WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A dozen students from Cape Fear Community College are out at sea on the R/V Dan Moore after helping launch a special buoy in the ocean. The college teamed up with the Army Corps of Engineers to deploy a remote sensing buoy, which washed ashore months ago, two miles off of Bald Head Island.
"It's a hands-on learning experience for our students, and the Army Corps gets to put their instrument in the water," CFCC Marine Technology Department Chair Jason Rogers said.
The buoy uses sonar to transmit information about what's going on below the surface, like how sediment and currents are moving. With all hands on deck, the job went off without a hitch. It's all in a days work on the Dan Moore, which is a ship all marine tech students call home for a whopping 32 days before graduating the program.
"This ship is the base of the hands-on learning of our program," Rogers said. "Without this ship students don't get the skill, they don't get that workforce training that is required for them to get jobs."
CFCC senior Mike Hanson said, "All these things help towards advancing of science and helping out and figuring out different things that help us in the future."
This amount of hands on training makes CFCC's program like no other in the country, which has its graduates heading out to bigger and better things after their time at sea. In fact, it's the only program that requires its graduates spend more than 30 days at sea.
Now that this job is done, the 12 students on board head out on a five-day trip to Beaufort and back.