make WWAY your homepage  Become a fan on facebook  Follow us on twitter  Receive RSS Newsfeeds  MEMBERS: Register | Login

Despite high demand by students, cuts to CFCC's marine tech program may be on the way

Cape Fear Community College is worried about the future of its nationally known marine technology program. Students in the program get gain hands-on experience by spending 30 days at sea studying the water and marine life. That experience will no longer be possible if the state makes more than half-a-million dollars in proposed cuts. There is high demand for the program. This semester, it is at full capacity with 124 students. Students would still be able to learn marine technology in the classroom, but they say it won't be the same. Audra Buchfield, a CFCC marine technology student said, "Learning in a classroom and saying you have to do this on a vessel is one thing, actually being there and seeing why you have to do it on a vessel is a completely different thing." Jason Rogers, program director, said, "If we can't get them out on the boats and we can't get them fishing gill nets and taking water samples and being at sea, learning what it is to be safe in the marine environment then employers just won't hire them." CFCC's marine technology program is the only one of its kind on the east coast. It's seen as a leader in marine education across the country.

Disclaimer: Comments posted on this, or any story are opinions of those people posting them, and not the views or opinions of WWAY NewsChannel 3, its management or employees. You can view our comment policy here.



The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

More information about formatting options

To prevent automated spam submissions leave this field empty.
Please re-enter the code shown in the image below.