Join Us at the Next RISE Program with Guest Speaker Mrs. North Carolina

Central Piedmont Community College’s RISE (Resources Inspiring Student Excellence) program invites you to attend a unique presentation by Mrs. North Carolina on Thursday, February 22, at 12 p.m., in Tate HallOvercash Building (Central Campus).

You will be inspired when you hear Mrs. North Carolina share her personal experience in overcoming challenges with a positive attitude. RISE will provide light refreshments after the presentation. Seating is limited, so please reserve your seat by replying to by February 20.

Art Exhibitions on Display at Levine and Harris Campuses

Revealing/Concealing Artwork

Now – Dec. 11
Gorelick Gallery, Harris Campus, Harris II

Revealing/Concealing explores the middle ground between painting and sculpture and also tests the limits of what the paint medium itself can do. Paul Farmer creates collages using multiple paint skins, allowing them to become so dense that layers are hidden. These organic abstractions reveal the artist’s interest in natural processes, color and topography. The textures and colors of Mr. Farmer’s art are influenced heavily by his time spent living in the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains. His works complement the natural beauty surrounding the Harris Conference Center.

An alumnus of Central Piedmont Community College, Mr. Farmer transferred to North Carolina State University and then to Western Carolina University where he earned his Master of Fine Art degree. He currently lives in Charlotte, N.C.


Backyard Neighbors, Paintings by Ed Newman and Works from the Collection of Backyard Neighbors artworkBill Gorelick
Now – May 11
Levine Campus, Levine II

Over the years, Mr. Gorelick and his late wife, Patty, collected many beautiful glass and ceramic sculptures from artists all over the world. Mr. Gorelick agreed to loan pieces from his personal collection to complement the paintings by his friend, Dr. Ed Newman. The inspiration for Dr. Newman’s paintings comes from the scenes and landscapes he has encountered through his travels across the globe.


“Exploring the History and Current State of Hate and Extremism in the South”

“Exploring the History and Current State of Hate and Extremism in the South”
Sponsored by: CPCC Student Life, CPCC Behavioral & Social Sciences Division

Join special guest Lecia Brooks, Outreach Director with the Southern Poverty Law Center, for a presentation about the history and rise of hate and extremism, with particular focus on North Carolina. Her discussion will include recent data collected by the Center, an overview of hate crime incidents, and an overview and discussion of countercultures and hate groups, whose numbers and efforts have risen dramatically in recent years.

Central Campus
Tuesday, February 20
11-12:15 p.m.
Pease Auditorium

Levine Campus
Wednesday, February 21
12:30-1:50 p.m.
LV 2150 (auditorium)


CPCC Adds Additional 12- and 8-Week Short Session Courses, Many Are In-Demand

Students seeking new sections of the college’s most high-demand courses, such as math, English, history, Spanish, psychology and more, need to look no further. The college has added additional 12-week and 8-week course sections to its list of spring 2018 offerings in response to student demand. Classes begin as early as Feb. 12.

For additional information on these sections or to register, please visit

Affordable Technology

Do you need a laptop? Internet service? Microsoft Office or other software? Check out all of the Affordable Technology that CPCC makes available to students and staff. 

The Affordable Technology page has resources to help you connect to the internet at school and at home. CPCC now has Chromebooks for sale in the CPCC bookstore, which eligible recipients can purchase using Financial Aid once every two years. Allow 6 to 8 business days for delivery to main campus, 2 additional business days for satellite location delivery. The price of the CHROMEBOOK 11 3180 in the Barnes and Noble Bookstore on Central Campus is $294.98.

Free or low-cost devices may be available to students being served by the Department of Social Services. Single Stop will help you with the required sign up forms.


NC STEM Alliance Workshop


All CPCC students are invited to attend this week’s workshop held by the NC STEM Alliance. The topic this week is: “STEM Debate.” Come out and be a part of an hour of learning about minority inventors and their impact on the STEM world. This workshop will be held on February 8, 2018, from 4-5 p.m., in Zeiss Building, Room 4112 on Central Campus. Hope to see you there!

Transfer Tuesdays

Every Tuesday the Transfer Resource Center (TRC) hosts admissions representatives from four-year colleges and universities as they visit CPCC to talk with prospective transfer students.  View the full Spring 2018 visit calendar.

Transfer Tuesday Schedule – February 13th, 2018

Central Campus – Zeiss Lobby

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.


 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

UNC Greensboro


Johnson & Wales University

Belmont Abbey College

UNC Charlotte


Queens University


Levine Campus – Levine Main Lobby

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

East Carolina University

Cato Campus – Cato I Lobby

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Lees-McRae College

Merancas Campus

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Pfeiffer University

You’re Invited to an Education Session on Crisis Management

Join us for an Education Session on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Tate Hall (Overcash Building on Central Campus)

The event will feature guest speaker Sharon Galusky from Promise Resource Network (PRN). PRN was started in 2006 in Charlotte, as Mecklenburg’s PROMISE to embrace all people and create opportunities for wellness, healing and transformation. PRN is a peer-run organization that employs people in recovery to partner with individuals, families, communities and organizations to advance recovery from emotional distress, mental health and substance use challenges. PRN’s services are contributing to the development of a recovery-oriented behavioral health system where recovery is valued, expected, supported and funded. Ms. Galusky will share her knowledge about recovery and working in the field by providing personal stories, tools and resources. She will address crisis management and how to deal with disruptive and unexpected events that may threaten our recovery. She will talk about methods used to respond to both the reality and perception of crisis. Recognizing in real time that can help prevent the problem from turning into a full-blown crisis.

