Space continues to tighten at CFCC as student applications grow

More people are continuing to turn to Cape Fear Community College for education and job training. According to the most recent application figures from CFCC’s admissions office, student applications are up by 8% over this time last year.

Over the past several years, enrollment at CFCC has grown dramatically - topping out at just over 9,600 students last fall compared to 7,470 in 2006.

College officials site the tight job market and low in-state tuition of $66.50 per credit hour as two major factors that are drawing in new students.

“With over 60 job training programs in a wide range of occupations, CFCC is a popular choice for people who want to improve their job skills and train for a new career,” said David Hardin, CFCC public information officer.

As a result of the influx of new students, college classrooms and parking spaces are at a premium. Last year, CFCC had 62 academic square feet (ASF) per student FTE (Full Time Equivalency), down from 74 ASF in 2006. On average, N.C. community colleges have 82 ASF per student FTE with a goal of 100.

The largest challenge is finding room for the additional students. To help provide more instructional space, the college has leased a building at 254 N. Front St. and increased the number of online and hybrid classes. Classes run from 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

“We will accommodate as many people as we can,” Hardin said.

Help is on the way in the not too distant future. A new 1,200 car parking deck is expected to open in March 2012 in downtown Wilmington. A new 250,000 square-foot classroom building, Union Station, is currently under construction and is expected to open in the fall of 2013.

The last day to register for the spring semester is Jan. 3. For more information, visit www.cfcc.edu.

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