College to Name Health Care Facilities in Honor of Local Individuals and Organizations
Cape Fear Community College will honor a select group of local individuals and organizations for theirÂ financial support of the growing numberÂ of future nurses and other health care studentsÂ at a ceremony on Monday, Sept. 20.
The college will name several classrooms and labs in the Health Sciences Building at 415 N. 2nd St. in downtown Wilmington.Â The ceremony will take place in room L-107 at 10 a.m.
The honorees include:
oÂ Â Babies Hospital Foundation
oÂ Â Ms. Louise Oriole Burevitch
oÂ Â Cape Fear Memorial Foundation
oÂ Â The James Walker Memorial Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Association
oÂ Â The Ministering Circle
According to Margaret Robison, executive director of the CFCC Foundation, the support has come at just the right time.Â Robison cited that theÂ recession has escalated the need for student scholarships because so many more people students are turning to the college for job training in the health care field.
This fall semester, the college received aÂ total of 882 applications for its ten health care programs, which was a 68% increase from 2008. DemandÂ for CFCC’sÂ registered nursing program grew by 44.8% overÂ the last three years, going fromÂ 176 applicants in 2008 to 255 studentsÂ this year.
Overall, the college hasÂ experienced a dramatic increase in financial aid requests from incoming students. In 2008-2009, CFCC receivedÂ 6,365 financial aid applications and in 2009-2010, the number of requestsÂ ballooned toÂ 9,352.
Fortunately for students,Â the CFCC Foundation has been able to raise millions of dollars in private donations from the community to help provide a wide variety of scholarships. Last year, the CFCC FoundationÂ received $1.3 million for student scholarshipsÂ from the local area.
Robison credits the community at-large for the Foundation’s success in these trying economic times.
“Our success has a lot to do with the leaders and citizens of our communities who step forward, get to know our students, and invariably decide to help many of them. Some of our supporters are themselves former CFCC students. They aid todayâ€™s students knowing their role in helping to make the Cape Fear region strong and prosperous. Gifts to support our students and the college grow in the marketplace and enable our donors to get the most out of their philanthropic dollar,” Robison said.
TheÂ CFCC Foundation exists to support the students, teachers, programs and mission of the college.Â The organizationÂ seeks outÂ and manages gifts, including cash contributions, deferred gifts, securities, donated services, and equipment and supplies for educational purposes. Most of the funds raised are designated for students in the form of scholarships to directly help them with their education.