CPCC’s Pathways to Employment program graduates 30th class

last modified Dec 15, 2011 11:03 AM

Central Piedmont Community College’s (CPCC) nationally acclaimed Pathways to Employment program continues to produce graduates prepared to enter today’s competitive marketplace. The program graduated its 30th class on Tuesday in the Halton Theater, located on the College’s Central Campus.

During its 13-year history, CPCC’s Pathways to Employment has produced more than 2,000 graduates and gained national recognition for its ability to train and prepare students to enter the workforce as skilled employees. Pathways students can complete up to 32 weeks of course work in 12-14 weeks, making it an attractive academic option for individuals seeking short-term training. The curriculum focuses on strong basic skills and workforce skills to help displaced workers who are seeking gainful employment and career development.

During the commencement ceremony, Pathways students heard from keynote speaker Charles Bowman, Bank of America North Carolina and Charlotte market president, who applauded the program’s success and presented Dr. Tony Zeiss, president of CPCC, with a check for $100,000 to support the program’s operational costs.

“Pathways to Employment has grown significantly since its first graduation in 1998. Each year it adds programs that respond to the needs of the local workforce, helping unemployed residents get the skills needed to find meaningful jobs,” said Dr. Zeiss. “Bank of America’s gift will enable 72 students to attend the program next year. We are extremely grateful to the company for its generosity and supporting an initiative as meaningful as our Pathways to Employment program, which strives to improve lives as well as the quality of our region.”

Bowman added, “Over the years, one thing has become clear – Pathways works. It deals with the real world, the reality of today’s tough market. It gives students real skills that local businesses need – and leads to real paying jobs that can support families now and in the future. As a result, graduates are able to move themselves forward, as well as the community – both great things.”

To learn more about CPCC’s Pathways to Employment program, please visit http://www.cpcc.edu/pathways.