Archive for April, 2015

CFCC’s Chem-Techathon gives local students hands-on experience with real world science

Thursday, April 30th, 2015


What brand of chicken contains the highest level of antibiotics? Are oysters found in our local waterways safe to eat? Are there heavy metals in the soil of our area playgrounds? These are just some of the questions posed by teams of high school students who have just completed a series of research projects as part of a unique project in conjunction with Cape Fear Community College.

For the last six months, dozens of local high school high students have been working with CFCC students and faculty on a competitive research project known as the Chem-Techathon.

Funded with a $150,000 grant from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, the purpose of the Chem-Techathon is to increase interest in the field of chemical technology among high school students through hands-on research using professional-level equipment.

The project was created by Tracy Holbrook, who is the lead instructor of CFCC’s Chemical Technology program. Holbrook said that there is a growing demand for trained chemical technicians and wanted to develop a project that will help give “future chemists” some real-world experience in the field and generate additional interest in the field.

“There’s an employment gap in chemical technology right now, so we are trying to show students that chemical science is not only fun, but you can actually get paid to do it,” Holbrook said.

He explained that based on the work he’s seen so far from the student projects, there’s definitely plenty of potential talent in the local high schools.

“I’ve been very impressed with the level of dedication shown by the students during this project,” Holbrook said.

“They’ve been using our labs, working alongside our staff and our students to learn how to ask the right questions and then use the right tools and equipment to get valid scientific results.”

Each student team was assisted by a mentor from CFCC’s Chemical Technology department and used equipment and instrumentation at the college’s labs, which includes industry-standard equipment used in professional labs around the country.

The results of all the studies will be on display  on the first floor of CFCC’s Union Station Building and the public is invited to attend a special viewing reception on Friday, May 1 at 6 p.m. to see the results of the research, talk with students and vote for a winner. Students will be on campus on Saturday, May 2 to demonstrate the types of hands-on experiments used in the projects.

Holbrook emphasized that public voting is a critical component of the project because the votes will determine the winning teams. High school teams who place first, second, and third will win a prize packages (worth $2,500, $1,500 and $1000 respectively) to purchase lab supplies and equipment for their own schools.

Displays will also be available for review on Saturday, but all votes must be in Friday night to qualify.

The project is open to all eleven public high schools in Pender and New Hanover County is funded through 2017. This year, participating high schools included Ashley High School, Hoggard High School, Laney High School, Pender High School, Pender Early College High School and Wilmington Early College High School.

CFCC’s Chemical Technology program is a two-year associate degree program which prepares students to work as technicians in chemical laboratories in a variety of industries. Graduates of the program can also transfer credits to complete a four-year degree program in chemistry at several state universities.

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund is an independent private foundation dedicated to advancing the biomedical sciences by supporting research and other scientific and educational activities.


Wilmington Contractors Association continues to support CFCC students through scholarship gift

Friday, April 24th, 2015

(Caption) CFCC students Alana Dos Santos, Landon Ray, Jason Eaton, Susan Martin, and Christopher Hatfield, are presented with the Wallace and Virginia West Endowed Scholarship and the Thurman Watts Book Scholarship by Chip Overman, President of the Wilmington Contractors Association and Dr. Amanda Lee, Interim President of CFCC.

Wilmington Contractors Association (WCA) President Chip Overman recently presented a $3,000 gift to Cape Fear Community College to benefit the Wallace and Virginia West Endowed Scholarship fund and the Thurman Watts Book Scholarship.

Alana Dos Santos, Landon Ray, Jason Eaton, Susan Martin, and Christopher Hatfield were the five CFCC student recipients of the scholarship funds.

“The scholarships that are provided by the Wilmington Contractors Association give our students much needed financial help but possibly even more importantly, the scholarships provide a boost in morale to the students by being recognized for their hard work and dedication to Construction Management program and the construction industry.  To date, 100% of the Wilmington Contractors Association scholarship recipients have earned their degree in Construction Management.  That fact alone proves how much those scholarships impact the students our program. I cannot thank WCA enough for helping students reach their goals,” said Jon Begue, Lead Instructor.

