Summerscapes Offers Fun Classes for Kids


Summer is an exciting time of the year for kids– no school, warm weather, long days, and extra sleep time! But summer can present a dilemma for parents who wonder how to provide fun activities for their kids without having them stuck indoors. FTCC has the solution, and it’s called Summerscapes.


With Summerscapes, kids ages 8-18 get involved in fun classes at FTCC to express their creativity while they discover new talents. While it’s understandable that kids may be more interested in the fun classes, parents may be more interested in the academic refresher courses for their children.

Summerscapes offers unique classes

These courses are offered to help students master the grade level objectives set by the state of North Carolina.

New classes this summer include Robotics Camp, Forensics, Remedial Reading, Global Cuisine, and more! Check out the list of classes, get your kids registered, and let them attend as many classes as their schedule will allow.

The classes are taught by talented, motivated instructors who will provide a positive learning environment for your children during the summer.

Whether your child enjoys art, photography, reading, cooking, or music, FTCC has something to offer! Some of the most popular Summerscapes classes include Drawing, Yoga, Golf, Creative Cupcakes, Guitar, Reading and Math Refresher Camps, and Technology.

Register soon

The Summerscapes program begins June 13 with new classes starting weekly until August.  The full class schedule is available now and can be viewed on the FTCC website.

You can also pick up a copy of the schedule at your local library. The community college can offer these self-supporting courses only during the summer, so take advantage of this enjoyable and inexpensive learning opportunity for your child.

The courses are offered to the public at a discounted rate, and some courses may require supplies to be brought to class. Additional fees for Summerscapes classes will be kept as low as possible.

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity for summer fun and education for your children!  Reserve a space and register your child or grandchild today! You may register for classes at the FTCC Fayetteville Campus, Neill Currie Continuing Education building lobby.

If you are interested in learning more about FTCC’s Summerscapes program, please call us at (910) 678-8309.



Making Dreams a Reality

Are you ready to dream big? Great, because it’s easier than ever to make your dreams a reality!

One year ago, FTCC students Joseph Espinoza and Brandon Perez were both dreaming and preparing to transition to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill through Fayetteville Technical Community College’s C-STEP (Carolina/College Student Transfer Excellence Program) partnership.

C-STEP allows students to become acclimated to the programs and services offered at UNC-Chapel Hill over a span of two years prior to their  junior-year transition. Students are exposed to academic advising, campus tours, structured educational programs, and a multitude of varied enrichment activities to help them prepare for the intense academic rigor they will encounter with classes at Chapel Hill.

“I felt much more prepared for the transition to UNC-Chapel Hill than many of the other transfer students who did not come to Carolina through C-STEP. I gained a wealth of information and knowledge about the campus resources and support services, as well as a lot of ways to study and manage my time more effectively. Having these skills helped me prepare for the intensity of the coursework I now have in my Chapel Hill classes. If I didn’t have this knowledge or game plan, I would not have been able to live out my dream of attending Carolina, and my success is all about the preparation that was provided to me before I got here. Being in C-STEP taught me about the importance of having a plan, so I could start off on the right foot.” – Brandon Perez

As a C-STEP advisor, I challenge students to give more of their time and effort from an educational mindset to ensure they are academically prepared on campus at FTCC and UNC-Chapel Hill. To be successful at Carolina, students must be willing to become actively engaged and committed to achieve success.

“As a C-STEP member, I was always encouraged by my C-STEP Advisor to step out of my comfort zone and take a leap. I was pushed to go beyond what I thought I could do and challenged to give more. The constant support showed me how strong I really am, and this strength and confidence are especially important as a Carolina student.” – Joseph Espinoza.

Students who are invited to participate in C-STEP agree to earn an associate degree in arts or science at a partnering community college and then transfer to Carolina to complete their college studies.

Once the community college component has been completed, C-STEP students are guaranteed admission into the School of Arts and Science at UNC. Since its launch, the Carolina Student Transfer Excellence Program has served nearly 500 students from the partner schools.

To learn more about C-STEP, please schedule an interview today by contacting Loutricia Nelson at (910) 678-8205 or emailing


FTCC Offers Full Salon Services

Do you need affordable salon services?

Look no further than FTCC. We offer a wide variety of cosmetology services including:

  • Haircuts
  • Hairstyling
  • Perm-waves
  • Hair coloring
  • Natural hair services
  • A variety of other salon services

FTCC’s Nail Technology clinic offers a large selection of nail services including basic manicures/pedicures, gel lacquer, gel nails, acrylic nails and other advanced nail applications.

Relax after a long day

FTCC’s Esthetics clinic offers skin analysis, basic and European facials, exfoliation, specialized treatments for specific skin problems, makeup application, and all waxing services.  Enjoy a quiet, peaceful spa setting for your ultimate relaxation.

