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CPCC is proud to announce the offering of the WINGS Scholarship (Women Initiating and Nurturing Growth Through Scholarships) program to eligible female students. The WINGS Scholarship is a scholarship program for women at Charlotte-area colleges and universities and women who are 25 or older who need help overcoming the obstacles that stand in the way of achieving their goals. A woman who receives a WINGS Scholarship has a clear educational and career plan and has proven her ability to accomplish not only academic work, but also her ability to do well in other facets of life.

The WINGS Scholarship not only provides financial support, but also offers something potentially even more valuable: mentors. Two or more seasoned, active, executive or professional women, chosen for the specific expertise they can bring to the recipient’s goals, are assigned as mentors to every WINGS recipient. These mentors provide recipients with their own experience, perspectives, counsel, networks and personal support. Throughout the year, recipients meet with their mentors. Attendance is required at the WINGS Scholarship Luncheon which honors all recipients and graduates.

Eligible applicants who meet the following criteria will be considered for a scholarship:

* Have a clear sense for what they want to achieve through education and a plan for doing it.

* Have successfully completed some post-high school studies with a grade-point average of 2.5 whether they are currently enrolled or not.

* Have shown through their studies, and in other ways, that they are serious about their personal and career goals.

* Are U.S. citizens

* Are at least 25 years old

* Meet eligibility criteria to receive financial aid

* Are the major source of financial support for themselves and/or their children, or need retraining in order to achieve higher earnings or greater financial security.

If you are interested in applying for this wonderful scholarship opportunity for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year, please download the WINGS application, complete and submit the WINGS application (Click hyperlink), three letters of recommendation and unofficial CPCC transcripts to the Director of Awarding and Outreach in the office of Financial Aid & Veterans Affairs no later than April 8, 2016 (application deadline) for further WINGS Scholarship consideration.

More than 50 companies are attending next month’s EmployUP on March 3 at the Grady Cole Center. Which companies are recruiting job candidates from your academic program who possess your skills and qualifications? Narrowing your company focus will make the event more EmployUpmanageable.  You can find a list of attending companies here.

But employers won’t be impressed if you only know the company name. Researching companies is a must when it comes to career fair preparation. You’ll grab the recruiter’s attention when you can talk about the company’s mission, products and services or office culture. Take the time to learn these facts through the company’s website, their Twitter handle or Facebook page. A great place to start is the Career Services 2016 EmployUP Pinterest board.

Any questions about company research or other career fair topics (resume, dress, etc.)? Email career.services@cpcc.edu or schedule an appointment with your campus career counselor.

EARTH CLUB is  an outdoor exploration club with the goal to inspire and appreciate interests in sustainability and the environment. Join us to learn more about the club and enjoy an organic Pizza Party on February 23 at 5 p.m. in the Sustainability Lab, fourth floor of the Elizabeth Classroom Building.

Please contact Amanda Wilkinson for details at awilkin6@email.cpcc.edu.

The TRC and the Center for Military Family and Veterans is excited to welcome a representative from UNCC’s Veteran Student Services department to speak to CPCC veteran students interested in Veteranstransferring to UNCC. This event will be held at the Levine Campus on Wednesday, February 24 from 12:30-1:30 p.m.(LV 1233). This is a great opportunity for veteran students to gain insight and assistance in the transfer process to UNCC.

Scholarship Night

For high school students: make CPCC your first choice! Join us to learn more about:

College Connection program

·         early, priority registration and personalized guidance throughout the enrollment process

Financial aid options

·         need-based and merit-based scholarships, grants and other funding opportunities


February 23 at 6 p.m. (check-in begins at 5:30 p.m.)

CPCC Levine Campus

Levine Building I – Room 2150

February 25 at 6 p.m. (check-in begins at 5:30 p.m.)

CPCC Cato Campus

Cato Building II – Room 020

For more information and to RSVP to reserve your spot, just visit www.cpcc.edu/outreach-recruitment/scholarship-night-parent-information-session, email outreach@cpcc.edu or call 704.330.6637.


Title IX

The CPCC Title IX office is located on Central Campus. Leon Matthews our Title IX coordinator and Margaret Smith our Title IX administrator.  To find out more about Title IX, click here or call the Office of Institutional Equity at 704-330-2722, ext. 3534.  If you would like for us to speak to your student group about this important federal law, please let us know.

