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Charlotte’s 1.5-mile streetcar line, originally set to open in March, has shifted its timeline to debut some time in June.
Testing on the new line, originally set to occur before the end of 2014, will now begin in March 2014.
For more information, please read this Railway Age article.
In the mean time, please stay tuned to CPCC Today for future updates.

On Saturday, January 17 at 7:45 p.m. an individual impersonating a Matthews police officer stopped a driver near the CPCC Levine Campus (on CPCC Lane near Campus Ridge Road).

The suspect was driving a white Crown Victoria, with a blue light attached to the bumper. According to the victim, the suspect signaled for them to stop and got out of the car, wearing a uniform with an unknown patch and badge. After approaching the car, the suspect, who reportedly was not armed, robbed the victim.

The victim, who was not harmed, described the suspect to police as a white male, approximately 6’ 1”, 190 pounds with black hair and a mustache.

If you have any information regarding this incident, please call the Matthews Police Department at 704.847.5555.

CPCC Security would like to remind campus community members that if you find yourself in a similar situation, to turn on your car flashers, call 911 and pull into a well-lit parking lot where there may be others around.

Police cars are generally well marked and are equipped with emergency blue lights, as well as a siren. Often impersonators have a blue light, but not a siren.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact CPCC Security at 704.330.6632.


Motor Vehicle Crashes are the leading cause of death for 16 to 24 year olds. And in fact one of the leading reasons of death throughout life!  Some of the key factors involved in North Carolina crashes are driver inexperience, driver distractions, driving too fast for conditions, and improper or careless driving.

General Traffic Safety Tips

Don’t drink and drive. Designate a Driver ( Drinking under the age of 21 is illegal)

Avoid sedating medications- check the labels on prescriptions or check with your doctor

Never text while you are driving, it’s the law. Did you know one of the biggest driving distractions that causes crashes for new drivers is eating while driving?

Obey the speed limit. Going too fast gives you less time to react. Speed limits are developed to keep people safe based on the road you are driving, obey them.

Plan ahead, know where you are going and how to get there before you leave.  If new to the area, drive common routes before under pressure to get to places to know the risks and conditions on those roads.

Leave early and plan enough time to get to your destination

Always expect the unexpected- the most useful tool in driving is being able to scan for hazards and anticipate other drivers decision making.

Get enough sleep, most adults need 7 to 9 hours to maintain full alertness during the day

Schedule breaks if your driving long distances – about every 100 miles or 2 hours and arrange for a travel companion if possible.

Practice driving in many conditions when you are a driver less than five years, practice is a protective factor.


Tips compiled from national resources by Carolinas Center for Injury Prevention.  These tips and information do not guarantee the prevention of death or injury and should not be the only source of information used.

For more on traffic safety, visit www.facebook.com/IRIDESAFECAROLINA.

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. SOS Math
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 2106). See you there!

Home Country: Canada Korrie
What is something about your country that others may not know about?
Canada is just as big as the USA and we have as much or more freedom.
Is there a cultural custom about your country you like most?
I really miss Tim Horton’s coffee. An American company just bought them, let’s hope they start to open them around here. Also, it is impossible to find sweet and sour fried ribs here.
What challenges did you face when entering the USA?
I find it offensive by how culturally ignorant people are here. People get hung up on race so much. It is always a white thing or a black thing. Back home we are just people living together. I find this difficult to become accustomed to.
What do you miss most about your country?
 I miss the long summer days. Sunset is not till 10:30 p.m.. Plus the mornings are so cool and crisp even in July.
What do you like most about the USA?
When it comes to a crisis situation, Americans are the ones to drop everything and help out. I’m not just talking about international relief. People seem to care a lot more when bad stuff happens to others.

As we gear up for the spring 2015 semester – classes started Monday, Jan. 12 – we want to share some important reminders to help you during the first week of class. Remember, CPCC is a tobacco-free college. All tobacco products (including anything resembling tobacco products, such as e-cigarettes) are prohibited everywhere at all times. We thank you for your cooperation.

Here are the eight essential things you need to know to be prepared for the new semester:

1. Attend class on the first day. View and print your class schedule at My College (http://mycollege.cpcc.edu/) or through the Student Portal (http://my.cpcc.edu/). Bring a copy of your class schedule to ensure that the location has not changed. Note both the campus and building name for your classes. Look for information tables on campus to help you locate your classrooms or answer questions.

PLEASE NOTE: Tuesday (1/13) was the last day to add a full semester class without permission. The 12-week session begins February 10 and the second eight week session begins March 17. Check CPCC Schedule Builder at https://schedule.cpcc.edu/myschedule/ for course availability.

2. Plan to arrive early to allow enough time to park and find your class. Traffic is heavy during the first two weeks of class. Visit http://www.cpcc.edu/campuses for information about each campus and follow #cpccparking on Twitter for the latest updates.

