FTCC Press Releases - 2014

11/07 - All American Veterans Center to Sponsor Veterans Day Events

10/30 - FTCC Presents 1 Million Cups Weekly Entrepreneur Gatherings

10/16 - FTCC Ranked #2 in Military Times Best for Vets

10/03 - FTCC Named a Platinum Education Center for Manufacturing

09/23 - FTCC Named a 2015 Military Friendly School

09/04 - SGA to Sponsor 9/11 Observance and Remembrance Concert 

08/21 - 100% Pass Rate on Certified Surgical Technologist Exam

07/18 - FTCC to Host Open House and Orientation at Bragg Center

06/12 - Fayetteville Tech to Host Express Admissions Services Open House

06/12 - Fayetteville Division of Workforce Solutions Announces AMVETS Award

06/10 - FTCC Celebrates the Opening of the All American Veterans Center

05/01 - 52nd Annual Commencement Exercise at The Crown Coliseum

04/24 - $10,000 Grant from SVA and The Home Depot Foundation

04/17 - NCCS Academic Excellence Winner Announced

04/08 - FTCC and Innovation Fund NC Announce 3rd Cycle of Funding Dates

04/04 - 3rd in the Nation in Digital Community Colleges Survey

03/19 - 4th in the Nation for Fastest-Growing Public 2-year Colleges

03/13 - 600 NC Businesses to Attend Fort Bragg Small Business Outreach Event

02/21 - $530.3 Million Economic Impact on the Cumberland County Region

02/10 - FTCC Grants Course Articulation to Coggins International



Fayetteville Tech All American Veterans Center to Sponsor Veterans Day Observance and Veterans Open House

FAYETTEVILLE, NC – November 7, 2014 - Fayetteville Technical Community College’s (FTCC) All American Veterans Center invites the public to participate in a Veterans Day observance program and a veteran’s open house at its Fayetteville campus located at 2201 Hull Road to honor, celebrate, and thank our military veterans.

The first event is a veteran’s open house on Monday, November 10, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the General Classroom Building (GCB) lobby area. Veteran support agencies including the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), American Legion, Patriot Outreach, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), and the Wounded Warrior Project will be in attendance to offer their services. Also, the state-of-the-art All American Veterans Center located on the second floor of the GCB will be open for tours. The Center serves more than 3,000 veterans, thanks to a partnership between FTCC, The Home Depot Foundation, and the Student Veterans of America (SVA).

The second event is a Veterans Day Observance program scheduled on Tuesday, November 11, 2014, at 10:50 a.m. at the student gazebo near the Tony Rand Student Center. The program will begin with a motorcycle Ride of Dignity to honor veterans, followed by silencing of motors. Army Colonel Alexander Conyers will speak at the event. Colonel Conyers serves as the Commander of the 16th Military Police Brigade and Director of Emergency Services at Fort Bragg, N.C.

In association with the Observance, a “field of honor” will be located next to the event area with approximately 200 American flags. The flags are being sold by the FTCC Student Veterans of America Club for a minimum $2 donation with all proceeds going to future veteran scholarships. Flags can be purchased at the All American Veterans Center in the General Classroom Building until 2:00 p.m. on Monday, November 10, 2014.

Both events are free and open to the public. In case of inclement weather, the events will be held in the Horace Sisk Gymnasium.

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Fayetteville Tech Presents 1 Million Cups Weekly Gatherings Cultivating Entrepreneurship

FAYETTEVILLE, NC – October 30, 2014 - Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) is pleased to announce the launch of the 1 Million Cups weekly gatherings to cultivate entrepreneurship. 1 Million Cups is an educational program which engages entrepreneurs in our community by weekly inviting one or two founders to present his/her startup to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors, and entrepreneurs. Through their presentations, founders gain insight into possible ways they can improve their business, gather real-time feedback, and connect with a community who truly cares about their progress.

1 Million Cups began in 2012 by the Ewing Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City as a way to provide an educational experience to presenting entrepreneurs and for the audience engaging in the program. While the Kauffman Foundation provides support for 1 Million Cups, a team of local entrepreneurs volunteers to run the program at FTCC.

The kickoff event is scheduled for Wednesday, November 5, 2014, from 9 to 10 a.m. on the Fayetteville Campus in the General Classroom Building, Room 221. These gatherings are planned to occur weekly each Wednesday to provide founders and entrepreneurs networking opportunities and to learn more about new business startups in our area.

The two founders scheduled to present on November 5 are Matrix Knowledgement, LLC and Next Generation Biomedical, LLC. For current weekly presenters and additional information, please visit http://fayetteville.sites.1millioncups.com.

