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What's going on in the Central Piedmont community and what Central Piedmont is doing in the community.

  • Central Piedmont, UNC Charlotte Announce Innovative Co-Admission Program

    UNC Charlotte and Central Piedmont Community College today announced a new co-admission program to facilitate degree completion and student success by creating a seamless pathway for individuals who want to start their degree at Central Piedmont and complete their degree at UNC Charlotte.

    This innovative co-admission program, called 49erNext, allows both Central Piedmont and UNC Charlotte to engage in a fully integrated proactive advising model, ensuring students’ progress toward the timely completion of a baccalaureate degree. As participants in the 49erNext program, students are eligible to transfer into more than 75 undergraduate degree programs (130+ majors) at UNC Charlotte, as long as they earn an associate degree at Central Piedmont with a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA.

    “UNC Charlotte admits the most transfer students of all universities in the UNC System so this partnership with Central Piedmont will ensure that we are meeting students’ academic, financial aid, and career planning needs while making the transfer experience more seamless,” said UNC Charlotte Chancellor Philip L. Dubois. “Nearly 60% of students in the inaugural 49erNext class are from underrepresented populations, and this program is designed to produce a greater number of workforce-ready, qualified graduates at a significant cost savings to them.”

    In addition to proactive advising, students enrolled in the program will also have access to:

    • a coordinated set of support services in critical areas like career planning and financial aid; 
    • free student privileges on UNC Charlotte’s campus including admission to select Charlotte 49ers athletic events, library access, and admission to campus events;
    • discounted CATS all-access light rail and bus pass;
    • discounted access to UNC Charlotte recreational facilities.

    For fall 2019, 111 students are enrolled in the 49erNext program. This past year, about 4,000 transfer students enrolled at UNC Charlotte—69 percent came from a North Carolina community college and 29 percent of those came from Central Piedmont Community College.

    “Central Piedmont is excited about the 49erNext program because it offers students a direct pathway to a four-year degree as well as an avenue to greater economic mobility,” said Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer, Central Piedmont president. “Institutions the size of Central Piedmont and UNC Charlotte sometimes can be challenging to navigate for students. Those students in the 49erNext program will have a clearly marked map leading from one institution to the next. This program will serve the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community well as we seek to produce more individuals with bachelor’s degrees to meet our growing workforce demands.”

    Both institutions have agreed to make collective institutional decisions and implement policies and processes that commit to:

    • Put students first -- enable students to earn a quality degree in a timely manner;
    • Foster success -- ensure and expect all students to achieve their full potential;
    • Ensure equity -- ensure that all students, regardless of gender, race, income or family educational history, have equal opportunity.

    Building on the partnership with Central Piedmont, UNC Charlotte hopes to expand 49erNext to other North Carolina community colleges.

    Students interested in learning more about the 49erNext program should visit cpcc.edu/49erNext or email 49erNext@cpcc.edu.

  • $1-million gift establishes scholarships for students in 49er Next program

    Peggy and Bob Culbertson of Charlotte have committed $1 million to Central Piedmont Community College to provide scholarships for financially needy students. The college will use a significant portion of the gift to establish the Peggy and Bob Culbertson 49erNext Scholarship Program to assist students in the newly created 49erNext Program. The Culbertson gift also will fund scholarships for Central Piedmont students pursuing career-focused technical degrees and preparing to enter the workforce.

    49erNext is a new co-admission program to facilitate degree completion and student success by creating a seamless pathway for individuals who want to start their degree work at Central Piedmont and complete their degree at UNC Charlotte. This innovative co-admission approach allows both Central Piedmont and UNC Charlotte to engage in a fully integrated, proactive advising model, ensuring students’ progress toward the timely completion of a baccalaureate degree. As participants in the 49erNext Program, students are eligible to transfer into more than 75 undergraduate degree programs (130+ majors) at UNC Charlotte, as long as they earn an associate degree at Central Piedmont with a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA.

    The Peggy and Bob Culbertson 49erNext Scholarship Program will provide two-year, full-tuition scholarships to full-time students with financial need who are in the 49erNext Program. News of both 49erNext and the Peggy and Bob Culbertson 49erNext Scholarship was shared today at a signing ceremony held by UNC Charlotte and Central Piedmont at UNC Charlotte’s Center City Building. John Culbertson spoke at the ceremony on behalf of his parents.

    “We are big on upward mobility and believe education is absolutely the best answer,” Culbertson said. “Our goal is to give those who need financial assistance the opportunity to attend school. Central Piedmont is the perfect place for our gift because we can help students training for a vocational career and college transfer students.

