College at Any Age Starting over or changing careers? It’s never too late!

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Changing careers in today’s economy often means going back to college to learn new skills. Community colleges are usually the first place to which career changers turn, and not just because they’re a good value.

College for adult learners

Community colleges have served adult learners for decades. We understand the challenges faced by older students who often have family and job responsibilities.

With its affordable tuition, evening and online courses, and experience serving older students, Cape Fear Community College is your best choice for gaining the skills and credentials you need to advance your career and enrich your life.

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Cape Fear Community College embraces student learning as its primary and defining mission, and supports learning through small classes, free tutoring, instructional technology, and personal attention from faculty who know you by name.

Courses to fit your schedule

You understand that college could help your career and enrich your life. But can it fit into your busy life? CFCC knows you have other obligations, so the college offers classes in several formats to accommodate adult lives.

For those with traditional 9 to 5 jobs, CFCC offers an extensive lineup of evening classes. And many of these classes meet only one day a week, saving commuting expenses and minimizing the disruption of your daily routine.

Online courses provide the most flexibility and control over your time.  While course assignments will usually have hard deadlines, you control when and where you do the work.

Another format attractive to adult learners is the hybrid course, which combines online learning with occasional campus classroom meetings. A common format has the class meeting on campus one night every-other week, with Web assignments in between. You get much of the convenience of an online course, but with the reassurance and benefits of periodic face-to-face interaction with faculty and classmates.

Career starters and career changers

Cape Fear Community College offers a number of two-year degree programs to prepare you for immediate entry into a career. Many of these programs also offer one-year diplomas, and even shorter certificates.

In addition to degree-credit programs, the college’s Continuing Education Department offers multiple ways to get training for entry-level positions that don’t require a degree. For the entire range of non-credit options, visit

Did you know? The average age of a CFCC student is 33.

Find out more about the Continuing Education Program

Craig Clagett

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