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Fall into Safety Day
October 25, 2017
CPCC Central Campus, Overcash lawn
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

Learn about the many ways CPCC offers security and safety to the college community. Students are welcome to stop by and learn more from CPCC College Security Services and the various community agencies listed below. 

  • CharMeck Emergency Management
  • CharMeck Police Department
  • Huntersville Police Department
  • Mecklenburg County ABC Board
  • Mecklenburg County Sheriff
  • Safe Alliance
  • Safety and Health Council of NC
  • CPCC Security
  • CPCC Health Sciences

Join FBI Special Agent Brian Cyprian to learn more about the cyber threats and trends we’re facing now, and how to keep safe in an increasingly risky online world. We all know how quickly technology is Cyber Crime image of man in hood over keyboardadvancing in today’s interconnected society, but there are ways we unknowingly put our digital safety at risk. Agent Cyprian runs the cyber squad at the Charlotte Field Office of the FBI and will detail the various cyber threats we face internationally – and in Charlotte – including cyber scams, identity theft, ransomware and phishing; the types and groups of people who are committing these crimes; and what the best practices are to protect yourself, your family and the college from these predators. If time permits, Special Agent Cyprian will also take questions at the end of his discussion and can talk with students about the career opportunities in his field. Due to the sensitivity of the information presented by the FBI at this event, we are not able to record or live-stream this presentation.

·         Date: Tuesday, October 31

·         Time: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

·         Location: Central Piedmont Community College, Central Campus, Overcash Center (Halton Theater) – 1206 Elizabeth Ave.

·         Open to CPCC students, faculty and staff


In honor of Dr. Deitemeyer’s upcoming inauguration on Nov. 3, CPCC’s Service-Learning and Student Life teams have coordinated a number of community outreach initiatives focused on feeding Charlotte’s hungry during the week of Oct. 30.

CPCC students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in the following events taking place at CPCC campus near you! Enjoy a free dessert from one of the on-site food trucks (while supplies last!), sign a well wish card for Dr. Deitemeyer and more!

Help us reach our goal of making 2,500 sandwiches during this special week of service. We look forward to seeing you there!

Monday, Oct. 30
Merancas Campus

Urban Ministries – Making PB&J Sandwiches Event
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Levine Campus
Urban Ministries – Making PB&J Sandwiches Event
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Levine II, Second Floor, Atrium

Tuesday, Oct. 31

Harper Campus

Urban Ministries – Making PB&J Sandwiches Event
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Harper I, Lobby near Security Office

City View

Urban Ministries – Making PB&J Sandwiches Event
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Fall Fest

Harris Campus

Urban Ministries – Making PB&J Sandwiches Event
10 a.m. – noon and 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Harris I, Lobby

Thursday, Nov. 2

Central Campus
Urban Ministries – Making PB&J Sandwiches Event
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Overcash Center, Lobby

Cato Campus
Urban Ministries – Making PB&J Sandwiches Event
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Cato I, Room 024

For the sixth-consecutive year, CPCC is partnering with the Project Life Movement, a campus-based national marrow donor organization, to solicit new donors to the National Bone Marrow Registry List in

Project Life

Project Life

honor of Dr. Deitemeyer’s inauguration on Nov. 3.

CPCC and Project Life invite students to attend its upcoming Drive Thru Swabbing event, being held on CPCC’s Central Campus from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., on Nov. 1, in the Overcash Driveway.

CPCC-based student organizations, including Rotaract Club, Cytotechnology Student Association and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, are all partnering with CPCC Service-Learning/Student Life to play a key leadership role in this initiative which seeks to add 700 new donors to the National Bone Marrow Registry List.

During the event, participants will have the inside of their cheeks swabbed for a tissue sample and complete paperwork. The process will take no longer than 10 minutes. After completing the registration process, participants will not only be added to the National Bone Marrow Registry List, but also have the opportunity to enjoy a free lunch – provided by CPCC’s Baking & Pastry Arts students – sign a well wish card for Dr. Deitemeyer and win a variety of prizes.

Come out and be a part of the movement and help save a life!

CPCC’s partnership with Loaves & Fishes continues during Dr. Deitemeyer’s inauguration week when Loaves & Fishes sets up food barrels at each CPCC campus between Oct. 19 and Nov. 30. The CPCC community is invited to donate non-perishable items during this time.

If you’re not sure what to donate, visit the Loaves & Fishes Priority Needs List. All donated items will help feed individuals and families in need who are experiencing a short-term crisis by providing them with a week’s worth of nutritionally balanced groceries.

Thank you in advance for your generosity and helping a neighbor in need!

As you’re participating in the various Service-Learning events taking place in celebration of Dr. Deitemeyer’s upcoming inauguration on Nov. 3, don’t miss the opportunity to write her a well wish card. Staff will be on hand to direct you to the card signing table at each event where you’ll have the opportunity to write a personal message to her as she officially begins her tenure as CPCC’s fourth president. Completed cards will be displayed at the Inauguration Luncheon (which students are invited to!) on Nov. 3 for all to read! Thank you for participating!

