Fayetteville Tech 3rd in the Nation in Digital Community Colleges Honored for Technology Innovations

DigitalSurveyAwardPhotoFayetteville Technical Community College announced today that according to e.Republic’s Center for Digital Education (CDE), FTCC was ranked 3rd in the nation in the ninth annual Digital Community Colleges Survey recognizing innovative uses of technology to achieve first-rate student learning environments by creating unique learning environments and expanding distance learning.

Survey questions and criteria examined and scored areas of digital and emerging technologies, such as use of mobile devices and technology integration into curriculum, strategic planning and data management, and professional development including availability of technology tools and training for faculty and students.  In addition, colleges were surveyed on their technology priorities, infrastructure and networks, collaboration and outreach efforts and use of technology innovations.

“Community colleges across the country are employing technology in exciting ways to develop unique learning environments on campus and to expand online learning opportunities 24/7,” said Alan Cox, Senior Vice President for the Center for Digital Education. “Many of the colleges honored this year have employed various technologies and social media to improve resources to further instructional goals. We are honored to acknowledge these community colleges’ technology advancements!”

All accredited U.S. community colleges were eligible to participate in the survey within three classifications based on size of enrollment. FTCC tied for 3rd in the Large College Category of 10,000 students of more, according to the most recent year’s enrollment count.

About the Center for Digital Education:

The Center for Digital Education (CDE) is a national research and advisory institute specializing in K-12 and higher education technology trends, policy, and funding. CDE provides education and industry leaders with decision support and actionable insight to help effectively incorporate new technologies in the 21st century.  CDE is a division of e.Republic, the nation’s only media and research company focused exclusively on state and local government and education.

For more information about the Center for Digital Education, please contact Patty Cota, Director of Corporate Communications at 916-932-1300 or pcota@erepublic.

FTCC 4/15 Event Offers Tech Start Ups Access to Experts and Seed Money

Fayetteville Tech Community College is hosting the third round of competition-funding for North Carolina entrepreneurs with ideas that are high-growth, scalable technology start-ups. As a partner of the Innovation Fund NC, FTCC is providing area technology entrepreneurs with valuable access to the critical resources needed for success — including seed money, coaching and networking with tech leaders throughout the state.

On Tuesday, April 15, IFNC will visit the FTCC Campus for an information and Q&A session with interested applicants. The application deadline for the third round of funding is May 1. Applications can be submitted for $25,000 grants and up to $100,000 uncollateralized and interest-free loans. Sectors IFNC considers include agricultural technology, advanced manufacturing technology, health care technology, IT/communications and a new sector for energy.
 
“The aim of IFNC is to bridge that critical funding gap when entrepreneurs have exhausted their personal funding, but before their companies can attract angel and venture capital funding. We award this pre-seed funding to help entrepreneurs validate their technologies and business concepts,” said Dr. Tony Mifsud, executive director of IFNC.
 
Fayetteville Entrepreneurs Earn Support with IFNC
During the first round of awards, Intelligo Systems of Fayetteville, earned initial funding of $25,000 having impressed the judges with its potential to create high tech jobs in North Carolina. The company has developed a wireless device that collects voice, fingerprints and face prints and has the capability to interpret bar code scans on the backs of drivers’ licenses and ID cards. The technology offers police immediate information when questioning drivers, saving time and improving security for law enforcement.
Second round recipients will be announced in May, But Fayetteville also had a contender in this stage. Will Smith, an FTCC student, submitted his video-gaming concept and, though he didn’t advance to final consideration, he was provided with one-on-one entrepreneurial coaching, access to tech engineers and an opportunity to refine his proposal for consideration in a later funding cycle. “Even though I didn’t win actual funding, I gained tremendous value from the process. Just getting a chance to learn how I might better present my ideas and refine my business strategy was really valuable,” Mr. Smith said.
 
Want to Go?
 
The IFNC information funding session will be held on the campus of FTCC on Tuesday, April 15, at 4:00 PM in the Advanced Technology Center, 2201 Hull Road, 28303, Room 116.
 
For more information visit: http://www.innovationfundamerica.org/NorthCarolina or call 910-678-0168.
 

