Archive for March, 2015

CFCC students to showcase custom-built electric bikes in Azalea Festival Parade

Monday, March 30th, 2015
Two students work on an electric bicycle as a project in CFCC's Mechanical Engineering program.

Two students work on an electric bicycle as a project in CFCC’s Mechanical Engineering program.


With the annual North Carolina Azalea Festival quickly approaching, Cape Fear Community College students are hard at work to complete an innovative project which will be featured as part of the festivities.

For the past year, students in CFCC’s mechanical engineering program have been designing and building their own electric bicycles, which are now just over a week away from their debut on the streets of downtown Wilmington during the annual Azalea Festival Parade.

According to instructor Daniel Hendrickson, the objective of the project is to provide students with a challenge to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to a real-world scenario.

“This project gives the students the experience of creating a cost-effective, hands-on, practical engineering project on a limited budget and on a deadline, which is what they should expect to face in the workplace after graduation,” Hendrickson said.

Completing the bikes is a final project for students in the final year of the program, who use the skills learned in the first year of the program, which include CAD programming, 3D modeling, electricity, physics, statics, hydraulics and more.

Each student designs an electric bicycle and makes a formal presentation to a panel of experts. The best designs are chosen to be built in their final semester.

This year the students are building three bicycles, each designed for a specific purpose. One is designed for transporting pier fishing equipment, one for carrying cargo, and another is designed to be energy efficient, aerodynamic, and incorporate a low-drag design.

“The bikes are in the final stages of welding, painting, assembly, and testing prior to the parade. We are very proud of them and would love to show them off,” Hendrickson said.

The Mechanical Engineering Technology program at CFCC prepares graduates for employment as mechanical technicians. Graduates of the program are qualified to work in many types of manufacturing, fabrication, research and development, and service industries.

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N.C. Symphony to open CFCC’s new fine arts center on Oct. 3

Friday, March 27th, 2015


Cape Fear Community College is pleased to announce that the North Carolina Symphony will perform as part of the opening gala event for the college’s Humanities and Fine Arts Center in early October.

The performance is scheduled for Saturday, October 3 and will also feature a guest performer who will be announced later this year when tickets go on sale.

The opening gala will kick off a week-long schedule of events to introduce the new venue to the public.

CFCC Director of the Humanities and Fine Arts Center Shane Fernando says that he is pleased to welcome the state symphony to Wilmington to help open the center to the public.

“We are thrilled to have the North Carolina Symphony to help showcase this new facility. So many people are working hard to make the center the very best it can be both for our students and the community.”

Fernando added that there are many more announcements to come regarding performances planned for the center’s opening season.

“Stay tuned for more details to come about the opening week. It’s going to be very exciting,” Fernando explained.

“As North Carolina’s largest performing arts organization, traveling the state presenting education and public performances, the North Carolina Symphony is honored to join the celebration to mark the opening of CFCC’s beautiful Humanities and Fine Arts Center,” said Symphony President & CEO Sandi Macdonald.  “The North Carolina Symphony has a 50 year-plus history of bringing great music to audiences young and old alike in Wilmington and New Hanover County.”

Currently under construction located on Third Street in downtown Wilmington, CFCC’s Humanities and Fine Arts Center is a 159,000 sq. ft. education facility and entertainment venue. When completed, the facility will house a 1,500-1,600 seat performance venue to host Broadway touring productions, concerts, symphonic performances, recitals, symposiums, and other events.

While the center will be the home of the largest performance space in North Carolina’s southeastern region, a primary focus of the facility will be on student learning and academic growth.  The Humanities and Fine Arts Department will find a new home in this modern facility. This new laboratory for student learning will feature 25 formal classrooms, studios, and laboratories for the visual arts, music, drama, film, communications, philosophy and religion, and foreign languages.  In addition to the main performance hall, students will be able to utilize a central outdoor courtyard, black box theatre, and studios designed for a variety of student performances.

In addition to the traditional classroom experience, students will have the opportunity to work behind the scenes with the major performances brought to the venue.  Functioning as a laboratory for student learning, the Center will involve students in the technical operations of the facility, marketing, ticketing, event planning, guest services, entertainment production and logistics, and artist services. This will provide the students with applied learning experiences to help in workforce development for after graduation.

Additionally, the Humanities and Fine Arts Center has also been formally designated by UNC Wilmington as a site where their students may gain academic credit hours from their work with the center.

