North Classroom Building ready to welcome students on Central Campus

Central Piedmont is excited to announce that its new North Classroom Building, located on Central Campus, is open and ready to welcome students in time for the spring 2020 semester.

If you’re taking classes on Central Campus this spring, please be sure to check your schedule to see if you have any classes in the North Classroom Building. (If so, the class location will be listed as “North Clas” on your schedule.)

North Classroom Building

Class schedule
North Classroom Building

To see where the North Classroom Building is located, view the Central Campus Map.

Two Reasons to Shop at the Central Piedmont Bookstore

Have you visited the Central Piedmont Bookstore to purchase textbooks? Here are two reasons why you should consider making it your first choice:

  1. GIVING BACK – A portion of every purchase comes back to Central Piedmont to help keep tuition and fees low.
  2. PRICE MATCH – They price match AMAZON &!  Check out the details here to learn more about how to save.

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Koichi Takara receives 2019 Community Impact Student Award


Koichi TakaraCongratulations to Central Piedmont Community College student Koichi Takara who was recently recognized for outstanding leadership and service by North Carolina Campus Compact, a statewide network of colleges and universities with a shared commitment to civic engagement.

Takara received the organization’s 2019 Community Impact Student Award, which honors one student leader at each school, who has demonstrated a deep commitment to community involvement and an ability to inspire others.

Takara has made significant leadership and service contributions both inside and outside the Central Piedmont community since becoming a student in 2018. He is a Foundation Scholar for Peer Mentoring, was elected President of the Student Government Association, and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, Rotaract, and the NC Scholars of Global Distinction program.

As SGA Student Body President, he not only leads the constitutional revision committee to address the needs of the student body, but also strives to engage all six of the college’s campuses by boosting student engagement in the many opportunities and campus organizations the college offers. His efforts have resulted in more students being involved civically and adopting leadership roles.

Says Jesse Bennett, the director of service-learning at Central Piedmont who nominated Takara for the award, “Koichi’s approach is always enthusiastic and compassionate. He possesses a willingness to share skills, knowledge, and expertise on a wide array of subject matter.”

Takara, a Huntersville resident, plans to major in political science and international relations and eventually attend law school after completing his associate in arts degree at Central Piedmont.

Web Tip Wednesday

Single Stop Homepage

You may qualify for a variety of resources to help you stay focused on your academic goals. Single Stop can connect you with:

  • Free tax preparation and counseling
  • Benefits counseling
  • Financial Literacy Programming: Keys to Financial Success
  • Emergency grants
  • Referrals for other campus and community resources

Visit Single Stop on the Central Piedmont website to learn more about the services and resources offered. You can access the web page under Student Experience > Student Support.

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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!

Be the MVP of Your Family – Buy New Central Piedmont Swag

Central Piedmont apparel

Be the MVP of your family and friends this holiday season by sharing Central Piedmont Community College pride and the Most Valuable Present!

In-Store Only at Central, Levine and Cato Campus or Online:







25% Off Fleece/ Cold Weather/ Outerwear Online (YES/NO) 25% Off Hats & Tees Online (YES/NO)


Visit the Bookstore’s website, and start shopping today!

#ConquerPossibility: Central Piedmont Alumnus Anthony Brown

Central Piedmont Alumnus and veteran Anthony Brown graduated from Central Piedmont with an Associate in Applied Science degree in hospitality management in 2015. Since that time, he has earned a bachelor’s degree from Johnson & Wales Univerisity and currently works as the assistant general manager for Drury Inn and Suites in Charlotte.

Learn how Anthony took the curriculum credits he earned at Central Piedmont, transferred them to Johnson Wales to start as a junior at the school, and conquered possibility.

Watch the video here.

