Central Piedmont Offers Expanded Evening, Friday and Saturday Courses this Fall

Beginning this fall, Central Piedmont Community College will offer expanded course offerings of some of its most in-demand classes on weekday evenings, Fridays and Saturdays at its Central, Harris and Levine campuses. The added course sections give students more options so they can complete a two-year, college transfer degree more quickly.

Central Piedmont’s new course offerings are comprised of more than 70 class sections of 20 high-demand, general education college transfer courses. The classes will be offered in sequential order and focus on a variety of subjects, ranging from biology and public speaking, to psychology and business.

“We’re excited about our new course offerings and how they will have a positive impact on our students’ lives,” said Edith McElroy, dean of Central Piedmont’s Levine Campus. “By offering more courses in the evenings, and on Fridays and Saturdays, we’re able to better accommodate our students’ busy schedules, setting them up for success both inside and outside of the classroom.”

This is the first time the college’s Harris Campus has offered high-demand college transfer classes to residents, giving individuals more options to complete an associate degree. In the past, its course offerings were specific to an academic program, such as baking & pastry arts, dental assisting, early childhood education and others.

In addition to offering more high-demand classes at Harris Campus, Central Piedmont will boast Saturday- only courses for students interested in earning a general Associate in Arts degree or an Associate in Arts degree in business administration in two years. Students seeking either of these degrees will be placed on a learning track that will require them to complete two to three courses, every eight weeks.

The additional courses and weekend accessibility will also give residents the opportunity to experience Central Piedmont – a college that believes in providing individuals with an affordable, hands-on education that will prepare them for the real world so they can make a difference in their community and beyond.

To learn more about Central Piedmont’s expanded weekday evening, Friday, and Saturday classes, please visit cpcc.edu/programs/associate-degrees or call Suzanne Marcoux at 704.330.4278 or email suzanne.marcoux@cpcc.edu.

Advisory: In-person classes suspended; remote student services available

The college has suspended in-person classes in an effort to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. We’re partnering with local and state leaders on this comprehensive effort that’s requiring immediate action in every community. We’re doing all we can to keep our students, faculty, staff, and community as safe as possible. Please understand that the situation remains fluid, and we really appreciate your patience and flexibility.

Important Reminders

As a reminder, spring break for students has been extended one week, until March 23. The college is open but students should not report to campus.

Please remember: The short sessions of classes that were originally scheduled to begin March 16 have been moved to start next week on Monday, March 23. Registration for these 4-week and 8-week short sessions has been extended to March 22. Eligible students can use financial aid to buy books and supplies online for the second short session courses at Central Piedmont’s Barnes & Noble College bookstores. Since these are short session courses, it’s especially important to log in as soon as your classes start and begin work.

On March 23, the majority of our courses will resume online. Students enrolled in these classes should start receiving communication from instructors with details about how we will work to help you achieve your academic goals the best we can during this unprecedented situation. Check your college email often for communication from your instructors and the college concerning your classes next week.

Online Resources

The college has created a comprehensive Web page with resources to help serve students’ educational needs and provide tools for working and collaborating online.

Visit learnremotely.cpcc.edu to discover what you need to know if you’re taking online courses or if your courses are moved online.

During the coronavirus situation, Charter Communications is temporarily offering free access to Spectrum Internet. Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students, faculty, and staff who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. To enroll call 1.844.488.8395.

Campus Services and Access

 Student-facing offices will remain operational remotely to support you during this time. All student services are available online or by phone, and dedicated staff and faculty will respond to emails, voicemails and online inquiries as soon as possible. Please be patient as we all navigate this transition together.

  • The Single Stop Office is available online or by phone to help connect students to a variety of basic needs support. Please email singlestop@cpcc.edu or call 704.330.6435 for more information.

 

  • The Academic Learning Center will continue to provide free online tutoring services to curriculum-level students. Student can schedule appointments online, call 704.330.6474 or email alc@cpcc.edu for more information.

 

  • Counseling Services will continue to address the needs for Pre-Health Program advisement, Probation and Suspension students, and personal counseling through phone and WebEx appointments. Please email counseling@cpcc.edu to request further information. Students experiencing a mental health crisis should call 911.

