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CPCC will offer journalism classes during the day at the WTVI PBS Charlotte television station in spring 2015.

The station, located at 3242 Commonwealth Avenue, is on the CATS bus line, features free lot parking to all CPCC students and is just three miles from Central Campus. For students coming from a different CPCC campus, class times have been scheduled to allow for sufficient travel time.

The college will offer Introduction to Journalism (JOU110), which provides the core reporting, writing and editing skills for news, feature and sports journalism. JOU110 also fulfills UNCC’s News Writing course and Writing Intensive requirements. JOU110 is available at the CPCC Levine Campus as well.

Writing for Mass Media (JOU216), also scheduled to be held at PBS Charlotte, covers reporting, writing and editing for print, Web, radio, television, public relations and advertising media.

Both courses fulfill college transfer elective requirements.

“The college has built a terrific state-of-the art classroom with computer stations and video editing software for our students housed in the PBS Charlotte building,” said Liz Rogers, journalism discipline chair. “Students in the communications field really benefit from the hands-on opportunities the classes and the technology provide.”

ENG111 is the prerequisite course for both JOU110 and JOU216. Spring 2015 classes begin Jan. 12. Register now!

For more information, contact Ms. Liz Rogers at 704.330.6063 or at elizabeth.rogers@cpcc.edu.

Review journalism course descriptions at https://www.cpcc.edu/digital-media-comm/journalism-communication.

Jose Jose

Home Country: Mexico

What is something about your country that others may not know about?
“ In my country children live with their parents much later in life. It is common for grandchildren, aunts, cousins, and siblings to live in the same house. It seems to me that parents here in the USA want to kick you out once you turn eighteen.”

Is there a cultural custom about your country you like most?
“The customs I miss most has to be the food. You can go to a ‘Mexican’ restaurant, but it does not taste like home.”

What challenges did you face when entering the USA?
“The biggest problem I had was the language.”

What do you miss most about your country?
“I miss my family the most.”

What do you like most about the USA?
“ I like the career opportunities. In my country there were not a lot of options for a career. Your choices were very limited. Here it seems the possibilities are endless.”



CPCC’s Ophthalmic Medical Assistant students are collecting items for a local outreach program. David’s Backpacks for the Homeless collects necessity items in backpacks and distributes them to the homeless community in Mecklenburg and Union Counties. Each backpack is filled with 30 items from toiletries to minor first aid items. Items that are taken for granted by many of us are sometimes a life changing need for others. David’s Backpacks for the Homeless has distributed more than 100 backpacks since February 2014 to local individuals in need.

Help support our students and the community with your donation. The OMA students will be accepting items for donation starting November 14-December 10. Donation boxes are located in Health Careers building, Room 3545 or contact kathleen.rodgers@cpcc.edu for any pickups. Book bags may be donated any time of the year.

Items needed are:

· Gently used or new book bags/backpacks

Sample/Snack/Trial sizes:

· Small size toiletries (shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, mouthwash)

· First aid items (Neosporin, wipes, hand sanitizer, cough drops, anti-diarrheal meds)

· Packaged snacks (crackers, applesauce, cookies, granola bars)

· Seasonal items: Hats, Gloves, Socks

To find out more about David’s Backpacks for the Homeless, visit them on Facebook.

Thank you for your support, “changing lives one backpack at a time.”


The Charlotte region is home to more than 250 companies from German-speaking Europe. These companies represent a variety of fields, including engineering, manufacturing and automotive; and are interested in employees with German Flagboth a working knowledge of their industry and the German language. To address this growing workforce trend, Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) has added a new Technical German class to its already impressive list of non-degree, Corporate and Continuing Education courses.

The new class – Technical German I – will serve as an addition to the college’s four existing German levels, offered through its for-credit, curriculum program.

During class, students will further develop their basic conversational skills, learn about the cultural characteristics of the German workplace and develop basic reading abilities.

“By placing a focus on acquiring a German vocabulary and exploring the business culture of companies from German speaking Europe, we are able to better prepare our students for today’s workforce,” said Daniela Weinert, discipline chair for the German program at CPCC. “Many employees working in German companies have to deal with specifications and manuals written in German, as well as interact with German-speaking colleagues. Our new Technical German classes will teach our students how to tackle these situations with ease and better prepare them for success as working professionals.”

After finishing the new Technical German classes, students will receive a certificate of completion. CPCC will begin offering the classes in spring 2015. To learn more about the college’s new Technical German class, please visit https://services.cpcc.edu/cceoutlines/GER7000/.

Patricia “Pat” Adams retired from CPCC after 27 years of service. She is well-known at the Levine campus as the resident Disability Counselor for Levine students. Pat has an extensive background in the field of special education, both at the K-12 and post-secondary levels. She will truly be missed by the staff, faculty and students at CPCC. The Disability Services family wishes her and her family well as she begins a new journey!

