Transfer Tuesdays

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. Check out the calendar of Spring 2020 attendees.

Transfer Tuesday Schedule – January 28, 2020:

Central Campus – Zeiss Lobby
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
UNC Greensboro
Montreat College
Cabarrus College of Health Sciences

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

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

 

Over 250 Scholarship Opportunities Available for Students

Making the transition to (or back to) college means students are facing the harsh reality that college is a serious financial undertaking. From helping alleviate the rising costs of college education to allowing students the ability to focus on studies and not expenses, scholarships play a huge role in a student’s ability to pursue and complete a degree program.

Central Piedmont Community College has over 250 scholarship opportunities available each year. Students can access a number of these opportunities by completing the General Scholarship Application on Academic Works for fall, spring and summer semesters.

The application cycle for the academic year 2020-2021 opens February 1, 2020 and closes November 30, 2020.

Here are some important deadlines to keep in mind:

  • Summer 2020 application deadline – April 30, 2020
  • Fall 2020 & spring 2021 priority application deadline – May 15, 2020
  • Fall 2020 & spring 2021 regular application deadline – July 30, 2020
  • Spring 2020 only application deadline – November 30, 2020

*Students who complete the application will automatically be considered for all auto-match scholarship opportunities. Certain opportunities may require supplemental information (i.e. transcripts, essays, letters of recommendation, etc.).

Need-based and merit-based scholarships are awarded for a host of reasons – choice of major, community involvement, special interests, creative talents – and that’s just to name a few. Regardless of your economic situation, take every opportunity to lessen the financial burden of college.

Learn more about scholarships and eligibility requirements today!

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!

Do you want or need a mentor?

Central Piedmont has several opportunities for you to get a mentor.

Check out these programs and GET INVOLVED:

  • MAN UP Program is a male mentoring program that provides wrap-around services and comprehensive activities that promote personal development, academic improvement and other social and educational advancement needs. It is open to ALL Central Piedmont male students.  For more information: MAN UP
  • Positive Community for Women (PCW) is a female empowerment program facilitated by Counseling Services. We work to support and uplift college women through workshops, mentoring, community service projects, and social/cultural activities. Our goal is to provide a positive learning environment where women are empowered to improve their lives through education and personal growth.  For more information: Positive Community for Women
  • The Peer Mentoring Program is an opportunity for Central Piedmont students to get support from a peer during their first year in college. You will have assistance with finding the answers to a variety of questions, ranging from academic concerns to the challenges of balancing school and other priorities.  For more information: Peer Mentoring
  • Ruth G Shaw Scholars is an annual program and is limited to 10 female students who will participate in sessions, both with Ruth G. Shaw scholar mentors and separately with scholars.  For more information:  Ruth G Shaw

Goodwill Construction Skills Training Center Open House

The Goodwill Construction Skills Training Center. offered at the center – programs focused on specialized areas like construction, carpentry, blueprint reading and estimating, and HVAC and electrical. These programs help high school students and adults access high-potential, family-sustaining trade careers at no cost to them. Skills in these specialized areas can lead to in-demand jobs with great earning potential, health and other benefits.

The Goodwill Construction Skills Training Center Open House is January 31, 7:30-9 a.m. 

This event is hosted by Goodwill® Industries of the Southern Piedmont, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Central Piedmont Community College and The ROC Charlotte.  Guests will be invited to tour/view the training labs and classrooms. There will be students and/or instructors stationed at certain areas to share about the CAD lab, HVAC and electrical training rooms, and construction flex lab.

The Goodwill Construction Skills Training Center is located at 1335 Alleghany Street, Charlotte, NC 28208.   Fresh pastries, fruit, coffee and refreshments will be served.

We hope to see you there!

Gov. Roy Cooper Visits College, Asks For More Emergency Grants For Students

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, met on Central Piedmont’s Central Campus Wednesday with faculty, staff, and students to share exciting updates about the Finish Line Grant, an emergency grant program originally announced by Cooper in July 2018.

