Counting Down to Graduation….

The College Graduation Ceremony is 10 a.m., Thursday, May 17, 2018, at Counting down to graduationBojangles’ Coliseum, located at 2700 Independence Boulevard. Graduates should check in at the main entrance of the coliseum at 9 a.m. Invite as many guests as you wish; seating and free parking are first come-first serve. Please check your CPCC email account for more detailed information.

For all College and Career Readiness Graduates, there is a mandatory graduation orientation on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at 11 a.m., at Bojangles’ Coliseum, located at 2700 Independence Boulevard. Graduates must attend the orientation to participate in the ceremony, which will take place at 3 p.m., Thursday, May 17, 2018, at Bojangles’ Coliseum. 

Invite as many guests as you wish; seating and free parking are first come-first serve.   Please check your CPCC email account for more detailed information.

For questions, call the Graduation Office at 704.330.6312. Be sure to join us on this special day to celebrate your accomplishments!


Stay Alert for Wildlife on CPCC Campuses

With the heavy rains we’ve had recently, it’s possible snakes and other wildlife have been disturbed. In fact, there have been snake sightings at both the Merancas and Levine campuses (including a copperhead spotted at Merancas!) Please be alert as you make your way around CPCC’s campuses. If you see a snake or other wild animal, please keep your distance, and alert College Security.

In addition to snakes, Canada geese are once again establishing nests on CPCC’s campuses; the largest concentration can be found at the Levine Campus. They are a federally protected species. The geese can become extremely aggressive and territorial if they feel their nests are being threatened, so please try to avoid the geese if possible. If provoked or if the geese feel their nest is in danger, their natural defense is to chase or attack any threat. Therefore, please proceed with caution as you travel to/from campus.

Harper Emergency Food Pantry Advisory

The Harper Campus Emergency Food Pantry will be closed May 7 through May 11 as the space will be used for the primary elections. The pantry will reopen with normal hours on May 14. Students, faculty, staff and other CPCC campus members are welcome to visit a pantry at another campus. Learn about CPCC’s emergency food pantries and available hours at your campus. For more info, contact

NC Science Festival

On Friday, April 20, for the third year, NC STEM Alliance hosted a STEM fair for 4th grade NC Science Festivalstudents from Elizabeth Traditional Elementary School in collaboration with CPCC Science Department as part of a statewide initiative through the Duke Energy North Carolina Science Festival. The goal of the event was to provide elementary students with hands-on STEM-related experiences and experiments to increase STEM awareness. Approximately 35 CPCC NC STEM Alliance students set-up eight stations of pre-designated STEM activities that reinforced science, physics, math, technology and engineering topics the elementary students were learning in the classroom. The Science Division had five demonstrations that provided students with interactive experiences in Geology, Chemistry, Physics, Anatomy & Physiology, and Biology. They simulated a flood plain, built DNA necklaces, made “elephant toothpaste,” visualized light polarization and performed electromyograms. The Science Fair was enjoyed by children, teachers and parents alike.

NC STEM Alliance Symposium

Great job to all North Carolina STEM Fellows who participated in the North Carolina STEM SymposiumAlliance Research Day- April 13. A special thank you to all the faculty/staff that assisted the Fellows through their research experience!!!


