CFCC Art Student Receives Scholarship from Local Art Organization

Cape Fear Community College art student and Sea Devil cheerleader Brinkley Munoz was presented with a $1,000 scholarship check from Cape Fear Community College Foundation on behalf of The Wilmington Art Association.

Founded in 1971, The Wilmington Art Association is a nonprofit organization that helps local visual artists gain community awareness by facilitating shows and exhibitions. The Association offers assistance by providing scholarships, sponsoring art related programs and special events. The CFCC scholarship program was created in 2011.

Wilmington Art Association members Sue Cunningham and Susan Buteau along with CFCC Foundation Office Manager Wendy Littlefield and Financial Aid Scholarship Coordinator Pat Whitfield presented the check to Ms. Munoz.

‘Wilmington is such an art area, so it’s good to bring young people into the arts.” said Association member Sue Buteau. Recipient Brinkley Munoz was thankful. “I will use this for supplies. It will also help with finances, which have been a struggle. It is a real blessing for me.” Students pursuing a career in the arts are eligible to become a recipient. WAA is dedicated to assisting students in their endeavors to pursue a career in the arts.

The Cape Fear Community College Foundation exists to support the mission of the College and its students, faculty, staff, programs, scholarships and specific capital projects. The Foundation secures and manages the endowment, gifts and grants consistent with donor intent; these include, but are not limited to, cash contributions, planned or estate gifts, securities, donated services, equipment and supplies for educational purposes.

For more information about the Cape Fear Community College Foundation, please visit http://cfcc.edu/foundation/




Cape Fear Community College Manufacturing Students Receive Scholarships from Wilmington Grill

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Wilmington, NC- Wilmington Grill recently awarded five Cape Fear Community College students with $1,000 scholarships to support manufacturing in education. The five Engineering Technology students awarded scholarships were William Brown, David Eakins, Daniel Joye, Christopher Marshall, and Eric Rambeaut.

The scholarship presentation was a part of the 2016 Manufacturing Day Open House, which invited high school and Cape Fear Community College students into the Wilmington Grill warehouse to showcase vocational opportunities. Visiting students toured Wilmington Grill’s campus, ate lunch (which was made on a Wilmington Grill), and met the owner and employees of the company.

Wilmington Grill produces stainless steel cooking systems. Founded in 1996, the company’s grills are sold nationwide. “My family and this business has been all about promoting manufacturing as a career. We love building and making things, and we want the community to get excited about it as well. We are thrilled to give these scholarships to CFCC,” said Jon Barber, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Wilmington Grill Company.

To gain more information about Cape Fear Community College or how to donate, visit www.cfcc.edu/foundation.

 




CFCC Foundation Receives Scholarship from Local Builder’s Guild

The Cape Fear Builder’s Guild has generously donated a $1,500 scholarship to the Cape Fear Community College Foundation to three students in the construction management technology program.

The Cape Fear Builders Guild (CFBG) is a select group of residential home builders in the greater Wilmington area that joined together 12 years ago to command better pricing and support from suppliers. Members exchange information on emerging market trends, design innovations and emerging technologies to ensure the best product and service is provided to CFBG customers. Through this association CFBG builders provide benefits to home buyers, preferred suppliers, builder members and the community in which they work. With assistance with four of their preferred vendors, Rugworks Floor Coverings, Coastal Window and Door Center, Professional Builders Supply and Ferguson Enterprises they were able to provide scholarships to CFCC students and high school students in the area for the last few years.

“CFCC has a great construction program. It was logical for us to serve the education system and serve the community, but also serve our specific industry with this scholarship,” said Jim Busby, board member of the guild.

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The Builder’s Guild has provided student scholarships to Cape Fear Community College since 2010 to students with a 2.5 average GPA and those enrolled in programs related to the homebuilding industry such as Construction Management, Carpentry, HVAC and more.




CFCC Landscaping Student Receives Scholarship from Garden Club

The Hampstead Garden Club has awarded Sherry Brink, a CFCC student in the Landscape Gardening Program, a $1,500 scholarship for the spring semester.

The Hampstead Gardening Club consists of 47 members who meet every third Monday of each month at the Topsail Presbyterian Church. The board members host many events that with the funds raised goes to their annual scholarship for students at Cape Fear Community College. The board has chosen to support the college since 1997 because they believe it is the best place to find someone who is studying agriculture in North Carolina.

“It was very close to our hearts when the landscaping program was created at CFCC. We love being able to help [students] find [their] dream,” says Val Trofimoff, Scholarship Chair.Hampstead Garden Club 4-16

The recipient, Sherry Brink, is a nontraditional student who will be graduating in May with a certificate in Landscape Gardening. Brink is also an employee at the Poplar Grove Plantation, where she utilizes the skills she learns at CFCC. The scholarship will assist her in providing materials for herself to use outside the classroom. “There’s a lot of tools that will be very helpful and to purchase them would be really nice. Everything I learn and use here, pH testing, EC meters, I can now have it myself,” says Brink.

