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 and biofuels
- Academic training provided in transmission and distribution, environmental issues, construction management and logistics issues.
- 300 enrolled students as of Spring, 2012
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
Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) is constructing Carolinas Energy Training Center, via federal funding, to train students for conventional and alternative energy technology fields
- Received $525,000 in congressional funding to purchase lab equipment and develop training programs for high school graduates and displaced workers seeking careers in the energy sector
- Only community college in the Carolinas developing such a program
- Energy Portal lists energy related efforts along with jobs which link directly to HR and specific energy companies
- Career Professionals Center addresses individuals with Career Transition needs and lists "jobs in demand”
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)
North Carolina Solar Center is housed at NC State in Raleigh, a clearinghouse for statewide solar and other renewable energy programs, information, research, technical assistance and training for energy related fields.
- The center is operated by the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University
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
Center for the Environment at Catawba College, located in Salisbury, N.C., is housed at the college’s environmental science program where students learn green building techniques, strategies and technologies
SC Tech Energy educates the public on clean energy and energy efficiency programs and available training through the SC Technical College System. Much of the energy efficiency training in South Carolina will be offered through the Energy Efficiency Training Centers (EETC’s) which were established through partnerships with the Governor’s office, the South Carolina Office of Economic Opportunity, the South Carolina Energy Office, and the Technical College System. There are now Energy Efficiency Training Centers at seven Technical Colleges. Charlotte USA is home to one of these centers at York Technical College. The EETCs provide Building Performance Institute (BPI) training for energy auditing and energy efficiency-weatherization.
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