Cape Fear Community College Interior Design Students Assist Local Family

Cape Fear Community College interior design students recently partnered with Welcome Home Angel to renovate the home of a local family in need. Welcome Home Angel is a non-profit that provides comfort to children with chronic or debilitating illnesses or injuries and their families through structural modifications and aesthetic changes to the families’ homes. The organization provides a “makeover” of the child’s bedroom, and also of their siblings’ rooms, to create a cheerful environment for healing and to accommodate any special needs.

CFCC students redesigned the bedrooms of a Wilmington family’s three children; one child is adopted and has a rare genetic disorder and two of the children are being fostered by the family. Students selected paint colors, window treatments, and furnishings, and installed and assembled all the materials as part of their senior project.

“Welcome Home Angel provided an opportunity for Cape Fear Community College’s senior interior design students to truly make a difference in the lives of this family,” said Tammy Powell, Interior Design Program Director. “It also provided an opportunity for students to develop new skills and build upon the ones learned in the classroom, and it instilled in them a sense of purpose for their profession. Just to see the look on the faces of the children was priceless.”

For more information on CFCC’s interior design program, visit

CFCC’s Marine Technology Program Receives Support from Cape Fear Sail and Power Squadron

The Cape Fear Community College Foundation recently received a $1,000 scholarship from the Cape Fear Sail & Power Squadron. The scholarship will provide financial assistance to students in CFCC’s marine technology program.

The Cape Fear Sail & Power Squadron is a non-profit organization dedicated to boating education and promoting skilled principles of navigation and seamanship. The club of more than 200 boating enthusiasts offers safe boating education both on the water and in the classroom. Members may take courses covering seamanship, piloting, navigation, marine electronics, sailing, engine maintenance, cruise planning, weather, and boater’s certification. Additionally, they perform free vessel safety checks and membership provides discounts on boat insurance and other products.

“We enjoy our partnership with CFCC as we try to make a difference on Wilmington’s waterways by teaching boating skills that make the water a safer place,” says Commander Mark Stacy, AP.

“Our national tagline is ‘Come for the boating education and stay for the friends.’  I believe this phrase sums up what and who we are nicely. Since 1914, we have been at the forefront in teaching boating fundamentals, seamanship, and navigational subjects to both our members and the public at large. We are extremely proud and appreciative of our close relationship with Cape Fear Community College and our members who made this gift possible,” says Lt/C Ed LoBalbo, SN, Squadron Education Officer.

The Cape Fear Sail & Power Squadron facilitates boat safety and navigation courses at CFCC. Individuals enrolled in the courses often join the club after the course is finished. “We want to do this annually. CFCC provides us with classrooms, and this is our way of helping them because they help us so much,” adds Lt/C Rick Sorrenti, AP, Squadron Secretary.



Left to Right:

Cape Fear Squadron Education Officer —Lt/C Ed LoBalbo, SN
CFCC – Debi Causey, External Events Coordinator
CFCC – Bob Jones, Foundation
CFCC – Dr. Amanda Lee, President
CFCC – Jason Rogers, Marine Technology Department Chair
Cape Fear Squadron Commander – Cdr Mark Stacy, AP
Cape Fear Squadron Secretary— Lt/C Rick Sorrenti, AP

CFCC Announces Board of Trustees

New Hanover County Commissioners recently selected Jimmy Hopkins to serve on the Cape Fear Community College Board of Trustees for a four-year term. Hopkins, a broker at Intracoastal Realty, previously served on CFCC’s Board of Trustees. His community involvement includes serving on the Coastal Horizons Center Board of Trustees, chair of the Historic Preservation Committee for the City of Wilmington, Executive Committee member for the Cape Fear Home Builders Association, and the City of Wilmington’s Vision 20/20 Committee.

In addition to Hopkins’ appointment, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory reappointed Louis Burney, Jr. to another four-year term on CFCC’s Board of Trustees. Burney, First Vice President at Morgan Stanley, has served on the board since 2004. He is a member of the USS North Carolina Commissioning Committee, a former trustee of the Cape Fear Museum, and a former treasurer for the Airlie Gardens Foundation Board.

