2008 Awards

Biofuels Production Laboratory Equipment - Central Carolina Community College

Funding recipient:  Central Carolina Community College

Award amount:  $195,000

Central Carolina Community College developed the first Associate Degree program for biofuels education on the East Coast. "Alternative Fuels Technology: Biofuels" is an interdisciplinary curriculum combining chemistry, biotechnology, industrial design, sustainable agriculture, and energy resource management. Also, CCCC has constructed a state-of-the-art training facility at the Pittsboro campus: The Sustainable Technologies building houses classrooms and labs used to train not only CCCC students, but also instructors from community colleges across the state, about renewable energy, green building, sustainable farming, and biofuels.

Equipment purchased with this grant outfitted the Biofuels Production Lab. The facility allows instructors and students to simulate a wide variety of biofuels production methods as they prepare for jobs in the state’s growing biofuels industry. Curriculum developed for the production laboratory is available to all 58 of North Carolina’s community colleges, allowing for rapid, yet strategic, growth of workforce development across the state. The Biofuels Production Lab is also utilized to help educate local farmers interested in meeting their fuel needs on their own farms.

Leveraged funds reported: $50,000
North Carolina counties benefiting from this project: Chatham, Davidson, Durham, Guilford, Harnett, Lee, Orange, Randolph, Rockingham, and Wake

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