CPCC Today

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

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.

Jamal Moss ’12 didn’t let his high school counselor at West Charlotte High School talk him out of applying to CPCC. “She wanted me to attend N.C. Central University or N.C. A&T,”

Jamal Moss holding up CPCC pennantexplains Jamal. “She was afraid I wouldn’t succeed at CPCC; that I would become another statistic.

Evidently, it was a trend the counselor had seen many times before – young African-American male plans to apply to a two-year college, attend and one day transfer to a four-year institution, only to fail.

Fortunately for Jamal, the counselor didn’t know him and his ability to defy the odds at all costs.

Jamal’s upbringing differed from his peers at West Charlotte. He was primarily raised by his grandmother and attended Myers Park High School his first three years of high school, an environment where the majority of students went on to successfully attend and graduate from college after high school. As a result, Jamal was exposed at an early age to a world outside of his West Charlotte High School bubble – a world that helped him understand that it was possible to explore, to break the cycle and to want more for his future.

However, Jamal quickly realized his future wasn’t going to create itself – he had to build it with his own hands. That’s when Jamal began researching colleges. He knew his options were limited – he came from a low-income, single parent home – and travel/moving expenses would stretch the family’s budget. So he began looking for colleges in Charlotte and learned about CPCC and its burgeoning Anthony Foxx Scholarship opportunity.

The Anthony Foxx Scholarship is a partnership between CPCC and West Charlotte High School that helps African-American males overcome financial obstacles and receive the assistance they need to earn a degree. Selected students receive a $2,000 scholarship; participate in the college’s Summer Bridge program to help them get a head start on their college career by taking classes over a six-week period; and join MAN UP, a mentoring group that promotes personal development, academic success and educational advancement among minority male students.

Thanks to the Anthony Foxx Scholarship, Jamal was able to attend CPCC – a place where he says he “found everyone.”

“There were days when I wasn’t even on my own side,” explains Jamal. “But thanks to CPCC’s staff members, I was able to overcome life’s obstacles, stay grounded and know that I was going to succeed. The CPCC team was not only my greatest source of support, but also my biggest cheerleader.”

With this support system on his side, Jamal was able to focus on his studies; enjoy the resources at his disposal, including MAN UP, which taught him how to better express himself, follow his heart and be loyal to others; and graduate from CPCC in 2012 with an associate degree.

Upon graduating from CPCC, he pursued his bachelor’s degree at N.C. State and was recently accepted into Duke University’s master’s program, which he’ll begin in August 2017.

While Jamal’s sights are clearly set on the road that lies ahead, he’s also quick to remember the many people and places that got him where he is today – mainly Anthony Foxx and CPCC. “CPCC’s Anthony Foxx Scholarship opened up so many doors for me,” says Jamal. “High school students thinking of attending CPCC should definitely consider applying for the scholarship. It gives you the financial breathing room you need to pay for college, providing you with an opportunity to chart your own path to success.”

To learn more about the Anthony Foxx Scholarship at CPCC, visit cpcc.edu/mentoring.

You’re invited to the Disability Services Information Session

August 9 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Central Campus, Zeiss Building, Room 1106
RSVP on our website to attend!

Join us for the afternoon to learn about:

  • How to be a successful self-advocate
  • Using accommodations in college
  • Assistive technology offered at CPCC
  • And hear from our student panel to learn about their college experiences and what it takes to be a successful college student!

Students, parents and other adult guests are invited! If you or your guests need accommodations for this event, please include the request in your RSVP.


Fall 2017 Registration is open now

Reginald Pincham, Director of Enrollment Student Services at the CPCC Levine Campus and member of the Matthews Branch State Employees Credit Union (SECU) Board Mitchell McPhailof Managers, presented a $10,000 scholarship to Levine Middle College student, Mitchell McPhail (middle) and his mother, Melissa McPhail, on May 24.

The SECU is a non-profit cooperative which provides financial services to state employees and their families.  In order to exemplify the “People helping People” philosophy, the SECU Foundation was created and funded by the contributions of our members.

This year, the SECU Foundation is awarding 349, $10,000 scholarships to be used at any one of the 16 campuses of the UNC system. This equates to one scholarship for each public high school.

The scholarships are given based on the recipient’s community involvement, leadership skills and character, as well as scholastic achievement.

