CFCC monitoring winter weather conditions

January 21, 2016

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for our area. The advisory means that light freezing rain could create hazardous driving conditions.

Students and employees should be aware of changing conditions and use caution while traveling.

Cape Fear Community College will monitor weather conditions and notify you of any delays or closings.

Any announcements will be made on our website, Facebook page, Twitter feed @cfcc and shared with local media.  We will also send text alerts and emails advising you if there is any schedule change due to weather.  In addition, you may call our weather hotline at (877) 799-2322.


Jewel to perform at CFCC’s Humanities and Fine Arts Center

Cape Fear Community College’s Humanities and Fine Arts Center is pleased to announce that Grammy-nominated songwriter and New York Times’ bestselling author and poet Jewel will perform at the Center on Friday, March 18, 2016, at 7:30 p.m.

Jewel returns to the road this Spring for an intimate tour, performing hits spanning her 12-studio albums including 2015’s ‘Picking Up the Pieces’ and sharing stories from her memoir Never Broken — Songs Are Only Half the Story.  Jewel’s “Picking Up the Pieces Tour” kicks off Friday, March 4 in Lake Charles, LA at Golden Nugget Casino Grand Ballroom.

“It’s going to be really fun to get back out on the road,” Jewel said.  “I’m excited to share the stories behind some of my favorite and most personal songs in such an intimate setting.”

The tour marks Jewel’s first since 2013’s “Greatest Hits” tour and is the culmination of an exciting 2015 that saw the singer release her first memoir and her 12th studio album ‘Picking Up the Pieces’ within days of each other.  Praised as “remarkably raw” and “bracingly honest (Entertainment Weekly)” the album has been noted as a bookend to her multi platinum selling debut, 1995’s ‘Pieces of You’.  “Never Broken — Songs Are Only Half the Story” shares experiences spanning Jewel’s childhood and career and earned the designations of a NY Times Bestseller and “the perfect celebrity memoir” by TIME.

Called “one of the most richly idiomatic pop singers of her generation (Rolling Stone),” Jewel has sold over 27 million albums to date and earned praise from fellow songwriters including Loretta Lynn and Neil Young. A cornerstone of the current American and folk movements, the singer will perform fan favorites spanning the record including “Who Will Save Your Soul”, which sold 12 million copies.

Tickets for the show at Cape Fear Community College’s Humanities and Fine Arts Center will go on sale January 25 at 2:00 p.m. and can be purchased at or by calling 910-362-7999.

Full “Picking Up the Pieces Tour” dates are included below.  For additional information visit:

National certification for CFCC fire alarm systems classes to bring more earning power for students and better fire protection systems for the community

Technician checks fire panel in data center

Fire protection experts agree that having a fire alarm system that is properly designed and installed is critical to protect lives and property for both businesses and homeowners.

A few years ago, CFCC officials teamed up with local fire departments from New Hanover County and the City of Wilmington to develop a series of new courses designed to give local technicians a new level of expertise in the specialized field of fire systems technology. Today, those courses are now recognized by an organization which allows students to become nationally certified in the industry.

After successfully completing CFCC’s Fire Alarms Systems Training (FAST) courses, students will be better prepared to for the exam administered by the National Institute in Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET).

“Many employers base hiring decisions, make salary adjustments and give bonuses to their technicians who earn NICET certification. Quality training is an essential part of preparation for NICET exams and for continuing professional development to maintain this valued credential.” said NICET’s Communications Director, Chip Hollis.

CFCC instructor Paul Inferrera explained that this certification will help students justify a higher wage for their skills and help provide the community with more properly designed and installed systems in commercial and residential facilities.

Inferrera, who has over 30 years of experience in the fire protection industry, said that the work of fire alarm systems technicians can affect business owners, property managers, building contractors, homeowners and area fire departments.

“Qualified fire alarm installation and service personnel are good for businesses, homeowners and the community as a whole. Systems that are not properly designed and installed will malfunction and may not respond when needed,” Inferrera said.

He added that properly designed and installed fire protection systems help reduce the number of false alarm calls for fire departments.

“The time and resources used by fire departments that are consumed by false alarm calls could be better used for prevention and education outreach programs,” Inferrera stated.

He added that fire detection and protection services affect anyone who is building or buying a home, renting property, operating a restaurant or a business building a facility to produce goods.

Officials with local fire protection services agree that having more qualified fire alarm technicians will help fire departments better use their resources.

“It is extremely important that all fire alarm technicians are fully qualified in their field of installing, inspecting and standing by their work,” said New Hanover County Deputy Fire Marshal Raymond Griswold.

City of Wilmington Fire Marshal Sammy Flowers is also pleased to hear about the certification of CFCC’s courses.

“After successful completion of these classes, it is our hope and belief there will be a more qualified workforce in the fire alarm field.  This potentially increases public safety, and confidence that fire alarms within the community will work properly when they are needed most,” said City of Wilmington Fire Marshal, Sammy Flowers.

