Archive for May, 2015

Application Deadline for Cardiovascular Sonography Extended until 6/25

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

The application deadline has been extended for CFCC’s Cardiovascular Sonography Program until June 25, 2015.

Interested students who have met the minimum requirements 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 and to meet with a counselor to file your Intent to Apply. For more information, contact Pam Aubry, Health Science Admission Support Specialist, at 362-7558.

Community raises $300,000 for CFCC student scholarships 

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

thank you signs

Over 600 people from around the local community packed the Schwartz Center at Cape Fear Community College earlier today to help raise an estimated $300,000 for student scholarships.

Sponsored by the CFCC Foundation, the annual “Gift of Education” luncheon is an annual event organized to raise funds to help students afford a college education.

The bulk of today’s program featured speeches from current and former students who spoke about how their life and careers have been affected by their experiences at CFCC.

Each student came to Wilmington and enrolled at CFCC for a different reason, but all three emphasized their high level of gratitude and respect for the college because of the opportunities and support they received as students.

Stephen Golf, a recent CFCC nursing graduate and former U.S. Marine, explained that CFCC “defies the notion of being a stepping-stone to another institution.”

“Cape Fear is the institution that encourages and sets up success at any level. It’s the individuals who make up this large entity, who are the reason I am standing here before you today, and the reason I can proudly say that I am a nurse and it is my goal and privilege to serve our local community through this profession,” Golf stated in his remarks.

CFCC graduate Araceli Leon, who is a current doctoral student at UNC-Chapel Hill’s pharmacy school, made a point to say thanks to all the donors who helped her realize her dream of becoming a pharmacist.

“My dreams are becoming true thanks to you all, who have donated for scholarships that allow students like myself to focus on our career path and ease the financial burden of college tuition costs,” Leon said.

Current CFCC student Lanier Warner, who overcame a series of personal and economic difficulties before rediscovering a love for ‘books and basketball” at CFCC, got a standing ovation following his remarks.

Following speeches from the students and graduates, Donald Croteau, CEO of Vertex Rail Technologies spoke to the crowd about his own challenges growing up in the Boston projects. Croteau emphasized that our local area is very fortunate to have an institution like CFCC to help guide people reach their goals and he urged the guests to make a contribution to the cause.

According to Margaret Robison, CFCC’s vice president of institutional advancement, the need for additional support for student scholarships is absolutely essential to help students begin and achieve their educational goals.

“Financial need is the most common reason students cite for not finishing their studies,” Robison said.

Last year, contributions to the CFCC Foundation helped to fund 475 student scholarships.

“We are very fortunate to have so many generous individuals who believe in the mission of the college and who have chosen to give to the Foundation to help our students succeed,” Robison stated.

Other speakers at the event included CFCC Foundation Chairperson Jan Capps, CFCC Interim President Dr. Amanda Lee, and CFCC students Shaquasha Williams and Jonathan “J.J”  Brodie. Rev. Carl Byrd gave the invocation and CFCC graduate Mariah Grace Sutton sang the national anthem.

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Landfall Foundation grant helps CFCC students afford certification exams

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Wilmington, NC – The Landfall Foundation’s $4,000 grant to Cape Fear Community College’s health science programs is enabling more students to become certified in their field of study and increasing their opportunities to become successfully employed. This year’s grant is assisting students finishing CFCC’s Dental Hygiene Program.

Regina McBarron, chairperson of CFCC’s health science programs, says that the funds provided by the Landfall Foundation help students complete one of the final steps toward employment. “Professional certifications are required for our students to get jobs.  Many of our students struggle to pay for the certification exams. The Landfall Foundation assists our students with those expenses, and in turn, helps them to start working in their field.”

The mission of the Landfall Foundation is to provide funds to local nonprofit organizations for programs and projects that provide for the Arts, Education, and Health and Welfare in the Greater Wilmington, North Carolina area.

