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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.)

In honor of Veterans Day on Nov. 11, the CPCC Cosmetic Arts and Science Club (CASA) will offer free haircuts to veterans. This offer is reserved for CPCC faculty and student veterans. Clients must have a valid CPCC ID and military ID. Veterans day

WHEN: November 11 – 14, 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: CPCC City View Cosmetology Center, 1609 Alleghany St., Charlotte, NC 28208

Attention all adult learners.  It’s not too late, there’s still time to participate in the A.N.T.S. program (Adult- Non Traditional Students) at the Cato Campus. This program is designed to help students be successful in their academic endeavors by providing Adult Non-Traditional Studentsnetworking opportunities, host events & workshops.

There’s only a few workshops left so please come out and join us.  Below is a list of upcoming workshops:

October 30: Anxiety & Test Taking Skills 3-4 p.m.: CT 164

November 12: How to Register Workshop 2-3 p.m.: CT 267

November 19: Career Services Workshop 11 a.m.-noon: CT 163

Please sign up using this link: www.tinyurl.com/catolandl  

If you like to participate and take advantage of this wonderful program, please send an email reply to Alice Pough at Alice.Pough@cpcc.edu.


Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) announced today that two of its instructors were recently certified by the Flexographic Technical Association (FTA), the world’s leading professional society dedicated to the advancement of the flexographic printing process.

Zachery Blackburn, a Graphic Arts & Imaging Technology instructor, and Gareth Burns, program chair of the college’s Graphic Arts program, both completed their Level III certification in FIRST Press Operator, FIRST Prepress Operator and FIRST Implementation Specialist.

To earn these prominent FIRST Operator certifications, Burns and Blackburn had to pass rigorous and comprehensive examinations, designed specifically to test their knowledge and to prove they had advanced competency in their areas of expertise.

These certifications, awarded exclusively by FTA, will enable Burns and Blackburn to bring increased levels of proficiency to their day-to-day tasks, allowing them to provide high-quality service to their students and peers.

The FIRST Operator Certification is the flexographic industry’s premier endorsement for flexographic professionals. FIRST certifications are formed from a proven foundation of

knowledge and based on in-depth testing and ongoing professional development.

FTA currently offers three certifications that recognize expert proficiency within a specific area of the flexographic workflow. They are: FIRST Press Operator (POC), FIRST Prepress Operator (PPC) and FIRST Implementation Specialist (ISC).


To learn more about the FTA, please visit flexography.org. For more information on CPCC’s Graphic Arts & Imaging Technology program, please visit cpcc.edu/graphic-arts.



Calling all poets, writers, singers and musicians. We are looking for great talent.  If you are interested in performing at our Open Mic Night on Thursday, Nov. 6,  please contact  Ms. Katrina Johnson at Katrina.johnson@cpcc.eduOpen Mic

or stop by  Central High, Room 120.  Deadline to sign up to perform for the event is Tuesday, Nov. 4.


Registration is coming… Are you ready?!

If you would like help in choosing classes for next semester or have received a message that your academic status has changed then GET ADVISED is for you!

Log in to MyCollege to your online profile or check out http://www.cpcc.edu/ican/contact-us/find-your-faculty-advisor to find your faculty advisor. Contact your advisor and make an appointment to GET ADVISED!

Do you have more than 30 hours? If so, you can also visit the Transfer Resource Center at http://www.cpcc.edu/ican/trc to GET ADVISED!

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

Are you looking for a part-time job during the upcoming holiday season? Plan to attend the CPCC Career Services Seasonal Job Fair at the Cato Campus on Tuesday, October 28 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Cato II Atrium. job fairEmployers from a variety of industries will be meeting with students and collecting resumes and job applications.

For tips on making the most of this event, see the Career Services blog post about searching for seasonal jobs:  http://bit.ly/1rqDHgQ


We would like to know what you think about the food service and vending on our campuses. Please complete the following survey by October 24 and you will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift certificate to either Subway, SurveyBojangles, Victory Coffee, or Hava Java. YOU PICK!

Click on the following survey link and select ‘submit’ when finished:


Please make sure to include your contact information at the end of the survey so that we can notify you if you are the winner!


As the first few cases of Ebola have been confirmed in the US it is important for College personnel to understand the basics of this virus and its transmission.  Currently at most risk are healthcare workers and those who have had Ebolaclose contact with infected individuals.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging U.S. residents to avoid non-essential travel to West Africa – the center of the outbreak. Travel warnings have been issued for Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia.

Infection occurs from direct contact through broken skin or mucous membranes with the blood/bodily fluids or secretions of an infected individual, contact with sick wildlife, or meat from an infected animal. Infection can also occur if broken skin or mucous membranes of a healthy person come into contact with environments that have become contaminated with an Ebola patient’s infectious fluids- such as soiled clothing, bed linen, or used needles.

Please keep in mind that Ebola is highly infectious but is not considered to be highly contagious, per the CDC; you can only catch it by direct contact from a symptomatic individual. If any CPCC employees or students must travel to the West Africa region or have questions regarding the Ebola virus please contact Environmental Health and Safety at ext. 6580 or Aashima.Rodkey@cpcc.edu.

EHS will continue working closely with health agencies and keep the College abreast of any pertinent updates.

Please familiarize yourself with the CPCC Communicable Disease Policy

For additional information on the Ebola virus: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/

Come and join the Global Learning Office for one or more of the events being hosted for CPCC’s first annual International Education Week, Nov 17-21.  All events are free and open to the public.  If you are interested, just email global.learning@cpcc.edu so International Educationthat we can make sure that we have room for everyone.

·         Tuesday – Nov 18 – Global Issues Forum: Escaping Poverty and Becoming Poor, presented by Dr. Anirudh Krishna

The author of “One Illness Away” presents a fascinating analysis of the reasons why people fall into poverty and how they escape it.  He will share experiences from personal interviews in India, Kenya, Peru and the United States.

9:30 – 10:45 a.m., Tate Hall, Overcash Building

·         Wednesday – Nov 19 – Global Beats

International dance and rhythms will be showcased in this outdoor event.

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Library Quad (Rain Location: Pease Auditorium)

·         Thursday – Nov 20 – Global Tastes

Learn about diverse cultures and cuisines through this interactive social event.  Join us for free refreshments and an international tea tasting.

11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Lobby, Worrell Building


Want to relieve the stress in your life?  Wish you could learn new strategies to handle stress?  Student Life and the Family Resource Center invite you to this lunch and learn program, which will be presented by Margo Riddle from StressNovant Healthcare.  She will share information about how stress affects our bodies, and she will help us identify the warning signs of stress.  Participants will also learn tips for easing the stress in our lives.

A light lunch will be served.

Time:  12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Date:  Thursday, October 30, 2014

Location: Hall 215 (the second floor of the CPCC bookstore building)

Please make plans to attend “Hair Walk Charlotte 2014.” The runway show will help fight cancer with style.
The event will be held October 23 at 7 p.m. at the Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College St., Charlotte, N.C.
CPCC Cosmetology students are making 20 wigs for some of the models that will be featured in the show who are cancer survivors and have experienced the side effects of various cancer treatments, such as hair loss. The students are also planning and developing the intermission hair show and will be celebrating “Beauty Icons.”
VIP: $75
General Admission: $45
Students (with student id): $22.50
For tickets, visit www.hairwalkcharlotte.org.

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