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CFCC marine tech students land offshore jobs with Fugro

Marine Tech Grads Lands Jobs

Pictured (L-R): Joseph Cullipher, Sam Agee, Anthony Hazelton (not pictured: Joe Eudy and Josh Quinn)

Five Cape Fear Community College Marine Technology students and soon-to-be graduates accepted positions with the scientific marine company, Fugro. Joseph Cullipher, Sam Agee, Anthony Hazelton, Joe Eudy, and Josh Quinn will begin their new jobs following their graduation on May 13.

“Fugro wins the prize this year for hiring the largest number of graduates at one time,“ said CFCC Marine Technology Department Chair Jason Rogers.

Fugro is an international, marine scientific company that provides specialized services in marine geoconsulting, marine geotechnics, and marine environmental and hydrographic surveying. The company conducts mapping of seabeds from the coastline and hazardous shallow water to full ocean depths. Fugro’s maps are used to aid in coastal zone management, habitat mapping, coastal engineering, and ports and harbor development.

“We are really proud of all our marine technology graduates this semester,” Rogers continued. “Our students have been hired to work offshore with starting salaries in the $70,000 range. Two years of work in the marine technology curriculum has perfectly positioned them to be successful at a company like Fugro.”

In-Demand Hands-on Training

“I’ll never forget my time in the Marine Technology program,” stated Joseph Cullipher. “It has set me up with a strong foundation to move forward as a professional and has provided me with marketable skills in today’s economy. I really can’t stress enough how awesome the Marine Technology instructors are.”

“I loved the hydrographic survey class,” added Anthony Hazelton. “I felt this class had an amazing mixture of in-class learning and hands-on outdoor activities. CFCC has prepared me for anything that might come my way. The possibilities are truly endless.”

“We were very pleased to see how well CFCC’s courses aligned with our services,” Fugro Geophysical Operations Manager Bruce Aucoin commented. “Jason Rogers was more than helpful with facilitating our visits by hosting tours and setting up interviews with students. With CFCC and Jason, we were able to bring on qualified personnel to join our team.”

Words of Wisdom

And both Cullipher and Hazelton agree that CFCC is the place to begin pursuing your dream job.

“I highly recommend CFCC to anyone,” Cullipher shared. “I honestly wish I had known about the marine tech program coming out of high school. Now, I’m excited to move forward and continue growing with what I learned in the program.”

Hazelton offers his own piece of advice.

“I would say give it a shot! Even those who plan to enter a four-year college should start here and then transfer. It will save you A LOT of money in the long run. You will love the staff, faculty, and fellow students. Your instructors will help you along your journey to enter the workforce.”

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