Cape Fear Community College to host the Tournées French Film Festival, March 6 – 13

Cape Fear Community College will present the Tournées French Film Festival, a program of FACE (French American Cultural Exchange), in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy on CFCC’s Wilmington Campus from March 6-13 in the Union Station Auditorium (U-170).

Tournées Film Festival is a program of the FACE Foundation, in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, which aims to bring French cinema to American college and university campuses. Each year, the FACE Foundation provides nearly $200,000 in Tournées Film Festival grants to fund festival endeavors. Now in its 19th year, Tournées Film Festival has partnered with over 450 universities and colleges, reaching an audience of over 500,000 students and community members across the United States.

CFCC was one of only two community colleges in the nation to receive a grant to host the festival. The other grant recipients in North Carolina were Duke University, UNC-Chapel Hill and UNC-Charlotte.

Autumn McGimsey, CFCC global education committee chair and political science instructor and Caroline Hudson, French instructor at CFCC, applied for the grant. “We are so excited to bring this series to CFCC’s campus,” says McGimsey. “It’s important for our students to become global citizens and to expand their perspectives beyond classroom walls. We’re happy to be able to provide this unique cultural opportunity to our students and to our community.”

The screening schedule is as follows:

Friday, March 6 at 6:00 p.m.- Farewell, my Queen (Les adieux à la reine), by Benoît Jacquot (rated R) © Swank Motion Pictures
Monday, March 9 at 6:00p.m.- Berlin 1885: The Division of Africa (Berlin 1885, ruée sur l’Afrique), by Joël Calmettes (not rated; not suitable for all audiences) © Icarus Films
Tuesday, March 10 at 6:00p.m. – Coco Before Chanel (Coco avant Chanel), by Anne Fontaine (rated PG 13) © Sony Pictures Classics
Wednesday, March 11 at 6:00p.m. – Breathless (A bout de souffle), by J-L Goddard (not rated, not suitable for all audiences) © Rialto Pictures
Thursday, March 12 at 6:00p.m. – Rust and Bone (De rouille et d’os), by Jacques Audiard (rated R) © Sony Pictures Classics
Friday, March 13 at 3:00 p.m. – Ernest and Célestine, by Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Pater, and Benjamin Renner (rated PG) © GKids

All films are in French with English subtitles. All screenings are free and open to the public.

For more information visit or contact Caroline Hudson or Autumn McGimsey

Tournées Festival was made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US, the Centre National de la Cinématographie et del’Image Animée, and the Franco-American Cultural Fund.

CFCC Students Invite Public to Participate in Water Study

CFCC Students Invite Public to Participate in Water Study Wilmington, NC – Cape Fear Community College’s Chemical Technology Program is inviting the public to participate with their water study again this year. Since the program’s inception, CFCC students have analyzed more than 750 water samples from the area.

Samples should be in a container around two liters in size, which has been completely rinsed without soap. Water samples will be accepted the week of February 23 through 27. All samples may be dropped off at CFCC’s downtown Wilmington campus, in building N (corner of Front and Red Cross; diagonally across from Union Station), room 302, where someone in the program will assist with paperwork.  Chemical Technology students will then analyze the samples for more than 60 different contaminants and produce results within 4-6 weeks. This service is free to everyone.

CFCC’s lead instructor for the Chemical Technology program, Tracy Holbrook, is proud of this program and what it is doing for its students. “Cape Fear Community College offers the only Chemical Technology Program within the family of 58 community colleges in North Carolina. The state-of-the-art Chemical Technology Instrumentation Lab provides students training on analytical-grade equipment found in a typical laboratory setting so that we can integrate real-world experiences throughout the two-year program,” he says. “Our water study is a wonderful example of how our students gain practical experience while providing a service to our community.”

Graduates from CFCC’s Chemical Technology program work in numerous fields including environmental sciences, forensics, pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, cosmetics, and chemical processing and some continue on to four-year colleges and universities to pursue a BS in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or related fields.

Any questions concerning the water study or CFCC’s Chemical Technology program can be directed to Tracy Holbrook at or  910-362-7168.

Homecoming weekend for the Sea Devils!


It’s Homecoming Weekend at CFCC! Come out and support your Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams!

Friday Night, Feb. 20 at 7:00 p.m., the Sea Devil men take on USC Salkehatchie, with a special half-time performance by World Famous ‘Albert the Sports Juggler’.
Then, on Saturday Feb. 21, your Lady Sea Devils take on Spartanburg Methodist at 3 p.m. followed by the men’s game at 5 p.m. Free admission for CFCC Students/Faculty/Staff with current CFCC ID.

Go Sea Devils!

Study: CFCC’s economic impact surpasses $580 million and provides return on investment for students, society and taxpayers

According to the results of a new study just released, Cape Fear Community College generates over half a billion dollars in increased economic activity in the local area and provides a strong return on investment for taxpayers and the community as a whole.