Central Piedmont Alumnus Opens Strudel Shop with Lifelong Friend

Three people stand outside strudel shop

(l. to r.) Dee, Ginger, and Kevin (photo courtesy of Charlotte Magazine)

In the Strudel Shop’s kitchen, Central Piedmont alumnus Kevin Kelly stretches a sheet of dough over a stainless steel counter and shakes it in a motion that resembles the rolling of ocean waves. Soon the dough will make up the crust for an apple strudel, which he’ll sell from a sliding window on 15th Street in Optimist Park. But for now, Kevin needs a few extra hands to finish the job.

“Dee, grab that corner,” he tells Dee Huang, co-owner of the Strudel Shop and Kevin’s childhood best friend. Dee chuckles and responds, “Yes chef!” Kevin directs his grandmother Ginger to another corner and me to the last corner. Together they pinch and tug on the flour-covered dough and drape it over the edges of the table until it’s so thin, it looks like tablecloth.

Read the complete Charlotte Magazine article here.

Web Tip Wednesday

Looking to get involved, enhance your skills and knowledge and meet new people? Learn more about joining a Student Club or Organization.

Central Piedmont offer more than 70 choices of student clubs and organizations focused in these areas:

  • Academic/Vocational – Take advantage of a great opportunity to gain additional experience in your area of study.
  • Competitive Curricular Focus – Enhance your skills and knowledge and compete with other colleges.
  • Special Interest – Share your common interests with other students.
  • Campus Ministries – Make new friends who are also seeking to grow in faith, while getting support and encouragement to meet your educational goals.

You can find the Clubs and Organizations web page quickly on the Current Students dashboard web page under the Student Life tab.

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Hotspot Checkouts to End, Learn About Low-Cost Internet Service

Central Piedmont Library will be ending the checkout of hotspots after the end of the fall 2019 semester. Hotspots will be not available after December 11, 2019. Information about low-cost Internet service can be found here: Lifeline is the FCC’s program to help make communications services more affordable for eligible consumers.

College Launches JA Finance Park® and JA BizTown® Storefront

ribbon cutting

Representatives from Central Piedmont Community College and Junior Achievement of the Central Carolinas gathered at the organization’s JA Finance Park® at the JA TowneBank Opportunity headquarters in Camp North End to participate in a special ribbon-cutting event to welcome Central Piedmont to the space.

JA Finance Park® and JA BizTown® are two programs spearheaded by Junior Achievement USA to prepare young people for the real world by teaching them how to follow a monthly budget, understand the actual “costs of living,” and think critically and solve problems.

The Central Piedmont space will not only help educate students on the different educational paths available to them, but also to help high school students apply to the college for free and assist them with filling out their financial aid applications. This is an exciting partnership with Central Piedmont and the Junior League. Central Piedmont is the first community college in the country to participate in these national programs, which strive to instill sound financial literacy and money management skills in today’s youth so they may succeed in the future.

Learn more about this initiative.

Winter is Coming… Does the College Have Your Mobile Number?

Critical Alert! Emergency Notification System

As the season for inclement weather approaches, now is the time to make sure the college has all of your up-to-date contact information, so you’ll be the first to know whether you can get out of class early (or sleep in) if the college closes due to inclement weather.

Here’s how to confirm, update and add your mobile, work, and home phone number(s) – plus any non-Central Piedmont email addresses – to the Critical Alert emergency notification text/phone/email system:

  • Use your Central Piedmont login and password at Click on the profile icon in the upper right corner, select “My Profile.”
  • To add text/call information, scroll down to the “PHONE NUMBERS” section and look for the “+ Add New Phone Number” option below any existing phone numbers.
  • To delete an incorrect phone number, select the trash can icon to the right of it.
  • Click “SAVE.”

The college sends communication concerning severe weather closings and other critical incidents via Critical Alert, email, social media, and the Central Piedmont website first before anything is sent to local media. Don’t spend your time waiting for an announcement on TV or radio. Make sure your contact information is up-to-date on Critical Alert now, and simply receive a text and phone call whenever a closure or critical incident occurs.

Please note that you cannot opt out of Critical Alert notification emails to your Central Piedmont account because your Central Piedmont email is the college’s official channel of communication.