education Diplomas (GEDs) than the three largest high schools in Gaston County combined; the Firearms Training Facility, used by local, state and federal law enforcement agencies; and The Rauch Science and Fine Arts Building featuring science labs, classrooms, and a center art gallery.

During Dr. Skinner's tenure as president of the North Carolina Association of Community College Presidents and going forward, she has focused on several areas including working with the NCCCS State Board and the State Trustees Association, orienting new presidents, and championing legislative and funding priorities as determined by these groups.


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