List of Priorities for Consideration by the Transition Team and by the New Vice President of Academic Affairs

1. Launch new classroom buildings at the Levine and Harper campuses.

Levine III Building

The Levine III Building mostly provides students greater opportunities to take their general education courses at Central Piedmont’s second largest campus. The new 89,453 square foot building houses an additional 26 instructional spaces (classrooms, computer labs and program-specific labs) with seating space for 700 students. The new building also allows for the expansion of the Nurse Aide Program at the Levine Campus, as well as moving the Medical Assisting Program from Central Campus to the Levine Campus. In doing so, this provides Central Piedmont a stronger health care program presence in the Southeast part of Mecklenburg County and a larger pipeline of graduates for the Novant Healthcare facility in Matthews.

Other building features include:

  • New Library (10,000 square feet)
  • Tucker Fine Arts Center (seating for 115)
  • Math Emporium (125 student capacity)
  • Science and Chemistry Labs (4 total)

Additional funding being requested to launch the building with the start of the fall 2019 semester include:

  • Offer class sections in new buildings (part time and online only (total $298,885):

    • General Education courses: $140,000
    • Visual and Performing Arts: $10,000
    • Science Labs - Biology and Chemistry: $90,000
    • Nurse Aide program moving from Central: $388,509
  • Requests for new full time hires (total $111,327):
    • Instructor, English: $64,752
    • Instructor, Biology: $64,752
    • Instructor, Chemistry: $64,752
    • Instructor, Nursing: $64,752
    • Instructor, Art: $64,752
    • Instructor, Drama: $64,752

Harper IV Building

The Harper IV Building mostly expands the trade programs at Central Piedmont’s “applied technologies” campus. The new 90,080 square foot building would house an additional 39 instructional spaces (including 18 program-specific labs) with seating space for almost 1200 students. The new construction and renovations allows for the expansion of the Construction Management, Architectural Technologies, Electrical Systems, Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration, Welding – Fabrication, Pipe Fitting, and Robotic Welding specializations, and Advertising and Graphic Design Programs. 

By updating its state-of-the-art labs with hands-on and simulated learning opportunities, Central Piedmont is preparing its students and graduates for many of the occupations with skill gaps and high growth opportunities in the region. 

Other building features include:

  • New Library (10,000 square feet)
  • Developmental Math and Reading Emporium Labs (44 student capacity)
  • GED and ESL Classrooms and Computer Labs
  • Expanded ESS Space (11,000 square feet)
  • Harper Middle College

Additional funding being requested to launch the building with the start of the fall 2019 semester include:

  • Offer class sections in new buildings (part time and online only (total $77,151):

    • Architecture, ELC, and Construction: $47,151
    • Communication and Journalism: $10,000
    • Math and Science: $20,000
  • Requests for new full time hires (total $111,327):
    • Instructor, Welding: $58,213
    • Lab Coordinator, Welding: $53,114

2. Expand the ROC Partnership (Rebuilding Opportunities in Construction) with The ROC, Charlotte, Goodwill and CMS, and add additional tracks that are part of the Goodwill Adult Training Program in Construction.

Both are Tier 1A - $6,505.08/FTE. The Construction Management Program is requesting an additional $165,000 to fund this expansion, as well as new college and career readiness pathways and apprenticeships. The ROC will generate 59.4 curriculum FTE, and the Goodwill Adult Training program will generate approximately 24.11 OE FTE during FY19-20 for a combined ROI of $378,239.

3. Launch new partnership with the Charlotte Fire Department for Central Piedmont to provide 100% of firefighter in-service training (annual required continuing education courses).

This would involve providing up to 160 course sections that would generate approximately 63 budget FTE (Tier 2) and $345,000 in formula funding for the College. The Fire Protection Program is requesting $200,000 in additional funding for an ROI of $145,000.

4. Implement the Evidence-to-Action objectives to help faculty and staff use data more effectively and understand their role in student success.

  • Create crosswalks to enable College and Career Readiness students and other unemployed and underemployed persons to enter curriculum, continuing education programs, and Accelerated Career Training pathways.This will address the college priority of equity and commitment to increasing the economic mobility of our students.
  • Promote self-assessment resources and awareness of career fields in demand, along with clear educational pathways to completion and credentials, to help new students make more informed choices. The goal is to increase student engagement and retention rates by reducing the number of times a student changes their program; getting a head start on choosing a career allows students to take courses and programs that put them on the right career track of day one of college.
  • Strengthen the online teaching and learning process and increase student success rates in online classes by requiring students to complete the new “Online Learning Intro” (readiness assessment) prior to registering for online classes. As outlined in the Strategic Plan for Online Learning, this goal empowers students to make wise online learning decisions. The next iteration of an online readiness assessment is to purchase the SmarterMeasure Learning Readiness Indicator, a web-based assessment which measures a learner’s readiness for succeeding in an online and/or technology-rich learning program based on non-cognitive indicators of success. SmarterMeasure indicates the degree to which an individual student possesses attributes, skills, and knowledge that contribute to success in online learning. The approximate cost is around $40,000.