 

  • Students who need enrollment help or have general questions can contact First Year Experience. Please email fye@cpcc.edu or call 704.330.6100.

 

  • The Library is open virtually and available to provide online, email, text or chat support to students. Visit the Library’s website to learn more about availability and services.

 

  • Both the college’s Information Center (704.330.2722) and Information Technology Services Help Desk (704.330.5000 / helpdesk@cpcc.edu) are open by phone and email during weekdays. Please submit questions online here. Students experiencing issues accessing technology can call the ITS Help Desk.

 

Federal Work Study Employees

Federal Work-Study (FWS) employees will continue to be paid monthly during the emergency period if they are unable to work due to college restrictions. The Financial Aid office will determine the total monthly Federal Work Study pay amount on an individual basis. Prior monthly Federal Work Study hours earned during the 2019-20 academic period will be considered.

 Graduation Ceremonies

We know that graduation ceremonies are on the minds of our students who are completing programs this semester. We are working to determine the best course of action and will update you as soon as we can.

On-Campus Events

By recommendation of Gov. Cooper, college-related events and large gatherings will be cancelled or postponed through April 30. Several departments are exploring remote learning methods and virtual options for programs. Students participating in college affiliated programs, groups, and clubs will be contacted directly with updates on virtual alternatives as they become available.

It is extremely important to stay connected and informed during this time. Visit the college’s COVID-19 Web page to review all announcements and instructions.

Again, please ensure you monitor your college email often as we will update conditions as soon as the information becomes available. We strongly recommend downloading the Central Piedmont Mobile app for your phone from the App store or the Google Play app store. This is a convenient way to access news, Blackboard, MyCollege, and your college email account. Finally, please connect with Central Piedmont social media. This is a fast, easy way to stay up-to-date.

This is new territory for the college, but we remain flexible in discovering ways to help our students complete the semester and to keep the college operating. We appreciate the patience of our students and their families as well as Central Piedmont faculty and staff as we work to preserve the health, safety, and academic needs of our students.

COVID-19 – Spring Break Extended for Central Piedmont Students

Central Piedmont is working hard to monitor and follow local, state, and federal public health recommendations regarding COVID-19 or novel coronavirus. The college vows to do its part to limit the spread and impact of the virus, while continuing to serve the educational needs of our students and community.

Central Piedmont will remain open as we adjust how our students learn and how our employees work. The college has decided to extend spring break – for students only – for an extra week, until Monday, March 23. Students should not come to campus next week.

During the week ahead, faculty and staff will work together quickly to identify which classes can be successfully moved from in-person instruction to an online or alternative delivery method by March 23.

By recommendation of Gov. Cooper, college-related events and gatherings of 100 or more people will be cancelled or postponed through April 30.

For more details and the latest updates on the situation, please visit cpcc.edu/coronavirus.

Elevate Your Career – The Spring Job Search Starts Now!

For new graduates, the average time span from an interview to a job offer is 24 days. This means students need to begin their spring job search now.  Career Services is hosting the following events to help you elevate your career:

Career Fair 2020 – Thursday, March 5th, 11 am-2 pm, Central Campus, Worrell Gym. The Career Fair is the college’s largest recruiting event and will feature 70+ employers seeking to hire for full-time and part-time positions.

What’s Next Events

Drop-in for help with “what’s next” after graduation, whether you are still deciding about your major when you transfer or need quick help with your resume, job search, and making the most of the career fair. 

CATO CAMPUS

Tuesday, February 18

10:00-1:00

Check-in at Student Success Desk,

Cato 1 Lobby

CENTRAL CAMPUS

Wednesday, February 19

11:00-3:00

Central High, Room 122

HARPER CAMPUS

Tuesday, February 18

10:00 – 1:00

H4, Room 117

HARRIS CAMPUS

Thursday, February 20

1:00-4:00

Harris 1 Atrium

LEVINE CAMPUS

Wednesday, February 19

11:00-2:00

Library, LV2601

MERANCAS CAMPUS

Tuesday, February 18

10:00-1:00

Claytor 1123

 

“Let’s Talk About Financial Aid” Workshops Now Available to Students

Did you know the month of February is also Financial Aid Awareness Month?

