CPCC Today

Welcome to CPCC Today! An online community and weekly e-newsletter for CPCC students.
Did you know CPCC has an updated and improved Schedule Builder?
The new site was launched earlier this month, and has several improvements over the old Schedule Builder.
  • The design of Schedule Builder has been updated and may be viewed better on mobile devices, so you can build your schedule on your phone or tablet.
  • You can now mark certain courses as “favorites.” This makes it easier to come back later to check for available sections.
  • If you’ve met with an advisor or counselor to plan the courses you should take, you can access your MAP inside Schedule Builder.
Of course, the same features from the old Schedule Builder are still available, allowing you to put together a list of courses, view any schedule conflicts and begin the registration process.
We hope you enjoy using it as much as we enjoyed building it.

The Central Campus Subway will be supporting the Levine IT Building dedication on Thursday, November 6 and will not open until 3 p.m. The Bojangles’ on Central Campus will be open from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Please be aware: North Carolinians are receiving official-looking flyers that appear, at first glance, to be from the government. The flyers contain information about property they own including the address, the year the house was built, and its square footage. Recipients of the flyers are urged to purchase a copy of the deed to their property. A “Please Respond By” date is prominently displayed on the flyer and is always just a few days away.

Record Transfer Services, the California-based company behind the flyers, hopes you’ll see that fast-approaching date and send a check for $83 instead of examining the flyer with a critical eye. Or better yet, call the toll-free “Pay By Phone” number listed on the flyer to pay right away. The N.C. Attorney General’s office is investigating these mailings, and they have taken action against similar schemes in the past.

Don’t pay an unnecessary fee for something that you can get yourself from your local government at little or no cost. To check out a suspicious mailing or file a complaint about one, contact the Consumer Protection Division toll-free at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM within North Carolina. You can also file a consumer complaint online at www.ncdoj.gov.



Mary Kirby, an information systems analyst for CPCC, would like to thank the three students who assisted her after a fall on Central Campus. The kind students stayed by her side until CPCC security and Medic were able to arrive. She would like to extend her sincere gratitude to these unknown students for their assistance and genuine concern.

The 11th Annual MLK Challenge will take place on January 19, 2015. This event celebrates the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The day incorporates an educational kick-off, service projects, and a reflection

Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr.

wrap-up. We will begin with an introduction to King’s life and lessons, students are then randomly assigned to groups and given a service project at a local organization to complete. Students must work together and utilize problem-solving skills in order to finish their task.

At the end of the day, we will reassemble to reflect on their accomplishments in a guided discussion. This helps students process all that happened during the day. This event is free and open to the CPCC community only. We will provide transportation, breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Participants are asked to dress for anything.
Registration begins 8 a.m. the day of the event in the Student Commons area of the Overcash Building.
WHEN: January 19, 2015; 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
To sign up for this event or to learn more please contact Dena Shonts at dena.shonts@cpcc.edu  or 704.330.6558, or Jenn Marts at jenn.marts@cpcc.edu  or 704.330.6824.
Did you know that the number one cause of death of women in Peru is cervical cancer? The main reason for this statistic is limited access to the screenings we take for granted. CPCC Medical Career students are participating in a global medical service learning experience by spending two weeks in Cusco, Peru, to support women’s health through cervical cancer screenings and other health screenings such as immunizations and laboratory work.
To assist with this cause, Nothing But Noodles has generously decided to donate 15 percent of its proceeds to CPCC’s Study Abroad – Medical Service Learning initiative.
To participate, simply visit the Nothing But Noodles location at 1605 Elizabeth Ave. on Wednesday, Nov. 5 and mention “CPCC Study Abroad” at the register. You can support the cause by dining at anytime throughout the day, dining in or carryout orders apply.
Thank you for your support!

WHAT: Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) Galleries will host the first Friends & Family Market to raise funds for educational programming.

The Friends & Family Market will contain work by 35 artists who have an affiliation to the gallery. Original works and prints will be sold for $50 or less. Fifty percent of all sales will go to the artist, 40 percent to the galleries and 10 percent to one of three CPCC student visual arts groups.

Artists include current and former CPCC students, instructors, alumni exhibiting artists, future exhibiting artists and more. They include: Natalie Abrams, Eli Arenas, Amy Bagwell, Betsy Birkner, Matthew Brien, Anderson Carman, Shaun Cassidy, Sharon Dowell, Catalina Duarte, Heather D. Freeman, Amy Herman, Aspen Hochhalter, Carolyn Jacobs, Anna Kenar, Ashley Knight, Janet Lasher, Andrew Leventis, Oliver Lewis, Allison Luce, Terry McMicking, Nam Nguyens, Nancy Nieves, Karen O’Leary, Isaac Payne, Don Peeler, Miranda Pfeiffer, Zachary Tate Porter, Eva Rizzardi, Elizabeth Ross, Ahmad Sabha, Laurie Schorr, Barbara Schreiber, Caitie Sellers, Paula Smith, Matthew Steele, Tom Thoune, Alvaro Torres, Jason Watson, Janet Williams, Pam Winegard, and Kyle Worthy.

The Friends & Family Market strives to prove that quality art is affordable and the public’s support of regional artists encourages them to keep creating and exploring new works that may add to the beauty of the local community.

WHEN: Nov. 3 – Dec. 18, 2014
9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Thursday; noon – 6 p.m., Saturday

WHERE: Ross Gallery II, Overcash Center, CPCC Central Campus

CONTACT: For more information, please visit http://blogs.cpcc.edu/cpccartgalleries/friends-family-market/

Registration is coming, are you in GOOD STANDING?

