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Left to right: CFCC President Dr. Eric McKeithan and Director of Grant Development Val Clemmons accept a grant award aimed at increasing CFCC student employability from Angel Lee, Vice President & Consumer Market Manager, and Tom Dodson, Wilmington Area Market President with Bank of America.

Grant to assist students in CFCC’s Business Technology programs and Job Seekers & Career Advancement Lab

Wilmington, NC – The Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) Foundation recently received a $5,500 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to help boost local student employability. Funding from the grant will be used to assist students who are enrolled in Business Technology programs and in Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) programs by covering a portion of the cost of various certification exams for students who are unable to pay the entire amount. The grant will increase the employability of 141 – 191 students by giving them a marketable edge in the current job market.

“As an employer and as a leading financial services institution, we have a vested interest in supporting educational initiatives that will produce a knowledgeable and skilled workforce,” said Tom Dodson, Wilmington area market president for Bank of America. “We are pleased to support Cape Fear Community College and their efforts to impact and improve the educational experience of their students.” 

Students in CFCC’s Business Technology programs have the option of taking computer-related certifications that increase their employability along with their degrees. “These industry certifications demonstrate to potential employers that students have expert knowledge in the use of Microsoft Office applications, computer and network security, and computer hardware and software configurations,” said Melissa Watson, Department Chair, Business Technologies.   “The certifications also give student a marketable edge that demonstrates increased determination, drive, competence and capacity for increased productivity.”

Career Readiness Certification (CRC) assessments are given to individuals who are enrolled in the Job Seekers and Career Advancement Lab offered by the CFCC Continuing Education department. The lab is part of CFCC’s Human Resources Development (HRD) program, a state-funded program that allows students to take designated fee-waived courses to enhance job acquisition and retention skills.

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The Cape Fear Community College Foundation exists solely to support the students, teachers, programs and mission of the College. The Foundation secures and manages gifts and grants, including cash contributions, deferred gifts, securities, donated services, and equipment and supplies for educational purposes.  For more information about CFCC, The CFCC Foundation or scholarship opportunities, please contact the Cape Fear Community College Foundation at 910.362.7207.

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