CPCC names 2013 Co-op Student, Employer of the Year

last modified Apr 03, 2013 08:32 AM
CPCC names 2013 Co-op Student, Employer of the Year

(l. to r.) Laura Howard and April Ryan

Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) held its annual Cooperative (Co-op) Education Awards ceremony on March 27. During the event, college leaders gathered to recognize CPCC students, community partners and local business and industry that have demonstrated excellence in cooperative education at CPCC.

One such recipient was Laura Howard of Cornelius, N.C., a CPCC Human Services student, who was presented with the 2013 “M.E. Hessberg Co-op of the Year Award.” Laura was recognized for her work as a co-op with The Pines, a senior citizen community located in Davidson, N.C. There, Laura serves as a recreation assistant intern, implementing planned programs, special events and activities that enrich the lives of the center’s residents and clients. According to her supervisor, Laura is well organized, responsible and has an innate ability to establish quality relationships with the center’s many constituents – this includes its residents, administrators and staff.

Steve Moore Chevrolet also received accolades during the event for employing multiple CPCC students in its GM ASEP program. Because of this, college officials awarded the company the “Co-op Employer of the Year Award.” The company’s involvement in CPCC’s co-op program first began in the 1980s when it was “Diamond Chevy.” Over the years, Chevrolet’s co-op program has evolved and grown, requiring each student to participate in four co-ops. As a result, the company hosts students for longer periods of time and therefore invests in each student’s training even more. This investment ensures the dealership maintains a well-trained workforce, while connecting CPCC students to meaningful careers in the automotive field.

Other award recipients included:

Co-op Student of the Year-Honorable Mention: April Ryan of Charlotte, N.C., Horticulture Technology

Co-op Faculty Coordinator of the Year: Ken Collins of Oneonta, N.Y., Automotive Technology

Co-op Champion of the Year: Gaye List of Charlotte, N.C.

Co-op Students of Merit:

David A Benton – Automotive

William Briggs – Human Services – Substance Abuse

Pauline Demonico – Human Services – Substance Abuse

Christopher Dyson – Hospitality Management

Eric Efrid – Automotive

Eric Greene – Graphic Arts and Imaging

Timothy Key – Electrical Engineering

Luz Kraemer – Human Services – Generalist

Caroline Lantis – Advertising and Graphic Design

Cheng Lee – Advertising and Graphic Design

Michael S. McClellan – Culinary Arts

Mary Miller – Substance Abuse Counseling

Jordan Orr – Advertising and Graphic Design

Lucas Robertson – Heavy Equipment, CATS

Alexander J. Vogel – Automotive

Rosita Winckler – Baking & Pastry Arts

James M. Young – Human Services – Generalist


CPCC’s Co-op program blends classroom learning with practical work experience. Instead of attending class in a traditional classroom, students work with an employer in a position directly related to their field of study, receiving academic credit either as an elective or as a required class.

About Cooperative Education at CPCC

Cooperative Education (Co-op) is a partnership between employers and the college to provide students the opportunity to earn academic credit while interning in a position directly related to the student’s program of study. Students benefit by gaining practical work experience, building a career-related work record and increasing their employability. Employers get a unique opportunity to evaluate the student's performance and contribution before making long-term hiring commitments. To learn more, visit http://www.cpcc.edu/cooperative_education.

About CPCC

Central Piedmont Community College is the largest community college in North Carolina, offering nearly 300 degree, diploma 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. Established in 1963, CPCC is celebrating 50 years of service to Mecklenburg County residents, business and industry.