Library Move and Other Updates

Welcome to the first day of classes for the spring 2019 semester! There are some important – and exciting – changes happening at the library. The Hagemeyer Learning Resources Center – the old building that housed the Central Campus library – is now closed so the library has moved across the quad to 1241 Charlottetowne Ave., which is beside the curved Citizens Building.

The Learning Resources Center (and Pease Auditorium inside the building) will come down and be replaced by a new, state-of-the art library and student success center for our students. The new facility will also include a replacement of the existing Pease Auditorium and gallery. The new Central Campus library and student success center is scheduled to be completed in 2022.

Even in its new location across the quad, the fantastic library team is still here to assist you.

  • Reading room, group & quiet study spaces
  • Staff available to direct students & provide academic support
  • Computers and printing labs
  • Graphing calculator, laptop, and hotspot checkouts
  • Information Technology Services (ITS) Express services
  • Books & DVDs for checkout

Also, Blackboard orientation sessions are available the first week of classes:

Here’s the breakdown of the departments and services housed in this new location for the Central Campus library:

First floor

  • ITS Help Desk
  • Coppa Coffee (opening February 2019)

Second floor

  • Library Informational desk
  • Computer lab
  • Library Archives
  • Library classroom
  • Learning commons, collaboration space

Third floor

  • Library quiet study spaces
  • English department
  • Library administration
  • Digital Media Services

Visit us at all of our Central Piedmont locations or online at www.cpcc.edu/library

Construction at Merancas Campus

Construction on the new Merancas Campus classroom building will begin on Jan. 3. The driveway and two small parking lots in front of the Claytor building will be fenced off on Jan. 3, and remain closed to employees and students for the duration of the building project. Employees and students will need to park at the TS building or the CJ building.

Construction traffic will enter to the campus by the new Lake Norman Charter and exit the campus at the main drive in front of Claytor.

Thank you for your patience as this exciting construction project gets underway. If you have any questions, please contact Facilities Services at 704-330-6000.

North Carolina Campus Compact Recognizes Central Piedmont Student for Leadership and Service

Congratulations to Central Piedmont Community College student Jacob Hege who was Jacob Hegerecently 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.

Hege received the organization’s 2018 Community Impact Award, which honors one student leader at each school, during the organization’s annual CSNAP student conference, held Nov. 10 at Fayetteville State University.

Hege has made significant leadership and service contributions to the well-being of his fellow students, the Merancas Campus and the community as a whole since joining the Central Piedmont family two years ago. He is an active member of the campus’s Student Government Association, serving as the group’s Senate Chair. In this role, he has helped raise student involvement and awareness of campus events, increased SGA membership to record levels and brokered an agreement with Huntersville Parks and Rec to offer students free, weekly access to the local rec center and gym to promote healthy living.

In addition to spearheading several projects with SGA, he also contributes his leadership talents to Central Piedmont’s Rotoract Club, MAN UP organization, Phi Theta Kappa and Student Ambassador programs.

Says Jesse Bennett, the Student Life coordinator who nominated Hege for the award, “Jacob is an exemplary student, as well as a  person of tremendous character. His demonstrated leadership and vision have already made a positive impact on our campus community, and I have no reservations that his impact will continue to thrive at Central Piedmont long after he graduates.”

Hege, a Huntersville resident, plans to transfer to a four-year institution upon completing his associate of arts degree.

Construction Updates on Demolition of Terrell and Ceramics & Visual Arts Annexes, Pease Lane to Close Next Week

Beginning next week (Nov. 19), two new construction projects will begin at Central Campus, impacting access to Pease Lane:

Terrell Demolition

On Monday, Nov. 19, Pease Lane will close to vehicular traffic from Elizabeth Avenue and only be used for construction traffic. Here is what you need to know about this road closure and how it will impact you as a Central Piedmont student, employee or visitor:

  • Pease Lane will be opened as needed for events at Pease Auditorium.
  • Visitor and accessible parking on Pease Lane will not be available. To accommodate this change, visitor and accessible parking will be available in Parking Lot 5, located behind Central High. Access to this lot is available from Kings Drive. See the Central Campus Map.
  • The small parking lot on the side of Terrell will be closed.
  • The sidewalk along Pease Lane will remain open during construction.

