HIGHLIGHTS OF CAPE FEAR COMMUNITY COLLEGE ACCOMPLISHMENTS 1997-1998
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- Successfully passed a $ 38.3 million bond referendum. The bond proceeds will fund the purchase of property and the construction of new facilities.
- Construction of the Workforce Training Center was completed. Work on the Allied Health Building/Learning Resources Center, Student Activity Center and Science Wing is underway.
- Cape Fear Community College enrollment increased from 3,517 students Fall 1996 to 4,194 students Fall 1997, which represents a growth of nearly 20 percent.
- Prepared a formal application to the State Board of Community Colleges seeking approval for Cape Fear Communtiy College to be designated as a multi-campus college. The State Board approved the application and granted CFCC Multi-Campus College status April 1998.
- Agreements were reached for the purchase of 100+ acres in northern New Hanover County where the college will construct a 140,000 square foot Technical Center to house technical and vocational programs.
- Re-engineered all existing curricula and made the transition from the quarter to the semester system by planning and executing a "transition summer" session with special conversion courses for all programs, identifying the correct College Transfer conversion requirements so that CFCC was able to offer the appropriate number of College Transfer courses, and converting curriculum standards from a paper based system to an "electronic catalog" accessible statewide.
- Experienced a twenty percent enrollment increase (within facilities that already had the highest student to space ratio in the system).
- Applied for and received approvals to begin 11 new programs. Nine began fall 1997 and are: Architectural Technology, Auto Body Repair, Environmental Science, Interior Design, Masonry, Medical Transcription, Pharmacy Technology, Speech Language Pathology Assistant and Truck Driver Training which was converted from Continuing Education to curriculum. Two new programs began spring semester 1998 and are Fire Protection Technology (offered at Hampstead in conjunction with Coastal Carolina Community College) and Licensed Practical Nurse Refresher.
- Three additional new programs, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Culinary Technology, and Cosmetology are approved and scheduled to begin fall semester 1998.
- Other new program applications underway but pending approval are Marine Propulsion Systems (to start as evening program), Dental Hygiene (projected to start in 1999), and the Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree program. The Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) program application was placed on temporary hold at the state level.
- Started the only sailing program in the community college system. CFCC offers for curriculum credit.
- Coordinated the development of comprehensive articulation agreements with New Hanover County and Pender County Schools.
- Coordinated the development of Huskins Cooperative Agreements with New Hanover County and Pender County Schools
- Joined a group of community colleges nationwide in a National Science Foundation Grant for Marine Advanced Technology Education. This effort promotes Marine Technology and marine science education.
- Offered customized, on-site classes for Gage Carolina Metals, Takeda Chemical, General Electric, New Hanover Medical Center, Queensboro Steel, Corning, and Jackson Beverage Company.
- Provided a series of computer classes to New Hanover and Pender County public school teachers and administrators to meet state minimum certification guidelines.
- Sponsored a Jonkannu lecture in cooperation with the New Hanover County Museum.
- Began a Horticulture program at the New Hanover County prison unit and a Commercial Sewing program at the Pender County prison unit.
- Significantly increased the number of computer courses offered through the Business and Industry Division.
- Started formalized Safety Training programs for area business and industry.
- Applied for and received grants to provide services to CFCC students enabling them to pursue their education. The types of services provided are career planning and career training, child care, tuition payments, and transportation money. The grant funds totaled over $387,973 for 1997-98 and include: Single Parent/Displaced Homemaker Grant ($39,530.00), the JobLink Career Center Grant ($80,960.00) started at the Burgaw Campus and one of 17 sites in the state, the JTPA LIFT-OFF Project (38,000), the JTPA Youth Enhancement Project (37,000.00), the JTPA ABLE Project (52,670), and the Human Resources Development Program ($139,813).
- Offered " Future Day, The Business Seminar" November, 1997 featuring keynote speakers Lester Thurow, John Naisbitt, Faith Popcorn, Don Tapscott, Don Peppers and moderator Marshall Loeb.
- Offered Spring Cinema Symposium February, 1998 in cooperation with Screen Gems and the Greater Wilmington Film Commission.
- Co-sponsored the Eastern Carolina Fire Seminar with The Eastern Carolina Firemen Association. The seminar was held October, 1997 and over 500 firefighters attended.
- Co-sponsored the Pender County Fire Seminar with the Pender County Firefighters Association in January, 1998.
- Offered a series of four musical presentations entitled "Bach's Lunch Series" at various locations in the Wilmington downtown area from March through June, 1998.
- Co-sponsored the New Hanover County Fire Seminar April, 1998 with The New Hanover County Firemen Association.
- Completed the Six Sigma Quality Program to non-exempt employees at General Electric November, 1997.
Learning Resources Center
- New network of electronic resources was established on a new file server.
- Entire law collection (Print and Westlaw) was updated and funded through a $15,000 grant from the CFCC Foundation, Inc.
