My Turn, Your Turn: Trying to save marine tech program at CFCC

By Gary McNair - bio|email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Our legislators in Raleigh have a nearly impossible job trying to hammer out a budget.

There is a Senate version and a House version and now they need to gain consensus on a final version.  I appreciate what they must be going through.

We learned last week the House version does not include the funding necessary for the training ship and crew for the Cape Fear Community College Marine Technology Program.

This program is the only one of its kind on the East Coast.  Marine tech work is critical to the shipping, fishing, tourism and the off-shore drilling industries -- all of which generate millions of dollars to the economy of this state every year.

The "ship-board" experience is essential to proper training.  Cape Fear's program is the only one where students can get this training, and it is the reason all these students are getting jobs - even in this troubled economy.

We should not sit by and just hope our legislators do the right thing.  Make your voice heard on this subject by contacting Governor Perdue's office and our legislative leaders. Please make the call or send an email.  We need to keep this program afloat.

That's my turn.  Now it's your turn.  To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at

Viewers' emailed responses:

Words can not express the importance of the Marine Tech program. If the boat is taken away, we will never get it back. There will be long term consequences for CFCC, Wilmington and the East Coast. Please help save the Dan Moore!

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