Catawba County

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 A  =  Catawba County Department of Social Services
3030 Eleventh Ave. Dr., S.E.
Hickory, NC 28602
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   Located in the heart of the foothills of North Carolina, Catawba County Government offers many exciting opportunities to learn and grow in a career, while making a difference in the lives of the citizens in our community. Catawba County Social Services is committed to providing the opportunity for professional social workers to practice their skills in a progressive public social services setting.  An environment exists that beckons creative, innovative, and imaginative individuals to refine their helping skills.  Professional supervision and quality training enable an already professional staff to continue their growth and development. 

Because we believe workplace diversity is a major contributor to a successful organization, Catawba County embraces diversity in our community as well as our workforce and seeks to enhance it on all levels.  We are bound together by a philosophy of a Strong Work Ethic, Honesty, Compassion, Diversity, and Teamwork in a supportive, progressive work culture.

Using innovative people, programming, and resources, Catawba County Social Services is making an impact in the community and in the lives of our citizens.  Our mission is to strenghthen, with dignity and respect, the quality of life for all citizens through supportive services and advocacy. 

Catawba County is what you are looking for...A Great Place to Live & Work!

      About Catawba County

Formed in 1842, Catawba County was named for the Catawba tribe of Native Americans, who once inhabited the area. Our county boasts a population of 154,358 per the 2010 census.  Included in the county are eight municipalities (Brookford, Catawba, Claremont, Conover, Hickory, Long View, Maiden, Newton).  Sheltered by mountains that moderate winter temperatures and provide refreshing summer breezes, our average year round temperature is 68.8 Fahrenheit (20.4 Celsius).  Three large lakes, Lake Hickory, Lake Lookout Shoals, and Lake Norman,  are strikingly beautiful backdropped against the wooded shorelines.

There are 43 public schools in the County with just over 24,000 students. We have three colleges: Lenoir-Rhyne College, a liberal arts institution founded in 1891; Catawba Valley Community College, a member of the NC Community College System. CVCC offers a variety of educational opportunities including one- and two-year vocational programs, a two-year college transfer program and continuing education programs; and Appalachian University Center of Hickory, providing both degree and non-degree programs for students of all ages through off-campus programs.

A major medical area, Catawba County boasts two outstanding hospitals (one County-owned), a large medical community, and nursing and rest homes

What's there to do in Catawba County? 

Some of the finest furniture shopping in the world can be found in the Hickory Furniture Mart and the Catawba Furniture Mall

The Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn (a PGA TOUR Champions Tour Event) occurs annually at Rock Barn Golf and Spa, one of the county's six golf courses. Golf Digest ranked the Hickory-Morganton-Lenoir M.S.A as number two in North Carolina of their 2005 Best Places to Play, and 55th out of 330 M.S.A.'s in the country.

Catawba County is also home to the Hickory Motor Speedway, known as the "Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars" and the South Atlantic League 2004 champions, the Hickory Crawdads

The YMCA of Catawba Valley offers numerous athletic, daycare and health and fitness opportunities for all ages at several facilities in the county. 

The Hickory Community Theatre, The Green Room Community Theatre, the Hickory Museum of Art, the Catawba Science Center and the Western Piedmont Symphony are only a few of the cultural organizations that call Catawba County home.

Come join us and find out why Catawba County is a great place to live and work!  


DSS Contact Information

Catawba County Department of Social Services
3030 Eleventh Ave. Dr., S.E.
Hickory, NC 28602
Phone: (828) 695-5600 | Fax: (828) 695-2497

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