Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) will begin offering classes in its new Ballantyne Center in July.


The college is leasing 10,000 square feet of space in the Gibson Building, located at 11430 N. Community House Rd., Charlotte, with plans to have the facility up fitted into classrooms by mid-summer.


“The Ballantyne community is one of the fastest-growing areas of Mecklenburg County and has been for some time,” explained Dr. Tony Zeiss, CPCC president. “As many as 200,000 Mecklenburg residents and 200 businesses call Ballantyne home, while several Fortune 500 companies have operations in the area. The college sees the need to serve this part of the county more effectively and will do so by having a physical presence there.”


CPCC will open its Ballantyne Center by first offering corporate and continuing education classes.

Watch Your Mail Box Nursing Graduates- Save the Date to Follow!

Join us in celebrating 50 years of nursing education excellence!


Central Piedmont Community College invites you to attend

Christa A. Overcash Associate Degree in Nursing Program

50th Anniversary Celebration


Thursday, June 11, 2015

4:30 – 7 p.m.

Health Careers Building

1335 Elizabeth Avenue

Charlotte, North Carolina 28204









March 2, 2015 9:54 am
Written by: Sarah Clifford
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I didn’t expect to end up at community college.

When I was a little girl I remember driving past Central Piedmont Community College – Central campus, and awing at the immense size. My dad teased me by saying that someday I would be going there myself, just as both of my parents had. This was only considered a joke because even at a young age, I expressed my desire to go to a big, “important” college. I read every college prep book available before I even reached ninth grade. I was excited beyond belief for college. It only made sense that I would go to a well-regarded school.

Nothing shoots down that idea more than the cost of tuition. Even with hefty scholarships, my tuition at a private university would have left me drowning in debt. Countless other students have experienced this, so I’m not about to make my dilemma seem exclusive. What became my solution, is slowly becoming a trend as well.

May 1st, the day that most high school seniors make their commitments to colleges, I terminated mine. I turned down scholarships and decided not to bury myself in debt. Now, it should be known that I wasn’t a bit happy about the situation. It was painful to watch all of my peers go off to college, and participate in freshman orientation. I never moved into a dorm, and my roommate is a terrier-mix. As a former dual enrollment student, I felt as if I never actually graduated. Going back to school was anticlimactic.

However, nothing compares to knowing that my school is paid for. I may not have qualified for financial aid, and community colleges don’t offer hefty scholarships, but thus far I am debt-free. I have saved myself around $50,000 – and that’s just within the first year.

One might think, that at a severe discount, you may be sacrificing the quality of education. Central Piedmont, is second to none, literally. I’ll never forget one of my professors telling me that I might as well be sitting in a lecture hall at Chapel Hill. Little did he know that I would carry that statement with me through my moments of self doubt and deprecation. Community college tends to get a bad reputation, and it sometimes feels as if you need to explain to your peers just how difficult even the core classes tend to be. Community colleges, particularly Central Piedmont, have to hold their students to standard of impeccable excellence in order to make the transfer process seamless. Work hard now, stress less later.

While I have missed out on certain rights of passage that come with your a-typical four year institution, I have been able to experience many other things that would have come much later in my education. For example I was able to take an internship that my previous college would have only allowed in my junior year. I have been able to craft an educational plan to fit my academic needs alongside a supportive group of advisors. Never have I been forced into taking classes that I didn’t need. I feel confident that going forward in my college career I will have the tools required to succeed with the benefit of avoiding crippling debt. With the help of my professors I have been able to make two honor societies. The closest I’ll get to “going greek” at this point in my academic career. My professors come with a wealth of knowledge from some of the top universities in the country. Their passion for the subjects they teach inspires me daily. I have found friendships and mentors in some of them. In nearly every college tour I took, a key phrase seemed to be that of close student-teacher relationships. I’m not entirely sure, however, that this may have been as keenly accomplished in a 300 person lecture hall.

No, I didn’t expect to end up at community college. I own T-shirts for numerous colleges, except my own. I carry an Ivy League coffee mug, and my car sports a myriad of collegiate bumper stickers. However, I would stake more value in what I do not own, paralyzing debt. Community college helped me do that. Maybe it’s time to buy that t-shirt?

Sarah Clifford is a writer and theatre actress from Charlotte. She is in her second year of college at Central Piedmont, and pursuing an art history degree. In her spare time she enjoys running, volunteering with the local animal shelter, reading art crime thrillers, and loving on her terrier, Marty.


Cummins, CPCC establish apprenticeship program


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Cummins Inc., a global manufacturer, distributor and service provider of diesel and natural gas engines and related technologies, and Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) have partnered to train students from across North America in Cummins’ Technician Apprentice Program (TAP).

With a program launch in January, groups of 15 Cummins apprentices are now taking classes at CPCC in five-week blocks. Over the course of the four-year program, Cummins apprentices will spend the equivalent of two years at CPCC, where they will learn how to build and maintain Cummins diesel engines. When the students complete the program, they will have earned an associate degree in Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology and be Cummins certified in engine and/or power generation.

CPCC and Cummins are working together to create and equip a Cummins diesel and heavy equipment lab at the college’s Merancas Campus, in Huntersville, N.C. Cummins apprentices from across North America and the Caribbean will come to CPCC. A second cohort of 15 students will arrive at the Merancas Campus in July 2015.

“I am thrilled to partner with Central Piedmont Community College,” said Ray Amlung, vice president, Distribution Service Operations and Cummins Service Functional Excellence, Cummins Inc. “This partnership helps equip employees, who are critical to our success, with the skills necessary to be effective in an increasingly complex workplace. I think this can be a mo
The apprentices are full-time Cummins employees, with the company paying all program expenses (tuition, fees, books), and providing a complete set of diesel technician tools. The program requires 1,200 CPCC instruction hours, including lab, in-class and online courses. In addition to the diesel and heavy equipment training, the apprentices will take math, English, communication and workplace psychology courses.del used across the industry to create a stronger workforce, which in turn, will strengthen our local communities.”

