State Health Department App to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) has launched the SlowCOVIDNC Exposure Notification App to help slow the spread of COVID-19 across the state.

The NCDHHS hopes college students and college employees statewide will download the app, which seeks to proactively notify students, faculty, and staff about potential exposure to the coronavirus so they may act quickly to protect themselves and their communities.

The NCDHHS believes the more people who use the SlowCOVIDNC app, the more effective campuses and communities across the state will be in slowing the spread of COVID-19.

For download instructions and to learn more about the SlowCOVIDNC Exposure Notification App and its privacy protections, please visit https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/slowcovidnc.

Questions? Email NCHealthIT@dhhs.nc.gov.

Since the pandemic began, Central Piedmont has implemented its own set of “slowing the spread” initiatives to ensure a safe learning and working environment for all. These are outlined on the Return to Campus website and include:

  • creating wellness stations, equipped with optional infrared temperature checks, face coverings, hand sanitizer, and latex gloves
  • making face coverings mandatory by all individuals on campus
  • developing posters, fliers, floor stickers, seating charts, and more to remind individuals of the three Ws (wear face coverings, wash hands, and wait six-feet apart)
  • requiring individuals scheduled to be on-campus to complete the online attestation form weekly
  • and transitioning the majority of instruction online to create flexible class formats, and limiting on-campus meetings for students, faculty, and staff

Thank you for following our safety protocols and doing all you can to keep yourself and each other safe.

Student Fellows’ Opportunity for Charlotte Racial Justice Consortium

​​Central Piedmont has joined with UNC-Charlotte, Queens University, Johnson C. Smith University, and Johnson and Wales University to create the Charlotte Racial Justice Consortium (CRJC).

“The vision of the CRJC is to work towards a Charlotte community that understands its history of race and racism, believes in our shared humanity, embraces a more comprehensive narrative on race, and develops faculty, staff, and student leaders who work across our campuses towards truth, racial healing, and transformation. A key component of our TRHT Campus Center is the Racial Justice Fellows program, which empowers students on each campus to work towards this vision by building a skillset that can help to dismantle racism and achieve racial equity. Each campus will hire six Fellows to work on this project for the academic year 2020-2021.”
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The Student Fellows’ two main priorities will be to research the racial history of Charlotte, with a special focus on Central Piedmont Community College (or whichever institution the Fellow attends), and leading the Racial Healing Circle programs. Students will receive training on research, presenting, and facilitating deliberative dialogues; among learning other skills and receiving support.
For their work students will be compensated with stipends which will total $2,000 for the entire year (fall 2020 – spring 2021). Applications are open now, and will close October 2nd with interviews taking place the week of October 5th.
Questions? Please contact Justin.Knoll@cpcc.edu or Kelvin.Chege@cpcc.edu.

Don’t Miss Out on Money For Classes – FASFA for 2021 -2022 Opens October 1

To keep you moving forward with your educational goals at Central Piedmont, our Financial Aid office is available remotely to assist you with the completion of your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The FAFSA is the primary form used by federal, state, and financial assistance programs to determine your eligibility for grants, loans, work-study, and scholarships. Did you know you must  fill out a new FAFSA every year?

Complete your FAFSA as soon as possible, as funding can be limited – so you definitely don’t want to wait.  If you do not fill out the FAFSA, you risk losing out on money that you might be eligible for.

The FAFSA for 2021–2022 opens Thursday, October 1.

Let a financial aid expert from the Central Piedmont Financial Aid office guide you through the process at a FAFSA Workshop. Learn more today!

Positive Community for Women Presents: Virtual Zoom Party

VIRTUAL ZUMBA PARTY! Join the Positive Community for Women on Wednesday, September 23 at 2:00pm via Zoom for fitness and fun with your fellow classmates. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes, and come ready to sweat! Please register to let us know you’re coming or join us on the day! We can’t wait to see you there.

Zoom Meeting Link: https://zoom.us/j/91056983750?pwd=QnlJS21PUi9wTVBGZ0l5cytyUlFKUT09

Meeting ID: 910 5698 3750

Passcode: PCW

Quick Survey – Which Class Formats Do You Prefer?

Central Piedmont wants you to feel safe and comfortable in your classes and we need your help. Through numerous discussions and detailed planning across all units of the college, we remain committed to providing a safe environment for our students to learn and faculty and staff members to work. Which class format(s) do you prefer?

Please take this quick, three-question survey to help us prepare for the spring term.

