“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!

Transfer Tuesdays

Transfer Tuesday Schedule – February 11, 2020

Every Tuesday the Transfer Resource Center hosts admissions representatives from four-year colleges and universities as they visit Central Piedmont to talk with prospective transfer students.  For the full calendar of Spring 2020 attendees, please visit us online.

Central Campus – Zeiss Lobby – 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

  • UNC Charlotte
  • Carolinas College of Health Sciences
  • Winston Salem State University

Levine Campus – Levine Main Lobby — 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

  • East Carolina University

Cato Campus – Cato I Lobby – 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

  • UNC Greensboro

Merancas Campus – 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

  • Pfeiffer University

Meet one-on-one with a representative from Transfer Admissions at UNC Charlotte. Get your questions answered about the following:

  • Housing
  • Scholarships
  • Admissions requirements
  • Major requirements/advising questions
  • And more!

Meet with a UNC Charlotte Admissions representative – Central Campus

  • Tuesday, February 11th
  • Tuesday, March 17th
  • Tuesday, April 7th

Sign up using this linkRegistration is required

Interested in Transferring?

Join us for UNC Charlotte Day on Central Campus, Thursday, January 30th. Representatives from Admissions, Academic Advising, Housing, and Financial Aid will be on campus to answer questionsWe can’t wait to see you between 9:00 am – 1:00 pm in the Worrell Lobby!

Don’t Forget! Every Tuesday the Transfer Resource Center hosts admissions representatives from four-year colleges and universities as they visit Central Piedmont to talk with prospective transfer students.  For the full calendar of Spring 2020 attendees, please visit the website.

Transfer Tuesday Schedule – February 4, 2020

Central Campus – Zeiss Lobby – 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

  • Queens University
  • Winthrop University
  • Belmont Abbey College

Levine Campus – Levine Main Lobby – 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

  • Cabarrus College of Health Sciences

Cato Campus – Cato I Lobby –10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

  • UNC Charlotte

 Merancas Campus – 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

  • Montreat College

Jump Start Appalachian State University at Levine

Jump Start is a support program that helps students find the answers and resources they need to successfully transfer to App State. Please stop by one for one of their table visits in the main lobby area of Levine I. If you are unable to stop by then please contact jumpstart@appstate.edu or visit jumpstart.appstate.edu

  • Thursday, January 30th – 12:30 – 3:00pm
  • Wednesday, February 19th – 9:00am – 12:00pm
  • Wednesday, March 4th – 9:00am – 2:00pm; Lunch & Learn at 11:30am
  • Thursday, April 2nd – 2:00 – 4:00pm

3% Discount at Calvine’s Coffee

To help promote our new Central Piedmont logo, Calvine’s Coffee will give an additional 3% off any purchase when staff, faculty, and students are wearing their new logo t-shirt – FRIDAYS ONLY through February 23.


Please visit any of these Calvine’s Coffee locations at Central, Levine or Merancas Campus:

Central Campus, Library Building (old ATC), First Floor

  • Monday–Thursday, 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.–3 p.m.

Levine Campus, Levine I Building, First Floor

  • Monday–Thursday, 8 a.m.–3 p.m., Friday, 8 a.m.–2 p.m.

Merancas Campus, Room 245A

  • Monday–Thursday, 8 a.m.–3  p.m., Friday, 8 a.m.–2 p.m.

Top 5 Ways to Plug-In This Week

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 (calendar of events), here are the Top 5 Ways to Plug-In This Week.

  1. Student Resource Day (Central Campus):  Come out onto the Worrell Lobby on Wednesday, January 29th (11am-1pm) and talk with representatives from around the College to make connections and find resources! Contact justin.knoll@cpcc.edu to find out how you can become involved.
  2. Student Resource Day (Cato Campus): Visit us in the Atrium on Thursday, January 30th (11am-1pm) where representatives from all student service departments will be present and available to speak with you! These services include Counseling and Advising, Financial Aid, Single Stop, Library, Veteran Services and many more! Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with the services you need.  Free lunch for attendees who visit at least (6) tables!
  3. Family Fridays (Central Campus): Are you feeling overwhelmed in the semester yet? Join the Family Resource Center (Overcash 255) on Friday, January 31 (12pm-2pm) for some downtime.  Come enjoy a movie and some snacks with your peers.
  4. Student Resource Day (Harris Campus): Join us on Monday, February 3rd (11am-1pm) where representatives from several student service departments will be present and available to speak with you! Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with the services you need.
  5. Student Resource Day (Merancas Campus): Get information Wednesday, February 5th (10am-10:30am) in the Claytor Courtyard about support services and resources available to help you be a successful student. Financial Aid, Counseling & Advi​sing, Career Services, the Library, Student Life, Service-Learnin​g, Family Resource Center, Co-op, and more services will be present!  Contact: Cassie.Sinkovitz@cpcc.edu

Please visit our websites for complete information about the Offices of Student Life & Service-Learning.

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!

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.

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
RSVP to Global.learning@cpcc.edu