Wilmington, NC – Cape Fear Community College student Julian Sloop has been selected to attend the North Carolina Community College System’s Student Development Leadership Program.
The program offers community college students a hands-on, educational approach to the many facets of leadership. A six-day session will be held at William Peace University in Raleigh, June 2-7, followed by two mini-sessions in the fall and spring.
Sloop is a non-traditional student at CFCC. Prior to beginning his education at CFCC, he was a small business owner. The 2008 collapse of the housing market was devastating to his company, and unfortunately, he had to go out of business. Since Sloop did not have a high school diploma, his job prospects were severely limited. “After months of searching for a job that could support my family, I came up empty handed. It was then I knew I had to return to school,” said Sloop.
Today, Sloop is working to complete a college transfer program in general science. He has a 4.0 grade point average and serves as chapter historian for CFCC’s Alpha Chi Sigma chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society.
Dr. Ted D. Spring, President of Cape Fear Community College said that Sloop is a wonderful example for his fellow students. “Mr. Sloop is a role model for other students here at Cape Fear Community College and in this region. He has overcome true adversity and is striving ahead. I know the opportunities for him are limitless.”
Carol Cullum, Vice President of Student Development at Cape Fear Community College, knows Sloop’s experience with the leadership program will have an impact on other students at the college. “We are thrilled that Julian has been selected to attend this leadership program, and look forward to him sharing what he’ll learn with other students at CFCC by conducting student workshops on campus next fall.”
Sloop is already being courted by schools like Columbia and the University of Kentucky. He hopes his experience with the Student Development Leadership Program will help him to stand out among applicants as he decides where he’d like to continue his education.