Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) an Open-Door, Open-Access Institution of Learning

Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) Serves a Diverse Community

CPCC Serves a Diverse Community of Learners

Online community, regarding recent discussions in the LGBT community about the College and one of our students, Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) is an open-door, open-access institution of learning, and we are proud of its rich diversity. CPCC has a 50-year history of being fair, respectful and considerate of all students.  The College does not tolerate harassment of any kind.

College personnel have been investigating the incident in question for several days, and the goal is to reach an amicable resolution with the student in the near future.

The College has examined its policies and procedures, and we are certain that they are in compliance with current laws.  The College will work to ensure those policies are followed and clearly communicated.

We intend to have on-going dialogue with local and state LGBT leaders, including the College’s own LGBT organization, as we continue to address this issue.

Here is a link to CPCC’s equal opportunity policy:
http://www.cpcc.edu/administration/policies-and-procedures/1-00-the-equal-opportunity-program

 

ATTN Students: Changes Are Coming to CPCC’s Developmental ENG and RED Courses

Changes Are Coming to CPCC’s Developmental ENG and RED Courses

Changes Are Coming to CPCC’s Developmental ENG and RED Courses

Students, are you taking Developmental Reading or Developmental English courses? If so, BIG changes are coming to these programs! You must see an advisor prior to registration. The spring 2014 term is the last semester for these courses as they will be changing for fall 2014.

Beginning in fall 2014, all Developmental Reading and Developmental English courses and their associated labs will transition to the new Developmental Reading and English (DRE) format. New courses for fall 2014 include DRE 096, 097 and 098. These DRE classes will replace the existing ENG 080, ENG 085, ENG 090, ENG 095, RED 080 and RED 090 courses. The new courses will be eight- week combined reading and writing classes.

Changes Are Coming to CPCC’s Developmental ENG and RED Courses

Changes Are Coming to CPCC’s Developmental ENG and RED Courses

Please refer to www.cpcc.edu/developmental-studies for more information on these changes.

New Study Abroad Scholarships Available!

New Study Abroad Scholarships Available!

New Study Abroad Scholarships Available!

Are you interested in studying in Japan, the British Isles, or Greece & Italy this summer? CPCC’s Global Learning office is offering three brand new scholarships ($1000/student) for our 2014 summer programs to those countries. Applications and recommendations are due by January 31, 2014. Find all of the information at http://www.cpcc.edu/study-abroad/scholarships. Contact global.learning@cpcc.edu or 704.330.6167 with any questions.

Service Helps Learning Says 2013 Educator/Service Award Winner

CPCC Today - Krystal Crowe Interview

Click Here to View the Krystal Crowe Interview Video

Krystal Crowe, Student Life program coordinator at CPCC, and this year’s Larry M. Harding Educator/Community Service Award winner, sees giving back as more than just a nine to five. In addition to her work getting students involved with service opportunities through the community college, she also finds time to volunteer with her church outreach group. “I’m a strong believer in what Gandhi said –  ‘the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others’” she says.

Service isn’t just good for your spirit — it can help with your grades. A 2001 collection of studies from the Corporation for National and Community Service cites the benefits of service based learning on academic achievement, graduation rates, and universities and larger communities. Crowe agrees, “Service learning allows students to connect what they are learning in the classroom with what occurs in their community.”

In her three and half years with CPCC, Crowe has helped develop many ways students can learn through giving back. She says students who want to get involved should connect to CPCC’s Service Learning Center which offers projects throughout the semester as well as courses with a service component.

“I am a servant leader by nature” says Crowe. Recently, she also helped restructure the “IGN1TE” program, which teaches students leadership skills through a semester long, non-credit program.

 

Article and interview by Mason Rhodes, adjunct faculty at CPCC.
Video production services by CPCC Digital Media Services.

CPCC Now Offers 27 Fully Online Degree, Diploma and Certificate Academic Programs

CPCC now offers an Associate in Arts (AA) and an Associate in Science (AS) degree track that can be completed fully online – no in-person classroom time required – plus 25 certificates, diplomas and Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degrees in computer technology Advising Advice: Learning Style Surveyintegration, business, criminal justice, office assisting, construction management and more.

CPCC will offer 1,064 fully online classes for the fall 2013 semester. The subject areas include foreign language, science, math, English, humanities, communication, sociology, psychology, art, music, religion, business, office assistant, health information technology, education, criminal justice, business, marketing, and human resources.

