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  • Message to the College on Coronavirus: Spring Semester 2021 Hybrid Classes Can Begin Meeting On-Campus Feb. 3

    Spring semester 2021 hybrid classes can begin meeting on-campus Wednesday, Feb. 3. Students taking hybrid classes will check with their instructors over the next couple of days to confirm when their classes will meet on campus.

    Students in classes that have been meeting on campus will continue coming to campus as specified by their instructors.

    Students with questions about class meeting schedules have been asked to contact their instructors.

    If you will be coming to campus for the first time this semester, remember to read the Employee Guide for Returning to Campus. Also, remember to complete the Health Acknowledgement form the Monday of each week you will be on campus.

    Central Piedmont thanks its employees for working so hard this semester. Keep up the good work, and please stay safe.

  • Message to the College on Coronavirus: Gov. Cooper extends statewide curfew to Feb. 28

    N.C. Governor Roy Cooper announced today an extension of the statewide curfew that first went into effect for North Carolinians and businesses on Dec. 11. The extension announced today will remain in effect until at least 5 p.m., on Feb. 28, 2021.

    The extended “modified stay-at-home order” requires people to stay home between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., and most retail and entertainment businesses to close by 10 p.m. All on-site alcohol sales are required to end by 9 p.m.

    Travel to and from work, to obtain food, medical care, fuel or social services, or to take care of a family member is exempted from the curfew.

    The N.C. Department of Health and Human Resources reports that while the post-holiday spike in COVID-19 cases across the state seems to have peaked, the state is still in a dangerous position. Hospitals across North Carolina remain at near capacity, and a new more-contagious variant of the virus has been identified in the state.

    The college encourages all community members to stay vigilant in maintaining all of our safety practices. Please keep wearing a facemask, practicing social distancing, washing your hands frequently, and monitoring yourself for any possible COVID-19 symptoms. Avoid large indoor gatherings and public spaces where people are not wearing masks. Should you develop any symptoms or feel ill at all, please stay home and consult a physician.

  • 2021 Hagemeyer Educational Advancement Award and Young Alumni Award of Excellence Nominations Being Accepted

    Do you know a Central Piedmont Community College graduate who is making a tremendous difference in the community? Nominations are currently being sought for the 2021 Richard H. Hagemeyer Educational Advancement Award and the 2021 Young Alumni Award of Excellence. These awards recognize Central Piedmont graduates who have significantly benefited from their experiences at Central Piedmont and whose efforts have helped the community.

    Nominations are being sought for individuals who have:

    • demonstrated community involvement/professional involvement, social responsibility and impact
    • acquired scholastic and learning skills that have led to continued personal and educational growth
    • improved his or her economic status and social capital as a result of attending Central Piedmont
    • invested in the lives of others and is seen as a role model
    • graduated within the last 10 years (Young Alumni Award of Excellence only)

    Individuals interested in applying should note:

    • attendance at graduation is preferred
    • political candidates may not be selected or honored in a year in which they are actively pursuing election or re-election

    The college will present the award to this year’s winners virtually or at Central Piedmont’s commencement ceremony, depending on the status of the global pandemic. In addition, a one-year scholarship will be granted to a Central Piedmont student in an area of study reflective of the winner’s background.

    Nomination forms are available on the Central Piedmont website.

    Completed nomination forms should be submitted online; or mailed to Christa Newkirk, Office of Alumni Relations, P.O. Box 35009, Charlotte, NC, 28235. The deadline for nominations is Feb. 12, 2021, at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Christa Newkirk at alumni@cpcc.edu or call 704.330.6808.

  • Bank of America, Central Piedmont, Year Up receive 2021 Distinguished Partners in Excellence Award

    The N.C. State Board of Community Colleges has awarded Central Piedmont Community College its 2021 Distinguished Partners in Excellence award for its successful partnership with Year Up and Bank of America.

    The State Board’s Distinguished Partners in Excellence award honors an exemplary employer, business, or industry group that has demonstrated decisive involvement and a firm commitment to the professional development of its employees and/or to the development of North Carolina's workforce through its partnership efforts with one or more of the 58 community colleges.

    Central Piedmont’s partnership with Year Up and Bank of America represents the award’s criteria well. The Year Up program – which also receives support from the Duke Endowment and the John M. Belk Endowment – strives to prepare low-income, minority students throughout the Charlotte region for economically mobile careers.

    Launched in 2019, Year Up offers first-semester students the opportunity to take credit-bearing technical courses taught by Central Piedmont faculty along with professional skills classes taught by staff of the national non-profit Year Up. Students earn a stipend and have access to the college’s many services, including its library and tutoring resources.

    In their second semester, students enter a full-time, credit-bearing internship financed by Bank of America. There is no cost for students.

