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CFCC to offer evening chemical tech classes

Cape Fear Community College will begin offering evening classes within the chemical technology program beginning in the upcoming fall semester. (Port City Daily/file photo)

WILMINGTON — Cape Fear Community College will begin offering evening classes within the chemical technology program beginning in the upcoming fall semester. 

Jim Morton, CFCC president, said in a press release that the new night classes will allow for more flexibility for students to be able to balance work and family commitments. 

The chemical technology program teaches analytical technology skills for the pharmaceutical, environmental, forensics, food/beverage, quality control, cosmetics, chemical production or research and development industries. The program focuses on equipment used in laboratory settings and does not require prerequisites.

In five semesters, students receive qualifications to work for local laboratories or Fortune 500 companies across the country in areas such as spectrometry and chromatography. This allows graduates to pursue careers as entry-level chemical laboratory technicians or chemists, with responsibilities such as chemical solution preparation, raw material, product or environmental sampling, and sample testing with wet chemistry or instrumental techniques.

The program offers a two-year associate program and a certification which requires less credits. 

Following the program, students can transfer to a four-year college, where they will be placed as a junior in a B.S. chemistry program. While a two-year chemical technology degree allows students to work in a laboratory setting, two years of classes in traditional chemical curriculums do not. 

Applications for classes operate on a rolling basis, meaning you can apply for the semester up until classes begin. However, it is recommended that students apply as early as possible to have the best access to classes. Enrollment is now open, and the first day of the fall semester is August 19.


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