Beginning this fall, Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) will launch a compressed, two-year associate degree program at its Levine Campus in Matthews, N.C., giving students the opportunity to complete their two-year degree in just 12 months.


LeMond Hart ushers you into his tiny vintage men’s clothing shop, tucked into NoDa’s Area 15. He rushes behind the coffee bar and offers you a Café LeMond coffee confection, with whipped cream and caramel drizzle.

Racks of men’s clothes perch all about the place – pants and jackets, shirts and vests – and glass cases with lapel pins, cufflinks, shoes and belt buckles dot the shop. Little tables and chairs cluster near the coffee bar, old framed photos and eclectic art line the brightly colored walls, and on a bench snoozes an orange tabby named Garfield.


When Central Piedmont Community College’s (CPCC) 2015 fall semester opens on Aug. 17, students will have four additional associate degree programs to consider. The college will launch new degree programs in engineering, biomedical equipment technology, broadcasting and production, and global logistics and distribution management.

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.

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