Please note that some staff and faculty offices will remain in Terrell until the end of November. Employees can access Terrell from the Quad entrance.

In the space not being used in Terrell, the removal of furniture and equipment will begin. Once all staff, faculty, furniture and equipment have been removed from the building, the physical building demolition process will begin.

Ceramics and Visual Arts Annexes Demolition

In addition to the changes happening on the Quad, structural demolition of the Ceramics and Visual Arts Annexes, located behind Central High, will begin next week. Construction trucks will be on site, hauling debris such as walls, floors and roof materials from the buildings. Construction vehicles will use Pease Lane to access Sam Ryburn Walk.

Our apologies for the many disruptions taking place on campus; however, this is an exciting time at Central Piedmont as the college builds important new facilities to enhance student success!

College Security Services Campus Safety Update

In response to the two recent student pedestrian incidents at crosswalks on Elizabeth Avenue, the college has taken the following actions:

  • A law enforcement patrol will be parked along Elizabeth Avenue with flashing blue lights on class days from 7-9:30 a.m., noon to 2 p.m., and 5 to 9 p.m. These times will be adjusted to match any changes in pedestrian traffic.
  • The college has contacted Charlotte DOT with the request to repaint all Central Campus crosswalks in a color more noticeable and reflective than white.
  • The college and CMPD have requested that permanent flashing lights be installed at the crosswalks on Elizabeth Avenue. These would be similar to the crosswalk lights at Harper Campus.
  • Campus Security Directors, Student Government Officers, CMPD and Mecklenburg Sheriff Deputies, and Allied Universal Police Officers are kindly reminding students and employees to always use the crosswalks and to always be alert for oncoming vehicles when crossing the street.

 

Thanks,

Central Piedmont’s Dental Hygiene Clinic Offers Affordable Dental Options

Dental Clinic offers affordable dental options

We need dental patients! Central Piedmont’s dental hygiene program needs more patients in order to meet their program requirements.

The Central Piedmont Dental Hygiene Clinic is open to the public. The clinic functions primarily as a training facility for students enrolled in the Dental Hygiene program. Students are supervised by faculty. Appointments are scheduled based on student requirements and typically last up to three hours. Multiple appointments may be required.

The following services are provided for a fee of $35.

  • Dental x-rays
  • Oral Prophylaxis (plaque and tartar removal)
  • Non-surgical Periodontal Therapy
  • Coronal Polishing
  • Fluoride treatment
  • Sealants

Dental screenings are available on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Learn more visit, http://www.cpcc.edu/health_sciences/dental-clinic or call 704.330.6704.

Demolition Work to Start Next Week at Central Campus

As part of the large-scale project to construct a new library and student life center on Central ConstructionCampus, demolition work will begin along Pease Lane on Monday, Oct. 15.

The Visual Arts and Ceramics annexes, attached to the rear of Central High, will be torn down. The work area will be fenced off on or near Oct. 15. The fenced off area will include some parking spaces adjacent to the Visual Arts and Ceramics annexes, plus some ramps and stairs to Pease Lane.

The Pease Lane sidewalk that runs next to Central High will be closed; however, the sidewalk on the other side of Pease Lane will remain open. Pease Lane itself will remain open most of the time during the demolition work. It will close for temporary periods to allow large trucks to haul away demolition debris. Facilities Services will try to give the campus community advanced notice of when Pease Lane will be closed.

We thank you for your patience and understanding as the college moves forward with this exciting and important construction project.

The Workplace Learning Office on Central Campus has Moved!

The Workplace Learning office on Central Campus has moved to the Elizabeth Office Building, located at 1425 Elizabeth Ave. Students needing assistance with co-ops, internships or apprenticeships may connect with the team at their new campus location, online at cpcc.edu/workplacelearning or by phone at 704.330.6217.

Parking Deck 1/Parking on Central Campus

Central Campus Student Parking Deck 1, located at the corner of Charlottetowne Avenue and 7th Street, will remain closed for ongoing repairs throughout the fall semester.

To help with the need for parking spaces on Central Campus, students can park in any of the other decks and in all surface lots. The only exceptions are spaces that require a handicap permit and visitor spaces.

