News and Features

What's going on in the Central Piedmont community and what Central Piedmont is doing in the community.

  • Cato Campus to host annual Fall Plant Sale Oct. 4–5

    The Central Piedmont Community College Horticulture Technology program invites you to attend its annual Fall Plant Sale. An array of vegetables, perennials, shrubs and trees will be available for purchase throughout the two-day event. All proceeds will benefit the Horticulture Technology program at Central Piedmont.

  • Central Piedmont kicks off fall semester

    Approximately 18,000 students from Mecklenburg County and beyond converged at Central Piedmont Community College on Thursday, Aug. 15, as the college kicked off its 2019 fall semester.

    Throughout the day, Student Life representatives and other staff members were stationed at information tables across all six Central Piedmont campuses to help ease students’ first day of class.

    Representatives guided students to classes, answered their questions, and provided them with important college information, such as valuable campus resources, parking guidelines, and available extracurricular activities.

    In addition, Central Piedmont’s president, Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer, welcomed students at the Central Campus as they began their studies to enhance their skills and prepare for future careers.

  • Architectural Students Win First Place in National Design Competition

    The Central Piedmont design team of Megan Burns, Valeria Ramon Vacas, and Eric Schiavo, won first place in the fifth annual National Coalition of Community College Architecture Programs (CCCAP) Student Design Competition. Led by Architectural Technology Program Chair Travis Smith, Associate AIA, the team’s work was compared against entries from 23 other schools in 14 states.

    During the competition, students were asked to design an Ecology Center in Balandra Beach, California. The students were given a specific site and program, and asked to develop a complete building design that included a material proposal and architectural details. This is the second year Central Piedmont has participated in the competition. The students completed the design as part of their ARC 213 Design Project course.

    The jurors, comprised of architects Rosa T. Sheng (SmithGroup), Kristen DiStefano (Atelier Ten), and Prescott Reavis (SEED), commended the Central Piedmont team for their “very strong integrated presentation which provided a clean, clear communication of the concept and execution.” The students were commended for their “beautiful diagrams and imagery,” as well as their “cultural and geographical investigations that informed the site analysis.” The first place team received a $300 cash prize and certificates.

    For more information on the competition, please contact Melanie Reddrick at melanie.reddrick@cpcc.edu or at 704.330.2722, ext 7473. For more information on the Architectural Technology department, please visit cpcc.edu/programs/architectural-technology.

     

  • Scholarships Available to Continuing Education Welding Students

    The State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) is providing 10 Corporate and Continuing Education scholarships to eligible Central Piedmont students who are enrolled in the college’s continuing education welding classes during the fall 2019 semester.

    Each $500 scholarship will help a student gain the new job-related welding skills they need to succeed in the field or upgrade their current welding skills to excel in the workforce. Scholarship funding may be applied toward the cost of registration fees, books, certification fees, course supplies, and other educational expenses associated with the college's “Introduction to Stick Welding” continuing education course.

    Learn more about the scholarship:  

    Qualifications

    • Must be a U.S. citizen and a North Carolina resident.
       
    • Must be in one of the following target groups: An unemployed or underemployed adult, member of the N.C. National Guard, a military veteran or spouse, or an underserved population in a specific workforce sector or area. Note: Underemployed will be defined as individuals earning 200% below the federal poverty level. Preference will be given to students with limited or no access to financial aid from other programs.
       
    • Must enroll in “Introduction to Stick Welding,” a course which leads to an industry-recognized credential.
       
    • Must not be an employee or family member of an employee of the State Employees’ Credit Union or SECU Foundation.

    Application and Selection Criteria

    Interested and eligible students should complete the application to be considered for the scholarship. The scholarship awardees will be selected by the Central Piedmont SECU Scholarship Selection Committee. All decisions are final.

    For additional information, contact Becky Hall at becky.hall@cpcc.edu or at 704.330.4204.

    Award

    This scholarship is credited to the student’s business office account for related tuition, books, and fees.

  • Levine Campus Offers Expanded Evening, Friday, and Saturday Courses

    Beginning this fall, the Levine Campus will offer expanded course offerings of some of its most in-demand classes on weekday evenings, Fridays, and Saturdays to give students more options to complete a two-year, college transfer degree more quickly.

    The new course offerings are comprised of more than 40, high-demand courses. The classes will be offered in sequential order and focus on a variety of general education subjects, ranging from biology and public speaking, to psychology and business. 

    Offering more courses in the evenings, and on Fridays and Saturdays, will allow the college to better accommodate students’ busy schedules, setting them up for success both inside and outside of the classroom.