Colonel John Melia was selected by the New Hanover County Board of Education to serve a four-year term. Colonel Melia retired from active duty after nearly 36 years of continuous service, as the Assistant Chief of Staff, US Army Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Monroe, Virginia. He is a former Senior Army Instructor at North Brunswick High School and has served on the CFCC Board of Trustees since 2014.

CFCC’s Sea Devils Soccer to Call Legion Stadium Home

Cape Fear Community College’s men’s and women’s soccer teams will play their 2016 home games at Legion Stadium beginning this fall. The move to Legion Stadium, the 6,000 seat home of the Wilmington Hammerheads, is part of CFCC’s efforts to grow its soccer program and provide the highest quality facilities for its student athletes.

“We are excited to partner with the City of Wilmington,” said CFCC Director of Athletics Ryan Mantlo. “They have been wonderful to work with and it’s a terrific partnership. Playing at Legion Stadium will enhance the game day experience not only for the athletes but spectators as well.”

The 2016 season begins mid-August, with CFCC’s women’s soccer team scheduled to play nine home games in the stadium, including the CFCC Port City Classic, August 27-28. CFCC’s men’s soccer team will play their season opener onSeptember 3 against Richard Bland College at Legion Stadium, as well as six other games.

“We are very happy to call Legion Stadium home,” said Sea Devils Women’s Soccer Head Coach Ryan Deppa. “We not only want to represent CFCC, but also Wilmington, and this central location is a very positive move in that direction for our department. The surface, location, and set-up at Legion Stadium are all outstanding.”

For more information on Cape Fear Community College’s Athletics Department, visit

Local High School Students Participate in Cape Fear Community College’s Chem-Techathon

Cape Fear Community College’s 2015-2016 Chem-Techathon competition concluded on April 27, and Hoggard High School’s team took home the first place prize for their project, “Parabens in Fast Food.” Chem-Techathon is a team-based competition that engages high school students in New Hanover and Pender counties in a series of laboratory based hands-on activities, instrumentation training, and a small-scale, semester-long, research project. Hoggard students earned a grand prize of $2,500 for their efforts. Ashley High School earned second place recognition for the project, “Benzene in Gasoline,” and a team consisting of homeschooled students earned third place for their project, “Minerals in Various Brands of Water.”

CFCC’s Chem-Techathon is made possible thanks to a $150,000 Student Science Enrichment Program grant from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. Tracy Holbrook, Chemical Technology Program Director at CFCC, applied for the grant to support a three year project entitled CT-RISE: Chem-Techathon: Renewing Interest in Science Education.

CFCC’s Chemical Technology curriculum prepares individuals for work as analytical technicians in chemical laboratories associated with chemical production, environmental concerns, pharmaceuticals, and general analysis. For more information about the program, visit

Final Registration Locations and Times – Summer 2016

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Registration Locations and Times Summer 2016 

Cape Fear Community College Dental Hygiene Students Provide Dental Screenings to Local Children

Cape Fear Community College Dental Hygiene students recently partnered with Wilmington Rotary volunteers, and local dentist, Dr. Gabriel Rich, to perform dental screenings for children ages 3 to 14 at the Community Boys and Girls Club. The project, made possible by a grant from the Wilmington Rotary, enabled the students to screen 173 children and to provide them with dental health education. Of those screened, 102 children presented questionable areas or obvious decay, pain, or infection. Follow-up screening reports were given to the children’s parents, guardians, and caregivers informing them of their child’s oral status, as well as information on resources for seeking dental treatment.

As part of CFCC’s dental hygiene screening project, a Dental Health Resource Center is being installed in the Community Boys and Girls Club library. The CFCC Dental Hygiene Class of 2016 also established a GoFundMe account which raised $1,365. The funds will be used to provide dental treatment to children who presented dental concerns during the screenings and do not have Medicaid or other insurance resources.

To learn more about CFCC’s Dental Hygiene program, please visit

Cape Fear Community College Received Grant from the Landfall Foundation to Assist Students with Certification Exam Costs

Cape Fear Community College received a $3,000 grant from The Landfall Foundation to assist students finishing CFCC’s Dental Hygiene program. The funds helped CFCC students afford certification exams required for employment and will ultimately enable the students to start working in their field.

