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.

Information Tables – We’re Here to Help

CPCC’s Central Campus

CPCC’s Central Campus

Information tables will be set up at each campus during the first week of class should you need assistance with finding classes or getting questions answered.

At Central Campus we’ll have tables on Thursday (8/9), Friday (8/10) and Monday (8/13) at the following locations from 7:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.:

  • Belk building
  • Central High building
  • Kratt building
  • Levine Information Technology building
  • Overcash building

Evening hours for the information tables on Central campus are Thursday (8/9), Monday (8/13), Tuesday (8/14) and Wednesday (8/15) from 5-6:30 p.m. just outside the Belk building.

Your CPCC e-mail account is the official means of college e-mail communication to you so please check your account often.

CPCC Student Life (www.cpcc.edu/student_life)

New Federal Rule: Paper Copies of Tax Returns No Longer Accepted for Financial Aid

CPCC’s Revamped Financial Aid Office - New Resources. New Ways.

CPCC’s Financial Aid Office - New Resources. New Ways.

Financial aid applications must be completed by selecting the “import” option using the IRS Data Retrieval tool on the FAFSA; otherwise an official IRS Transcript (directly from the IRS) is required.

Learn more by clicking on the following links to resources on the CPCC website:

If you are working directly with a Financial Aid Specialist and are awaiting an electronic correction, or if you have already been awarded, this message may not apply to you.  Your immediate attention to your financial aid status is required.  In-person service is available at each of our six campuses during normal business hours.

New CPCC Student Checklist

Visit www.cpcc.edu/getstarted to begin the enrollment process and learn more about the enrollment steps listed here:

Enrollment Steps
  • Step 1: Complete application
  • Step 2: Submit official transcripts
  • Step 3: Create CPCC login (username/password)
  • Step 4: Complete FAFSA
  • Step 5: Sign up to attend orientation
  • Step 6: Log in to your CPCC student email
  • Step 7: Study for or waive placement tests
  • Step 8: Prepare for advising
  • Step 9: Check your residency and financial aid status
  • Step 10: Register and pay for classes

For more information or help, contact CPCC’s First Year Experience office by email at fye@cpcc.edu or via phone at 704.330.6100.

Important Financial Aid Reminder

Financial Aid recipients who withdraw or stop attending class before the 60 percent point of each term may have to repay awarded aid!  The U.S. Department of Education mandates that students EARN their federal aid by remaining enrolled and attending class through the 60 percent point of each term.  The U.S. Department of Education “prorates” financial aid eligibility based on enrollment and attendance records.

Please remain enrolled in your CPCC classes to avoid having to repay your financial aid to CPCC or to the U.S. Department of Education.  Students who have an outstanding federal aid balance may become ineligible for future aid.

The 60 percent dates for the Spring 2012 term are:

  • March 12 – Full Term
  • February 9 – 1st Short Session
  • April 16 – 2nd Short Session

Are You Career Ready?

Are you career ready?

Are you career ready?

CPCC Career Services is currently reviewing student resumes for the 2012 Career Fair! Students can make individual appointments or stop by Central High, Room 122 during drop-in hours.  Individual appointments are recommended for students and graduates who have more advanced resume questions. Drop-in hours are for students who have brief career-related questions or are in need of a resume critique. If your schedule is hectic, email your resume to career.services@cpcc.edu for a virtual critique!

The career fair will take place on Thursday, March 15, from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. in the Grady Cole Center.  Admission is free and the event is open to public.

Don’t have a resume?  Visit http://www.cpcc.edu/career/studentsgrads/resumes to get tips on developing a resume that’s right for you!
Central Campus Drop-in Hours:
When: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. – noon.
Where: Central High Building, Room 122

Regular Hours:
Central Campus: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Central High, Room 122
Cato Campus: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Room 125
Harper Campus: Tuesday & Wednesday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Room 255
Harris Campus: Monday & Thursday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Room 1107
Levine Campus: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Room 2130
Merancas Campus: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., TS-221

To schedule an appointment, call Career Services at 704.330.6551. You can also visit http://www.cpcc.edu/career for more information.

Written by Angela Perry
Communications and Journalism Co-op Student, CPCC

New Review Videos and Practice Tests for ACCUPLACER Placement Tests

Have you taken the ACCUPLACER placement tests?

Have you taken the ACCUPLACER placement tests?

Have you taken the ACCUPLACER placement tests?  Did you study?  Were there questions you just couldn’t remember how to solve?  If so, you’re not alone.  The ACCUPLACER placement tests are the first tests most new students will take, and it’s essential to make sure you’re prepared.  To aid in your preparation, CPCC faculty and staff have created new, online review videos and practice tests for you to take.  The videos and practice tests can be accessed from the Testing Center’s website at www.cpcc.edu/testing_assessment/placement-testing. Simply select the link for ACCUPLACER Practice Tests, Review Videos and Study Guides. Remember, being prepared for the placement tests is one of the most important things you can do as you begin your college career.  For more information, including testing hours, please visit the Testing Center at www.cpcc.edu/testing_assessment.

Available Scholarship

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

The Financial Aid & Veterans Affairs Office would like to advertise the Barry M. Goldwater scholarship information for the 2012-2013 academic year.

To honor former Senator Barry Goldwater, the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation has created the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship was created through the operation of an education scholarship program and is financed by a permanent trust fund endowment. The scholarship is designed to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering.

Eligible students will be those students meeting the following criteria:

  • Must be an undergraduate sophomore- or junior-level student, at two- and four-year colleges and universities accredited by the Department of Education.
  • Must be enrolled and matriculated in a degree program at an accredited U.S. college.
  • Must be pursuing a bachelor’s degree as a full-time student during the forthcoming academic year.
  • Must have a college GPA of at least a “B” average and be ranked in the upper fourth of his or her class.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen, national or resident alien (resident aliens must include a letter of the nominee’s intent to become a U.S. citizen and a photocopy of the Alien Registration Card).
  • Must have selected a field of study that will permit admission to a graduate or professional program in preparation for a career in mathematics, the natural sciences or engineering.

The CPCC Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship application submission deadline is January 16, 2012. The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship application may be submitted online along with additional supporting documentation at http://www.act.org/goldwater/apply/index.html.