CFCC welcomes public to attend 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

CFCC 9/11 Memorial

Cape Fear Community College invites the public to attend a 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony ​on Friday, September 11 at 8:30 a.m. ​to honor the victims, first-responders and survivors of the 2001 terrorist attacks.

The ceremony will be held at the college’s 9/11 Memorial at the CFCC Safety Training Center, located at the north campus in Castle Hayne. Visitors can enter the campus at 4500 Blue Clay Rd.

The event will feature remarks by CFCC President ​Dr. ​ Amanda Lee, a silent procession by students in the college’s First Responders Academy and a plaque dedication, which explains the significance of the student-made memorial completed in 2011. The National Anthem will be performed by CFCC student Anna Emery along with​ student-led poetry readings, lowering of the flag by the CFCC Fire Academy and a bagpipe rendition of “Amazing Grace” by Major Andy Simpson.

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Cape Fear Community College to offer two new courses for writers

Award-winning author Rebecca Petruck


Cape Fear Community College is planning to offer two new courses for writers starting later this month. Both courses will be taught by award-winning author Rebecca Petruck.

The courses include:

Writers Read

Six weeks. Six books. Six sneaky lessons about character, plot, voice, place, theme, and style. You will read six current novels selected by award winning author Rebecca Petruck. In moderated discussion, you will explore key areas of how a writer crafts a novel and how elements apply to your own work. $69

Section #81361

Tues:  Oct 6 – Nov 10

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Wilmington Campus, T Conference (114)


Writing Picture Books – Rebecca Petruck

Picture books, like haikus, are deceptively simple and difficult to do well. We’ll briefly study the strict form of PB manuscripts, then workshop student manuscripts. We will identify key areas for revision related to character development, plot, and quality of writing. Several tools for revising will be presented, as well as tips for generating ideas, keeping up momentum, and resources for pursuing publication. $49

Section #81770

Tues: Sept 8 – 22

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Wilmington Campus, T Conference


About Rebecca Petruck

Rebecca Petruck is a Minnesota girl, though she also has lived in Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, England, Connecticut and, currently, North Carolina. A former member of 4-H, she was also a Girl Scout, a cheerleader, and competed in MathCounts. She reads National Geographic cover to cover. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing, Fiction, from UNC Wilmington, and is represented by Kate Testerman of kt literary.

Her debut STEERING TOWARD NORMAL is a Blue Ribbon winner as a Best Book of 2014 by the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (BCCB), an American Booksellers Association Indies Introduce New Voices selection, as well as a Kids Indie Next List title. Vanity Fair’s Hollywood dubbed it a “book we’d like to see made into a film,” the L.A. Times included STEERING TOWARD NORMAL in its Summer Books Preview, Christian Science Monitor named it one of 25 Best New Middle Grade Novels, it is part of the International Reading Association’s list “Books Can Be a Tool of Peace,” in the 2014 ABC Best Books for Children catalog, and an American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture Recommended Publication. The BCCB gave it a starred review.

STEERING TOWARD NORMAL was released by ABRAMS/Amulet May 2014. Her second novel, WILL NOLAN EATS BUGS, will also be released by ABRAMS/Amulet, in Fall 2016. You may visit her online at

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CFCC employees win awards for outstanding performance and teaching excellence


CFCC award winners 2015

Three Cape Fear Community College employees were recently honored with awards to recognize teaching excellence and outstanding performance.

The awards were presented by CFCC President Amanda Lee on August 19 at the college’s annual in-service program.

Sociology instructor Bethaney Ferguson received the Marilyn Goodman Anderson Endowed Award for Excellence in Teaching. This award is given annually to a faculty member that proves an asset to CFCC through their positive impact on students, mastery of their subject and outstanding teaching philosophy. Recipients of the Marilyn Goodman Anderson Endowed Award receive a $2,000 stipend to further advance their classroom.

Ferguson’s teaching style is described as “magic in the classroom” by coworkers and students alike. She incorporates technology, a passion for Sociology and discussion into her classroom to fuel deep empathy and understanding in her students.

Ferguson’s personal goal is to help students become “critical, creative, innovative thinkers with the ability to connect facts to abstractions while simultaneously conducting themselves as autonomous, self-disciplined individuals capable of strategically working in teams.”

Rebecca Miller and Mark VanCura received this year’s Presidents Award, which seeks to recognize outstanding efforts and contributions to CFCC, students and the community. Recipients embody CFCC’s key principles of dedication, involvement, professionalism and leadership.

