Central Carolina Community College is a public two-year college in the North Carolina Community College System. It offered its first classes in 1961. The college has campuses in Chatham, Harnett, and Lee counties, as well as a number of centers to serve those areas. It has an expansive distance education program that attracts students both within and beyond its geographical locations.
Central Carolina Community College offers Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and Associate in Applied Science degrees. Many students take their first two years of college at Central Carolina, then transfer to a four-year institution. One-year, or shorter, vocational and academic programs lead to a diploma or certificate. The college also offers non-curriculum credit courses in Adult Basic Education and other adult education courses in technical, vocational, academic, and general interest areas. The college's vocational training programs provide nurses, early childhood teachers, police officers, bioprocessing technicians, and many other essential skilled workers. In partnership with Lee County Public Schools, the college is home to Lee Early College. In the five-year program, students earn both a high school diploma and an associate degree.
It has one of the few Laser-Photonics Technology programs at a community college in the United States. It also offers the only Alternative Energy Technology: Biofuels degree program at a North Carolina community college. Central Carolina also provides extensive training support to business and industry through its Industrial Relations Office and three Small Business Centers.
Central Carolina Community College's Lee County Campus is located in Sanford, North Carolina. It has 251,000 square feet (23,300 m2) of classroom, shop, and laboratory space, plus a full-service library and an Academic Assistance Center. The campus includes the 36,000-square-foot (3,300 m2) Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center, with its large exhibition hall, auditorium, and conference/classrooms. Other college facilities in Lee County include the 20,000-square-foot (1,900 m2) North Carolina School of Telecommunications, the 116-acre (0.47 km2) Emergency Services Training Center, and the Jonesboro Center for adult education.
The Harnett County Campus is located between Lillington and Buies Creek, NC. The campus has 76,000 square feet (7,100 m2) of instructional floor space, plus a full-service library and an Academic Assistance Center. The Triangle South Enterprise Center, in Dunn, is a joint venture of the college, Dunn Committee of 100, and Harnett County. It provides space for classes and serves as a small business incubator, as well as housing one of the college's Small Business Centers. The college also operates a cosmetology school in Dunn and has an 8,500-square-foot (790 m2) Center in the Western Harnett Industrial Park.
The Chatham County Campus is located in Pittsboro, North Carolina. It has 43,000 square feet (4,000 m2) of instructional space, plus a full-service library and an Academic Assistance Center. A 16,500-square-foot (1,530 m2) Sustainable Technologies Classroom and Lab Building is being added to house the sustainable agriculture, alternative fuel technology, and green building programs, as well as to provide space for culinary training and arts instruction. A 24,000-square-foot (2,200 m2) joint College-Chatham County library is being constructed. The college's Professional Arts and Crafts: Sculpture program is located in Siler City, North Carolina. The current Siler City Center is being replaced by a new Center on 41 acres (170,000 m2) in the Central Carolina Business Park.