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Charlotte, NC 28202

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Charlotte Research Institute (CRI) was originally conceived as a partnership between UNC Charlotte and the corporate and entrepreneurial communities of the region. The campus consists of several centers of concentration

  • Center for eBusiness Technology Institute
  • Center for Precision Metrology
  • Center for Optoelectronics and Optical Communications
  • Center for Bio Informatics
  • Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC)

University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Lee College of Engineering a leading university for engineering, science and technology

  • Civil, environmental, electrical, computer, mechanical, nuclear and systems engineering programs offered
  • Enrollment increased 42 percent from 2003-08 to 2,800+ students
  • New research projects in biofuels, water quality, advanced engine design, precision engineering, power system stability, fire science, sustainability and biomechanics

Energy Production Infrastructure Center (EPIC) at UNC Charlotte housing a department of electrical and civil engineering and is designed to address the shortfall of trained engineers capable of servicing and replacing an aging fossil fuel and nuclear infrastructure

  • Project recently received $56 million in state funding, 200,000-sf research center broke ground January 2010
  • Market-driven effort with significant corporate involvement (Duke Energy)
  • Initiative will also develop future technologies for wind, solar, biofuels, and nuclear
  • Academic training provided in transmission and distribution, environmental issues, construction management and logistics issues

Global Institute for Energy and Environmental Systems (GIEES) is located at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

  • Housed within Charlotte Research Institute (CRI)
  • Research in energy and environmental arenas with primary corporate sponsorship and collaboration with Duke Energy and General Electric

In the past 10 years, North Carolina and South Carolina Community College systems were continually ranked among the Top 10 State Training Programs each year by Expansion Management magazine. State workforce training programs offer employers workforce development programs ranging from recruitment assistance to worker training.

There are 10 community colleges that provide instruction to 130,000+ students annually, and CPCC is the largest of those institutions.

Technical training programs that emphasize precision production, engineering technologies, mechanics and repair are offered at:


  • York Technical College
  • Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
  • Catawba Valley Community College
  • Cleveland Community College
  • South Piedmont Community College
  • Mitchell Community College