New at CFCC: Graphic Design Certificate

Graphic Design

This fall, Cape Fear Community College will offer 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.”

“We want our students to quickly apply their new skills in the workplace,” said CFCC Continuing Education Coordinator Mike Hoffer. “Each student will create an online portfolio and work with real companies on real graphic design projects.”

The CFCC Graphic Design program will begin on August 20. For more information, visit or call (910) 362-7883.

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 $267,000 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 $267,574 in cash and pledges to benefit CFCC students, a 5% 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.

To learn more about the CFCC Surgical Technology program, visit

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.

To learn more about the Career and College Promise program, visit

CFCC Nurse Aide Students Maintain High Pass Rate on State Exam

nurse aide student

Wilmington, NC – CFCC nurse aide students achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the North Carolina Nurse Aide I Training Program State Exam.

The 2018 first-quarter report from Pearson VUE and the National Council of State Boards of Nursing National Nurse Aide Assessment Program showed that the 24 students in the CFCC Nurse Aide I Training Program all passed the exam and were registered as Certified Nurse Aides (CNA) on the NC State CNA I Registry.

Since 2015, CFCC nurse aide I students have maintained a pass rate of 98 to 100 percent on the NC State Nurse Aide I Certification Exam. This exam consists of a 75 question written exam, and a skills demonstration exam. Candidates must pass both sections to receive their CNA I certification.

“We take pride in making sure our nurse aide students receive the best education possible to excel in the healthcare field,” said Claudina McLiverty, CFCC nurse aide program director.  “The historically high exam pass rate is a reflection of the student’s hard work and dedication, as well as the support and commitment of the Nurse Aide Program faculty and staff.”

For more information about the CFCC nurse aide program, visit

Cape Fear Builders Guild Continues Support for Student Scholarships

Cape Fear Builders Guild

Wilmington, NC – Wilmington, NC – The Cape Fear Builder’s Guild (CFBG) has generously donated $1,250 for scholarships to the Cape Fear Community College Foundation for two students in the construction management technology program. CFCC construction management students Richard Hilbourn and Cristian Molina both received scholarships.

“With the uptick in residential construction in the Cape Fear region, employers in the construction trades are encountering a shortage of qualified workers,” said Craig Johnson, president of the Cape Fear Builders Guild. “Our group is passionate about assisting students with training for these in-demand jobs and helping our members by supporting the development of a highly-trained workforce.”

The Cape Fear Builders Guild (CFBG) is a select group of residential homebuilders in the greater Wilmington area that joined to command better pricing and support from suppliers. Members exchange information on emerging market trends, design innovations and emerging technologies to ensure the best product and service is provided to CFBG customers. Through this association, CFBG builders provide benefits to homebuyers, preferred suppliers, builder members and the community in which they work.

The Builder’s Guild has been supporting student scholarships at Cape Fear Community College since 2010, and to date has donated more than $3,750 to students training for jobs in the homebuilding industry.

The Cape Fear Community College Foundation exists to support the mission of the College and its students, faculty, staff, programs, scholarships and specific capital projects. The Foundation secures and manages the endowment, gifts, and grants consistent with donor intent; These include but are not limited to, cash contributions, planned or estate gifts, securities, donated services, equipment, and supplies for educational purposes.

For more information about the Cape Fear Community College Foundation, please visit

New Initiative to Address Construction Workforce Labor Shortages

CFCC Construction Inst.

(Left to right: Tim Milam, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage; Teddy Hardeen; Dave Spetrino, 2018 WCFHBA president; Josh Davis, CFCC director of customized training and workforce development; CFCC President Jim Morton)

WILMINGTON, NC — Cape Fear Community College and the Wilmington-Cape Fear Home Builders Association (WCFHBA) today announced the launch of a partnership and initiative that aims to mitigate labor shortages within the construction industry in New Hanover and Pender counties.

This summer CFCC will offer Construction Institutes, intensive two-week training programs aimed at helping satisfy local construction workforce needs. With input from the construction community, builders, and subcontractors, CFCC and WCFHBA developed four courses designed to teach basic skills in the fields of masonry, plumbing, carpentry, and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC). Upon completion of the training, participants are guaranteed an interview with a local employer.

Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage President, Mr. Tim Milam, also announced today that they will be committing $5,000 toward the support and training of the area’s construction workforce. Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage has partnered with WCFHBA to set up a memorial scholarship fund in honor of Mr. Ted Hardeen who was an integral part of the Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage new home construction division.