There are plenty of overlooked financing options you can use to reduce the costs of your education. Attend a “Let’s Talk About Financial Aid” workshop on your campus to learn more.

There are several sessions available throughout February. Click here for details on available sessions near you!

Spring Exhibits at the Bill and Patty Gorelick Galleries

Central Campus

Street Spirits

Paintings by Marvin Espy

Exhibited at the newest Bill and Patty Gorelick Gallery located in the North Classroom Building through June 30, 2020.

In this series, I hope to illuminate some of those nuances of energy and mood through the use of dramatic color, gestural mark-making, and my life experiences with the hopes of interpreting what it means to gather in an urban context. ” -Marvin Espy

Cato Campus

Remember, Reflect, Reconcile and Reimagine (R4)

An Artists Collective in contribution to the Charlotte Remembrance Project and Equal Justice Initiative’s call-to-action.

Curated by Eboné M. Lockett, M.S.Ed. through June 30, 2020

Location: Cato III, 8120 Grier Road, Charlotte, NC

 A Red Record, by Stella Park

R4 is a student-led, student-driven, inter-generational multimedia exhibit utilized to narrate the untold story of Willie McDaniel and other past and present injustices that highlight man’s inhumanity to man and to the earth. As the exhibit sheds light on these injustices, the student artists aim not only to remember and reflect on the history of our city, but to reconcile, restore and re-imagine a more just and equitable present and future for our city, state, country and world.

Levine Campus

A Joy Forever: Asian Brush Paintings

by Barbara Rizza Mellin through June 30, 2020

Location: Levine II, 2800 Campus Ridge Road, Matthews, NC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Morning Glories, by Barbara Rizza Mellin
Barbara Rizza Mellin captures the simple elegance of natural objects in Chinese Brush Painting, the real and apparent spontaneity of the process in which a few strokes capture the beauty of a blossom, the fragility of a fallen leaf. Her works combine elements of water color paintings and calligraphic line drawings, and, yet, have their own unique look and style. This solo exhibit featuring a collection of blossom and branch paintings, and the tools used to create the art, is a modern interpretation of the ancient art of Chinese Brush Painting. This solo exhibit featuring a collection of blossom and branch paintings, and the tools used create the art, is a modern interpretation of the ancient art of Chinese Brush Painting.

 

Harris Campus

Illuminate by the ArtPop Street Gallery Class of 2018

through December 18, 2020


Through Illuminate, Central Piedmont’s Bill and Patty Gorelick Gallery partners with the ArtPop Street Gallery’s Class of 2018 in the shared vision of bringing art to students, faculty, and the community. This collective showcase of eclectic pieces created in paint, collage, photography, stoneware, and glass reflects the diversity and depth of Charlotte’s local art. Some of the works are recognizable as those that were lit up over the city, while others are new endeavors. All reflect the aspiration and passion of the artist.

Participating ArtPop Street Gallery artists Eva Crawford – Randy L. Dean – Cortney Frasier – Gordon C. James – Carmella Jarvi – Katherine Kirchner- Pauline Dove Lamal – Julia Lawing –  Monique Luck – Arthur Rogers – Maria Senkel – Hilary Siber – Holly Spruck – Rae Stark  – Stella Hyewon Yang

Harper Campus

Selected works from the private collection of Bill and the late Patty Gorelick through June 30, 2020.

Don’t miss the eclectic array of dazzling glass, ceramic and wood pieces exhibited at the Harper IV gallery location. Through the generosity of Bill and the late Patty Gorelick, this stunning space offers mediums and themes that reflect tranquility, excitement, diversity, and harmony.

Frieze by artist Tom Stanley through December 18, 2020

   

Tom Stanley’s series are often hung as a frieze even as he works on groups of paintings. Size, imagery, color, and format for each series is distinct and help to create a visual theme within the group of related works.

The architectural realities of the Bill and Patty Gorelick Gallery at the Central Piedmont Harper Campus lend themselves well to a frieze-like installation. As a result, three of Stanley’s series are on exhibit now through July 2020. Each series will include six to eight works of acrylic on canvas.

Drawing with paint, Stanley uses common graphic strategies, such as mechanical drawing, silhouette, and sgraffito to make something he has never seen before. His works are a conversation between hands and eyes.

