August 2012 Letter to Faculty & Staff

August 2012


Welcome back! For most people, a new year starts in January, but for us in education it always begins with fall semester. I hope that all of you found time this summer for relaxation and renewal and that you are ready again for the challenges of helping our students meet their goals.

New Additions in the Learning Unit
Here are our new additions in the Learning Unit through July 31. We will have many more new names to report in our next newsletter.

Position Title Employee's Name Department
Administrative Assistant II Tricia Brotbeck STEM
Coordinator Christine Schurkus Workplace Learning
Digital Arts Learning Resources Specialist Christopher Pittman Arts & Communications
Division Director Pepsi Boyer-Floyd Information Technology
Division Director Keith Henn Professional Careers
Instructional Developer I Daniel Mangei Professional Development/eLearning
Instructional Lab Facilitator (GED) Hope Woody College and Career Readiness
Instructional Lab Facilitator, Dental Assisting Janice Smith Health Sciences
Instructor, Associate Degree Nursing Lisa Burrell Nursing
Instructor, Associate Degree Nursing Shannon Clark Nursing
Instructor, Culinary Jess Cochran Hospitality Education
Instructor, Dental Assisting Terri Galang Health Sciences
Instructor, Early Childhood Pamela McIntyre Early Childhood
Instructor, Economics David Black Business & Accounting
Instructor, Electrical/Electronics Andrew Williams Construction Technologies
Instructor, Fire Anthony Bateman Public Safety
Instructor, GED Richard Fera College and Career Readiness
Instructor, Health Information Technology Marquetta Massey Health Sciences
Instructor, Human Resources Management David Zietlow Business & Accounting
Instructor, Human Services Technology Maurice McDonald Health & Human Services
Instructor, HVAC Glenn Crowell Construction Technologies
Instructor, Information Technology (CORE) Mark Turner Information Technology
Instructor, International Business Steven Halford Business & Accounting
Instructor, Occupational Therapy Assistant Jennifer Coyne Health Sciences
Instructor, Simulation and Gaming Perry Courter Information Technology
Instructor, Welding John McPherson Applied Technologies
Language Lab Services Coordinator Joanne Bellamy Foreign Languages & Academic ESL
Librarian (Archivist) Catherine Howell Library Services
Online Services Librarian Douglas Short Library Services
Program Assistant Steven Kessler Institute for Entrepreneurship
Program Developer Mark Hayes Construction Institute
Program Developer Eleanor Bartley College and Career Readiness
Program Developer Penny Godfrey Institute for Entrepreneurship
Program Developer Sacha Adele Soja CCE
Recruitment Retention & Assessment Spec. Abdelilah Guebdouri College and Career Readiness
Special Projects Coordinator Diane Frazier Associate VP for Learning's Office

Employees on the Move:

Position Title Employee's Name Department
Career Coach, Senior Kelly Cochran CCE
Director, Learning Outcomes Assessment Mary-Margaret Kantor Professional Development/eLearning
Program Trainer-Developer Alberto Botero CCE
Special Projects Coordinator Geraldine Johnson Assistant to the VP for Learning's Office

Part-time Certifications

We could not fulfill our mission without the dedication of part-time instructors. Forty-eight individuals participated in the Part-Time Faculty Certification Program – Teaching for Significant Learning this summer, completing 25 hours of training. We appreciate their willingness to reflect on their teaching practices and work to improve them.

Faculty Department
Bertha Allen Office Administration
Susan Amador Spanish
Natalie Ayambem Mathematics
Celeste Baker Spanish
Roger Birdsong Electrical/Electronics
Jennifer Blackmon Developmental English
Ashley Blair English
Debbie Bowders Health Information Technology
Esther Bruce English
Kojounda Carrington Physical Therapist Assistant
Kari Case Developmental English
Doug Cobb Advertising + Graphic Design
Thomas Cooper Sociology
Bob Currie Foreign Languages & Academic ESL
Erin Dennis Hospitality Management
Saronda Easter Cato Campus Administration
Carolyn Ellis Developmental English
Ginger Fox English
Ava Gritzuk Hospitality Management
George Hebert Physical Therapist Assistant
Kimberly Herrick Paralegal Technology
Lauren Hines English
Will Isenhour Simulation and Game Development
Linda Jensen Healthcare Continuing Education
Lisa Jones History
Jessica Kennard Information Technology
Pedram Leilabady Physics
Jonathan Luoni Simulation and Game Development
Steffanie Mccarthy Collaborative Learning
Elizabeth Mccoll English
Kydia Mccoy Mathematics
Sheryl Mills Developmental English
Markus Moore Developmental Math
John Muhlbach Computer Integrated Machining
Patrick Oconnor Psychology
Shelley Palmer English
Tim Parker Criminal Justice Technology
Karen Parks Health and Physical Education
Sandra Peele Database Management
Carolyn Reeves Developmental Reading
Anne Roberts Business and Accounting
Leah Samples Healthcare Continuing Education
Tawanna Scott Developmental Math
Helen Stockstill Political Science
Giulio Turturro Advertising + Graphic Design
Evelyn Watson Developmental English
Lee Weingarten Digital Forensics
Pierre Yandatchoussin Developmental English

Student Success Summit

CPCC is pleased to announce the inaugural 2012 Student Success Summit, Wednesday, September 19. This is a collaborative event focusing on creating seamless and supportive systems to help our students succeed and complete a credential. The Summit will focus on retention issues facing CPCC, the academic success of our students, and how we as faculty and staff can strengthen partnerships to encourage student success. No need to leave your campus to participate in this event! The keynote speaker will be Dr. Rob Johnstone, who will speak on redesigning the student experience. His presentation will be broadcast to each campus and will be followed by a lively dialogue about successful students at your particular campus.

