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CFCC students to help lighten the burden of overweight school backpacks

Students at Cape Fear Community College will partner with the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) to conduct a backpack awareness day on Thursday, Sept. 18 to educate children, parents, school administrators, teachers, and communities about the serious health effects on children from backpacks that are too heavy or worn improperly. This local event is part of the National School Backpack Awareness Day, being held by occupational therapy practitioners across the country.

A Backpack Awareness Day “Weigh-In” of students and their backpacks will take place to illustrate the amount of weight that school children are carrying on their backs to and from school each day. Occupational therapy assisting students will weigh backpack-wearing students throughout the day. Students and parents of all ages are invited to attend in the event, which takes place at CFCC’s downtown Wilmington Campus.

The event at CFCC will be on Sept. 18 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the entrance of Tabitha’s Courtyard on Front St.

More than 79 million children and young adults in the U.S. carry heavy loads back and forth to school every day. Experts estimate that about 55 percent of them will be carrying too much weight. Research also shows children carrying overloaded and improperly worn packs are likely to experience neck, shoulder, and back pain; adverse effects on posture and the developing spine; and compromised breathing and fatigue. Some of these injuries continue into adulthood.

AOTA recommends that school backpacks weigh only 10 percent of a child’s weight. The growing awareness of potential long-term problems to children has resulted in increased medical research, and more coverage of the issue in mainstream publications as well as medical journals.

Any further inquiries can be directed to Jennifer Renshaw, director of CFCC’s Occupational Therapy Assisting program at or by calling (910) 362-7096. Renshaw is an expert on school ergonomics and the healthy growth and development of school-age children.

Founded in 1917, the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) represents the professional interests and concerns of more than 140,000 occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, and students nationwide. The Association educates the public and advances the profession of occupational therapy by providing resources, setting accreditation standards, and serving as an advocate to improve health care. Based in Bethesda, Md., AOTA’s major programs and activities are directed toward promoting the professional development of its members and assuring consumer access to quality services so patients can maximize their individual potential. For more information, go to

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CFCC adds hundreds of new mini-classes to fall semester

College students and local residents who missed out on registering for classes at Cape Fear Community College have another chance to enroll in the fall semester. CFCC has just added hundreds of additional mini-classes to the fall schedule.

Many of these additional classes are in subjects that were in high demand and were full at the beginning of the semester. College officials say that by adding additional classes mid-semester, students can now add a class that might have been unavailable a few weeks ago. The overall goal of the additional courses is to help students graduate or transfer as quickly as possible.

“Mini-courses have become a popular option for students who want to finish their studies as soon as possible, whether it’s to transfer to a four-year college or university or earn a professional degree or certification so they can start a new career,” said Dr. Amanda Lee, CFCC’s vice president of instructional services.

Lee explained that many of the mini-courses are online, so that students won’t need to work around an existing work or busy family schedule.

Each course in the mini-semester is designed on an accelerated schedule, so that students still earn the same amount of credit as a full semester course.

The courses are not limited to currently enrolled students, new students are eligible to register as well. The deadline to register is Monday, Oct. 13. Mini-session courses start on Oct. 14.

For the full list of courses, visit:

NOTE: Follow the search instructions for the 2014FA 2nd Mini Class search — Leave the term blank and enter the date range 10/14/2014 & 12/12/2014.

CFCC to hold Day of Service and Remembrance on Sept. 11


Cape Fear Community College invites the public to participate in a Day of Service and Remembrance on Thursday, September 11 to honor the memories of the victims of the 2001 attacks and recognize the work of first responders.​

The September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance was originally launched in 2002, inspiring a tradition of engaging in charitable service on 9/11 as an annual and forward-looking tribute to the 9/11 victims, survivors, and those who responded to the attacks.

The day’s events will begin precisely at 8:46 a.m. with a commemorative ceremony at the 9/11 Memorial on CFCC’s North Campus in Castle Hayne. The program will be led by students in CFCC’s First Responder Academy and will include a performance by the Wilmington Police Department Pipes and Drums.