    A pilot class of 111 students opened the 49erNext program in August. This past year, about 4,000 transfer students enrolled at UNC Charlotte—69 percent came from a North Carolina community college, and 29 percent of those came from Central Piedmont.

    “Central Piedmont is excited about the 49erNext program because it offers students a direct pathway to a four-year degree as well as an avenue to greater economic mobility,” said Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer, Central Piedmont president. “Institutions the size of Central Piedmont and UNC Charlotte sometimes can be challenging to navigate for students. Those students in the 49erNext program will have a clearly marked map leading from one institution to the next. This program will serve the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community well as we seek to produce more individuals with bachelor’s degrees to meet our growing workforce demands.

    Students interested in learning more about the 49erNext program should visit cpcc.edu/49erNext or email 49erNext@cpcc.edu.

  • Central Piedmont’s partner Year Up launches Charlotte location

    The national nonprofit Year Up celebrated the launch of its new Charlotte location with a breakfast and ribbon-cutting ceremony this morning at Central Piedmont Community College.

    Speaking at the event were Torrey Smith, Players Coalition Board Member and Two-time Super Bowl Champion; Year Up President Cyril Turner; Year Up Charlotte Site Director Elise Ford; National Year Up Site Director Roland Selby; Central Piedmont Community College President Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer; and Bank of America Community Engagement Executive Kathryn Black.

    The free yearlong program prepares students (ages 18-24) for entry-level technology and customer-facing roles. Participants spend one semester taking technical and professional skills classes taught by Central Piedmont and Year Up staff, and the following semester in a full-time, credit-bearing internship at a corporate partner firm.

    The program is provided to students at no cost. Throughout the year, students earn college credits and a weekly stipend, and have access to Central Piedmont’s many services, including the college’s library and tutoring resources, as well as additional Year Up services.

    “We are excited because this partnership fits so well with the mission, vision, and historic purpose of Central Piedmont,” said Kandi Deitemeyer, president of Central Piedmont. “Central Piedmont has always been a driver of economic mobility. The college has always worked to build and offer pathways to careers and further education. We are proud to join with Year Up Charlotte and Bank of America as we seek to transform lives and bring new possibilities to individuals and their families.”

    The first 53 students began classes in August 2019; the program will grow to serve 120 young adults over the next year.

    Nationwide, 90% of Year Up graduates are employed or attending college within four months of completing Year Up, with average starting salaries of $40,000/year.

    The program received a grant from the Players Coalition in Jan. 2019 to support the program’s expansion into new cities like Charlotte and help Year Up change perceptions of Opportunity Youth from social liabilities to economic assets. 

    Learn more about Year Up.

  • Cato Campus to host annual Fall Plant Sale Oct. 4–5

    The Central Piedmont Community College Horticulture Technology program invites you to attend its annual Fall Plant Sale. An array of vegetables, perennials, shrubs and trees will be available for purchase throughout the two-day event. All proceeds will benefit the Horticulture Technology program at Central Piedmont.

  • Levine Campus Offers Expanded Evening, Friday, and Saturday Courses

    Beginning this fall, the Levine Campus will offer expanded course offerings of some of its most in-demand classes on weekday evenings, Fridays, and Saturdays to give students more options to complete a two-year, college transfer degree more quickly.

    The new course offerings are comprised of more than 40, high-demand courses. The classes will be offered in sequential order and focus on a variety of general education subjects, ranging from biology and public speaking, to psychology and business. 

    Offering more courses in the evenings, and on Fridays and Saturdays, will allow the college to better accommodate students’ busy schedules, setting them up for success both inside and outside of the classroom.

    To learn more, please call Edith McElroy, dean of the Levine Campus, at ext. 4386.

  • Construction projects wrap up at Levine Campus

    Central Piedmont is excited to announce that both construction projects at its Levine Campus – the new Levine III classroom building and the Joe Hendrick Center for Automotive Technology expansion – are complete.  

    Levine III

    The new 88,000 square-foot facility includes the Georgia Tucker Fine Arts Hall, a new campus library, a new campus bookstore, health and science labs, and classrooms.

    Levine III includes:

    • Georgia Tucker Fine Arts Hall
    • Library
    • Science Labs
    • Health Simulation Labs
    • Math Emporium
    • Academic Learning Center
    • Classrooms
    • Faculty/Staff Offices

    The facility’s 2,300 square-foot fine arts hall is named in memory of Georgia Tucker, an accomplished ballerina and choreographer who performed throughout the U.S. prior to coming home to Charlotte. She attended Central Piedmont and taught at the college as a dance instructor.

