Don’t Miss Out on Money For Classes – FASFA for 2021 -2022 Opens October 1

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).

The FAFSA is the primary form used by federal, state, and financial assistance programs to determine your eligibility for grants, loans, work-study, and scholarships. Did you know you must  fill out a new FAFSA every year?

Complete your FAFSA as soon as possible, as funding can be limited – so you definitely don’t want to wait.  If you do not fill out the FAFSA, you risk losing out on money that you might be eligible for.

The FAFSA for 2021–2022 opens Thursday, October 1.

Let a financial aid expert from the Central Piedmont Financial Aid office guide you through the process at a FAFSA Workshop. Learn more today!

Positive Community for Women Presents: Virtual Zoom Party

VIRTUAL ZUMBA PARTY! Join the Positive Community for Women on Wednesday, September 23 at 2:00pm via Zoom for fitness and fun with your fellow classmates. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes, and come ready to sweat! Please register to let us know you’re coming or join us on the day! We can’t wait to see you there.

Zoom Meeting Link:

Meeting ID: 910 5698 3750

Passcode: PCW

Access Student Support Services Online

Central Piedmont is devoted to helping you have the best learning experience possible. All academic and student support services are available online. Limited staff are available on campus to provide general information during the following times:

  • Monday, Thursday, Friday, 8 am – 5 pm
  • Tuesday and Wednesday, 8 am – 7 pm (evening hours are subject to change)

Learn more about Central Piedmont’s student support services at The service you need is available online, please don’t hesitate to call or email to let us know how we can help. 

If you experience issues, please know that we are here to support you. Complete the Central Piedmont Cares student form, and a Central Piedmont staff member will reply to you within 2-3 business days during standard college hours of operation (Monday-Friday, 8 am – 5 pm).

Please also remember to wear a face covering and complete the weekly Health Acknowledgement Form, which is required while on campus. Visit the return to campus page for details.

Free Shipping for Textbook Returns and Orders

The Barnes & Noble bookstore is closed for in-store purchases until further notice; however, all purchases and inquiries can be submitted on the Barnes & Noble website during regular business hours. Textbooks, Central Piedmont gifts and clothing can still be purchased online.

If you are planning to attend the summer term, now is the time to submit your textbook order to Barnes & Noble.

Financial Aid students may submit their orders on the Barnes & Noble website.  Once financial aid eligibility is confirmed for the summer term, your order will be shipped.

Rented Textbooks

Rented textbooks can be returned free by via UPS. Keep in mind, you will need your order number to print the UPS shipping label. This can be found in the confirmation email from your online order OR if you rented your textbook in store, find it in any of your rental reminder emails. The UPS label can be printed on or before your charge date. Please go online for the easy step-by-step Rental Return instructions.

Rentals can be returned at any time, but no later than June 15.

Need to sell your college books?

Barnes & Nobles has partnered with MBS Textbook Exchange, the nation’s largest textbook wholesaler, to offer you the best prices for your used books. You can pack and send your books free of charge, and receive payment within 3 weeks. 

Questions? Check out textbook rental FAQ’s or contact the bookstore with questions.

National Student Literary Competition – “Once Upon a Time..”

The League for Innovation in the Community College is an international nonprofit organization with a mission to cultivate innovation in the community college environment. The annual League for Innovation Student Literary Competition is now open for submissions on the local level.

The submission deadline is Monday, March 23, 2020.

General Eligibility:

  • Contestants must be 2019-20 students enrolled at Central Piedmont Community College.
  • Entries must be original works written during enrollment.


  • Poetry (not exceeding 67 lines)
  • Personal Essay (not over 2,500 words), related to this year’s theme: “Once Upon a Time…”
  • Short Fiction (not exceeding 3,500 words)
  • One-act play (not over 3,500 words)

* Email submissions to

Local winners in each category will be published in Central Piedmont’s Student Arts and Literature magazine “The Hammer”, and move on to compete in the will the national competition, where there will be cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.

Certificates of merit are awarded to all student work submitted to the national level. The 1st place winner will be published in NATIONAL winners’ anthology.

Please send any questions to

Safe College – Active shooter preparedness

We hope you’re off to a great start with the new semester! We want you to know campus safety is the top priority of Central Piedmont’s College Security Services team and Emergency Management staff.

Thank you for taking part in Wednesday’s classroom phone paging system test. We will periodically test our emergency communication channels as part of our preparations for potential emergency situations.

