As one of North Carolina's largest and oldest community colleges, Cape Fear Community College provides a wide variety of educational services and job training for students of all ages. Dedicated to providing career training for local people for local jobs, CFCC is a major educational and economic development presence in the area and serves more than 30,000 citizens every year.
CFCC offers classes all over New Hanover and Pender counties. The Wilmington Campus is located in downtown Wilmington and houses health care programs, college transfer and the college's unique Marine Technology department. The North Campus, located in Castle Hayne, is home to more than a dozen technical, engineering and business programs. The North Campus is also home to a new state-of-the-art safety training center for fire fighters, law enforcement and rescue personnel. A Pender County satellite center is located in Burgaw, about 21 miles north of Wilmington, (910) 259-4966. Classes are also held at area schools and community centers. Most recently, CFCC began offering classes at the Surf City Community Center.
The college also offers an increasing number of online and hybrid classes which can be accessed online. CFCC offers more than 60 programs in technical and skilled trades, along with a very popular college transfer program. Degree options include associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates.
As part of its continuing education program, CFCC offers hundreds of non-credit computer classes, re-certification classes and enrichment courses for lifelong learners. CFCC also provides customized workforce training programs for local companies and organizations that are expanding or moving to the area. CFCC's Small Business Center offers dozens of free courses and counseling services for new and existing businesses throughout the year.
CFCC is home to Early College High School for Pender County and the Wilmington Early College High School in New Hanover County. The college also offers free courses in high-school equivalency (GED), English as a Second Language (ESL) and adult literacy. Many other special programs and seminars are free or very reasonably priced. CFCC's Marine Technology program is the only one of its kind on the East Coast. The college maintains small and large ocean-going vessels for the program, enhanced by a deep-water pier on the Cape Fear River at the Wilmington campus. One of these vessels was integral to the recovery of artifacts from the wreck of what is believed to be Blackbeard's flagship, Queen Anne's Revenge.
The college has a growing number of intercollegiate sports teams in men's basketball, men's soccer, golf, women's basketball, women's soccer and women's volleyball. Day and evening classes in semester-long cycles are available at all campuses, and financial aid is available for eligible applicants. Cape Fear Community College is one of 58 colleges in the North Carolina Community College System and is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The public is always welcome to visit the campus to see all that CFCC has to offer.
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