Pirate Promise Agreement Signed Between CFCC and ECU

ECU and CFCC Pirate Promise Signing

From left to right are CFCC Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Jason Chaffin, CFCC President Jim Morton, East Carolina University Interim Chancellor Dan Gerlach, and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Ron Mitchelson

Wilmington, NC – On Tuesday, August 27, 2019, East Carolina University Interim Chancellor Dan Gerlach and Cape Fear Community College President Jim Morton signed the Pirate Promise Agreement at Cape Fear Community College. This co-admission agreement is designed to advance transfer student access and success through a collaborative baccalaureate degree.

The agreement guarantees Cape Fear Community College students admission to East Carolina University based on the following criteria:

  • The student is enrolled in an Early College, Career and College Promise program, or is in his/her first year of enrollment prior to applying for the Pirate Promise
  • The student has completed the Pirate Promise application
  • The student is committed to full-time status (a minimum of 12 semester hours) at CFCC unless the student is enrolled in an Early College or Career and College Promise program.
  • The student completes degree requirements for an Associate in Science, Associate in Arts, Associate in Fine Arts, Associate in Engineering, Associate in Applied Science in Early Childhood Education, or an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) for the Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology or a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management programs.
  • The student must submit an ECU admissions application, provide supplemental documents, and meet admissions requirements as stated in the ECU Undergraduate Catalog.

Students enrolled in Pirate Promise will benefit from guaranteed admission, joint academic advising, financial aid counseling and scholarship opportunities, a waived ECU application fee, access to ECU libraries and transit, and more.

“We are excited to strengthen our partnership with ECU and to improve our co-admissions process,” said Jim Morton, CFCC president. “This a wonderful commitment from ECU. Students who successfully complete this program will be guaranteed admission.”

“Cape Fear Community College has a great reputation throughout the state,” said Interim Chancellor Dan Gerlach. “ECU will be a great next step for graduates of Cape Fear Community College.”

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Fall 2019-20 Work Study Positions

Welcome back to campus! We hope your fall semester is off to a great start!

If you are making Satisfactory Academic Progress, have submitted a FAFSA for the 2019-20 school year and are enrolled in at least 6 credit hours, you are eligible to apply for CFCC Work-Study positions. We have 37 opportunities available for you to make $10/ hour, without leaving campus!

If interested, please see instructions on how and where to apply.

Questions? Please call or send an email to Career Development Services!. Thanks, CFCC Career Development Services 910-362-7047.

Cape Fear Community College Selected as 2019 Power Partner Winner by Duke Energy

Duke Energy 2019 Power Partner Award

(Pictured from left to right: Duke Energy Account Executive Wilson Hudspeth, CFCC President Jim Morton, Duke Energy VP of Customer Delivery Rufus Jackson)

WILMINGTON, NC – Cape Fear Community College is pleased to announce its recent recognition from Duke Energy as a 2019 Power Partner Winner. On July 29, preceding the College’s meeting with the Electrical Lineworker Advisory Board — of which Duke Energy is an active member — Duke Energy presented CFCC with the 2019 Power Partner Winner award.

During Hurricane Florence last September, CFCC allowed Duke Energy to establish a 2500-person staging area at the College’s North Campus in Castle Hayne. “With floodwaters impeding travel and gas shortages anticipated, a difficult restoration effort was more manageable thanks to Duke Energy’s valued partnership with Cape Fear Community College,” said Duke Energy VP of Customer Delivery, Rufus Jackson.

Jackson added “supporting storm restoration efforts is just the latest evidence of the strong partnership with Cape Fear Community College. Over the years, we have seen this partnership flourish with CFCC working with Duke Energy to develop and deliver a lineman training program and host various energy-efficient workshops.”

Duke Energy played an instrumental role in the launch of the Electrical Lineworker Training program with the $200,000 Apprenticeship grant. The College continues to rely on Duke Energy’s insight for the future developments of the program. Recently, the College implemented the CAST TEST which Duke Energy uses as part of their hiring process. The assessment is known to eliminate 50% of applicants. CFCC, by adding this assessment to the program’s curricula, offers Duke Energy tested, qualified applicants. The program has the highest pass rate of any college in the state coming in at 97%.

“We are extremely grateful for this commendable recognition,” said CFCC President Jim Morton. “The growth of this continued partnership is an exciting prospect for the future development of not only Cape Fear Community College, but coastal North Carolina as a whole.”

Duke Energy staging plans at Cape Fear Community College North Campus

Duke Energy staging plans at Cape Fear Community College North Campus. Photo courtesy of Duke Energy.

