By Dee Reid
Chatham residents need access to affordable education that can enhance the quality of their lives and prepare them for 21st century employment.
* Central Carolina Community College is an enormous asset. It offers a University Transfer program where students who attend for two years and achieve a certain grade point average are guaranteed admission to a four year college or university in the UNC system. It also offers vocational employment and continuing education. And it’s making a name for itself for promoting sustainable agriculture, sustainable energy and sustainable building practices through its unique degree and certificate programs on these timely topics. Jeffrey Starkweather is teaching a Sustainable Community course that will focus on the policies and practices that encourage, or impede, sustainable community, which he hopes will be expanded into a program that will be helpful for many of the students in the other sustainable programs, as well as the wider community as we seek to become a truly sustainable community.