Library Book Sales are Coming!

Need to add more books to your personal collection? The Central Piedmont Library can help with that! We will be having book sales at all of our campus locations over the next few weeks. Times and locations are below:

Campus Dates Times Location
Cato Thursday, Oct 24 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Cato III, Patio/Amphitheater
Central Wednesday, Oct 23 – Thursday, Oct 24 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Library (Outside Front)
Harper Monday, October 28 – Thursday, Oct 31, 2019

Friday, Nov 1

8:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Library, H4-300
Harris Monday, Oct 28  – Thursday, Oct 31 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Library, H1 2100
Levine Monday, Oct 21 – Thursday, Oct 24

Friday, Oct 25

8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Library, LV2600
Merancas Tuesday, Oct 22 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Library, TS243

The library will also be accepting donations of gently used books during this time for the upcoming book sales. Donations may be dropped off at the service desk of any library location.

National Transfer Student Week 2019

National Transfer Student Week 2019

October 21-24, 2019
Please join the Transfer Resource Center by participating in National Transfer Week 2019 from October 21 to 24!  Students are encouraged to participate in week-long events to show school spirit and encourage transfer student success.  Events will be taking place at the Central, Cato, Levine and Merancas Campuses. Please visit the Transfer Resource Center for more information and questions

Monday, October 21 – Transfer T-Shirt Day
Wear your favorite transfer college/university shirt!

Tuesday, October 22 – College Transfer Fair
10 a.m. to  p.m.
Central Campus – Worrell Gym

Wednesday, October 23 – Meet Your Transfer Advisor
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Central Campus – Zeiss Lobby
Cato Campus – Cato I Lobby
Levine Campus – Levine I Lobby
Merancas Campus – Transportation Systems Hallway

Thursday, October 24 – Transfer Application Day
Come for assistance with your college applications

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Central Campus – CH 122
Cato Campus – Cato I, Room 223

1 – 3 p.m.
Levine Campus LV 2213


Recruiting Temporary Workers for the 2020 Census

The recruiting of hundreds of thousands of temporary workers for the 2020 Census – often described as the nation’s largest civilian mobilization — is now underway.

The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting 2.7 million people across the country to assist with the 2020 Census count. The week of October 21, 2019, the Census Bureau will host 2,020 recruiting informational events around the country. This is your opportunity to learn more about the jobs so you can earn some extra income while helping your community.

Applying for one of these jobs is simple. Just visit 2020census/jobs or call 855-JOB-2020 and select option 3 for more information. Pay rates for field and clerical jobs can be found at

Fall College Transfer Fair Arrives Oct. 22!

Fall College Transfer Fair
Tuesday, October 22; 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Central Campus, Worrell Gym

Admissions representatives from over 30 colleges and universities will be there to answer your questions about:

  • Application information
  • Admissions and Major requirements
  • Housing
  • Tuition/Financial Aid/Scholarships
  • And more!

For more information and a list of attendees, visit


We Need to Hear from You! (This is Your Chance to Win an Amazon Gift Card!)

Central Piedmont wants to improve the way we communicate with you – our students – and we want your feedback. Please take a quick, five-minute survey to help us better improve your student experience.
Please complete the survey by Oct. 18.
In exchange for your time, you’ll be entered into a chance to win an Amazon gift card!*
*Part-time and full-time student employees and work study students are not eligible to receive gift cards, but will receive an alternative prize.

Central Piedmont, UNC Charlotte Launch 49er Next Program

Dr. D at table with UNC Charlotte Chancellor, sy

UNC Charlotte and Central Piedmont introduced 49erNext, a new co-admission transfer program for students in North Carolina during a special event on Oct. 3 in the UNC Charlotte Center City Building. The program provides a seamless pathway for students who wish to start a degree program at Central Piedmont and complete their education at UNC Charlotte.

During the event, Peggy and Bob Culbertson of Charlotte announced they were committing $1 million to Central Piedmont to provide scholarships for financially needy students. The college will use a significant portion of the gift to establish the Peggy and Bob Culbertson 49erNext Scholarship Program to assist students in the newly created program. The Culbertson gift also will fund scholarships for Central Piedmont students pursuing career-focused technical degrees and preparing to enter the workforce.

Learn more about 49er Next.

