EXPLORE: Student Organizations

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 Central Piedmont Community College (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. Unless otherwise noted, clubs are housed at Central Campus.

If you have questions about any student organization, please contact the Office of Student Life or clubs@cpcc.edu.


Academic/Vocational 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.

Competitive Curricular Focus

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.

Special Interests Student Organizations

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


American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)

  • Contact Paul Braswell or Melanie Reddrick.
  • 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.


American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

  • Contact: Jesus Gonzalez
  • ASME promotes the art, science & practice of multidisciplinary engineering & allied sciences around the globe.


American Society for Non-Destructive Testing (ASNT) (Harper Campus)

  • Contact: Rand Ernst
  • 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.


American Welding Society (AWS) (Harper Campus)

  • Contact: Ray Sosko or Brian Lucas
  • 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.


Association of General Contractors Student Chapter (AGC) (Harper Campus)

  • Contact: George Wightman or Alan Beane
  • 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.


Association of Nursing Students (ANS)

  • Contacts: Kent Rittenhouse or Melanie Colson
  • 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.


Baking & Pastry Arts Club (BPA) (Harris Campus)

  • Contact:Tessia Harman or Tanya Beauvais
  • 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.


Black & Tans (Harper Campus)

  • Contacts: John McPherson
  • 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.


Cardiovascular Technology Student Association


Clay Bodies

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


Cosmetic Arts and Sciences Association (CASA)

  • Contact: Tomeka Lesane, Stacey Burcham, or Catherine Cunningham
  • CASA is comprised of Cosmetology students who are developing knowledge and skills needed to earn a degree and sit for the NC State Board of Cosmetic Arts Licensing Exam.  CASA is involved in charitable events associated with CPCC and activities that help support and grow the Cosmetology program.  CASA is housed at the Cosmetology campus.


Criminal Justice Association (Merancas Campus)

  • Contact: AnneMarie Garmon
  • The objective of the Criminal Justice Association shall be to honor moral and ethical values; encourage leadership education students and the public about today's Criminal Justice system, and provide learning opportunities in the areas of law Enforcement, Courts, Correction and other Criminal Justice areas.


Culinary Club and Culinary Competition

  • Contacts: Chef Dan Cheatham or Chef Robert Marilla
  • 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.


Cytotechnology Student Association (CSA)

  • Contact: Kim Kaylor
  • 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.


Dental Assisting Student Association (DASA) (Harris Campus)

  • Contacts: Tracy Hagen, Pamela Feeney or DeCora Cooper
  • 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)

  • First-year students should contact Brenda Sanner and second-year students should contact Eileen Clark.
  • 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. .


Early Childhood Education Club (Harris Campus)

  • Contacts: Christine Sargeant
  • 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.


Future Respiratory Therapists

  • Contact: Cherri Crabtree
  • Future Respiratory Therapists promotes awareness of the profession and encourages membership in the national professional organization, American Association for Respiratory Care.


Horticulture Club

  • Contact: Randy Sigg. Find him in the Cato Campus Greenhouse.
  • 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.


HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America)

  • Contacts: Jessica Buckler or Karen Summers
  • HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) 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.


Human Services Technology Club

  • Contact: Maurice McDonald
  • 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.


HVAC/R Club (Harper Campus)

  • Contact: Mark Paterno
  • 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.


International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP)

  • Contact: Faye Harvin
  • 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: Bev Woodel
  • 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.


Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)

  • Contact: Terrence Fagan
  • 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.


Mu Alpha Theta (MAT)

  • Contact: Cao Nyguen
  • The purpose of this organization is to promote scholarship in, and enjoyment and understanding of, mathematics among CPCC students, as well as to provide service to the community.

Metal Arts Club

  • Contact: Terry McMicking or Eliana Oneill
  • 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.


National Technical Honor Society (Harper Campus)

  • Contact: Anita McGill
  • 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 at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA and a 3.25 program 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 and spring semester.


Paralegal Society of Central Piedmont Community College

  • Contact: Jim Carter and Lindsay Willis
  • 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.


Phi Lambda, Phi Theta Kappa

  • Contacts: Beau Bowers or Jennifer Conway
  • 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.


Phoenix Challenge Team (Harper Campus)

  • Contact: Zach Blackburn
  • 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.


Psi Beta (Cato and Central Campus)

  • Contact: Joan Jensen (Cato Campus) or Jennifer Gibson (Central 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.


SAFER (Safety Awareness and Fire Emergency Response)

  • Contact Tony Bateman
  • 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.


Sociology/Psychology Association (SPA)

  • Contact: Mary Daly
  • 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.

Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA)

  • Contact: Megan Leach McCann
  • SOTA is a national organization that is open to all students at CPCC enrolled in the OTA program.  SOTA is an organization designed to promote the knowledge and interest in the field of occupational therapy throughout the community and to promote the professional growth of students through extracurricular activities and fundraising.  We focus on promoting the objectives of the American occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and the North Carolina Occupational Therapy Association (NCOTA).

Surgical Technology

  • Contact: Karie Tennant or Mel Angelisanti
  • The purpose of this association is to establish and promote an atmosphere conducive to optimum learning and career preparation based on a sense of tradition, camaraderie and teamwork encompassing all students currently enrolled in the Surgical Technology program.

theCurious (Advertising + Graphic Design) (Harper Campus)

  • Contacts: Kenn Compton or Lindy Dobbins
  • 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.


TRiO Club

  • Contact: Catharine Curtis or Beth Smedley
  • 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.


Turf Grass Management

  • Contact: John Royals
  • This group meets at Cato Campus and are students interested in maintaining beautiful greens.


Visual Arts Club

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




    • Contact: Mike Grier or Vivian Wright
    • 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.


    International Game Developers Association (IGDA)

    • Contacts: Perry Courter or Farhad Javidi
    • 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.


    Skills USA - Automotive

    • Contact: Joe Carbon
    • 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: Felesia Stukes or Jean Schoenheit
    • 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.


    Central Piedmont Historical Association

    • Contact: Hugh Dussek
    • 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.


    Chess Knights Club

    • Contact: Bob Erwin (Time Warner Student Commons (first floor of Overcash)
    • 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.


    Communities in Colleges

    • Contact:
    • 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. Complete an application to join.


    Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC)

    • Contact: Tony Beatty (704.330.3481)
    • 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.

    Dance Club

    • Contact: Clay Daniel
    • This purpose of this club is to provide current CPCC students a way to learn more about dance.


    Drama Club

    • Contacts: Tom Hollis or Avon Stephenson
    • 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.


    Environment And Recreation Through Habitats (EARTH)

    • Contact: RoseMary Seymour or Matt Miller
    • An outdoor exploration club to inspire and appreciate interests in sustainability and the environment.


    German Club

    • Contact: Daniela Weinert
    • The purpose of the German Club is to promote the German language and culture as well as cultural awareness.  Its other aims include making students aware of study abroad opportunities, stimulate interest in German, and collaborating with other cultural organizations to provide a more complete global consciousness at CPCC and in the community.

    Go Global

    • Contact: Nadine Russell
    • 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.


    International Student Association

    • Contact: Adam Hypes or Lindsey Shaw
    • 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.


    Japanese Culture Club (Levine Campus)

    • Contact: Alisa Hylton
    • 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.


    Model United Nations (also Model UN or MUN) (Central and Levine Campus)

    • Contact Teresa Hall (Central Campus) or Phil Garland (Levine Campus)
    • Model United Nations 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: Retha Hall or Douglas Davidson
    • The purpose of this organization is to spread joy, creativity, history, and culture of Asian animations with current CPCC students.

    Peer Mentor Association

    • Contact: Ariel Cam
    • 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.


    Phantom Poets Poetry

    • Contact: Omar Crenshaw or Omar Simpson
    • The purpose of this organization is to provide a positive and constructive environment where poets are free to share their emotions through unedited poetry, by offering a safe place in a judgement free zone where anyone can freely express their thoughts, and to be a positive outlet.

    Positive Communities for Women (PCW)

    • Contact: Danielle Dosunmu
    • The purpose of PCW is to bring women of CPCC together to empower, encourage, educate and to grow with each other.  It is a place to meet and uplift other women, support one another and have a great time. PWC meets at Central campus every Wednesday from 2pm-3pm.

    Reach Out (Levine Campus)

    • Contact: Cassandra Loftin
    • 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.


    Reach Out (Central Campus)

    • Contact:
    • 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.


    Rotaract Club (Central Campus)

    • Contact: Jenn Marts
    • 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.


    Rotaract Club (Merancas Campus)

    • Contact: Stephanie Sabbagh
    • This group shares a common interest in serving their community. They meet on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month.


    SGD E-Zine

    • Contact: Marc Tucker
    • 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.


    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) (Central Campus)

    • Contacts: Amy Bagwell or Joe Little
    • 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. SVA is connected to the larger Student Veterans of America organization.

    Student Veterans of American (SVA) (Merancas Campus)

    • Contacts: Pat Brown, Jeremy Taylor, or Clark Correll
    • 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 CPC or living in North Carolina.  SVA is connected to the larger Student Veterans of America Organization.