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.

Financial Aid Opportunities

Two $2,500/year scholarships will be available to full-time students in the Textile Technology program for 2021-22. Students must apply through gaston.academicworks.com for consideration.

Part-time students working in the textile industry may also be eligible to receive a $500 tuition assistance grant.

 

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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.

Contact Information

Jasmine Cox, Director-Textile Technology Program & Business Innovation
cox.jasmine@gaston.edu
704.825.6302