“We’re looking for career-oriented men and women with a desire to work with Cummins technology,” said David Taylor, Cummins TAP leader. “Cummins is a global company, and this apprentice program provides individuals the skills necessary for quality, well-paying jobs and the potential for career advancement in our dynamic company.”

The program is registered with NCWorks Apprenticeship 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 exc

ited to partner with Cummins on their innovative Technician Apprentice Program,” said Tamara Williams, dean of the Merancas Campus. “The program offers each student a wonderful opportunity and provides the foundation for a great career, while establishing a talent pipeline for Cummins. We are proud to welcome the first group of students and look forward to the second group arriving in July.

Do you know a CPCC graduate who is making a tremendous difference in the community? Nominations are currently being sought for the 2015 “Richard H. Hagemeyer Educational Advancement Award.” This award recognizes a former CPCC student who has significantly benefited from experiences at CPCC and whose efforts have helped the community. The award is named after Dr. Richard H. Hagemeyer, CPCC president for 23 years, who led the College from a trade school with 1,200 students to the state’s largest community college.
 Nominations are being sought for individuals who have
·       demonstrated community involvement and social responsibility,
·       acquired scholastic and learning skills that have led to continued personal and educational growth,
·       improved his or her economic status and potential for growth, and
·       exemplified positive and significant life changes.
 Previous award winners include Paula Vincent, David Howard, Jim Rogers, Dr. Kenneth J. Welch, Chief Luther Fincher, Frances M. Queen, Richard K. Zollinger, Fabi W. Preslar, and James C. Taylor, Jr.
 The College will recognize this year’s winner at CPCC’s commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 14, 2015, and a one-year scholarship will be granted to a CPCC student in an area of study reflective of the winner’s background. Nomination forms are available on the CPCC website.
 Completed nomination forms should be submitted to Dr. Tracie Clark, CPCC, Disher Building, 1300 East Fourth Street, P.O. Box 35009, Charlotte, N.C., 28235. The deadline for nominations is March 27, 2015. For more information, contact Dr. Clark at tracie.clark@cpcc.edu or call 704.330.6022. 

Sensoria, A Celebration of the Arts 

Grant Baldwin is a freelance photojournalist based out of Charlotte, NC. He has an Associates Degree in General Education (Conc. in Photography) from Central Piedmont Community College and has been an active photographer refining his work for more than a decade. His focus is Documentary and Journalistic work, as he excels at perceiving the complexities of a fluid situation allowing him to use observation, past experience and intuition to anticipate and capture the core moments of an event. All while striving towards the goal of conveying the full meaning and significance of each moment with personal neutrality.

Thursday, April 16th at 11 a.m.  AU Building Room 101. Central Campus




Also featured:

The students of the Curious, CPCC’s  Advertising + Graphic Design student group, present The Wandering Box of Creative Wondering, a pop-up display that challenges participants to be more curious about the world they live in.

The new art  exhibit at the Patty and Bill Gorelick Gallery at Levine Campus is open through April 19, 2015. Featured artists are Ashley Lathe (2-D art), Terry Shipley (3-D art in atrium) and Amy Sanders (3-D art on 2nd floor). This artwork is available for purchase through the artist.


credit Vivienne Flesher posted in NY TImes

This Op Ed was posted in the New York Times January 14, 2015

The Opinion Pages | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

I Owe It All to Community College

Tom Hanks on His Two Years at Chabot College

By TOM HANKS JAN. 14, 2015

IN 1974, I graduated from Skyline High School in Oakland, Calif., an underachieving student with lousy SAT scores. Allowed to send my results to three colleges, I chose M.I.T. and Villanova, knowing such fine schools would never accept a student like me but hoping they’d toss some car stickers my way for taking a shot. I couldn’t afford tuition for college anyway. I sent my final set of stats to Chabot, a community college in nearby Hayward, Calif., which, because it accepted everyone and was free, would be my alma mater.

CPCC would love to hear your story and why you love CPCC.









Jennifer Thomas Staff Writer-Charlotte Business Journal
Central Piedmont Community College has received a nearly $231,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation to enhance its engineering technology programs.


That foundation makes charitable investments on behalf of Duke Energy Corp. (NYSE:DUK).


The grant will help the Charlotte-based community college purchase high-tech equipment needed to upgrade its lab facilities on campus. That will give students access to the most up-to-date equipment used by employers in the region.


“Placing state-of-the-art technology in our classrooms is another way to attract and compete for new business in North Carolina, and it provides a platform for existing business to retool and reinvest in our employees,” Tim Gause, Duke Energy’s district manager for the Charlotte area, says in a news release.


Annual projections are that at least 100 students enrolled in CPCC’s electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and mechatronics engineering technology programs will use that equipment. Those programs provide a fundamental knowledge of basic technical skills for use in design, application, installation, manufacturing operation and maintenance of computer-based systems.


“The new advanced equipment will provide students access to the most advanced technology and ensure graduates have the most up-to-date technical skills to meet the needs of the region’s work force for highly skilled technicians,” says Chris Paynter, CPCC’s dean of STEM — or Science, Technology, Engineering and Math — programs.


This grant is part of a $6.7 million investment in North Carolina’s Community Colleges’ by Duke Energy.


Individual community colleges can apply for funds through the Foundation For The Carolinas or the NC Community Foundation. Applications will be reviewed by a committee of representatives from Duke Energy, N.C. Community College System and N.C. Department of Commerce.


Jennifer Thomas covers retail, health care and education for the Charlotte Business Journal.

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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.”

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