U.S. Under Secretary of Education James Kvaal visits Central Piedmont

On April 12, U.S. Under Secretary of Education James Kvaal visited Central Piedmont Community College on our Central Campus to learn about Central Piedmont’s apprenticeship and other workplace learning programs. He also took a tour of the state-of-the-art Ruth G. Shaw Advanced Technology Center (ATC).

Central Piedmont was honored to host Under Secretary Kvaal and discuss how apprenticeships and other workplace learning programs prepare students for well-paying, high-demand careers in some of the Charlotte region’s fastest-growing industries. 

Under Secretary Kvaal began his visit with a roundtable discussion about how apprenticeship programs benefit employers by providing a pipeline of well-trained talent. Several college and Workplace Learning Department leaders took part in the discussion, including:

  • Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer, president
  • Dr. Heather Hill, vice president - academic affairs
  • Mr. Jeff Lowrance, vice president – communications, marketing & public relations
  • Mr. Ed Injaychock, director – workplace learning

After the discussion, the group moved to the Ruth G. Shaw Advanced Technology Center where Mr. Rinav

Mehta, dean of business, technology and engineering, and members of his team led the tour of the ATC. It is a 79,194 square-foot, cutting-edge, state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing, engineering, logistics and energy-related careers training facility that opened in 2018. Its prominent location on Central Piedmont’s Central Campus points to its importance  in developing a highly skilled workforce in Mecklenburg County and the college’s ongoing efforts to provide opportunities for increased economic mobility. 

The  Shaw Advanced Technology Center includes:

  • Mechatronics and Automation Labs
  • Virtual Reality (VR) Labs
  • Engineering FabLab (fabrication lab)
  • CNC Machining Lab
  • Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Labs
  • 13 Computer Labs
  • 11 Specialized Equipment Labs