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.”

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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)




Southport Wooden Boat Show Presents Gift to Cape Fear Community College for Scholarship Support


Southport, NC – Volunteers from the Southport Wooden Boat Show recently presented a $2,000 gift to Cape Fear Community College to fund a new annual scholarship for students in CFCC’s Wooden Boat Building Program.  The group presented a check to Mr. John Olsen, Boat Manufacture and Service Instructor with the CFCC Marine Technology program.

Funds for the scholarship came from the proceeds of the group’s boat show, which is in its fifth year.  This year’s show was held in September and featured 50 wooden boats.

The Southport Wooden Boat Show organizers chose to fund a scholarship at CFCC because, “it is a natural partnership,” according to a boat show volunteer. “Several volunteers with the Southport Wooden Boat Show have taken boat-building courses at CFCC with lead instructor Mark Bayne. We feel it’s important to encourage the art and craft of wooden boat building and want to help provide the financial means for students who are seeking a career in this field.” Applicants for the scholarship must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and a serious desire to pursue a career in boat-building.

For more information about the Southport Wooden Boat Show, visit

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


In the photo: Robert Hayes, Sandy Mitchell and Angela Trent, volunteers from the Southport Wooden Boat Show, present a gift of scholarship support to Mr. John Olsen, Boat Manufacture and Service Instructor with the CFCC Marine Technology program. The group is posed in front of a Solomon T, a 1938 Core Sound wooden work boat owned by Capt. Bert Felton, co-founder and committee member of the Southport Wooden Boat Show which occurs every fourth Saturday in September along the Southport Yacht Basin (in 2015, the date will be September 26).

Dental Assisting/Dental Hygiene Accreditation Announcement

Attention students, clinic patients and interested parties:

The Commission on Dental Accreditation will review complaints that relate to CFCC’s compliance with the accreditation standards and policies. The Commission is interested in the sustained quality and continued improvement of dental and dental-related education programs but does not intervene on behalf of individuals or act as a court of appeal for individuals in matters of admission, appointment, promotion or dismissal of faculty, staff or students.

A copy of the appropriate accreditation standards and/or the Commission’s policy and procedures for submission of complaints may by obtained by contacting the Commission, see address below.

The Commission on Dental Accreditation’s site visitors will be on campus to review the dental assisting and dental hygiene programs on March 24, 25, and 26, 2015. The programs are required to inform you of our pending accreditation visit and the opportunity for you to make your concerns available to the Commission. Your comments need to be addressed to the Commission before January 23, 2015.

The United States Department of Education (USDE) procedures now also required accrediting agencies to provide an opportunity for third-party comment with respect to institutions or programs scheduled for review.

Who can submit comments: Third-party comments relative to the Commission’s accredited programs may include comments submitted by interested parties such as faculty, students, staff, program administrators, Commission consultants, specialty and dental-related organizations, patients and/or consumers.

Types of comments considered: For those individuals who are interested in submitting comments, a copy of the appropriate accreditation standards and/or the Commission’s policy and procedures for submission of complaints may be obtained by contacting the Commission at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611 or by calling 1-800-621-8099 extension 4653.

How do you reach the Commission? Your comments and/or concerns should be mailed to the Commission on Dental Accreditation, 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611 or by calling 1-800-621-8099 extension 4653 before January 23, 2015.

Cape Fear Community College Toys For Tots Drive a Success

The Cape Fear Community College Student Government Association, Athletics Department and Student Activities Department took part in the the Marine Corps Reserves “Toys For Tots” drive again this holiday season. The Sea Devils helped collect over 400 toys to help provide for needy children in the community.
“I think it is wonderful when so many people come together and try to give a little something to others that might not have anything.  We hope our efforts will help bring joy to some area children this holiday season,” says Chris Libert, Head Men’s Soccer Coach and Assistant Coordinator
Student Activities and Athletics at CFCC.
The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.

CFCC Celebrates Wilmington’s 275th Anniversary with card-signing on Friday, December 5

Wilmington, NC – Cape Fear Community College is commemorating Wilmington’s 275th Anniversary by inviting the public to join CFCC students and employees at an anniversary card signing on Friday, December 5.
The unique anniversary card, created by the Wilmington Star-News, has been on tour around the city, making several stops to give people the opportunity to reflect on their time in the Wilmington area and offer well wishes for the city’s future.  The Star-News hopes to get 5000 signatures on this one-of-a-kind card, which measures four-by-eight feet.
The card will be available to sign in the first floor lobby of CFCC’s Union Station on Friday, December 5 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  This event is free and open to the public.

CFCC Names Veterans Center in honor of student veterans advocate Bob Philpott

Bob Philpott stands beside the entrance to CFCC's Veterans Center during today's ceremony.

Bob Philpott stands beside the entrance to CFCC’s Veterans Center during today’s ceremony.

