FTCC Press Releases - 2015

09/10 FTCC SGA to Sponsor Marty Essen

08/19 FTCC Board of Trustees Welcomes New Members

07/28 - FTCC to Host 14th Annual NC Defense & Economic Development Trade Show

04/21 - Let's Play Grant FTCC Awarded $13,200

04/17 - FTCC Ranked 6th in the Nation

03/26 - FTCC to Host 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing Competition

03/19 - Lt. General (Ret.) Daniel Bolger to Speak at NC Historians Conference

01/23 - FTCC Announces $40,000 Donation from Nationwide Insurance Company



FTCC SGA to Sponsor Marty Essen, Adventurist,
Lecturer, and Award-Winning Author


FAYETTEVILLE, NC – September 10, 2015 – Fayetteville Technical Community College’s (FTCC) Student Government Association (SGA) is pleased to sponsor Marty Essen, adventurist, lecturer, and award-winning author on Thursday, September 24, 2015, in the Cumberland Hall Auditorium on the FTCC Fayetteville campus beginning at 7:00 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public.

Essen, who authored Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, spent three and a half years visiting some of the wildest places on the planet. His high-energy show, "Around the World in 90 Minutes," is one part lecture, one part theater, one part slide show, and one part comedy, which covers material on endangered species, new scientific discoveries, and the need for environmental protection. The event features interesting facts, humorous stories, and the best of the thousands of photos Essen took while traveling seven continents for his book.

Essen divides his show into eight segments, covering his adventures and wildlife encounters on each of the seven continents, plus Central America. After the show, he will open up the floor for questions and engage the audience in a lively discussion.



FTCC Board of Trustees Welcomes New Members, Charles E. Koonce Elected Chair of the Board

FAYETTEVILLE, NC – August 19, 2015 – Fayetteville Technical Community College’s Board of Trustees welcomed two new members, Dr. Linwood W. Powell and Sherita Ashford, during the August meeting.  Current board members Ronald C. Crosby and William S. Wellons were reappointed for an additional term. 

Powell was appointed by the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners.  Ashford is the 2015-16 Student Government Association President, serving as an ex-officio member.  Crosby was reappointed by Cumberland County Board of Education, and Wellons was reappointed by the Governor.

The FTCC Board of Trustees also elected Charles E. Koonce as Chair of the Board, Ronald C. Crosby as Vice Chair, and Hilton T. Hutchens as Secretary. Their 2015-16 terms begin immediately. 

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Fayetteville Tech to Host 14th Annual North Carolina Defense & Economic Development Trade Show

FAYETTEVILLE, NC – July 28, 2015 - Senator Richard Burr, Senator Thom Tillis, Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) and the North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC) will host the 14th Annual North Carolina Defense & Economic Development Trade Show on August 3th, 2015 at FTCC’s Horace Sisk Gymnasium (2201 Hull Road, Fayetteville, NC) from 10:30 am – 3:00 pm.  Both Senator Burr and Senator Tillis will be in attendance to kick-off the DTS on the trade show floor with an official ribbon cutting at 10:30 AM, press and media are encouraged to attend. 

“The Defense Trade Show at FTCC brings together more major defense contractors, North Carolina businesses, military and federal agencies and Congressional delegation members than any other event in our State,” said Scott Dorney, NCMBC Executive Director.  “This full day includes a trade show with over 100 indoor and outdoor exhibitors, military static displays and personnel from Fort Bragg’s XVIII Airborne Corps and Pope Army Airfield, prime contractor networking sessions and procurement-related educational activities.  This combination of activities, and the Fort Bragg contracting office’s 4th quarter forecast event, make the Defense Trade Show a unique, ‘must attend’ event for businesses interested or currently working in the defense and federal marketplace.”

At the Defense Trade Show, businesses have the opportunity to build relationships with senior representatives from the Congressional delegation, the Department of Defense (DoD), other federal agencies and numerous defense contracting firms, including North Carolina small businesses. 

For more information or to register for the DTS, visit: http://www.ncmbc.us/2015DTS.php

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Fayetteville Tech Awarded $13,200 Let’s Play Grant for Imagination Playground in A Cart™ Play System from Dr Pepper Snapple and National Non-profit KaBOOM!

FAYETTEVILLE, NC – April 21, 2015 – Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) announced today that Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) and national non-profit KaBOOM! awarded a $13,200 Let’s Play Improvement Grant for use in purchasing an Imagination Playground in a Cart™, an innovative playground equipment system.

