Duke Energy equips Cape Fear Community College students for success

Photo1 - Welding Students at WorkStudents from Cape Fear Community College’s new welding program in Burgaw made the first step toward their new careers today.  Thanks to a grant from the Duke Energy Foundation, seven students graduated from CFCC’s enhanced welding program in Burgaw.  Josh Huffman, Nazareth Adams, Dennis Yott, Raymond Pickett, Sr., Mike Smith, Randall Hall and Leon Rooks are the first graduates of the program since Duke Energy’s $147,592 grant in 2014.  Because of the grant funding, these students are now equipped with specialized equipment training and certifications that will launch them beyond competition in the job market.

The Duke Energy Foundation grant awarded to CFCC last year equipped a welding lab at CFCC’s Burgaw campus that was specifically geared towards supporting new certified metal inert gas (MIG) and tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding training programs. The grant also provided professional development funding for instructors, to ensure that they maintain skills to help students learn to operate the complex and state-of-the-art machinery.  As a result, the welding students benefited from not only access to a specialized lab, but also from the expertise of highly-trained professionals.

Welding instructor Fleet Spell has watched the program transform with the grant’s provision, “It is exciting to be a part of the new CFCC welding program and to work with students striving to learn new skills. As the demand for highly skilled welding grows, so do the opportunities for our students. I look forward to working with new students as they enter this program.”

Each student graduating today passed significant testing that is regulated by American Welder’s Society and have earned certificates of completion in Welding Fundamentals, MIG and TIG. In total, these students have completed 405 hours of training over an average of 6 months.

Duke Energy continued their commitment to job training with another grant award today. As part of the inaugural graduation ceremony of its welding program, CFCC announced a nearly $10,000 investment from the Duke Energy Foundation to supply welding kits to students for the upcoming academic year.

On top of tuition, books and fees, each student enrolled in the CFCC welding program has to purchase a welding kit at the current cost of around $190. Grant funds will ease the financial strain for students by providing full and/or partial costs of the welding kits. This will increase the number of students completing welding training and entering the workforce, and in turn, strengthen the success of the program.

“We are so happy to celebrate with our graduates today and we appreciate Duke Energy’s continued support.  CFCC is excited to expand our course offerings in Pender County, and this grant award will help to make training programs like these more accessible to our students. This grant underscores Duke Energy’s commitment to job training in our area,” said Dr. Amanda Lee, CFCC president.

“We are pleased to expand our partnership with Cape Fear Community College to develop a highly-skilled workforce that will attract and retain businesses in the region for years to come,” said John Elliott, Duke Energy’s director of government and community relations.

About Cape Fear Community College

Cape Fear Community College is the sixth largest community college in the state and is a major economic development partner in southeastern North Carolina. CFCC is dedicated to providing world-class workforce training and quality higher education for the citizens of New Hanover and Pender counties.

Students can train for a new career in one of CFCC’s technical programs or earn a two-year college transfer degree to continue their education at a four-year institution. CFCC also offers a wide variety of adult education and continuing education classes for lifelong learning. For more information about CFCC, please visit www.cfcc.edu.

About Duke Energy Foundation

Duke Energy Foundation makes charitable investments on behalf of Duke Energy, the largest electric power holding company in the United States with 7.2 million customers in six states. Over the foundation’s long history in local communities, it has identified focus areas that maximize the foundation’s dollars and guide the foundation’s giving. The foundation makes grants supporting the environment, economic development, education and community vitality. In North Carolina, Duke Energy Foundation invests $16 million annually for community support and charitable contributions. To learn more about Duke Energy Foundation, visit www.duke-energy.com/community/.

Military Appreciation Event at Surf City – Saturday, July 11

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Surf City, NC – Cape Fear Community College’s Surf City location will host a Military Appreciation Day on Saturday, July 11 from 10 am to 4 pm. The event seeks to honor active duty and retired veterans in the area, as well as inform attendees of CFCC’s new location and class offerings.

The entire community is invited to celebrate.  Activities include a bouncy house, face painting, CFCC’s Sea Devil Ray, giveaways, live music, a color guard performance and tours of the new Alston W. Burke facility. Food and drinks will also be available.

CFCC’s Alston W. Burke center opened in April 2015 with a goal of engaging the local military population and residents of the Surf City area.

Coordinator of the facility Tammie Parris says that the event will provide more than just entertainment for local military personnel and their families.  She also views the event as an opportunity for attendees to learn what the center has to offer and to provide input about classes they would like to see in Surf City in the future.  “Our local military personnel are an important part of the community we serve and integral to the success of the Surf City Center,” says Parris. “We want to support them by offering opportunities which interest them and help them to further their educations.”

