The first bricks for a new Cape Fear Community College campus in Pender County were set into place Wednesday.
Everyone that helped to bring the new campus to Surf City signed bricks that will be used to construct the first building.
"It took us eight years, but we are here today, it means a lot to us," explained Surf City Mayor Zander Guy. He said it took years to find the land and then raise the money necessary to build the campus.
"The community has really come together over the past few years to make it happen, to make it a reality," explained CFCC President Ted Spring. He said it will really help CFCC students that live on the eastern side of Pender County and have to either drive to Burgaw or to downtown Wilmington for class.
"In North Carolina, traditionally, community colleges are supposed to all be in driving distance, a reasonable driving distance from home and this is little bit on the far edge," Spring said. "Having a campus in this community allows folks to take those classes with out having to get in the car, make arrangements for their family for their children, parents they are taking care of, then traveling down to Wilmington, fighting the traffic, finding a place to park, then getting out late and driving back to Surf City. This way everything is here, it's a one-stop-shop."
He says this is just the beginning, they hope to build a total of seven buildings on the site.
"As soon as the mortar dries on this building we will be trying to secure funding for the second building," said Mayor Guy.
The building under construction now will be a 12,000 square foot, single story classroom facility containing six classrooms, one allied health lecture hall, one allied health lab, a media center, a conference room, and office.
The building is expected to be finished by the end of this year and classes are expected to be begin in early 2015.
The land was donated by the late Alston Burke in 2008. The funds came from the Town of Surf City, Pender County and CFCC.
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