Preparing students for a future in technical careers is just part of doing business at CCC. A solid technical education helps empower students for successful participation in a global economy as a world-class worker and citizen and CCC is up for the challenge.
Whether you are interested in a career in accounting, biotechnology or criminal justice, CCC can get you there.
When Roxanne Stiles had her sights set on becoming a certified public accountant she got her start at CCC. Working at Arey Co. in Shelby, Stiles says the proximity of the college to her work made it easy to head to class when she got off and the cost of tuition fit right in line with what she could afford since becoming a CPA required 150 hours of college credit. “At CCC I didn’t feel like I was getting any less education than I would have received in going to a university for all four years. All of my credits transferred and I was well prepared for the challenges in Gardner-Webb’s GOAL program. I had several online classes and think the flexibility of online is great!”
Stiles said the support she received as a student was top-notch. “Student Services was there to guide me along, the faculty were always available to answer questions, and by participating in leadership roles with the honor society, I gained valuable skills that all transferred to my workplace.” Stiles still remembers her first accounting instructor, Tim Rowland, fondly and says the two still keep in touch. “At the time, Mr. Rowland was teaching part-time and working in a CPA firm full time, which meant he was able to pass along so much knowledge from the CPA world. That kind of day-to-day instruction and real-world advice was invaluable.”
“I think CCC is such an asset to our community. Where else can you earn such a variety of degrees, diplomas, certificates and skills from caring instructors for such an affordable cost? CCC is a great place to start.”
Information Technology Success
Brandon Bridges didn’t waste any time after graduating from Burns High School to enroll at CCC and continue his education. Quite simply he chose CCC because it was affordable, offered a flexible schedule, and most importantly offered degrees in computer security and networking. Bridges dove right into the Cisco Academy and says the Academy was beneficial in a variety of ways.
“Cisco was helpful in teaching me and other students about basic and advanced networking. Once I got into the workforce my experience in the Academy proved to be even more beneficial. I know without the knowledge I learned in classes from handling various networking details, including making and running cables and dealing with different IP addresses I would not have been prepared in the working environment. These skills are expected prior knowledge before entering almost any IT related field.”
As a student, Bridges was also fortunate to work as an intern at Pharr Technologies where he could use his classroom skills in a real-world setting. He says one of the things he enjoyed most about his instructors at CCC was the fact they all have extensive experience in the IT field outside of the campus, plus they build strong relationships with their students in order to see them succeed. “Without experiencing the IT instructors, there is really no way to relay how willing and helpful they were to me and to all of the students. It was an ideal learning atmosphere,” Bridges adds. “Charles Plyler, Steve Putnam, Jonathan Davis, and Chance Witherspoon, all deserve recognition for their commitment to student success.”
Following graduation, Bridges’ internship at Pharr turned into a full time position as Help Desk Administrator. A work day for Bridges includes: fielding support calls, assisting users with problems remotely, monitoring and maintaining critical backups, and repairing hardware problems. “CCC provided me with knowledge and preparation for such tasks by providing access to classes that specifically addressed how to handle these problems,” Bridges says. “My educational experience at the college is still proving to be a success. I am working in a field I love and they prepared me for it.”
CCC Technical Careers
- Basic Law Enforcement Technology (BLET)
- Broadcasting and Production Technology
- Business Administration
- Community Spanish Interpreter
- Computer Information Technology and Cisco Academy
- Criminal Justice Technology
- Electrical/Electronics Technology
- Electronics Engineering Technology
- Fire Protection Technology
- Industrial Systems/Facilities Maintenance
- Mechanical Drafting Technology
- Medical Office Administration
- Office Systems Technology