Top Ways to Stay Connected This Week

During this time where we’re all online together, it’s still possible to stay connected to each other and to Central Piedmont. Let Student Life & Service-Learning offer you some easy ways to maintain your connections virtually!

  1. Central Piedmont is hosting a food share event on Harris Campus, where members of our community can get access to FREE food! The best part is, you don’t even have to leave your car, because it’s a Drive-Thru event! Join us Friday, September 11, 10:30 – 11:30 am. Advance registration is required. Register Today!
  2. Perspectives: Book Club: Service-Learning invites you to learn from other’s experiences through reading their stories. Students will read each month’s book and join us in the discussion each third Friday at 1:00. To learn more, please contact Lindsey.Graves@cpcc.edu.
  3. Service-Learning Dialogue Series: Be apart of the conversation! Join in on one of our dialogue series on current events, racial justice, or social justice. Contact Lauren.Estes@cpcc.edu to learn more.
  4. Click and Relax, Wednesday, September 2 from 4pm-5pm: Click and add color to many historic works of art from history via Google Arts and Culture experiments. Listen to relaxing music or top hits while you re-create historic works of art. You will be able to engage with other students, staff, and share your works. Zoom link.
  5. “Lunch and Introduction,” Thursday, September 3 from 12pm-1pm: The Library and Academic Learning Center will present information regarding virtual services and engage directly with students to answer questions and provide resources. Zoom link.
Visit the Student Events Calendar and follow Student Life Instagram @cpccstudentlife to learn more about upcoming student events.

Questions? Ideas? Email student.life@cpcc.edu and let us know!

Virtual Student Resources Week

Student Life is excited to host the first virtual Student Resources Week. We recognize the challenges that can come with taking classes remotely. Join us for Student Resources week, September 8 through 11, to learn from the many different resources the college offers to help you succeed as a student at Central Piedmont.

Throughout the week, you can watch videos about each support resource on FlipGrid. In their video, each support service will introduce themselves and what they offer. Student Life staff will also be available on Zoom each day from 3:30–4:30 p.m. to answer your questions.

As part of participating in Student Resources Week, you can enter to win one of three Apple AirPods with wired charging case. 

To participate, join us for the Zoom meeting each day, or go directly to FlipGrid to submit any questions regarding the resources available. You will need to sign in using your Central Piedmont login credentials. Learn more about Student Resources Week.

For more information, please contact John.Gomez@cpcc.edu.

Advisory: Gov. Cooper Moves to Reopening Phase 2.5

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced Tuesday, Sept. 1, he is moving the state into Phase 2.5. Businesses like gyms and museums in Mecklenburg County and across the state closed since March because of the COVID-19 pandemic can reopen Friday, Sept. 4, at 5 p.m.

In summary, the Governor’s order states:

  • Gyms and other indoor exercise facilities can open at 30 percent capacity.
  • The limits on mass gatherings will increase to 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors.
  • Playgrounds can open. Museums and aquariums can open at 50 percent capacity.
  • Capacity limits at restaurants and personal care businesses like hair and nail salons will stay the same.
  • Some places will remain closed, including bars, nightclubs, movie theaters, indoor entertainment & amusement parks. Large venues will still be subject to the mass gathering limits.
  • The statewide age requirement for face coverings includes children as young as five.

Fall semester classes are being taught in multiple formats — online, hybrid, blended, and face-to-face. (Hybrid and blended courses include both online and some face-to-face instruction.) The full 16-week semester began Aug. 10. Short session fall classes begin Sept. 14, Oct. 14, and Nov. 11.

For students who attend classes on campus, please read the Student Guide to Returning to Campus carefully. It will be important you follow all of the safety practices detailed in the guide. These include wearing a face covering, keeping a social distance from others, washing your hands frequently, self-monitoring for possible COVID-19 symptoms, and staying home if you feel ill at all.

Employees are encouraged to read the Guide for Returning to Campus to learn how to best keep their teammates and students as healthy and safe as possible going forward.

Class registration for the fall term is ongoing through Nov. 10.

