Central Piedmont and Queens University to make special announcement on Sept. 25

Central Piedmont Community College President, Kandi W. Deitemeyer, Ed. D.

Please join Central Piedmont President Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer and Queens University President Daniel Lugo for a virtual press conference on Friday, Sept. 25, at 9:30 a.m., to announce a new initiative that will expand access to higher education in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region and beyond.

During the event, Dr. Deitemeyer and President Lugo will announce the new initiative, followed by remarks from Lauren-Dionne Scott, a Queens student and Central Piedmont graduate.

To access the virtual press conference, please visit: https://webinar.ringcentral.com/j/1499181307

Please note: Prior to the event, you will need to download Ring Central to your device to view it live.

We hope to “see” you there!

Virtual Career Services: Get Answers About Your Career Plan

You want a career plan and answers instead of uncertainty?  With spring registration coming up,  now is the time to think ahead.  Career Services Online “It’s a ‘Major’ Decision” sessions can help.  In an hour, you will learn the basics of making a career decision, including how to:

  • choose your program of study or future transfer major
  • get reliable information about where the jobs are in Charlotte (and beyond)
  • find out what degree is needed for the job you want and how much it pays

Open to prospective and current Central Piedmont students – so invite your friends who are interested in attending Central Piedmont too!  Sessions are starting this week and held Wednesdays at noon and Thursdays at 4 pm.  Click here to sign up!

Career Services at Central Piedmont helps students with career/major decision, job search and connects students with employers. Visit our website​ or connect with us on Facebook @ CPCCCareerServices and let us help elevate your career.

FERPA: Annual Notification of Student Rights

Central Piedmont remains dedicated to protecting your student educational records. Learn more about your rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, (FERPA) by reading the annual notification below. For additional information about FERPA, visit cpcc.edu/ferpa.

Annual Notification of Rights Under FERPA:

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords you the following rights with respect to your education records when you turn 18 years old or enter a post-secondary institution at any age:

  • The right to inspect and review your education records. To review records, students and former students may contact Student Records, present valid photo identification, and request in writing to review the record. Central Piedmont will provide access to the record within 30 days.
  • The right to request amendment of education records that you believe are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of your privacy rights under FERPA.You may question information in your educational records that you believe to be incorrect or inaccurate. This request must be in writing and must be submitted to the Dean of Admissions, Registration, Records, and Graduation. All requests for corrections will be acted upon within 30 work days of receipt of the request. If the dean can verify that such data are, in fact, in error, appropriate corrections will be made. You will be notified in writing when the correction has been completed. If an error cannot be readily substantiated, the request will be referred to an Ad Hoc Hearing Committee appointed by the Vice President for Student Affairs. After you have had the opportunity to present the case to the hearing committee, the committee will render a decision in writing, stating the reasons for its decision.
  • The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in your education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.Directory information may be disclosed without your written consent. Central Piedmont Community College has declared the following information to be directory information: your name; your city of residence; dates of attendance; major field of study or program; credentials earned and dates awarded.
  • One exception which permits disclosure without your consent is disclosure to school officials who have a legitimate educational interest in the record. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official is performing a task that is specified in his or her position description or by a contract agreement, performing a task related to your education, or performing a task related to your discipline.
  • The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Central Piedmont Community College to comply with the requirements of FERPA.

The name and address of the office that administers FERPA compliance is:

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202-5920
Phone: 1.800.USA.LEARN or 1.800.872.5327

Virtual Counseling Services: Mindfulness Series

Have you been looking for a way to cope with the daily stressors of being a student? Join Counseling Services for online sessions to learn how to manage stress with mindfulness. Research shows that practicing mindfulness is beneficial in many areas, including:

  • better sleep
  • lower stress levels
  • improved attention
  • dealing with depression and anxiety

Through practice and discussion, learn to strengthen your ability to “begin again” in the present moment. Whether you are brand new to mindfulness or have been practicing for years, these sessions are for you. Designed specifically for students, each session focuses on a different area of mindfulness practice. Attend one or all sessions.

All sessions are on Thursday from 10:30–11:30 a.m.

  • September 17: Introduction to Mindfulness
  • October 15: Living in the Present Moment
  • November 19: Mindful Eating

REGISTER

Request the meeting links

Before the session(s), learn how to use Webex.

QUESTIONS

Contact stephanie.boyd@cpcc.edu or heather.sullivan@cpcc.edu with any questions or concerns.

SGA Elections: Cast Your Vote Next Week!

Elections for new officers of the Central Piedmont’s Student Government Association Executive Committee are taking place next week! SGA leaders serve for a full-year term, representing the needs and interests of all students at Central Piedmont. They provide feedback to college administrators and committees, support student organizations with funding and resources, and support the campus SGA Councils in their work on all of Central Piedmont’s campuses, and even in our remote learning environment.

Learn about this year’s SGA  candidates and cast your vote next week! SGA elections are currently being held online September 15 at 8:01am through Sept. 17 at 11:59pm. All positions are elected by the student body (Central Piedmont employees do not vote).