The West scholarship, established in 1999, honors two long-time administrators of the Wilmington Contractors Association, one of the oldest trade associations in North Carolina. WCA also supports the Thurman Watts Book Scholarship. This scholarship honors Thurman Watts, who worked for twenty-nine years with John S. Clark Company, LLC and served as a former president of the WCA. It was established to recognize Watt’s contributions to his profession and his community.

The WCA has provided $126,796 in scholarship support to CFCC students since 1999. “The Wilmington Contractors Association strongly believes it is important to give back to our community and what better way to give than to students in our local area. By partnering with Cape Fear Community College, we are insuring an investment in the lives of students now and in the years to come,” said Shanda Bordeaux, Secretary.

For more information about the Cape Fear Community College Foundation, endowments, or scholarship opportunities, please contact 910.362.7207 or visit


Hampstead Garden Club gift supports Landscape Gardening students at CFCC

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015











CFCC student Jeffrey Marshall is this year’s recipient of a $1,000 scholarship from the Hampstead Garden Club. Marshall, originally from Currie, NC, is a student in the Landscape Gardening program, who is applying the knowledge and skills he has learned in the program to use in his own landscaping and lawn care business.

Marshall is a veteran who previously worked in the manufacturing industry for many years, and enjoys having the opportunity to own his own business.

Each year, the Hampstead Garden Club awards a scholarship to one exceptional student who has completed their first year of landscape gardening courses, obtained a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and has a need for financial assistance.

“It gives us great pleasure to support students who are basically re-arranging their lives for the better. Jeffrey is a great example of that. We have truly enjoyed our relationship with CFCC and are happy to support their landscape gardening students for many years,” says Val Trofimoff, vice-president of the Hampstead Garden Club.

The Club has provided over $24,000 in scholarship funds to CFCC since 1997. They raise funds through various events such as their upcoming Bake Sale/Plant Sale on Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cedar on the Green shopping village in Hampstead, NC.

To learn more about giving at CFCC, please contact the CFCC Foundation at 362-7207 or visit

(photo l-r; Val Trofimoff Hampstead Garden Club vice-president, Dena Seago, Hampstead Garden Club president, scholarship recipient Jeffrey Marshall, and Ken Wells, landscape gardening instructor for CFCC)

Alston W Burke Center Summer Schedule

Monday, April 20th, 2015

View the new Surf City Campus course schedule.

Job Fair at CFCC on Wednesday, April 22. More than 70 employers to attend!

Friday, April 17th, 2015

a man wearing a suit holding a signboard with the question do yoCFCC will host more than 70 area businesses and organizations looking for part-time and full-time employees on Wednesday, April 22 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Windell Daniels Hall on the 5th Floor of Union Station.  Those seeking employment are encouraged to bring resumes and to dress to impress!

This event is free and open to the public.

Listed below are the employers who plan to attend:







CFCC students selling plants for spring gardens and flower beds

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015
colorful tomatoesWilmington, NC – Students in Cape Fear Community College’s Landscape Gardening Program have been cultivating plants in their greenhouses all winter long, and now the public can benefit from all their hard work.The students will hold their annual Spring Plant Sale on Thursday, April 16th & Friday, April 17th at the CFCC Schwartz Center.  The sale will run from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Thursday and 10 a.m. until supplies are exhausted on Friday.Hundreds of plants will be available, including bedding plants and heirloom vegetables. Two highlights for this year’s plants include ‘Celebrity’ tomatoes – a tried and true producer of tennis ball sized slicers, and  ‘Sweet Millions’ a prolific producer of cherry tomatoes, perfect for salads or snacking.

Prices vary, but start at $2.50 per plant.  Plants can be purchased with cash or checks only. Proceeds from the sales will help support CFCC’s Landscape Gardening program. In the past, plants have sold quickly, so guests are encouraged to arrive early for the best selection.

