Cape Fear Community College was recently selected as a military-friendly school by G.I. Jobs magazine. Of the approximately 7,000 colleges, universities and trade schools in the United States, only approximately 20% are considered to be the most military friendly by G.I. Jobs magazine.
According to Bob Philpott, CFCC veterans affairs coordinator, CFCC was selected for the list based on a variety of factors, including efforts to assist students in the transition from the military to academic and civilian life. Other factors include quality of education and overall value for students.
CFCC’s student veteran population is on the rise. Philpott estimates that approximately 8% of CFCC students are veterans or family members of veterans and he expects those numbers to increase in the coming years.
One of the newest benefits for veterans at CFCC is a new veterans center, which opened last November. Philpott said that over the past 12 months, interest and activity at the center has increased as word spread throughout the student population.
Located on the fourth floor of the McLeod Building in downtown Wilmington, CFCC’s Veterans Center offers veteran students a dedicated location to study, get counseling and find answers to questions that affect veterans. Philpott said that many combat veterans have difficulty adjusting back to civilian life after being deployed and the center provides a place where they can talk to each other and get help when they need it.
CFCC student veteran Marilyn Alkire visits the veterans center on a regular basis and says it has helped her adjust to college life.
“The veterans center plays a large part of me being very comfortable and enjoying my time here at CFCC. I have met some wonderful people at the center and the common bond we all share enables us to relate to one another and talk about what we are going through, whether in our classes or daily lives,” Alkire said.
Former U.S. marine Tyler Boone came to CFCC after his wife attended and gave it high marks. He said that the center offers academic and personal support to keep students on the right track.
“They do a great job taking interest in a person and providing good moral support to keep you on the straight and narrow,” Boone said.
CFCC plans to recognize all area veterans at a special ceremony on Friday, Nov. 11 at 12 noon in Tabitha’s Courtyard in downtown Wilmington. The public is invited to attend.