College renames its North Campus the Merancas Campus to honor longtime donors

last modified Nov 02, 2011 05:16 PM

In recognition of the longtime support of Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) donors Casey and Anke Mermans, founders of The Merancas Foundation, the College has renamed its North Campus in Huntersville, N.C., the Merancas Campus. A naming ceremony will be held at the campus this fall to honor the couple’s generosity and philanthropic spirit.

“The Merancas Foundation has supported CPCC and its many programs for almost 20 years,” said Dr. Tony Zeiss, president of CPCC. "Casey and Anke have always subscribed to CPCC’s mission - to help individuals prepare for today’s workforce by equipping them with the skills they need to be successful. Because of the Mermans’ generosity, CPCC will be able to offer the training programs necessary to accomplish this goal for years to come. Therefore it is only appropriate that we give our North Campus the Merancas name for a Foundation that believes in helping adults become self-sufficient, productive citizens.”

Casey and Anke Mermans founded the Merancas Foundation in 1989. Since the Foundation’s inception, the couple has helped more than 3,000 CPCC students receive an education and been strong supporters of the College’s short-term training programs, Jumpstart for displaced workers and Pathways to Employment, a nationally acclaimed initiative that helps disadvantaged adults enter the workforce as skilled employees in as little as 12-14 weeks.

“Like CPCC, The Merancas Foundation prides itself on building successful men and women,” explains Casey Mermans. “That is why we are honored to now have our name synonymous with CPCC, an institution that is able to take our vision for young people and the region’s workforce and make it a reality through its many degree, certificate and technical job training programs.”

The College offers many of these programs at its Huntersville, N.C., campus. In addition to general education and special interest classes, the Merancas Campus is home to the College’s Public Safety and Health, Allied Health, Transport Systems Technology, Criminal Justice Technology, Basic Law Enforcement, Forensics Institute and In-Service Training (Fire, Rescue, EMT and Law Enforcement) programs.

Central Piedmont Community College is the largest community college in North Carolina, offering close to 300 degree and certification programs, customized corporate training, market-focused continuing education, and special interest classes. CPCC is academically, financially and geographically accessible to all citizens of Mecklenburg County. In 2002, the National Alliance of Business named CPCC the Community College of the Year for its response to the workforce and technology needs of local employers and job seekers through innovative educational and training strategies.

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This release prepared by Mallory Benz, 704.330.6613. An archive of CPCC news releases is at www.cpcc.edu/college-news