CFCC’s study was conducted by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) and was part of a statewide effort to measure the economic benefits generated by the state’s community colleges. The study for CFCC measured the overall economic impact and the return on investment for students and taxpayers in New Hanover and Pender counties during the 2012-13 fiscal year. The study measured the economic impact by considering a variety of factors, including spending by students who relocated to the area to attend CFCC, college employees, alumni who remain in the area after graduation and college construction projects.

Of the $584.3 million generated overall by the college, alumni created the greatest impact – by generating $487.9 million in added income in the region.

“CFCC’s biggest impact results from the education and training it provides for local residents. Since the college was established, students have studied at CFCC and entered the workforce with new skills. Today, thousands of former students are employed in the CFCC service area,” according to the executive summary.

Findings from the study also concluded that the investment associated with CFCC provides solid returns for both individual students, taxpayers and society as a whole.

The study indicated that for every dollar that individual students invest in CFCC, they receive a cumulative return of $2.40 in higher future wages.

The total investment made by students to attend CFCC in 2012-13 in terms of tuition, fees, books and supplies was $178 million. In return for this investment, CFCC students will receive a “stream of higher future wages that will continue to grow through their working lives,” the study indicated.

In examining taxpayer investment, they study found that for every dollar invested in CFCC by taxpayers, $3.50 is returned in benefits.

“From the taxpayer perspective, benefits consist primarily of the taxes that state and local government will collect from the added income created in the state. As CFCC student earn more, they will make higher tax payments. Employers will also make higher tax payments as they increase their output,” the study revealed.

The study analyzed the benefits of the college’s operation on society as a whole in North Carolina and found that the state benefits in two major ways. The largest benefit that society receives is the added income created in the state by students who gain new and enhanced skills along with increased income generated by the businesses that hire the graduates.

“This study helps to affirm the role that CFCC plays to create a better quality of life for our region in terms of higher-paying jobs for local residents and a stronger economic climate for business and industry,” said CFCC Interim President Amanda Lee.

The study was conducted by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI), which conducted studies for many other community colleges throughout the state. EMSI is a leading provider of economic impact studies and labor market data to educational institutions, workforce planners and regional developers in the U.S. and internationally. Since, 2000, EMSI has completed over 1,200 economic impact studies for educational institutions in four countries.

The executive summary of the entire report can be viewed here:

Two new CFCC courses take readers beyond the books

Cape Fear Community College is offering two new classes that will allow readers to explore ‘beyond the books’ with local authors.

Walking Through History 

In *Walking Through History*, students will read works about historically significant locations in the Wilmington area and then visit each area with the books’ authors as their guides. An introductory class will be held on Thursday, March 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the BIG center on CFCC’s Wilmington Campus. A pre-registration fee of $19.00 is required, but participants may join the class at any time and visit the sites of their choice.

Meet the Author Book Club 

CFCC’s *Meet the Author Book Club* was designed to give participants a chance to read a selected book each month and then meet with the book’s author to discuss the writing and publication process. The class will be held in the McKeithan Center at the North Campus and also has a registration fee of $19.00. The course begins February 24 and will run through April 28.

Both courses have received funding from a grant from the Cape Fear Community College Foundation, which was provided by the generous donations of CFCC employees to the CFCC Campus Fund. For more information or to register, call (910) 362-7254.

‘Foodraiser’ at Bluewater Grill on Wednesday, February 11 to benefit CFCC students

Wrightsville Beach, NC – Students from Cape Fear Community College will prepare and serve a three-course meal at one of the region’s most popular restaurants on Wednesday, February 11.

The 6th Annual ‘Foodraiser’ will be held at Bluewater Grill on Wednesday evening, February 11. All proceeds from the evening’s meal will benefit Cape Fear Community College’s Pineapple Guild and the North Carolina Hospitality Education Foundation.

For $35, patrons will enjoy a gourmet meal prepared and served by students in CFCC’s Hospitality program.  Live entertainment will be provided by CFCC music instructor Phil Singleton and CFCC students.

“This is a great example of how community partnerships provide real world experiences for our students,” said David Conklin, public services department chair at CFCC. “Bluewater Grill’s support of this project is incredible.”

Reservations can be made by calling 910-256-8500.  There is a choice of two seatings; at 6:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

CFCC’s Pineapple Guild is a student club for Hotel-Restaurant and Culinary Technology students. The club raises funds by providing catering and food services for community and college events. Through their experiences, members of the club gain social and professional contacts and proceeds from the club’s activities support annual educational trips.


Break the Silence, Stop the Violence Event at the North Campus on Thursday, February 12

Break the Silence, Stop the Violence – 

Cape Fear Community College is hosting an Interpersonal Violence Awareness event at its North Campus on Thursday, February 12. The event titled, Break the Silence, Stop the Violence, will consist of two forums discussing domestic and sexual violence.

