EXPLORE: Student Organizations


Have a general question about clubs? Contact clubs@cpcc.edu

Please note: Though we do our best to make sure that accurate information is available to students about clubs, please understand that not every student organization is active every semester. If students who were in leadership roles in previous semesters have transferred away from CPCC, some student organizations may not continue to be active.

For the most up to date meeting times on each organization, please refer to the Student Life Calendar of Events. These clubs are housed at Central Campus, unless otherwise noted.

If you have questions about any student organization, please contact Student Life at your campus.

What Are The Different Types of Student Organizations?

Student organizations with an academic focus tend to revolved their organizations around a particular area of study.  This can allow student orgnaization members to gain additional experience in their academic or vocational field.

Student organizations with a competitive focus, tend to focus in different events with other student organizations.  These student organizations may be academic or vocational in nature, but tend to compete more often in various competitions.

Student organizations that are special interest tend to come together to share a common interest.



American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) 
This group of students comes together for special projects and events and often meets with successful architects in the community. Often AIAS sponsors field trips to nationally recognized monuments and buildings. Contact Paul Braswell.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
ASME promotes the art, science & practice of multidisciplinary engineering & allied sciences around the globe. Contact Jesus Gonzalez.

American Society for Non-Destructive Testing (ASNT) (Harper Campus)
The NC Student Chapter of ASNT works to provide a forum of exchange of NDE technical information; to provide supplemental training and service opportunities for the members; to prepare members for industry sanctioned qualified examinations; promotes NDE as a career choice; and pursue community service activities. They are housed at the Harper Campus. Contact Rand Ernst.

American Welding Society (AWS) (Harper Campus)
This student organization is housed at the Harper Campus and includes students currently enrolled in the Welding certificate and/or degree programs. They often participate in community service work and have competed in local and regional welding competitions. Welding Club enhances awareness of the art and science of welding and how it affects our daily lives. Contact Ray Sosko.

Association of General Contractors Student Chapter (AGC) (Harper Campus)
The purpose of the AGC Student Chapter is to build a sense of community within the Construction Technologies division at CPCC and to advance the knowledge of its members in the field of construction management and related occupations. Contact George Wightman for more information.

Association of Nursing Students (ANS)
The Association of Nursing Students (ANS) promotes participation in community and legislative affairs, related to the profession of nursing. Members are current students in the Christa A. Overcash school of Nursing. All nursing students are encouraged to join the ANS.  For more information, please contact Karen Flaherty, Kent Rittenhouse or Debbie Higgins.

Baking & Pastry Arts Club (BPA) (Harris Campus)
This student organization includes students in the Baking & Pastry Arts degree program and is housed at the Harris Campus. This group actively raises funds for trips around the world, has their own on-campus business, and learns about current baking methods & techniques. Contact Tessia Harman.

Black & Tans (Harper Campus)
This student organization is an off-shoot of the CPCC AWS Welding Club and studies the art of blacksmithing. This student organization is housed at the Harper Campus. Contact Steve Gore or John McPherson.

Cardiovascular Technology Student Association
This student organization promotes cardiovascular education. For more information contact Chris Jolly or Sabrina Black.

Clay Bodies
Clay Bodies promotes student understanding of the aesthetic, technical, and historical aspects of the ceramic arts through field trips, lectures, and workshops. Contact advisor Paula Smith.

Culinary Club
To promote fellowship among Culinary and Hospitality students by exchanging professional information about the field and strengthening the bond of friendship and understanding between members. Contact Chef Dan Cheatham for more information.

Cytotechnology Student Association (CSA)
The Cytotechnology Student Association is comprised of Cytotechnology students, practicing Cytotechnologists, and Pathologists. The CSA strives to educate the community on health issues related to the field of cytology as well as promote the profession of Cytotechnology at the local, state, and national levels. Contact Kim Kaylor.

Dental Assisting Student Association (DASA) (Harris Campus)
Dental Assisting Student Association (DASA) promotes student involvement in school activities, supports student travel to workshops and conventions, and works to increase awareness of the profession. They are housed at the Harris Campus. Contact the program (advisor position currently open).

