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Restore Full Funding to CFCC’s Marine Technology Program

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Full Funding Has Been Restored!

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July 2013

Thanks to everyone who supported our efforts to have the Marine Technology ship allotment fully restored!  With your emails and phone calls, legislators in Raleigh have come to appreciate how at sea training translates into jobs for our graduates.  Without the help of our graduates, employers and currently enrolled students our funding would be in jeopardy.

Please take a moment and reach out to our local delegation and education appropriation committee members and thank them for their support.

June 2013

Funding for CFCC’s Marine Technology Program was included in both the House and Senate versions of the budget. The state budget is now being discussed in the conference committee and must be passed by the legislature and the governor before it becomes final.

May 2013

The Marine Technology program is fully funded in the NC Senate Budget!  The NC House is now working on the budget, so make sure to reach out to our local House delegation and the House Education Appropriation Committee members.

Committee members are listed below.

April 2013

Rep. Ted Davis introduced House Bill 579 on April 4 which requests full funding for the Marine Technology Program. This is a great first step, but your support is needed to pass this bill by the entire state legislature.

Please continue to contact our legislative members and ask that they support House Bill 579.

We need your help.

Dr Spring

This month has been both an incredibly exciting and frustrating time for the Cape Fear Community College Marine Technology program. On March 14, the college purchased the nationally-recognized research vessel the R/V Cape Hatteras to replace the R/V Dan Moore for offshore training, which is the core strength of our program.

Unfortunately, not even a week after the R/V Cape Hatteras arrived in Wilmington, the funding for the program was targeted for a devastating cut by the governor’s budget proposal. This cut reduces the marine technology budget from $688,670 to $345,000, roughly half of the program’s overall budget.

If FULL funding is not restored by the North Carolina General Assembly, our marine technology program will be unable to provide the critical training our students need to get jobs. Specifically, the cut will prevent the college from operating the R/V Cape Hatteras, and, therefore, eliminate the at-sea training that is so vital to the program.

While college officials are working with leaders in the state government to reverse this cut, we need your help to make sure this critical job training program can continue.

Please contact your local North Carolina state senators and representatives and urge them to restore FULL funding to CFCC’s Marine Technology program this year.

The best information to communicate is your own personal experience with the program – especially if you are a student or graduate. The key message we need to communicate to our state leaders is that this program gives students the training they need to get jobs.

A list of talking points and contact information for state senators and representatives is listed below. In our experience, the combination of an email followed up with a personal phone call is the most effective method of communication with our state lawmakers.

I appreciate your support of Cape Fear Community College and the Marine Technology Program. Your voice will make a difference! With our combined efforts, we will be successful in restoring funding for this critical job training program for our students and all of North Carolina.


Dr. Ted D. Spring, CFCC President

Why CFCC’s Marine Technology Program Deserves Full Funding


  1. Now is not the time to cut a proven job training program that consistently provides jobs for North Carolinians.
  2. CFCC’s Marine Technology program is North Carolina’s only job training program that prepares students to work in a wide variety of offshore maritime industries that are essential to the the state’s economy. This specialized offshore training produces great jobs for students. Without FULL funding for the training in CFCC’s Marine Technology Program, these jobs will go elsewhere.
  3. Specifically, CFCC Marine Technology graduates work in jobs that support many critical marine industries in the state, including: offshore petroleum exploration, offshore wind farm feasibility, dredging inlets and waterways for the shipping industry, monitoring the commercial fishing industry, beach re-nourishment for tourism, managing fish hatcheries, maintaining clean drinking water, and monitoring the overall health of the coastal environment.
  4. The key factor that makes CFCC graduates so attractive to employers is the unique at-sea training provided by this program. This training cannot be simulated in a classroom, it must be experienced in a real-world environment.
  5. CFCC’s program has a proven track record for placing graduates in jobs for nearly 50 years. An average of 140 students enroll in this program each year. The most recent graduate survey indicated that 94 percent of CFCC Marine Technology students get jobs in industry after graduation. The average starting salary for these jobs is $40,000 a year.
  6. The funding that has been removed from the proposed state budget will cripple the ability of CFCC’s Marine Technology Program to train students for jobs in the maritime industry. Without FULL funding, this specialized training will not be possible and, as a result, students will not get jobs.

Who to contact to restore FULL funding for CFCC’s Marine Technology Program:

Note to All CFCC employees:
Do not use your college phone or college email account to contact our state legislators.

Local Delegation Members:

  • Senator Thom Goolsby –  (serves on general appropriations committee)
    Local phone: (910) 763-3339
    State Office Phone: (919) 715-2525
    NC Senate, 300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 406, Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
  • Senator Bill Rabon – (serves on general appropriations committee)<
    State Office Phone: (919) 733-5963
    NC Senate, 16 W. Jones Street, Room 2108, Raleigh, NC 27601-2808
  • Representative Susi H. Hamilton
    State Office Phone: (919) 733-5754
    NC House of Representatives, 16 W. Jones Street, Room 1313, Raleigh, NC 27601-1096
  • Representative Ted Davis, Jr.
    State Office Phone: (919) 733-5786
    Local Phone: (910) 763-6249
    NC House of Representatives, 200 N. Salisbury Street, Room 418B, Raleigh, NC 27601-5925
  • Representative Rick Catlin (serves on general appropriations committee)
    State Office Phone: (919) 733-5830
    Local Phone: (910) 452-5861
    NC House of Representatives, 300 N. Salisbury St., Room 638, Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

Senate Education Appropriations Committee:

  • Sen. Tom Apodaca – Co-chair (also serves on general appropriations committee)
    (919) 733-5745
    NC Senate, 16 W. Jones Street, Room 2012, Raleigh, NC 27601-2808
  • Sen. Dan Soucek – Co-chair
    (919) 733-5742
    NC Senate, 300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 310, Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
  • Sen. Jerry W. Tillman – Co-chair (also serves on general appropriations committee)\
    (919) 733-5870
    NC Senate, 300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 627, Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

Senate Appropriations Base Budget Committee:

  • Sen. Peter S. Brunstetter  – Co-chair
    (919) 733-7850
    NC Senate, 16 W. Jones Street, Room 2022, Raleigh, NC 27601-2808
  • Sen. Harry Brown – Co-chair
    (919) 715-3034
    NC Senate, 300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 300-B, Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
  • Sen. Neal Hunt – Co-chair
    (919) 733-5850
    NC Senate, 300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 309, Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

House Education Appropriations Committee:

  • Rep. Hugh Blackwell – co-chair
    NC House of Representatives 300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 541 Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
  • Rep. D. Craig Horn – co-chair
    NC House of Representatives
    300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 419A Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
  • Rep. Chuck McGrady – co-chair
    NC House of Representatives
    300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 419B Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
  • Rep. Rob Bryan – co-chair
    NC House of Representatives
    300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 536 Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
  • Rep. Chris Whitmire – co-chair
    NC House of Representatives
    300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 537 Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

House General Appropriations Committee:

  • Rep. Nelson Dollar – senior chairman
    NC House of Representatives 300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 307B1 Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
  • Rep. Justin P. Burr – chairman
    NC House of Representatives 300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 307A Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
  • Rep. Bryan R. Holloway – chairman
    NC House of Representatives 300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 305 Raleigh, NC 27603-5925
  • Rep. Linda P. Johnson – chairman
    NC House of Representatives 300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 301D Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

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