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.

 

Overflow Parking at Merancas Campus

The Merancas parking lot will have closed areas due to construction in the coming weeks. With this in mind, CPCC Facilities is asking students and staff to utilize the OVERFLOW ConstructionMecklenburg County parking area, located across the street at 12105 Verhoeff Dr.  Please follow the OVERFLOW PARKING signs to locate the lot. Construction is underway all around Merancas and the Huntersville Athletic Park area, students should use caution while walking and driving around the area.

CPCC Facilities expects construction to be complete by September, giving the campus the capacity to accommodate parking for all students and staff. Please stay tuned for additional updates.

Dean of Merancas Campus Named 100 Most Powerful Women in Lake Norman

Congratulations to Tamara Williams, who was recently named one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Lake Norman by the Huntersville Herald. Women of high stature within their respective fields received the consideration because they have the most potential to influence the

Tamara Williams

Tamara Williams

community. As dean, Williams continually strives to establish ties between CPCC and the local business community. For the complete list of this year’s winners, click here.

Transfer Resource Center News

UNC Charlotte Admissions Representative to Visit Merancas Campus

Transfer Resource Center (TRC) is excited to host an admissions representative from UNC Charlotte at CPCC’s Merancas Campus. Monday, Sept. 22. Prospective transfer students are welcome to stop by the lobby of the

Transfer Resource Center (TRC)

Transfer Resource Center (TRC)

TS Building Student Lounge from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

Transfer Tuesday

Every Tuesday the Transfer Resource Center (TRC) is excited to host admissions representatives from four-year colleges and universities as they visit CPCC to talk with prospective transfer students. Next Tuesday, Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., representatives from Belmont Abbey College, UNC Asheville and Johnson & Wales will be at Central Campus in the lobby of the Levine Information Technology Building (next to Subway) At Levine we will host reps from NC A&T, Gardner-Webb and Chamberlain Nursing. At Merancas we have a rep from Shaw University. William Peace University will visit Cato.  All visits are from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. unless otherwise noted. For more information about Transfer Tuesdays and other services offered by the Transfer Resource Center, please visit our website at www.cpcc.edu/ican/trc. You can also contact the Transfer Resource Center by email at trc@cpcc.edu

Merancas Campus Overflow Parking Option

To address the parking issues at Merancas Campus, CPCC has been authorized by Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation to use Huntersville Athletic Park as an overflow student parking site.

Huntersville Athletic Park is located next to CPCC’s Merancas Campus. It may be accessed from Verhoeff Dr. and features a walking trail that connects to campus.

Students are encouraged to use the walking trail (not the main road) to ensure their safety while walking to and from their car. Students interested in having security escort them to and from their car, in the day or evening hours, may call 704.330.6632.

Film Screening and FBI speaker

CPCC’s Global Learning Office will be hosting a Global Issues Forum Event exploring national security and corporate security.  We will be screening the short film “The Company Man: Protecting America’s Secrets” based on a true story of corporate espionage.  Following the film, we will be hosting a discussion about the The Company Manissues raised, led by an FBI representative.

If you are interested in international, criminal justice, or espionage issues, we encourage you to attend this free event.

Wednesday, Sept. 24
10 – 11:30 a.m.
Merancas Campus Auditorium
Free!
RSVP to Global.learning@cpcc.edu

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!