Cape Fear Community College is hosting several virtual activities to support and encourage students, alumni, faculty, and staff to stay connected during this period of remote learning, and reaching out to support students virtually as the world takes precautions to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Aside from moving to an online format for the majority of its classes, the College has made its student services available virtually. Students and prospective students alike can meet with advisors, counselors, tutors, admissions representatives, librarians, and more via phone or computer. Additionally, through the College’s new live chat tool, students can ask the questions they have at any time.

“It’s important that our students stay engaged, connected, and supported during this challenging time,” said CFCC President Jim Morton. “The faculty and staff are all pitching in to help and it’s amazing to see everyone working toward finding solutions that will help our students and community continue to grow and thrive. Through these efforts, we let our students and the community know that we’re here for them—that we’re all in this together.”

Virtual Spirit Week

With a different theme each day, CFCC employees and students are participating in a virtual spirit week March 30 through April 3 by sharing posts on social media with the hashtag “SeaDevilSpirit.” Beginning the week with Spirit Monday, the College invited others to share a photo wearing their favorite Cape Fear gear. The themed days continue throughout the week with Tag Your Furry Friend Tuesday, Crazy Sock Wednesday, Thankful Thursday, and Fave-Filter Friday.

“These are just fun ways to keep our campus community together,” said Chris Libert, Assistant Director, Student Activities and Community Relations. “It’s important to keep that contact going, even when we can’t be on campus.”

To participate or follow along in CFCC’s Virtual Spirit Week, follow CFCC on Instagram (@capefearcc), Facebook (@capefearcc) or Twitter (@cfcc).

Words of Encouragement

In addition to a virtual spirit week, CFCC asked its faculty and staff to send in pictures and videos teaching or working from home, with messages for CFCC students. Since then, dozens of employees have participated sending in their home working environment with words of encouragement and advice.

“Have a big, open space for your laptop, textbook, calendar, and always good tunes,” said Hope Cate, CFCC Psychology Instructor. “Make sure you make time to go outside. I like to garden; it’s a stress reliever. Practice social distancing. Keep yourself stress-free as best as you can; organization is key to that. We can do this together.”

Both faculty and student support staff are working tirelessly and creatively to implement strategies and resources to help students get the support they need online.

“Just know we are here virtually. We’re working from home just as hard as we work in the office. If you need anything, please reach out,” said Lori Drake, CFCC Academic Advisor and Head Women’s Basketball Coach.

“In spite of everything that is going on, CFCC faculty and staff are working to ensure our students get the high-quality instruction and support services they need in order to get through this and be successful,” said Morton.

Success Stories in Unusual Times

In the midst of this uncertainty, CFCC has received some good news. Marvin Ashley, a CFCC Barber School student, was the first in the state of North Carolina to graduate barber school online due to COVID-19. Ashley only had a few hours left to go before classes moved online – barbering students complete 1,528 before they can be eligible to sit for the state exam – now he can take the exam and move forward.  Ashley received the “1,528 salute” from his fellow students and employees, virtually.

CFCC Marine Technology student, Kevin Bates, just accepted a job offer as a Hydrographic Survey Technician in Corpus Christi, Texas. “I just wanted to say thank you to each and every one of you. This program is truly something special and it’s been a privilege to be a student in it. I only wish I had found it sooner! But the world works in its own ways, and despite everything that is currently going on, this program helped me secure a future,” wrote Bates.

“Our faculty and staff are always there for our students,” said Morton, “but the way each of them has transitioned to a new way of working has been amazing to see.  I am so proud of what our talented team is doing to make sure our students are successful, even amid these unprecedented circumstances.”