Upcoming Exhibits in the CPCC Galleries

Past & Present

Past & Present – Pease Gallery
CPCC Galleries is pleased to present a multimedia group exhibition called, “Past & Present” which is part of a celebration to commemorate the many years of the college’s beloved Pease Gallery, located on its Central Campus. “Past & Present” will showcase 12 CPCC Visual Arts Studio faculty members and 14 CPCC Studio Art alumni, many of whom have exhibited their creations for the first time in Pease Gallery. This exhibit will celebrate the decades of creativity developed through CPCC’s Visual Arts programs.

Participants will include:
CPCC Alumni: Rachel Baranowski, Anderson Carman, Douglas B. Davis, Kelsi Elcorabarutia, Kelly Elliot, Sarah Goski, Samantha Maxwell, Don Peeler, Paige Reitterer, KC Roberge, Julie P. Smith, Laura Truman, Sarah B. Wiley and Tashonda Wright

Faculty Members: Danny Croco, Carolyn Jacobs, Ashley Lathe, Nancy Nieves, Isaac Payne, Elizabeth Ross, Paula Smith, James Spence, Jason Stein, Richard Thomas, Alvaro Torres and Jennifer Zito

Pease Gallery

August 15 – October 3, 2018, Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Artist Lecture: September 6, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. in Pease Gallery & September 13, 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. at Levine Campus in LVI 2150

Opening Reception: September 6, 5 – 7 p.m. in Pease Gallery

Fruiting BodiesFruiting Bodies – Ross Gallery
CPCC Ross Gallery is excited to bring Artist Katie St. Clair’s exhibition, “Fruiting Bodies” to the college’s Central Campus, Aug. 15 – Oct. 10.

St. Clair’s latest work not only focuses on the natural decay of life and the beauty found within, but also on the complex processes of physical and spiritual healing through visualization of plants and fungi in the Carolina landscape. Abstraction of these forms allows St. Clair to express the subtle relationships of non-linear ecosystems. While researching, harvesting and consuming wild edibles, St. Clair’s understanding of flavor and the healing potential of her subjects expanded and evolved. St. Clair developed new ways of looking at the natural world, not only for inspiration and form, but also for the pragmatic considerations of pigment, texture and creative constraint. She incorporated new materials into her pieces, including natural dyes collected from the native ecosystems, through botanic, fungal and mineral extractions.

“Fruiting Bodies” will feature a series of melting ice sculptures that are an experimental part of St. Clair’s painting process. These melting sculptures called “spheres” contain pigments, mushrooms and other organic materials foraged by the artist during her hikes through different parts of the North Carolina landscape.  The delicately constructed spheres are suspended above canvases and slowly melt over a period of 24 to 48 hours. The ephemerality of this process echoes the cycle of life: birth, growth, death and decay. 

St. Clair received a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Magna Cum Laude, from the Art Academy of Cincinnati, and her Master of Fine Arts from the Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan. She is currently the Assistant Professor of Art specializing in painting and drawing at Davidson College.

Ross Gallery

August 15 – October 10, 2018, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Monday – Thursday)

Artist Lecture: September 12, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Opening Reception: September 12, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Sphere installations: August 20, September 12, and October 1

CPCC Students: Bring Your Child to the Theatre for FREE!

Shrek tickets for CPCC students and their child

Summer Theatre at CPCC is pleased to offer students a special chance to bring a child to see SHREK for FREE! If you are a current CPCC student with a valid student ID, bring your child to either the July 2 or July 3 performance and enjoy free admission for both of you! All performances of this musical adaptation for young audiences are at 10 a.m.! For other tickets and more info, call 704.330.6534 or visit tix.cpcc.edu today!

Registration and Payment Systems to Temporarily Close June 26 – July 2

Finish your registration now to avoid the shutdown! Due to year-end financial processing, our registration and payment systems will close Tues., June 26 at 6 p.m. and re-open on Mon., July 2 at 7 a.m. That means you won’t be able to register for curriculum or Corporate and Continuing Education classes during those days. If you need to make a payment during that time, you can pay with cash or check only at any CPCC Cashiering office. Also during this period, summer withdrawals can only be submitted in person – just come to any CPCC Admissions office to formally withdraw from class. Withdrawal requests must be received by the withdrawal deadline date of the class.

Precautions About Date Rape Drugs

There have been multiple recent reports of people in Charlotte area nightclubs consuming drinks that have been spiked with date rape drugs. These drugs, sometimes referred to as “roofies,” can incapacitate a person, leaving them vulnerable to a sexual assault or rape.  

