Thanks to recent advances and innovations, textiles is a growing industry with many career options, from the development and manufacture of state-of-the-art “smart” textiles and fibers to fashion and design.

The Textile Technology Associate in Applied Science degree program at Gaston College prepares students for work as Textile Technicians involved with product development and testing, machine operation, fiber construction and other projects, and as Textile Designers. Students interested in continuing on to earn a bachelor’s will also be able to transfer their credits to a four-year college or university.


Textile Technology

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Get Started in an Industry with Historic Roots and an Exciting Future

Textiles have been among North Carolina’s most important products for well over a century. Today, the textile industry is exploding with new technology, new products and new applications.

A Vital and Active Industry

The large textile manufacturing presence in Gaston and Lincoln counties provides many local opportunities for skilled workers. The textile industry is one of the largest sectors in the U.S. economy, so the outlook for employment in textiles is strong nationwide. Gaston College has many local textile partners actively seeking qualified graduates to fill open positions.

Cutting Edge Technology at the TTC

The Textile Technology Center on Gaston College’s Kimbrell Campus is a partner in the Manufacturing & Textile Innovation Network. This center, along with a new Fiber Innovation Center that is coming soon to the Kimbrell campus, will allow students to get hands-on experience with the latest technology and equipment used in research and development, testing, and production processes for the textile industry.

Transfer to NC State

Students who graduate with an Associate of Applied Science in Textile Technology and meet eligibility requirements would be able to seamlessly transfer into the Bachelor of Science in Textile Technology-Undesignated at the Wilson College of Textiles at NC State as part of our 2+2 articulation agreement.

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Associate of Applied Science

This degree offers four concentrations and can be completed as a full-time or part-time student. All Textile classes are taught on the Kimbrell campus where the Textile Technology Center and Fiber Innovation Center are located.


Students also have the option of starting with a four-class certificate program. These certificates can be applied toward the associate programs if you wish to continue on.

Contact Information

Jasmine Cox, Director-Textile Technology Program & Business Innovation