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HUNTERSVILLE – Central Piedmont Community College and engine-maker Cummins Inc. announced a deal Monday to develop a technician training program at CPCC’s Merancas Campus in Huntersville. Plans include creating and equipping a diesel and heavy equipment lab at the campus.

Indiana-based Cummins makes diesel and natural-gas powered engines, and related technologies. The company has 48,000 employees worldwide and plans to bring apprentices to Huntersville from across North America and the Caribbean.

It’s the latest apprenticeship program of its kind to find a home at CPCC. “CPCC has a national reputation for apprenticeship programs – Siemens, Blum, Ameritech, Daetwyler, etc., and the college already has a diesel and heavy equipment program. So, CPCC is a good fit for Cummins’ needs,” spokesman Jeff Lowrance said. “We think the program will be a great addition to our current Merancas Campus offerings.

Starting in January 2015, groups of 15 Cummins apprentices will take classes at CPCC in five-week blocks as part of a four-year program. The apprentices will be full-time Cummins employees and will spend the equivalent of two years at CPCC, where they will learn how to build and maintain the company’s diesel engines. Students also will take math, English, communication and workplace psychology courses.

Cummins will pay for tuition, fees, books, tools and other expenses. Students who complete the program will receive an associate’s degree in Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology and be certified by Cummins in engine and/or power generation.

“We’re looking for career-oriented men and women with a desire to work with Cummins technology,” David Taylor, Cummins’ apprenticeship program leader, said in an announcement Monday. “There are plenty of opportunities to make good money, gain experience and move up in a growing company.”

It wasn’t clear how much Cummins would invest at CPCC in Huntersville. Lowrance said CPCC would open the program using its current equipment and facilities. Cummins is expected to donate equipment within the next few months, but the value has not been announced.

The program is registered with the N.C Department of Commerce and certified by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Program applicants need a high school diploma or GED with corresponding grade-point average requirements or be an honorably discharged military veteran.

“CPCC is proud and excited to partner with Cummins on their innovative Technician Apprentice Program,” Tamara Williams, dean of the Merancas Campus, said in the announcement. “The program will offer each student a wonderful opportunity and provide the foundation for a great career, while establishing a talent pipeline for Cummins. We look forward to welcoming the first group of students in January.”

Jim Rogers, a CPCC alumnus and a long-time business and civic leader in Charlotte, has been honored with The Order of the Long Leaf Pine for his lifetime of service to North Carolina. The award, conferred by Gov. Pat McCrory, was presented at the annual meeting of the Charlotte Region Commercial Board of REALTORS on Dec. 4 at Quail Hollow Country Club.

In his nominating letter, Charles Campbell, Managing Partner of Brackett Flagship Properties in Charlotte, stated that Rogers “embodies the qualities of service, character and integrity that are expected of recipients of this award.”

Rogers, 72, has contributed to the vibrancy of Charlotte in a number of ways the past 45 years. He was a founding partner of Cauble and Co. of Carolina in 1982, a commercial mortgage banking and real estate investment sales brokerage firm that financed a number of major N.C. and S.C. projects. In 2005, he was a co-founder of Flagship Capital Partners (merged with The Brackett Co. in 2010 to form Brackett Flagship Properties) which develops, acquires, manages and leases medical office buildings across the Southeast. He also helped form in 1994 the Charlotte Region Commercial Board of REALTORS, the predominant commercial real estate voice in the Charlotte region and served as CRCBR’s first President.

While still active at Brackett Flagship, he has pulled back from day-to-day business activity. Over the years, he has given an extraordinary amount of time and energy to a wide range of causes benefiting business, education and the arts. Among the organizations he has served in various leadership roles: Leadership Charlotte, YMCA, Arts & Science Council, WTVI (channel 42), Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont, UNCC Athletic Foundation, Central Piedmont Community College, Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region and the Lynwood Foundation.  He currently chairs the Administrative Board at Myers Park United Methodist Church.

Rogers received his B.S. and MBA degrees from East Tennessee State University where he was named Alumnus of the Year, received ETSU’s Award of Honor and was installed in the Hall of Fame of the College of Business and Technology. Rogers also graduated from CPCC.

Among the many honors he has received: The YMCA’s George Williams Lifetime Achievement Award, Leadership Charlotte’s Shelly R. Lyons Circle of Excellence Award and Distinguished Leadership Award, CPCC’s Richard Hagemeyer Educational Advancement Award, Charlotte Regional REALTORS Association Citizenship Award and the Charlotte Region Commercial Board of REALTOS Realtor of the Year Award.