CPCC has a standard of Academic Progress where students must earn a 2.0 GPA each term. You can check out your Academic Standing by logging into MyCollege and clicking on “MyProfile” under the academic profile category. Scroll down and look at the box labeled Standards of Academic Progress.

If you see Good Standing then you are good to go!

If you are listed as Academic Warning or Academic Probation also look up your Academic Advisor in the box below. Find your Academic Advisor’s contact information and make an appointment to meet with your advisor ASAP, and definitely before registration begins!

Remember to register early to get the best selection for the classes you want!

Check out more information at http://www.cpcc.edu/ican/academic-advising/get-advised


The Diversity Committee is showcasing our international students.  Meet Erika Southern from Japan.

Erika Southern

Name: Erika Southern

Country: Japan

What is something about your country that others may not know?

We bow to greet one another on most occasions once formally introduced. More nonverbal communication is done.

Is there a cultural custom about your country you like most?

Summer festivals, there is lots of food, music and dancing.

What challenges did you face entering USA?

The diversity was shocking, we usually see people of our own kind. Friendly communication is more here than experienced in Japan.

What do you miss most about your country?

The food; it’s amazing.

What do you like most about USA?

The freedom, you choose how you want to live.



The MAN UP Program would like to thank you everyone who wore pink on Oct. 22 to raise awareness about breast cancer. 

Need help with paying your Spring 2015 tuition? Consider the Tuition Payment Plan offered by Nelnet. For more information, please visit www.cpcc.edu/paymentplan.

Domestic Violence is the ongoing pervasive use of threats, intimidation coercion, emotional abuse, isolation, minimizing, denying, blaming, economic abuse, privilege and violence in order to maintain power and control over and instill fear in the partner in an intimate relationship. These are not isolated events; they’re part of a cycle of violence in which the violence gets worse each time it happens. Things may get better temporarily after a violent episode but the tension begins again and the abuse is on its way again.

In fact, did you know?:

  • On average, nearly 20 people per minute are victims of physical violence by an intimate partner in the U.S.
  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced some form of domestic violence within their lifetime
  • 1 in 5 women and 1 in 7 men have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

With this in mind, use this time to review CPCC’s policies and procedures regarding workplace violence and the services provided to you.

If you or someone you know needs assistance, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800.799. SAFE or call Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police at 704.336.2811.

Early voting locations open in Mecklenburg County on Thursday, Oct. 23. This year, the Facilities Services Building at Central Campus, 1325 East 7th Street, is an early voting site. Weekday and weekend hours are offered. Here is the early voting schedule.

Thurs., Oct. 23 and Fri., Oct. 24    8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 25                                    10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 26                                   1 to 4 p.m.
Mon., Oct 27 to Fri., Oct. 31           8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 1                                     10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Remember, this year’s Mecklenburg County ballot will include a sales tax referendum. The Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners voted to put a proposal for a quarter-cent (1/4 of a penny) sales tax increase on the 2014 elections ballot. If voters approve the measure, it will generate approximately $35 million a year in additional revenue for Mecklenburg County.
County commissioners will direct 80 percent of the revenue generated by the sales tax increase to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, 7.5 percent to Central Piedmont Community College, 7.5 percent to the Arts & Science Council, and 5 percent to the county’s public libraries. This would bring approximately $2.7 million a year to CPCC in additional funding. The college will use the extra funds to enhance the salaries of faculty and staff members and add positions in areas of need, such as academic counselors.
This significant increase in county funding will strengthen CPCC’s ability to hire and retain the best faculty and staff members, helping the college serve its students and the community even better.
In addition to the CPCC’s Central Campus, there are 20 other early voting sites in Mecklenburg County. See the Board of Elections website - http://www.ncsbe.gov/webapps/os_sites/OSVotingSiteList.aspx?County=MECKLENBURG&Election=11/04/2014 - for locations and hours of operation.

Please join us for the 2nd Annual Harper Summit on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, from 1 – 5 p.m. at Harper Campus. The Harper Summit is a trade show and career networking event that celebrates the distinctive academic programs at our campus and connects students to employers in growing, dynamic industries. This event is free and is open to all CPCC students.

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • Explore Academic Areas of Study in the Skilled Trades, including: Construction Management; Architectural Technology; Electrical Systems Technology; Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration; Non-Destructive Examination; Welding Technology; Graphic Arts & Imaging Technology/Flexography; Advertising + Graphic Design
  • Meet Industry Representatives (for the academic programs listed above)
  • See Program Demonstrations and Tools of the Trade
  • Participate in Career Workshops and Learn Job Search Strategies
  • Learn About CPCC Support Services
  • Enjoy Free Food and Giveaways

For more information about this event and the specific academic programs offered at Harper Campus, please visit: https://www.cpcc.edu/student_life/events/harper-summit


The Diversity Committee is showcasing students from other countries.  Here’s a brief bio on Brunelle Mpembe from the Congo.

Brunelle Mpembe

Brunelle Mpembe

Name: Brunelle Mpembe

Country: Congo

What is something about your country that others may not know?

Four primary languages are spoken but all schooling is done in French.
Is there a cultural custom about your country you like most?

Our New Year is celebrated different than the USA. It is like Christmas in the Congo

What challenges did you face entering USA?

A language barrier

What do you miss most about your country?

My family, I am the only one here for school, so I truly miss them.

What do you like most about USA?

I like a lot of things, such as the people, different cultures, and especially the food. (I still learning how to cook it.)

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