Following the memorial service, the college will hold a first responders’ showcase featuring CFCC’s emergency response training programs:  fire training, EMS/EMT and basic law enforcement training. Members from local law enforcement agencies are also expected to participate. Throughout the event, there will be presentations about fire safety, disaster preparedness, hurricane preparedness, helping military families, and other opportunities for civic and community engagement.  The showcase will be held from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the McKeithan Center.

In addition to the First Responders’ Showcase, the college will hold a Community Involvement and Service Learning Fair. Located in the BB&T Auditorium, the fair will highlight local organizations who focus on helping people in crisis.

Participating agencies and organizations include:

  • Good Shepherd Center
  • Cape Fear Volunteer Center
  • (WRAAP) Wilmington’s Residential Adolescent Achievement Place
  • The Carousel Center
  • Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity
  • Sharing Our Bounty
  • American Red Cross: Cape Fear Chapter
  • Guardian Ad Litem
  • Domestic Violence Shelter / Open Gate
  • Coastal Horizons Center
  • Easter Seals
  • Cape Fear Regional Community Development

Admission is free, but visitors are encouraged to donate a piece of clothing for Coats for Comfort for the Cape Fear Volunteer Center or contribute to a clothing drive for Red Cross relief efforts.

First campus police chief to be sworn in at CFCC on Monday, September 8

Wilmington, NC – As a result of Cape Fear Community College’s goal to increase campus security, Daniel J. Wilcox will be sworn-in as CFCC’s first police chief at a ceremony on Monday, Sept. 8, at 8:30 a.m. in the Union Station boardroom.

Wilcox, who has nearly three decades of experience in law enforcement, initially joined CFCC’s staff in 2012 as the associate director of campus safety.  In that position, Wilcox was tasked with assessing the college’s existing security and creating a plan for strengthening security at all campus locations. Part of that plan included the creation of a new on-campus police force.

The formation of an on-campus police force was the result of CFCC’s desire to improve campus security. CFCC’s board of trustees voted to establish the on-campus police force, in addition to the third party security staff that is already in place, early last year.

“The safety of our students and employees is of the utmost importance.  Our campus and student body continue to grow, so our board made the wise decision to create an on-campus police force. This will heighten security and provide our campus community with immediate access to police assistance when necessary,” said CFCC president, Dr. Ted D. Spring.  “We’re so pleased to have Chief Wilcox on board.  His wealth of experience makes him a great asset to CFCC and to the community.”

Wilcox is a New York native with more than 29 years of experience in law enforcement. He has worked as a park ranger, a highway patrolman, a SWAT team sniper, a narcotics investigator, a motorcycle patrol officer, a field training officer, a police academy instructor, and a canine handler and trainer.  Wilcox also served a volunteer firefighter and arson investigator for more than 18 years.

Wilcox graduated Cum Laude from Mountain State University in Beckley, West Virginia with a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership in Criminal Justice Administration. He also has numerous certifications in Incident Command and experience in writing emergency operation plans.

“We’ve planned the CFCC police department from the ground up,” says Wilcox. “We’ve now been certified as an official police department.  Our eventual goal is to grow to a staff of 17 officers working at all campuses and to have round-the-clock coverage at the Wilmington and North Campuses.”

The campus police headquarters will be located on Walnut Street in the former Drifter’s property.  Renovations will soon be completed; the facility is expected to open later this fall.


CFCC’s health care programs earn 100% pass rates on most recent certification exams

If the old saying, “practice makes perfect” holds true, students in Cape Fear Community College’s health care programs have been practicing their skills quite a bit.

According to the most recent report from the college’s health sciences department, seven of CFCC’s health sciences programs scored an impressive 100 percent pass rate on their respective state certification exams. Students are required to pass the exams before they can begin working in the field.

