Some would say he knows every nook and cranny in and around the city of Wilmington. It’s his job to, actually. As an assistant location manager for many of the major film productions that come into town, CFCC graduate Kasey Kiser works hard to solidify filming locations that Wilmington residents may even recognize on screen. His most recent project was to find locations for a new television pilot for ABC TV called Secrets & Lies. This job led him right back where he got his start in the industry – on the campus of Cape Fear Community College.
As one of the very first students to enroll in CFCC’s film and video production program over 10 years ago, Kasey Kiser has certainly made a name for himself in the Wilmington film industry.
Read more about Kasey on the CFCC Newswire.
Benoit Justafort is a 2012 graduate from CFCC’s Computer Engineering Technology program. Originally from Haiti, Benoit came to the United States seeking better career opportunities. He went to night school to learn English and complete his GED, and on the day he received his legal residence, he joined the United States Marines. “I wanted to serve my country,” he said.
After serving for four years, Benoit left the Marine Corps to spend more time with his family. He worked as a truck driver, a construction worker, an insurance agent, a real estate agent, and a mortgage officer. When the economy collapsed in 2008, Benoit had trouble making ends meet. He decided to come back to school at CFCC. “I believed that opportunity was there,” he said, “but I knew I had to make it.”
Today, Benoit has a great job as a Flexible Fuel Operator at GE. “CFCC was my bridge to prosperity and stability,” he says. “The American dream starts with education.”
A native of Alaska, Tommy Blair made his way to Cape Fear Community College after studying journalism at UNC-Chapel Hill. Although he enjoyed journalism, the job outlook was bleak, so he decided to pursue another passion: sustainability technologies. Tommy had a job six months before he graduated Cape Fear Community College. Today, he is with the same company, Above and Beyond Energy.
“I decided to enroll in the Sustainability Technologies program at CFCC because the program seemed very practical. I really wanted to get a job right after I finished, and to have skills I could apply to my career right away.”
Read more about Tommy in Career Focus
An established web designer with over 12 years of experience, Michael Daniel had a successful career, but was laid off due to the economic downturn. He applied for lots of jobs, but kept hitting a brick wall because he hadn’t earned a degree. He decided to go back to school at CFCC. Michael recently graduated from CFCC with a degree in Computer Information Technology, and received the Student Recognition Award for Vocational/Technical Education in Computer Information Technology. He recently landed a job he enjoys at All-Spec Industries in Wilmington.
“I had been to school before, but never finished,” Michael says. “I was well-qualified for many of the jobs to which I applied, but I didn’t have a degree, so I kept getting turned down. That’s when I knew I had to go back to school, for my family.”
Read more about Michael’s story in Career Focus.
For 19 years, Wilmington resident Melanie Drish was a busy stay-at-home mother of five. As her children got older, she wanted to get back into the workforce and enrolled in the Cape Fear Community College Chemical Technology program. Melanie said that while returning to school was intimidating at first, she started slowly by taking just one class at a time.
“The more I got used to it, the less intimidating it seemed.”
Today, she is enrolled full-time and is two semesters away from completing her associate in applied science degree with her sights set on a new career.
Like many students, Maria Mayorga wasn’t sure what she wanted to do after high school and enrolled at Cape Fear Community College as a college transfer student. Outside of class, she earned a spot as a CFCC Student Ambassador which really influenced her decision to major in public relations. After two years at CFCC, Maria was accepted into the journalism school at UNC Chapel Hill and majored in public relations. While at UNC she interned for several different marketing and public relations firms. Right before graduation she was hired at a marketing and website design agency in Raleigh, N.C. and was promoted to associate marketing director for the agency.
“Cape Fear was a great experience for me and I really believe that I wouldn’t be where I am today without it!”
Despite a series of financial setbacks and other obstacles, Lauren Mercer turned her life in a new direction. She credits a large part of her success to getting the right education at Cape Fear Community College.
“Coming to CFCC changed my life completely and I am forever grateful for everything the school and the staff have done for me.”
Read more about Lauren in Career Focus
Jeanette Mullinix worked in the insurance business for 28 years. Ready for a change, she enrolled in Cape Fear Community College’s Pharmacy Technology program. Jeanette will receive her diploma in Pharmacy Technology in August 2013, and will continue on in the program to receive her Associate’s Degree next year.
“The clinical rotations in the Pharmacy Technology program have allowed me to experience what it would be like to work in different settings. I love being able to get an idea of what I can do with the degree while I’m still in school. I treat each clinical rotation like a job interview. It’s a great opportunity to meet new people and to network.”
Read more about Jeanette in Career Focus
Olujimi “Jamir” Jumoke will be among the first members of his family to earn a college degree. After overcoming a series of obstacles in early life, Jamir enrolled at Cape Fear Community College to earn an associate in arts degree. Not only did Jamir reach his academic goals, he became a leader on campus as Student Government Association president.
“The college helped me in tap into my own potential as not only an academic achiever but also as a leader. There are so many examples of the great things this school has done for my personal and professional confidence.”
Read more about Jamir in Career Focus