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CFCC makes room for record enrollment

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Get ready for more traffic in Downtown Wilmington. Cape Fear Community College has enrolled more new students than ever before. Today is the first day of the fall semester for more than 9,100 students at CFCC. That's a 10 percent jump over last year.

Some students, like Brandon Evans, are turning to community college because it's cheaper than a four-year university.

"I came to Cape Fear because universities are kind of expensive, and so far today I've had two classes and the teachers are pretty cool. I like it," Evans said. "The only bad thing is the traffic."

Cape Fear had so many students sign up for this semester, it ran out of classroom space. So the school had to open up an old office building to accommodate all the students. The problem is, the students are having trouble finding where the new building is.

"I woke up at 6:30, and I've been walking around for about three hours trying to look for my classes," student Abdul Faal said. And it doesn't help when the building you're looking for isn't on the school map.

"We were going like 30 minutes for parking, and it was just like going around in circles trying to find a parking spot, and then when I got here I didn't even know they added a new Q Building, so I just got here and I think I missed class completely, so first day. Know where it's at now, though," student Paul Renckens said.

The building at 254 North Front Street, a few blocks away from the heart of campus, used to be Town and Country Real Estate. Now it's a place for students to learn about social and behavioral sciences, criminal justice and humanities and fine arts.

"It's nice. I like it, but it's still too far away from the rest of my other classes, but it's still good," Faal said.

Seven classrooms in the Q Building help make room for the record 9,105 students now at Cape Fear. That's about 150 more than last year.

"It was a good opportunity to be able to take advantage of all the people who want to go to school," CFCC spokesman David Hardin said. "We don't want to turn anyone away, so we're trying to accommodate them the best we can."

CFCC plans to lease this building for the next three years. It is also offering more classes online this year to help accommodate the additional students.

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