CFCC students selling plants for spring gardens and flower beds

colorful tomatoesWilmington, NC – Students in Cape Fear Community College’s Landscape Gardening Program have been cultivating plants in their greenhouses all winter long, and now the public can benefit from all their hard work.The students will hold their annual Spring Plant Sale on Thursday, April 16th & Friday, April 17th at the CFCC Schwartz Center.  The sale will run from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Thursday and 10 a.m. until supplies are exhausted on Friday.Hundreds of plants will be available, including bedding plants and heirloom vegetables. Two highlights for this year’s plants include ‘Celebrity’ tomatoes – a tried and true producer of tennis ball sized slicers, and  ‘Sweet Millions’ a prolific producer of cherry tomatoes, perfect for salads or snacking.

Prices vary, but start at $2.50 per plant.  Plants can be purchased with cash or checks only. Proceeds from the sales will help support CFCC’s Landscape Gardening program. In the past, plants have sold quickly, so guests are encouraged to arrive early for the best selection.

For more about CFCC’s Landscape Gardening program, visit


WPD ‘Dinner with the Stars’ event to fund student scholarships at CFCC

wpd send a cop to college

Wilmington Police Department Officers (l-r) Sergeant Warren Kennedy, Deputy Chief Mitch Cunningham and Lieutenant Kathy Cochran announced the celebrity lineup of the 2015 WPD Dinner with the Stars Event to benefit the Police Department’s “Send a Cop to College” Scholarship at CFCC. Also pictured are event celebrities and hosts Chelsea Cooley, former Miss USA and Sydney Penny, former star of Pale Rider and All My Children, alongside 2014 scholarship recipients Officer Joe Smith and Officer Fabio Gonzales.

Wilmington, NC – The Wilmington Police Department is holding its second annual Dinner with the Stars event to raise money for the Send a Cop to College scholarship at Cape Fear Community College. Guests at last year’s dinner were joined by 19 celebrities and enjoyed a night of music, dancing, fine dining and a silent auction. This year’s dinner will be on Saturday, May 2, in Cape Fear Community College’s Union Station Building. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and the event will begin at 6 p.m.

The Send a Cop to College scholarship fund is open to all Wilmington Police Department employees and their families. Last year’s event raised over $5,000 and is currently helping two officers attend Cape Fear Community College.

Fabio Gonzales works as an interpreter with the WPD.  “I am attending Cape Fear Community College in the Community Spanish Interpreter Program,” says Gonzales. “My goal is to obtain a certification in order to become more proficient in my job. This scholarship impacts my life by allowing me to continue my education while also being able to continue working full time with the Wilmington Police Department.  After I graduate, I plan to continue working with the WPD, but will now have a degree in Interpretation and hope to be able to provide more services to the Wilmington Police Department and the Spanish speaking community,” says Gonzales.

Another beneficiary of the scholarship, Joe Smith, has served with the Wilmington Police Department housing unit within the patrol division for 11 years, Smith is excited to have the opportunity to return to school. “This scholarship has taken away all the excuses for not going back to college to finish a degree. It will help me to set an example for my 11 year old daughter and help me move up in my career,” he says.

Those who wish to attend Dinner with the Stars can purchase tickets for $75 each or $125 per couple. Anyone who would like to have a sponsor table at the event can purchase a spot for $1,000.   Tickets are on sale at  For more information, contact the Wilmington Police Department at 910-343-3609 or visit the event Facebook page: WPRA Send a Cop to College.

CFCC to cut ribbon for new Surf City location April 18

Zander Guy Building


Cape Fear Community College invites the public to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the A.D. “Zander” Guy Building and the dedication of the Alston W. Burke Center at Surf City at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 18.

According to CFCC Interim President Dr. Amanda Lee, the college is excited to be able to share this event with the public and looks forward to opening the facility later this spring.

“We are thrilled to be opening this new building to extend educational and job training opportunities to the residents of eastern Pender County,” Dr. Lee said.

The ceremony will feature several speakers from the college, Surf City and Pender County. Following the ceremony, the public will be invited to tour the facility and talk with college officials about some of the courses and programs that will be offered during the summer and fall semesters.

