CARES Act Relief Grants for Students

Over the next year, Central Piedmont will receive more than $10 million from the U.S. Department of Education through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This funding is intended to support students and institutional expenses related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over $5 million will be disbursed directly to eligible students for qualifying expenses related to the disruption of campus operations, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, and child care. Due to federal regulations, Central Piedmont will only be able to provide grants to students who are eligible for federal financial aid (Title IV aid) and who meet additional eligibility requirements.

Central Piedmont is working hard to contact all eligible students by email. If you are eligible, you will receive an email from the Central Piedmont Financial Aid Office with additional instructions for how to apply. The email will be sent to your official Central Piedmont student email account. Be sure to check your college email ( and remind your friends) to ensure you don’t miss this opportunity for financial assistance.

Please visit the Central Piedmont CARES Act website for the most up-to-date information regarding eligibility, disbursement, and general CARES Act related information. 

Not eligible? We are still here to support you! Visit the Central Piedmont Cares page for information regarding other available resources, including other emergency financial assistance. If you need additional help, fill out the Central Piedmont Cares student form.

Library Offers Contact-less Holds

The Library has been accessible remotely since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, but now offer physical materials through contact-less holds.

Students and faculty/staff can search for and request items through the Library catalog – making it easy and convenient to locate the materials you need. Items can be picked up at either Central, Levine, or Merancas campuses or the library will mail your request directly to your home.

Students can select delivery options during the request process. Do not go to campus until you receive confirmation that your request has been processed. Requested materials will be managed by using lockers that students can access directly.

Locker locations:

  • Central: front vestibule of the library (OLD ATC)
  • Levine: in the vestibule between Levine 2 and 3 (behind the flag circle)
  • Merancas: in the Claytor building in the alcove between the Registration and Information desks

For any further questions, please contact the Library through chat or phone at 704-330-6885.

New and Improved Worrell Gym

At Central Piedmont, the options for getting involved are endless. As we’ve adapted to a remote learning environment, we can’t help but miss seeing our students on campus. But exciting improvements are happening while students are away.

The college has over 70 clubs and organizations that you can choose from, as well as fitness and recreation activities. Many of which take place in Worrell Gym on Central Campus.

Check out the new and improved Worrell Gym floor!

Advisory: Returning to Campus Guide for Students

The college’s Student Guide for Returning to Campus (v. 1) has been posted on the Central Piedmont website. Please take the time to read the guide carefully before returning to campus for scheduled classes. The vast majority of students should not come to campus at this time unless reporting for a scheduled meeting under the direction of your instructor.

All Central Piedmont students are expected to follow the protocols and practices outlined in the Student Guide for Returning to Campus. These have been put in place to keep all of us safe when on campus.

We all have a responsibility to keep ourselves and each other safe and healthy. By working together – wearing face coverings, practicing social distancing, washing our hands frequently, staying home if we feel ill, and keeping our campus spaces clean – we can make the resumption of on-campus classes a success while keeping everyone safe.

Visit the college’s COVID-19 Web page for the most up-to-date information related to the coronavirus, including our plans to safely return to campus.

FASFA Deadline Approaching – Don’t Wait!

To keep you moving forward with your educational goals at Central Piedmont, our Financial Aid office is available remotely to assist you with the completion of your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

If you don’t fill out the FAFSA, you risk losing out on money that you might be eligible for – so don’t wait! The deadline is June 30, 2020.

If you apply for Central Piedmont and external scholarships, you will need to have completed the FAFSA which is the primary form used by federal, state, and financial assistance programs to determine your eligibility for grants, work-study, and scholarships.

If you haven’t done so already, complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA today and contact Financial Aid at (704) 330-6942 or visit us online, if you need help.

Join the Conversation: Race 101 – What is it?

Race, equality, prejudice, bias, justice…

While some find it very easy to discuss these concepts, others are put on guard when these words become the topic of discussion. Most, however, recognize that sustained dialogues help people transform relationships and influence processes around the world.
What is Race?

Race is a socially constructed category of difference based on physical characteristics.  “Socially constructed” means the racial categories we use today (like White, Black, and Arab) have no basis in biology and change throughout history.  American culture has attached value judgments, prejudicial ideas, and stereotypes onto each race. Though race may be a social construction, it has huge, very real outcomes in today’s world.

