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We hope you are enjoying your summer! The fall semester is less than a month away! So now is the time to meet with your Disability Counselor to prepare for the fall semester. Your meeting with your Disability Counselor will be focused on signing your accommodation forms for your new classes and discussing any issues that need to be addressed for the fall semester. Please contact your Disability Counselor by phone or email to schedule your appointment.

Rachel Megahan 704-469-5914 rachel.megahan@cpcc.edu

Pat Adams 704-330-2722 ext 7279 patricia.adams@cpcc.edu

Laurie Jachym 704-330-2722 ext 3468 laurie.jachym@cpcc.edu

Tina Hardin 704-330-2722 ext 3457 tina.hardin@cpcc.edu

***Please note that if your Disability Counselor is not listed here, you may need to be reassigned. If you are a student who was previously assigned to a Disability Counselor who is not listed and you need fall accommodations, please contact our office to be switched to a new Disability Counselor at 704-330-6621***

We look forward to working with you in the fall 2014 semester!

Central Piedmont Community College is pleased that students have an opportunity to purchase health insurance coverage through Community College Student Insurance (CCSI). CCSI, formerly known as North Carolina Technical & Community College Student Health Plan, is a subsidiary of Open Asset Management Co., a member of FINRA, and DBE, HUB Certified by the Department of Transportation and the State of North Carolina HUB Office.
Beginning August 1, 2014, CCSI will participate in the Healthcare Exchange Program - https://www.healthcare.gov/. CCSI will work with North Carolina Blue Cross and Blue Shield to provide community college students and their families the most accessible health insurance program. CCSI is responsible for enrollment, eligibility verification, and premium collection for the plan. It is important to note that Central Piedmont Community College does not specifically endorse this plan or this provider. The plan is a voluntary option for our students and is a direct relationship between the student and the insurance provider.  Interested students should contact the provider directly to enroll or compare with other plans available. Please contact CCSI at 919.228.6474 or email admin@studentccsi.com.
Updated information will be posted on the CPCC website as it is received.  Please visit the Student Health Insurance page located on the CPCC Enterprise Risk Management website.

You can sign up for an OPTIONAL 1.5 hour Blackboard Practice session starting Monday, May 19 to introduce you to Blackboard, CPCC’s Learning Management System (LMS).  You will learn how to:

  • Submit an assignment
  • Take an online quiz
  • Interact in a discussion board

To sign up for a session, go to http://cpcc.libcal.com/blackboard.

Start your summer semester feeling confident about taking an online class!

Kathy Failor, a CPCC paralegal student, recently participated in Legal Services of Southern Piedmont (LSSP), the Charlotte School of Law and the North Mecklenburg Senior Center’s April 26 event to provide low-income, elderly residents with free estate planning services.

Paralegal Volunteers

Event Volunteers

The event assisted 30 clients and included volunteers not only from CPCC, but also staff from LSSP, CSL, North Mecklenburg Senior Center and Legal Aid of North Carolina-Charlotte.

To read the complete story, please click here.

To see a photo of event volunteers, please click here.


The Salon at CPCC’s City View Center for Cosmetology provides services for both men and women at incredible prices. A haircut is only $7.

All services are performed by CPCC students who are supervised by licensed cosmetology instructors.

Starting May 21, appointments available Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Call 704.330.5455.  Walk-ins welcome.


CPCC faculty, staff, retirees and students receive a 10 percent discount.

For a complete list of salon services and pricing, visit www.cpcc.edu/cosmetology.

The Corporate and Continuing Education summer 2014 course schedule is now online as a pdf or e-book. Summer registration for these non-degree classes is now open and will continue throughout the term. Register for classes online or by calling 704.330.4223. CCE Summer Registration


All of your hard work has finally paid off and we would like to congratulate you on your graduation. We wish you much success in you new career or on your continued education path. Thank you for choosing Central Piedmont Community  College and for letting us help you accomplish your

CPCC Graduation

CPCC Graduation

personal and professional goals!

Next week is a full week of concert offerings here at CPCC Central: Music

Apr 28, 29, and 30, 12:30 p.m.
Bryant Hall, SL 101
3 Days of Jazz
Thursday, May 1, 2014, 2 p.m.
Bryant Hall, SL 101
Early Music Recital

Friday, May 2, 12:30 p.m.
Tate Hall – Overcash
Student Composer’s Concert

The Diversity Committee presents recipes from all around the world.  Try this tasty dish from Ecuador.

LLAPINGACHOS (Potato Cakes) 

Llapingachos (yah-peen-GAH-chos) are a popular side dish in the highlands of Ecuador. They are often served with fried eggs and a simple salad of lettuce, tomato and avocado. Sometimes sausages and a side of rice are added to make a full and typically Ecuadorian meal.


  • 2 pounds potatoes, peeled and sliced
  • 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) butter
  • 2 medium onions, finely chopped
  • 2 cups Munster cheese, shredded lard, butter, or oil
  • salt


Boil the potatoes in salted water until soft. Drain and mash. Heat the butter in a skillet and sauce the onions until they are very soft.

