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College Catalog 2008-2010

Welcome to CCCC

Welcome to Central Carolina Community College, rated a "Superior" community college by the North Carolina Community College System.

Central Carolina Community College was created to help you achieve your educational goals, whether finishing high school, learning a valuable vocational skill, or completing the first two years of college-at minimal cost-before transferring to a university or four-year college.

At Central Carolina Community College, you can explore different kinds of job opportunities, identify your personal strengths, and start on the path toward new levels of success.

The foundation of Central Carolina Community College's strength is a competent and caring faculty and staff. We genuinely want to see the student succeed and are willing to go the extra mile to ensure that success. Another part of our commitment to student success is a comprehensive program of student financial and academic assistance.

We are committed to helping our students become well-rounded individuals, so we offer a diversified program of student activities designed to develop social and leadership skills and to make the learning experience more enjoyable.

College Mission Statement


To be the best community college in North Carolina by meeting the educational needs of our students and working to improve the quality of life.


Central Carolina Community College is committed to understanding and meeting the educational needs of the area's citizens, businesses, industries, and service sectors. The college provides life-long educational opportunities consistent with our students' interests and abilities, prepares graduates capable of acquiring and applying knowledge and succeeding in the regional and global community, and serves as a positive economic, social, and cultural catalyst in our diverse communities. The college is committed to teaching and learning excellence.

Expanded Mission


In order to accomplish this mission, the college provides market-responsive technical and vocational programs, university transfer programs, a strong general education core, educational programs and services custom-tailored to the needs of business and industry, instruction and training for career development, a comprehensive literacy program, emergency-services education, a vocational and cultural enrichment courses and opportunities, supervised work experiences, educational opportunities in area correctional facilities, and enrichment opportunities for public school students (sixteen years or older), as well as special programs and services for students under the age of 16.


The college further provides comprehensive academic support services including financial aid, counseling, faculty advising, library services, and college preparatory and tutorial programs that assist students in achieving their educational goals. It also provides a diversified program of student activities designed to develop social and leadership skills. The college provides a caring and highly competent faculty and staff dedicated to student success. The college enhances accessibility by providing a comprehensive distance education program available 24 hours a day, every day, as well as seamless transitions with other colleges and schools through articulation.


The college values its students, its faculty and staff, and its community, as well as the following attributes in its personnel, programs, and services: integrity, excellence, scholarship, diversity, open communication, effectiveness, accountability, inclusiveness and accessibility, leadership, quality enhancement and continuous improvement, strategic thinking, adaptability, innovation and creativity, collaboration and partnerships, civic responsibility, community service, a local-to-global perspective, and going the extra mile.

CCCC is an Equal Opportunity College

Central Carolina Community College serves the public without regard to race, sex, color, creed, age, disability, religion, or national origin.

The statements in this publication are not to be regarded as an irrevocable contract between the college and the student. The college reserves the right to change any provisions or requirements at any time.

The terms "he" and "his" are used in this publication to represent both the masculine and feminine genders.

Central Carolina Community College has approved the following policy to guide its delivery of services to students with disabilities: No individual at Central Carolina Community College shall, by reason of disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of or be subjected to discrimination within any program or activity for which he is otherwise qualified. The college may make program adjustments in instructional delivery and may provide supplemental services to enable students with disabilities to participate in activities compatible with their condition and interests.

The College History

Central Carolina Community College (CCCC) is a tax supported, public, non-profit school under the control of a local board of trustees. It was chartered in 1958 by the North Carolina State Board of Education as Lee County Industrial Education Center. It became a part of the North Carolina Department of Community Colleges in 1963 under provisions of the General Statutes of North Carolina, Chapter 115-D.

Members of the faculty are specially trained, qualified instructors with many years of experience in their chosen craft or profession. 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.

The college held its first curriculum classes on September 17, 1962. On October 2, 1965, the North Carolina State Board of Education and the Advisory Budget Commission authorized elevation to "technical institute" status with authority to award Associate of Applied Science Degrees.

On May 1, 1979, the General Assembly passed a bill to permit technical institutes to change their names to "technical college" with the approval of the Board of Trustees and the county commissioners. On May 23, 1979, the Board of Trustees, with the approval of the Lee County Board of Commissioners, voted unanimously to change the name of the institution from Central Carolina Technical Institute to Central Carolina Technical College, effective July 1, 1979.

The 1987 session of the General Assembly authorized all local institutions to change their names to "community college" with the approval of the Board of Trustees and the county commissioners. On October 28, 1987, the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to change the name of the institution to Central Carolina Community College. The county commissioners approved the decision on November 16, 1987, and the official date for the name change was January 1, 1988.

