CPCC names building, institute for James Worrell
In recognition of the generosity shown by James R. Worrell Sr., retired managing partner Northwestern Mutual, Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) has named a building and will establish a financial services institute in his honor.
A Charlotte civic leader and philanthropist, Worrell is a long-time supporter of CPCC, serving on the CPCC Foundation Board of Directors and the foundation’s “Legacy and Promise” campaign steering committee. Worrell has been a member of the CPCC Foundation for more than 20 years.
CPCC has named a newly renovated and expanded Central Campus building for the Worrell family. The 70,417 square-foot facility, located on Elizabeth Avenue, is used by more than 2,000 CPCC students a day. The Worrell Building houses a gymnasium, fitness center, 17 classrooms and seven faculty/staff offices. The gym provides a large flexible venue for meetings, conferences, receptions and special events and is available to college and external groups.
The college also is honoring Worrell by creating the James R. Worrell Sr. Financial Services Institute. The institute will serve as a platform for CPCC’s CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification education program and several business and financial services courses offered through Corporate and Continuing Education at the college.
In addition, CPCC will use a portion of the Worrell gift to provide scholarships for students who represent the first generation in their families to attend college.
“The naming of the Worrell Building and the Worrell Financial Services Institute is a lasting legacy and permanent recognition of Jim Worrell’s many business accomplishments, his civic leadership and service to Central Piedmont Community College,” said Dr. Tony Zeiss, CPCC president. “CPCC is honored to have the name of such a prominent Charlotte-Mecklenburg citizen and outstanding CPCC Foundation board member among the named buildings and programs at the college. The generosity of the Worrell family has moved CPCC significantly closer to its campaign goal. The college is fortunate to have supporters like Jim and Nancy Worrell and their family.”
Worrell started his career with Northwestern Mutual in Richmond, Va., in 1970. Through the years, he built his business and client base to become the largest network office in Northwestern Mutual. He received CPCC’s 2013 Distinguished Service Award during the college’s spring graduation ceremony in May.
CPCC has entered the final year of its 50th anniversary “Legacy and Promise” fundraising campaign. The campaign’s $30-million goal is one of the largest in U.S. community college history. To date, the CPCC Foundation has raised more than $24.8 million toward the $30-million campaign goal.
Central Piedmont Community College is one of the largest community colleges in the Carolinas, offering nearly 300 degree, diploma and certification programs, customized corporate training, market-focused continuing education, and special interest classes. CPCC is academically, financially and geographically accessible to all citizens of Mecklenburg County. In 2002, the National Alliance of Business named CPCC the Community College of the Year for its response to the workforce and technology needs of local employers and job seekers through innovative educational and training strategies. Established in 1963, CPCC is celebrating 50 years of service to Mecklenburg County residents, business and industry.