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Fayetteville Tech Ranked #2 in Military Times Best for Vets: Career & Technical Colleges 2015

FAYETTEVILLE, NC – October 16, 2014 - Fayetteville Technical Community College has been ranked #2 by Military Times in its Best for Vets: Career & Technical Colleges list for 2015 (a recognition for the past two years). The list shows schools supporting veterans which have put the most thought and effort into tailoring programs and policies to uniquely serve veterans. By factoring in academic quality, Best for Vets provides service men and women a gauge by which to judge whether a school or degree program will truly benefit them.

The organization comprising Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times focused on benefits coverage, support services, and widely available statistical measures when conducting and scoring the Best for Vets: Career & Technical Colleges survey, a highly respected, nearly 110-question analysis of a college’s efforts to provide veterans an environment for success.

As with all Best for Vets rankings, Best for Vets: Career & Technical Colleges is an editorially independent news project that evaluates the many factors that make an organization a good fit for military veterans and families. The rankings are published in full in the October 2014 issue of Military Times EDGE magazine and online at MilitaryTimes.com, as well as ArmyTimes.com, NavyTimes.com, AirForceTimes.com and MarineCorpsTimes.com.

For the full Best for Vets: Career & Technical Colleges 2015 rankings, go to: www.militarytimes.com/bestforvets-ctc2015.

Military Times EDGE is the premier publication for military transition, career and education information and guidance. Published by Gannett Government Media, the magazine is inserted into newsstand copies of Army Times, Navy Times, Marine Corps Times and Air Force Times, and distributed free at military transition offices across the country. To learn more, visit www.militarytimes.com.

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Fayetteville Tech Recognized with Platinum Education Center Award for Excellence in Manufacturing Training

FAYETTEVILLE, NC – October 3, 2014 - Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) announced today that it has been recognized with the Platinum Education Center Award for Excellence in Manufacturing Training by Tooling U-SME Platinum Education Center (TUPEC), a national leader in manufacturing training and development. FTCC is one of six community and technical colleges nationwide and the only one in North Carolina to receive the award.

Coinciding with Manufacturing Day, TUPEC awards educational facilities that serve as training models in the manufacturing industry and develop outstanding learning cultures. Schools are selected based on adoption of Tooling U-SME's online training program and strong utilization rates of online training in a blended learning format.

"We honor FTCC with the TUPEC designation as they demonstrate an exceptional commitment and dedication to preparing students for a successful career in the manufacturing industry," said Toni Neary, education specialist for Tooling U-SME's Government and Education Group. "Instructors at the college are finding innovative ways to effectively use both online and hands-on training to help students develop critical skills and become strong candidates for employment at local manufacturing facilities."

FTCC is part of a statewide consortium of community colleges that aims to educate and train displaced and dislocated workers to fill the needs of local manufacturers. Using state-of-the-art equipment for hands-on training and a new approach to learning, students can earn certificates, degrees and diplomas, and ultimately, obtain full-time employment.

According to The Institute for Supply Management, the U.S. manufacturing industry is currently growing at its fastest pace in the past three years. However, according to The Boston Consulting Group, without aggressive action, the next decade is expected to bring a potential shortfall of 875,000 machinists, welders, industrial machinery mechanics and industrial engineers. As demand for skilled workers continues to increase, community colleges and technical schools are striving to provide training that meets the needs of manufacturers.

Since 2012, Tooling U-SME has given the TUPEC award to recognize exceptional schools that are helping build a robust pipeline of skilled manufacturing workers in the U.S.

For more information about Tooling U-SME, visit toolingu.com or email info@toolingu.com.

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FTCC Awarded 2015 Military Friendly® Schools Designation

FAYETTEVILLE, NC – September 23, 2014 - Fayetteville Technical Community College announced today that it has been designated (a recognition for the past six years) a 2015 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting the military and civilan worlds. Now in its sixth year, the Military Friendly® Schools designation and list by Victory Media is the premier, trusted resource for post-military success. Military Friendly® provides service members transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities.

The Military Friendly® Schools designation is awarded to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students and to dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation. The methodology used for making the Military Friendly® Schools lists has changed the student veteran landscape to one much more transparent and has played a significant role over the past six years in capturing and advancing best practices to support military students across the country.

The Military Friendly® Schools designation process includes extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 8,000 schools nationwide approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill funding. The school survey, methodology, criteria and weightings are developed with the assistance of an independent Academic Advisory Board comprised of educators from schools across the country.

Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned business serving the military community since 2001. Their data-driven lists are published in G.I. Jobs®, Military Spouse, and Vetrepreneur® media channels, republished in periodicals such as USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Bloomberg BW, and frequently cited on national TV by NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and others.

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FTCC SGA to Sponsor 9/11 Observance and Remembrance Concert with FORSCOM Army Ground Forces Ceremonial Band

FAYETTEVILLE, NC – September 4, 2014 - Fayetteville Technical Community College's Student Government Association invites the public to participate in two 9/11 observance events at its Fayetteville Campus located at 2201 Hull Road to honor those who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

The first event is a 9/11 Observance Ceremony on Thursday, September 11, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. at the student gazebo near the Tony Rand Student Center. Army Brigadier General Ferdinand Irizarry II will speak at the observance. Brigadier General Irizarry became the head of FORSCOM's US Army Reserve Command in June 2013. Prior to his current assignment, he was the deputy commanding general of the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School (Airborne) based at Fort Bragg, NC.

