The Cape Fear region is home to two superb schools that offer community college programs that are sure to provide the skills that many employers are seeking.
Cape Fear Community College
Evident in the quality and quantity of its programs and services, Cape Fear Community College (CFCC), 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.Read more
Impacted by economic conditions in recent years, more and more people are turning to CFCC 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. In addition to its main campus in downtown Wilmington and its northern campus in northern New Hanover County, CFCC also offers a campus in Surf City in Pender County.
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 of 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 opened in 2013.
Perhaps the largest indicator of growth at CFCC is the new Humanities and Fine Arts Center, which is set to open for classes and performances in fall 2015. The building will include a theatre with more than 1,500 seats, classrooms, studios and offices.
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. Read more
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. Read more
Community College In Brunswick County
A public, two-year school, Brunswick Community College (BCC), 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.Read more
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.