To learn more about CPCC’s online programs and resources, visit www.cpcc.edu/academics/online.

CPCC’s Cosmetology Program Interview

Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) has added a new Cosmetology program that will begin this fall. In this CPCC Today video, Marquita Hallman interviews Catherine Cunningham, Cosmetology program coordinator, about this new opportunity.

Click on the graphic below to view the online video!

CPCC's Cosmetology Program Interview

CPCC's Cosmetology Program Interview

 For more information, don’t miss this article about the new program!

CPCC’s New Cosmetology Program Launches for Fall 2013

CPCC to Open New Cosmetology Program

CPCC to Open New Cosmetology Program

Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) has added a new Cosmetology program that will begin in the fall 2013. “August 15 is the official beginning,” said Catherine Cunningham, program coordinator, Cosmetology. Unlike other Cosmetology schools, CPCC will offer an accredited two-year AAS degree in Cosmetology and classes may be transferred to other four-year educational institutions.

The Cosmetology program will be taught from the international cosmetology curriculum, Pivot Point. According to Pivot-Point.com, Pivot Point has provided the best hair and beauty education in the United States. Cunningham shared that Pivot Point curriculum is and has been well respected in the cosmetology community for more than 50 years.

According to the Cosmetology program’s online frequently asked questions and answers, the estimated cost of the five semester program is $7,300. These costs include tuition, fees, uniforms, textbooks and the student cosmetology kit. The program does accept financial aid. Eligible students must have a 2.0 GPA or higher to enter the program.

CPCC’s Cosmetology program will have 40 seats every fall and spring semester for full-time students. “We still have seats available for the fall,” said Cunningham. Classes are filling fast and will be held at the completely renovated City View Center, located at 1609 Alleghany Street, Charlotte, NC 28208. Classes will be held Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. “Completion of the new renovations will be on July 19,” said Cunningham.

Students will also provide the public with hair, skin and nail services at discounted rates after they have completed 300 practice classroom hours at the City View Center under the supervision of licensed instructors. “City View Center will be a 50-salon chair clinic,” said Cunningham. Services will include cutting, coloring, perming and styling hair. “Students will learn to work with all nationalities of  hair,” said Cunningham. Students will also provide facial services of deep cleaning, makeup application, eye brow waxing, as well as nail care services with real or acrylic nails and nail art.

Cunningham said CPCC will work with the job placement office after students have received their Cosmetology degrees. “I’m sure salons looking for successful graduates with exceptional guest relation skills will be attracted to CPCC’s Cosmetology graduates,” said Cunningham. Cunningham said this program is for students who like to be around people and make people feel good about themselves. “At some point this industry touches everyone in some way,” said Cunningham.

Written by Marquita Hallman
Social Media Content Author, Co-op Intern

CPCC to Open New Cosmetology Program

CPCC to Open New Cosmetology Program

CPCC to Open New Cosmetology Program

Mecklenburg County residents who want to pursue a career as a salon professional can get the training they’ll need at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) starting in August.

CPCC will open a new two-year associate-degree program in cosmetology when the 2013-14 academic year begins in August. Students in the program will learn how to cut and color hair and perform facials, manicures and pedicures. Their training will prepare them to take the North Carolina state licensure exam for cosmetology.  The cosmetology curriculum is an exclusive member school partnered with Pivot Point International which is based on the Scientific Approach to Hair Design.

In addition to the program’s core cosmetology courses, students will take a required small business management course. The business course is designed to help prepare program graduates who want to become the owners of their own salons.

The program will open with a maximum of 40 students and be based at CPCC’s City View Center, located on Alleghany Street, near Ashley Road. The facility will operate as a full-service salon open to the public. The salon will be open year-round. Clients will be encouraged to make appointments.

CPCC currently is renovating the City View Center, an extreme makeover to transform the space into a salon with 40 haircutting stations. The project, including design, construction, specialized equipment and furniture, will cost approximately $1 million.

There is an increasing demand for salon stylists and a desire to provide a high-quality, affordable program in Mecklenburg County prompted CPCC to establish the program.

“Labor projections forecast a growing need for salon professionals for the next several years,” explained Ruth Hedgpeth, CPCC associate dean, health programs and early childhood education. “At the same time, the college wants to provide career training opportunities in Mecklenburg County that are more affordable than many of the private and for-profit schools.”

