NC Community Colleges Add Innovative Career Programs

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North Carolina Community College students have new career programs to choose from, many of which are considered cutting-edge. Last month, the NC State Board of Community Colleges approved the following degree/certificate programs:

  • Associate’s Degree in Artificial Intelligence
  • Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Technician Certification
  • Lithium Ion Battery Manufacturing Course
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems Certification

State Board Chairman Tom Looney said, “By prioritizing active listening to employers, maintaining agility, and responding swiftly to market demands, we’re ensuring that educational offerings remain relevant and impactful. Investing in high-cost, high-growth programs is a strategic move that addresses the current needs of our employers and positions students for lucrative, cutting-edge career opportunities.”

The highly anticipated associate’s degree in artificial intelligence will be offered by two different schools in the NC community college system: Central Piedmont Community College and Wayne Community College. Meanwhile, Wake Technical College will offer the Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Technician certificate.

There are 58 different schools in the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS). For more information about these and other programs of study offered by these two-year schools, visit the system’s website.

Several North Carolina community colleges have been featured in recent CVO rankings. For example, Wayne Community College was named #43 in our ranking of the Top 75 Online Community Colleges in 2024. Its online IT certificate programs were also featured in our ranking of the 10 Most Affordable Online IT Certificates.

Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC earned our top spot for the Best Online Colleges for Nursing with its affordable and flexible online associate’s degree in nursing (ADN).

Source: PR Newswire—North Carolina Community Colleges Lead the Way with Cutting-Edge Programs: From Electric Vehicles to AI and Drone Operations

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