For more about CFCC’s Landscape Gardening program, visit


WPD ‘Dinner with the Stars’ event to fund student scholarships at CFCC

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015
wpd send a cop to college

Wilmington Police Department Officers (l-r) Sergeant Warren Kennedy, Deputy Chief Mitch Cunningham and Lieutenant Kathy Cochran announced the celebrity lineup of the 2015 WPD Dinner with the Stars Event to benefit the Police Department’s “Send a Cop to College” Scholarship at CFCC. Also pictured are event celebrities and hosts Chelsea Cooley, former Miss USA and Sydney Penny, former star of Pale Rider and All My Children, alongside 2014 scholarship recipients Officer Joe Smith and Officer Fabio Gonzales.

Wilmington, NC – The Wilmington Police Department is holding its second annual Dinner with the Stars event to raise money for the Send a Cop to College scholarship at Cape Fear Community College. Guests at last year’s dinner were joined by 19 celebrities and enjoyed a night of music, dancing, fine dining and a silent auction. This year’s dinner will be on Saturday, May 2, in Cape Fear Community College’s Union Station Building. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and the event will begin at 6 p.m.

The Send a Cop to College scholarship fund is open to all Wilmington Police Department employees and their families. Last year’s event raised over $5,000 and is currently helping two officers attend Cape Fear Community College.

Fabio Gonzales works as an interpreter with the WPD.  “I am attending Cape Fear Community College in the Community Spanish Interpreter Program,” says Gonzales. “My goal is to obtain a certification in order to become more proficient in my job. This scholarship impacts my life by allowing me to continue my education while also being able to continue working full time with the Wilmington Police Department.  After I graduate, I plan to continue working with the WPD, but will now have a degree in Interpretation and hope to be able to provide more services to the Wilmington Police Department and the Spanish speaking community,” says Gonzales.

Another beneficiary of the scholarship, Joe Smith, has served with the Wilmington Police Department housing unit within the patrol division for 11 years, Smith is excited to have the opportunity to return to school. “This scholarship has taken away all the excuses for not going back to college to finish a degree. It will help me to set an example for my 11 year old daughter and help me move up in my career,” he says.

Those who wish to attend Dinner with the Stars can purchase tickets for $75 each or $125 per couple. Anyone who would like to have a sponsor table at the event can purchase a spot for $1,000.   Tickets are on sale at  For more information, contact the Wilmington Police Department at 910-343-3609 or visit the event Facebook page: WPRA Send a Cop to College.

Wilmington Art Association donates $1,000 for student scholarships

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

The Wilmington Art Association recently donated $1,000 to the Cape Fear Community College Foundation for student scholarships. The donation will fund two $500 scholarships for students who are taking art classes or are interested in pursuing art as a career, and have at least a 3.0 GPA.

Liz Hosier and Gale Smith, Presidents of the 250 member Wilmington Art Association, presented the check to the Cape Fear Community College Foundation.

”The Wilmington Art Association is pleased to support young artists in the area so that they may pursue their career goals and focus on their craft.  Art supplies can be expensive, so it is especially important to us to support those who are not able to afford materials,” said Hosier, Co-President.

Dana McKoy, Director of Annual Giving at CFCC, agrees that the Wilmington Art Association scholarships will help students acquire the tools they need to be successful. “We appreciate the Wilmington Art Association’s dedication to art students at CFCC. Art students have added expenses beyond traditional textbooks, so these scholarships are really helpful.”

The Wilmington Art Association created their CFCC scholarship in 2011, supporting its goal to contribute to the local art community and encourage an appreciation of visual arts.

To learn more about giving at CFCC, please contact the CFCC Foundation at 362-7207 or visit

Photo Caption: (L-R) Liz Hosier and Gale Smith, Wilmington Art Association Co-Presidents, with Dana McKoy, CFCC Director of Annual Giving.