Cape Fear Community College breaks ground on new Surf City campus

Published: Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 11:52 AM.

Kim Gant, CFCC’s vice president for institutional effectiveness and planning, addressed the college’s recent decline in enrollment.

That happens, she said, presumably because some young adults find employment and leave the classroom while others opt for getting their entire undergraduate education at a four-year institution.

But Cape Fear Community College administrators aren’t worried about the minor drop, and neither, apparently are Surf City officials, who ponied up about $550,000 for the new college branch.

Nearby Topsail Beach kicked in $100,000, while the Pender County Board of Commissioners put up $100,000 last year and another $100,000 this year, with some future operational funds also showing up in the budget.

There is no reason to worry about enrollment or nearby Coastal Carolina Community College in Jacksonville, Hardin said. 

“There’s enough opportunity and enough people in this area to support multiple community colleges,” he said. “This (Pender County) is our service area, and what we are trying to do here is provide a new place, a more convenient place for students to take classes where they don’t have to go to Castle Hayne, they don’t have to go to Burgaw, they don’t have to go to Wilmington. This is an ideal location to serve our population.”

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