Our Work

Central Piedmont - Our Work

  • Student Success Initiatives

  • The Charlotte Regional Collaborative for a Global Workforce

    The Charlotte Regional Collaborative for a Global Workforce is a consortium of the 16 community colleges serving the Greater Charlotte Region.

    Started 20 years ago as the Charlotte Regional Workforce Development Partnership, the presidents of the member community colleges affirmed its value at the February 1, 2019 meeting.

  • The North Carolina Competency-Based Education Project (NC-CBE Project)

    The North Carolina Competency-Based Education Project (NC-CBE Project) is a collaborative statewide effort to design and build a sustainable and scalable competency-based Associates degree pathway. This high-quality and affordable program model will provide students a flexible way to:

    • get credit for what you already know
    • build on you knowledge and skills at your pace
    • earn high-quality, industry-validated degrees and credentials
    • get a new job or advance along a career pathway
    • earn a fair wage to support yourself and your family

    The NC-CBE Project is led by Central Piedmont Community College. Partners include the North Carolina Community College System, Forsyth Technical Community College, Stanly Community College, and Wake Technical Community College.

    What is Competency-based education? 

    Competency-Based Education (CBE) is an innovative educational model that uses the application of learning, not time, as the sole means of determining progress to degree completion. Students can accelerate through their programs of study and into the workplace by demonstrating mastery of specific knowledge, and skills, abilities, or attitudes (i.e. competencies).

    This approach has proven effective in addressing the needs of low-income, adult learners, especially those with prior work or life experience such as veterans, incumbent workers, and the under-employed. CBE also benefits employers by improving alignment with industry needs. The rigor of the CBE program design process requires consensus between educators and employers on academic, industry, and workforce competencies and definitions of mastery - ensuring that students gain the skills they need to succeed in the workplace.

    Why is Central Piedmont doing this?

    The North Carolina Competency-Based Education Project (NC-CBE Project) is a collaborative statewide effort to design and build a sustainable and scalable competency-based Associates degree pathway.

    How does CBE benefit students?

    This high-quality and affordable program model will provide students a flexible way to

    • get credit for what they already know,
    • build on their knowledge and skills at their own pace,
    • earn high-quality, industry-validated degrees and credentials,
    • get a new job or advance along a career pathway, and
    • earn a fair wage to support themselves and their family.

    Want to know more?

    For More Information about the NC-CBE Project, please contact Michael Horn (michael.horn@cpcc.edu) or Sylvia Cini (sylvia.cini@cpcc.edu)