The 2018-19 FAFSA is available now! Need help completing the FAFSA? Try these online tutorials! You don’t have to wait until January.

·  2018-19 New Filers

·  2018-19 Renewal Filers

·  2018-19 Making Corrections to the FAFSA

Nothing But Noodles is generously donating a portion of their proceeds to the CPCC Study Abroad Medical Service Learning Project. Support the cause by dining at the restaurant anytime on Thursday, Nothing But NoodlesOctober 26.  Please mention “Study Abroad” at the register.  Thank you!

The Standards of Academic Progress policy is changing from term to cumulative GPA.  Students will be notified by email of any changes to their status.  View more information.


The RISE (Resources Inspiring Student Excellence) Leadership Lunch series offers insightful and informational presentations about success through the educational journey.


The meetings are available at every CPCC campus and the City View Center once per month, for all female CPCC students. All female CPCC students are invited to become a RISE member and connect with college administrators and other students. RISE provides a student-friendly environment to enhance learning experiences. Other benefits include:  

  • Meet new people from around the College and the community.
  • Hear dynamic presentations on a range of academic success topics.
  • Develop leadership skills.
  • Enhance ideas by learning other’s perspectives.
  • Leverage college resources for maximum personal benefit.
  • Become involved in a student-friendly environment.
  • Pay zero joining fees or dues!
  • Enjoy a FREE lunch
  • Meet at a campus convenient for your schedule once per month.


Session 1:   Positive Approaches to Conflict Management

noon ● October 18 ● Merancas Campus
10:15 a.m. ● October 19 ● Harper Campus
noon ● October 19 ● Central Campus
12:30 p.m. ● October 19 ● Levine Campus

Session 2:  Overcoming Failure

noon ● November   7 ● Harris Campus
2 p.m. ● November   7 ● City View Campus
12:30 p.m. ● November 14 ● Cato Campus
noon ● November 15 ● Merancas Campus
10:15 a.m. ● November 16 ● Harper Campus
noon ● November 16 ● Central Campus
12:30 p.m. ● November 16 ● Levine Campus


Session 3: Celebrating Your Accomplishments

noon ● December 5 ● Harris Campus
2 p.m. ● December 5 ● City View Campus

Email your name and student ID number to the RISE Office at your campus.

Don’t miss the fall sessions! Reserve your seat via email TODAY! Meeting locations are shared with students who join RISE.  

In order to fill out and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®), you now need a FSA ID, made up of a username and password that you create.

Although the FAFSA is considered your application, one of your parents will have to provide some information on the FAFSA and sign it, if you are considered a dependent student.  Any parent, who wants to electronically sign the FAFSA, will need his or her own FSA ID.

To avoid problems with your financial aid down the road, you (and your parent, if that applies) should create your own FSA ID.  Do not let anyone create it for you.

Please visit the following site to create your FSA ID: https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm

On October 1, 2017, students can begin completing the FAFSA for the 2018-2019 academic year! Do not wait, go online today and complete your 2018-2019 FAFSA. When completing the 2018-2019 FAFSA, Do the FAFSA the Earlier the Betteryou will need your 2016 Federal Tax Returns.

Why should you complete your FAFSA early?

-By completing your FAFSA early, this increases the chances that the student will be able to receive the best possible award package.

-This also provides the student more time to turn in documentation to the school, if additional documents are needed.

If you need assistance with your FAFSA, please stop by any of your Financial Aid Office locations and someone will be able to assist you.

Do you love trivia or have international knowledge you would like to showcase?

The Global Learning Office is seeking CPCC students to participate in the annual WorldQuest international knowledge competition. All costs are covered by the Global Learning Office.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 8

Location: Hilton Charlotte Center City

Address: 222 E. Third St., Charlotte, NC 28202

Dinner: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Program: 6:30 – 9 p.m.

Teams will answer questions related to current events, history, geography and other topics of global significance. This year’s categories include:

                    World Flags

                    Geography of Italy

                    Saudi Arabia in Transition

                    History of the Cold War

                    Venezuela in Crisis

                    World Elections

                    Food, Culture, Dance, and Anything in Between

If you are interested in joining the student team, contact Liza Melms at liza.melms@cpcc.edu or 704.220.2722, ext. 3061. The team will have eight members and two alternates, and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.


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It’s been a difficult time: a mass shooting in Las Vegas; a series of devastating hurricanes; hateful speech and violence erupting in Charlottesville, with the same groups now eyeing Charlotte; and a host of social, political, and economic tensions threatening to divide family and friends. You can practically feel the stress in the air. If you’re also feeling it in your mind or in your heart or in your body, Counseling Services is here to help. Our personal counseling services are confidential and free to CPCC students. To learn more – including how to make an appointment or even refer someone you know – please visit us online at http://www.cpcc.edu/ican/counseling-services/need-counseling.