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About the North Carolina Symphony

The North Carolina Symphony is the first state-supported symphony in the country – a vital and honored component of the state’s cultural life. Devoted to bringing music to North Carolina, the North Carolina Symphony can be heard on WUNC 91.5 FM or through its seven CD releases, including two celebrated titles on the BIS label: American Spectrum with saxophonist Branford Marsalis and a 2010 release of concertos by Rachmaninoff and Medtner with pianist Yevgeny Sudbin. Top soloists from the classical and pops worlds—including Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Lang Lang, Joshua Bell, Yuja Wang, Lynn Harrell, Pink Martini, Ben Folds, Randy Newman and Idina Menzel—have joined the orchestra and taken advantage of two of the country’s finest performance venues, the spectacular Meymandi Concert Hall at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh and Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary. The orchestra has also appeared twice at Carnegie Hall in New York and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and Orchestra Hall in Chicago.

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CFCC’s honor society earns top awards at annual conference​

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Students at Cape Fear Community College recently earned top honors at the annual conference of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society held last weekend in Wilmington.

​Hundreds of students from North Carolina and South Carolina attended the event, which was held on ​March 20- 22 ​on the campus of Cape Fear Community College and at the Hilton Riverside in downtown Wilmington​.

​CFCC’s own ​Alpha Chi Sigma chapter of Phi Theta Kappa received over a dozen awards​ at this year’​s event and came in ​second place as the​ ​”​Most Distinguished Chapter”​ ​overall.​

The weekend began with Wilmington City Mayor Bill Saffo officially proclaiming March 20-22, 2015 as “Phi Theta Kappa Weekend.” CFCC President Dr. Amanda Lee, welcomed the over 200 guests from chapters all over North and South Carolina.

​CFCC’s Chapter won the following awards:

  • Most Distinguished Chapter 1st Runner-Up​
  • Distinguished Chapter
  • Distinguished Chapter Officer Team – Billy Koch (President), Jennifer Knight (VP of Leadership), Tracy Fino (VP of Service), Brett Carpenter (VP of Fellowship), Mallory Doran (VP of Membership)
  • Distinguished Honors In Action Project – Lanthanides as a Shark Repellent
  • Distinguished College Project – Campus Fitness Walk
  • Best Website
  • Horizon Award – John Schulte, Faculty Advisor
  • Hall of Honors – Tracy Fino, Vice President of Service
  • Distinguished Service Award – Honorable Mention
  • Yearbook Award – Honorable Mention
  • Five Star Level Award – Highest Level of Achievement/Involvement for the Chapter
  • Distinguished Honors in Action Project – Theme 4: Exploring the Natural Environment
  • Regional Officer Recognition – Jennifer Knight, 2015-2015 Carolinas Regional Secretary
  • Host Award
  • Outstanding Participation Regional Service Project
  • Outstanding Participation Regional Honors In Action Project
  • Carolinas Region Super Star

​This year, CFCC’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa has 300 members and they have worked on a wide variety of community service and fund raising projects at the college and in the local community. Some activities included​ establishing a campus fitness walk at the downtown campus, collecting books for a local domestic violence shelter, working on a Work on Wilmington project, and holding a beach sweep cleanup project and others.

Founded in 1918, the purpose of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa provides opportunities for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.


CFCC’s Real Estate program gains statewide recognition

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Cape Fear Community College was recently recognized at the North Carolina Real Estate Commission’s Educators Conference for being one of only ten real estate schools whose passing rate exceeded 75% during the 2013-14 academic year.

The average pass rate for the North Carolina is 60%. Between July 1 and December 31, 2014, CFCC real estate students earned a 100% pass rate on the exam.

The program’s enrollment continues to increase as the real estate market and the economy rebound from the worst of the recession.  The fall 2014 semester had 29 students and that number has grown to 32 students this semester. To meet demand and create additional flexibility and access for students, the program expanded its offerings to include both morning and evening classes.

“I am very proud of all the real estate students at CFCC,” says Laurel Pettys, real estate instructor for CFCC.

“Together we have built an excellent program that is recognized statewide for providing outstanding real estate training. When our students enter the workforce, they are confident that their education has prepared them to become successful brokers.”

CFCC’s Real Estate Licensing curriculum provides the licensing education required by the North Carolina Real Estate Commission. It prepares Pre-Licensing students to take the NC Real Estate License Examination and allows Post-Licensing students to remove “Provisional” status of their Broker license. The next class starts on May 26.

For more information, visit or contact Laurel Pettys at 362-7467.