The second event is a 9/11 Remembrance Concert at 12 noon on the front lawn of the Tony Rand Student Center featuring the FORSCOM Army Ground Forces Ceremonial Band. The band, under the direction of Captain Dae Kim (commander and conductor), relocated to Fort Bragg, NC, from Fort McPherson, GA and held one of its first public performances in the Fayetteville area at the College in 2011. Seating for 150 attendees will be provided for the hour-long concert, and guests are encouraged to bring a blanket and lunch to enjoy on the lawn.

Both events are free and open to the public. In case of inclement weather, the events will be held in the Horace Sisk Gymnasium.

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FTCC Receives National Recognition for 100% Pass Rate
on Certified Surgical Technologist Exam

FAYETTEVILLE, NC – August 21, 2014 - Fayetteville Technical Community College has received the annual merit award from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) for achieving a 100% pass rate on the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) examination for the cycle of August 1, 2013 through July 31, 2014. Graduates obtaining national certification as a CST demonstrate, by examination, understanding of the basic competencies for safe patient care in the operating room. The CST is widely recognized in the health care community as the foremost credential for surgical technologists in the nation. The CST is required for employment within many local, state, and national health care organizations.

According to NBSTSA Chief Executive Officer Ron Kruzel, the NBSTSA has a 40-year history in CST examination development. The CST examination is the only fully accredited examination by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) for surgical technologists in the nation. NCCA accreditation assures that the CST examination meets stringent standards of examination development and administration. Certification as a surgical technologist exhibits professional pride, the desire to be recognized for mastery of surgical competencies, and, more important, an ongoing commitment to quality patient care. For more information, please got to the NBSTSA website at www.nbstsa.org or call 1-800-707-0057.

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FTCC to Host Open House and Student Orientation at Bragg Center

FAYETTEVILLE, NC – July 18, 2014 - Fayetteville Technical Community College will host an Open House and Student Orientation session on August 7, 2014, in F Wing, at the Bragg Training and Education Center (BTEC), from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Bragg Training and Education Center is located at 4520 Knox and Randolph Street (Building 1-3571).

The purpose of the event is to inform military students and their family members about FTCC curriculum and Continuing Education programs and to assist students with registration and admissions activities. Additionally, students will be able to take the math or English portion of the Accuplacer test and receive instruction on how to effectively use Blackboard and WebAdvisor. Military Service Specialists will be on site to meet with students to discuss their programs and review Joint Service Transcripts.

"We are excited about hosting the event and look forward to working with our students," said Billy Buckner, Coordinator for Military Programs. "Although we are conducting the Open House on Fort Bragg, all current or potential students are more than welcome to attend. Our goal is to make this a working session that will help our students prepare for the upcoming academic school year."

For more information, please contact Billy Buckner, Coordinator for Military Programs, at (910) 678-1050 or fortbragg@faytechcc.edu.

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FTCC to Host Express Admissions Services Open House

FAYETTEVILLE, NC – June 12, 2014 - Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) will host an Express Admissions Services Open House on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., in the Horace Sisk Gymnasium, located on the Fayetteville campus, at 2201 Hull Road. A special invitation is extended to the graduating High School Classes of 2014 and 2013 and our active-duty soldiers, veterans, National Guard, and military dependents.

The purpose of this Open House is two-fold. The College will offer new students, their families and the community an opportunity to ask questions of our faculty who represent more than 65 major degree offerings. Participants will also be able to ask questions of representatives from the offices of Admissions, Financial Aid, Veterans’ Services, and Registration. For those who would like help applying for admissions or financial aid, computer labs will be staffed with representatives from those areas who will guide them through the process.

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FTCC and Fayetteville Division of Workforce Solutions Office - Cumberland County Career Center Announces National AMVETS Award

FAYETTEVILLE, NC – June 12, 2014 – Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) and the Fayetteville Division of Workforce Solutions Office – Cumberland County Career Center announced today that the Fayetteville Workforce Solutions Office received the AMVETS (American Veterans) National Employer of the Year Award for 2012. Prior to receiving the national award, the Workforce Solutions Office was presented the prestigious North Carolina AMVETS Employer of the Year Award.

“The award was presented for maximizing employment opportunities, protecting veterans’ rights and meeting labor market demands with qualified veterans,” said National AMVETS Commander, Cleve Geer. The AMVETS mission statement proclaims that its goal is to enhance and safeguard the entitlements for all American Veterans who have served honorably and to improve the quality of life for them, their families, and the communities where they live through leadership, advocacy and services.

