Clubs and Organizations

EXPLORE Student Clubs and Organizations

Find a club to join! Central Piedmont Community College has over 70 officially-sanctioned student organizations. Student Life staff are located at each campus and love to work with our students. If you would like to be an involved student, have general questions, or would like more information about student life at any campus, contact us.

The main types of student organizations at Central Piedmont are academic/vocational, competitive curricular focus, and special interest organizations. There are also campus ministries.

  • Unless otherwise noted, clubs are housed at Central Campus.
  • For more complete information on clubs, meeting times, or to ask to join, please email the advisor listed with that club.
  • For events and activities happening on all campuses, please refer to the student life calendar.

Though we do our best to make sure that accurate information is available to students about clubs, please understand that not every student organization is active every semester. If students who were in leadership roles in previous semesters have transferred away from Central Piedmont, some student organizations may not continue to be active. If you have questions about any student organization, please contact Student Life or clubs@cpcc.edu.

Forms for Clubs and Organizations

For information and forms related to starting or managing a student organization, visit the student leadership page.

Academic/Vocational Clubs and Organizations

Student organizations with an academic focus tend to revolve their organizations around a particular area of study. This can allow student organization members to gain additional experience in their academic or vocational field.

  • American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)

    • Contact Travis Smith or Melanie Reddrick
    • This group of students comes together for special projects and events and often meets with successful architects in the community. Often AIAS sponsors field trips to nationally recognized monuments and buildings.
  • American Society for Non-Destructive Testing (ASNT) (Harper Campus)

    • Contact: Rodney Stephens or Rand Ernst
    • The NC Student Chapter of ASNT works to provide a forum of exchange of NDE technical information; to provide supplemental training and service opportunities for the members; to prepare members for industry sanctioned qualified examinations; promotes NDE as a career choice; and pursue community service activities. They are housed at the Harper Campus.
  • American Welding Society (AWS) (Harper Campus)

    • Contact: Ray Sosko or Brian Lucas
    • This student organization is housed at the Harper Campus and includes students currently enrolled in the Welding certificate and/or degree programs. They often participate in community service work and have competed in local and regional welding competitions. Welding Club enhances awareness of the art and science of welding and how it affects our daily lives.
  • ​​​​​​​Association of General Contractors Student Chapter (AGC) (Harper Campus)

    • Contact: George Wightman or Alan Beane
    • The purpose of the AGC Student Chapter is to build a sense of community within the Construction Technologies division at Central Piedmont and to advance the knowledge of its members in the field of construction management and related occupations.
  • Association of Nursing Students (ANS)

    • Contacts: Melanie Colson or Kelly Wright
    • The Association of Nursing Students (ANS) promotes participation in community and legislative affairs, related to the profession of nursing. Members are current students in the Christa A. Overcash school of Nursing. All nursing students are encouraged to join the ANS.
  • Baking & Pastry Arts Club (BPA)(Harris Campus)

    • Contact: Jennifer Cubillos
    • This student organization includes students in the Baking & Pastry Arts degree program and is housed at the Harris Campus. This group actively raises funds for trips around the world, has their own on-campus business, and learns about current baking methods & techniques.
  • Black & Tans (Harper Campus)

    • Contacts: John McPherson
    • This student organization is an off-shoot of the Central Piedmont AWS Welding Club and studies the art of blacksmithing. This student organization is housed at the Harper Campus.
  • Cardiovascular Technology Student Association

  • Clay Bodies

    • Contact: Paula Smith
    • Clay Bodies promotes student understanding of the aesthetic, technical, and historical aspects of the ceramic arts through field trips, lectures, and workshops.
  • Cosmetic Arts and Sciences Association (CASA)

    • Contact: Melissa Alatsis or Catherine Cunningham
    • CASA is comprised of Cosmetology students who are developing knowledge and skills needed to earn a degree and sit for the NC State Board of Cosmetic Arts Licensing Exam.  CASA is involved in charitable events associated with Central Piedmont and activities that help support and grow the Cosmetology program. CASA is housed at the Cosmetology campus.
  • Criminal Justice Association (Merancas Campus)

    • Contact: Anne Marie Garmon
    • The objective of the Criminal Justice Association shall be to honor moral and ethical values; encourage leadership education students and the public about today's Criminal Justice system, and provide learning opportunities in the areas of law Enforcement, Courts, Correction and other Criminal Justice areas.
  • Culinary Club and Culinary Competition