Cape Fear​ ​Community College named its campus​ ​veterans’​ ​center after longtime student veteran advocate Bob Philpott​ ​as part of a series of events to celebrate Veterans Day on Nov 11, 2014.

Before retiring​ ​as CFCC’s veterans affairs coordinator​ ​earlier this year, Philpott helped establish CFCC’s veterans center on campus three years ago and was well-known for his support of student veterans and their family members.

As a 26-year U.S. Coast Guard veteran,​ ​Philpott commanded​ ​the​ ​US​ ​Coast Guard Cutters​ ​Gallatin​ ​and Vigilant during​ ​search and​ ​rescue missions as well as drug interdiction operations. Bob was​ ​awarded two presidential meritorious service medals​.​

After his service to the Coast Guard, Philpott joined CFCC’s staff in December of 1993, as an economics instructor.​ ​He​ ​then​ ​served​ ​as​ ​dean of​ ​vocational and​ ​technical programs​ ​until 2011. Afterwards, he transitioned into his role as CFCC’s veterans affairs coordinator.

CFCC President Dr. Ted Spring credited Philpott’s dedication to the college’s student veteran population.

“Under Mr. Philpot’s leadership, CFCC was recognized nationally for three consecutive years as a Military Friendly School and is considered a model for schools around the country,” Dr. Spring stated.
Philpott’​s ​distinguished service extends beyond his time in the US Coast Guard.

In fact, in 2007,​ ​he received​ ​the North Carolina Community College System Employee of the Year Award.

The​ ​naming​ ​ceremony was among several veteran-related activities held at the college today. Other events included a forum entitled “Remembering the First World War”, which featured presentations about the creation of war memorials, World War I writers,​ ​and the battle of Verdun. The college also held a ceremony to honor all student veterans and employees on campus.

Military veterans and​ ​their​ ​family members make up nearly​ ​10 percent of CFCC’s student population in degree-seeking programs. CFCC opened the veterans center three years ago to better accommodate to needs of military personnel and their family members who are taking classes at the college.

Veterans Day activities at Cape Fear Community College

Cape Fear Community College will honor military veterans tomorrow with a series of special activities at the downtown Wilmington Campus.

UPDATE – Due to inclement weather, the 11 a.m. Veterans Day Ceremony has been MOVED to Union Station’s Windell Daniels Hall (U-508). This afternoon’s naming ceremony will take place at the Veterans Center on Union Station’s 1st Floor (U-124) at 1:30 p.m.

Events include a forum entitled “Remembering the First World War” from 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. in the Union Station Auditorium (U-170). The forum will include film screenings and presentations about the creation of war memorials, World War I writers and the battle of Verdun.

At 11 a.m., the college will hold a ceremony featuring remarks from retired US Coast Guard Captain Bob Philpott, who also served as CFCC’s veterans affairs coordinator for many years. All active and retired members of the military are welcome to attend. The ceremony will be held in Tabitha’s Courtyard in the 400 block of Front St. A reception and benefits fair for student veterans will follow the ceremony.

At 1:30 p.m., the college will hold a special naming ceremony for CFCC’s Veterans Center, which is located on the first floor of the Union Station Building.

Military veterans and family members make up nearly 10 percent of CFCC’s student population in degree-seeking programs. CFCC opened the veterans center three years ago to better accommodate to needs of military personnel and their family members who are taking classes at the college.

College Transfer Fair

College Transfer Fair – TODAY

Thursday, October 30

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Union Station, 2nd floor lobby

Stop by to meet with admission counselors from the following 4-year colleges and universities:

Belmont Abbey College

Bennett College

Campbell University

Chamberlain College of Nursing

DeVry University

East Carolina University

Fayetteville State University

Ft. Hays State University (KS)

Gardner-Webb University

Greensboro College

Guilford College

High Point University

Johnson C. Smith University

North Carolina A&T State University

North Carolina State University

North Carolina Wesleyan College

St. Andrews University

UNC-Chapel Hill




Warren Wilson College

Western Carolina University

William Peace University

CFCC’s Anthropology Club presents the 4th Annual Ghost Chase: Pirate’s Pillage – Thursday, October 30

piratespillageOn Thursday, October 30, Cape Fear Community College’s Anthropology Club will host their 4th annual Ghost Chase. Participants can sign up for the chase at 5:30 p.m. in room 302 on the third floor of Union Station, located at 502 North Front Street.

Each year, the chase focuses upon a different historical event or figure. This year, the Ghost Chase will feature Blackbeard, also known as Edward Teach, and his crew.

An interactive scavenger hunt will take participants on an exciting journey, challenging them to battle the vengeful Blackbeard and his crew for treasure. There will be a variety of games and activities, opportunities to win prizes, and some light refreshments served throughout the evening. This event is open to the public and costs $10. A portion of
the proceeds will benefit the Cape Fear River Watch.

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