For additional information, please contact Edith Edmond, Manager, Fayetteville Division of Workforce Solutions Office, at 910.486.1010, Ext. 2254 or edith.edmond@nccommerce.com.

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Fayetteville Technical Community College Celebrates the Opening of its All American Veterans Center

  • The Veterans Center is a result of Federal legislation, HR4057, providing educational/job training support to vets as they transition from active duty to civilian life.
  • FTCC is nationally recognized for its veteran program, "Providing everything that's essential for a successful transition."
  • Grand opening scheduled for 2:00 PM, Monday, June 16, on Fayetteville Campus in the General Classroom Building
  • Importantly: June 22 marks the 70th Anniversary of the GI Bill 

FAYETTEVILLE, NC – June 10, 2014 – Fayetteville Technical Community College will officially open its on-campus All American Veterans Center on Monday, June 16, with a ribbon cutting ceremony, remarks from state and federal officials and a dedication of the facility to those who made the ultimate sacrifice. The Veterans Center reflects the school administration’s commitment to support fully those who served their country and are now transitioning from active duty to civilian life. In a one-stop-shop, the Center provides veterans access to up-to-date, personalized information and the best possible resources to support their making informed, intelligent decisions regarding their higher education, job training and career track. The All American Veterans Center is reflective of a Federal commitment to assure veterans are able to make the most of their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits. HR 4057, passed in September, 2012, specifically required the VA to implement a comprehensive policy that aids veterans in making informed decisions about their choices in pursuit of higher education. FTCC’s Veterans Center is recognized by the Student Veterans of America as among the top 10 such programs across the country. And, Military Times has ranked FTCC as second highest on their list of Best for Vets for Career and Technical Colleges in 2014.

What’s provided at the Veterans Center

“At FTCC, we are committed to helping our veterans remain competitive in today’s job market,” said Dr. Larry Keen, president of FTCC, adding, “It is critical that our nation’s channels to higher education and job training stand ready to put our veterans to work.” The Center offers customized veteran tutoring and success coaching. Resume writing, interview preparation and job placement assistance are all veteran-specific. Networking opportunities are scheduled with military-friendly employers and veteran’s organizations, while other off-campus providers are given a space and schedule to avail themselves to vets on a regular accessible basis. The college’s Small Business Center, together with Innovation Fund North Carolina, offers on-campus business coaching to those wanting to start a new business or who simply need help developing their business plan. A computer lab, furnished with a generous grant from The Home Depot Foundation, provides an accessible academic environment for veteran students to complete homework, search for jobs or apply for benefits. And a lounge area is available simply so vets have a place to call their own on campus.

Meeting veteran-specific needs helps assure their success

Many veterans, through their service, have received the necessary training to earn licenses in some occupations or college credit for certain courses. FTCC’s Veterans Center helps student veterans navigate that process and receive the credit and credentialing they’re due. Additionally, veterans face numerous challenges, from a missing sense of camaraderie to feeling like an outsider among 18-year-old traditional students to a lack of understanding by university faculty. Taken together, with the visible and invisible wounds of war, a college education can prove a tremendous challenge for men and women returning from military service. FTCC’s Veterans Center works to address these issues at a number of levels. First, program administrators engage early with active duty military, National Guard and Reservists, well before they begin their transition to civilian life. FTCC helps identify the skills and knowledge that will be needed, based on a desired or projected career path, assuring transitioning military personnel make informed and intelligent decisions about their education and training opportunities.

And, importantly, the Veterans’ Center is managed and staffed by veterans, thereby immediately earning comfort and confidence among veteran students. John Bristow served seven years in the Army, retiring as an E6 Staff Sargeant. He's now in the Army Reserves and looking to complete his associate degree in General Education, and thereafter earn a BS in Business and Human Resources. Through advisers at FTCC's Veterans Center, he was able to claim 34 credits for his military service, and also identify a number of benefits that might have gone unclaimed without guidance. "They helped me access a lot of information I didn't even know to ask for," he said. Now, Mr. Bristow serves as a Work/Study Manager for the Center, and he says, "I help solve problems every single day for vets and their families. It's so nice to be the guy looking out for vets just like they looked out for me.”

D. Wayne Robinson, president and CEO of Student Veterans of America, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education, said, “FTCC’s All American Veterans Center is an excellent example of a well-conceived and managed program. It provides a one-stop central location for veterans in the Fayetteville, NC, area, providing access to everything that's essential for a successful transition to civilian life.”

FTCC’s Student Veteran Graduation Rates

Of the 3,000 enrolled since 2012, 987 graduated in 2012/13 with another 872 graduating in May, 2014. More will graduate at the conclusion of current summer sessions. Of those who graduated in 2013, 13 percent went on to a four-year college or university. The remainder pursued careers in nursing, emergency medical science, funeral services, radiography, human resource management, business management, criminal justice, computer technology fields, building construction, and plumbing. Which is to say, they are all well on their way to a successful civilian transition.