CFCC’s FAST courses will start on Jan. 4, 2016. The cost is $180. For more information, please email

GE Hitachi donates $30,000 to begin an annual scholarship at Cape Fear Community College for Nuclear Technology students

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Wilmington, NC – GE Hitachi recently donated $30,000 to help students in CFCC’s Nuclear Technology program achieve their educational goals.  GE plans to contribute $30,000 per semester to the scholarship fund, which will support up to 20 scholarships each semester. Scholarships of up to $3,000 per student per year are available to qualified applicants who are enrolled as full-time students in the Nuclear Technology program and complete the required prerequisites. The first two scholarship recipients were identified during the fall semester of 2015.

“This scholarship program builds on our longstanding partnership with Cape Fear Community College,” said Beth Lemmons, Vice President, Field Services, GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy. “By merging college curriculum, practical experience at nuclear power plants and specialized training at GEH facilities in Wilmington and California, this program will promote career paths for nuclear maintenance technicians.”

“GE Hitachi’s support for CFCC and its students throughout the years has been tremendous,” said Dr. Amanda Lee, CFCC president. “This scholarship program will ease the recipients’ financial burden and allow them to focus on their training. We are very fortunate to have such a committed community partner and we look forward to continuing to train today’s students for tomorrow’s jobs.”

CFCC’s Nuclear Technology program is located on the North Campus in Castle Hayne.  Throughout the six-semester program, students complete traditional classroom work and also training on site at nuclear power facilities.  For more information about the program visit

About GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy

Based in Wilmington, N.C., GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) is a world-leading provider of advanced reactors and nuclear services. Established in June 2007, GEH is a global nuclear alliance created by GE and Hitachi to serve the global nuclear industry. The nuclear alliance executes a single, strategic vision to create a broader portfolio of solutions, expanding its capabilities for new reactor and service opportunities. The alliance offers customers around the world the technological leadership required to effectively enhance reactor performance, power output and safety.


CFCC to host health science career fair – Monday, December 7

young female nurse holding tablet computer at workplace

Cape Fear Community College will host a Health Science Career Fair on Monday, December 7 from 4pm – 6pm in Windell Daniels Hall on the 5th Floor of Union Station (Front and Red Cross Streets).  Those interested in employment opportunities in health care are encouraged to attend.

BrightStar Care, Well Care Healthcare, OrthoWilmington, Liberty Healthcare Companies, Professional Healthcare, Inc., Griswold Home Care Referral Service, Lindley Habilitation, AssistedCare, Inc., UNC Health Care, HomeCare Management Corporation, Brunswick Cove Living Center, Interim HealthCare, Retina of Coastal Carolina and New Hanover Regional Medical Center, among others, will be on hand to talk with attendees about employment opportunities at their organizations.

For more information about the career fair, contact David Wilson, Career and Job Placement Specialist for Cape Fear Community College at For more about educational opportunities in Health Sciences at CFCC, visit

This event is free and open to the public.

CFCC partners with NC Department of Transportation for Concrete Certification Testing

CDOTape Fear Community College’s construction management technology program recently partnered with the NC Department of Transportation (NC DOT) to certify students with the American Concrete Institute (ACI), a certification that may help students land a job.  Concrete technicians, who serve as a main point of contact in the building of bridges, parking decks, curbs and medians, are in great demand.

Eighteen NC DOT employees helped facilitate the certification process by evaluating students’ performances on a variety of tests including concrete density, air content, air pressure and curing. The NCDOT/ACI certification includes a total of seven hands-on tests and one oral exam.   Each test in the certification process is crucial to ensuring a sample of concrete will withstand heavy weights and winds.

As many DOT professionals approach retirement age, community college and university programs are helping to supply new skilled workers. “This certification is the big driver’s license in the construction world,” said Bobby Watkins, a DOT Section Materials Specialist of over twenty years who was excited to work alongside the rising generation of construction workers. “There is a big gap of knowledge and experience between the retiring generation and the up and coming one. This program is filling that gap and I think it’s awesome.”

CFCC is the first community college in eastern North Carolina to provide this certification opportunity for students.  Construction Management Lead Instructor Jonathan Begueworked with the DOT to organize this training and certification event to broaden the scope of career options for his students. The NCDOT provided support from its eastern offices.  This program is result of a region-wide partnership with the future of construction at the forefront.

“This really is a unique situation for students. It’s a streamlined path to success – students have the opportunity to get the training and certification for a rewarding career that desperately needs workers.  If we can help our students get a job right after finishing the program, that’s wonderful,” said Begue.

For more information about CFCC’s Construction Management Program and how to apply, visit

CFCC Foundation earns top honors at annual philanthropy event

(L-R) Sandy Spiers, CFCC Foundation board members Betsy Leonard and Judy Budd, CFCC Foundation Executive Director Margaret Robison, CFCC Foundation Associate Director Bob Jones, CFCC Foundation Board Chair Jan Capps, and fellow board members Mark Tyler and Martha Harlan.

