Welcome to the Fall 2015 Semester from CPCC Libraries!

Welcome to the 2015 fall semester!  Hopefully, you had a chance to get settled into classes during the past week.  With the beginning of a new semester, we’d just like to take some time to remind you of a few of the services that the library has to offer, as well as highlight a few recent changes.

Books and More!

As always, the library wants to help out with your research and educational needs.  To that end, we provide access to a wide variety of resources, both in print and online.

To find out what books or DVDs are available in the library (or in electronic format), check out the online library catalog.

If you are looking for research articles or educational online videos, have a look at our Research Resources.

Need help using either one of these resources?  Don’t be afraid to Ask a Librarian!  Library staff are available to help in person, over the phone or online.

Online book renewals, which were not working during the spring and summer sessions this year, are now once again working!

Study Space?  We Have That!

Need a quiet place to study?  All CPCC campus libraries have dedicated quite study spaces.  Additionally, Central, Cato and Levine campuses have study rooms available. You can book these study rooms yourself online. Book early though, as they tend to fill up quickly!

We hope everyone has a great semester!

Disability Services has a BLOG!

CPCC’s Disability Services is happy to announce the launching of our new blog! Here we will post helpful information about our department, FAQs for students, faculty and staff, reminders for students, assistive technology information, and much more! We are excited about this launch and  Disability Serviceshope you will follow us for the most up-to-date information about Disability Services at CPCC! Here is the link to our blog website:  http://blogs.cpcc.edu/disability-services

Levine Campus Navig8tor Program Extended Until Friday, March 21

We have extended the Levine Campus Navig8tor program until Friday, March 21 (Friday of the week following spring break).

NAVIG8TOR is Student Life’s newest student success program, designed solely to get you to the places on our campuses that are critical to your success. Perhaps you’ve heard about free tutoring on our campuses, but don’t know where they are? With NAVIG8TOR, we help you discover those locations, so you can see for yourself how each service can help you. And, a completed NAVIG8TOR card and survey enters you for a chance to win some fabulous prizes – gift cards, electronics and more!

Prizes include Blue Ray DVD Wireless Players, $250 Barnes & Noble College vouchers, Subway Gift Cards, $50 Gas Cards, Blue Tooth Speakers, 1 TB Portable Backup Storage Drives and much more.

Levine Campus Navig8tor

Levine Campus Navig8tor Program Extended Until Friday, March 21

NAVIG8TOR is currently underway. Start exploring now!
http://www.cpcc.edu/student_life/events/navig8tor

NAVIG8TOR – A Student Success Program

NAVIG8TOR is Student Life’s newest student success program, designed solely to get you to the places on our campuses that are critical to your success. Perhaps you’ve heard about free tutoring on our campuses, but don’t NAVIG8TOR know where they are? With NAVIG8TOR, we help you discover those locations, so you can see for yourself how each service can help you. And, a completed NAVIG8TOR card and survey enters you for a chance to win some fabulous prizes – gift cards, electronics and more!

NAVIG8TOR is currently underway at Cato, Central, Levine and Harper Campuses. Start exploring now!

http://www.cpcc.edu/student_life/events/navig8tor

 

You Can Save a Life! “Project Life Project” Bone Marrow Registry Drives are Coming to CPCC Campuses!

Project Life

Project Life

CPCC, together with Project Life (a national program dedicated to finding and enlisting college students as potential donors for bone marrow and tissue transplants) is partnering to educate CPCC students, faculty and staff on the importance of becoming a bone marrow donor.

The CPCC Chapter’s first official event was held in February 2012, when it recruited more than 300 new donors to the National Bone Marrow Registry.

The next donor bone marrow typing drives are scheduled at varying times at all six CPCC campuses.  Details are as follows:

LEVINE CAMPUS: February 20 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location – 2nd floor foyer

MERANCAS CAMPUS: February 26 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location – TS Student Lounge and CJ Hallway

CATO CAMPUS: February 26 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location – Cato II atrium

HARPER CAMPUS: March 5 from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Location – Classroom 352-D

CENTRAL CAMPUS: April 9 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location – Belk Patio (between Belk & Elizabeth Buildings)

HARRIS CAMPUS: April 15 (time TBD)
Location – TBD

There will also be a Bone Marrow question and answer panel at Central Campus on Wednesday, April 2  from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. to help dispel some of the myths about bone marrow donation.

Project Life bone marrow registry is coming to CPCC!

Project Life bone marrow registry is coming to CPCC!

Getting typed is painless and entails nothing more than having the inside of your mouth swabbed. It’s that easy!

