CFCC to break ground on Advanced and Emerging Technologies Center on Wednesday, October 28

October 26th, 2015 by Sonya Johnson

Castle Hayne, NC – Cape Fear Community College will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the Advanced and Emerging Technologies Center on Wednesday, October 28, at 11 a.m. at its North Campus in Castle Hayne.

The Advanced and Emerging Technologies project will be comprised of three buildings at two sites on CFCC’s North Campus:  the Advanced & Emerging Technologies building (approximately 75,500 square feet); a Veterinary Technology building (attached to the AET building via a covered walkway, approximately 18,500 square feet); and a Heavy Equipment and Transportation Technology building (approximately 32,300 square feet).

The AETC will include flexible instructional space for customized training programs, expanding CFCC’s ability to provide employee training for area companies.  Vertex, Fenner Drives, ACME Smoked Fish, Corning, Castle Branch, Verizon and GE Hitachi Nuclear are among the businesses that have partnered with CFCC to for their employee training needs thus far.

“We are so excited to begin this project at the North Campus,” said Dr. Amanda Lee, CFCC president. “The response from our customized training programs has been tremendous, and with the addition of the flex space, we will be better able to meet the needs of businesses and industries in our region and to provide even more training opportunities for our community.  We are also ready to expand some programs to the North Campus that have outgrown their current space downtown and to add some new, high-demand programs for our students as a part of this project.”

The HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning), Sustainable Technologies and Heavy Equipment and Transportation Technologies (HEATT) programs will move from the downtown campus to the AETC, where they will have more space and room to grow.  In turn, the relocation of those programs will allow for the expansion of other existing programs at the Wilmington Campus, including construction management and automotive technology.

“Cape Fear Community College strives to provide programs for our students that will help them get good jobs that available in our region.  We continually work with our program advisory boards, area employers and business leaders to design courses that are the right fit for our students and area employers.  We’re proud to provide training that will help grow both the local workforce and our area economy,” says Lee.

The Advanced and Emerging Technologies Center is the final project that CFCC will construct from the $164 million bond referendum that voters approved in 2008. The estimated budget for the project is $41.6 million and classes are expected to begin in the AETC in the fall of 2017.  Other facilities built with the bond funds include Union Station, a student parking deck and the Humanities and Fine Arts Center.