College is a serious financial undertaking. The Finish Line Grant is designed to assist community college students in addressing financial situations that would prevent them from continuing or completing their program of study or credential. Students facing financial hardship may be eligible to receive up to $1,000 to cover eligible expenses per semester.

During the event, Gov. Cooper announced that in North Carolina, 3,000 community college Finish Line Grants have been awarded to date. He added, “It’s amazing how a small amount of money can make a big difference in the life of a student who is trying really hard and is having to pay tuition and fees to try and better themselves in order to get over the hump.”

Too often, financial hardships such as unexpected healthcare costs, childcare expenses, or car and transportation issues prevent students from achieving their academic goals. Fortunately, there are many types of financial aid available to help pay for college.

Lexine Merrill, a Central Piedmont student and Finish Line Grant recipient, echoed the governor’s sentiments. “In one week, I ended up with $1,300 in medical bills and car repairs. I had no idea what to do and nowhere to turn. But then a friend mentioned her experience with the Finish Line Grant, so I applied. I sobbed grateful tears when I learned I was approved. The Finish Line Grant relieved the financial burdens that were weighing heavily on me. It allowed me the opportunity to continue moving forward, toward my finish line.

Students facing an unexpected financial emergency can get connected to a variety of FREE resources through Single Stop, to help them stay focused on their academic goals.

Web Tip Wednesday

You may have noticed sWeb Tip - Library Updatesome new improvements to the Library web pages to help you access the resources you need more efficiently.

Here are some updates you will see:

  • Search functionality placed prominently at the top of the main page so you can easily look for books, articles and more.
  • Most-used information accessible at the top with less scrolling and clicks.
  • Direct links to tools and information, eliminating duplicate landing pages.
  • Visual tiles that efficiently direct you to resources and information.

We will continue to work on improving this very important content resource. Share your feedback by sending an email to helpdesk@cpcc.edu.

Welcome to the spring 2020 semester!

Thank you for using your Central Piedmont e-mail account; it is the official means of college communication to you, so please check your account often.

As we gear up for the spring 2020 semester, we want to share some important reminders to help you during the first week of class. Remember, Central Piedmont is a tobacco-free college. All tobacco products (including anything resembling tobacco products, such as e-cigarettes) are not allowed anywhere at all times. Thanks for your cooperation.

Please note there are still construction projects going on around Central Piedmont’s campuses, so please follow all construction signs: Be alert and watch out around you. Consider removing earbuds and headphones while on campus walkways and when crossing the street.

 Here are the top five things you really need to know to be prepared for the new semester:

1. Attend class on the first day.

Download the Central Piedmont app and use your Central Piedmont login to view your class schedule from My College (or go to My College to print your schedule). Bring a copy of your class schedule to ensure that the location has not changed. Pay attention to both the campus and building names for your classes. Look for information tables on campus to help you locate your classrooms or answer questions. PLEASE NOTE: Tuesday, Jan. 14  is the last day to add a full semester class without permission. Another twelve-week session begins Monday, Feb. 12, and the second eight-week short session begins Monday, March 16. Check My College for course availability.

  • CENTRAL CAMPUS LIBRARY: The Library has moved across the quad (to 1241 Charlottetowne Ave.) to make way for construction of the new Central Campus Library and Student Success Center. 
  • NORTH CLASSROOM BUILDING: Located on the quad between Giles and the Library, the new North Classroom Building is open and ready to welcome students.   

2. Use your Central Piedmont Login to access My College.

Access My College to find important information, such as your class schedule; residency status; priority registration dates; enrollment verification; critical alert information; your student ID number; and much more! Student IDs can be made at any Central Piedmont campus.

3. Pay your tuition the same day you register to avoid being dropped from your classes.

Payment is due the day of registration. For payment information (including rates, fees, and dates), visit Central Piedmont Cashiering. Log into My College to view your spring 2020 tuition bill.

4. Get your student ID.

You will need your student ID to check out materials from the Library, use the testing and fitness centers, or access the computer labs on campus. Student Identification Card information is available online and ID cards can be made at all campuses. 

