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

  • Central Piedmont Marks 60th Anniversary

    Central Piedmont Community College has provided educational opportunities since 1963, when the North Carolina General Assembly passed the historic state community college bill. Opening as a fully integrated institution, the college combined the Central Industrial Education Center programs on Elizabeth Avenue and Mecklenburg College on Beatties Ford Road. On Sept.18, the college will mark 60 years since it first opened its doors to students and began its work of service to the community.

    Today, with six campuses and two centers, Central Piedmont offers nearly 300 degree, diploma, and certificate programs, plus an array of non-credit offerings. Central Piedmont enrolls approximately 43,600 students annually in for-credit programs, continuing education, and basic skills courses, making it one of the largest colleges in the Carolinas. Over the years, over 100,000 individuals have earned credentials at Central Piedmont.

    Central Piedmont became a multi-campus community college in the early 1990s, with the conversion of the North Area Learning Center in Huntersville to the North Campus, which then became the Merancas Campus in 2011. Four other campuses subsequently opened—Levine in 1998, Harper in 1999, Harris in 2001, and Cato in 2002. 

    In 2012, Central Piedmont acquired WTVI, the Charlotte region’s PBS TV station located on Commonwealth Avenue in Charlotte. In 2013, the college renovated and repurposed its City View Center on Alleghany Street to house a new cosmetology degree program.

    In 2013, Mecklenburg County voters dramatically supported Central Piedmont, approving $210 million in bonds for land purchases, new construction, and renovations. The college used the $210 million, plus $70 million in other county funding, to add almost one million square feet of new laboratory, classroom, and office space across five of its six campuses. The final project funded by the 2013 bonds proved to be the largest in the college’s history. The 184,0000-square-foot Parr Center opened on the Central Campus in 2022, providing a new 21st-century library, a student union with a welcome center, a 430-seat theater, an art gallery, and dozens of spaces for students to meet, study, and relax.

    Also in 2022, Central Piedmont completed its five-year “Powering a Stronger Future” fundraising campaign. The effort proved a tremendous success, raising more than $66.3 million. More than 3,270 donors made gifts and pledges to the campaign, with more than half of the benefactors giving to the college for the first time. Power a Stronger Future opened with a $40-million goal, making it the most ambitious campaign in Central Piedmont’s history. When the campaign closed, it had surpassed its goal by more than $26 million, setting a new, all-time fundraising record for the college.

    “We are proud as the college celebrates its 60th anniversary,” said Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer, Central Piedmont president since 2017. “Over the decades, Central Piedmont has grown into a large, comprehensive college and Mecklenburg County’s primary workforce development partner. Even though Central Piedmont is a mature college and one of the bedrock institutions in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community, its best days lie before us. We will continually seek to enhance our service to students, helping them find a path to success and a better future for each of them and their families.”

    Using its social media channels, the college has been sharing historical facts and figures for several weeks leading up to Sept. 18. Students and employees will enjoy ice cream socials at each of the six campuses during the anniversary week. Over the next 12 months, college advertising will include an anniversary call out, “60 years of serving our community.”

  • Hagemeyer Library included in American Libraries’ 2023 Design Showcase

    The one-year-old Hagemeyer Library, located on Central Piedmont Community College’s Central Campus, has earned the distinction of being included in American Libraries’ 2023 Design Showcase. The annual showcase seeks to identify and highlight the most impressive new and renovated libraries in the United States.

    “This year’s selections,” according to American Libraries, “represent a return to pre-pandemic normalcy and demonstrate a firm step into the future, with physical spaces designed to draw in communities, celebrate local history, and acknowledge diverse natural environments. For these overhauls and expansions, form and functionality reign.”

    The 66,321 square-foot Hagemeyer Library is an anchor of the one-year-old Parr Center, the hub of student life on the Central Campus. A true 21st-century library, the Hagemeyer Library offers an abundance of indoor and outdoor study and collaboration spaces for students and community members. In addition to traditional library services, the three-story Hagemeyer provides students a Makerspace, media studios, event/meeting space, family study room, access to balcony seating, as well as designated quiet rooms, classrooms, and faculty space.

    The 183,000-square-foot Parr Center opened in July 2022 and was built with Mecklenburg County bonds and other funds. The visually distinctive facility was designed by Morris Berg and Moody Nolan Architects, with construction management services provided by Rodgers and R.J. Leeper Construction. It is the largest building constructed in the 60-year history of the college.

