Nearly 9,000 students taking classes at Cape Fear this spring
There are more students enrolled at Cape Fear Community College than ever before. As of today, CFCC has the largest student body in its 52-year history. Currently, CFCC has 8,886 students enrolled in credit classes. That last previous record was set in the fall of 2009 when the college enrolled 8,860 students.
College officials report that the slow economy and poor job market have increased the demand for job training and higher education.
“Its not unusual to see enrollment increase during times of economic troubles. CFCC’s programs are designed to help give people specific skills needed for a variety of occupations. It’s why community colleges are here,” said CFCC Public Information Officer David Hardin.
In fact, enrollment at community colleges all over the state have grown to record levels. Compared to last year, NC’s community colleges have grown collectively by 27,000 students – that’s the equivalent of adding the student body of UNC-Chapel Hill.
At CFCC, the most popular technical programs prepare students for careers in health care, business, computer technology, culinary arts, early childhood education, criminal justice, and marine technology.
CFCC’s college transfer programs have also increased in popularity. Over 3,700 students are currently enrolled in CFCC’s associate in science, associate in science or general education programs. Since courses taught in the college transfer program are accepted at all public and many private four-year institutions in the state, the program has become more attractive to students pursuing a four-year degree. This option can also save thousands of dollars in tuition and fees compared to a four-year college.
For example, CFCC’s tuition and fees for one semester is $664 for a full-time student. Tuition and fees at NC’s public four-year universities range between $2,000 and $2,600 per semester.
The quality of education and affordable tuition make community colleges an increasingly popular option.
In recent years, the college has been able to accommodate more students by increasing class sizes and offering more online and hybrid courses. CFCC also plans to build several new classroom buildings in downtown Wilmington and at the North Campus in Castle Hayne.