The Landscape Gardening Program at Cape Fear emphasizes intensive, practical, hands on training in applied horticulture to assist students in this specific field. Many courses offered in the program include plant propagation, greenhouse and nursery plant culture, turf management, plant identification, arboricultural, diseases and pests of plants, and landscape planning, maintenance and construction.

 

 




CFCC Foundation Receives Scholarship from Local Builder’s Guild

The Cape Fear Builder’s Guild has generously donated a $1,500 scholarship the Cape Fear Community College Foundation to three students in the construction management technology program.

The Cape Fear Builders Guild (CFBG) is a select group of residential home builders in the greater Wilmington area that joined together 12 years ago to command better pricing and support from suppliers. Members exchange information on emerging market trends, design innovations and emerging technologies to ensure the best product and service is provided to CFBG customers. Through this association CFBG builders provide benefits to home buyers, preferred suppliers, builder members and the community in which they work. With assistance with four of their preferred vendors, Rugworks Floor Coverings, Coastal Window and Door Center, Professional Builders Supply and Ferguson Enterprises they were able to provide scholarships to CFCC students and high school students in the area for the last few years.

“CFCC has a great construction program. It was logical for us to serve the education system and serve the community, but also serve our specific industry with this scholarship,” said Jim Busby, board member of the guild.

The Builder’s Guild has provided student scholarships to Cape Fear Community College since 2010 to students with a 2.5 average GPA and those enrolled in programs related to the homebuilding industry such as Construction Management, Carpentry, HVAC and more.

 




Alumni Spotlight: Matthew Neal

Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) graduate Matthew Neal has perfected multitasking. At CFCC, he juggled three associates degrees- mechanical engineering technology, drafting and design and architectural technology. Now, he balances his Business Systems Manager position at Fenner Drives, a company that creates state-of-the-art power transmission and durable solutions for factories and businesses, with a happy marriage and two sets of twin boys.  Needless to say, Matthew Neal does it all.

His résumé is enough to amaze masses. He worked at Corning for four years, later taking a job in Hillsborough with MedTech, a medical research and instrumentation design company. There, he created instruments to test DNA micro arrays and Lyme’s disease. He then transferred to XPO Automation, where he tested and designed pick-and-place robots. Some of his clients included IBM and Xerox.

Currently at Fenner Drives, Neal manages all business systems that fuel the company. He has held multiple positions at Fenner Drives from Project Engineer to Business Systems Manager, completing a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Mount Olive along the way. A common trend in Neal’s success throughout each job is his ability to solve problems analytically, a skill that he attributes back to CFCC.

“You don’t have to be a master of everything, but you do have to have a general knowledge of things – the ability to have that general knowledge can really take you places.”

The foundation of his wide-spanning knowledge was laid at CFCC. As a student, he not only completed three programs, but worked on building one of two submarines, one of which raced and beat those built by MIT. This sort of hands-on experience was exactly what Neal wanted in an education and motivated him to choose CFCC over larger universities. Even years following his graduation, his relationship with CFCC continues, as he hires CFCC trainers for customized training programs that teach everything from leadership to financial responsibility.

However, when asked what aspect of Cape Fear most contributed to his high-performance in the engineering field, he cited CFCC’s experienced instructors. He maintains contact with many of his professors, even working alongside a few after his graduation.

“I’d say professors have a lot of industrial experience, on top of excellent teaching skills. Usually a professor has not only a traditional college education, but has actually worked in industry for 10+ years. They bring students a wealth of knowledge on top of academic training.”

Matt Neal encourages students to soak up these professors’ knowledge and take full advantage of the small class sizes available at CFCC. He stresses asking questions, learning how to research and taking initiative for your education. These skills best transfer into the workforce.

Neal’s initiative and love of research are traits that have carried him to the career success he is experiencing today. And he does not plan on slowing down. In the near future, Neal plans to further his education and continue growing professionally with Fenner Drives, coordinating among facilities in Wilmington, Pennsylvania and the United Kingdom.

However, his most profound goal is personal and what he strives to achieve on a daily basis: “From the alumni standpoint – Don’t get comfortable in today, because the world is changing so fast, so if you are not willing to make changes, you are going to get left behind. So that’s where I focus. Every day I at least try to learn one to two new nuggets of information or something relevant. I try to improve professionally – and personally – every day.”




CFCC Foundation Welcomes New Board Members

Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) Foundation welcomes six Board of Directors members to serve a three-year term: Earl Worsley, Jay Dixon, Anita Afify, Jim Wrigglesworth, Holly Grange and Kay Warren.

These new members represent a diverse array of career fields and dedication to the Cape Fear region. Among those selected are a US Army Veteran, a retired Associate Director of the CFCC Foundation, an Azalea Festival committee member, a PPD top-tier employee and several successful local realtors.

Margaret Robison, Executive Director of CFCC Foundation, expresses gratitude to the new members. “We are thankful for the addition of such involved community members to our team at the Foundation. I am excited to see what is accomplished in the coming years with such a motivated and compassionate board!”

New board members will join the existing team to raise private funds for student scholarships and support the overall mission of CFCC through the planning and execution of fund raising events throughout the year.

Robison continues, “Overall, the Foundation’s Board of Directors works to ensure that students in the area have access to the education and career field they dream of achieving.”