    • Contacts: Chef Dan Cheatham or Chef Robert Marilla
    • To promote fellowship among Culinary and Hospitality students by exchanging professional information about the field and strengthening the bond of friendship and understanding between members.
  • Cytotechnology Student Association (CSA)

    • Contact: Kim Kaylor or Danielle Hensley
    • The Cytotechnology Student Association is comprised of Cytotechnology students, practicing Cytotechnologists, and Pathologists. The CSA strives to educate the community on health issues related to the field of cytology as well as promote the profession of Cytotechnology at the local, state, and national levels.
  • Dental Hygiene Club (Freshman & Senior)

    • First-year students should contact Brenda Sanner and second-year students should contact Eileen Clark.
    • Dental Hygiene Club works to generate public awareness of dental health needs and confidence in the profession by promoting professional attitudes; sponsors travel to professional conferences. 
  • Early Childhood Education Club (Harris Campus)

    • Contacts: Kristi Godfrey-Hurrell or Christine Sargeant
    • Early Childhood Club encourages professional growth and involvement of its members in a variety of endeavors within the early childhood education field. Members participate in local and state early childhood activities and network with other early childhood professionals and organizations in the area. The club sponsors various social and community service projects and requires members to do three hours of community service each semester. The group is housed at the Harris Campus.
  • Electrical Systems Society

    • Contacts: Matthew Alexander (matthew.alexander@cpcc.edu) or Erhard VanVuuren (erhard.vanVuuren@cpcc.edu)
    • The Electrical Systems Society is for an organization for students in Central Piedmont’s Electrical Program. Their goal is to prepare the upcoming generation of skilled tradespeople for the challenges of the modern electrical work environment, provide opportunities for leadership development and student participation in upcoming Central Piedmont events, and to give back to the community through volunteer service learning.
  • Future Respiratory Therapists

    • Contact: Charley Starnes
    • Future Respiratory Therapists promotes awareness of the profession and encourages membership in the national professional organization, American Association for Respiratory Care.
  • Horticulture Club

    • Contact: Find facilitators in the Cato Campus Greenhouse.
    • This club is housed at Central Piedmont's Cato Campus and includes students currently in the Horticulture academic program. They host two large plant sales each year.
  • HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America)

    • Contacts: Karen Summers
    • HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) invites students interested in any of our health career programs. This group actively promotes participation in community service events while working to build confidence in the profession by aiding in the development of leadership skills. Members are given the opportunity to compete in state and national events. We welcome new club members.
  • Human Services Technology Club

    • Contact: Hontah Epps
    • Human Services Technology Club empowers and motivates students toward realization of their fullest potential and provides opportunities for them to share their talents within the Human Services network.
  • HVAC/R Club (Harper Campus)

    • Contact: Mark Paterno
    • The HVAC/R Club is a student-based service organization whose main goal is assisting members in their pursuit of educational and professional goals. The club promotes ideals of honesty, community service, leadership, critical thinking, and technical skills development in addition to providing many opportunities for networking, skills enhancement, and life-long learning.
  • iASL (Cato Campus)

    • Contact: Ginger Leon
    • The iASL Club provides an outlet through which students in the Interpreter Training program can come together to meet each other for educational benefits and for social events with the Deaf community. They are housed at Central Piedmont's Cato Campus.
  • Mu Alpha Theta (MAT)

    • Contact: Cao Nyguen
    • The purpose of this organization is to promote scholarship in, and enjoyment and understanding of, mathematics among Central Piedmont students, as well as to provide service to the community.
  • Metal Arts Club

    • Contact: Terry Galante
    • The Metal Arts Club exists to maintain a constant awareness of metal arts, both current and historical; and to facilitate appreciation of metal arts in genera
  • National Technical Honor Society (Harper Campus)

    • Contact: Anita McGill or Amber Shannon
    • The NTHS is a prestigious organization for students with outstanding academic performance in a technical field. In order to be eligible for membership, you must have completed 12 credit hours of college-level work at Central Piedmont, have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA and a 3.25 program GPA, and be a currently registered student in a Harper Campus technical program. Invitations for membership are sent to students' Central Piedmont e-mail accounts at the beginning of every fall and spring semester.
  • Paralegal Society of Central Piedmont Community College (Cato Campus)

    • Contact: Lindsay Willis
    • The Paralegal Society is for paralegal students to enhance their educational experience by networking, enriching minds, and becoming involved in the community through service activities. Club members will do this by giving them hands on experience, connecting them with society, and becoming a paralegal.
  • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

