Apprenticeship 2000 program- Central Piedmont Community College

Apprenticeship Programs at the Community College? A European concept with an American Twist… Rebooting Charlotte’s workforce

“Years ago there was a big shift. Everybody needed to have a liberal arts education so that you could be a critical thinker and solve problems,” says Kenny Colbert of The Employers Association. “Now we’re moving back toward the more technical orientation because somebody has to do the work.”

“They’re looking for someone who can troubleshoot that has core skills in specific areas like PLC programming, pneumatics and circuit analysis,” says Chad Ray, Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics at Central Piedmont Community College. Read more


Siemens Energy Partners with Central Piedmont Community College

Siemens Energy Meets the Skilled labor Gap by partnering with Central Piedmont Community College

A recent Businessweek headline, “Employers Ready to Hire Can’t Find Workers Among 9.1% Unemployed,” gives a snapshot of the nearing crisis in manufacturing. In the next decade, changing industrial technology and the retirement of millions of baby boomers will mean a severely depleted workforce – unless companies address this now.

One company that is meeting this challenge head on is Siemens Energy in Charlotte, NC, makers of turbines and generators (watch this recent NBC “Nightly News” segment). We visited Siemens recently and were impressed by the company’s approach to hiring, training and career development. If more companies follow their lead, manufacturing will be stronger than ever by the year 2021. Read more

CPCC Dental Students Help Provide Low-Cost Care At the CPCC Pelton&Crane Dental Clinic

FOX News covered the wonderful service provided by the CPCC dental students, CPCC instructors and staff dentist at the CPCC Pelton & Crane Dental Clinic.

“Some people come in and they haven’t been to the dentist in 20 years. They really needed that help and we were able to provide it so I enjoyed it a lot,” said Alena Goncharov, Central Piedmont Community College dental hygiene student.

Goncharov is one of many students that provided free dental care at the convention center last Friday.

Her joy… providing dental service, sometimes daily, as part of the dental hygiene program at CPCC.

“The students are getting their hands-on training to prepare them to go into offices, but the community benefits because they’re able to come in for cleanings, x-rays as needed, fluoride treatments,” said Judy Qualtieri, CPCC Dental Hygiene director.

All those procedures in one visit cost 20 dollars. The clinic wants their price to be reasonable for the uninsured and underprivileged. Watch video

Congratulations to CPCC Alumna Elaine Lyerly Named to National Post

Elaine Lyerly, CEO of Lyerly Agency, and CPCC alumna, was named national chair for the Tiffany Circle of the American Red Cross.

Ms. Lyerly established the first women-owned marketing and communications firm in the Charlotte region in 1977. Her agency is award-winning and in 1989 Ms. Lyerly was named Charlotte Business Woman of the Year.

Congratulations Elaine on your most recent accomplishment.

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Auditions upcoming for “Sherlock Holmes” at CPCC

The theatre of Central Piedmont Community College will hold auditions next month for their performance of “Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure.”

The group is seeking seven men and two women for characters ages 18 to 60. Auditions are Sept. 6 and 7 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. You do not have to be a current student of the college to participate.