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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

Changes in manufacturing technology creates need for CFCC’s new mechatronics program


Contrary to some media reports, manufacturing is far from dead. While it’s true that old-fashioned assembly line jobs are dwindling, a new kind of manufacturing industry has emerged and is starved for workers with new skills in mechatronics.

While it may conjure up images of futuristic robots, mechatronics is a term used to describe a specific set of skills that are growing in demand within a variety of industries. This demand has prompted leaders at Cape Fear Community College to offer a new program in mechatronics which starts next month.

Originally, the word mechatronics combined mechanics and electronics, hence the word is a combination of mechanics and electronics; however, as technical systems have become more and more complex, the word has been broadened to include more technical areas. Modern industrial facilities rely on these automated, mechatronics systems in order to be competitive in the global economy.

CFCC is looking to capitalize on this trend by training students to design, develop and maintain these highly complex, automated processing systems.

Students in CFCC’s two-year mechatronics program will learn a diverse set of applications in the areas of design, development, assembly, troubleshooting and repair of automated systems that use electromechanical and servo-mechanical devices, including computer numerical control (CNC) machine tools, linear transfer systems and a variety of automated systems.

Randy Johnson, Department Chair of Engineering Technology at Cape Fear Community College, has heard the requests from employers throughout the area and knows that high-tech manufacturing jobs are available to people with the right skills.

“I get calls on a regular basis from employers looking for qualified job applicants.  Cape Fear Community College actively listens to our area employers, and we’ve created this program to meet their needs and enable our graduates to find good jobs locally,” Johnson said.

Johnson explained that there are many local companies that need graduates with the skill set provided by the Mechatronics curriculum, including GE Aviation, GE-Hitachi, Wilmington Machinery and The Acme Smoked Fish Company.

Student applications for the program are being accepted now. Classes begin on August 15 and will be held in the Applied Technologies Building at CFCC’s North Campus in Castle Hayne.

The training gap in manufacturing appears to be a national trend. Due to advances in computer-controlled equipment and processes, over 60 percent of manufacturing employees need at least some college education, according to a U.S Department of Commerce report. And the 2011 Skills Gap Report from the Manufacturing Institute estimated that as many as 600,000 skilled manufacturing jobs were unfilled because employers simply couldn’t find qualified workers.

For more information about CFCC’s Mechatronics program, contact Randy Johnson at (910) 362-7376 or

CFCC to start new cardiovascular sonography program

cardiac ultrasound examination testing on young man

Cape Fear Community College has just been approved to offer a new health care training program starting this fall. This one-year program is called cardiovascular sonography and will prepare students to become certified in echocardiography.

The program is expected to be a good fit for local health care employers and students and will add to the growing list of job training programs offered at the college. According to CFCC’s lead sonography instructor Kellee Stacks, the college chose to develop the program based on input from various health care providers in our region and employment data from national sources.

Stacks said that the need for more qualified echocardiographers is being driven in a major way by the growth of the aging population, which typically requires increased medical services of all types.

She added that the program will allow graduates of the college’s existing general sonography program to specialize in echocardiography, which will help them become more marketable to employers.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, occupations in sonography are among the fastest growing jobs, with a projected 39% increase between 2012 and 2022.

An echocardiographer is a trained technologist who employs sonogram technology to provide diagnostic imaging of the heart. Using waves of sound via a transducer. Technologists gather information about the heart’s structure, function, pressures and rhythm. Work involves close contact with cardiologists or echocardiologists, who view initial findings of the echocardiographer and diagnose or suggest treatment to patients afterwards.

The deadline to apply for the program is July 28. Classes start on August 15.

Classes will be held at CFCC’s downtown Wilmington Campus in the Union Station building. Please visit for additional details. Contact Pam Aubry at 910-362-7558 or Kellee Stacks at or 910-362-7482.


CFCC Foundation breaks annual fundraising record with over $2 million in gifts

This year has been a record-breaking year for the CFCC Foundation, a non-profit organization which raises money to support students. For the first time in college history, the foundation raised over $2 million in private contributions, many of which will support student scholarships.

CFCC Foundation Board Chairperson Sara Strassle, who led the group last year, credits this accomplishment to the ongoing generosity of the local community and the hard work of the college’s Foundation board and staff.

“Reaching this $2 million dollar milestone for student scholarships and programs certainly recognizes the hard work of the College’s Foundation. Even more important, such a milestone illustrates the remarkable goodwill of our community—the neighborhoods and businesses who support our mission. Our students benefit most from these dollars, and they then contribute to the economic and social health of our region,” Strassle said.