What is Federal Work-Study? Federal Work-Study (FWS) provides part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses.  This program allows you to earn money, work around your school schedule, build your resume, and gain work experience all while attending school.

Eligibility Requirements:

Applying For Positions:  The process of finding a Federal Work-Study at Central Piedmont Community College begins with our online job listings:

  1. Click on “Careers at CPCC”: http://www.cpcc.edu/humanresources
  2. Click on  “Career Opportunities – Full-Time and Part-Time Career Opportunities –  http://www.cpcc.edu/humanresources/employment
  3. Go to “Search Jobs”
  4. Select from Drop Down: Classified,  Part-Time,  Campus [Where You Want to Work],  Search
  5. Click on the position that you want to apply.  If you are interested in multiple positions, please apply for each one.
  6. View the functions and job duties of the position.  If interested in the position, click on

Apply Now at the top left-side of the page.

If you meet all qualifications with the required skills, GPA, need, etc. and are selected for an interview, a FWS supervisor will contact you.

If you are recommended for a position:

The supervisor will notify the Financial Aid Office.

  • An email will be sent to you providing links to New Hire Forms to be completed before you begin working.
  • You will need to contact HR to schedule a New Hire appointment.
  • You will need to meet with HR to submit your completed forms.  Go to: http://www.cpcc.edu/humanresources/forms-for-new-employees
  • Complete forms under “Part-Time” Employment Forms.”
  • A background check will be conducted.
  • You will be notified of your start date by the FWS supervisor.
  • You will sign a FWS Authorization Form.

If you have any questions, please contact Jordan Dalto, the Federal Work-Study Program Coordinator, at 704.330.3944


Before you leave home, make sure your appearance is appropriate. Personal grooming and the way you dress can matter more than a smart interview answer. You don’t need to be in a suit. Just make sure your hair and clothes are clean and neat. Be courteous and respectful to everyone you meet. Say please and thank you. Don’t slump or chew gum. Make eye contact and project self-confidence. Remember to turn off your cell phone. Show interest in the job and the College, and a willingness to learn.

Get Experience

A little experience can go a long way. Getting some type of work experience as early as possible makes you a stronger job candidate when you graduate from CPCC. Be on time, and do quality work.

Drum Circle

Thursday, May 4

Overcash Lawn

12:30-1:30 p.m.

Join Student Life and Drums 4 Life for a Drum Circle. Drumming has been linked to many therapeutic benefits. Come take a break from your busy day to do some drumming! All levels are welcomed to attend.


Vision Van

Thursday, May 4

Overcash Driveway

9 a.m.-3 p.m.

The Vision van will be staffed by doctors and aids that can check your eyes for various issues. Hearing screenings will also be available. Everyone is welcome and screenings are done on a drop-in basis.


The 2017-2018 College Catalog is now available at http://www.cpcc.edu/attending/catalog.

Barnes & Noble College is a retail environment like no other – uniquely focused on delivering outstanding customer service. As a temporary bookseller, you interact directly with students, faculty, administration and other customers on a day-to-day basis, turning visitors into loyal customers. You’ll be part of a team that’s passionate about what they do, providing outstanding customer service and ensuring that all customers’ needs are being met. You perform an array of tasks necessary to ensure that merchandise is available for sale and that transactions are completed accurately and promptly. You play an important role in ensuring that we operate a customer-oriented, efficient, cost-controlled, well-merchandised, and profitable bookstore that best serves the academic community and Barnes & Noble College. And best of all, you’ll be part of a company that is consistently rated as a great place to work – and where employees love what they do.

Candidates must be a minimum of 16 years of age to be considered for employment. Outstanding communication and customer service skills are required.  The ideal candidate will have the ability to multi-task and feel comfortable utilizing computers.  Candidates must be flexible with scheduling work days and hours. 

Interested? Please visit bncollegejobs.com.

Living on a Shoestring Budget Lunch N’ Learn

Thursday, April 27

Overcash, Room 308

12:30-1:30 p.m.

Join Student Life and Single Stop as we discuss methods to manage your budget and life. Joan Edmondson, a Single Stop Financial Counselor, will be giving information on managing a tight budget and resources that can assist you with successfully managing your life with a slim budget. A light lunch will be served.


