Koichi Takara receives 2019 Community Impact Student Award


Koichi TakaraCongratulations to Central Piedmont Community College student Koichi Takara who was recently recognized for outstanding leadership and service by North Carolina Campus Compact, a statewide network of colleges and universities with a shared commitment to civic engagement.

Takara received the organization’s 2019 Community Impact Student Award, which honors one student leader at each school, who has demonstrated a deep commitment to community involvement and an ability to inspire others.

Takara has made significant leadership and service contributions both inside and outside the Central Piedmont community since becoming a student in 2018. He is a Foundation Scholar for Peer Mentoring, was elected President of the Student Government Association, and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, Rotaract, and the NC Scholars of Global Distinction program.

As SGA Student Body President, he not only leads the constitutional revision committee to address the needs of the student body, but also strives to engage all six of the college’s campuses by boosting student engagement in the many opportunities and campus organizations the college offers. His efforts have resulted in more students being involved civically and adopting leadership roles.

Says Jesse Bennett, the director of service-learning at Central Piedmont who nominated Takara for the award, “Koichi’s approach is always enthusiastic and compassionate. He possesses a willingness to share skills, knowledge, and expertise on a wide array of subject matter.”

Takara, a Huntersville resident, plans to major in political science and international relations and eventually attend law school after completing his associate in arts degree at Central Piedmont.

Join us for the 16th Annual MLK Challenge

MLK '20 Challenge

The 16th Annual MLK Challenge will take place on January 20, 2020. This event celebrates the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The day incorporates an educational kick-off, service projects, and a reflection wrap-up. The challenge begins with an introduction to King’s life and lessons, then students are randomly assigned to groups and given a service project at a local organization to complete. Students must work together and utilize problem-solving skills in order to finish their task.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided for all participants.

Participants should dress for anything. Students will receive a FREE T-shirt and 8 hours of service but must stay for the entire day.

  • Who: Any Central Piedmont student registered for the Spring 2020 term
  • What: 2020 MLK Challenge
  • When: January 20, 2020 | 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
  • Where: Zeiss 1100
  • Why: Honor the legacy of MLK, serve our community, and meet other Central Piedmont students!

Click HERE to register.

If you have questions or to learn more, please contact Jesse Bennett at jesse.bennett@cpcc.edu, 704.330.6824, or visit the Service-Learning Coordinator on your campus!