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CFCC to hold Harvest Health, Wellness and Safety Fair tomorrow (10/22) in downtown Wilmington

HHWSFMore than 65 vendors and CFCC programs will be represented at Cape Fear Community College’s Harvest Health and Safety Fair on Wednesday, October 22 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

The annual fair will be held on CFCC’s downtown Wilmington campus, on the 5th Floor on the Union Station Building.

“The health and safety of our students is of utmost importance, says Dr. Ted Spring, CFCC’s president. “We’re pleased to present the fair again this year, and hope that the public will join us!”

Among the vendors scheduled to attend are the Big Buddy Program, Coastal Horizons, Darkness to Light, Department of Veterans Affairs Rural Health Initiative, Domestic Violence Shelter and Services, Inc, Food Bank on CENC, Lower Cape Fear Hospice, New Hanover County Health Department, Pretty in Pink Foundation, Wilmington Fire Prevention, and Women of Hope.

Flu shots will be available (must have insurance and ID) as well as blood pressure checks, health and fitness tips, fire safety tips and much more!

Canned donations will also be accepted. This event is free and open to the public.



CFCC’s Cyber Security Day offers free professional advice to keep personal data safe

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Keeping personal information secure in an ever growing cloud-based environment is a top priority for cyber security experts and everyday users. October is Cyber Security Awareness Month and later this week Cape Fear Community College will present a day-long event that will give participants a chance to get free practical advice about online safety from professionals in the field.

CFCC’s Cyber Security Day will be held on Thursday, Oct. 23 from 9:00 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the BB&T Auditorium in the McKeithan Center at CFCC’s North Campus in Castle Hayne. Visitors are invited to stop in throughout the day to attend one or more of several interactive seminars led by CFCC faculty and staff who specialize in computer technology.

“We hope the public will take advantage of the wealth of information that our instructors, staff and students can provide,” said Melissa Watson, chair of CFCC’s Business Technologies department.

The morning schedule features presentations from instructors who teach in CFCC’s Computer Technology Integration program and staff who work in the college’s information technology department. Topics will include best practices to prevent online security breaches for individuals and small businesses, wireless security and mobile device security.

Between 2 and 4 p.m. the event will feature a hands-on clinic where visitors are invited to bring in their laptops and mobile devices to get a free cyber-security consultation from instructors and students.

Watson explained that in addition to being a valuable public service event, the program will give students an opportunity to apply the knowledge they’ve learned in the classroom in a real-world environment.

​Full schedule:​9:00 am – Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:15 am – Session 1: Google Apps

10:15 am – Session 2: Keep Your Small Business and Personal Data Secure

11:15 am – Session 3: Keeping Wireless Technology Secure

1:15 pm – Session 4: Mobile Device Security

2:00 ​-​ 4:00 pm – Cyber Security Clinic

CFCC’s North Campus is located at 4500 Blue Clay Rd. Free parking is available for visitors. ​For more details, visit​


Wilmington Tri-County Dental Society Continues Support of CFCC

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Dr. Halley White, D.D.S., secretary, Dr. Doug Fry, D.D.S., president, and Dr. Gabriel Rich, D.D.S., vice president of the Wilmington Tri-County Dental Society present a check to Dana McKoy, Director of Annual Giving for the CFCC Foundation to provide funding for students in the Cape Fear Community College Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene programs.

The Wilmington Tri-County Dental Society recently presented the Cape Fear Community College Foundation with a check for $4,000 to provide funding to assist dental hygiene and dental assisting students.

The majority of funds will provide scholarships for students, but $1,000 will also be available to be used at the discretion of the faculty to assist deserving students with various expenses that emerge at the end of the students’ program, such as fees to take board exams and licensure fees.

Since 1999, the Wilmington Tri-County Dental Association has provided over $32,000 in support of Cape Fear Community College Dental Students.

