Phi Theta Kappa

October 7th, 2016 by Dean Heath
Phi Theta Kappa
 
     Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society for two-year colleges.  This organization is nationally recognized and an honor to be a part of! The mission of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize academic achievement of college students and to provide opportunities for them to grow as scholars and leaders.  This organization provides opportunity for students to receive over $30 million dollars in scholarships to transfer to a four-year university.  Not only is P.T.K. globally recognized, but it looksgreat on your college transcript and helps you make great friends!
      To join Phi Theta Kappa, you must first complete 12 or more semester hours and have an average G.P.A. of 3.5 or higher.  There is a one time only fee of $90.  It may seem like a lot of money, but it is well worth it! Once you are a member, you must maintain an average G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher and recommend you at least attend one meeting a month. During these meetings, we will discuss different scholarship opportunities, community involvement opportunities, and officers will keep members in the “loop” of what projects they are working on.
      If you are interested in becoming an officer, elections are held every spring semester!  I have recently become the Executive Assistant to the President and I am so glad that I applied for it!  I have gotten to fill out a lot of scholarships through the program, travel to different colleges, and I have made awesome friends! 
     Make sure to check your campus email for your very own Phi Theta Kappa Invitation or visit our website at www.ptk.org. You will not regret it!
-Jackie
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Honors Program

February 5th, 2016 by Dean Heath

If you’re smart and looking for like-minded intellectuals. I invite you to apply for admission into the Honors Program here at CFCC. The Honors Program is an specialized curriculum designed to increase the educational experience of exceptionally talented-students at our college. Admission to the Honors Program (which is free, by the way) gives you access to special privileges that regular CFCC students aren’t offered, such as small group classes (1-2 per semester, 6-12 students per class), special recognition on your college transcript, and exclusive events such as Honors-designated transfer college visits. We also meet regularly as a club to plan get-togethers and engage in volunteer work in our surrounding community. If you’d like to gather more info and apply for the spring semester, here’s our website!

Andrew

Letter to the Non-Traditional Student

December 30th, 2015 by Dean Heath
Deciding to go back to school can be a very intimidating decision to make. There are many things that need to be considered. ”Can I afford it,” was one of the biggest questions that held me back for years. I can tell you firsthand going back to school was one of the best choices I have made thus far in life. One thing I found most helpful was making a list of the pros and cons of starting over. While you may be lucky enough to keep your job and take classes, you must keep in mind not all employers are flexible enough to work around a student’s schedule. If you live with others, you might consider sitting down with them and thoroughly discussing you goals and plans for the future. It is very important to ensure you have a good support system at home. I encourage you stop by the Financial Aid office as well. The wonderful staff there will do their level best to find whatever money is available to help offset the costs of your tuition. Another truly amazing group of people working to help students is The Cape Fear Community College Foundation. As a Student Ambassador, I can proudly say I have been a part of several of their fundraising activities to bring in money for student scholarships. It is positively rewarding to see people in and around our community so graciously helping students create a brighter future for themselves.
One reservation that many non-traditional students have is the age barrier. So maybe you’re not a teenager anymore, and perhaps you’ve been out of “the game” for several years. If you’re worried about feeling old, like I did, fear not. At CFCC, we have a number of non-traditional students just like you. If you’re willing to embark in the adventure of earning a degree or certificate, it’s never to late to start over! The faculty and staff at CFCC are a great support system. The instructors seem to really understand that you have made a conscious decision to better yourself. Believe it or not, these people really do want to see you succeed!
Cape Fear Community College also offers a variety of clubs and activities you may not have otherwise had an opportunity to explore. Things like Community Involvement and Service Learning (CISL), Student Government Association, and Honors clubs help you connect with the student body as well as the community around you. Other clubs like PHI THETA KAPPA and National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) are nationally recognized, but it doesn’t stop there. We have clubs for just about any interest you may desire; such as hospitality, athletics, and even film clubs. Any and all of these groups will look great on a resume or University application, so you will benefit now and in the future. Being involved will not only help you establish yourself within the school, but it will furthermore help you network and give you a greater sense of belonging.
I’m not going to pretend it was easy to walk away from the security of a biweekly paycheck and benefits, but deciding to fulfilling my dream and better myself trumped my reservations of holding onto a job that left me feeling unsatisfied. If you’re thinking about going back to school there is no better time than the present. Make an appointment to take a tour with us. We would love to show you what Cape Fear Community College has to offer. As Gandhi so wisely stated, “The future depends on what you do today.” I hope my insight helps encourage you to take the first step in fulfilling your destiny.
Best Wishes,
Megan

