From the Triangle Business Journal, by Evan Hoopfer
As Lisa Chapman puts it, Central Carolina Community College is the largest North Carolina community college not located in an urban area. But, the president of CCCC also acknowledges that could change as its coverage area – Chatham, Harnett and Lee counties – continues to boom with growth.
Pretty soon, CCCC will have to “describe ourselves as a college that is not located in a rural area,” Chapman says.
The college has about 12,000 curriculum and short-term training students and will serve as the workforce engine powering the boom of what is being called the Carolina Core.
The Carolina Core is a roughly 120-mile corridor stretching from just west of Winston-Salem down to the Fayetteville area. The area includes parts of the Triad, Siler City, Sanford, Lillington and Dunn. The Carolina Core largely follows the route of U.S. Highway 421 – which could one day become an interstate.