Sustainability Technologies


Sustainability Technologies

The Sustainability Technologies program is a unique and flexible curriculum designed to meet the challenges of the new energy economy.  The program’s three focus areas – Sustainability, Renewable Energy, and Buildings – overlap to provide a technology-oriented and certification-based platform of training that can be found nowhere else.  You have found the Sustainability program that WORKS!

Graduates of the Associate in Applied Science Degree have the comprehensive knowledge to be competitive in many industries including construction, energy auditing, home inspection, facilities management, solar, wind, solar thermal, waste, environmental, consulting, sales and non-profit. Each of the three focus areas is also offered as a 5-course Certificate geared toward dual majors or professional development.  In addition, a number of college transfer opportunities exist for students wishing to continue their education.

Course work includes energy use, sustainability, water quality, water use, waste and recycling, environmental technology, business sustainability, electricity, photovoltaics, solar thermal, wind, hydroelectricity, site assessment, construction, green building, building science, energy modeling, energy management, energy auditing, and safety. The program places a priority on hands-on training using the latest industry-standard equipment.  A number of professional credentials – including LEED® Green Associate, NABCEP PV Entry Level, NABCEP Solar Heating Entry Level, OSHA 30-hour Safety Card and ISO 14001 Awareness – are weaved into the curriculum to better prepare students for employment.

Whether you want to immerse yourself in Sustainability, get more out of your time at CFCC, or just take a class or two to make yourself more competitive in the new green economy, the Sustainability Technologies program is here as a resource for you.

  • A.A.S. Degree Program: 74 course hours starting Spring, Summer or Fall
  • Certificate Programs: 5 courses each
  • Program Location: CFCC North Campus (some courses at CFCC Wilmington Campus)

Exploring Different Careers – Animal Control Worker

Quick Stats


Salary Range
$20,000 – $52,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

How to become an Animal Control Worker

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What do Animal Control Workers do?

Animal control is an arm of the local police department. And as an Animal Control Worker, you respond to emergency calls that relate to animals. The calls you answer might be about an animal being abused, neglected, or used for fighting. You can also get calls about dangerous dogs roaming neighborhoods, or animals that people suspect have rabies or other diseases that are hazardous to people.

When you get one of these calls, you need to be alert and use your best judgment. Sick animals can be unpredictable, which makes them dangerous. You might also run into angry people (who can also be unpredictable). And even though you can’t arrest anyone, you can write violations and testify in court about the abuse you’ve witnessed.

So now you know: those cartoons you watched as a kid showing Animal Control Workers as evil people grabbing dogs with their big nets…they were all wrong. Animal Control Workers are certainly not evil, and they do more than just pick up stray animals off the streets. You keep people and animals safe, making sure that any dangerous animals are stopped from harming people, and saving animals that need care.

The animals you deal with can vary. You can get calls about cats, dogs, rabbits, marine animals—actually, pretty much any animal you can think of. For example, you might get a call about an escaped python or an exotic bird that’s stuck in a tree. No two days are ever the same.


Should I be an Animal Control Worker?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:


  • Team Player: You’re able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.

Also known as: Animal Attendant, Animal Control Officer, Animal Control Specialist, Animal Cop, Animal Park Code Enforcement Officer See More

Top Jobs for Animal Lovers

Career Ideas | June 11, 2013

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So, you want a job working with animals?

You might think Veterinarian and Marine Biologist are your only options. Nope! There are tons of career paths—for all levels of education—that let you devote your life to the care and keeping of our furry, fuzzy (and sometimes scaly) friends.

Work with domestic animals as a Pet Adoption Counselor or Veterinary Tech. Prepare dogs to help people with disabilities as a Guide Dog Trainer. Or walk on the wild side to protect animals’ health as a Wildlife Rehabilitator. And this is only a tiny glimpse of the wide world of animal jobs!

Ready to turn your passion for animals into a paying position? Explore animal jobs listed below.

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Exploring Different Careers – Park Ranger

Employment  »  Meet the Ranger

Ranger Joe Shimel with group of two-year olds doing the         duck walk

“Park rangers are truly the backbone of North Carolina’s state parks system. The corps of more than 170 rangers is responsible for the protection of North Carolina’s most precious natural resources and for the safety of millions of visitors each year.

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