Add the onions to the mashed potatoes, mixing well. Shape the potatoes into 12 balls.

Divide the cheese into 12 parts and stuff each of the potato balls with the cheese, flattening them as you do so into cakes or patties about 1 inch thick. Chill in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes.

In enough lard, butter, or oil (with or without annatto as you please) to cover the bottom of a skillet, sauce the potato cakes until they are golden brown on both sides.

End of Year Social
May 1, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Overcash, Room 303, Central Campus

This is a group of students – people interested in study abroad and alumni, international students, and students just interested in international issues – that meet regularly to discuss global current events, international opportunities, and ways to get involved with the diverse Charlotte community.  This event, run in coordination with the International Students Association, will be a fun opportunity to meet others with similar interests and learn more about the club.  Free refreshments will be provided.

Please RSVP to global.learning@cpcc.edu if you are interested in attending.  We hope to see you there.

The new pedestrian bridge was lowered into place by a large crane at Cato Campus on Saturday, April 26. The crane, which required 11 tractor trailer loads to be delivered to the campus, was assembled at Cato over the course of April 23 and 24.

Cato Bridge

Cato Bridge

The bridge now spans a wooded ravine, linking a new parking area to the main part of campus. Assembling the bridge on site and lowering it into place using the large crane ensured the woods and small stream that flows through the ravine was undisturbed as much as possible. At its mid-point, the bridge will be about 12 feet above the ground.
The new parking area and pedestrian bridge were needed as the Cato Campus adds a new 85,000-square-foot academic building. The building will sit in a location that currently provides student and employee parking. In addition to providing much needed classroom space, the new facility will include space for a new library, auditorium and more student lounge and study space.
CPCC will break ground for the new building within the next few weeks. January 2016 is the targeted completion date. The new facility will provide critically needed space at the Cato Campus, CPCC’s most cramped campus. Cato currently serves approximately 12,000 students, with 135 employees.
The Diversity Committee presents recipes from all around the world. Try this tasty dish from Peru.

Peruvian Chicken Soup

Peruvian Chicken Soup

Peruvian Chicken Soup (Aguadito de Pollo)
·       4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cut in half
·       salt and pepper to taste
·       1/2 cup olive oil
·       1 medium onion, chopped
·       1 teaspoon minced garlic
·       1 tablespoon seeded, minced serrano chile
·       1/2 cup chopped cilantro
·       1 cup green peas
·       1 cup corn
·       1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
·       10 cups chicken broth
·       4 Yukon Gold potatoes, cut in half
·       1 cup uncooked white rice
1.    Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy pot over medium-high heat. Stir in the onion, garlic, and serrano chili; cook until the onion has softened, about 1 minute. Add the chicken, and continue to cook for 5 minutes.
2.    Stir in the cilantro, peas, corn, and red pepper; cook for 1 minute. Pour in the chicken broth, potatoes, and rice. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until the chicken is opaque and the potatoes are tender, about 40 minutes.
WHAT: CPCC will host works by abstract artists Andi Steele and Kyle Worthy May 15 through August 7 in its Ross Galleries.

Andi Steele
Andi Steele, an assistant professor of sculpture at UNC Wilmington, creates site-specific installations involving brightly colored monofilament wire that she strings across spaces. She designed her piece “Burst” around the front window of Ross Gallery I, an area usually used to frame and showcase art hanging in the gallery. When visitors look through the window, they will see little: a few lines and a little color. The whole of the work cannot be experienced without going into, and interacting with, the altered space. Steele encourages guests to walk in, look up, sit down, move through, look around and find their place.
Kyle Worthy
While Steele abstracts physical space, Kyle Worthy abstracts memories tied to place in his photographs. In “Anyone’s Ghost,” Worthy presents a series of landscape photographs that are both highly specific and nonspecific at the same time. Blurred images taken from a variety of locations are manipulated, toyed with and blended. He then infuses them with anonymity so they become relevant to all viewers, sparking remnants of our own distant memories tied to place.
May 15 – August 7, 2014
10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Monday – Thursday
Opening Reception: May 15 from 5 – 7 p.m. in Ross Gallery
WHERE: Andi Steele: Ross Gallery I, CPCC Central Campus
Kyle Worthy: Ross Gallery II, CPCC Central Campus
CONTACT: For more information and hi-res images, please contact Grace Cote at ext. 6211 or at grace.cote@cpcc.edu.

CPCC’s Center for Sustainability is excited to host to two educational film screenings this semester. Both events are free and open to the college community and local residents. We hope to see you there!

April 24, 7 p.m.
The Real Dirt on Farmer John
Tate Hall, Overcash Center, CPCC Central Campus

May 28, 7 p.m.
MOTHER: Caring for Seven Billion
Tate Hall, Overcash Center, CPCC Central Campus

To learn more about these films and events, please visit https://www.cpcc.edu/cfs/spring-2014-film-series.


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