As the great Yogi Berra once said, "It's déjà vu all over again." For the third time, beginning in 2009, the funding necessary to operate the Marine Technology program at Cape Fear Community College has been targeted as a cost saving measure in the state budget.
This is crazy. Our legislators really need to take a close look at the facts. This is the only program that truly prepares students to work on the ever expanding offshore maritime industries that are essential to the state's economy. Almost all the graduates of this program get jobs in the industry at an average starting salary of nearly $50,000.
The key factor that makes Cape Fear grads so attractive to these employers is the unique "at-sea" training provided by this program. It is training that cannot be simulated in the classroom.
Without FULL funding for this program, this specialized training will not be possible and we stand to blow-up a training program that does everything a training program is supposed to do – provide graduates for jobs that are already in high demand.
Why can't these people get it? Maybe they should develop a training program for bureaucrats so they can truly understand Economics 101.
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