Questions? Contact student.life@cpcc.edu.

International Education Prevalent at NC Community Colleges

NC State’s Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research recently released its International Education at North Carolina Community Colleges report, and Central Piedmont’s efforts in providing international education opportunities to its students were featured in the report’s findings.

The report is a collaboration between the Belk Center and the North Carolina Community College System Office and uses data collected during the 2019-2020 academic year to explore how North Carolina community colleges address the system’s mission to “develop a globally and multi-cultural competent workforce.”

The report provides a broad overview of what sorts of international education opportunities are available at NC community colleges and suggests that international education is much more prevalent at NC community colleges than national data indicates.

Central Piedmont has been offering study abroad experiences to its students and members of the local community in for more than 20 years. Each year, during spring break and the summer term, Central Piedmont faculty members lead short-term study abroad excursions to a variety of locations across the globe, including: Ecuador, Italy, Greece, Japan, Thailand, Peru, Tanzania, and many others.

Since the college’s 2020 study abroad programs were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Global Learning Office has turned its attention to:

  • providing students with virtual, international exchange experiences
  • encouraging students to apply for the Scholars of Global Distinction program
  • ensuring the college’s curriculum includes a global learning perspective

To learn more, please contact global.learning@cpcc.edu or visit cpcc.edu/academics/global-learning/study-abroad.

Campus Activities Board – How Can You Get Involved?

Greetings fellow, students!

My name is Jamie Roldan-Moquete, Executive Director for the Campus Activities Board (CAB) for the 2020-2021 academic year. CAB is a student-led organization that provides social, educational, and recreational events and activities. 

As an organization that serves the Central Piedmont Campus Community, our goal is to offer opportunities to strengthen student engagement and enhance your college experience. Although we would love to be on campus interacting with each other face-to-face, we’ve worked hard throughout the summer transitioning to a 100% virtual environment. The best part is we can now stay connected across all Central Piedmont campuses.

Did you know that all of the events we host are free and developed by students, just like you? Take a break from the books and get involved in several fun and memorable events this fall semester. 

For more information, please visit the college website and follow us on Instagram for event updates and giveaways! (@cabcentralpiedmont)

Thank you and best of luck this year!

Jamie Roldan-Moquete

Advisory: Contractors enhancing security systems on Central Campus Sept 8 – 18

Contractors with Security 101 will be on Central Campus, Sept. 8 – 18, between 7 a.m. – 5 p.m., installing ID card access mechanisms to several classroom and common area doors located in all of Central Campus’s buildings, except Giles, Zeiss, the New Classroom Building, and Worrell.

Card access is being installed on multiple doors to enhance security measures and ensure only individuals with an official Central Piedmont ID are granted access to specific areas located inside Central Piedmont’s buildings.

Contractors will be using loud hand tools, such as power saws, to complete the installations, which includes partially cutting the door frame and adding the electronical components needed to lock/unlock the door when authorized.

We are aware some classes will be in session on these days/times. Crews have been asked to make every effort to limit any noise disruptions. Since the majority of Central Piedmont courses are being conducted online this semester, the number of classes impacted by this work is expected to be minimal.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact College Security Services at 704.330.6632.

North Carolina Scholars of Global Distinction Program

Interested in becoming a global citizen? Join the NC Scholars of Global Distinction Program.

This honors program is a partnership between UNC Chapel Hill and other NC Community Colleges which prepares students for the global job market. Through NC Scholars of Global Distinction, students are able to enhance leadership, communication and presentation skills. Students who complete the program are exposed to globalized coursework, international events and a global immersion. These components not only benefit students educationally, but also impact them personally.

Check out this NC Scholars Presentation to learn details about the program. For questions and more information, contact Julie.Grahl@cpcc.edu

Top Ways to Stay Connected This Week

During this time where we’re all online together, it’s still possible to stay connected to each other and to Central Piedmont. Let Student Life & Service-Learning offer you some easy ways to maintain your connections virtually!

  1. Central Piedmont is hosting a food share event on Harris Campus, where members of our community can get access to FREE food! The best part is, you don’t even have to leave your car, because it’s a Drive-Thru event! Join us Friday, September 11, 10:30 – 11:30 am. Advance registration is required. Register Today!
  2. Perspectives: Book Club: Service-Learning invites you to learn from other’s experiences through reading their stories. Students will read each month’s book and join us in the discussion each third Friday at 1:00. To learn more, please contact Lindsey.Graves@cpcc.edu.
  3. Service-Learning Dialogue Series: Be apart of the conversation! Join in on one of our dialogue series on current events, racial justice, or social justice. Contact Lauren.Estes@cpcc.edu to learn more.
  4. Click and Relax, Wednesday, September 2 from 4pm-5pm: Click and add color to many historic works of art from history via Google Arts and Culture experiments. Listen to relaxing music or top hits while you re-create historic works of art. You will be able to engage with other students, staff, and share your works. Zoom link.
  5. “Lunch and Introduction,” Thursday, September 3 from 12pm-1pm: The Library and Academic Learning Center will present information regarding virtual services and engage directly with students to answer questions and provide resources. Zoom link.
Visit the Student Events Calendar and follow Student Life Instagram @cpccstudentlife to learn more about upcoming student events.

