On June 11, 2015, nurisng alumni gathered to celebrate the success of the Christa A. Overcash Associate Degree in Nursing program. After welcoming remarks and  shared success stories, the alumni were treated to tours of the new simulation labs and instructional spaces. Current students and May graduates of the program acted as tour guides and hosts for the evening.

View photos of the evening…

Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) will present Joe Vagnone, owner of J. Vagnone Enterprise LLC, and the Charlotte area managing director for ENLIGN Business Brokers, with the 2015 Richard H. Hagemeyer Educational Advancement Award at its spring commencement ceremony, on May 14, at Bojangles’ Coliseum. The award recognizes a former CPCC student who has benefited significantly from experiences at CPCC and whose efforts have helped the community.

Congratulations to Baird Yasenchok, a 2014 graduate of Central Piedmont Community College’s (CPCC) Interpreter Education Program…


Charlotte real estate company founder Allen Tate dies at 84

To understand Allen Tate’s influence on Charlotte, just take a drive around town.

Neighborhoods he developed dot the city, from Kingswood to Montibello to Foxcroft.

He helped build what is now Sharon Corners shopping center, about 10 years before SouthPark Mall opened – paving the way for development that has dramatically transformed that area in recent decades.

And, of course, his company’s burgundy-and-gold for-sale signs jut out of front yards stretching from Raleigh to Greenville, S.C.

Tate, founder of the Charlotte-based real estate firm that bears his name, died Monday at his home. He was 84.


The Charlotte Hornets joined on three separate projects Monday to benefit military personnel as part of its annual day of service.

The team worked with broadcast partner FOX Sports Carolinas/SportSouth and Bank of America in its “Swarm to Serve” effort. The Hornets and FOX Sports Carolinas/SportSouth also donated $200,000 to CPCC’s veterans employment fund.


OAK ISLAND, NC (Mark Washburn/The Charlotte Observer) – In her 11 years with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Medic, Marie Hildreth has dealt with all kinds of trauma, but never a shark attack. But she did Sunday afternoon during a family vacation on Oak Island when 12-year-old Kiersten Yow of Asheboro was bitten in the surf only yards away.

“A woman comes yelling, ‘Shark attack! Shark attack!’” Hildreth said, as she was on the sand in front of the house her family of 17 was renting this week.

Hildreth ran over to help. She got her certification from Central Piedmont Community College and loves what she does.

Tony Zeiss, top guy at Central Piedmont Community College, is headed to Europe yet again to talk about work force training.

He’s traveling to Spain this time to speak at an advanced manufacturing conference in San Sebastian, taking place Wednesday and Thursday.

Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) will launch a new associate degree program in Biomedical Equipment Technology when the fall 2015 semester opens in August. Novant Health is supporting the new program with a $150,000 gift to the college.

The Biomedical Equipment Technology degree program will prepare students to use basic engineering principles and technical skills to install, operate, troubleshoot and repair sophisticated devices and instrumentation used in health care facilities. Students will learn about instrument calibration, design and installation testing; system safety and maintenance procedures; procurement and installation procedures; and report preparation. Students who earn an AAS degree and gain two years’ experience will be on track to become certified biomedical equipment technicians.

“The use of high-tech, sophisticated equipment in the U.S. health care industry is evolving and expanding at an exponential pace,” said Mike Hogan, CPCC associate dean of STEM programs. “The need for highly skilled and well-trained technicians to maintain such equipment is growing just as quickly. This program will help meet a specific and specialized workforce development need in Mecklenburg County.”


Five years ago, NaQuan Brown put on his cap and gown, picked up his diploma and graduated from high school. Football, he likes to say, was placed on a “temporary stoppage.”  His family needed him more.

With his mother struggling to find full-time work, Brown enrolled at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina, instead of pursuing his football career. Eventually he took a job in the hardware section at Wal-Mart. He, his mother and younger brother lived in a small apartment, where Brown was the primary bread-winner while his mom hunted for jobs.

“I was humbled, basically, because this is my family so I knew family’s first,” he said. “I was very positive about it all.”

Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) and members of the Allen Tate family and real estate company held a dedication ceremony today for the new Central Campus clock tower—the Allen Tate Tower.

Taking its place among the prominent college and university landmarks across the Carolinas, the Allen Tate Tower serves as a focal point on CPCC’s Central Campus. The tower stands approximately 48 feet tall, with a base of about 144 square feet. The new tower is constructed of brick and cast stone and features a four-sided clock face approximately six feet in diameter. The tower’s digital carillon will play a wide variety of peals, tolls and familiar songs.

The tower is the result of a generous contribution from H. Allen Tate Jr., founder and CEO of the Allen Tate Co., the Charlotte-based real estate firm. Little Diversified Architectural Consulting provided the design work on the project. A team from Rodgers Builders constructed the tower in six months.



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