CFCC staff will be available at the event to discuss enrollment and answer any questions.

Parking for the event will be available at Lowe’s Home Improvement in Hampstead. A bus shuttle service will escort visitors to the Alston W. Burke facility.  For more information, call the Surf City Center at 910-362-7930.

CFCC’s Alston W. Burke Center is located at 621 NC Highway 210 E., Hampstead, NC 28433

Artsplosion at the Center – October 10, 2015

CFCC HFAC 2015Cape Fear Community College announces Artsplosion at the Center – October 10, 2015

Free community event will celebrate the first raising of the curtain at CFCC’s Humanities and Fine Arts Center

Wilmington, NC – Cape Fear Community College is excited to announce Artsplosion at the Center, the official opening of the Humanities and Fine Arts Center at Cape Fear Community College.  Artsplosion will be held on Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Artsplosion at the Center will be open to the public and free of charge for the entire community, and will include the first raising of the curtain at Cape Fear Community College’s new performing arts space. Attendees will enjoy performances by CFCC students and local performing artist groups, an arts resources fair and courtyard performances by the nationally-acclaimed Squonk Opera.

“We are pleased to be working with local arts leader and producer, Beth Crookham, who will curate the official opening performance, a celebration of the some of the best arts organizations throughout New Hanover County,” said Shane Fernando, CFCC Humanities and Fine Arts Center Director.  “Ms. Crookham will be working with a jury of local performing arts professionals to select the organizations that will represent the New Hanover County performing arts community in this one-of-a-kind event.”

Artsplosion at the Center is seeking submissions from non-profit performance organizations and performing artists that are based in New Hanover County for opening performance consideration. The performance piece should be 2-4 minutes in length and entries must be received by July 31st.  All submissions meeting the requirements will be considered.  There are 5-6 performance spots available and additional groups may be selected to be part of the opening and closing numbers. All those selected will be listed in the commemorative program.  For further information on how to apply, visit cfcc.edu/artscenter/artsplosion-application or email ArtsplosionAtTheCenter@gmail.com.

The Cape Fear Community College Humanities and Fine Arts Center is being constructed as the result of a 2008 New Hanover County bond project.  The Center also receives support from community donors.  While the Center will be the home of the largest performance space in North Carolina’s southeastern region, a primary focus of the facility will be on student learning and academic growth.  In addition to the traditional classroom experience, CFCC students will have the opportunity to work behind the scenes with the performances brought to the venue and be able to rehearse in the Center’s state-of-the-art facilities.

For more information about Cape Fear Community College’s Humanities and Fine Arts Center, visit http://cfcc.edu/artscenter/ and to stay up-to-date on everything happening at the Center, follow https://www.facebook.com/capefearstage.

CFCC Trustees select Dr. Amanda Lee as CFCC’s new president 

CFCC President Dr. Amanda Lee

CFCC President Dr. Amanda Lee

The Cape Fear Community College Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Dr. Amanda K. Lee has been selected as the new CFCC president.  Dr. Lee was unanimously chosen by the Board of Trustees from a pool of four finalists who were interviewed earlier this week.

Dr. Lee has served as CFCC’s interim president since January, and worked as CFCC’s vice president for instructional services preceding her appointment as interim.

“We are confident we have made an excellent choice for CFCC and for the Wilmington community,” said Jason Harris, chair of CFCC’s Board of Trustees.

“Dr. Lee is a strong, respected leader.   She has the right skill set and experience for the job as well as an amazing vision for the college.  We look forward to working with her and expect great things.”

Dr. Lee has worked at CFCC for over a decade, starting her tenure at CFCC in 2003 as an instructor before moving into administration.

As CFCC’s vice president for instructional services, Dr. Lee was primarily responsible for​ the​ planning and overs​ight of the college’s academic divisions, including arts and sciences, technical and vocational education, continuing education and two learning resources centers. In addition, Dr. Lee has worked with faculty and business representatives to coordinate the development, approval and implementation of new academic curricula and job training programs. In this role, she was also involved with faculty, staff, trustees and architects in the planning and design of the college’s new academic facilities. She has also coordinated efforts to introduce new and maintain ongoing statewide initiatives with the N.C. Community College System.

“Cape Fear Community College is an exceptional institution and it is my great honor to be able to serve its students, employees and the community in this role,” Dr. Lee said.

