CFCC Associate Degree Nursing Program Ranked #1 in North Carolina

Top Ranked Nursing Schools

The Cape Fear Community College Associate Degree Nursing program has been ranked number one in the 2019 Best RN Programs in North Carolina.

In a recent study conducted by, the CFCC ADN program ranked first among 30 other RN programs in the state. Programs reviewed include schools that offer an Associate in Nursing (ADN/ASN), BSN, or Direct-Entry MSN Degree. The scores and rankings for each school were determined based on a historical analysis of the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) exam pass rates and test scores.

“It is an honor for the College to receive this recognition and I am extremely proud of our health sciences faculty and staff,” said President Jim Morton. “This is a well-deserved acknowledgment of their efforts and their commitment to making our healthcare programs the best in the state.”

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, which is much faster than average for all occupations. Upon completion of the ADN program and successfully passing the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN), CFCC students may enter employment as a registered nurse. Employment opportunities include healthcare settings such as hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, home health, school systems, private clinics, mental health hospitals, specialty practice areas, and pharmaceutical companies.

“I am extremely proud to be recognized for student success by Our nursing faculty and staff do an outstanding job of educating and supporting our students. It is critically important for our students and our community that we remain steadfast in our pursuit of even greater gains through sustained dedication to academic success for all students,” said Dr. Angela Ballentine, dean of health sciences.

For more information about the Cape Fear Community College Associate Degree Nursing program, visit

Librarians from Moldova visit CFCC to discuss ongoing partnership

Moldovan Librarian Visit

Seven academic librarians from the Eastern European Country of Moldova arrived in the United States last week with a mission to share ideas and explore partnership opportunities by visiting North Carolina libraries.

Their first library stop in North Carolina was to the Cape Fear Community College Library, Monday, November 5. Librarians from CFCC and Moldova shared an engaging and informative morning and agreed on several cooperative initiatives. Following their morning at the Library, there was a Moldova Day reception in their honor at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. NC Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, Chair of the NC Moldova Bilateral Partnership, attended, along with CFCC President Jim Morton and Executive Vice President Melissa Singler. Other notable individuals in attendance included Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo, Congressman David Rouzer, UNCW Chancellor Jose Sartarelli, and Dr. Joseph Pino, VP for Graduate Medical Education at NHRMC and Executive Director of SEAHEC. Local librarians in attendance included Catherine Lee, CFCC dean of the learning resource center, UNCW University Librarian Lucy Holman, and New Hanover County Library Director Harry Tuchmayer.

The Moldovan librarians also visited UNCW’s Randall Library, the James B. Hunt Library and the Veterinary Medicine Library at NC State University, as well as the Davis and Wilson Libraries at UNC-Chapel Hill.

The visit by the Moldovan librarians was coordinated by Donna Flake, Library Director for the South East Area Health Education Center (SEAHEC) at NHRMC, and funded by the US Congressional Open World program.

CFCC Awarded $1.9 Million Department of Education Grant

CFCC Campus

WILMINGTON, NC — Mr. Jim Morton, president of Cape Fear Community College, is pleased to announce the College has been awarded a $1.9 million Title III Grant from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE), the largest grant awarded in the College’s history. Grant funding will be used for staffing and equipment to assist students as they pursue their studies at Cape Fear Community College, and will focus on improving students’ retention, academic achievement, and completion.

The grant will help CFCC focus on increasing academic coaching for students who are struggling with their studies, providing financial literacy programming, assisting with degree planning, improving student retention year-to-year, and increasing the number of credentials awarded.

“Cape Fear Community College is committed to helping all our students reach their academic goals,” said Morton. “This grant will help us to more effectively advise our students, and to identify and assist those who are struggling so that they can make the necessary adjustments to become successful and to persist through to graduation.”

Cape Fear Community College has received a first installment of funding for $396,518, with the balance to be received over the next four years. The initial funds will be used to hire a grant director, academic advising staff and academic coaches, and to purchase software to help identify and track students who may need academic interventions.

“Receiving this grant is an incredible benefit to our student services team,” said Morton. “Our dedicated staff works tirelessly to help our students succeed and this funding will allow us to expand those efforts and improve our current practices. This grant award will not only support our current students, but will impact student success for years to come.”

The Power of Perseverance

Brittany Stein

33-year-old Marine Corp veteran and hairdresser of five years wanted a career change. Brittany Stein knew she wanted to return to school to become a nurse but the road to a successful career change came paired with a few difficult detours.

Stein first applied to the practical nursing program in 2013 and fell short of the minimum requirements. However, holding the setback to her advantage with a plan to reapply, she enrolled in phlebotomy courses at the college and began work as a lab technician with the New Hanover County Physicians Group.