Questions? Ideas? Email student.life@cpcc.edu and let us know!

Virtual Student Resources Week

Student Life is excited to host the first virtual Student Resources Week. We recognize the challenges that can come with taking classes remotely. Join us for Student Resources week, September 8 through 11, to learn from the many different resources the college offers to help you succeed as a student at Central Piedmont.

Throughout the week, you can watch videos about each support resource on FlipGrid. In their video, each support service will introduce themselves and what they offer. Student Life staff will also be available on Zoom each day from 3:30–4:30 p.m. to answer your questions.

As part of participating in Student Resources Week, you can enter to win one of three Apple AirPods with wired charging case. 

To participate, join us for the Zoom meeting each day, or go directly to FlipGrid to submit any questions regarding the resources available. You will need to sign in using your Central Piedmont login credentials. Learn more about Student Resources Week.

For more information, please contact John.Gomez@cpcc.edu.

Advisory: Gov. Cooper Moves to Reopening Phase 2.5

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced Tuesday, Sept. 1, he is moving the state into Phase 2.5. Businesses like gyms and museums in Mecklenburg County and across the state closed since March because of the COVID-19 pandemic can reopen Friday, Sept. 4, at 5 p.m.

In summary, the Governor’s order states:

  • Gyms and other indoor exercise facilities can open at 30 percent capacity.
  • The limits on mass gatherings will increase to 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors.
  • Playgrounds can open. Museums and aquariums can open at 50 percent capacity.
  • Capacity limits at restaurants and personal care businesses like hair and nail salons will stay the same.
  • Some places will remain closed, including bars, nightclubs, movie theaters, indoor entertainment & amusement parks. Large venues will still be subject to the mass gathering limits.
  • The statewide age requirement for face coverings includes children as young as five.

Fall semester classes are being taught in multiple formats — online, hybrid, blended, and face-to-face. (Hybrid and blended courses include both online and some face-to-face instruction.) The full 16-week semester began Aug. 10. Short session fall classes begin Sept. 14, Oct. 14, and Nov. 11.

For students who attend classes on campus, please read the Student Guide to Returning to Campus carefully. It will be important you follow all of the safety practices detailed in the guide. These include wearing a face covering, keeping a social distance from others, washing your hands frequently, self-monitoring for possible COVID-19 symptoms, and staying home if you feel ill at all.

Employees are encouraged to read the Guide for Returning to Campus to learn how to best keep their teammates and students as healthy and safe as possible going forward.

Class registration for the fall term is ongoing through Nov. 10.

Central Piedmont Announces Fall Semester Exhibits for the Bill and Patty Gorelick Program

Central Piedmont Gorelick Galleries are delighted to announce two new exhibits that have joined the gallery this fall semester. The new exhibits will be on display at Harper and Central Campus.
The exhibit on our Harper Campus is showcased at Harper IV and features glass work from artist John Geci. Geci is a glassblower near Penland School of Craft in Western North Carolina. Having been a student and a studio assistant to local glassblowers, Geci learned a diverse array of techniques and approaches to the material becoming a master to his craft. His exhibit features 13 beautifully crafted glass vessels that capture his vision of static motion. His contemporary blown glass pieces illuminate the gallery with stunning color variation and striking patterns. His exhibit is also featured alongside the two-dimensional works of Tom Stanley at Harper Campus.
 
 
The exhibit on our Central Campus is located in the North Classroom Building and features work from artist Barbel Brooks in an exhibit called “Fused Imagination”. Brooks discovered her lifelong passion when beginning to fuse glass 20 years ago. As her art evolved her focus continued to expand with specific areas of inspiration in water, color, and culture.  Her travels along the majestic seas, personal life experience, and background in chemistry and physics have had an influence on her artwork and have brought her pieces to life. This exhibit ranges from decorative glass plates to vibrant wall hangings which can stand alone as well as complement its counterparts. This solo exhibit uses glass with fusing techniques to create unique artwork capturing her infinite colorful imagination.
Both artworks are part of the Gorelick Galleries and are held in open spaces so we encourage if walking through these spaces to have a look around or schedule an appointment by calling the Foundation at 704-330-6869 or email us at foundation@cpcc.edu

Central Piedmont Food Share Event at Harris Campus

Central Piedmont is hosting a food share event on Harris Campus, where members of our community can get access to FREE food! The best part is, you don’t even have to leave your car, because it’s a Drive-Thru event!

Join us Friday, September 11 between 10:30 – 11:30 am.

Advance registration is required. Register Today!

We are offering Halal and Vegetarian option boxes upon request through the registration process. This event has been made possible by the Building Bridges Grant through the Interfaith Youth Core and our collaboration with Loaves & Fishes. The purpose of the grant and this event is to build bridges of understanding in the concept of religious pluralism while responding to the COVID-19 and food insecurity pandemics.

Please contact Jesse.Bennett@cpcc.edu with any questions or for more information.