Former RNC Week & Fall Break

Don’t forget to register for the fall semester — classes start on Monday, August 10 (just a little more than a week from now) so you’re running out of time to make sure you get the classes you need.

The August 10 start to the fall semester is earlier than usual because of the planned impact of the Republican National Convention (RNC). As you recall, the college had planned to close during the week the RNC was scheduled to take place in Charlotte – August 22-28. The reason the college planned to close was to avoid the challenges the convention would present to our students and employees in trying to reach campus and to accommodate facilities requests made by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department connected to the RNC.

Although the RNC initially moved the largest parts of the convention from Charlotte to Jacksonville, FL, it recently announced the cancellation of all major events, due to the pandemic.

Given that there will no longer be any large-scale RNC events in Charlotte, the college will not close August 22-28. The college will be open and operating on a normal schedule, and this week will become “remote learning days” for students and faculty. While there will be no on-campus classes during that week, Online, Hybrid, and Blended courses will continue online only.

For the safety and well-being of our campus community, we will complete the vast majority of face-to-face instruction prior to the Thanksgiving holiday (Nov. 26-29). Some courses are being taught under a compressed timeline so they can be concluded by the Thanksgiving holiday, while others will go fully online after Thanksgiving to finish any remaining classwork. The fall semester will end Dec. 11.

Please note: The college will observe and be closed on Labor Day (Sept. 7) but has made the difficult decision to eliminate Fall Break (Oct. 12-13). These two days will also become remote learning days. While there will be no on-campus classes during that time, Online, Hybrid, and Blended courses will continue online only. This decision was made to both minimize the possible virus spread associated with travel, and to give more time to faculty and students since the college has had to adjust course schedules and delivery methods.

If you have questions about the remote learning days for your specific course, please contact your instructor.

We understand these schedule changes may disrupt your previous plans and we greatly appreciate your patience as we try to make the best decisions we can for the health, safety, and success of our college community.

Free Loaner Chromebooks and WiFi Hotspots Available

If you’re having trouble accessing technology, we want to do all we can to ensure you continue in your classes and achieve your academic goals this fall. A limited number of Chromebooks and WiFi hotspots are available for loan — at no cost — to students in need.

You can apply to receive one of the devices by completing the “Student and Employee Application for Laptop & Hotspots” or reading more about this opportunity at Central Piedmont’s Single Stop Web page. Eligible students must be enrolled in a degree or transfer program for the fall semester.

Applications will be processed within 24 hours and devices are mailed each week. Please note, Gambrell Scholars should not apply as there will be additional information regarding Chromebook distribution shared directly with scholars separately.

Students needing assistance with the application or those without connectivity should call the Single Stop office at 704.330.6435.

Students will be able to use these devices as long as they are enrolled in fall classes. We will make every effort to loan devices to students in need – Chromebooks and hotspots will be distributed on a first come first servedbasis while supplies last. Apply today!

Please email singlestop@cpcc.edu for more information.

Complete the U.S. Census Today! Deadline Extended to Oct. 31.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the U.S. Census in April!

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the U.S. Census Bureau has adjusted its operations so that the self-response period will now continue through October 31. What does that mean? You and your neighbors can complete the census — online, over the phone or by mail — now through October.

Your participation will help shape the future of Mecklenburg County, so please take a few minutes out of your day to complete the Census questions and help spread the word:

  • Email or text your friends a challenge to complete the census
  • Share information with your clubs and groups
  • Take a photo and post it on social media with #MakeMeckCount
  • Your own (socially distanced) idea for outreach!

Curious about how the data will be used, what you will be asked, and more? Visit MeckCounts2020.com to educate yourself on everything there is to know about the U.S. Census and how your participation can help generate funding for our local community and beyond.

Thank you for making it count!

Instructions on How to View Course Delivery for Fall

Fall semester classes will begin on Aug. 10, and be taught in multiple formats – online, hybrid, blended, and face-to-face. (Hybrid and blended courses include both online and some face-to-face instruction.)

To determine if your classes are online, a mixture of online and in-person, or completely in-person, follow these steps:

  1. Log into MyCollege.
  2. Select ‘Student Planning.’
  3. Select ‘Go to Plan and Schedule.’
  4. Make sure the term at the top of this page says ‘Fall 2020.’
  5. Click on the ‘Print’ button.