Courses will include both credit and non-credit courses for students seeking a degree, job training or personal enrichment. Initial courses this summer will include credit offerings in math, English, business, computer technology, medical terminology, psychology and criminal justice. In the future, the specific course offerings will change depending on interest from students or employers.

The center is located off of NC Hwy 210 just past the Lowe’s Improvement store on Route 17. The location in Google Maps is  615 NC-210, Hampstead, NC 28443. Classes in the new facility will begin May 22.

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Wilmington Art Association donates $1,000 for student scholarships

The Wilmington Art Association recently donated $1,000 to the Cape Fear Community College Foundation for student scholarships. The donation will fund two $500 scholarships for students who are taking art classes or are interested in pursuing art as a career, and have at least a 3.0 GPA.

Liz Hosier and Gale Smith, Presidents of the 250 member Wilmington Art Association, presented the check to the Cape Fear Community College Foundation.

”The Wilmington Art Association is pleased to support young artists in the area so that they may pursue their career goals and focus on their craft.  Art supplies can be expensive, so it is especially important to us to support those who are not able to afford materials,” said Hosier, Co-President.

Dana McKoy, Director of Annual Giving at CFCC, agrees that the Wilmington Art Association scholarships will help students acquire the tools they need to be successful. “We appreciate the Wilmington Art Association’s dedication to art students at CFCC. Art students have added expenses beyond traditional textbooks, so these scholarships are really helpful.”

The Wilmington Art Association created their CFCC scholarship in 2011, supporting its goal to contribute to the local art community and encourage an appreciation of visual arts.

To learn more about giving at CFCC, please contact the CFCC Foundation at 362-7207 or visit

Photo Caption: (L-R) Liz Hosier and Gale Smith, Wilmington Art Association Co-Presidents, with Dana McKoy, CFCC Director of Annual Giving.


CFCC students to showcase custom-built electric bikes in Azalea Festival Parade

Two students work on an electric bicycle as a project in CFCC's Mechanical Engineering program.

Two students work on an electric bicycle as a project in CFCC’s Mechanical Engineering program.


With the annual North Carolina Azalea Festival quickly approaching, Cape Fear Community College students are hard at work to complete an innovative project which will be featured as part of the festivities.

For the past year, students in CFCC’s mechanical engineering program have been designing and building their own electric bicycles, which are now just over a week away from their debut on the streets of downtown Wilmington during the annual Azalea Festival Parade.

According to instructor Daniel Hendrickson, the objective of the project is to provide students with a challenge to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to a real-world scenario.

“This project gives the students the experience of creating a cost-effective, hands-on, practical engineering project on a limited budget and on a deadline, which is what they should expect to face in the workplace after graduation,” Hendrickson said.

Completing the bikes is a final project for students in the final year of the program, who use the skills learned in the first year of the program, which include CAD programming, 3D modeling, electricity, physics, statics, hydraulics and more.

Each student designs an electric bicycle and makes a formal presentation to a panel of experts. The best designs are chosen to be built in their final semester.

This year the students are building three bicycles, each designed for a specific purpose. One is designed for transporting pier fishing equipment, one for carrying cargo, and another is designed to be energy efficient, aerodynamic, and incorporate a low-drag design.

“The bikes are in the final stages of welding, painting, assembly, and testing prior to the parade. We are very proud of them and would love to show them off,” Hendrickson said.

The Mechanical Engineering Technology program at CFCC prepares graduates for employment as mechanical technicians. Graduates of the program are qualified to work in many types of manufacturing, fabrication, research and development, and service industries.

For more details about the program, visit


N.C. Symphony to open CFCC’s new fine arts center on Oct. 3


Cape Fear Community College is pleased to announce that the North Carolina Symphony will perform as part of the opening gala event for the college’s Humanities and Fine Arts Center in early October.

The performance is scheduled for Saturday, October 3 and will also feature a guest performer who will be announced later this year when tickets go on sale.

The opening gala will kick off a week-long schedule of events to introduce the new venue to the public.

CFCC Director of the Humanities and Fine Arts Center Shane Fernando says that he is pleased to welcome the state symphony to Wilmington to help open the center to the public.

“We are thrilled to have the North Carolina Symphony to help showcase this new facility. So many people are working hard to make the center the very best it can be both for our students and the community.”

