Cleveland County Schools
400 W. Marion St.
Shelby, NC 28150


Cleveland County Chamber of Commerce
200 S. Lafayette St.
Shelby, NC 28150

Cleveland County Advanced Manufacturing Academy

Cleveland County School’s has developed, in partnership with Cleveland Community College and Cleveland County Economic Development, a new Advanced Manufacturing Academy (AMA).  The academy is designed to develop and prepare high school students with the skills needed to meet high- demand and high-wage careers in local manufacturing companies.  The AMA is for rising 11th graders in Cleveland County Schools who are interested in manufacturing, engineering, and technology.  AMA students would have a desire to work in our county following high school graduation.  Students accepted in this program will work to finish their high school diploma through online courses with some face to face support through our Cleveland Virtual Academy, and to earn a work focused college diploma.  Students will be required to participate in work based experiences preparing them for a career in manufacturing in Cleveland County.  The academy will be on the campus of Cleveland Community College and Cleveland Early College High School.   AMA students will possess the maturity and independence to accept the challenges of a rigorous high school academic program, that is delivered virtually, and must be willing to work very hard to succeed in college courses aligned with industry credentials.


AMA students will be dual enrolled in both high school and community college.  They will take college courses in their field of study and receive college credit through the North Carolina Career and College Promise program.   In the first year a cohort of no more than 10 students will participate in the program.  This will expand in year two to include up to 25 students.  Students will earn credentials in several areas involving soft skill development, OSHA 10 safety, resumes, and interviewing skills.  There will be industry tours and work-based learning opportunities with local manufacturing companies.


AMA students will have the opportunity to attend a week-long summer camp to expose them to the different diploma options that they will have through Cleveland Community College.  Students may enter into the following programs in the academy:

  • Automation Engineering Technology
  • Computer Integrated Machining
  • Industrial Systems Technology
  • Mission Critical Operations
  • Facility Maintenance
  • Welding – MIG/TIG


Students will graduate with a high school diploma and a community college diploma with a specific technical emphasis.  They will be well prepared to enter into a career with a promising future.  Several local companies have discussed assisting these students to further their education through their company tuition reimbursement programs as well.  The Cleveland County AMA began classes on August 14, 2017.