5. Implement the new developmental education reform initiative - RISE (Reinforced Instruction for Student Excellence).

By offering accelerated English (ENG) and mathematics (MAT) classes, students are able to reach their educational goals faster and easier, by allowing them to take college-level courses in the first year with co-requisites. The start-up costs associated with this initiative have been included in the FY19-20 State Budget.

6. Implement the Year Up program in partnership with Bank of America for young adults who are disconnected from education and employment opportunities due to socio-economic inequities.

We will pilot the program in Project Management, Cyber Security, and Software Development certificate programs for 50 students in fall 2019. The start-up costs associated with this initiative have been included in the FY19-20 State Budget.

7. Continue to implement the OE Growth Plan for 2018-2021

The OE Growth Plan for 2018-2021 was recently prepared in response to:

  • additional non-recurring and recurring “parity funding” allocations from the State because the OE FTE earn back values are now the same as Curriculum FTE Tiers
  • a legislative focus on short-term workforce training programs
  • the Corporate and Continuing Education Program Cost Study
  • recommendations by consultant Kennon Briggs

8. Review the academic program content on the new website for accuracy.

The program pages were created based on survey input and to have consistency across programs to provide the key information our audiences expect and need. Once the website launched, the program contacts will be asked to enhance the pages with student and faculty stories or other information that adheres to the content strategy. We're excited that new Career Fields features will drive audiences to the program pages based on their needs and interests. To close the loop, we still need to ensure that a link to the Career Coach Career Assessment is prominently located near the Program Finder page.

9. Implement the Online Teaching Certification program per Goal 2 of the Strategic Plan for Online Learning.

In order to ensure that faculty is proficient in the technological and pedagogical requirements of effectively teaching online courses, beginning the fall semester 2019, all online faculty will be expected to participate and become certified to teach online through this mandatory program. 

10. Support the rapid expansion of the CDL Truck Driver Training Program

The CDL Truck Driver Training program now has 13 trucks. Classes fill within 15 minutes of sections being posted and the job placement rate is 90%. In 2018, the program earned 86 FTE at the highest level of OE formula funding (Tier 1A). This program also supports economic mobility because students only need a certificate and the starting wage is about $45,000.  There are currently over 1,400 job openings in Charlotte. Program growth needs in FY19-20 include (total of $238,051):

  • CDL - regular OE offerings: $63,956
  • CDL - new ACT offerings: $56,846
  • Instructor, CDL (high demand): $58,213
  • Program Developer, Transportation System Technologies/CDL (new partnerships): $59,036

11. Expand the Electric Vehicle Training Program to meet the demand for highly skilled technicians who can maintain and repair plug-in and battery operated vehicles.

It is projected that 46,000 new technicians will be needed by 2020. Transportation industry partners, such as Cummins, Tesla, and BMW have all expressed an immediate need for technicians. Additionally, public safety agencies have requested training for first responders on how to respond safely to incidents that involve electrical vehicles. The College has already invested $147,000 in the program and needs an additional $180,000 in funding to purchase specialized equipment in order to grow.

 12. 49er Next

 49er Next is a co-admissions program designed to ensure seamless transfer leading to a bachelor’s degree for students starting at Central Piedmont Community College and transferring to UNC Charlotte. The partner institutions commit themselves to implement an integrated set of strategies across both institutions with the goal of achieving significant improvements in college completion rates and substantial narrowing of attainment gaps for low income, underrepresented, and first generation students.  Students will be required to complete their associate degree at Central Piedmont prior to transferring to UNC Charlotte. Central Piedmont will need to commit to offer enough sections, particularly in math and science, of the courses that students need for their pathways to ensure that they progress toward degree completion. The program will start in fall 2019 with a cohort of 300 students.

13. ACA 122

 ACA 122 is a credit-bearing class that students take as soon as possible after enrolling at the community college. This course provides information and strategies necessary to develop clear academic and professional goals beyond the community college experience, including career exploration. Students develop an academic plan to transition successfully to senior institutions. Students in the 49er Next Program will take the ACA 122 course the first semester of enrollment at Central Piedmont to become familiar with the advising systems of Central Piedmont and UNC Charlotte and be comfortable with their use. In order to accommodate the students in the first cohort, we will need to increase the number of sections of ACA 122. The course will be redesigned to include a more holistic approach to advising and career coaching.

14. Early/Middle Colleges (Cooperative Innovative High Schools)

Early or Middle Colleges (Cooperative Innovative High Schools) are small public high schools usually located on the campus of a university or community college to expand opportunities for students to complete college-level classes and graduate with a dual credential. CIHS target students who are at risk of dropping out of high school, first-generation college students, and/or students who would benefit from accelerated learning opportunities. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and Central Piedmont have sent a letter of interest to the North Carolina Department of Instruction to start an Early College or a Middle College at the Central Campus in fall 2020, with 100 students. Harris Campus is also considering a becoming an Early College pilot site, possibly in partnership with Renaissance West.