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Are you coming to the career fair on March 9 at the Worrell Gym from 11-2?  Here are Career Services’ recommendations for making the most out of your time there:

·        Dress for success – first impressions count!

·        Research the companies who are scheduled to attend.

·        Bring plenty of copies of your resume.

·        Bring your CPCC Student ID – you’ll be eligible to win great prizes (including a $500 CPCC Scholarship) and get a professional headshot for your social media accounts.

·        Get a guided tour of the event at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

·        If a recruiter tells you to apply for their job online, they’re not trying to brush you off, some cannot accept resumes at a career fair for a variety of reasons. Make sure to apply online and mention that you met the recruiter at the Career Fair 

Complete event information is available on the Career Services website: www.cpcc.edu/career/fair. Use #CPCCGetHired to find more information on social media. See you there!


Apply by June 1, 2017

STEM Prep is a North Carolina STEM Alliance academic enrichment program for current CPCC students and high school 11th and 12th graders who are interested in pursuing bachelor’s degrees in science, technology, STEM Prepengineering or mathematic disciplines. STEM Prep participants are enrolled in non-credit courses that provide them with project-based learning experiences. Upon completion of STEM Prep, participants will:

  • Gain increased familiarity with current practices in STEM fields
  • Illustrate preparedness for a successful transition into STEM studies at the college level
  • Participate in a coordinated exploration of careers in their targeted STEM focus area

For more information and to apply, visit http://www.cpcc.edu/ncsa/stem-prep.


Self DefenseStudent Life

Thursday, March 9

12:30-1:30 p.m.

Worrell, Rm 2156

Join Student Life as we host Master Dwain Freeman from Denton School of Martial Arts. Master Freeman will be showing us self-defense and other techniques that will assist you with personal safety. All levels and abilities are welcome to participate.


Documentary-Generation Like Us

Monday, March 20

11:30-12:30 p.m.

Zeiss, Rm 1106

In Generation Like, author Douglas Rushkoff explores how the perennial teen quest for identity and connection has migrated to social media and exposes the game of cat-and-mouse that corporations are playing with these young consumers.


Fear of a Father: Can We Save Our Sons?

Tuesday, March 21

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Zeiss, Rm 1106

Join Student Life as we host Dr. Rixon Campbell to discuss fears that many African Americans face in today’s world. Dr. Campbell’s time is a father’s plea to his own sons and yours to be diligent, careful, and also the best possible version of themselves if they are to avoid the hurdles and pitfalls of simply happening to be young, black and male in a fractured society.


Service Project Lunch N’ Learn

Monday, March 27

12:30-1:30 p.m.

Hall 215/216

(Above Bookstore)

Join Student Life and Service-Learning for “Operation Sandwich” a service project involving Urban Ministries, a local non-profit. Students and staff are welcome. A light lunch will be served.


The 22nd Annual CPCC Skyline Run is quickly approaching! This 5K event that raises money for student scholarships is taking place on Saturday, April 22, 2017, and we need you to help make this event a huge success! We need more than 100 volunteers for this event, so your willingness to join us and help make the Skyline Run fun and safe is greatly appreciated!! All volunteers will receive a free 2017 Skyline Run T-shirt as a thank you for their participation!

Please visit the Skyline Run page to register as a volunteer and click on the volunteer link.  Gather your family and friends, register to volunteer, and have a wonderful morning! If you have any questions, please contact  Jenn.Marts@cpcc.edu or call 704-330-6824. A BIG thank you is extended to those who have already committed to volunteering!

Some of the areas we still need assistance with for the Skyline Run include – you can register for any of these assignments on the Skyline Run website:

  • Balloons—Blow up and distribute balloons on race day for start line/directions
  • Food Zone  – Pass out snacks and pizza to runners/walkers/families
  • Kid Zone – Play with the children in bouncy houses and keep an eye on them
  • Course Intersection Monitor—Stationed at intersections to keep racers on track; keep cars off course
  • Family Fun Run—Keep cars away from race course; make sure kids stay on track; give out ribbons to kids
  • Pre-Registration Packet Pick-Up—Help give out race packets day before the race
  • Water Team—Give water to runners on the course, help with clean-up



*Students: Please note the date listed in the email sent to you via Constant Contact on March 8 incorrrectly listed the RDS start date as March 8. It should be March 13, as listed in the article.*

On March 13, the Residency Determination Service (RDS) will be activated at CPCC. Residency determinations will take place in a seamless process while students apply for CPCC admissions via CFNC.  Residency status will not require updating unless you Is Your Residency Up to Date?missed two or more consecutive semesters (fall and spring), if you now meet the residency requirements, or if you have experienced a qualifying event such as, but not limited to, relocation across the state border, a military status change or an INS immigration status change. If you believe your residency status is incorrect, please contact the Admissions office before March 9 when RDS implementation begins. You can also request a residency reclassification for a future term after RDS is live at www.NCresidency.orgMore information can be found at http://www.cpcc.edu/admissions/admissions/residency or by contacting the Admissions Office at any campus.


You’re invited to attend CPCC’s Applied and Construction Technologies Open House.

Tuesday, April 25, 4:30 – 7 p.m.

Harper Campus, 315 W. Hebron St., Charlotte

During this event, you will be able to:

• tour our classrooms and attend a live lab demonstration

• meet our industry-experienced faculty and staff members

• explore career opportunities in fields such as Construction Management, Architecture, Electrical Systems, HVAC (AHR), Advertising and Graphic Design, Graphic Arts and Image Technology, Welding and Non-Destructive Examination

Door prizes, giveaways and light refreshments will be available!

For more information and to register, visit cpcc.edu/harper-open-house.

