Southeastern North Carolina is one of the fastest-growing areas in the country. As one of the primary providers of higher education and career training for citizens of New Hanover and Pender counties, Cape Fear Community College is the fifth largest community college in the state with over 27,000 citizens taking classes every year.
To keep up with the ever-growing need for additional programs, services and classes, CFCC has developed a plan to renovate, rebuild and construct new facilities to serve the increasing needs of local citizens, businesses, health care providers and new and expanding industries.
Most of CFCC's classes are held in three primary locations: An urban campus in downtown Wilmington, a North Campus in Castle Hayne and the Burgaw Center in Pender County. The college is awaiting funding from Pender County and Surf City to begin design and construction of a facility in Surf City on property donated to CFCC in 2008.
The Wilmington Campus serves as the site for health care programs, marine-related programs, hospitality programs, college transfer and continuing education. The North Campus houses programs in computer technology, manufacturing, engineering, business programs, truck driver training, landscape gardening, the Wilmington Early College High School and is the site of the Safety Training Center. Roughly half of CFCC's curriculum programs are located at the North Campus and half are located at the Wilmington Campus.
To manage the increasing demand for services and to make the most efficient use of taxpayer investment, the college developed a Facilities Master Plan that includes re-development of its existing property in downtown Wilmington and expansion of its facilities on the North Campus.
2008 Bond Referendum Projects (Updated June 30, 2009)
Thanks to the voters of New Hanover County, several major priorities addressed in CFCC's Master Facilities Plan will be funded through a $164 million bond, which was approved in November of 2008. The priorities include expansion space for general classrooms to support all curriculum programs, space to increase the size of nursing and other health care programs, additional training facilities for high tech industries and space for fine arts and humanities programs.
The projects funded with the 2008 bond funds will include:
- Union Station - General-use classrooms, room to expand the nursing program and other health care programs, additional lab space, a student services center, business services and parking deck. Currently being designed.
- Fine Arts Building - Classrooms for drama, art, music and a 1500-seat performing arts auditorium. Design will begin in 2010-2011.
- Advanced and Emerging Technologies Center - High-tech facilities to train employees for employers moving to the area or expanding operations. Planned for the North Campus. Design will begin in 2011-2012
Click below to see CFCC's campus development maps.