What is Webex Teams?

Webex Teams is a messaging and meeting solution that puts all the communications and information sharing tools you need in one place. Webex Teams is redefining the way people meet and collaborate. It’s a platform that promotes a secure workspace where teams can contribute any time, from any device with video meetings, group messaging, file sharing, and whiteboarding. Conversations and work sync across all platforms, allowing knowledge sharing, document uploading, and stronger collaboration.

Our Information Technology Services (ITS) department has decided to release this tool ahead of schedule because of the tremendous value it offers for remote learning, teaching, and working during this unprecedented time. Since the college had to launch the tool earlier than expected, you will be able to message and talk to teammates, but won’t be able to call-in to them from an outside phone number. In addition, the ITS team is working on integrating the tool’s calendar feature to be made available in the near future.

What are the benefits of Webex Teams?

 

  • easy group and 1-1 messaging
  • persistent, threaded discussions
  • substantial reduction in email
  • collaboration spaces
  • synchronous text-based conversations
  • easily call individuals or groups on Webex Teams
  • 1-click video conferencing (with recording)
  • Blackboard integration
  • mobile and desktop apps
  • interact with students
  • customized notifications

Perhaps the greatest value of Webex Teams during this unprecedented time is the ease with which it reinforces the fact that we are one college, one community, one family. The tool’s messaging and conference features provide a way to keep connections strong across the college, which supports the emotional health and well-being of Central Piedmont’s employees and students during this pandemic.

To Get Started

All Central Piedmont faculty, staff, and students already have accounts:

  1. Download the app from Webex. (If you are using a device that can’t install applications, such as a Chromebook, go to teams.webex.com.)
  2. Enter your college email.
  3. Enter your college username and password.

Resources

Be Professional in Your Communications

As you work in Webex Teams, please keep in mind that this is an official college application/tool — you must adhere to the ethics and values of the college, and remain professional in all of your communications. All content is stored indefinitely and is reviewable by the college, discoverable, and subject to a public records request, regardless of whether it was made in a private or public space. Please refer to college policy 6.20as a reminder about acceptable technology use at Central Piedmont.

Questions?

If you have questions, please contact Academic Technology Services through the ITS Help Desk to schedule an appointment at helpdesk@cpcc.edu or 704.330.5000.

Thank you for helping make the Webex Teams roll-out a success.

Top 5 Ways to Stay Connected

During this time where we’re all online together, it’s still possible to stay connected to each other and to Central Piedmont. Let Student Life & Service-Learning offer you some easy ways to maintain your connections virtually!

  1. Student Life would like to continue connecting with students, and we need your help!  Help us identify some activities, information, and ideas that students might be interested in during this time. Tell us your thoughts in this online survey!
  2. Applications for the 2020-2021 Ruth G. Shaw Scholarship and Women’s Leadership Program are now available! Click here to learn more and to access the online application, due April 17.
  3. Stay active! Follow CPCC Student Life on Instagram, and watch out for our weekly workouts with Lindsey (and other fun things too!)! FaceTime a friend and stay fit together.
  4. Many of us had Sensoria events on our calendars. We’re sad it was canceled, but here’s a reading from the US Poet Laureate, Joy Harjo, who would have joined us on campus.
  5. Connect with classmates and your teacher using WebEx Teams! It’s helpful, free to students, and easy to use!

Questions? Ideas? Email student.life@cpcc.edu and let us know!

5 Tips for Online Learning

Online classes are a great option to help earn your degree and fulfill your academic goals. Though they come with unique challenges, here are 5 Online Learning Tips to help you succeed in your classes this semester:
  1. Develop a schedule: Commit to making your online coursework part of your weekly routine by creating a schedule to stay on task. Designate specific hours to studying, reading, and completing assignments.
  2. Set specific goals: Establish a routine by organizing your day with goals. Set reminders for yourself to complete assignments and try allowing yourself a certain amount of time to complete tasks.
  3. Get connected: Interact with your instructors, classmates and peers virtually. Be intentional about staying connected to others – this will help keep you accountable and engaged.
  4. Create a designated study space: Setting up a designated workspace – whether its a kitchen table, bedroom or office – will help you establish a routine, keep you organized, and boost your productivity.
  5. Stay healthy: Improve your academic performance by taking care of your mental and physical health. Allow time for the things you enjoy doing and incorporate healthy habits like regular exercise, getting plenty of rest and eating healthy meals.

Please remember to check your college email often for communication from your instructors and the college. Making the transition to online courses on short notice is a challenge, but please know your instructors and student services staff members are here to help.