5. Read Central Piedmont Today.

Central Piedmont Today is your student e-newsletter sent to your college email every Wednesday, or read it via the Central Piedmont app. Central Piedmont Today covers a wide range of useful information from registration, parking, and payment to important dates and events.

We are here to help you, and we are ready to help you reach your academic goals. If you have any questions, call the Central Piedmont Information Center at 704.330.2722 or visit the Student Success Center at any campus.

 Enrollment and Student Services

Safe College – Active shooter preparedness

We hope you’re off to a great start with the new semester! We want you to know campus safety is the top priority of Central Piedmont’s College Security Services team and Emergency Management staff.

Thank you for taking part in Wednesday’s classroom phone paging system test. We will periodically test our emergency communication channels as part of our preparations for potential emergency situations.

We take this opportunity to remind you of the information available on the college’s website about What To Do In An Emergency, for situations including an active shooter, severe weather, fire, and more. The college has a short, safety video we want you to watch now about what to do in those kinds of emergencies.

If there’s an active shooter on or near a Central Piedmont campus, would you know what to do? It’s incredibly important for employees and students to be prepared. Please also take a moment today to watch this powerful video to learn more about the “Run. Hide. Fight.” concept to help you know what to do if an active shooter is on campus or in a building where you are located. If a campus goes on lockdown, you should immediately find a way to secure yourself, whether that means run, hide, or fight. Here’s more information:

RUN:

  • If you are outside or feel that it is safe to do so, exit the area and move away from danger to take protective cover.

HIDE:

  • If you are in a building and/or unsure of the location of the shooter, find the nearest classroom or safe area to securely hide.
  • Close and lock the door, close the blinds, find a spot in the room to hide away from the windows and doors, and remain quiet and calm.
  • If the door does not lock, use items from the room to attempt to barricade the door or hide behind.
  • DO NOT answer the door for anyone except first responders.

FIGHT:

  • This is a last resort. If you come into direct contact with the shooter, use the means at your disposal to fight and attempt to stop the individual.

The college relies on its students and employees to be the eyes and ears of the college, so if you see something, say something. Please program the Central Piedmont College Security Services phone number, 704.330.6911, into your mobile phone and call if there’s ever a concern of an immediate threat. If you know of behavior that is concerning or disruptive to the college community, please learn more about counseling service referrals or how to submit a report to the Care Team, which is a cross-unit group whose members consist of college staff from Student Services, College Security Services, Counseling, Human Resources, and Academic Affairs. Here are multiple ways to contact College Security if you have additional concerns: 

Contact College Security Services:

  • Emergency 704.330.6911
  • Non-Emergency 704.330.6632
  • Text-2-Tip Text to 67283: Start your message with “CPCCTIP” and provide your security concern/tip

Central Piedmont Theatre presents ‘Chess the Musical’

Chess the Musical “Chess the Musical” is coming to the Halton Theater Stage!

Chess is a rock musical with music by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus of the pop group ABBA, lyrics by Tim Rice, and a book by Richard Nelson based on an idea by Rice. The story involves a politically driven, Cold War-era chess tournament between two grandmasters from America and the USSR and their fight over a woman who manages one and falls in love with the other.

From Bangkok to Budapest the players, lovers, politicians, and spies manipulate and are manipulated to the pulse of a monumental rock score that includes “One Night in Bangkok” and “Heaven Help My Heart.”

Revered as “one of the best rock scores ever produced”, by TIME Magazine, make sure you check out “this  “angry, difficult, demanding and rewarding show” which is sure to entertain.

Central Piedmont students with a valid Central Piedmont ID will receive FREE admission. Tickets are $5 for all non-Central Piedmont students with a valid student ID.  Visit tix.cpcc.edu or call the SunTrust Box Office at ext. 6534 for more information.

Central Piedmont Galleries Announces New Exhibits

To kick off the new year, The Central Piedmont Art Galleries are pleased to present two new exhibitions.

