Fully Funded for 2011-2013!

June 20th, 2011 by martech

All of our collective efforts have paid off, we are fully funding in the 2011-2013 state budget! Thanks to everyone who has called or written to Raleigh on our behalf.
Please take a moment and thank our local delegation (see link below), without their support the final outcome may not have been as positive.

We are all looking forward to another great year.


The House Budget

April 14th, 2011 by martech

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Education has included full funding for the Marine Technology program in the draft House Budget!

This is an important first step, but we still need to contact members of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education to insure we are in their budget as well.

Round Two

March 14th, 2011 by martech

The support we have received from our graduates, employers and current students has been amazing!  The feedback in Raleigh has been overwhelmingly positive, our entire local delegation has pledged to do everything in their power to help us.

Many of you have received an email from Rep. Justice recommending that we contact the members of both the NC House and NC Senate Appropriations Committee on Education.  Here is a list of those members.

This is Round Two, please resend your original letters to the members on our list above, they will make sure we are included in the budget.

As always, thanks for your support.

Marine Technology on the Radio

February 28th, 2011 by martech

Be sure to listen to the Big Talker tomorrow (106.3 or 93.7) at 8AM. Jay Rogers will discuss the program’s funding with host Chad Adams.

MT Employment Rate, Meet your Legislator, and Twitter

February 24th, 2011 by martech
Hi everyone
Couple items to update you on:
  • This Sunday from 3-5PM there is an event at the Government center (website) where we can meet our local legislative delegation and discuss our funding.
  • Here are some numbers that measure our success in getting students jobs. In our most recent Employment rate review 94% of our students got jobs in industry or continued their education.  The average starting salary was over $48,000!
  • Since 2008 our enrollment has grown over 35%!
  • Lastly, we are now on Twitter.  Follow us @CFCCMartech
Thanks for your continued support

Governor Perdue targets Marine Technology Program for Elimination

February 22nd, 2011 by martech

Recently, the Marine Technology program has been targeted for elimination in Governor Perdue’s budget.  This short sighted decision will have enormous ramifications for the currently enrolled students in the program and our ability to supply industry with a skilled workforce.

To ensure we have full funding will require the support of our Marine Technology students, graduates, employers and friends.  I urge you to write and call your 2011 Local Delegation (see who represents you here: http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/GIS/RandR07/Representation.html) and demand that we receive our full funding.

Attached is Cape Fear Community College’s local delegation (if you are an out of state student contact them).  If you are from another NC county be sure to use the above link and email your ‘home’ delegation.  Everyone, regardless of their representation should include the following two individuals in their correspondence:

Speaker of the House
Representative Thom Tillis
NC House of Representatives
16 W. Jones Street, Room 2304
Raleigh, NC 27601-1096


President Pro Tempore of the Senate
Senator Phil Berger
NC Senate
16 W. Jones Street, Room 2008
Raleigh, NC 27601-2808
(919) 733-5708

I have attached several talking points (2011 Funding talking points) about our unique program, please use them in your letters.  The time to act is now, we must be included in the House and Senate budgets if we are to continue our tradition of graduating students who get jobs in the marine industry.

Thanks for your support.