A life nearly lost is found at Central Piedmont Community College


BY DAVID PERLMUTTdperlmutt@charlotteobserver.com


Alex Tribo is 23, and, for a time, she believed she wouldn’t live past 20.

During that self-described “dark period,” she developed self-destructive tendencies that moved to drug abuse. She experienced homelessness, and as her life spiraled out of control, she gave up on college.

Now look at her: Thursday, she’ll graduate with an associate degree in science from Central Piedmont Community College and a 4.0 grade point average. Her commencement will feature speaker Jill Biden, the nation’s second lady, who teaches English at Northern Virginia Community College and has taught at community colleges for 30 years.

CPCC to offer new degree program in engineering

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Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) will launch a new associate degree program in engineering with the start of the fall 2015 semester in August. The CPCC Associate in Engineering (A.E.) program is a transfer program, designed for students who want to pursue a four-year bachelor’s degree in civil or mechanical engineering at one the UNC system universities.

“The Associate in Engineering program will enhance the Charlotte region’s workforce, while giving students who want to begin their studies close to home a lower-cost, high-quality option,” explained Chris Paynter, CPCC dean of STEM programs. “This new degree program was established under the Uniform Articulation Agreement between the University of North Carolina System and the North Carolina Community College System.”

A.E. degree program coursework will draw heavily from the natural sciences, engineering disciplines and advanced mathematics, including three calculus classes. Students will take 61 credit hours to complete the program.

“Workforce studies and employer surveys indicate the Charlotte region needs more bachelor-degree-level engineers,” Paynter said. “At the same time, we have tracked significant student demand for a 2+2 program in engineering. Once the A.E. degree program is established, we’ll look at adding a track for electrical engineering majors.”

For more information about CPCC’s new A.E. degree program, contact Dean Paynter at chris.paynter@cpcc.edu or 704.330.6531, or Dr. Terence Fagan, CPCC engineering science and Fab Ed Carolina chair, at terence.fagan@cpcc.edu or 704.330.6204.

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the CPCC Christa A. Overcash Nursing Program


The CPCC Christa A. Overcash Nursing Program will celebrate its 50th Anniversary on June 11, 2015. Come celebrate and share your membories and accomplishements. Feel free to bring nursing memorabelia for other alumni to view.

If you are a graduate of the program and you haven’t received a Save-the -Date card, please contact Mary Collin mary.collin@cpcc.edu 704-330-6808.

Alumni reconnected at the 2015 Central Piedmont Community College Skyline Race

The rain didn’t keep the alumni runners from stopping by the CPCC Alumni booth to reconnect. And a number of very excited  “May 2015” alumni came by to talk about their upcoming graduation. All spoke the same message, that their education at CPCC has meant a great deal to  them. All the warm words took the chill out of the air and made the race that much more memorable. Thank you to all who raced and helped raise scholarship money for the next generation of  alumni.

Jill Biden to speak at CPCC graduation

Central Piedmont Community College says Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, will speak at this year’s commencement.

She is a full-time professor of English at Northern Virginia Community College and has been an advocate for the critical role community colleges play in developing the nation’s work force.

“Biden will speak directly to our graduates’ hopes and aspirations and the challenges they have faced along the way,” says CPCC President Tony Zeiss. “She will know our students well because she has taught so many community college students in her career as an educator.”

The Charlotte school’s graduation ceremonies are scheduled for 4 p.m. May 14 at Bojangles’ Coliseum. CPCC anticipates as many as 1,800 students will graduate in May. Of those, about 800 will participate in the ceremony.

Zeiss and Biden both spoke at a conference in Switzerland last fall. At the time, they discussed the possibility of her being a commencement speaker at CPCC.

Biden has been an educator for more than three decades, and she has described community colleges as “one of America’s best-kept secrets.”

In 2012, she traveled across the country as part of the “Community College to Career” tour that focused on successful industry partnerships between community college and employers.

She hosted the first White House Summit on community colleges and frequently visits campuses and meets with students, teachers and industry representatives around the country.

Biden also works to bring attention to the sacrifices made by military families and to raise awareness around areas of particular importance to women, including breast cancer prevention.

Jennifer Thomas
Staff Writer-Charlotte Business Journal

3 Days to GO!

 20th Anniversary CPCC Charlotte Skyline 5K this Saturday, April 25, at 8am

This race event promises fun for the entire family. In addition to the 5K race, there’s a 1-mile Fun Run and a Tot-Trot on the lawn. Also on the lawn are activities and food for all race participants and their supporters.


Click to register.


Special thanks to presenting sponsor, Northwestern Mutual.

CPCC to open Ballantyne Center classes begin in July


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.