CPCC Today

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

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


Please note the entrance and exit to Student Deck 1 and the Employee/Theater Parking Deck (accessible from E. 4th St.) will be closed on Saturday April 30, from 5 – 10:30 a.m., to accommodate the college’s annual Skyline Run event which is featuring a new course that will run straight down  E. 4th St.
The entrance to Student Deck 1, from Charlottetowne Ave., will remain open and may be used to enter and exit the parking garage.
Thank you in advance for keeping our runners safe.
On April 23, 2016 (Earth Day), Sustain Charlotte hosted their 5th annual celebration of sustainability leadership. On hundred nominees representing a diverse cross section of Charlotte area businesses, nonprofits, Sustain Charlotte Awardneighborhood organizations, government agencies and residents were recognized.
CPCC won FIRST PLACE in the Energy category due to aggressively reducing its energy consumption by 15 percent since 2006 while increasing its square footage by more than 33 percent. CPCC continually drives energy reduction opportunities in its renovation and new construction projects to better serve the Charlotte learning community.
Sustain Charlotte is a nonprofit organization helping to advance a region-wide sustainability movement by serving as a catalyst for change. Their mission is to inspire choices that lead to healthier and more vibrant communities across the Charlotte metro region for generations to come. (http://www.sustaincharlotte.org/)
The link to the awards press release is http://www.sustaincharlotte.org/2016energy.
The CPCC Director of Energy and Sustainability Pam Metcalf is engaged in sustainability and energy efficiency. If you have suggestions, they can be emailed toPamela.metcalf@cpcc.edu.

CPCC’s Non-Destructive Examination (NDE) Program students need your help. The NDE club needs the money to send students to the American Society for Non-Destructive Testing Annual Conference, which is being held in Long Beach, Calif., this year. The average cost (travel plus lodging) will be around $1,300 per student.  The conference is a great way for students to network and find prospective employers and gives our school’s program and CPCC increased credibility.  

To help with this initiative, the program has created a workplace safety video and needs your vote!  Votes can be cast by going to this link: http://www.careersafeonline.com/index.php/component/content/article/2-uncategorised/268-2016-video-poll.  The CPCC video is third from the top and titled “All Safe. All Day.”  First prize is $5,000!

Vote for CPCC today!