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

  • Central Piedmont Archives Opens ‘Parallel Lives’ Exhibition

    Learn about Central and Second Ward high schools.

  • Central Piedmont to Establish Honors Program

    Through a generous gift from Truist Bank, Central Piedmont Community College will establish an Honors Program, opening with the start of the 2023 fall semester.

    The Honors Program will seek to develop excellence in students by providing high quality enrichment experiences that are intellectually challenging and result in deeper learning. The Honors Program will engage students in meaningful academic, personal, and social development experiences to create independent thinkers and life-long learners through the construction of knowledge.

    “The Honors Program is an example of how Central Piedmont is committed to elevating student success,” said Dr. Deninne Pritchett, Honors Program faculty director. “The Honors Program will create additional opportunities for students who want to attend Central Piedmont while enhancing the experiences of current students. Students in the Honors Program will be challenged and gain transferable skills that add value to the credits or degree earned at Central Piedmont resulting in better marketability.”

    Students will actively participate in course sections aligned with the Honors Program foundations emphasizing experiential learning, research, civic engagement, global learning, leadership, and reflective thinking. The Honors Program will include a variety of transformational learning experiences for students planning to transfer, earn a degree, or enter the workplace.

    Students in the Honors Program will be referred to as Honors Program Scholars. They will be required to complete 15-credit hours in Honors Program course sections, a 30-hour immersive experience, and 10 activities or events including interview and résumé sessions that emphasize the Honors Program foundations.

    Students can apply for scholarships that will cover tuition and course materials as well as travel, events, and immersion experiences aligned with at least one of the program foundations. The Honors Program will be open to students from all courses of study offered at the college. The college will provide alternate methods for acceptance into the program outside of GPA requirements to ensure the program is equitable and inclusive.

    “Research shows honors program students have increased retention rates, higher graduation rates, and increased pathways to honors programs at four-year institutions,” Pritchett added. “As a champion of students and catalyst for opportunity, Central Piedmont continues to be at the forefront of a changing student population and the need to prepare students for the future.”

    Students and parents who want to learn more about Central Piedmont’s new Honors Program can review the program webpage or contact Dr. Deninne Pritchett.

  • Central Piedmont to Offer Teacher Licensing Certificates

    Bachelor degree graduates who are considering a career in the elementary school classroom will soon be able to receive teacher licensing at multiple North Carolina community colleges, including Central Piedmont Community College.

    The new program makes teacher licensing more affordable and convenient with classes at local community colleges. The seven institutions approved thus far to offer the new licensing program are Alamance, Blue Ridge, Central Piedmont, Fayetteville Technical, McDowell Technical, Wayne, and Western Piedmont community colleges.

    Central Piedmont will launch its program in August, with the beginning of the fall 2023 semester. The Elementary Education Residency Licensure Certificate program will offer instruction and coaching for residency elementary teachers seeking licensure. This program will help support students with classroom observations and one-on-one sessions, and assist with the creation of their portfolio in preparation for licensing from the state.

    This new path to elementary licensure will expand Central Piedmont’s current teacher preparation track, which prepares students to transfer to a bachelor degree education program through completion of an associate in arts or associate in science degree.

    For more information about Central Piedmont’s new teacher licensing certificate program, email Jennifer Perkins, chair of the Teacher Preparation Pathway Program.

  • Central Piedmont’s Moses Fox III serving as executive on loan

    As a continuation of the Charlotte Executive Leadership Council’s (CELC) support for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), seven additional loaned executives to support various efforts for the local school district were announced Feb. 23. These latest executives from Ally Financial, Bank of America, Central Piedmont Community College, Duke Energy, Rodgers Builders, and Wells Fargo are in addition to those already in place and announced as part of the more comprehensive CELC-CMS partnership.

    The latest loaned executives include Moses Fox III, Ph.D., an executive director of campus affairs at Central Piedmont. Fox is serving CMS in support of the development of a strong school partnership program on a part-time basis. At Central Piedmont, Fox oversees strategy and operational outcomes for the college’s Harris Campus.

    Prior to his work at Central Piedmont, Fox provided strategic engagement and partnership oversight with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and Union County Schools. He also engaged leaders of Union County to establish the first Salvation Army and Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County, providing strategy and budgetary oversight of operations. As Director of Development and Communications with Brookstone Schools, Fox researched and wrote grants while providing fund management.