    When the pandemic hit, Central Piedmont and Year Up provided laptops and personal Wi-Fi hotspots so students could continue their instruction online. Bank of America provided the interns with the same technology their employees use so they could work remotely.

    Of the partnership’s first cohort, 70 percent of graduates are now working at Bank of America full-time; 10 percent are enrolled in school full-time.

    Learn more about Year Up.

    See the complete list of 2021 State Board of Community Colleges award recipients.

  • $500,000 grant to create and name the Dickson Licensed Practical Nursing Program at Central Piedmont

    The Dickson Foundation of Charlotte has awarded Central Piedmont Community College a $500,000 grant to develop a new licensed practical nursing program at the college that will provide students with an accelerated path to a meaningful, family-sustaining career in the healthcare industry and address the employment needs of Charlotte’s healthcare sector. Thanks to the Foundation’s generous gift, the program will permanently be named the Dickson Licensed Practical Nursing Program at Central Piedmont.

    “This gift will provide us with the resources we need to create a quality program,” said Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer, president of Central Piedmont. “The funds will not only allow us to provide financial aid to our most in need students, but also enable us to hire full- and part-time faculty, develop challenging course content and purchase program-specific material and equipment that will produce quality graduates prepared to enter the workforce.”

    Licensed practical nurses serve an important role in the healthcare delivery system, ensuring quality care for patients. They assist physicians and registered nurses in providing critical, essential services, including monitoring patients’ vital signs and supervising nursing assistants and collaborating with other members of the healthcare team. Licensed practical nurses are employed in hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, private practices, medical offices and with home healthcare agencies.

    Central Piedmont’s licensed practical nursing program will enable students to earn their professional credential in one year, preparing them for employment more quickly. This is especially important, given the median licensed practical nursing salary is $48,055, which offers a viable economic-mobility pathway for low-income residents in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.

    “The Foundation values and appreciates Central Piedmont’s important education and career training role in our community,” said R. Stuart Dickson, chairman of the board of directors for The Dickson Foundation of Charlotte. “The college is a critical resource in expanding opportunities for the citizens of Mecklenburg County. This grant addresses two of The Dickson Foundation’s priorities – education and healthcare. We are pleased to partner with Central Piedmont to begin and name this new program.”

    The Dickson Licensed Practical Nursing Program at Central Piedmont will be based on the college’s Central Campus and will focus on patient data collection and subsequent care, safety and hygiene, medications, use of medical records, nursing procedures, applying anatomy and physiology, professional behavior, and healthcare law and policy.

    The first cohort of licensed practical nursing students is expected to begin classes in fall 2021 and graduate in summer 2022. Upon completing the program, all of the program’s graduates will take the National Council Licensure Examination in Practical Nursing to become a nationally-certified licensed practical nurse. It is anticipated the program will begin with 18 students in its first year and grow to 40 students in the second year.

    Central Piedmont will have the option to add students in subsequent years to meet student and workforce demand.

    The Dickson Foundation of Charlotte is a longtime supporter of Central Piedmont and of healthcare and education in the Charlotte area. The Foundation’s grant will help the college further progress toward its Powering a Stronger Future campaign goal of $40 million.

    Individuals interested in learning more about the Dickson Licensed Practical Nursing Program at Central Piedmont can contact Jeanette Cheshire, associate dean of nursing and nurse aid at Central Piedmont, at 704.330.6451 or at jeanette.cheshire@cpcc.edu.

  • Message to the College on Coronavirus: Some Career and Technical Classes Will Meet On-Campus Starting Jan. 14

    In light of COVID-19 health directive clarifications provided earlier today by the Mecklenburg County Public Health Department and stringently following our pandemic safety protocols, Central Piedmont will move some career and technical education classes back to on-campus, in-person delivery.

    Starting Thurs., Jan. 14, classes in the following program areas will resume on-campus, in-person classes:

    • Basic Law Enforcement
    • Cardiovascular Technology
    • Cytotechnology
    • Emergency Medical Science
    • Human Services Technology
    • Medical Assisting
    • Medical Laboratory Technology
    • Notary Public
    • Nurse Aide
    • Nursing
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Ophthalmic Medical Personnel
    • Paralegal Technology
    • Paramedic Training
    • Pharmacy Technology
    • Physical Therapy Assistant
    • Polysomnography
    • Respiratory Therapy
    • Surgical Technology

    Class sections that began the semester as online or hybrid will continue online until Feb. 2, at which time the college will provide further guidance.

    Students with questions about the mode of your classes – online or on-campus – contact your instructors directly and check Blackboard. The college will continue to follow pandemic-related executive orders from N.C. Governor Roy Cooper and recommendations issued by the N.C. Dept. of Health and Human Services.

    The college encourages everyone to stay safe and vigilant in maintaining all of our safety practices, as COVID-19 cases are spiking in Mecklenburg County. Please keep wearing a facemask, practicing social distancing, washing your hands frequently, and monitoring yourself for any possible COVID-19 symptoms.

