CPCC Today

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

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.

Disability Services Information Session
July 20;
 1-4 p.m.
Central Campus, Zeiss Building, Room 1106
(formerly the Elizabeth Classroom building)

We are proud to announce that this summer we will be hosting a Disability Services Information Session for both students and parents to learn more about Disability Services at CPCC. This session is aimed at preparing students who are enrolling in the fall semester to help them learn how to request accommodations at CPCC and how to be a successful student at CPCC. Parents are also welcome to attend to learn how they can support their student as they transition into college. By attending you will:

  • Prepare yourself for fall semester
  • Learn the differences between high school and college
  • Learn how to request accommodations in college
  • Learn tips on how to be a successful college student

Interested in attending? Click the link below to RSVP now on our website!

For decades, Chicago photojournalist and CPCC alumnus John White documented world leaders, celebrities and every day people.

On Sunday, one of the country’s top photojournalists remembered the late Muhammad Ali, who he followed for a couple years in the late 1970s – both inside and outside the ring and around Chicago.

To view the complete ABC affiliate video, click here.

Vanisha Hairston, a dental hygiene student at CPCC, had been using TurboTax to prepare her taxes until she heard about CPCC’s free tax services, available through its Single Stop office.

Vanisha Hairston

Vanisha Hairston

Single Stop’s services are relatively new to the college. The office opened its doors on CPCC’s Central Campus in Jan. 2016 and has been busy connecting students to the resources they need to succeed in life – including free financial, tax and legal services.

Single Stop’s VITA program, an initiative that provides free tax services to individuals who earn less than $54,000 a year, was the perfect fit for Vanisha, a single mother juggling a full-time job with going to school and raising a seven-year-old little boy.

Once she made the appointment through CPCC’s Single Stop office, she found the process to be surprisingly fast. “I was in the office for no more than 90 minutes,” she says. “It definitely would have taken me longer to prepare my own taxes at home. Plus, I had the help of the Single Stop team who simplified the preparation and filing process. I would highly recommend the office’s services to others.”

As a result of the team’s efforts, Vanisha received a significant tax refund which she’ll apply toward her student loans.

To date, CPCC’s Single Stop office has helped file more than 550 tax returns for CPCC students and community members. In addition to tax services, the office provides financial, legal and healthcare assistance to qualifying individuals.

To learn more, visit cpcc.edu/singlestop.

To view a video of Vanisha’s experience with Single Stop, please visit https://youtu.be/7cwBcw4wgpQ.


As Alvan Makoundi-Tchibinda walks across the stage with nearly 800 others at Central Piedmont Community College on Thursday, he leaves with two degrees. He also completes an obligation to his family in central Africa.

And now he is free to imagine a life of his own design.

Born in the nation of Congo, Makoundi-Tchibinda, 22, lived through two civil wars as a child before coming to the United States for college at 18.

Learn more about CPCC’s Take 2 program!


Students must:

  1. Be a graduating senior.
  2. Have a minimum 3.5 GPA.
  3. Have completed a CPCC application with intentions on attending CPCC in the fall.
  4. Submit mid-year transcripts and complete Take 2 application.
  5. Attend a mandatory orientation meeting.
  6. Commit to an intensive six week program during the summer.
  7. Attend service learning activities and/or seminars to be held at the Levine campus.
  8. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)


  1. Earn college credit
  2. Get a head start on your college experience in a smaller environment
  3. Educational support
  4. Student life and government involvement
  5. Access to support services throughout your CPCC experience

Program highlights

  • Transferrable courses in English, History, and Sociology
  • Orientation to college, study strategies and student development
  • One-on-one instruction and tutoring
  • Interactive sessions with faculty
  • Mentoring through the Office of Mentoring and Bridge

Cost to Attend

Take 2 is FREE to incoming students who are eligible.

Dates and Times


8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Location:  Levine Campus, Matthews NC


Applications accepted now through April 1

(Must apply to both CPCC and Take 2)


CONTACT:  Melanie Moore at 330-2722, Ext. 3240  mentoring.bridge@cpcc.edu

The Cosmetology salon will be closed from May 9 through May 17.  The Natural Hair Care salon will continue its normal hours.

Summer dates and hours will be as follows:

Cosmetology salon – Tuesdays through Fridays, May 18 through July 14;  8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

Natural Hair Care salon – Tuesdays through Fridays, May 12 through June 16;  4:30 until 7:30 p.m.

All employees and current students receive a 10 percent discount.  Gift certificates are available.