All American Veterans Center Opening Schedule

The celebration of the opening of the All American Veterans Center will occur on Monday, June 16, at 2:00 PM. The Center is located on FTCC’s Fayetteville campus in the General Classroom Building, along Fort Bragg Road. (Actual street address is 2817 Fort Bragg Rd. Fayetteville, NC 28303) The official ribbon cutting will be preceded by remarks from elected officials, the President and CEO of Student Veterans of America D. Wayne Robinson and the Director of the North Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs Ilario Pantano.

About FTCC and its “Best for Vets” Ranking

Fayetteville Technical Community College was ranked #2 by Military Times in its Best for Vets: Career & Technical Colleges list for 2014. The list shows veterans which schools have put the most thought and effort into tailoring programs and policies around their unique experience. By factoring in academic quality, Best for Vets provides service men and women a gauge by which to judge whether a school or degree program will truly benefit them. To qualify for the list, schools were evaluated in five categories: university culture, student support, academic policies, academic quality and financial aid, with university culture and student support carrying the most weight. The extensive evaluation process also factored in statistics commonly used to track student success and academic quality, including student loan default rates, retention rates, graduation rates, student-faculty ratio and percentage of full-time faculty.

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Fayetteville Tech to Hold 52nd Annual Commencement Exercise May 16, 2014, at The Crown Coliseum

FAYETTEVILLE, NC – May 1, 2014 – Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) will hold the 52nd Annual Commencement Exercise on May 16, 2014, at the Crown Coliseum, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The Commencement speaker will be the Reverend Brian R. Thompson, Sr., pastor of Simon Temple African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Fayetteville, NC.

The commencement exercise will be streamed live from the Crown Coliseum, beginning at 6:30 p.m. To view, please go to www.faytechcc.edu and click on the Graduation image under FTCC News.

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Fayetteville Tech Awarded $10,000 Grant from Student Veterans of America and The Home Depot Foundation

FAYETTEVILLE, NC - April 24, 2014 – Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC), announced today that it is a recipient of a $10,000 grant from the Student Veterans of America (SVA) and The Home Depot Foundation through the VetCenter Initiative (VCI) partnership. Through the VCI, nearly 100 chapters applied for funds to construct veteran-specific resource centers on campuses across the country.

Recognized as an institutional best practice by Student Veterans of America and other prominent leaders in the veteran education space including the American Council on Education, resource centers have been shown to directly contribute to student veterans' successful academic outcomes. In response to substantial demands for this resource, and as part of SVA's continued advocacy of both peer and campus-based support, SVA partnered with The Home Depot Foundation to provide $100,000 to chapters in need of a place to call home on campus.

“Our mission at The Home Depot Foundation is to ensure every veteran has a safe place to call home, and we know that for student veterans, having a comfortable home-like place to go on campus can make a significant difference in their success,” said Heather Pritchard, senior manager of The Home Depot Foundation.  Student veterans demonstrated their enterprising spirit through application submissions in the forms of various media, including photos and film.

“The quality effort demonstrated in these submissions speaks to student veterans’ commitment to their individual success and that of their peer community,” said SVA President and CEO, D. Wayne Robinson. “We look forward to seeing these projects develop, and to current and future generations of veterans benefiting from the solid foundation of progress laid by our chapters, their campuses, and our partners at The Home Depot Foundation.”

For more information, please contact Matt Thewes, FTCC Veterans Services Coordinator, at 910-273-7003 or thewes@faytechcc.edu.

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Fayetteville Tech Announces North Carolina Community College System Academic Excellence Award Winner

FAYETTEVILLE, NC - April 17, 2014 – Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) and the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) are pleased to announce that Natalie O’Mahoney is the College’s annual Academic Excellence Award (AEA) recipient. One student from each of the 58 community colleges received the Academic Excellence Award. AEA selection requirements are consistent with Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Criteria in that students must have a cumulative grade point average of no less than 3.25.

“The students receiving these awards have much to celebrate,” says NC Community College System President, Dr. Scott Ralls. “Whether they’re training for careers in health care, welding or other technical fields, or planning to transfer to a university, they are taking the next step toward reaching their goals and defining their own success.”

The award, along with a plaque and medallion, will be presented to Ms. O’Mahoney at the May 19, 2014, FTCC Board of Trustees Meeting.

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Fayetteville Tech and Innovation Fund North Carolina Announce Third Cycle of Funding Dates and Information Session

FAYETTEVILLE, NC – April 4, 2014 – Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) is pleased to announce that Innovation Fund North Carolina (IFNC), an organization created to help entrepreneurs through pre-seed funding and mentorship for high-growth, scalable technology startups, is launching its third cycle of funding dates with an information session scheduled for Tuesday, April 15, 2014, on the FTCC campus in the Advance Technology Center, Room 116, beginning at 4:00 p.m.