Central Piedmont Announces Fall Semester Exhibits for the Bill and Patty Gorelick Program

Central Piedmont Gorelick Galleries are delighted to announce two new exhibits that have joined the gallery this fall semester. The new exhibits will be on display at Harper and Central Campus.
The exhibit on our Harper Campus is showcased at Harper IV and features glass work from artist John Geci. Geci is a glassblower near Penland School of Craft in Western North Carolina. Having been a student and a studio assistant to local glassblowers, Geci learned a diverse array of techniques and approaches to the material becoming a master to his craft. His exhibit features 13 beautifully crafted glass vessels that capture his vision of static motion. His contemporary blown glass pieces illuminate the gallery with stunning color variation and striking patterns. His exhibit is also featured alongside the two-dimensional works of Tom Stanley at Harper Campus.
 
 
The exhibit on our Central Campus is located in the North Classroom Building and features work from artist Barbel Brooks in an exhibit called “Fused Imagination”. Brooks discovered her lifelong passion when beginning to fuse glass 20 years ago. As her art evolved her focus continued to expand with specific areas of inspiration in water, color, and culture.  Her travels along the majestic seas, personal life experience, and background in chemistry and physics have had an influence on her artwork and have brought her pieces to life. This exhibit ranges from decorative glass plates to vibrant wall hangings which can stand alone as well as complement its counterparts. This solo exhibit uses glass with fusing techniques to create unique artwork capturing her infinite colorful imagination.
Both artworks are part of the Gorelick Galleries and are held in open spaces so we encourage if walking through these spaces to have a look around or schedule an appointment by calling the Foundation at 704-330-6869 or email us at foundation@cpcc.edu

Central Piedmont Food Share Event at Harris Campus

Central Piedmont is hosting a food share event on Harris Campus, where members of our community can get access to FREE food! The best part is, you don’t even have to leave your car, because it’s a Drive-Thru event!

Join us Friday, September 11 between 10:30 – 11:30 am.

Advance registration is required. Register Today!

We are offering Halal and Vegetarian option boxes upon request through the registration process. This event has been made possible by the Building Bridges Grant through the Interfaith Youth Core and our collaboration with Loaves & Fishes. The purpose of the grant and this event is to build bridges of understanding in the concept of religious pluralism while responding to the COVID-19 and food insecurity pandemics.

Please contact Jesse.Bennett@cpcc.edu with any questions or for more information.

Lead With A Purpose: Emerging Student Leaders Program Accepting Applications

Now is the time for leaders who lead with integrity and create positive change.  If you want to increase your leadership knowledge and enhance your skills, the Emerging Student Leaders Program was designed just for you.

Emerging Student Leaders is a six-week, transformational student leadership development training program. Through self-awareness, team building, values, and communication development activities, the program will prepare you to identify and build your leadership skills, define your purpose, and create a network of support amongst fellow students and across Central Piedmont. For completing the program, you receive a certificate and a badge to include on your social media.
Two cohort groups of Emerging Leaders will be offered in fall 2020. Sessions for the first cohort group will meet Tuesday, September 15–Tuesday, October 20.

All great leaders must first possess the ability to lead themselves in order to lead others. Apply today! The application deadline for the first cohort group is September 10.

Student Technology Centers Re-Opening

Select student technology centers (open computer labs) are now open for students who need to use a computer while on-campus. To limit the amount of students using the student technology centers at one time, ITS has created a reservation system for students to reserve a computer.

To reserve a computer, please use the reservation link under each location on our student technology center website. 

Select student technology centers will be open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

If you have any questions, please contact the ITS Help Desk at 704.330.5000 or at helpdesk@cpcc.edu.

Charlotte Pipe and Foundry Company Awards $1M Grant to Central Piedmont

Charlotte Pipe and Foundry Company, through its charitable giving arm The Dowd Foundation, has awarded Central Piedmont Community College a $1-million grant to support plumbing and pipefitting scholarships and instruction at the college.

Charlotte Pipe and Foundry Company, founded in 1901, has a deep and ongoing interest in strengthening Charlotte’s construction and infrastructure sectors. Charlotte Pipe, the nation’s leading manufacturer of cast iron and plastic pipe and fittings for plumbing applications, has been working for more than a century to ensure the plumbing and pipefitting trades remain viable career paths for future generations.

