Howard R. Levine Foundation Gives $500,000 to CPCC

last modified Dec 04, 2012 09:04 AM
Howard R. Levine Foundation Gives $500,000 to CPCC

Howard R. Levine

The Howard R. Levine Foundation of Charlotte, N.C., has made two recent grants totaling $500,000 to Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC).

A $100,000-grant has enabled the College to hire additional part-time faculty members to meet the need for additional classes created by enrollment growth.

“Thanks to the Howard R. Levine Foundation’s generous support, the College has been able to add classes in high-demand core courses, which are needed by students to advance their academic progress and career training,” said Dr. Tony Zeiss, CPCC president. “The foundation’s grant has helped CPCC address a pressing need and ensure opportunities and access for our students.”

The foundation’s second grant of $400,000 will establish the Howard R. Levine Veterans Scholarship Fund and create the Howard Levine Veterans Resource Center at CPCC’s Levine Campus, in Matthews, N.C. The scholarship fund will provide much-needed financial assistance to U.S. military veterans who lack GI Bill benefits or whose benefits are inadequate to meet their educational costs. The Levine Veterans Resource Center will provide counseling, academic advising and other support services to veterans studying at the Levine Campus.

“Providing access to education and resources is crucial to ensuring that returning service men and women receive the training and support they need,” said Howard Levine. “Words alone cannot express my sincere appreciation for what our military members have endured to serve our country. It’s my hope that through these grants, CPCC will continue to be a trusted resource for our veterans, giving them the tools they need to ensure their future success.”

According to Zeiss, the Howard Levine Foundation grants come at a good time and meet growing needs of the College.

“Over the past five years, CPCC has experienced a dramatic increase in its U.S. veteran enrollment, as service members return from duty in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Zeiss explained. “The Howard R. Levine Foundation’s compassion and magnanimous support will help the College meet the needs of these deserving individuals who have served their country.”

“CPCC and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community are fortunate to have supporters and friends like the Howard R. Levine Foundation. We certainly appreciate these meaningful grants and the immediate and positive impact these will make,” Zeiss said.

Central Piedmont Community College is the largest community college in North Carolina, offering nearly 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.