CPCC Today

Welcome to CPCC Today! An online community and weekly e-newsletter for CPCC students.

Join Student Life and several other campus resources as we offer you the opportunity to get plugged in with CPCC!

Upcoming Events in Student Life:
Volunteer Fair
Tuesday, August 30
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Central Campus Quad
Come out to gather information on agencies that offer volunteer opportunities to give back to your community and enhance your academic experience.

Student Resources Day
Wednesday, August 31
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Central Campus Quad
We will have most of the most important resources on campus available all in one place! Come out to see what resources are available on campus and where they are located.

Part-Time Job Fair
Thursday, September 1
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Central Campus Quad
Looking for a part-time job? We will have multiple employers on site offering part-time opportunities.

Students have the opportunity to earn up to six credit hours of college credit and travel during Spring Break to Jamaica. ENG111 Instructor Kimberly Saunders and COM140 Instructor Anne McIntosh are teaming up to offer ENG111 (3.0 credit hours) and COM140 (3.0 credit hours) short session online for spring 2017 with a travel component that will occur during Spring Break 2017 (so as to not interfere with any CPCC courses). The cost of the trip is approximately $2,500. Interested students can complete an application at https://www.cpcc.edu/study-abroad/programs/jamacia and pay a $100 non-refundable fee. Please contact Ms. Saunders if you are interested in registering for the ENG111 course and/or Dr. McIntosh if you are interested in registering for the COM140 (Intercultural Communication) class.

CPCC Theatre is pleased to announce individual tickets go on sale for its upcoming season on Sept. 1. This year, the troupe will bring an incredible lineup of quality shows, including the local premiere of “Pride and Prejudice,” at prices the entire family can enjoy. In addition, parking is free for all productions.

Join us during this extraordinary production season by attending one – or more – of the following 2016/2017 performances:

“1776: The Musical,” September 23 – October 2, Pease Auditorium

“Pride and Prejudice,” October 28 November 6, Pease Auditorium

“Ragtime: The Musical,” February 10 19, Dale F. Halton Theater

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” March 31 April 9, Pease Auditorium

College and high school students who present a valid student I.D. may purchase a $5 ticket. For more information or additional ticket prices, please call CPCC’s SunTrust Box Office at 704.330.6534 or visit tix.cpcc.edu.


Aspire Bakery & Bistro is located on CPCC’s Harris Campus and is a work based learning opportunity. Baking & Pastry Arts and Culinary Arts students gain real
world experience within the support of the college.  Aspire students acquire many valued skills that will help them throughout their hospitality career.
We strive to serve the freshest products to our guest, most being made in house daily! Aspire is open to the public, offering a variety of items including coffee, breakfast items, pastries, salads and sandwiches, and catering. We are open Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. We accept cash, debit and credit cards, and gift cards as acceptable forms of payment. Like us on our Facebook page, Aspire Bakery and Bistro, for our weekly menus and seasonal specials!  Also, if you are interested in joining our email list, please email Sandy Birmingham at sandy.birmingham@cppc.edu.  We will open for fall semester on Monday, Aug. 29!  We would love for you to come visit us and pick up our beloved cookies or a delicious pastry!
For years WBTV anchor Molly Grantham has followed the stories of dozens of kids with uphill medical battles. She has regularly featured these individuals on her “Molly’s Kids” segment on WBTV.

That is how the Charlotte community came to learn about a young girl named Cassidy Hooper who was born without eyes and a nose. This fall, Cassidy starts her college journey at CPCC’s Harper Campus, majoring in mass communication and broadcasting. (She aspires to be a radio talk show host.)

Learn more about this young woman in this post by Molly Grantham. You’ll be inspired by her courage, resolve and favorite saying – “I don’t need easy. I just need possible.”

Sun Chemical has developed the Next Generation Customer program to help students obtain the tools they need and hands-on training required to understand every aspect of the ink business in the flexographic printing process.

This past school year, Sun Chemical piloted the program at CPCC. After assessing the needs of the college, Sun Chemical donated its SunMatch computer software to help the college’s flexography students achieve success in the 2016 Phoenix Challenge College Competition, a year long, problem-solving team project which culminates in a formal presentation to a panel of industry judges. SunMatch helps students more accurately achieve the right brand color on a variety of substrates and understand how to achieve colors through scientific numbers.

Throughout the school year, Sun Chemical experts came to the college to teach and give hands-on experience to help students understand every aspect of the ink business in the flexographic printing process.

