Cape Fear Community College

Paula Poundstone is at her best when she is unscripted.  As a panelist on the NPR news quiz show Wait! Wait! Don’t Tell Me, she writes only two sections in advance:  Bluff the Listener – in which contestants try to identify the real news story – and the last joke of the show. 

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Those in high school years years ago might remember shop class or home economics as assignments for students deemed unable to cut it academically. 

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Voters are hearing plenty about this dramatic presidential campaign season.  Even locally, New Hanover County has its own mini-drama underway with a very public rift in the Republican Party and a fierce primary battle for three seats on the Board of Commission. 

But the Connect NC Bond has not enjoyed the same breadth of air time.  We’ll take a look at why even the news media seems to be playing catch-up. 

Cape Fear Community College

Since the ouster of former president Ted Spring early this year, public interest in the financial workings of Cape Fear Community College has spiked.  At least one local news organization, WECT, has been doggedly pursuing the details of performers’ contracts signed with CFCC’s Humanities and Fine Arts Center – which kicks off its inaugural season this fall.  

The North Carolina State Auditor’s office recently released an investigative report examining Cape Fear Community College’s finances.  This came after months of media scrutiny and the sudden resignation of the College President during a January Board meeting. 

While the spending of government officials is still under a microscope, locally and nationally, investigations are also ramping up at the state level. 

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on January 14, 2015. 

Seating the two newest commissioners in New Hanover County has been anything but smooth. 

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on July 30, 2014.

Arts and the local economy:  will a new performing arts venue, the largest in the region, edge out smaller theater companies in the competition for ticket buyers? 

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Construction of southeastern North Carolina’s newest performing arts venue is well underway in downtown Wilmington.

Cape Fear Community College is joining a nationwide effort to help prepare Baby Boomers to take on new jobs. CFCC was recently granted funding from the American Association of Community Colleges to create and expand programming that will engage the region’s fifty-plus population in the fields of health care, education and social services. CFCC’s “Encore Program,” as it’s dubbed, takes off in the fall. But first, they’re busy assessing the unique needs of this area’s aspiring senior students.

Business owners in Southeastern North Carolina are more optimistic than they’ve been since pre-recessionary times—and many plan on doing some hiring. This is according to PNC Bank’s annual spring outlook survey. Yesterday, their economist presented survey findings on the financial state of the nation, the state—and of Wilmington. And the Port City is considered an area of major growth—yet in terms of residents’ income, it still lags behind state and national averages.

Exactly one year ago, Cape Fear Community College student Joshua Proutey was robbed and fatally shot outside Wilmington’s community arts center. Today, the local man who pulled the trigger was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in a prison cell. Because today’s prosecution transpired from a citizen tip, WHQR’s Katie O’Reilly reports that local law enforcement is working to reverse the stigma of “snitching” in criminal cases.

Gun Violence Prevention: A Community Affair

Nov 15, 2013

Because Wilmington’s recent spate of gun violence has residents from every walk of life concerned, City Councilman and UNCW political science professor Earl Sheridan corralled some university colleagues for a community panel event.  WHQR’s Katie O’Reilly reports that Wednesday night’s discussion often landed on another local hot button: public education.

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Citizens who rely on WAVE transit to reach the beach communities, as well as northern New Hanover County destinations such as Cape Fear Community College, Laney High School and the VA facility, will soon know for sure whether they need to make new travel plans. On October third, WAVE’s board of directors will meet with the county commissioners to decide the fate of the two bus routes that stand to be closed as a result of WAVE receiving less county funding this year. In addition, the county may also strip WAVE of its powers to implement new routes moving forward.

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Over the summer, New Hanover County cut WAVE Transit’s funding significantly from the previous year, resulting in the likely closures of routes serving northern New Hanover County and Pleasure Island. However, WAVE was granted slightly more state funding this year for its Rural Operating Assistance Program. But since WAVE won’t be able to use that money to help salvage the routes in question, it will likely extend their current closure date—September thirtieth—until after WAVE’s board meets with the New Hanover County Commission to make final decisions in October.

Following the state Senate’s Wednesday passage of “Safe Harbor” legislation stipulating that minors involved in sex work be treated as victims rather than criminals, the Star-News hosted a panel on human trafficking. Federal prosecutors and other experts engaged 120 audience members at Cape Fear Community College on Thursday. Panelists issued a call to action to better detect and battle the problem, which they say is pervasive in the coastal region.

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Cape Fear Community College has a new President. 

This Saturday marks the 13th Annual Boat Show for Cape Fear Community College – and the final show for one of CFCC’s master craftsmen.

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This afternoon Governor Bev Perdue visited EUE/Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington to announce she’s including $1 million in her upcoming budget proposal to meet the state’s growing film industry needs. WHQR’s Sara Wood reports the proposed funds will be used to develop 10 new workforce training programs at one community college in Winston-Salem, and here in Wilmington at Cape Fear Community College.

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Cape Fear Community College is hosting a free Dental Clinic this Friday and Saturday, April 27th and 28th, at the Schwartz Center in downtown Wilmington.

Tiny wood shavings are finding their way into Cape Fear Community College and they aren’t being tracked in by students’ shoes.

The president of Cape Fear Community College Eric McKeithan announced his retirement Thursday. WHQR’s Michelle Bliss reports that McKeithan’s retirement will go into effect on July 1st.

 

Next week, more than 30 students will begin classes for a new bachelor’s degree program at Cape Fear Community College.

With the end of 2011, WHQR is taking a look at some of the people, places, and products that have had a good year, despite the down economy. 

WHQR’s Michelle Bliss reports that after surviving state budget cuts, the marine technology program at Cape Fear Community College is still afloat, teaching many of its lessons from offshore classrooms.

President Obama marked the end of the Iraq war at Fort Bragg last week after nine years, more than 4,500 service members lost and more than 30,000 wounded.