Charlotte Observer Op-Ed Article: Apprenticeship can be the ticket to a solid job


Apprenticeship can be ticket to solid job


Special to the Observer

 The White House has declared the week of Nov. 2 as National Apprenticeship Week. Across the United States, industry and education leaders will celebrate their apprenticeship success stories, plus advocate for a system that trains workers for skilled, well-paying jobs in a variety of industries.

We hear often about the “middle skills gap” in the workforce – those jobs that require more than a high school diploma but less than a four-year degree. This lack of skilled workers affects businesses in advanced manufacturing, IT, logistics, construction and in some financial service businesses.

It is estimated that more than 8,000 jobs in manufacturing are unfilled in just the Charlotte area. Many of these jobs pay family-sustaining wages and often have overtime options, where salaries can reach up to six figures.

Smart companies are investing in their talent pipelines – a broad, strategic system of ensuring skilled workers. At least 20 companies in the Charlotte area have invested in apprenticeships, a form of work-based learning, combined with community college courses. Read more…

CPCC names Joe Vagnone the 2015 Richard H. Hagemeyer Award recipient

Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) will present Joe Vagnone, owner of J. Vagnone Enterprise LLC, and the Charlotte area managing director for ENLIGN Business Brokers, with the 2015 Richard H. Hagemeyer Educational Advancement Award at its spring commencement ceremony, on May 14, at Bojangles’ Coliseum. The award recognizes a former CPCC student who has benefited significantly from experiences at CPCC and whose efforts have helped the community.

CPCC providing training for Stanley Black and Decker in Charlotte

Stanley Black and Decker is expanding its operations in Charlotte and bringing jobs to its newly-built 75,000 square-foot manufacturing facility. Stanley will add approximately 250 jobs over the next 18 months. These positions include assemblers, technicians, quality auditors and more. The Charlotte facility encompasses three key processes – motors manufacturing, steel machining and tool assembly. These processes support the assembly and distribution of their professional grade DeWalt cordless drills, impactors, saws and combo kits.

CPCC will provide approximately $273,000 in training over a two-year period. The training programs will include leadership development, process improvement, safety, production and computer operations. North Carolina’s Customized Training Program will cover the cost. The state’s Customized Training Program provides education, training and support services for new, expanding and existing business and industry through North Carolina’s 58 community colleges. Story continues

2013 Honoree: Achievement in Photojournalism- 2013 Lucie Awards

John H White

Courtesy: Lucie Foundation Press Release:

John H. White was born March 18, 1945, in Lexington, North Carolina, the son of Rev. Reid Ross White Sr., an African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church minister, and his wife, Mrs. Ruby Mae Leverett White. He bought his first camera at age 13 for 50 cents and 10 Bazooka bubble gum wrappers. John received his first photo assignment from his father. He recalls, “Our church burned down in Kannapolis, N.C., and my father asked me to take pictures of the ruins and the whole reconstruction. Maybe that’s why I do picture stories now; because I started that way.”

John received an Associate of Applied Science degree in Commercial Art and Advertising Design from Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1966. One week after graduation, he began active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps and quickly rose to the rank of Sergeant, serving as a photographer. As a Marine photographer, he received numerous awards and honors and his work was featured regularly in military publications. For more about John H White and his accomplishments …

James R. Worrell Sr. Building and James R. Worrell Sr. Financial Institute formally dedicated

 James R. Worrell Sr.

On Thursday, October 3, 2013, Central Piedmont Community College formally dedicated the Worrell Building, located on Central Campus, and the James R. Worrell Sr. Financial Services Institute.

A Charlotte civic leader and philanthropist, Worrell is a long-time supporter of CPCC, serving on the CPCC Foundation Board of Directors and the foundation’s “Legacy and Promise” campaign steering committee. Worrell has been a member of the CPCC Foundation for more than 20 years.

The Worrell Building, a newly renovated 70,417 square-foot facility, is used by more than 2,000 CPCC students a day. The facility houses a gymnasium, fitness center, 17 classrooms and seven faculty/staff offices.

The Financial Services Institute offers courses in pre-licensing, continuing education, professional development and consumer education to prepare students for careers in this highly regulated industry.

CPCC Seeks Nominations for 2013 Hagemeyer Educational Advancement Award- Are You the One?

It’s time to nominate yourself or another outstanding CPCC Alumnus for the 2013 Hagemeyer Educational Advancement Award.  Nomination forms

Do you know a CPCC graduate who is making a tremendous difference in the community? Nominations are currently being sought for the 2013 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’s 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.
  • exemplified positive and significant life changes.
Previous award winners include David Howard, Jim Rogers, Dr. Kenneth J. Welch, Chief Luther Fincher, Frances M. Queen, and our own Richard K. Zollinger.
The College will recognize this year’s winner at CPCC’s commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 16, 2013, 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 Susan Oleson-Briggs in the Disher Building, 1300 East Fourth Street; or mailed to Susan Oleson-Briggs, CPCC, P.O. Box 35009, Charlotte, N.C., 28235. The deadline for nominations is April 5, 2013.
For more information, contact Susan Oleson-Briggs at or call 704.330.6022.

Gregory Davis defied barriers of race, blindness, label of mental disability to earn doctorate

Gregory Davis received his GED from CPCC and went on to earn a doctorate. An incredible  educational  fete for anyone,  a heroic accomplishment for Gregory Davis!

Gregory Davis’ cane clacked down the narrow halls of Bellefonte Presbyterian Church in Harrisburg, testing the path before him. When he took off his sunglasses, both eyes revealed the brilliant blue fog common in people whose sight was lost long ago.

Davis might never have seen his path, but he has felt each obstacle, from the moment he encountered it to the struggle to climb over it.

He was born in Harlem in 1951; his twin brother died at birth. His mother died 11 years later. When his grandmother brought him to Charlotte, the experts quickly agreed he would be better suited for the N.C. School for the Blind and Deaf in Raleigh.



At CPCC, students find circle of support

Communities in Colleges gives those who struggled in high school tools to conquer college

Communities in Colleges, the group that led the children on a campus tour, is made up of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools graduates who got their diplomas with the help of Communities in Schools. The dropout-prevention group supports students with family, financial, academic and other challenges – and those issues don’t vanish after “Pomp and Circumstance” plays.

Freddy Yodi leads tour to inspire young students

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