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Central Carolina Community College

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About Central Carolina Community College

Central Carolina Community College has one focus: YOUR SUCCESS!

Wherever you are now in your educational journey, Central Carolina Community College is committed to helping you learn, progress, achieve, and succeed!

High school graduates enroll to continue their education at a quality institution.

  • High school non-completers enroll to earn their diploma and continue.
  • University graduates enroll because they realize they want a career that requires associate degree training.
  • Laid-off workers enroll because they want to train for a new career.

The reasons people enroll are many and varied, but they all lead to Central Carolina Community College, where success is waiting.

Central Carolina Community College is a public two-year college serving, primarily, residents of Chatham, Harnett and Lee counties. It is a member of the North Carolina Community College System and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Small classes enable students to have close working relationships with faculty, who enjoy the excitement of seeing students learn, achieve, and go on to further success.

Our quality academic programs will prepare you for a successful position. Heading to a four-year institution? Use our well-respected university transfer program to prepare you for success.
Either way, enjoy our affordable tuition rates, small class sizes, and a faculty that takes pride in helping each student achieve their personal goals.

Central Carolina Community College offers you:

  • More than 120 programs of study
  • Affordable tuition
  • Career programs that prepare you for today's job market
  • State-of-the-art facilities and hands-on training
  • Extracurricular activities and organizations
  • Classes to fit your schedule and lifestyle

Programs are accessible at Central Carolina Community College, with classes held at its three campuses in Chatham, Harnett, and Lee counties; several centers; and via online distance learning.

The college has an open admissions policy and there is no cost to apply. Central Carolina Community College serves the public without regard to Race, Color, National Origin, Religion, Age, Sex and Sexual Orientation, Gender, Family status, Disability status, Veteran status, or any Health or Genetic Information.

Campus information

Central Carolina Community College's main campus is located on a 41-acre site on Kelly Drive off Nash Street near U.S. Highway 421 (east), Sanford, North Carolina, and has 177,000 square feet of class room, shop, and laboratory space. Ample equipment, a large Learning Resource Center, and an efficient staff provide optimum training in a variety of adult programs.

The college offers two-year programs that lead to an Associate of Applied Science Degree, one-year programs that lead to a diploma and the Associate in Arts and Associate in Science Degree programs that transfer to a four-year college or university. Central Carolina Community College also provides College & Career Readiness training including the adult high school diploma and GED programs, as well as continuing education in technical, vocational, and general interest areas. The continuing education programs are generally non-credit but may award continuing education units (CEUs).

The 36,000-square-foot Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center is a part of and is located on Central Carolina Community College's Lee County Campus. The facility is composed of: (1) a large multi-purpose auditorium 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. This facility is available for use by the College and the community, and it also houses the Small Business Assistance Center.

Central Carolina Community College's Harnett County Campus is located on U.S. Highway 421 (East) between Lillington and Buies Creek. This campus has 38,000 square feet of floor space that includes classrooms, machinist, medical assistant, electronic, practical nursing, science, cosmetology and laser laboratories plus a full-service Learning Resource Center. Full-time counseling services are available. An additional site, located in Dunn, provides space for classes and serves as a small business incubator and Small Business Assistance Center.

Central Carolina Community College's Chatham County Campus has 45,000 square feet of floor space that includes classrooms, shops, laboratories and a full-service Learning Resource Center at the intersection of N.C. 87 and 64 in Pittsboro. The Siler City branch campus is located at 502 West Third Street in Siler City in a 14,000-square-foot facility.

On the Chatham and Harnett campuses, Associate in Applied Science Degrees, diplomas and certificates are offered in the curriculum programs. In addition to the college transfer A.A. and A.S. programs, these two campuses also offer non-credit courses in adult basic education, adult high school, occupational and general interest for which a certificate of completion is given and continuing education units are awarded. A Small Business Assistance Center is located at the Pittsboro campus.

Sanford : Sanford is a city in Lee County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 28,518 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Lee County. Because Sanford sits where white beach sand from the coast meets the Piedmont clay, the city has the right ingredients to be a large producer of clay bricks. In 1959, Sanford produced 10% of the bricks in the United States and was named "Brick Capital of the USA".[8] Today large brick production continues via manufacturers such as General Shale and Lee Brick & Tile.

Sanford also produces textiles, and has recently seen the influx of the BioTech industry with the Wyeth Vaccines aka-Pfizer facility becoming the area's largest employer in 2006.[9]

Situated nearly equidistant from the Greensboro, Raleigh/Durham/RTP, and Fayetteville metro areas, Sanford is well positioned to provide manufacturing, services, and housing throughout the region for business and industry.

Lee CountyLee County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 57,866. Its county seat is Sanford. The county was formed in 1907 from parts of Chatham County, Moore County and Harnett County. It was named for the Confederate general Robert E. Lee who fought during the American Civil War.