15K/5K Races to Temporarily Close Streets near Central Campus this Saturday

Allstate’s Hot Chocolate 15k/5k is taking place on Saturday, Feb. 10, near CPCC’s Central Allstate 5k course mapCampus. As a result, the event will temporarily close a couple of nearby roads, including 5th and 7th streets. However, all impacted roads are expected to be open by noon.

If you have a Saturday morning class to attend, please plan accordingly and leave early to allow for any traffic delays during this time. For a course map, see the image at right. To make it larger, double-click on it.


ANSWER Scholarship Gives CPCC Student Andrea Kellner New Opportunities

Andrea Kellner

Andrea Kellner

Andrea Kellner, a student in Central Piedmont Community College’s (CPCC) Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program, is moving her life forward, one step at a time.

Kellner is a divorced, single mother of two; and when not attending class on CPCC’s Central Campus, she can be found juggling multiple jobs in order to provide the best possible future for her and her children – Owen, 8, and Harper, 5.

But it’s not easy.

Owen is a special needs child who was diagnosed with autism at an early age. As a result, Kellner spends three days a week shuttling him to and from therapy appointments.

While many people would see this diagnosis as a curse, Kellner views it as a blessing.

“I have always dreamed of working with special needs kids,” she says. “Now, after having one of my own, I know I’ve found my calling. I was meant to help children reach their greatest potential.”

Thanks to the ANSWER Scholarship she received in fall 2017, Kellner is currently taking strides toward making her dream a reality. ANSWER provides scholarships to local, single or married moms who are earning a two-degree in CPCC’s Health Careers division, a two-year nursing degree, or a four-year degree in the field of their choice.

The financial assistance she’s receiving from the scholarship will help Kellner complete her associate degree later this year; in fact, she anticipates graduating from CPCC’s OTA program in December 2018.

But according to Kellner, her journey won’t end when she walks across CPCC’s commencement stage. “I want to work toward earning a master’s degree in occupational therapy,” she says. “An advanced degree will not only help me achieve more as a working professional, but it will also teach my children the importance of education and that anything can be achieved with a little hard work and determination.”

Should Kellner succeed, she will be the first person in her immediate family to graduate from college and that’s exactly what the ANSWER Scholarship strives to do – help remarkable mothers earn college degrees to become strong and self-sufficient.

“Getting this scholarship has shown me that anything is possible, including being an independent, single woman,” she adds. “An education can open up endless possibilities in life. I am living proof.”

Are you interested in applying for an ANSWER Scholarship? The program is currently accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year through March 2, 2018. Go online to view the application or to see if you qualify.

Did You Know that We Have Emergency Food Pantries on Campus?

Service-Learning Department has partnered with a local non-profit, Loaves & Fishes to establish Emergency Food Pantries on four CPCC campuses.

The Emergency Food Pantry is able to provide individuals and households within the CPCC community with 2 days worth of non-perishable food per visit.

The amount of food received depends on how many people live in the household. Individuals are eligible to visit the food pantry 2 times each month.  All you need is your CPCC ID.

Currently, food pantries are located on the Central, Levine, Harris and Cato campuses.

For information on days, hours, and locations please visit the Emergency Food Pantry Website.

Questions? Contact Dena Shonts at 6558 or

Attend a Connor Chamber Musicians Rehearsal on Feb. 27

On February 27, the Connor Chamber musicians will rehearse in Tate Hall at 10 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. Students are encouraged to attend either of these sessions as their schedules allow. Students may stay for a brief period or the duration of the rehearsal. All that is asked of them is that they be respectful of the musicians while they are in Tate Hall and as they come and go from the auditorium. Very special friends of the college – Catherine and Wilton Connor – make the Connor Chamber Series and the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra on Campus possible. We hope students will take advantage of this opportunity and have a great experience.


CPCC is a Drug-Free College

Central Piedmont Community College is committed to maintaining a safe and productive CPCC is a Drug-Free Collegeteaching and learning environment for students and employees.  CPCC endorses the federal government’s efforts in implementing the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989.  This means that illegal substances, such as marijuana, heroin and cocaine, are not permitted on CPCC’s campuses. Alcohol and tobacco are also among the substances which are not permitted on our campuses.   

Please visit the college’s Drug-Free College Web page to get information on the following topics related to the Drug-Free College policies:

·        Standards of conduct and disciplinary sanctions for students who violate the Drug-Free College policies

·        Legal sanctions for drug and alcohol activities that are a violation of state and federal law

·        Health risks associated with the use of drugs and alcohol

·        Help resources available to students who are concerned about their use of drugs and alcohol 

Thank you for helping keep CPCC drug-free!

Students, Get Theatre Tickets for FREE!

Students! Did you know you can attend CPCC Theatre and CPCC Opera Theatre events here at Central Piedmont for FREE on certain dates? If you visit the Overcash lobby box office on Fridays and select Thursdays from 6-7 p.m., you can get one free ticket with your vaild CPCC student ID! Limited availability, so get there early before they run out! Of course, you can always purchase your discounted student ticket, too, for any night of the run! Watch our CPCC Arts Facebook page and follow @cpccarts on Instagram for more specific information and reminders about the Student Rush Ticket program!