CFCC Dedicates Surf City Campus to Longtime Pender County Resident
SURF CITY – Residents of eastern Pender County will soon have a permanent campus of Cape Fear Community College located nearby thanks to the generosity of one of its long-time residents.
On Friday, August 8 at 10 a.m., college officials joined Pender County leaders to officially dedicate a future campus in Surf City to Alston W. Burke, who donated the land located on NC 210 to the college to be used to offer classes and job training opportunities to the residents of eastern Pender County. The 25-acre site was donated specifically to be used by the community college after officials searched for months for a suitable location.
The Alston W. Burke Campus is intended to serve residents from the eastern part of Pender County. The Surf City Town Council and the Pender County Board of Commissioners have designated funds to help pay for construction of a 30,000 square-foot classroom building on the campus, which is expected to cost $6 million.
Speakers during the ceremony included CFCC President Eric McKeithan, Vice Chairman of the Pender County Commissioners Jimmy Tate, Surf City Mayor Zander Guy, and Teresa Batts, a family friend who spoke of Mr. Burke’s behalf. During remarks on Burke’s behalf, Batts said that Mr. Burke has been blessed throughout his lifetime and he wanted to give something back to make other people’s dreams come true.
“Donating this land that we stand upon, opportunities will be given to broaden the minds of both the young and old,” Batts said. A former school teacher, coach and principal, Burke is a strong proponent of education and expressed high aspirations for the students who will attend CFCC in the future.
“I would like to see every student who attends this new facility strive to succeed in their chosen life’s work and always be thankful and appreciative to those who have helped them prepare for their future — their home, church and school. Success comes to those that work hard and are prepared when opportunities arise.”
“Education is the answer. With CFCC coming to Surf City, my days will be filled with a smile knowing that I have made a difference in the community that I call home.”