Drone shot of Duke Energy at Cape Fear Community College North Campus

Drone shot of Duke Energy at Cape Fear Community College North Campus. Photo courtesy of Duke Energy.

CFCC Graduate Defeats Doubt and Hurricane to Earn Degree

Lauren McMahon

“Five minutes of effort towards a goal I had for myself changed my life,” said Lauren McMahon, soon-to-be CFCC graduate. To McMahon—mom, wife and full-time worker—the idea of completing her associate’s degree seemed like a distant dream. 

Despite McMahon’s doubts (and in a short leap of faith), she signed up for summer classes. Little did she know the fall semester would require more of that faith. That fall, she, her husband, son, and three dogs were displaced for six weeks after Hurricane Florence—making do in a small hotel room until their insurance funds exhausted. And, as if it were perfectly timed, a work crew through their church repaired their home from severely damaged to livable in enough time for them to move back home without using other funds. 

During this time, McMahon faced negative thoughts like “you aren’t good enough” and “you won’t ever finish.” However, with understanding and encouraging words from her ACA 122 (college-transfer preparedness) instructor, she developed the strength to continue in pursuit of her goal.

“Here I am getting ready to walk across this stage, one I thought I’d never see.” McMahon will graduate from Cape Fear Community College this summer and start at UNCW in the fall to pursue her bachelor’s degree in Secondary English Education. 

To those reading, Lauren says, “Don’t sell yourself short and put just five minutes of effort in today. It will change your life.”

Dual Enrollment Nurse Aide Registration

Nurse Aide Class

Are you a high school student who wants to get a head start on your career in healthcare? Sign up for the Career & College Promise CFCC Nurse Aide program!

Registration and orientation will be held June 27th from 1-3 p.m. in the L building, room L-305. Campus map: https://cfcc.edu/maps-directions/wilmington-campus-map/

The following documents are required for registration:

1) Copy of the student’s current High School Transcript
2) Valid photo ID such as a Driver’s License or Passport
3) Social Security Card

For further information please email cmcliverty@cfcc.edu or visit cfcc.edu/na.

CFCC Electrical Lineworker Program Celebrates One Year

electrical lineworker program nc

A year since its launch, the Cape Fear Community College Electrical Lineworker Training program graduated its fourth class this Tuesday. Thirty-three students graduated, bringing the total number of graduates to 113.

Following the ceremony, the graduates participated in interviews with employers. Present were MasTec Utility Services, Duke Energy, Pike Electric, Utility Lines Construction Services, Volt Power, LLC, Primoris Services Corporation, Lee Electrical Construction, and River City.

John Downing, CFCC Dean of Continuing Education, recognized outstanding employer partnerships during the ceremony. The first recognized was MasTec Utility Services. MasTec has hired over 50 percent of the graduates of the Electrical Lineworker training program. “MasTec has been generous in helping us expand our underground training program by providing an excavator which the students practiced on and other materials that enabled the students to learn how to work with underground cables,” said Downing.

Other employers recognized were River City Electric, who donated the school’s first bucket truck and Duke Energy, who was instrumental in the launch of this program with the Duke Energy Apprenticeship Grant. The grant provided $200,000 to start the program and has supplied students a $250 boot allowance and a $185 tuition reimbursement.

“The demand for employees in this industry was created by two factors. First, a need to modify the grid and second, the number of aging lineman that are retiring out of the existing workforce. This created the perfect situation that is the demand for electrical lineworkers in this industry,” said Downing. “The true test of any training program is if the employers will hire your graduates. We have graduated 113 students and so far every student has had at least one job offer for employment. This program attracts students from all over North Carolina, the United States, and veterans from several military bases. This program’s success is based entirely on our cooperation with employers like MasTec, Duke Energy, Pike Electric, VOLT Power, River City Electric, Four County Electric Membership Corporation, among others.”

The 10-week Electrical Lineworker Training program prepares students for a career as an electrical lineman. The program teaches students to set and climb poles; install cross arms, hardware, lines, and transformers; use tools and equipment of the trade through field experience; overhead and underground construction practices; electric theory and practice; and commercial driving.

To learn more about the Electrical Lineworker Training program, visit cfcc.edu/workforce/lineman.

CFCC Designated 2019 Military Spouse Friendly® School

Military Spouse Friendly School

In addition to its existing 2019-20 Top Ten Military Friendly® School designation, Cape Fear Community College has earned the 2019-20 Military Spouse Friendly® School designation by VIQTORY, a service-disabled, veteran-owned business, that recognizes higher education institutions that provide the best opportunities for veterans and their families with the Military Friendly® Schools list.

