Rock Band Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation Awards Central Piedmont $100,000 grant

As part of a new workforce education initiative, the rock band Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation (AWMH) has awarded Central Piedmont Community College a $100,000 grant to support career and technical education programs.

The band partnered with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), to select 10 community colleges from across the country that best demonstrated support of relevant jobs skill training for community college students. The funds will help more than 1,000 Metallicastudents at each college gain the training they need to enter the workforce. These students will become the first cohort of Metallica Scholars.

“We are thrilled to be part of Metallica’s commitment to the community college system and improving career opportunities for community college students in technical programs,” said Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer, president of Central Piedmont. “The group’s gift will help us better support our students as they seek the education and training they need to secure employment and start family-sustaining careers.”

Central Piedmont will use the grant funds to provide direct support for students enrolled in one of four healthcare career programs but need financial assistance to complete their studies and become licensed healthcare professionals. The project will focus on high-demand healthcare programs, including Dental Assisting, Medical Assisting, Ophthalmic Medical Personnel, and Pharmacy Technology. The project will target underrepresented students who would not be able to complete their program or obtain credentials without financial support. The goal of the initiative is to ensure students receive relevant jobs skills that will make them competitive in the healthcare field.

AWMH will work closely with AACC to implement and manage the program. Said Walter G. Bumphus, president and CEO of AACC, “Colleges across the country provide pathways to well-paying jobs through programs, services and training that lead to in-demand skills, certificates and degrees for students. These programs are responsive to the needs of local businesses and provide a pipeline of qualified workers to local industry. It’s a win-win for our students and the local economy. For Metallica to see the benefit of these programs and invest in the communities that have supported them is a testament to the power of education and we are proud to do this work with them.”

Recipient colleges of the group’s $1,000,000 grant are all AACC members and based in and around stops on Metallica’s 2017-2019 WorldWired Tour. To see a complete list of recipients, visit http://top40-charts.com/news.php?nid=142405.

Central Piedmont Alums Appear on National TV Show

CPCC alums bake with Rachael Ray and The Cake Boss

Photo Courtesy of “The Rachel Ray Show”

Read this Charlotte Observer article, featuring Central Piedmont alums Karen Sullivan and Sh-neila Lee. The duo recently appeared on “Rachael Ray” to share the heart-warming story of how they met with her live, studio audience, and received a special surprise visit from TV personality and chef Buddy Valastro (aka The Cake Boss).

 

Run, Walk or Volunteer with Us…Central Piedmont Skyline Run on Mother’s Day Weekend

Mark your calendars for 8 a.m., Saturday, May 11, 2019, for the CPCC Skyline Run taking place on Mother’s Day weekend. CPCC students may register for the discounted price of $10, a savings of $15.

Running, walking, volunteering, and cheering on your friends and family who are participating is a great way to celebrate the end of the spring semester! This particular race is a great way to honor all moms in our community and raise scholarship dollars to support our student mothers – women who are seeking the education and career training opportunities they need to secure meaningful employment and a bright future for their families.

This event has something for everyone. Click the link above to register, or if you want to volunteer, please email Jenn.Marts@cpcc.edu.

 

Winter is Coming…. Does the College Have Your Cell Number?

As the season for inclement weather approaches, now is the time to make sure the college has all of your up-to-date contact information, so you’ll be the first to know whether you get to leave early (or sleep in) if the college closes due to inclement weather!

Here’s how to confirm, update and add your mobile, office and home phone number(s) – plus any non-Central Piedmont email addresses – to the Critical Alert emergency notification text/phone/email system:

  • Use your Central Piedmont login and password at cpcc.regroup.com
  • Go to the black bar at the top of the screen and click “Preferences”
  • Click on the “email/phone” tab to update and add contact information

The college sends communication concerning severe weather closings and other critical incidents via Critical Alert, email, social media and the Central Piedmont website first before anything is sent to local media. Don’t spend your time waiting for an announcement on TV or radio. Make sure your contact information is up-to-date on Critical Alert now, and simply receive a text and phone call whenever a critical incident occurs.

Please note that you cannot opt out of Critical Alert notification emails to your Central Piedmont account because your Central Piedmont email is the college’s official channel of communication.

 

$3 Clearance Book Sale

From now until the end of the semester, both the Levine and Central Campus locations of the CPCC Library will be having a clearance book sale! Get a bag from the library service desk at either location, fill it with books from the book sale and pay only $3! This clearance sale is happening only at the Levine and Central Campus library locations.

