Archive for March, 2019

Haile Murray Receives 2018 Oberndorf Lifeline to Completion Scholarship

Friday, March 29th, 2019

Haile MurrayHaile Murray, a student at Cape Fear Community College, has been named a 2018 Oberndorf Scholar by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and has received a $1,000 scholarship.

The Oberndorf Lifeline to Completion Scholarship helps Phi Theta Kappa members overcome unanticipated financial barriers preventing the completion of their first college credential, associate degree, or certificate. Haile is one of seven students selected internationally to receive the award.

The scholarship is named for its benefactors, Mr. Lou and Rosemary Oberndorf. Lou co-founded METI, a world leader in medical education technology whose products are used in many community colleges as well as in the world’s leading medical schools. He is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation Board of Trustees.

Up to 15 Oberndorf Lifeline to Completion Scholarships are awarded annually, with scholars selected in both the fall and spring each year.

“Without a doubt, the Oberndorf Scholarship has a tremendous impact on the lives of these hard-working, high-achieving students, making it possible for them to complete their associate degrees,” said Dr. Monica Marlowe, Executive Director of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation. “We are grateful to the Oberndorf family for their commitment to helping students achieve their educational goals. Congratulations to all of the scholarship recipients!”

“Since November of 2017 I started battling a series of unforeseen occurrences that I believed to be solved, but due to Hurricane Florence the battle to complete my degree continued,” said Murray, scholarship recipient. “This scholarship has given me the financial stability to finish my degree. I cannot express enough gratitude to the Oberndorf family for their generosity, and Phi Theta Kappa for opening the doors to such scholarships that promote and aid in the completion of community college education.”

Students may apply for the next round of Oberndorf Lifeline to Completion Scholarships beginning in March.

Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The society is made up of more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 10 nations. Learn more at

CFCC Associate Degree Nursing Program Ranked #1 in North Carolina

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019
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The Cape Fear Community College Associate Degree Nursing program has been ranked number one in the 2019 Best RN Programs in North Carolina.

In a recent study conducted by, the CFCC ADN program ranked first among 30 other RN programs in the state. Programs reviewed include schools that offer an Associate in Nursing (ADN/ASN), BSN, or Direct-Entry MSN Degree. The scores and rankings for each school were determined based on a historical analysis of the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) exam pass rates and test scores.

“It is an honor for the College to receive this recognition and I am extremely proud of our health sciences faculty and staff,” said President Jim Morton. “This is a well-deserved acknowledgment of their efforts and their commitment to making our healthcare programs the best in the state.”

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, which is much faster than average for all occupations. Upon completion of the ADN program and successfully passing the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN), CFCC students may enter employment as a registered nurse. Employment opportunities include healthcare settings such as hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, home health, school systems, private clinics, mental health hospitals, specialty practice areas, and pharmaceutical companies.

“I am extremely proud to be recognized for student success by Our nursing faculty and staff do an outstanding job of educating and supporting our students. It is critically important for our students and our community that we remain steadfast in our pursuit of even greater gains through sustained dedication to academic success for all students,” said Dr. Angela Ballentine, dean of health sciences.

For more information about the Cape Fear Community College Associate Degree Nursing program, visit