Come visit today

FTCC’s Cosmetology department is located at 2713 Fort Bragg Road in Fayetteville.  Services performed by FTCC students are available to the public at affordable costs.

Call (910) 678-0160 to schedule an appointment. Advanced students in both areas perform the services under the careful direction and supervision of instructors.

Hours of operation are Tuesday through Thursday from 8:15 a.m. to 12 noon and 5:15 to 7:15 p.m. and Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 12 noon.

Are you interested in Cosmetology as a degree?

Fayetteville Technical Community College offers five programs of study in Cosmetology leading to the award of associate degree, diploma, and certificate.  All programs of study are designed to provide competency-based knowledge, scientific/artistic principles, and hands-on fundamentals associated with the cosmetology industry.

The five areas of concentration 

  • Cosmetology
  • Manicuring/ Nail Technology
  • Esthetics
  • Esthetics Instructor Trainee
  • Cosmetology Instructor Trainee

The Cosmetology Department offers evening classes as well. Qualifying students are eligible to apply for financial aid to study these programs.

The curriculum provides a simulated salon environment which enables students to develop manipulative skills.  Course work includes instruction in all phases of professional imaging, hair design, chemical processes, skin care, nail care, multicultural practices, business and computer principles, product knowledge, and other topics.

Graduates qualify to sit for the State Board of Cosmetic Arts examination.  Upon successfully passing the State Board exam, graduates will be issued a license.  Employment is available in beauty salons and related businesses.  Some graduates may pursue entrepreneurship and establish their own businesses.

Learn more about the program

Whether you are interested in using Cosmetology services at FTCC or enrolling in a program of study, FTCC offers solutions for you!

You can learn more about the Cosmetology programs of study by visiting the FTCC website here.

Or plan a visit soon to our program’s clinics to see firsthand the exciting activities our students are involved with.  If you need to de-stress and unwind, schedule an appointment for a convenient, affordable relaxation!


Checking the PULSE of Students

Imagine you are an entry-level college student entering a science classroom for the first time.  You may be excited and ready to learn, or you may feel a great deal of trepidation. In either case, you have a goal in mind: work hard, study, and pass the class with the grade of A.

As the instructor begins, you do not understand the language, and the class is moving faster than anticipated.  The lectures have lost or bored you, resulting in low test scores. Panic sets in, and you begin to think, “What can I do to be successful in this class?”

PULSE comes into play

This scenario plays out for many students every semester, particularly in science courses.  Added to student anxiety are the hardships many entry-level students experience as a result of being ill-prepared for the rigors of college work and lacking effective study tools.

With this in mind, a movement of science education reform (prompted by the publication of Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education: A Call to Action from the American Association for the Advancement of Science ) has begun to take hold. From this movement was born the Partnership for Undergraduate Life Science Education (PULSE), which acts as a nationwide collaborative effort to catalyze the reforms called for in Vision and Change.

PULSE is a nationally recognized endeavor

FTCC’s Biology Department was honored to be selected as one of twenty institutions to participate in the Southeast Regional Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education (PULSE) Institute.  It is supported by the National Science Foundation.

Through the attendance of various workshops and seminars, we were able to understand the need for a transformative classroom experience and gather tools useful in instituting changes in our own courses.

The PULSE action plan

This action plan included the introduction of more student-centered learning or active learning activities within the classroom rather than solely relying on classic lecturing.

These activities would lead to a better understanding of the core concepts necessary for science literacy.  In addition to the understanding of the core concepts, we wanted to improve student metacognition: the ability of students to be reflective about their learning process, allowing them to take ownership of their education.

Accomplishing and developing PULSE

Accomplishing our action plan required the development of individual activities and a course-wide research project for our General Biology I students. These endeavors exposed students to the process and culture of science on many levels.

Early analysis of the project allowed us to determine successes and efficacy of the project, which led to an enriched student experience.

After the implementation, our team was invited to report the preliminary findings at the Association of Southeastern Biologists conference this past spring.

In the end, our goal is to continue to find ways to foster our students’ understanding and prepare them for future successes.

Learn more about PULSE

The experience at FTCC may not be the first biology class our students take, but it may be an experience that helps them in every facet of their life thereafter!  Learn more about FTCC by visiting our website here.


Do you want free college credit?

During the early weeks of January 2016, nearly 850 high school students flooded onto the campus of Fayetteville Technical Community College. The students arrived from all over the county—public, private, and home-school students alike.

They had one thing in common: to participate in the little-known High School Connections program, which offers free college classes to qualified high school students.