A program director and up to six full-time instructors will teach and mentor students.

For more information , please contact Catherine Cunningham, program chair, at ext. 3220 or at catherine.cunningham@cpcc.edu.

Attention Students: Is the Class You Wanted Full?

Is the Class You Wanted Full?

Is the Class You Wanted Full?

Did you know that you are probably eligible to take other general education courses? For example, many students believe that History 131 must be completed before they can take History 132. In fact, a student can take either course. The same is true for HIS 111 and 112, English 231 and English 232, ART 114 and 115 and a whole host of other options.

Students can see if a course has prerequisites, as well as other important information, by checking the course catalog here. Good places to look are:

  • Course descriptions, to see if a given course has prerequisites (pgs. 220 forward)
  • General education course options, to see what may be available for you to take (pgs. 182 & 183)
  • Transfer Degree course options, if you’re looking to transfer to a senior institution (pgs. 190-203)

Also, if you’re looking to transfer, you might find an AA (Associate in Arts) checklist helpful, which you can find here.

If unsure of which general education course is required for your degree, or if you’ve met the correct prerequisite, please consult your faculty or professional advisor. You can find your assigned faculty advisor here.

Deputy Secretary Harris Impressed with CPCC

Deputy Secretary — Seth D. Harris

Deputy Secretary — Seth D. Harris

Last week, CPCC’s Central Campus hosted U.S. Deputy Secretary of Labor Seth Harris. During his visit, Deputy Secretary Harris toured the College’s mechatronics advanced manufacturing laboratories to learn how CPCC is using federal funds to provide job skills training that meets the needs of local businesses and multinational companies in the Charlotte region.

Deputy Secretary Harris captured his impression of CPCC and our stellar workforce development initiatives in his weekly blog. To read his thoughts, please click here.

EdCamp Charlotte Comes to CPCC Central Campus on May 20

Attention Charlotte community! Join us for EdCamp Charlotte #2 at CPCC’s Central campus on May 15.

EdCamp Charlotte

EdCamp Charlotte

What is EdCamp?

EdCamp Charlotte is a user-generated “unconference” event for anyone who is interested in improving student success. An “EdCamp” is based on the “BarCamp” event model for providing open, participatory workshop events, with content provided by participants. Education professionals and attendees make a quick pitch to speak or present a session during EdCamp. Attendees then vote on what they would like to see, creating the schedule of events for the day. Anyone can pitch a session, so start working on your pitch and session content now. It’s a fun, innovative and free way for the community to gather, exchange ideas and share experiences.

Topics at an EdCamp 

Topics often discussed or presented during an EdCamp include but are not limited to teaching and learning, pedagogy, instructional design, instructional technology, e-learning, distance education, mobile learning, improving the quality of education, best practices, instructional emerging software applications and technologies, social media and social learning, learning management systems, course management systems, Blackboard, Moodle, course content creation, classroom management and much more!

Here’s How it Works

  • Anyone with ideas that they want to share makes a pitch to the group.
  • After the pitches, everyone votes on what sessions they want to attend.
  • The votes are tallied, the agenda is set and the learning commences!
  • Presenters and attendees meet in assigned rooms for the sessions.

When and Where

  • Monday, May 20, 2013
  • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Take Hall in the Overcash Center on CPCC’s Central Campus

Join Us!

Be sure to join us for this innovative and informal way to exchange experiences and promote student success! EdCamp Charlotte is FREE to attend. Student and public participation is encouraged. Pre-event registration is appreciated but not required.
For more information about EdCamp Charlotte, click here to visit our website! For related inquiries, please email socialmedia@cpcc.edu.

Congratulations to CPCC Student John Hundley

CPCC would like to extend congratulations to John Hundley, a student who recently had his first novel published – “The Draculata Nest.” It’s the first book in a trilogy and tells the story of a middle-aged student attending CPCC. Much of the book’s backdrop is

set in and around the CPCC campus. The books is available for puchase on amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and Park Road Books.

Congratulations, John on this accomplishment!

Read the Service-Learning Newsletter

Each semester, students, faculty and staff share stories behind all of those service hours in the Service-Learning Connections Newsletter. In this edition, Creek ReLeaf plants its 10,000th tree, a student shares her reflections on serving at a therapeutic horse-riding center and a new AmeriCorps program comes to campus. Read all about these and other happenings of Service-Learning Center here. For more information, contact Cassie Moore at ext. 6824.