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Fall 2020 Return Plan

Prepare, Persevere, and Prosper

Fall 2020 will be unlike any semester in our history, but we have been preparing for this semester all summer. Our priority is to keep our campus community safe and healthy, while still providing our students with high-quality instruction and training. Despite the challenges the COVID-19 pandemic presents, we remain committed to your success. We want you to not only persevere, but prosper in the wake of COVID-19. Our hope is that this fall semester, you will pursue your academic and career goals at CFCC as we work together to overcome the challenges confronting us.

CFCC’s plan for the fall semester, Prepare, Persevere and Prosper, was developed based on guidance from national, state, and local health officials, as well as from community college leaders across the state. This plan provides a roadmap for navigating the unprecedented challenges we will confront this fall and outlines the steps we will take to create an environment in which our students can thrive, safely.

Health and Safety Protocols

Cape Fear Community College has established Health and Safety Protocols for the COVID-19 Pandemic to keep our campus community safe and healthy. These guidelines emphasize social distancing, enhanced cleaning protocols, and recommendations for proactive personal hygiene.

  • Social distancing – Maintaining a safe social distance of at least six-feet is vital to the safety of our campus community. To promote this practice, we have placed signage throughout our facilities. One-way entrances and exits have also been marked in some buildings to promote social distancing. Seating areas, water fountains, restrooms, computer labs and classroom spaces have been marked for safety.
  • Face Coverings – Face coverings are required in all public locations including classrooms, shops, labs, hallways and in outside locations where people may congregate and a safe distance of six feet cannot be reliably maintained. Students will be expected to bring their own face coverings, however, the college will have a limited supply of disposable masks on hand if needed.
  • Cleaning – Classrooms and buildings will be cleaned and disinfected at regular intervals throughout the day.
  • Personal Hygiene – In addition to wearing face coverings, everyone on campus is asked to wash their hands frequently and use hand sanitizer when hand-washing is not convenient. Please avoid close contact – refrain from handshakes or hugs. Anyone who feels sick should stay home and seek medical care.
  • Direct or Indirect Contact with COVID-19 – Employees or students who have come in contact with the coronavirus, either directly or indirectly, should follow these important protocols .

Curriculum Classes

Fall Semester Begins August 21, 2020

Cape Fear Community College’s fall 2020 semester will begin, as originally scheduled, on August 21. Our academic calendar dates throughout the semester, including exams, breaks, and holidays, will not change.

As we all know, COVID-19 may continue to impact our community in ways we cannot predict. Therefore, it’s important to know that some changes to our plan may be necessary as we move through the semester.

Fall Class Schedules

In order to ensure the safety of our students, faculty, and staff, CFCC is being innovative in how it will provide instruction for the fall semester. This will involve modifying the schedule and instructional delivery of many of our fall classes. These modifications may involve offering classes online, with some classes running asynchronously (students participate in the class on their own schedule) and others synchronously (students participate in the class at designated times and days). Other classes will have modified meeting schedules that will allow for appropriate social distancing in our classrooms, labs, and clinical spaces. Some of these classes will utilize technology to provide students with opportunities for remote participation; students in such classes may alternate on-campus attendance with virtual attendance. Many of our applied science courses will remain on campus, as well as our most popular general education and university transfer courses. Here is a brief description of the types of instructional delivery methods that will be offered for the fall semester:

  • Blended: A class where instruction is provided primarily in a classroom or laboratory/clinical setting, with some supplemental instruction provided online
  • Hybrid: A class where some instruction is provided during regularly-scheduled classroom or laboratory/clinical meetings, and some instruction is provided in an online environment
  • Hyflex: A class where some instruction is provided during regularly-scheduled classroom or laboratory/clinical meetings that may be attended by students in-person or virtually, and some instruction is provided in an online environment
  • Online Asynchronous: A class where all instruction is provided in an online environment and students can participate in the class at any time
  • Online Synchronous: A class where all instruction is provided in an online environment and students will participate in the class virtually during established meeting times

To provide increased opportunities for students, the college is also looking to add additional 8-week and 12-week classes.

For more information about the Fall 2020 Schedule, visit .

Registration Information

Students can register online. For registration information, visit .

Student Services

Cape Fear Community College now offers students support services in-person and virtually. We’re here to help you plan your class schedule, learn about financial aid, and stay on the right track toward your ultimate goal. Appointments with Academic Advisors can be made here and Student Services staff are available in-person Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon, and online via chat or email .

Paying for Tuition

Students are encouraged to pay their bills online, but for those who prefer to pay in person, the Business Offices in Union Station at the Wilmington Campus and in the McKeithan Center on the North Campus are open. These offices will operate Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 12 noon. Face coverings and social distancing are required for everyone’s safety. Online bill payment is easy and convenient . Payments are also accepted by mail. For more information, visit our Paying for CFCC page .

Academic Resources

In an effort to provide all Cape Fear Community College students with the academic services and resources needed to support their learning and success, CFCC offers in-person and remote access to tutoring through its Learning Labs, reference and research services through its Libraries, and online learning support through Instructional Operations. Most academic support needs can be met through a web meeting, email, chat, or phone, but in-person assistance is also available. All students who access academic services in person must follow Cape Fear Community College’s Safety Guidelines and Protocols, including face coverings and social distancing, and should not come to campus when feeling sick. To learn more about other CFCC services and other area resources, visit our Coronavirus page .

Economic and Workforce Development (Continuing Education)

Economic and Workforce Development classes at Cape Fear Community College are ongoing. Social distancing is being enforced in instructional areas, and masks are required in all instructional spaces where social distancing cannot be reliably maintained. Face-to-face, hybrid, and online classes are being offered. To see all upcoming Continuing Education classes, view our schedule .

Registration Information

Registration for Economic and Workforce Development classes at Cape Fear Community College is easy. Payment is due at time of registration. Registration is first-come, first-served until classes reach maximum capacity. Visit How to Register to learn more.

Small Business Center

Our Small Business Center is part of a statewide network designed to support the development and growth of small businesses. Confidential counseling is available, in addition to free seminars and resources.

REACH Catalog

CFCC’s Workforce and Economic Development Division publishes an online schedule of classes three times each year. The latest REACH Magazine is available here .

Questions about Workforce and Economic Development Classes?

Contact us. We’re happy to help.

Technology Support – IT Help Desk

Cape Fear Community College is committed to providing students with the online technology and resources they need for academic success in an online environment. Cape Fear Community College offers e-learning and technology support to help students master their classes and reach their goals.

CFCC’s IT Help Desk offers support for students and employees Monday through Thursday, 7:30 AM – 7:30 PM, Friday 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM, and Saturday 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM (On Saturdays in-person assistance is only available on the Downtown Wilmington Campus, but support is also available by phone).

Activities and Events

Cape Fear Community College will not be hosting public events or activities on our campuses until further notice. For questions regarding events at CFCC, please contact Debi Causey at


Athletic events will be modified for the safety of our campus community.
More information about Sea Devil Athletics can be found at


Information about upcoming commencement ceremonies can be found at our graduation web page .


Cape Fear Community College visitors and guests are required to wear face coverings while inside a CFCC building and outside when a distance of six feet cannot reliably be maintained.

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