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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

CFCC Everywhere – June 10 and 17

Faculty, staff, students and friends, thank you for the challenge!

Through feedback sessions, meetings, and conversations, you made it clear it is time we embrace modern tools of efficiency communication and collaboration with open arms. We are proud to announce what we are calling the “CFCC Everywhere” drive. You are invited to come, have a cup of coffee and spend a few minutes with our staff who will change the way you connect to CFCC. If you have a mobile device, bring it along!  On Tuesday June 10, the IT team will be in the BB&T Auditorium from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.  On Tuesday, June 17, we’ll be in Daniels Hall (U-508) from 9:30 until 3:30.  Drop by with your mobile device, and connect! 


Volunteers from the local business community join CFCC’s Foundation Board

new board members 2014 small

The Cape Fear Community College Foundation Board is pleased to announce seven new members for the 2014-2015 year.

Among the new board members this year are several current and retired business owners, a local attorney and a well-known architect. Members include Tom Babel, Kathleen Barber, Madi McDougald, Trish Chiarell, Fred Kumpel, Charles Boney and Stephanie Meyers.

The purpose of the CFCC Foundation Board is to raise private funds for student scholarships and support the overall mission of CFCC. The foundation hosts a wide variety of events throughout the year to support students.

Most recently, the Foundation hosted the 2014 Gift of Education luncheon on May 15, which raised over $300,000 from local businesses and community members.

On Thursday, June 12, the Foundation will host the NewBridge Bank Bridge to Bridge 4.0 Run in downtown Wilmington, which is expected to draw hundreds of people to the area.

For more information about the CFCC Foundation call (910) 362-7207.

New CFCC initiative targets baby boomers

Adult Students In Class With Teacher (Selective Focus)

Cape Fear Community College was selected to participate in the “Plus 50 Encore Completion Program” as part of a nationwide effort coordinated by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).

The Plus 50 Initiative is a two-year effort by a pilot group of two-year institutions to create or expand campus programs to engage the plus-50 population in learning, re-training programs; and volunteer, civic, and service activities. The overall goal of the initiative is to develop and promote community colleges as the primary places where plus-50s can learn, train, and find ways to contribute to their communities and society as a whole.

Currently, CFCC is meeting with representatives of the local community and exploring potential classes and academic programs that would appeal to the plus 50 population in the area of heath care, education and social services.

The college established an advisory committee to help assess the educational needs and goals of the local population to develop courses and programs for the initiative. Longtime educator and community leader Dr. Michael Allred was named as the chairman of the advisory committee and explained that many older residents can benefit from classes and programs at CFCC.

“50 is the new 30,” Dr. Allred said. He emphasized that parents who have grown children find that they have more time to start a second career, get a degree or just take a class for personal enjoyment.

Allred, who also teaches a class for substitute teachers, said that have some life experience is an asset in a wide number of jobs, particularly teaching.

“Life experience is a valuable tool to have in the classroom,” Allred said.

The overarching goal of the Plus 50 Initiative is to support community colleges’ ability to engage plus 50 learners through education, work, and service. To reach this goal, the initiative focuses on developing and expanding the program offerings of the grantee colleges, by striving to reach more plus 50 students, by expanding plus 50 offerings to additional community colleges, and by putting the interests of plus 50 students at community colleges on the public agenda.

“Baby boomers who are out work or want to transition into new career fields need to upgrade their skills. Community colleges are affordable and working to help baby boomers, even if they’ve never stepped on a college campus before,” said Mary Sue Vickers, director of the Plus 50 Initiative at AACC.

She added that many of the plus 50 adults who participate in the program also find great meaning and purpose in their work after they get hired.

“Jobs in health care, education and social services give baby boomers a way to give back to society, so plus 50 adults find these careers to be particularly rewarding,” Vickers said.

For more information about the Plus 50 program at CFCC, contact Bev Smalls at 362-7199 or email


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