The Marine Tech program at CFCC would be fully funded through a bill filed by Rep. Ted Davis
RALEIGH, NC (WECT) – Representative Ted Davis (R-New Hanover County) filed a bill in the General Assembly on Thursday to fully fund the Marine Tech program at Cape Fear Community College.
HB 579 calls for appropriating $688,670 for the program in each of the next two budget years, which according to CFCC spokesman David Hardin is the amount needed to fully fund the program on an annual basis.
"It's great news," said Hardin after hearing about Davis' bill. "We're delighted to see the support from our local delegation, which we have always had. It's good to see they are responsive to our needs, and to the need for job training in the Marine Tech industry."
Davis recently visited the site, after Governor Pat McCrory's first budget proposal called for cutting $343,670 from the program. Other local leaders have expressed concern about that move, lauding the program's 94% job placement rate for graduates.
Davis' bill has not yet been assigned to a House Committee for debate.
"We will be following this bill as it progresses through the Legislature," Hardin said. "We are willing to answer any questions the legislators may have about this program."
Please click here to read the entire text of the bill.
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