Please use reasonable precautions to avoid consuming a spiked drink.  Go out with trusted friends, and watch out for each other.  Buy your own drink, do not leave your drink unattended, and do not accept a drink offered by a stranger.  Tell the manager or host if you think your drink has been spiked. 

If you suspect that a friend was given a spiked drink, tell the manager or host what happened.  Stay with your friend and watch their condition closely.  If their condition deteriorates, call 911 for medic and report the incident to the police.      

These CPCC campus resources are available to support our students if needed: 

·         Counseling Services         704.330.6433

·         Title IX Office                    704.330.6719

·         Care Team                         704.330.6659

·         College Security                704.330.6911     

Leading Charlotte Organizations Partner to Reinvigorate Construction Career Pipeline with New Trade Training Center

In one of the nation’s fastest-growing cities, there is a massive unmet need – construction companies can’t find enough skilled trade professionals to fill the demand. And yet, Charlotte also struggles with economic mobility, ranking last among the 50 largest cities in the nation, according to a Harvard/UC Berkley study1.

A 2016 survey by the North Carolina Department of Commerce found more than half of construction companies in the state had hiring difficulties2 – more than any other industry. The number one cause reported for their hiring trouble was a lack of candidates with technical skills. Meanwhile, demand continues to grow for these positions with an expected 20 percent increase in available construction positions in North Carolina by 2024 – that’s almost 37,000 jobs. 3 Nearly half of these job openings are due to current construction employees aging out of the workforce.

That’s why four educational organizations in Charlotte have joined together to establish the Goodwill Construction Skills Training Center. Inside the facility on May 30, Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC), and The ROC (Rebuilding Opportunities in Construction), announced they will soon work together under one roof to train and certify high school students and adults for in-demand trade skills employers are desperately seeking, free of charge.

“We recognize the skilled trades are an essential part of helping to build our growing city, and having these skills can lead to in-demand high potential careers. We also understand the path for individuals in our community to attain these skills is sometimes met with obstacles. We’ve come together with CPCC, CMS and The ROC to make the path to these careers possible for people in our region,” said Chris Jackson, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont. “The programs offered at the Goodwill Construction Skills Training Center are provided at no cost to participants and lead to industry-recognized certifications that create access to opportunities for family-sustaining employment.”

The Goodwill Construction Skills Training Center is scheduled to open its doors in January 2019 in a facility that formerly served as a warehouse for Goodwill’s retail operations. The existing 15,000 square foot building located directly across from Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology at 1335 Allegheny Street will require $2.5 million for renovation, upfit and equipment. On Wednesday, the project received an initial $500,000 investment from Christ Episcopal Church to begin the project. By December 2018, it will become a state-of-the-art training facility with laboratory bays filled with industry-specific equipment, allowing for hands-on training. There will also be “smart” classroom space for additional instruction. “Christ Church wanted to take a pioneer role in our community toward workforce development by

providing a $500,000 lead gift. We are grateful for the opportunity to help provide a new vocational pathway that has not been available for Charlotte’s high school students in over 30 years. We value the emphasis on building direct relationships with employer mentors, and appreciate the importance of paid apprenticeships to address inequities in economic mobility,” said The Reverend Chip Edens, Rector of Christ Episcopal Church.

Students will complete foundational training before selecting a specialized program of study, which may include: construction, field supervision, concrete/masonry, apartment maintenance, advanced carpentry, computer aided drafting & design, HVAC and electrical.

High school students will complete career and technical education coursework through The ROC during the daytime hours, with adult training through Goodwill taking place in the evening. CPCC will provide all teacher instruction services via the Career & College Promise program utilizing industry-leading curriculums. Once their training programs are complete, both youth and adult students can choose to enter the workforce, apply for an apprenticeship, or transfer between 41 and 53 credit hours toward an associate’s degree at CPCC depending upon their area of concentration. By 2020, the Goodwill Construction Skills Training Center will serve approximately 120 youth and 400 adults each year.

“We are very excited about this partnership and the opportunities it will offer to our students,” said Dr. Clayton Wilcox, superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. “The Goodwill Construction Skills Training Center is a natural extension of the construction-related Career and Technical Education pathway offered in CMS. The new training center will allow students to gain certifications that will prepare them for good jobs.”

CMS students will have the opportunity to participate in exploration and career readiness, as well as complete paid internships in the summer before selecting a concentration. Ongoing basic needs fulfillment, career planning, resume development and job search support are embedded in the adult programs through Goodwill.

