Archive for September, 2014

Nine local students selected as Cape Fear Community College merit scholars

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
2014 CFCC Merit Scholars (L-R): Aaliyah MacAlpine, Cassidi Williamson, Abby Thorley, Kylie Purvis, Connor Belk, Jordan Spillers, Katelyn Andreassen, Mayra Chavez, Vaughn Rizzo.

2014 CFCC Merit Scholars (L-R): Aaliyah MacAlpine, Cassidi Williamson, Abby Thorley, Kylie Purvis, Connor Belk, Jordan Spillers, Katelyn Andreassen, Mayra Chavez, Vaughn Rizzo.

The Cape Fear Community College Foundation recently awarded merit scholarships to nine local students who recently began their first year of college at CFCC this semester.

The recipients demonstrated academic excellence and leadership in their high school careers. Academic performance, extracurricular activities and community service were all considered in the selection process.

The 2014 CFCC Merit Scholars are Vaughn Rizzo from Ashley High School; Kylie Purvis and Connor Belk from Coastal Christian High School; Aaliyah MacAlpine from E.A. Laney High School; Cassidi Williamson from New Hanover High School; Katelyn Andreassen and Mayra Chavez from Heide Trask High School; Jordan Spillers from Topsail High School; and Abby Thorley from Wilmington Christian Academy.

Each student received $900 toward their first semester at CFCC, and will receive an additional $900 for the spring semester if they maintain a 3.0 GPA while completing 12 credit hours this fall.

The Merit Scholars will also benefit from support provided by the CFCC Foundation Board of Directors throughout the academic year. “Our board members are very interested in making sure our merit scholars have all the resources they need to succeed at CFCC,” said Dana McKoy, Director of Annual Giving at CFCC. “They look forward to sharing their own academic experiences and offering guidance to these promising students.”

The CFCC Foundation’s merit scholarships are awarded each year. To be considered, a student must be a current high school senior within New Hanover or Pender County and must have applied or been approved to enroll at Cape Fear Community College. For more information, please visit



CFCC and UNCW to reaffirm articulation agreement on Monday

Friday, September 26th, 2014
CFCC and UNCW to reaffirm articulation agreement on Monday
Partnership eases transition from CFCC to UNCW
WILMINGTON – Two of the area’s largest educational institutions are reaffirming a partnership that will help increase access to a four-year degree for hundreds of students each year. The local agreement assures CFCC graduates acceptance into UNCW, provided that CFCC students earn an associate degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.

On Monday, Sept. 29 at 11:30 a.m., leaders from the University of North Carolina Wilmington<> and Cape Fear Community College <> will sign the latest version of an articulation agreement, which is designed to provide an easier transition between the two institutions. This agreement is in addition to the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA), which is a statewide arrangement that governs the transfer of credits between the state’s community colleges and public universities.

The agreement between CFCC and UNCW differs from the statewide CAA in that it offers the benefit of acceptance at the student’s school of choice, which among a vast majority of CFCC students is UNCW. However, the UNCW agreement establishes a higher standard for students than the statewide agreement requires. Through the statewide CAA, graduates of any of the North Carolina Community Colleges are assured admittance to one of the UNC institutions, but not assured admittance to a specific campus or program. The significance of the CFCC and UNCW agreement makes sure that a high quality CFCC graduate gets the opportunity to enroll in one of the most competitive academic institutions in the UNC system.

“UNCW is the university of choice for most of our college transfer students,” said Dr. Amanda Lee, vice president of CFCC’s instructional services division.

Of the 9,000 degree-seeking students attending CFCC this semester, roughly half are seeking a college transfer degree.

“We are proud to be one of the largest enrolling transfer institutions in the UNC system and this agreement strengthens the pathway for Cape Fear Community College students seeking to earn a degree from UNCW,” said Denise Battles, UNCW Provost.

According to statistics from the American Association of Community Colleges, of the 6.5 million college students nationwide, close to half of them attend a community college. In addition half of the students who receive a baccalaureate degree attend community college in the course of their undergraduate studies.


Duke Energy donates $15,000 to CFCC to help improve access to job training

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

duke energy check 2014

Duke Energy recently presented​Cape Fear Community College with a $15,000 check on September 18 at 11 a.m. in the Applied Technologies Building at CFCC’s North Campus.  The funds are earmarked for scholarships for students enrolled in technical and vocational programs. Specifically, scholarships from this grant will be awarded based on financial need to students enrolled in Electronics Engineering Technology, Electrical/Electronics Technology, Industrial Systems Technology and Computer Engineering Technology.

“These scholarships will enable students to learn skills that will help them be highly employable after graduation – at jobs with significant earning potential,” said Dr. Ted D. Spring, CFCC’s president. “Since one of the considerations to receive a scholarship from this grant is financial need, receiving one of these scholarships could truly be life-changing.”