Jan Rowe Capps was recently elected as chair of the Foundation board for 2014-2015. Strassle said that she looks forward to a continued pattern of success under the new leadership.

“Jan understands the positive cycle of community support as well as anyone I know. With her leadership, our Foundation Board will continue to develop goodwill and generosity for the benefit of CFCC’s students,” Strassle said.

CFCC President Ted Spring praised the Foundation Board for their efforts to ensure as many people as possible can afford to attend CFCC.  He added that despite CFCC’s relatively low tuition, CFCC students depend on extra financial help to get their education.

“Many of our students have family and financial obligations outside of the cost of going to school, so private support is absolutely essential,” Dr. Spring said.

The CFCC Foundation sponsors a wide variety of events and activities throughout the year to raise funds for students. The fall campaign kicks off with the employee-led Campus Fund Drive, which raises an average of over $80,000 from CFCC employees each year.  Other major fundraising events include a tennis and golf tournament, the NewBridge Bank Bridge to Bridge 4.0 Race and the annual Gift of Education luncheon.

The organization is led by a volunteer board of directors with support from college staff. For more information about CFCC’s Foundation, call (910) 362-7207.

Former Ohio State University administrator chosen as CFCC’s new VP of Student Services

John Berry

Cape Fear Community College is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. John Berry as the college’s vice president for student services. In this position, Dr. Berry will oversee the college’s student services operations, including recruitment, admissions, registration, career and testing services, financial aid, counseling and veterans services. Dr. Berry will also supervise the student activities department, which is responsible for CFCC’s athletics and student clubs.

Berry fills a vacancy left by Carol Cullum, who retired as the college’s vice president for student services earlier this year.

Dr. Berry is familiar with the region, having attended Camp Lejeune High School, Coastal Carolina Community College and UNCW.  “I’m so happy to be able to return to the Wilmington area.   I love the people here, the sense of community, the culture.  I’m glad to once again be part of this vibrant community.”

“Cape Fear Community College enjoys a rich tradition of being a dynamic and forward-thinking organization, well-respected within the state of North Carolina,” says Berry.  “I am excited to join this team of very talented people.”

Dr. Berry brings a wealth of experience to CFCC,” said Dr. Ted D. Spring, president of Cape Fear Community College.  “He was an ideal candidate for this position.  We are so glad he wanted to come back to North Carolina.”

Berry has more than 20 years of experience in higher education, most recently as the chief student affairs officer for both Ohio State University at Newark and Central Ohio Technical College, which share the same campus.  Dr. Berry oversaw all aspects of co-curricular programming and led all areas of Central Ohio Technical College’s enrollment management functions including admissions and recruitment, academic advising, records and registration and customer service initiatives.


4th of July Parking Reminder

Please be reminded that Parking Lots A and B will be reserved solely on July 4, 2014 for the College’s registered guests from 5-7 pm.  Student Lot #2 will also be utilized as overflow parking.  Please be prepared to show Security Guards identification for admittance into these Lots.  Parking in these areas will be on a first come, first serve basis.  Please note: Handicapped/ADA parking will be available in Lots A and B.
Lots L/K, along with the Nutt Street and Hanover Parking Decks will be charging a $5.00 event parking fee.  This includes VIP/registered guests, Employees and Students.  Student Lot #2 will also be charging a $5.00 event parking fee, unless your name is on the registered guest list and you have appropriate identification.
Should there be any questions or concerns, please let me know.
Lynn B. Sylvia
Parking Coordinator
Cape Fear Community College
411 North Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
Phone: 910-362-7279

Wilmington Central Rotary Club continues to support CFCC student scholarships with $10,000 donation

Wilmington, NC Central Rotary 2014 donation- The Wilmington Central Rotary Club recently donated $10,000 to an existing endowed scholarship at Cape Fear Community College.

Funds for the scholarship were raised from proceeds from the Rotary’s Wilmington’s Got Talent event which was held in October, 2013. Central Rotary member Louise McColl chaired the event.

Led by president Wally Simpson, the Wilmington Central Rotary has 27 members who meet each Tuesday at noon at McAllister’s on College Road.

“The Wilmington Central Rotary Club is a dedicated community partner,” said Dr. Ted D. Spring, president of Cape Fear Community College. “This generous donation is a wonderful way to impact local residents by providing opportunities for education and job training.”

Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

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

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