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  • 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

  • Central Piedmont holds spring 2023 commencement

    Central Piedmont Community College held its 2023 spring commencement ceremonies on Thursday, May 11, in Charlotte. Approximately 900 students “marched” and received their college credentials during the morning and afternoon ceremonies. More than 1,500 students were eligible to graduate.

    During the morning festivities at the Bojangles Coliseum, Maria “Fernanda” Moreno Tovar, a 2023 graduate, addressed her peers by delivering the commencement address. RaeDeja Sawyer, also a 2023 graduate, spoke at the afternoon ceremony. It has become Central Piedmont’s tradition to have graduating students serve as commencement keynote speakers. Both Maria and RaeDeja were graduating with associate in arts degrees.

    Maria shared her experiences and challenges as an immigrant from Mexico. She concluded her address by saying, “As I am standing here today, I am confident that Central Piedmont gave me the right tools to continue chasing my academic goals. I am also confident that just like mine, your struggle can make magic if you take the leap of faith.”

    RaeDeja recounted how she had lost loved ones during her time at Central Piedmont and how the college provided her much needed support. “This journey has been charged with intense emotion. I have experienced elevating highs and depleting lows, but seeing it through has been most valuable and unforgettable. And the truth is, graduation today does not mark the end of our studies, nor does it mark the end of deadlines, decisions, or expectations,” she explained.

    Students graduating from Central Piedmont with a degree, diploma, or certificate had the option of participating in either the morning or afternoon ceremony. Central Piedmont combined its for-credit and non-credit program conferrals into both ceremonies, giving graduates the choice to “walk” at the time that best fits their families’ schedule.

  • Central Piedmont and Partners Host Free Dental Clinic

    Central Piedmont Community College, the North Carolina Dental Society Foundation Missions of Mercy, the Charlotte area Dental Society Foundation Missions of Mercy (MOM), and other members of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg dental community came together to offer a free dental clinic on April 29.

    The joint clinic treated 85 patients who received more than $57,700 in free dental care. Held at Central Piedmont’s dental clinic teaching labs, located in the Leon Levine Health Sciences Center, on the college’s Central Campus, the goal of the nine-hour clinic was to provide essential dental services, such as restorative dental care and extractions, for underserved, in-need community members. Many of the patients had been treated by Central Piedmont dental hygiene students but needed additional treatment they could not afford.

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this was the first free dental clinic held in Charlotte since 2019. In the past, such clinics have been held at Bojangles Coliseum or the Charlotte Convention Center. The college opened the Levine Health Sciences Center and its dental clinic facilities in 2020. The college approached Charlotte MOM about the possibility of hosting a free clinic in the new, state of-the-art facilities. This was the first time in Charlotte and perhaps North Carolina that dental educational facilities were used to provide care to those in the community with no other care options.

    “This was truly a collaborative effort between the college and the Charlotte-area dental community that brought this clinic to fruition,” explained Linda Polito, dentist and associate dean of outpatient programs at Central Piedmont. “We thank North Carolina Dental Society Foundation MOM and Charlotte MOM for collaborating with the college and working together to provide care to community members in need.”

    Clinic organizers say the event partnerships and operation could become a pattern for other communities to follow. “We feel like the clinic was a great success and believe this kind of partnership and utilization of educational facilities could become a statewide and perhaps a national model,” said Dr. Evan Miller, Charlotte MOM ambassador.

    Central Piedmont offers a one-year dental assisting program and a two-year dental hygiene program. For more information, visit the college's healthcare career page, inquire by email at, or call 704.330.6496.

  • Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer included in the ‘Power List’

    Central Piedmont Community College President Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer has been recognized as a member of Business North Carolina magazine’s 2023 Power List.

    According to Business North Carolina, “the annual report on the state's most influential business leaders is divided into 18 categories. These are the power brokers with an extraordinary ability to lead their enterprises and influence North Carolina's direction.”

    Deitemeyer is one of only two community college presidents included in the 2023 list.