The college has created a comprehensive Web page with resources to help you during this transition. Visit learnremotely.cpcc.edu to discover what you need to know if your courses have moved online.

Advisory: Mecklenburg Co. Issues Stay-At-Home Order (effective 3/26 at 8 a.m.)

Please be aware that Mecklenburg County issued a stay-at-home order this afternoon. It goes into effect this Thursday (March 26) at 8 a.m., and lasts through April 16. You can read the full statement on the Mecklenburg County Government website for more details.

According to the “Essential Businesses & Operations” section of the county’s proclamation, educational institutions may remain open “for purposes of facilitating distance learning, performing critical research related to COVID-19, or performing essential functions, provided that social distancing of six-feet per person is maintained to the greatest extent possible,” so our most essential workers can continue to come to campuses as needed.

Students and all other employees should follow the county order, stay at home, and not come to campus. However, our teams are still here to support you: We continue to provide as many services as possible remotely, via phone and email. See the college website for a complete directory of departments, or call our Information Center during business hours at 704.330.2722. Please reach out to us if we can help in any way.

Online Courses and Remote Student Services This Week

During your extended Spring Break, Central Piedmont staff and faculty have been working around the clock to transition thousands of courses to online delivery. We know many of you need help and have questions. Please know your instructors and student services staff members are here to assist. All student services are available online or by phone. Please use the college website to find the service you need, and don’t hesitate to call or email.

We ask for your patience and understanding while we navigate this transition together. You may experience some delays, but we promise to respond to your questions and concerns as quickly as possible. Please remember to:

  • Go online.The college has created a comprehensive Web page with resources to help you during this transition. Visit learnremotely.cpcc.edu to discover what you need to know if you’re taking online courses, or if your courses have moved online.
  • Check your college email often for communication from your instructors and the college. This is the college’s official channel of communication, and we will provide email updates as soon as the information becomes available.
  • Visit the college’s COVID-19 Web page to review all announcements and instructions related to the coronavirus.
  • Download the Central Piedmont Mobile app for your phone from the App store or the Google Play app store. This is a convenient way to access news, Blackboard, MyCollege, and your college email account.
  • Stay connected with Central Piedmont social media. This is a fast, easy way to stay up-to-date.

We remain dedicated to preserving the health, safety, and academic needs of our students. Thank you, and we look forward to serving you this week and the weeks to come.

Get Help Online from the Library

Get Help Online

There are many ways the Library can provide you with expert help and services remotely. Always check the Library’s website for the latest info about our hours and services.

  • Chat
    The library will operate chat from 7:30 am to 8:00 pm Monday through Thursday, 7:30 am to 5:00 pm Friday, and 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Saturday starting on March 23rd.
  • Get Research Help Online
    Need help with research or finding peer reviewed articles? Last minute citation question? Ask us! You can email us, text us, or chat with a librarian from the convenience of your home.
  • Schedule a Consultation with a Librarian
    Subject librarians with expertise in specific areas are available for remote consultations  via phone, email, or online (e.g. Webex).

If you have further questions, we encourage you to reach out to us, either by phone or email.

Also, visit learnremotely.cpcc.edu to discover what you need to know if you’re taking online courses or if your courses are moved online.

Top 5 Ways to Plug-In This Coming Week

Central Piedmont offers you a ton of ways to get involved, make friends, do good for others, and have fun. While we offer hundreds of unique experiences on each campus during the semester (calendar of events), here are the Top 5 Ways to Plug-In This Week.

  1. Service-In-Action Event: Children’s Theatre (Off-Campus): (Wed, March. 11, 9 am-11am and 11am-1pm)  Student volunteers will assist in ushering in school groups attending the playhouse to watch the performance. They are welcome to watch most of the performance, and then at the conclusion, will assist in ushering the school groups back outside to their buses. Ushers are asked to wear a print-free white top and black bottoms or a Central Piedmont shirt. Volunteers will be indoors and will be able to store their coats and bags if necessary. **5 volunteers requested at each shift. Please sign up here.
  2. Spring Fling (Merancas Campus): (Mon, March 16, 9:30 am-11:30am)
    Join Student Life and SGA for our annual spring festival! There will be various recreational activities, arts and crafts, treats, and music! Please contact: Cassie.Sinkovitz@cpcc.edu
  3. Spring Fest (City View Campus): (Tues, March 17, 11am-2:00pm) Join us for a day full of music, games, and activities. Contact: John.gomez@cpcc.edu
  4. Women’s Rights: Let’s Talk –Valiant Women of the Vote (Central Campus): (Tue, March 17, 11am-1:30pm) Join us for a discussion on Women’s Rights in honor of Women’s History Month. Light refreshments served.
  5. Where Are My Clovers?: (Central Campus): (Tue, March 17, 12:30 pm-3pm) The Campus Activities Board is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day-themed scavenger hunt around Central campus! There will be prizes for those who find all the clues. The first clue is at our Table at the Worrell Patio. There will be free snacks, prizes, and bead necklaces!

