Sustainability Technologies

You have found the Sustainability program that WORKS!  CFCC’s Sustainability Technologies program is a unique and flexible curriculum designed to meet the challenges of the new energy economy.  The program’s three focus areas – Sustainability, Building Performance, and Renewable Energy  – overlap to provide a technology-oriented Degree that can be found nowhere else.  Each of the three focus areas is also offered as a 5-course Certificate geared toward dual majors or professional development. Check out our new program video here:

Course work includes energy use, energy auditing, energy management, energy modeling, building science, weatherization, construction, green building, electricity, renewable energy, photovoltaics, solar thermal, wind, hydroelectricity, site assessment, sustainability, business sustainability, water quality, water use, waste and recycling, environmental technology, and safety.  The program places a priority on hands-on training using the latest industry-standard equipment.  A number of professional credentials – including LEED® Green Associate, NABCEP PV Associate, NABCEP Solar Heating Associate, OSHA 30-hour Safety Card, ISO 14001 Awareness, Procore Fundamentals, Fortified High Wind Awareness, and S/P2 Construction – are weaved into the curriculum to better prepare students for employment.

The program is connected to the community and has relationships with many local businesses, non-profits, and governments. Sustainability Technologies students are encouraged to get involved in community activities, conferences, and networking events. In the cooperative and multi-disciplinary spirit of sustainability we take relationship with our community seriously.

Graduates of the Associate in Applied Science Degree have the comprehensive knowledge to be competitive in many industries including construction, energy auditing, energy management, weatherization, facilities management, home inspection, water, stormwater, solar, wind, solar thermal, waste, environmental, consulting, sales and non-profit.  In addition, a number of college transfer opportunities exist for students wishing to continue their education, including great transfer programs with Appalachian State University, East Carolina University, and NC State University. You can save a ton of money by taking classes at CFCC before transferring to one of these universities to obtain a Bachelor or Master degree.

Whether you want to immerse yourself in sustainability, get a head start on a university degree, get more out of your time at CFCC, or just take a class or two to make yourself more competitive in the new green economy, the Sustainability Technologies program is here as a resource for you.

  • A.A.S. Degree Program: 73 course hours starting Spring, Summer or Fall
  • Certificate Programs: 5 courses each
  • Program Location: CFCC North Campus (some courses at CFCC Wilmington Campus)

For more information contact:
John Wojciechowski AIA, LEED AP, CEA
Program Director – Sustainability Technologies
910-362-7761
jwojciechowski@cfcc.edu

 

Program News and Announcements

Summer Courses in the Sustainability Technologies Program – Get Started!

Summer semester is actually a great time to begin earning a Degree or Certificate in Sustainability Technologies. The summer semester is only 11 weeks long so you earn credits quickly and can get off to a great start. The following courses are being offered this Summer:

  • ALT 120 Renewable Energy Technology: T/TH 10:30 am or 2:00 pm North Campus
  • ENV 110 Environmental Science: M/W 12:30 pm North Campus
  • SST 130 Modeling Renewable Energy: M/W 8:30 am North Campus

Graduate Job Placement

Graduates of the CFCC Sustainability Technologies program are well prepared for many fields. Here are some recent job placement success stories:

  • Josh Cavanaugh is an electrical apprentice with Sutton’s Electrical Services in Hampstead, NC. He loves his job installing new electrical systems, retrofitting existing electrical systems, and troubleshooting electrical problems in residential and commercial properties all over the Cape Fear area.
  • Robert Johnson is an Energy Rater with Southern Energy Management. He is performing code compliance and HERS ratings on new homes in the Wilmington area.
  • Phillip Tassoul is working with PuroClean Disaster Response in Florida helping homeowners and businesses recover from Hurricane Michael.
  • Sam Snodgrass is the Founder and CEO of Sustained Revenue Marketing, LLC, a digital marketing company focusing on helping green building and sustainability related companies. Sam resides in Charlotte.
  • Leigh Humphries is a Construction Superintendent with Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County (South Carolina.) Leigh oversees volunteers on every phase of a house from foundation to framing to painting. Here is a picture of Leigh on a jobsite:

Sustainability Technologies is Ideal for University Transfer 

The CFCC Sustainability Technologies program is an ideal starting point for a University Bachelor or Master degree. Students receive technical and relevant applied knowledge while at CFCC and at the same time accrue credits that can be used for college transfer. Graduates of Sustainability Technologies have worked with various universities to maximize their credit transfer opportunities. Two North Carolina programs have partnered with CFCC Sustainability Technologies to provide a smooth and highly productive transfer pathway:

  • Appalachian State University Department of Sustainable Technology & the Built Environment is the premier university-level building performance and sustainable energy program in North Carolina. App State seeks transfer candidates from CFCC Sustainability Technologies and provides them with well over 60 credit hours of transfer credit.
  • East Carolina University College of Engineering and Technology offers the Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology Transfer Program to CFCC Sustainability Technologies students. Up to 62 hours of CFCC coursework can be applied toward the BSIT degree.

