Special Certifications

February 20th, 2014 by Dean Heath

Microsoft Office Certification Exams

Are you studying for a career that will include the use of computers on a daily basis?

There is something extra that you can do now to show your future employer you mean business; become a Certified Microsoft Office Specialist!

The certification exams are administered by a CFCC faculty member here on campus. The testing program is through an international company called Certiport and there is a fee for these exams. Don’t let the cost deter you; speak to your instructor about scholarship funds available specifically to cover the testing fee.

Here is a brief outline of the testing process and some tips:

  • speak with your instructor to indicate your interest in becoming certified
  • secure the testing fee
  • first time – set up a Certiport profile at www.certiport.com (remember user name and password for test day)
  • ask your instructor for an outline of objectives for the certification exam, or other study tips
  • test day – arrive on time, rested, fed, and focused
  • all personal belongings will need to be left at the front of the classroom
  • you will be assigned a computer station (all programs are locked out except the testing system)
  • the testing administrator will help you log in and select the correct test
  • the first few screens are directions and not timed – read them carefully, don’t rush
  • the certification tests are timed (50 minutes in most cases)
  • the tests formats are not like SAM – this system will not indicate a wrong answer
  • the test do not have vocabulary, multiple choice or fill in the blank
  • you can skip questions – these questions will be presented again

When you pass an exam Certiport send s you an embossed certificate and letter. You then have access to an online community and something extra you can add to your resume. Certiport will even send your testing transcript to prospective employers so they can confirm your status. As you continue in your career you can take higher level exams in many different programs.




February 10th, 2014 by Dean Heath

There are many different opinions about being successful in life. In my opinion it takes determination, time and hard work. College is difficult for everyone at some point throughout the journey. There is always that person in class who knows all of the answers and makes good grades without even studying for an hour. Just as there is always that person who is tardy on the regular, falls asleep during lecture and misses the maximum amount of hours possible. Success is what you make it at Cape Fear Community College. If you put forth the determination, instructors will help you in any way possible to fulfill your dreams of finishing your degree. One must make their dream a priority and set aside enough time to focus on the importance of their education. No one ever said life is easy. It will take a lot of hard work be successful in most things in life, but at CFCC the instructors are there to guide you in every way possible. Be successful and make your dreams a reality!

– Holly


Procrastination Nation!

February 5th, 2014 by Dean Heath

Procrastination is inevitable at some point in life; but for college students, it happens more regularly than it should. Procrastination by definition is “to put off doing something, especially by habitual carelessness or laziness.” College students especially have acquired this problem of putting things off because many of us have spread ourselves very thin and have a lot on our plates. Between classes, work, practice, club meetings, workouts, or even family events; often times studying gets put on the back burner. I know for me this is especially true. This semester alone I am experiencing the struggle to juggle all student life has to offer, along with future planning for University in the fall. I have put together an important list of tips that I have learned through triumph and failure and I have figured out what works and what clearly does not. These are just a few tricks of the trade that I have acquired as a Student Ambassador and fellow college student:

  • “If you can’t be on time, BE EARLY!” This was quoted to me in my time of crisis by Dean Heath who leads and assists with Ambassador Tours and Events. If you cannot be on time for something whether it is work or class, you have not allotted enough time for it. It is not only helpful to you the student to be on time and not miss anything important, but being on time helps build yourself up and make a good impression.
  • Be that schedule making, post-it sticking girl you always heard about… It may sound lame but it truly helps a lot! Making a schedule helps you keep track of time, keep track of important events/appointments, and it keeps everything in one place so there is no chance to forget or “lose” something.
  • Stick it on the fridge. Making a schedule is great but if you never read it and add to it, it will never help you. Put it in a place you see daily like your bathroom mirror, fridge, car visor, or find a spot in your bag to carry with you. This way your schedule is always handy and you can add to it and refer to it whenever you need to.
  • Find a good “Buddy.” I personally get more done if I surround myself with others who are all working towards the same goal. Find someone to study with that is a good match for you. Make sure that you both are on the same academic level and someone that has the same drive as you do. You will motivate each other and both will thrive!
  • Eliminate Distractions. Just getting to the point of being ready to sit down and study is half the battle, but don’t lose focus! Study some place that is a good spot for you. You may have a different spot than someone else. Some like it quiet so they can really concentrate; others need a little bit of background noise so they don’t think of all of the other things on their to-do list. Some prefer to study in their comfort zone of home and others need to be at the library or a coffee shop. Wherever you study just make sure it is a perfect fit for you!
  • Be Reasonable. Do not beat yourself up if you cannot make everything perfect. Remember, you will take on hundreds of projects or papers throughout your time as a college student, as long as you use your time wisely, do your research, try your best, and put your own unique personality into everything you do, it will be your best work and it will be yours.
  • Reward Yourself! This can make even the most painful annoying projects fun and it will get them completed! Once you’ve completed that paper or that outline, take a breather. Do something fun and relaxing and it will refresh you and you will be able to move to the next project ahead. The point is to have something to look forward to so you begin to associate hard work and school with pleasure!




Getting Involved

February 3rd, 2014 by Dean Heath

There are numerous clubs and sports that Cape Fear Community College has to offer. It is wonderful to become more involved in clubs and sports at your local school. There are many advantages to being involved, such as, meeting new people, supporting the college, and discovering a passion you never knew you had! By being involved there is no telling what opportunities await you. You could become friends with someone who might know an employer who will help you achieve your dream job, or professor who will inspire you to take a career path you never thought you would take! I truly believe that being involved is a significant part of the college experience.   

“Students that are involved in activities on campus are more successful in their academics than those who are not.”


