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CPCC has launched its new Title IX online training tool in MyCollege!

The rights and responsibilities listed under Title IX are yours. They were created for you, to make you feel safe and welcome on campus.

That’s why CPCC wants you to know your IX. To accomplish this goal, the college has launched a new Title IX online training tool designed to raise awareness of this important law that was written to bring gender equality to all educational programs.

By participating in the training session, you’ll not only educate yourself on Title IX, but also help support CPCC’s culture of safety and equality.

Learn more today by visiting MyCollege!

CPCC Security/Police Services has posted new signs in campus parking decks and lots announcing each facility’s new operating hours. 

Going forward, all CPCC student parking decks and surface lots will be open Monday through Friday, 5:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m., and on the weekends from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.

These areas will be closed on college holidays. In addition, Student Deck 3 and other surface lot schedules may be altered at times because of Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation events.

Vehicles locked in a parking lot or deck may be accessed by calling CPCC Security/ Police Services.

Have any questions or concerns? Please call CPCC Security/ Police Services at 704.330.6632.

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!

On  behalf of the CPCC Skyline Committee,  thank you for your assistance in making the 20th Annual Skyline Run a huge success this year. We are so appreciative to each volunteer that took time out of their busy schedules to assist in making this year another success! For the Saturday morning volunteers, we sincerely appreciate that you toughed out the nasty weather and still came out to support the race efforts.

Your time, energy and service were greatly valued and the work you put into volunteering for this event helped continue to raise money for student scholarships at CPCC! Please keep an eye out for information on the 2016 Skyline Run to either participating as a volunteer or as a runner/walker. Thanks again for you hard work and participation!! Please contact Jenn.Marts@cpcc.edu with any questions.



On April 22 (Earth Day), Sustain Charlotte hosted their 4th annual celebration of sustainability leadership. 100 nominees representing a diverse cross section of Charlotte area businesses, nonprofits, neighborhood organizations, government agencies, and residents were recognized. Sustainability

CPCC won FIRST PLACE in the Waste Reduction category due to its increase in recycling and its new food waste collection program.

CONGRATULATIONS CPCC! Keep up the good work!

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/release_sustain_charlotte_announces_winners_of_2015_awards?utm_campaign=winners_announc&utm_medium=email&utm_source=sustaincharlotte

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


The City of Charlotte is conducting an emergency training exercise on the CityLYNX Gold Line on Sunday, May 3 at the intersection of Elizabeth Ave. and Hawthorne Lane from 6 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Construction

Several City of Charlotte department are working with local and federal agencies to prepare for a real emergency. You may see several emergency vehicles and staff. This is a part of the training exercise. We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience.


Harper, Harris, and Merancas:

May 6 and 7 (Wed. and Thursday): Open 10 a.m.  -  2 p.m. and 3 – 7 p.m.

May 8 (Friday): Open 10 a.m.  -  2 p.m.

May 11 and 12 (Monday and  Tuesday): Open 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 3 – 7 p.m.

Buyback - Cash for Books - May 6 – 12.  Closed Saturday and Sunday.

Reminder: Rentals for this semester can be returned at any time but no later than May 12.  Please remind the bookstore associate that you are returning a rental.

Also Note: Cato, Central, and Levine campus bookstores are open regular hours.



Want to learn more about Disability Services at CPCC? The newly updated website provides all the information you need to learn what services are available for students with disabilities. Website features include:

  • Online access to student forms
  • Information on processes, procedures, and services for students
  •  New sections on Assistive Technology and the Disability Services Testing Center
  • Online forms for students:

-Sign Language Interpreter Requests for Student Services accessibility

- Books in Alternative Format

  • Updated contact and staff information
  • FAQs

You can also follow the Disability Services blog to stay up-to-date on:

  • Department updates and reminders
  • New assistive technology trends
  • Scholarship information for students with disabilities
  • Advocacy information and videos
  • Much, much more!

Thank you for visiting our website and blog! Please contact us if you have any questions.


WHAT:WTVI PBS Charlotte is excited to welcome New York Times best selling author and Inc. Magazine’s #1 Leadership Expert in the World John C. Maxwell to Central Piedmont Community College’s (CPCC) Halton Theater

John Maxwell

John Maxwell

stage for an Intentional Living Seminar that will be recorded for distribution to PBS stations across the nation.