Top 5 Ways to Plug-In This Coming Week

Student Life Group shot

Central Piedmont offers you a ton of ways to get involved, make friends, do good for others, and have fun. While we offer hundreds of unique experiences on each campus during the semester – check out the full calendar of events – here are the Top 5 Ways to Plug-In This Week.

  1. Blood Drive (Merancas Campus):  Student Life is hosting a blood drive on Wednesday, January 22nd from 10 am-2 pm. Walk-ins are welcome or you can sign up in advance in either the SGA or Student Life Office (TS 231/TS 230) or by emailing Cassie Sinkovitz. All donors will receive a FREE T-SHIRT and refreshments. Contact: Cassie.Sinkovitz@cpcc.edu
  2. Welcome Week (Central Campus): Goals and Candy, Wednesday, January 22nd from 9:30-11 am, Therapy Dog Visit, Thursday, January 23rd from 11 am-12:30 pm in the Worrell Lobby.
  3. Week of Welcome (Cato Campus): Make Your Own Keychain, Wednesday, January 22nd from 11 am-1 pm (Cato 3 Lounge), WOW Game Truck, Thursday, January 23rd from 12-2 pm (Front of Cato 3).
  4. Warm-Up Wednesday (Merancas): Wednesday, January 22nd from 9:30-11:30 am, grab some free coffee and enjoy conversations with your fellow students.
  5. Student Resource Day (Harper Campus): Join us on the first-floor lobby to learn about resources offered for students at Harper campus on Tuesday, January 28th from 11:30-1:30 pm.

Please visit Student Life & Service-Learning to learn more about how to get plugged in!

Learn How to Promote Healthy Brain Development for Ages 0-3

Did you know that 80 percent of brain growth happens in the first three years of life?

Meck BasicsEveryday interactions between children, their parents, and other caregivers provide abundant opportunities to give children from every background a great start in life!

Come to MECK BASICS to learn how to promote healthy brain development and responsive caregiving through daily use of the Basics. Sponsored by the Central Piedmont Early Childhood Education Club, this event will be Saturday, April 27, 1 – 4 p.m., in the Harris Campus Auditorium.

The workshop is free. Those who participate for the entire program will receive a certificate for 3 North Carolina DCDEE training credit hours. Students can pre-register by emailing Mercy Thompson, Central Piedmont Early Childhood Education Club secretary, at mthomp24@email.cpcc.edu.

More information about the program and registration is in this flyer.

Harris Campus to Host Sensoria Events

The Sensoria planning team at Harris Campus wants to highlight three events that are child-friendly and free, with snacks provided.  All great outings and field trip opportunities!

  • Saturday, April 6  “Exploring Theatre with “A Sick Day for Amos McGee” presented by artists from Children’s Theater of Charlotte
    11 a.m.-noon in Harris Campus Auditorium
  • Monday, April 8  Dental Storytime Led by Emily Little of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
    10 a.m. in Central Piedmont Harris Campus Building 1- Student Life Suite
    Hands-on activities related to teeth will occur immediately following the story time
  •  Wednesday, April 10 Explore a Fire Truck and Meet the Fire Fighters – hosted by the Fire Protection Program
    9:30 a.m. A visit from the firefighters
    10 a.m. Barnyard News Puppet Show presented by Troupe 801 of InReach
    * A crowd favorite
    10:45 a.m. Create firefighter and barnyard-themed puppets hosted by the Early Childhood Program

 Sign up for any or all of the events to be entered into a raffle to win a small prize.

Time Management Workshop

Join us at the Harris Campus on Sept. 12, 13 or 19 and learn how to find more time in your day, better manage your priorities and learn the power of “no!”

9/12/17 – 1:30-2:30 p.m.; Harris 1, Room 1221 

9/13/17 – 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Harris 1, Room 2125

9/19/17 – 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Harris1, Room 1222

Contact Toria Grant at toria.grant@cpcc.edu or at 704-330-4658 to RSVP. Workshops last one hour.