    • Contacts: Beau Bowers or Jennifer Conway
    • Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) is the international honor society for two-year colleges. In order to be eligible for membership, you must have completed 12 credit hours of college-level work at Central Piedmont, have a 3.5 GPA, and be currently registered as a Central Piedmont student. Invitations for membership typically in September and February and inductions are typically in November and April.
  • Phoenix Challenge Team (Harper Campus)

    • Contact: Amber Dobbins
    • This club is housed at the Harper Campus and includes students who are enrolled in the Graphic Arts Imaging Technology program. This club was established to promote skill development through teamwork and camaraderie, to provide service to the College and community, and to build networking relationships throughout the printing industry. We welcome new club members.
  • Psi Beta

    • Contact: Jennifer Hejazi or Deninne Pritchett
    • Psi Beta is the honor society for community college students in Psychology. This group also holds regular meetings and often plans campus events, conferences, etc.
  • Sociology/Psychology Association (SPA) (Levine Campus)

    • Contact: Elisha McDonald or Mike Bossick
    • SPA provides an opportunity for students interested in Sociology and Psychology to come together and further their interest. This student organization also works closely with the Sociology and Psychology departments at UNCC.
  • Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA)

    • Contact: Megan Leach McCann or Jacqueline Mayo
    • SOTA is a national organization that is open to all students at Central Piedmont enrolled in the OTA program. SOTA is an organization designed to promote the knowledge and interest in the field of occupational therapy throughout the community and to promote the professional growth of students through extracurricular activities and fundraising.  We focus on promoting the objectives of the American occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and the North Carolina Occupational Therapy Association (NCOTA).
  • Surgical Technology

    • Contact: Mel Angelisanti
    • The purpose of this association is to establish and promote an atmosphere conducive to optimum learning and career preparation based on a sense of tradition, camaraderie and teamwork encompassing all students currently enrolled in the Surgical Technology program.
  • theCurious (Advertising + Graphic Design) (Harper Campus)

    • Contacts: Brittany Holleran or Kenn Compton
    • A+GD, "The Curious," is the professional association for design, which is “committed to advancing design as a professional craft, strategic tool and vital cultural force.” The Central Piedmont A+GD Student Group’s meetings and activities are held on the Harper Campus. Annual dues include membership in the national organization. Activities include guest speakers, design-related field trips, portfolio enhancing activities and the opportunity to network with local professionals.
  • TRiO Club

    • Contact: Beth Smedley or Andrea Tripple
    • The purpose of TRiO Club is to integrate the talents and energy of current TRiO-SSS students and recent alumni to support and serve the College and the TRiO-SSS program and its participants.
  • Turfgrass Management

    • Contact: John Royals
    • This group meets at Cato Campus and are students interested in maintaining beautiful greens.
  • Visual Arts Club

    • Contact: Megan Lynch or Isaac Payne
    • Visual Arts Club enhances appreciation of the visual arts by sponsoring campus exhibits and activities, field trips, and visiting artists.

Competitive Curricular Focus Clubs and Organizations

Student organizations with a competitive focus tend to focus on different events with other student organizations. These student organizations may be academic or vocational in nature, but tend to compete more often in various competitions.

  • ENACTUS

    • Contact: Mike Grier or Alexander Pineres
    • Enactus is an international non-profit organization active on more than 1,400 university campuses in 48 countries. Enactus teams create economic opportunities in their communities by organizing outreach projects that focuses on: market economics, entrepreneurship, personal financial success skills, and business ethics.
  • Model United Nations (also Model UN or MUN) (Central and Levine Campus)

    • Contact Teresa Hall (Central Campus) or Camelia Taheri (Levine Campus)
    • Model United Nations is a student organization that aims to educate student about current events, topics in international relations, diplomacy and the United Nations agenda. Students role-play as diplomats representing a nation in a simulated session of the United Nations, such as the Security Council or the General Assembly. Student research a country, take on roles as diplomats, investigate international issues, debate, deliberate, consult, and then develop solutions to world problems.
  • International Game Developers Association- Academic (IGDA Academic)

    • Contacts: Perry Courter or Michael Pliaconis
    • This group of students consists of students interested in computers and computer programming. This group participates in national and regional competitions with other college students and are often volunteers in the community, providing their expert skills to local non-profits and schools.
  • Skills USA - Automotive

    • Contact: Casey Smith
    • This group works to enhance members' skill set through extra curricular activities designed to advance automotive diagnostic and repair expertise.

