During the 1980s, Central Piedmont Community College focused on expanding its use of technology in the classroom in order to create new partnerships with local and international businesses. CPCC faculty members used new high-tech tools to improve distance learning courses and to develop up-to-date curriculum to train students for new careers in computing and technology. Many businesses supported the work CPCC was doing in this area and collaborated with the College by donating equipment, funds and supporting co-operative learning.

This was a time of much change at CPCC, and one of the biggest was the change in leadership at the school. In 1986, CPCC's first president, Dr. Richard Hagemeyer retired and Dr. Ruth Shaw took over as the school’s second president. She continued to embrace changes all over the College. In 1988, Dr. Shaw oversaw the schools’ Silver Anniversary, which celebrated 25 years of CPCC educating the Charlotte area.

For more information on this dynamic decade visit the CPCC Archives!