The grant, which allowed FTCC to install the system at the Early Childhood Education Center on the Fayetteville Campus, is part of Let’s Play, a community partnership led by Dr Pepper Snapple to get kids and families active nationwide. Imagination Playground in a Cart™ is an innovative design in play equipment that encourages creativity, communication, and collaboration in play. With a collection of custom-designed, oversized blue foam parts, Imagination PlaygroundTM provides a changing array of elements that allow children to turn their playground into a space constantly built and re-built by their imagination.

Unstructured, child-directed play has proven to help kids develop physically, emotionally, socially, and intellectually, yet today’s kids have less time and fewer opportunities to play than any previous generation. As a result of expanded Let’s Play grants and projects, more than 1 million kids will benefit from new or improved playgrounds around the nation between 2014 and 2016.

Created in 2011, Let’s Play provides the tools, places and inspiration to make play a daily priority. The initiative began with a three-year commitment to KaBOOM!, the national non-profit dedicated to ensuring that all kids get the balance of active play they need to thrive. Through the first three years, they built 41 playgrounds, with more than 2,300 DPS employees contributing nearly 19,000 volunteer hours in the construction and provided grants ranging from $500 to $30,000 for the improvement of another 2,004 playgrounds by the end of 2013. 

About Let’s Play
Let’s Play is a community partnership led by Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE: DPS) to get kids and families active nationwide. Since Let’s Play launched in 2011, DPS has worked with nonprofit KaBOOM! to build or improve more than 2,000 playgrounds across North America and in 2014 partnered with Good Sports to provide sports gear for deserving athletic organizations in communities coast to coast. For more information, visit LetsPlay.com or Facebook.com/LetsPlay.

About Dr Pepper Snapple Group
Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE: DPS) is a leading producer of flavored beverages in North America and the Caribbean. Their success is fueled by more than 50 brands that are synonymous with refreshment, fun and flavor. Dr Pepper Snapple Group has 6 of the top 10 non-cola soft drinks, and 13 of their 14 leading brands are No. 1 or No. 2 in their flavor categories. In addition to their flagship Dr Pepper and Snapple brands, their portfolio includes 7UP, A&W, Canada Dry, Clamato, Crush, Hawaiian Punch, Mott’s, Mr & Mrs T mixers, Peñafiel, Rose’s, Schweppes, Squirt and Sunkist soda. To learn more about their iconic brands and Plano, Texas-based company, please visit www.DrPepperSnapple.com. For the latest news and updates, follow www.Facebook.com/DrPepperSnapple or www.Twitter.com/DrPepperSnapple.

About KaBOOM!
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to the bold new goal of ensuring that all children, particularly the 16 million American children living in poverty, get the balance of active play they need to become healthy and successful adults. KaBOOM! has been a powerful champion for play since its founding in 1996, working with partners to build, improve, and open more than 15,000 playgrounds, engage more than 1,000,000 volunteers, and serve more than 6,600,000 children. KaBOOM! creates and catalyzes great places to play, inspires, empowers, and leads play advocates and educates and elevates the societal conversation about the importance of play in children’s lives. For more information, visit kaboom.org/act or follow the conversation on why #PlayMatters at twitter.com/kaboom or facebook.com/kaboom.

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Fayetteville Tech Ranked 6th in the Nation by Republic’s Center for Digital Education

FAYETTEVILLE, NC – April 17, 2015 – Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) announced today that according to Republic’s Center for Digital Education (CDE), FTCC was ranked 6th in the nation in the Large College Category (+10,000 students) in their tenth annual Digital Community Colleges Survey recognizing how community colleges use digital technologies to improve services to students, faculty, staff and the community at large.  National findings include the following: 58% support student job placement through online resume-building tools, 43% have strategies in place for the use of mobile devices, and 81% of colleges surveyed use cloud computing services resulting in cost savings.

“Technology is being used on campuses and in lecture halls to lower costs and improve student outcomes,” said Alan Cox, Senior Vice President for the Center for Digital Education.  “This year’s survey indicates that community colleges are making great strides in using data to improve decisions, providing professional development to assist faculty in the use of technology, and creating robust online and mobile environments for their students.”

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 contact Janet Grenslitt, Director of Surveys and Awards jgrenslitt@centerdigitaled.com

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Fayetteville Tech to Host 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing (AM) Competition with Military and Industry Partners at Spring Lake Campus on March 30-31, 2015

FAYETTEVILLE, NC – March 26, 2015 - Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) and the University of North Carolina (UNC), US Army Research Office (ARO), US Army Special Operations Command (USASOC), the North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC), Practical Scientific Solutions, and 3DSystems will host a 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing (AM) Competition at FTCC's Spring Lake Campus facility on March 30-31, 2015. The campus is located at 171 Laketree Boulevard, Spring Lake, NC 28390.

