CPCC Today

Welcome to CPCC Today! An online community and weekly e-newsletter for CPCC students.

Positive Community for Women invites you to the first fall 2017 semester meeting “NACHO AVERAGE WEDNESDAY,” on August 30 at 2 p.m. in the Central High Building, Room 305 on Nacho Average WednesdayCentral Campus. Free nachos will be served. Be sure to bring a friend!

Florence Country Club (Florence, SC) course superintendent Dru Clark is receiving accolades from many golfers for keeping the club’s course in tip-top condition throughout the year. Clark

Dru Clark

Dru Clark (photo courtesy of SCNOW)

graduated from CPCC’s Turfgrass Management program and has worked at Hudson National in New York, as well as Quail Hollow in Charlotte, the site of the most recent PGA Tournament.

Read the complete article here.

To view this year’s 2017 Arts Guide, click here.Arts Guide Cover

Career Services is hosting a PT Job Fest, Student Life & ESS will host Student Resources Day and Service-Learning will host a Volunteer Fair to connect students to CPCC.

Attend “Get Plugged In” Week at Central Campus!

Part-Time Job Fest: Tuesday, Aug. 29,  11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Student Resources Day: Wednesday, Aug. 30, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Volunteer Fair: Thursday, Aug. 31, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

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The CityLYNX Gold Line and the LYNX Blue Line will be out of service per the above dates for track work. There will be NO train or streetcar service on the dates above.

To see available public transportation options during this time, please visit the City of Charlotte website.

The Merancas parking lot will have closed areas due to construction in the coming weeks. With this in mind, CPCC Facilities is asking students and staff to utilize the OVERFLOW ConstructionMecklenburg County parking area, located across the street at 12105 Verhoeff Dr.  Please follow the OVERFLOW PARKING signs to locate the lot. Construction is underway all around Merancas and the Huntersville Athletic Park area, students should use caution while walking and driving around the area.

CPCC Facilities expects construction to be complete by September, giving the campus the capacity to accommodate parking for all students and staff. Please stay tuned for additional updates.

While Charlotte is not in the “path of totality,” so we won’t see a complete eclipse,  you absolutely must use a solar filter (eclipse glasses or a solar viewer) when looking at the sun during the entire eclipse event in the Charlotte area. According to NASA, “The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as ‘eclipse glasses’ or hand-held solar viewers. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun; they transmit thousands of times too much sunlight.” 

But make sure your glasses aren’t fake. According to the American Astronomical Society, “The marketplace is being flooded by counterfeit eclipse glasses that are labeled as if they’re ISO-compliant when in fact they are not. So now we suggest that you make sure you get (or got) your eclipse viewers from one of the suppliers listed on the Reputable Vendors of Solar Filters & Viewers page.”

You can find more information about eclipse viewing safety at https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety.

Thank you for using your CPCC email account; it is the official means of college e-mail communication to you so please check your account often.

As we gear up for the fall 2017 semester – classes begin Wednesday, August 16 – we want to share some important reminders to help you during the first week of class. Remember, CPCC is a tobacco-free college. All tobacco products (including anything resembling tobacco products, such as e-cigarettes) are not allowed anywhere at all times. Thanks for your cooperation. 

Here are the eight things you really need to know to be prepared for the new semester:

1.       Attend class on the first day.

Download the CPCC app and use your CPCC login to view your class schedule from My College (or go to My College to print your schedule). Bring a copy of your class schedule to ensure that the location has not changed. Pay attention to both the campus and building name for your classes. Look for information tables on campus to help you locate your classrooms or answer questions. PLEASE NOTE: Friday (8/18) is the last day to add a full semester class without permission. Another twelve-week session begins September 11 and the second eight-week short session begins October 16. Check CPCC Schedule Builder for course availability.

2.       Plan to arrive early to allow enough time to park and find your class.

Traffic is heavy during the first two weeks of class. Download the CPCC app to see campus maps or visit www.cpcc.edu/campuses for information about each campus and tours, and follow #cpccparking on Twitter for the latest updates. LANE CLOSURE: One lane of Charlottetowne Avenue (between 4th Street & Elizabeth Avenue) is CLOSED for construction of the new Advanced Technology Center. Access into Student Parking Deck 1 is still OPEN. The exit from Student Parking Deck 1 onto Charlottetowne Avenue is CLOSED for construction. Exit onto 4th Street. We apologize for the inconvenience. Students are encouraged to use the higher capacity Student Parking Deck 3 at the corner of 7th St. and Charlottetowne Avenue.

