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.

Student Life Events

Sufi Soul

Monday, April 24

Zeiss, Room 1106

11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

Sufi Soul: The Mystic Music of Islam, documents the many musical subcultures of Sufism as it was incorporated by different cultures in different regions. With many comparisons to Christianity, it displays how with all religions there are zealots and passivists, and the Sufi’s of Islam are passivists who focus primarily on music as a spiritual expression, much like the Christian troubadour or modern Christian Rock churches.


Living on a Shoestring Budget Lunch N’ Learn

Thursday, April 27

Overcash, Room 308

12:30-1:30 p.m.

Join Student Life and Single Stop as we discuss methods to manage your budget and life. Joan Edmondson, a Single Stop Financial Counselor, will be giving information on managing a tight budget and resources that can assist you with successfully managing your life with a slim budget. A light lunch will be served.


Drum Circle

Thursday, May 4

Overcash Lawn

12:30-1:30 p.m.

Join Student Life and Drums 4 Life for a Drum Circle. Drumming has been linked to many therapeutic benefits. Come take a break from your busy day to do some drumming! All levels are welcomed to attend.

Mock First Aid/Emergency Drills to Take Place April 6 and 11

The CPCC EMS & Medical Assisting Programs will collaborate for an interdisciplinary lab activity involving first aid and emergency response. Students from both programs will participate in these “mock” scenarios and the ambulance will be parked at the back of the Belk/Health Careers building. The events will occur on Thursday, April 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and again on Tuesday, April 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Viewing of “13th Screening” April 18

CPCC Library and CPCC Student Life invite students, faculty and the public to a viewing of Ava Duvernay’s Oscar Nominated Netflix Documentary titled, “13th Screening.” The event will be held on Tuesday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. inside Tate Hall on CPCC’s Central Campus. Admission is free and PD credit is available.

Student Life Events

Sex Education Workshop

Thursday, March 30

12:30-1:30 p.m.

Overcash, Rm 308

Join Student Life and the Mecklenburg County Health Department for a workshop on healthy sex habits, local statistics and other information on how to make safe decisions regarding personal health.


Deaf Jam

Monday, April 3

2-3 p.m.

Zeiss, Rm 1106

In Deaf Jam, Aneta Brodski seizes the day. She is a deaf teen introduced to American Sign Language (ASL) Poetry, who then boldly enters the spoken word slam scene. In a wondrous twist, Aneta, an Israeli immigrant living in the Queens section of New York City, eventually meets Tahani, a hearing Palestinian slam poet. The two women embark on a collaboration/performance duet – creating a new form of slam poetry that speaks to both the hearing and the Deaf.


Student Talent Showcase

Tuesday, April 4

7 p.m.

Halton Theater

Come out to see some of CPCC’s best talent at the Sensoria student talent showcase.


HIV/STI Testing

Wednesday, April 5

10 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Belk, Room 2100

Mecklenburg County Health Department will be on hand for free and confidential HIV and STI testing. Free Condoms and information will also be available.


Read Me Different

Thursday, April 6

2-3 p.m.

Zeiss, Rm 1103

A shock of recognition in social work school leads, award-winning filmmaker Sarah Entine, to explore how undiagnosed dyslexia and ADHD have impacted three generations in her family, starting with her own struggles. With surprising candor, vulnerability and even a touch of humor, Read Me Differently reveals the strain of misunderstood learning differences on family relationships.


Join Us at Sensoria, March 31 – April 9

CPCC invites you to attend Sensoria, its annual 10-day celebration of literature and the arts, featuring visual art, dance, theatre, music, film, culture, history, and more. Join CPCC as it celebrates its 25th year of literary events and hosts nearly 90 events on multiple campuses, including the following events, as listed in the Charlotte Five.

To learn more about the event – including the fact that most events are FREE! – visit the Sensoria website.