Cape Fear Community College will soon be opening the doors to its new Surf City campus.
School officials will hold a public ribbon-cutting ceremony for the A.D. “Zander” Guy Building and the dedication of the Alston W. Burke Center at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 18.
Construction on the 8,000 square foot facility–which includes five classrooms, a media center, a lab and a staff work area–began in early 2014.
The building was designed by LS3P architects and is located on a 24-acre site off at 621 N.C. 210 East. The land was donated to the college by the late Alston W. Burke in 2008.
The new campus is now the second for Pender County. A small CFCC satellite facility, mostly used to house that district’s early college high school, is located in Burgaw.
CFCC spokesperson David Hardin said in an earlier interview that more than 30 percent of the college’s total student body commutes from Pender County.
The college had been offering classes at the Surf City Community Center before and during construction of the new facility.
“With the new building we’ll be able to offer more classes and we hope to start degree programs in Pender County, as well,” Hardin said.
The A.D. “Zander” Guy Building and the dedication of the Alston W. Burke Center will officially open for classes on May 22. Courses will include both credit and non-credit courses for students seeking a degree, job training or personal enrichment.
Initial courses this summer will include credit offerings in math, English, business, computer technology, medical terminology, psychology and criminal justice. In the future, the specific course offerings will change depending on interest from students or employers, according to the college.
“We are thrilled to be opening this new building to extend educational and job training opportunities to the residents of eastern Pender County,” CFCC interim president Dr. Amanda Lee said.
The ribbon-cutting event will feature several speakers from the college, as well as Surf City and Pender County officials.
Following the ceremony, the public will be invited to tour the facility and talk with college staff and faculty about some of the courses and programs that will be offered during the summer and fall semesters.
Hilary Snow is a reporter at Port City Daily. Reach her at (910) 772-6341 or firstname.lastname@example.org.