Archive for May, 2018

Dental Hygiene Program Reaches Twelve Consecutive Years of Complete Student Success

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

Dental Hygiene Class of 2018

From left: Patricia Behan, Becky Curtis, Cody Cavenaugh, Hannah Johnston, CFCC Dental Hygiene Program Director Mary Ellen Naylor, Portia Pridgen, Kayla Kleiner, Kate Sellers

The CFCC dental hygiene program recently received results from the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination (NBDHE). The results showed a 100 percent pass rate from CFCC dental hygiene students, marking 12 consecutive years in which all CFCC dental hygiene graduates passed the examination.

The CFCC Dental Hygiene program, accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, prepares students for careers as registered dental hygienists. To obtain their licensure, graduates are required to complete a three-step examination process — the first of which is the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination. The exam assesses the graduate’s ability to understand and apply basic biomedical, dental and dental hygiene sciences.

“I could not be more proud of these students. They have the heart and compassion for their profession and their patients that can only lead to success,” said CFCC Dental Hygiene Program Director Mary Ellen Naylor, EdD., RDH.

Naylor highlighted that in three and half semesters, the students provided approximately $186,000 in dental hygiene services to the local community through the on-campus clinic. “The students were ALSO able to collaborate and treat patients at the Pender Dental Clinic, the East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine Community Service Learning Center in Bolivia, and the Mission of Mercy free dental clinic held at CFCC.”

In addition to those achievements, the students accrued hundreds of community-service learning hours helping to screen and provide oral hygiene instruction to children at the Boys & Girls Club and provide oral hygiene education to elementary students in New Hanover County. Naylor continued, “These students have already made such an impact on our college and community; I cannot wait to see what they will continue to do for our profession and our community as licensed dental hygienists.”

Community Raises Over $314,981 to Benefit Cape Fear Community College Students

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

2018 Gift of Education

The Cape Fear Community College Foundation held its 13th annual Gift of Education events on May 17th and 18th and raised $314,981 in cash and pledges to benefit CFCC students, a 24% increase over last year’s event.

The Gift of Education is held annually and serves as the Cape Fear Community College Foundation’s largest fundraising event. This year the event was relocated from the Schwartz Center to CFCC’s Wilson Center and a new breakfast event was added. There was also a 26% increase in attendance at this year’s events. Proceeds from the Gift of Education will be used primarily for student scholarships. Guests were also given the option to donate to the renovation of the College’s Schwartz Center which is utilized by students for physical education classes as well as by the CFCC basketball and volleyball teams.

Speakers at the event included four CFCC students, three of which graduated from CFCC just days before the event, who received scholarship assistance from the Foundation. The students shared emotional accounts of their lives before attending CFCC as well as how financial support from the community helped them to pursue their dreams through education. This year guests also heard remarks from Dr. Katherine Evans, Program Director for Pharmacy Technology and donors Brian and Beth Kirschner who are assisting two students with scholarship funds.

Guests were treated to a surprise at the end of each event as CFCC President, Jim Morton, and Foundation Board Member and Gift of Education Co-Chair, Ms. Linda Wilson, surprised current CFCC students Charles McCauley and Kyleigh Piner with $1,000 scholarships. The surprise came at the tail end of a humorous video which featured various community members and local leaders trying their hand at Cape Fear Community College programs. The video can be found on CFCC’s website at

“The Gift of Education serves as a celebration of student success and a heartfelt thank you to the numerous community members and organizations who help our students to succeed,” said Cape Fear Community College President, Mr. Jim Morton.

Sponsors of this year’s events included New Hanover Regional Medical Center, ECS Southeast, PPD, The Murchison Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, Rose Bay Boats, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage, Monteith Construction, First National Bank, South State Bank, The Cynthia & George Mitchell Foundation, Tamara and Rick Pasin, Cape Fear Rotary, Mulford Cost Management, Brinkley Financial Group BB&T Scott & Stringfellow, Coca-Cola, Ms. Linda Wilson, and Ronnie and Cyndi McNeill.

Individuals may still donate to the Gift of Education through a variety of methods: online at, by calling 910-362-7207, by mail to 411 N. Front Street, Wilmington, NC 28401, or in person at CFCC’s Union Station building in downtown Wilmington. Individuals interested in creating an annual or endowed scholarship are encouraged to contact the CFCC Foundation at 910-362-7207.

