NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — An investment was made in southeastern North Carolina’s workforce Tuesday morning as a national solar company announced a partnership with Cape Fear Community College.
“I think it’s gonna be a win-win all the way around. A win for job creation, a win for the environment, and a win for energy production,” said Congressman David Rouzer.
Rouzer, students and instructors at CFCC, and Cypress Creek Renewables all gathered to talk about renewable energy.
The Sustainability Technologies program at the college just received a $16,500 grant from Cypress Creek.
“Clean industry businesses like solar are going to play a vital role in the future of Cape Fear Community College and we will respond to the workforce training needs,” said Jim Morton, CFCC’s interim president.
Cypress Creek says the solar industry employs more than 7,600 North Carolinians, including Zac Simoneau. He graduated from John Wojciechowski’s Sustainability Technologies program at CFCC.
“The sustainability program prepared me for life and Woj prepared me for everything I have right now. He mentored me, he got me into the solar industry,” Simoneau said.
Another student, Philip Cross, says the program has already made a big impact on him and he may consider a future in sustainable energy.
“We’re always gonna have it,” Cross said. “Why not harness it and get rid of the nonrenewable resources that are actually destroying our environment?”
Tuesday’s announcement comes after the recent completion of Cypress Creek solar facilities in Brunswick and Columbus Counties.