Outstanding Institutions Of Higher Education

Whatever you’re seeking, be it a technology certificate or an advanced academic degree, you may be surprised to find it’s probably available in our area. We have one major university, two private colleges and two community colleges that offer hundreds of programs for your choosing.

Cape Fear Community College

Evident in the quality and quantity of its programs and services, Cape Fear Community College (CFCC), 411 N Front Street, Wilmington, NC 28401. Phone: (910) 362-7000, is committed to achieving world-class workforce development. Diverse academic, vocational and technical instruction targets primarily adults age 18 or older who want to acquire new skills, expand their career options or keep pace with ever-changing occupational requirements.

Impacted by economic conditions in recent years, more and more people are turning to the CFCC Read more… for education and job training. The college continues to grow dramatically. A combined curriculum and continuing education student population of roughly 30,000 makes CFCC one of the largest among North Carolina’s 58 community colleges. Presently, two impressive campuses, plus a third facility to be completed in 2013, serve New Hanover and Pender counties. Large numbers of courses are offered at satellite locations and online as well. Students in Marine Technology even have classes on sea-going vessels!

The implementation of an ambitious Facilities Master Plan 2007-2013 has made the college even more attractive to those who would benefit from its services; consequently, demands have also grown. The influx of students has caused serious classroom and parking concerns, leading to the necessity for leasing building space and increasing online and hybrid classes. A new 1,200 car parking deck opened in 2012 and a 250,000 square-foot classroom building will open fall 2013.

CFCC Offers Impressive Workforce Training

Considered the preeminent regional provider of workforce training, CFCC can provide employees with the skills they need, from learning a new software program to understanding how to operate specialized equipment. According to Bill Kawczynski, CFCC’s Workforce Development Coordinator, businesses of all sizes can take advantage of the training the college has to offer. “Whether the company is a multi-million dollar corporation or a small family-owned business, having a highly skilled workforce is the key to staying competitive.”

An integral part of this endeavor is CFCC’s Center for Business, Industry, and Government that offers seminars and customized industry training for individuals and businesses. Most of these services cost businesses little or nothing at all.

Low Tuition Costs
Over 60 formal courses of study in a wide range of occupations and hundreds of job training opportunities are there for the taking for an amazingly low tuition fee. Two-year associate degrees are offered in Applied Science, Arts, Fine Arts, General Education and Science. Having fewer requirements than degree programs, diplomas and certificates are available in many disciplines. CFCC also offers a two-year college transfer curriculum that meets requirements for admission to a senior institution in the University of North Carolina (UNC) System.

UNC Wilmington

In the 2012-13 academic year, the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) boasted an enrollment of roughly 12,000 undergraduate and 1,200 graduate students registered in five distinct schools comprising Arts and Sciences, Nursing, Business, Education, and Graduate studies. Bachelor’s degrees are offered in 52 majors, master’s degrees in 31 and doctorates in two. Taking advantage of Wilmington’s motion picture industry, the university has a dedicated Department of Film Studies. Also, UNCW’s renowned Center for Marine Science includes a state-of-the-art facility on the Intracoastal Waterway at Myrtle Grove.

In January 2013, Kiplinger ranked UNCW number 32 of the top 100 nation’s “Best Value” Public Colleges and Universities for in-state students and number 43 for out of state residents. Affordability is an increasingly important consideration for many potential students.

Mount Olive, Miller-Motte

Christian faith-based values provide the foundation for Mount Olive College’s mission, environment and curriculum. One of its seven campuses is located in Wilmington. This private, four-year college offers 40-plus majors; it awards associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in liberal arts and professional studies. Mount Olive College has small classes, flexible scheduling, many online courses, and one-night-a week academic programs specifically designed for working adults.

Miller-Motte College

Another private institution of higher learning in Wilmington is Miller-Motte College, which is one among a chain of Miller-Motte colleges throughout the Southern United States offering certificates, diplomas, associate and bachelor’s degrees in a variety of career-oriented disciplines. The local campus curriculum is known especially for its Massage Therapy, Cosmetology, Esthetics Technology, and Microcomputer Applications Network Administration. Online opportunities are available for Bachelor programs in Allied Health Management, Business Administration, Nursing, and Criminal Justice.

Community College In Brunswick County

A public, two-year school, Brunswick Community College (BCC), located at 50 College Road, Bolivia, NC 28422, 910-755-7300 or 800-754-1050, is accredited to award associate’s degrees, diplomas and certificates. Some 35 formal courses of study are offered, along with a wide array of continuing education and distance learning classes.

Individuals have access to more than 300 online courses through BCC’s ed2go.com/brunswick program. Additionally, 14 Associate Degree programs allow students to transfer credits to a four-year college.

Located on the college’s main campus, the Brunswick Interagency Program provides comprehensive education and vocational services designed for adults with developmental disabilities.

Also associated with BCC is the Brunswick Educational Transition Center which serves residents whose first language is not English. Through its New and Expanding Industry Program and its Small Business Center, BCC works closely with area business and industry to tailor skills training to their needs.