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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s the crown jewel of Cape Fear Community College. The Marine Technology program has been around for more than 45 years, but now it’s on the budget chopping block. But now the governor says she is not targeting the program… totally.

Today we wanted to know why the Gov. Bev Perdue is targeting this program and less than $700,000 to cut a multi-billion-dollar budget gap.

When Perdue made her budget proposal last month, the students and staff in the Marine Tech program were shocked to find they were on the chopping block.

“Our graduates get jobs,” department chair Jason Rogers said. “We have a 94 percent placement rate. Either students get jobs in industry or go on and continue their education. The average starting salary for our graduates is $48,000. I’ll put that program up with just about any other two-year associate program in the state.”

Heather Stoker is a UNCW Marine Biology grad, who is now a CFCC Marine Technology student. Stoker says the Marine Tech program offers what others could not: hands-on experience that employers are looking for.

“If you want a Marine Tech position or any position working with the Division of Marine Fisheries, you really need the experience that you get here,” she said.

Perdue’s budget proposal says cutting funds for the program would save the state less than $700,000 a year. When we asked her office Tuesday why the governor is targeting the program, her Communications Director Chrissy Pearson told us, “That program is absolutely not targeted to be cut. It’s only the supplemental funds that are slated to be cut, and that’s the case for several other ‘high cost’ programs.”

Marine Technology department chair Jason Rogers says cutting that supplemental funding means an end to the program’s work at sea, which would effectively put the much-desired hands-on experience in dry dock and sink the dreams of students like Stoker.

“If I don’t get to finish this program, you know, I really don’t know. I’ll just have to keep on looking,” Stoker said. “The bad part about it is it will take me out of North Carolina.”

When we told the Pearson that the loss of supplemental funding would essentially end the program, she said she was not aware of that, but she acknowledged all the proposed cuts are hard.

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15 Comments on "ONLY ON 3: Gov. Perdue cutting CFCC Marine Tech Program because it’s “high cost”"

2015 years 10 months ago

I’m ashamed to admit I did vote for her. I would definitly rethink that now. I am the parent of a student who is currently enrolled in this program. Yes, they are currently out on the research vessel which they are thinking about cutting the funding on. This part of the program is imperative to teach these students what they need to know in order to get the jobs that they want. Or else they will be amongst all of those that are now on section 8 and using the system to collect welfare! And lets not discuss all of the illegals that are being allowed to stay in our area. Cut the funding for those programs. Make them all get jobs. Not the students are trying to make it in this world without taking advantage of the systems at the expense of the state funding. KEEP ALL FUNDING for the Marine Tech Program. Oh, and an executive chef? Please….Cook your own meals!

2015 years 10 months ago

..Perdue is like totally clueless. Like why did we vote for her???

2015 years 10 months ago

you were, like, totally gullible, like…see what I mean? Momma always said, “stupid is as stupid does…like.”

2015 years 10 months ago

Like I don’t like know, like what are we like going to like do now? Maybey like we could like take some like grammar classes.

2015 years 10 months ago

She sold a bag of good to those who only looked at the surface. I didn’t not vote her in the first time and will not vote for her in 2012. The state cannot afford another four years of Perdue. I hope all those who supported her are paying attention.

2015 years 10 months ago

…oh, you actually voted for her? I didn’t.

2015 years 10 months ago

Danny McComas, Carolyn Justice, Thom Goolsby, and Suzi Hamilton and tell them you do not support cutting the funding to the Marine Tech program.

If Smiley Per-doo wants to cut a program that doesn’t work, start with More at 4 or a couple of state-owned aircraft…plus her executive chef AND the proposed return trip to China. I wonder how much we taxpayers paid for her 5 day trip to Obamaland last week.

M Richardson
2015 years 10 months ago

Instead of cutting money from useless projects or useless people from our state government our wonderful govenor chooses to cut a program actually gets students jobs! Between Mike Easley, Perdue, and Mike “Big Check” McIntyre no wonder we are so far in debt!

2015 years 10 months ago

I think Governor Perdue is making a HUGE mistake cutting this program from CFCC. This is a program that could provide a lot of jobs and revenue for the state of North Carolina. I don’t see how this is considered a “high cost” program in the first place. If people can get jobs in this industry with the training provided by the college, by all means, keep it. Do not cut the funding for this program or completely get rid of it at all.

As to the former comment above, I agree with it. If this is going to happen to a great industry that will provide jobs in the area and in the state, then why DID we vote for her?

Jeff Milne
2015 years 10 months ago

I am a Marine Tech graduate from 2010. There is no other program of this kind on the EAST COAST that provides this much AT-SEA-TIME which was imperative for myself to get the job i have now. By the way, it is bringing an income of over $50,000 a year which i funnel back into the North Carolina Economy. The taxes also help pay your outlandish salary PERDUE!

2015 years 10 months ago

First off, let’s look at the Gov’s residence, the “Mansion”. What was the total cost of upkeep to include grounds maintenance, equipment, utilities, upgrades (interior and exterior), staff and supplies? Any guess to these costs? Do you think these costs were scruitinized and reduced in the least? Highly doubtful!

Next, what about cuts to the truly unproductive yet capable but lazy members of our society here in NC? Section 8 housing is a never ending payout. Foodstamps, another never-ending payout. Free cell phones with “free minutes” and “free texting”, TV and radio advertising FOR this and ALL at the taxpayers expense…another never ending payout. Free healthcare for the illegal aliens and those alike that farm babies for a living…another never ending payout. I think an accurate answer to these issues is, they weren’t even examined, much less cut!

One immediate requirement to those receiving all of these (and many more) welfare entitlements should be the requirement to pass a monthly drug screen to maintain eligibility. Can’t pee straight, can’t get free money…simple.

These are easy, on the top, visible areas of scruitinization. There are many other layers we aren’t even aware of. Yet the Gov, in all of her glory continues to pull at the heartstrings of productive programs for productive people, while continuing to allow the lazies and the illegals to mooch off of these productive people.

The Gov needs to get off her duff, get out in the real world and start looking at things from beyond her desk. It is obvious that she doesn’t have a clue to the realities of North Carolina!!! Her recent actions beat all I’ve ever seen!

2015 years 10 months ago

I agree..unannounced drug tests will do the trick..dont send them a letter and tell them they need to show up at such and such time to take the test because all they will do is do a cleansing and pee a normal test..yes there are kits that will clean your urine..less money paid out to undeserving people and more money to distribute on great programs..the professor said he has a 94% job placement rate in his program while DSS has a less than 10% job placement rate..not a big problem to see who should get cut?

MyTwo Cents
2015 years 10 months ago

Cutting job training programs is just wrong – particularly if it’s the only one in the state!

2015 years 10 months ago

the same could be said of her chef…but she’s not cutting that!

2015 years 10 months ago

are hard. Oh yes, seems the cost of her new chef’s salary ($76,000.00) has got to come from somewhere. What a two faced %$$#%$.
No vote for you next time.


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