Dr. Tony Zeiss, president of Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) for 23 years, announced today his plans to retire at the end of July 2016. Dr. Tony Zeiss

“After more than two decades as president of Central Piedmont Community College, I have chosen to retire at the end of July 2016. Beth and I have been extraordinarily blessed by this wonderful community and the dedicated boards, faculty, staff, students and donors of CPCC,” Zeiss said. “We will continue to live in Charlotte and support many of its fine organizations, including the college.”

In December 1992, Zeiss became the third president of CPCC, one of the largest community colleges in the Carolinas, serving approximately 70,000 individuals per year. During his historic tenure, the college has grown from one campus to six and is highly regarded as a national leader in workforce development. Under Zeiss’ leadership, the college’s annual operating budget has grown from $46.7 million to $202.4 million.

During Zeiss’ presidency, Mecklenburg County voters approved multiple bond referendums to build new facilities at the college and expand its footprint across the county. The most recent referendum, approved in 2013 by more than 72 percent of the voters, brought $210 million to the college. The college’s facilities space has grown from 1.4 million square feet in 1993 to 3.36 million square feet today.

Since Zeiss came to the college in 1992, the CPCC Foundation has raised $122.1 million. The foundation completed its most recent campaign in 2013, which raised $63.8 million, perhaps a U.S. community college fundraising campaign record. The college celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013.

“Tony’s contributions to Central Piedmont Community College and Charlotte are immeasurable,” said Edwin A. Dalrymple, chair of the CPCC Board of Trustees. “In the 23 years since Tony became the President, CPCC has been transformed into a world class educational institution with a global reach. Tony’s leadership, his enthusiasm and drive will be greatly missed, but his retirement is well-deserved.”

Ralph A. Pitts, who joined the CPCC Board of Trustees in 1998 and served as chairman from 2004 to 2014, will lead the search committee tasked with finding a successor to Zeiss, Dalrymple added.

Zeiss holds a doctorate in community college administration from Nova University, a master’s degree in speech (radio and television), and a bachelor’s degree in speech education from Indiana State University. He has authored or co-authored numerous books on economic development, adult literacy, national workforce development and the U.S Civil War. His most recent publications include four books on creating high performance employees, a book on community college leadership, a tribute to John Montgomery Belk, and a novel on the American Revolutionary War.

Zeiss is a professional speaker and a frequent keynoter for companies and colleges on recruiting, developing and retaining peak performers at the workplace, and on fundraising. He regularly consults on workforce development and resource development.

“Tony Zeiss led CPCC to national prominence as a leader in workforce development. He has consistently demonstrated wisdom and integrity, and his vision and energy, both for the college and for our community, have left an indelible mark,” Pitts said.

Zeiss is past chair of the Board of the American Association of Community Colleges, past board chair for the League for Innovation, and was the Association of Community College Trustees’ National CEO of the year for 2004-2005. He serves on several local, regional and national boards, including Leadership NC, the Institute for Emerging Issues, and the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE). He is the chair of the Trail of History, the Little Sugar Creek Greenway Action Committee, and leads the Charlotte Region Global Initiative. He frequently serves as a workgroup member for the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Labor.

Zeiss is the recipient of the 2012 Whitney M. Young Humanitarian Award presented by the Urban League in March 2012; the 2012 Jack Callaghan Cornerstone Award presented by Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont; the 2012 UNC Charlotte Distinguished Service Award; and the 2012 National Leadership Award from the National Council for Continuing Education and Training (NCCET).

Zeiss and his wife, Beth, have two sons, a daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren.

Sustainable development meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.landfills

Top 10 reasons to recycle:

  1. Good for our economy
  2. Creates jobs
  3. Reduces waste
  4. Good for the environment
  5. Saves energy
  6. Preserves landfill space
  7. Prevents global warming
  8. Reduces water pollution
  9. Protects wildlife
  10. Creates new demand






CPCC’s Director of Energy and Sustainability, Pamela Metcalf, is engaged in facilities efficiency, sustainability and energy awareness.  If you have suggestions, they can be emailed to Pamela.metcalf@cpcc.edu.

