RALEIGH, NC (WECT) - New Hanover County State Senator Thom Goolsby said the passage of the State Senate budget on second reading Wednesday ensures funding for the Marine Technology program at Cape Fear Community College will continue for another couple years.
The program was on the chopping block on the budget proposed by Governor Bev Perdue earlier this year. In a visit to the program earlier this year, Goolsby (R-New Hanover) pointed out the program has been at maximum enrollment of 148 students for several years and has placed 94% of its graduates in the job force.
The curriculum provides practical skills and academic background essential for the area of marine scientific support.
"It is a successful jobs-producing program that should not be eliminated and I am delighted we have preserved it," Senator Thom Goolsby said in an emailed statement.
Because the budget has moved past second reading, the funding will not be able to be touched by the Senate. The House is expected to concur with the Senate version, according to Goolsby, after the budget passes on third reading Thursday.
"It is very reassuring that we got such strong support from our local delegation so we can continue educating future marine technicians for North Carolina," David Hardin from Cape Fear Community College said to WECT.com.
Marine technicians from the Cape Fear Community College program assisted in the successful recovery of the Queen Anne's Revenge anchor last week.
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