Archive for May, 2014

CFCC to hold ceremony for Surf City Campus

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014
CFCC Surf City Campus

The first bricks of a new campus of Cape Fear Community College in Pender County will be soon set into place. The college invites the public to to help celebrate the construction of the Alston W. Burke Campus in Surf City with a special ceremony on Wednesday, May 28 at 11 a.m. at the new campus location off of Hwy 210.

During the ceremony guests will be invited to sign bricks that will be used in the foundation of the building. The program will feature remarks by CFCC President Dr. Ted Spring and Surf City Mayor Zander Guy.

The first building at CFCC’s Surf City campus will be a 12,000 square-foot, single story classroom facility containing six classrooms, one allied health lecture hall, one allied health lab, a media center, a conference room and office.

The building was designed by LS3P and is being built by Bordeaux Construction. The building will be located on a 24-acre site off on N.C. Hwy 210.  The property was donated to the college by the late Alston W. Burke in 2008. The entire budget for construction of the project is set at $2.3 million with funding coming from the Town of Surf City, Pender County and CFCC funds.

The projected completion date for the first building is December 12, 2014. Classes are expected to begin in early 2015.


Awkward Sensibility at Wilma W. Daniels Gallery – Opening Reception May 23

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Wilma W. Daniels Gallery presents “AWKWARD SENSIBILITY,” a solo exhibition by Jon Jicha, Professor of Art in the School of Art and Design at Western Carolina University.  An opening reception for the artist will be held May 23, 2014 from 6-9pm, and a closing reception will be held June 27, from 6-9pm. Regular gallery hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12-5pm. 

100% pass rate leads to jobs for CFCC’s Surgical Technology graduates

Monday, May 19th, 2014


Cape Fear Community College’s surgical technology program recently earned a 100 percent pass rate on the Certified Surgical Technologist exam this year.

The exam is required of all surgical technology students before they can begin working in the field. The exam is administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. Subjects include pre-operative care, operative procedures, post-operative procedures, sterilization, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, surgical pharmacology and administrative procedures.

CFCC’s surgical technology lead instructor Denise Gautsch stated that she was proud of her students for this outstanding achievement. She added that many of the graduates have already found jobs in the field.

The college’s surgical technology program is a two-year associate in applied science degree curriculum which prepares students to work as part as a surgical team in hospitals and surgical centers. Students learn their skills in a simulated operating room setting located in CFCC’s Union Station Building.

‘Gift of Education’ raises over $300,000 for student scholarships

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Generosity and gratitude were the prominent themes during a special event at Cape Fear Community College today. An estimated 600 members of the local community gathered at CFCC’s Schwartz Center earlier this afternoon and raised over $300,000 for student scholarships at the “Gift of Education” luncheon.

The annual event is sponsored by the CFCC Foundation and was held in downtown Wilmington.

Highlights from the program included speeches from remarkable students whose lives have been transformed by their experience at CFCC.

Student speakers included Ray “Chief” Charfauros, a combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan who enrolled at CFCC to earn a degree to start his civilian life; Destiny Newsome, a student who recently returned home after volunteering in Africa as part of her studies in occupational therapy assisting; and Hudson O’Keefe, who overcame several major setbacks during her pursuit of a degree in medical sonography.

O’Keefe discovered a new calling for a career in health care after enduring numerous medical tests while dealing with a cancer diagnosis, which turned out to be false. After enrolling at CFCC, she also faced another set of obstacles – an unexpected layoff from her job and the death of her mother. In spite of these challenges, she chose to persist with her education.

“I had to decide if I was going to let my situation, these challenges, stop me.  Would I return to what I already knew, have a decent income from jobs that had no meaning and added nothing to the world or would I push forward against any storm to change my life?  I decided on the latter,” O’Keefe stated.

She closed her remarks by thanking the crowd for their generosity and stated that she recently started her own scholarship fund to help future students.

“There are many things you could have done with the money you donated to Cape Fear Community College and I am so glad you chose to give it to the Foundation. Because you donate to this school, each one of you is a role model. Because you donate to this school, you are also creating new role models for others. With gratitude and in your honor, I am proud to say that I have started my own scholarship for sonography students. Paying my debt forward is the only way I can begin to repay it, and I thank you, each one of you,” O’Keefe said.

