Attend Ghouls in Games on Oct. 26

Join us for a night of spooky fun!Ghouls in Games

When:  Friday, October 26, 2018, 4 – 9 p.m.
Where: Central Campus, Worrell Buidling, Room 1140
Admission: $1, or $5 with a slice of pizza

A Halloween Party open to everyone! We’ll have snacks, video games, Horror VR, an art contest and more!  And, be sure to dress up for the costume contest!

CPCC Skyline Run Postponed!

We know fall is such a busy time for families, so after much consideration, we’ve decided to postpone this year’s Skyline Run event until spring 2019.

We’ll send an update as soon as we have a new date for your calendar and hope you’ll plan to join us in the spring.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you, and we’re already excited to host a great race in the spring to support the scholarship and financial needs of our students.

Please email or call 704.330.6869 with any questions.

Counting Down to Graduation….

The College Graduation Ceremony is 10 a.m., Thursday, May 17, 2018, at Counting down to graduationBojangles’ Coliseum, located at 2700 Independence Boulevard. Graduates should check in at the main entrance of the coliseum at 9 a.m. Invite as many guests as you wish; seating and free parking are first come-first serve. Please check your CPCC email account for more detailed information.

For all College and Career Readiness Graduates, there is a mandatory graduation orientation on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at 11 a.m., at Bojangles’ Coliseum, located at 2700 Independence Boulevard. Graduates must attend the orientation to participate in the ceremony, which will take place at 3 p.m., Thursday, May 17, 2018, at Bojangles’ Coliseum. 

Invite as many guests as you wish; seating and free parking are first come-first serve.   Please check your CPCC email account for more detailed information.

For questions, call the Graduation Office at 704.330.6312. Be sure to join us on this special day to celebrate your accomplishments!


CPCC Transfer Student is the First to Receive Queens’ Presidential Scholarship

For the first time in history, Queens University of Charlotte awarded a transfer student with the prestigious Presidential Scholarship. Kailee McKenzie Smethers, a graduate from Central Piedmont Community College plans to study interior architect and design. This scholarship covers full tuition for students with superior academic and leadership achievement. Congratulations, Kailee! Watch Kailee’s reaction as we surprised her with the news.

Take Part in a Student Storytelling Event

What brought YOU to CPCC, or where are YOU going when you’re done? Students from many walks of life have interesting stories of how they came to CPCC, and they will go from here to make all kinds of impacts. Do you want to share your story in front of a live audience? All stories will be 4 to 6 minutes long, and the audience will vote for their favorite one. The winner will receive a prize. If you are interested in sharing your story of how you come to CPCC or where you are going, at this storytelling event, you can email Owen Sutkowski ( or drop by anytime between noon and 2 p.m., to an interest meeting on Friday, March 23, in Zeiss, Room 1108. Keep in mind, the actual student storytelling event is on Tuesday, April 10 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in Tate Hall, located in the Overcash Building on Central Campus.

Business & Accounting Student Leadership Series, Session 4: Your Best First Impression

Discipline: Human Resources Management.
Thursday, January 25, 2018; from 2 – 3:15 p.m.
Central Campus, Zeiss Building, Room 1100

Guided by faculty, staff and Charlotte business leaders – each session of the Business & Accounting Student Leadership Series is an immersive experience in a different business and accounting discipline. You will come away with a greater understanding of how the discipline relates to you personally and professionally. The series culminates with Business & Accounting Week – a week-long, deep-dive into hot topics in the business world.

Attend one or all sessions to:
• Sharpen your soft skills
• Network with your peers
• Connect with Charlotte business leaders
• Be recognized at a special session during Business and Accounting Week

For more information, visit:


Student Resources Day

Get information about support services and resources available to help you be a successful student, including your rights and responsibilities. Financial Aid, Counseling/Advising, Career Services, the Library, Student Life, Service-Learning, Family Resource Center, Co-op, and more services will be present! For more information, please contact

Central Campus
Wednesday, January 24
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Overcash Lobby, 2nd floor

Harris Campus
Wednesday, January 24
10 a.m.

City View
Thursday, January 25
10 a.m.

Cato Campus
Thursday. January 25
11 a.m.

Levine Campus
Thursday, January 25
11:30 a.m.

Merancas Campus
Thursday, January 25
11 a.m.

For more information, view the Student Life Calendar of Events.

How to Improve Your Credit: See CPCC Instructor’s Advice on WalletHub

Anne Roberts

Anne Roberts

If you’re hoping your New Year’s resolutions will including improving your finances and your credit score, a CPCC Business and Accounting Division instructor has some advice. Anne Valdes Roberts, CPA, MBA, is part of CPCC’s Accounting and Finance faculty.

She talked with and shared helpful information about how to improve your credit.


Instructions for Friday’s Inauguration Ceremony

As a reminder, students are invited to attend the inauguration of CPCC’s fourth president, Dr. Kandi W. Deitemeyer, scheduled for Friday, November 3, 10:30 a.m. – noon in Halton Theater. Those attending the inauguration ceremony are encouraged to arrive at Halton by 10:15 a.m. to ensure they are seated prior to the procession of dignitaries, faculty and staff into the theater.  Once the procession has entered, guests will be directed to the balcony or one of the overflow locations (Tate Hall and Pease Auditorium). If your instructor is planning on bringing your class to the inauguration, you will be directed to Pease Auditorium in the event you might need to leave at the end of your scheduled class time to exit without disturbing the ceremony.


