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.

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.