Following the student remarks, guests heard from veteran college basketball coach Jerry Wainwright, who was the keynote speaker. Interspersed with humorous stories, Wainwright praised the crowd for their commitment to CFCC students.

“Someone once told me that the simplest prayer is just two words – ‘thank you’,” Wainwright said.

Other speakers included CFCC President Dr. Ted D. Spring, chair of the CFCC Foundation Board Sara Strassle and CFCC Vice President of Institutional Advancement Margaret Robison.

The CFCC Foundation is a non-profit organization made up of a volunteer board of directors focused on raising private funds to support the mission of CFCC.

Duke Energy awards $147,592 to Cape Fear Community College to expand course offerings in Pender County

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Duke Energy and Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) today announced a $147,592 investment from the Duke Energy Foundation to establish certified metal inert gas (MIG) and tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding training programs at CFCC’s Burgaw Center in Pender County.

Grant funds will be used to outfit a new welding lab at the Burgaw Center, including purchasing specialized equipment and modifying the facility. The Duke Energy grant will also cover part of the costs of materials.

Cape Fear Community College is excited to expand our course offerings in Pender County, and we look forward to making these training programs more accessible to our students. This grant underscores Duke Energy’s commitment to job training in our area,” said Dr. Ted Spring, CFCC president.

Our partnership with Cape Fear Community College develops a highly-skilled workforce that will attract and retain businesses in the region for years to come, said Paul Newton, Duke Energy’s state president North Carolina.

This grant is part of Duke Energy’s $6.7 million investment in North Carolina Community Colleges’ focus on technical education and support of business and industry. Since 2004, Duke Energy has awarded $15 million in grants to 24 community colleges within the Duke Energy Carolinas service area. This new $6.7 million investment also includes community colleges located in the Duke Energy Progress service area.

Individual community colleges can apply for funds through the Foundation for the Carolinas (Duke Energy Carolinas customers) or NC Community Foundation (Duke Energy Progress customers). Applications will be reviewed by a committee of representatives from Duke Energy, NC Community College System and NC Department of Commerce.

About Duke Energy Foundation

Duke Energy Foundation makes charitable investments on behalf of Duke Energy, the largest electric power holding company in the United States with 7.2 million customers in six states. Over the foundation’s long history in local communities, it has identified focus areas that maximize the foundation’s dollars and guide the foundation’s giving. The foundation makes grants supporting the environment, economic development, education and community vitality. In North Carolina, Duke Energy Foundation invests $16 million annually for community support and charitable contributions. To learn more about Duke Energy Foundation, visit

CFCC adds nearly 100 new courses to summer session – many online

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

This summer, Cape Fear Community College will increase the size of its course offerings by expanding its curriculum by an additional 100 classes.

The college is adding more classes this summer to respond to an increased demand from prospective students. Most of the courses are in the college transfer area and include English, math, history, science, art, political science, and sociology.

College officials stated that there has been an increased interest from current CFCC students who want to get ahead to complete their academic programs, university students who want to take a course that will transfer to their university, and also from high school students to get a jump start on their own college career.

Officials stated that many of the new classes are online, which help students who are working and have less flexibility in their daily schedules.

Summer classes begin Tuesday, May 20. For more details, visit the CFCC website.

Landfall Foundation grant helps CFCC students afford certification exams

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

The Landfall Foundation’s $5,000 grant to Cape Fear Community College’s health science programs is enabling more students to become certified in their field of study and increasing their opportunities to become successfully employed.

This year’s grant is assisting students finishing CFCC’s Dental Hygiene Program. Upon successful completion of program coursework, students are required to take certification exams to further qualify them for employment. The Landfall Foundation’s funds cover a portion of the costs of the certification exams, which many students struggle to pay.

Regina McBarron, chairperson of CFCC’s health science programs, says that the funds provided by the Landfall Foundation help students complete one of the final steps toward employment. These certifications help our students get jobs.  Often, students have difficulty affording the exams on top of all their other expenses. The Landfall Foundation grant will help students pay for the exams, and in turn, help them attain good jobs in our area.

The mission of the Landfall Foundation is to provide funds to local nonprofit organizations for programs and projects that provide for the Arts, Education, and Health and Welfare in the Greater Wilmington, North Carolina area.