    To learn more, please call Edith McElroy, dean of the Levine Campus, at ext. 4386.

  • Construction projects wrap up at Levine Campus

    Central Piedmont is excited to announce that both construction projects at its Levine Campus – the new Levine III classroom building and the Joe Hendrick Center for Automotive Technology expansion – are complete.  

    Levine III

    The new 88,000 square-foot facility includes the Georgia Tucker Fine Arts Hall, a new campus library, a new campus bookstore, health and science labs, and classrooms.

    Levine III includes:

    • Georgia Tucker Fine Arts Hall
    • Library
    • Science Labs
    • Health Simulation Labs
    • Math Emporium
    • Academic Learning Center
    • Classrooms
    • Faculty/Staff Offices

    The facility’s 2,300 square-foot fine arts hall is named in memory of Georgia Tucker, an accomplished ballerina and choreographer who performed throughout the U.S. prior to coming home to Charlotte. She attended Central Piedmont and taught at the college as a dance instructor.

    The Georgia Tucker Fine Arts Hall is a two-story facility with views of the campus lake. The arts space includes:

    • A performance space to accommodate up to 200
    • A large instructional classroom, with a seating capacity of nearly 100
    • Reception space for functions with a capacity of 160 attendees
    • A box office and dressing rooms

    Joe Hendrick Center for Automotive Technology

    The Joe Hendrick Center for Automotive Technology expansion took a little over a year to complete. The 10,330-square-foot expansion helped the college add the following amenities to its campus:

    • a new alignment and suspension shop with seven vehicle bays
    • a four-vehicle bay training lab with classroom
    • a two-vehicle bay training lab with classroom
    • additional faculty offices and storage rooms

    “Levine’s new facilities will significantly enhance Central Piedmont’s ability to put students on a pathway to meaningful lives and family-supporting careers and will help prepare the talented workforce needed to support the economic growth of our community,” said Central Piedmont President Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer. “They will help to advance the mission of the college by offering access to education and career development for additional students. These new buildings will transform lives and transform this community.”

    Learn more about the Central Piedmont Levine Campus.

  • Harper IV Opens

    Central Piedmont is excited to announce that its new Harper IV building, located on its Harper Campus, located at 315 W. Hebron St., is open and ready to welcome students in time for the fall semester.

    The new 84,357 square-foot facility features:

    • A new campus library with computer classroom
    • A Student Commons with lounge areas, bookstore, food service, and student government spaces
    • Construction trades classrooms and labs for architectural technology, electrical, plumbing, and welding
    • General and computer classrooms
    • Science labs
    • Developmental reading and math labs
    • Student services suite
    • Student study areas
    • Faculty offices

    The new structure expands Central Piedmont’s footprint in southwest Charlotte, helping the college better respond to the educational and workforce training needs of Mecklenburg County’s residents and business community.

    As a result of its construction, Harper Campus is now better equipped to help students interested in the following programs, housed on the campus:

    • Advertising + Graphic Design
    • Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration
    • Construction Management
    • Electrical Systems Technology
    • Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology
    • Non-Destructive Examination Technology
    • Welding Technology

    To learn more about all our Harper Campus has to offer, visit https://www.cpcc.edu/locations/harper-campus.

  • Central Piedmont holds commencement ceremony May 16

    Central Piedmont Community College today hosted its 2018-2019 commencement ceremony at Bojangles’ Coliseum in Charlotte. Almost 875 students “marched” and received their college degrees. More than 2,500 students were eligible to graduate this year.

    Since Central Piedmont holds only spring graduation ceremonies each year, 2018 summer and fall semester graduates participated in the exercises as well.

    During the morning festivities, Ms. Desiree Kinker, a 2019 Central Piedmont graduate, addressed this year’s graduates. This is the second time Central Piedmont has had a student keynote speaker at graduation. Desiree, a culinary arts student, shared her personal story with her peers – it was a tale of perseverance; her determination to complete her education, despite a period of homelessness; and overcoming the odds. She stood out as a prime example of a student who valued and leveraged the relationships around her, worked hard to build a better life, and brought light to any space she entered.

    In addition to hearing from Desiree, attendees also heard from Adam Brooks, senior manager of learning and development for Charter Communications, who was recognized with this year’s Richard H. Hagemeyer Educational Advancement Award, and Brandy Garrett, science department chair for Blenheim Elementary Middle School, who was honored with the college’s inaugural Young Alumni Award of Excellence.

    View photos from the day.