Cape Fear Community College breaks ground on new Surf City campus


Surf City Mayor Zander Guy talks to a crowd of people Wednesday in Surf City before the first bricks of the Surf City campus of Cape Fear Community College were set into place. The event marked the start of construction of the Alston W. Burke Campus. Guests were invited to sign bricks that will be used in the foundation.

Photo By Ken Blevins/StarNews Media
Published: Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 11:52 AM.

SURF CITY | Pender County and municipal leaders joined Cape Fear Community College directors recently for a brick-laying ceremony for the first building at the college’s new campus near Surf City.

When completed late this year, the building, which sits on 24 acres just off U.S. 17, will have six classrooms, a lab, a media center and offices.

“There has been a need and a desire on the part of the leadership of this part of Pender County for years,” said David Hardin, CFCC public relations director. And the funding has finally fallen into place, he added. 

The long-range outlook for the new college will largely depend on demand, Hardin said. “We certainly have enough property that we can expand to. Right now, our priority is to get the first building open, start getting people enrolled and starting classes.”

The college will start with some continuing education classes, some basic college English, math, history, science — “those types of classes that will transfer anyplace,” Hardin said. “For technical/vocational classes, we are going to start out with a one-year program in phlebotomy. That will be our starter curriculum.” 

There will be, according to CFCC President Dr. Ted Spring, an active audit program available to senior citizens — Seniorversity — and plans are on the drawing board for an eventual seven-building campus.

Given the college’s semester structure, there will be a push to open the school in early 2015. If that goal is unmet, classes won’t begin until about this time next year, given the need to start instruction based on the overall school calendar.

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