We take this opportunity to remind you of the information available on the college’s website about What To Do In An Emergency, for situations including an active shooter, severe weather, fire, and more. The college has a short, safety video we want you to watch now about what to do in those kinds of emergencies.

If there’s an active shooter on or near a Central Piedmont campus, would you know what to do? It’s incredibly important for employees and students to be prepared. Please also take a moment today to watch this powerful video to learn more about the “Run. Hide. Fight.” concept to help you know what to do if an active shooter is on campus or in a building where you are located. If a campus goes on lockdown, you should immediately find a way to secure yourself, whether that means run, hide, or fight. Here’s more information:


  • If you are outside or feel that it is safe to do so, exit the area and move away from danger to take protective cover.


  • If you are in a building and/or unsure of the location of the shooter, find the nearest classroom or safe area to securely hide.
  • Close and lock the door, close the blinds, find a spot in the room to hide away from the windows and doors, and remain quiet and calm.
  • If the door does not lock, use items from the room to attempt to barricade the door or hide behind.
  • DO NOT answer the door for anyone except first responders.


  • This is a last resort. If you come into direct contact with the shooter, use the means at your disposal to fight and attempt to stop the individual.

The college relies on its students and employees to be the eyes and ears of the college, so if you see something, say something. Please program the Central Piedmont College Security Services phone number, 704.330.6911, into your mobile phone and call if there’s ever a concern of an immediate threat. If you know of behavior that is concerning or disruptive to the college community, please learn more about counseling service referrals or how to submit a report to the Care Team, which is a cross-unit group whose members consist of college staff from Student Services, College Security Services, Counseling, Human Resources, and Academic Affairs. Here are multiple ways to contact College Security if you have additional concerns: 

Contact College Security Services:

  • Emergency 704.330.6911
  • Non-Emergency 704.330.6632
  • Text-2-Tip Text to 67283: Start your message with “CPCCTIP” and provide your security concern/tip

Central Piedmont Theatre presents ‘Chess the Musical’

Chess the Musical “Chess the Musical” is coming to the Halton Theater Stage!

Chess is a rock musical with music by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus of the pop group ABBA, lyrics by Tim Rice, and a book by Richard Nelson based on an idea by Rice. The story involves a politically driven, Cold War-era chess tournament between two grandmasters from America and the USSR and their fight over a woman who manages one and falls in love with the other.

From Bangkok to Budapest the players, lovers, politicians, and spies manipulate and are manipulated to the pulse of a monumental rock score that includes “One Night in Bangkok” and “Heaven Help My Heart.”

Revered as “one of the best rock scores ever produced”, by TIME Magazine, make sure you check out “this  “angry, difficult, demanding and rewarding show” which is sure to entertain.

Central Piedmont students with a valid Central Piedmont ID will receive FREE admission. Tickets are $5 for all non-Central Piedmont students with a valid student ID.  Visit or call the SunTrust Box Office at ext. 6534 for more information.

Central Piedmont Galleries Announces New Exhibits

To kick off the new year, The Central Piedmont Art Galleries are pleased to present two new exhibitions.

Overcash Gallery:

“Structure and Void” by Richard Elaver

“Structure and Void” is an investigation into surface, structure, and systematized randomness. The work re-presents patterns from nature in organic forms and fluid surfaces. Those forms are deconstructed into cellular elements and reconstructed in a variety of materials using generative software and digital fabrication techniques.

Richard ElaverWhen: January 13 – March 12, 2020, Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Artist Lecture: January 30, 3:30 p.m. – Tate Hall
Opening Reception: January 30, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. – Overcash Gallery
Where: Overcash Art Gallery, Overcash Center, 1206 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte, NC 2820


Ross Gallery:

“I Am My Things and My Things Are Me” by Allison Tierney

Allison Tierney’s work relies heavily on painting and a decorative aesthetic to discover personal identity, comment on consumerism, and investigate the divide between craft and art. Through the act of repurposing, Tierney is able to transform unwanted items into colorful and optimistic works of art that give value to the value-less.

Allison Tierney art

  • When: January 13 – March 12, 2020, Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Artist Lecture: February 5, 3:30 p.m. – Tate Hall
  • Opening Reception: February 5, 5:00 p.m. – Ross Gallery
  • Where: Ross Art Gallery, Overcash Center, 1206 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204


Both galleries are open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Join us for the 16th Annual MLK Challenge

MLK '20 Challenge

The 16th Annual MLK Challenge will take place on January 20, 2020. This event celebrates the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The day incorporates an educational kick-off, service projects, and a reflection wrap-up. The challenge begins with an introduction to King’s life and lessons, then students are randomly assigned to groups and given a service project at a local organization to complete. Students must work together and utilize problem-solving skills in order to finish their task.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided for all participants.