    For more information and resources on COVID-19, please visit the college's coronavirus page.

  • Message to the College on Coronavirus: Governor Cooper extends statewide curfew until January 29

    NC Governor Roy Cooper announced today an extension of the statewide curfew that went into effect for North Carolinians and businesses on December 11. The extension will remain in effect at least until 5 p.m. on January 29.

    The extended “modified stay at home order” requires people to stay home between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., and most retail and entertainment businesses to close by 10 p.m. All on-site alcohol sales are required to end by 9 p.m.

    Travel to and from work, to obtain food, medical care, fuel or social services, or to take care of a family member is exempted from the curfew.

    “COVID-19 remains a deadly threat, and we’ve got to treat it that way,” Cooper said. “Simply put, don’t go places indoors where people aren’t wearing masks.”

    According to the Governor’s new executive order, “between December 5 and December 18, over ninety percent of North Carolina counties were experiencing ‘substantial (orange)’ or ‘critical (red)’ COVID-19 community spread, according to the County Alert System developed by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, which evaluates a county's COVID-19 case counts, percent positives, and hospital capacity.”

    The college encourages all community members to stay vigilant in maintaining all of our safety practices. Please keep wearing a facemask, practicing social distancing, washing your hands frequently, and monitoring yourself for any possible COVID-19 symptoms. Should you develop any symptoms or feel ill at all, please stay home and consult a physician.

  • Merancas IV opens for spring term

    Central Piedmont is excited to announce Merancas IV, a new classroom building on its Merancas Campus in Huntersville, NC, will open its doors for select in-person courses in January 2021.

    The new 67,660 square-foot facility, designed by ADW Architects and constructed by Rodgers, features:

    • a campus library, including a computer classroom and student technology center
    • four science labs
    • nine general classrooms
    • Middle College at Merancas Campus classrooms and offices
    • reading and math labs
    • student commons areas, including multi-purpose rooms, Student Government Association lounge and offices
    • student study and lounge areas
    • a campus administration office suite
    • faculty office areas

    “One of Central Piedmont’s core values is being student-centered and focused on student success,” said Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer, president of Central Piedmont. “With this in mind, our new facility will help us better serve our students by providing them with additional spaces to not only study and learn, but also to engage with their peers and grow their leadership skills through our many Student Life programs and Student Government initiatives.”

    The $27.5 million project was funded with Mecklenburg County 2013 Bonds.

    If you are a student and are not sure if you have a class in the new facility, courses in this building have “Merancas IV” as the location on course schedules.

    To familiarize yourself with the new building's location, view the Merancas Campus map.

  • Message to the College on Coronavirus: Governor Cooper Issues COVID Update, Urges Vigilance Over Holidays

    N.C. Governor Roy Cooper and Secretary of North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Dr. Mandy Cohen shared updates today on the COVID-19 County Alert System, warning that more than 90 percent of North Carolina counties are now designated as red or orange. All counties in the Charlotte region are designated in the red zone.

    Please see the official news release from the Governor’s Office.

    Central Piedmont reminds all students and employees to guard against COVID-19 spread during the holidays by always wearing a face mask and keeping a good social distance from others when in public, avoiding large indoor gatherings, and practicing other safety measures such as frequent hand washing and COVID-19 symptom monitoring.

    For more information and resources on COVID-19, please visit the college's coronavirus page.

    Please stay safe as we look forward to the start of the spring 2021 semester.

  • Students Place Second in Global Solutions Sustainability Challenge

    Congratulations to the following Central Piedmont students who joined a binational team of Iraqi students and placed second in the Global Solutions Sustainability Challenge, a project administered by IREX and funded by the Stevens Initiative, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. They are:

    • John Dale Ardiosa
    • Nancy Guerrero
    • Aiden Keith
    • Aakriti Lakshmanan
    • Anny Leon
    • Jenna Louis
    • Devin McKillop
    • Eslam Shaalia
    • Gwen Thompson

    The Global Solutions Sustainability Challenge is a virtual exchange initiative that supports workforce development in the U.S., Iraq, and Jordan. Community college students from the U.S. and university students from Iraq and Jordan team up to solve global challenges facing the business sector across industries.

    The program improves global citizenship, strengthens problem-solving skills, and develops enduring connections, while enhancing students’ job skills through online collaboration.

    The Central Piedmont/Iraqi team created the mobile app "planet eARTh," which provides awareness of the impact environmental damage can have on Charlotte and Sulaimani through local artwork. Explore their video pitch and business concept.

    Kudos to Central Piedmont’s Camelia Taheri, discipline chair of Global Business, and Nadine Russell, director of Global Learning, who facilitated the team over the past eight weeks. 

    Learn more about the Global Solutions Sustainability Challenge.

    Learn more about global learning at Central Piedmont.