    See the Central Piedmont website for more information about the college’s library services.

  • Central Piedmont Returns for Year Five of ‘All Within My Hands’ Metallica Scholars Initiative

    For the fifth-consecutive year, Central Piedmont Community College will participate in the Metallica Scholars Initiative and receive $5,000 in funding to support its career and technical education programs.

    Funded by Metallica’s All Within My Hands foundation (AWMH), in partnership with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), the Metallica Scholars Initiative (MSI) was created in 2018 to fundamentally improve the earning potential for students who become Metallica Scholars.

    Central Piedmont will continue to use the generous grant funds to provide direct support for students enrolled in healthcare career programs who need financial assistance to complete their studies and become licensed healthcare professionals. Central Piedmont seeks to ensure all graduating healthcare students have funding to pay for their licensure/certification exams so they can quickly enter the workforce fully licensed/certified.

    The MSI workforce initiative marks its fifth year with an ambitious expansion into new curricula. MSI now directly supports 42 community colleges across 33 states, and by the end of 2023, it will have helped more than 6,000 students pursuing careers in the trades. To date, Metallica and AWMH have invested more than $6 million in the American workforce.

    “The Metallica Scholars Initiative is a strong and cooperative assemblage of the nation’s best community colleges, creating a supportive climate for participants to communicate directly and share best practices,” said Peter Degrosso, AWMH executive director. “As a result, our Metallica Scholars leave the program well-trained and confident. Ultimately, the impact is felt locally and nationally as Metallica Scholars enter the workforce and fill in-demand technical positions.”

    Learn more about the Metallica Scholars Initiative at Central Piedmont.

    Learn more about Central Piedmont’s healthcare career programs.

  • Central Piedmont Trustees Elect New Leaders

    The Board of Trustees of Central Piedmont Community College has elected a new chair and vice chair. Jim Dunn, executive vice president and chief people and culture officer with Advocate Health, will serve as chair. Caldwell Rose, president of NAI Southern Real Estate, is the new vice chair.

    Dunn was appointed to the Central Piedmont board in 2020, serving as the vice chair since 2022. In 2018, Dunn joined Atrium Health, now part of Advocate Health, the nation’s third-largest non-profit health system, bringing more than 30 years of experience leading talent and culture strategy. He began his career as a research scientist. He transitioned into national and global human resources leadership positions at BP Amoco, the Carter Presidential Center, Cleveland Clinic, American Cancer Society, and Parkland Health. Jim is a nationally registered professional mediator specializing in workplace conflict resolution strategies and a fellow and faculty member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He currently serves on the U.S. Congressional Award Foundation’s national board of directors and is a regular contributing author for CNBC, Newsweek, and Forbes magazines.

    “Education is the key element to living a happy, healthy life supported by a fulfilling career,” said Dunn, who holds doctorate degrees in health administration, organizational development and management, and advanced studies in teaching. “At Central Piedmont, we’re opening life’s doors for our students – a catalyst for opportunity and an exceptional provider of learning experiences that can transform their lives and their economic mobility while simultaneously strengthening our community with a trained and talented workforce. It’s an honor to serve as chair.”

    Rose has served as Central Piedmont trustee since 2015. He joined NAI Southern Real Estate in 1988 and has spent more than 29 years in the commercial real estate industry, specializing in all areas, including land assemblages, office and medical office sales and leasing, as well as investment sales and representation. Recognized by the Charlotte Commercial Board of Realtors as a top producer, Rose also is actively involved with the Charlotte community and with multiple charitable organizations. He is a graduate of St. Andrews College with a degree in business administration. He holds real estate brokerage licenses in both North and South Carolina.

    “On behalf of the college, I thank Jim and Caldwell for their willingness to serve and lead our Board of Trustees,” said Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer, Central Piedmont president. “This is an exciting and momentous time at Central Piedmont. We are moving forward with enrollment and program growth and will be working to enhance our community partnerships and business development. Our highly engaged board, with Jim and Caldwell at the helm, will help ensure the college grows strategically and efficiently as we seek to make an even bigger impact in this community and the lives of our students.”

    Dunn succeeds Linda Lockman-Brooks as the Central Piedmont Board chair.

  • Central Piedmont to provide customized training for Siemens Energy, Boingo Graphics

    Central Piedmont Community College will provide customized training for employees of two Mecklenburg County companies – Siemens Energy and Boingo Graphics – through funding from North Carolina’s customized training program.