“Charlotte Pipe and Foundry and The Dowd Foundation are proud to support the plumbing and pipefitting trades,” said Hooper Hardison, president of Charlotte Pipe and Foundry. “We know how essential these career paths can be for young people, as well as for our nation’s infrastructure. We are delighted we have resources like Central Piedmont in our region to provide an education pipeline for the construction trades.”

Central Piedmont will allocate Charlotte Pipe’s gift in the following ways to recognize the company’s important role in the region’s plumbing and pipefitting sectors:

  • Charlotte Pipe and Foundry Company Scholarship Fund ($500,000)—This is a permanently endowed scholarship fund that will provide support for financially needy students enrolled in Central Piedmont plumbing and pipefitting courses.
  • Charlotte Pipe and Foundry Company Instructional Fund ($500,000)—This fund will support instruction in plumbing and pipefitting at Central Piedmont, providing the resources needed to purchase equipment and materials, invest in faculty development and address instructional capacity.

“We are so grateful to Charlotte Pipe and The Dowd Foundation for this generous and impactful grant,” said Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer, Central Piedmont president. “The Charlotte region needs many more skilled tradespersons, such as plumbers and pipefitters. These are stable, sustainable, and well-paying careers. This grant will help the college recruit and educate more individuals, setting them on a path to career success and economic mobility.”

Learn more about Central Piedmont’s construction management technology program.

 

Student Life: Lunch and Introduction Virtual Sessions

During this time where we’re all online together, it’s still possible to stay connected to each other and to Central Piedmont. Join Student Life and learn more about some important resources from around the college. Experienced staff will present on their departments, how to connect utilize services virtually, and answering any questions.

 1. Thursday August 27th, 12pm-1pm

Single-Stop and Counseling: The Single Stop Office is available online or by phone to help connect students to a variety of basic needs support. Counseling Services will continue to address the needs for Pre-Health Program advisement, Probation and Suspension students, and personal counseling through phone and WebEx appointments. – Zoom link

2. Thursday September 3rd, 12pm-1pm

Library and Academic Learning Center: The Library is open and available to provide online, email, text or chat and limited in-person support to students. Visit the Library’s website to learn more about availability and services. The Academic Learning Center continues to provide free online tutoring services to curriculum-level students. –  Zoom link

3. Thursday September 10th, 12pm-1pm

TRiO and Mentoring & Bridge: Mentoring programs provide a structured and trusted relationship that brings you together with a caring instructor, staff member, or administrator who can offer guidance, support, and encouragement. – Zoom link

4. Thursday September 24th, 12pm-1pm

Student Life and Service-Learning: Student Life has designed fun virtual student experiences, opportunities to build personal and professional skills, and ways that you can connect with other students. Service-Learning works with instructors and community partners to provide you with volunteer and service-learning opportunities. – Zoom link 

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 www.cpcc.edu/current-students. 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.

Fall 2020 SGA Elections Are Coming Up

Elections for new officers of the Central Piedmont’s Student Government Association Executive Committee are underway, and all currently enrolled curriculum students are able to cast their vote! SGA leaders serve for a full-year term, representing the needs and interests of all students at Central Piedmont. They provide feedback to college administrators and committees, support student organizations with funding and resources, and support the campus SGA Councils in their work on all of Central Piedmont’s campuses, and even in our remote learning environment.

Candidate information and voting links can be found here. SGA elections will be held online Tuesday, September 8 through Thursday, September 10. All positions are elected by the student body (Central Piedmont employees do not vote).

Questions? Contact student.life@cpcc.edu

Coping With Stress During Stressful Times

With classes, work, personal lives, COVID-19, protests, and politics impacting us each day, how do we manage that stress so we can continue to be happy and productive? This workshop goes over ways in which anxiety helps and harms, how anxiety functions, and offers tools and resources to help face the stresses we experience each day. Stress is an unavoidable part of life, but that does not mean it has to defeat us.

Join Counseling Services for the upcoming workshop “Coping with Stress During Stressful Times” on Tuesday, August 25!

Pre-registration required with limited spots. Sign up today through Sign Up Genius!

Webex meeting information will be emailed to participants prior to the workshop. Download the Webex app to your phone or access from a computer.