Individuals or companies interested in applying are encouraged to attend the scheduled information session prior to submitting an online application. The information session is expected to last no more than two hours, which will include time to entertain questions from attendees. Please visit InnovationFundAmerica.org/NorthCarolina to register for the information sessions.

“This initiative gives North Carolina’s technology entrepreneurs access to critical resources needed for success,” said Dr. Tony Mifsud, executive director of IFNC. “I encourage technology entrepreneurs to attend an information session to learn about the resource availability and how it may apply to their business.”

IFNC will begin accepting applications May 1, 2014 for $25,000 grants and up to $100,000 uncollateralized and interest-free loans for startups in agricultural technology, advanced manufacturing technology, health care technology, IT/communications, and a new sector for energy. Employing a rigorous application method, IFNC works to ensure startup founders benefit from the process while advancing core community and economic development objectives. Awardees must agree to milestone driven plans, intensive mentoring programs and having a business headquartered in North Carolina.

About Innovation Fund North Carolina

Innovation Fund North Carolina (IFNC) aims to bridge a common funding gap between when entrepreneurs have exhausted their personal funding and when their companies can attract angel and venture capital funding. IFNC makes pre-seed funding awards to help entrepreneurs validate their technologies and business concepts. In addition to funding, IFNC provides education and mentoring resources to all awardees. IFNC is funded by financial donations from businesses, organizations and individuals. Its founding partners include Catawba Valley Community College, Fayetteville Technical Community College and the City of Conover.  IFNC is a self-funded member of Innovation Fund America (IFA). IFA, which was established with the support of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, helps nurture the growth of promising, high-impact startups. For more information, please visit www.InnovationFundAmerica.org/NorthCarolina.

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Fayetteville Tech 3rd in the Nation in Digital Community Colleges Honored for Technology Innovations

FAYETTEVILLE, NC – April 4, 2014 – Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) announced today that according to e.Republic’s Center for Digital Education (CDE), FTCC was ranked 3rd in the nation in the ninth annual Digital Community Colleges Survey recognizing innovative uses of technology to achieve first-rate student learning environments by creating unique learning environments and expanding distance learning.

Survey questions and criteria examined and scored areas of digital and emerging technologies, such as use of mobile devices and technology integration into curriculum, strategic planning and data management, and professional development including availability of technology tools and training for faculty and students. In addition, colleges were surveyed on their technology priorities, infrastructure and networks, collaboration and outreach efforts and use of technology innovations.

“Community colleges across the country are employing technology in exciting ways to develop unique learning environments on campus and to expand online learning opportunities 24/7,” said Alan Cox, Senior Vice President for the Center for Digital Education. “Many of the colleges honored this year have employed various technologies and social media to improve resources to further instructional goals. We are honored to acknowledge these community colleges’ technology advancements!”

All accredited U.S. community colleges were eligible to participate in the survey within three classifications based on size of enrollment. FTCC tied for 3th in the Large College Category of 10,000 students of more, according to the most recent year’s enrollment count.

About the Center for Digital Education

The Center for Digital Education (CDE) is a national research and advisory institute specializing in K-12 and higher education technology trends, policy, and funding. CDE provides education and industry leaders with decision support and actionable insight to help effectively incorporate new technologies in the 21st century. CDE is a division of e.Republic, the nation’s only media and research company focused exclusively on state and local government and education.

For more information about the Center for Digital Education, please contact Patty Cota, Director of Corporate Communications at 916-932-1300 or pcota@erepublic.com.

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Fayetteville Technical Community College 4th in the Nation for Fastest-Growing Public 2-year Colleges

Award LogoFAYETTEVILLE, NC – March 19, 2014 – Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) announced today that according to Community College Week Magazine, FTCC was ranked 4th inthe nation in enrollment growth of 7.2%, in the enrollment segment of 10,000 or more students, for the current reporting year from Fall 2011 to Fall 2012. “This figure is even more remarkable, as the nation’s 1,100+ public 2-year colleges for the same period reported a decline of -3.4%,” said Dr. Larry Keen, FTCC President. “It appears that the significant growth in community college enrollment from 2008 to 2010 is linked to the occurrence of the Great Recession and recent declines are linked to the ongoing recovery. We feel extremely encouraged that our enrollments have held positive. ”

The analysis of enrollment changes in the nation’s community colleges was prepared using the data collected from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) through the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). The IPEDS statistical information was segmented by size (<2,500; 2,500-4,900; 5,000-9,999; and 10,000+) according to the most recent year’s enrollment count. Community College Week Magazine then ranked the Top 50 institutions in percent change enrollment from Fall 2011 to Fall 2012, by enrollment segment.

