BURGAW, NC (WECT) - Cape Fear Community College says they will be significantly increasing the amount of course offerings at their Burgaw campus.
Right now, there are only about half a dozen classes for both students and people in the community, but starting next year there will be close to 30.
"It's going to give people who live in Pender County more education opportunities in Pender County so they don't have to drive downtown or to north campus," said Cindy Ramsey, with CFCC.
For Feodora Clark, it's helping to boost her resume and hopefully get her a job in the in-home health care field. "I like doing what I can to help others," said Clark.
Right now, Clark is taking a course at the Burgaw campus to become a registered Nurse Aid. She was planning to stop there and start applying for jobs, but thanks to a new course offering, she'll hopefully become a registered Geriatric Nurse Aid as well.
"It'll get me a better job and hopefully faster," said Clark. Since she lives in Burgaw, she says she would not have been able to take the class if it were only offered in New Hanover.
"Right now, I'm doing good getting here, but if I had to go to WIlmington, I wouldn't have been able to take this class, I would have had trouble getting there, and even if I could get there I would miss to much class to make it count," said Clark.
And she's not the only one, officials say the new course offerings open up many doors, especially for those who are also juggling jobs.
"If you are working during the day, and you don't get off until five, it's hard to get to a class when you have to go downtown or to North Campus so we are hoping to be able to give people more opportunity for an education in their own backyard," explained Ramsey.
She says another one of the new courses will train people to be a production technician, she says it's specifically designed to help people apply for jobs at the new Amce Smoked Fish Corp. which promises to bring 120 jobs to the county.
Ramsey says about six new part time instructors were hired to handle the new courses.