Programs that achieved a 100 percent pass rate in 2014 include: Associate Degree Nursing, Surgical Technology, Occupational Therapy Assisting, Pharmacy Technology, Radiography, Sonography, and Dental Assisting. Students in CFCC’s Practical nursing program earned a 100 percent pass rate last year and the 2014 class recently graduated and are in the process of taking their exams for 2014.

CFCC’s chair of health sciences Regina McBarron said that the consistently high pass rates are due to both the academic and clinical preparation students receive in the programs. She added that she appreciates the high level of dedication of both the faculty and clinical staff that help prepare students for the exams, which are crucial for students entering the workforce.

Cape Fear Community College’s Michelle Lee wins 2014 ACCT Southern Region Professional Staff Member Award


Cape Fear Community College is pleased to announce that Michelle Lee, executive assistant to the president, has been selected as the recipient of the 2014 Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Southern Region Professional Board Staff Member Award.

Lee has worked at CFCC for more than 14 years.  In addition to her duties as executive assistant to CFCC President Ted D. Spring, Ms. Lee also serves as the official college liaison to CFCC’s Board of Trustees.

Lee was nominated by Barren Nobles, chair of CFCC’s Board of Trustees for the 2013-14 fiscal year. “Michelle provides each board member with personal, professional and courteous attention,” Nobles said.  “We depend on her completely.”

Lee will receive the award in late October at the 45th Annual ACCT Leadership Conference in Chicago.  As the recipient of this regional award, she will also be the nominee from the ACCT Southern Region for the national ACCT Professional Board Staff Member Award for 2014.

NC Sorosis supports CFCC student veterans with coffee donation


Student veterans at Cape Fear Community College often stop into the college’s Veterans Center to enjoy a cup of coffee between classes.  A coffee break may seem like a small thing, but to CFCC’s student veterans, it not only provides refreshment, but also a chance for them to socialize and support one another.  Now, thanks to a generous donation from North Carolina Sorosis, they will enjoy free coffee for months.

On July 24, several members of the Wilmington Chapter of NC Sorosis visited the Veterans Center on CFCC’s Wilmington Campus and brought with them a cart load of coffee with more than 18 cases of single-serve “k-cups,” which will provide over 2,000 cups of coffee to CFCC’s veteran students this semester.

Debbie Sheehan, president of NC Sorosis, presented the coffee to the student veterans and Veterans Center staff. “NC Sorosis works on several community service projects throughout the year, and one of our focus areas is veterans,” she said. “Our group toured Union Station a few months ago and during our tour, we visited the Veterans Center. We saw a need that could be addressed simply, so we decided to make sure they had enough coffee.”

Scott McLaurin, a U.S. Navy veteran and director of CFCC’s Veterans Center says that drinking coffee is a habit that often develops in the military. “When you are deployed the water could taste bad or potentially be unhealthy, so it often needs to be boiled.  As a result, many veterans drink coffee and tea. It also helps soldiers stay awake during their post assignments and is a way for soldiers to socialize. It is really part of the military culture.”

That culture translates to the veteran experience at college, where early morning classes and late night study sessions take the place of long shift assignments. “I think a lot of veterans swing by each day just to get a cup of coffee. It brings more students into the center,” said Zachary Kestner, U.S. Army Veteran and CFCC student.

Frequently, these quick visits turn into something more important. “Once students come in the center – often for the coffee – they realize that there are other students like them, learn about the range of services we offer and begin to develop a network of friendship and support on campus,” said McLaurin.

Approximately ten percent of CFCC’s curriculum students are veterans, so there is always a need for coffee. “We are hoping that our donation will inspire other organizations or businesses to donate coffee to the veterans center,” said Sheehan. “I understand this donation will only last about six weeks, so we are going to try to do more in November, in honor of Veterans Day.”

NC Sorosis has about 80 members locally, and is the oldest women’s organization in the state. The club is committed to promoting volunteerism, improving our community, and fostering new friendships. North Carolina Sorosis is proud of its many contributions to our community and is dedicated to community improvement through volunteer service.