Participants should dress for anything. Students will receive a FREE T-shirt and 8 hours of service but must stay for the entire day.

  • Who: Any Central Piedmont student registered for the Spring 2020 term
  • What: 2020 MLK Challenge
  • When: January 20, 2020 | 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
  • Where: Zeiss 1100
  • Why: Honor the legacy of MLK, serve our community, and meet other Central Piedmont students!

Click HERE to register.

If you have questions or to learn more, please contact Jesse Bennett at, 704.330.6824, or visit the Service-Learning Coordinator on your campus!

Bahamas Hurricane Dorian Relief Fundraiser

Help us support the victims in the Bahamas who have been affected by Hurricane Dorian by donating to the GoFundMe page of the Buddy Hield Foundation.

Come out to Worrell Lobby on Monday, November 25 from 2 – 4 p.m., to hear more about how your funds support The Bahamas recovery.

Questions? Contact Kiyoshi Roberts at or Kelvin Chege at

Volunteers Needed for 2020 RNC

Republican ElephantThe Charlotte Host Committee, CLT Host 2020, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) not for profit economic development organization with no political affiliation. CLT Host 2020, Inc. is responsible for hosting and funding the 2020 Republican National Convention to be held in Charlotte from August 24 – 27, 2020. CLT Host 2020, Inc. aims to showcase the Charlotte region and the states of North Carolina and South Carolina as a premier business environment and world-class convention and event destination.

Part of that process is developing a website and creating a database to start gathering the information needed to organize the 8,000 volunteers necessary to support this tremendous undertaking.

If you are interested in volunteering during the RNC, please visit, and click on the “Volunteer” link.  The profile you create will register you into the official volunteer database, managed and operated by the local Host Committee, CLT Host 2020, Inc.  The committee will be in contact with you in early 2020 with more information on specific opportunities, locations, and availability.

If you have questions about volunteering with CLT Host 2020, Inc. for the 2020 Republican National Convention, please send an email to

Attend the Health Professions and Human Services Open House Sept. 24

Health Professions and Human Services Open House
Tuesday, September 24 from 5-7 pm
Central Campus, Health Careers Building

During the event, you will be able to:

*  Learn about 16 healthcare and nursing programs

*  Tour our Health Careers Building, laboratories, and classrooms

*  Meet faculty and staff from all the programs

*  Learn about student life, financial aid, scholarships, and support services

*  Meet with Spanish translators, if needed

FREE parking is available in Parking Deck 3 located off of 4th Street.

Pre-register at


Gorelick Gallery at Harper Campus to Feature ‘Frieze’ by Tom Stanley

​Frieze, by Tom StanleyTom Stanley
Exhibited with works of art from the collection of Bill and the late Patty Gorelick
Now through July 31, 2020

Tom Stanley’s series are often hung as a frieze even as he works on groups of paintings. Size, imagery, color, and format for each series is distinct and help to create a visual theme within the group of related works.

The architectural realities of the Bill and Patty Gorelick Gallery at the Central Piedmont Harper Campus lend themselves well to a frieze-like installation. As a result, three of Stanley’s series are on exhibit now through July 2020. Each series will include six to eight works of acrylic on canvas.

Drawing with paint, Stanley uses common graphic strategies, such as mechanical drawing, silhouette, and sgraffito to make something he has never seen before. His works are a conversation between hands and eyes.

frieze /frēz/
a broad horizontal band of sculpted or painted decoration, especially on a wall near the ceiling​

Harper Campus, Harper IV
Bill and Patty Gorelick Gallery
315 W. Hebron St., Charlotte, NC

2019 Annual Juried Student Art Show

2019 Annual Juried Student Art Show2019 Juried art Show
On view March 27 – June 3, 2019, in Ross Gallery
Awards Ceremony: April 11, 5:30 p.m. in Overcash Building, Tate Hall, Second Floor
Reception: April 11, 7 p.m. in Overcash Lobby

Central Piedmont’s Visual Arts Department presents the 2019 Annual Juried Student Art Show representing artwork in all media, including painting, drawing, photography, screen printing, ceramics, sculpture, 2-D, and 3-D designs. Come check out the amazing artwork and student artists who have been inspired by the creativity learned from their Visual Arts instructors in their art classes here at Central Piedmont!