1970s

During the 1970s, Central Piedmont Community College continued to expand its campus, curriculum and student body. This growth was sparked by an increasingly large and diverse student body. New curriculum was created to address the needs of returning veterans, seniors, students with disabilities, high school students and international students. Courses in restaurant management, interior design, sign language and child care were added to an already varied offering of classes.CPCC also became a national leader in innovative self-paced instruction courses that were created to reach as many students as possible.

To accommodate this growing student body, CPCC completed a massive building program during the 1970s that added many new buildings to Central Campus, including the Learning Resources Center, the Belk Building, and Kratt Hall.

Under Dr. Hagemeyer’s leadership, CPCC expanded beyond the walls of Central Campus. By the end of the decade, CPCC courses were being taught in more than 250 off-campus locations around the Charlotte area.

For more images from this dynamic decade visit the CPCC Archives!