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Students in our Auto Tech program took it upon themselves to create a memorial scholarship in memory of their beloved teacher, Mr. Ashley Pope.  On November 16, student representative Zach Foster announced the scholarship to the CATS staff.  Below is an excerpt of what he read, as well as a call to action to donate to the fund. 


The last 2 years have brought about many changes to everyone to include online learning, mask mandates, quarantines and simply adjusting to a new normal in every aspect of life.  Everyones’ lives have been touched in some way by Covid-19, and on October 12, 2021, the students and staff of the Automotive Technology Center and Career Academy and Technical School lost a beloved teacher and coworker, Ashley Pope.  

Mr. Pope taught and molded hundreds of students during his fifteen year career with Iredell Statesville Schools and we, Popes’ students, would like to create a scholarship to sustain his love for everything “cars”.  In order to honor his memory, we need your help in raising funds for this scholarship.  

You are receiving this letter because either you, your student or your business has been influenced by the life of Ashley Pope.  We believe that our desire to carry on his legacy in this way is a testament to his character and dedication to his students. We want to create something that keeps his name attached to automotive learning for years to come.  

The goal for this scholarship is to be a self-sustaining memorial fund that will reach current and future students.  We are asking for donations to get the scholarship fund started and hope to award it each year for many years to come.  The school has agreed to manage the funds that we collect at this time.  Donations may be made online in any amount by clicking on this LINK, or going to the CATS website ( > online payments > other > CareerAcademy > Ashley Pope Memorial Scholarship).  You may choose the amount and please add “Ashley Pope Scholarship Fund” in the description field.  Checks should be made out to CATS with the same description in the memo.

We look forward to honoring Mr. Pope and continuing to instill his love for cars in the students at CATS by helping them continue their education.


Donations are welcome either through our online payment service or via mail.



CLICK HERE to donate online



Check via Mail:   

please make checks payable to:


350 Old Murdock Rd

Troutman, NC 28166

(please put "Ashley Pope Memorial" in the memo line)


2018 Mannequin Challenge
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This video was filmed in 2018, but still shows a great glimpse of our students in action (or frozen in action!)



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Recently, the CATS staff and students rallied together to support a local women's shelter.   Residents were able to "shop" for new clothes, were treated to a quick health screening, manicure, lunch, and professional photo.  They were also taught basic CPR, and fire safety. 

Clothes, food, toiletries, toys and more were also donated to the shelter - enough to fill two vans and two pick-up trucks!!  CATS staff, students, the Town of Troutman and local churches and businesses provided the donations. 

We are so proud of our school and community for their support. 


$10,000 in Scholarships awarded
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CATS students walked away with over $10,000 in local scholarships awarded today, May 26, 2021, in a special ceremony.

Floyd D. Allison Perseverance Award

George P. Martin Scholarship

Rotary Club of Greater Statesville Top CAT Award (5 granted)

Fourth Creek Rotary Club


Congratulations students!



CATS Open House Dates were cancelled due to COVID 19.




CATS Student of the Week-September 9-13, 2019