Special Interests Clubs and Organizations

Student organizations that are special interest tend to come together to share a common interest.

  • African Student Association

    • Contact: Loretta Evivie or Tony Emetu
    • This student organization celebrates the history and culture of Africa with students representing many African countries.
  • Central Piedmont Historical Association (Cato Campus)

    • Contact: Hugh Dussek
    • This student organization is a group of students who enjoy learning about history.  The club offers hands on opportunities to get involved in historical research and interactive types of historic field trips, movies, presentations and service opportunities.
  • Central Piedmont Volleyball Club

    • Contact: Justin Knoll
    • This student organization provides a platform for camaraderie in the college community through a common interest and shared passion for the sport of volleyball.
  • College Democrats of Central Piedmont (Levine Campus)

    • Contact: Nathan Wood or Sheri Khan
    • The College Democrats of Central Piedmont looks to engage students about politics and the world around around them, discussing democratic ideals and to encourage civic responsibility.
  • Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC)

    • Contact: DeAn White or Jeffrey King
    • The Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) is an organization for students who are in recovery from addictive disorders including alcohol, drugs and eating disorders. Students can engage with and seek support from students fighting the same battles, as well as have access to supportive faculty and staff members on our campus. The organization is designed to assist students with any struggles they may have in maintaining sobriety while being a successful college student.
  • Communities in College

    • Contact: Timothy Graham
    • This student organization serves as Central Piedmont's link to Communities in Schools. Students involved in Communities in College were involved with Communities in Schools while in high school. They work to connect to current CIS students and provide a link to support their successful transition to Central Piedmont. For more information, visit the Communities in College section on the Mentoring and Bridge page.
  • Creative Writing Club (SWAG-Student Writers Assembled Guild) (Levine Campus)

    • Contact: Elizabeth West
    • SWAG is an open creative writing club that is housed at Levine Campus, where writers of any type or ability come together, hear works by other students, participate in helpful criticism, and grow their art through creative writing prompts and discussions. Any Central Piedmont student is welcome to join in meetings, visit their website for a schedule.
  • Drama Club

    • Contacts: Tom Hollis
    • This club provides an environment for current Central Piedmont students that encourages; artistic growth, education of Art and the Art Industry, and supply other avenues to show and share artistic works of current Central Piedmont students. Provide activities and services that enhance positive relationships among students, the college and the community.
  • Environment And Recreation Through Habitats (EARTH)

    • Contact: Matt Miller
    • An outdoor exploration club to inspire and appreciate interests in sustainability and the environment.
  • German Club

    • Contact: Daniela Weinert
    • The purpose of the German Club is to promote the German language and culture as well as cultural awareness.  Its other aims include making students aware of study abroad opportunities, stimulate interest in German, and collaborating with other cultural organizations to provide a more complete global consciousness at Central Piedmont and in the community.
  • Girls in Games (GiG)

    • Contact: Ellen Makkas or Farhad Javidi
    • GiG's purpose is to help promote female presence in technology and the game development industry respectively. This student organization will offer a safe community to connect and discuss topics of related and common interests, and become a resource for advancement opportunities and self-development for the game development industry.
  • Global Student Association (Harper Campus)

    • Contact: Katherine Wells or Mona Yektaparast (mona.yektaparast)
    • The Global Student Association is a group of students who learn about and celebrate different cultures. GSA appreciates different languages and ways of doing things by participating in multi-cultural events and supporting students who want to study abroad. GSA also creates a sense of unity among international students and those interested in other cultures.
  • Japanese Culture Club (Levine Campus)

    • Contact: Wen Yen
    • The Japanese Culture Club addresses Japanese culture through a popular media called anime, also known as animation. Through the club, members will experience the different drawing styles and explore a different style of entertainment.
  • Otakus (Cato Campus)

    • Contact: Retha Hall
    • The purpose of this organization is to spread joy, creativity, history, and culture of Asian animations with current Central Piedmont students.
  • Peer Mentor Association

    • Contact: April Wright
    • This student organization supports the peer mentoring efforts of first-year students to Central Piedmont. They work closely with staff in Central Piedmont's First Year Experience office and help support new students by providing information and guidance and also work to support other efforts in this area.
  • Pride Alliance (formerly "Spectrum") Club