Dental Hygiene Club (Freshman & Senior)
Dental Hygiene Club works to generate public awareness of dental health needs and confidence in the profession by promoting professional attitudes; sponsors travel to professional conferences. First-year students should contact Brenda Sanner and second-year students should contact Eileen Clark.

Early Childhood Education Club (Harris Campus)
Early Childhood Club encourages professional growth and involvement of its members in a variety of endeavors within the early childhood education field. Members participate in local and state early childhood activities and network with other early childhood professionals and organizations in the area. The club sponsors various social and community service projects and requires members to do three hours of community service each semester. The group is housed at the Harris Campus. Contact Christine Sargeant or Sandy Newnan.

Future Respiratory Therapists
Future Respiratory Therapists promotes awareness of the profession and encourages membership in the national professional organization, American Association for Respiratory Care. Contact Lorraine Brodziak or Tina Harper.

Horticulture Club
This club is housed at CPCC's Cato Campus and includes students currently in the Horticulture academic program. They host two large plant sales each year. For more information, contact Randy Sigg or find him at the Cato Campus in the Greenhouse.

HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) This student organization invites students interested in any of our health career programs. This group actively promotes participation in community service events while working to build confidence in the profession by aiding in the development of leadership skills. Members are given the opportunity to compete in state and national events. We welcome new club members. Visit their website for more information or contact Jessica Buckler or Karen Summers.

Human Services Technology Club
Human Services Technology Club empowers and motivates students toward realization of their fullest potential and provides opportunities for them to share their talents within the Human Services network. Contact Maurice McDonald.

HVAC/R Club (Harper Campus)
The HVAC/R Club is a student-based service organization whose main goal is assisting members in their pursuit of educational and professional goals. The club promotes ideals of honesty, community service, leadership, critical thinking, and technical skills development in addition to providing many opportunities for networking, skills enhancement, and life-long learning. Please contact Mark Paterno for more information about joining the group.

International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP)
This student organization reaches out to students currently in the Office Systems Technologies academic program and is the student-chapter of the local IAAP organization. Contact Faye Harvin for more information.

The iASL Club provides an outlet through which students in the Interpreter Training program can come together to meet each other for educational benefits and for social events with the Deaf community. They are housed at CPCC's Cato Campus. Contact Bev Woodel.

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)

IEEE focuses on all aspects of electrical engineering, electronics, radio, allied branches of engineering or the related arts and sciences, as well as the furtherance of professional development among students in the field.  Contact Terrence Fagan.

Metal Arts Club The Metal Arts Club exists to maintain a constant awareness of metal arts, both current and historical; and to facilitate appreciation of metal arts in general. Contact Terry McMicking.

National Technical Honor Society - Harper Campus
The NTHS is a prestigious organization for students with outstanding academic performance in a technical field. In order to be eligible for membership, you must have completed 12 credit hours of college-level work at CPCC, have a 3.25 GPA, and be a currently registered student in a Harper Campus technical program. Invitations for membership are sent to students' CPCC e-mail accounts at the beginning of every fall semester. For more information, please contact Krystal Crowe.

Paralegal Society of Central Piedmont Community College The Paralegal Society is for paralegal students to enhance their educational experience by networking, enriching minds, and becoming involved in the community through service activities.Club members will do this by giving them hands on experience, connecting them with society, and becoming a paralegal. Contact Jim Carter.

Phi Lambda, Phi Theta Kappa
PTK is the international honor society for two-year colleges. In order to be eligible for membership, you must have completed 12 credit hours of college-level work at CPCC, have a 3.5 GPA, and be currently registered as a CPCC student. Invitations for membership typically in September and February and inductions are typically in November and April. For more information, visit the CPCC PTK website.

Phoenix Challenge Team (Harper Campus)
This club is housed at the Harper Campus and includes students who are enrolled in the Graphic Arts Imaging Technology program. This club was established to promote skill development through teamwork and camaraderie, to provide service to the College and community, and to build networking relationships throughout the printing industry. We welcome new club members. Please contact Zach Blackburn for more information.