3. Park only in areas designated for CPCC students. Local businesses do enforce towing.  Student parking decals are available at any campus Cashiering office during regular operating hours and in Central High Room 122 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday during the first two weeks of school.

Parking decals must be displayed by January 30.

4. Use your CPCC Login to access My College (http://mycollege.cpcc.edu/) to find important information such as residency status, priority registration dates, enrollment verification, critical alert information, your student ID number and much more!

5. Pay your tuition by the due date to avoid being dropped from your classes. As of January 3, payment is now due the day of registration. For payment information and due dates visit CPCC Cashiering (http://www.cpcc.edu/cashiering/tuition-payment-dates).  Log into My College (http://mycollege.cpcc.edu/) to view your spring 2015 tuition bill.

6. You will need your student ID to check out materials from the Library, use the testing and fitness centers, or access the computer labs on campus. Student Identification Card information is available online.

7. Read CPCC Today, your student e-newsletter sent to your CPCC email every Wednesday. CPCC Today (http://www.cpcc.edu/cpcc-today) covers a wide range of useful information from registration, parking and payment to important dates and events.

8. Have you received your CPCC Debit Card? If you’re a new curriculum student registered for spring 2015 who receives financial aid, you will receive a CPCC Debit Card. Remember this is NOT a credit card but a refund only card. Once you receive your card, follow the included instructions and select your refund choice. Keep your card in a safe place even if you do not expect a refund this semester, as there is a replacement card fee.

If you have not received your card, make sure you have updated your address through MyCollege (http://mycollege.cpcc.edu/).  For more information, visit www.cpccdebitcard.com. If you have any questions regarding the CPCC debit card, please contact Higher One at 1.866.782.0821 or the cashiering office at 704.330.6964.

Thank you for using your CPCC email account; it is the official means of college email communication to you so please check your account often.

We are here to assist you and are ready to help you reach your academic goals. If you have any questions, call the CPCC Information Center at 704.330.2722 or visit the Student Success Center on your campus.

Even though it is only the first week of class, you can set the tone for a positive and successful semester. CPCC offers many campus resources to help students succeed and accomplish their goals. Everyone at CPCC wants you to do well. Take advantage of the resources available in order to achieve success!

Global Issues Forum: What is Fair?
The People and Principles of Fair Trade

Presented by Ten Thousand Villages

As the global economy grows, fair trade organizations seek to ensure that producers and artisains from developing countries are justly compensated for their goods and have the opportunity to grow sustainable businesses.  Come learn about individuals’ journeys and how it may impact your purchasing decisions.

Thursday, March 19; 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Tate Hall, CPCC Central Campus
Cost: Free and open to the public
For questions or to reserve a space: contact global.learning@cpcc.edu or 704-330-6167


In Need of a Unique Gift? Interested in Global Art?
Ten Thousand Villages Fair Trade Pop Up Store

Beauty is created all over the world, but not every artisan has the means or access to get their products to market.  Ten Thousand Villages began more than 60 years ago when Edna Ruth Byler began selling handcrafted products from Puerto Rico out of the trunk of her car to help eradicate poverty. Today a global network of social entrepreneurs works to empower artisans in developing countries.  CPCC will be hosting a pop up store where you can peruse and buy fair trade items from around the world.

Open 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Overcash Lobby
Open to the public


Sensoria: Test Your Global Knowledge

Think you’ve got what it takes?  Know more about the world around you than your friends?  After visiting the World Experience Event, join CPCC’s Global Learning Office for a chance to test your global knowledge.  We will have trivia questions and games correlating to the regions covered in the World Experience event.  Prizes will be available for our top participants.

Friday, April 17
9:30 a.m. – noon
2nd Floor Lobby Overcash Building (In front of Tate Hall)

Fire Evacuation Point

Fire Evacuation Point

During the past couple of months CPCC Security and the Environmental Health and Safety Department have been working together to implement an Emergency Evacuation Point sign. The purpose of the emergency evacuation signsare to indicate a designated location for building occupants to go in the event a facility needs to be evacuated. The signs have been strategically placed on each campus to give building occupants a safe place to go in the event of a fire or other emergency that requires the building to be evacuated. During programmed fire drills building occupants will have the opportunity to learn their appropriate evacuation point area.

Please contact Senior Safety Technician Brian Davenport at ext. 6591 with any questions.

CPCC will offer journalism classes during the day at the WTVI PBS Charlotte television station in spring 2015.

The station, located at 3242 Commonwealth Avenue, is on the CATS bus line, features free lot parking to all CPCC students and is just three miles from Central Campus. For students coming from a different CPCC campus, class times have been scheduled to allow for sufficient travel time.

The college will offer Introduction to Journalism (JOU110), which provides the core reporting, writing and editing skills for news, feature and sports journalism. JOU110 also fulfills UNCC’s News Writing course and Writing Intensive requirements. JOU110 is available at the CPCC Levine Campus as well.

Writing for Mass Media (JOU216), also scheduled to be held at PBS Charlotte, covers reporting, writing and editing for print, Web, radio, television, public relations and advertising media.

