A+GD students add their poem designs to Wall Poems Project

English instructor Amy Bagwell teamed up with A+GD Program Chair/Instructor Kenn Compton to pair Wall Poems with student designs from the A+GD program. This is an incredible project celebrating language arts, graphic arts and design. To quote Amy Bagwell, “I really appreciate your collaboration on this project, which, we hope, shines a light on some of the work this school does for our students and the community.”

The projects can be viewed at Tryon and MLK, 3rd, and 6th.                                          







Gorelick family lends art to CPCC for public exhibition

Gorelick Exhibit Piece

The ballet of light and reflections that swirl in the space is matched only by the glint in Gorelick’s eyes when he discusses his project of sharing his art collection with the public through an innovative initiative and exhibition with Central Piedmont Community College.

Gorelick came up with the idea of sharing works with the public after CPCC President Tony Zeiss visited his office. “Art is inspiring and impactful,” said Gorelick. “It offers something to everyone, and it should be barrier-free.” Story continues…

WSOC’s Griffin ending consumer watchdog role

By Mark Washburn
TV/Radio Writer
Posted: Monday, Sep. 23, 2013
  • TODD SUMLIN – tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
    Channel 9 consumer reporter Don Griffin will retire Friday from WSOC after more than 30 years with the station.

    0WBTV (Channel 3) says it’s “On Your Side.” WCNC (Channel 36) says it’s “looking out for you.”

WSOC (Channel 9) is merely the station where Don Griffin works. It doesn’t fit into a snappy slogan, but what that means is that for three decades Channel 9 has resolved about 10,000 consumer problems, helped jail a few scammers and kept up this watchdog refrain: Be careful who you trust.

Griffin, 65, retires Friday, just a few weeks shy of his 31st anniversary at WSOC. One of the most recognizable news personalities in Charlotte – his Action 9 reports run in the 5:30 p.m. segment when Nielsen estimates 100,000 people are watching – consumer reporter Griffin is known for his laid-back, ever-gentlemanly manner.

Griffin pulled into Charlotte in 1972 with $300 in his pocket that he’d saved from bagging groceries at the A&P. He attended Central Piedmont Community College for computers, then transferred to UNC Charlotte where he got a degree in pre-law and political science. He was the first in his family to graduate from college.

Read more about Don’s career…

CPCC Alumna is Miss World Bahamas

CPCC Alumna De'Andra Bannister, Miss World Bahamas

De’Andra holds an Associates Degree in Science from Central Piedmont Community College  and is a first year student at the University of the West Indies Trinidad & Tobago campus, pursuing a degree in Dentistry.The 23 year-old dental student `Miss World Bahamas’ leaves the Bahamas this month to join 125 other Beauty Queens from around the world to compete for the coveted “Miss World” crown and title.


The Yankees selected RHP Ryan Butler- CPCC Student!!!!

The Yankees selected RHP Ryan Butler in the 16th round as the 494th overall pick in the draft. The 6′ 5, 230 pound righty originally attended Marshall before he transferred to Central Piedmont Community College. His father was drafted by the California Angels in the 1991 MLB draft and played five seasons in the organization. Butler was on the 2010 Rawlings All-American and All-Region Atlantic Region Team.

2013 CPCC Charlotte Skyline Run was Epic!

To those of you who came out for the Charlotte Skyline 5K Race and family fun run to help raise money for scholarships, THANK YOU!

It was a bit overcast, however there were a lot of happy participants and plenty to entertain the families as they waited for their friends and families to cross the finish line. These two guys helped entertain too!

Race results will be posted soon.

Time to start training: 2013 CPCC Skyline Run April 27, 2013

 The 18th annual CPCC Charlotte Skyline Run, one of nine races featured the in the Run for Your Life “Grand Prix” series, will be held on April 27, 2013. An estimated 1500 runners are expected to attend this family fun event which will support CPCC Student Scholarships and other student needs. The Skyline Run will feature four components which include a 5K run, Walk for Health, Family Fun Run and the Charlotte Baby Jogger Championship. Children will enjoy racing in the “Family Fun Run” as well as spending time in the Kids Zone.  Register

Friendship And Opera Bring South Africans To CPCC

Thabang Masango had been doing well as a singer in South Africa. He had won large singing competitions and was part of prominent choral group. In 2008, the choral group toured the United States and made a stop in Charlotte along the way.
But Thabang had dreams beyond choral music. At 16 his music teacher, Mr. Mahau,  introduced him to opera. Learn more

CPCC’ s Sensoria Helped Michael J. Solender Start a New Career-

Meet Michael J. Solender / City Life Editor

Michael Solender was caught in the corporate downturn 4 years ago. He came to a CPCC  Sensoria writer’s workshop and is now the editor of Charlotte Viewpoint and writes freelance for the Observer.

Michael J. Solender is City Life Editor for Charlotte Viewpoint. He has written hundreds of  feature articles for regional and national publications. His weekly Neighborhoods column for The Charlotte Observer’s Sunday edition has run since 2008. Solender’s work has appeared in Southern Living, Charlotte magazine, Creative Loafing, Carolina Mountain Life, The Faster Times, The Jewish Daily Forward, Richmond Style Weekly, SouthPark Magazine, The Raleigh News & Observer, South Charlotte News, The Viewspaper, Charlotte Jewish News, and many others. He is a University of Minnesota graduate with a Master’s degree in Industrial Relations and Bachelor’s degree in Communications. An avid blogger, his commentary has been showcased at CLT Blog, and Like The Dew – Journal of Southern Culture and Politics. Read more from Michael at his website here.