The first forum, k-NO-w More: Domestic Violence Prevention Strategies and Services, will be presented by Open Gate Domestic Violence Shelter and Services, NHC Sheriff’s Office, and CFCC Student Services from 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The second forum, Sexual Violence 101, will be presented by Jessica Green from the Coastal Horizon’s Rape Crisis Center from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Both forums will be held in the BB&T auditorium.  This event is free and open to the public.


CFCC’s “Chem-Techathon” invites local high school students to get hands-on experience with high-tech equipment

Local high school students will get hands-on experience with state-of-the-art equipment at Cape Fear Community College thanks to a $150,000 grant from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.

Tracy L. Holbrook, Chemical Technology Lead Instructor at CFCC, applied for the grant to support a three year project entitled CT-RISE:  Chem-Techathon:  Renewing Interest in Science Education.

The “Chem-Techathon” is a team-based competition event, that will engage high schools in New Hanover and Pender County to participate in a series of laboratory based hands-on activities, instrumentation training, and a small-scale, semester-long, research project.  At the conclusion of the competition, winning high school teams (those who place 1st, 2nd, and 3rd) will receive a prize package consisting of common glassware, chemicals, consumables, and supplies needed for their own laboratories.

This year, close to 90 grants were submitted by non-profit agencies, community colleges, four-year colleges, and universities across the state.  Only 14 proposals were awarded.  This makes the first time that a community college has received the award since 2009.

“I’m honored to have received this grant,” says Holbrook.  “The Chemical Technology program at Cape Fear Community College has lots to offer students who are looking for an exciting career with lots of job opportunities.  Exposing students to advanced training and education through a fun and creative program is a great way to showcase what careers are out there in the high-demand field of chemical sciences.”

Several area high schools have already signed up to participate in the program.

More information about the Chem-Techathon competition and the CT-RISE Project can be found at

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund is an independent private foundation dedicated to advancing the biomedical sciences by supporting research and other scientific and educational activities. For more about the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, visit

More than $17,000 donated to help CFCC student families during the holidays

Wilmington, NC – More than 115 Cape Fear Community College student families had a happier holiday season this year due to generous donations to the Holiday Helpers program at CFCC.

The Holiday Helpers program was established in 2005 by CFCC foundation board member Betsy Leonard to support CFCC students who struggle financially during the holidays.

Each year, students are invited to apply for holiday assistance through the program. CFCC’s financial aid office carefully reviews each application to ensure recipients meet the financial need requirements.

So far this year, more than $17,000 has been donated to provide gifts for CFCC students in need. The donations helped more than 260 children from 115 student families.

“It’s truly heartwarming to see our community come together to support these hard-working students and their children,” said Margaret Robison, CFCC’s vice president for institutional advancement. “I know that each child the program helped experienced a happier holiday because of the generous support of the Wilmington community.”

For more information about how you can support CFCC students, visit



Gift from Piedmont Natural Gas supports CFCC Culinary Technology Students



Piedmont Natural Gas recently donated $500 to start an annual scholarship for students in Cape Fear Community College’s Culinary Technology program.

“More and more restaurants use natural gas in their kitchens, and we’re happy that CFCC’s Culinary Technology program trains students to use natural gas in a safe and efficient manner,” said Kevin Anderson, Key Account Services Representative with Piedmont Natural Gas.

Bob Jones, Associate Director of Institutional Advancement at CFCC, expressed his appreciation for the donation.  “Our students will greatly benefit from this scholarship.  Piedmont Natural Gas’ contribution will help train the very people who will one day use their products.  It’s a win-win.”

“Our company is quite large and continues to expand. There will be a growing need to hire highly-trained individuals into positions from administration and sales to welding and engineering. Investing in CFCC students now will help us to continue to have highly-skilled employees at Piedmont Natural Gas in the future,” said Anderson.

In addition to presenting CFCC with a donation to begin a scholarship, a group from Piedmont Natural Gas traveled to CFCC’s Wilmington campus to enjoy French cuisine prepared by CFCC’s Classic Cuisine Culinary students at the college’s Our Place restaurant.  The team was able to interact with the students in CFCC’s unique culinary lab.

“I love to bring people to Our Place,” said Jones.  “It’s a great way to experience first-hand what CFCC students are learning.”

The Piedmont Natural Gas Foundation was formed in 2004 to support nonprofit organizations in communities throughout their service territory. Since its beginning, the Foundation has invested more than $8 million in the communities it serves.

For more information about Cape Fear Community College (CFCC), the CFCC Foundation, or establishing a scholarship as an honor or memorial, please contact the CFCC Foundation at (910) 362-7207 or visit


Pictured ((L-R) Paul Gonka, Kellie Connelee, Ken Anderson, Carl Paquet, Phillip Jones, and Lesley Neill)