Current Initiatives

Learning College

With its Strategic Plan for 2015-2018, CPCC reaffirmed its fundamental commitment to student success and the importance of continuing to be a learning-centered college. A learning college places learning first and provides educational experiences for learners anyway, anywhere, anytime, with a mission to produce learning with every student by whatever means work best. The College itself is a learner, continuously learning how to produce more learning with each entering student.  This year the college will begin the process for updating the strategic direction.

The purpose of a learning college is not to transfer knowledge but to create environments that bring students to discover and construct knowledge for themselves and to make students members of communities of learners that make discoveries and solve problems. All College employees are encouraged to be learners and to accept collective responsibility for student learning and success.

Career Hub

CPCC has enhanced the services provided through Career Services and Learning and Workforce Development with the aid of Career Hub. Career Hub is a free resource designed for job seekers, students who would like to learn more about career options and their academic requirements, and employers who are hiring.

Completion by Design and Success Through Academic Reporting

CPCC participates in several efforts to help more community college students succeed, including Completion by Design (CbD) and Success through Academic Reporting (STAR).   CbD is dedicated to restructuring the community college student experience to increase completion rates while maintaining access and quality. CbD helps colleges identify points of loss and momentum along a student's pathway.  While this is CPCC's final year as a CbD school, the lessons learned will benefit current and future students. STAR is the College's Quality Enhancement plan which focuses on sending strategic communication to students at critical points in the semester and aligning them with the resources needed to be successful when issues first arise. CbD and STAR recognize the importance of using data to identify gaps and prioritize actions, broad engagement and shared responsibility across the College, and systematic institutional processes aimed at implementing, evaluating, and improving strategies for student success.


Scholarships are provided through the College’s Foundation and the generosity of industries, businesses, professional organizations, civic clubs, and individual philanthropists. Academic WorksTM is a scholarship database that pairs new and returning students to eligible scholarships while ensuring the donors’ requests.


CPCC provides comprehensive services to veterans, guardsmen/women, reservists, and their immediate family members through the Center for Military Families and Veterans Center and its respective staff. Professional counseling, career coaching, enrollment and benefit support, academic planning, and case management enable veteran students and their families succeed. The Center has facilities and resources funded by significant grants from Microsoft, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and Goodrich. CPCC has been named a “Military Friendly School” by Victory Media and is included in their school listing.  The honor ranks CPCC in the top 15% of all colleges, universities, and trade schools in the nation.  Only 1,600 of the 10,000 schools surveyed made the final list.

Online Course Schedule

The traditional printed course schedules have been replaced by the online Schedule Builder. This online course schedule allows visitors to quickly search for credit and non-credit courses. Once the schedule is built, students may continue to the online registration system to register for classes and pay their tuition.

Integrated Counseling and Advisement Network (ICAN)

ICAN is an award-winning collaborative advising system that includes faculty, staff, academic advisors, counselors, and technology to enhance student success. Advising plays an essential part in student persistence and success. At CPCC advising is viewed as an integrated, developmental process that contributes to a student’s total college performance.

Mentoring Programs

CPCC has developed mentoring and leadership programs to aid students on their path to success.

  • The Minority Male Mentoring Program, MAN UP, was designed for male students to focus on issues relating to retention, academic achievement, career networking, self-esteem, and professionalism.
  • The Ruth G. Shaw Scholars Program is available through a selective process requiring academic history at the college. Participants are included in an Emerging Leadership program and receive a $1,000 scholarship.

    Bridge Program

    The Bridge Program provides first generation or low income recent high school graduates a structured, supervised environment to make the transition from high school to college. To participate in the Bridge Program, a student must be a graduate of CMS with an overall grade point average of 2.0, recommended by either the Communities-In-Schools or CPCC’s Outreach and Recruitment Department, take CPCC’s placement examination, and plan to enter a college or university.

    Service Learning

    Service Learning is an innovative program designed to deepen student learning in the classroom and enhance a sense of civic responsibility through meaningful and organized service activities in the local community. CPCC partners with numerous schools, community agencies, and nonprofit organizations that benefit from the service work provided by our student learners. CPCC is the first community college to become a charter member of North Carolina Campus Compact, a statewide coalition of colleges and universities dedicated to promoting civic engagement among our students.

    Adult and Academic English as a Second Language

    These language programs prepare students who need to improve their English language skills for college-level study or for career advancement. The programs also prepare non-native speakers of English to function successfully in institutions of higher education and in professional settings, prepare newly arrived immigrants 18 years and older who need to improve their basic literacy communication skills, and provide English language instruction online.

    Pathways to Employment

    The nationally acclaimed Pathways to Employment Program is designed to prepare students to enter the workforce as skilled employees. Pathways programs run 12 to 14 weeks and combine classes that teach basic academic and job readiness skills with training for jobs where skilled workers are in high demand. Central Piedmont Community College has quickly become a model for other community colleges seeking to develop their own Pathways programs.

    Social Media

    In light of the growing popularity of social media sites across numerous audiences, CPCC began officially using social media in 2009. The college maintains nearly a dozen official social network sites including media on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Stay up-to-date on College activities by visiting our website and subscribing to our social media sites.