Then what? You wait to see if your participation makes you a match and helps bring hope and healing to a person in need.

Help save a life by joining us at one of our upcoming donor drives scheduled at a CPCC campus near you.

The program began more than 20 years ago, when a group of students at Davidson College started a grassroots movement to identify college students as potential donors for the National Bone Marrow Registry.

Since then, thousands of people have participated, and the program has grown to include an expanding number of college campuses in North Carolina. CPCC is proud to be included among these higher education institutions and house the first active Project Life chapter in the Charlotte metro area.

Click here to watch a CPCC-TV online YouTube video about the Project Life Project!

Hangout With CPCC Financial Aid!

Do you have questions about the financial aid process? Join a Google Hangout to hear directly from the CPCC Financial Aid team and get answers!

Hangout With CPCC Financial Aid!

Hangout With CPCC Financial Aid!

Hangout With CPCC Financial Aid!

Title: I’m selected for financial aid verification, now what?
Date: Friday, February 7, 2014
Time: 3 – 4 p.m.

Description: One out of every three FAFSA applications processed by the U.S. Department of Education and received by the CPCC Financial Aid Office are randomly selected for review in a process called “verification.” Applicants selected for verification are required to submit documents needed in confirming the accuracy of information provided on the FAFSA. This workshop is designed to allow students to ask questions related to the steps in the verification process and requested documents needed to complete their financial aid file. Join a financial aid advisor as they go through the verification process and answer any questions.

Title: What documents do I need to complete my financial aid application?
Date: Friday, February 14, 2014
Time: 3 – 4 p.m.

Description: Filling out the FAFSA can be one of the toughest parts of attending college — but it doesn’t have to be. During this online workshop you will learn the best ways to fill out the FAFSA. Topics include using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, navigating the applicant “Dependency Questions,” and more. All attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions regarding the application process.

NOTE – Due to winter weather which impacted college operations, this hangout has been rescheduled to Friday, March 7, 2014.

Title: What is Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) and how does it affect my financial aid status?
Date: Friday, February 21, 2014
Time: 3 – 4 p.m.

Description: Financial aid students are required to meet federal financial aid standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). Students that fail to meet these federal guidelines potentially might lose their financial aid eligibility. This workshop is designed to define the federal financial aid standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) and discuss how failure to comply with these policies might impact a student’s future financial aid eligibility.

Title: How do I apply for scholarships?
Date: Friday, February 28, 2014
Time: 3 – 4 p.m.

Description: Students that fail to qualify for federal or state grants after completing the FAFSA process are encouraged to apply for CPCC Institutional Scholarships. This workshop is designed to explain the eligibility criteria needed to be considered for CPCC Institutional Scholarship offerings, outline the online scholarship application process and show students how to navigate the Academic Works scholarship portal in searching for available scholarship offerings.

Title: What documents do I need to complete my financial aid application?
Date: Friday, March 7, 2014
Time: 3 – 4 p.m.

Description: Filling out the FAFSA can be one of the toughest parts of attending college — but it doesn’t have to be. During this online workshop you will learn the best ways to fill out the FAFSA. Topics include using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, navigating the applicant “Dependency Questions,” and more. All attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions regarding the application process.

 

To find out about future hangouts and more, be sure to follow Central Piedmont Community College’s page on Google+.

Tips For New CPCC Students

The hallways are buzzing with new and returning students enrolled in the fall semester.  Classes are kicking into high gear. With so much activity going on around us, it can be challenging to stay focused on what is most important. As a Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) student, I wanted to find out what resources I could take advantage of to better my education or to simply help me stay focused during a busy semester. Here are the top five tips I found:

1. If this is your first year, or if you are returning to school after a long break, take advantage of the First Year Experience (FYE). The FYE provides services such as campus tours, information sessions and a step-by-step application process into the program of your choice.

2. Relax! Brandi Lang, a sophomore at CPCC, said, “It is not as big of a deal as I thought it was going to be.” It is important to take a few minutes out of a busy day, to spend some time with yourself. Take a walk, make a list of your day’s triumphs, or try a few breathing techniques to relieve stress and restore a peaceful mind.” Andrew Weil, M.D. says, “Practicing regular, mindful breathing can be calming and energizing and can even help with stress-related health problems ranging from panic attacks to digestive disorders.” Attend Student Life events to relax; invite your friends! You can visit in between classes or you can go outside and breathe some fresh air. Did you know that there is a new greenway in front of Overcash on Central Campus? Levine Campus has a walking trail around the fountain in the back. Enjoy outdoor spaces at every CPCC campus!