Service-Learning invites students to join this conversation on Wednesday, June 17 at 5 p.m. as we kick off our first dinner dialogue discussion, “Race 101 – What is it?”.

Grab dinner and head to your computer as we dialogue together to address the causes of deep-rooted human conflict. Groups will be small and facilitated by a moderator that will ask questions of the group to get the dialogue started.

All sessions are online at 5 p.m. on Wednesday. Here are the upcoming sessions:

  • June 24: Whiteness and White Privilege
  • July 1: Race 201 — Interpersonal Racism and Racial Bias
  • July 8: Race 301 — Institutional Racism
  • July 15: Race 401 — Racial Profiling

REGISTER

Register now to receive the session Zoom links.

Contact jesse.bennett@cpcc.edu with any questions.

Counseling Services: Social Well-Being During COVID-19

Students, how are you holding up? This pandemic has some families spending more time together, while others find themselves unable to see loved ones. Do relationships feel like way too much work? Are you struggling with feelings of sadness missing spending time with your loved ones?

Join Counseling Services for a Virtual Webinar, Wednesday, June 24th at 1:30pm to learn how to cope with social distancing and strained relationships. Feel free to share how you are coping or struggling and learn some new strategies to improve communication with your significant other, family members or children and your relationship with self.

Come discuss tips on managing relationships while social distancing. Email sylvia.bowie@cpcc.edu for webinar link to join.

Virtual Career Services: “It’s a Major Decision” Workshop

Having trouble selecting your program of study?  Need assistance figuring out which major is right for you?  Attend Career Services’ “It’s a ‘Major’ Decision Workshop” – these informative, virtual workshops will be offered on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons between June 23-July 29, 2020.  Sign up for a virtual session now. See you there!

Student Guidelines for Returning to Campus

As Central Piedmont slowly returns to campus, keeping students as healthy and safe as possible remains our top priority. By working together, we can resume on-campus classes and student services while keeping everyone safe. All students are expected to comply with college guidelines and safety best practices. Please review the video guide below on how students can safely return to campus.

 

 

Racial Justice Dinner Dialogue Series

Service-Learning invites students and employees to our virtual Sustained Dialogue Series. Recent events, starting with the brutal murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, have again brought attention to that the rectification of racial injustice is long overdue and something that must be dealt with immediately as a society.

Grab dinner and head to your computer as we dialogue together to probe into and address causes of deep-rooted human conflict.

Sustained Dialogues help people to transform relationships and design change processes around the world. We define dialogue as “listening deeply enough to be changed by what you learn.” Groups will be small and facilitated by a moderator that will ask questions of the group to get the dialogue started.

All sessions are online at 5 p.m. on Wednesday:

  • June 17: Race 101 — What is It?
  • June 24: Whiteness and White Privilege
  • July 1: Race 201 — Interpersonal Racism and Racial Bias
  • July 8: Race 301 — Institutional Racism
  • July 15: Race 401 — Racial Profiling

REGISTER

Register now to receive the session Zoom links.

Contact jesse.bennett@cpcc.edu with any questions.

Save Time With Short Summer Sessions

Do you need to pick up another class? Beyond the standard 16-week fall and spring semesters, take advantage of the shorter, eight-week session and complete your next course in less time.

Students who still need high-demand courses, such as math, English, history, Spanish, psychology and more, can register now.

Summer Second Session Classes begin Thursday, June 18.

You can register online in MyCollege or register in the Central Piedmont mobile app for second short session classes. Here’s how:

Short sessions and mini sessions (4 -weeks) are also available during the fall semester. Registration for Fall 2020 is now open! Fall classes start on August 10.

View term start dates, end dates, and other key dates on the college academic calendar at cpcc.edu/events-calendar.

Spend Your Summer with SWAG

Do you enjoy writing and sharing ideas? Need a creative space for expression? The Student Writers Assembled Guild (SWAG), a creative writing club on Levine Campus, has extended virtual meetings throughout the summer term. 

Through student-led writing prompts, SWAG members write about a variety of topics in different genres such as fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Weekly meetings also serve as a positive release during these challenging times. Recent topics have included anxieties related to the COVID-19 pandemic and inequality and social issues.