Regina McBarron, chairperson of CFCC’s Health Science programs, said that the Landfall Foundation grant helps students complete one of the final steps toward securing a job. “The generous support of the Landfall Foundation has been instrumental in our Health Science students’ success scheduling and passing their certification exams. Timing can sometimes be the key factor and the Foundation’s funding expedites that process.”

The mission of the Landfall Foundation is to provide funds to local nonprofit organizations for programs and projects that provide for the arts, education, and health and welfare in the greater Wilmington, North Carolina area.

For more information about CFCC’s Dental Hygiene program, please visit

Cape Fear Community College Students to Showcase Electric Bikes, April 21

Cape Fear Community College Mechanical Engineering Technology students will display custom built electric bicycles they designed and constructed on April 21 from noon – 2 p.m. in the McKeithan Center on CFCC’s North Campus in Castle Hayne (4500 Blue Clay Road). The students studied bicycle science, physics, and electric bicycle technology and used their skills to create a paper design for an Ebike during their first semester in the program. The four best designs were chosen, and this semester, the students had the opportunity to build and test the Ebikes.

“The design and build of the electric bicycles requires the students to apply what they have learned in all of their classes to a real, physical project. Successful completion requires teamwork, hands-on construction, and time management to meet the deadline. These skills are important to their future employment,” said Daniel Hendrickson, CFCC’s Mechanical Engineering Technology Program Director.

The Mechanical Engineering Technology program at CFCC prepares students for employment as mechanical technicians. Graduates of the program are qualified to work in many types of manufacturing, fabrication, research and development, and service industries. For more information about CFCC’s Mechanical Engineering Technology program, visit

Cape Fear Community College Students Recognized During N.C. Community College Excellence in Education Month

Governor Pat McCrory proclaimed April “North Carolina Community College Excellence in Education Month.” Students from all 58 community colleges received awards for academic excellence and exemplary leadership. Megan Lambert, a CFCC Student Ambassador and President of CFCC’s Alpha Chi Sigma Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honors Society, was the award recipient from CFCC.

“Students seek out our community colleges because the education and skills they acquire lead to opportunity – for a career, for further education and ultimately to get them that much closer to reaching their goals,” said NC Community College System Interim President George Fouts.  “This is a true celebration of community college excellence and the successes that happen every day on our campuses.”

As part of the celebration, CFCC recognized students at its annual Student Recognition Ceremony held earlier this month. The following students were recognized:

Malik Allen
Dave Aman
Amber Annab
Joshua Armstrong
Katie Armstrong
Danilo Artiga
Carey Avant
Douglas Bai
Morgan Bell
Lesley Bey
Jessica Biel
Marissa Blackman
Abigail Bradley
Caitlin Breuninger
Brandon Carr
David Cruz
Karly Dahlin
Ian Drometer
John T. Emerson
Tyler Evans
Anthony Floyd
William Gates
Peter Gilman-Bryan
Marcus Green
Leteshe Hamilton
Mark Hardy
Savanah Haug
Brittany Haynes
Keila Henry
Kayla Herring
Caroline Horne
Emily Hughes
Jacob Ingle
Ann Jackson
Christina Keith
Cathy Kelly
Kristin Kendall
Luke Kolk
Jennifer Kozlof
Megan Lambert
Megan Laughinghouse
Miranda Lawrence
Sandra Maciolka
Amber Major
Patti Malette
Brittany Marlow
Ashley McDermon
Gregory Midgett
Heidi Milliken
Nathan Myrick
Alejandro Nava
Jessica Newcomb
Janerfer Oliver
Thomas Owen
Lauren Pine
Blaine Pugh
Katie Ray
Luke Roberts
Lucas Salguero
Stephanie Santiago
Madaline Schulz
Narges Shafiee Shakib
Wanda Stumpf
Jodie Taylor
Bennett Todd
Anna Vancina
Deborah Williams
Quamiesha Williams
Andrew Wishon
Relynne Wolf

In addition to the awards ceremony, CFCC also held a reception to celebrate its annual literary and arts magazine, Portals, and to announce the award winners included in this year’s publication. The following students and faculty member were honored:

Transom Award–Best Overall:  Matthew Maffei

Poetry Award:  Victoria Drake

Fiction Award: Lindsay Haney

Non-fiction Award: Stephen Roark

Art Award: Jahns Chavez

Faculty Award: Lesley Richardson