Join us for Fall into Safety Day on Oct. 25!

Fall into Safety Day
October 25, 2017
CPCC Central Campus, Overcash lawn
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

Learn about the many ways CPCC offers security and safety to the college community. Students are welcome to stop by and learn more from CPCC College Security Services and the various community agencies listed below. 

  • CharMeck Emergency Management
  • CharMeck Police Department
  • Huntersville Police Department
  • Mecklenburg County ABC Board
  • Mecklenburg County Sheriff
  • Safe Alliance
  • Safety and Health Council of NC
  • CPCC Security
  • CPCC Health Sciences

Join CPCC’s WorldQuest Team for a Night of Free Trivia and Dinner on Nov. 8 

Do you love trivia or have international knowledge you would like to showcase?

The Global Learning Office is seeking CPCC students to participate in the annual WorldQuest international knowledge competition. All costs are covered by the Global Learning Office.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 8

Location: Hilton Charlotte Center City

Address: 222 E. Third St., Charlotte, NC 28202

Dinner: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Program: 6:30 – 9 p.m.

Teams will answer questions related to current events, history, geography and other topics of global significance. This year’s categories include:

                    World Flags

                    Geography of Italy

                    Saudi Arabia in Transition

                    History of the Cold War

                    Venezuela in Crisis

                    World Elections

                    Food, Culture, Dance, and Anything in Between

If you are interested in joining the student team, contact Liza Melms at or 704.220.2722, ext. 3061. The team will have eight members and two alternates, and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.


Three CPCC students receive scholarships to study abroad as apprentices

CPCC strives to make a quality education more accessible through the more than $1 million in scholarships it makes available to close to 1,000 in-need students each year.

These gifts are made possible thanks to the generosity of the college’s valued partners – the individuals, business and industry and civic clubs that choose to help transform students’ lives by investing in their future.

The German Language and Culture Foundation is a valued CPCC donor that believes in transforming lives by facilitating access to extraordinary educational experiences.

The Foundation accomplishes this through its “Study and Work Abroad – Experience the German Workplace as an Apprentice!” program, an initiative that gives students the opportunity to engage in one month of language study and two months of on-the-job training abroad in Germany.

The following three students were awarded program scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year. As a result, they will travel overseas in January 2018, receiving college credit for their time in Germany, while remaining an employee of the U.S.-based company where they serve as an apprentice and earn a regular paycheck.

Meet this year’s “Study and Work Abroad – Experience the German Workplace as an Apprentice!” program recipients. They are:

Caleb Adams
Mechatronics major and first-year German student Caleb Adams is looking forward to his time in Germany this winter – exploring the German culture and how business is conducted outside of the United States – as part of the Study and Work Abroad – Experience the German Workplace as an Apprentice!” program.

The Fort Mill, S.C., resident is familiar with the apprenticeship model; he currently serves as an apprentice for groninger USA, LLC.

As one of three 2017 Study and Work Abroad program participants, Adams will learn more about groninger’s German operations once overseas, developing a better understanding of company’s robotic machinery and working on its assembly machine lines.

“I look forward to comparing how groninger manages to successfully operate its facilities in both Germany and the U.S.,” explains Adams. “This experience will help me better prepare for positions of greater responsibility within the organization, which will help me achieve my personal goal of one day becoming a groninger field service technician, and ultimately an electrical engineer.”

Chad Robinson
CPCC computer integrated machining student Chad Robinson is looking forward to seeing Germany for the first time and being fully immersed in the German culture while studyingand working abroad as a “Study and Work Abroad – Experience the German Workplace as an Apprentice!” scholarship recipient.

Robinson, a Charlotte resident, currently serves as an apprentice with Siemens Energy, and will continue in this role overseas in the company’s Muhlheim training facility. He is excited to build upon the machining skills he has learned as an apprentice under the supervision of Siemens’ Charlotte team and practice his German, a language he has only studied for one semester at CPCC.

He hopes his time in Germany will give him a better outlook on the world and help him accumulate the knowledge and skills he needs to not only continue his career at Siemens, but also complete his mechanical engineering degree at UNC Charlotte in the future.

Ethan McFarlain
Ethan McFarlain, a machining technology student at CPCC and an apprentice with Bosch Rexroth, is looking forward to joining the global workforce when he travels to the organization’s manufacturing facility in Germany this January as part of the college’s “Study and Work Abroad – Experience the German Workplace as an Apprentice!” program.

As a scholarship recipient, McFarlain will have the opportunity to work in Bosch Rexroth’s Stuttgart and Schweinfurt facilities, working side by side with his international peers to improve his skills as a machinist.

“I want to have a greater understanding of the differences between the United States and other countries,” explains McFarlain. “I can’t wait to begin this new experience, take in the German scenery and learn the skills I’ll need to one day successfully complete a four-year degree in engineering.