Mario and Daniela

Mario Röllig and CPCC German Instructor Daniela Weinert

On Tuesday, April 26 seventy interested students listened to the presentation of the former Stasi Prisoner Mario Röllig at the Levine Campus. Mario grew up in the German Democratic Republic in the sixties. After he fell in love with a West German politician, the Ministry for State Security (Stasi) took notice of the gay 19-year-old East German and demanded that he become an informer. He refused and the Stasi subjected him to massive pressure. After trying to flee the country he was imprisoned in the Stasi Prison Hohenschönhausen in Berlin. Mr. Röllig shared his first-hand account of the GDR dictatorship, incarceration and human rights violations during the Cold War.

Mr. Röllig has made it his life’s mission to draw attention to the crimes of the GDR dictatorship to continue fighting Human Rights Abuse everywhere. Today Mr. Röllig gives tours and lectures at the Hohenschönhausen Memorial Museum, the site of his torture. Currently he is the CLAS Eyewitness in Residence at UNC Charlotte.

The event was organized by Levine Campus director Catalina Ramirez and German Discipline Chair Daniela Weinert whom Mario promised to stop by in fall 2017 to show a new documentary about his life.



All of your hard work has finally paid off and we would like to congratulate you on your graduation. We wish you much success in you new career or on your continued education path. Thank you for choosing CPCC and for letting us help you accomplish your Graduationpersonal and professional goals!

CPCC Turfgrass student Kyle Phillips works for the Charlotte Knights, getting hands-on experience on the grounds crew. To learn more, visit www.cpcc.edu/turfgrass.

Kyle Phillips

Kyle Phillips

It’s EASY! printing sustainabilyMaking print setting changes only takes a couple of clicks. 

Here are some simple measures to make your printing more sustainable: 

  • Print ONLY when necessary — ask yourself: “Do I REALLY need that copy?”
  • Don’t print meeting agendas — send them electronically and include in your slide or PowerPoint presentation
  • Print in duplex mode — printing on both sides of the paper uses HALF AS MUCH paper
  • Print in “grayscale”, “eco”, or “draft” mode
  • Print in color only when necessary
  • Use Century Gothic font — it uses less toner or ink
  • Don’t use background stationary in emails – it uses a lot more toner/ink, and, in fact, is not in compliance with CPCC email standards
  • Re-use the backside of printed pages that would otherwise go in the recycle bin
  • Avoid multi- or duplicate prints — proofread and spell check on screen prior to printing
  • Send documents electronically whenever possible
  • Delete unnecessary internet graphics prior to printing, change to smaller font sizes and don’t print in bold
  • Print only the pages you need instead of the entire document
  • Post documents on Blackboard and other shared college electronic sites instead of printing and distributing


If you have any questions, contact Pam Metcalf, director of Energy and Sustainability, at 704.330.6079.


CPCC’s temperature standards are 74°F in the summer and 70°F in the winter. These temperatures are held to within a +/- 2°F range. thermostat

As we are approaching the transition from spring to summer, there may be fluctuations in your work area. You are free to bring a personal fan to CPCC if you are warm, but electric space heaters are not allowed except for medical reasons.

Here’s how we compare to a few other North Carolina Community Colleges – RIGHT ON TARGET:

Durham Tech:

Occupied heating 70F / cooling 74F

Stanley CC:

Occupied heating 70F / cooling 73F

Davidson County CC:

Occupied heating 70F / cooling 73F

Wake Tech CC:

Occupied heating 69F / cooling 76F

Guilford Tech CC:

Occupied heating 70F / cooling 75F


Occupied heating 69F / cooling 75F


Occupied heating 68-71F / cooling 72-75F


Occupied heating 70F / cooling 74F


Occupied heating 69-71F / cooling 74-78F

Ap State:

Occupied heating 69F / cooling 74F


If you have any questions, contact Pam Metcalf, director of Energy and Sustainability, at 704.330.6079.

Come and celebrate the end of the semester with an amazing exhibition and to purchase some one-of-a-kind presents for Mother’s Day and graduation.

Rings Galore! and Jewelry Sale: a pop-up exhibition by CPCC Jewelry Students exploring the ring as contemporary adornment
Date: Tuesday, May 3
Time: 3 – 6 p.m.
Where: Jewelry Studio, Center for Arts and Technology Bldg. (AU), Room 010

Come and support the jewelry students and take a look at our amazing studio.

Let a tax professional in the Single Stop office assist you with the following:

* Filing late tax returns

* Amendments to your tax returns

* Assistance in filing for an extension

* Filling out W9/W4’s

* Questions/assistance with the Affordable Health Care Act

Appointments will be available on Wednesdays between 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

To make an appointment please call: 704.330.6435 or email: singlestop@cpcc.edu

* This is a free service for CPCC students, faculty and staff