Both courses fulfill college transfer elective requirements.

“The college has built a terrific state-of-the art classroom with computer stations and video editing software for our students housed in the PBS Charlotte building,” said Liz Rogers, journalism discipline chair. “Students in the communications field really benefit from the hands-on opportunities the classes and the technology provide.”

ENG111 is the prerequisite course for both JOU110 and JOU216. Spring 2015 classes begin Jan. 12. Register now!

For more information, contact Ms. Liz Rogers at 704.330.6063 or at elizabeth.rogers@cpcc.edu.

Review journalism course descriptions at https://www.cpcc.edu/digital-media-comm/journalism-communication.

Jose Jose

Home Country: Mexico

What is something about your country that others may not know about?
“ In my country children live with their parents much later in life. It is common for grandchildren, aunts, cousins, and siblings to live in the same house. It seems to me that parents here in the USA want to kick you out once you turn eighteen.”

Is there a cultural custom about your country you like most?
“The customs I miss most has to be the food. You can go to a ‘Mexican’ restaurant, but it does not taste like home.”

What challenges did you face when entering the USA?
“The biggest problem I had was the language.”

What do you miss most about your country?
“I miss my family the most.”

What do you like most about the USA?
“ I like the career opportunities. In my country there were not a lot of options for a career. Your choices were very limited. Here it seems the possibilities are endless.”



CPCC’s Ophthalmic Medical Assistant students are collecting items for a local outreach program. David’s Backpacks for the Homeless collects necessity items in backpacks and distributes them to the homeless community in Mecklenburg and Union Counties. Each backpack is filled with 30 items from toiletries to minor first aid items. Items that are taken for granted by many of us are sometimes a life changing need for others. David’s Backpacks for the Homeless has distributed more than 100 backpacks since February 2014 to local individuals in need.

Help support our students and the community with your donation. The OMA students will be accepting items for donation starting November 14-December 10. Donation boxes are located in Health Careers building, Room 3545 or contact kathleen.rodgers@cpcc.edu for any pickups. Book bags may be donated any time of the year.

Items needed are:

· Gently used or new book bags/backpacks

Sample/Snack/Trial sizes:

· Small size toiletries (shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, mouthwash)

· First aid items (Neosporin, wipes, hand sanitizer, cough drops, anti-diarrheal meds)

· Packaged snacks (crackers, applesauce, cookies, granola bars)

· Seasonal items: Hats, Gloves, Socks

To find out more about David’s Backpacks for the Homeless, visit them on Facebook.

Thank you for your support, “changing lives one backpack at a time.”


The Charlotte region is home to more than 250 companies from German-speaking Europe. These companies represent a variety of fields, including engineering, manufacturing and automotive; and are interested in employees with German Flagboth a working knowledge of their industry and the German language. To address this growing workforce trend, Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) has added a new Technical German class to its already impressive list of non-degree, Corporate and Continuing Education courses.

The new class – Technical German I – will serve as an addition to the college’s four existing German levels, offered through its for-credit, curriculum program.

During class, students will further develop their basic conversational skills, learn about the cultural characteristics of the German workplace and develop basic reading abilities.

“By placing a focus on acquiring a German vocabulary and exploring the business culture of companies from German speaking Europe, we are able to better prepare our students for today’s workforce,” said Daniela Weinert, discipline chair for the German program at CPCC. “Many employees working in German companies have to deal with specifications and manuals written in German, as well as interact with German-speaking colleagues. Our new Technical German classes will teach our students how to tackle these situations with ease and better prepare them for success as working professionals.”

After finishing the new Technical German classes, students will receive a certificate of completion. CPCC will begin offering the classes in spring 2015. To learn more about the college’s new Technical German class, please visit https://services.cpcc.edu/cceoutlines/GER7000/.

Patricia “Pat” Adams retired from CPCC after 27 years of service. She is well-known at the Levine campus as the resident Disability Counselor for Levine students. Pat has an extensive background in the field of special education, both at the K-12 and post-secondary levels. She will truly be missed by the staff, faculty and students at CPCC. The Disability Services family wishes her and her family well as she begins a new journey!

If you were previously assigned to Pat Adams as your Disability Counselor and you wish to continue to receive services from our office, please contact: Tina Hardin, 704.330.2722, ext. 3457

To read this article and to learn more about Disability Services from their blog, please visit: http://blogs.cpcc.edu/disability-services/


Please be alert of ongoing street work connected to the Gold Line Trolley Car project. From Dec. 5 to at least Dec. 19, the right lane of Elizabeth Avenue, in both directions, will be closed at Pease Lane and the Overcash Building. Be Pease Ln. Stop Locations Mapaware this street work will likely slow traffic and make turning onto Pease Lane from Elizabeth Avenue more difficult. If possible, students and employees driving vehicles should consider alternate routes. If you do drive through this area, please take special care to watch for pedestrians.

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