CFCC Sustainability Technologies Featured in Recent Local and National Articles on the Solar Photovoltaic Industry

In April 2018 Port City Daily featured a story on the “sunny” outlook of solar PV in North Carolina and the expected increase in jobs in this industry. The article features quotes from John Wojciechowski – Program Director of Sustainability Technologies and Zac Simoneau – graduate of Sustainability Technologies and now employee with Cypress Creek Renewables.  Here’s a link to the article here:

Port City Daily Article link

In May 2018, Green Tech Media featured a story on Cypress Creek Renewables and their initiative to build the solar workforce at the Community College level. The article features quotes from John Wojciechowski – Program Director of Sustainability Technologies.  Here’s a link to the article here:

Green Tech Media Article link

Cypress Creek Renewables donates $16,500 to CFCC Sustainability Technologies

Cypress Creek Renewables has donated $16,500 in a 3-year grant to the CFCC Sustainability Technologies program, the largest donation in the program’s history. The funds will be used for student scholarships and instructional support to further the program training in renewable energy. CFCC is one of 4 colleges across the U.S. benefiting from a Cypress Creek Renewables grant. Cypress Creek Renewables is a major developer of renewable energy specializing in large-scale solar projects. With over 5 GW of local solar farms deployed or in development in a dozen states, Cypress Creek Renewables is the largest and fastest-growing dedicated provider of local solar farms in the U.S. In addition to their three California offices, they have offices in Asheville, NC and Durham, NC. CFCC is proud to be recognized by Cypress Creek Renewables and we look forward to a long partnership with this exciting and generous company.  Thank you Cypress Creek!

CFCC Students and Instructors install solar photovoltaic system in Belize

Sustainability Technologies Instructor Richard Groves, along with former Instructor Wes Gubitz and students Beth Furr and Glenn Dell, traveled to Belize in March where they installed a 7.4 kW offgrid solar photovoltaic system for BFREE, an environmental research facility located within a remote jungle nature reserve. The energy produced is used to power lights, fans, computers, and other loads throughout the facility. The project was a collaboration between BFREE, the Wilmington non-profit organization Clean Energy Events, and the Belize solar installation company Pro Solar Engineering. Solar energy can make a huge difference to the viability of small organizations throughout the developing world.  Here are a couple of photos from the trip:

Course Requirements for A.A.S. Degree

I.  General Education Courses (15 SHC)

Class  Hours

Lab     Hours

Credit Hours

ENG 111 Expository Writing 3 0 3
ENG 114 Professional Research & Reporting 3 0 3
MAT 121 Algebra/Trigonometry I 2 2 3
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective 3

II.  Major Courses (34 SHC)

ALT 120 Renewable Energy Technology 2 2 3
ALT 250 Thermal Systems 2 2 3
CST 111 Construction I 3 3 4
CST 150 Building Science 2 2 3
ELC 220 Photovoltaic System Technology+ 2 3 3
ENV 110 Environmental Science 3 0 3
SST 110 Introduction to Sustainability 3 0 3
SST 120 Energy Use Analysis 2 2 3
SST 130 Modeling Renewable Energy 2 2 3
SST 140 Green Building & Design Concepts 3 0 3
SST 210 Issues in Sustainability 3 0 3

III.  Other Major Courses (18 SHC)

CMT 210 Construction Mgmt. Fundamentals* 3 0 3
CMT 212 Total Safety Performance* 3 0 3
CST 238 Weatherization 2 3 3
ELC 111 Introduction to Electricity 2 2 3
ELC 230 Wind & Hydro Power Systems+ 2 2 3
SST 250 Sustainable Capstone Project 1 6 3