    The N.C. Community College System’s Customized Training Program offers training services and specialized programs to assist new and existing businesses and industries to remain productive and profitable in North Carolina.

    Siemens Energy will receive approximately $131,800 in training value from Central Piedmont. The college will support the company with its onboarding of new employees, including orientation, metrics and metrology, safety, customer and business focus, computer training, and continuous improvement.

    Boingo Graphics will receive approximately $22,00 in training value. The college will provide leadership and customer service training.

    Central Piedmont’s Corporate Learning Center is the college’s single point of contact for serving the wide range of learning and development needs of businesses and organizations in Mecklenburg County, including customized training. The college’s span of learning, expertise, and experience make Central Piedmont a uniquely positioned workforce development resource to help local companies meet their performance and growth goals.

    To talk with a Corporate Learning Center team member, call 704.330.4660 or visit our website.

    Earlier this year, the college announced customized training partnerships with RGA Enterprises and IPEX USA.

  • Nursing Student Awarded Hurst Review NCLEX® Scholarship

    Mariam Idris, a dedicated Nursing student and active Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) member at Central Piedmont Community College has been announced as a recipient of the prestigious Hurst Review NCLEX® Scholarship. Idris is among the twelve exceptional students from across the nation who have been honored with this scholarship.

    The Hurst Review NCLEX® Scholarship, generously funded by Hurst Review Services, a prominent exam preparation company, is designed to support nursing majors affiliated with Phi Theta Kappa preparing to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX®). As part of this scholarship, recipients will receive comprehensive NCLEX® study materials and a cash award that covers the expenses associated with the NCLEX® exam fees.

    Central Piedmont Community College takes immense pride in its Nursing program, which boasts a history dating back to 1965, making it the oldest nursing program in the North Carolina Community College System. Over the last five decades, the program has continually evolved and expanded to the evolving needs of the healthcare industry and the college student community.

    The program's consistent success is exemplified by the outstanding achievements of its nursing graduates. In 2022, Central Piedmont nursing graduates who earned The Christa A. Overcash Associate Degree in nursing exhibited an impressive 92% employment rate and an exceptional 98% pass rate on the NCLEX-RN certification exam.

    The Central Piedmont nursing program holds full approval from the NC Board of Nursing and accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

    Mariam Idris' selection as a recipient of the Hurst Review NCLEX® Scholarship is a testament to her exceptional dedication and academic prowess. The scholarship recognizes her hard work and commitment and acknowledges the outstanding quality of Central Piedmont's Nursing program.

  • Gov. Roy Cooper comes to Central Piedmont, touts NC business, workforce

    North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper came to Central Piedmont Community College today to celebrate CNBC naming North Carolina as the “Top State for Business” in 2023.

    Central Piedmont’s Central Campus welcomed Gov. Cooper as he kicked off a series of statewide events to highlight North Carolina’s strong and diverse workforce and the key role played by community colleges. With business and education leaders and federal, state and local elected officials in attendance, Cooper touted North Carolina’s record of being a state known for strong business and industry and a responsive community college system.

    “North Carolina is the best state for business for the second year in a row thanks to our well-trained, diverse, and dedicated workforce,” Governor Cooper said. “Our community colleges are our not-so-secret weapon when it comes to building a talented workforce, and it’s critical that we invest in our public schools, quality childcare, our community colleges and the health of North Carolina working families in order to continue this amazing success.”

    Central Piedmont President Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer made welcoming remarks and commented on the distinguished work and history of North Carolina’s community colleges.

    “Given that a world-class workforce is needed for businesses to thrive, I can’t think of a better place for Governor Cooper to tout our state’s consistently high business rankings. Central Piedmont and our 57 sister colleges across the state have been preparing individuals to work in high-demand careers for 60 years now,” Deitemeyer said. “Through the decades, North Carolina’s community colleges have responded to industry and employer needs, developing talent pipelines of well-trained, highly skilled workers who are ready to hit the ground running.”

    On July 11, CNBC named North Carolina as America’s Top State for Business in 2023 for the second year in a row. The CNBC study looks at 86 metrics in 10 categories of competitiveness. North Carolina ranked number 1 in workforce and scored well in the economy, technology and innovation, and access to capital categories. This is only the second time in the CNBC ranking’s history that a state has received the top spot two years in a row. Since 2017, North Carolina has placed in the top five of state rankings four times.