    The Georgia Tucker Fine Arts Hall is a two-story facility with views of the campus lake. The arts space includes:

    • A performance space to accommodate up to 200
    • A large instructional classroom, with a seating capacity of nearly 100
    • Reception space for functions with a capacity of 160 attendees
    • A box office and dressing rooms

    Joe Hendrick Center for Automotive Technology

    The Joe Hendrick Center for Automotive Technology expansion took a little over a year to complete. The 10,330-square-foot expansion helped the college add the following amenities to its campus:

    • a new alignment and suspension shop with seven vehicle bays
    • a four-vehicle bay training lab with classroom
    • a two-vehicle bay training lab with classroom
    • additional faculty offices and storage rooms

    “Levine’s new facilities will significantly enhance Central Piedmont’s ability to put students on a pathway to meaningful lives and family-supporting careers and will help prepare the talented workforce needed to support the economic growth of our community,” said Central Piedmont President Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer. “They will help to advance the mission of the college by offering access to education and career development for additional students. These new buildings will transform lives and transform this community.”

    Learn more about the Central Piedmont Levine Campus.

  • Harper IV Opens

    Central Piedmont is excited to announce that its new Harper IV building, located on its Harper Campus, located at 315 W. Hebron St., is open and ready to welcome students in time for the fall semester.

    The new 84,357 square-foot facility features:

    • A new campus library with computer classroom
    • A Student Commons with lounge areas, bookstore, food service, and student government spaces
    • Construction trades classrooms and labs for architectural technology, electrical, plumbing, and welding
    • General and computer classrooms
    • Science labs
    • Developmental reading and math labs
    • Student services suite
    • Student study areas
    • Faculty offices

    The new structure expands Central Piedmont’s footprint in southwest Charlotte, helping the college better respond to the educational and workforce training needs of Mecklenburg County’s residents and business community.

    As a result of its construction, Harper Campus is now better equipped to help students interested in the following programs, housed on the campus:

    • Advertising + Graphic Design
    • Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration
    • Construction Management
    • Electrical Systems Technology
    • Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology
    • Non-Destructive Examination Technology
    • Welding Technology

    To learn more about all our Harper Campus has to offer, visit https://www.cpcc.edu/locations/harper-campus.

  • Central Piedmont reveals new branding

    What began 15 months ago with the start of a branding and marketing study -- and journeyed through the opinions and ideas of more than 3,000 existing and prospective students, parents, faculty and staff, and community members -- culminated today in a college-wide celebration, on all six campuses, as Central Piedmont Community College launched its new branding, which includes new college colors, logo, and website.

    “We hope this brand transformation will excite all of those in our Central Piedmont family, energizing and propelling them forward to do the passionate work needed to help our students not just wonder, ‘what if,’ but set an academic goal and achieve or surpass it,” said Central Piedmont President Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer. “Central Piedmont calls on all its employees, students, board members, and community supporters to now be brand ambassadors, helping to tell the college’s story to the community.”

    The college’s “brand” is the emotional and psychological connection people have with Central Piedmont; its personality. The college’s logo, website, marketing materials, faculty, staff, and students – all are important parts of its brand.

    The brand study results also emphasized the need for Central Piedmont to elevate its visual standing in the marketplace to match the caliber of education and services it provides. The “Central Piedmont green” has been replaced with a new color scheme: gold and gray. The old “green box” logo is gone and replaced with a cleaner, more collegiate and modern design. During the logo-design process, multiple students groups expressed their desire for a logo that stands well with the corporate and other institutional marks in Charlotte and conveys the seriousness in which Central Piedmont students approach their programs of study and pursue life-changing credentials.

    As the final piece of the branding/marketing process, the college has launched a totally new website to focus more on its visitors – mainly, future Central Piedmont students and their families – inviting them to easily explore and connect with the college.

    The college partnered with Pittsburgh-based Barkley REI to create the new website at cpcc.edu. More than putting a new face put on the old website, Central Piedmont teams plowed through the nearly 30,000 pages of content on the old website to create a thoroughly modern, audience-focused way to present the information site visitors need to know. The look and feel, functionality and voice of the new website were created with intense input from hundreds of faculty, staff, students (prospective and current) and community members.

    At a celebration event today on Central Campus that was streamed live to all campuses, the college revealed the new branding – including the new logo, college colors, initial advertising campaign concept, and redesigned website – and also had “reveal” parties for students at every campus, as well.

  • New Scholarship Cultivates Culinary Talent

    A new scholarship will foster the development of aspiring culinary arts professionals enrolled at Central Piedmont Community College. The Tyler H. Hamm Culinary Scholarship, established to honor the memory of a former Central Piedmont student who died in a snowboarding accident, will be funded with an initial five-year commitment from Wray Ward, a marketing communications firm based in Charlotte. Tyler was the elder son of public relations lead and longtime Wray Ward employee Tracy Hamm.