CFCC’s award-winning fundraisers: (L-R) Sandy Spiers, CFCC Foundation board members Betsy Leonard and Judy Budd, CFCC Foundation Executive Director Margaret Robison, CFCC Foundation Associate Director Bob Jones, CFCC Foundation Board Chair Jan Capps, and fellow board members Mark Tyler and Martha Harlan.


The Cape Fear Community College Foundation was recently honored with several awards for its efforts in fundraising by the Cape Fear Region Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

These awards recognized outstanding achievements in fundraising in our local area at the annual National Philanthropy Day Awards ceremony at the Wilmington Hilton Riverside on Nov. 19.

The CFCC Foundation Board of Directors received the Outstanding Fundraising Board of Directors Award, which honors a board of directors that has shown active involvement in fundraising for their organization.

Bob Jones, associate director of the CFCC Foundation received the Outstanding Fundraising Executive Award, which honors an outstanding fundraising professional in the Cape Fear Region who works for a nonprofit charitable organization.

Sandy Spiers, who recently chaired the opening night gala event at CFCC’s Humanities and Fine Arts Center, earned the Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Award, which recognizes an individual or family that demonstrates outstanding skills in coordinating and motivating groups of donors and volunteers in the Cape Fear region in volunteer projects for the benefit of charitable institutions.

“We are so grateful to have the opportunity to work with such a phenomenal group of volunteers who are dedicated to supporting the college and our students,” said Margaret Robison, executive director of the CFCC Foundation.

Robison added that the community as a whole deserves credit for being so generous with both their time and financial resources to improve the quality of life in the region.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals represents more than 30,000 members in over 230 chapters throughout the world, working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education and certification programs.  The association fosters development and growth of fundraising professionals and promotes high ethical standards in the fundraising profession.

The local AFP chapter helps to advance philanthropy by enabling people and organizations to practice ethical and effective fundraising through education, training, mentoring, research, and advocacy.


CFCC presents poet and motivational speaker, Life Speaks, on Thursday, November 19

Life SpeaksCFCC’s StoryForce and Nixon Male Minority Leaders programs present poet and motivational speaker, Life Speaks, on Thursday, November 19
Cape Fear Community College’s StoryForce and Nixon Male Minority Leaders
programs are hosting Life Speaks, an active Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant and
motivational speaker, at its Wilmington campus on Thursday, November 19.  Life
Speaks will share his story through spoken-word poetry.
StoryForce is a writing group for CFCC student veterans. Students write about their experiences and post-service transitions and through sharing and embracing their powerful
stories, find strength and fellowship among their peers. These stories are later combined into a publication. StoryForce also hosts veteran speakers, like Life Speaks, to connect the Wilmington area with the military community.
Thursday’s event will be held in Windell Daniels Hall on the fifth floor of Union Station at 2
p.m.  A reception will follow.  To join StoryForce or find out more

CFCC to honor veterans at noon ceremony on Wednesday, November 11

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Wilmington, NC  – Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) will honor military veterans tomorrow at noon with a special Veterans Day ceremony. The event will feature the national anthem, remarks from a retired military serviceman and a display of Honor Flags that recognize CFCC’s student and staff veterans and their loved ones. All active and retired members of the military are welcome to attend. The ceremony will be held in Tabitha’s Courtyard, located on the 400 block of Front Street.

Staff Sergeant David Nilson, a retired US Marine and student at CFCC, will speak about his experiences in Afghanistan and as a student veteran at CFCC. Nilson’s military service dog, Sonny, will join him. Sonny proved Nilson’s faithful companion while serving in Afghanistan and together, the pair specialized in locating improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Since retiring, Nilson and Sonny have reunited and now reside in Wilmington.

The veteran population is especially important to CFCC, as veterans represent an estimated 10% of the college’s student body. In fact, CFCC opened the Student Veterans Center in 2010 to better serve the needs of a growing military population in the area.

CFCC is happy to announce that it has again been named a Military Friendly School for 2016 by Victory Media, a company that recognizes higher-education institutions that exhibit leading services to post-military students.

“We are honored to be able to assist our student veterans achieve their educational goals,” said Dr. Amanda Lee, CFCC president.  “Achieving the status of Military Friendly is important to us, because it conveys to our student veterans that we are invested in their college journey and committed to helping them be successful.”

Wednesday’s event is free and open to the public.

For more information about the event or CFCC’s veteran services, visit CFCC’s Student Veteran Center website at

Phlebotomy program application deadline extended until Monday, November 16

The application period for the Phlebotomy program for the Spring 2016 semester has been extended until Monday, November 16, 2015.  Please see a counselor on the Wilmington Campus or the North Campus to apply to the Phlebotomy program.

The Director of the Phlebotomy program will host an information session on Monday, November 9, 2015 at 4:00 in Room L-321,  Appointment not necessary.