April is National Community College Month and Cape Fear Community College is inviting the public to help celebrate the event in a big way.
On Saturday, April 5, CFCC will hold an open house celebration that offers over 100 educational exhibits for people of all ages. Subjects covered in the exhibits will range from the visual and performing arts, to boat building and marine science, renewable energy, health care, computer technology, skilled trades and much more.
The event will kick-off with a ribbon cutting ceremony for Union Station at 9:30 a.m. at the corner of Front and Red Cross St. The building will open to the public following the ceremony and will contain many exhibits and displays.
However, Union Station is just one part of the overall event. The open house also features a boat show and tours of the 135-foot R/V Cape Hatteras at the riverfront, robotic and fire demonstrations at the North Campus, and various informational booths and workshops all over campus.
“Much like the college itself, this event really does offer something for everyone,” said David Hardin, CFCC director of marketing and public relations.
“This is an event where you can bring your kids, parents and grandparents. Learning opportunities come at every age. We’ve had students as young as 13 and as old as 85,” Â Hardin explained.
“We want the community to understand that CFCC is a tremendous resource for a wide variety of educational needs,” Hardin said.
Visitors can browse an art exhibition and enjoy live music at the Wilma Daniels Gallery, see what it’s like to work in a surgical operating room, try their hand at painting cars using virtual reality, find tips on starting a business, and get some free writing advice from faculty.
Children can build their own toy boat at the riverfront, listen to stories in the library and bounce on inflatables at the Schwartz Center.
Many faculty and staff will also be on hand to answer questions about academic programs from prospective students.
Activities will be held both at the downtown Wilmington Campus and at the North Campus in Castle Hayne from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. A free shuttle will be provided to transport visitors between locations. Food will be available from local food trucks and parking will be free for visitors on campus.
For the full schedule of events, visitÂ www.cfcc.edu/openhouse.