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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.


Please plan to attend the opening of the Balance Art Gallery, Learning Resource Center, 4th floor.  Reception and Artist Talk will be on Thursday, April 16 beginning at 4 p.m. The exhibition is available for viewing from April 23, 2015, through August 14, 2015.

The  exhibition “How to Get A Degree In Fine Arts,”  is a student run exhibition that showcases some of CPCC’s prominent Fine Arts majors. Featured artists include Kelly Rambo, Rebecca Buchanan, Haris Vehabovic, Heather FitzPatrick, Nikki Oliver and Fat Stephen.  A wide range of mediums and content will be on display.

Run Hide FightCampus safety is the top priority of CPCC’s College Security team and the college’s Emergency Risk Management. Our thoughts are with our North Carolina Community College System colleagues and students at Wayne Community College in Goldsboro following a fatal shooting on that campus on April 13.

We want to take this opportunity to remind employees and students about the information available on CPCC’s website about what to do in an emergency, for situations including an active shooter, severe weather, fire and more. Be sure to read all the way down to the bottom of the page for the full list of essential instructions.

If there’s an active shooter on or near a CPCC campus, would you know what to do? It’s incredibly important for employees and students to be prepared. Please take a moment today to learn about “Run. Hide. Fight.®” and watch the powerful video at the bottom of the page about what to do if an active shooter is on campus or in a building where you are.

For more information about emergency preparedness at CPCC, please visit: www.cpcc.edu/enterprise-risk-management/business-continuity/emergency-management.

Every Tuesday the Transfer Resource Center (TRC) is excited to host admissions representatives from four-year colleges and universities as they visit CPCC to talk with prospective transfer students. On Tuesday, April 21,

Transfer Resource Center (TRC)

Transfer Resource Center (TRC)

representatives from Limestone College, Johnson C. Smith and Chamberlain School of Nursing will visit Central Campus from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the main lobby of the Levine Technical Building. NC A&T will visit Central Campus later that day in the same location, 1:30-4:30 p.m. East Carolina University-College of Business, Wingate University, Belmont Abbey College and Western Carolina University will visit Levine Campus from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Lees McCrae will visit Merancas, TS Building Student Lounge from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m..  Catawba College will visit Cato, Cato I Lobbby 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. For more information about Transfer Tuesdays and other services offered by the Transfer Resource Center, please visit our website at www.cpcc.edu/ican/trc.

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

That’s why CPCC wants you to know your IX. To accomplish this goal, we plan to launch a new Title IX online training tool in May that will be accessible through MyCollege.

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

Stay tuned to CPCC Today and our other communication channels for more information about the launch of our new online training tool, designed to raise awareness of Title IX – a law that was written to bring gender equality to all educational programs.

Interested in learning more about Title IX today? Visit cpcc.edu/titleix.

On Saturday, April 11, Student Parking Deck #3 (located at the corner of Charlottetowne Ave. and E. 7th St.) will be closed until around 5 p.m. for maintenance related activities. Students should plan to park in Student Deck 1, ConstructionStudent Deck 2 or one of the surface lots. The deck will re-open in late afternoon and be available for any Sensoria related activities.

CPCC is excited to announce it has launched Career Hub, a new section within CPCC’s website designed to help job seekers explore everything related to careers, such as: Career Hub

  • the top career fields and employment trends in the region
  • specific CPCC degrees and credentials that are needed for given occupations
  • local wages and job growth projections
  • where to look for local job postings
  • resources for writing a résumé, interviewing and more

This FREE resource was created for residents located in Mecklenburg County and beyond seeking to learn more about the local job market, employers who are hiring, their career choices and the skills needed to secure their dream job.

You can find this as a new top navigation item on the homepage, along with About CPCC, Academics, Student Services, and Arts and Community, or by visiting cpcc.edu/careerhub.

Come out and support CPCC’s Bake Sale for No Kid Hungry. Baked goods will be provided by CPCC’s Baking and Pastry Arts Club and will consist of fresh baked breads, cookies, coffee and various pastries. 100% of the proceeds will go to No Kid Hungry.

Wednesday April 15
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Overcash Lobby

Bake Sale for No Kid Hungry is a national fundraising initiative that encourages people to host bake sales in their communities to help end childhood hunger. For more information about No Kid Hungry please visit bake.nokidhungry.org.


GCA Services Group wants your feedback on its services. The team has been providing custodial, grounds and maintenance services at CPCC since August 2012. To help GCA continue its tradition of keeping CPCC’s campuses and Overcash Aspirebuildings clean and properly maintained, please complete their online survey today. Your feedback is important to them and will provide the team with valuable feedback on how they’re doing at CPCC. Thank you.
Questions? Email support@inmoment.com.

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Sensoria starts this Friday with a great line-up that features more than 80 events. For details about each event feel free to check out our website, visit http://sensoria.cpcc.edu//

Also, if you haven’t gotten a copy of the 2015 Sensoria program, check it out here.

Ticket Specials

Battle of the Composers: Verdi vs. Wagner presented by CPCC Opera Theatre ($5 tickets for CPCC faculty, staff and students)

Halton Theater

Friday, April 10 , 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 11, 8 p.m.

Sunday, April 12, 2:30 p.m.

As America well knows, battles between the North and South are not uncommon, and the operatic world has its own North and South conflict. Only this conflict was born North and South of the Swiss Alps. The Italian composer, Giuseppe Verdi and the German composer, Richard Wagner defined the Romantic Period of Opera. They were born in the same year, were both renowned composers during their lifetimes, and are both operatic legends; but that is where the similarities end. Join CPCC Opera Theatre as we battle it out between these two operatic greats!


August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone ($5 tickets for CPCC faculty, staff and students)

Pease Auditorium

Friday, April 10, 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 11, 8 p.m.

Sunday, April 12, 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 16, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, April 17, 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 18, 8 p.m.

Sunday, April 19, 2:30 p.m.

Set in Pittsburgh in 1911, this drama by the author of The Piano Lesson and Fences is the story of the denizens of a boardinghouse who each have a different relationship to a past of slavery as well as to the urban present. The boarders include the proprietors, an eccentric clairvoyant with a penchant for old country voodoo, a young homeboy up from the South and a mysterious stranger who is searching for his wife.


Charlotte Concerts Presents Inon Barnatan & Alisa Weilerstein (Group special of 1/2 off tickets for CPCC faculty, staff and students)

Halton Theater

Friday, April 17, 8 p.m.

Inon Barnatan has been hailed “a true poet of the keyboard: refined, searching, and unfailingly communicative.” His sincerity and expressiveness brings audiences into each phrase as if hearing them for the first time, rivaling his technical abilities and sensitive phrasing. Barnatan has been named the New York Philharmonic’s first Artist in Association, and has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras. Cellist Alisa Weilerstein’s passion, commitment and breathtaking technique combined with undeniable musicianship make her one of today’s most exciting artists. A 2011 MacArthur Fellowship recipient, she is also an exclusive recording artist for Decca Classics and has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, among others. Together, these two artists offer an alluring and passionate musical event not to be missed!


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