3.       Park only in areas designated for CPCC students.

Local businesses strictly enforce towing.  Student parking decals are available at any campus Cashiering office during regular operating hours and in Central High Room 263 from 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday (8/14) through Friday (8/18) next week. Parking decals must be displayed by Wednesday, Sept. 6. 

4.       Use your CPCC Login to access My College.

Access My College to find important information such as your class schedule, residency status, priority registration dates, enrollment verification, critical alert information, your student ID number and much more!

5.       Pay your tuition by the due date to avoid being dropped from your classes.

As of now, payment is now due the day of registration. For payment information and due dates (is “due dates” needed?), visit CPCC Cashiering (http://www.cpcc.edu/cashiering/tuition-payment-dates). Log into My College (http://mycollege.cpcc.edu/) to view your fall 2017 tuition bill. 

6.       Get your student ID.

You will need your student ID to check out materials from the Library, use the testing and fitness centers, or access the computer labs on campus. Student Identification Card information is available online.

7.       Read CPCC Today.

CPCC Today is your student e-newsletter sent to your CPCC email every Wednesday or read it via the CPCC app. CPCC Today covers a wide range of useful information from registration, parking and payment to important dates and events.

8.       Learn about refund delivery options if you receive financial aid.

Refunds are processed electronically at CPCC! If you’re a new curriculum student registered for fall 2017 who receives financial aid, you will receive a bright green envelope from Bank Mobile. Inside your envelope will be an Instant Personal Code with instructions on choosing your refund delivery option. The personal code will be needed to choose your refund delivery option. Your refund delivery options are: an electronic deposit to a personal bank account or an electronic deposit to a Bank Mobile Vibe account. If your selection is an electronic deposit to BankMobile Vibe account, a CPCC BankMobile Debit Card will be mailed to you. Remember this is NOT a credit card but a refund only refund-only card.  If you have not received your card, make sure you have updated your address through MyCollege.  For more information, visit https://bankmobilevibe.com/. If you have any questions regarding the CPCC BankMobile debit card, please contact BankMobile at 1.866.782.0821 or the cashiering Cashiering office at 704.330.4472. 

We are here to help you, and we are ready to help you reach your academic goals. If you have any questions, call the CPCC Information Center at 704.330.2722 or visit the Student Success Center at any campus.

-Enrollment and Student Services (www.cpcc.edu/ess)


Watch this WBTV clip to see how CPCC’s Turfgrass Management alums made an impact at this year’s PGA Golf Championship at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, N.C.

Monday, August 21

Central Campus

1 – 4 p.m. / Central Campus Quad


  • Free solar eclipse glasses provided (while supplies last)
  • Popsicles Glow bracelets Music

Presented by CPCC Student Life and the CPCC Science Department

Click here to see the Student Life calendar and scroll to Aug. 21 to see all the details about solar eclipse viewing parties at these additional campuses:

  • Cato Campus
  • Harper Campus
  • Levine Campus


Alert from NC Attorney General Josh Stein:

Eclipse Tips

Eclipse Day is getting closer. This unique natural phenomena will darken the whole Tar Heel state, and a total eclipse will be visible in some parts of the state. Regardless of where you’ll be, if you’re planning to look up on August 21, make sure you have safe eyewear.

If you’re planning to drive to a spot where a total eclipse will be visible, you’ll have a lot of company. The NC Highway Patrol says try to arrive early, expect delays, be patient, and plan alternate routes. The Patrol relates these and other suggestions in its news release.

And if you’re trying to book lodging in or near the total eclipse area, the usual vacation-planning advice still holds:

  • Read all contracts carefully before signing. Make sure all promises are put in writing, and keep good records in case you have a problem later.
  • Get a confirmed reservation before you agree to pay anything.
  • If your travel deal involves a third party (like an online travel agency) that is providing any sort of discount, make sure the company on the other end (like a hotel) is actually partnering with the travel agency and will honor the discount.
  • Pay with a credit card instead of cash to improve your odds of getting a refund if there’s a problem.

