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CCCC primes the biofuels workforce pump

03.27.2009College & CommunityCurriculum Programs

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CCCC primes the biofuels workforce pump

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Central Carolina Community College biofuels student Jeremy Rushlow, of Moncure, fills a container with biodiesel fuel produced by the collegeís biodiesel processor at its Chatham County Campus. The fuel will be used to power the tractor at the collegeís sustainable agriculture student farm, also located on the Chatham Campus. The processor uses used vegetable cooking oil to create fuel for motor vehicles. The college is the only community college in North Carolina offering an Associate in Applied Science in Alternative Energy Technology: Biofuels degree. Both North Carolina and the nation have established a goal of developing and expanding alternative fuel industries in order to reduce dependence on petroleum-based fuels, much of which comes from foreign sources. To achieve that, a skilled workforce is needed in the growing biofuels industry. Central Carolina is helping to train those workers. For more information on Central Carolina C.C.ís biofuels program, contact Andrew McMahan, biofuels program coordinator, at (919) 542-6495, ext. 214, or at ajmcma23@cccc.edu. For more information on biofuels, visit the Biofuels Center of North Carolina website, www.biofuelscenter.org, or the North Carolina Biotechnology Center website, www.biotech.org. For more information on bioagriculture, visit the North Carolina Community College Systemís BioNetwork website, www.ncbionetwork.org.

CCCC primes the biofuels workforce pump

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Central Carolina Community College biofuels student Joe Jackson, of Chapel Hill, turns the valves to transfer fuel in the biofuels programís biodiesel processor at the collegeís Chatham County Campus. The processor uses used vegetable cooking oil to create fuel for motor vehicles. The college is the only community college in North Carolina offering an Associate in Applied Science in Alternative Energy Technology: Biofuels degree. Both North Carolina and the nation have established a goal of developing and expanding alternative fuel industries in order to reduce dependence on petroleum-based fuels, much of which comes from foreign sources. To achieve that, a skilled workforce is needed in the growing biofuels industry. Central Carolina is helping to train those workers. For more information on Central Carolina C.C.ís biofuels program, contact Andrew McMahan, biofuels program coordinator, at (919) 542-6495, ext. 214, or at ajmcma23@cccc.edu. For more information on biofuels, visit the Biofuels Center of North Carolina website, www.biofuelscenter.org, or the North Carolina Biotechnology Center website, www.biotech.org. For more information on bioagriculture, visit the North Carolina Community College Systemís BioNetwork website, www.ncbionetwork.org.

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