  • Central Piedmont and Western Carolina University Partner to Launch Catamount Connection Program

    Central Piedmont Community College and Western Carolina University (WCU) announced today the launch of the Catamount Connection Program – a new direct pathway to a four-year degree for Central Piedmont students.

    Dr. Kelli R. Brown, Western Carolina University chancellor, and Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer, Central Piedmont president, met at WCU to sign a memorandum of understanding between the two institutions that guarantees admission to the university for Central Piedmont associate degree graduates who satisfy certain requirements.

    The memorandum launches the Catamount Connection Program. The program’s purpose is to create a direct pathway for Central Piedmont graduates to acquire an affordable and accessible four-year degree from WCU. As Deitemeyer announced, “Central Piedmont is excited and proud to partner with Western Carolina University to provide our students a seamless admissions pathway to the university. This program represents a wonderful opportunity for Central Piedmont students.”

    Brown said she wants to ensure students from Central Piedmont have immediate access to the affordability and quality of WCU. “It is so critical for students to see that if they want to go to a four-year college, but went to a two-year college, they have a pathway to that four-year institution,” Brown said. “Western Carolina University is an NC Promise school; the affordability is there and, of course, the quality is always there. There are great advantages for us to have this memorandum of understanding, given that we are a quality four-year institution.”

    Deitemeyer is equally thrilled to provide WCU as an option for their graduates. "We know our students will be well-prepared here and well-cared for at WCU,” she said. “In Cullowhee, they will enjoy challenging classes taught by superb faculty, a beautiful campus and a learning environment that fosters exploration, innovation and excellence. This program offers Central Piedmont students a great destination for pursuing a bachelor’s degree.”

    Students who wish to participate in the Catamount Connection Program must satisfy the following conditions:

    • Be a currently enrolled student at Central Piedmont, in a degree-seeking capacity
    • Submit a WCU application for admission and records by WCU deadlines
    • Submit the application fee or waiver, and fulfill all commitment action steps
    • Be in good standing at Central Piedmont and other institutions attended
    • Demonstrate good citizenship and conduct
    • Earn and maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 at Central Piedmont and a minimum GPA of 2.20 in their most recent term
    • Earn an associate degree from Central Piedmont in a college transfer program or in an applied program for which an articulation agreement exists
    • Enroll at WCU within one academic year of completion of the associate degree

    “This transfer pathway also is a wonderful example of higher education partners in North Carolina working together to broaden access to a bachelor’s degree and greater opportunities beyond,” Deitemeyer explained. “It has been well documented that North Carolina and its workforce and economy need more individuals with bachelor’s degrees. The Catamount Connection program addresses this need directly.”

    Visit WCU's website for more information about how to transferLearn more about applying to Central Piedmont Community College.

  • Free App For College Turns Your Phone Into a Personal Security Device 

    As part of the Central Piedmont Risk, Safety, and Security unit’s ongoing commitment to campus safety, the Emergency Management department is offering Rave Guardian, a free mobile app that turns any smartphone into a personal safety device. All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to download the FREE Rave Guardian safety app to check in with family, friends, campus security, or others they trust to help them stay safe on campus. 

    The Rave Guardian app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store, or Google Play. You’ll use your Central Piedmont email address to create an account. You can also learn more at

    With the Rave Guardian app, students and employees can:

    • Register and set up an account: They can add their name, campus address, medical notes and other pertinent information for campus safety in case of emergency.
    • Easy emergency communication: In an emergency, a one button call to College Security Services will display their profile and current location.*
    • Send anonymous tips: See something, say something. The app allows them to anonymously text suspicious activity to College Security Services, including photos.
    • Add and message Guardians: By adding roommates, friends, and family – called “Guardians” – to your network, they can feel safer when walking alone, on or off campus. Guardians can also be messaged directly through the app. 
    • Set a safety timer: In the event a student or employee feels unsafe, they can set a timer with their current location, indicating where they are going and their expected arrival time. In the event they do not make it there and deactivate the timer, Guardians or College Security Services will be immediately alerted. 
      • They can also call the college’s non-emergency line at 704.330.6632 for a safe escort to their vehicle on campus.

    Our students, employees, and community members are always encouraged to report any issues of concern: If you see something, say something. For more information, visit the college’s emergency communications webpage.