If you were previously assigned to Pat Adams as your Disability Counselor and you wish to continue to receive services from our office, please contact: Tina Hardin, 704.330.2722, ext. 3457

To read this article and to learn more about Disability Services from their blog, please visit: http://blogs.cpcc.edu/disability-services/


Please be alert of ongoing street work connected to the Gold Line Trolley Car project. From Dec. 5 to at least Dec. 19, the right lane of Elizabeth Avenue, in both directions, will be closed at Pease Lane and the Overcash Building. Be Pease Ln. Stop Locations Mapaware this street work will likely slow traffic and make turning onto Pease Lane from Elizabeth Avenue more difficult. If possible, students and employees driving vehicles should consider alternate routes. If you do drive through this area, please take special care to watch for pedestrians.

Every ton of paper recycled: think green tree

  • Keeps 17 trees growing and providing oxygen to the earth
  • Conserves enough electricity to power two apartments for one year
  • Conserves enough drinking water for 30 people for one year
  • Saves 7,000 gallons of water
  • Saves 380 gallons of oil
  • Saves enough electricity to power an average house for six months.

(Data by Chris Jordan, 2010)


If you have any questions, contact Pam Metcalf, energy and environmental manager, at 704.330.6079.


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The CPCC Mathematics Division will host success seminars for students who are taking a DMA class for the first time. Participating students will receive critical information about their DMA course and learn about valuable academic resources. All participants will enjoy light refreshments and take home a free gift! To register, visit www.cpcc.edu/math and click “Register Now.”


There are special situations when its bet to slow down!

Mother nature can deliver some challenging blows of snow, flooding and fog. Did you know at those times the speed limit and driving distance are those that are appropriate for the condition? You can be charged at fault if you are driving to fast or to close to someone and crash in these conditions.

  • When driving in fog, drivers should use low beam headlights since the high beam sitting creates glare and reduces visibility.
  • Drive slowly in snow and ice, watch for black ice, if you skid, turn the wheel into the skid and follow it to a stop. If you are unsure, stay put!
  • Don’t attempt to drive through standing flood level water, to prevent being swept away in as little as six inches of water.  In smaller puddles, hydroplaning can occur so take care and drive in the middle lane away from water pooling when possible.
  • Due to overnight temperature drops, morning frost and icy spots in the road can cause road to become hazardous.  Drivers should pay special attention when driving over bridges, overpasses and shaded areas on roadways where icy spots can form on the pavement. Drivers should be sure to clear their vehicles windows of frost before driving.
  • Sun glare can be most problematic during sunrise and sunset which coincide with morning and evening rush hours. The intense glare from the sun on the horizon can blind a driver, causing and unexpected traffic slowdown. Drivers should keep a pair of sunglasses close by, remove clutter from sun visors, and keep their windshield clean.
  •  Increase your following distance in severe weather conditions, and at dusk and dawn. If you are being tailgated, let the other driver pass.
  • Make sure you turn your head lights on when the sun sets.
  • Road Construction zones are common, drive the new posted speed limit and allow a bit more stopping distance for sudden traffic stops.
  • Move over law – if a law or first responder is in a lane and you can move over you must do so to keep our officials safe!

Tips compiled from national resources by Carolinas Center for Injury Prevention.  These tips and information do not guarantee the prevention of death or injury and should not be the only source of information used.

For more on traffic safety, visit www.facebook.com/IRIDESAFECAROLINA

Name:  Carolina 


Home Country: Columbia

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

“My home city of Medellin won an international award for civic innovation. The mayor is very progressive. Columbia has a lot more to it than cocaine and Pablo Escobar. I hate that that is all people know about Columbia.”

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

“I love the way we celebrate Christmas. Back home Christmas lasts nine days. Every night we will go to different people’s homes to celebrate. It is a much bigger celebration than here. I also miss the food!”

 What challenges did you face when entering the USA?

“ The biggest problem was getting used to American culture. A good example is using your car horn. Here people think you are a jerk for blowing your horn. Back home it just means ‘Hey, I’m coming through’. Americans are very easily offended.”

What do you miss most about your country?

“It would have to be my family. When I first came over with my parents, it wasn’t so bad. Now they have gone back to Columbia. I do not have any family in this country.”

What do you like most about the USA?

“ There is so much opportunity here. Plus jobs pay so much better. In Columbia your paycheck went to bills, there wasn’t any left over. Here I can go to a restaurant or put money in savings. I also like the diversity of America. Where else can you meet people from so many different backgrounds?”


Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) students enrolled in the college’s Construction Management program, Corporate and Continuing Education Carpentry II class and the Entry-Level Construction class taught at

Pop-up porch

CPCC students, volunteers help paint the pop-up porch.

Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont, constructed a pop-up porch that was painted by CPCC and community volunteers at the college’s Harper Campus on Nov. 22.

The CPCC students began building the porch on Oct. 13. The pop-up porches are the result of the Pop-Up Porch initiative, a project created by the Civic By Design Center and the Urban Ministry Center for Charlotte.

The initiative strives to engage people at events who are both homeless and formerly homeless to share their stories and cultivate friendships with people who have not experienced homelessness using pop-up porches. Each porch will create a space at an event where these groups can come together to share life stories and reveal the similarities that exist across class differences.

CPCC students completed their pop-up porch on Nov. 19. During construction, students were given hands-on training in construction math, blueprint reading, the use of power and hand tools, as well as team collaboration and communication. For many, the project was an opportunity to quickly develop the basic knowledge and construction skills needed to obtain an entry-level position or better in the construction industry.

The pop-up porches will be installed at the South End Food Truck Friday event on Dec. 5. There, it will seek to connect people from diverse backgrounds by creating a space where shared experiences can be revealed and expressed.

The Pop-Up Porch Initiative is made possible by a $10,000 grant from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Foundation (an affiliate of Foundation For The Carolinas), and supports Crossroads Charlotte, a community involvement group.

To learn more about:

The CPCC Construction Management program: https://www.cpcc.edu/construction-management

The Corporate and Continuing Education Carpentry II class: http://www.cpcc.edu/cce/job-and-career-enhancement/courses-and-programs/construction/carpentry

The Entry-Level Construction Class at Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont: http://www.goodwillsp.org/training/training-programs/construction-skills-training/

Central High Parking Lot Now Open Construction

Parking lot #4, located behind the Central High Building on Central Campus, is now open and features 88 CPCC student and visitor parking spaces, 10 handicapped-accessible spaces and two motorcycle spaces.

The lot has been closed since July 2014 for major reconstruction work. Since that time, construction crews have modernized the space, adding:

  • concrete curbs/gutters and sidewalks.
  • asphalt pavement, striping and wheel stops.
  • a perimeter block retaining wall along Kings Drive.
  • a new entry plaza, with brick pavers and benches.
  • a metal screen wall and gate at service court.
  • new, 30-foot parking lot pole lights, provided by Duke Energy.
  • new trees and landscaping.

Lot #4 is located off of Pease Lane, and may be accessed from Kings Dr. or Elizabeth Ave. For directions, view the Central Campus map


Elizabeth Ave. on Central Campus now open

Elizabeth Ave., from Charlottetowne Ave. to Kings Dr., on CPCC¹s Central Campus is now open. All traffic is now permitted to use Elizabeth Ave. as a thoroughfare.


Please note: Elizabeth Ave. is still closed past the Kings Dr. intersection to traffic travelling westbound toward uptown Charlotte.


To see a detailed traffic map of Central Campus, please click here.


Start your tax prep early and avoid having to wait for a copy in the mail! 1098 tuition statement

When it becomes available, if you wish to get the electronic copy of the 2014 Form 1098-T TUITION STATEMENT instead of receiving the form by mail, please go to http://mycollege.cpcc.edu, sign on with your student ID, choose the“Student Menu,” click on “Financial Information” and select the ”1098 Electronic Consent” link. The IRS strongly encourages the students to receive the 1098-T Tuition Statements electronically.

The College will mail Form 1098-T no later than Jan. 31 to students who do not consent to receive Form 1098-T electronically.

Social Security Number Request for FORM 1098-T

Per state, federal, and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidelines, beginning 2014 Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) will request that all students provide their Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) for reporting purposes.

For additional information regarding how you may obtain your 1098-T information visit http://www.cpcc.edu/cashiering/


Taking a DMA class? Looking for extra help? S.O.S. Math is for you! The program offers Peer Mentor Study Sessions each week where students in the same DMA get together with a peer mentor to discuss ways to solve problems. You can also attend an Extended Math Lab to get extra help on homework while learning important skills for college success like how to study effectively and how to manage test anxiety. You can also discover opportunities for tutoring assistance. No registration is ever required for S.O.S. Math events. Just show up! Need even more reason to attend? Each time you participate in an S.O.S. Math event, your name is entered into an end-of-term drawing for a Texas Instruments calculator. For a complete schedule of events and more information, visit www.cpcc.edu/math/math-emporium/s.o.s.-math. Questions? Contact mathemporium@cpcc.edu. You can also find out more by visiting the Information Center in the Math Emporium on Central campus (Elizabeth Building, Room 2106). SEE YOU THERE!

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