College Overview Section
Student success, community service, and educational leadership distinguish Central Carolina Community College. It takes great pride in its long history of innovative program development to meet the ever-changing educational needs of its students and the communities and businesses it serves.
Central Carolina Community College is a public two-year college and a member of the NC Community College System.
Members of the faculty are highly trained, qualified instructors with many years of experience in their chosen craft or profession. They teach at the college because they enjoy the close working relationship with students in small classes and the excitement of seeing students learn, achieve, and go on to further success.
Each member of the administrative and teaching staff meets the standards of the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and other agencies that accredit individual programs. Although established primarily for North Carolina residents, the college accepts students from other states.
Central Carolina Community College offers Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degree programs that transfer to four-year colleges and universities, two-year programs that lead to an Associate in Applied Science degree, and one-year programs that lead to a diploma and/or a certificate. Articulation agreements with four-year colleges and universities enable its graduates to move seamlessly into additional education, if that is their goal.
The college also offers non-curriculum courses in basic education, technical, vocational, enrichment, and general interest areas. These non-curriculum courses do not count toward a college degree or diploma, but a certificate of completion is given and continuing education units are awarded. The Adult High School/GED program awards a diploma or certificate.
The college's Lee County Campus is home to Lee Early College, an innovative partnership with Lee County Public Schools. Students earn both a high school diploma and an associate degree in five years. The student body is diverse, but its members are united by their personal motivation and ability to thrive in a college setting.
Central Carolina Community College's Lee County Campus is located on a 104-acre site at 1100-1105 Kelly Drive in Sanford. It has 251,000 square feet of classroom, shop, and laboratory space, as well as a large library.
The 36,000-square-foot Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center, 1801 Nash St., Sanford, is a part of, and is located on, the Lee County Campus. The facility includes: (1) a large exhibition hall with a stage that can be divided into four meeting areas, (2) a 200-fixed-seat capacity auditorium with an elevated floor and a stage, and (3) four conference/classrooms, which are available for use by the community. It also houses the Lee County office of the college's Small Business Center.
The college's other Lee County facilities are the 20,000-square-foot North Carolina School of Telecommunications, located in the Lee County Industrial Park, 5910 Clyde Rhyne Road, Sanford; the 116-acre Emergency Services Training Center, 3000 Airport Road, Sanford; and the Lifelong Learning Center at W.B. Wicker, 900 S. Vance St., Sanford, which houses the College's Lee County Adult Education programs as well as Continuing Education, dental programs, and the Triangle South Workforce Board.
Central Carolina Community College's Harnett County Campus is located on 26 acres at 1075 E. Cornelius Harnett Blvd. (U.S. Highway 421 East), between Lillington and Buies Creek. This campus has 76,000 square feet of building space for classrooms, labs and offices, plus a full-service library and an Academic Assistance Center.
The new 8,500-square-foot West Harnett Center, in the Western Harnett Industrial Park, houses Barbering and Sustainable Agriculture classes. It also provides training for businesses in the park, which is located on Olive Farm Drive, Sanford.
Triangle South Enterprise Center, 600 Magnolia Ave., Dunn, is a joint venture of the College, Dunn Committee of 100, and Harnett County. It provides space for classes and serves as a small business incubator and the College's Harnett County Small Business Center
The college also operates a Cosmetology School in Dunn in a leased 4,400 square foot facility at 1733 W. Cumberland St.
Central Carolina Community College's Chatham County Campus is located on 42 acres at 764 West St. in Pittsboro. The campus has 59,000 square feet of floor space for classrooms, shops, offices, and laboratories.
The campus is the primary location for the college's sustainability programs: Sustainable Agriculture, Alternative Energy Technology: Biofuels, Sustainability Technologies: Green Building and Renewable Energy, Ecotourism, and Natural Chef Culinary Arts. These programs are housed in the Sustainable Technologies Center, a LEED certified building which showcases the latest in green building technologies.
The college's Chatham County Small Business Center is located at this campus. A 24,000-square-foot joint CCCC-Chatham Community Library serves both college students and faculty and the community.
The college's Professional Arts and Crafts: Sculpture program is housed in a 4,100-square-foot facility at 138 North Chatham Ave. in Siler City. Students and college faculty hold regular exhibits in its gallery.
The college's Siler City Center is currently located at 502 West Third St. in a 4,000-square-foot facility. A new Center with 24,500 square feet of classroom, office, medical and vocational lab space will open January 2011 on 41 acres in the Central Carolina Business Campus at 400-A Progress Blvd.