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Student Highlights

We are proud of our students! Here are some of our past students sharing some highlights from their time in Marine Technology at CFCC!

Dennis Moran
Dennis Moran, 2008 MT Graduate

Cartographer with US Army Corps of Engineers, Wilmington District Navigation Branch

What Stood Out to Him
“The camaraderie among classmates and instructors that led to networking opportunities and career development. The support and encouragement from the faculty last long after the program ends.”

His Advice
“Never stop learning and continue to push yourself outside of your comfort zone. Identify your opportunities for growth and make an effort to achieve.”


Justin Bickett
Justin Bickett, 2016 MT Graduate

Marine Field Technician with Woods Hole Group

What Stood Out to Him
“The hands-on training and field work stood out the most. The classes on the Cape Fear River and training cruises were a blast and also prepared me well for a job on the water.”

His Advice
“Soak up as much as you can from every MT course, no matter which career path you’re interested in. Aspects of almost every class in the program are relevant to my current job.”


Nate Whited
Nate Whited, 2017 MT Graduate

Research Assistant II with UNCW

What Stood Out to Him
“The program helped me acquire the basic skills and the attitude I will need to achieve my long term career goals. In the program, I was my only limiting factor.”

Favorite Memory
“Aboard the R/V Cape Hatteras, when everyone had to work together to accomplish certain tasks. It was amazing to get to know everyone and learn so many hands-on skills at the same time.”


Ritchie Carr
Ritchie Carr, 2015 MT Graduate

Field Engineer with Weeks Marine

What Stood Out to Him
“The emphasis on teamwork, accessibility of instructors, and the desire from the program to help you succeed.”

His Advice
“Never miss a day of class. Always be early. Take detailed notes. Pay attention to details, it’s the small stuff that separates you from everyone else. Cherish your time and everybody else’s. You’re not going to ace everything, never give up!”


Steph Coffel
Stephanie Coffel, 2013 MT Graduate

Microbiology Technician with Cape Fear Public Utility Authority

What Stood Out to Her
“It would have to be the cruises. When I came into the program I had hardly ever been on a boat. I just knew I loved the ocean. It was such a huge learning experience to be on my own as an adult (I was 18 when I entered the program) and working on a ship. The vast knowledge taught on the cruises is amazing.”

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