Mr. Maxwell has made it his life’s passion to develop leaders at all levels. In fact, his mantra is: “Growth doesn’t just happen. Growth is intentional and every person has the opportunity to choose growth or to be complacent with where they stand.”

With this in mind, Mr. Maxwell will visit the Queen City to share his philosophy of Intentional Living with area Charlotteans and promote his upcoming book, “Intentional Living,” scheduled for release in October 2015. Mr. Maxwell believes that by asking the right questions, gaining a better perspective and forming habits that apply what is learned, an individual can see a positive change in their leadership style and personal growth.

During his event at CPCC, Mr. Maxwell will discuss Intentional Living and share:

  • How Intentional Living can help you increase your ROI
  • How Intentional Living underlines the values and culture of your business
  • The difference between good intentions and Intentional Living
  • The one thing that adds the most value to your life
  • How to live the four steps to significance

Don’t miss this opportunity to not only ask Mr. Maxwell your leadership questions, but also take your first step toward intentional personal growth that will result in a rewarding personal and professional life.

WHEN: Thursday, May 21; 9 – 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: Halton Theater, CPCC Central Campus, 1206 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte, N.C.

CONTACT: Tickets are $129. Tickets are $100 each when purchasing 10 or more. For more information and tickets, visit www.pbscharlotte.org. Free event parking is available in the Theater parking deck, accessible from E. 4th St.



CPCC will operate on a four-day week again this summer. From Monday, May 11 through Sunday, July 19, the college’s hours of operation will be 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday. CPCC will be closed Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, with the exception of the following facilities:

  • Overcash Building on Central Campus will be open for scheduled classes and performances only.
  • Belk Building will be open for scheduled classes only.
  • Culinary Arts Center will be open for scheduled classes and events only.
  • Pease Auditorium will be open for performances and events only.
  • The scene shop in the Center for Arts Technology Building on Central Campus will be open for the summer theatre build only.
  • Harper Campus will be open for scheduled classes only.
  • Hendrick Center on Levine Campus will be open for scheduled classes only.
  • Harris Conference Center will open for scheduled events only.
  • WTVI PBS Charlotte
  • City View Center for Cosmetology, including the Salon Clinic which will remain open for salon services

Should you have any questions or concerns when the college is closed, please contact College Security at 704.330.6632.

Dr. Jill Biden, Second Lady of the United States, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, will serve as CPCC’s 2015 graduation speaker.

Jill Biden

Jill Biden

Dr. Biden will address CPCC’s graduates at the May 14 ceremony, planned for 4 p.m., at the Bojangles’ Coliseum, in Charlotte, N.C. The college anticipates as many as 1,800 students will graduate in May, with approximately 800 participating in the ceremony.

Dr. Biden is a mother and grandmother, a lifelong educator, a proud Blue Star mom, and an active member of her community. As Second Lady, Dr. Biden works to bring attention to the sacrifices made by military families, to highlight the importance of community colleges to America’s future, and to raise awareness around areas of particular importance to women, including breast cancer prevention, all while continuing to teach full-time as a professor of English at Northern Virginia Community College.
Dr. Biden has proclaimed community colleges as “one of America’s best-kept secrets.” As a teacher, she sees how community colleges have changed the lives of so many of her students for the better. As Second Lady, she works to underscore the critical role of community colleges in creating the best, most-educated workforce in the world. In 2012, she traveled across the U.S. as part of the “Community College to Career” tour to highlight successful industry partnerships between community colleges and employers. In the fall of 2010, she hosted the first-ever White House Summit on Community Colleges with President Obama, and she continues to work on this outreach on behalf of the Administration – frequently visiting campuses, meeting with students and teachers, as well as industry representatives around the country.
“We could not be happier to have Dr. Jill Biden as our 2015 graduation speaker,” said Dr. Tony Zeiss, CPCC president. “Dr. Biden will speak directly to our graduates’ hopes and aspirations and the challenges they have faced along the way. She will know our students well because she has taught so many community college students in her career as an educator. She also brings a national perspective on the value of the nation’s community colleges. Our graduates and their families will be enriched by Dr. Biden’s address.”
Dr. Biden has been an educator for more than three decades. Prior to moving to Washington, D.C., she taught English at a community college in Delaware, a public high school and a psychiatric hospital for adolescents. She earned her doctorate in education from the University of Delaware in 2007. Her dissertation focused on maximizing student retention in community colleges. She also has two master’s degrees — both of which she earned while working and raising a family.
Dr. Biden and the Vice President have three adult children, all of whom are married, and five grandchildren.