Fayetteville Tech 4th in the Nation for Fastest-Growing Public 2-year Colleges

ImageFayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) announced today that according to Community College Week Magazine, FTCC was ranked 4th in the nation in enrollment growth of 7.2%, in the enrollment segment of 10,000 or more students, for the current reporting year from Fall 2011 to Fall 2012.

“This figure is even more remarkable, as the nation’s 1,100+ public 2-year colleges for the same period reported a decline of -3.4%,” said Dr. Larry Keen, FTCC President. “It appears that the significant growth in community college enrollment from 2008 to 2010 is linked to the occurrence of the Great Recession and recent declines are linked to the ongoing recovery. We feel extremely encouraged that our enrollments have held positive. ”

The analysis of enrollment changes in the nation’s community colleges was prepared using the data collected from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) through the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). The IPEDS statistical information was segmented by size (<2,500; 2,500-4,900; 5,000-9,999; and 10,000+) according to the most recent year’s enrollment count. Community College Week Magazine then ranked the Top 50 institutions in percent change enrollment from Fall 2011 to Fall 2012, by enrollment segment.

Since 1988, Community College Week has been the independent source of in-depth information for and about two-year college faculty, administrators and trustees. Published biweekly, Community College Week’s readers include college presidents, chief academic officers, faculty, student-service professionals, librarians and other educators. In each edition, readers find news and features not provided by other news sources, including analyses of critical academic trends and issues, vital statistics, technology updates and employment opportunities. Additional information can be found at www.ccweek.com.

The Value of an Education

We all know education is important, but have you ever wondered about the value of your investment in terms of dollars? Whether you are a student of Fayetteville Technical Community College, a taxpayer in Cumberland County, or a local business owner, the following infographic illustrates how the college directly impacts you.

The full study conducted by EMSI can be found here.
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FTCC is an Educational Gateway for Military and Their Families

In the 21st century higher-education climate, active-duty military and veteran students have become one of the most important interest groups educators seek to capture, both because of the unique needs and challenges they face, as well as the civilian debt of gratitude owed to these selfless men and women. At Fayetteville Technical Community College, our service to military personnel, veterans and their respective families spans both local and international boundaries.

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FTCC deeply understands the unique challenges military and veteran students face. FTCC’s MOS (Military Occupation Specialty) degree program helps soldiers complete their educations. Having achieved a #2 ranking in the Military Times “Best for Vets: Career and Technical Colleges” in 2013, FTCC has designed and launched a state-of-the-art learning assessment model based on the individual student’s Military Occupational Specialty. Such a method of turning military experience into a transferable credit is unique among military-friendly schools, and Fayetteville is leading the proverbial pack. We have also devised a flexible and individualized academic plan for military students, offering over 190 programs of study with substantial online opportunities and 8-week accelerated programs. These specific individualized curriculum tracks for key occupational classifications and academic programs map to military credentials, training, and experience. As such, FTCC serves a wide variety of constituents that represent all levels of preparation, expectation, and pursuit of success defined by a variety of descriptors.

Of FTCC’s more than 12,500 student population, more than 3,000 are military or veteran students. The college maintains multiple campuses that house state-of-the-art instructional and laboratory facilities, which support high-quality technical career prep programs. The school’s close proximity to the Fayetteville VA Medical Center provides an important synergy between the VA hospital’s military-friendly activities and FTCC’s Health Programs curricula and myriad of course offerings. FTCC’s health degree programs are a significant part of the college’s success, given that the healthcare industry is one of the fastest growing sectors of the American economy and projected to employ a significant portion of the country’s workforce.

In short, FTCC is fast becoming a true “educational gateway” for military personnel, from their recruitment, through their service, and into professions and careers post-active military service. Within six months of leaving the college, 93 percent of graduates find themselves employed; close to 40 programs boast a 100 percent placement rate. In the 2012 Community College Survey of Student Engagement, 87.2 percent of survey respondents reported that they would recommend FTCC to family and friends. This endorsement rings loud and clear — FTCC is working hard to give back to a community of learners who have sacrificed much for their country. Our educational and training services to special operations and conventional forces in the Army are especially important to our college and, more important, to the defenders of our freedom that we all treasure highly.

I invite you to visit our college soon to learn more about how FTCC can positively impact your life through education. Our Fayetteville, Spring Lake, and Fort Bragg campus locations, combined with online study, provide convenient options for everyone.