The eclipse will be fun, especially if you keep your eyes, your vehicle and passengers (and your wallet) safe.

If you spot a travel scam or have another travel related consumer complaint, file a complaint or call toll-free within North Carolina at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM.

Apply to be a peer mentor!


•Must have completed at least 1 semester at CPCC.

•Must have at least 3.0 GPA

•Must have availability of 10-15 hours per week.

•Must have knowledge of on-campus resources and events.

•Must be a motivated individual who is enthusiastic about helping first year students become engaged with the college environment.

If you meet qualifications and are interested please e-mail ariel.jackson@cpcc.edu to request an interview.

STAR is a tool that gives you feedback about your progress in class. Twice a semester, instructors will submit STAR Student Success Reports for your 8-week, 12-week or 16-week classes.

Instructors submit an initial STAR report within the first three weeks of class and again at the midterm point of class. STAR reports are sent directly to your CPCC student email. Check your student email regularly for your STAR reports!

After you receive and review your STAR reports, you should contact your instructors as soon as possible. This presents a great opportunity for your instructor to provide specific information about your progress in class. By talking to your instructor about your STAR report, you can gain insight on ways to improve your academic performance and complete the class successfully.

You should also contact a STAR Student Success Coach to discuss your STAR reports and any other concerns you may have. STAR coaches assist you with problem-solving and connect you to beneficial CPCC resources, such as the Academic Learning Center (ALC), Single Stop, and more. STAR coaches are located on several CPCC campuses. Please visit the STAR website, http://www.cpcc.edu/star, to contact a STAR coach and view their weekly schedules. The STAR website also has additional resources, including Tip Sheets on effective study-skills, time-management skills, and advice on how to communicate with your instructors.


CPCC alumna Diana Scott, transferred to UNC-Chapel Hill after participating in the Global Distinction Program at CPCC. Scott, who it pursuing a master’s degree in social work, says her experience with the program is helping prepare her for her future career.

Being culturally sensitive and being aware of cultures and religions and races other than your own is extremely important,” said Scott. “In a career that’s very client-oriented, there are going to be clients who are different than me, and I’m going to have to understand where they’re coming from culturally, or even if I don’t understand [their culture], at least be sensitive to it.”

The North Carolina Global Distinction Program is a partnership between World View, a public service program at UNC-Chapel Hill, and community colleges across the state. World View’s mission is to help K-12 and community college educators prepare students to study and work in a globalized world. The Global Distinction Program furthers that mission by connecting community college faculty and students with global resources available at UNC-Chapel Hill.

To learn more, click here.

Pickled Green Tomato Sorbet on a white plate

Photo Courtesy of The Ashbury

CPCC Culinary Arts student Matthew Krentz was recently mentioned in the July 24 Vogue article, “Savory Sorbets for Summer: Bloody Mary, Coconut Dashi and More.” Krentz, who currently serves as The Ashbury’s chef in uptown, was recognized for his Pickled Green Tomato Sorbet creation – a pickled green tomato sorbet that is paired with steelhead trout crudo.

Starting Monday, August 14, 2017, the Gold Rush will be permanently discontinued. The last day of service was Friday, August 11, 2017.

On June 28, 2017, the Metropolitan Transit Commission adopted the discontinuation of the Gold Rush Red Line (Route 86). 

This plan was recommended because of significant construction delays along Trade Street.  CityLYNX Gold Line construction is slated to continue until 2020. Passengers will maintain the ability to travel between Johnson C. Smith University and the Charlotte Transit Center via the Route 7 Beatties Ford Road and Route 1 Mt Holly Road.

Route 7 inbound travels along Beatties Ford Rd, passing by Johnson C. Smith University campus, and continuing along Trade Street to the Charlotte Transit Center.

Route 1 inbound travels along Rozzelles Ferry Rd and W. 5th Street, turns onto W. Cedar St., and continues along Trade Street to the Charlotte Transit Center.