Preparing for Graduation and Beyond

April 3rd, 2014 by Dean Heath

It’s that time of year again, time to start enjoying this beautiful weather and hanging out at the beach with friends.  It’s also time to buckle down and study for your finals while finishing out the school year strong.  For those of you who are graduating in May or over the summer, life can be hectic.  The workload involved in preparation for graduation along with everything else going on in life can be somewhat overwhelming.  I am one of those students graduating in the next few months, and I’ve decided to get organized by making a graduation checklist.  I’m sharing my checklist in hopes of easing some of your stress over the last few months as a college student.  Therefore, allowing you to slow down and appreciate your time and journey with Cape Fear Community College.

 

COLLEGE GRADUATION CHECKLIST:

File intent to graduate.

Meet with an advisor to register for your final classes. They can look over your program evaluation in order to make sure you’re taking the right classes and on the right path towards graduation.

Keep track of the number of classes left, exam dates and project finals.  The final stretch is very important.  Don’t slack now.  Do well!

Attend the CFCC job fair April 24th at the N. Campus from 11-2. Dress well.

Search and apply for career worthy jobs.

Send invites to family members and close friends who want to attend your graduation.

Order your cap and gown.  Also, order any regalia that you might want from your school club or honor society.

Go shopping for graduation worthy clothes.

 

Enjoy the big day.  Take many pictures.  Give thanks to those who have helped you along the way.

Celebrate!  You have earned it.

-Jessica

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Online Classes

April 2nd, 2014 by Dean Heath

 

At CFCC we have a wide range of options for taking classes. You can take evening classes that meet once a week for three hours or a daytime class that meets three times a week for an hour each time. We also have some online options.

When using WebAdvisor for selecting classes pay attention to the following items:

  • If the section starts with the letter I – the class is completely internet based.
  • If the section is DY – this is a hybrid class based at the Downtown Campus. You will likely meet with your instructor only once a week, but complete a majority of your work online.
  • If the section is NY – this is a hybrid class based at North Campus.

Other ways to know you are registering for an online class:

  • Room: cfcc.edu
  • Classroom hours: to be announced
  • Times: to be announced

You must have regular use of a computer and internet access. You will have to discipline yourself to manage your time and submit assignments when required. Deadlines can be any day and hour.

In addition to submitting work via email or uploaded files the online instructors use discussion boards. The quality of your online discussions in these forms is an important part of your grade.

The critical item to remember about online classes is the enrollment verification.

The enrollment verification is an assignment your instructor will post on the first day of class. It will be something as simple as, “state your name, program of study and what you hope to learn in this class’. Do not skip this assignment; you will be dropped from the class automatically. There is an audit process that must be completed at the beginning of each semester. Your instructors for seated classes can complete this audit process with attendance records. Your online instructor uses the enrollment verification assignment.

Online classes can be a great way to manage your educational goals. Don’t be afraid to try one. Just remember to ask for help right away if you don’t understand how something works.

 

-Stephanie

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WHO ARE THE AMBASSADORS?

March 26th, 2014 by Dean Heath

POSITIVE AND OUTGOING CAPE FEAR COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENTS

THAT ARE CURRENTLY ENROLLED IN FULL-TIME CLASSES (12 CREDIT HOURS)

AND KEEP A MINIMUM GPA OF 2.5.

 

AMBASSADOR JOB DUTIES: 

SERVE AS A RESOURCE FOR CURRENT AND PROSPECT STUDENTS

HOST ON-CAMPUS VISITS AND GIVE ON-CAMPUS TOURS

ASSIST WITH CFCC  FOUNDATION EVENTS AND FUNCTIONS

SERVE AS LEADERS AT ORIENTATION SESSIONS FOR NEW STUDENTS AND  PARENTS.

FACILITATE AND ASSIST WITH REGISTRATION AND GRADUATION.

COMMUNICATE WITH COLLEGE DONORS THROUGH  PHONE AND ONE-ON-ONE CONTACT.

ATTEND STUDENT AMBASSADOR TRAINING SESSIONS AND MEETINGS.

WORK WITH VARIOUS CAMPUS DEPARTMENTS AS NEEDED.

 

STUDENT AMBASSADOR BENEFITS!

