Over 9,100 have registered for classes at Cape Fear Community College this fall and if enrollment is any indication, the local demand for job training and affordable higher education remains strong.
College officials say that the most popular courses are health care career training programs, which include nursing and surgical technology – two programs which will be among the first to hold classes in CFCC’s new 250,000 square-foot Union Station building. The building features expanded labs, a simulated operating room and hospital setting to train future health care workers.
In addition to the college’s health care programs, college transfer and many other job training classes are at capacity.
College officials credit the college’s steady enrollment to the increasing need for a quality college education at an affordable price, but also the demand of business and industry.
“Our student enrollment is closely tied to trends in the local economy,” said CFCC President Dr. Ted Spring.
He explained that when jobs become available in a particular field, the college experiences an increased interest among prospective students.
Classes in machining, film and video production, nuclear technology, welding, marine technology and HVAC are among some of the job training programs that have started the semester with full classes.
The college has also experienced in an increase in real estate students, an indication of the improving real estate market.