Created in 1965 to honor those who helped shape the life of North Carolina for good, The Order of the Long Leaf Pine is the highest civilian honor for a NC citizen.  It has gone to a wide range of Tar Heels including William Friday, Billy Graham and Bob Timberlake.

Save the Date postcards and information with dates and details will follow soon. Hope to have you join us. Bring your memorabilia to display or donate to the archives. 

CNN recently visited CPCC’s Central Campus to learn more about the Apprenticeship 2000 program, an initiative that equips CPCC students with today’s manufacturing skills, helps them graduate with no debt and guarantees them a job after graduation.

To see the complete story, visit http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/cnnmoney/2014/11/14/ivory-apprentice.cnnmoney.html.


Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) and members of the Allen Tate family and real estate company broke ground today for a new Central Campus clock tower—the Allen Tate Tower. More than 50 people braved cold temperatures in the 30s and a stiff breeze to witness the special occasion.


Looking to take its place among the prominent college and university landmarks across the Carolinas, the Allen Tate Tower will serve as a focal point on CPCC’s Central Campus. The Allen Tate Tower will stand approximately 48 feet tall, with a base of about 144 square feet. The tower will be constructed of brick and cast stone and feature a four-sided clock face approximately six feet in diameter.



The tower will be 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. Weather permitting, construction of the tower will be completed in early 2015, sometime during CPCC’s spring semester. Little Diversified Architectural Consulting is providing the design work on the project.


“The Allen Tate Tower will be a wonderful addition to CPCC’s Central Campus,” said Dr. Tony Zeiss, CPCC president. “In discussions with Allen, he conveyed a feeling that our Central Campus, while lovely, lacked a signature landmark, the kind that students and alumni will grow to love and identify with. And we could not agree more.


“Allen Tate has been a long time, generous benefactor and friend of the college. This tower will serve as a college landmark and a monument to his abiding support,” Zeiss added.

The clock tower will be located on Elizabeth Avenue, between the Terrell Building and the Elizabeth Classroom Building. The prominent site will give students, employees and passing motorists a clear view of the tower.ate has been a long time, generous benefactor and friend of the college. This tower will serve as a college landmark and a monument to his abiding support,” Zeiss added.



“CPCC is an outstanding institution that prepares students for employment and lifelong education. This tower will serve as a great symbol of achievement and reminder of the hard work and commitment the students have made to achieve their goals,” said H. Allen Tate Jr.

This week’s Top 25 Lists also include a list of North Carolina’s largest community colleges, ranked by curriculum enrollment for 2013-14. Central Piedmont Community College tops that list again this year with 27,237 curriculum students enrolled. In September, the John M. Belk Endowment announced that it is donating $2.3 million to Central Piedmont Community College for a program intended to keep developmental students on the path to earning a college degree. (Charlotte Business Journal, N.C. community colleges, ranked by 2013-14 curriculum enrollment.)

Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) has completed its five-year “Legacy and Promise” campaign, raising a grand total of $63,894,128 in cash and in-kind contributions. The campaign, which had a $30-million goal and honored CPCC’s 50th anniversary, probably has set a fundraising record for U.S. community colleges.

Patricia and the late B.D. Rodgers of Rodgers Builders served as the campaign chairs. Christa Overcash and H. Allen and Bessie Tate served as honorary campaign chairs.

“We could not be more thrilled, proud and grateful for the way this community responded to the campaign,” said Dr. Tony Zeiss, CPCC president. “The many contributions will touch every part of the college and benefit generations of students. The amazing success of the campaign is simply astounding. Our campaign chairs did a wonderful job as did our campaign steering committee and the staff of the CPCC Foundation.”

CPCC launched the campaign with the objectives of supporting students through additional scholarships and counseling/advising services, enhancing current instructional programs, developing new programs, and funding specific workforce development initiatives.

“We are extremely grateful to the generous donors who made this remarkable achievement possible,” said Campaign Chair Patricia Rodgers. “Their participation in the campaign is testimony to the broad recognition of CPCC’s importance to our community. Through their generosity and vision, these donors will help guarantee future generations of students are afforded needed opportunities.”

“The results of this campaign are particularly heart-warming when you consider it kicked off during the height of the ‘great recession,’” Zeiss added. “So many individuals, foundations and companies somehow found it within themselves to say, ‘CPCC and its mission are important, and we will do what we can to give support.’ We know of no other community college campaign that has raised more than $63 million. We are grateful and truly humbled.”

