The Sustainability Technologies program is a unique and flexible curriculum designed to meet the challenges of the new clean energy economy. The program's three focus areas – Building Performance, Urban Infrastructure, and Renewable Energy – overlap to provide a technology-oriented degree that emphasizes management-level skills along with hands-on training using the latest equipment.
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. The program is connected to the community and has relationships with many local businesses, non-profits, and governments. 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’s or master’s degree.
Curriculum InformationSustainability Technologies, A.A.S. (A40370)
Sustainability Technologies Certificate (C40370)
Sustainability Technologies, Building Performance Certificate (C40370S)
Sustainability Technologies, Renewable Energy Technology Certificate (C40370R)
- CFCC’s program is one of only four Sustainability Technologies A.A.S. degree programs in North Carolina. Very few community colleges outside of North Carolina have a degree program in sustainability. Most sustainability programs exist at the bachelor and post-doctorate levels, with an emphasis on environmental studies. With its focus on building performance, infrastructure, and energy, CFCC’s Sustainability Technologies program is one of the most unique academic programs in North Carolina and the entire nation.
- Graduate Success: According to the most recent graduate employment survey, 100% of Sustainability Technologies graduates reported that they were employed full-time in the industry or were continuing their education at a higher level.
- While most students are from North Carolina, students have moved from all over the United States to attend CFCC’s Sustainability Technologies program, including from Alaska, Hawaii, and California.
- North Carolina ranks 9th in the nation for total clean energy jobs. There are over 88,000 energy efficiency jobs in North Carolina. (source: NC Sustainable Energy Association).
- North Carolina ranks 3rd in the nation for solar photovoltaic capacity, behind only California and Texas. There are over 8,000 solar jobs in North Carolina and over 200 solar companies. (sources: NC Sustainable Energy Association and Solar Energy Industries Association).
Sustainability Technologies is Ideal for University Transfer
The CFCC Sustainability Technologies program is an ideal starting point for a University bachelor’s or master’s degree. Students receive both general knowledge and technical applied skills while at CFCC and at the same time accrue credits that can be used for university transfer. Graduates of Sustainability Technologies can work with the university of their choice to maximize their credit transfer opportunities, or they can take advantage of one of the two partner programs that 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 provides over 60 hours of transfer credit to CFCC Sustainability Technologies A.A.S. graduates. For more information download this flyer.
- East Carolina University College of Engineering and Technology offers the Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology Transfer Program to CFCC Sustainability Technologies A.A.S. graduates. Up to 62 hours of CFCC coursework can be applied toward the BSIT degree. For more information download this flyer.
Stormwater technicians work outside to install and maintain systems that manage rainwater, such as ponds, bio-retention systems, and green roofs. Opportunities may exist in the waste management, recycling, and composting industries that promote diverting waste away from landfills. Do you think you have the skills to be in sales? If so there are sales opportunities in many building- and energy-related fields. Some students have taken advantage of the multi-disciplinary nature of the Sustainability Technologies program to become electrical apprentices and HVAC technicians. Gaining an understanding of how buildings operate can lead to opportunities in home inspection, facilities management, and engineering support.
Our graduates work for small companies like Above and Beyond Energy, medium-sized companies like Southern Energy Management, or for large corporations like Duke Energy, Corning, and Tesla! Other graduates work for local governments, schools, and non-profit organizations. There is a lot of flexibility with a degree in Sustainability Technologies!
- LEED Green Associate (fee)
- NABCEP PV Associate (fee)
- NABCEP Solar Heating Associate (fee)
- OSHA Construction Safety
- NC3 Snap-On Multimeter
- NC3 Data Analytics
- S/P2 Safety and Pollution Prevention
- ISO 14001 Awareness
- Fortified Roofing Awareness
- Backflow Prevention Awareness
- ACI Concrete Field Testing