Written by DR. LARRY J. KEEN
President of Fayetteville Technical Community College

Learn More About FTCC’s Military Programs

Wellness Tips for a Healthy Mind this Holiday Season

The holidays are a time for celebration, family and joy. It is also a time that revolves around food, busy shopping, festive parties, cocktails and seasonal treats. The season can represent a time for serious temptation to overeat and abandon healthy habits. Surviving the holidays by properly maintaining one’s waistline, bank account and sanity can be challenging for everyone. But the season affords opportunities to be mindful of staying healthy not only through the holiday season but also beyond. We all know that the holidays are the time of year when you really want to feel and look your best.

Before the holidays are fully under way, make a conscious effort to develop a plan, stick to it and check in regularly with yourself. There are ways to stay on track so that when the new year rolls around, you aren’t finding yourself resolving to lose the extra pounds you gained over the holidays. A healthy outlook coupled with regular exercise, a consistent sleep schedule, and a proper diet goes a long way to feeling positive and being successful.

Relax your body and mind.

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A relaxed mind allows you to get more done — and feel better while doing it. When you feel overwhelmed, take a few minutes to breathe deeply. Close your eyes and breathe in through your nose while you count to four, hold your breath while you count to two, breathe out through your mouth while you count to four and repeat.

Keep moving.

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Physical activity is the best and simplest step you can take to benefit your health during the holidays and any time of year. It is certain to make you feel good and help your body and brain function better. Make opportunities to walk for at least 10 minutes at a time. If exercising alone is hard, grab a partner!!! Always consult with your doctor before beginning an exercise routine.

Eat healthy and be merry.

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Holiday foods can be high in calories and low on the nutrition you need to battle germs and boost energy. Make it a priority to eat five or more fruits and vegetables a day (choose the whole fruit instead of juice so you feel full longer and avoid added sugar). Carry an apple or a bag of baby carrots so you always have a healthy snack available. That’s not to say you must totally abstain from festive goodies. On the contrary, it’s fine to indulge a small amount, enough to satisfy your craving, but know your limits and keep an eye on your consumption.

Spend wisely.

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Take advantage of seasonal bargains. Many stores begin year-end sales during the holiday season. Saving in advance is also good, if possible. Discipline yourself to save a few dollars from each paycheck during the year. Another option is to draw names. This will reduce spending, especially if your list of family and friends is long. Lastly, allow time for planning and comparison shopping. Keep your budget in mind and shop carefully to get the best selection and price. In other words, budget for purchases.

Remember what the holidays are all about — spending time with family and friends. Tell yourself that you deserve to wake up on Dec. 26 feeling as good as you do today. Laugh and enjoy life— the holidays only come around once a year.

Written by: Desandra Washington, FTCC Director of Counseling Services
Article originally appeared in Up & Coming Weekly

Army Announces Changes to 2014 Tuition Assistance

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FTCC received a notification from GoArmyEd regarding upcoming changes to the Army’s Tuition Assistance policy. The following 6 major changes will be effective on January 1, 2014:

  1. Soldiers will only be eligible for up to 16 semester hours of TA funded courses each fiscal year.
  2. To be TA eligible, a Soldier must have one year of service after completion of either AIT, OCS or BOLC.
  3. After completing a Bachelor’s degree, a Soldier must have 10 years of service from his or her BASD or PEBD to receive TA toward a Master’s degree. There is no restriction going from Associate’s to Bachelor’s level.
  4. Soldiers cannot receive TA toward a second degree at the same level. (i.e. no second Associate’s, Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees)
  5. GoArmyEd will not be able to fund any courses for the completion of a professional degree. (i.e. PhD, MD or JD)
  6. The policy not allowing Soldiers flagged for APFT and Height/Weight will be fully enforced.

All Soldiers, counselors and school POCs will receive an email from GoArmyEd advising them of the policy changes. GoArmyEd will be posting FAQs to assist in answering questions about the new policies. FTCC will also be available to assist you by calling 910-678-1050/1053 or by emailing fortbragg@faytechcc.edu.

Tuition Assistance (TA) is a government benefit offered to service members of all branches of the Armed Forces. TA was created to assist service members with the cost of tuition. TA will typically cover 100% of tuition up to the $250 cap per credit hour. Federal TA will pay up a maximum of $4,500 per military fiscal year.