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

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I hate to be the one to say it, but this only makes sense. If the school is having financial issues, Marine Tech/Sciences are the what should be cut. If I am not mistaken, there are a massive amount of people trying to get into these classes and get marine tech/biology degrees, however, there are SO few jobs in the field. Marine Biology in particular. Kids think because they like to swim and fish or save the whales that they can get the degree and be director of an aquarium, but there just are no jobs!
How are you an expert on everything? I do know many in this program and who have graduated from this program and their are not the ones worried about losing their job. Hmmm... do some research maybe leave your computer desk for once.
If the State needs to cut school budgets, they should start with the money that is given to out of state students.
Who do you think are hired to operate offshore oil rigs, to monitor populations of marinelife for the fishing industry, as well as to develop more efficient means of harvesting those populations, and continous research for the pharmaceutical industry?
The Marine Technology A.A.S. degree program is vastly different from a Marine Biology degree. It is a technical degree that is used in every field from Fish and Game to NOAA to wastewater treatment to geological survey. The job possibilities are endless and while most students in this program do have interest "saving the whales", the usual goal of these students is not be an Aquarium Director. This degree program is the only one of its kind on the east coast and it provides its students with not only hands-on training that is valuable in today's job market, but also 30 days at sea, an invaluable education that can not be taught in a classroom. Living and working aboard a ship is dirty and dangerous and who better to hire than employees who already have sea time? The proposed budget cuts are across the board, not only at CFCC. It is not because the school is in financial trouble, but because the state is. The amount of money "saved" if these proposed cuts are passed is less than $10,000 per community college. Technical degree programs like this one are the programs that are training our workforce. For every 1% of increase in state unemployment, enrollment at community colleges increase 2-3%. North Carolina's unemployment rate is at a 25 year high. Now is not the time to cut programs like Marine Tecnology.
UNCW should cut the School of Education...there are no job openings for teachers here as well. I don't think any student graduating from the MT program feels they're qualified to step in and be the director of aquarium. They're concerned about our streams, lakes, and oceans keeping them viable for all to enjoy.
"wilmingtonMAJ" only abuses these forums with his rediculous points of view to stir people up. He doesn't use logic and is usually very abrasive and cold hearted with zero facts to back up his provacative statements.
I would hardly say that. What exactly have I said to be cold hearted and stir people up? Even if that were so, that's the point of these forums. Discussion. Whether you like other peoples thoughts or not. I don't think I have to tell anyone or prove the common fact that there are very very few jobs in the marine biology industry. If someone wants a degree in it fine, just realize that there are few good jobs to go around.
This is so common, pull at the heartstrings and cut educational programs. Especially important ones like this that are conducive to our area. BUT!!!! There's plenty of money for the feds to give the county to buy foreclosed properties and of course, lets not forget that wonderful convention center this area needs so badly that continues to go up. And this is spending that we are actually informed about. Anyone care to dig deeper? Absolutely unbelievable... I shake my head again.
WITH ECONOMY GOIN BAD BEFORE IT GETS BETTER REALLY IS IN FACT WHATS GOIN ON BUT AS FAR AS HAVING ENOUGH MONEY FOR COURSES AT CFCC OR ANYWHERE SCHOOL OR UNIVERSITIES ARE LACKING MONEY REALLY DONT MAKE ANY SENSE SINCE WE ALL KNOW EVERY DOLLAR WE CITIZENS PAY TAXES OR PLAY OUR STATE LOTTERIES SUPPOSE TO KEEP THIS FROM HAPPENING SO NOW WHERE ARE MOST OF OUR TAX MONEY GOIN?? WE ALL KNOW TAX MONEY IS GOIN TO PEOPLE GETTIN MORE RAISES OR PAID FROM OUR TAXES AND WHATS MORE IS POURING TRILLIONS TO OVERSEAS IS ANOTHER REASON SO WERE SHRINKIN IN OUR COUNTRY DUE TO THAT SITUATION BUT AS FAR AS WE ARE CONCERN WE ALL KNOW WE ARE STILL PAYING BLOW AWAY TAXES AND POURING IN STATE LOTTERIES ARE GETTIN TO NO WHERE TO HELP WITH ANYTHING SO IF WE WANT TO SEE OUR SCHOOLS OPEN, FINANCIALLY IN GOOD SHAPE PLEASE USE OUR STATE LOTTERIES TO HELP WITH THAT INSTEAD OF SEEING CUTBACKS SINCE ITS WHAT IT IS FOR BUT SO FAR WE KEP HEARING CUTBACKS AND SCALE BACKS ETC,,, DOESNT MAKE ANY SENSE HERE SO LETS GET ALL THIS STRAIGHT OUT!!! USE THE MONEY FOR WHAT ITS FOR AND GOIN TO WHERE ITS GOIN TO AND NOT TO BE USED FOR ANY OTHER THAN EDUCATION OK. OTHER THAN EDUCATIONAL ETC.... WE NEED TO GET OUR POURING TAX DOLLARS OUT OF OVERSEAS TO COME BACK HERE WILL HELP WHAT WE NEED IN OUR COUNTRY AS WELL AS WILL BUILD UP MONEY IN STOCKS AND WILL BUILD UP MONEY FLOWING IN OUR COUNTRY WITH STIMILIUS PLAN COMING ALONG WILL BE MORE HELPFUL. AFTER THAT IS SUCCCESSFUL PLS PLS DONT POUR NO MORE MONEY OVER SEAS OR ELSE WE WILL GO BACK TO WHERE IT STARTED FROM SINCE OUR COUNTRY IS SHRINKING IN THE HOLE THEN WHO KNOWS WHERE USA WILL BE IN THE FUTURE!!!! MAYBE WIPED OUT OF THE EARTH AND BE RUN BY SOME OTHER COUNTRIES SO PLS PROTECT THIS FROM HAPPENING BY DOING WHAT WE NEED TO DO OR ELSE IT WILL BE NO MORE USA HERE. CIAO
didn't Bev Perdue say something about free community college. I guess she did not factor in how much fuel that dang boat burns????
As a graduate of the program I know how important it is for the students to get this training while at sea. If anything, this program needs more funding! The RV Dan Moore is a great vessel and it gets the job done, but new technology and equipment will only make those students more appealing to employers. In my personal opinion, I feel this program gets left out more so than others when it comes to funding at CFCC. This program is one of a kind, especially on the East Coast and that needs to be recognized. You will not meet a group of students more eager to learn than those students on that Ship. Good luck to the faculty, staff, and students. JL
to email your State Senator and House of Representatives to restore the funding for this program.
How much did former Governor Easley pull back from CFCC, during his final month in office, in a feeble attempt to balance the state budget? Three to Five Million Dollars seems to ring a bell. And that was just the CFCC tariff. He hit every community college with a withdrawl of promised funds. Do you honestly expect less from his heir? No wonder she remains in Raleigh attending dances and fund raisers rather than fulfilling her campaign promise to hold a "Town Hall" meeting in our area. Tough times require hard decisions. Is she unable to come to the Port City and plead her case and outline her vision and the path she plans to take our state on? Perhaps she's just not tough enough for the challenges this state faces.