IV.  Electives (choose  min. 6 hours from the following courses:)

Sustainability:
AGR 139 Intro to Sustainable Agriculture** 3 0 3
BIO 140 Environmental Biology 3 0 3
and BIO 140A Environmental Biology Lab 0 3 1
BUS 110 Introduction to Business***** 3 0 3
BUS 230 Small Business Management***** 3 0 3
CIS 110 Introduction to Computers***** 2 2 3
HOR 160 Plant Materials I***  2  2  3
Renewable Energy:
ELC 113 Residential Wiring*** 2 6 4
ELC 117 Motors and Controls***  2  6  4
ELC 221 Advanced PV System Designs 2 3 3
MNT 230 Pumps and Piping Systems 1 3 2
PLU 111  Intro to Basic Plumbing 1 3 2
Sustainable Building Technology:
AHR 110 Introduction to Refrigeration****  2  6  5
AHR 211 Residential System Design 2 2 3
BPR 130 Print Reading-Construction* 3 0 3
CMT 120 Codes and Inspections 3 0 3
CMT 241 Planning/Estimating 1* 2 2 3
DFT 151 CAD I 2 3 3
Co-Op:
WBL 111 Work-Based Learning I 1
WBL 121 Work-Based Learning II 1

Total Credit Hours required for A.A.S. Degree:

73

A.A.S. Degree Sequence of Classes

Fall Semester I
CST 111 Construction I
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry
SST 110 Introduction to Sustainability
SST 140 Green Building & Design Concepts
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective

Spring Semester I
CMT 210 Professional Mgmt. Fundamentals
CMT 212 Total Safety Performance
CST 150 Building Science
MAT 121 Algebra/Trigonometry I
SST 120 Energy Use Analysis

Summer Semester
ALT 120 Renewable Energy Technology
ELC 111 Introduction to Electricity
ENV 110 Environmental Science
SST 130 Modeling Renewable Energy

Fall Semester II
ELC 220 Photovoltaic System Technology
ELC 230 Wind and Hydro Power Systems
CST 238 Weatherization
SST 210 Issues in Sustainability
Sustainability Technologies Elective

Spring Semester II
ALT 250 Thermal Systems
ENG 114 Professional Research & Reporting
SST 250 Sustainability Capstone Project
Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective
Sustainability Technologies Elective

* Course is in the Construction Management Certificate

** Course is in the Landscape Gardening Sustainable Gardening Certificate

*** Course is in the Electrical Systems Technology Certificate

**** Course is in the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology Certificate

***** Course is in the Business Administration Entrepreneurship Certificate and Project Management Certificate

+ Course is in the NC State University North Carolina Renewable Energy Assessment Certificate Program

Certificate in Sustainability Technologies (C40370)

Class Hours

Lab Hours

Credit Hours

ALT 120 Renewable Energy Technology 2 2 3
ENV 110 Environmental Science 3 0 3
SST 110 Introduction to Sustainability 3 0 3
SST 120 Energy Use Analysis 2 2 3
SST 140 Green Building & Design Concepts 3 0 3
Total Credits required: 15

Sequence of Classes

Fall Semester

SST 110 Introduction to Sustainability
SST 140 Green Building & Design Concepts

Spring Semester

SST 120 Energy Use Analysis

Summer Semester

ALT 120 Renewable Energy Technology
ENV 110 Environmental Science

 

Certificate in Renewable Energy Technologies (C40370A)

Class Hours

Lab  Hours

Credit Hours

ALT 120 Renewable Energy Technology 2 2 3
ALT 250 Thermal Systems 2 2 3
ELC 111 Introduction to Electricity 2 2 3
ELC 220 Photovoltaic System Technology 2 3 3
ELC 230 Wind & Hydro Power Systems 2 2 3
Total Credits required: 15

Sequence of Classes

Summer Semester

ALT 120 Renewable Energy Technology
ELC 111 Introduction to Electricity

Fall Semester

ELC 220 Photovoltaic System Technology
ELC 230 Wind and Hydro Power Systems

Spring Semester

ALT 250 Thermal Systems

 

Certificate in Sustainable Building Technologies (C40370S)

Class Hours

Lab Hours

Credit Hours

CST 150 Building Science 2 2 3
SST 110 Introduction to Sustainability 3 0 3
SST 120 Energy Use Analysis 2 2 3
SST 130 Modeling Renewable Energy 2 2 3
SST 140 Green Building & Design Concepts 3 0 3
Total Credits required: 15

Sequence of Classes

Fall Semester

SST 110 Introduction to Sustainability
SST 140 Green Building & Design Concepts

Spring Semester

CST 150 Building Science
SST 120 Energy Use Analysis

Summer Semester

SST 130 Modeling Renewable Energy

 

For more information contact:
John Wojciechowski AIA, LEED AP, CEA
Program Director – Sustainability Technologies
910-362-7761
jwojciechowski@cfcc.edu