    Review the Education Power List 2023

  • Lisa Schlachter to Join Central Piedmont as Vice President of Institutional Advancement

    Lisa Schlachter of Charlotte will join the leadership team at Central Piedmont Community College as the new Vice President of Institutional Advancement. Schlachter will serve the college as its chief fundraising officer and as director of the Central Piedmont Foundation.

    Schlachter comes to Central Piedmont from the YMCA of Greater Charlotte, where she serves as vice president of financial development. She has more than two decades of experience in fundraising and alumni relations. She began her career in alumni relations at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and she held several roles at Belmont University including capital, donor relations, foundation relations, and stewardship.

    “We are delighted to welcome Lisa Schlachter to Central Piedmont,” said Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer, college president. “Lisa brings a deep connection to our community through her great work at the YMCA. With her previous experience in higher education and the energy and passion she possesses, she will be a wonderful addition to our team.”

    In addition to earning a master’s degree in institutional advancement from Vanderbilt University, she worked on Vanderbilt’s Alumni and Development team. She also served as the assistant head of school for advancement at St. Paul Christian Academy in Nashville, TN, where she led the annual campaign, a capital campaign, and major gifts.

    “We are very excited about Lisa Schlachter joining Central Piedmont as its new Vice President of Institutional Advancement,” said Weston Andress, Central Piedmont Foundation board president. “Lisa’s energetic personality and her experience at the YMCA of Greater Charlotte and other non-profits will help take Central Piedmont’s already successful advancement efforts to a new level.”

    Central Piedmont completed its “Powering a Stronger Future” campaign in June 2022. It was the most ambitious and successful campaign in the college’s history, raising $66.3 million and surpassing its goal by more than $26 million.

    In addition to her master’s degree from Vanderbilt, Schlachter earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She will begin her tenure at Central Piedmont on May 5.

    “I am thrilled to return to higher education as a member of the Central Piedmont Community College leadership team, and I am eager to combine my passion for education with my commitment to serve our community through this role,” Schlachter said. “It is very exciting to come in following an extremely successful campaign and build on the college’s reputation of strong community service and support.”

  • Central Piedmont Honors Leon Levine

    Central Piedmont Community College celebrates, honors, and remembers the life of Leon Levine, who died April 5, 2023, at age 85. 

    At age 22, Levine started the first Family Dollar store on Central Avenue in Charlotte, and built the company on the value of customer service, expanding to thousands of stores and nationwide success. In 1980, Levine, along with his wife Sandra, turned his attention to philanthropic efforts through the Leon Levine Foundation.

    Levine’s life and legacy in our Charlotte-Mecklenburg community was one of great philanthropy to education, healthcare, Jewish families, and children, among many other entities bearing their name. At Central Piedmont, a 2002 gift from the Levines was the largest the college had received to date, prompting Central Piedmont to rename a campus in their honor. 

    Their generosity did not stop there, as the Levine Campus in Matthews continued to expand, student scholarships were endowed, and Central Campus named two more buildings in their honor: the Levine Information Technology building, and most recently, the Leon Levine Health Sciences Center. The Levine Health Sciences Center creates state-of-the-art learning environments with hospital simulations and virtual anatomy classrooms, and is the home base to Central Piedmont’s newest healthcare programs.

    Levine’s legacy lives on, not just in the buildings, but in the lives forever changed by education, as students become healthcare professionals and leaders in our region. We honor Mr. Levine for the positive impact he made through the entire Charlotte community, and to all the students supported at Central Piedmont through his decades of generosity. 

    • Nov. 2002: South Campus in Matthews renamed and dedicated as Levine Campus
    • Sept. 2004: Levine II on the Levine Campus opened
    • Nov. 2014: Levine Information Technology building dedicated at Central Campus
    • Jan. 2019: Levine III on the Levine Campus opened
    • Oct. 2021: Leon Levine Health Sciences building opened and dedicated at Central Campus