College focuses on ‘transformative lifelong learning’ for Chatham residents

Posted 12/3/20

Enrollment at North Carolina’s stellar system of community colleges typically goes up as the job market weakens. And while that’s been the case at some of the state’s colleges, it’s not …

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College focuses on ‘transformative lifelong learning’ for Chatham residents

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Enrollment at North Carolina’s stellar system of community colleges typically goes up as the job market weakens. And while that’s been the case at some of the state’s colleges, it’s not necessarily true at Central Carolina Community College.

This week, we speak with CCCC’s director of admissions, Adam Wade. Wade has worked for the college for five years, and as director of admissions he oversees new student advising and registration, new student orientation and placement testing. Previously, he served as lead success coach, overseeing success coaching initiatives.

Wade received his master’s degree in college student development from App State and his bachelor’s degree in communication studies from UNC-Wilmington.

CCCC will host a special “cruise-in” event at the Pittsboro campus on Tuesday for those interested in enrolling at the college.

What is enrollment like at CCCC?

Even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Central Carolina Community College recorded its second-highest enrollment ever during the Fall 2020 semester — a total of 5,453 students enrolled. The all-time high enrollment was 5,900 students enrolled for the start of the 2019-2020 school year. We are looking forward to the spring semester and serving students in multiple formats.

Why should potential students consider CCCC?

Central Carolina Community College offers a wide variety of programs, as students can earn associate degrees or college transfer credits, diplomas, or certificates. CCCC also offers instruction in such areas as Short-term Job Training, College & Career Readiness, Personal Interests, Business & Industry, and Emergency Services Training.

CCCC has been nationally ranked as No. 25 in The Best Community Colleges & Trade Schools of 2020 by BestColleges and ranked first in the Niche 2020 Best Community Colleges in North Carolina rankings. We are proud to serve the citizens of Chatham, Harnett and Lee counties!

How do you enroll as a new or returning student?

We would encourage any student interested in enrolling with us to complete the steps listed at

These steps include: complete the N.C. Residency Determination; complete the MAP Embark Assessment; complete the admissions application; pay for tuition and fees; submit official transcripts (high school and previous college — if applicable); and connect with an admissions advisor to register for courses.

Visit for information to contact an admissions advisor. Or, call (919) 718-7300 for information.

What about financial aid — what’s available?

We would encourage all students to complete the FAFSA ( as soon as possible if they are considering using Financial Aid to pay for courses. Be aware that typically there is a 1-2 week processing time. Additionally, we would encourage students to complete the CCCC Scholarship Application at

What personal assistance does CCCC provide?

CCCC is a special place where students are at the heart of everything we do. CCCC’s mission is focused on transformative lifelong learning experiences that lead to family sustaining career paths for students, ultimately leading to further enrichment of our local communities and economies. CCCC focuses on surrounding the individual student with the support systems that will best assist them in accomplishing their goals. This support system includes their Academic Advisor, Success Coach, and many others who are focused on helping students to progress toward their goals. CCCC offers many supports for students such as a food pantry, clothing closet, childcare resources, mental health counseling, free laptop check-out, mini student support grants, free WIFI in the parking lots of our campus sites, and much more.

How about the Cougar Cruise-In at the Chatham Main Campus?

We invite all prospective students to the Cougar Cruise-In on the Chatham Main Campus (764 West St. Pittsboro) from 3 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 8. Simply drive up and one of our staff members will walk out and connect with you without you having to get out of your car. We will provide information about our enrollment process, the many programs and major options we offer, and much more. Interested in attending? RSVP at



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