 

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR TUITION, FEES AND TEXTBOOKS

LEADERSHIP TRAINING AND OPPORTUNITIES

HIGH VISIBILITY ON CAMPUS AND IN THE COMMUNITY

ENHANCED EMPLOYABILITY

OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH COLLEGE ADMINISTRATION

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT THE CFCC FOUNDATION

OFFICE IN UNION STATION, 5TH FLOOR- ROOM 550

The Student Ambassador Scholarship has given so much to me.  I’ve received not only the gift of education, but a chance to fulfill my career goals and be a part of a team that I can be proud of.  My name is Jessica Hassler, and I’m proud to call myself a CFCC Student Ambassador.

Upcoming events in Wilmington NC

March 26th, 2014 by Dean Heath

As a student at Cape Fear Community College and a true Wilmantonian, I am truly excited about the events that go on in our Community.  The Azalea Festival is one of my favorite yearly events that takes place in down town Wilmington. Spring is such beautiful time of the year around here with all of the blooming flowers and what better way to celebrate the fabulous weather than with a street fair, concerts, and community involvement!  All of the Street fairs are local venders, so it is nice to come out and support the businesses around the area that we live in.  This has been an ongoing event year after year and I think it is a great tradition to start attending with family and friends!  A lot of the events go on right around or on the Cape Fear Community College campus so having this event is a great way to show off our campus!

-Holly
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Organization

March 5th, 2014 by Dean Heath
Day planners are possibly the ONLY thing that it is okay to be completely reliant on. In fact, I would suggest you learn how to become reliant on your day planner. Many students, especially freshman who are used to high school customs and rules, will more than likely not realize the importance of a day planner until it is too late at least once. Oh…you forgot you had an assignment due today? Guess you should have written it in your day planner. So, in hopes that you can avoid that life lesson, I have decided to write my blog on getting in the habit of using your daily organizer.
    One of the greatest things about getting used to using a day planner is that it will help you for the rest of your life! From college on out you will always be responsible for your own tasks and commitments, whether it is more school, a job, or your families schedules that you also become responsible for, your day planner will be your friend. The easiest way to get used to using a daily agenda is to simply get in the habit of writing everything down and crossing everything off.  You will soon realize that the feeling of crossing things off of your to-do list is a great one! When you have a very busy day, do not just write in school work and what time you have to be to your job, but write when you are going to the gym, what you are making for dinner, and when you are going to squeeze a shower in (always after studying). Check, Check, and Check! You will soon come to notice that day planners make your brain much less scattered and hectic! And before you know it, when your friends ask you if you want to go out this weekend, you will look in your day planner and then…literally…pencil them in.  It may seem tedious at first, but as long as you are writing down everything you commit to you will never have to worry about overlapping schedules, forgetting assignments, or forgetting about plans you had. Write blog for student ambassadors…CHECK!
-Destinee
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A little help at CFCC

March 5th, 2014 by Dean Heath

Cape Fear Community College, one of the top community college in the United States. This reputation is well earned for a broad range of offerings. Courses, which for most transfer students will be the same or quite similar to what they will be experience in a four-year university but for a fraction of the price. It is well understood that college classes are not easy but CFCC provides all their students with centers were they could get the extra help students need to succeed in their classes. Any class that is offered at cape fear has a tutoring center or specific tutor assign for the class. The Downtown Wilmington Campus Math Lab is located at L-219, L-218 for writing and computer used and N-407 for science. Helpful and knowledgeable tutors are always available so students can drop by, after signing the proper paper work, or ask for a one-on-one tutor. The best part about it is that it is free for all CFCC students.    

-Carlos

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Effective Decisions

March 5th, 2014 by Dean Heath

Every day each individual makes decisions, chocolate or vanilla? Life or death? Some are simple and then some tend to be complicated and require plenty of thought. In the spirit of the moment people sometimes make drastic decisions on temporary feelings. Make wise decisions because one never knows how their present simple minded actions will affect their future goals and aspirations. Decision making is a vital leadership and professional skill. When making decisions take the time fully analyze the choices being made. I urge everyone to realize that not every decision made is the right one but to not let that one bad choice hinder their future. In a sense there are no wrong or right decisions some just seem to be the better choice at the time. Hindsight might not be able to correct past mistakes, but it will aid improved decision making in the future. The steps to making effective decisions are to reduce more complicated decisions to simpler steps, see how any decisions are arrived at, and plan decisions making to meet deadlines.  Remember these steps when making upcoming decisions and also remember to not let one bad choice control your future.

-Shaquasha

Shaquasha