Archive for February, 2015

CFCC Students Invite Public to Participate in Water Study

Friday, February 20th, 2015

CFCC Students Invite Public to Participate in Water Study Wilmington, NC – Cape Fear Community College’s Chemical Technology Program is inviting the public to participate with their water study again this year. Since the program’s inception, CFCC students have analyzed more than 750 water samples from the area.

Samples should be in a container around two liters in size, which has been completely rinsed without soap. Water samples will be accepted the week of February 23 through 27. All samples may be dropped off at CFCC’s downtown Wilmington campus, in building N (corner of Front and Red Cross; diagonally across from Union Station), room 302, where someone in the program will assist with paperwork.  Chemical Technology students will then analyze the samples for more than 60 different contaminants and produce results within 4-6 weeks. This service is free to everyone.

CFCC’s lead instructor for the Chemical Technology program, Tracy Holbrook, is proud of this program and what it is doing for its students. “Cape Fear Community College offers the only Chemical Technology Program within the family of 58 community colleges in North Carolina. The state-of-the-art Chemical Technology Instrumentation Lab provides students training on analytical-grade equipment found in a typical laboratory setting so that we can integrate real-world experiences throughout the two-year program,” he says. “Our water study is a wonderful example of how our students gain practical experience while providing a service to our community.”

Graduates from CFCC’s Chemical Technology program work in numerous fields including environmental sciences, forensics, pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, cosmetics, and chemical processing and some continue on to four-year colleges and universities to pursue a BS in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or related fields.

Any questions concerning the water study or CFCC’s Chemical Technology program can be directed to Tracy Holbrook at or  910-362-7168.

Homecoming weekend for the Sea Devils!

Thursday, February 19th, 2015


It’s Homecoming Weekend at CFCC! Come out and support your Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams!

Friday Night, Feb. 20 at 7:00 p.m., the Sea Devil men take on USC Salkehatchie, with a special half-time performance by World Famous ‘Albert the Sports Juggler’.
Then, on Saturday Feb. 21, your Lady Sea Devils take on Spartanburg Methodist at 3 p.m. followed by the men’s game at 5 p.m. Free admission for CFCC Students/Faculty/Staff with current CFCC ID.

Go Sea Devils!

Study: CFCC’s economic impact surpasses $580 million and provides return on investment for students, society and taxpayers

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

According to the results of a new study just released, Cape Fear Community College generates over half a billion dollars in increased economic activity in the local area and provides a strong return on investment for taxpayers and the community as a whole.

CFCC’s study was conducted by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) and was part of a statewide effort to measure the economic benefits generated by the state’s community colleges. The study for CFCC measured the overall economic impact and the return on investment for students and taxpayers in New Hanover and Pender counties during the 2012-13 fiscal year. The study measured the economic impact by considering a variety of factors, including spending by students who relocated to the area to attend CFCC, college employees, alumni who remain in the area after graduation and college construction projects.

Of the $584.3 million generated overall by the college, alumni created the greatest impact – by generating $487.9 million in added income in the region.

“CFCC’s biggest impact results from the education and training it provides for local residents. Since the college was established, students have studied at CFCC and entered the workforce with new skills. Today, thousands of former students are employed in the CFCC service area,” according to the executive summary.

Findings from the study also concluded that the investment associated with CFCC provides solid returns for both individual students, taxpayers and society as a whole.

The study indicated that for every dollar that individual students invest in CFCC, they receive a cumulative return of $2.40 in higher future wages.

The total investment made by students to attend CFCC in 2012-13 in terms of tuition, fees, books and supplies was $178 million. In return for this investment, CFCC students will receive a “stream of higher future wages that will continue to grow through their working lives,” the study indicated.

In examining taxpayer investment, they study found that for every dollar invested in CFCC by taxpayers, $3.50 is returned in benefits.

“From the taxpayer perspective, benefits consist primarily of the taxes that state and local government will collect from the added income created in the state. As CFCC student earn more, they will make higher tax payments. Employers will also make higher tax payments as they increase their output,” the study revealed.

The study analyzed the benefits of the college’s operation on society as a whole in North Carolina and found that the state benefits in two major ways. The largest benefit that society receives is the added income created in the state by students who gain new and enhanced skills along with increased income generated by the businesses that hire the graduates.

“This study helps to affirm the role that CFCC plays to create a better quality of life for our region in terms of higher-paying jobs for local residents and a stronger economic climate for business and industry,” said CFCC Interim President Amanda Lee.

The study was conducted by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI), which conducted studies for many other community colleges throughout the state. EMSI is a leading provider of economic impact studies and labor market data to educational institutions, workforce planners and regional developers in the U.S. and internationally. Since, 2000, EMSI has completed over 1,200 economic impact studies for educational institutions in four countries.

The executive summary of the entire report can be viewed here:

Two new CFCC courses take readers beyond the books

Monday, February 16th, 2015

Cape Fear Community College is offering two new classes that will allow readers to explore ‘beyond the books’ with local authors.

Walking Through History 

In *Walking Through History*, students will read works about historically significant locations in the Wilmington area and then visit each area with the books’ authors as their guides. An introductory class will be held on Thursday, March 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the BIG center on CFCC’s Wilmington Campus. A pre-registration fee of $19.00 is required, but participants may join the class at any time and visit the sites of their choice.

Meet the Author Book Club 

CFCC’s *Meet the Author Book Club* was designed to give participants a chance to read a selected book each month and then meet with the book’s author to discuss the writing and publication process. The class will be held in the McKeithan Center at the North Campus and also has a registration fee of $19.00. The course begins February 24 and will run through April 28.

Both courses have received funding from a grant from the Cape Fear Community College Foundation, which was provided by the generous donations of CFCC employees to the CFCC Campus Fund. For more information or to register, call (910) 362-7254.

‘Foodraiser’ at Bluewater Grill on Wednesday, February 11 to benefit CFCC students

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Wrightsville Beach, NC – Students from Cape Fear Community College will prepare and serve a three-course meal at one of the region’s most popular restaurants on Wednesday, February 11.

The 6th Annual ‘Foodraiser’ will be held at Bluewater Grill on Wednesday evening, February 11. All proceeds from the evening’s meal will benefit Cape Fear Community College’s Pineapple Guild and the North Carolina Hospitality Education Foundation.

For $35, patrons will enjoy a gourmet meal prepared and served by students in CFCC’s Hospitality program.  Live entertainment will be provided by CFCC music instructor Phil Singleton and CFCC students.

“This is a great example of how community partnerships provide real world experiences for our students,” said David Conklin, public services department chair at CFCC. “Bluewater Grill’s support of this project is incredible.”

Reservations can be made by calling 910-256-8500.  There is a choice of two seatings; at 6:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

CFCC’s Pineapple Guild is a student club for Hotel-Restaurant and Culinary Technology students. The club raises funds by providing catering and food services for community and college events. Through their experiences, members of the club gain social and professional contacts and proceeds from the club’s activities support annual educational trips.