- Joined the state-wide DAC (Data Automation Center) Library Consortium linking CFCC to the library catalogs of 39 other community colleges enabling CFCC library patrons to search and access these catalogs.
- The LRC began participation in the NCLIVE project (electronic reference resources) in April, 1998.
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
- Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society's Alpha Chi Sigma Chapter of Cape Fear Community College received the following regional and international awards this year:
- Regional Awards:
Hall of Honor presented to Eugene Koenig Jr., Valerie Korwatch, and Kimberly Wilheim
Distinguished Advisor presented to Mary Dowless
Valerie Korwatch received Honorable Mention for District Chapter Officer
Honorable Mention for Yearbook.
Most Distinguished Chapter, Second Runner-Up (Distinguished Chapters are determined by the performance of each chapter in the Four Hallmarks of Phi Theta Kappa - Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Fellowship)
- International Awards:
Five-Star Status Level in the Five Star Development Program (Beta Alpha Award for Continued Excellence).
Attained Distinguished Chapter status for four consecutive years.
Of the 1,300 chapters, the CFCC chapter ranked 11th overall.
Valerie Korwatch received the Distinguished Chapter Officer Award.
- Worked cooperatively with area high schools in providing feed-back on the progress of their respective graduates.
- Local, state, national and international inquiries have increased through Internet access.
- Admission applications are now accepted/submitted electronically.
- Increased visits to area high schools in cooperation with Vocational Programs at respective high schools.
- Completed a "Dual Enrollment" informational brochure and held presentations in the area high schools to inform students about dual enrollment opportunities.
- Continued to provide quality service to the College community as reflected in a 20% increase in enrollment.
- Received Sex Equity Grant resulting in implementation of a "Careers for You" program for area high school students. This program focused on providing and encouraging career exploration, program shadowing and career guidance in non-traditional careers for females.
- Through a Tech Prep Grant, the ASSET Placement Test was administered to students at the local high schools. In addition, high school students were given assistance with ASSET test results interpretation, admissions procedures, financial aid procedures, career counseling and a general orientation to Cape Fear Community College.
- Collaborated with the CFCC Dean of Vocational and Technical Programs in offering informational/strategic meetings with area high schools concerning Huskins offerings.
- Completed electronic submission of financial aid applications, receipt of all student aid reports and submission of PELL payment documents. Completed requirements for awarding financial aid by computer generated award letters for the first time in April, 1998.
- Submitted Veteran's Certification electronically for first time.
- Implemented a requirement that students withdrawing from all classes must complete an exit interview with counselor.
- Scheduled employers on-campus to meet with students to inform them of employment possibilities.
- Student Development Division moved to a newly renovated location in Galehouse Building bringing the Student Development functions in closer proximity to one another. This greatly reduced the need for students to visit several locations on campus to receive the services and assistance provided by Student Development staff.
- Completed two information brochures for students: "Residency Status" (for tuition purposes) and "Transitioning of High School Seniors to College Freshmen".
Student Government Association
- Assisted with Freshman Orientation Program, Bond Referendum Rally, Voter Registration, and summer, fall and spring registrations.
- Organized and co-sponsored a fund raising golf tournament for Keys, Inc. and donated a Christmas tree for clients at the Keys, Inc..
- Sponsored Fall Fest which included SGA elections and a blood donor drive sign-up.
- Conducted two very successful Blood Drives.
- SGA members demonstrated their commitment to the Bond Referendum by 'working the polls' on November 4, 1997.
- Sponsored a Food Drive for needy families at Thanksgiving and a Clothing/Toy/Food Drive for needy families at Christmas.
- Sponsored Christmas Social for students, faculty, and staff and a Valentine Social.
- Through the YMCA, collected and distributed firewood for needy families.
- Student athletes assisted with Special Olympics.
- Co-sponsored high school program 'Careers for You'.
- Events planned for the remainder of the semester are a Self-Defense Seminar (April 22, 1998), Spring Fling (April 29, 1998) and the Cystic Fibrosis Walk (May 16, 1998).
- Maintained adequate state funds to cover operational costs for curriculum programs in spite of the 19.8% FTE growth during 1997-98 with no additional state funding.
- The 1996-97 financial audit in progress (no findings or concerns at this time).
- The 1996-97 equipment audit disclosed no material findings or concerns.
- Established Payroll/Accounts Receivable Technician position to provide redundancy in the preparation of payroll.
- Implemented automatic vouchering of student refunds in accounts payable.
- Established Equipment Inventory Control Technician position for 1998-99 fiscal year.
- Successfully relocated the Business Office to the General Administration Building. In addition, the new location provided improved traffic flow of students during registration and increased number of cashiers to process receipts.
- Established Software Technician position for 1998-99 fiscal year.
- Developed the CFCC Intranet.
- Converted the administrative computer system to UNIX operating system.
- Networked (data and telephone) the General Administration Building, Workforce Training Center, Student Development, and Hotel/Restaurant Management lab.