Please contact Michael Burson at Michael.burson@cpcc.edu with any questions or concerns.

Short Semesters Lead to Long-Term Success

There’s still time to add classes for fall! Whether you prefer to take classes online, completely in-person, or a mixture of both, short session classes allow you to learn more in less time. Fast and effective short session courses are offered in a condensed schedule during the semester to better meet your needs.
You can quickly gain a new skill, earn credits for high-demand classes, and move onto the next step in your educational journey.
Advisors are available to create a roadmap of the classes you need to complete your degree or certificate in order to transfer or enter the workforce. Meet with an advisor today to get started.
  • 12-week short session and classes begin September 14.
  • 8-week short session classes begin October 14.
Need financial aid or scholarships?
You could be eligible to receive grants or emergency funding to help pay for classes. Let us review your FAFSA to determine if you qualify. Visit cpcc.edu/financial_aid to learn more.
Ready to register?
Log into MyCollege and click on “Student Planning,” then “Plan Your Degree and Register for Classes” to create your class schedule and register.

Central Piedmont’s Inaugural Year Up Class Graduates

Central Piedmont Community College announces its inaugural Year Up Charlotte class of 40 students graduated on July 23 during a virtual commencement ceremony, hosted by Year Up Charlotte and its long-term partner, Bank of America.

The college began partnering with the national nonprofit Year Up in August 2019, when the organization launched its Charlotte location with generous support from Bank of America, the John M. Belk Endowment, and the Duke Endowment. The intensive, yearlong program prepares students (ages 18–26) for entry-level technology and customer-facing roles in fields such as business operations, information technology, and software development and support.

Trinity Simpson, one of the students graduating from Year Up Charlotte’s first class, delivered the keynote speech at the July 23 commencement ceremony. Simpson feared that if he stayed in his small town in North Carolina, he would “be working a minimum wage job with no opportunity and become another statistic.” He has completed his Year Up internship at Bank of America in cyber security and has accepted an offer as an operations control analyst at the bank.

The students enrolled in Central Piedmont’s Year Up program at the beginning of the 2019 fall semester. Participants spent their first semester taking technical and professional skills classes taught by Central Piedmont and Year Up staff, and then participated in a full-time, credit-bearing internship at a corporate partner firm during the spring term, learning the real-world skills they would need to excel in the workforce.

“The Year Up Program provides a challenging and nurturing space for students to get the skills they need to succeed in today’s workforce,” said JJ McEachern, dean of enrollment management at Central Piedmont. “As a result, it’s one of the most successful partnerships in higher education. It not only supports students during their educational journey, but also through the career phases of their life.”

The program is provided to students at no cost. Throughout the year-long program, students earn college credits and receive access to a robust offering of services and supports from Year Up to promote their success, including an educational stipend. They also have access to Central Piedmont’s many services, including the college’s library and tutoring resources,

Nationwide, 90% of Year Up graduates are employed or attending college within four months of completing Year Up, with average starting salaries of $42,000/year. Because of the program’s ability to help move the economic mobility needle, it has garnered the support of multiple community partners across the Charlotte region, including the John M. Belk Endowment, the Duke Endowment, Bank of America, and Leading on Opportunity.

Run for an SGA Executive Committee Position – Applications Now Open

The Student Government Association is excited to announce that SGA elections are now open! All Central Piedmont students are members of the SGA, and are represented by elected student officers. This is your opportunity to become an officer – be involved in the democratic process and create a positive change for yourself and other students across the college.

Apply now to serve on the 2020–21 SGA Executive Committee (president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, or public information officer). The deadline to apply is Tuesday, August 25. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Students who take on leadership roles in SGA serve as advocates for the student body, make budget recommendations, hear funds requests from student organizations and support programs and activities in Student Life. You will have the opportunity to grow as a leader, work with diverse issues and have fun while you’re doing it!

More information including eligibility requirements and position descriptions can be found on the SGA website. Once you’re familiar with the roles and expectations, complete the application to be considered as a candidate.

Please note, the online election will take place September 8 – 10. All students taking curriculum classes are able to vote!

Contact student.life@cpcc.edu with any questions or concerns!