Phi Theta Kappa Carolinas Region Conference at CFCC this weekend

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Wilmington, NC – Alpha Chi Sigma, Cape Fear Community College’s chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society will host the Carolinas Region Convention this weekend, March 20-22. The convention will be held on CFCC’s Wilmington Campus and at the Hilton Wilmington Riverside. The conference will feature educational events for members, several speakers and networking time. Based on this year’s honors topic, Frontiers and the Spirit of Exploration, the convention theme is “Pirates of the Carolinas: Study Hard! Nerds Tell No Tales!”

The conference will open with a welcome from Wilmington’s mayor, Bill Saffo, followed by a keynote address from Rod Risley, CEO of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. Saturday night, there will be a banquet and awards ceremony, during which CFCC’s Alpha Chi Sigma chapter will be among the regional award winners. Sunday’s keynote speaker will be Jason Rogers, CFCC Marine Technology Department Chair, who will present the talk about CFCC’s unique Marine Technology program, and show slides of some of the shipwreck artifacts he and his crew have recovered from the mouth of the Cape Fear River.

More than 200 Phi Theta Kappa members are expected to attend, representing 84 community colleges from North and South Carolina. CFCC’s Phi Theta Kappa advisor, Dr. John Schulte, is excited to bring the convention to Wilmington to showcase the honor society. “Phi Theta Kappa promotes leadership, scholarship, fellowship and service,” he says. “These Phi Theta Kappa members are among the brightest students in our region, who go one step further to promote an organization where academics, knowledge and acceptance are the rule. They are tomorrow’s leaders, and today’s role models.”

Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society for two-year colleges.  It was established in 1918 and now has more than 1,200 active chapters and 100,000 members.  For more information visit

Application periods extended for some Allied Health programs

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

The following programs have extended their application periods:

Program New Application Deadline
Pharmacy Technology (Diploma) May 12, 2015
Pharmacy Technology AAS Degree May 12, 2015
Cardiovascular Sonography May 18, 2015
Dental Assisting May 14, 2015

Interested students should come to the Counseling office on the Wilmington Campus – Union Station Building (Room U-240) or on the North Campus – McKeithan Center (Room NA-100) for more information or contact Pam Aubry, Health Science Admission Support Specialist, at 362-7558.

Cape Fear Community College to host the Tournées French Film Festival, March 6 – 13

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Cape Fear Community College will present the Tournées French Film Festival, a program of FACE (French American Cultural Exchange), in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy on CFCC’s Wilmington Campus from March 6-13 in the Union Station Auditorium (U-170).

Tournées Film Festival is a program of the FACE Foundation, in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, which aims to bring French cinema to American college and university campuses. Each year, the FACE Foundation provides nearly $200,000 in Tournées Film Festival grants to fund festival endeavors. Now in its 19th year, Tournées Film Festival has partnered with over 450 universities and colleges, reaching an audience of over 500,000 students and community members across the United States.

CFCC was one of only two community colleges in the nation to receive a grant to host the festival. The other grant recipients in North Carolina were Duke University, UNC-Chapel Hill and UNC-Charlotte.

Autumn McGimsey, CFCC global education committee chair and political science instructor and Caroline Hudson, French instructor at CFCC, applied for the grant. “We are so excited to bring this series to CFCC’s campus,” says McGimsey. “It’s important for our students to become global citizens and to expand their perspectives beyond classroom walls. We’re happy to be able to provide this unique cultural opportunity to our students and to our community.”

The screening schedule is as follows:

Friday, March 6 at 6:00 p.m.- Farewell, my Queen (Les adieux à la reine), by Benoît Jacquot (rated R) © Swank Motion Pictures
Monday, March 9 at 6:00p.m.- Berlin 1885: The Division of Africa (Berlin 1885, ruée sur l’Afrique), by Joël Calmettes (not rated; not suitable for all audiences) © Icarus Films
Tuesday, March 10 at 6:00p.m. – Coco Before Chanel (Coco avant Chanel), by Anne Fontaine (rated PG 13) © Sony Pictures Classics
Wednesday, March 11 at 6:00p.m. – Breathless (A bout de souffle), by J-L Goddard (not rated, not suitable for all audiences) © Rialto Pictures
Thursday, March 12 at 6:00p.m. – Rust and Bone (De rouille et d’os), by Jacques Audiard (rated R) © Sony Pictures Classics
Friday, March 13 at 3:00 p.m. – Ernest and Célestine, by Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Pater, and Benjamin Renner (rated PG) © GKids

All films are in French with English subtitles. All screenings are free and open to the public.

For more information visit or contact Caroline Hudson or Autumn McGimsey

Tournées Festival was made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US, the Centre National de la Cinématographie et del’Image Animée, and the Franco-American Cultural Fund.