  • Central Piedmont to provide customized training for IPEX USA

    Central Piedmont Community College will provide specialized training for IPEX USA LLC., employees through funding from North Carolina’s customized training program. IPEX USA will receive approximately $345,500 in training value from Central Piedmont over a two-year period. The training will cover a broad range of skills building and be delivered by the college’s Engineering Technologies Division and other faculty and staff. The training and skills areas will include programmable logic controller, electrical circuit controls, electrical motor controls, Lean Overview, Lean Six Sigma, Root Cause Analysis, as well as multiple workplace and industrial safety courses. The N.C. Community College System’s Customized Training Program offers training services and specialized programs to assist new and existing business and industry to remain productive and profitable in North Carolina.

    IPEX USA LLC., was founded in 1992 and designs and manufactures thermoplastic piping systems. The company is increasing its Mecklenburg County footprint by building a new, state-of-the-art injection-molding plant in Pineville, N.C. The new 200,000 square-foot facility will encompass Industry 4.0, including artificial intelligence, and increase the company's ability to manufacture fittings for plumbing, electrical, industrial and municipal applications. This facility will become the company’s technological flagship operation and be one of the most advanced plastics manufacturing facilities in the industry. 

    The IPEX expansion project will create approximately 230 jobs, including warehouse, production, maintenance, and production supervisor positions. Central Piedmont will provide the main training component, with the Polymers Center of Excellence providing injection-molding and extrusion training to support the 67 new machines that will be in the new facility. Both new and current Pineville employees will receive the training.

    “Central Piedmont is excited to work with IPEX USA as the company expands its operations in Mecklenburg County. The college is eager to assist IPEX as it creates hundreds of new jobs and gives incumbent workers opportunities for growth within the company,” said Allison Bowers, Central Piedmont director corporate learning and economic recruitment. “The college, through our Corporate Engagement team, will work hard to develop and deliver the customized training IPEX USA
    will need to achieve its expansion goals.” 

    Central Piedmont’s Corporate Engagement 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 meet the performance and organizational needs of local companies.

    To talk with a Corporate Engagement team member, call 704.330.4660, or visit their website.

  • Coca-Cola Consolidated and College Launching Career Pipeline

    Nation's Largest Coca-Cola Bottler, Central Piedmont Community College, and Charlotte Regional Business Alliance Collaborate to Foster Economic Mobility

    Coke Consolidated is funding paid apprenticeships at Central Piedmont Community College to spur interest in high-demand positions in manufacturing, equipment repair, and logistics at its Charlotte-area facilities.

    Paid Apprenticeship: Earn and Learn

    Students will “earn and learn” with a paid apprenticeship with Coca-Cola Consolidated. Coke Consolidated is funding apprenticeships at Central Piedmont Community College to spur interest in high-demand positions in manufacturing, equipment repair, and logistics at its Charlotte-area facilities.

    Qualified applicants will get paid experience through part-time positions at Coke Consolidated while receiving financial support to pay for career certificates in fields to prepare you for careers such as:

    • Manufacturing / warehouse mechanic
    • Diesel mechanic (Red Classic Transportation - RCT)
    • Equipment Services Reconditioning Technician (HVAC and electrical skills)

    Next Steps

    The application process is open and applications will be accepted until April 28, 2023. The targeted start for selected candidates would be July 2023. Visit the Paid Apprenticeships with Coca-Cola Consolidated page to learn more.

    Basic qualification for the Coca-Cola Consolidated apprenticeships is a high school diploma or equivalent.

    To learn more about the careers you could pursue with Coca-Cola Consolidated, visit Coca-Cola Consolidated.

    Manufacturing Careers in Demand

    Coke Consolidated, Central Piedmont, and the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance (CLT Alliance) are collaborating on this effort to foster economic mobility in our area by highlighting opportunities in the local manufacturing sector and promoting scholarships for interested applicants. 

    Charlotte is home to more than 3,600 manufacturing companies, which together employ over 145,000 people. 7,500 new manufacturing jobs have been announced in the region since 2020, according to CLT Alliance.

    "Commitment to Empowering the Next Generation" 

    “These scholarships exemplify our commitment to empowering the next generation of diverse servant leaders,” said Dave Katz, President and Chief Operating Officer at Coke Consolidated. “We’re looking for talented candidates who want to grow their skillsets and their careers.

