Engineering Instructors Provide 3D Masks for CharlotteMEDI

Central Piedmont’s Dr. Adam Harris, chair of the computer engineering technology, electrical engineering technology and electronics engineering technology programs, and Dr. Jacob Garbini, chair of the engineering program, are partnering with Charlotte Latin to produce the parts needed for CharlotteMEDI to make face shields for area hospital personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As instructors, Dr. Harris and Dr. Garbini regularly work in the college’s FabLab, home to 10 3D printers, which the duo has been visiting tirelessly, sometimes twice a day, to manufacture the headbands and bottom clips needed to complete the assembly of CharlotteMEDI’s face shields.

To date, the Central Piedmont team has made approximately 300 3D printed parts, such as bottom clips and headbands.

Graduation Ceremony Postponed

Central Piedmont has made the difficult but necessary decision to postpone the spring graduation ceremony planned for May 14, in response to the coronavirus pandemic and local and state stay-at-home orders.

We areDr D holding diploma t commencement deeply disappointed our graduates will not experience a traditional, large-scale graduation this semester, but we will do everything we can to celebrate this monumental accomplishment. This current situation remains fluid, but we are excited to announce plans are underway for smaller, in-person degree-based graduation ceremonies to be held between July 29-31 held in Halton Theatre. Please mark your calendars and plan accordingly!

The health and well-being of our Central Piedmont community, friends, and family is of the utmost importance and remains our top priority. We’re grateful for the commitment and dedication our students have shown during these challenging times. The Graduation Committee is also exploring other ways to honor our graduates in the month of May. Details of alternative graduation plans will be communicated in the coming days and weeks. We will keep you updated with the latest developments and how they may impact graduation activities.

Stay healthy, and safe. We look forward to celebrating with our graduates soon!

Stay on Track With Priority Registration

With all the uncertainty around us, we’re still helping you stay on track to reach your educational goals. Don’t forget priority registration for the summer and fall terms will be April 17-24. Check your college email for your individual date and time.
Take this time now to prepare for priority registration so all you’ll have to do is check out on your priority registration date.
  1. Talk with an academic advisor to help plan your schedule. Find the Academic Advising department online to schedule a virtual appointment.
  2. Go to MyCollege.cpcc.edu and click on “Student Planning” to choose your schedule. Add your classes to your shopping cart.
  3. Check your college email account for your priority registration date/time.
  4. On your priority registration date/time, go to MyCollege – or use the Central Piedmont app  – to check out.
Summer 2020 classes are still set to start May 20. Our summer terms will take place as scheduled. The method of instructional delivery – in-person or online – will depend on the future severity of the pandemic. Our top priority is keeping you safe.
Fall 2020 classes are currently planned to start August 10.
If you need help paying, you could be eligible to receive grants or emergency funding to help pay for classes. Let us review your 2019–20 FAFSA to determine if you qualify. Visit the financial aid web page to learn more.

Top 5 Ways to Stay Connected

During this time where we’re all online together, it’s still possible to stay connected to each other and to Central Piedmont. Let Student Life & Service-Learning offer you some easy ways to maintain your connections virtually!

  1. Central Piedmont and community blood center, One Blood, will host a blood drive on April 21, noon-5 p.m., in the driveway of the Overcash building on Central Campus. Space is limited in order to properly social distance and appointments are required. All donors will receive a $20 eGift Card, as well as a free wellness check (blood pressure, pulse, temperature, pulse, iron count and cholesterol check).Reserve an appointment or contact Jesse.Bennett@cpcc.edu with questions.
  2. Is sewing one of your talents? Participate in the North Carolina Community College System Community Service Project and help our medical community with the shortage of medical masks. Atrium Health has provided some simple GUIDELINES to sew masks. A short video tutorial can be found HERE. Please send an email to communitybenefit@atriumhealth.org to arrange delivery. Any student who makes 50 masks will get a “58 Strong” NCCCS T-shirt. Simply upload pictures and or video of your masks to this FORMto receive your T-shirt. Deadline to complete masks is June 1. Your photos and videos could be shown at the NCCCS Conference in October. Contact Jesse.Bennett@cpcc.edu for more information.
  3. Harper “Connect Four” On-Line – All Harper students are invited to join Career Services and Student Life in our weekly job-readiness challenges. Look for an email with the Subject Line “Harper Connect Four On-Line”. Everyone who completes a challenge will receive a prize as indicated in the email.  If you are not a Harper student but you would like to participate, please email anita.mcgill@cpcc.edu to join the challenge.
  4. Complete your Census 2020! Join the #iCountNC challenge by posting a picture, video, or TikTok about why it’s important to participate in the Census. Each post (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter) that tags @nccampuscompact and #iCountNC has a chance to win a $50 gift card!
  5. This unprecedented time for all of us, and it’s easy to be overcome by anxiety and fear. Remember that Central Piedmont Counseling Services remain available to our students. Visit their website for information on how you can schedule virtual time with them. In addition, this CDC LINK has helpful tips on how to manage Coronavirus anxiety.