This page will give you the clearest view of how your class will be delivered. You can print, print to PDF, or screen capture the schedule from a phone. Please note:

  • In the ‘Location’ column, if you only see ONLINE for that section, there will be no on-campus instruction.
  • If you see only campus buildings and rooms, that class will only meet in-person at the location(s) listed.
  • If you see both ONLINE and a campus building and room, that class will have a mixture of in-person and online instruction.

Courses are in the process of being updated and the college will announce when all updates are finalized by Friday, July 17. Please check your schedule in MyCollege periodically.

Gov. Cooper Extends Phase 2, Announces K-12 Re-opening Plan

Gov. Roy Cooper announced North Carolina will stay in Phase Two of re-opening for another three weeks. Phase Two will stay in effect at least until Aug. 7, Cooper said during his July 14, news conference.

“Our virus trends are not spiking like some other states,” Cooper said. “We have hospital capacity, and our percent positive is still high, but it’s steady. However, our numbers are still troubling, and they could jump higher in the blink of an eye.”

In late-June, Cooper extended Phase Two of the reopening plan to July 17.

Cooper also announced K-12 public schools will re-open under a “moderate social distancing” plan that limits how many people can be on campus, with many students getting a mix of in-person and remote instruction. The re-opening plan requires daily temperature and health screening checks and face coverings to be worn by all school employees and students, including elementary students. Most public students are scheduled to return to school on Aug. 17.

Cooper said school districts will be allowed to re-open with remote-only instruction if they feel it’s needed for the health and safety of students. He warned the state could switch to requiring all schools to use online-only instruction if COVID-19 cases spike.

Central Piedmont announced July 7, that fall semester classes will begin on Aug. 10, and be taught in multiple formats – online, hybrid, blended and face-to-face. (Hybrid and blended courses include both online and some face-to-face instruction.)

For the safety and well-being of our campus community, we will complete the vast majority of face-to-face instruction prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. After Thanksgiving, remaining class work will be finished online. Fall classes will end Dec. 11.

Our academic programs are currently updating the course schedule based on how courses will be taught. Some courses will remain in their currently listed format, and in other cases, the format will change, with online instruction replacing some of the face-to-face meeting times.

The majority of students will come to campus a minimal number of times, with the rest of their instruction occurring online. Students should review their schedule in MyCollege periodically over the next few weeks to check for updates.

The college remains committed to delivering a high-quality educational experience regardless of a student’s program or course selection. Central Piedmont is working hard to protect the well-being of everyone in our campus community.

For students who will attend classes on campus, we have adopted the best available practices for educational institutions operating in the pandemic. If you are enrolled in hybrid, blended, or face-to-face courses, 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.

Registration for the fall term is now open. Students who would like to make changes to their schedule, may do so through MyCollege, through the rest of summer and until classes start on Aug. 10. We look forward to seeing you in August.

Barnes & Noble Bookstores Textbook Delivery Delays

Due to COVID 19, Barnes & Noble has experienced delivery delays from publishers that may impact textbook deliveries for students. The bookstore is processing all textbook orders as quickly as possible, and all student orders are being processed in the manner in which they were received. Buy your books now in order to receive them as early as possible!

The bookstore will not be open for in-person customer service for the fall 2020 semester until further notice. However, students can log into their B&N accounts to view order status for their deliveries.

Please also note that rented textbooks can be returned free via UPS. You will need your order number to print the UPS shipping label which you can find in the confirmation email from your online order or in any rental reminder emails. The UPS label can be printed on or before your charge date.

Learn more about the easy step-by-step Rental Return instructions and visit the Barnes & Noble website or email sm8008@bncollege.com with any questions.​

Central Piedmont’s Fall Semester Plans

Over the past several weeks, the college has been busy preparing for a safe and successful Fall 2020 term. Through numerous discussions and detailed planning across all units of the college, we are working to provide a safe environment for our students to learn and faculty and staff members to work.

Fall semester classes will begin on Aug. 10, and be taught in multiple formats – online, hybrid, blended and face-to-face. (Hybrid and blended courses include both online and some face-to-face instruction.)

For the safety and well-being of our campus community, we will complete the vast majority of face-to-face instruction prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. After Thanksgiving, remaining class work will be finished online. Fall classes will end Dec. 11.