Rebecca Miller is praised for her outstanding contributions to CFCC’s Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) program. Handling administrative needs for the program, Miller developed new procedures to streamline paperwork processes for the office that ensures accuracy and time efficiency.  Mrs. Miller’s program proved so effective that BLET programs across the state adopted it to enhance their department.

A colleague described Miller by saying that her “positive ‘can do’ attitude is refreshing. She is loved and respected by students, co-workers and supervisors. Her contagious smile brightens our days at the Safety Training Center.”

Biology Instructor Mark VanCura is recognized for his exceptional, engaging teaching styles that motivate students to enjoy learning material and to persevere to their full potential.  Past students nominated Mr. VanCura, boasting that they still remember individual bones  and muscles of the body, even after graduating from CFCC in 2012. They credit this knowledge to VanCura, who “has helped and motivated his students with an outstanding education and motivation that is necessary to achieve career goals.”

Both the Marilyn Goodman Anderson Endowed Award for Excellence in Teaching and the President’s awards are presented annually and recipients are nominated by students and fellow employees.

Riverfest continues support of CFCC Marine Technology students

RiverfestOn Tuesday, August 4, Wilmington Riverfest continued its support of Cape Fear Community College students by presenting a donation of $5,000 to the college’s Marine Technology program.

The recipient of this year’s scholarship was Jenna Colthorp, a Marine Technology student who has excelled in her studies.

Jason Rogers, Department Chair of Marine Technology at CFCC, commented on the importance of Riverfest‘s long-standing support. “Our students benefit from decades of support from Riverfest. Students like Jenna, who are academically outstanding, can now focus all of their efforts on school itself and not worry about the financial burden of how to pay for it.”

The Wilmington Riverfest Committee plans to continue its support of Cape Fear Community College students and the Marine Technology Department with gains from future festivals.  Each year, the Riverfest committee donates to the Riverfest/Ava M. Hobbs Endowed Scholarship, which has contributed more than $150,000 for CFCC student scholarships so far.  Chris Snowden, Riverfest Chairman expresses excitement for the upcoming 2015 festival: “Hopefully next year we can give even more.”

This year, Riverfest will be held on October 2-4 along the famous Downtown Wilmington Riverwalk.  The festival unites people from the Wilmington community and beyond, bringing over three million dollars to the area. Riverfest has become a fall tradition since its debut in 1979.  Festival activities include musical performances, vendors, concessions, a fireworks display and new this year, a Miss Riverfest pageant.


The Legendary Liza Minnelli to Perform at Opening Gala

liza minelli

Cape Fear Community College is pleased to announce its inaugural performance season at the highly anticipated Humanities and Fine Arts Center. Opening this fall in downtown Wilmington, the Center will host a variety of performances from stars of both stage and screen, to Broadway shows and contemporary dance companies.

“We have pulled out all the stops for the Center’s opening week. From classical music, to avant garde, to Disney on Broadway, we have something for everyone at a variety of price-points. We want the entire community to help us celebrate,” said Shane Fernando, director of CFCC’s Humanities and Fine Arts Center.

The opening week will begin on the evening on Oct. 3 with a black-tie gala featuring the legendary Liza Minnelli with the North Carolina Symphony.

Minnelli, winner of four Tony Awards, an Oscar, a special “Legends” Grammy, two Golden Globe Awards and an Emmy, is one of the entertainment world’s consummate performers. In film, on stage and in television, Minnelli has won critical acclaim, a multitude of fans, and recognition from her peers in show business, giving new dimension and credibility to the word “superstar.”

“We wanted star-quality to open the Center. Liza Minnelli is show business royalty. It doesn’t get much bigger than Liza. Her impact on American culture is unrivaled,” Fernando said.

Following the opening gala, the N.C. Symphony will open their official season at the center with a Russian Spectacular classical music performance on Oct. 4.

The Center’s Broadway Series opens on Oct. 5 and 6 as NETworks presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, which will be the first of three touring Broadway shows to be held this season. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast features the animated film’s Academy Award®-winning score with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by the late Howard Ashman, with additional songs with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice. The original creators of the Broadway production are together again for this new touring production. UNCW is co-sponsoring this performance.

The opening week wraps up on Oct. 10 with Artsplosion!, a free festival where the entire community can celebrate as the official main stage curtain is raised for the first time, followed by performances from various community arts groups on the main stage. Artsplosion! will also include a uniquely eccentric musical performance by Squonk Opera in the Center’s outdoor courtyard. A cultural arts resource fair will also be held in the lobby throughout the day.

