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CFCC support services help students succeed

Cape Fear Community College students don’t have to go it alone when classes get tough, life gets stressful, or resources are thin. CFCC offers numerous services to help students succeed. Knowing when to take advantage of these can be the key to academic success.

Academic Help

Learning Labs

CFCC’s Learning Labs offer tutorial services for students with an academic need. All tutoring services are offered free of charge to currently enrolled CFCC students. To qualify for services students need a referral from their instructor. The labs are staffed by highly qualified and well-trained tutors who are dedicated to providing tutoring services to our students.

Libraries

Located at both the Wilmington and the North Campuses, CFCC’s libraries provide resources, services and instruction that directly contribute to student success. Professional library staff assist students with reference questions, meeting course objectives, supplementing classroom assignments, and pursuing topics of interest. The libraries have approximately 52,000 books, 500 current print periodical subscriptions, and over 16,000 audiovisual items. A wide range of more than 100+ electronic resources, including NCLIVE, is accessible online through the libraries. These e-resources contain thousands of full-text articles from more than 20,000 newspapers, journals, magazines, and encyclopedias and access to 40,000+ ebooks. Students may use the libraries’ 60 computers or their own computers to access these resources via the internet.

Open Computer Labs

Computer labs are available for students needing computer access to complete any course-related work. Students can also check e-mail and conduct any research necessary for successful completion of coursework.

Developmental Education

Developmental education courses are available to provide academic instruction, support, and resources in biology, English, math, computer skills, and reading. These courses are designed to prepare students for success in college-level curriculum courses.

Academic Skills Courses

ACA courses help students gain or improve academic skills and life skills such as study skills, note taking, time management, decision-making, goal setting, and student finances. ACA courses also help students prepare for their future through career exploration and planning. Students also learn about CFCC policies, procedures, and the many resources available to them.

Online Learning

CFCC’s Online Learning department can help students get better acquainted with the tools and format of internet and hybrid courses.  Students taking an internet or hybrid course for the first time who need assistance in learning how to use Blackboard or better understand how online courses work are encouraged to contact the Online Learning office for support.

Support Services

Counseling

The Cape Fear Community College Counseling Department is dedicated to providing current and prospective students with an enriching college experience. Counselors are available to assist students in clarifying both educational and personal goals while establishing appropriate academic plans.

Disability Services

Cape Fear Community College assures that students with disabilities have equal, effective and meaningful access to all programs, goods and services through the use of nondiscriminatory policies and procedures, and the provision of reasonable accommodations, auxiliary aids, and services. Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact the Disability Support Services office to arrange a confidential discussion. Appointments may be scheduled by calling 910-362-7800.

Career Services

Career counseling is available through the Office of Career and Testing Services. Students are assisted with career decision making, employment trends, and educational requirements. Job placement assistance is also available to students and graduates. Career Services provides online job listings through CFCC Career Connection. This online job bank gives students, graduates, and employers an opportunity to connect.

Financial Aid & Private Support

More than two-thirds of CFCC students receive some form of financial aid. CFCC’s Financial Aid office can help students navigate the application process.

Cape Fear Community College awards many annual scholarships. The generosity of private donors enables the college to award scholarships through the Cape Fear Community College Foundation. Merit, program specific and need-based scholarships are available.

Job & Career Fairs

CFCC hosts Job Fairs and Career Expos throughout each year for students, alumni and the community. These events are a great way to learn about different careers, explore employment opportunities, network with industry professionals and gain a bit of interviewing experience.

University Visits

Four-year colleges and universities regularly visit Cape Fear Community College to meet students and answer questions about transfer opportunities.
CFCC also organizes large college fair events allowing students to speak to many representatives on a single day.

Nixon Minority Leaders Program

The Nixon Minority Leaders Program is committed to ensuring that minority male students have the resources they need to reach their academic goals. Through the program, students attend retreats and workshops, participate in community service projects and spend quality time with mentors. In turn, they serve as role models for their peers.

CFCC’s Academic Advising Center to open in Union Station – Summer 2015

In addition to the academic advising that has always been available to students, CFCC’s dedicated Academic Advising Center, opening this summer, will provide students with increased access to advisors throughout the academic year.

At the Academic Advising Center, students who need assistance with registration can speak with an advisor and develop a plan for success. The center will also assist students who plan to transfer in developing a 4-year degree transfer plan.

CFCC gives you more ways to pay!

For most students, paying for college is the biggest obstacle to earning a college degree. That’s why CFCC’s Financial Aid Office distributes MILLIONS of dollars each year in aid – through a combination of grants, loans and work-study programs. In addition, the CFCC Foundation awards thousands of dollars in scholarships each year, based on both need and merit.

Here are some ways to make your CFCC education more affordable.

#1: Apply for Financial Aid Early

Financial Aid can give you the tools to turn your dream of a college education into reality. To see if you qualify for financial aid, you need to start by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov. This national database, run by the government, will determine your eligibility for assistance, what kind, and how much.

Financial aid options include:

• Pell Grants – Money you don’t have to pay back
• Work Study Opportunities – Work at CFCC and
earn a paycheck
• Student Loans – Money to be repaid with interest
Apply for Financial Aid online at fafsa.ed.gov

#2: Look into CFCC’s Tuition Payment Plan

Split up your tuition bill in several payments over several months – for more details, visit: cfcc.edu/businessoffice/tuition-payment-plan

#3: Apply for a scholarship

Take advantage of thousands of scholarship dollars available through the CFCC Foundation! Send in your application online after you’ve been accepted to CFCC. Fill out the form and see if you have a scholarship match! Visit: http://cfcc.edu/finaid to apply.

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