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 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!


Charlotte Observer: Class in session at CPCC Ballantyne Center


Central Piedmont Community College’s new Ballantyne Center opened its doors in mid-July and has held dozens of classes since. William H. “Mack” McDonald, the Center’s director and CPCC associate dean of Business and Industry Learning, said the college’s newest location has been well-received.

“We have served 250 students at the Ballantyne Center since we opened,” he said. “We are always open to ideas from the business and professional community regarding the classes they would like to see at the Center.”  Read more




Charlotte Business Journal: North Carolina’s community college system ranks among the best, per report

North Carolina has one of the best community college systems in the U.S.,according to a new report by personal financial website WalletHub.

The list draws upon WalletHub’s rankings of 670 community colleges, including technical and vocational schools, based on cost and financing, classroom experience, and educational and career outcomes. The website then calculated a weighted average between scores obtained by colleges in each state and the number of students enrolled in each school.

North Carolina ranks No. 11, while neighboring South Carolina comes in at No. 36. More…

CPCC’s Sharon Jones receives 2015 STEM Leader of the Year Award

Congratulations to Sharon Jones, who joined CPCC’s Corporate and Continuing Education department on July 1, 2015, to spearhead the SAS rollout for mid-career professionals through the REACH IT scholarship initiative.

Sharon recently received the 2015 STEM Leader of the Year Award from the Charlotte Business Journal during the publication’s CIO of the Year program, held at The Ritz-Carlton on Aug. 19.

Charlotte Business Journal:CPCC celebrates opening of its Ballantyne Center

CPCC celebrates opening of its Ballantyne Center

Central Piedmont Community College celebrated the opening of its new location in Ballantyne on Wednesday.

The Charlotte community college’s newest classroom space includes 10,000 square feet of leased space in Ballantyne Corporate Park, which will be known as CPCC Ballantyne Center.

It is located in the 76,000-square-foot Gibson Building at 11430 Community House Road.

Ballantyne is one of the fastest-growing areas of Mecklenburg County with 200,000-plus residents and roughly 210 businesses, says Tony Zeiss, CPCC president. To continure…

CPCC Alumnus & NC State WR NaQuan Brown eager for one more year


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.”