Students should avoid parking on side streets around campus. At the same time, students who drive to campus should arrive well in advance of their first class to given themselves plenty of time to find a parking space. Students who can carpool or use public transportation are encouraged to do so.

Stay Alert for Wildlife on CPCC Campuses

With the heavy rains we’ve had recently, it’s possible snakes and other wildlife have been disturbed. In fact, there have been snake sightings at both the Merancas and Levine campuses (including a copperhead spotted at Merancas!) Please be alert as you make your way around CPCC’s campuses. If you see a snake or other wild animal, please keep your distance, and alert College Security.

In addition to snakes, Canada geese are once again establishing nests on CPCC’s campuses; the largest concentration can be found at the Levine Campus. They are a federally protected species. The geese can become extremely aggressive and territorial if they feel their nests are being threatened, so please try to avoid the geese if possible. If provoked or if the geese feel their nest is in danger, their natural defense is to chase or attack any threat. Therefore, please proceed with caution as you travel to/from campus.

Attend CPCC’s Spring 2018 Plant Sale April 20-21

It’s time for the spring annual plant sale! This plant sale is held every spring at Central Plant Sale April 20-21 Cato CampusPiedmont Community College, Cato Campus and is sponsored by the Horticulture Technology Program.  A variety of plants will be available for sale including spring vegetables, flowers, trees and shrubs. Nearly all plants have been propagated and grown by students. 

The plant sale will be open for customers on Friday, April 20 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and on Saturday, April 21 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.  The plant sale will be held at the Horticulture Building at the CPCC Cato Campus located at 8120 Grier Rd.  (At the intersection of Grier Rd. and E W.T. Harris Blvd.)  Please contact Kelly Black at Kelly.Black@cpcc.edu or 704. 330.4826 for more information. 

Visit our website for more information and to print a coupon: cpcc.edu/horticulture 

We hope to see you there!

Tesla establishes START training program at CPCC

Tesla, manufacturer of electric vehicles and scalable clean energy generation and storage

Tesla Student Working on a Car

products, and CPCC have launched an automotive training program called Tesla START at CPCC. CPCC is the first community college to participate in Tesla START.

Tesla START is a 12-week automotive technician training program designed to provide students with the skills necessary for job placement as service technicians at Tesla Service Centers across North America. Tesla is partnering with colleges to provide the curriculum, instructors and job opportunity so students can make a smooth transition from college to full-time employment. Students train in a space on campus designed to simulate a Tesla Service location so they are ready to hit the ground running on day one of their new careers.

The Tesla START program at CPCC began in January with 13 students. The program is based at CPCC’s Merancas Campus in Huntersville, N.C. Working together, Tesla and CPCC have built a service bay for students to train in that is similar to what they will find at Tesla Service Centers. This first class of Tesla START students at CPCC will graduate April 6. A ceremony will be held at the Merancas Campus.

“Central Piedmont Community College is proud and honored Tesla reached out to us with the opportunity to be among their first community college partners,” said Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer, CPCC president. “This is such an extraordinary, new opportunity for CPCC students in our Automotive Systems Technology program and one that will set them up for success in a growing field. Clearly, the automobile industry is moving toward all-electric systems and greater sustainability. CPCC students will be on the cutting-edge of this industrial shift.”

Attend Merancas Family Fun Day April 28

Merancas Campus invites you to attend its Merancas Family Fun Day on Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., in Huntersville.

CPCC’s Merancas Campus is home to its public safety and transportation system technologies and will be hosting tours of its facilities as well as free information sessions for interested students and parents.

The day is also meant as a time of celebration and giving thanks to the campus’ local and greater Charlotte community by inviting the public to attend and enjoy a variety of family-friendly activities, such as a bounce house, DJ, hot dogs and hamburgers, a coloring and face painting station, and more. The day’s festivities will also include a truck and car showcase, as well as fire trucks, ambulances and police cars.

Saturday, April 28; 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

CPCC Merancas Campus, 11930 Verhoeff Dr., Huntersville, N.C.

To learn more about the event or CPCC’s Merancas Campus and its offerings, please visit cpcc.edu/campuses/merancas.