Questions? Ideas? Email student.life@cpcc.edu and let us know!

Virtual Spirit Friday

Student Life Group shotTo help us continue to keep the Central Piedmont spirit alive as we work and learn remotely, please continue to share pics of yourself (and/or your classmates on Webex calls) from home with us on social media wearing Central Piedmont gear. Just “mention” us in your post for a chance to win by typing  the “at” symbol and our college info (below) in the text of your post:

  • Facebook: @centralpiedmontcc
  • Instagram: @centralpiedmontcc
  • Twitter: @cpcc

For your efforts, you’ll be rewarded  with some Central Piedmont swag when we return to campus!

Thanks to all our students, employees, and alums for being our best brand ambassadors. We can’t wait to see your smiling faces online!

Community Service Project: 58 Strong in 100 Counties

Is sewing one of your talents? Or are you looking for a new hobby? We are participating in the North Carolina Community College System Community Service Project and we want to help our medical community with the shortage of medical masks.

Atrium Health has provided some simple guidelines to sew masks. Check out this short tutorial.  Please send an email to communitybenefit@atriumhealth.org to arrange delivery. Masks will be cleaned and distributed. Extras will go to other organizations.

Anyone that makes 50 masks will get a “58 Strong” NCCCS t-shirt. You’ll need to upload pictures and or video of your masks to this FORM to receive your t-shirt. Deadline to complete masks is June 1. Your photos and videos will be shown at the NCCCS Conference in October. Contact Jesse.Bennett@cpcc.edu for more information.

Save Lives: Donate Blood

Central Piedmont along with community blood center, One Blood, will host a blood drive on April 21 from noon-5 p.m., in the driveway in front of the Overcash building. Space is limited in order to social distance and appointments are required. All donors will receive a $20 eGift Card, as well as a free wellness check (blood pressure, pulse, temperature, pulse, iron count and cholesterol check). Reserve an appointment or contact Jesse.Bennett@cpcc.edu with questions.

What is Webex Teams?

Webex Teams is a messaging and meeting solution that puts all the communications and information sharing tools you need in one place. Webex Teams is redefining the way people meet and collaborate. It’s a platform that promotes a secure workspace where teams can contribute any time, from any device with video meetings, group messaging, file sharing, and whiteboarding. Conversations and work sync across all platforms, allowing knowledge sharing, document uploading, and stronger collaboration.

Our Information Technology Services (ITS) department has decided to release this tool ahead of schedule because of the tremendous value it offers for remote learning, teaching, and working during this unprecedented time. Since the college had to launch the tool earlier than expected, you will be able to message and talk to teammates, but won’t be able to call-in to them from an outside phone number. In addition, the ITS team is working on integrating the tool’s calendar feature to be made available in the near future.

What are the benefits of Webex Teams?

 

  • easy group and 1-1 messaging
  • persistent, threaded discussions
  • substantial reduction in email
  • collaboration spaces
  • synchronous text-based conversations
  • easily call individuals or groups on Webex Teams
  • 1-click video conferencing (with recording)
  • Blackboard integration
  • mobile and desktop apps
  • interact with students
  • customized notifications

Perhaps the greatest value of Webex Teams during this unprecedented time is the ease with which it reinforces the fact that we are one college, one community, one family. The tool’s messaging and conference features provide a way to keep connections strong across the college, which supports the emotional health and well-being of Central Piedmont’s employees and students during this pandemic.

To Get Started

All Central Piedmont faculty, staff, and students already have accounts:

  1. Download the app from Webex. (If you are using a device that can’t install applications, such as a Chromebook, go to teams.webex.com.)
  2. Enter your college email.
  3. Enter your college username and password.