“The Tri-County Dental Society has been a strong advocate for both the dental assisting and dental hygiene programs at CFCC since the inception of both programs,” said Mary Ellen Naylor,

Dental Hygiene Program Director. “They have provided scholarships and opened their practice doors for our students’ education. We sincerely thank them for the part they play in the educational success of our students.”

The Wilmington Tri-County Dental Society proudly supports the Study and Practice of Dentistry in New Hanover, Brunswick, and Pender Counties.

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

N.C. Poet Laureate to visit CFCC on Oct. 16


North Carolina Poet Laureate (2012-2014)​ Joseph Bathani will visit Cape Fear Community College later this week for a workshop and poetry reading.

Bathanti, who is an award-winning poet and author, will hold a poetry workshop on Thursday, Oct. 16 from 12:30 – 1:45 p.m. in room S-002 in the ground floor of the McLeod Building. He will then read from his own works at 3:00 p.m. in the Learning Resource Center on the second floor of the L Building at 415 N. 2nd St.

His books will be available for signing and purchase. The event is free and open to the public.

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, Bathanti has BA & MA degrees in English Literature from the University of Pittsburgh, as well as an MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College. Bathanti came to North Carolina as a VISTA Volunteer in 1976 to work with prison inmates. Professor of Creative Writing at Appalachian State University, he is also Writer-in-Residence and Director of Writing in the Field for the University’s Watauga Residential College.

Bathanti is the author of eight books of poetry: Communion Partners; Anson County; The Feast of All Saints; This Metal, nominated for The National Book Award, and winner of the 1997 Oscar Arnold Young Award from The North Carolina Poetry Council; Land of Amnesia, in 2009; Restoring Sacred Art, winner of the 2010 Roanoke Chowan Prize, awarded annually by the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association; Sonnets of the Cross; and a new volume of poems, Concertina, from Mercer University Press, winner of the 2014 Roanoke Chowan Prize. His first novel, East Liberty, winner of the Carolina Novel Award, was published in 2001 by Banks Channel Books in Wilmington, NC. His latest novel, Coventry, winner of the 2006 Novello Literary Award, was published by Novello Festival Press in Charlotte, NC. His collection of short stories, The High Heart, winner of the 2006 Spokane Prize, was published by Eastern Washington University Press in 2007.  A new novel, The Life of the World to Come, is forthcoming from University of South Carolina Press. They Changed the State: The Legacy of North Carolina’s Visiting Artists, 1971-1995, his book of nonfiction, was published in early 2007. His new book of personal essays, Half of What I Say Is Meaningless, winner of the Will D. Campbell Award for Creative Nonfiction, has recently appeared from Mercer University Press in 2014.

He is recipient of Literature Fellowships from the NC Arts Council in 1994 (poetry) and 2009 (fiction); The Samuel Talmadge Ragan Award, presented annually for outstanding contributions to the Fine Arts of North Carolina over an extended period; a Fellowship from The Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry; the Bruno Arcudi Literature Prize; the Ernest A Lynton Faculty Award for Professional Service and Academic Outreach; the Aniello Lauri Award for Creative Writing (2001 and 2007); the Linda Flowers Prize; the Sherwood Anderson Award; the Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Prize; the Donald Murray Prize; the 2012 Ragan-Rubin Award for Literary Achievement; the 2012 Will D. Campbell Award for Creative Nonfiction, the 2013 Mary Frances Hobson Prize; the 2014 The Irene Blair Honeycutt Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Literary Arts; the 2014 Rita Dove Poetry Award, presented annually by The Center for Women Writers at Salem College; and others.

Named the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet for the Western Region for the North Carolina Poetry Society for 2011-12, Bathanti also teaches in Carlow University’s MFA Program in Creative Writing. He is the inaugural Senator John Heinz History Center Italian American Collection Scholar-in-Residence.

CFCC to Host “No Texting & Driving” Pledge Event on Friday, October 10

AT&T Driving Simulator to Encourage Students to Commit to Safe Driving

Mayor Bill Saffo and Cape Fear Community College Vice President John Berry will highlight the dangers of texting while driving as AT&T brings its driving simulator to Cape Fear Community College this Friday.