Our academic programs are currently updating the course schedule based on how courses will be taught. Some courses will remain in their currently listed format, and in other cases, the format will be changed, with online instruction replacing some of the face-to-face meeting times.

When you log in to create or view your schedule in MyCollege, classes will be listed as HY for Hybrid (majority online with a few in-person meetings), BL for Blended (less than half of the class can be completed online) or IN for Internet (the entire class is online). These designations are currently being updated in MyCollege, but should be accurate by the end of the month.

The majority of students will come to campus a minimal number of times, with the rest of their instruction occurring online. Courses are in the process of being updated. Please review your schedule in MyCollege periodically over the next few weeks. We want to be transparent about schedule adjustments and give you time to digest any changes.

We remain committed to delivering a high-quality educational experience regardless of your program or course selection. Central Piedmont is working hard to protect the well-being of everyone in our campus community.

For those of you who will attend classes on campus, we have adopted the best available practices for educational institutions operating in a pandemic, and we need your pledge to follow our safety protocols. If you are enrolled in hybrid, blended, or face-to-face courses, 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, and staying home if you feel ill at all.

Registration for the fall term is now open. If you would like to make changes to your schedule, you may do so through MyCollege, through the rest of summer and until classes start on Aug. 10.

Thank you for your trust in Central Piedmont. We look forward to seeing you in August.

CARES Act Relief Grants for Students

Over the next year, Central Piedmont will receive more than $10 million from the U.S. Department of Education through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This funding is intended to support students and institutional expenses related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over $5 million will be disbursed directly to eligible students for qualifying expenses related to the disruption of campus operations, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, and child care. Due to federal regulations, Central Piedmont will only be able to provide grants to students who are eligible for federal financial aid (Title IV aid) and who meet additional eligibility requirements.

Central Piedmont is working hard to contact all eligible students by email. If you are eligible, you will receive an email from the Central Piedmont Financial Aid Office with additional instructions for how to apply. The email will be sent to your official Central Piedmont student email account. Be sure to check your college email ( and remind your friends) to ensure you don’t miss this opportunity for financial assistance.

Please visit the Central Piedmont CARES Act website for the most up-to-date information regarding eligibility, disbursement, and general CARES Act related information. 

Not eligible? We are still here to support you! Visit the Central Piedmont Cares page for information regarding other available resources, including other emergency financial assistance. If you need additional help, fill out the Central Piedmont Cares student form.

Advisory: Gov. Cooper Announces Face Coverings Order, Extends Phase Two

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced today the state will remain in Phase Two for another three weeks, while making face coverings mandatory in public. Phase Two will remain in effect until July 17.

“We’re adding this new requirement because we don’t want to go backward,” Cooper said. “We want to stabilize our numbers so we can continue to safely ease restrictions, and most importantly, get our children back in school.”

Exceptions to the statewide mask requirement apply to children under 11, those with certain medical conditions, and people exercising outdoors away from other people.

Central Piedmont will announce its plans for the upcoming fall semester sometime after the July 4 holiday, but well before the start of the term. Students will have ample time to register for classes and make work and childcare arrangements before the semester opens on Aug. 10.

Preliminary plans for the semester include offering classes that are completely online, class sections that are primarily online, classes that will combine online and in-person instruction, and a smaller percentage of traditional in-person classes.

Registration for fall semester classes is open, and students are encouraged to register now for the best selection of options. There will be a short registration pause June 26 – 30 for the end-of-fiscal-year closeout. Fall registration will resume on July 1.

As a reminder, the Student Guide to Returning to Campus and the Employee Guide to Returning to Campusare easy to find on the college website. Students and employees should read through the guidebooks carefully to be aware of the safety protocols and practices the college has put in place to keep everyone safe. On the same web page, you can find student and employee videos that provide information about our new safety guidelines.

Please remember: everyone going to a Central Piedmont campus must wear a face covering. This is a good safety practice and follows the new state order and Mecklenburg County rule. Everyone coming to campus also must submit a Health Acknowledgement form weekly. The form is a way for students, employees, and visitors to attest to their current good health and lack of any known recent contact with COVID-19, and a commitment to follow safety best practices while on campuses.

Access the student Health Acknowledgement Form on the “Returning to Campus” Web page.