CPCC Disability Services is starting a support group for students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The goal of this group is to give students the opportunity to explore and share what it means to be a college student with Autism. Topics:

•           The opportunity to share experiences with other students diagnosed with Autism

•           Learn about campus resources and how to access them

•           Have general conversation

•           Social Skills Training

•           Exploration of how to deal with the challenges of being a college student

When: February 5 and 19, March 4 and 18, and April 8

Time: 3 – 5 p.m.

Location: Central Campus, Overcash Center,  Room 250

Refreshments and play games!

For more information or to join please contact:

Tashana Kirby-Williams at 704-330-6621 ext. 3475 or Tashana.kirbywilliams@cpcc.edu.

Priority Advising Month

Short Session March 2016

The Minority Affect Student Life
Thursday, February 4
Tate Hall
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Sensoria Student Showcase Auditions
Friday, February 5
Tate Hall
2-4 p.m.

The History of African Drumming
Tuesday, February 9
Tate Hall
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Is your resume EmployUP ready? Career Services is ready to help you get your resume ready for next month’s career fair on Thursday, March 3 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Grady Cole Center. Check out what you can do: EmployUp

·         Schedule a 30-minute resume appointment with your campus career counselor

·         Submit your resume to career.services@cpcc.edu and receive a reviewed resume in your inbox within 24 hours

·         Create an EmploymeNC account and upload your resume to receive a resume critique

·         Review the Resume Tips section of the Career Services website

Employers immediately reject candidates with bad resumes. You have worked too hard in your academic program to be dismissed from job opportunities due to a poorly written resume. Visit Career Services (virtually or in-person) today!

The Transfer Resource Center (TRC) is hosting a number of exciting events this Spring semester to connect Transfer Students to perspective four-year schools. Please check out our website for the most up-to-date information surrounding our upcoming events: https://www.cpcc.edu/ican/trc/transferevents

Every Tuesday the Transfer Resource Center (TRC) hosts admissions representatives from four-year colleges and universities as they visit CPCC to talk with prospective transfer students

Transfer Tuesday- February 9, 2016

Central Campus - Elizabeth Classroom Building Lobby

10 a.m .- 1 p.m. 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Limestone College
Carolina’s College of Health Sciences
NC A&T University  

Levine Campus – Levine Main Lobby

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
UNC Greensboro
Pfeiffer University
Warren-Wilson College

Merancas Campus – TS Student Lounge

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
UNC Charlotte

Spring College Fair- February 16, 2016

On Tuesday, February 16 the Transfer Resource Center is excited to host our fourth annual “Spring College Transfer Fair” at the Levine Campus.  Admissions representatives from over 20 colleges and universities in North Carolina will be on campus to share information about transfer opportunities.  College tables will be set-up in the hallway of Levine II from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.  Some of the colleges that plan to be here are UNC-Charlotte, NC State University, UNC-Wilmington, East Carolina University, Appalachian State, Western Carolina, Queens University, Wingate University and many more. This is the perfect opportunity for CPCC students to speak directly to their favorite colleges and learn about admission requirements, majors, housing, and much more!

The library has several new online resources that we’d like you to be aware of:

Something About the Author Online - Something About the Author Online provides comprehensive access to all volumes ever printed in the Something About the Author print series. It examines the lives and works of authors and illustrators of children and young adult publications.

  • Primary Audience: Students needing information about children’s and young adult authors and illustrators. Early childhood education students may be particularly interested in this resource.

Find a Topic and NewsBank - NewsBank provides selected full-text newspaper articles and newswires from the United States and abroad. NewsBank is particularly strong in providing access to local, state, regional, and national news. Our subscription to NewsBank provides access to the Charlotte Observer from 1985 to present.

Find a Topic, provided as part of NewsBank,  helps students locate relevant news items related to a wide variety of topics, including business, technology, education, health, science and many others.

  • Primary Audience: Anyone needing to research contemporary issues as viewed through the news. Students who need to research local area issues will find this resource especially useful.

Cochrane Library - The Cochrane Library is a collection of databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making.

  • Primary Audience: Ideal for students in the allied health fields who need to locate evidence-based research. Use of this resource is restricted to one user at a time.

All of these databases can be found at the following link http://researchguides.cpcc.edu/az.php under the New/Trial Databases section.


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