    Earlier this year, North Carolina also won Site Selection Magazine’s Prosperity Cup for the third year in a row, which recognizes the competitiveness of state-level economic development agencies and their success in landing capital investment projects. This year, North Carolina also won Area Development magazine’s 2023 Platinum Shovel Award, which recognizes states that went above and beyond the gold standard for investment and job creation and received Business Facilities magazine’s State of the Year award after a historic year of economic development and job growth.

    Cooper was joined by N.C. Commerce Secretary Machelle Baker Sanders, major business leaders from the Charlotte area, Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles, and leaders from North Carolina’s community college system and Central Piedmont Community College. Over the coming weeks, Cooper will travel across the state to spotlight North Carolina’s strong community colleges and the skilled and diverse workforce they create that has made the state a standout for businesses across the country.

    “North Carolina community colleges have long been the difference maker for North Carolinians who want a better job, better pay, or new opportunities. Now, the North Carolina Community College System is proving to be the difference maker in how we recruit new businesses and build talent pipelines that make good on our commitments to prepare graduates for a dynamic workplace,” said North Carolina Community College System President Jeff Cox.

  • Central Piedmont to offer degree program in social work

    Central Piedmont Community College will offer an associate degree program in Human Services Technology with a social work concentration starting in August, with the opening of the fall 2023 semester.

    The two-year Human Services Technology/Social Services concentration program will prepare students for direct-service delivery work in social service agencies. The program curriculum will enable students to link theory and practice through interactive classroom activities while developing a skill-based academic foundation.

    Coursework will include the history of the social service movement, ethical issues, case management, diversity issues, law in social work practice, interviewing and counseling, and community resources. The college also is working to establish transfer agreements with local universities so students will have a path to continue their studies beyond their associate degree.

    Program graduates will be prepared for positions such as case manager, social worker, community outreach worker, and others. Starting salaries will range from $30,000 to $45,000.

    Persons interested in enrolling in the Human Services Technology/Social Services program should contact Dr. Sherina DuBose-Tillman at 704.330.6748, or by email. Please put “social work” in the subject of the email.

  • Central Piedmont announces new arts and humanities series

    Central Piedmont Community College will debut the new Parr Arts & Humanities Series in September. Tickets for the inaugural season’s events are on sale now.

    The Parr Arts & Humanities Series will bring renowned authors, artists and performers to Central Piedmont for the benefit and enrichment of the college, its students and the community. The inaugural season of the series will start on Sept. 19, with a presentation and discussion on, “A Tradition of Discretion, Loyalty and Hospitality at the White House,” by journalist and historian Kate Andersen Brower.

    Brower is the author of New York Times bestsellers, “The Residence,” and “First Women,” as well as “Team of Five,” “First In Line,” and the children’s book, “Exploring the White House.” “The Residence” is being made into a television series produced by Shonda Rhimes, for Netflix. Brower’s most recent book, “Elizabeth Taylor,” is the first authorized biography of the Hollywood icon.

    Brower is a CNN contributor, and she covered the Obama administration for Bloomberg News. She also is a former CBS News staffer and Fox News producer. She has written for the New York Times, Vanity Fair, and the Washington Post. 

    Subsequent season-one events and performances include:

    Pre-sale tickets and book bundles for Brower’s Sept. 19 event are available for a discounted rate. Seniors, students and Central Piedmont employees also are eligible for discounted tickets. Review the Parr Arts & Humanities Series webpage for more information.

    In June 2022, Central Piedmont concluded its “Powering a Stronger Future” fundraising campaign. The highly successful endeavor raised more than $66.3 million, including a $10-million gift to strengthen arts and humanities programming at the college. The Parr Arts & Humanities Series is one result of that transformational gift.

    “The Parr Arts & Humanities series will provide our students and community members the chance to hear, see and listen to influential authors, musicians and other noted performers as well as the opportunity to interact with them. We see these events as unique educational programming for the community and a way to support and augment the wonderful things already going on in our classrooms,” said Stacy Moore, Central Piedmont dean of arts and humanities.

    “The Parr Arts & Humanities Series marks a first movement in a new direction for the college’s arts offerings. This inaugural season promises to set the stage for many more to come,” Moore added.

  • Central Piedmont to launch Public Safety Administration program in August

    Two-year degree program will prepare students for careers in fire and police departments, emergency management organizations, government agencies, correctional facilities, private sector