Mooresville, N.C., native lends editing abilities to college’s anniversary book

last modified Aug 21, 2013 01:52 PM

For the past couple of years, Mike Shinn, an Academic Learning Center coordinator for Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) and a native of Mooresville, N.C., has been busy lending his editing talents as writing coordinator to the college’s most recent 50th anniversary project – “Legacy and Promise,” a book chronicling the college’s history from 1993 to 2013, in celebration of its golden anniversary.

Written by Susan Oleson-Briggs, executive assistant to the president at CPCC, “Legacy and Promise” is a tribute to the countless employees responsible for the college’s achievements and reputation throughout Mecklenburg County and its surrounding communities.

“With more than 270 pages and 190,000 words, the book was an extremely time-intensive project,” said Shinn. “However, it was time well spent. All those hours spent reviewing multiple versions gave me the opportunity to learn a lot about the college while making a long-lasting contribution to a project that will be a part of the college’s history for many years to come.”

The book reviews the past 20 years at CPCC, including its many milestones, such as important groundbreakings, celebrations, dedications, and numerous student, employee and college awards. Complementing the book’s many stories are nearly 300 photos that document the people and experiences that have contributed to the college’s success over the years.

CPCC invites local residents to add “Legacy and Promise” to their personal book collection. The publication may be purchased for $20 by visiting One hundred percent of the proceeds benefit the CPCC Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization established in 1965 to generate private financial support to further the mission of CPCC.

To learn more about CPCC’s 50th anniversary year, please visit