CPCC Alumni Blog has a new home! http://www.cpccfoundation.org/blog/

The CPCC Alumni Blog has a new home. You’ll find the new alumni blog available at http://www.cpccfoundation.org/blog/

In addition, we are excited to announce that we have added an alumni registry and an alumni directory at http://www.cpccfoundation.org/alumni/alumni-registration/

We have not auto-populated the alumni directory, we’d like you to do that!  You can then decide what will be available to the public. It will be a great way to find those friends and classmates  and share your successes.


Mary Collin, CFRE

Director of Alumni Relations

CPCC Dental Assisting Program to Celebrate 50 years!

The CPCC Dental Assisting program will celebrate its 50th Anniversary in June 2016. Mark your calendars. Save-the-Date reminders will be mailed to program graduates in the Spring.

Once again, this excellent  program saw its 2015 graduates earn a 100-percent pass rate on the General Chairside Assisting National Exam, administered by the National Assisting National Board, Inc. This certification is considered the highest credential for a dental assistant  and is recognized across the United States.

There will be plenty to celebrate and talk about when you return in June 2016!

The Halton Theater prepares for the arrival of “PHANTOM OF THE OPERA” November 13!


CPCC Theatre, together with CPCC Opera Theatre and CPCC Dance Theatre, will join forces to present Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera,” a musical that has captivated audiences for more than 30 years, Nov. 13 22, on the Halton Theater stage.

This classic Broadway production tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House. Exercising a reign of terror, over all who inhabit it, the Phantom falls madly in love with an innocent soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents.

Don’t miss this opportunity to support local theatre; reserve your seat today!


November 13, 14 and November 20 and 21 at 8 p.m.

November 15 and 22 at 2:30 p.m.

November 19 at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Halton Theater, Overcash Center, CPCC Central Campus, 1206 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte, NC.
Individual tickets are $20 and $18, and a $10 ticket is available for children under 15 with the purchase of an adult ticket.
CPCC employees, as well as college and high school students who have a valid student I.D. can purchase a $5 ticket.
Tickets may be purchased online at tix.cpcc.edu, at the CPCC Box Office from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday or by calling 704.330.6534.

Talent Pipeline Partnership, CPCC will host National Apprenticeship Week breakfast

The “Talent Pipeline Partnership,” including member Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC), will host a Nov. 4, National Apprenticeship Week breakfast and panel discussion to inform and encourage local employers to consider apprenticeship programs.

Nov. 2-8, is the inaugural National Apprenticeship Week, so designated by the U.S Department of Labor and President Obama. National Apprenticeship Week is an opportunity for colleges, companies, workers, students and economic development representatives to tell the story of apprenticeships. The week also is an invitation to business and industry, career seekers and community-based organizations to learn about the real-world advantages of developing careers and worker pipelines through the apprenticeship model.

The Nov. 4, National Apprenticeship Week breakfast will take place at the Charlotte Chamber, 330 S. Tryon Street, starting at 7:30 a.m. Representatives from companies participating in the Apprenticeship 2000 and Apprenticeship Charlotte initiatives will join the panel discussion. Charlotte-area employers who have an interest in learning more about or launching an apprenticeship program are invited to attend. Registration is required; please contact Ed Injaychock at 704.330.6132 for details. For more details …

CPCC’s Small Business Center, Women’s Business Center of North Carolina partner to host conference focused on female veterans interested in business ownership

Central Piedmont Community College’s (CPCC) Small Business Center is excited to partner with the Women’s Business Center of North Carolina to present “A New Mission: Military Women as Entrepreneurs,” a FREE conference focused on moving women in the military forward with their “new mission” to become entrepreneurs in the civilian world.

More than 100 women veterans and active-duty service members are expected to attend this event, which will feature an energizing keynote addressStephanie Brown, CEO of The Rosie Network; a panel discussion with successful female veteran business owners; networking opportunities; a resource expo; and more.

Charlotte Business Journal: CPCC to train workers for new Huntersville manufacturer

CPCC to train workers for new Huntersville manufacturer

Central Piedmont Community College has a $126,324, two-year grant to train workers for the new Bürkert Fluid Control Systems plant in Huntersville.

Lori Dorcik, Bürkert human resources manager, says the college and its instructors will train workers in leadership, project management, welding and other skills. Read more …


The Charlotte Observer: Gorelicks put their heart into art at CPCC


The past six months has seen Central Piedmont Community College’s public visual arts offerings take a distinct upward turn in terms of both quality and, thanks donors Bill and Patty Gorelick, quantity as well.

Bill Gorelick announced recently that his family plans to pay for new galleries – and donate the art therein – at each of the six main CPCC campuses by the year 2020. Gorelick runs a family investment company and is one of the founding members of Shalom Park.

Just a year ago, CPCC President Tony Zeiss and Gorelick discussed their mutual admiration for the latter’s art collection. Since then, after an initial loan of 30 artworks to the Levine Campus (along with an assortment from the collection of Carol and Shelton Gorelick, Bill Gorelick’s sister-in-law and late brother), the family has made a magnanimous gift to the college in an effort to expose students to art.



FOX Sports: Young NASCAR drivers balance potential racing careers with reality of education

At just 18 years of age, Nemechek worked closely with his private high school in Davidson, North Carolina to complete his education while pursuing his dreams of big time auto racing. The school developed a program in which Nemechek worked one-on-one with two teachers for four hours a day, which also allowed him to have Fridays off to travel and compete in races around the country.

This let Nemechek work at his own pace, all while completing his graduation requirements. In order to set the program up, Nemechek had to have multiple people within the NASCAR industry send letters to the school explaining his potential in the sport.

Now racing full-time in the NCWTS, Nemechek is continuing his education, taking two mechanical engineering classes at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte.

“You have to have a backup plan,” Nemechek said. Full article

Charlotte colleges that will get you a job, ranked CPCC #1



By  | September 28, 2015  Charlotte Agenda

Once the caps and gowns come off, the real world hits. The Agenda had found that graduates of some of Charlotte’s colleges clearly have an easier time finding work than others.  Job placement rate definitions can vary, but in this list we generally refer to full-time employment in the student’s field of study, or full-time enrollment in a higher degree within a year of graduation. I’ve tried to link to the source for each school. But don’t get caught up on the placement rate. The other numbers here are important, too. What good is a job placement rate if the graduation rate is abysmal? Or if you can’t pay off your loans anyway?  Federal loan default rate data comes from the U.S. Department of Education. Graduation rates can be found through the National Center for Education Statistics. The most popular majors come from the Common Data Set or the NCES.


1) Central Piedmont Community College

Job placement rate: 87.6 percent, based on a survey of 2,157 graduates over two years

Graduation rate: 11 percent (42 percent if you include transferring out)
Federal loan default rate: 0 percent
Most popular major: Associates degree – arts



CPCC Dental Assisting Program to Celebrate 50 Years of Success

CPCC’s Dental Assisting program will be celebrating it’s 50th year. Plans are under way for the celebration to take place in early summer 2016.  All Dental Assisting graduates will receive information regarding the anniversary celebration in early 2016.

This successful program once again enjoyed a 100% pass rate for 2015. All 21 of the program’s 2015 graduates earned a 100-percent pass rate on the General Chairside Assisting National Exam, administered by the National Assisting National Board, Inc. This certification is considered the highest credential for a dental assistant  and is recognized across the United States. One more reason to celebrate!