The Cape Fear Community College Foundation exists solely to support the students, teachers, programs and mission of Cape Fear Community College. The Foundation secures and manages gifts and grants, including cash contributions, deferred gifts, securities, donated services, and equipment and supplies for educational purposes.  For more information about CFCC, The CFCC Foundation or scholarship opportunities, contact the Cape Fear Community College Foundation at 910.362.7207 or visit

Over 950 students set to graduate from CFCC

Monday, May 11th, 2015


Over 950 students are expected to earn degrees, diplomas and certificates from Cape Fear Community College this week.

Two graduation ceremonies are scheduled for Wednesday, May 13 in the Schwartz Center in downtown Wilmington. The first ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. and will be for students earning associate degrees in arts and sciences. After graduation, many of these students will be transferring to four-year universities like UNC-Wilmington, UNC-Chapel Hill, East Carolina University and many others.

The second ceremony at 7 p.m. will feature students graduating from CFCC’s technical and vocational programs with associate in applied sciences degrees, diplomas and certificates. After graduation, many of these students will be headed directly into the workforce in areas including health care, business, computer technology, marine technology, mechanical engineering and a wide variety of trades.

These ceremonies will also include students from both Pender and Wilmington Early College High schools, who will be earning a college degree before they officially graduate from high school.

CFCC boat builders take first place in annual boat building challenge

Monday, May 4th, 2015


Building a boat is a task that often takes months to complete, but this past weekend, a team representing Cape Fear Community College finished the job in just a few hours and brought home a trophy to prove it.

On Saturday, May 2, local boat builders participated in the 8th Annual Beaufort Boat Building Challenge at the Beaufort Boat Show. The objective of the challenge is to build a two person wooden rowboat in the fastest amount of time and then paddle it (without sinking) across the waterway.

Competitors are judged in three categories: Building time, boat quality and rowing time.

CFCC is pleased to announce that Chris Sargent, a current CFCC boat building student, and Ben Hess, a recent boat building program graduate, earned first place overall for the first time in college history. They were ranked 1st in quality of work, 2nd in time of construction and 1st in rowing the course. CFCC’s boat was finished in 3 hours and 36 minutes.

Fourteen teams from across the region (and two teams from Virginia and Australia) took part in the competition.

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CFCC’s Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Earns Top Honors at National Conference

Monday, May 4th, 2015


Students in Cape Fear Community College’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa earned top awards at “Nerd Nation” in San Antonio, TX  for the 97th International Convention on April 17-19, 2015.

“Our chapter members and officers have worked really hard this past year and we are extremely proud to report that we did historically well in regards to bringing back the top awards,” said chapter president Billy Koch.

The awards included:

  • Distinguished Chapter Award, which is given to the top 10 percent of all 1,250 chapters worldwide. To be considered for a Distinguished Chapter Award, a chapter must submit entries for both the Honors in Action Project and College Project Award. Selection of the Distinguished Chapters is based solely on the written entries for these Hallmark Awards. The scores in each of the two Hallmark categories will be averaged to determine a chapter’s overall ranking. Awards are presented to the top 10 percent of chapters entering the Honors in Action and College Project categories.
  • Distinguished Honors in Action Project Award, which recognizes the top chapters whose Honors in Action Project entries demonstrated excellence in academic research into the Honors Study Topic, leadership roles and leadership development activities, service learning and collaboration..
  • Distinguished College Project Award, which was only awarded to 25 out of 1,250 chapters. The purpose of the College Project is to establish a supportive relationship between the chapter and the college administration. The chapter should meet with the college president (or other appropriate administrator) to determine the College Project, which can be anything that supports the college’s mission.
  • Top 100 Chapter Award
  • Five Star Chapter

In the Carolinas Region of 84 chapters, CFCC’s chapter was the only one that won all the top project awards (College Project and Honors In Action Project). This is an accomplishment that has not been done in the history of CFCC’s chapter.