Please visit our websites for complete information about the Offices of Student Life & Service-Learning.

  1. Please sign up here. for this event using the following link: CPCC Service-In-Action Website Address: ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center, 300 E 7th St, Charlotte, NC 28202. There are two shifts you may sign up for on this project.

Mark Your Calendars for these Important Scholarship Deadlines

Need-based and merit-based scholarships are awarded for a host of reasons – choice of major, community involvement, special interests, creative talents – and that’s just to name a few. Regardless of your economic situation, take every opportunity to lessen the financial burden of college.

Central Piedmont has over 250 scholarship opportunities available each year. Students can access a number of these opportunities by completing the General Scholarship Application on Academic Works for fall, spring and summer semesters.

Here are some important deadlines to keep in mind:

  • Summer 2020 application deadline – April 30, 2020
  • Fall 2020 & spring 2021 priority application deadline – May 15, 2020
  • Fall 2020 & spring 2021 regular application deadline – July 30, 2020
  • Spring 2020 only application deadline – November 30, 2020

*Students who complete the application will automatically be considered for all auto-match scholarship opportunities. Certain opportunities may require supplemental information (i.e. transcripts, essays, letters of recommendation, etc.).

Top 5 Ways to Plug-In This Coming Week

Central Piedmont offers you a ton of ways to get involved, make friends, do good for others, and have fun. While we offer hundreds of unique experiences on each campus during the semester (calendar of events), here are the Top 5 Ways to Plug-In This Week.

  1. Positive Community for Women (Central Campus): (Wed, March. 4, 2pm-3pm)
    March 4: Let’s Give Back! Need a supportive environment to help achieve your personal and academic goals? Join PCW, supported by Central Piedmont Counseling. If you have questions contact PCW at positivecommunityforwomen@cpcc.edu, 704-330-6954
  2. Blood Drive (Cato Campus): (Thu, March 5, 10am-3pm)
    It is that time again to help save lives, be someone’s miracle please come out and help by donating blood. Walk-ins welcome! Look for the bus!
  3. Career Fair (Central Campus):(Thu, March 5, 11am-2pm)
    View current information, including the companies hiring at this year’s Career Fair here. This event is free and open to everyone. If you are a Central Piedmont student and need interpreting services, please contact Disability Services. Non-students, please contact Mattie Thomas at mattie.thomas@cpcc.edu. Questions? 704.330.6551
  4. Service-In-Action Event: Loaves and Fishes (Off-Campus):(Fri, March 6, 9am-11:00am) Address: 648 Griffith Road Suite B Charlotte, NC 28217. Please park at the back near the warehouse. Once you enter the complex, you will see a large Loaves & Fishes sign on the building.  Student volunteers will be assisting in sorting, inspecting, and packing non-perishable food items for distribution. Please wear comfortable clothing suitable for the weather. **8 volunteers requested. Please sign up here:CPCC Service-In-Action Website
  5. Level Up Personal Enrichment Series (Levine Campus): (Fri, March 6, 11am-1pm) Level Up – A journey to becoming a better “YOU”! Level Up is an exciting new series developed to provide students opportunities for personal growth beyond the classroom. If you’re ready to challenge yourself beyond your comfort zone, meet new people and begin a guided journey towards self-awareness and personal development, this program is for you! Contact Nakeshia Staley (staley@cpcc.edu) to register.

Please visit our websites for complete information about the Offices of Student Life& Service-Learning.

Name Changes for College’s Two Largest Units

Central Piedmont recently re-named the college’s two largest units to better align with other institutions across the nation. The Learning Unit is now called Academic Affairs, and the Enrollment and Student Services Unit is now called Student Affairs. These new unit names also reinforce our unified and focused vision in helping our students reach their academic, personal, and career goals.

Academic Affairs places learning first and is committed to delivering an exceptional educational experience that prepares students to become leaders in their professions and communities.

Student Affairs assists with campus-wide programming and offers a variety of support services designed to positively impact the student experience at each Central Piedmont campus.

While these unit names have changed, our dedicated staff and faculty are always here to help you reach your full potential by connecting you to the many services, resources, and academic programs available at Central Piedmont.

Top 5 Ways to Plug-In This Coming Week

Central Piedmont offers you a ton of ways to get involved, make friends, do good for others, and have fun. While we offer hundreds of unique experiences on each campus during the semester (calendar of events), here are the Top 5 Ways to Plug-In This Week.