“This new CFCC initiative strikes a chord within our firm as we work hand-in-hand with so many local builders,” said Milam. “The partnership between the WCFHBA and CFCC will also help raise awareness among youth in our community about the many career opportunities within the construction industry.” The scholarship will be housed under the WCFHBA Paul Gregory Foundation, and the funds will be designated to CFCC programs like the Construction Institutes as well as program funding and scholarship support to students actively enrolled in CFCC construction programs.

“While the demand for new homes has steadily increased, the growth in our construction labor force has not,” said WCFHBA President David Spetrino. “This initiative by CFCC will provide a concise, focused, and comprehensive foundation for students to learn a skill that will forever be in demand. And our region as a whole will benefit.”

According to a survey conducted by the Associated General Contractors of America, 75 percent of construction firms plan to expand their workforce in 2018. Moreover, 78 percent of the surveyed construction firms in North Carolina expressed having a difficult time filling positions.

“It is both our mission and our privilege to meet the needs of our local employers,” said CFCC President Jim Morton. “As the need for skilled workers continues to grow, so will our efforts to equip students with the skills they need to succeed.”

The Construction Institutes will run concurrently June 18 through June 29 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The cost for each course is $185. Participants may choose only one course of study. For more information, visit

CFCC LPN Program Ranked #1 in North Carolina

CFCC PN StudentsWilmington, North Carolina – The Cape Fear Community College Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) program, for the second consecutive year, has been named best in North Carolina.

In a recent study conducted by Practical, the CFCC LPN program ranked first among 36 other LPN programs offered by community colleges, technical centers, and private career schools in the state. The scores and rankings for each school were determined based on a historical analysis of National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) 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.”

“The success of this program is shared by all of the faculty and staff who dedicate their time and expertise to support the students and the program,” said Dean of Health Sciences Dr. Angela Ballentine. “CFCC provides exceptional healthcare programs that are making a vital contribution to healthcare delivery in our community and throughout the state.”

“Our students are diligent, hardworking, and tenacious in their endeavor to become LPNs,” said Practical Nursing Program Director Carolyn McCormick. “They are representing our college in a positive way with each clinical rotation. The program faculty has tremendous experience as nurses in their practice areas with nearly 100 years of combined nursing experience. Additionally, we are fortunate to have the outstanding technology in our learning labs and simulated hospital which augments the student experience and creates realistic teaching and clinical scenarios upon which our students can learn.”

The CFCC Practical Nursing program prepares individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide nursing care to clients and groups of clients throughout the lifespan in a variety of settings. Graduates are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination, which is required for practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Employment opportunities include healthcare settings such as hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, physician’s offices, industry, and community health agencies.

For more information about Cape Fear Community College’s LPN program, please visit .

From CFCC to Chapel Hill: A C-STEP Student Story

Tyler Balderson

“I found out about C-STEP against all odds,” said Tyler Balderson, a former Cape Fear Community College student who now attends the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

C-STEP, also known as the Carolina Student Transfer Excellence Program, is a program that mentors students through an associate degree program and onto a baccalaureate degree program as a student at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Balderson discovered C-STEP three days short of the deadline during his final semester of high school. With his SAT/ACT scores, he didn’t think he stood a chance of getting in. Despite his doubt, he decided to apply. A few months later, Balderson received an envelope from UNC-Chapel Hill in the mail. “Half expecting it to be a rejection letter, I ripped it open, tearing the envelope and the acceptance letter in two. I had been accepted!”

Balderson’s admittance to the program shifted his mindset — he felt like he belonged and like he was working toward a goal. “I worked 30-70-hour weeks while I was a student and because of my relationships with the students, staff, and faculty, I felt both supported and confident.”

“Not only has C-STEP given me peace of mind knowing that I will transfer on to UNC-Chapel Hill, but it has given me a community of people to lean on and friends that are like family,” Balderson noted. C-STEP affected Balderson in such a positive way that he wanted to give back. In his second year of the program, he dedicated his time to helping others who felt “alone or incompetent with no way out of it.” He reached out to new members, welcomed them, and made them feel at home in what he calls the “C-STEP family.”

“If you’re thinking about applying, stop thinking and apply!” said Balderson. “Don’t let the past or present define your future. If you want anything to happen for you in the future, you have to make it happen for yourself.”

Tyler Balderson is now in his third year of college at UNC-Chapel Hill with hopes to continue his C-STEP journey as a board member on the C-STEP Student Leadership Committee.