CFCC to hold new summer institute for veterans returning to college

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To help local military veterans prepare for college, Cape Fear Community College will host a new summer veterans institute which starts next month.

This event is a free, one-week program designed to assist veterans in enrolling in, adjusting to, and ultimately meeting their goals at CFCC.

College officials developed the program to help veterans succeed in the classroom and earn a degree. Studies have shown that military vets experienced more difficulty in completing their studies when compared traditional college students.
According to Bob Philpott, CFCC’s veteran’s affairs coordinator, the summer institute will serve as an specialized orientation designed for veterans who have never been to college or have not been in school for an extended period of time. The program will be led by a group of college faculty who will help veterans become familiar with the college’s campus, educational support resources and answer any college-related questions.

This year’s program will be held the week of May 13, 2013.  It will last 4 ½ days and will end at noon on May 17.

Currently, space is still available for the institute. This year, the college will accept 20 student veterans into the program. but officials hope to expand the program in the future.

“We hope that with the success of the program, we will be able to accommodate more veterans in future years,” Philpott said.

For more information, contact Bob Philpott, Veterans Affairs Coordinator at 362-7106 or email rphilpott@cfcc.edu for details.

This program is funded by a grant from the Aurora Foundation, a non-profit organization established to help student veterans successfully graduate from college and enter the workforce.