SWAG is a community safe-space to receive positive and constructive feedback. Central Piedmont alumni, currently studying at North Carolina State University, East Carolina University, Appalachian State University, Queens and Wingate Universities, return to club meetings to share their experiences with current students.

Students write poetry, short stories, and screenplays while focusing on several skills such as voice, perspective, and dialogue development.

Members are also encouraged to develop works for publication. SWAG member and current student, Michael-Michelle Pratt recently published an article for Teen Vogue, titled Growing Up Black Between Trayvon Martin and George Floyd Has My Generation at a Boiling Point. Other members are actively submitting their work for publications as well.

Meetings are held every Thursday at 4 p.m. via ZoomStudents, faculty, or staff members interested in joining SWAG for the summer are encouraged to contact Elizabeth West at elizabeth.west@cpcc.edu.

New COVID-19 Chatbot Added to the Central Piedmont Website

Central Piedmont recently launched a temporary, new resource on pages of our website with COVID-19 information. Those pages feature a chatbot designed to answer questions about how the current pandemic affects our current and future students, and employees. We hope this new resource helps you find answers faster during this challenging time. This temporary COVID-19 chatbot is from a company called Ocelot, which is a current partner of the college to provide Financial Aid-related content. ​

Continue to visit the college’s COVID-19 Web page to review all announcements and instructions related to the coronavirus.

Managing Stress Through Mindfulness with Counseling Services

Have you been looking for a way to cope with the daily stressors of being a student? Join Counseling Services online to learn about managing stress with mindfulness.

Research shows that practicing mindfulness is beneficial in many areas, including:

  • Better sleep
  • Lower stress levels
  • Improved attention
  • Dealing with depression and anxiety

Through practice and discussion, we will strengthen our ability to “begin again” in the present moment. Counseling Services will be hosting Mindfulness & Meditation sessions on:

  • June 11 10:30-11:00am: Getting Started with Mindfulness: The Basics
  • June 25 10:30-11:30am: Be Right Where you Are; Mindfulness for the moment

Please email Stephanie.Boyd@cpcc.edu to register for an upcoming session.

It’s Not Too Late – Complete your FASFA Today

Get ready to complete your 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.

  • The FAFSA for 2020-21 is available now.
  • The FAFSA for 2020-2021 will collect income information from the 2018 tax year.
  • It’s not too late to complete the FAFSA for the 2019-2020 school year. The FAFSA for 2019-2020 uses information from the 2017 tax year.

Join us as we kick off FAFSA Tuesday’s, Friday’s and Saturday’s by hosting a FAFSA Workshop on all three days. FAFSA Workshops will continue through the month of June. Have a financial aid expert guide you through the process.

It is important to complete your FAFSA early as some funding is limited. Complete your FAFSA today.

Workshop Dates:

  • Friday – May 15                 10 am – 12:00 noon
  • Saturday- May 16              8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Tuesday, May 19               10:00 am – 12:00 noon
  • Friday, May 22                   7:00 am – 9:00 am
  • Saturday, May 23              3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday, May 26               10:00 am – 12:00 noon
  • Friday, May 29                   2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Saturday, May 30              10:00 am – 12:00 noon

Join us online via WebEx Meetings. Please download the app onto your smartphone from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. The login instructions will be emailed to you once you have scheduled your appointment. Sign up for an appointment today.

Before coming to the FAFSA workshops, students and parents will need to obtain an FSA ID to sign the FAFSA electronically.

  1. Go to fsaid.ed.gov.
  2. Create your FSA ID (username and password).
  3. Provide personal information (make sure your social security number, date of birth and name match what’s on your government-issued social security card).
  4. Provide profile Information (confirm information you entered and provide additional information). Make sure your information is correct. Errors could result in a delay or problem receiving aid.
  5. Select/create challenge questions and answers.
  6. Review info and agree to terms.
  7. Verify your email address.

Here’s what to bring to your FAFSA Workshop:

  • Your Social Security Number
  • Your Alien Registration Number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
  • Your 2018 federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned. (Note: You may be able to electronically transfer your federal tax return information into your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.)
  • Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
  • Records of untaxed income (if applicable)
  • An FSA ID to sign electronically.

If you are a dependent student, your parent will also need to complete a portion of the FAFSA with the above information.

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