Legendary Percussionist Joe Chambers to perform with Benny Hill Quartet at Cape Fear Community College on March 3

BENNY_HILL_SLIDE (1)Wilmington, NC – The Cape Fear Community College Humanities and Fine Arts Department, in partnership with Benny Hill Music and Music Medic, is proud to present the Benny Hill Quartet featuring Joe Chambers, March 3 at 7:00 p.m. in a concert to support CFCC’s music students. All proceeds from the concert will benefit the CFCC Jazz Scholarship.
The concert will highlight many different jazz eras featuring both standard and original compositions and will include the original members of The Benny Hill Quartet, Brad Merritt, Doug Irving, and Israel Bannerman, as well as legendary drummer and vibraphonist Joe Chambers. Chambers is best known for his work with Wayne Shorter on the album Adam’s Apple. He has worked with high-profile artists such as Eric Dolphy, Charles Mingus, Lou Donaldson, Chick Correa, and Freddie Hubbard.
Benny Hill, CFCC music instructor and saxophonist, put the show together as a way to raise funds for CFCC student musicians. “I’m so blessed and excited about the opportunity to play with a jazz legend like Mr. Chambers and help students in the process,” he said.
Tickets are $20 for the general public and $5 for CFCC students with a student ID, and may be purchased online atwww.capefearstage.com, by calling Ticket Central at 910-362-7999, or in person at the Ticket Central counter inside the Humanities and Fine Arts Center located at 703 N. 3rd Street.
For more information about Cape Fear Community College’s music program, please visit http://cfcc.edu/hfa/music/ or call 910-362-7000.


Cape Fear Stage presents: Generation Axe – A Night of Guitars on Saturday, April 23


Legendary guitarists Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt and Tosin Abasi will perform at Cape Fear Community College’s Humanities and Fine Arts Center on Saturday, April 23, 2016 as part of their North American tour, Generation Axe – A Night of Guitars.  Tickets may be purchased this Friday, February 19, beginning at 2 p.m. online at www.capefearstage.com, by calling Ticket Central at 910-362-7999, or in person at the Ticket Central counter inside the Humanities and Fine Arts Center located at 703 N. 3rd Street in Wilmington.

About Generation Axe – A Night of Guitars:

The term “supergroup” gets thrown around on a regular basis these days, however, a new tour featuring some of the greatest guitarists of all time is about to truly give the term a whole new meaning.

Introducing: Generation Axe, featuring Steve VaiZakk WyldeYngwie MalmsteenNuno Bettencourt, and Tosin Abasi.

Beginning on April 5th in Seattle, Generation Axe – A Night of Guitars is hitting the road for 26 performances in North America.  Tickets for all shows go on sale Friday, February 19th.

“The Generation Axe show is a unique performance of five fiercely talented guitar players coming together to create a 6-string extravaganza that is sure to amaze and delight,” commented Steve Vai.

The Generation Axe fan experience will go way beyond simply gathering five guitar greats on one stage to jam.  Each tour stop will include a variety of collaborations by the five players, including everyone performing together as one cohesive band with a rhythm section including Pete Griffin (Dweezil Zappa, Stanley Clarke, Edgar Winter) on bass and Nick Marinovich (Yngwie Malmsteen) on keys.  Vai, Wylde, Malmsteen, Bettencourt and Abasi will perform songs from their various catalogs and join forces on some well-known songs (as well as probably a few unexpected, unearthed gems).

Making this rare tour experience even more special, Generation Axe VIP packages will be offered, giving fans access to these guitar masters and exclusive one-of-a-kind memorabilia.  A front row package (including a meet & greet), a meet & greet package, and a VIP tour package will be available.  For more information, visit www.generationaxe.com.

About the Generation Axe Members:

While many artists fit easily into a single category, Steve Vai remains unclassifiable.  Vai is a virtuoso guitarist, visionary composer, and consummate audio producer who sculpts musical sound with infinite creativity and technical mastery.  He is one of the most in-demand, versatile, eloquent and soulful guitarists in the business.  The GRAMMY Award-winner has sold over 15 million albums and toured the world as a solo artist, a member of G3, and with Frank Zappa, Alcatrazz, David Lee Roth, and Whitesnake.  Vai launched his successful solo career with the release of Flex-Able in 1984 and has written, produced, and engineered all of his solo albums.  He has appeared as a guest artist on more than 40 albums and created music for blockbuster films, best-selling video games, national sports franchises, and corporate brand initiatives. Vai has earned honorary doctorates from Berklee College of Music and Musicians Institute.  For more info, visit: www.vai.com

GRAMMY Award-winner Zakk Wylde’s legendary career includes a lengthy tenure with Ozzy Osbourne during which Wylde co-wrote and recorded several albums, including the multi-platinum No More Tears, Osbourne’s largest selling solo album featuring the classic hit single, “Mama, I’m Coming Home” and the bulk of the double platinum 2002 set, Ozzmosis.  With Osbourne, Wylde has played on countless world tours and television appearances, with his signature bullseye Les Paul in tow. Wylde has his mitts imprinted on Hollywood’s Rock Walk of Fame; guest-starred alongside Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Aniston in the movie “Rockstar”; and even momentarily joined Axl, Slash and Duff in Guns N’ Roses.  But nothing offers the pure expression of Zakk Wylde’s animalistic “id” like Black Label Society, the stomping, heavy, bluesy, recklessly unhinged hard-rock-metal quartet who are as quick to rip up a solo as to dip into a piano-fueled anthemic ballad.  For more info, visit:  www.zakkwylde.com

