From electric cars to renewable architecture, green technology is spreading into more industries than ever before. To prepare students for careers in the growing number of green industries, Cape Fear Community College will offer a new academic program in sustainable technologies on Aug. 16. The Sustainability Technologies program is designed to train students for jobs in environmental, construction, alternative energy, manufacturing, or related industries, where key emphasis is placed on energy production and waste reduction along with sustainable technologies.
CFCC students have been exploring renewable energy for years with a wide variety of projects that include everything from designing award-winning sustainable structures to refitting gas-powered automotive engines to run on electricity.
Current green projects underway include:
- A renewable energy project at the North Campus where students are developing a power station using solar power to run lab equipment.
- Students in automotive repair are converting an old BMW to run on electricity.
- Students have developed a method to make their own bio-diesel from vegetable oil.
- Architectural technology students have designed a series of sustainable buildings that have won state and national awards. The buildings have actually been built in the Triangle area of North Carolina.
“As businesses become increasingly more green-saavy, we need to make sure our students have access to the latest trends and technology so that they can stay competitive in the job market,” said Bob Philpott, CFCC’s Dean of Technical and Vocational Education.
The sustainable technology program is available in three tracks: A two year associate degree program, a one-year diploma and an 18-hour certificate program.
Courses include alternative energy, environmental engineering technology, sustainable manufacturing, and green building technology. Additional topics include sustainability, energy management, waste reduction, renewable energy, site assessment, and environmental responsibility.
Graduates should qualify for positions within the alternative energy, construction, environmental, and/or manufacturing industries. Employment opportunities exist in both the government and private industry sectors where graduates may function as manufacturing technicians, sustainability consultants, environmental technicians, or green building supervisors.
For more information about CFCC’s new sustainable technologies program, contact John Wojciechowski at (910) 362-7761 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For course information about this program, please visit the online CFCC Catalog.