CFCC’s Burgaw Open House spotlights Pender County classes

An open house at Cape Fear Community College’s Burgaw Center on Wednesday, December 4, created an opportunity for collaboration between the college and the community.

Many administrators from the college,  including CFCC President Dr. Ted Spring, attended the open house.

The goal of the event was two-fold according to Cindy Ramsey, Continuing Education Director for Pender County, who organized the open house.

“The venue created an opportunity for Pender County citizens to visit their community college campus, learn what courses are being offered, and to give input on courses they would like to see in the future,” Ramsey said.

“The open house also offered a specific opportunity for our colleagues from the downtown campus and North Campus to visit the Burgaw Center and mingle with Pender County citizens. For many, it was their first visit to Burgaw.”

The Burgaw Center is also home to Pender Early College High School. Both the college and the high school are experiencing growth, so space for classes is always a challenge. But the two administrations work closely together to serve all students.

“The partnership between Pender Early College High School and Cape Fear Community College is a win-win for everyone,” said Dr. Edith Skipper, principal of PECHS. “The blending of our institutions assists us in realizing our common goals – an educated citizenry and productive workforce.”

Pender Early College High School and administration from Pender County Schools were well represented at the Open House. The event created an excellent opportunity for parents to visit and gain information needed to assess whether or not the early college high school environment would be a good fit for their children.

Families interested in learning more about the opportunities provided by the blended environment at Pender Early College High School on the CFCC Burgaw Campus are encouraged to stop by the campus or call 910-362-7925.

Open House displays included information on courses offered in Burgaw but also at the downtown campus, like Boat Building and Occupational Therapy Assistant. Representatives from admissions and financial aid were also on hand to answer questions.

New courses at the Burgaw Center were highlighted, including a new series of introductory agricultural classes. These include Backyard Chickens, Organic Gardening, and Container Gardening.

The auto body program was well represented with displays and a simulator. New instructor Ed Hernandez was on hand to answer questions. This program exists in New Hanover and Pender counties. Plans for expansion in Pender County are in the early stages.

New health occupations courses have been added to the line-up at the Burgaw Center, and information on registration was available at the Open House. Registration for Nurse Aide programs will be held at the Burgaw Center on December 19.

Other new courses at the Burgaw Center include three levels of Cake Decorating taught by Julie Zingone, owner of Julie and Sons Cakes. A Digital Photography class for serious photographers will be taught by Fred Norris, professional photographer for the television and movie industries.

An increased number of courses are also being offered in Surf City beginning in January. For a complete listing of all upcoming classes, visit

For more information on courses and how to register, please call 910-259-4966 or 910-362-7900.