In 2016, Stein was accepted. She entered the program and continued to work full-time. Of her time in the program, Stein said, “It was hard going to school with younger people. I had this anxiety about going back to school as an older adult that I didn’t have before.” The anxiety most affected Stein in her test-taking abilities. The stress from working full-time and the anxiety caused by being an adult learner in the program weighed heavily on Stein; she failed out of the program, less than one point shy of a passing grade.

Despite the slowdowns, Stein’s determination and desire to become a nurse propelled her forward. Prior to reapplying, she worked two jobs to save enough money to go through the program without having to work. She re-entered the program, sought help from college resources in the Veterans Center and Disability Services, and was able to overcome her anxiety.

Stein received her practical nursing pin August 2, 2018.

Her driving force? “I really wanted it,” Stein said. “If I can make a difference in one patient’s life, I am satisfied. At the end of the day on my drive home, I will be proud of myself because I’ll have made a small difference in someone’s life.”

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CFCC receives $200,000 grant from Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas

Power Line Technician Program

Cape Fear Community College today announced a $200,000 investment from Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas. The funds will be used to connect students with hands-on training and career development opportunities through CFCC’s Power Line Technician Program.

The investment will be used for tuition and equipment for the program, including trucks, trailers, poles and line worker toolkits.

“There is a tremendous need for power line technicians in our region,” said Jim Morton, CFCC president. “We are very pleased to be working with Duke Energy to offer this training program for our area. This partnership will help us provide highly-trained employees to meet industry demands in this lucrative field. The college is excited to connect students with this opportunity.”

Representatives from Duke Energy presented the grant to CFCC today during a ceremony at CFCC’s Advanced and Emerging Technologies building, followed by student demonstrations.

“We rely on the skills and expertise of line workers to power our daily lives and depend on this vital role in maintaining and growing the state’s energy infrastructure,” said David Fountain, Duke Energy’s North Carolina president. “We’re pleased to partner with Cape Fear Community College to cultivate training and education opportunities for line workers of the future.”

This grant is part of Duke Energy’s $35 million investment in North Carolina’s Community Colleges’ focus on technical education and support of business and industry. Applications were reviewed by a committee of representatives from Duke Energy, NC Community College System and NC Department of Commerce.


New at CFCC: Graphic Design Certificate

Graphic Design

Cape Fear Community College now offers a 5-course graphic design certificate program. The 216-hour program focuses on graphic design principles using Adobe Creative Cloud software and other web-based design applications.

The program, led by Associate Professor Marsha Mills, will train students in all areas of design including logo design, typography, print production, portfolio creation, and more. Mills, who brings 30 years of experience in graphic design to CFCC, has worked for 20 years as a professor at the Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham and Wake Tech Community College and as a designer for several major corporations.

“My focus is to create a program that is inexpensive, informative, and practical,” said Mills. “My students will graduate with a strong working knowledge of graphic design principles, typography, layout, and information organization.”

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Dental Hygiene Program Reaches Twelve Consecutive Years of Complete Student Success

Dental Hygiene Class of 2018

From left: Patricia Behan, Becky Curtis, Cody Cavenaugh, Hannah Johnston, CFCC Dental Hygiene Program Director Mary Ellen Naylor, Portia Pridgen, Kayla Kleiner, Kate Sellers

The CFCC dental hygiene program recently received results from the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination (NBDHE). The results showed a 100 percent pass rate from CFCC dental hygiene students, marking 12 consecutive years in which all CFCC dental hygiene graduates passed the examination.

The CFCC Dental Hygiene program, accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, prepares students for careers as registered dental hygienists. To obtain their licensure, graduates are required to complete a three-step examination process — the first of which is the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination. The exam assesses the graduate’s ability to understand and apply basic biomedical, dental and dental hygiene sciences.

“I could not be more proud of these students. They have the heart and compassion for their profession and their patients that can only lead to success,” said CFCC Dental Hygiene Program Director Mary Ellen Naylor, EdD., RDH.

Naylor highlighted that in three and half semesters, the students provided approximately $186,000 in dental hygiene services to the local community through the on-campus clinic. “The students were ALSO able to collaborate and treat patients at the Pender Dental Clinic, the East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine Community Service Learning Center in Bolivia, and the Mission of Mercy free dental clinic held at CFCC.”

In addition to those achievements, the students accrued hundreds of community-service learning hours helping to screen and provide oral hygiene instruction to children at the Boys & Girls Club and provide oral hygiene education to elementary students in New Hanover County. Naylor continued, “These students have already made such an impact on our college and community; I cannot wait to see what they will continue to do for our profession and our community as licensed dental hygienists.”

Community Raises Over $314,981 to Benefit Cape Fear Community College Students

2018 Gift of Education

The Cape Fear Community College Foundation held its 13th annual Gift of Education events on May 17th and 18th and raised $314,981 in cash and pledges to benefit CFCC students, a 24% increase over last year’s event.