Fernando added that there are many more announcements to come regarding performances planned for the center’s opening season.

“Stay tuned for more details to come about the opening week. It’s going to be very exciting,” Fernando explained.

“As North Carolina’s largest performing arts organization, traveling the state presenting education and public performances, the North Carolina Symphony is honored to join the celebration to mark the opening of CFCC’s beautiful Humanities and Fine Arts Center,” said Symphony President & CEO Sandi Macdonald.  “The North Carolina Symphony has a 50 year-plus history of bringing great music to audiences young and old alike in Wilmington and New Hanover County.”

Currently under construction located on Third Street in downtown Wilmington, CFCC’s Humanities and Fine Arts Center is a 159,000 sq. ft. education facility and entertainment venue. When completed, the facility will house a 1,500-1,600 seat performance venue to host Broadway touring productions, concerts, symphonic performances, recitals, symposiums, and other events.

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.  The Humanities and Fine Arts Department will find a new home in this modern facility. This new laboratory for student learning will feature 25 formal classrooms, studios, and laboratories for the visual arts, music, drama, film, communications, philosophy and religion, and foreign languages.  In addition to the main performance hall, students will be able to utilize a central outdoor courtyard, black box theatre, and studios designed for a variety of student performances.

In addition to the traditional classroom experience, students will have the opportunity to work behind the scenes with the major performances brought to the venue.  Functioning as a laboratory for student learning, the Center will involve students in the technical operations of the facility, marketing, ticketing, event planning, guest services, entertainment production and logistics, and artist services. This will provide the students with applied learning experiences to help in workforce development for after graduation.

Additionally, the Humanities and Fine Arts Center has also been formally designated by UNC Wilmington as a site where their students may gain academic credit hours from their work with the center.

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About the North Carolina Symphony

The North Carolina Symphony is the first state-supported symphony in the country – a vital and honored component of the state’s cultural life. Devoted to bringing music to North Carolina, the North Carolina Symphony can be heard on WUNC 91.5 FM or through its seven CD releases, including two celebrated titles on the BIS label: American Spectrum with saxophonist Branford Marsalis and a 2010 release of concertos by Rachmaninoff and Medtner with pianist Yevgeny Sudbin. Top soloists from the classical and pops worlds—including Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Lang Lang, Joshua Bell, Yuja Wang, Lynn Harrell, Pink Martini, Ben Folds, Randy Newman and Idina Menzel—have joined the orchestra and taken advantage of two of the country’s finest performance venues, the spectacular Meymandi Concert Hall at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh and Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary. The orchestra has also appeared twice at Carnegie Hall in New York and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and Orchestra Hall in Chicago.

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CFCC’s honor society earns top awards at annual conference​

Students at Cape Fear Community College recently earned top honors at the annual conference of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society held last weekend in Wilmington.

​Hundreds of students from North Carolina and South Carolina attended the event, which was held on ​March 20- 22 ​on the campus of Cape Fear Community College and at the Hilton Riverside in downtown Wilmington​.

​CFCC’s own ​Alpha Chi Sigma chapter of Phi Theta Kappa received over a dozen awards​ at this year’​s event and came in ​second place as the​ ​”​Most Distinguished Chapter”​ ​overall.​

The weekend began with Wilmington City Mayor Bill Saffo officially proclaiming March 20-22, 2015 as “Phi Theta Kappa Weekend.” CFCC President Dr. Amanda Lee, welcomed the over 200 guests from chapters all over North and South Carolina.

​CFCC’s Chapter won the following awards:

  • Most Distinguished Chapter 1st Runner-Up​
  • Distinguished Chapter
  • Distinguished Chapter Officer Team – Billy Koch (President), Jennifer Knight (VP of Leadership), Tracy Fino (VP of Service), Brett Carpenter (VP of Fellowship), Mallory Doran (VP of Membership)
  • Distinguished Honors In Action Project – Lanthanides as a Shark Repellent
  • Distinguished College Project – Campus Fitness Walk
  • Best Website
  • Horizon Award – John Schulte, Faculty Advisor
  • Hall of Honors – Tracy Fino, Vice President of Service
  • Distinguished Service Award – Honorable Mention
  • Yearbook Award – Honorable Mention
  • Five Star Level Award – Highest Level of Achievement/Involvement for the Chapter
  • Distinguished Honors in Action Project – Theme 4: Exploring the Natural Environment
  • Regional Officer Recognition – Jennifer Knight, 2015-2015 Carolinas Regional Secretary
  • Host Award
  • Outstanding Participation Regional Service Project
  • Outstanding Participation Regional Honors In Action Project
  • Carolinas Region Super Star

