Student Ambassador Program

Mission

The mission of the Student Ambassador Program is to provide Central Piedmont with student leaders who participate in an official capacity, both on and off campus, throughout the year. The program brings together students from various academic disciplines and cultural backgrounds. Ambassadors benefit from leadership, hospitality, communication, as well as personal and professional development experiences while creating long lasting ties with their future alma mater.

Purpose

Student Ambassadors act as liaisons between the college, prospective, and current students and their families, guests, alumni, business partners, and friends of the college by engaging in activities that:

  • promote Central Piedmont Community College pride
  • communicate the mission, vision, and culture of the college
  • strengthen our traditions
  • encourage lifelong involvement with the college

Commitment

  • required attendance at the two-day Student Ambassador training session
  • participation in a minimum of 60 hours of Student Ambassador activities per semester in fall and spring, and 15 hours in the summer
    • Summer hours serve as an extension of training.
    • Fall and spring semester hours consist of two hours per week of office hours (equaling 32 each semester) and 28 hours of events.
  • adherence to dress code policies during office hours, tours, and events
  • demonstrate a high standard of professionalism at all times
  • maintain flexibility when tasks change unexpectedly
  • required attendance at Student Ambassador monthly meetings
  • maintain enrollment in at least 9 credit hours at Central Piedmont within an active academic program during the fall and spring semesters
  • while serving as an ambassador, must maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA

If you have any questions about the Student Ambassador Program, please contact kathryn.crafts@cpcc.edu.

Meet Your Student Ambassadors of 2018-2019

  • Aleya Pillmear-Martin

    From Huntersville, NC

    2018-2019 Student Ambassador Aleya Pillmear-Martin

    Major: Nursing 

    About me: I moved to Huntersville, NC when I was 11 years old from Orlando, Florida! I am a HUGE Disney fan and enjoy singing, relaxing outdoors or hanging out with my friends and puppy Maggie! Attending Central Piedmont was probably one of the best decisions I have made. It has allowed me to become the best student I can be and has offered me many great opportunities! I am currently a sophomore student studying pre-nursing and will soon be transferring to a 4 year college to finish my nursing degree! “Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age and dreams are forever!” - Walt Disney

  • Briany Santos-Villalobos

    From Charlotte, NC

    2018-2019 Student Ambassador Briany Santos-Villalobos

    Major: Associates of Science - Biology and Chemistry

    About me: I am currently studying to become a doctor. What type of doctor? I don't know yet. As you can guess, it takes many years to become a doctor (~12 years give or take). Unfortunately, due to some family struggles, I almost gave up on pursuing higher education and pursuing my dream. Thanks to an advisor from high school, I was forced to apply for the Presidential Scholarship and came to Central Piedmont (I got the scholarship). Although coming to Central Piedmont was not my first choice, I chose to make the most of it. I got involved on campus with the Central's SGA, PTK, Rotoract, and the STEM Alliance. Along the way I met some awesome people, would recommend. My experience here has opened many opportunities for me. the most notable so far being studying abroad for free. I must thank the Gilman Scholarship (apply for it!)  and the Global Learning office for helping me while applying. I've also been growing as an individual. You know, becoming for confident and stuff like that. I guess in summary, I hope to push other people to do the same. School is only as fun as you make it out to be. I look forward to seeing you on your campus tour!

  • Brittany Schwartz

    From Rochester Hills, MI

    2018-2019 Student Ambassador Brittany Schwartz

    Major: Culinary Arts

    About me: Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, I grew up just north of Detroit, MI and at 19 moved to Utah on my own. I learned a lot spending the first half of my twenties without any family close by but I still hadn't earned a college degree. I decided to make a change, moved across the country again, and started school with the support of my family. Being here at Central Piedmont, in the Culinary and Hospitality Programs, I feel like this is where I'm meant to be. I love to help people and am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to do so while representing this amazing school. "Find something you're passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it." -- Julia Child

  • DeNiesha Daniel

    From Charlotte, NC

    2018-2019 Student Ambassador DeNiesha Daniel

    Major: Associate in Arts

    About me: My first day at Central Piedmont started with a campus map, an empty binder full of paper, and a giant cup of coffee. Even as I wandered around lost, and for the most part alone, I still managed to find every vending machine on campus and the cheapest cup of coffee around. After a year of walking around Central Campus with my headphones plugged in and my head in the clouds, I've learned plenty and seen a lot of lost faces looking for some help in the crowd. Being in the Student Ambassador program gives me the opportunity to help the students around me, which will in turn teach me the skills I need to teach others. If you manage to find me huddled up in the library watching an old Studio Ghibli film, wave hello!