Stress Free Day

Tuesday, May 2

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Overcash Lobby

Join Student Life for some relaxing and stress reducing activities before exams. We will also have a mobile massage unit on hand to do massages to reduce physical stress.


Freedom Project

Wednesday, May 3

11 a.m.

Zeiss, Room 1106

Join Student Life as we explore modern slavery that occurs in many places across the world. We will be watching a film and having a discussion on modern day slavery and how we can end these human rights violations.


Drum Circle

Thursday, May 4

Overcash Lawn

12:30-1:30 p.m.

Join Student Life and Drums 4 Life for a Drum Circle. Drumming has been linked to many therapeutic benefits. Come take a break from your busy day to do some drumming! All levels are welcomed to attend.

Summer and Fall 2017 Registration Opens May 1

Tuition Payment Plan April 21 - May 1

CPCC is excited to implement the Smart Market concept at the Cato Campus. Students and staff can now find a Smart Market at CPCC located in the Cato III building first floor student lounge! Come by and grab a fresh sandwichPeople preparing to cut ribbon at Smart Market. or hot coffee! See how Smart Market works.


Tiffany Wah, a student in CPCC’s Paralegal Technology program, recently received third place honors in the North Carolina Paralegal Association Student Scholarship Essay Contest. Her essay, “Why I have chosen to become a Tiffany Wahparalegal,” earned her a $200 check, payable to CPCC’s Paralegal Technology program, and a free registration to the Association’s annual meeting and seminar.

Tiffany re-entered CPCC’s Paralegal Technology program in summer 2015 after taking a six-year hiatus because of family responsibilities. While she spent much of that time away from the classroom serving as a mother and wife, the call to help and serve others remained strong.

“I have a reputation for not only being helpful, but also being helpful with a good attitude,” said Tiffany. “I believe that my willingness to assist others has always made me feel most at home as a paralegal.”

While paralegals are trained in a variety of legal matters and work closely with attorneys, assisting with cases, they must also be empathetic to clients, possess a strong understanding of the law and communicate well with others – all traits Tiffany embodies.

“It’s important to me, both in my personal life and at work, that I get the point across without any misunderstandings,” said Tiffany. “Paralegals are expected to deal with people from every background imaginable. I do this daily through my work at the local women’s shelter where I provide assistance to women struggling with mental illness, drug addiction and other challenges. I’m thrilled that I’ve chosen a career that is so rewarding and gives me an opportunity to give back each day.”

Assisting Tiffany on her journey toward becoming a paralegal are her many instructors at CPCC who “exemplify a great sense of compassion, kindness and a desire for their students to learn,” says Tiffany.

“I would definitely recommend CPCC’s Paralegal Technology to others,” adds Tiffany. “It’s well-organized, approved by the American Bar Association and prepares students well for the legal field.”

Tiffany is enjoying discovering the many aspects of the law during class and is hopeful for the future. “I’m excited to gain more skills, insight and experience as a paralegal,” says Tiffany. “My hope is to one day work at either a criminal or family law firm – two areas that are my greatest passions.”

To learn more about CPCC’s Paralegal Technology program, visit cpcc.edu/paralegal.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management department is excited to host America’s PrepareAthon! April 24-29 throughout the Charlotte metro area.
America’s PrepareAthon! is a FEMA-sponsored, grassroots campaign designed to raise awareness about emergency preparedness. Throughout the week, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management will host a variety of events to educate residents and businesses on how to take appropriate action during an emergency, such as a flood, violent protest and more.
CPCC, a partner of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management, will host the following America’s PrepareAthon! event on its Central Campus. It is free and open to CPCC faculty, staff and students.
Thursday, April 25
Learn Your Flood Risk
Sky Warn Storm Spotter Course – 10 a.m. – noon
Storm Water Services presentation on Flood Hazards and Mitigation (1- 1:45 p.m.) 
CPCC Central Campus, Hall Building, Room 215/216
Standard homeowners’ insurance doesn’t cover flooding. Whether you’re a homeowner or renter, you’ll need a separate policy for it, and it’s available through your company agent or the National Flood Insurance Program at floodsmart.gov. To help you better understand your flood risk, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management is hosting this free flood workshop at on CPCC’s Central Campus.
To view the complete list of the week’s events, click here. All events are free and open to the public.