Fall semester classes are being taught in multiple formats – online, hybrid, blended and face-to-face. Here are the different types:

  • Traditional (regular in-person class meetings with very little, if any, online instruction)
  • Online (completely online with no on-campus meetings)
  • Blended (both online and seated instruction with weekly on-campus meetings)
  • Hybrid (more online than seated, fewer than 8 on-campus meetings)

By Monday, September 28, please take less than 1 minute to share your opinion on class formats as we prepare for spring.

(Survey Link: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/5847953/CP-Class-Format-Preference-Survey.)

Central Piedmont and Queens University to make special announcement on Sept. 25

Central Piedmont Community College President, Kandi W. Deitemeyer, Ed. D.

Please join Central Piedmont President Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer and Queens University President Daniel Lugo for a virtual press conference on Friday, Sept. 25, at 9:30 a.m., to announce a new initiative that will expand access to higher education in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region and beyond.

During the event, Dr. Deitemeyer and President Lugo will announce the new initiative, followed by remarks from Lauren-Dionne Scott, a Queens student and Central Piedmont graduate.

To access the virtual press conference, please visit: https://webinar.ringcentral.com/j/1499181307

Please note: Prior to the event, you will need to download Ring Central to your device to view it live.

We hope to “see” you there!

Virtual Career Services: Get Answers About Your Career Plan

You want a career plan and answers instead of uncertainty?  With spring registration coming up,  now is the time to think ahead.  Career Services Online “It’s a ‘Major’ Decision” sessions can help.  In an hour, you will learn the basics of making a career decision, including how to:

  • choose your program of study or future transfer major
  • get reliable information about where the jobs are in Charlotte (and beyond)
  • find out what degree is needed for the job you want and how much it pays

Open to prospective and current Central Piedmont students – so invite your friends who are interested in attending Central Piedmont too!  Sessions are starting this week and held Wednesdays at noon and Thursdays at 4 pm.  Click here to sign up!

Career Services at Central Piedmont helps students with career/major decision, job search and connects students with employers. Visit our website​ or connect with us on Facebook @ CPCCCareerServices and let us help elevate your career.

FERPA: Annual Notification of Student Rights

Central Piedmont remains dedicated to protecting your student educational records. Learn more about your rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, (FERPA) by reading the annual notification below. For additional information about FERPA, visit cpcc.edu/ferpa.

Annual Notification of Rights Under FERPA:

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords you the following rights with respect to your education records when you turn 18 years old or enter a post-secondary institution at any age:

  • The right to inspect and review your education records. To review records, students and former students may contact Student Records, present valid photo identification, and request in writing to review the record. Central Piedmont will provide access to the record within 30 days.
  • The right to request amendment of education records that you believe are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of your privacy rights under FERPA.You may question information in your educational records that you believe to be incorrect or inaccurate. This request must be in writing and must be submitted to the Dean of Admissions, Registration, Records, and Graduation. All requests for corrections will be acted upon within 30 work days of receipt of the request. If the dean can verify that such data are, in fact, in error, appropriate corrections will be made. You will be notified in writing when the correction has been completed. If an error cannot be readily substantiated, the request will be referred to an Ad Hoc Hearing Committee appointed by the Vice President for Student Affairs. After you have had the opportunity to present the case to the hearing committee, the committee will render a decision in writing, stating the reasons for its decision.
  • The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in your education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.Directory information may be disclosed without your written consent. Central Piedmont Community College has declared the following information to be directory information: your name; your city of residence; dates of attendance; major field of study or program; credentials earned and dates awarded.
  • One exception which permits disclosure without your consent is disclosure to school officials who have a legitimate educational interest in the record. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official is performing a task that is specified in his or her position description or by a contract agreement, performing a task related to your education, or performing a task related to your discipline.
  • The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Central Piedmont Community College to comply with the requirements of FERPA.

The name and address of the office that administers FERPA compliance is:

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202-5920
Phone: 1.800.USA.LEARN or 1.800.872.5327

Virtual Counseling Services: Mindfulness Series

Have you been looking for a way to cope with the daily stressors of being a student? Join Counseling Services for online sessions to learn how to manage stress with mindfulness. Research shows that practicing mindfulness is beneficial in many areas, including:

  • better sleep
  • lower stress levels
  • improved attention
  • dealing with depression and anxiety

Through practice and discussion, learn to strengthen your ability to “begin again” in the present moment. Whether you are brand new to mindfulness or have been practicing for years, these sessions are for you. Designed specifically for students, each session focuses on a different area of mindfulness practice. Attend one or all sessions.

All sessions are on Thursday from 10:30–11:30 a.m.

  • September 17: Introduction to Mindfulness
  • October 15: Living in the Present Moment
  • November 19: Mindful Eating

REGISTER

Request the meeting links

Before the session(s), learn how to use Webex.