“Part of Duke Energy’s mission is to make the communities around us better places to live,” says John K. Elliott, Duke Energy’s Director of East Region Government and Community Relations. “We enjoy a strong partnership with Cape Fear Community College and we are proud to support CFCC students as they embark on training that will not only improve their quality of life, but also improve the quality of the workforce in the Wilmington area.”

Duke Energy is the largest electric power holding company in the United States with more than $110 billion in total assets. Its regulated utility operations serve approximately 7.2 million electric customers located in six states in the Southeast and Midwest.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 250 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available at:

The Duke Energy Foundation actively works to improve the quality of life in its communities, lending expertise in the form of leadership and philanthropic support to charitable organizations. Duke Energy has long been committed to building and supporting the communities in which its customers and employees live and work.

The Cape Fear Community College Foundation exists solely to support the students, faculty, academic programs and mission of Cape Fear Community College. The CFCC Foundation secures and manages gifts and grants, including cash contributions, planned or estate gifts, securities, donated services, and equipment and supplies for educational purposes. For more information about CFCC, the CFCC Foundation or establishing scholarships, please contact the Cape Fear Community College Foundation at: 910.362.7207.

CFCC students to help lighten the burden of overweight school backpacks

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Students at Cape Fear Community College will partner with the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) to conduct a backpack awareness day on Thursday, Sept. 18 to educate children, parents, school administrators, teachers, and communities about the serious health effects on children from backpacks that are too heavy or worn improperly. This local event is part of the National School Backpack Awareness Day, being held by occupational therapy practitioners across the country.

A Backpack Awareness Day “Weigh-In” of students and their backpacks will take place to illustrate the amount of weight that school children are carrying on their backs to and from school each day. Occupational therapy assisting students will weigh backpack-wearing students throughout the day. Students and parents of all ages are invited to attend in the event, which takes place at CFCC’s downtown Wilmington Campus.

The event at CFCC will be on Sept. 18 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the entrance of Tabitha’s Courtyard on Front St.

More than 79 million children and young adults in the U.S. carry heavy loads back and forth to school every day. Experts estimate that about 55 percent of them will be carrying too much weight. Research also shows children carrying overloaded and improperly worn packs are likely to experience neck, shoulder, and back pain; adverse effects on posture and the developing spine; and compromised breathing and fatigue. Some of these injuries continue into adulthood.

AOTA recommends that school backpacks weigh only 10 percent of a child’s weight. The growing awareness of potential long-term problems to children has resulted in increased medical research, and more coverage of the issue in mainstream publications as well as medical journals.

Any further inquiries can be directed to Jennifer Renshaw, director of CFCC’s Occupational Therapy Assisting program at or by calling (910) 362-7096. Renshaw is an expert on school ergonomics and the healthy growth and development of school-age children.

Founded in 1917, the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) represents the professional interests and concerns of more than 140,000 occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, and students nationwide. The Association educates the public and advances the profession of occupational therapy by providing resources, setting accreditation standards, and serving as an advocate to improve health care. Based in Bethesda, Md., AOTA’s major programs and activities are directed toward promoting the professional development of its members and assuring consumer access to quality services so patients can maximize their individual potential. For more information, go to

CFCC adds hundreds of new mini-classes to fall semester

Friday, September 12th, 2014

College students and local residents who missed out on registering for classes at Cape Fear Community College have another chance to enroll in the fall semester. CFCC has just added hundreds of additional mini-classes to the fall schedule.

Many of these additional classes are in subjects that were in high demand and were full at the beginning of the semester. College officials say that by adding additional classes mid-semester, students can now add a class that might have been unavailable a few weeks ago. The overall goal of the additional courses is to help students graduate or transfer as quickly as possible.

“Mini-courses have become a popular option for students who want to finish their studies as soon as possible, whether it’s to transfer to a four-year college or university or earn a professional degree or certification so they can start a new career,” said Dr. Amanda Lee, CFCC’s vice president of instructional services.

Lee explained that many of the mini-courses are online, so that students won’t need to work around an existing work or busy family schedule.

Each course in the mini-semester is designed on an accelerated schedule, so that students still earn the same amount of credit as a full semester course.

The courses are not limited to currently enrolled students, new students are eligible to register as well. The deadline to register is Monday, Oct. 13. Mini-session courses start on Oct. 14.

For the full list of courses, visit:

NOTE: Follow the search instructions for the 2014FA 2nd Mini Class search — Leave the term blank and enter the date range 10/14/2014 & 12/12/2014.

CFCC to hold Day of Service and Remembrance on Sept. 11

Friday, September 5th, 2014


Cape Fear Community College invites the public to participate in a Day of Service and Remembrance on Thursday, September 11 to honor the memories of the victims of the 2001 attacks and recognize the work of first responders.​

The September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance was originally launched in 2002, inspiring a tradition of engaging in charitable service on 9/11 as an annual and forward-looking tribute to the 9/11 victims, survivors, and those who responded to the attacks.