To read more, visit

Students Start Fall 2019 Semester Debt-Free

Gambrell FoundationA number of students at Central Piedmont started college this past fall debt-free thanks to the Gambrell Foundation Opportunity Scholarship. PBS Charlotte’s “Carolina Impact” highlights how the scholarship is positively impacting students in this video.

Transfer Resource Center News

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. View the full calendar of fall 2019 visits.

Transfer Tuesday Schedule – October 8, 2019
Central Campus – Zeiss Lobby
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
East Carolina University College of Business
North Carolina A&T State University
Catawba College

Levine Campus – Levine Main Lobby
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Gardner-Webb University
Montreat College 

Cato Campus
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Lees-McRae College

Merancas Campus
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
UNC Charlotte

Early Childhood Education Club – Chipotle Fundraiser

Support the Early Childhood Education Club as they raise funds to attend the National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference in Tennessee this November by dining at Chipotle, located at 3320 Potomac River Parkway, Suite D, Charlotte NC 28217, on Wednesday, October 9, from 4-8 p.m.   

Tell them you are supporting the Early Childhood Education Club!

Easy Research Participation Opportunity

Dear Central Piedmont Community College Student,

My name is Deninne Pritchett and I am an instructor at Central Piedmont. I am working as a student researcher under the direction of Dr. Nancy Bridier in the College of Doctoral Studies at Grand Canyon University.  I am conducting a research study to explore first-generation college students (FGCS) experiences with social involvement and what role this plays upon their persistence in higher education. For this study, understanding FGCS persistence in higher education will allow stakeholders to know why FGCS describe social involvement as influencing their persistence, provide a platform for FGCS experiences with social involvement, and prompt the discussion for what community colleges can do to maintain or increase social involvement opportunities at the college to support FGCS.

You may be eligible to participate in this study. The investigator of this study can determine your eligibility. Participation in this study is voluntary and no compensation is provided. The participant must be 18 yrs. or older, identify as FGCS, enrolled in a degree-seeking program with no more than one semester off to complete the 22-question questionnaire to determine FGCS social involvement experiences at community college. The results of the questionnaire will be downloaded, and participants will be assigned a numerical identifier, which means your identity will remain confidential. I would like to notify you in advance, there are no foreseeable risks or discomforts to participants.

All participant responses will be strictly confidential. No personal identifiable information will be attached to the interview data since each record will be coded and labeled with an identification number rather than personal or organization names. While the results of this study may be used in reports, presentations, or publications, no names will not be used in these media and will only be used in the collective form. The recorded media files and any field notes of the participant’s interview will be data encrypted and reside on secured password protected digital media and locked in a fireproof safe that only I, as the researcher, will have access to for 3 years and then destroyed.

Thank you in advance for your consideration. If you have any questions concerning this research study, or participation in it, please contact me, Deninne Pritchett, at If you have any questions about the rights of subjects/participants in this research, you can contact the Chair of the Human Subjects Institutional Review Board, through the College of Doctoral Studies at (602) 639-7804.

If you would prefer not to participate, please disregard this message and do nothing.

If you agree to participate, please click on the link below to be directed to the informed consent page of the questionnaire.

Deninne Pritchett, Doctoral Candidate/Research Investigator

Click here: Survey Monkey Research Questionnaire Link

Transfer Resource Center News

App State Transfer TuesdayAppalachian State Lunch & Learn
Tuesday, October 1; 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Central Campus, Hall 216

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.  View the full calendar of Fall 2019 visits.

Transfer Tuesday Schedule – October 1, 2019
Central Campus – Zeiss Lobby
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Winthrop University
Belmont Abbey College
Warren Wilson College

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

Merancas Campus
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Lees-McRae College

Year Up Helping Students Start Careers in Technology and Business

Year UpWant to start a career in technology or business, and continue your education?

Interested in a paid internship? Year Up is a one-year program at Central Piedmont – Central Campus that is open to students between the ages of 18-24 years old. You will earn an educational stipend (up to $200/month) while taking your Central Piedmont courses in Software Development, Information Technology, or Business for a semester. The following semester you will be matched to a six-month paid (up to $600/month) corporate internship and earn credits towards your degree.

This program begins in March 2020 and spaces are limited!

If you’re interested in changing your personal and professional career, take two minutes to complete an Interest Form (select the “Charlotte” location) and join us for an upcoming Information Session (held every Tuesday and Thursday at 2 p.m., on Central Campus, in the Central High Building, Room 305.