Currently, the High School Connections office is hoping to spread the word about the program to local sophomores and juniors and their families. Students who will finish up their 10th or 11th grade years in the spring of 2016 are eligible for enrollment in classes for the fall of 2016. There are two different tracks for enrollment:

  • College Transfer Pathways (CTP): The CTP offers students a variety of general education courses to choose from, like ENG, MAT, HIS, PSY, SOC, etc. We also offer opportunities for students to take various foreign language courses. All courses offered through these pathways are 100% guaranteed to transfer to the UNC institutions, provided that the student earns a “C” or better in the class at FTCC. Taking college-transfer courses is a great way for students to get a head start on their four-year university goals and save some money in the process. These classes generally go on the high school transcript as Honors-weighted, elective credit.
  • Career & Technical Education (CTE): FTCC’s CTE programs also offer numerous options for students to gain early access to career training. We offer approximately 30 different programs; most can be completed within one academic year and result in a college certificate. Students who complete the certificate with the required GPA are invited to walk in FTCC’s graduation ceremony each May. Some of the exciting new programs that will be offered for 2016-2017 include Health & Fitness Science, Global Logistics, Network Defense, Digital Media, Mobile App Development, and Mobile & Web Basics. Existing favorites, like Nurse Aide, Emergency Medical Science, Demi-Chef, Infant/Toddler Care, Accounting Foundations, and Criminal Justice, will also be available.

A complete listing of HSC programs can be found on our website or by calling (910) 678-8542.

Fayetteville Tech’s Betty Smith Receives State Award

By Dr. J. Larry Keen, FTCC President

Betty Jo M. Smith, Senior Vice President for Business and Finance, has received the 2015 State Controller’s Fiscal Integrity Award.   Betty was presented the award on December 15 at the annual State Controller’s Financial Conference held at the McKimmon Center on the campus of North Carolina State University.

The Award is presented to a state employee or agency that has demonstrated a record of exemplary adherence to the ethical principles of fiscal integrity and honesty, worked to sustain open government, and earned a reputation for fairness and service to the citizens of North Carolina.

Betty’s 42-year history with the state of North Carolina is filled with impressive examples of her dedication and devotion to fiscal integrity.  Her professional journey began in 1973 when she graduated from Campbell University to earn her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics.

She taught math to middle school students in Cumberland County while she simultaneously continued her own education by taking accounting classes at Fayetteville Technical Institute.  In 1978, she became the first female auditor in the Office of State Auditor.

In 1980, Betty earned her license as a Certified Public Accountant and spent the next ten years working in the State Auditor’s Office.  In 1988, Betty returned to Fayetteville Tech to join the staff of the business and finance team.  She earned her MBA from Campbell University in 2000.

Betty has experienced significant changes in the profession of accounting over the years, as technology has evolved and introduced new techniques for doing some of the tasks earlier performed through use of pencils, calculators, and columns on yellow ledger paper.  Throughout the years of transition due to technological advances, Betty led many of the efforts to migrate the changes into the workplace.

For example, Betty was involved with the migration within the entire North Carolina Community College System from Institutional Information Processing System to Colleague Enterprise Resource Planning.  She established parameters and hierarchy for the new Colleague ERP system, which continues being used today by all 58 North Carolina community colleges.

At Fayetteville Tech, Betty leads within the College by overseeing all financial and business operations including budgeting, financial reporting, and managing a system of internal controls.  Betty emphasizes every day the commanding nature essential for maintaining fiscal responsibility and integrity.

As a result of her performance record, she has earned the highest levels of respect from not only her subordinates and peers at FTCC but also business and finance professionals from across the state of North Carolina.

Betty is actively involved in the community, having served on the local board for Partnership for Children of Cumberland County and as President for the Association of Community College Business Officers.

She was named Administrator of the Year by the Association of Educational Office Professionals.  At Fayetteville Tech, the students, faculty, staff members and I are proud to celebrate the many professional accomplishments of Betty Smith who is a most deserving recipient of the prestigious State Controller’s Fiscal Integrity Award.

Stay on Track with the Right Advisement

How do you know if you are taking the correct classes and if you are on the right path towards graduation? Every student on campus has an assigned academic advisor based on your program of study.

Who is my advisor and how do I contact them?

What does my advisor do for me?
An academic advisor’s job is to give counsel and guidance to students. They can help you understand your program evaluation so you register for the classes you need toward graduation.

Advisors can sometimes be confused with admissions counselors but they are different. Admissions counselors enroll new students for their first semester and help them prepare for their first classes. Academic advisors are an appointed resource for current students to discuss class scheduling, graduation and any other academic related questions.

What if I don’t have an assigned advisor?

If you login to WebAdvisor and do not see an advisor listed you will need to contact the Dean or Department Chair of your department.