CPCC receives fourth grant from JPMorgan Chase

last modified Feb 09, 2017 01:51 PM

JPMorgan Chase awarded a $125,000 grant to continue its support of workforce development initiatives at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) and assist with the college’s efforts to help the Charlotte region become even more competitive as a global hub of commerce.

The grant will continue support of the Charlotte Regional Collaborative for a Global Economy and the efforts of community colleges in the Charlotte region as they deliver programs to address the skills and talent pipeline needs of business and industry. The grant also will help fund three conferences in 2017: CPCC’s sixth annual Global Competitiveness Summit on March 15, a workforce development conference focused on apprenticeships, and an entrepreneurship conference to promote small businesses in the global economy.

JPMorgan Chase announced the grant today at the Global Vision Leaders Group lunch meeting, held at CPCC’s Harris Conference Center. The Global Vision Leaders Group, established by CPCC in 2012, brings together more than 150 government, business and industry and non-profit leaders in the greater-Charlotte region at least twice a year to discuss the region’s global economic vision and how to capitalize on the region’s strengths to develop a greater global presence. The group’s goal is to help make the Charlotte region – 27 counties in North and South Carolina – a global hub of commerce.

In January 2015, the Global Vision Leaders Group encouraged CPCC to establish the Charlotte Regional Collaborative for a Global Economy, comprised of 15 community colleges in North and South Carolina. The group’s stated mission is to promote innovation and entrepreneurship, produce world-class talent to meet the workforce needs of globally strategic employers, and understand the needs of and respond to employers expanding into global markets.

Collaborative member colleges provide higher education, workforce development and vocational skills training in 29 counties in two states (17 in North Carolina, 12 in South Carolina), serving more than 3.5 million people in an integrated and interdependent region that is the economic heartbeat of the Carolinas.

“CPCC and the Global Vision Leaders Group have made significant progress in addressing the local skills gap and need for workforce development in the Charlotte region,” said Kent Phillips, executive director, Chase Middle Market Banking in Charlotte. “We are pleased to renew our investment in these initiatives that will help local businesses compete and thrive in today’s global economy.”

Since 2014, JPMorgan Chase has invested more than $525,000 in CPCC initiatives that have helped develop its global logistics and transportation training programs and contributed to in-depth research and analysis of the region’s competitive resources and needs.

“We thank JPMorgan Chase for its abiding support of CPCC and the college’s efforts to enhance regional workforce development in this global economy,” said CPCC President Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer. “We also thank our partners at JPMorgan Chase for recognizing and supporting the important role the 15 community colleges of the Charlotte Regional Collaborative play in meeting the talent pipeline needs of our business and industry partners.”