WILMINGTON, NC — Mr. Jim Morton, president of Cape Fear Community College, is pleased to announce the College has been awarded a $1.9 million Title III Grant from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE), the largest grant awarded in the College’s history. Grant funding will be used for staffing and equipment to assist students as they pursue their studies at Cape Fear Community College, and will focus on improving students’ retention, academic achievement, and completion.
The grant will help CFCC focus on increasing academic coaching for students who are struggling with their studies, providing financial literacy programming, assisting with degree planning, improving student retention year-to-year, and increasing the number of credentials awarded.
“Cape Fear Community College is committed to helping all our students reach their academic goals,” said Morton. “This grant will help us to more effectively advise our students, and to identify and assist those who are struggling so that they can make the necessary adjustments to become successful and to persist through to graduation.”
Cape Fear Community College has received a first installment of funding for $396,518, with the balance to be received over the next four years. The initial funds will be used to hire a grant director, academic advising staff and academic coaches, and to purchase software to help identify and track students who may need academic interventions.
“Receiving this grant is an incredible benefit to our student services team,” said Morton. “Our dedicated staff works tirelessly to help our students succeed and this funding will allow us to expand those efforts and improve our current practices. This grant award will not only support our current students, but will impact student success for years to come.”