AT&T launched the It Can Wait® public education campaign, now supported by more than 2,500 organizations nationally, to convey a simple, powerful message: No text is worth dying for.

Saffo will address the dangers of texting while driving, which is prohibited under North Carolina law, while Berry will announce that CFCC is joining the campaign as an official It Can Wait® advocate.

Each year, more than 100,000 automobile crashes causing life-changing injuries or deaths involve drivers who were texting, according to the National Safety Council.

“This is an excellent opportunity for our students to learn what could happen if they text and drive,” says Dr. Berry. “Our hope is that this simulated experience will help them to make safer choices and avoid the very real consequences of texting while driving.”

Students and the public are invited to experience the AT&T Driving Simulator on Friday, October 10, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. in first floor lobby of CFCC’s Union Station building, and a press conference will be held in conjunction with the event at 10:30 a.m.


Let it Be Known to be presented at CFCC on Friday, October 10

Project to train citizen archivists, continue documentation of slave deeds in the lower Cape Fear region

Students from Cape Fear Community College will introduce the Let It Be Known project on Friday, October 10 at 1:00 p.m. in Union Station (Room U-170). The presentation will detail a research project conducted by CFCC students on pre-Civil War property records of enslaved persons from the archives of the New Hanover County Register of Deeds and introduce ways for others to become involved in the continuing project.

Under the direction of Dr. James Burke of CFCC’s Humanities and Fine Arts Department, more than 40 students located and transcribed the handwritten records dating back to the 1730′s. Small groups of students read the handwritten deeds page by page and recorded the names of the slaves, grantor, grantee, date of documents, book, page number, and other important facts about each document.The data gathered by the students was used to create a digital database of the records. By the spring of 2014, the first series of database spanning the years 1734 through 1820 was complete. It contained 6,607 entries.

The work has continued, and now the Let It Be Known project team is in the process of applying for a grant that will focus on the creation of a training program for “citizen archivists” so that more people can become involved.

Friday’s event is free and open to the public, and more information is available at

Nine local students selected as Cape Fear Community College merit scholars

2014 CFCC Merit Scholars (L-R): Aaliyah MacAlpine, Cassidi Williamson, Abby Thorley, Kylie Purvis, Connor Belk, Jordan Spillers, Katelyn Andreassen, Mayra Chavez, Vaughn Rizzo.

2014 CFCC Merit Scholars (L-R): Aaliyah MacAlpine, Cassidi Williamson, Abby Thorley, Kylie Purvis, Connor Belk, Jordan Spillers, Katelyn Andreassen, Mayra Chavez, Vaughn Rizzo.

The Cape Fear Community College Foundation recently awarded merit scholarships to nine local students who recently began their first year of college at CFCC this semester.

The recipients demonstrated academic excellence and leadership in their high school careers. Academic performance, extracurricular activities and community service were all considered in the selection process.

The 2014 CFCC Merit Scholars are Vaughn Rizzo from Ashley High School; Kylie Purvis and Connor Belk from Coastal Christian High School; Aaliyah MacAlpine from E.A. Laney High School; Cassidi Williamson from New Hanover High School; Katelyn Andreassen and Mayra Chavez from Heide Trask High School; Jordan Spillers from Topsail High School; and Abby Thorley from Wilmington Christian Academy.

Each student received $900 toward their first semester at CFCC, and will receive an additional $900 for the spring semester if they maintain a 3.0 GPA while completing 12 credit hours this fall.

The Merit Scholars will also benefit from support provided by the CFCC Foundation Board of Directors throughout the academic year. “Our board members are very interested in making sure our merit scholars have all the resources they need to succeed at CFCC,” said Dana McKoy, Director of Annual Giving at CFCC. “They look forward to sharing their own academic experiences and offering guidance to these promising students.”

