CPCC to open Ballantyne Center, classes begin in July

last modified Mar 16, 2015 01:00 PM
CPCC to open Ballantyne Center, classes begin in July

CPCC Ballantyne Center

Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) will begin offering classes in its new Ballantyne Center in July.

The college is leasing 10,000 square feet of space in the Gibson Building, located at 11430 N. Community House Rd., Charlotte, with plans to have the facility up fitted into classrooms by mid-summer.

“The Ballantyne community is one of the fastest-growing areas of Mecklenburg County and has been for some time,” explained Dr. Tony Zeiss, CPCC president. “As many as 200,000 Mecklenburg residents and 200 businesses call Ballantyne home, while several Fortune 500 companies have operations in the area. The college sees the need to serve this part of the county more effectively and will do so by having a physical presence there.”

CPCC will open its Ballantyne Center by first offering corporate and continuing education classes. A number of the companies with operations in Ballantyne already are clients of CPCC’s Corporate Learning Center. The initial course offerings will include topics such as:

  • Banking and Financial Services;
  • Business Processes;
    • Business Analysis
    • Project Management
  • Computer and Information Technology;
  • Customer Service;
  • Entrepreneurship and Small Business;
  • General Business;
  • Human Resources;
  • Insurance;
  • Leadership and Management;
  • Marketing and Sales;
  • Notary;
  • Real Estate and Appraisal; and
  • Personal Enrichment classes.

“The college will survey employers in the Ballantyne area to determine their specific training and workforce development needs,” Zeiss added. “We’ll then build our Ballantyne curriculum to meet those needs.”

“It is exciting to have CPCC as a new neighbor and resource in the Ballantyne area,” said Wil Brooks, owner of Wil Brooks State Farm Agency at Ballantyne and a former member of the Charlotte Chamber Ballantyne Chapter Board of Directors and current chapters chair for the chamber’s Executive Committee. “CPCC’s presence will enhance the quality of education and training for all businesses in our area.”

Mack McDonald, CPCC associate dean for business and industry learning, will lead the launch and operations of the Ballantyne Center. Ballantyne-area employers with questions about the new CPCC center can contact McDonald at 704.330.4286 or at Mack.McDonald@cpcc.edu.

“MetLife in Charlotte is appreciative of its ongoing partnership and collaboration with Central Piedmont Community College. We have benefitted from CPCC’s many high-quality workshops and excellent instructors for over a year now, and CPCC’s new location near our Ballantyne facilities will further enhance that partnership,” said Paula Teich, MetLife director, global learning and development. “We look forward to working with the college as it offers training opportunities ‘close to home’ for our Charlotte-based associates.”

An economic impact study conducted for the North Carolina Community College System indicated CPCC added $1.1 billion to the Mecklenburg County economy in 2012-13. Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) conducted the study by looking at CPCC’s economic impact through its operations spending, construction spending, student spending, and the financial imprint of the college’s alumni.

In 2012-13, CPCC’s payroll and other operations spending equaled approximately $131 million. The college’s new construction and renovation projects added $6.1 million to the local economy. Students who relocated to Mecklenburg County to attend CPCC in 2012-13 spent money on groceries, transportation, rent and other needs and put an additional $11.8 million into the county’s economy. EMSI suggests the accumulated economic contribution of CPCC alumni employed in Mecklenburg County amounted to $979.8 million. All totaled, CPCC’s 2012-13 economic impact reached $1.1 billion. (See https://www.cpcc.edu/features/cpcc-economic-impact-fact-sheet-2015.)