Remember to register early for the best selection!  Summer 2015 Priority Registration

Priority registration is for currently enrolled SPRING* students in degree, diploma or certificate programs with:

  • 50+ completed* credit hours April 24 (noon)
  • Active Military and Veterans April 25 (7:30 a.m.)
  • 30-49 completed* credit hours April 27 (7:30 a.m.)
  • 10-29 completed* credit hours April 28 (7:30 a.m.)
  • 0-9 completed* credit hours April 29 (7:30 a.m.)
  • All other currently enrolled April 30 (7:30 a.m.)

Open registration for summer and fall 2015 begins May 4. For more information, call 704.330.2722 or visit www.cpcc.edu/admissions.

Note: Corporate and Continuing Education registration for summer classes begins April 24 and is ongoing throughout the term. For more information, call 704.330.4223.

This Saturday, April 25, CPCC will host its annual Charlotte Skyline Run, a fundraising event that supports student scholarships and other student needs at CPCC.

As a result of the race, several streets around Central Campus will be closed, impacting the commute of students enrolled in Saturday morning classes.

With this in mind, CPCC College Security recommends students arrive on campus early to ensure they can park and get to class on time. Please consider parking in the following locations:

  • From the east: Take Independence Blvd. Take the Charlottetowne exit and park in the Facilities Services Parking Lot, located at E. 7th Street and Central Ave. Student Deck 3 or Student Parking Lot 6, next to Memorial Stadium, may be accessible depending on runner traffic.
  • From the north, south or west: Park in the Administrative Building parking area. Student Parking Deck 1 and 2 may be more easily accessible after 8:30 a.m.

For parking locations, view the Central Campus map.


College Security reports the recent sightings of two snakes that appeared to be copperheads on the Levine Campus.


Copperhead snake

The snakes were seen around the pond area at Levine. One snake was about 2-feet long, while the other was 3- to 3½-feet long. The shorter snake was close to the rock run off, near the railing overlooking the pond. The longer snake was sighted toward the back, at the larger rocks, next to the pond fountain controls.
With the heavy rains we’ve had recently, it’s possible snakes and other wildlife have been disturbed. Please be alert as you make your way around CPCC’s campuses. If you see a snake or other wild animal, please keep your distance, and alert College Security.

Name: Ana Maria Vasconez Carrera-Andrade 

Ana Maria Vasconez Carrera-Andrade

Ana Maria Vasconez Carrera-Andrade

Country:  Ecuador

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

Ecuador is a very diverse country. Besides being at the center of the world,  Ecuador is a the country with the most biodiverse flora and fauna. Ecuador is the owner of the Galápagos Islands.

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

Yes, we celebrate festivities like Christmas in a very particular and happy way. The nine days before Christmas we pray to baby Jesus and sing songs. The night of Christmas Eve we open gifts. Also, on New Year’s Eve, we burn a big doll that represents a bad character (ie. politician, someone who’s has been infamous in the news) along with many bad happenings of the past year, so we can bring a new year of health and happiness.

What challenges did you face entering the USA?

A lot of people like to think that every Spanish-speaking country in Latin America is Mexico. Upon being asked where I came from, when saying Ecuador, people would ask me where in Mexico it was.

What do you miss most about your country?

I miss the food, the landscapes, but most importantly, my family.

What do you like most about the USA?

I like that I have been given an opportunity to succeed. Setting aside the sociological and political matters that surround the international perspective of the USA, the States will still open the door to people who are willing to work hard to succeed. I never thought I would’ve said this myself, but I feel like a true American, thanks to the opportunities and doors that the country has opened to me.


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