News and Features

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

  • Small Business Center, together with community partner, providing timely, online business counseling and training

    Many area small businesses are struggling to navigate today’s evolving, economic landscape due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In response, Central Piedmont’s Small Business Center is offering extended hours of its free, online business counseling sessions.

    Local business owners are invited to register online to receive free, confidential business advice from the Center’s advisors who can assist with:

    • business financing
    • loan applications, such as the SBA Disaster Economic Injury Loan
    • business plans
    • accounting and financial plans
    • marketing/sales
    • basic legal matters
    • nonprofit organizational needs
    • business startup/venture creation
    • and more

    All of the above counseling sessions will be available via Webex or by phone, so the appropriate social distancing measures will be followed.

     

    Upcoming series to aid small businesses
    The Central Piedmont Small Business Center is hosting an online, webinar series, beginning April 14, that will discuss a variety of helpful business owner topics, including:

    • risk management
    • crisis management
    • business preparedness and continuity of operations
    • emotional intelligence for business owners

    Register for one, or all of the sessions, in the series.

     

    Small Business Center partners with Matthews Chamber of Commerce
    In the spirit of providing local small businesses with additional resources during this unprecedented time, Central Piedmont’s Small Business Center has partnered with the Matthews Chamber of Commerce to host “Biz Briefing,” a twice-weekly online presentation that showcases regional business experts answering small business owners questions in real time. The free sessions are held each Tuesday and Thursday at 2 p.m.

    Upcoming topics include: (To register or to learn more about the presenters, click the links below or visit the Matthews Chamber of Commerce.)

    March 31, 2 p.m.: Manage Remote Workers Like a Pro

    April 2, 2 p.m.: Work-From-Home Setup, Tips, and Tools

    Learn more about Central Piedmont’s Small Business Center.

  • Coronavirus updates from Central Piedmont

    Please visit our coronavirus information page for the latest updates from Central Piedmont Community College.

    College leadership continues to monitor the coronavirus situation and meet frequently to determine the best course of action, as we receive updates from Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, the Mecklenburg County Health Department, and the N.C. Community College System.

  • Anonymous donor gives to college’s Emergency Fund, issues matching-gift challenge

    Central Piedmont Community College Foundation is proud to announce an anonymous donor has made a generous and timely commitment that will match all gifts made to the college’s Emergency Fund on a dollar-for-dollar basis up to $100,000

    Central Piedmont’s Emergency Fund provides short-term financial support to students and employees experiencing financial emergencies.

    “This amazing gift, and the community’s response to our donor’s matching-gift challenge, will enable us to better respond to the growing financial needs of our students, faculty, and staff during the coronavirus outbreak,” said Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer, president of Central Piedmont. “These needs include access to the technology needed for remote learning and scholarships for tuition and books, as well as resources for food, housing, child care, transportation, and medical care.”

    If you’re a member of the community who would like to make a gift to Central Piedmont’s Emergency Fund, and participate in the matching gift challenge, visit cpccfoundation.org/donation. Your support for the Central Piedmont family will be of enormous assistance as the college works together to meet the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    Students with financial and other needs are invited to email singlestop@cpcc.edu, while Central Piedmont employees can email wecare@cpcc.edu for assistance.

  • Central Piedmont, community partners help package food for residents in need

    Central Piedmont Community College’s hospitality education program partnered with Sysco Foods and the Piedmont Culinary Guild on March 25 to package and deliver 500 boxes of food to local restaurant employees who have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

    Sysco Foods donated 250 cases of food to the community outreach project. The cases consisted of frozen chicken, produce, fresh fruits and vegetables, and dairy products, such as milk and butter.

    Representatives from Central Piedmont, Sysco Foods, and the Piedmont Culinary Guild were on site at Central Piedmont’s Culinary Arts Center to receive the cases of food, sort and package the individual boxes, and deliver them to 25–30 restaurants located in Mecklenburg County and beyond.

    Each box included three to four major food group items, providing local restaurant workers with a nutritious meal for their family during this unprecedented time. Restaurants needing employee assistance signed up to participate in the community outreach project online through the Piedmont Culinary Guild’s website.