Following the opening week, the Center will present acts from other well-known performing artists, including:

  • Boz Scaggs – Oct. 28
  • Lily Tomlin – An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin – Feb. 4
  • Jackson Browne – Jackson Browne Solo Acoustic – Jan. 9
  • Broadway production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – Feb. 25
  • Broadway production of Mamma Mia – May 3 and 4

The Center will present a contemporary dance series, which will feature touring dance companies who will perform in the Center’s studio theater.

  • Gaspard and Dancers – Critically acclaimed N.C. Dance Company – Feb. 16
  • SEOP Dance Company – South Korean Dance Company – March 9
  • Contra-Tiempo – Urban Latin Dance Company based in Los Angeles – April 13

In addition to the performances presented by CFCC, Fernando says that he anticipates that the facility will host dozens of additional events presented by a variety of other performing groups and promoters.

“We fully expect to host 30 additional performances presented by outside organizations between now and the end of 2015. It is truly exciting to see such an enthusiastic response to this venue, which will add to the already stellar reputation of the greater Wilmington area in terms of becoming a cultural center in southeastern North Carolina,” Fernando said.

Tickets for Cape Fear Stage productions will go on sale beginning on August 10 at or in-person at the temporary box office located at CFCC’s storefront located at 254 N. Front St.

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CFCC student boat builders to show off annual projects

CFCC boat

With the summer boating season in full swing, the areas waterways are full of all types of watercraft. But just how much work goes into getting those boats made in the first place?

If it was built in the Cape Fear Community College boat building programs, it all starts with a set of plans, a stack of wood and lots of determination. If all goes well, by the end of the year the finished product ends up cruising on the Cape Fear River.

Next week, students and faculty from CFCC’s boat building programs invite the public to watch all of this year’s finished projects in action and meet the student builders.

On Wed., July 22 at 11 a.m., the college will host an exhibition of the student-built boats, where they public can get a first-hand look at the projects before they go up for auction later this month on the state surplus auction website. The boats were built from scratch starting last year and were made out of both wood and fiberglass. The smallest boat is a 13-foot wooden sailboat and the largest is a 17-foot outboard-powered skiff.

Proceeds from the sale of the boats will help fund construction of next year’s work.

Available boats include:

15′ Christmas Wherry (Can be used as a sailboat or rowboat)

15′ Cortez Melonseed (Sailboat)

13′ Barto Melonseed (Sailboat)

13′ Peapod (Can be used as a sailboat or rowboat)

N.C. 17 skiff (outboard)

All-fiberglass 15′ Garvey skiff (outboard)

The event will be held behind the CFCC Boat Shop on the Cape Fear River in downtown Wilmington. For more details, call 362-7151 or email


Interested in becoming an EMT?

Female EMT worker tending to ill senior patient, listening to heart rate with stethoscope

CFCC’s Surf City Center is offering EMT Initial Training beginning in August.  Classes will be held on Tues/Thurs evenings and on Saturdays (9/5, 9/19, 11/6, & 12/5).

Registration is now open! Students may register early at the North Campus, McKeithan Building, Room NA-241 from 9a-3p one week prior to class start date or on the first night of the class. Cash, money order, check, or credit card payments are accepted. Please call 910-362-7751 for registration/supplies/textbook fee information. EMS, Fire, and Rescue may be exempt – call for more information.

Students must be at least 17 years of age and have internet access.  Seating is limited.  Registrations will also be accepted on the first day of class.

Pharmacy Tech Program Accepting Applications

Applications are still being accepted for the Pharmacy Tech Diploma program at CFCC.  Students, if you are interested, please stop by the Counseling office on either the Wilmington or North Campus as soon as possible to determine if you are eligible to enroll.   Or, for more information, contact Pam Aubry at 910-362-7558.

Duke Energy equips Cape Fear Community College students for success

Photo1 - Welding Students at WorkStudents from Cape Fear Community College’s new welding program in Burgaw made the first step toward their new careers today.  Thanks to a grant from the Duke Energy Foundation, seven students graduated from CFCC’s enhanced welding program in Burgaw.  Josh Huffman, Nazareth Adams, Dennis Yott, Raymond Pickett, Sr., Mike Smith, Randall Hall and Leon Rooks are the first graduates of the program since Duke Energy’s $147,592 grant in 2014.  Because of the grant funding, these students are now equipped with specialized equipment training and certifications that will launch them beyond competition in the job market.