“As Mecklenburg County’s community college, it’s part of CPCC’s mission to help increase economic mobility by ensuring students are equipped with the skills needed to enter the workforce and forge successful careers,” said Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer, president of CPCC. “Through partnerships and programs such as this, we can build talent pipelines that help employers remain competitive in the marketplace, contributing to the strength of the local economy.”

The good news for future graduates, aside from being in-demand, is that a survey by the Association of General Contractors reported 60 percent of firms in the U.S. increased their base pay rates to attract and retain workers4, a trend that is expected to continue.

For more information on this program, email Steve.Corriher@cpcc.edu.

Update from College Security Services

CPCC has a new, three-year contract with Allied Universal Police Services, which will security officer in blue uniformprovide police coverage at all suburban campuses seven days a week. 

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) and Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) will provide security services at Central Campus Monday through Thursday (from 6 a.m. – 11 p.m.). You will likely see more CMPD and MCSO vehicles on Central Campus as the officers are out on patrol. Allied Universal police officers will provide additional coverage for Central Campus on the days when CMPD/MCSO officers are on duty, if needed, and will provide primary service during the overnight hours, Fridays, weekends and holidays. 

The college has also started hiring its own in-house Security Officers. Currently, there are five uniformed Security Officers (see above photo for example of uniform) and they will primarily serve at the Central Campus. 

For questions regarding the new security changes, contact Executive Director of College Security Services & Emergency Management Charles Wright at 704.330.6279.

Most importantly, CPCC relies on its students and employees to be the eyes and ears of the college, so if you see something, say something. If you have a concern of an immediate threat, please call CPCC College Security Services at 704.330.6911.

If you know of behavior that is concerning or disruptive to the college community, please use the online form at this site to report a concern for referral to the Care Team, which is a cross-unit group whose members consist of college staff from Student Services, College Security Services, Counseling, Human Resources and the Learning Unit.

Here are multiple ways to contact College Security if you have additional concerns:

Contact College Security Services:

·         Emergency, 704.330.6911

·         Non-Emergency, 704.330.6632

·         Text-2-Tip, 67283, Start your message with “CPCCTIP”

·         Recorded Message Line, 704.330.6888

Faculty Focus: Kristen Monteith

By Zahnell Pinnock, CPCC Journalism Student

Kristen Monteith sometimes surprises her students when she stands on a desk during lectures. With a light-hearted expression, she encourages her class to understand children’s emotions by becoming active listeners.

Sometimes, children have a difficult time expressing their feelings, Monteith said. If they have an unintentional outburst at an adult, that person needs to figure out what is going on so he or she can uncover the child’s true feelings, she explained.

Monteith, 44, has been a CPCC Early Childhood Education instructor for 19 years. She teaches her classes online and in-person at four of CPCC’s campuses.

At Harris Campus, her office contains piles of preschool books and a large white bookcase propped against the wall. One of her favorite children’s book by Eric Carle, “The Secret Birthday Message,” juts out from the second shelf.

She is a big fan of Carle’s children’s literature books, Lisa Godwin, Early Childhood Education instructor, said. Other children’s authors that she appreciates are Mem Fox and Laura Numeroff, who wrote the book, “If You Give A Mouse a Cookie,” Godwin added.

Monteith said she enjoys looking at their illustrations and using them to teach from. She explains how children also relate and learn well from stories within children literature.

Growing up in an athletic household, she spent most of her middle and high school life playing volleyball, softball and track. While playing sports, Monteith started to examine majors and thought of her late mother’s career as an early childhood educator.

“My mom was a nursery school teacher. So, she had an associate degree in early childhood education,” Monteith said. She described how years of babysitting and taking a high school Child Developmental course through Syracuse University also piqued her interest in the field.

Monteith had her first teaching experience at Davidson Community College. While she was a 23-year-old graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, her college mentor assigned her to teach a course. It was crazy to be teaching college students at that age, but it went well, she said.

Monteith then taught two child and family development courses at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and served childcare centers across North Carolina. She also worked at the Mecklenburg County Children’s Developmental Services Agency in Charlotte, helping babies and toddlers with disabilities or special health care needs.

It was great to work as a service coordinator and play therapist at the agency, Monteith said. She found it enjoyable because her training involved child development in special education.

“I think she has a real passion for service and children with exceptionalities,” Godwin said. She genuinely values acceptance of children, especially those who are different, she explained.