During the 2016 Flexographic Technical Association’s  INFO*FLEX show, students from CPCC presented their rebranded labels for the start-up Triple Whammy Sauces and won awards for the best execution and best design categories of the Phoenix Challenge.

To read more about this successful partnership, please read this Labels and Labeling article.

Join Student Life for Welcome Week 2016! We have some exciting events scheduled to welcome you to campus and assist with getting you familiar with some key departments and resources! All events will run from 10 a.m – 1 p.m.!


Monday, August 22

DJ-WB (Don’t Just Walk By)

Central Campus Quad

Hear music? Don’t just walk by! Stop by our table for some important information on financial aid, advising, and other key campus services. You will be eligible for a prize if you stop by!

Tuesday, August 23

Sno Cones in the Quad

Central Campus Quad

Come cool off with us with a sno cone!

Wednesday, August 24

Ice Cream with your Student Leaders

Worell Lobby

Come out and make a sweet treat while you meet some of the student leaders here at CPCC. This is a great opportunity to speak with other students about the college and how to get involved!

Thursday, August 25

Social Media Social

Central Campus Quad

Follow us on social media for a chance to play one of the newest video games or for a free custom license plate!

Cara Truitt: In Flight
Pease Gallery: Now – August 31, 2016

Montega, 2016, Photographic print on Stryene, 50” x 35”
Artist Lecture: Wednesday, August 24; 10:30 – 11:15 a.m., Tate Hall
Opening Reception: Wednesday, August 24; 5 – 7p.m.
Make-up artist Cara Truitt brings her illustrative vision to light in this inaugural collaborative exhibition with CPCC’s Cosmetology School, featuring photography by Colleen McFiggins and a live butterfly installation sculpture by artist Chris Collman. Women of varied nationalities are transformed into winged creatures, heralding fearlessness, creativity and free expression before the lens. Using the human face and form as her palette, Truitt seeks to empower each young woman to adopt her own feathered alter-ego, begging the question: Can a temporary transformation inspire strength for lasting change? In Flight is a celebration of authenticity and teaches the importance of collaborative partnerships within creative fields. 

August 24, 2016; 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

CPCC Central Campus, Hall Professional Development Building, Room 215/216

The CPCC Global Learning Office and the World Affairs Council of Charlotte are honored to welcome Gillian Tett to CPCC’s Central Campus on August 24, 2016. Tett serves as U.S. managing editor for the Financial Times, where she writes weekly columns covering a range of economic, financial, political and social issues throughout the globe.

She will speak about the global economy, with a focus on the future of the EU along with the ramifications of Brexit. In 2014, Ms. Tett was named Columnist of the Year in the British Press Awards and was the first recipient of the Royal Anthropological Institute Marsh Award. In June 2009 her book, “Fool’s Gold,” won Financial Book of the Year at the inaugural Spear’s Book Awards.

Ms. Tett’s past roles at the Financial Times have included U.S. managing editor (2010-2012), assistant editor, capital markets editor, deputy editor of the Lex column, Tokyo bureau chief and a reporter in Russia and Brussels. Her latest book “The Silo Effect,” published by Simon & Schuster in September 2015, looks at the global economy and financial system through the lens of cultural anthropology.

Please join us for a presentation and round table discussion on August 24, 2016, from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., in the Hall Professional Development Building, Room 215/216 on CPCC’s Central Campus.

Space is limited! R.S.V.P. to Nadine Russell

Thank you for using your CPCC e-mail account; it is the official means of college e-mail communication to you so please check your account often.

As we gear up for the fall 2016 semester – classes begin Monday, August 15 – we want to share some important reminders to help you during the first week of class. Remember, CPCC is a tobacco-free college. All tobacco products (including anything resembling tobacco products, such as e-cigarettes) are not allowed anywhere at all times. Thank you for your cooperation.

Here are the eight things you really need to know to be prepared for the new semester:

1.       Attend class on the first day.

Download the CPCC app and use your CPCC login to view your class schedule from My College (or go to My College to print your schedule). Bring a copy of your class schedule to ensure that the location has not changed. Note both the campus and building name for your classes. Look for information tables on campus to help you locate your classrooms or answer questions.

PLEASE NOTE: Tuesday (8/16) is the last day to add a full semester class without permission. A twelve-week session begins September 12 and the second eight-week short session begins October 12. Check CPCC Schedule Builder for course availability.

2.       Plan to arrive early to allow enough time to park and find your class.

Traffic is heavy during the first two weeks of class.  Download the CPCC app to see campus maps or visit www.cpcc.edu/campuses for information about each campus and tours, and follow #cpccparking on Twitter for the latest updates.