The Duke Energy Foundation grant awarded to CFCC last year equipped a welding lab at CFCC’s Burgaw campus that was specifically geared towards supporting new certified metal inert gas (MIG) and tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding training programs. The grant also provided professional development funding for instructors, to ensure that they maintain skills to help students learn to operate the complex and state-of-the-art machinery.  As a result, the welding students benefited from not only access to a specialized lab, but also from the expertise of highly-trained professionals.

Welding instructor Fleet Spell has watched the program transform with the grant’s provision, “It is exciting to be a part of the new CFCC welding program and to work with students striving to learn new skills. As the demand for highly skilled welding grows, so do the opportunities for our students. I look forward to working with new students as they enter this program.”

Each student graduating today passed significant testing that is regulated by American Welder’s Society and have earned certificates of completion in Welding Fundamentals, MIG and TIG. In total, these students have completed 405 hours of training over an average of 6 months.

Duke Energy continued their commitment to job training with another grant award today. As part of the inaugural graduation ceremony of its welding program, CFCC announced a nearly $10,000 investment from the Duke Energy Foundation to supply welding kits to students for the upcoming academic year.

On top of tuition, books and fees, each student enrolled in the CFCC welding program has to purchase a welding kit at the current cost of around $190. Grant funds will ease the financial strain for students by providing full and/or partial costs of the welding kits. This will increase the number of students completing welding training and entering the workforce, and in turn, strengthen the success of the program.

“We are so happy to celebrate with our graduates today and we appreciate Duke Energy’s continued support.  CFCC is excited to expand our course offerings in Pender County, and this grant award will help to make training programs like these more accessible to our students. This grant underscores Duke Energy’s commitment to job training in our area,” said Dr. Amanda Lee, CFCC president.

“We are pleased to expand our partnership with Cape Fear Community College to develop a highly-skilled workforce that will attract and retain businesses in the region for years to come,” said John Elliott, Duke Energy’s director of government and community relations.

About Cape Fear Community College

Cape Fear Community College is the sixth largest community college in the state and is a major economic development partner in southeastern North Carolina. CFCC is dedicated to providing world-class workforce training and quality higher education for the citizens of New Hanover and Pender counties.

Students can train for a new career in one of CFCC’s technical programs or earn a two-year college transfer degree to continue their education at a four-year institution. CFCC also offers a wide variety of adult education and continuing education classes for lifelong learning. For more information about CFCC, please visit

About Duke Energy Foundation

Duke Energy Foundation makes charitable investments on behalf of Duke Energy, the largest electric power holding company in the United States with 7.2 million customers in six states. Over the foundation’s long history in local communities, it has identified focus areas that maximize the foundation’s dollars and guide the foundation’s giving. The foundation makes grants supporting the environment, economic development, education and community vitality. In North Carolina, Duke Energy Foundation invests $16 million annually for community support and charitable contributions. To learn more about Duke Energy Foundation, visit

Military Appreciation Event at Surf City – Saturday, July 11

Patriotic Background


Surf City, NC – Cape Fear Community College’s Surf City location will host a Military Appreciation Day on Saturday, July 11 from 10 am to 4 pm. The event seeks to honor active duty and retired veterans in the area, as well as inform attendees of CFCC’s new location and class offerings.

The entire community is invited to celebrate.  Activities include a bouncy house, face painting, CFCC’s Sea Devil Ray, giveaways, live music, a color guard performance and tours of the new Alston W. Burke facility. Food and drinks will also be available.

CFCC’s Alston W. Burke center opened in April 2015 with a goal of engaging the local military population and residents of the Surf City area.

Coordinator of the facility Tammie Parris says that the event will provide more than just entertainment for local military personnel and their families.  She also views the event as an opportunity for attendees to learn what the center has to offer and to provide input about classes they would like to see in Surf City in the future.  “Our local military personnel are an important part of the community we serve and integral to the success of the Surf City Center,” says Parris. “We want to support them by offering opportunities which interest them and help them to further their educations.”

CFCC staff will be available at the event to discuss enrollment and answer any questions.

Parking for the event will be available at Lowe’s Home Improvement in Hampstead. A bus shuttle service will escort visitors to the Alston W. Burke facility.  For more information, call the Surf City Center at 910-362-7930.

CFCC’s Alston W. Burke Center is located at 621 NC Highway 210 E., Hampstead, NC 28433