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Be Professional in Your Communications

As you work in Webex Teams, please keep in mind that this is an official college application/tool — you must adhere to the ethics and values of the college, and remain professional in all of your communications. All content is stored indefinitely and is reviewable by the college, discoverable, and subject to a public records request, regardless of whether it was made in a private or public space. Please refer to college policy 6.20 as a reminder about acceptable technology use at Central Piedmont.

Questions?

If you have questions, please contact Academic Technology Services through the ITS Help Desk to schedule an appointment at helpdesk@cpcc.edu or 704.330.5000.

Thank you for helping make the Webex Teams roll-out a success.

7 Fun Things to Do While Social Distancing

As COVID-19 social distancing continue, the new norm—spending more time inside, working from home or learning from home — has forced us to slow down. Being home is not bad once you realize all the fulfilling and productive things you can do.

What can you do to pass the time while self-quarantined? With your usual means of entertainment off the menu, here are 7 fun things to do while quarantined:

Connect with friends virtually

Don’t let social distancing keep you from interacting. Call someone, text them, use FaceTime. Use virtual meeting apps like Zoom and Skype to hold a virtual party.

Learn a new craft, hobby

Curious about a specific topic, interested in developing a new skill, or really anything at all? Now’s the time to educate yourself. Find your favorite topic and listen to a podcast on it. Doing something detail-oriented or creating something beautiful can be rewarding.

Get your game on

Turn off the electronics and dust off one of those board games stashed away in the hall closet. With extra time to kill, see if you can beat your family in Monopoly or and old-fashioned card game. If you live alone, pass time with puzzles, crosswords or video games and check out online gaming communities.

Stream a concert, opera or exhibit

Performers are trying to find ways to share their art with the world. With more virtual options for social gatherings, including free online concerts and digital museum tours, you can create your own sense of community.

Go for a walk, get outside

Fresh air and exercise are good for your physical health and mental health. You can walk around your neighborhood if you live in the suburbs, go to a park, go hiking or go jogging. You can leave your home in most cases, just practice social distancing (if you’re not under curfew or a shelter-in-place order).

Volunteer virtually

There are lots of communities to support right now, and although we can’t necessarily provide relief or comfort with our physical presence, you can certainly contribute in other fun and creative ways. Find local charities in need of your support online.

Cook

Now’s the time to start living your best domestic life. See what you have in your pantry and whip up a new meal. Make it a virtual competition with friends and family, like one of your favorite TV competition shows.

Questions About the U.S. Census? We Have Your Answers.

April 1, 2020, was Census Day. If you’ve already participated, thank you for shaping the future of Mecklenburg County by ensuring our community receives the valuable resources it needs, such as healthcare, education and transportation support.

In general, students in colleges and universities temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 virus will still be counted as part of this process.

If you haven’t completed the census because you’re concerned about how the data will be used, if your personal information will be safe, or what you will be asked, let us answer some of those questions for you here:

What if I don’t complete the census?

The U.S. Census is required by the U.S. Constitution. Though the U.S. Census has extended their timeline and temporarily suspended field operations due to Covid-19, we want to emphasize that it has never been easier or safer to respond to the census on your own, whether online, over the phone or by mail—all without having to meet a census taker.

Will my personal information be safe?

Your responses will be safe, secure, and protected by federal law. Answers can only be used to produce statistics – they cannot be used against you in any way. The census will protect your data through the safest and best practices available.

What will I be asked?

Examples include: how many people are living or staying in your home, whether the home is owned or rented, the relationship of each person in your home, and others. You will not be asked about your citizenship status.

Why am I being asked about race and origin?

This information helps federal agencies monitor compliance with anti-discrimination provisions, such as the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act.

Don’t put Mecklenburg County at risk for losing funding by going under-counted in 2020. Make it count by completing the 2020 Census. For more info, visit MeckCounts2020.com.

Top 5 Ways to Stay Connected

During this time where we’re all online together, it’s still possible to stay connected to each other and to Central Piedmont. Let Student Life & Service-Learning offer you some easy ways to maintain your connections virtually!