Lee County comprises the Sanford Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is a part of the greater Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC Combined Statistical Area, which had a 2012 estimated population of 1,998,808

Harnett Harnett County was formed in 1855 from land given by Cumberland County. It was named for American Revolutionary war soldier Cornelius Harnett,who was also a delegate to the Continental Congress. The first settlers came to the region in the mid-1720s, and were followed by Highland Scots immigrants. The Scots settled in the foothills, where land was more affordable, rather than in the rich alluvial soil area of the coastal plain. After the defeat by the British of Bonny Prince Charles at Culloden, Scots immigrants came up the Cape Fear River in ever increasing numbers and settled in western Harnett County. British immigrants had settled primarily along the banks of the Cape Fear River in the coastal area, generally from Erwin to Wilmington.

During the American Revolutionary War, many of the Scots were Loyalists. In their defeat in Scotland, they had been forced to take ironclad vows that prohibited taking up arms against the British.[citation needed] Some Rebels considered them traitors to the cause of Independence. Public executions of suspected spies occurred. One site near Lillington was the scene of a mass execution of "Scots Traitors."

Though Harnett County was not a site of warfare during the Civil War, one of the last battles took place near Averasboro which was once the third most populated town in North Carolina but is no longer in existence. During the Carolinas Campaign the Left Wing of General William Sherman's army under the command of Maj. General Henry W. Slocum defeated the army of General William Hardee in the Battle of Averasborough and proceeded eastward. A centennial celebration of the event was held in 1965 at the site of the battlefield.

Chatham County : Chatham County is a county located in the Piedmont area of the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 63,505. Its county seat is Pittsboro. 

The county was long dependent on agriculture as the basis of the economy. The area's relatively unfertile natural soil conditions (composed mostly of the hard red clay soil common to the Piedmont), did not support the cultivation of commodity cash crops such as tobacco; this was never important in the county's economy. The production of livestock has always been more important to the county, especially the breeding of cattle and poultry. The county once had a thriving dairy industry, but in recent years most farms have been sold and developed. The county is one of the state leaders in the poultry industry. Forage crops such as hay are also grown in large quantities in the county. Carolina Farm Stewardship Association has been housed in Chatham County along with many organic agriculture farmers including Councilman Farms and Phillips Dairy Farms.

Industrial growth in the county has been focused around the Siler City and Moncure areas of the county, with Moncure dominating. Companies in that area include, Progress Energy, Boise Cascade, Honeywell, and Arauco. Brick manufacturing, which makes use of the local red clay soil, has been an important economic factor in the Moncure area, with several brick plants operating there and in Brickhaven.

3M operates a greenstone mine south of Pittsboro along US 15-501. Greenstone is processed to manufacture roofing-shingle granules. In 2007, residents opposed to industrialization successfully blocked a similar quarry from being developed in the western part of the county.

The scenic rural environment has attracted many artists (Chatham Artists Guild), and arts-related tourism is a growing economic influence.

Chatham County has a deep tradition in southern music. Tommy Thompson, of the Red Clay Ramblers, and Tommy Edwards have entertained for decades with traditional, old time and bluegrass. Artists in many styles of music issue from this deep storehouse of talent, from rock and roll to big band. Of late, Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance hosts various styles of music. A four-day outdoor festival is held twice each year, in April and October. Artists who have performed at Shakori Hills include Patty Loveless, Ralph Stanley, Hugh Masekela, Donna the Buffalo, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Avett Brothers and Jim Lauderdale. Shakori Hills is also the location of the Hoppin John Fiddlers Convention and Mountain Aid benefit concert.


On-campus housing is not available at North Carolina Community College. We always try to assist students and parents in finding suitable housing. The Housing Officer acts only as liaison or referral agent and maintains a list of those persons in the area who wish to rent to students. Students are provided information such as realtors, landlords, maps, etc. You may obtain this information by contacting Patti Simmons at (919) 718-7300 or toll free in North Carolina, 1 (800) 682 5383, ext. 7300.

Students may wish to share expenses with a roommate. The Housing Officer can assist with this also.

Again, the Housing Officer is primarily a referral agent. It is up to the student and landlord to make the housing arrangements.

Pets are occasionally allowed in some properties (usually apartment complexes). Most private residences do not allow pets.

Additional info

Central Carolina Community College serves as a catalyst for individual, community, and economic development by empowerment through accessible lifelong learning.

Central Carolina Community College is a nationally recognized, world-class leader providing learning opportunities that contribute to economic progress and cultural enrichment for the students and communities we serve.


Courses available 10

Accounting & Finance 2 Agriculture Studies 1 Automotive Technology 1 Beauty, Personal Care 1 Education and Teaching 1 Engineering 1 Health and Medicine 1 Hotel Management & Hospitality 1 Mass Communication & Media 1


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