 

 

Attend an Information Session and Service Night to Learn More About the Developmental Disabilities Technology Certificate

Developmental Disabilities Technology Certificate with Specialization in Children with Exceptionalities invites you to participate in an Information Session and Service Night on Monday, October 17, from  6:30-8:30 p.m. on the Harris Campus, Building 1, Room 1222, located at 3210 CPCC Harris Campus Drive, 28208.

To RSVP, visit http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c44a8ac2fa75-info.

Developmental Disabilities Technology Certificate with a Specialization in Children with Exceptionalities (C4538A-C4)

This certificate is designed to provide the student with a concentrated, collaborative course of study in Developmental Disabilities and Early Childhood Education. Coursework provides education, training and support for individuals who work with children with exceptionalities and their families. Students will gain basic knowledge of typical and atypical development, assessment, and integration of children with exceptionalities into the early childhood setting. Students who earn this certificate will have the preparation necessary for employment in schools, childcare centers and at agencies that support children with disabilities from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Major Requirements

Course Name

Credit Hours

DDT 110

Developmental Disabilities

3.0

DDT 120

Teaching Developmental Disabled

3.0

DDT 220

Program Planning Process

3.0

EDU 131

Child, Family, and Community

3.0

EDU 188

Issues in Early Child Ed

2.0

EDU 288

Advanced Issues/Early Child Ed

2.0

Total Credits

 

16

Visit Aspire Bakery and Bistro on Harris Campus

Aspire Bakery & Bistro is located on CPCC’s Harris Campus and is a work based learning opportunity. Baking & Pastry Arts and Culinary Arts students gain real
world experience within the support of the college.  Aspire students acquire many valued skills that will help them throughout their hospitality career.
We strive to serve the freshest products to our guest, most being made in house daily! Aspire is open to the public, offering a variety of items including coffee, breakfast items, pastries, salads and sandwiches, and catering. We are open Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. We accept cash, debit and credit cards, and gift cards as acceptable forms of payment. Like us on our Facebook page, Aspire Bakery and Bistro, for our weekly menus and seasonal specials!  Also, if you are interested in joining our email list, please email Sandy Birmingham at sandy.birmingham@cppc.edu.  We will open for fall semester on Monday, Aug. 29!  We would love for you to come visit us and pick up our beloved cookies or a delicious pastry!

You Can Save a Life! “Project Life Project” Bone Marrow Registry Drives are Coming to CPCC Campuses!

Project Life

Project Life

CPCC, together with Project Life (a national program dedicated to finding and enlisting college students as potential donors for bone marrow and tissue transplants) is partnering to educate CPCC students, faculty and staff on the importance of becoming a bone marrow donor.

The CPCC Chapter’s first official event was held in February 2012, when it recruited more than 300 new donors to the National Bone Marrow Registry.

The next donor bone marrow typing drives are scheduled at varying times at all six CPCC campuses.  Details are as follows:

LEVINE CAMPUS: February 20 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location – 2nd floor foyer

MERANCAS CAMPUS: February 26 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location – TS Student Lounge and CJ Hallway

CATO CAMPUS: February 26 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location – Cato II atrium

HARPER CAMPUS: March 5 from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Location – Classroom 352-D

CENTRAL CAMPUS: April 9 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location – Belk Patio (between Belk & Elizabeth Buildings)

HARRIS CAMPUS: April 15 (time TBD)
Location – TBD

There will also be a Bone Marrow question and answer panel at Central Campus on Wednesday, April 2  from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. to help dispel some of the myths about bone marrow donation.

Project Life bone marrow registry is coming to CPCC!

Project Life bone marrow registry is coming to CPCC!

Getting typed is painless and entails nothing more than having the inside of your mouth swabbed. It’s that easy!

Then what? You wait to see if your participation makes you a match and helps bring hope and healing to a person in need.

Help save a life by joining us at one of our upcoming donor drives scheduled at a CPCC campus near you.

The program began more than 20 years ago, when a group of students at Davidson College started a grassroots movement to identify college students as potential donors for the National Bone Marrow Registry.

Since then, thousands of people have participated, and the program has grown to include an expanding number of college campuses in North Carolina. CPCC is proud to be included among these higher education institutions and house the first active Project Life chapter in the Charlotte metro area.

Click here to watch a CPCC-TV online YouTube video about the Project Life Project!