About Community College Week Magazine

Since 1988, Community College Week has been the independent source of in-depth information for and about two-year college faculty, administrators and trustees. Published biweekly, Community College Week's readers include college presidents, chief academic officers, faculty, student-service professionals, librarians and other educators. In each edition, readers find news and features not provided by other news sources, including analyses of critical academic trends and issues, vital statistics, technology updates and employment opportunities.

Additional information can be found at www.ccweek.com.

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600 North Carolina Businesses to Attend Fort Bragg
Small Business Outreach Event

Connecting businesses and Fort Bragg to discuss military business
operations,fiscal challenges and contract opportunities

FAYETTEVILLE, NC – March 13, 2013 – The North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC) and Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) are pleased to co-host an important Fort Bragg/US Army event – the Fort Bragg Small Business Outreach Event on March 18, 2014 at the Embassy Suites Fayetteville/Fort Bragg (4760 Lake Valley Drive, Fayetteville, NC 28303) from 0800-1200.

Fort Bragg requirements officials, contracting officials and small business representatives will provide an update on Fort Bragg business operations, opportunities and contracting procedures with the US Army and Fort Bragg. Fort Bragg officials will discuss these operations in the context of a dynamic budget environment.

“It is more important than ever for businesses to understand how Fort Bragg activities operate, the scope of their contracted work and the processes for doing business with commands and activities on and/or supporting the installation,” said Scott Dorney, Executive Director of the NCMBC.

During the Fort Bragg Small Business Outreach Event, officials from various Fort Bragg activities will inform NC businesses about:

  • Who they are – their missions, activities and how they do business
  • What they buy – historical acquisitions, current requirements and anticipated needs
  • How they buy – current buying processes, contract vehicles and other sources of goods and services
  • From whom they currently buy – significant existing contracts, prime contractors and any known subcontracting opportunities

Fort Bragg panels are scheduled to include: a contracting panel, discussing the acquisition environment, trends, roles and small business goals; a construction and public works services panel; a logistics services (maintenance, transportation and supply) panel; a panel on force modernization; a panel on public-private partnerships including Corvias Military Living, Old North Utilities and Sandhills Utility Services; and a panel discussing acquisition for non-appropriated fund activities and retail sales in the Exchanges and Commissaries.

“The panel line up – for which both contracting and requirements officials have been invited – will provide a unique opportunity for businesses to hear in person from Fort Bragg officials who actually generate requirements and who acquire goods and services for Fort Bragg activities,” said Dorney.

SPAWAR Small Business Outreach Event

Following the Fort Bragg Small Business Outreach Event, from 1330-1730 in the same venue, the NCMBC will host a small business outreach event for the US Navy Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) Systems Center Atlantic, in Charleston, SC. The SPAWAR Deputy Director for Small Business will outline the opportunities available to small businesses as SPAWAR prime contractors. The event will also include speed networking with multiple SPAWAR prime contractors, during which North Carolina small businesses will brief these primes on their business capabilities and their potential to augment teams bidding future SPAWAR contracts.


Both the Fort Bragg Small Business Outreach Event and the SPAWAR Small Business Outreach Events are free to attend; however, registration is required.  Register early to ensure your spot - registration will close when the event reaches capacity.

To register for one or both of these events, visit: http://www.ncmbc.us/2014FortBraggSmallBusinessOutreachEvent.php.

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Fayetteville Tech Announces $530.3 Million Economic Impact on the Cumberland County Region for FY 2012-13

FAYETTEVILLE, NC – February 21, 2014 – Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) announced today that in FY 2012-13, FTCC’s total impact on the Cumberland County economy was $530.3 million in added income, equal to 2.8% of the region’s Gross Regional Product. A regional economic impact analysis was commissioned to examine the impact of FTCC on the local business community through increased consumer spending and enhanced business productivity. Results were measured in terms of added income and were organized according to the following three effects: 1) Impact of college operations; 2) Impact of the spending of students who relocated to the county, and; 3) Impact of the increased productivity of former students that were employed in the regional workforce during the analysis year.

Impact of college operations – FTCC is an important employer in Cumberland County. In FY 2012-13, the college employed 973 full-time and part-time faculty and staff. Of these, 87% lived in Cumberland County. Total payroll at FTCC was $58.5 million, much of which was spent in the county for groceries, eating out, clothing, and other household expenses.   FTCC is also a large-scale buyer of goods and services, spending $44.5 million in FY 2012-13 to cover its expenses for facilities, professional services, and supplies. The total income that FTCC created during FY 2012-13 as a result of its day-to-day operations was $75.7 million.

Impact of student spending – Approximately 10.5% of FTCC’s students relocated to Cumberland County to attend college in FY 2012-13. These students would not have come to the county if the college did not exist. While attending, out-of-county students spent $34.1 million to purchase groceries, rent accommodation, and pay for transportation. A significant portion of these expenditures occurred in the county, generating $13.8 million in new income in the economy during the FY 2012-13.

