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. With the expected growth for Chatham County, there will be more and more opportunities that arise. The demand for effective leaders will be crucial. 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 our community’s social, cultural, political, and economic makeup. Access to existing community experts 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.

The Leadership Chatham brochure and application include more details about the program. Each class year begins in September. The application for the 2023-2024 class year will be posted here when we begin taking registrations. Check back!


Tuition Scholarship Sponsors
Duke Energy
Carolina Meadows
Chatham Habitat for Humanity (“In Honor and Memory of Tyler Gray)
Chatham Magazine

Opening Reception Sponsor
Chatham Transit

Transportation Sponsor
Chatham Transit

Graduation Sponsor
Edward Jones – Chatham County Financial Advisors


Chatham County Schools (CCS) is providing world-class education to 9,307 students, according to AdvancED, an international organization that accredits schools. Five of the district’s 18 schools exceeded the state’s expectations for academic growth, which measures learning progress. Eight of the district’s schools met growth.

Differentiated learning is an educational approach within CCS that is accommodating myriad learning styles to both sustain and increase academic growth. The school system’s dual-language program earned a first-place award for educational equity from the National School Boards Association. The early college program at Chatham School for Science and Engineering allows the district’s graduates to earn both a high school diploma and a two-year college degree. As well, the Chatham County Promise guarantees up to two years of free in-state tuition and required fees at Central Carolina Community College for eligible students who both reside in Chatham County and graduate from a public high school between 2019-2022.

With a workforce of 1,654 people, CCS is the largest employer in Chatham County. That number will increase when the district opens Chatham Grove Elementary School in 2020 and Seaforth High School in 2021.

More about the district is at www.chatham.k12.nc.us.


Our Mission Statement:

Chatham Charter School will establish and maintain a challenging learning environment that respects the individual learners and prepares students to succeed in a globally competitive society.


Students will become self-directed, achieve academic excellence, and develop the personal values and responsibilities necessary to become globally competitive citizens in a rapidly changing world.


Among the first group of 100 schools in North Carolina to receive a charter in 1996
Enrollment increased from 126 in 1997 to 315 in 2011 and to over 550 in 2016
Diverse student population in elementary, middle, and high school
75+ acre campus
Middle school opened in 2008 in a separate building
Three buildings including an air-conditioned gym with a mezzanine
Modern and well-equipped gymnasium completed in 2010
High school expansion opened in 2013

AdvancED Accreditation

Chatham Charter School is proudly accredited by SACS CASI, an accrediting division of AdvancED. Accreditation demonstrates our dedication to continuous improvement in all that we do. We are committed to serving students at a level that is consistent with national standards of excellence. Chatham Charter first became accredited in 2006 and most recently earned continuing accreditation in 2016.

Visit our website at http://www.chathamcharter.org/.


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 also 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 near the Chatham Hospital in Siler City. CCCC is in the process of building 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 in Pittsboro 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. CCCC also offers Medical Assisting, which will be among the programs offered at the new Chatham Health Sciences facility.

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, special programs and business seminars. To learn more or to register for free Business Seminars, visit www.chathamsbc.com.

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

You can read more about the college by visiting the CCCC website at www.cccc.edu.