    “On behalf of our culinary arts program and our culinary students, the college thanks Wray Ward for this generous and thoughtful gift,” said Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer, Central Piedmont president. “This scholarship will honor Tyler’s memory and celebrate his passion for life, joy of cooking and career path in the culinary arts. We are grateful for and humbled by the Hamm family’s decision to have Tyler honored in this way.”

    Beginning with the 2019-20 academic year in August, one Central Piedmont culinary student will receive the Tyler H. Hamm Culinary Scholarship. Recipients must have the following qualifications:

    • Recent (within five years) high school graduate
    • North Carolina resident
    • Enrolled in the Central Piedmont Culinary Arts program
    • At least a half-time student
    • Employed at least part-time.

    Tyler, a 2016 Ardrey Kell High School graduate, discovered his love for culinary arts as a Central Piedmont student. Following his spirit of adventure, Tyler began his culinary career at Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge in Talkeetna, Alaska. Other positions in Alaska and Aspen, Colorado, followed over the next two years. In fall 2018, Tyler joined the staff of Lynn Britt Cabin in Aspen’s Snowmass Village. On February 10, 2019, the aspiring chef, whose love for gourmet cooking and snowboarding led him to call Aspen home, died in a snowboarding accident on the town’s slopes.

    “Tyler shared his father’s kind heart and zest for life,” said Jennifer Appleby, president and chief creative officer of Wray Ward. “His fearlessness on and off the slopes will serve as an inspiration to each of us to think bigger and more boldly, and Wray Ward is proud to be a small part of that legacy by helping other aspiring chefs follow their passion and chase their dream.”

    The Hamms will assist with the award selection process by interviewing candidates identified by the Central Piedmont Foundation’s scholarship committee.

    “Tyler lived life to the fullest and only knew one direction — forward,” Tracy Hamm said. “By supporting young culinary talent, this scholarship will celebrate our son’s chosen career path, his love for cooking and his passion for life.”

    Wray Ward’s commitment will help establish a scholarship endowment and provide expendable annual scholarship funds to be held and administered by the Central Piedmont Foundation. Donations from other individuals and entities will support the scholarship program on a continuing basis.

    For more information about the Tyler H. Hamm Culinary Scholarship, contact the Central Piedmont Foundation at 704.330.6869 or visit cpccfoundation.org/donation. Learn more about culinary and hospitality programs on our website or by calling 704.330.6723.

    About Central Piedmont

    Central Piedmont Community College is one of the largest community colleges in the Carolinas, offering nearly 300 degree, diploma and certification programs; customized corporate training; market-focused continuing education; and special interest classes. Central Piedmont is academically, financially and geographically accessible to all citizens of Mecklenburg County. Central Piedmont responds to the workforce and technology needs of local employers and job seekers through innovative educational and training strategies. Established in 1963, Central Piedmont has provided more than 50 years of service to Mecklenburg County residents, business and industry. For more information, visit cpcc.edu. Connect with the college on social media at cpcc.edu/social.

  • New Polysomnography Degree

    Central Piedmont Community College will launch a new associate degree program in polysomnography (sleep study) when the 2019 fall semester begins in August.

    The polysomnography curriculum will prepare students, working in conjunction with a physician, to perform sleep studies and provide a comprehensive clinical evaluation and treatment required for sleep-related disorders. Graduates of the program will find employment opportunities in hospitals, freestanding sleep centers, medical equipment companies, medical device sales, education, research, healthcare management, and interdisciplinary patient management roles.

    “The field of sleep technology is growing at a rapid pace, with estimated beginning salaries around $52,000 per year,” explained Dr. Auburne Hutchins, chair of the new Central Piedmont program. “This program will be one of only 15 associate degree programs in the country and the only program in the Charlotte area. We plan to open with 10 to 12 students.”

    Graduates of accredited polysomnography programs usually apply to take the certification examination offered by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists. Central Piedmont also has an articulation agreement in place with the bachelor’s degree program in sleep medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for students who want to continue their studies.

    Central Piedmont students will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to perform sleep studies, including recording and recognizing events observed during sleep. These tests involve recording, monitoring, and analyzing EEG (electroencephalography), EOG (electrooculography), EMG (electromyography), ECG (electrocardiography), and multiple breathing variables during sleep and wakefulness. Students also will receive comprehensive training for the treatment of sleep-related disorders and clinically significant patient education focused on healthy sleep habits. The program includes extensive lab time and more than 400 hours of clinical experience followed by a board exam prep course before graduation.

    For more information about the new associate degree program in polysomnography at Central Piedmont, contact Dr. Hutchins at Auburne.Hutchins@cpcc.edu or 704.330.2722, ext. 3179.