“CFCC enjoys great success because of the dedicated professionals who work hard every day to create an unparalleled educational experience for our students, an open, supportive environment for business, and a strong partnership with the community we serve.  I look forward to working alongside those professionals as we continue to grow and innovate.  I’m excited about all the opportunities that lie ahead.”

Originally from Richmond, Virginia, Dr. Lee attended Baylor University in Texas, where she earned her BA in Telecommunications and her MA in Communication Studies.  Dr. Lee earned her doctorate in Communication Arts from Regent University in Virginia. She currently lives in the Ogden area with her husband and two daughters.

The Board of Trustees’ selection is pending final approval from the NC State Board of Community Colleges.

Donor’s gift provides service learning opportunity for CFCC students, needed equipment for Boy’s and Girl’s Home of Lake Waccamaw

generatorwebDr. Joe James, a long-time supporter of Cape Fear Community College (CFCC), recently provided a unique, hands-on experience for CFCC students, which united the Heavy Equipment and Diesel, Welding and Collision Repair programs to work towards common goal.  Dr. James arranged for CFCC students to refurbish a 4.5 KW generator to power a dormitory at the Boy’s and Girl’s Home at Lake Waccamaw.

The Boy’s and Girl’s Home of Lake Waccamaw provides housing and education for youth between the ages of 6 and 21 who are unable to live successfully with their family or previous home setting.  The environment at Boy’s and Girl’s Home is one of welcoming support, encouraging their residents to not only achieve success in the school setting but to use their personal strengths to guide their future.

Dr. James has supported the Boy’s and Girl’s Home for years, following in the footsteps of his stepmother. He is especially impressed by the school’s 80% graduation rate, which is attributed to teachers’ strong commitment to leave no child behind, no matter their past circumstances. A majority of these students continue to college.  Therefore, when James heard of the Home’s need for a generator, he jumped at the opportunity to combine his resources with CFCC’s know-how.

The generator, previously idle at Dr. James’ home, was in rough shape before students revived it. Though the engine and generator were in working condition, the frame surrounding the generator was caked in rust which halted its ability to perform.

Students restored the frame to more effectively support the engine, repainted the unit and ran performance checks on the generator as a whole.  Their combined efforts ensured that the generator would work efficiently and reliably for the Boy’s and Girl’s Home.

“When I saw it I was overcome with emotion,” said James. “It looked just like it did twelve years ago when I first installed it.  And when it promptly started and produced the correct voltage and frequency on schedule I was greatly pleased.”

Patrick Hogan, Dean of Vocational and Technical Education at CFCC, joined Dr. James in commending his students and the department on this service learning opportunity. “I could not be prouder of our students, faculty and staff for their support of this service project that allowed them to hone their technical skills while providing a valuable emergency generator for this Boy’s and Girl’s Home,” he said.

Along with the technical skills students refined during the project, students also gained collaborative experience working hand-in-hand with other departments to accomplish a common goal – skills that will prove valuable in their future careers. “Getting the job done on schedule told me that these students were not only learning vocational skills with this project, but were also learning the business associated with these skills,” said Dr. James.

Cape Fear Community College strives to integrate students into community service and career-preparation projects such as this and extends many thanks to Dr. Joe James for allowing our students to be a part of this rewarding opportunity.

Application Deadline for Cardiovascular Sonography Extended until 6/25

The application deadline has been extended for CFCC’s Cardiovascular Sonography Program until June 25, 2015.

Interested students who have met the minimum requirements should come to the Counseling office on the Wilmington Campus – Union Station Building (Room U-240) or on the North Campus – McKeithan Center (Room NA-100) for more information and to meet with a counselor to file your Intent to Apply. For more information, contact Pam Aubry, Health Science Admission Support Specialist, at 362-7558.

Community raises $300,000 for CFCC student scholarships 

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Over 600 people from around the local community packed the Schwartz Center at Cape Fear Community College earlier today to help raise an estimated $300,000 for student scholarships.

Sponsored by the CFCC Foundation, the annual “Gift of Education” luncheon is an annual event organized to raise funds to help students afford a college education.

The bulk of today’s program featured speeches from current and former students who spoke about how their life and careers have been affected by their experiences at CFCC.

Each student came to Wilmington and enrolled at CFCC for a different reason, but all three emphasized their high level of gratitude and respect for the college because of the opportunities and support they received as students.

Stephen Golf, a recent CFCC nursing graduate and former U.S. Marine, explained that CFCC “defies the notion of being a stepping-stone to another institution.”