After working at CDSA for 8-and-a-half months, Monteith received a full-time position at CPCC. Ever since, she has formed relationships with students, Godwin and her other colleagues.

Godwin remembers attending a conference with Monteith in Atlantic Beach, N.C. It was a great time to get to know Monteith’s witty, funny and wicked sense of humor after spending hours walking along the beach together, she said.

Their friendship strengthened when Godwin had breast cancer several years ago. Monteith was very supportive since she lost her mother to breast cancer, and is a cancer survivor herself, Godwin explained.

She is a strong woman who has undergone some challenging experiences, Godwin added. Sometimes, she needs to understand that it is all right to not be brave and tough all the time, she said.

As an instructor, Monteith is innovative inside the classroom. Instead of teaching a lot of lectures, she creates hands-on-experience activities so students can learn more about early childhood, Godwin explained.

In the child guidance course, she had students perform a skit about what teachers should do when two children fight over a tricycle, Godwin described. So, she brought a tricycle for them to use in their performance, she said.

There are also service events that Monteith organizes for students, Godwin added. One service night, she had her class that is part of an interdisciplinary certificate in early childhood, work with the Occupational Therapy Assistant and Physical Therapy Developmental Disabilities Technologies programs.

Godwin explained students from both programs do not focus on children, while Early Childhood Education does not have experience with exceptionalities. So, Monteith helped her class and both programs gain experience from each other by organizing an information session, she said.

“I think anytime that you’re doing hands-on work, you’re preparing to work with young children because that’s how children learn best,” Monteith said. Students have to gain that experience so they can model and implement it, she explained.

Monteith said, “The difference I’d like to see in our community is teachers using developmentally appropriate practices on a regular basis and respecting children becomes a norm.”

Counting Down to Graduation….

The College Graduation Ceremony is 10 a.m., Thursday, May 17, 2018, at Counting down to graduationBojangles’ Coliseum, located at 2700 Independence Boulevard. Graduates should check in at the main entrance of the coliseum at 9 a.m. Invite as many guests as you wish; seating and free parking are first come-first serve. Please check your CPCC email account for more detailed information.

For all College and Career Readiness Graduates, there is a mandatory graduation orientation on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at 11 a.m., at Bojangles’ Coliseum, located at 2700 Independence Boulevard. Graduates must attend the orientation to participate in the ceremony, which will take place at 3 p.m., Thursday, May 17, 2018, at Bojangles’ Coliseum. 

Invite as many guests as you wish; seating and free parking are first come-first serve.   Please check your CPCC email account for more detailed information.

For questions, call the Graduation Office at 704.330.6312. Be sure to join us on this special day to celebrate your accomplishments!


Stay Alert for Wildlife on CPCC Campuses

With the heavy rains we’ve had recently, it’s possible snakes and other wildlife have been disturbed. In fact, there have been snake sightings at both the Merancas and Levine campuses (including a copperhead spotted at Merancas!) Please be alert as you make your way around CPCC’s campuses. If you see a snake or other wild animal, please keep your distance, and alert College Security.

In addition to snakes, Canada geese are once again establishing nests on CPCC’s campuses; the largest concentration can be found at the Levine Campus. They are a federally protected species. The geese can become extremely aggressive and territorial if they feel their nests are being threatened, so please try to avoid the geese if possible. If provoked or if the geese feel their nest is in danger, their natural defense is to chase or attack any threat. Therefore, please proceed with caution as you travel to/from campus.

Harper Emergency Food Pantry Advisory

The Harper Campus Emergency Food Pantry will be closed May 7 through May 11 as the space will be used for the primary elections. The pantry will reopen with normal hours on May 14. Students, faculty, staff and other CPCC campus members are welcome to visit a pantry at another campus. Learn about CPCC’s emergency food pantries and available hours at your campus. For more info, contact Jenn.Marts@cpcc.edu.

NC Science Festival

On Friday, April 20, for the third year, NC STEM Alliance hosted a STEM fair for 4th grade NC Science Festivalstudents from Elizabeth Traditional Elementary School in collaboration with CPCC Science Department as part of a statewide initiative through the Duke Energy North Carolina Science Festival. The goal of the event was to provide elementary students with hands-on STEM-related experiences and experiments to increase STEM awareness. Approximately 35 CPCC NC STEM Alliance students set-up eight stations of pre-designated STEM activities that reinforced science, physics, math, technology and engineering topics the elementary students were learning in the classroom. The Science Division had five demonstrations that provided students with interactive experiences in Geology, Chemistry, Physics, Anatomy & Physiology, and Biology. They simulated a flood plain, built DNA necklaces, made “elephant toothpaste,” visualized light polarization and performed electromyograms. The Science Fair was enjoyed by children, teachers and parents alike.