FREE parking is available!

Attendees, please enter from the Nations Ford Road entrance.

For more info call 704.330.2722, ext. 7451.

As the winter draws to a close and spring begins, preparedness concerns shift from severe cold and winter storms to other types of severe weather including thunderstorms, flooding, and tornadoes.
  • If ordered to evacuate, take action immediately. Know the route and plan where to go. Identify a safe location, in case of tornado.
  • Prepare for tornadoes and other natural disasters by building an emergency kit and making a family communication plan

    Safest areas are:
  • Lowest building level
  • The center of a small interior room, such as a closet or interior hallway
  • Avoid windows, doors, and outside walls
Information and graphics from ready.gov.

Transfer Tuesday Schedule – March 7,  2017


Central Campus – Elizabeth Classroom Building Lobby
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Montreat College
Winston-Salem State University
Pfeiffer University
Bennett College
Levine Campus – Levine Main Lobby
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
East Carolina University
UNC Charlotte
Guilford College
Cato Campus – Cato Lobby
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
UNC Asheville
Merancas Campus – Claytor Building Lobby
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
North Greenville University

Paint and Popcorn Party

All CPCC female students are invited to a Paint & Popcorn Party hosted by Positive Community for Women.

CPCC is proud to announce the offering of the WINGS Scholarship (Women Initiating and Nurturing Growth Through Scholarships) program to eligible female students. The WINGS Scholarship is a scholarship program for women at Charlotte-area colleges and universities and women who are 25 or older who need help overcoming the obstacles that stand in the way of achieving their goals. A woman who receives a WINGS Scholarship has a clear educational and career plan and has proven her ability to accomplish not only academic work, but also her ability to do well in other facets of life.

The WINGS Scholarship not only provides financial support, but also offers something potentially even more valuable: mentors. Two or more seasoned, active, executive or professional women, chosen for the specific expertise they can bring to the recipient’s goals, are assigned as mentors to every WINGS recipient. These mentors provide recipients with their own experience, perspectives, counsel, networks and personal support. Throughout the year, recipients meet with their mentors. Attendance is required at the WINGS Scholarship Luncheon which honors all recipients and graduates.

Eligible applicants who meet the following criteria will be considered for a scholarship:

* Have a clear sense for what they want to achieve through education and a plan for doing it.

* Have successfully completed some post-high school studies with a grade-point average of 2.5 whether they are currently enrolled or not.

* Have shown through their studies, and in other ways, that they are serious about their personal and career goals.

* Are U.S. citizens

* Are at least 25 years old

* Meet eligibility criteria to receive financial aid

* Are the major source of financial support for themselves and/or their children, or need retraining in order to achieve higher earnings or greater financial security.

If you are interested in applying for this wonderful scholarship opportunity for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year, please download the WINGS application, complete and submit the WINGS application (Click hyperlink), two letters of recommendation and unofficial CPCC transcripts to the Program Coordinator of Awarding and Outreach in the office of Financial Aid & Veterans Affairs no later than April 3, 2017 (application deadline) for further WINGS Scholarship consideration.

Coming Soon on March 13: Residency Determination Service (RDS) will assume residency determination responsibility for all new and returning students. Your residency status should not need updating unless you missed two or more consecutive major Is Your Residency Up to Date?semesters (Fall and Spring) or if your residency has changed since you last registered. If you believe your residency status is incorrect, please contact the Admissions office before the RDS implementation. You can also update the residency on a future term once RDS goes live through the new RDS system at www.NCresidency.orgMore information can be found at http://www.cpcc.edu/admissions/admissions/residency or by contacting the Admissions Office at any campus.

Please be advised that on Thursday, March 2, 2017, levels 7 and 8 in Student Parking Deck #3 (located at the corner of Charlottetowne Ave. and East 7th St.) will be closed to all student, faculty and staff parking from 6 – 11 a.m. The space has been leased out to a CPCC approved vendor.

The CPCC Career Fair is Thursday, March 9 – do you know what you’re wearing?Career Fair

Planning to come to the CPCC Career Fair, but not sure what to wear? You don’t need to break the bank on a suit to look polished and professional.

If you are attending the career fair to find a job, think of your encounter with an employer as the first step of a job interview. A suit is great, but you could also wear nice pants with a jacket. For men, a button down shirt with a tie is appropriate, and for women, a nice blouse with a skirt or pants and a jacket or a nice dress. Clothing should be wrinkle-free and ideally in conservative colors.

If you are attending the career fair to learn more about companies in the area, business casual is appropriate.  For men, consider wearing a collared shirt with nice pants and possibly a tie. Women should wear nice pants or a skirt with a nice blouse.

Remember that you’re there to make a great first-professional impression, so avoid wearing sneakers and denim. More tips on what to wear (and avoid) are available on www.cpcc.edu/career/fair/dress-for-success.

Do you still need a resume? Stop by Career Services Drop-In Hours: Central Campus – Wednesdays from 11-1 in CH122; Levine Campus – Tuesdays from 12-2 in LV1408. You can also make an appointment with a career counselor: www.cpcc.edu/career/contact-us.

Complete event information is available on the Career Services website: www.cpcc.edu/career/fair. Use #CPCCGetHired to find more information on social media. See you there!


Learn more about what classes you should take while still enrolled in school. CPCC has three of them!

Read the complete article.

You’re invited to attend The Business & Accounting Division’s 6th Annual Business & Accounting Week!
Presentations will take place March 20 – 23 on Central Campus in Tate Hall, located in Overcash Center.
The events are open to all.
To learn more about the week’s events, please visit  http://www.cpcc.edu/business_accounting/week.