Impact of student productivity – FTCC’s greatest impact results from the education and training it provides for local residents.   Since the college was established, students have studied at FTCC and entered or re-entered the workforce with newly acquired skills. Today thousands of former students are employed in Cumberland County. As students apply the skills they acquired at the college, they are rewarded with higher incomes. They also raise business profits through their increased productivity.   These higher incomes and increased profits create even more income as they are spent in the region. During 2012-13, FTCC’s students who are currently employed in Cumberland County generated $440.8 million in added income to the regional economy.

“Approximately 88% of FTCC’s students remain in North Carolina upon completing their education goals,” said Dr. Larry Keen, FTCC President. “As our students earn more, they and their employers pay higher taxes through increased output and spending. Over the student’s working lives, state and local government in North Carolina will collect a present value of $234.2 million in the form of higher tax receipts. Additionally, as our students earn more because of the skills and qualifications they acquire at FTCC, employers will earn more as their businesses become more productive. Over their working lives, the FTCC student population will generate a present value of $2.5 billion in added income in the state of North Carolina. For every dollar that state and local taxpayers spend on FTCC, society as a whole in North Carolina will receive a cumulative value of $41.90 in benefits, for as long as our students remain active in the state workforce.”

To learn more about the FTCC 2012-13 regional economic impact analysis, please contact Carl Mitchell, Vice President for Human Resources, Workforce Development, and Institutional Effectiveness at 910.678.8373.

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Fayetteville Technical Community College Grants Course Articulation to Coggins International

Atlanta, GA (February 10, 2014) – Coggins International today announced that the Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) has granted course articulation for Coggins International’s DLA Energy and CompTIA Security+, Network+ and A+ courses. These courses were evaluated and recommended for college credit by the American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT®) in 2013. FTCC has since weighed the learning outcomes and course requirements of Coggins International’s courses against their own and determined that they are in line with many of their degree programs.

Course articulation is the process of comparing the content of courses that are transferred between postsecondary institutions such as Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions, colleges and universities. This is often done on an ad hoc basis when a student actually wishes to transfer or apply earned credit, but it may also be done with formal and verbal articulation agreements, such as the one between Coggins International and FTCC.

“Coggins International’s training program is dedicated to helping students take their education to a higher degree. We believe students deserve a lot of credit for the time they’ve invested and the skills and knowledge they’ve acquired and that includes college credit,” said Jula Jane, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Course articulation is a great way to give back to our students, as it assures the courses they complete will not have to be repeated at the institution to which they are transferring or currently attending.”

Coggins International trains approximately 1,000 students per year, and with more than 2,000 colleges and universities that consider ACE credit recommendations for corporate and military training as transfer to degree programs, it became apparent that an internal task force was needed to establish course articulation. Wayne Hooper, Director of Training, and Matt Hobbs, CompTIA Training Manager, are heading up this effort and are working diligently, in cooperation with ACE’s College and University Partnerships office, to establish course articulation with the institutions that are most aligned with Coggins International’s training program and philosophies.

“It’s really great to align with FTCC as they have the same passion for ensuring military service members receive full credit for their work experience and formal training. Based near Fort Bragg, home of the U.S. Army Airborne and Special Operations Forces Command, FTCC’s work with the Special Operations Community is an excellent example of FTCC providing a degree path for the highly specialized military individuals who go the extra distance for our country. I am looking forward to a very long relationship with FTCC and working with them to ensure the soldiers, sailors and airmen who attend DLA Energy training at Coggins International obtain every possible opportunity to further their educational goals,” said Wayne Hooper, Director of Training.

About Coggins International

Coggins International is well-known for providing world-class training services in both a formal classroom and field setting, and is considered by the Defense Fuels community to be the most technically qualified and experienced contractor to perform DLA Energy Base Level Fuels Training. Since establishing its Atlanta Training Center in 2010, Coggins International has successfully trained thousands of students worldwide, achieving and maintaining an excellent rating. For more information, please visit www.coggins.com or follow Coggins International on Facebook.

About FTCC

Fayetteville Technical Community College was established in 1961 and serves more than 40,000 students annually by providing over 190 occupational, technical, general education, college transfer, and continuing education programs to meet students' needs and desires as well as the community. For more information, please visit www.faytechcc.edu.

About ACE

Founded in 1918, ACE is the major coordinating body for all the nation’s higher education institutions, representing more than 1,600 college and university presidents and more than 200 related associations nationwide. It provides leadership on key higher education issues and influences public policy through advocacy. ACE CREDIT® helps adults gain academic credit for courses and examinations taken outside traditional degree programs.   More than 2,000 colleges and universities consider ACE credit recommendations, determining applicability to courses and degree programs. For more information, please visit www.acenet.edu or follow ACE on Twitter @ACEducation.

Contact: Jula Jane, President & CEO
Coggins International
Telephone: +1 404 389 1432
Email: Jula@Coggins.com

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