    Thanks are extended to Central Piedmont's Richard Kugelmann, division director of the college's hospitality education division; Ross Howard, director of business resources and marketing for Sysco Foods; and Kris Reid, co-founder of the Piedmont Culinary Guild for spearheading the initiative.

    View WSOC-TV's coverage of the community outreach project.

  • March 18, 2020 Message to the College on Coronavirus — College Suspending Classes that Require In-person Instruction

    From Central Piedmont Communications, Marketing & Public Relations:

    Given Gov. Roy Cooper’s executive order on March 14, that closed public K-12 schools to students, and following the March 17 recommendation of NC Community College System President Peter Hans, Central Piedmont Community College will suspend classes that require face-to-face, in-person instruction until further notice. College faculty and staff are working this week to move as many classes as possible to online delivery, with these online classes re-starting on March 23.

    All Central Piedmont classes that can be offered remotely will be provided via online delivery. All classes that require in-person instruction will be suspended and not resumed until the risks associated with the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic have subsided. Students will be contacted by their instructors this week with specific information and instructions regarding their classes. Students should check their college email frequently for updates.

    Central Piedmont remains open; however, as of 5 p.m. today, March 18, its campuses and centers will be accessible only to employees whose presence is required to perform essential functions related to the operations and business of the college. Department managers are defining these functions and will be communicating these directly to the affected employees. Faculty members have been on campus this week to receive assistance in finalizing their class conversions to online delivery. Student support services, such as counseling and tutoring, are being transitioned to online formats.

    The college will have as many employees as possible telework from home, with only those who perform essential functions reporting to campus until further notice. Employees should direct questions about teleworking to their supervisor. As a reminder to employees who need to work on campus, if you are feeling ill at all or have any kind of cold or flu-like symptoms, such as coughing, fever, body aches, difficulty breathing, etc., please stay at home, and consult a doctor before returning to campus. Please make your supervisor and Human Resources aware of your situation.

    Central Piedmont’s top priority is protecting the health and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff. Moving as many classes as possible to online delivery will help our students accomplish their educational goals, while doing all we can to help contain the spread of the virus.

    Again, this is a rapidly evolving situation, so we ask all of you to check your college email often for further updates. Also please continue to visit this page to review all announcements and instructions. Please continue following all of the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) guidelines for keeping yourself safe.

    Visit coronavirus information for all of Central Piedmont's updates on COVID-19.

  • March 13, 2020 Message to the College on Coronavirus — Spring Break Extended

    The situation surrounding COVID-19 (the disease caused by the novel coronavirus) is rapidly changing. That’s why Central Piedmont is working hard to monitor and follow local, state, and federal public health recommendations. The college vows to do its part to limit the spread and impact of the virus, while continuing to serve the educational needs of our students and community.

    At a news conference yesterday (3/12/20), N.C. Governor Roy Cooper urged the community to “protect the public health above all else,” and that is Central Piedmont’s goal as well. The college’s chief priority is the health and well-being of our students and employees.

    Central Piedmont will remain open, but will adjust how our students learn and how our employees work.

    The college’s students and faculty are currently on spring break through this Sunday, March 15. The college has decided to extend spring break – for students only – for an extra week, until Monday, March 23. That means students should not come to campus next week and classes will resume in some format on March 23.

    During the week ahead, faculty and staff will work together quickly to identify which classes can be successfully moved from in-person instruction to an online or alternative delivery method. The goal is to begin this alternative instruction delivery on Monday, March 23. At that time, there may still be the need for a limited number of in-person classes and attendance for courses such as those with labs and other hands-on requirements. For any in-person classes and labs, the college will look for ways to conduct these with smaller groups of students.

    Students should watch their college email inbox during the coming week for further announcements regarding classes.

    In the meantime, Gov. Cooper also announced yesterday he is recommending employers allow people to work from home, and discouraging gatherings of more than 100 people, as the state continues to have more cases of COVID-19. Here is what this means for Central Piedmont:

    Employees

    • Department and division managers will work with college leadership and Human Resources to determine which employees’ functions are considered “essential” to daily college operations. We are committed to helping our students complete the spring semester, but we are implementing “social distancing” practices to protect our students, employees, and the community at large.
    • According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), “social distancing means remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others.”
    • In an effort to support “social distancing” and minimize the interaction of groups of people who might have been unknowingly exposed to COVID-19, the college will ask employees identified as non-essential during this time to work or teach from home, if at all possible, beginning next week. Departments also will use staggered staffing to ensure operations continue with as few as persons as necessary on campus. Be on the lookout for communication from Human Resources and your supervisor/manager about how this action will be implemented for your team.