3.       Park only in areas designated for CPCC students.

Local businesses strictly enforce towing.  Student parking decals are available at any campus Cashiering office during regular operating hours and in Central High Room 263 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday during the first week of school. Parking decals must be displayed by Friday, September 16.  

4.       Use your CPCC Login to access My College.

Access My College to find important information such as your class schedule, residency status, priority registration dates, enrollment verification, critical alert information, your student ID number and much more!

5.       Pay your tuition by the due date to avoid being dropped from your classes.

As of now, payment is now due the day of registration. For payment information and due dates, visit CPCC Cashiering (http://www.cpcc.edu/cashiering/tuition-payment-dates). Log into My College (http://mycollege.cpcc.edu/) to view your fall 2016 tuition bill.

6.       Get your student ID.

You will need your student ID to check out materials from the Library, use the testing and fitness centers, or access the computer labs on campus. Student Identification Card information is available online 

7.       Read CPCC Today.

CPCC Today is your student e-newsletter sent to your CPCC email every Wednesday or read it via the CPCC app. CPCC Today covers a wide range of useful information from registration, parking and payment to important dates and events. 

8.       Learn about refund delivery options if you receive financial aid.

Refunds are processed electronically at CPCC! If you’re a new curriculum student registered for fall 2016 who receives financial aid, you will receive a bright green envelope from Bank Mobile. Inside your envelope will be an Instant Personal Code with instructions on choosing your refund delivery option. The personal code will be needed to choose your refund delivery option. Your refund delivery options are: an electronic deposit to a personal bank account or an electronic deposit to a Bank Mobile Vibe account. If your selection is an electronic deposit to BankMobile Vibe account, a CPCC BankMobile Debit Card will be mailed to you. Remember this is NOT a credit card but a refund only card.  If you have not received your card, make sure you have updated your address through MyCollege.  For more information, visit https://bankmobilevibe.com/. If you have any questions regarding the CPCC BankMobile debit card, please contact BankMobile at 1.866.782.0821 or the cashiering office at 704.330.4472. 

We are here to assist you and are ready to help you reach your academic goals. If you have any questions, call the CPCC Information Center at 704.330.2722 or visit the Student Success Center at any campus.

Have you always wanted to learn more about aromatherapy? Need to improve your Excel skills? Want to present your best professional face at a job interview?  If you have a Charlotte Mecklenburg Library card, you have free access to Universal Class, with online courses to assist you in pursuing self-guided learning in the subjects that interest you. From technical courses on computer software to digital photography to babysitting 101, a huge range of topics is available. The classes are both self-guided and instructor-led, meaning that you can progress at your own pace, but an instructor is always available to answer questions and offer guidance. Why not learn something new today? Learn more about Universal Class and how to access this resource for free through Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.  


CPCC’s contracted security partner, AlliedBarton, has merged with Universal Services of America. The company will be named Allied Universal Security Services.

Over the coming months the college will see some minor changes due to this merger. The first will be a change in uniforms to a new Allied Universal design. CPCC anticipates no disruption in service during the merger process.

If you have any questions, please contact Charles Wright, executive director of College Security Services, at Charles.Wright@cpcc.edu.



The German Language and Culture Foundation has provided five scholarships for books for new CPCC German students for the fall semester 2016. To apply for this scholarship, write 10 sentences why you want to take German and send it by August 10 to the German Discipline Chair Daniela Weinert (daniela.weinert@cpcc.edu). Eligible for the scholarships are all new students enrolled for a fall face-to-face class.

Congratulations to CPCC alumnus Chris Coleman on being named the new executive chef at Charlotte Marriott City Center.

To read more about Chris’s appointment, please view this VisitNC article.

Please find below, your payment due dates for your classes:

If you registered for fall 2016 curriculum classes…

  • …between April 22 and June 24, your payment is due no later than July 11.
  • …between July 1 and July 15, your payment is due no later than July 18.
  • …between July 16 and July 22, your payment is due no later than July 25.
  • …between July 23 and July 29, your payment is due no later than August 1.
  • …between July 30 and August 5, your payment is due no later than August 8.
  • between August 6 and August 16, payment for all fall term registrations is due at the time of registration.
  • …between August 17 and August 26, your payment is due no later than August 29.

After the start of the curriculum term, payment must be received by Monday of the week following your registration. Your classes may be cancelled if your payment is not received by the applicable deadline date.