For more information, contact or call 704.839.2490.

Central Piedmont Students Awarded Autobell Car Wash Scholarships

For the 2019-20 academic year, Autobell Car Wash presented 136 of its team members in the Carolinas, Virginia, Georgia and Maryland with scholarships toward the college or university of their choice, with the year’s gifts totaling $169,250. Since its inception, the Autobell Car Wash Scholarship Program has awarded qualifying applicants more than $1.6 million in scholarship funding. The following Central Piedmont students were named 2019 scholarship recipients:

  • Caleb Brown
  • Jared Diegelman
  • Abrey Austin
  • Avery Grise-Rosas
  • Hunter Ross

The scholarship program is open to current Autobell team members who have been employed with the company for a continuous 12 months. The selection process considers each student’s academic diligence and accomplishments, productive extracurricular activities, civic engagement, and letters from references familiar with the applicant through school and community involvement. The application also requires an essay that discusses an educational or creative aspect of their employment experience.

Central Piedmont’s Partner, Year Up, Launches Charlotte Location

The national nonprofit Year Up celebrated the launch of its new Charlotte location with a Year Up group shotbreakfast and ribbon-cutting ceremony this morning at Central Piedmont Community College.

Speaking at the event were Torrey Smith, Players Coalition Board Member and Two-time Super Bowl Champion; Year Up President Cyril Turner; Year Up Charlotte Site Director Elise Ford; National Year Up Site Director Roland Selby; Central Piedmont Community College President Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer; and Bank of America Community Engagement Executive Kathryn Black.

The free yearlong program prepares students (ages 18-24) for entry-level technology and customer-facing roles. Participants spend one semester taking technical and professional skills classes taught by Central Piedmont and Year Up staff, and the following semester in a full-time, credit-bearing internship at a corporate partner firm.

The program is provided to students at no cost. Throughout the year, students earn college credits and a weekly stipend, and have access to Central Piedmont’s many services, including the college’s library and tutoring resources, as well as additional Year Up services.

“We are excited because this partnership fits so well with the mission, vision, and historic purpose of Central Piedmont,” said Kandi Deitemeyer, president of Central Piedmont. “Central Piedmont has always been a driver of economic mobility. The college has always worked to build and offer pathways to careers and further education. We are proud to join with Year Up Charlotte and Bank of America as we seek to transform lives and bring new possibilities to individuals and their families.”

The first 53 students began classes in August 2019; the program will grow to serve 120 young adults over the next year.

Nationwide, 90% of Year Up graduates are employed or attending college within four months of completing Year Up, with average starting salaries of $40,000/year.

The program received a grant from the Players Coalition in Jan. 2019 to support the program’s expansion into new cities like Charlotte and help Year Up change perceptions of Opportunity Youth from social liabilities to economic assets.

Learn more about Year Up.

A Note from a Charlotte Community Member

chris fixing battery

Chris fixing the car battery

“This past Friday night, my car broke down at a Wendy’s in Charlotte.  And, not in a nice comfy parking spot, but right in the middle of the parking lot – wedged up beside of a curb – making it difficult to move.  I sat there for an hour waiting for AAA.  I had to constantly wave irritated people around my car and apologize.  AAA showed up with jumper cables that did not work. So, I waited another hour and a half for the AAA tow truck which did not appear. As I was sitting there frustrated, upset and sad, I started questioning humanity as many passed and only two people had asked if they could help.  A simple jump did not work.  And then a wonderful thing happened.

That wonderful thing was a young gentleman named Dalton Hines who said he was a student at Central Piedmont studying in your automotive technology program.  When I explained the battery acid had made my terminal connection toast, he volunteered to change it right there.  He drove me to the closeby Auto Zone.  I purchased the supplies and we went back to my sad, stranded vehicle.  Mr. Dalton used his knowledge to bring my car back to life. He was determined to help and to have my car back in running condition.

Mr. Dalton Hines was not required to stop and help.  He could have just driven by like many had already done before. Not only did he stop, but without hesitation, he saved my evening and reaffirmed that good still exists in the world.

He is a benefit to your school and to our community.  He is using his education to help not only himself but others.  If there is any way that scholarship monies could rain down on this young man, I am sure he will do wonderous things with his education.”

– A Charlotte resident