Lowes Foundation grant supports Opportunity Scholarship Initiative
Central Piedmont’s Opportunity Scholarship Initiative provides low-income students with a pathway to a degree and greater economic mobility by covering the full cost of attendance – tuition, books, and fees – for two years. Recipients also receive a notebook computer to meet their digital needs.
Central Piedmont’s $52,500 grant is part of a larger, $9.25 million commitment the Lowes Foundation made to the greater Charlotte region on Oct. 13, to support some of the most critical challenges facing Charlotte today: providing safe affordable housing, continuing to grow the skilled trade industry, ensuring access to technology, and boosting small businesses hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Central Piedmont will use its grant funds to support students participating in the ROC (Rebuilding Opportunities in Construction) program – an initiative that trains and certifies high school students for in-demand trade skills in the construction industry – and/or students who are interested in pursuing a construction-focused career pathway.
Message to the College on Coronavirus: Governor Cooper Moves State to Phase 3
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced earlier today the state will move into Phase 3 of easing COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. Phase 3 will go into effect Friday, Oct. 2, at 5 p.m.
Under phase 3:
- Movie theaters and conference centers can operate at 30% capacity or 100 people, whichever is less.
- Bars may operate at 30% outdoor capacity or 100 people, whichever is less.
- Small outdoor venues that hold fewer than 10,000 people can operate at 30% capacity or 100 people, whichever is less.
- Large outdoor venues that hold 10,000 or more can operate at 7% capacity.
- Outdoor amusement parks can operate at 30% capacity.
Among the continued requirements:
- Face coverings remain mandatory for people over age 5.
- Mass gatherings remain limited to 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors.
- The existing alcohol curfew is extended.
The college continues to offer its fall classes in multiple formats – online, hybrid, blended, and face-to-face. (Hybrid and blended courses include both online and some face-to-face instruction.) 8-week session fall classes begin Oct. 14, and Nov. 11.
For students who attend classes on campus, please read the Student Guide to Returning to Campus carefully. It’s important you follow all of the safety practices detailed in the guide. These include wearing a face covering, keeping a social distance from others, washing your hands frequently, self-monitoring for possible COVID-19 symptoms, and staying home if you feel ill at all.
Employees are encouraged to read the Guide for Returning to Campus to learn how to best keep their teammates and students as healthy and safe as possible going forward.
Thank you for all that you continue to do to keep our community safe and healthy during this unprecedented time.
Small Business Center to offer two free webinar series this fall
To help small businesses navigate any startup and/or growth challenges they are experiencing during the current COVID-19 pandemic, Central Piedmont Community College’s Small Business Center is offering two free webinar series this fall focused on “HVAC business development” and “non-profit capacity building post-COVID.”
HVAC Business Development Series
The demand for heating and air-conditioning services is anticipated to increase over the next five years with industry revenue forecasted to increase from $84 billion to $100 billion. This is an ideal time to plan entry into the industry. Technicians thinking about striking out on their own will find value in this series, which will equip them with the business skills needed to transition from a technician to small business owner. This series is designed for individuals with existing skills and licenses to start a business, as well as those interested in gaining the business skills to one day obtain the necessary industry certificates and licenses.
- Oct 1: Staying Cool when Starting an HVAC Business
- Oct 8: Developing an HVAV Business Plan
- Oct 15: Turn Up the Heat on Marketing Your HVAC Business
- Oct 22: No-Sweat Budgeting for HVAC Business
Post-COVID Non-Profit Series
This timely series will cover new ground and provide specific strategies to leverage during this era of social isolation. Attendees will discover how to elevate their board, find donors and dollars, and make virtual fundraising work for them. The series will be led by John Curtis, Ph.D., founder of IOD, Inc., and is tailored to help local nonprofit founders excel in the marketplace.
- Nov 4: How to Develop an Active, Engaged Board of Directors in a Post-COVID World
- Nov 11: How to Conduct a Successful Strategic Planning Process in a Post-COVID World
- Nov 18: How to do Virtual Fundraising in a Post-COVID World
Central Piedmont and Queens partner to launch RoyalUp program
Central Piedmont and Queens University of Charlotte announced the launch of its RoyalUp program – a new pathway to a bachelor’s degree that aims to expand college access to more students – on Sept. 25.
Students who enroll in RoyalUp will take their first two years of classes at Central Piedmont and finish their bachelor’s degree at Queens. Students who maintain a 2.5 GPA or above are guaranteed admission as well as a $10,000 annual scholarship at Queens. This plan offers a new, cost-effective and direct pathway for Central Piedmont students who want to pursue a four-year degree.