    “Coke Consolidated is dedicated to providing opportunities for new and existing teammates to continuously learn and grow,” said Brent Tollison, a Senior Vice President at Coke Consolidated and member of the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance Board of Trustees.

    “We want to invest in people and to provide the resources and encouragement they need to achieve their goals,” he said. “These aren’t job opportunities. These are career opportunities.”

    Coke Consolidated is committed to workforce development and economic opportunity in the communities it serves. Applicants selected for an apprenticeship will have ongoing training and leadership development opportunities as part of their employment experience. 

    Central Piedmont’s credentialing programs are flexible and designed to meet the needs of students who also are working part-time. Coke Consolidated’s paid apprenticeship program targets the more than 65% of adults in the region who don’t have a bachelor’s degree.

    “Central Piedmont is pleased and proud to partner with Coke Consolidated to offer students a pathway to invaluable work experience and rewarding, high-demand careers in manufacturing,” said Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer, Central Piedmont President. “We are eager to open the program, and we thank Coke Consolidated for their support and collaboration.”

    "Manufacturing is integral in the Charlotte Region, and the industry and next generation of talent are poised to shape our future economy,” said CLT Alliance President and CEO Janet LaBar. “We applaud Coke Consolidated’s commitment to strengthening our workforce and believe collaborations like this will strengthen our pipeline, enrich our economy, and provide a pathway to opportunity for our region’s residents."

    About Coca-Cola Consolidated, Inc.

    Coca-Cola Consolidated is the largest Coca-Cola bottler in the United States. Our Purpose is To Honor God in all we do, To Serve Others, To Pursue Excellence, and To Grow Profitably. For over 120 years, we have been deeply committed to the consumers, customers, and communities we serve and are passionate about the broad portfolio of beverages and services we offer. We make, sell, and distribute beverages of The CocaCola Company and other partner companies in more than 300 brands and flavors across 14 states and the District of Columbia to approximately 60 million consumers. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Coca-Cola Consolidated is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “COKE.” More information about the Company is available online.

  • Central Piedmont holds first-ever December commencement ceremony 

    For the first time in its 59-year history, Central Piedmont Community College held a December commencement on Dec. 13, in Charlotte. Approximately 510 students walked across the Bojangles Coliseum stage to receive their earned credentials. More than 1,200 students had completed their programs of studies since Central Piedmont’s May graduation.

    Linda Nelson, a 2022 graduate, addressed her peers by delivering the commencement address. Nelson, an adult student who holds an MBA, is a new graduate from Central Piedmont with an Associate in Applied Science degree in horticulture.

    Central Piedmont was excited to offer a winter commencement this year to honor its graduates who completed their programs during the 2022 summer and fall semesters. The addition of a winter ceremony allows the college to honor and celebrate its summer and fall graduates in the same timely way as its spring graduates.

    For more information about Central Piedmont’s nearly 300 degree, diploma and certificate programs, including GED and adult high school, visit the college website.

  • New Nursing Program Graduates First Class

    Central Piedmont Community College has graduated its first class of practical nurses from the Dickson Practical Nursing Program. The 10 graduates from the newly-established one-year program are now eligible to sit for the national licensure exam to become Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs).

    The new graduates participated in a nursing pinning ceremony on Dec. 6, and will walk in Central Piedmont’s first-ever winter graduation ceremony on Dec. 13, at Bojangles Coliseum.

    The Dickson Foundation of Charlotte awarded Central Piedmont a $500,000 grant in 2021 to develop a new LPN program at the college to provide students an accelerated path to a meaningful, family-sustaining career in the healthcare industry and address specific employment needs within the Charlotte region’s healthcare sector.

    The Dickson Practical Nursing Program enables students to earn their professional credential in one year, preparing them for employment more quickly. This is especially important, given the median LPN salary is $48,055, which offers a viable economic-mobility pathway for lower-income residents in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.

    LPNs work under the supervision of a registered nurse (RN), with employment opportunities available immediately in hospitals; rehabilitation, long-term care, and home health facilities; clinics; and physicians’ offices.

    Central Piedmont will expand the second class to as many as 24 seats and then monitor local needs for LPNs and adjust the size of future classes to meet demand. The program is based on the college’s Central Campus.