Overcash Gallery:

“Structure and Void” by Richard Elaver

“Structure and Void” is an investigation into surface, structure, and systematized randomness. The work re-presents patterns from nature in organic forms and fluid surfaces. Those forms are deconstructed into cellular elements and reconstructed in a variety of materials using generative software and digital fabrication techniques.

Richard ElaverWhen: January 13 – March 12, 2020, Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Artist Lecture: January 30, 3:30 p.m. – Tate Hall
Opening Reception: January 30, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. – Overcash Gallery
Where: Overcash Art Gallery, Overcash Center, 1206 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte, NC 2820

 

Ross Gallery:

“I Am My Things and My Things Are Me” by Allison Tierney

Allison Tierney’s work relies heavily on painting and a decorative aesthetic to discover personal identity, comment on consumerism, and investigate the divide between craft and art. Through the act of repurposing, Tierney is able to transform unwanted items into colorful and optimistic works of art that give value to the value-less.

Allison Tierney art

  • When: January 13 – March 12, 2020, Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Artist Lecture: February 5, 3:30 p.m. – Tate Hall
  • Opening Reception: February 5, 5:00 p.m. – Ross Gallery
  • Where: Ross Art Gallery, Overcash Center, 1206 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204

 

Both galleries are open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

 

Ready to compete for a chance to win $10,000?

53 Ideas Logo

Central Piedmont and Fifth Third Bank have partnered to launch the 53 Ideas Business Pitch Competition and the search is on to find the next big idea. The process is simple and takes less than a minute.

Got an innovative business idea? Record a 53-second video, submit it, and wait to see if your idea is selected as one of the top 53 submissions.

Have a great idea but don’t have a way to record and submit it? Stop in at one of the pop-up recording events and capture your 53-second pitch on video.

The top 53 will be announced on February 29 and move on to compete for top cash prizes to help support the development of their business idea.

It’s a chance for $10,000; $5,000; or $2,500.

2020 Alumni Awards – Now Accepting Nominations!

Do you know a Central Piedmont Community College graduate who is making a tremendous difference in the community?

Nominations are currently being sought for the 2020 Richard H. Hagemeyer Educational Advancement Award and the 2020 Young Alumni Award of Excellence. These awards recognize Central Piedmont graduates who have significantly benefited from their experiences at Central Piedmont and whose efforts have helped the community.

Nominations are being sought for individuals who have:

  • Demonstrated community/professional involvement, social responsibility and impact.
  • Acquired scholastic and learning skills that have led to continued personal and educational growth.
  • Improved his or her economic status and social capital as a result of attending Central Piedmont Community College.
  • Invested in the lives of others and is seen as a role model.
  • Graduated within the last 10 years (Young Alumni Award of Excellence only).

Click to nominate an outstanding Central Piedmont alumnus by Feb. 28, 2020, at 6 p.m.

Spring semester test of the classroom phone paging system

The college-wide phone system in classrooms has the capability to turn each phone handset into a paging speaker. In an urgent situation, the college can page classrooms phones at once, by campus. Please be aware that we will test this phone paging system and the college website on Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 10:30 a.m.

This is also a great time to take a moment to confirm or update your mobile phone number and other contact information in our Critical Alert emergency text/phone/email system. It’s important to keep your contact info updated, because this is how the college will contact you if classes are cancelled or impacted due to inclement weather or if there’s an emergency situation.

  • Use your Central Piedmont login and password at cpcc.regroup.com.
  • To add text/call information, scroll down to the “PHONE NUMBERS” section and look for the “+ Add New Phone Number” option below any existing phone numbers.
  • To delete an incorrect phone number, select the trash can icon to the right of it.

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

North Classroom Building ready to welcome students on Central Campus

Central Piedmont is excited to announce that its new North Classroom Building, located on Central Campus, is open and ready to welcome students in time for the spring 2020 semester.

If you’re taking classes on Central Campus this spring, please be sure to check your schedule to see if you have any classes in the North Classroom Building. (If so, the class location will be listed as “North Clas” on your schedule.)

North Classroom Building

Class schedule
North Classroom Building

To see where the North Classroom Building is located, view the Central Campus Map.