Access the faculty/staff Health Acknowledgement Form.

Thank you for your partnership as we keep our focus on your safety and your success.

Free Online Tutoring by the Academic Learning Center

The Academic Learning Center (ALC) has moved to online tutoring. The ALC offers FREE one-on-one tutoring for all Central Piedmont curriculum students to help with academic coursework and develop skills necessary for learning success. Experienced tutors have earned advanced degrees in:

  •    Math/Accounting
  •     Writing/English
  •     Science

Schedule your tutoring appointments using Schedulicity today! Please contact alc@cpcc.edu or 704 330-6423 with any questions or concerns.

If you have never used Schedulicity to schedule an appointment please view this video on how to schedule a tutoring appointment.

Advisory: Returning to Campus Guide for Students

The college’s Student Guide for Returning to Campus (v. 1) has been posted on the Central Piedmont website. Please take the time to read the guide carefully before returning to campus for scheduled classes. The vast majority of students should not come to campus at this time unless reporting for a scheduled meeting under the direction of your instructor.

All Central Piedmont students are expected to follow the protocols and practices outlined in the Student Guide for Returning to Campus. These have been put in place to keep all of us safe when on campus.

We all have a responsibility to keep ourselves and each other safe and healthy. By working together – wearing face coverings, practicing social distancing, washing our hands frequently, staying home if we feel ill, and keeping our campus spaces clean – we can make the resumption of on-campus classes a success while keeping everyone safe.

Visit the college’s COVID-19 Web page for the most up-to-date information related to the coronavirus, including our plans to safely return to campus.

FASFA Deadline Approaching – Don’t Wait!

To keep you moving forward with your educational goals at Central Piedmont, our Financial Aid office is available remotely to assist you with the completion of your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

If you don’t fill out the FAFSA, you risk losing out on money that you might be eligible for – so don’t wait! The deadline is June 30, 2020.

If you apply for Central Piedmont and external scholarships, you will need to have completed the FAFSA which is the primary form used by federal, state, and financial assistance programs to determine your eligibility for grants, work-study, and scholarships.

If you haven’t done so already, complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA today and contact Financial Aid at (704) 330-6942 or visit us online, if you need help.

Counseling Services: Social Well-Being During COVID-19

Students, how are you holding up? This pandemic has some families spending more time together, while others find themselves unable to see loved ones. Do relationships feel like way too much work? Are you struggling with feelings of sadness missing spending time with your loved ones?

Join Counseling Services for a Virtual Webinar, Wednesday, June 24th at 1:30pm to learn how to cope with social distancing and strained relationships. Feel free to share how you are coping or struggling and learn some new strategies to improve communication with your significant other, family members or children and your relationship with self.

Come discuss tips on managing relationships while social distancing. Email sylvia.bowie@cpcc.edu for webinar link to join.

Call to Artists: Bill and Patty Gorelick Gallery Accepting Exhibit Proposals

Central Piedmont’s Bill and Patty Gorelick Gallery is accepting exhibit proposals for 2021-2022.

Entries
  • Work may be paintings, drawings, mixed media, photographs, prints, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, or fiber art.
  • Prints and photos must be original and printed by the photographer.
  • All works must be original – no copies or photographs of other art will be accepted.

Submission

Please include the following:
  • cover letter outlining your exhibition proposal
  • your bio
  • a résumé including your last three exhibits
  • 5-10 digital images
  • an image list detailing title, date, medium, and dimensions
  • your affiliation, if any, to the college
Central Piedmont’s Bill and Patty Gorelick Galleries are non-traditional gallery spaces. For more information on the galleries, please contact Vanessa Shelton Stolen at 704.330.6869, or visit Central Piedmont art galleries online.
Submissions may be emailed to foundation@cpcc.edu. Submission deadline is August 15, 2020.
Mail packets to:
Central Piedmont Foundation
Attn. Bill and Patty Gorelick Gallery
P.O. Box 35009
Charlotte, NC 28235

Student Guidelines for Returning to Campus

As Central Piedmont slowly returns to campus, keeping students as healthy and safe as possible remains our top priority. By working together, we can resume on-campus classes and student services while keeping everyone safe. All students are expected to comply with college guidelines and safety best practices. Please review the video guide below on how students can safely return to campus.