Year Up Helping Students Start Careers in Technology and Business

Year UpWant to start a career in technology or business, and continue your education?

Interested in a paid internship? Year Up is a one-year program at Central Piedmont – Central Campus that is open to students between the ages of 18-24 years old. You will earn an educational stipend (up to $200/month) while taking your Central Piedmont courses in Software Development, Information Technology, or Business for a semester. The following semester you will be matched to a six-month paid (up to $600/month) corporate internship and earn credits towards your degree.

This program begins in March 2020 and spaces are limited!

If you’re interested in changing your personal and professional career, take two minutes to complete an Interest Form (select the “Charlotte” location) and join us for an upcoming Information Session (held every Tuesday and Thursday at 2 p.m., on Central Campus, in the Central High Building, Room 305.

For more information, contact or call 704.839.2490.

Central Piedmont Students Awarded Autobell Car Wash Scholarships

For the 2019-20 academic year, Autobell Car Wash presented 136 of its team members in the Carolinas, Virginia, Georgia and Maryland with scholarships toward the college or university of their choice, with the year’s gifts totaling $169,250. Since its inception, the Autobell Car Wash Scholarship Program has awarded qualifying applicants more than $1.6 million in scholarship funding. The following Central Piedmont students were named 2019 scholarship recipients:

  • Caleb Brown
  • Jared Diegelman
  • Abrey Austin
  • Avery Grise-Rosas
  • Hunter Ross

The scholarship program is open to current Autobell team members who have been employed with the company for a continuous 12 months. The selection process considers each student’s academic diligence and accomplishments, productive extracurricular activities, civic engagement, and letters from references familiar with the applicant through school and community involvement. The application also requires an essay that discusses an educational or creative aspect of their employment experience.

Central Piedmont’s Partner, Year Up, Launches Charlotte Location

The national nonprofit Year Up celebrated the launch of its new Charlotte location with a Year Up group shotbreakfast and ribbon-cutting ceremony this morning at Central Piedmont Community College.

Speaking at the event were Torrey Smith, Players Coalition Board Member and Two-time Super Bowl Champion; Year Up President Cyril Turner; Year Up Charlotte Site Director Elise Ford; National Year Up Site Director Roland Selby; Central Piedmont Community College President Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer; and Bank of America Community Engagement Executive Kathryn Black.

The free yearlong program prepares students (ages 18-24) for entry-level technology and customer-facing roles. Participants spend one semester taking technical and professional skills classes taught by Central Piedmont and Year Up staff, and the following semester in a full-time, credit-bearing internship at a corporate partner firm.

The program is provided to students at no cost. Throughout the year, students earn college credits and a weekly stipend, and have access to Central Piedmont’s many services, including the college’s library and tutoring resources, as well as additional Year Up services.

“We are excited because this partnership fits so well with the mission, vision, and historic purpose of Central Piedmont,” said Kandi Deitemeyer, president of Central Piedmont. “Central Piedmont has always been a driver of economic mobility. The college has always worked to build and offer pathways to careers and further education. We are proud to join with Year Up Charlotte and Bank of America as we seek to transform lives and bring new possibilities to individuals and their families.”

The first 53 students began classes in August 2019; the program will grow to serve 120 young adults over the next year.

Nationwide, 90% of Year Up graduates are employed or attending college within four months of completing Year Up, with average starting salaries of $40,000/year.

The program received a grant from the Players Coalition in Jan. 2019 to support the program’s expansion into new cities like Charlotte and help Year Up change perceptions of Opportunity Youth from social liabilities to economic assets.

Learn more about Year Up.

Cato Campus to Host Annual Fall Plant Sale Oct. 4-5

Chris BreedloveWhat: The Central Piedmont Community College Horticulture Technology program invites you to attend its annual Fall Plant Sale. An array of vegetables, perennials, shrubs and trees will be available for purchase throughout the two-day event. All proceeds will benefit the Horticulture Technology program at Central Piedmont.

Attendees can choose from a variety of items such as:

  • fall vegetables – lettuce, cabbage, broccoli and more
  • assorted trees and shrubs
  • annual and perennial flowers – dwarf yellow cannas, pansies and more

If you’re a gardener at heart, you won’t want to miss this event. Mark your calendar today!


  • October 4, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • October 5, 9 a.m. – noon

Where: Central Piedmont’s Cato Campus Horticulture Building, 8120 Grier Rd., Charlotte, N.C.

