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Historic Wilmington Foundation and Cape Fear Community College to Launch New Certification Program

Historic Wilmington Foundation

The nonprofit Historic Wilmington Foundation (HWF) is launching a new initiative with Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) that has been nearly a year in the planning. Offered through the  Workforce Training program at CFCC, Introduction to Historic Preservation is the first of three, 96-hour courses that’ll allow students to earn a certificate in Historic Preservation Construction.

CFCC and HWF have partnered to define this the only curriculum of its kind within 150 miles. The hands-on program is geared toward contractors and those with a background in construction.
Given Wilmington’s abundance of old buildings and a shortage of contractors to help repair and maintain them, the program is a win-win for the community. “Wilmington’s built history makes this city extraordinary,” says Beth Rutledge, HWF’s executive director. “Training more contractors who understand how to work with old buildings helps to strengthen our local job market and ensure a strong future for our historic homes and businesses.”

“The preservation of our historic buildings is so important,” adds Jim Morton, CFCC president. “Helping our citizens learn to restore and maintain these structures is vital to Wilmington’s economy and to our community’s story. CFCC is proud to partner with Historic Wilmington Foundation to provide this unique opportunity to our students.”

“Being part of this educational effort is an honor for HWF,” adds Rutledge. “After more than half a century of encouraging stewardship of old buildings, now we’ll have a hand in showing how it’s done.”

Since 1966, the nonprofit HWF has been working to preserve and protect the irreplaceable
historic resources of Wilmington and the Lower Cape Fear region.

For more information or to register for the course, visit