             Pollution’s Impact on Water Quality for Animals

            Fellows: Jennifer Tejeda and Robert Harley III

Research Advisor: David Privette, Science Department

Acute and Chronic Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury

Fellows: Giamarie Santana, Ulyssa Robertson and Saul Tolentino

Research Advisor: Jocelyn Cash, Science Department

3D Printing of Organic Scaffold Shows Promise for Natural Tissue Regeneration

Fellow: Eduardo Duran, Johannes Mosby, Dayani Williams

Research Advisor: Lauren Jackson, Science Department

Bremsstrahlung Radiation Produced by Beta Particles Incident on Thick Targets

Fellows: Julian Yucom, Reece Gamble and Marqus Parker

Research Advisor: Carlos Roldan, PhD, Science Department

Feasibility of Creating a Self-Sustaining Ecosystem

Fellow: Allena Opoku, Cindy Galvan, Nasirah Richardson and Briany Santos

Research Advisor: Kimberly Miller, Science Department

Pharmaceutical Ethics in Advertising

Fellow: Taylor Patterson

Research Advisor: Karen Garner, Health Sciences Department


            Artificial Intelligence: Technology of the Future

            Fellows: Sabeer Jones, Jonathan Jeremie, Ja’Quasha Holloway

Research Advisor: Carlos Vasconcellos, IT Professional

Implementing a Security Policy

            Fellows: Christina Chaffin, Tyshawn Walters and Marc Bittle

Research Advisor: Joseph Little and Carl Arrington, IT Department

Smart Parking Garage

            Fellows: Jose Cruz, Romeo Cross and Kara Richardson

Research Advisor: Don Michael, ITS Department


           Amazing Drones

            Fellows: Luis Anguiano, Roosevelt Pitts and Jordan Wright

Research Advisor: Fred Gore, Engineering Technologies Department

           Advancements in Battery Technology: Lithium-ion vs. Solid-State

Fellows: Richard Evans, Tomas Ortiz, David Gamble

Research Advisor: Markus Moore, Professional Engineering

Artificial Heart

            Fellows: Dominic Ham, Alyssa Floyd and Austin Perez

Research Advisor: Claude Hargrove,PhD, Engineering Department

            Hover Vehicle

            Fellows: Nicholas Harris and Abraham Torres

Research Advisor: Bingqi “Thomas” Zhang, PhD, Engineering Department

WiFi Weather Station Powered by Raspberry Pi

            Fellows: Andre Hidalgo and Bryce Henry

Research Advisor: Adam Harris, PhD, Engineering Department

CPCC Transfer Student is the First to Receive Queens’ Presidential Scholarship

For the first time in history, Queens University of Charlotte awarded a transfer student with the prestigious Presidential Scholarship. Kailee McKenzie Smethers, a graduate from Central Piedmont Community College plans to study interior architect and design. This scholarship covers full tuition for students with superior academic and leadership achievement. Congratulations, Kailee! Watch Kailee’s reaction as we surprised her with the news.

The Future of Pease Auditorium

Pease Auditorium will permanently close in January 2019 after more than 50 years of memorable productions, performances and events. Pease Auditorium and the aging building that surrounds it – the Hagemeyer Learning Resource Center (LRC) – will come down and be replaced by a new, state-of-the art library for CPCC’s students.  The new LRC will also include a replacement of the existing Pease Auditorium and gallery.

The final CPCC Summer Theatre performance in Pease Auditorium will be “The Mousetrap,” which runs June 29 – July 8.  The last CPCC Theatre performance in the venue will be “The Music of the Night: The Songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber,” which runs Oct. 26 – Nov. 4. The final CPCC performance in Pease Auditorium will be the CPCC Dance Theatre’s fall 2018 Student/Faculty Showcase, which runs Nov. 30 – Dec. 2. The space will remain available for rentals until the end of January 2019.

Tickets will likely sell quickly for the final performances in this storied venue, so learn more at


Congratulations, Graduates!

All of your hard work has finally paid off and we would like to congratulate you on your graduation. We wish you much success in your new career or on your continued education path. Thank you for choosing CPCC and for letting us help you accomplish your Graduationpersonal and professional goals!

NC STEM Alliance Workshop

All CPCC Students are invited to attend this week’s workshop held by the NC STEM breakoutAlliance. This week we will be preparing for finals with a “Break Out Room” game. Join us as we unlock clues with our knowledge of STEM-related classes. This workshop will be held on April 26, 2018, from 3:30-5 p.m. in the Zeiss Building, Room 4112 on Central Campus. Hope to see you there! Don’t forget to bring your thinking caps.

International Students Visit U.S. National Whitewater Center

International Programs & Services, together with 40 international students, visited the U.S. International students sit on ground workingNational Whitewater Center earlier this month. During the day-long event, students from 24 countries, participated in a number of activities focusing on cultural adjustment, balancing education and life, and celebrating diversity. In addition, CPCC had advisors on site to answer students’ questions and connect them with the resources they need at CPCC.

2018-2019 College Catalog is Now Available

The 2018-2019 College Catalog is now available at Find the most up-to-date information and fast access to programs of study, courses, registration, student services and the college environment. 

The new Student Handbook also is located in the new catalog at providing quick links to all topics of interest for students.

Don’t Forget to Complete the 2018-2019 FAFSA

Don’t forget to file a FAFSA for the 2018-2019 year. Please complete your FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.govCPCC’s school code is 002915. Once you complete it, please allow 3-5 business days for processing. The CPCC Financial Aid Office will email you if you need to turn in any additional documents. Completing your FAFSA now will allow you time to resolve any issues and be awarded before you leave for the semester. If you need help, stop by one of our office locations today to complete your 2018-2019 FAFSA.

Attend an Upcoming IT Information Session

IT Information Sessions IT Info Session

Learn more about IT careers and various technical paths.

Monday, April 23, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. or

Wednesday, April 25, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Central Campus, Levine IT Building, Room 5123

For more information or to register, visit


Advanced Manufacturing Information Sessions

Learn more about Engineering, Automation, Robotics and Machining.

Tuesday, April 24, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. or

Thursday, April 26, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Central Campus, Advanced Technologies Center, Room 300

For more information or to register visit