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CFCC to offer automotive industry night courses come fall

To fill a local shortage, CFCC is offering its automotive industry classes at night, beginning this fall semester. (Courtesy Pexels/Malte Luk)

WILMINGTON — With a substantial local need for auto mechanics, the local community college is adapting its programming to make education more accessible.

Cape Fear Community College is launching the expansion of its automotive systems technology program by offering a night course beginning in the fall semester. The night classes target individuals interested in pursuing a new career or advancing an existing one within the automotive industry.

CFCC has a waitlist of employers reaching out to hire graduates of the certificate, diploma and associate degree programs it offers. Graduates have the potential to earn an average wage of $22 per hour, with many hired at more than $36 per hour.

“We understand the challenges faced by working professionals who wish to pursue further education,” CFCC President Jim Morton said in a press release. “With the expansion of the Automotive Systems Technology program to include night courses, we offer the opportunity for individuals to acquire the skills necessary for success in the automotive industry, all while maintaining their work-life balance.”

Through CFCC’s apprenticeship program, students can also begin working in the automotive industry — with 21 local business partners — while completing coursework. For more information on the program, visit the website.

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