Private Support for CFCC’s Health Care Programs Remains Strong As Need for Training Increases

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 their financial support of the growing number of future nurses and other health care students 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. The ceremony will take place in room L-107 at 10 a.m.

The honorees include:

o   Babies Hospital Foundation

o   Ms. Louise Oriole Burevitch

o   Cape Fear Memorial Foundation

o   The James Walker Memorial Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Association

o   The Ministering Circle

According to Margaret Robison, executive director of the CFCC Foundation, the support has come at just the right time. Robison cited that the 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 a total of 882 applications for its ten health care programs, which was a 68% increase from 2008. Demand for CFCC’s registered nursing program grew by 44.8% over the last three years, going from 176 applicants in 2008 to 255 students this year.

Overall, the college has experienced a dramatic increase in financial aid requests from incoming students. In 2008-2009, CFCC received 6,365 financial aid applications and in 2009-2010, the number of requests ballooned to 9,352.

Fortunately for students, 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 Foundation received $1.3 million for student scholarships 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 today’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.

The CFCC Foundation exists to support the students, teachers, programs and mission of the college. The organization seeks out 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.