Corporate Engagement

For more than 60 years, Central Piedmont has been a driving force in the success of individuals and the companies that employ them. Our commitment to preparing a ready, skilled, and knowledgeable workforce is obvious in thousands of local enterprises from healthcare to manufacturing to banking.

We do this by working one-on-one with companies and organizations — building a custom program to match the learning needs to job performance.

About Corporate Engagement

The Central Piedmont Corporate Engagement team serves the training and development needs of businesses and organizations. Select from three tracks, and let the team bring you quality learning programs to meet your unique needs.

  • Meet Our Team

    The Corporate Engagement team at Central Piedmont Community College is here to help your business succeed.

    We offer experienced advisors from diverse backgrounds, with industry knowledge and a commitment to learning as a means to achieve results. Using a team-based approach, we leverage the capacity of the entire College as well as state and federal funding initiatives. 

    We believe the partnership we create and the more we understand your goals, the better Central Piedmont can meet your company’s learning needs. That is why we use proven methods and provide your organization with opportunities to meet our staff and instructors before training even begins.

    Our team includes:

    Name Area
    Brett Fansler Executive Director
    Michelle Miller Executive Advisor
    Allison Bowers Director of Customized Training
    Bailey Baum Health Sciences Workforce Liaison
    Michael Garcia Engineering Workforce Liaison
    Jennifer Ewart Business Administration, Culinary Arts, and Information Technology Workforce Liaison
    Semret Hailemariam Technical Trades Workforce Liaison
    Debbie Swann Cosmetology, Horticulture/Turfgrass, Interpreter Education, and Transportation Systems Workforce Liaison


  • How We Work

    Our corporate engagement team wants to know more about your organization and the current challenges. From an overview of your operations, we'll look for learning opportunities to address knowledge and skills gaps that will drive business results. Our assessment process can be as simple as a conversation or we can dig deeper by using employee assessments and surveys, depending on your needs. We’ll help you identify stakeholders, work groups, and skill gaps so we can recommend and develop solutions.  

    You have flexibility when with us. Training can be delivered on a schedule that suits your demands, either on site at your facility or at one of Central Piedmont's six campus locations. Once training occurs, we are available to follow up and support your initiatives because we want to be your corporate learning partner.

  • Our Locations

    The Corporate Engagement team offers you services and custom training where and when you want it. We provide modern, well-equipped classrooms and labs on six campuses, including the Harris Corporate Training and Conference Center located near the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. We will also come to your plant or site in Mecklenburg County, making the learning convenient for your employees and your work schedule.

What We Offer

With hundreds of courses, across many fields and topics, the Corporate Engagement team is  your comprehensive training partner. Our real-world, expert instructors can tailor class content to your specific needs. We listen and understand the specific needs of your business. This includes whether needs assessment tools might be useful. Then, we design training and give you the option of learning at your site or on a campus.  Select from three tracks, and let the Corporate Engagement team bring you quality learning programs to meet your unique needs.

  • Economic Development Partner and Resources

    A critical success factor in locating or expanding a business in Charlotte is the availability of a strong and talented workforce. Central Piedmont partners with state and local economic development teams to coordinate and deliver new hire and worker training. This includes assisting in incentive opportunities for eligible businesses and industries.

    Is your company locating here or growing by adding employees or equipment? Let Central Piedmont help supply the workforce development and training resources for your success.

    Funding assistance and expanded resources (NCWorks Customized Training)

    The availability of a skilled workforce — the talent required to drive performance — is a proven factor in the recruitment, relocation, or expansion of business and industry. Central Piedmont works with North Carolina’s Customized Training Program to provide education, training,and support services for new, expanding, and existing business and industry in Mecklenburg County.

    For local employers with existing workers who need training, the team offers a valuable connection in applying for grant funds from state and other sources.

    Small Business Center

    The Small Business Center offers businesses: innovation and entrepreneurship courses, free seminars, free business counseling, networking events, and resource library. We can also help you create an entrepreneurial culture within your company or organization.

  • Training and Development 

    Training and Development – From process improvement to leadership or technical skills, Central Piedmont offers hundreds of courses, many leading to industry-recognized credentials. The Corporate Engagement team can customize these programs to meet your needs.

  • Organizational Effectiveness 

    Organizational Effectiveness – Rely on the Corporate Engagement team to help your company build a solid learning strategy. Courses may include change management, succession planning and team building.

  • Workplace Learning and Apprenticeship Charlotte

    Workplace Learning and Apprenticeship Charlotte – Leverage our strength by working with us to place students into your environments. You benefit as they experience hands-on learning, including apprenticeship programs.