Psi Beta (Cato Campus)
Psi Beta is the honor society for community college students in Psychology. This group also holds regular meetings and often plans campus events, conferences, etc. Contact Joan Jensen for eligibility requirements and for more information.

SAFER (Safety Awareness and Fire Emergency Response)
SAFER works to promote fire safety to the community as well as to the students through organized activities that give the public tools to practice fire safety. Students in this organization are typically enrolled in the Fire Protection program at CPCC. Contact Tony Bateman.

Sociology/Psychology Association (SPA)
SPA provides an opportunity for students interested in Sociology and Psychology to come together and further their interest. This student organization also works closely with the Sociology and Psychology departments at UNCC. Contact Mary Daly or Jennifer Gibson.

theCurious (Advertising + Graphic Design) (Harper Campus)
A+GD, "The Curious," is the professional association for design, which is “committed to advancing design as a professional craft, strategic tool and vital cultural force.” The CPCC A+GD Student Group’s meetings and activities are held on the Harper Campus. Annual dues include membership in the national organization. Activities include guest speakers, design-related field trips, portfolio enhancing activities and the opportunity to network with local professionals. Contact Kenn Compton or Ellen Ward.

TRiO Club
The purpose of TRiO Club is to integrate the talents and energy of current TRiO-SSS students and recent alumni to support and serve the College and the TRiO-SSS program and its participants. Contact Margie Gilliam.

Turf Grass Management 
This group meets at Cato Campus and are students interested in maintaining beautiful greens. Contact John Royals.

Visual Arts Club
Visual Arts Club enhances appreciation of the visual arts by sponsoring campus exhibits and activities, field trips, and visiting artists. Contact Isaac Payne.


Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
One of CPCC's newest student organizations, this group of students consists of students interested in computers and computer programming. This group participates in national and regional competitions with other college students and are often volunteers in the community, providing their expert skills to local non-profits and schools. Contact Farhad Javidi.

Enactus is an international non-profit organization active on more than 1,400 university campuses in 48 countries. Enactus teams create economic opportunities in their communities by organizing outreach projects that focuses on: market economics, entrepreneurship, personal financial success skills, and business ethics. Contact Mike Grier.

Skills USA - Automotive
This group works to enhance members' skill set through extra curricular activities designed to advance automotive diagnostic and repair expertise. They are primarily housed at the Levine Campus, but students enrolled in the automotive program at Merancas Campus are welcome. Contact Joe Carbon.

STARS in STEM, which stands for The Students and Technology in Academia, Research and Service Leadership in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.  STARS in STEM will provide professional and academic opportunities.  Contact Jean Schoenheit.



Anime Club
The Anime Club addresses Japanese culture through a popular media called anime, also known as animation. Through the club, members will experience the different drawing styles and explore a different style of entertainment.  Contact Perry Courter for more information.

Central Piedmont Historical Association
This student organization is a group of students who enjoy learning about history.  The club offers hands on opportunities to get involved in historical research and interactive types of historic field trips, movies, presentations and service opportunities.  For more information, contact Hugh Dussek.

Chess Knights Club
The Chess Knights Club meets at Central Campus to teach students how to play chess, to offer chess playing a few times each week for students that already know how to play chess, and offer student competitions. To join this club, visit Bob Erwin in the Time Warner Student Commons (the first floor of Overcash at Central Campus).

Communities in Colleges
This student organization serves at CPCC's link to Communities in Schools. Students involved in Communities in Colleges were involved with Communities in Schools while in high school. They work to connect to current CIS students and provide a link to support their successful transition to CPCC. Contact Armah Shiancoe. Joining? Complete an application to join.

Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC)
The Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) is an organization for students who are in recovery from addictive disorders including alcohol, drugs and eating disorders. Students can engage with and seek support from students fighting the same battles, as well as have access to supportive faculty and staff members on our campus. The organization is designed to assist students with any struggles they may have in maintaining sobriety while being a successful college student. For more information contact Tony Beatty via email or at 704-330-2722 x3481.