The CFCC Veterans Center is committed to bringing quality programs and services to student veterans, families and dependents of veterans at Cape Fear Community College. The Center strives to provide contacts, mentoring, counseling and support to help ease veterans’ transition to college and enhance their educational experiences.

Wilmington Police Department establishes “Send a Cop to College” scholarships at CFCC


Lieutenant Kathy Cochran, Chief Ralph Evangelous, and Deputy Chief Mitch Cunningham of the Wilmington Police Department, along with event sponsor Jim Hurley of Hanover Federal Credit Union, present a check to Cape Fear Community College’s Dr. Amanda Lee, vice president of instructional services, and Mr. Dave Conklin, chair of the public service department. The gift will establish several scholarships to encourage officers and personnel of the WPD to earn associate’s degrees at CFCC.

On Monday, July 14, several officers from the Wilmington Police Department gathered in the lobby of Cape Fear Community College’s Union Station building to present the College with a $5,000 check to fund several “Send a Cop to College” scholarships for the 2014-15 academic year. CFCC’s Union Station building stands on the site of the former Wilmington Police Department headquarters, which made it a fitting location to commemorate the occasion.

The “Send a Cop to College” scholarships have been established to encourage Wilmington Police Department officers and personnel to enroll in or return to college and earn an associate’s degree at Cape Fear Community College.

“We believe that higher education helps to shape the minds future leaders in law enforcement,” says Ralph Evangelous, chief of police. “We are grateful for our partnership with CFCC. These scholarships will open the door to educating and shaping the minds of police personnel who are interested in advancing their careers in the field of law enforcement.”

 Scholarships will be available to CFCC students in the associate of arts and associate of sciences college-transfer programs, as well as students studying criminal justice, business or paralegal studies. Applicants may be WPD employees or dependents of employees who are members of the Police Recreation Association.

“This is an outstanding way for the Wilmington Police Department to support their future colleagues,” says Margaret Robison, vice president for institutional advancement at Cape Fear Community College. “We enjoy a wonderful relationship with the WPD, and are so happy to be an integral part of the training of many members of our local police force.”

The “Send a Cop to College” scholarships were funded through the hard work of the Wilmington Police Recreation Association, who planned and hosted its inaugural celebrity dinner fundraiser in April 2014, allowing local residents and sponsors to dine with well-known film actors, athletes, pageant queens and performers.

The Wilmington Police Recreation Association is dedicated to the advancement of the Wilmington Police Department’s image and the well-being of the community. The Association achieves this purpose through sponsorship of youth athletic teams, providing holiday food baskets for the elderly and needy, public education and safety projects, and other charitable contributions.

The Cape Fear Community College Foundation exists solely to support the students, instructors, programs and mission of the College. The Foundation secures and manages gifts and grants, including cash contributions, deferred gifts, securities, gifts-in-kind for educational purposes. For more information about CFCC, or about scholarship opportunities, please contact the Cape Fear Community College Foundation at 910.362.7207 or visit

CFCC to offer certification tests for healthcare interpreters 

​Cape Fear Community College​ has been ​officially certified to administer the Commission Certification Healthcare Interpreters oral exam.

​According to CFCC’s lead instructor for the Spanish Community Interpreting Program Patricia Armiñana, being able to offer this exam​ provides a much more convenient option for local residents​ interested in becoming certified to work as an interpreter in the healthcare industry.

​”In the past, our students in the Community Spanish Interpreter Program and other members in the community had to travel over hundred miles to take the certification exam. Now the college ​will be able to provide this service to all interested ​residents in the eastern part of​ the state,” Armiñana said.​

She added that the importance of being certified is to ensure that the interpreter has some approved credentials by a professional organization.

“Most of hospitals in the area will not hire an interpreter who is not certified,” Armiñana said

The exam will now be offered at CFCC’s North Campus in Castle Hayne. ​Other testing sites in North Carolina include Cary, Charlotte, Greensboro, and Raleigh.

​For more information about becoming an Spanish interpreter or taking the certification exam, please contact or visit

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