     Events

    By recommendation of Gov. Cooper, college-related events and gatherings of 100 or more people will be canceled or postponed. College employees who have supervision over events of 100 or more persons should move forward immediately to cancel all such events through April 30. Direct any questions to your vice president. For events with fewer than 100 people, please use your best judgment regarding rescheduling or canceling, and direct any questions to your vice president.

     Travel

    • Teleconferencing is recommended.
    • The college continues to prohibit students, faculty, and staff from non-essential, college-affiliated travel. The college has expanded this requirement to prohibit all non-essential travel outside Mecklenburg County without approval from your vice president. This does not apply to employees who commute to campus from outside Mecklenburg County. An employee’s daily commute is considered essential.
    • The college continues to strongly discourage personal out-of-state travel. Employees with travel planned for outside of North Carolina should talk with their supervisor immediately. Essential employees returning from out-of-state travel could be asked to self-quarantine off campus for 14 days. Please see the CDC’s considerations when deciding whether it’s safe to travel within the U.S. and the CDC map of states reporting cases of COVID-19.
    • Employees who traveled out of state during the March 7-15 spring break period should contact Human Resources immediately for further instructions.
    • Students who traveled out of the continental U.S. during the March 7-15 spring break period should contact Student Services — the Admissions, Records and Registration Office — at 704.330.6006 immediately for further instructions.

    Again, this is an ever-changing situation, and we know you will have questions. The college, our community, the state, and the nation are navigating through uncharted territory. Students, please share with your instructors any questions or concerns you have about your classes. Employees should address their concerns to their supervisors.

    Everyone in our college community is encouraged to follow the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) guidelines for keeping yourself safe. If you should begin to feel ill, please stay home, and seek a doctor’s advice before returning to campus.

    Visit coronavirus information for all of Central Piedmont's updates on COVID-19.

  • March 12, 2020 Message to the College on Coronavirus — Use Reliable Sources of Information

    Central Piedmont employees and students are encouraged to acquaint themselves with the website of the N.C. Department of Health & Human Services, and make it one of your primary sources for information and updates about coronavirus COVID-19.

  • March 12, 2020 Message to the College on Coronavirus

    Mecklenburg County health officials announced today the first two presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 (the disease caused by the novel coronavirus) tested in the county. Read more on Mecklenburg County's COVID-19 Update.

    Central Piedmont is closely following these developments and continues to be in frequent contact with local and state health officials about this evolving situation from the Mecklenburg County- and North Carolina-perspective.

    The college is currently open and operating under a normal schedule. Our students and faculty remain on spring break through Sunday, March 15. College leaders are meeting regularly to discuss the latest updates and will be making further decisions and announcements, as needed, over the next few days

    In the meantime, please follow the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) guidelines for keeping yourself safe, including utilizing teleconferencing when possible, following careful hygiene directions, and staying home if you are sick or not feeling well. See the NC Department of Health & Human Services website, and make it one of your primary sources for information and updates about coronavirus COVID-19.

    Again, the college will continue to provide regular updates via email as new information is available.

    Visit coronavirus information for all of Central Piedmont's updates on COVID-19.

  • Message to the College on Coronavirus — Travel Restrictions Implemented

    Central Piedmont is monitoring the spread of the coronavirus closely as this is an evolving situation and the care of our students and employees is of utmost importance. As of Tuesday, March 10, seven North Carolinians have tested positive for the coronavirus. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency on March 10, but did not recommend closing schools.

  • Message to the College on Coronavirus — NC Governor Declares State of Emergency

    According to the Charlotte Observer, “North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency Tuesday as leaders and public health officials continue to deal with the coronavirus. The state now has seven people who have tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, health officials said. All of the patients are in isolation while officials identify close contacts.” There are no confirmed cases in Mecklenburg County at this time.