Drama Club
This club provides an environment for current CPCC students that encourages; artistic growth, education of Art and the Art Industry, and supply other avenues to show and share artistic works of current CPCC Students. Provide activities and services that enhance positive relationships among students, the College and the community. Contact Tom Hollis.

Environment And Recreation Through Habitats (EARTH)
An outdoor exploration club to inspire and appreciate interests in sustainability and the environment. Contact Matt Miller.

Go Global
The purpose of the Go Global Club is to learn about different cultures and promote opportunities to study abroad by raising awareness at CPCC and raising scholarship money. Go Global appreciates different languages and ways of doing things by participating in multi-cultural events and supporting students who want study abroad.  Go Global also creates a sense of unity among students with interested in other cultures. Come make plans for future activities together. Contact Nadine Russell for more information.

International Student Association
The International Student Association is a group of students who work with other international students to introduce them to CPCC and the Charlotte area through various collaborative events on campus and with other local colleges. Contact Adam Hypes for more information.

Japanese Culture Club (Levine Campus)
The Japanese Culture Club addresses Japanese culture through a popular media called anime, also known as animation. Through the club, members will experience the different drawing styles and explore a different style of entertainment.  Contact Alisa Hylton for more information.

Model United Nations (also Model UN or MUN)
This is a student organization that aims to educate student about current events, topics in international relations, diplomacy and the United Nations agenda. Students role-play as diplomats representing a nation in a simulated session of the United Nations, such as the Security Council or the General Assembly. Student research a country, take on roles as diplomats, investigate international issues, debate, deliberate, consult, and then develop solutions to world problems. Contact Teresa Hall.

Peer Mentor Association
This student organization supports the peer mentoring efforts of first-year students to CPCC. They work closely with staff in CPCC's First Year Experience office and help support new students by providing information and guidance and also work to support other efforts in this area. Contact Ariel Cam.

Reach Out (Levine Campus)
Reach Out is a Christian group, led by CPCC students that gathers together to fellowship, grow, network and impact the community through meetings, worship, Bible studies and outreach activities. We welcome you to join us as we serve God and aspire to answer His call. This student organization meets at Levine Campus. Contact Cassandra Loftin.

Reach Out (Central Campus)
Reach Out is a Christian group, led by CPCC students that gathers together to fellowship, grow, network and impact the community through meetings, worship, Bible studies and outreach activities. We welcome you to join us as we serve God and aspire to answer His call. This student organization meets at Levine Campus. Contact Kimberly Mitchell.

Rotaract Club (Central Campus)
This group shares a common interest in serving their community and works to raise interest and awareness in CPCC sponsored service activities like Alternative Spring Break and the MLK Challenge. Contact Jenn Marts.

Rotaract Club (Merancas Campus)
This group shares a common interest in serving their community. They meet on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month. Contact Stephanie Sabbagh.

SGD E-Zine
This group shares a vision of educating members of the Simulation Gaming Design program at CPCC in developing trends in the gaming industry as well best practices the various disciplines. This club aims to highlight the work of their students in this program and offer a way to network and meet new CPCC students. Contact Marc Tucker.

Spectrum Club
The Spectrum Club was established to provide a sense of community and support for LGBTQ students and their allies at CPCC. Spectrum holds meetings twice monthly and other social events to give students a chance to meet new friends in a safe, positive environment. Spectrum also promotes giving back to the community through service and outreach projects. Spectrum values diversity and welcomes any CPCC student who would like to be a part of a great club. For more information, please visit our facebook page at facebook.com/groups/CPCCSpectrum.

Student Veterans of America (SVA)
CPCC Student Veterans of America is an organization where student veterans of all military branches can get together, provide support to one another, and assist community organizations to improve the welfare of veterans attending CPCC or living in North Carolina. Meetings are held every Tuesday in the Veterans Resource Lounge.  For more information please contact Jim Lawson. SVA is connected to the larger Student Veterans of America organization.