Central Carolina Community College Program Profile

Program Name: Sustainability Technologies

Information Updated August 2017

Andrew McMahan, lead faculty for the Sustainable Technologies Program at Central Carolina Community College

Lead Faculty

Andrew McMahan is the lead faculty for the Sustainable Technologies Program at Central Carolina Community College

Program Information

Date Program Started


Geographic Area of Students

Mostly Central North Carolina

# of Students in Program


# of Faculty Members Teaching Energy

2 Full-Time Instructors

6 Part-Time Adjunct Instructors


Gender: Male 75%, Female 25%

Ethnicity: Caucasian 65%, African American 15%, Hispanic 10%, Other 5%

Veterans: 20%

Degrees / Diplomas / Certificates Offered

Associate Degree: Sustainability Technologies

Certificates: Renewable Energy, Green Building

Introductory Course Information

Course Name

Introduction to Renewable Energy

Delivery Mode(s)


Course Duration

  • Semester long course
  • Two hours per week of lecture and two hours per week of lab
  • 64 total contact hours per semester

# of Credits

3 Credit Hours

Questions & Answers

The Renewable Energy Program is based on the Chatham County Campus of Central Carolina Community College. The campus features a variety of features that contribute to instruction including:

  • 18,000 square foot LEED Gold “Sustainable Technologies” classroom building
  • Five acre Certified Organic farm on campus
  • Over 10kw of student installed photovoltaics installed on campus
  • 100kw rooftop photovoltaic array on roof of main administration building
  • Two electric car charging stations
  • On-site biofuels production and analytical laboratory
  • Students build a 650 ft2 house during the academic year and auction the house to the public (funds generated by the auction are put back into the program for future student projects)
  • 20,000-gallon rainwater catchment system for flushing toilets, cooling tower water, and landscape irrigation
  • On-site “living machine” wastewater treatment facility

The most recent data we have is from the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Associate which releases an annual Clean Energy Industry Census. Results from the 2016 report show that North Carolina employs approx. 34,300 people in the clean energy sector (an increase of 31% from 2015). Geographic data shows that the Triangle region of North Carolina houses a large number of the 1660 clean energy businesses in the state.

Link to 2018 NCSEA Clean Energy Industry Census

  • Instructors – We have a great group of instructors, most of whom have full time jobs in industry, and are able to bring their experiences to the classroom to share with our students.
  • Administrative Support – The administration at CCCC has always been very supportive of our sustainability related programs.
  • Reputation – CCCC has been involved with sustainability related education and training for over twenty years. In that time, we have gained significant local, regional, and national recognition for the work we do and the students who have come through our programs.
  • Location – The town of Pittsboro, while itself quite small, is located near several large populations (Chapel Hill, Durham, Raleigh, Sanford).

Our program has an advisory board comprised of approximately 10 renewable energy business owners.

Yes, our program requires students take an internship to complete the Associate Degree program. An internship is not required for the Certificate programs.

Ready to Learn more?

View the syllabus for Central Carolina Community College's Renewable Energy System Technologies course, or visit CCCC directly for more information on their Applied Associate Degree & Certificate programs.

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