“This public-private partnership is unique and will be a great benefit to students in Mecklenburg County. We are excited to offer this option and pathway to our students who will thrive at Queens, where they will enjoy small class sizes, relationships with professors and a strong surrounding community,” said Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer, president of Central Piedmont. “At the same time, this partnership is a great example of the higher-education community in Charlotte working together to build more avenues to greater economic mobility.”
Missed the event? Watch the digital recording of the live announcement.
Message to the College on Coronavirus: State Health Department App to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) has launched the SlowCOVIDNC Exposure Notification App to help slow the spread of COVID-19 across the state.
The NCDHHS hopes college students and college employees statewide will download the app, which seeks to proactively notify students, faculty, and staff about potential exposure to the coronavirus so they may act quickly to protect themselves and their communities.
The NCDHHS believes the more people who use the SlowCOVIDNC app, the more effective campuses and communities across the state will be in slowing the spread of COVID-19.
Find download instructions and learn more about the SlowCOVIDNC Exposure Notification App and its privacy protections on the app website.
Questions? Email NCHealthIT@dhhs.nc.gov.
Since the pandemic began, Central Piedmont has implemented its own set of “slowing the spread” initiatives to ensure a safe learning and working environment for all. These are outlined on the Return to Campus website and include:
- creating wellness stations, equipped with optional infrared temperature checks, face coverings, hand sanitizer, and latex gloves
- making face coverings mandatory by all individuals on campus
- developing posters, fliers, floor stickers, seating charts, and more to remind individuals of the three Ws (wear face coverings, wash hands, and wait six-feet apart)
- requiring individuals scheduled to be on-campus to complete the online attestation form weekly
- and transitioning the majority of instruction online to create flexible class formats, and limiting on-campus meetings for students, faculty, and staff.
Thank you for following our safety protocols and doing all you can to keep yourself and each other safe.
Visit coronavirus information for all of Central Piedmont's updates on the pandemic.
Central Piedmont to participate in SECU Bridge to Career Program
Central Piedmont Community College is participating in the State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) Foundation Bridge to Career Cohort Program, an initiative that seeks to remove financial barriers for students seeking to obtain state-regulated or industry-recognized credentials through the workforce continuing education division of their local community college. The goal is to help students establish sustainable wage careers within their local communities.
Central Piedmont is one of 50 community colleges in the state to receive funding for up to 30, $500 scholarships, as well as an additional $3,000 to hire an Education Navigator through the Bridge to Career Cohort Program. The Education Navigator is responsible for administering the program, guiding the cohort through the program and connecting them with the soft skills and interview preparation trainings needed to alleviate any barriers to job attainment.
The scholarship program will be administered by Central Piedmont’s College and Career Readiness department with support from the college’s Financial Aid office and the Grants Administration team. The College and Career Readiness department will identify and select eligible students currently enrolled or planning to enroll in the college’s commercial driver license, welding and phlebotomy programs; and provide support services to the student cohort. Once named a scholarship recipient, students may apply their scholarship monies toward registration fees, books, certification fees, course supplies or any other educational expenditures charged to their college account.
“Our team is excited to help students receive the workforce training and assistance they need to find employment opportunities in Mecklenburg County and beyond,” said Sheena Ashley, director of career development and NextGen at Central Piedmont. “We will walk with them every step of the way, providing them with support services, such as advising, career planning and coaching, to ensure their personal and professional success.”
All 58 N.C. community colleges were invited to participate in the Bridge to Career Cohort Program for FY 2020-2021. To apply for the increased scholarship funds available through the cohort program (scholarships: $15,000; program support staff: $3,000), Central Piedmont had to submit a Request for Funding Proposal.
To learn more about the SECU Bridge to Career Program, the eligibility requirements and more, please visit cpcc.edu/financial-aid/scholarships.
Small Business Center to Provide Free Government Contracting Webinar Series
To help small businesses navigate any startup and/or growth challenges they are experiencing during the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Small Business Center is offering a series of free government contracting webinars in September and October.
The series will focus on the following topics:
- Sept 22: Responding to RFPs, RFQs, and ITBs
- Sept. 29: Developing a Capability Statement
- Oct. 7: How to do Business with the City, County, and CLT Airport
- Oct. 13: Business Certifications
- Oct. 20: Proposal Writing 101
Be sure to register early; slots fill quickly.
Questions? Email email@example.com.
RENEW Provides Paid Training in the Electrical Trades, Apply Today
The City of Charlotte, in partnership with Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont and Central Piedmont, is launching an additional fall cohort of its Renewable Energy and Efficiency Workforce (RENEW) training program on Oct. 6.
RENEW provides paid training in the areas of construction; heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC); and the electrical trades.
“These skill sets are in high demand in the Charlotte region,” said Brian Lucas, associate dean of skilled trades at Central Piedmont. “RENEW will teach eligible students the basic skills they need to succeed in the workforce and potentially place them in successful full-time, entry-level employment opportunities upon completion.”
The upcoming 16-week training classes will be held virtually and in person at both the Goodwill Construction Skills Training Center, located at 1335 Alleghany St., and on Central Piedmont’s Harper Campus, located in southwest Charlotte. The classes are scheduled from Oct. 6, 2020 to Feb. 5, 2021, and will focus on a variety of subjects, including:
- basic residential and commercial construction
- HVAC training, with an emphasis on energy efficiency and building automation systems
- basic electrical training that can potentially lead to job placement in facility management, electrical trade work, solar/photovoltaic panel installation and maintenance, and/or electric vehicle maintenance and charging infrastructure careers
- general energy management concepts
In addition to learning real world skills, students will receive: a stipend of $15/hour, career counseling in preparation for a paid work-based learning opportunity, OSHA 10 and EPA 608 certifications, and full-time employment within the industry.
The deadline to apply for participation in the fall 2020 cohort is Friday, Sept. 25, 2020.
To learn more about the RENEW training program, including its eligibility requirements and application process, please visit charlotteopenforbusiness.com/renew-goodwill-industries-southern-piedmont.
Questions? Contact Marvin Kelley with the Goodwill Construction Skills Training Center at 704.839.4235 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AtD Toolkit Features Parr Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence
Central Piedmont’s Wilton and Mary W. Parr Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence has been featured in the 2020 Achieving the Dream (AtD) Teaching and Learning Toolkit, a resource that is shared on the organization’s website and with its 277 partner institutions located in 44 states across the country.
AtD assembles the toolkit each year for the nation’s college faculty and teaching staff to build institutional capacity in teaching and learning. The toolkit offers best practices for teaching remotely and in the classroom and an assortment of higher education case studies focused on promoting student success through policies and practices.
Central Piedmont’s Parr Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence is featured in Chapter 5 of the Toolkit titled, “A Hub for Innovation & Change: Strengthening Your College’s Professional Learning Infrastructure.” The chapter focuses on the importance of having Professional Learning Hubs – a term AtD uses to describe any college-wide unit that organizes, develops, and supports faculty professional learning activities – on higher education campuses.
Central Piedmont’s new Parr Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence fits AtD’s Professional Learning Hub definition, as detailed in the article. Chapter 5 describes how the college’s Teaching and Learning Excellence Team used data to not only support the creation of a Center at Central Piedmont, but also to determine the Center’s focus areas (faculty programming, faculty development, faculty engagement, etc.); mission, vision, and values; and more.
“The Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence at Central Piedmont is a hub for innovation,” said Shantell Strickland-Davis, executive director for the Parr Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence. “It’s an anchor, an intentional place for faculty and teaching staff to not only build a culture of excellence for teaching at the college, but also raise awareness of Central Piedmont as a quality two-year college across the region, state, and country.”
International Education Prevalent at NC Community Colleges
NC State’s Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research recently released its International Education at North Carolina Community Colleges report, and Central Piedmont’s efforts in providing international education opportunities to its students were featured in the report’s findings.
The report is a collaboration between the Belk Center and the North Carolina Community College System Office and uses data collected during the 2019-2020 academic year to explore how North Carolina community colleges address the system’s mission to “develop a globally and multi-cultural competent workforce.”
The report provides a broad overview of what sorts of international education opportunities are available at NC community colleges and suggests that international education is much more prevalent at NC community colleges than national data indicates.
Central Piedmont has been offering study abroad experiences to its students and members of the local community in for more than 20 years. Each year, during spring break and the summer term, Central Piedmont faculty members lead short-term study abroad excursions to a variety of locations across the globe, including: Ecuador, Italy, Greece, Japan, Thailand, Peru, Tanzania, and many others.
Since the college’s 2020 study abroad programs were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Global Learning Office has turned its attention to:
- providing students with virtual, international exchange experiences
- encouraging students to apply for the Scholars of Global Distinction program
- ensuring the college’s curriculum includes a global learning perspective