​This year, CFCC’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa has 300 members and they have worked on a wide variety of community service and fund raising projects at the college and in the local community. Some activities included​ establishing a campus fitness walk at the downtown campus, collecting books for a local domestic violence shelter, working on a Work on Wilmington project, and holding a beach sweep cleanup project and others.

Founded in 1918, the purpose of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa provides opportunities for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.


CFCC’s Real Estate program gains statewide recognition

Cape Fear Community College was recently recognized at the North Carolina Real Estate Commission’s Educators Conference for being one of only ten real estate schools whose passing rate exceeded 75% during the 2013-14 academic year.

The average pass rate for the North Carolina is 60%. Between July 1 and December 31, 2014, CFCC real estate students earned a 100% pass rate on the exam.

The program’s enrollment continues to increase as the real estate market and the economy rebound from the worst of the recession.  The fall 2014 semester had 29 students and that number has grown to 32 students this semester. To meet demand and create additional flexibility and access for students, the program expanded its offerings to include both morning and evening classes.

“I am very proud of all the real estate students at CFCC,” says Laurel Pettys, real estate instructor for CFCC.

“Together we have built an excellent program that is recognized statewide for providing outstanding real estate training. When our students enter the workforce, they are confident that their education has prepared them to become successful brokers.”

CFCC’s Real Estate Licensing curriculum provides the licensing education required by the North Carolina Real Estate Commission. It prepares Pre-Licensing students to take the NC Real Estate License Examination and allows Post-Licensing students to remove “Provisional” status of their Broker license. The next class starts on May 26.

For more information, visit or contact Laurel Pettys at 362-7467.

Phi Theta Kappa Carolinas Region Conference at CFCC this weekend

Wilmington, NC – Alpha Chi Sigma, Cape Fear Community College’s chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society will host the Carolinas Region Convention this weekend, March 20-22. The convention will be held on CFCC’s Wilmington Campus and at the Hilton Wilmington Riverside. The conference will feature educational events for members, several speakers and networking time. Based on this year’s honors topic, Frontiers and the Spirit of Exploration, the convention theme is “Pirates of the Carolinas: Study Hard! Nerds Tell No Tales!”

The conference will open with a welcome from Wilmington’s mayor, Bill Saffo, followed by a keynote address from Rod Risley, CEO of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. Saturday night, there will be a banquet and awards ceremony, during which CFCC’s Alpha Chi Sigma chapter will be among the regional award winners. Sunday’s keynote speaker will be Jason Rogers, CFCC Marine Technology Department Chair, who will present the talk about CFCC’s unique Marine Technology program, and show slides of some of the shipwreck artifacts he and his crew have recovered from the mouth of the Cape Fear River.

More than 200 Phi Theta Kappa members are expected to attend, representing 84 community colleges from North and South Carolina. CFCC’s Phi Theta Kappa advisor, Dr. John Schulte, is excited to bring the convention to Wilmington to showcase the honor society. “Phi Theta Kappa promotes leadership, scholarship, fellowship and service,” he says. “These Phi Theta Kappa members are among the brightest students in our region, who go one step further to promote an organization where academics, knowledge and acceptance are the rule. They are tomorrow’s leaders, and today’s role models.”

Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society for two-year colleges.  It was established in 1918 and now has more than 1,200 active chapters and 100,000 members.  For more information visit

Application periods extended for some Allied Health programs

The following programs have extended their application periods:

Program New Application Deadline
Pharmacy Technology (Diploma) May 12, 2015
Pharmacy Technology AAS Degree May 12, 2015
Cardiovascular Sonography May 18, 2015
Dental Assisting May 14, 2015

Interested students 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 or contact Pam Aubry, Health Science Admission Support Specialist, at 362-7558.