Surgical Technology Students Maintain Perfect Pass Rate on National State Exam

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

Surgical technology students
CFCC surgical technology program students have maintained a 100 percent pass rate on the National Certification Exam since the inception of the program in 2007.

The CFCC Surgical Technology Program, accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), is designed to prepare individuals to function in the operating room setting. The Associate in Applied Science degree program equips its students with the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to operate as an essential member of the medical team.

Students are required to take the National Board on Certification in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) within a four-week period prior to or after graduation. The examination consists of 200 questions, 175 of which are scored. Students are tested on pre, intra, and post-operative care, administrative and personnel duties, equipment sterilization and maintenance, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, and surgical pharmacology. To receive a passing grade, individuals must receive 70 percent or higher. CFCC students received between 80 and 90 percent on the most recent exam.

“I attribute the success of our students to the hard work of the instructors including Marcy Frazier and Kim Ward, the advanced facility and equipment we have to train our students, and the support of the local community through our clinical sites,” said CFCC Surgical Technology Program Director Chancey Funderburk. “This has led to our continued 100% pass rate on the National Board Certification Exam and 100% job placement. And it is such a privilege to celebrate over a decade of total success of our students!”

“I am so proud of the success of our surgical technology students and I am thankful for the dedication and commitment of our faculty to providing quality, innovative, and engaging instruction,” said CFCC Dean of Health Sciences Dr. Angela Ballentine.

To learn more about the CFCC Surgical Technology program, visit

17-Year-Old Triplets Graduate CFCC

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

Triplets Graduate(From left: Molly, Sam, and Hannah Brohaugh)

Triplets Hannah, Sam, and Molly Brohaugh, age 17, graduated from Cape Fear Community College this past Friday in the college transfer ceremony.

The triplets took advantage of the Career and College Promise Program (CCP) as homeschoolers, which allowed them to enroll — full-time — in college courses as high school students set to earn their associate degrees early.

Though unseparated their first semester, they began taking classes on their own in subsequent terms. Sam noted, “At Cape Fear, we were really taught to be independent.”

Hannah admitted, “I was always hesitant to tell people how old I was in fear that I’d be treated differently. And I thought the transition from homeschool to a public college would be difficult, but it was surprisingly easy.”

When asked what made the transition easy, Molly said, “We really wanted to do well in our classes,” and agreed with Hannah who said, “I really enjoy learning, I’ve always enjoyed learning.” They credited their parents and CFCC instructors as key factors to the ease of their transition as well.

On advice they would give to their peers, Hannah said, “Know what you’re doing and put the time in, it will pay off.” On a related note, Molly said, “Plan it out. Look into the college you want to go to and find out what you have to do get there. Be organized.” Sam said, “Finish, graduate! Don’t just transfer with a handful of credits.”

Hannah, the oldest by a minute, will attend Campbell University to study nursing. Sam and Molly will attend NC State University — Sam to study civil engineering and Molly, accounting.

To learn more about the Career and College Promise program, visit

CFCC Nurse Aide Students Maintain High Pass Rate on State Exam

Wednesday, May 9th, 2018

nurse aide student

Wilmington, NC – CFCC nurse aide students achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the North Carolina Nurse Aide I Training Program State Exam.

The 2018 first-quarter report from Pearson VUE and the National Council of State Boards of Nursing National Nurse Aide Assessment Program showed that the 24 students in the CFCC Nurse Aide I Training Program all passed the exam and were registered as Certified Nurse Aides (CNA) on the NC State CNA I Registry.

Since 2015, CFCC nurse aide I students have maintained a pass rate of 98 to 100 percent on the NC State Nurse Aide I Certification Exam. This exam consists of a 75 question written exam, and a skills demonstration exam. Candidates must pass both sections to receive their CNA I certification.

“We take pride in making sure our nurse aide students receive the best education possible to excel in the healthcare field,” said Claudina McLiverty, CFCC nurse aide program director.  “The historically high exam pass rate is a reflection of the student’s hard work and dedication, as well as the support and commitment of the Nurse Aide Program faculty and staff.”

For more information about the CFCC nurse aide program, visit