Archive for December, 2015

National certification for CFCC fire alarm systems classes to bring more earning power for students and better fire protection systems for the community

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

Technician checks fire panel in data center

Fire protection experts agree that having a fire alarm system that is properly designed and installed is critical to protect lives and property for both businesses and homeowners.

A few years ago, CFCC officials teamed up with local fire departments from New Hanover County and the City of Wilmington to develop a series of new courses designed to give local technicians a new level of expertise in the specialized field of fire systems technology. Today, those courses are now recognized by an organization which allows students to become nationally certified in the industry.

After successfully completing CFCC’s Fire Alarms Systems Training (FAST) courses, students will be better prepared to for the exam administered by the National Institute in Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET).

“Many employers base hiring decisions, make salary adjustments and give bonuses to their technicians who earn NICET certification. Quality training is an essential part of preparation for NICET exams and for continuing professional development to maintain this valued credential.” said NICET’s Communications Director, Chip Hollis.

CFCC instructor Paul Inferrera explained that this certification will help students justify a higher wage for their skills and help provide the community with more properly designed and installed systems in commercial and residential facilities.

Inferrera, who has over 30 years of experience in the fire protection industry, said that the work of fire alarm systems technicians can affect business owners, property managers, building contractors, homeowners and area fire departments.

“Qualified fire alarm installation and service personnel are good for businesses, homeowners and the community as a whole. Systems that are not properly designed and installed will malfunction and may not respond when needed,” Inferrera said.

He added that properly designed and installed fire protection systems help reduce the number of false alarm calls for fire departments.

“The time and resources used by fire departments that are consumed by false alarm calls could be better used for prevention and education outreach programs,” Inferrera stated.

He added that fire detection and protection services affect anyone who is building or buying a home, renting property, operating a restaurant or a business building a facility to produce goods.

Officials with local fire protection services agree that having more qualified fire alarm technicians will help fire departments better use their resources.

“It is extremely important that all fire alarm technicians are fully qualified in their field of installing, inspecting and standing by their work,” said New Hanover County Deputy Fire Marshal Raymond Griswold.

City of Wilmington Fire Marshal Sammy Flowers is also pleased to hear about the certification of CFCC’s courses.

“After successful completion of these classes, it is our hope and belief there will be a more qualified workforce in the fire alarm field.  This potentially increases public safety, and confidence that fire alarms within the community will work properly when they are needed most,” said City of Wilmington Fire Marshal, Sammy Flowers.

CFCC’s FAST courses will start on Jan. 4, 2016. The cost is $180. For more information, please email

GE Hitachi donates $30,000 to begin an annual scholarship at Cape Fear Community College for Nuclear Technology students

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

GEH Logo

Wilmington, NC – GE Hitachi recently donated $30,000 to help students in CFCC’s Nuclear Technology program achieve their educational goals.  GE plans to contribute $30,000 per semester to the scholarship fund, which will support up to 20 scholarships each semester. Scholarships of up to $3,000 per student per year are available to qualified applicants who are enrolled as full-time students in the Nuclear Technology program and complete the required prerequisites. The first two scholarship recipients were identified during the fall semester of 2015.

“This scholarship program builds on our longstanding partnership with Cape Fear Community College,” said Beth Lemmons, Vice President, Field Services, GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy. “By merging college curriculum, practical experience at nuclear power plants and specialized training at GEH facilities in Wilmington and California, this program will promote career paths for nuclear maintenance technicians.”

“GE Hitachi’s support for CFCC and its students throughout the years has been tremendous,” said Dr. Amanda Lee, CFCC president. “This scholarship program will ease the recipients’ financial burden and allow them to focus on their training. We are very fortunate to have such a committed community partner and we look forward to continuing to train today’s students for tomorrow’s jobs.”

CFCC’s Nuclear Technology program is located on the North Campus in Castle Hayne.  Throughout the six-semester program, students complete traditional classroom work and also training on site at nuclear power facilities.  For more information about the program visit

About GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy

Based in Wilmington, N.C., GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) is a world-leading provider of advanced reactors and nuclear services. Established in June 2007, GEH is a global nuclear alliance created by GE and Hitachi to serve the global nuclear industry. The nuclear alliance executes a single, strategic vision to create a broader portfolio of solutions, expanding its capabilities for new reactor and service opportunities. The alliance offers customers around the world the technological leadership required to effectively enhance reactor performance, power output and safety.


CFCC to host health science career fair – Monday, December 7

Monday, December 7th, 2015

young female nurse holding tablet computer at workplace

Cape Fear Community College will host a Health Science Career Fair on Monday, December 7 from 4pm – 6pm in Windell Daniels Hall on the 5th Floor of Union Station (Front and Red Cross Streets).  Those interested in employment opportunities in health care are encouraged to attend.

BrightStar Care, Well Care Healthcare, OrthoWilmington, Liberty Healthcare Companies, Professional Healthcare, Inc., Griswold Home Care Referral Service, Lindley Habilitation, AssistedCare, Inc., UNC Health Care, HomeCare Management Corporation, Brunswick Cove Living Center, Interim HealthCare, Retina of Coastal Carolina and New Hanover Regional Medical Center, among others, will be on hand to talk with attendees about employment opportunities at their organizations.

For more information about the career fair, contact David Wilson, Career and Job Placement Specialist for Cape Fear Community College at For more about educational opportunities in Health Sciences at CFCC, visit

This event is free and open to the public.

CFCC partners with NC Department of Transportation for Concrete Certification Testing

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

CDOTape Fear Community College’s construction management technology program recently partnered with the NC Department of Transportation (NC DOT) to certify students with the American Concrete Institute (ACI), a certification that may help students land a job.  Concrete technicians, who serve as a main point of contact in the building of bridges, parking decks, curbs and medians, are in great demand.

Eighteen NC DOT employees helped facilitate the certification process by evaluating students’ performances on a variety of tests including concrete density, air content, air pressure and curing. The NCDOT/ACI certification includes a total of seven hands-on tests and one oral exam.   Each test in the certification process is crucial to ensuring a sample of concrete will withstand heavy weights and winds.

As many DOT professionals approach retirement age, community college and university programs are helping to supply new skilled workers. “This certification is the big driver’s license in the construction world,” said Bobby Watkins, a DOT Section Materials Specialist of over twenty years who was excited to work alongside the rising generation of construction workers. “There is a big gap of knowledge and experience between the retiring generation and the up and coming one. This program is filling that gap and I think it’s awesome.”

CFCC is the first community college in eastern North Carolina to provide this certification opportunity for students.  Construction Management Lead Instructor Jonathan Begueworked with the DOT to organize this training and certification event to broaden the scope of career options for his students. The NCDOT provided support from its eastern offices.  This program is result of a region-wide partnership with the future of construction at the forefront.

“This really is a unique situation for students. It’s a streamlined path to success – students have the opportunity to get the training and certification for a rewarding career that desperately needs workers.  If we can help our students get a job right after finishing the program, that’s wonderful,” said Begue.

For more information about CFCC’s Construction Management Program and how to apply, visit