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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!

CPCC has more than 7,000 computers.Monitors

Doesn’t it make good economic sense to program monitors to go to “sleep” ahead of the November and December holidays?


If you have any questions, contact Pam Metcalf, CPCC energy and environmental manager, at pamela.metcalf@cpcc.edu or at 704.330.6079.

Kings Drive is now open; however, Elizabeth Ave. will remain closed until at least Nov. 23.

Elizabeth Ave. is still open for handicapped and drop-off traffic only.  All other traffic can use East 4th St. and E. 7th St. to access Kings Dr. until construction on Elizabeth Ave. is completed.

Stay tuned for additional construction updates through the Communicator.

Central Campus now has a solar-powered charging station for electronic devices with Micro USB connectors, and Female USB connectors for use with your personal cable. It is located in the seating area by the flag pole, between Quad solar chargerKratt and the Elizabeth Classroom Building.

The device, manufactured by Goal Zero in Utah, has three 20-watt solar panels and LED lights. Four hours of sun per day re-charges the 168 watt-hour lithium battery.

Faculty, staff and students are all invited to use this new free service as you enjoy the other new quad amenities.

If you have any questions or suggestions, contact CPCC’s Energy and Environmental Manager Pam Metcalf at x6079 or Pamela.metcalf@cpcc.edu.

CPCC and members of the Allen Tate family and real estate company broke ground today for a new Central Campus clock tower—the Allen Tate Tower. More than 50 people braved cold temperatures in the 30s and a stiff breeze to witness the special occasion.

Tate Tower

Tate Tower on CPCC Central Campus

Looking to take its place among the prominent college and university landmarks across the Carolinas, the Allen Tate Tower will serve as a focal point on CPCC’s Central Campus. The Allen Tate Tower will stand approximately 48 feet tall, with a base of about 144 square feet. The tower will be constructed of brick and cast stone and feature a four-sided clock face approximately six feet in diameter.

The tower will be the result of a generous contribution from H. Allen Tate Jr., founder and CEO of the Allen Tate Co., the Charlotte-based real estate firm. Weather permitting, construction of the tower will be completed in early 2015, sometime during CPCC’s spring semester. Little Diversified Architectural Consulting is providing the design work on the project.

“The Allen Tate Tower will be a wonderful addition to CPCC’s Central Campus,” said Dr. Tony Zeiss, CPCC president. “In discussions with Allen, he conveyed a feeling that our Central Campus, while lovely, lacked a signature landmark, the kind that students and alumni will grow to love and identify with. And we could not agree more.

“Allen Tate has been a long time, generous benefactor and friend of the college. This tower will serve as a college landmark and a monument to his abiding support,” Zeiss added.

The clock tower will be located on Elizabeth Avenue, between the Terrell Building and the Elizabeth Classroom Building. The prominent site will give students, employees and passing motorists a clear view of the tower.

“CPCC is an outstanding institution that prepares students for employment and lifelong education. This tower will serve as a great symbol of achievement and reminder of the hard work and commitment the students have made to achieve their goals,” said H. Allen Tate Jr.

CNN recently visited CPCC’s Central Campus to learn more about the Apprenticeship 2000 program, an initiative that equips CPCC students with today’s manufacturing skills, helps them graduate with no debt and guarantees them a job after graduation.

To see the complete story, visit http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/cnnmoney/2014/11/14/ivory-apprentice.cnnmoney.html.

The Diversity Committee is featuring CPCC International Students.  Meet Rosetta Mayson from Liberia.

Rosetta Mayson

Rosetta Mayson

Name: Rosetta Mayson

Country: Liberia

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

We are primarily an English speaking country, but there are many other languages spoken.

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

Our Independence Day is July 26 and Flag Day is July 24. Kids dress up and go to different houses and receive money, and celebrate with food and family.

What challenges did you face entering USA?

Culture was different and took me a while to adjust. Working was intense here, in my country we do not work as much. Lunch is two hours long.

What do you miss most about your country?

Friends, respect of individuals


What do you like most about USA?

School system, many more opportunities to become successful here in the USA





CPCC Libraries & SEANC presents Fine Forgiveness Days
Nov. 17 – Dec. 12, 2014
Bring in personal care products and/or non-perishable food items to get your fines waived. All items collected will be donated to the Battered Women Shelter.
How does it work?
3 items for fines between $1-$5
4 items for fines between $6-$10
6 items for fines $10 and above.
This excludes replacement fees for lost and damaged materials. All materials must be returned in good condition. Donations from those without fines are also welcomed.
Priority needs include: automatic dishwasher soap, cereal, crackers, dishes/bowls, toothpaste/brushes, coffee/coffee creamer, peanut butter/jelly, body lotion/bar soap, shower gel/body wash, juice boxes, pacifiers/towels, deodorant, canned pasta, tipper and gladware, and shampoo/conditioner.


Need to further investigate a welding process? Interested in finding out more about the latest hairstyle trends? Want to read about the latest opportunities in the paralegal field? Our Resource of the Month can help you with all of that  Associates Program Source Plusand more! The CPCC Libraries featured resource of the month for November is  Associates Programs Source Plus.  Designed specifically for the research needs of two-year college students, Associates Programs Source Plus covers subjects as wide-ranging as: computer & data processing, CAD, cosmetology, graphic arts, health information technology, interior design, law enforcement & criminal justice, paralegal studies, welding and dozens more equally varied areas of study.

Check out this resource today to see what it might have to offer you! VAST Academic Video Online may be accessed here or from the Research Databases section of the library website.

If you have any questions about the use of this database, please feel free to contact Doug Short.

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, Cato, Central and Levine Bookstores will be closing Wednesday, Nov. 26 at 1 p.m. and will be closed November 27 and 28.  Normal hours will resume Monday, December 1.

CPCC Bookstore

CPCC Central Campus Bookstore

The Graduation Office will be on campus this fall. Visit them to learn more about applying for graduation, the graduation ceremony, and to have all of your graduation questions answered. Graduation

Tuesday, Nov. 18:  Harris Campus 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 20:  Merancas Campus 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 1:  Harper Campus 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 3:  Cato Campus 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 4:  Levine Campus 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Graduation Analysts are also available from 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. daily in the Graduation Office located in Overcash, Room 210. 704-330-6312.

America Recycles Day is a national initiative of Keep America Beautiful (KAB). It recognizes the benefits of recycling while providing an educational platform that helps raise awareness about the value of reducing, reusing and america recyclesrecycling – every day – all throughout the year. It is the only nationally-recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the U.S.

Each fall, thousands of communities across the country participate in ARD to promote environmental citizenship and encourage action. Through ARD, KAB, along with its affiliates and partners, inspires communities to directly engage their residents to recycle more and recycle right 365 days a year.


Use CPCC’s recycling receptacles that are located throughout the college.

If you have any questions or suggestions, contact CPCC’s Energy and Environmental Manager Pam Metcalf at 704.330.6079 or at pamela.metcalf@cpcc.edu.

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