- Migrated the Library Holdings Catalog from the PRIME to the DAC (Dynix Automation Center).
- Connected the Hampstead Campus and the Burgaw Campus by frame relay to the college's network. Provided access to the administrative system, Internet, and E-mail.
- Created a new computer lab in S515 with Internet access.
- Implemented the first CD ROM Tower placed directly on the network for use in the LRC.
- Implemented regularly scheduled computer training classes for college personnel and established a temporary training room.
- Developed and brought on-line a new server in S306 lab and SIRS workstations in the LRC.
- Implemented connectivity to the network for the Job Link center at the Burgaw Campus.
- Designed system to control and maintain inventory of new equipment received and transferred to off-campus storage sites.
- Improved safety in Shipping and Receiving by purchasing an electric pallet jack.
- Implemented tracking system using the Internet for shipping through Federal Express, UPS, Airborne Express, Express Mail Services, and Freight Delivery Services.
- Installed new guard house and relocated older guard house to the GAB parking lot. Increased parking attendant staff for better coverage of expanding parking areas.
- Relocated the Institutional Development Division (Public Information, Resource Development/CFCC Foundation, Inc., and Research and Planning) to the newly renovated General Administration Building.
- Completed an Economic Impact Study for the Cape Fear Community College for the purpose of estimating the total economic impact of CFCC on New Hanover and Pender Counties.
- Through the tireless efforts of faculty and staff, developed, implemented and made progress towards the 1997-98 CFCC Strategic Goals and Planning Priorities. The strategic goals and priorities were generated through a series of planning meetings with participation and input from every department of the college. Eleven different workgroups met and developed the planning priorities to guide department level planning efforts.
- A total of $16,390.00 was raised during the 1997-98 CFCC Campus Fund Drive lead by Sara Nichols and William Crawford. Donations were received from 182 faculty and staff . When compared to last year, the amount donated represents a 30.4% increase and the number of faculty and staff participating represents a 23.8%increase.
- Thirteen grant applications were prepared and submitted this year. Four were not funded, seven are pending funding and two grant awards have been received.
- The Cape Fear Community College Foundation Board held its second annual Appreciation Dinner on April 21, 1998 to honor donors. Approximately 184 individuals attended this event.
- The "Order of the Cape Fear" donor board was designed, purchased, and displayed in the entrance to the General Administration Building. Currently the names of twenty-three donors who have given cumulative gifts of $10,000 or more to the CFCC Foundation, Inc. appear on the board.
- As of April 20, 1998, the CFCC Foundation, Inc. has received over $153,000.00 surpassing the annual fund drive goal of $150,000. In addition, a special gift of $100,000 has been given to the Foundation by Mrs. Barbara Schwartz.
- Fully endowed scholarships were established this year by Chloride Systems and Philip D. Sharpe/Sharpe Architecture, P.A.
- The CFCC Foundation invested $550,000 on August 1, 1997 and $60,000 on December 1, 1997 in The Common Fund. As of April 1, 1998, the account balance was $705.956.59.
- Implemented policy on submitting materials to help streamline procedure for in-house printed materials and to ensure quality-control and efficient use of printing services.
- Secured a larger campus location for copy center and in process of moving the center to meet the critical need for additional space.
- Secured a new binding machine for copy center to improve book-making capabilities.
- Successfully planned and implemented an advertising campaign to promote the $38.3 million bond referendum to voters.
- Successfully planned and coordinated fall and spring semester advertising campaigns which helped to support an enrollment increase of nearly 20%.
- Currently coordinating programming for new Cape Fear Learning Channel with UNCW, New Hanover Public Schools, and the New Hanover Regional Medical Center.
- Updated the college logo to appear on all advertisements and publications to establish consistency in printed materials.
- Graphically re-designed the college web site and coordinated re-arrangement of information with computer services to improve readability.
- Redesigned the Weekly Bulletin newsletter and distributed electronically to conserve paper and speed delivery.
- Contracted with a professional video production company to develop new CFCC television commercial and contracted with a professional photographer to take series of new promotional photos for use in publications and web site.
- Participated in several negotiations relative to the purchase of properties to be used by CFCC for new buildings and parking.
- Participated in monthly meetings with building contractors to review progress and to keep projects on schedule.
- Maintained facilities and buildings so that HVAC and other mechanical systems were functioning efficiently and were cost effective.
- Audited new facilities for quality workmanship.
- Replaced and/or repaired roofs on several buildings at the downtown campus and Pender campus.
- Negotiated leases with property owners for facilities to be used for parking and Truck Driver Training.
- Represented the College in community meetings to present reasons to support the bond referendum.
- Recruited faculty and staff consistent with job requirements in a timely manner.
- Reviewed and updated the CFCC Faculty and Staff Handbook.
- Updated job descriptions as needed and assigned appropriate job levels to assure internal and external compensation equity.
- Filled 40 CFCC positions since July 1, 1997, searches are currently in progress for 26 positions, and 6 new positions have been approved with searches pending.