CPCC's leadership team for The Center for Energy Training welcomes your questions, comments and suggestions. Click on individual names below or call Bill Heitman at 704.330.4677.
Mary Vickers-Koch is the dean of the Harris Campus and Business and Industry Learning at CPCC. She leads the continuing education programs that include leadership, management, professional development, computer, financial services, small business and entrepreneurship, economic development programs, and the Corporate Learning Center. Mary is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and holds an MBA from the Babcock School, Wake Forest University and is a past recipient of the “Women of Distinction” Award, awarded by Business Leader Media.
|Bill Heitman is the executive energy advisor at The Center for Energy Training. His career includes more than 35 years experience in sales, marketing and manufacturing where he held senior management roles with manufacturing and foreign sourcing organizations. He managed the marketing and product development functions for nationally known consumer product brands with revenue in excess of $500 million. Bill subsequently was a founding partner in a startup company that grew to $40 million in revenue in four years. He has managed many quality and process improvement initiatives, producing significant profit enhancements through reductions in manufacturing complexity and asset redeployment. Bill holds a bachelor's degree in marketing from Wake Forest University.|
|Michelle Miller is the executive director of Corporate Learning and Economic Recruitment. She leads the teams that connect business and industry to the training resources of the College. She also directs CPCC's projects in the state-funded Customized Training Program, which assists new and expanding companies investing in Mecklenburg County. Michelle is a graduate of West Virginia University-Parkersburg with a degree in business administration.|
|Chris Paynter is the dean of science, technology, engineering and math, known as STEM. In that role, Chris is responsible for the leadership and operations of general education and technical instruction in the College’s 21 STEM-related degree programs. Chris started at CPCC in 2006 as the chair of the Geospatial Technology program. In 2009, he became an academic division director, overseeing the Geospatial Technology, Surveying Technology and Sustainability Technologies programs and CPCC’s Center for Sustainability. Before joining CPCC, he was a geographic information systems (GIS) and earth sciences teaching assistant at UNC Charlotte. Chris earned a bachelor’s degree in political science at North Carolina State University and a master’s degree in geography at UNC Charlotte.|
|Jay Potter is the dean of Harper Campus and responsible for the divisions of Applied Technologies and Construction Technologies. His achievements include the 2012 Charlotte Business Journal's Energy Leadership Award which recognized his impact on the energy sector and job growth in the region. He has also overseen the development of a model learning program for non-destructive examination at CPCC, as well as the expansion of the Harper Campus and its modern facilities to train students in energy and related programs plus skilled trades. Jay earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering at Brown University in Providence, R.I. He is a N.C. Registered Professional Engineer and holds a master's degree in organizational change and leadership from Pfeiffer University.|