Each year, VIQTORY recognizes higher education institutions that recruit spouses of active duty service members and promote student retention, career development policies, and programs that acknowledge and support the challenges of military life.

VIQTORY awarded CFCC the designation based on an evaluation of the school’s admissions, retention, career counseling, and mentoring programs, and the processes in place for addressing the challenges of military spouses and families through flexible academic opportunities and degree continuation to accommodate deployments and relocations.

“We are honored to achieve this designation and will continue to uphold the standard for our veterans and their families,” said CFCC Director of Veterans Affairs Ray Charfauros. “We take pride in the success of not only veterans but their families, too. We are thankful for the spouses who provide the support and strength our veterans need to look past the adversity before them and accomplish their mission.”

Just this year, Cape Fear Community College launched a 100% Online Military Associate’s Degree program designed specifically for military spouses, military service members, and veterans.

To learn more about veteran resources at CFCC, visit http://cfcc.edu/veterans/. To learn more about the 100% Online Military Associate’s Degree program, visit http://cfcc.edu/online-associates-military/.


Community Raises over $291,000 to Benefit Cape Fear Community College Students

Gift of Education

CFCC Dental Hygiene Student, Kristen Wilkerson (right), receives a scholarship check from Jim Morton, CFCC president, and Betty Lanier, Gift of Education event chairperson. 

The Cape Fear Community College Foundation held its 14th annual Gift of Education event on May 16, 2019, and raised over $291,000 to help deserving students achieve their educational goals.

“The event was a tremendous success,” said Foundation Executive Director, Veronica Godwin. “It’s amazing how many community members came out to support our students and invest in their educations. These gifts are truly life-changing.”

More than 430 guests attended the breakfast and lunch events. They heard the stories of three Cape Fear Community College students who have directly benefited from the generosity of donor-sponsored scholarship — dental hygiene student Kristen Wilkerson, college transfer student James Jones, and recent CFCC graduate and Women’s Sea Devil Basketball National Semifinalist Tracey Kemp. Wilkerson and Jones were surprised at the event with scholarships to help them in their final year at Cape Fear Community College.

The Gift of Education is held annually and serves as the Cape Fear Community College Foundation’s largest fundraising event. Proceeds from the event are used for student scholarships and program support.

“The Gift of Education gives our community the unique opportunity to see the difference scholarships can make,” said CFCC President Mr. Jim Morton. “It’s so touching to hear the stories of these students whose lives have been forever impacted by the kindness and generosity of our donors. Cape Fear Community College has tremendous support from our community.”

Contributions to the Gift of Education can still be made online at cfcc.edu/foundation, by calling 910-362-7207, by mail to 411 N. Front Street, Wilmington, NC 28401, or in person at the Cape Fear Community College Union Station building in downtown Wilmington. Individuals interested in creating an annual or endowed scholarship are encouraged to contact the CFCC Foundation at 910-362-7207.


FAFSA Nights
Need assistance with your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2019-20 academic year? The CFCC Financial Aid Office is here to help!
Note: Assistance for Spanish-speaking students will be offered at both events.
There are two FAFSA Nights scheduled in July:
Monday, July 22, 2019 
5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Wilmington Campus
Union Station – Room #212
Parking is available at the CFCC Nutt Street Parking Deck 
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
North Campus
McKeithan Center – Room #304
Parking is available on either side of the McKeithan Center building
What you’ll need to bring:
  • (If obtained) FSA username and password
  • 2017 tax information
  • If under 24-years-old, bring a parent or guardian with you

CFCC to Offer UNC TEACCH Autism Program this Summer

t-step program

Cape Fear Community College is pleased to announce its recent partnership with The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to offer the TEACCH® Autism Program (T-STEP) this summer.

The T-STEP is a free intervention developed to support transition to employment and post-secondary education for 16-21-year-olds with Autism Spectrum Disorder who will or have received a standard course of study high school diploma. The program covers seven transition skills modules grouped into four intervention areas: goals-setting skills, executive function skills, emotion regulation skills, and social skills for college and work.

The summer session starts June 17.

For more information about the program, visit https://teacch.com/cllc/t-step-teacch-school-transition-to-employment-and-postsecondary-education/ or contact Eva Scardina-Keele, Business Service Coordinator at 910-843-9505 or TSEPinfo@med.unc.edu.