NC STEM Alliance Symposium

Great job to all North Carolina STEM Fellows who participated in the North Carolina STEM SymposiumAlliance Research Day- April 13. A special thank you to all the faculty/staff that assisted the Fellows through their research experience!!!


             Pollution’s Impact on Water Quality for Animals

            Fellows: Jennifer Tejeda and Robert Harley III

Research Advisor: David Privette, Science Department

Acute and Chronic Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury

Fellows: Giamarie Santana, Ulyssa Robertson and Saul Tolentino

Research Advisor: Jocelyn Cash, Science Department

3D Printing of Organic Scaffold Shows Promise for Natural Tissue Regeneration

Fellow: Eduardo Duran, Johannes Mosby, Dayani Williams

Research Advisor: Lauren Jackson, Science Department

Bremsstrahlung Radiation Produced by Beta Particles Incident on Thick Targets

Fellows: Julian Yucom, Reece Gamble and Marqus Parker

Research Advisor: Carlos Roldan, PhD, Science Department

Feasibility of Creating a Self-Sustaining Ecosystem

Fellow: Allena Opoku, Cindy Galvan, Nasirah Richardson and Briany Santos

Research Advisor: Kimberly Miller, Science Department

Pharmaceutical Ethics in Advertising

Fellow: Taylor Patterson

Research Advisor: Karen Garner, Health Sciences Department


            Artificial Intelligence: Technology of the Future

            Fellows: Sabeer Jones, Jonathan Jeremie, Ja’Quasha Holloway

Research Advisor: Carlos Vasconcellos, IT Professional

Implementing a Security Policy

            Fellows: Christina Chaffin, Tyshawn Walters and Marc Bittle

Research Advisor: Joseph Little and Carl Arrington, IT Department

Smart Parking Garage

            Fellows: Jose Cruz, Romeo Cross and Kara Richardson

Research Advisor: Don Michael, ITS Department


           Amazing Drones

            Fellows: Luis Anguiano, Roosevelt Pitts and Jordan Wright

Research Advisor: Fred Gore, Engineering Technologies Department

           Advancements in Battery Technology: Lithium-ion vs. Solid-State

Fellows: Richard Evans, Tomas Ortiz, David Gamble

Research Advisor: Markus Moore, Professional Engineering

Artificial Heart

            Fellows: Dominic Ham, Alyssa Floyd and Austin Perez

Research Advisor: Claude Hargrove,PhD, Engineering Department

            Hover Vehicle

            Fellows: Nicholas Harris and Abraham Torres

Research Advisor: Bingqi “Thomas” Zhang, PhD, Engineering Department

WiFi Weather Station Powered by Raspberry Pi

            Fellows: Andre Hidalgo and Bryce Henry

Research Advisor: Adam Harris, PhD, Engineering Department

CPCC Transfer Student is the First to Receive Queens’ Presidential Scholarship

For the first time in history, Queens University of Charlotte awarded a transfer student with the prestigious Presidential Scholarship. Kailee McKenzie Smethers, a graduate from Central Piedmont Community College plans to study interior architect and design. This scholarship covers full tuition for students with superior academic and leadership achievement. Congratulations, Kailee! Watch Kailee’s reaction as we surprised her with the news.

The Future of Pease Auditorium

Pease Auditorium will permanently close in January 2019 after more than 50 years of memorable productions, performances and events. Pease Auditorium and the aging building that surrounds it – the Hagemeyer Learning Resource Center (LRC) – will come down and be replaced by a new, state-of-the art library for CPCC’s students.  The new LRC will also include a replacement of the existing Pease Auditorium and gallery.

The final CPCC Summer Theatre performance in Pease Auditorium will be “The Mousetrap,” which runs June 29 – July 8.  The last CPCC Theatre performance in the venue will be “The Music of the Night: The Songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber,” which runs Oct. 26 – Nov. 4. The final CPCC performance in Pease Auditorium will be the CPCC Dance Theatre’s fall 2018 Student/Faculty Showcase, which runs Nov. 30 – Dec. 2. The space will remain available for rentals until the end of January 2019.

Tickets will likely sell quickly for the final performances in this storied venue, so learn more at tix.cpcc.edu.