ARO, a division of Army Research Laboratory (ARL), seeks to assess, convey, and advance capabilities surrounding 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing for the benefit of the Army and of the USASOC. The competition will be a dynamic design competition where military personnel from USASOC at Fort Bragg and selected UNC and FTCC students will form teams to design concepts and build prototypes for potential military applications.

"FTCC is pleased to host this 3D Printing Competition that will foster collaboration among academia, military, and industry to meet future needs of our military," said Dr. Larry Keen, President of Fayetteville Technical Community College. "This competition will help grow important programs at FTCC to support the advanced manufacturing industry and the military."

The competition will:

FTCC, UNC, and USASOC participants will be divided into five teams to envision, design, and begin creation of a prototype/mock-up for some component that either exists and does not meet a current or future USASOC need OR does not yet exist and could meet current and future USASOC need(s). Teams will be given access to design tools (ex: CAD software), state-of-the-art 3D printers, 3D scanners, 3D design experts, and related equipment.

During the 2-day event, briefs, presentations, demonstrations, and hands-on educational opportunities will take place in order to educate the participants on designing for 3D and other topics germane to AM and 3D printing.

At the conclusion of the competition, participants and observers will have a vastly increased understanding of what AM is and what it may be able to do for their mission in the future.

For additional information, contact Courtney Smedick at Courtney@ncmbc.us or 877-245-5520.

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Fayetteville Tech Announces Lieutenant General Daniel Bolger, USA, Ret., to Speak at NC Historians Conference

FAYETTEVILLE, NC – March 19, 2015 - Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) and the North Carolina Association of Historians announced today that Lieutenant General Daniel Bolger, USA, Ret., will be the keynote speaker for the North Carolina Association of Historians' Conference being held on the FTCC Fayetteville campus, March 27-28, 2015. His lecture is scheduled for Friday, March 27, 2015, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Cumberland Hall Auditorium located at 2201 Hull Road, Fayetteville, NC. The event is opened to the public.

Daniel P. Bolger of Aurora, Illinois, is an author, historian, and retired Lieutenant General of the United States Army. He currently holds a special faculty appointment in the Department of History at North Carolina State University, where he teaches Military History. He is also the author of books, such as "Why We Lost," "Americans at War," "The Battle for Hunger Hill," and "Death Ground." In his book "Why We Lost," Bolger makes the firm case that in Iraq and Afghanistan, we lost - but we didn't have to. General Bolger is also a contributing editor and columnist for Army magazine and a former columnist for Signal magazine.

General Bolger received his commission from The Citadel in 1978 and his master's and doctorate in history from the University of Chicago in 1986. His professional education includes the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced courses, the Command and General Staff College, and the Army War College. He also taught history at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York.

During his 35 years of service, General Bolger earned five Bronze Star Medals (one for valor) and the Combat Action Badge. His notable military commands included serving as Commanding General of the Combined Security Transition Command in Afghanistan and Commander of the NATO Training Mission in Afghanistan (2011-2013); commanding General of the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas (deployed to Baghdad, 2009-2010); the Coalition Military Assistance Training Team in Iraq (2005-2006); and U.S. Army Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations.

The North Carolina Association of Historians offers opportunities for historians in all fields - American, World, European, state and local - to meet, discuss research, and exchange ideas with colleagues throughout the state of North Carolina.

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Fayetteville Tech Announces $40,000 Donation from Nationwide Insurance Company for Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology Center

FAYETTEVILLE, NC – January 23, 2015 - Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) announced today that Nationwide Insurance Company has agreed to donate $40,000 to the College's new Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology Center. The money will be used specifically for tools and equipment for the program to ensure that students have the most up-to-date equipment possible.

The check presentation is scheduled for Tuesday, January 27, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. at the new Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology Center located at 2821 Procurement Circle (Military Business Park), Fayetteville, NC. Key Nationwide executives will be on hand to make the presentation including Jim Gadberry, Associate Vice President.

"We are thrilled to be partnering with Fayetteville Technical Community College," said Jim Gadberry. "This program not only helps veterans find new jobs at Nationwide after leaving the military, but also helps us find qualified adjusters who are trained in collision repair. Our goal after a claim is to help put our members' lives back together and we need qualified repair shops that can quickly and safely repair their vehicles. Without them, we're not able to fulfill our promise to members."

Nationwide, a Fortune 100 company based in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest and strongest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the U.S. and is rated A+ by both A.M. Best and Standard & Poor's. The company provides a full range of insurance and financial services, including auto, commercial, homeowners and life insurance; public and private sector retirement plans, annuities and mutual funds; banking and mortgages; specialty health; pet, motorcycle, boat, and farm insurance.

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