    • Contact: Christy Case or Jessi Morton
    • The Pride Alliance Club was established to provide a sense of community and support for LGBTQ+ students and their allies at Central Piedmont. Pride Alliance holds weekly meetings during the Fall and Spring semesters as well as hosts or participates in other social events to give students a chance to meet new friends in a safe, positive environment. Pride Alliance also promotes giving back to the community through service and outreach projects. Pride Alliance values diversity and welcomes any Central Piedmont student who would like to be a part of a great club. For more information, please visit the Pride Alliance Facebook page.
  • Positive Communities for Women (PCW)

    • Contact: Vianka Martinez-Nunez or Tracey Questell
    • The purpose of PCW is to bring women of Central Piedmont together to empower, encourage, educate, and to grow with each other.  It is a place to meet and uplift other women, support one another and have a great time.
  • Reach Out (Levine Campus)

    • Contact: Cassandra Loftin
    • Reach Out is a Christian group, led by Central Piedmont students that gathers together to fellowship, grow, network, and impact the community through meetings, worship, Bible studies and outreach activities. We welcome you to join us as we serve God and aspire to answer His call. This student organization meets at Levine Campus.
  • Rotaract Club (All Campuses)

    • Complete information found on the Service Learning website
    • Contact for Central Campus: Jenn Marts
    • Contact for Levine & Harper Campuses: Lindsey Graves
    • Contact for Harris & Cato Campuses: Lauren Estes
    • Contact for Merancas Campus: Elizabeth Fetzer
    • This group shares a common interest in serving their community and works to raise interest and awareness in Central Piedmont sponsored service activities like Service in Action! events, Alternative Spring Break and the MLK Challenge.
  • Soccer Club

    • Contact: Justin Knoll
    • The Soccer Club is a diverse group of Central Piedmont students who come together through soccer. These Soccer Friendlies meet at Central Campus to play and watch soccer.
  • Student Veterans Club (Central Campus)

    • Contact: clubs@cpcc.edu
    • Central Piedmont Student Veterans Council is an organization where active duty or student veterans of all military branches can get together, provide support to one another, and assist community organizations to improve the welfare of veterans attending Central Piedmont or in our community.

Campus Ministries

Campus Ministry groups offer students opportunities to make new friends who are also seeking to grow in faith. It is an inviting opportunity where you can find support and encouragement as you work to meet your educational goals. Campus Ministry groups listed below are not supported by college or state funds, but rather supported by external affiliations. These groups have completed the necessary orientation and registration from the Office of Student Life. Other groups may be added to this list at varied times throughout the semester.

  • Unity in Diversity

    Unity in Diversity brings together students from all different religious, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds to discuss university spiritual concepts and collaborate to apply them to our lives through service in our communities.  This campus ministry is inspired and supported by the Baha'i Faith, which believes in the oneness of all religions, people and of one God.

  • F.O.C.U.S.

    Faithful. Obedient. Courage. Unity. Stability. We desire to be a campus ministry that assists students in focusing on their academics, while also focusing on maintaining a strong spiritual relationship. This group is affiliated with Zion Temple of Pentecost.

    • Contact: Christina Kissee
    • This group meets on Central Campus every other Thursday afternoon in OC 212.
  • The Gathering

    Be sure to check out The Gathering on the fourth Thursday of every month, where students meet at Meck's North Charlotte campus for free food and awesome guest speakers. You'll have a chance to hear a message that applies directly to your life and then break it down with others. 

    • First Thursdays - The Gathering: Squad Night
    • Second Thursdays - The Gathering: Loft Sessions
    • Third Thursdays - The Gathering: Night Out
    • Fourth Thursdays - The Gathering

    We hope to host a small group on campus for students to connect and build community within, possibly hosting fun events eventually.

    • Contact: Lauren Shanks
    • Email Lauren Shanks, Directory of College Ministry for more information.
  • University Hills College Ministry

    University Hills College Ministry is all about Jesus and relationships!  We want to help students know, enjoy, and follow Jesus through building relationships and studying the Bible!  We want to help students grow in their relationship with each other by providing opportunities to hang out and bless the campus throughout the week!

    • Contact: Bo Riley
    • This group meets on Cato Campus. Email the ministry contact for additional information.
  • Christ Community Church

    Christ Community Church at Central Piedmont exists to make disciples of all people for the glory of God. Our aim is to serve the campus by creating a Gospel-centered community where students can grow in their faith, enjoy meaningful relationships with one another, and live the Christian life of mission.

    • Contact: Michael Byrd
    • This group meets at the Merancas Campus on Wednesdays at 11am. Email the ministry contact for additional information.