In response to House Bill 739 and Senate Bill 1161 (1995 session of the General Assembly), the North Carolina Community College System switched from a quarter to a semester schedule, completed a comprehensive transfer agreement with the University of North Carolina, and developed a common library of courses. The new semester system was implemented summer of 1997.

The college offers Associate in Arts and Associate in Science Degree programs that transfer to a four-year college or university, two-year programs that lead to an Associate of Applied Science Degree, and one-year programs that lead to a diploma and/or a certificate. It also offers non-curriculum credit courses in Adult Basic Education and other adult education courses in technical, vocational, academic, 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, in partnership with the Lee County Public Schools, is home to the innovative Lee Early College, located on the Lee County Campus. In fall 2006, the first class was enrolled. A student body of 400 is anticipated at full enrollment. Students reflect the community's diversity, but they are linked by their personal motivation and ability to thrive in a more independent setting. In the five-year program, students earn both a high school diploma and an associate degree.

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. Ample equipment, a large Library, and an efficient staff provide optimum training in a variety of programs.

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 is composed of: (1) a large exhibition hall with a stage (which can be divided into four smaller 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 college and the community. It also houses a college Small Business Center.

Other Lee County facilities include the 20,000-square-foot North Carolina School of Telecommunications, located in the Lee County Industrial Park; the 116 acre Emergency Services Training Center, 3000 Airport Road, Sanford; and the Jonesboro Center, 400 Cox Maddox Road, Sanford, which is leased from Lee County Schools.

Central Carolina Community College's Harnett County Campus is located on 26 acres at 1075 Cornelius Harnett Blvd. (U.S. Highway 421 East), between Lillington and Buies Creek. This campus has 76,000 square feet of floor space that includes classrooms and labs for programs such as early childhood, machining, medical assisting, electronics, practical nursing, science, office administration, cosmetology, and laser/photonics curriculums, plus a full-service Library and an Academic Assistance Center. The Triangle South Enterprise Center, 600 Magnolia Ave., in 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 Small Business Center. The college also operates a Cosmetology School in Dunn in a leased 4,400 square foot facility. A new 8,500-square-foot West Harnett Center has been built in the Western Harnett Industrial Park on N.C. Highway 87.

Central Carolina Community College's Chatham County Campus is located on 42 acres at 764 West St., in Pittsboro. The campus has 43,000 square feet of floor space, which includes classrooms, shops, and laboratories for programs such as sustainable agriculture, alternative fuel technology, medical assisting, automotive technology, practical nursing, science, and early childhood curriculums, plus a full-service Library and an Academic Assistance Center. A Small Business Center is also located at the Chatham Campus. A new 16,500-square-foot Sustainable Technologies Classroom and Lab Building, scheduled to open in fall 2009, will provide new housing for the sustainable agriculture, alternative fuel technology, and green building programs, as well as space for culinary training and arts instruction. A new 24,000-square-foot joint CCCC-Chatham Community Library is also being constructed.

The college's Professional Arts and Crafts: Sculpture program is housed in a 4,100 square foots facility, at 138 North Chatham Ave., in Siler City. The Siler City Center is located at 502 West Third St., in a 14,000-square-foot facility. The college is building a new Siler City Center on 41 acres at 400-A Progress Blvd., in the Central Carolina Business Park.


Central Carolina Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30333-4097, or call (404) 679-4500, for questions about the accreditation of Central Carolina Community College. NOTE: The Commission on Colleges should be contacted only if there is evidence that appears to support an institution's significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard.

The college was accredited by the North Carolina State Board of Education in 1970, by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1972 and reaffirmed in 1976, 1987, 1997, and 2008. Central Carolina Community College is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges. Its trustees are members of the Association of Community College Trustees.

In addition to being accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, a number of curriculum programs are approved by various accrediting or licensing agencies:

The Automotive Systems Technology program is certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).

The Barbering program is approved by the North Carolina State Board of Barber Examiners.

The Cosmetology program is approved by the North Carolina State Board of Cosmetic Arts.

The Criminal Justice program is accredited by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission.

The Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene programs are accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation.

The Medical Assisting programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) on recommendation of the Curriculum Review Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants' Endowment (AAMAE). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 1970, Chicago, IL 60601-2208, (312) 553-9355.

The Associate Degree and Practical Nursing programs are approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing.

The Radio Broadcasting program is approved by the Federal Communications Commission.

The Real Estate program is approved by the North Carolina Real Estate Commission.

The Veterinary Medical Technology program is accredited by the Committee on Veterinary Technician and Educational Activities of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

The Machining Technology program is accredited by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills.