News and Features

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

  • Congratulations Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Fall 2020 Inductees

    Congratulations to the newest members of the Phi Lambda chapter of the Central Piedmont Phi Theta Kappa honor society. Induction into Phi Theta Kappa is an honor and an accomplishment, with eligible students who have a 3.5 or higher GPA invited to apply to join.

    Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society, recognizing excellence, hard work, good grades, leadership, and commitment. It is America's most prestigious scholarly organization for two-year colleges and the largest student organization at Central Piedmont. The Central Piedmont Phi Lambda chapter is dedicated to local community service and service to our college community through education and hands-on activities.

    The Phi Theta Kappa fall 2020 induction class set a record for the largest ever at Central Piedmont, with 340 students joining our chapter as new members. Our Phi Lambda chapter also celebrated its 50th birthday in 2020. We continue to be proud of the legacy of thousands of students who have succeeded in their educational journey through Central Piedmont and Phi Theta Kappa.

    Visit the Phi Theta Kappa honor society page to learn more about the fall 2020 inductees and how to join.

  • $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.

  • Announcing the Fall 2020 Central Piedmont Dean's and President's Lists

    Congratulations to our fall 2020 Central Piedmont Dean's and President's List students!

    These lists recognize students enrolled in for-college-credit programs who achieved a high grade point average (GPA) with no Incomplete ("I") or Withdraw ("W") grades and who have completed at least 12 hours of credit in courses numbered 100 through 299. Dean's List students earned a 3.50 or higher GPA; President's List students earned a 4.00 or higher GPA.

    These students have worked very hard over the semester and have well earned this accomplishment.

  • 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.

  • Congratulations to our Fall 2020 ACA Scholarship Winners

    Congratulations to our fall 2020 ACA Scholarship winners! Each fall and spring semester, the college's Academic Related Courses (ACA) area selects seven recipients for the ACA Scholarship for awards of $600 each. To apply, students had to write an essay answering the question “Being resilient (the ability to recover quickly from difficult conditions) is a life skill that we often do not recognize. How have you been resilient in your journey as a community college student, and what does this journey look like?" Applicants are reviewed based on meeting the scholarship eligibility requirements and on their essay's quality of writing. The fall 2020 scholarship recipients are Valentina Barria, Brittney Cabrera, Nubia Vanessa Anzola Castellanos, Vanessa Mateo, Skyler McNeely, Jaclyn Truong, and Christina Wallace. Read their winning essays:

    Learn more about the ACA Scholarship.

  • 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.

  • New Digital Skills Training Curriculum and Apprenticeship Program

    Central Piedmont is collaborating with Cognizant, a Fortune 200 technology and professional services company, to provide a new customized digital skills training program to help aspiring IT professionals develop the skills necessary to succeed as a full stack engineer.

    Slated for launch in January 2021, the program, supported through the North Carolina Community College Customized Training Program, will be free of charge to qualified individuals and will incorporate virtual on-the-job “pre-apprentice” experience guided by Cognizant professionals, along with classroom curriculum. Individuals who successfully complete the program will earn a nationally recognized education credential and have the opportunity to interview with Cognizant for a paid one-year apprenticeship. Cognizant plans to hire up to 25 graduates of the program in 2021.

    “Central Piedmont is proud and delighted to partner with Cognizant and to help support Cognizant’s growth in Mecklenburg County,” said Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer, president of Central Piedmont. “The apprenticeship strategy Cognizant and the college is undertaking is innovative and could become a model for other growth companies who want to develop a sustainable talent pipeline.”

    “Cognizant is pleased to be collaborating with Central Piedmont on this new initiative,” said Eric Westphal, senior director, Global Workforce Strategy and Operations, for Cognizant. “We are committed to pioneering workforce development strategies that both contribute to bridging the skills gap and uplifting the local communities while meeting our business goals. This new apprenticeship program will provide an avenue for developing more local talent to compete for high-demand technology jobs, as well as helping to fill Cognizant’s own need for skilled, digital talent.”

    The initial eight-week pilot program will be open to up to 25 participants. The classroom curriculum and unpaid “pre-apprenticeship” aspect of the program will teach JAVA Programming as a foundation skill. Individuals can apply by submitting an interest form and résumé online to the program and sitting for the WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate® offered at Central Piedmont. Training will begin in late January 2021 with selected applicants.

    Cognizant currently employs more than 1,000 workers in Mecklenburg County. The program is being delivered as part of the North Carolina Community College System’s Customized Training Program, which provides education, training, and support services for new, expanding, and existing eligible business and industries throughout the state. To be considered for the program businesses must demonstrate an appreciable capital investment, the creation of new jobs, and/or the deployment of new technology.