  • Estefania Piedrahita

    From Carterest, NJ

    2018-2019 Student Ambassador Estefania Piedrahita

    Major: Interpreter Education

    About me: I was born in Cali, Colombia, but came to America when I was four years old. I will be entering my second year at Central Piedmont, learning American Sign Language, in hopes of entering the Interpreting program next fall. I believe communication is key for human beings to work and succeed.

  • Jacob Hege

    From Huntersville, NC

    2018-2019 Student Ambassador Jacob Hege

    Major: Marketing/Psychology

    About me: My first 18 years was a blur. Never knew what I wanted or how to get it. By some happenstance I ended up at Central Piedmont. This is where life started to get fun and meaningful. I fully indulged myself in campus activities and organizations taking full advantage of the opportunities available for Central Piedmont students. I became involved with SGA at Merancas campus (#mightymerancas). This sparked my enthusiasm for student life. I believe Central Piedmont students should receive the same experience as a university student. I enjoy finding different ways to involve and excite Central Piedmont students. Student life has become a huge part of my life, and if you attend Central Piedmont I hope you engage to create a meaningful college experience for both yourself and others!

  • Kiyoshi Roberts

    From Nassau, Bahamas

    2018-2019 Student Ambassador Kiyoshi Roberts

    Major: Information Technology - Concentration in Cloud/Virtualization Technology

    About me: I am an international student from the Bahamas. My establishment to the United States made me strive to want to do more for myself and for others. Although I came to Charlotte to obtain a degree in Information Technology, during my time here I have felt and experienced so much that has caused me to have a burden for the community. I am proud to say that being involved at CPCC has helped me to flourish as a strong and dedicated team leader and player. I enjoy spending my spare time helping others to achieve their goals as I am motivated to achieve mine. A really great thought that I live by is, “What are you doing to help others?” As one great person once wrote, “You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” ― John Bunyan

  • Mary Manghaucing

    From Myanmar

    2018-2019 Student Ambassador Mary Manghaucing

    Major: Associate in Arts

    About me: I was born in Myanmar. When I was young, my family left the country and immigrated to Malaysia due to wars. Once when we got into Malaysia, we resettled and applied for the UN and came to the USA as a refugee. Sometimes, I felt lost but living in the different countries had taught me to have an empathy and to become a more civilized human being. I am planning to get an associate degree in art than to transfer to 4 years of college to major in Marketing. I want to travel the world and meet new people. Central Piedmont has given me another hope after I get into the USA. It paved another stepping stone to achieve my ambition and I am excited for what the future may hold. I want to be a more confident person as I go through my time being a student ambassador of Central Piedmont.

Student Ambassador Criteria Process

  • Criteria for Membership

    • academic achievement – 3.0 minimum G.P.A.
    • successful completion of at least 18 college credits at Central Piedmont (by the end of the spring semester in which they apply)
    • enrolled in at least 9 credit hours with active academic program
    • at least one academic year remaining to serve as an Ambassador
    • community service hours completed
    • enthusiastic and positive attitude
    • a sincere desire to represent Central Piedmont
    • the ability to work well with others and to be a successful team player
    • the ability and desire to learn strong communication and leadership skills
    • knowledge of Central Piedmont
  • Ethical Standards

    Student Ambassadors represent the elite diversity of Cenral Piedmont student body. They are expected to maintain the highest standards of academic honesty and responsible behavior required by Central Piedmont

    In the case of a change in a Student Ambassador’s academic or behavior status, it is expected that the student will immediately discuss this issue with the program advisors. Following this consultation, appropriate actions will be taken in accordance with standards of conduct required by the program and the college.

    This action could include termination of the student’s participation in the Student Ambassador Program.

  • Selection Process

    Students are nominated by faculty and staff members of Central Piedmont or invited based on academic performance. A formal complete application form is then submitted by the nominee to the program advisor. If approved, the student is then scheduled for an interview with the selection committee. This committee is composed of Central Piedmont faculty, administrators, and current student leaders.