Archive for December, 2014

More than $17,000 donated to help CFCC student families during the holidays

Monday, December 29th, 2014

Wilmington, NC – More than 115 Cape Fear Community College student families had a happier holiday season this year due to generous donations to the Holiday Helpers program at CFCC.

The Holiday Helpers program was established in 2005 by CFCC foundation board member Betsy Leonard to support CFCC students who struggle financially during the holidays.

Each year, students are invited to apply for holiday assistance through the program. CFCC’s financial aid office carefully reviews each application to ensure recipients meet the financial need requirements.

So far this year, more than $17,000 has been donated to provide gifts for CFCC students in need. The donations helped more than 260 children from 115 student families.

“It’s truly heartwarming to see our community come together to support these hard-working students and their children,” said Margaret Robison, CFCC’s vice president for institutional advancement. “I know that each child the program helped experienced a happier holiday because of the generous support of the Wilmington community.”

For more information about how you can support CFCC students, visit



Gift from Piedmont Natural Gas supports CFCC Culinary Technology Students

Monday, December 29th, 2014



Piedmont Natural Gas recently donated $500 to start an annual scholarship for students in Cape Fear Community College’s Culinary Technology program.

“More and more restaurants use natural gas in their kitchens, and we’re happy that CFCC’s Culinary Technology program trains students to use natural gas in a safe and efficient manner,” said Kevin Anderson, Key Account Services Representative with Piedmont Natural Gas.

Bob Jones, Associate Director of Institutional Advancement at CFCC, expressed his appreciation for the donation.  “Our students will greatly benefit from this scholarship.  Piedmont Natural Gas’ contribution will help train the very people who will one day use their products.  It’s a win-win.”

“Our company is quite large and continues to expand. There will be a growing need to hire highly-trained individuals into positions from administration and sales to welding and engineering. Investing in CFCC students now will help us to continue to have highly-skilled employees at Piedmont Natural Gas in the future,” said Anderson.

In addition to presenting CFCC with a donation to begin a scholarship, a group from Piedmont Natural Gas traveled to CFCC’s Wilmington campus to enjoy French cuisine prepared by CFCC’s Classic Cuisine Culinary students at the college’s Our Place restaurant.  The team was able to interact with the students in CFCC’s unique culinary lab.

“I love to bring people to Our Place,” said Jones.  “It’s a great way to experience first-hand what CFCC students are learning.”

The Piedmont Natural Gas Foundation was formed in 2004 to support nonprofit organizations in communities throughout their service territory. Since its beginning, the Foundation has invested more than $8 million in the communities it serves.

For more information about Cape Fear Community College (CFCC), the CFCC Foundation, or establishing a scholarship as an honor or memorial, please contact the CFCC Foundation at (910) 362-7207 or visit


Pictured ((L-R) Paul Gonka, Kellie Connelee, Ken Anderson, Carl Paquet, Phillip Jones, and Lesley Neill)




Southport Wooden Boat Show Presents Gift to Cape Fear Community College for Scholarship Support

Monday, December 29th, 2014


Southport, NC – Volunteers from the Southport Wooden Boat Show recently presented a $2,000 gift to Cape Fear Community College to fund a new annual scholarship for students in CFCC’s Wooden Boat Building Program.  The group presented a check to Mr. John Olsen, Boat Manufacture and Service Instructor with the CFCC Marine Technology program.

Funds for the scholarship came from the proceeds of the group’s boat show, which is in its fifth year.  This year’s show was held in September and featured 50 wooden boats.

The Southport Wooden Boat Show organizers chose to fund a scholarship at CFCC because, “it is a natural partnership,” according to a boat show volunteer. “Several volunteers with the Southport Wooden Boat Show have taken boat-building courses at CFCC with lead instructor Mark Bayne. We feel it’s important to encourage the art and craft of wooden boat building and want to help provide the financial means for students who are seeking a career in this field.” Applicants for the scholarship must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and a serious desire to pursue a career in boat-building.

For more information about the Southport Wooden Boat Show, visit

For more information about Cape Fear Community College (CFCC), the CFCC Foundation, or establishing a scholarship as an honor or memorial, please contact the CFCC Foundation at (910) 362-7207 or visit


In the photo: Robert Hayes, Sandy Mitchell and Angela Trent, volunteers from the Southport Wooden Boat Show, present a gift of scholarship support to Mr. John Olsen, Boat Manufacture and Service Instructor with the CFCC Marine Technology program. The group is posed in front of a Solomon T, a 1938 Core Sound wooden work boat owned by Capt. Bert Felton, co-founder and committee member of the Southport Wooden Boat Show which occurs every fourth Saturday in September along the Southport Yacht Basin (in 2015, the date will be September 26).

Cape Fear Community College Toys For Tots Drive a Success

Friday, December 19th, 2014
The Cape Fear Community College Student Government Association, Athletics Department and Student Activities Department took part in the the Marine Corps Reserves “Toys For Tots” drive again this holiday season. The Sea Devils helped collect over 400 toys to help provide for needy children in the community.
“I think it is wonderful when so many people come together and try to give a little something to others that might not have anything.  We hope our efforts will help bring joy to some area children this holiday season,” says Chris Libert, Head Men’s Soccer Coach and Assistant Coordinator
Student Activities and Athletics at CFCC.
The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.

CFCC Celebrates Wilmington’s 275th Anniversary with card-signing on Friday, December 5

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014
Wilmington, NC – Cape Fear Community College is commemorating Wilmington’s 275th Anniversary by inviting the public to join CFCC students and employees at an anniversary card signing on Friday, December 5.
The unique anniversary card, created by the Wilmington Star-News, has been on tour around the city, making several stops to give people the opportunity to reflect on their time in the Wilmington area and offer well wishes for the city’s future.  The Star-News hopes to get 5000 signatures on this one-of-a-kind card, which measures four-by-eight feet.
The card will be available to sign in the first floor lobby of CFCC’s Union Station on Friday, December 5 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  This event is free and open to the public.