“Cape Fear is the institution that encourages and sets up success at any level. It’s the individuals who make up this large entity, who are the reason I am standing here before you today, and the reason I can proudly say that I am a nurse and it is my goal and privilege to serve our local community through this profession,” Golf stated in his remarks.

CFCC graduate Araceli Leon, who is a current doctoral student at UNC-Chapel Hill’s pharmacy school, made a point to say thanks to all the donors who helped her realize her dream of becoming a pharmacist.

“My dreams are becoming true thanks to you all, who have donated for scholarships that allow students like myself to focus on our career path and ease the financial burden of college tuition costs,” Leon said.

Current CFCC student Lanier Warner, who overcame a series of personal and economic difficulties before rediscovering a love for ‘books and basketball” at CFCC, got a standing ovation following his remarks.

Following speeches from the students and graduates, Donald Croteau, CEO of Vertex Rail Technologies spoke to the crowd about his own challenges growing up in the Boston projects. Croteau emphasized that our local area is very fortunate to have an institution like CFCC to help guide people reach their goals and he urged the guests to make a contribution to the cause.

According to Margaret Robison, CFCC’s vice president of institutional advancement, the need for additional support for student scholarships is absolutely essential to help students begin and achieve their educational goals.

“Financial need is the most common reason students cite for not finishing their studies,” Robison said.

Last year, contributions to the CFCC Foundation helped to fund 475 student scholarships.

“We are very fortunate to have so many generous individuals who believe in the mission of the college and who have chosen to give to the Foundation to help our students succeed,” Robison stated.

Other speakers at the event included CFCC Foundation Chairperson Jan Capps, CFCC Interim President Dr. Amanda Lee, and CFCC students Shaquasha Williams and Jonathan “J.J”  Brodie. Rev. Carl Byrd gave the invocation and CFCC graduate Mariah Grace Sutton sang the national anthem.

For more information about the CFCC Foundation, visit www.cfcc.edu/foundation.


Landfall Foundation grant helps CFCC students afford certification exams

Wilmington, NC – The Landfall Foundation’s $4,000 grant to Cape Fear Community College’s health science programs is enabling more students to become certified in their field of study and increasing their opportunities to become successfully employed. This year’s grant is assisting students finishing CFCC’s Dental Hygiene Program.

Regina McBarron, chairperson of CFCC’s health science programs, says that the funds provided by the Landfall Foundation help students complete one of the final steps toward employment. “Professional certifications are required for our students to get jobs.  Many of our students struggle to pay for the certification exams. The Landfall Foundation assists our students with those expenses, and in turn, helps them to start working in their field.”

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.

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 www.cfcc.edu/foundation.

Over 950 students set to graduate from CFCC


Over 950 students are expected to earn degrees, diplomas and certificates from Cape Fear Community College this week.

Two graduation ceremonies are scheduled for Wednesday, May 13 in the Schwartz Center in downtown Wilmington. The first ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. and will be for students earning associate degrees in arts and sciences. After graduation, many of these students will be transferring to four-year universities like UNC-Wilmington, UNC-Chapel Hill, East Carolina University and many others.

The second ceremony at 7 p.m. will feature students graduating from CFCC’s technical and vocational programs with associate in applied sciences degrees, diplomas and certificates. After graduation, many of these students will be headed directly into the workforce in areas including health care, business, computer technology, marine technology, mechanical engineering and a wide variety of trades.

These ceremonies will also include students from both Pender and Wilmington Early College High schools, who will be earning a college degree before they officially graduate from high school.

CFCC boat builders take first place in annual boat building challenge


Building a boat is a task that often takes months to complete, but this past weekend, a team representing Cape Fear Community College finished the job in just a few hours and brought home a trophy to prove it.

On Saturday, May 2, local boat builders participated in the 8th Annual Beaufort Boat Building Challenge at the Beaufort Boat Show. The objective of the challenge is to build a two person wooden rowboat in the fastest amount of time and then paddle it (without sinking) across the waterway.

Competitors are judged in three categories: Building time, boat quality and rowing time.

CFCC is pleased to announce that Chris Sargent, a current CFCC boat building student, and Ben Hess, a recent boat building program graduate, earned first place overall for the first time in college history. They were ranked 1st in quality of work, 2nd in time of construction and 1st in rowing the course. CFCC’s boat was finished in 3 hours and 36 minutes.

Fourteen teams from across the region (and two teams from Virginia and Australia) took part in the competition.

For more details, visit: http://beaufortchallenge.com/.