  1. Student Life would like to continue connecting with students, and we need your help!  Help us identify some activities, information, and ideas that students might be interested in during this time. Tell us your thoughts in this online survey!
  2. Applications for the 2020-2021 Ruth G. Shaw Scholarship and Women’s Leadership Program are now available! Click here to learn more and to access the online application, due April 17.
  3. Stay active! Follow CPCC Student Life on Instagram, and watch out for our weekly workouts with Lindsey (and other fun things too!)! FaceTime a friend and stay fit together.
  4. Many of us had Sensoria events on our calendars. We’re sad it was canceled, but here’s a reading from the US Poet Laureate, Joy Harjo, who would have joined us on campus.
  5. Connect with classmates and your teacher using WebEx Teams! It’s helpful, free to students, and easy to use!

Questions? Ideas? Email student.life@cpcc.edu and let us know!

Campus Bookstores and Food Vendors Locations Temporary Closings

All Central Piedmont campus bookstores and  food vendors locations, including  Barnes & Noble College (BNC) bookstores; Subway, Taco del Mar, Sbarro, and Calvine’s Coffee; Smart Market:

  • All campus locations of the BNC Bookstores are closed until further notice
  • All dining options at all campus locations are closed until further notice

Community Partners Help Package Food For Residents

Central Piedmont Community College’s hospitality education program partnered with Sysco Foods and the Piedmont Culinary Guild on March 25 to package and deliver 500 boxes of food to local restaurant employees who have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Sysco Foods donated 250 cases of food to the community outreach project. The cases consisted of frozen chicken, produce, fresh fruits and vegetables, and dairy products, such as milk and butter.

Representatives from Central Piedmont, Sysco Foods, and the Piedmont Culinary Guild were on site at Central Piedmont’s Culinary Arts Center to receive the cases of food, sort and package the individual boxes, and deliver them to 25–30 restaurants located in Mecklenburg County and beyond.

Each box included three to four major food group items, providing local restaurant workers with a nutritious meal for their family during this unprecedented time. Restaurants needing employee assistance signed up to participate in the community outreach project online through the Piedmont Culinary Guild’s website.

Thanks are extended to Central Piedmont’s Richard Kugelmann, division director of the college’s hospitality education division; Ross Howard, director of business resources and marketing for Sysco Foods; and Kris Reid, co-founder of the Piedmont Culinary Guild for spearheading the initiative.

View WSOC-TV’s coverage of the community outreach project.

Don’t give up — we’re here to help you succeed

This is the first week of online learning for many of our students — and the first week of online teaching for many of our instructors. We want to say, “thank you” for your patience, but we also don’t want you to struggle needlessly. If you’re having trouble with online learning, we want to do all we can to ensure you continue in your classes and complete the semester.

There are links to online learning resources for you at our LearnRemotely.cpcc.edu webpage​. This is where you can get more info and tutorials about Blackboard (the college’s online Learning Management System to deliver classes), Webex Meetings and Webex Teams tools, MyCollege, and Central Piedmont Cloud.

Here are some other helpful links to the different kinds of support we can provide remotely during this time:

Don’t hesitate to contact your instructor — they are here to help you, as well — and if you’re having any trouble at all, call our Information Center at 704.330.2722 during business hours or submit your questions online for help.

With so much uncertainty around us right now, we’re still here to help keep you on track, so you can be one step closer to achieving your academic goals when this crisis has passed. We’re all in this together. Don’t give up. We can do this!

5 Tips for Online Learning

Online classes are a great option to help earn your degree and fulfill your academic goals. Though they come with unique challenges, here are 5 Online Learning Tips to help you succeed in your classes this semester:
  1. Develop a schedule: Commit to making your online coursework part of your weekly routine by creating a schedule to stay on task. Designate specific hours to studying, reading, and completing assignments.
  2. Set specific goals: Establish a routine by organizing your day with goals. Set reminders for yourself to complete assignments and try allowing yourself a certain amount of time to complete tasks.
  3. Get connected: Interact with your instructors, classmates and peers virtually. Be intentional about staying connected to others – this will help keep you accountable and engaged.
  4. Create a designated study space: Setting up a designated workspace – whether its a kitchen table, bedroom or office – will help you establish a routine, keep you organized, and boost your productivity.
  5. Stay healthy: Improve your academic performance by taking care of your mental and physical health. Allow time for the things you enjoy doing and incorporate healthy habits like regular exercise, getting plenty of rest and eating healthy meals.

Please remember to check your college email often for communication from your instructors and the college. Making the transition to online courses on short notice is a challenge, but please know your instructors and student services staff members are here to help.

The college has created a comprehensive Web page with resources to help you during this transition. Visit learnremotely.cpcc.edu to discover what you need to know if your courses have moved online.