QUESTIONS

Contact stephanie.boyd@cpcc.edu or heather.sullivan@cpcc.edu with any questions or concerns.

SGA Elections: Cast Your Vote Next Week!

Elections for new officers of the Central Piedmont’s Student Government Association Executive Committee are taking place next week! SGA leaders serve for a full-year term, representing the needs and interests of all students at Central Piedmont. They provide feedback to college administrators and committees, support student organizations with funding and resources, and support the campus SGA Councils in their work on all of Central Piedmont’s campuses, and even in our remote learning environment.

Learn about this year’s SGA  candidates and cast your vote next week! SGA elections are currently being held online September 15 at 8:01am through Sept. 17 at 11:59pm. All positions are elected by the student body (Central Piedmont employees do not vote).

Questions? Contact student.life@cpcc.edu.

International Education Prevalent at NC Community Colleges

NC State’s Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research recently released its International Education at North Carolina Community Colleges report, and Central Piedmont’s efforts in providing international education opportunities to its students were featured in the report’s findings.

The report is a collaboration between the Belk Center and the North Carolina Community College System Office and uses data collected during the 2019-2020 academic year to explore how North Carolina community colleges address the system’s mission to “develop a globally and multi-cultural competent workforce.”

The report provides a broad overview of what sorts of international education opportunities are available at NC community colleges and suggests that international education is much more prevalent at NC community colleges than national data indicates.

Central Piedmont has been offering study abroad experiences to its students and members of the local community in for more than 20 years. Each year, during spring break and the summer term, Central Piedmont faculty members lead short-term study abroad excursions to a variety of locations across the globe, including: Ecuador, Italy, Greece, Japan, Thailand, Peru, Tanzania, and many others.

Since the college’s 2020 study abroad programs were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Global Learning Office has turned its attention to:

  • providing students with virtual, international exchange experiences
  • encouraging students to apply for the Scholars of Global Distinction program
  • ensuring the college’s curriculum includes a global learning perspective

To learn more, please contact global.learning@cpcc.edu or visit cpcc.edu/academics/global-learning/study-abroad.

Campus Activities Board – How Can You Get Involved?

Greetings fellow, students!

My name is Jamie Roldan-Moquete, Executive Director for the Campus Activities Board (CAB) for the 2020-2021 academic year. CAB is a student-led organization that provides social, educational, and recreational events and activities. 

As an organization that serves the Central Piedmont Campus Community, our goal is to offer opportunities to strengthen student engagement and enhance your college experience. Although we would love to be on campus interacting with each other face-to-face, we’ve worked hard throughout the summer transitioning to a 100% virtual environment. The best part is we can now stay connected across all Central Piedmont campuses.

Did you know that all of the events we host are free and developed by students, just like you? Take a break from the books and get involved in several fun and memorable events this fall semester. 

For more information, please visit the college website and follow us on Instagram for event updates and giveaways! (@cabcentralpiedmont)

Thank you and best of luck this year!

Jamie Roldan-Moquete

Advisory: Contractors enhancing security systems on Central Campus Sept 8 – 18

Contractors with Security 101 will be on Central Campus, Sept. 8 – 18, between 7 a.m. – 5 p.m., installing ID card access mechanisms to several classroom and common area doors located in all of Central Campus’s buildings, except Giles, Zeiss, the New Classroom Building, and Worrell.

Card access is being installed on multiple doors to enhance security measures and ensure only individuals with an official Central Piedmont ID are granted access to specific areas located inside Central Piedmont’s buildings.

Contractors will be using loud hand tools, such as power saws, to complete the installations, which includes partially cutting the door frame and adding the electronical components needed to lock/unlock the door when authorized.

We are aware some classes will be in session on these days/times. Crews have been asked to make every effort to limit any noise disruptions. Since the majority of Central Piedmont courses are being conducted online this semester, the number of classes impacted by this work is expected to be minimal.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact College Security Services at 704.330.6632.

North Carolina Scholars of Global Distinction Program

Interested in becoming a global citizen? Join the NC Scholars of Global Distinction Program.

This honors program is a partnership between UNC Chapel Hill and other NC Community Colleges which prepares students for the global job market. Through NC Scholars of Global Distinction, students are able to enhance leadership, communication and presentation skills. Students who complete the program are exposed to globalized coursework, international events and a global immersion. These components not only benefit students educationally, but also impact them personally.

Check out this NC Scholars Presentation to learn details about the program. For questions and more information, contact Julie.Grahl@cpcc.edu