Participants of the Student Success Summit will leave with the following:

  • Lunch
  • An increased awareness, understanding, and engagement in the dimensions of student success including retention and completion
  • Data specific for individual campuses
  • Additional ways and tools to help our students be successful
  • An insider’s view of what the College is currently doing with student success initiatives


Achieving the Dream!

As Achieving the Dream (AtD) enters year three, we are continuing to focus on improving success rates of online students and of developmental math students. The original six strategy teams continue to reach out across the institution and partner with areas impacted by the interventions. Fully online sections of CIS 110, PSY 150, and ENG 112 were identified to engage in the AtD work related to online students. Faculty teaching these online sections completed professional development in the pedagogy of online teaching, the use of Blackboard Collaborate, an online synchronous tool, and submitted their courses for a quality course review. Seven hundred and forty-nine students in these sections voluntarily completed a revised orientation for online students. AtD also worked with students enrolled in the lowest levels of the piloted DMA math modules at Levine Campus. Students in these courses completed workshops on test-taking skills, math anxiety, and study skills. Thirty-two of these students completed an orientation specifically designed for their needs and 14 math faculty completed professional development workshops on the socio-economic and psychological needs of developmental students. In addition, AtD oversaw the development of practice placement tests designed to help students prepare for their placement test; to date more than 8900 placement tests have been taken. Throughout the 2012-2013 academic year AtD will be working on assessing the interventions piloted in 2012 and defining how to scale these up to become sustainable and reach a larger population of our students. Finally, CPCC is applying this year to become an AtD Leader College. Leader Colleges have demonstrated commitment to and made progress on the four principles of Achieving the Dream: committed leadership, use of evidence to improve programs and services, broad engagement, and systemic institutional improvement. Being an AtD Leader College will position CPCC even more strategically to support our students with student success initiatives.

Completion by Design

CPCC is continuing its focus on student success by participating in Completion by Design (CbD). This is a Gates initiative to increase completion rates among community college students across the country. Guilford CC (lead), Davidson CC, Martin CC, Wake Tech CC, and CPCC are representing North Carolina in this effort. The planning teams from each college, along with the System Office, have worked throughout the year to look at data, state and local policies, and best practices that contribute to student success. The N.C. cadre identified three populations to be monitored throughout the grant period. The target groups are students who place into RED 090 but not more than two levels of developmental math, part-time students aged 26 and under who are receiving financial aid, and students with 30+ hours who have not received a credential within five years. In addition to monitoring each target group, each college will establish teams to review requirements for AA/AS degrees, implement intrusive advising practices, and incorporate year-round bridge opportunities for students who do not meet college-level criteria. The overall goal is to help students succeed and complete a credential.

Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)

The QEP Development Committee is excited about the progress made in developing the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). As you know, the QEP is a carefully designed course of action that addresses a well-defined and focused challenge related to enhancing student learning and an integral part of CPCC's reaccreditation process with SACSCOC. The College’s mission statement and first strategic goal emphasize the importance of keeping student success as the central focus of College initiatives; therefore, the mission and the first strategic goal are the driving forces behind CPCC’s Quality Enhancement Plan to aid in the success of first-year, full-time curriculum students. This semester the Development Committee will continue reviewing CPCC data, relevant literature, and best practices to design programming and activities that are student-centered, proactive, and collaborative. By concentrating on student success during their first academic year, the QEP seeks to assist students in building skills and utilizing resources that they can draw upon to successfully achieve their academic goals.

Focus on Grants to Support Student Success Initiatives

During the 2012-13 academic year, College staff and faculty of the Learning Unit will implement numerous grant-funded initiatives designed to support student success. The following are three examples of programs that will be implemented during the upcoming year:

Project Title: Regional Effort to Advance Charlotte Information Technology (REACH IT)

Funder: US Department of Labor ($4,999,071)

CPCC will lead REACHT IT, a US Department of Labor H-1B Technical Skills Training grant that focuses on training and certifying incumbent and long-term unemployed workers in the Charlotte region in the high growth Information Technology industry. The H-1B Technical Skills Training grants program is designed to provide education, training, and job placement assistance to non-entry level workers and support them in advancing to occupations and industries for which employers are using H-1B visas to hire foreign workers. A collaboration of the Health Information Technology and Continuing Education Computer Training programs, CPCC will provide training for 733 long-term unemployed workers over the four-year project.

Project Title: Math Curriculum Improvement Project (MATH CIP)

Funder: North Carolina Community College System ($300,000)

As the state lead for the Math CIP, CPCC will engage mathematics faculty members, as well as faculty from other disciplines as needed, from across the 58 community colleges to research, develop, and implement appropriate mathematics pathways to support STEM and non-STEM curriculum programs in the North Carolina Community College System. Project goals include accomplishing vertical alignment of K-12, community college and university transfer math competencies, making the link between math learning outcomes and careers more explicit, and making community college math requirements more explicit and easier for students to understand.

Project Title: Accelerating Opportunity

Funder: Gates Foundation through the North Carolina Community College System ($225,000)

The NCCCS/Gates grant will allow CPCC to use its highly successful Pathways to Employment program to pilot program design and instructional strategies supported by the Accelerating Opportunity framework. These pathways begin with Adult Basic Education or ESL, and continue to a one-year college-level certificate and/or AAS degree. Basic skills instruction will be contextualized within the occupational and technical training courses to allow for accelerated movement through the education pathways and the bypassing of developmental education.

Student success! All of the efforts described above are aimed at success for our students! I am grateful for all of the opportunities we have to help our students be successful! I am grateful to you for all you bring to the Learning Unit, the College, and our mission! I look forward to a productive year together!



Richard Zollinger
Vice President for Learning
Central Piedmont Community College