Education and Training

Leadership Chatham Program

Chatham County is growing, and with growth, new opportunities arise, creating an imperative need for effective leaders. The Chamber is dedicated to the support and promotion of business and to helping mold Chatham into a place that everyone is proud to do business and call home.  Leadership Chatham, a signature program of the Chatham Chamber of Commerce, is an innovative program designed to develop informed, skilled and involved community leaders. 


The Leadership Chatham program takes participants on a journey through the social, cultural, political and economic makeup of our community.  Access to existing community expert’s yields firsthand knowledge of critical issues facing Chatham County.


During each Leadership Chatham Class year, participants work closely as a team to develop a class project that is of benefit to Chatham County and follows along with the mission of the Chatham Chamber of Commerce.


Our leaders greatly influence the success of Chatham County. Through hands on experiences in the Leadership Chatham Program, invaluable knowledge is gained enabling participants to become influential leaders in the county.  The Leadership Chatham brochure details more information about the program.  Each class year begins in September.




Chatham County Schools

With 18 schools serving more than 9,100 students, Chatham County Schools (CCS) has a five-year graduation rate of 88.7 percent, which remains above the state’s average.


Approximately 69 percent of CCS students enroll in college after graduating from high school, which, too, is higher than the state’s average. At least $10,629,000 worth of scholarships and grants were offered to CCS students during the 2015-2016 academic year.


CCS is the largest employer in Chatham County. The district has roughly 1,373 employees, including 740 teachers, and 86 of them earned National Board Certification; 47 percent of CCS teachers have advanced degrees. 


Among the innovative programs in the district is the early-college concept at Chatham School for Science and Engineering, where graduates may earn both a high school diploma and a two-year college degree. 


More about the district is at




Community College

Central Carolina Community College (CCCC)


Central Carolina Community College, a member of the North Carolina Community College System, offers a wide variety of programs. Within these programs, students can earn associate degrees or college transfer credits, diplomas, or certificates.


CCCC’s Economic & Community Development Division offers courses in such areas as short-term job training, college and career readiness, personal interests, business and industry, and emergency services training.


CCCC has Chatham County locations at the Chatham Main Campus in Pittsboro and the Siler City Center. CCCC is in the process of designing a new Chatham Health Sciences facility that will increase program offerings to residents. In addition, CCCC and Chatham County Schools has opened the county’s first early college, the Chatham School of Science and Engineering.


CCCC’s Chatham Main Campus is known as Green Central, with programs including Building Construction Technology, Culinary Arts, Sustainability Technologies, and Sustainable Agriculture. CCCC’s student farm on its Chatham Main Campus ranks among the Top 20 best college farms in America, according to Best College Reviews.


The Small Business Center (SBC), located at the Chatham Main Campus, is a great resource for new and existing businesses. This center serves as a comprehensive resource center and offers business counseling and coaching, training, and special programs.  Seminars are offered free of charge by the Small Business Center. For the current list of seminars, please view the Seminar Schedule.


The NCWorks Career Center is housed at the Chatham Main Campus.


You can read more about the college by visiting the CCCC website at

             NCWorks Career Center - Chatham             NCWorks Career Center - Chatham             Sustainability Technologies Center            Sustainability Technologies Center
     CCCC, Bldg. 41, Pittsboro Campus       CCCC - Pittsboro Campus







Leadership Chatham Session
Focus on Leadership - May 11, 2017










Margaret B. Pollard Middle School: The first LEED Gold middle school in the state, located in northeastern Chatham County.









CCCC Main Campus
764 West Street, Pittsboro


CCCC - Siler City Center
400 Progress Blvd., Siler City