Since its founding in 1963, CPCC has educated and trained more than 1.5 million people. Today, the college serves more than 70,000 individuals a year, making CPCC one of the largest institutions of higher education in the Carolinas.

“We are grateful to the Charlotte community for its generous support of the campaign and for its recognition of the important work being done by the college in Mecklenburg County,” said Tommy Norman, president of the CPCC Foundation. “The campaign’s success will benefit thousands of students through expanded scholarship resources and new and enhanced instructional and career-training programs. The return on donor investment will be significant.”

CPCC earns recommendation for initial accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

The CPCC Nursing program received exemplary remarks from the Site Visit Team. ACEN* representatives specifically noted the strong support and resources provided by the college and the nursing program; the beauty of the Belk and Health and Education Buildings; the work ethic, devotion and passion of CPCC’s nursing program faculty; the commitment of the program’s instructors and students; and the quality of the program’s clinical facilities.

“Our faculty have always known that our graduate nurses were high quality; that has been evident in our Graduate and Employer Surveys for years,” said Lisa List, chair of CPCC’s Nursing program. “But it is great to have that affirmation from an outside agency like the ACEN – to show our graduates, current students, employers and the public that our program is top notch. The faculty is committed to continuing the high standards of accreditation and producing great graduate nurses.”


CPCC’s Medical Assisting program earns high marks

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) has awarded continuing accreditation to CPCC’s Medical Assisting program. In their remarks, the audit team specifically mentioned being impressed with the program’s quality, processes, laboratories and equipment, as well as the professionalism of its staff. The accreditation is valid for a ten-year period, the maximum length of time that may be awarded.

100-percent pass rate

The Medical Assisting program is also pleased to announce that for the 13th consecutive year, students who completed the program achieved a 100-percent pass rate on the Certified Medical Assistant Examination, administered by the American Association of Medical Assistants – CMA (AAMA). The CMA (AAMA) certification is considered the highest credential for medical assistants and is recognized across the United States.


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Recently a group of CPCC alumni gathered to celebrate the 40th Reunion of the CPCC Chapter of  the NC Football Club Association. This group of football players shared their stories and mementos of games played and friendships forged. All of these gentlemen added how important CPCC was to them and the wonderful educational opportunity it provided. It was a great evening and wonderful reminder that Central Piedmont Community College was, and still is, known for creating opportunities through education.

If you look closely, you may see a celebrity in the group. Actor, radio personality and comedian, Jay Thomas! He was enrolled in classes at CPCC and played as the quarterback for one year.

Bank of America will invest $500,000 in Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) over five years in support of the school’s “Legacy and Promise” capital campaign and to further its support of programming for military veterans. The financial support will provide general operating support for the school, launch the Bank of America Veteran Leadership Program, a new mentoring initiative, and fund current programming at CPCC’s Centers for Military Families and Veterans.

The gift supports CPCC’s recently concluded 50th anniversary capital campaign and was announced at a dedication ceremony, during which CPCC renamed its Central Campus veterans center the Bank of America Center for Military Families and Veterans. The gift is a continuation of the bank’s long time support for the school and for student veterans at CPCC. Past bank contributions have helped CPCC provide additional veteran services, including specialized academic and career counseling.

“Central Piedmont is grateful to Bank of America for this gift and its many years of support. The bank enables CPCC to better serve an important part of our student population; our veteran students,” said Dr. Tony Zeiss, CPCC president. “CPCC is dedicated to helping our country’s veterans seek and navigate their path at the college and in the community. We accomplish this by connecting them to our campus centers for military families and veterans, which offer our veteran students an assortment of services developed just for them. Bank of America has been a wonderful partner in this important initiative.”

The new Bank of America Veteran Leadership Program will connect student veterans with bank employees as part of an ongoing mentoring initiative. The program will include structured monthly meetings of student veterans and their mentors, as well as informal activities, and an annual veterans symposium for participants, faculty and CPCC staff. The program will begin in November with a pilot class of 10 student veterans and 10 Bank of America employee mentors.

“Service members and veterans bring a unique skill set to the table as students and as employees, but it’s critical they also have the resources and support network necessary to fully transition into civilian life,” said Charles Bowman, North Carolina and Charlotte market president for Bank of America. “We’re proud to continue our ongoing support of their resource center and new professional mentoring program to help more student veterans reach their potential to achieve successful careers and lead financially secure lives.”

CPCC serves approximately 3,400 student veterans annually. The college has been named a “military friendly school” by Victory Media for being responsive to the needs of veterans.

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