3. Enroll in an ACA course! Collaborative Learning, English and Humanities Division Director, Laura Bazan says that the classes are designed to help students be more successful as college students and to help students to get a new start. The classes are designed to help students in different areas. ACA 111 is a short-session class called College Student Success that is about resources. ACA 118, or College Study Skills, is a semester-long course focused on becoming a master student. It reviews how to take notes, how to take tests, and how to improve your memory, reading skills and writing skills.  It also deals with goal-setting and career choices. There are three other short-term courses as well, ACA 120, 121 and 122. These courses are transferable electives and are covered by financial aid. They are available at all campuses and online as well. Bazan says that many students have said that these classes really helped launch their college careers. She says the classes can help center you and help you get familiar with the people and places that are going to be helpful to you. Data shows that students who complete the courses are more likely to stay in college and have greater GPAs.

4. If you are falling behind in classes or just have some questions about a subject you are unsure about, visit your campus’s Academic Learning Center (ALC). This team specializes in helping students like us succeed in our courses. They provide tutoring and support to help strengthen any academic deficiencies. The ALC website includes a list of the courses they can help with, along with each campus and its dedicated hours and a phone number to contact them. 

5. Last but not least, focus! “You just need to stay on the run,” says Kamau Ledbetter, a student in his second semester at CPCC. College is an exciting yet short-lived experience so soak it in! If this moment is hectic and stressful or enlightening and compelling, it will come and go. Make your experience memorable. Seek the help you need; it is accessible at your campus. Look at the road ahead and go for it. Success is waiting!

 

Written by Kimberly Cevallos
CPCC Social Media Content Author
Communications and Journalism Intern

Your CPCC Student Email!

Many areas of the College, including Financial Aid and Counseling & Advising, communicate via your CPCC email. It is important that you regularly check your student email for important updates including transcript information, financial aid requests, graduation information, academic standing and much more. Did you know you can also forward your student  

CPCC Student Email

CPCC Student Email

emails to your personal email if you’d like? We want you to succeed and getting information to you quickly is key. If you have questions or need help forwarding your CPCC email, call the CPCC Helpdesk at 704.330.5000 for assistance. 


Financial Aid Fax Malfunction

Financial Aid - New Resources. New Ways.

Financial Aid - New Resources. New Ways.

Financial Aid has installed new technology to improve processing. Regrettably, a technical issue was discovered and resolved. If you faxed documents to us between March 15, 2013 through May 21, 2013, the documents may not have been received. Please fax the documents again to (704).330-5053 at your earliest convenience. We apologize, and we look forward to assisting you.

Leadership Resources Available Online

The Office of Student Life has partnered with Library Services to provide an online leadership guide for students to access CPCC Library materials and external resources related to the topic of leadership – including books, videos and websites. For more information about becoming a leader on campus, please visit any Student Life Student Lifeoffice.

Click here to access the online guide and visit our blog, Student Life Connections, for weekly updates about Student Life events and programs.

 

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.

Silent Auction: MUN Club Fundraiser

The Speedway Club at Charlotte Motor Speedway has generously donated two gift certificates to the CPCC Model United Nations Club to help students raise funds to attend the National Model United Nations Conference in New York in March 2013.

The MUN club will accept bids for the gift certificates between Thursday, Oct. 18 and Wednesday, Nov. 21.  Please email Teresa Hall (MUN Club Faculty Advisor) at Teresa.Hall@cpcc.edu to bid on one or both of the certificates. Please clearly indicate which certificate you are bidding on.  The highest bidder for each certificate will be contacted during the last week of November and will receive the gift certificate and a receipt from the CPCC Foundation for the contribution to the MUN club.  These would make great holiday gifts for racing fans!!

  • Gift Certificate #1: This Speedway Club gift certificate is for dinner for two to the May 19, 2013, NASCAR Sprint ALL-STAR race and is valued at $110.
  • Gift Certificate #2: This gift certificate is for two race tickets to the May 18, 2013, NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race (Indoor Clubhouse Seating) and dinner for two at the Speedway Club and is valued at $450.

An Important Reminder to CPCC Financial Aid Recipients

Financial Aid - New Resources. New Ways.

Financial Aid - New Resources. New Ways.

This is an urgent reminder from the Financial Aid office at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC). Friday (8/17/12) is the last day for financial aid recipients to purchase approved books, bus passes and supplies in the CPCC Barnes & Noble bookstore.  Please do not miss your opportunity to purchase items that will support your success in the classroom. We hope your fall semester is off to a productive start, and thank you for choosing CPCC.