FINALS!!! :-(

December 6th, 2013 by Dean Heath


As the semester comes to an end the stress and anxiety of finals begins. It seems as though every test all comes at once! You have a biology test Monday and psychology test Tuesday and so on until the end of week. I know by the time finals week is over it feels as though a whole entire month has gone by! An entire semesters worth of learning and remembering what you have learned is all being tested and to make matters worse you have to remember multiple subjects. Studying is usually a thing we dread, but if you make studying fun such as creating games like memory games and flash cards sometimes the pain of studying can be eased and it will be more enjoyable! I know something that really helps me especially with my Anatomy class is if I look at studying as a challenge or competition. I want to win this challenge so I work my butt off studying so that I win! Or by winning I mean make the best possible grade. Studying can be much more enjoyable… or as enjoyable as it gets if you look at it as a competition that you want to win. You also want to make sure you put aside as much time as possible to study before your exams. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE! That is the absolute worst decision! The more time you have to study the more comfortable and confident you will be when taking your tests. Additional ways to study would be to look at diagrams, YouTube tutorials, and even complete practice tests. The more you practice the better you will do. As they say “practice makes perfect!” Also taking a break from studying is a useful tactic, as your brain will get frazzled so it’s a great thing to give your brain a break and go eat or go outside to get some fresh air, and even running or some form of physical exercise helps clear your mind. All in all finals will be a stressful time, but if you study well and have the right attitude and mindset, you should definitely ace the tests!  Good Luck to you all!


Study Buddy

October 30th, 2013 by Dean Heath

While many teachers post power points, lecture notes, or assignments on Blackboard, it’s also great to have a study buddy. Early in each new semester swap contact information with a few students in each of your classes.

Study Buddys:

  • In case of absence collect handouts for each other.
  • Email your buddy and let them know what they missed in class.
  • Work on group projects together.
  • Ask questions about assignments or content.
  • Prepare for exams together.

You might feel shy at first about setting up study buddy but I encourage you to just do it! You’ll likely see familiar faces in each of your classes as you move through your program of study. You can have the same buddy for many classes instead of having to start over each time. Being a student is your job right now and developing and maintaining collaborative relationships is essential in the workforce.

Good Luck,



October 29th, 2013 by Dean Heath


Studying is not a generic task that has a right and wrong way of being done.  Throughout this semester I myself am learning that different classes and instructors will require you to study differently simply because of their teaching styles.  The most important things to remember while studying are the following…Don’t try to remember everything at once, don’t simply memorize, and don’t freak out.  If you memorize, you may remember it for the test, but unless you truly understand what you are memorizing, it will never stick and then you will have more issues on finals. Also, if you try to do all of your studying in one sitting, not only will your brain feel like a bowl of jello when you are done, you will also not remember half of what you read when you go to take your test.  It is much more helpful to sit down in a few different shifts and knock it out little by little.  So to wrap it up, read little by little and then leave it alone for a little bit…see if you can still remember what you read when you come back to it. And another great study technique is, after you have studied a while and you think you have it, teach it to someone.  I am always bugging my boyfriend and room mates teaching them sociology and psychology…but if you can teach it, then you know it! So, good luck. and Study it up!


September 25th, 2013 by Dean Heath

The true measure of success is different for everyone.

  We all have our different points of view, different backgrounds, different cultures and races, different capabilities and heart.


What does success mean to me?

Success is not just about being in the top ranking of your team, class or career. 

Success is about determination through failure, courage through hard times, having self -motivation and worth, and using your resources to help those around you.  Success is about seeing your wildest dreams become a reality, produced by the power of one’s will.  Success is setting a great example for your peers, co-workers, family members and the generation of tomorrow.    Success is having a passion for life and showing humility and love for all living beings. 


What does success mean to others?

“Success is about creating benefit for all and enjoying the process. If you focus on this & adopt this definition, success is yours.” – Kelly Kim

“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” – Vince Lombardi

“Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.” – Dale Carnegie


 Now, take the time to answer this question…  What does success mean to you?


Be a success



Participation and Attendance

September 17th, 2013 by Dean Heath

PAR Excellence

All students know that participation and attendance are essential to success.

Did you know that there are other resources at CFCC to help you be successful?

1)    Email: check it at least once per day!

You’ll get updates like, “class cancelled” or “don’t forget to complete online test”. Email is also a great way to ask your teacher a question, coordinate a group project or get information on events around campus.

2)    Teacher Office Hours: This is time that you will find your teacher in their office waiting to talk to you. Ask a quick question about the homework, interview them on their career experience in the field, or just pop over and say hello!

3)    Learning Labs: Through learning labs, supplemental instruction and peer tutoring, you can get help with any of your CFCC subjects free of charge! Don’t be shy, check it out!

4)    Text books: This may sound funny, but you’d be surprised how many students don’t use the books they bought. In addition to good old-fashioned reading, many textbooks today come with CDs, DVDs or online content – use it!

Remember: Participation, Attendance, Resources



Coming back to school…

September 17th, 2013 by Dean Heath

When I joined CFCC in the  Fall semester of 2012, I was a little reserved about the idea of going back to school after roughly 10 years. Not knowing what to expect was the worst feeling. After the first day, however, I was sure that I had made the right decision to go to CFCC. The class sizes are small enough that the instructor in each course can actually get to know you, and give you personal attention when you need it. The small class size really benefited me in my first semester at CFCC; the personal attention I received from all 4 my instructors boosted my confidence, and this was instrumental to me achieving good grades. I would recommend CFCC to any student who wants to transfer to a 4 year institution, and you can earn your Associates Degree in the process.