Archive for July, 2015

CFCC student boat builders to show off annual projects

Friday, July 17th, 2015

CFCC boat

With the summer boating season in full swing, the areas waterways are full of all types of watercraft. But just how much work goes into getting those boats made in the first place?

If it was built in the Cape Fear Community College boat building programs, it all starts with a set of plans, a stack of wood and lots of determination. If all goes well, by the end of the year the finished product ends up cruising on the Cape Fear River.

Next week, students and faculty from CFCC’s boat building programs invite the public to watch all of this year’s finished projects in action and meet the student builders.

On Wed., July 22 at 11 a.m., the college will host an exhibition of the student-built boats, where they public can get a first-hand look at the projects before they go up for auction later this month on the state surplus auction website. The boats were built from scratch starting last year and were made out of both wood and fiberglass. The smallest boat is a 13-foot wooden sailboat and the largest is a 17-foot outboard-powered skiff.

Proceeds from the sale of the boats will help fund construction of next year’s work.

Available boats include:

15′ Christmas Wherry (Can be used as a sailboat or rowboat)

15′ Cortez Melonseed (Sailboat)

13′ Barto Melonseed (Sailboat)

13′ Peapod (Can be used as a sailboat or rowboat)

N.C. 17 skiff (outboard)

All-fiberglass 15′ Garvey skiff (outboard)

The event will be held behind the CFCC Boat Shop on the Cape Fear River in downtown Wilmington. For more details, call 362-7151 or email


Interested in becoming an EMT?

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

Female EMT worker tending to ill senior patient, listening to heart rate with stethoscope

CFCC’s Surf City Center is offering EMT Initial Training beginning in August.  Classes will be held on Tues/Thurs evenings and on Saturdays (9/5, 9/19, 11/6, & 12/5).

Registration is now open! Students may register early at the North Campus, McKeithan Building, Room NA-241 from 9a-3p one week prior to class start date or on the first night of the class. Cash, money order, check, or credit card payments are accepted. Please call 910-362-7751 for registration/supplies/textbook fee information. EMS, Fire, and Rescue may be exempt – call for more information.

Students must be at least 17 years of age and have internet access.  Seating is limited.  Registrations will also be accepted on the first day of class.

Pharmacy Tech Program Accepting Applications

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

Applications are still being accepted for the Pharmacy Tech Diploma program at CFCC.  Students, if you are interested, please stop by the Counseling office on either the Wilmington or North Campus as soon as possible to determine if you are eligible to enroll.   Or, for more information, contact Pam Aubry at 910-362-7558.

Duke Energy equips Cape Fear Community College students for success

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

Photo1 - Welding Students at WorkStudents from Cape Fear Community College’s new welding program in Burgaw made the first step toward their new careers today.  Thanks to a grant from the Duke Energy Foundation, seven students graduated from CFCC’s enhanced welding program in Burgaw.  Josh Huffman, Nazareth Adams, Dennis Yott, Raymond Pickett, Sr., Mike Smith, Randall Hall and Leon Rooks are the first graduates of the program since Duke Energy’s $147,592 grant in 2014.  Because of the grant funding, these students are now equipped with specialized equipment training and certifications that will launch them beyond competition in the job market.

The Duke Energy Foundation grant awarded to CFCC last year equipped a welding lab at CFCC’s Burgaw campus that was specifically geared towards supporting new certified metal inert gas (MIG) and tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding training programs. The grant also provided professional development funding for instructors, to ensure that they maintain skills to help students learn to operate the complex and state-of-the-art machinery.  As a result, the welding students benefited from not only access to a specialized lab, but also from the expertise of highly-trained professionals.

Welding instructor Fleet Spell has watched the program transform with the grant’s provision, “It is exciting to be a part of the new CFCC welding program and to work with students striving to learn new skills. As the demand for highly skilled welding grows, so do the opportunities for our students. I look forward to working with new students as they enter this program.”

Each student graduating today passed significant testing that is regulated by American Welder’s Society and have earned certificates of completion in Welding Fundamentals, MIG and TIG. In total, these students have completed 405 hours of training over an average of 6 months.

Duke Energy continued their commitment to job training with another grant award today. As part of the inaugural graduation ceremony of its welding program, CFCC announced a nearly $10,000 investment from the Duke Energy Foundation to supply welding kits to students for the upcoming academic year.

On top of tuition, books and fees, each student enrolled in the CFCC welding program has to purchase a welding kit at the current cost of around $190. Grant funds will ease the financial strain for students by providing full and/or partial costs of the welding kits. This will increase the number of students completing welding training and entering the workforce, and in turn, strengthen the success of the program.

“We are so happy to celebrate with our graduates today and we appreciate Duke Energy’s continued support.  CFCC is excited to expand our course offerings in Pender County, and this grant award will help to make training programs like these more accessible to our students. This grant underscores Duke Energy’s commitment to job training in our area,” said Dr. Amanda Lee, CFCC president.

“We are pleased to expand our partnership with Cape Fear Community College to develop a highly-skilled workforce that will attract and retain businesses in the region for years to come,” said John Elliott, Duke Energy’s director of government and community relations.

About Cape Fear Community College

Cape Fear Community College is the sixth largest community college in the state and is a major economic development partner in southeastern North Carolina. CFCC is dedicated to providing world-class workforce training and quality higher education for the citizens of New Hanover and Pender counties.

Students can train for a new career in one of CFCC’s technical programs or earn a two-year college transfer degree to continue their education at a four-year institution. CFCC also offers a wide variety of adult education and continuing education classes for lifelong learning. For more information about CFCC, please visit

About Duke Energy Foundation

Duke Energy Foundation makes charitable investments on behalf of Duke Energy, the largest electric power holding company in the United States with 7.2 million customers in six states. Over the foundation’s long history in local communities, it has identified focus areas that maximize the foundation’s dollars and guide the foundation’s giving. The foundation makes grants supporting the environment, economic development, education and community vitality. In North Carolina, Duke Energy Foundation invests $16 million annually for community support and charitable contributions. To learn more about Duke Energy Foundation, visit

Military Appreciation Event at Surf City – Saturday, July 11

Monday, July 6th, 2015

Patriotic Background


Surf City, NC – Cape Fear Community College’s Surf City location will host a Military Appreciation Day on Saturday, July 11 from 10 am to 4 pm. The event seeks to honor active duty and retired veterans in the area, as well as inform attendees of CFCC’s new location and class offerings.

The entire community is invited to celebrate.  Activities include a bouncy house, face painting, CFCC’s Sea Devil Ray, giveaways, live music, a color guard performance and tours of the new Alston W. Burke facility. Food and drinks will also be available.

CFCC’s Alston W. Burke center opened in April 2015 with a goal of engaging the local military population and residents of the Surf City area.

Coordinator of the facility Tammie Parris says that the event will provide more than just entertainment for local military personnel and their families.  She also views the event as an opportunity for attendees to learn what the center has to offer and to provide input about classes they would like to see in Surf City in the future.  “Our local military personnel are an important part of the community we serve and integral to the success of the Surf City Center,” says Parris. “We want to support them by offering opportunities which interest them and help them to further their educations.”

CFCC staff will be available at the event to discuss enrollment and answer any questions.

Parking for the event will be available at Lowe’s Home Improvement in Hampstead. A bus shuttle service will escort visitors to the Alston W. Burke facility.  For more information, call the Surf City Center at 910-362-7930.

CFCC’s Alston W. Burke Center is located at 621 NC Highway 210 E., Hampstead, NC 28433