Archive for February, 2011

Marine Technology on the Radio

Monday, February 28th, 2011

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

Thursday, February 24th, 2011
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

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

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
Thom.Tillis@ncleg.net
919-733-3451

and

President Pro Tempore of the Senate
Senator Phil Berger
NC Senate
16 W. Jones Street, Room 2008
Raleigh, NC 27601-2808
Phil.Berger@ncleg.net
(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.