About Cape Fear Community College
With over 28,000 students enrolling in classes every year, 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.
CFCC offers customized employee training opportunities for businesses and industries planning to expand or relocate to the greater Wilmington area. Most recent training partnerships included such companies as Verizon Wireless and GE Hitachi.
For students seeking a new career, CFCC has over 60 technical degree programs in a wide range of areas which offer hands-on training guided by a team of experienced instructors. The local job market for CFCC graduates is excellent. CFCC’s most recent graduate placement rate was 98%.
Many of CFCC’s technical programs have won state and regional recognition for student achievements in a wide variety of areas. Many of CFCC’s health care programs have garnered an outstanding reputation among the local health care community by earning a stunning 100% pass rate on their respective certification exams year after year.
In CFCC’s very popular college transfer program, students can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree at a fraction of the cost of attending a four-year college or university. Classes at CFCC are small compared to large four-year colleges, which gives faculty more time to focus on individual students. After successfully completing their two-year degree, CFCC graduates can transfer to most four-year colleges or universities in North Carolina.
CFCC also offers hundreds of continuing education courses as well. Free programs include basic skills, adult literacy, GED preparation, job skills preparation, adult high school and English as a second language. In the college’s Center for Business, Industry and Government, low-cost classes are offered in computer training, construction, foreign languages, leadership and management. CFCC’s Small Business Center offers scores of free seminars for entrepreneurs and small businesses as well as free business counseling services.
CFCC’s main campus is located in historic downtown Wilmington, North Carolina on the banks of the Cape Fear River and a North Campus in northern New Hanover County. The College also offers classes for Pender County residents in Burgaw and Surf City. Day and evening classes are offered at all campuses. CFCC also offers a large number of online classes through an expanding distance education program.
CFCC was founded in 1958 and is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
- Enrollment: Cape Fear is the sixth largest of North Carolina’s 58 community colleges. Over 28,000 people attend classes at CFCC every year. The College’s enrollment in credit programs topped 9,500 in the fall 2011 semester.
- Employees: The College has 553 full-time employees. The college also employs 600-800 part-time employees at various times throughout the year.
- Student Demographics: 75% white; 25% non-white; 53% female; 47% male; Average age is 27.
- Student Satisfaction: CFCC earned a 98% student satisfaction rate, which exceeds the student average of 96%.
- Training Satisfaction: Businesses reported a 95% satisfaction rate on the customized training they received from CFCC. This surpasses the state average of 90%.
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