The day’s events will begin precisely at 8:46 a.m. with a commemorative ceremony at the 9/11 Memorial on CFCC’s North Campus in Castle Hayne. The program will be led by students in CFCC’s First Responder Academy and will include a performance by the Wilmington Police Department Pipes and Drums.

Following the memorial service, the college will hold a first responders’ showcase featuring CFCC’s emergency response training programs:  fire training, EMS/EMT and basic law enforcement training. Members from local law enforcement agencies are also expected to participate. Throughout the event, there will be presentations about fire safety, disaster preparedness, hurricane preparedness, helping military families, and other opportunities for civic and community engagement.  The showcase will be held from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the McKeithan Center.

In addition to the First Responders’ Showcase, the college will hold a Community Involvement and Service Learning Fair. Located in the BB&T Auditorium, the fair will highlight local organizations who focus on helping people in crisis.

Participating agencies and organizations include:

  • Good Shepherd Center
  • Cape Fear Volunteer Center
  • (WRAAP) Wilmington’s Residential Adolescent Achievement Place
  • The Carousel Center
  • Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity
  • Sharing Our Bounty
  • American Red Cross: Cape Fear Chapter
  • Guardian Ad Litem
  • Domestic Violence Shelter / Open Gate
  • Coastal Horizons Center
  • Easter Seals
  • Cape Fear Regional Community Development

Admission is free, but visitors are encouraged to donate a piece of clothing for Coats for Comfort for the Cape Fear Volunteer Center or contribute to a clothing drive for Red Cross relief efforts.

First campus police chief to be sworn in at CFCC on Monday, September 8

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Wilmington, NC – As a result of Cape Fear Community College’s goal to increase campus security, Daniel J. Wilcox will be sworn-in as CFCC’s first police chief at a ceremony on Monday, Sept. 8, at 8:30 a.m. in the Union Station boardroom.

Wilcox, who has nearly three decades of experience in law enforcement, initially joined CFCC’s staff in 2012 as the associate director of campus safety.  In that position, Wilcox was tasked with assessing the college’s existing security and creating a plan for strengthening security at all campus locations. Part of that plan included the creation of a new on-campus police force.

The formation of an on-campus police force was the result of CFCC’s desire to improve campus security. CFCC’s board of trustees voted to establish the on-campus police force, in addition to the third party security staff that is already in place, early last year.

“The safety of our students and employees is of the utmost importance.  Our campus and student body continue to grow, so our board made the wise decision to create an on-campus police force. This will heighten security and provide our campus community with immediate access to police assistance when necessary,” said CFCC president, Dr. Ted D. Spring.  “We’re so pleased to have Chief Wilcox on board.  His wealth of experience makes him a great asset to CFCC and to the community.”

Wilcox is a New York native with more than 29 years of experience in law enforcement. He has worked as a park ranger, a highway patrolman, a SWAT team sniper, a narcotics investigator, a motorcycle patrol officer, a field training officer, a police academy instructor, and a canine handler and trainer.  Wilcox also served a volunteer firefighter and arson investigator for more than 18 years.

Wilcox graduated Cum Laude from Mountain State University in Beckley, West Virginia with a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership in Criminal Justice Administration. He also has numerous certifications in Incident Command and experience in writing emergency operation plans.

“We’ve planned the CFCC police department from the ground up,” says Wilcox. “We’ve now been certified as an official police department.  Our eventual goal is to grow to a staff of 17 officers working at all campuses and to have round-the-clock coverage at the Wilmington and North Campuses.”

The campus police headquarters will be located on Walnut Street in the former Drifter’s property.  Renovations will soon be completed; the facility is expected to open later this fall.


CFCC’s health care programs earn 100% pass rates on most recent certification exams

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

If the old saying, “practice makes perfect” holds true, students in Cape Fear Community College’s health care programs have been practicing their skills quite a bit.

According to the most recent report from the college’s health sciences department, seven of CFCC’s health sciences programs scored an impressive 100 percent pass rate on their respective state certification exams. Students are required to pass the exams before they can begin working in the field.

Programs that achieved a 100 percent pass rate in 2014 include: Associate Degree Nursing, Surgical Technology, Occupational Therapy Assisting, Pharmacy Technology, Radiography, Sonography, and Dental Assisting. Students in CFCC’s Practical nursing program earned a 100 percent pass rate last year and the 2014 class recently graduated and are in the process of taking their exams for 2014.

CFCC’s chair of health sciences Regina McBarron said that the consistently high pass rates are due to both the academic and clinical preparation students receive in the programs. She added that she appreciates the high level of dedication of both the faculty and clinical staff that help prepare students for the exams, which are crucial for students entering the workforce.