The Gift of Education is held annually and serves as the Cape Fear Community College Foundation’s largest fundraising event. This year the event was relocated from the Schwartz Center to CFCC’s Wilson Center and a new breakfast event was added. There was also a 26% increase in attendance at this year’s events. Proceeds from the Gift of Education will be used primarily for student scholarships. Guests were also given the option to donate to the renovation of the College’s Schwartz Center which is utilized by students for physical education classes as well as by the CFCC basketball and volleyball teams.

Speakers at the event included four CFCC students, three of which graduated from CFCC just days before the event, who received scholarship assistance from the Foundation. The students shared emotional accounts of their lives before attending CFCC as well as how financial support from the community helped them to pursue their dreams through education. This year guests also heard remarks from Dr. Katherine Evans, Program Director for Pharmacy Technology and donors Brian and Beth Kirschner who are assisting two students with scholarship funds.

Guests were treated to a surprise at the end of each event as CFCC President, Jim Morton, and Foundation Board Member and Gift of Education Co-Chair, Ms. Linda Wilson, surprised current CFCC students Charles McCauley and Kyleigh Piner with $1,000 scholarships. The surprise came at the tail end of a humorous video which featured various community members and local leaders trying their hand at Cape Fear Community College programs. The video can be found on CFCC’s website at

“The Gift of Education serves as a celebration of student success and a heartfelt thank you to the numerous community members and organizations who help our students to succeed,” said Cape Fear Community College President, Mr. Jim Morton.

Sponsors of this year’s events included New Hanover Regional Medical Center, ECS Southeast, PPD, The Murchison Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, Rose Bay Boats, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage, Monteith Construction, First National Bank, South State Bank, The Cynthia & George Mitchell Foundation, Tamara and Rick Pasin, Cape Fear Rotary, Mulford Cost Management, Brinkley Financial Group BB&T Scott & Stringfellow, Coca-Cola, Ms. Linda Wilson, and Ronnie and Cyndi McNeill.

Individuals may still donate to the Gift of Education through a variety of methods: online at, by calling 910-362-7207, by mail to 411 N. Front Street, Wilmington, NC 28401, or in person at CFCC’s 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.

Surgical Technology Students Maintain Perfect Pass Rate on National State Exam

Surgical technology students
CFCC surgical technology program students have maintained a 100 percent pass rate on the National Certification Exam since the inception of the program in 2007.

The CFCC Surgical Technology Program, accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), is designed to prepare individuals to function in the operating room setting. The Associate in Applied Science degree program equips its students with the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to operate as an essential member of the medical team.

Students are required to take the National Board on Certification in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) within a four-week period prior to or after graduation. The examination consists of 200 questions, 175 of which are scored. Students are tested on pre, intra, and post-operative care, administrative and personnel duties, equipment sterilization and maintenance, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, and surgical pharmacology. To receive a passing grade, individuals must receive 70 percent or higher. CFCC students received between 80 and 90 percent on the most recent exam.

“I attribute the success of our students to the hard work of the instructors including Marcy Frazier and Kim Ward, the advanced facility and equipment we have to train our students, and the support of the local community through our clinical sites,” said CFCC Surgical Technology Program Director Chancey Funderburk. “This has led to our continued 100% pass rate on the National Board Certification Exam and 100% job placement. And it is such a privilege to celebrate over a decade of total success of our students!”

“I am so proud of the success of our surgical technology students and I am thankful for the dedication and commitment of our faculty to providing quality, innovative, and engaging instruction,” said CFCC Dean of Health Sciences Dr. Angela Ballentine.

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17-Year-Old Triplets Graduate CFCC

Triplets Graduate(From left: Molly, Sam, and Hannah Brohaugh)

Triplets Hannah, Sam, and Molly Brohaugh, age 17, graduated from Cape Fear Community College this past Friday in the college transfer ceremony.

The triplets took advantage of the Career and College Promise Program (CCP) as homeschoolers, which allowed them to enroll — full-time — in college courses as high school students set to earn their associate degrees early.

Though unseparated their first semester, they began taking classes on their own in subsequent terms. Sam noted, “At Cape Fear, we were really taught to be independent.”

Hannah admitted, “I was always hesitant to tell people how old I was in fear that I’d be treated differently. And I thought the transition from homeschool to a public college would be difficult, but it was surprisingly easy.”

When asked what made the transition easy, Molly said, “We really wanted to do well in our classes,” and agreed with Hannah who said, “I really enjoy learning, I’ve always enjoyed learning.” They credited their parents and CFCC instructors as key factors to the ease of their transition as well.

On advice they would give to their peers, Hannah said, “Know what you’re doing and put the time in, it will pay off.” On a related note, Molly said, “Plan it out. Look into the college you want to go to and find out what you have to do get there. Be organized.” Sam said, “Finish, graduate! Don’t just transfer with a handful of credits.”

Hannah, the oldest by a minute, will attend Campbell University to study nursing. Sam and Molly will attend NC State University — Sam to study civil engineering and Molly, accounting.

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