Contact: The event is free and open to the public. Personal checks, cash and cards accepted. Free parking is available at the Cato Campus.  For more information, please call 704.330.7821.

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


A Note from a Charlotte Community Member

chris fixing battery

Chris fixing the car battery

“This past Friday night, my car broke down at a Wendy’s in Charlotte.  And, not in a nice comfy parking spot, but right in the middle of the parking lot – wedged up beside of a curb – making it difficult to move.  I sat there for an hour waiting for AAA.  I had to constantly wave irritated people around my car and apologize.  AAA showed up with jumper cables that did not work. So, I waited another hour and a half for the AAA tow truck which did not appear. As I was sitting there frustrated, upset and sad, I started questioning humanity as many passed and only two people had asked if they could help.  A simple jump did not work.  And then a wonderful thing happened.

That wonderful thing was a young gentleman named Dalton Hines who said he was a student at Central Piedmont studying in your automotive technology program.  When I explained the battery acid had made my terminal connection toast, he volunteered to change it right there.  He drove me to the closeby Auto Zone.  I purchased the supplies and we went back to my sad, stranded vehicle.  Mr. Dalton used his knowledge to bring my car back to life. He was determined to help and to have my car back in running condition.

Mr. Dalton Hines was not required to stop and help.  He could have just driven by like many had already done before. Not only did he stop, but without hesitation, he saved my evening and reaffirmed that good still exists in the world.

He is a benefit to your school and to our community.  He is using his education to help not only himself but others.  If there is any way that scholarship monies could rain down on this young man, I am sure he will do wonderous things with his education.”

– A Charlotte resident

Transfer Resource Center News

Transfer Tuesdays
Every Tuesday the Transfer Resource Center hosts admissions representatives from four-year colleges and universities as they visit Central Piedmont to talk with prospective transfer students.  View the full calendar of Fall 2019 visits.

Transfer Tuesday Schedule – September 24, 2019
Central Campus – Zeiss Lobby
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

UNC Charlotte
North Carolina A&T State University
Johnson C. Smith University

Merancas Campus
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Montreat College

Memorial Stadium Construction to Impact Parking at Central Campus

Please note, the renovation and re-construction of the American Legion Memorial Stadium adjacent to Central Campus will begin this Thursday, Sept. 19, at 10 p.m. The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department is undertaking this large-scale project.

As a result of this project, the following parking lots and parking spaces will be impacted or closed, beginning Thursday night:

  • The majority of Lot 7, located at the corner of North Kings Dr. and East Seventh St., will be closed. (Some spaces near the culinary arts center will remain open.)
  • The stadium’s accessible parking spaces on Armory Drive, near Charlottetowne Ave. will be closed.

For alternative parking options, please consult the Central Campus Parking map. As a reminder, Deck 1, located at the corner of East Seventh St. and Charlottetowne Ave., is now open and available for use. Also, additional accessible parking areas are available in Deck 1 and in Lot 5, near Central High.

We appreciate your patience and understanding in this matter. Please plan accordingly, and give yourself plenty of time to park your vehicle and get to class. If you have any questions, please contact Central Piedmont Facilities at 704.330.6000.

Public Notice of Upcoming Accreditation Review Visit

Central Piedmont Community College wishes to announce that it will host a site visit for continuing accreditation of its Christa A. Overcash Associate Degree Nursing program by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

You are invited to meet with the site visit team and share your comments about the program in person at a meeting scheduled at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 24, 2019, in Room 4510 of the Health Careers building located at 1335 Elizabeth Avenue.

Written comments are also welcome and should be submitted directly to:

Dr. Marsal Stoll, Chief Executive Officer
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road Northeast, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326

Or email:

All written comments should be received by the ACEN by October 9, 2019.

Central Campus Door Unlock Schedule

In recent months, the Central Campus has experienced a number of situations in the early morning hours involving people who have come onto college property without a legitimate purpose. College Security Services is concerned these situations could pose a danger to college employees, students or visitors – as well as to college property.

As a result, changes have been made to the Central Campus exterior door unlocking schedule. As you recall, the college’s hours of operation are 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday. On weekdays, building exterior doors will now remain locked until 7 a.m.

Students who need to arrive early on Central Campus will be directed to the Overcash Commons Elizabeth Ave. entrance, which will unlock at 6 a.m. This will allow College Security Services to provide students shelter from the weather and access to facilities while waiting for the college buildings to unlock at 7 a.m.