CPCC is a Drug-Free College

Central Piedmont Community College is committed to maintaining a safe and productive CPCC is a Drug-Free Collegeteaching and learning environment for students and employees. Central Piedmont endorses the federal government’s efforts in implementing the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989.  This means that illegal substances, such as marijuana, heroin and cocaine, are not permitted on Central Piedmont’s campuses. Alcohol and tobacco are also among the substances which are not permitted on our campuses.

Please visit the college’s Drug-Free College Web page to get information on the following topics related to the Drug-Free College policies.

  • Standards of conduct and disciplinary sanctions for students who violate the Drug-Free College policies
  • Legal sanctions for drug and alcohol activities that are a violation of state and federal law
  • Health risks associated with the use of drugs and alcohol
  • Help resources available to students who are concerned about their use of drugs and alcohol

The Central Piedmont Drug-Free Web page can be found at cpcc.edu/ican/about-us/drug-free-college.

Thank you for helping keep Central Piedmont drug-free!

Central Piedmont Student is Mind Over Glamour Winner!

Cammie Neely (on the left in the corresponding photo), a Central Piedmont cosmetology student, took first place in the InfluenceCammie Neeley Haircare student competition!  The theme was “Back to the Future; 70’s Styling with Hair Color.” The competition was focused on model finishing, but included a verbal presentation for 5-, 10-, and 20-year career goals. Congratulations, Cammie!

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!

Gambrell Foundation Grant will Provide Central Piedmont Students Pathway to Economic Mobility

The Gambrell Foundation of Charlotte has pledged $1 million to Central Piedmont Community Gambrell FoundationCollege to create the Gambrell Opportunity Scholarships. These scholarships will be part of Central Piedmont’s larger Opportunity Scholarship initiative, which seeks to assist some of Mecklenburg County’s most needy and yet deserving high school students forge a path to greater economic mobility.

The Gambrell Foundation grant will support 75 recent graduates of CMS high schools that serve majority low-income student populations. The scholarships will provide for the full cost of earning a two-year associate degree, including tuition, books and fees. All Gambrell scholarship recipients will receive laptop computers and participate in Central Piedmont’s Summer Bridge academic enrichment program. The scholarships also will provide for a full-time academic advisor/career coach to help the students with course selection, internships and career placement or moving on to further education.

“Economic mobility is directly tied to educational opportunity, and we are delighted to partner with Central Piedmont Community College to help open doors and eliminate barriers for deserving students,” said Sally Gambrell Bridgford. “Our investment will help this generation achieve economic self-sufficiency on their path to reach the American dream.

Central Piedmont established the Opportunity Scholarship Initiative in late 2016 to address the economic mobility challenges faced by many CMS students. To date, the college has welcomed 95 Opportunity Scholars in two classes, the first of which will graduate in May 2019.

“We thank the Gambrell Foundation for its generous grant. These scholarships will have a profound, life-changing impact on some deserving students who might not be able to attend college otherwise,” said Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer, Central Piedmont president. “So many of the young people in our community just need an opportunity, and with a little assistance, they can go on to do great things that will benefit their families and transform our community.”

The first class of Gambrell Opportunity Scholars will begin their studies at Central Piedmont in fall 2019.

Attend a National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week Event!

National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week is held each year the week before Thanksgiving. This is a time for us all to start to think about what we are thankful for, a perfect time to share our compassion with our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness, and work toward a world where no one has to experience Hunger and Homelessness.

The Service-Learning Center is hosting the 4th annual week of educational programming that will allow our campus communities to come together around the topics of Hunger and Homelessness and to spur conversations around how each of us can serve as a catalyst for making our local communities free of Hunger and Homelessness.

View a schedule of Hunger and Homelessness Week of events. Please feel free to join us for as many of these programs as you wish to – all are welcome to attend. If you have any questions please contact Dr. Jenn Marts, Director of Service-Learning, at Jenn.Marts@cpcc.edu or at 704-330-6824.

Central Piedmont Students Participate in Math Competition

This past Saturday, (Nov. 10), Central Piedmont Math Instructors Hai Ngo and JustineMath Students in group Bonanno took a group of seven, top-performing math students to the 9th Annual North Carolina Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (NCMATYC) Mathematics Competition hosted at Davidson Community College.

The group competed against 100 students from 12 community colleges located across the state. The competition consisted of two parts: a morning calculus exam (90 minutes, 40 questions, multiple-choice, calculators not allowed) and an afternoon team competition containing solely pre-calculus problems (scientific calculators only, provided by the competition organizers).

Central Piedmont student Anh Hoang (pictured third from right, above) won the third place individual from the morning competition.