  1. Black History Month: Film and Discussion (Levine Campus)- Wed., Feb. 26, 3pm-5pm: Watch “Selma” and join us for some discussion. Refreshments provided.
  2. It’s Showtime (Central Campus) – Thu., Feb. 27, 5:30pm-7:30pm: Come out to the North Classroom building, room 1123 and watch your favorite shows and movies from the late 1990s and early 2000s with the Central campus Activity Board! Make new friends, have some snacks, and have a lot of fun! Contact justin.knoll@cpcc.edu with any questions or how to get involved!
  3. Service-In-Action Event: Latta Nature Preserve (Off-Campus) – Sat., Feb. 29, 9am-1:30pm and 1pm-5pm: THERE ARE TWO SHIFTS YOU MAY SIGN UP FOR ON THIS PROJECT. First shift: 9am-1:30pm Second Shift: 1pm-5pm Address: The Latta Nature Preserve, 5226 Sample Road, Huntersville NC, 28078. Student volunteers will assist with a variety of stations, including but not limited to: crafts, games, registration, assisting with shuttles, preparing free popcorn, tending fire pits, etc. Please dress according to the weather as this event is outside. Feel free to dress in fairy-themed clothing! **20 volunteers requested for each shift.
  4. Food Pantry Open House (Harper Campus) -Mon., March 2, 2pm-4pm:
    Did you know each campus has an emergency food pantry? During this open house event, faculty, staff, and students can stop by to learn more about the food pantry and how we fight hunger on campus. Contact lindsey.graves@cpcc.edu with questions
  5. Women’s Suffrage/Voter Rights Program (Central Campus) – Tue., March 3, 11am-12pm in Tate Hall: Come out and learn about the 100 year anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment that gave women in the US the right to vote! The presentation will also include other voter rights issues and Q+A. Presentation is being facilitated by the League of Women’s Voters – Charlotte. Contact justin.knoll@cpcc.edu to become involved.

Please visit our websites for complete information about the Offices of Student Life & Service-Learning.

Nominate Your Favorite Teacher for a Teaching Excellence Award

For the 2nd year, the Student Government Association is hosting a special recognition for some of our students’ favorite teachers. Teachable moments happen both in and out of class, and now is your opportunity to nominate someone who you consider to be an excellent teacher! Maybe there’s a faculty member who makes class and learning really fun, maybe there’s a teacher who has helped you personally, or maybe there’s a teacher who has enriched the learning environment at Central Piedmont.

Click here to nominate your favorite teacher.

The deadline to nominate your favorite teachers is March 25.

Teachers will be recognized by their nominating students at a special ceremony, on Friday, April 17, at 3pm at Central Campus.

Have you Filed Your Taxes? Free Tax Preparation Available for Central Piedmont Students

Free income tax services are available for Central Piedmont students, faculty, and staff until April 15 through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA). Qualified participants earn $64,000 per year or less.

Eligible individuals are able to participate in two ways, through a Virtual Intake Center or by sitting down in person with a VITA trained tax preparer.

Virtual Intake Sites allow participants to bring the tax documents to a designated location where the tax documents will be uploaded through a secure server, and prepared by a trained VITA tax preparer.

Virtual Intake Sites are available at Cato Campus, Building III, and Room 118 and at Harper Campus, Harper 4, Room 218. Learn more here.

In-person sit-down appointments will be available in the Overcash Building on the Central Campus, in Room 232 (next to Tate Hall). Operating hours for the in-person site are:

  • Monday: 10 a.m. – noon and 1 – 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 8 a.m. – noon and 1 – 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 8 a.m. – noon and 1 – 5 p.m.
  • Thursday: 10 a.m. – noon and 1 – 5 p.m.
  • Friday: 9 a.m. – noon
  • Saturday: 9 a.m. – noon (Walk-Ins Only)

Click here to make an appointment.

Please make sure to bring all necessary paperwork with you to your appointment:

  • Proof of identification (photo ID). If filing a joint return, both spouses must be present to sign required authorization forms
  • Social Security Cards or an ITIN letter for you, your spouse, and dependents
  • Wages and earning statements (W2, W2-G, 1009-R,1099 Misc., etc.) from all employers
  • Interest and dividend statements from banks (Form 1099)
  • A copy of last year’s federal & state tax returns, if available
  • Proof of bank account with routing and account numbers for direct deposit
  • Total paid to a daycare provider, including the daycare provider’s name, address and tax identification information, such as a social security number or Employer Identification Number (EIN)