If a building is scheduled for a 7 a.m. class, the exterior doors will unlock at 6:30 a.m. for student access. Employees would continue to use their access card to get into the building beginning at 6 a.m.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Can you identify the types and signs of abuse? Do you know what to do if you suspect someone is being abused? Not knowing, should not be an excuse!

We all deserve to experience healthy and happy relationships. You are invited to join us for special multi-campus presentations listed below to learn about the covert aspects of power and control in unhealthy relationships. You’ll hear firsthand experiences by ‘survivors’ of domestic abuse, from CMPD, the local district attorney’s office, mental health clinicians, and the college’s Title IX program advocates who’ve partnered together to speak out against intimate partner violence. In addition, a special panel exhibit Survivor Stories will be on display the week of presentations at each campus.

Attendees will receive invaluable information on violence prevention resources and services available in the community and at the college. Light refreshments will be provided.

Wednesday, October 2, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Central Campus, AT306 – Library, 3rd floor

Tuesday, October 8, noon-1 p.m.
Harris Campus, H1 1120 – Auditorium

Thursday, October 17, noon-1 p.m.
Levine Campus, LV2600 – Library

Tuesday, October 22, noon -1 p.m.
Cato Campus, Cato III- CT024, Lower Level Multipurpose Room

Tuesday, October 29, noon -1 p.m.
Harper Campus, H4 310 – Library

November 5, 12:30 -1:30 p.m.
Merancas Campus, CJ 131-Auditorium

Tuesday, November 12, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
City View Campus, Rm 140

These programs are a partnership by: Library Services, Mecklenburg County Prevention Services, Student Life, Office of Institutional Equity, Family Resource Center, CMPD and the District Attorney’s Office. 

Attend Queens University of Charlotte Athletic Events for FREE

Queens RoyalsQueens University of Charlotte would like to extend an invitation to all Central Piedmont faculty, staff, and students to attend its 2019-2020 regular season home athletic events for free.
Everyone with a valid Central Piedmont ID will get in for free (if you are interested in a family pass for 5, please reach out to
Log onto for updates. Please contact Robbie Garriett at with any questions.

$HAN Wallace’s ‘cutXcopy’ Comes to the Gorelick Gallery at Levine

SHAN WallavePhotographer $HAN Wallace presents “cutXcopy” at the Bill and Patty Gorelick Gallery Levine Campus
Now through December 13, 2019
Artist Lecture, Thursday, September 26, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m., LV 2150

A conversation with photographer $HAN Wallace about her life and inspirations for her exhibit “cutXcopy.”

$HAN is an award-winning photographer, artist, and freedom fighter from East Baltimore. The Baltimore City Paper named $HAN Wallace Best Photographer (2016) and Best Solo Show (2017).  Recently, $HAN lectured at Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art-Hodges Taylor as part of the Charlotte Millennial Art Program. $HAN is a current artist-in-residence at The Roll Up CLT.

Inspired by the service of social change and the social power of art, and harsh realities rooted in racial and economic divides during her upbringing in poverty, $HAN uses the lens to document communities of the African diaspora. Her work conveys and reveals the social, cultural, and political narratives of black life serving as photographic documentation and archive of Blackness.

Artist $HAN Wallace pulls from her own collection of photographs to piece and layer imagery of landscapes, textures and people to create new narratives. Using collage techniques as a means of addressing topics like race, class and politics, $HAN is able to communicate a sense of new worlds that feel both foreign and familiar.

New Exhibit at Cato Campus: ‘Illuminate’

Art PopIlluminate
by the ArtPop Street Gallery Class of 2018
Now through December 13, 2019

Through “Illuminate,” Central Piedmont’s Bill and Patty Gorelick Gallery partners with the ArtPop Street Gallery’s Class of 2018 in the shared vision of bringing art to students, faculty, and the community. This collective showcase of eclectic pieces created in paint, collage, photography, stoneware, and glass reflects the diversity and depth of Charlotte’s local art. Some of the works are recognizable as those that were lit up over the city, while others are new endeavors. All reflect the aspiration and passion of the artist. 

Participating artists from the ArtPop Street Gallery Class of 2018″
Eva Crawford – Cortney Frasier – Gordon C. James – Carmella Jarvi-
Katherine Kirchner- Pauline Dove Lamal – Julia Lawing – Monique Luck
Arthur Rogers – Maria Senkel – Hilary Siber – Holly Spruck – Stella Hyewon Yang

“Illuminate” debuts at the Cato Campus. In 2020, the exhibit moves to the expansive Bill and Patty Gorelick Gallery Harris Campus.