When Yngwie J. Malmsteen hit the scene in the early 80s, he turned the entire guitar world upside down; never before was guitar playing like his ever heard. Drawing inspiration from his love for Baroque and Romantic classical music, Malmsteen employs classical violin techniques such as four and five octave arpeggios, pedal notes, and harmonic minor, diminished and Phrygian scales, flawlessly delivered at mind-boggling levels of speed and clarity. In doing so, he has singlehandedly created a brand new style of guitar playing and composing that is still derived from today. In addition to having written and produced 35+ neoclassical rock albums, Malmsteen composed and orchestrated the “Concerto Suite for Electric Guitar and Orchestra,” which he recorded with the prestigious Czech Philharmonic in Prague, conducted by Yoel Levy of Atlanta Symphony fame. Malmsteen subsequently performed the piece live with the the New Japan Philharmonic and the Taipei Symphony, among others.  Malmsteen has received numerous Grammy nominations, hundreds of magazine covers, dozens of Reader’s Poll and Composer of the Year Awards, a plaque on the Rock Walk of Fame, signature model guitars, amps, pickups, strings, picks, pedals, microphones, and more. TIME Magazine placed him as one of the top ten guitarists of all time. Some 35 years and 25 million+ album sales later, Yngwie shows no signs of slowing down, with his brand new record World on Fire due for release in April 2016.  For more info, visit:  www.yngwiemalmsteen.com

Guitar virtuoso, singer-songwriter, and record producer, Nuno Bettencourt rose to international prominence as a guitar player with the GRAMMY-nominated, Boston-area band EXTREME, one of the most successful rock acts of the early to mid-1990s selling over 10 million records worldwide. Musically, EXTREME is dominated by Bettencourt’s blistering guitar riffs, often with funky, syncopated timing, and incendiary, high-speed rock/metal solos. Bettencourt penned the acoustic ballad “More Than Words” that went to #1 on the Billboard charts and “Hole Hearted” that reached #4. He has released multiple solo albums as well as with bands he founded including Mourning Widows Population 1, Dramagods and Satellite Party. Bettencourt has written, produced and performed with many legendary artists including Rihanna, Steven Tyler, Paul McCartney, Janet Jackson and many others.  For more info, visit: www.nunobettencourt.com

Oluwatosin Ayoyinka Olumide Abasi, better known as Tosin Abasi, is a Nigerian American guitarist known as the guitar player and founder of the instrumental progressive metal band, Animals as Leaders.  Abasi’s compositions of intricate music have garnered critical acclaim in a few short years. Abasi is part of the breed of new contemporary players who are raising the bar on the concept of electric guitar virtuosity.  His approach to the guitar stems from a passion for advanced techniques and harmony. Using 7-, 8-, and 9-string guitars have allowed Abasi to create a highly unique and individual sound.  For more info, visit:  www.facebook.com/animalsasleaders

Generation Axe – A Night of Guitars is produced by Copeland International Arts and is booked by CAA.  For more information:  www.generationaxe.com.

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frenchfilmCape Fear Community College to host Tournées French Film Festival, February 18-20
Wilmington, NC – Cape Fear Community College will host the Tournées French Film Festival, a program of the FACE (French American Cultural Exchange) Foundation, in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, on CFCC’s Wilmington Campus from February 18-20 in the Union Station Auditorium (U-170).
The Tournées Film Festival aims to bring French cinema to American colleges and universities. Celebrating its 20th year, the Festival offers a wide variety of films that represent the best of French cinema.
“We are thrilled to bring to Wilmington some of France’s most critically-acclaimed feature films as examples of the rich cinematographic tradition in France,” said Caroline Hudson, CFCC French instructor. “It is such an opportunity to offer these seven high quality films free to our students and to the public thanks to two generous grants: one from the FACE Foundation for six films (French-American Cultural Exchange), and one from the CFCC Foundation for another film.”
Each year, the FACE Foundation provides nearly $200,000 in Tournées Film Festival grants to fund festival endeavors and has partnered with over 450 universities and colleges, reaching an audience of over 500,000 students and community members across the United States.
The screening schedule is as follows:
  • Thursday, February 18, 2:00 p.m. – The Cave of Forgotten Dreams (La Grotte Des Reves Perdus), (rated G)
  • Thursday, February 18, 6:00 p.m. – Because I was a Painter (Parce Que J’etais Peintre), (unrated)
  • Friday, February 19, 2:00 p.m. – Daybreak (Le Jour Se Leve), (unrated, contains some violence)
  • Friday, February 19, 6:00 p.m. – Girlhood (Bande de Filles), (unrated)
  • Saturday, February 20, 2:00 p.m. – Augustine (Augustine), (unrated, contains some violence and sex)
  • Saturday, February 20, 5:00 p.m. – Mood Indigo (L’ecume des Jours), (unrated)
  • Saturday, February 20, 8:00 p.m. – The Connection (La French), (rated R)
All films are in French with English subtitles. All screenings are free and open to the public.
For more information visit http://cfcc.edu/global/french-film-festival/, or contact Caroline Hudson at chudson@cfcc.edu or Autumn McGimsey at amcgimsey@cfcc.edu.
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 de I’image Animée, and the Franco-American Cultural Fund.

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 www.capefearstage.com or by calling 910-362-7999.

Full “Picking Up the Pieces Tour” dates are included below.  For additional information visit: http://www.jeweljk.com/

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 pinferrera@cfcc.edu.

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

GEH Logo

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 cfcc.edu/engineering/nuclear-technology/

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 davidwilson@cfcc.edu. For more about educational opportunities in Health Sciences at CFCC, visit cfcc.edu/studentservices/health/

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 www.cfcc.edu/voc/cmt.