Duke Energy equips Cape Fear Community College students for success

Students from Cape Fear Community College’s new welding program in Burgaw made the first step toward their new careers today.  Thanks to a grant from the Duke Energy Foundation, seven students graduated from CFCC’s enhanced welding program in Burgaw.  Josh Huffman, Nazareth Adams, Dennis Yott, Raymond Pickett, Sr., Mike Smith, Randall Hall and Leon Rooks are the first graduates of the program since Duke Energy’s $147,592 grant in 2014.  Because of the grant funding, these students are now equipped with specialized equipment training and certifications that will launch them beyond competition in the job market.

The Duke Energy Foundation grant awarded to CFCC last year equipped a welding lab at CFCC’s Burgaw campus that was specifically geared towards supporting new certified metal inert gas (MIG) and tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding training programs. The grant also provided professional development funding for instructors, to ensure that they maintain skills to help students learn to operate the complex and state-of-the-art machinery.  As a result, the welding students benefited from not only access to a specialized lab, but also from the expertise of highly-trained professionals.

Welding instructor Fleet Spell has watched the program transform with the grant’s provision, “It is exciting to be a part of the new CFCC welding program and to work with students striving to learn new skills. As the demand for highly skilled welding grows, so do the opportunities for our students. I look forward to working with new students as they enter this program.”

Each student graduating today passed significant testing that is regulated by American Welder’s Society and have earned certificates of completion in Welding Fundamentals, MIG and TIG. In total, these students have completed 405 hours of training over an average of 6 months.

Duke Energy continued their commitment to job training with another grant award today.

As part of the inaugural graduation ceremony of its welding program, CFCC announced a nearly $10,000 investment from the Duke Energy Foundation to supply welding kits to students for the upcoming academic year.

On top of tuition, books and fees, each student enrolled in the CFCC welding program has to purchase a welding kit at the current cost of around $190. Grant funds will ease the financial strain for students by providing full and/or partial costs of the welding kits. This will increase the number of students completing welding training and entering the workforce, and in turn, strengthen the success of the program.

“We are so happy to celebrate with our graduates today and we appreciate Duke Energy’s continued support.  CFCC is excited to expand our course offerings in Pender County, and this grant award will help to make training programs like these more accessible to our students. This grant underscores Duke Energy’s commitment to job training in our area,” said Dr. Amanda Lee, CFCC president.

“We are pleased to expand our partnership with Cape Fear Community College to develop a highly-skilled workforce that will attract and retain businesses in the region for years to come,” said John Elliott, Duke Energy’s director of government and community relations.

 

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CFCC Students Refurbish Generator for Boy’s and Girl’s Home

Dr. Joe James, a long-time supporter of Cape Fear Community College (CFCC), recently provided a unique, hands-on experience for CFCC students, which united the Heavy Equipment and Diesel, Welding and Collision Repair programs at CFCC to work towards common goal.  Dr. James arranged for CFCC students to refurbish a 4.5 KW generator to power a dormitory at the Boy’s and Girl’s Home at Lake Waccamaw.

The Boy’s and Girl’s Home of Lake Waccamaw provides housing and education for youth between the ages of 6 and 21 who are unable to live successfully with their family or previous home setting.  The environment at Boy’s and Girl’s Home is one of welcoming support, encouraging their residents to not only achieve success in the school setting but to use their personal strengths to guide their future.

Dr. James has supported the Boy’s and Girl’s Home for years, following in the footsteps of his stepmother. He is especially impressed by the school’s 80% graduation rate, which is attributed to teachers’ strong commitment to leave no child behind, no matter their past circumstances. A majority of these students continue to college.  Therefore, when James heard of the Home’s need for a generator, he jumped at the opportunity to combine his resources with CFCC’s know-how.

The generator, previously idle at Dr. James’ home, was in rough shape before students revived it. Though the engine and generator were in working condition, the frame surrounding the generator was caked in rust which halted its ability to perform.

Students restored the frame to more effectively support the engine, repainted the unit and ran performance checks on the generator as a whole.  Their combined efforts ensured that the generator would work efficiently and reliably for the Boy’s and Girl’s Home.

“When I saw it I was overcome with emotion,” said James. “It looked just like it did twelve years ago when I first installed it.  And when it promptly started and produced the correct voltage and frequency on schedule I was greatly pleased.”

Patrick Hogan, Dean of Vocational and Technical Education at CFCC, joined Dr. James in commending his students and the department on this service learning opportunity. “I could not be prouder of our students, faculty and staff for their support of this service project that allowed them to hone their technical skills while providing a valuable emergency generator for this Boy’s and Girl’s Home,” he said.

Along with the technical skills students refined during the project, students also gained collaborative experience working hand-in-hand with other departments to accomplish a common goal – skills that will prove valuable in their future careers.

“Getting the job done on schedule told me that these students were not only learning vocational skills with this project, but were also learning the business associated with these skills,” said Dr. James.

Cape Fear Community College strives to integrate students into community service and career-preparation projects such as this and extends many thanks to Dr. Joe James for allowing CFCC students to be a part of this rewarding opportunity.

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