The CFCC Foundation’s merit scholarships are awarded each year. To be considered, a student must be a current high school senior within New Hanover or Pender County and must have applied or been approved to enroll at Cape Fear Community College. For more information, please visit



CFCC and UNCW to reaffirm articulation agreement on Monday

CFCC and UNCW to reaffirm articulation agreement on Monday
Partnership eases transition from CFCC to UNCW
WILMINGTON – Two of the area’s largest educational institutions are reaffirming a partnership that will help increase access to a four-year degree for hundreds of students each year. The local agreement assures CFCC graduates acceptance into UNCW, provided that CFCC students earn an associate degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.

On Monday, Sept. 29 at 11:30 a.m., leaders from the University of North Carolina Wilmington<> and Cape Fear Community College <> will sign the latest version of an articulation agreement, which is designed to provide an easier transition between the two institutions. This agreement is in addition to the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA), which is a statewide arrangement that governs the transfer of credits between the state’s community colleges and public universities.

The agreement between CFCC and UNCW differs from the statewide CAA in that it offers the benefit of acceptance at the student’s school of choice, which among a vast majority of CFCC students is UNCW. However, the UNCW agreement establishes a higher standard for students than the statewide agreement requires. Through the statewide CAA, graduates of any of the North Carolina Community Colleges are assured admittance to one of the UNC institutions, but not assured admittance to a specific campus or program. The significance of the CFCC and UNCW agreement makes sure that a high quality CFCC graduate gets the opportunity to enroll in one of the most competitive academic institutions in the UNC system.

“UNCW is the university of choice for most of our college transfer students,” said Dr. Amanda Lee, vice president of CFCC’s instructional services division.

Of the 9,000 degree-seeking students attending CFCC this semester, roughly half are seeking a college transfer degree.

“We are proud to be one of the largest enrolling transfer institutions in the UNC system and this agreement strengthens the pathway for Cape Fear Community College students seeking to earn a degree from UNCW,” said Denise Battles, UNCW Provost.

According to statistics from the American Association of Community Colleges, of the 6.5 million college students nationwide, close to half of them attend a community college. In addition half of the students who receive a baccalaureate degree attend community college in the course of their undergraduate studies.


Duke Energy donates $15,000 to CFCC to help improve access to job training

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Duke Energy recently presented​Cape Fear Community College with a $15,000 check on September 18 at 11 a.m. in the Applied Technologies Building at CFCC’s North Campus.  The funds are earmarked for scholarships for students enrolled in technical and vocational programs. Specifically, scholarships from this grant will be awarded based on financial need to students enrolled in Electronics Engineering Technology, Electrical/Electronics Technology, Industrial Systems Technology and Computer Engineering Technology.

“These scholarships will enable students to learn skills that will help them be highly employable after graduation – at jobs with significant earning potential,” said Dr. Ted D. Spring, CFCC’s president. “Since one of the considerations to receive a scholarship from this grant is financial need, receiving one of these scholarships could truly be life-changing.”

“Part of Duke Energy’s mission is to make the communities around us better places to live,” says John K. Elliott, Duke Energy’s Director of East Region Government and Community Relations. “We enjoy a strong partnership with Cape Fear Community College and we are proud to support CFCC students as they embark on training that will not only improve their quality of life, but also improve the quality of the workforce in the Wilmington area.”

Duke Energy is the largest electric power holding company in the United States with more than $110 billion in total assets. Its regulated utility operations serve approximately 7.2 million electric customers located in six states in the Southeast and Midwest.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 250 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available at:

The Duke Energy Foundation actively works to improve the quality of life in its communities, lending expertise in the form of leadership and philanthropic support to charitable organizations. Duke Energy has long been committed to building and supporting the communities in which its customers and employees live and work.

The Cape Fear Community College Foundation exists solely to support the students, faculty, academic programs and mission of Cape Fear Community College. The CFCC Foundation secures and manages gifts and grants, including cash contributions, planned or estate gifts, securities, donated services, and equipment and supplies for educational purposes. For more information about CFCC, the CFCC Foundation or establishing scholarships, please contact the Cape Fear Community College Foundation at: 910.362.7207.

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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