Central Piedmont to Offer Two New Transfer Degrees in Teacher Preparation

The North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges has approved Central Piedmont Community College to offer two, new transfer degree programs in teacher preparation – an Associate in Arts in Teacher Preparation and an Associate in Science in Teacher Preparation. The programs will open Aug. 10, the start of Central Piedmont’s fall semester.

These two, new transfer degree programs will help create a larger pipeline for future teachers in North Carolina’s elementary, middle and high schools, addressing the state’s critical teacher shortage, particularly in its more rural counties.

“Our new transfer degrees create seamless pathways for our students to transition into bachelor degree programs and successful teaching careers,” said Edith McElroy, associate vice president for transfer and pre-college. “This seamless pathway strategy will help ensure the North Carolina K-12 education system flourishes and is recognized as a national model for teacher recruitment and preparation in the United States.”

The degrees require 45 semester hours of general education courses and 14 hours of education courses, including one course with a focus on the science of reading instruction.

In addition to creating the two, new degree programs, the State Board of Community Colleges also approved corresponding teacher preparation pathways for high school students enrolled in their respective college’s Career & College Promise program. Career & College Promise is a dual enrollment program that gives eligible high school students the opportunity to get a jump-start and earn free college credit toward a two-year degree at Central Piedmont.

“The college is excited to offer a Career & College Promise teacher pathway,” McElroy said. “Now, the journey to becoming a teacher in Mecklenburg County can begin as early as high school, creating a robust, diverse pool of teachers who are even more prepared to serve all areas of the state in the future.”

For more information about the new associate degree transfer programs in teacher preparation at Central Piedmont, visit https://www.cpcc.edu/programs/teacher-preparation.

Return to Campus Guide for Students

Whether your classes are online, completely in-person, or a mixture of both, the college is committed to providing a safe environment for our students to learn this fall semester. All Central Piedmont students are expected to follow the protocols and practices outlined in the Student Guide for Returning to Campus. These have been put in place to keep all of us safe when on campus.

By working together – wearing face coverings, practicing social distancing, washing our hands frequently, staying home if we feel ill, and keeping our campus spaces clean – we can make the resumption of on-campus classes a success while keeping everyone safe.

Please take the time to read the guide carefully before returning to campus for scheduled classes. The majority of students should not come to campus on August 10 – please check with your instructor or review the step-by-step instructions to determine if and when your class meets on campus.

Please Visit the college’s COVID-19 Web page for the most up-to-date information related to the coronavirus, including our plans to safely return to campus.

Drive-Thru Graduation Ceremonies Celebrate Class of 2020

In celebration of its Class of 2020, Central Piedmont hosted drive-thru graduation ceremonies July 29 and 30 on its Cato Campus, located in northeast Charlotte. More than 440 Central Piedmont 2020 graduates participated in the two-day event, which included ceremonies for the college’s traditional undergraduate programs, as well as its College and Career Readiness programs (high school completion, Accelerated Career Training, and NCWorks Next Gen).

Central Piedmont’s graduation committee designed the college’s drive-thru graduation ceremonies with the health and well-being of its faculty/staff, students, and their family and friends in mind. As a result, all event volunteers and graduates were asked to wear face coverings, and social distancing and state guidelines were followed during the ceremonies.

“It was important we recognize our 2020 graduates’ accomplishments, especially during this unprecedented time, when so many of them had to overcome multiple obstacles to achieve their educational goals this year,” said Kandi Deitemeyer, president of Central Piedmont, who was on-site both days to personally congratulate graduates. “The Class of 2020 is a resilient group of individuals. I look forward to hearing their many success stories and wish them all the best in their future endeavors.”

The college offers nearly 300 programs to get students real-world ready. Affordable and flexible Central Piedmont classes can help students earn the skills to fast track into a career pathway or lay the foundation for a four-year degree. Registration for the fall 2020 term is open. The college looks forward to welcoming new and returning students on Aug. 10.

View the graduation event photo gallery or watch the ceremony live-streams on Facebook.

Former RNC Week & Fall Break

Don’t forget to register for the fall semester — classes start on Monday, August 10 (just a little more than a week from now) so you’re running out of time to make sure you get the classes you need.

The August 10 start to the fall semester is earlier than usual because of the planned impact of the Republican National Convention (RNC). As you recall, the college had planned to close during the week the RNC was scheduled to take place in Charlotte – August 22-28. The reason the college planned to close was to avoid the challenges the convention would present to our students and employees in trying to reach campus and to accommodate facilities requests made by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department connected to the RNC.

Although the RNC initially moved the largest parts of the convention from Charlotte to Jacksonville, FL, it recently announced the cancellation of all major events, due to the pandemic.

Given that there will no longer be any large-scale RNC events in Charlotte, the college will not close August 22-28. The college will be open and operating on a normal schedule, and this week will become “remote learning days” for students and faculty. While there will be no on-campus classes during that week, Online, Hybrid, and Blended courses will continue online only.

For the safety and well-being of our campus community, we will complete the vast majority of face-to-face instruction prior to the Thanksgiving holiday (Nov. 26-29). Some courses are being taught under a compressed timeline so they can be concluded by the Thanksgiving holiday, while others will go fully online after Thanksgiving to finish any remaining classwork. The fall semester will end Dec. 11.

Please note: The college will observe and be closed on Labor Day (Sept. 7) but has made the difficult decision to eliminate Fall Break (Oct. 12-13). These two days will also become remote learning days. While there will be no on-campus classes during that time, Online, Hybrid, and Blended courses will continue online only. This decision was made to both minimize the possible virus spread associated with travel, and to give more time to faculty and students since the college has had to adjust course schedules and delivery methods.

If you have questions about the remote learning days for your specific course, please contact your instructor.

We understand these schedule changes may disrupt your previous plans and we greatly appreciate your patience as we try to make the best decisions we can for the health, safety, and success of our college community.

Live Stream the 2020 Drive-Thru Program Ceremonies Today and Tomorrow

We’re so excited Central Piedmont students will have their graduation day! We encourage family, friends, and Central Piedmont faculty and staff to cheer on our graduates by watching the live stream of the ceremony on Facebook and YouTube.

As a reminder, the 2020 Commencement will be celebrated on the Cato Campus as a drive-thru ceremony on Wednesday, July 29, and Thursday, July 30. The ceremony takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on both days, with graduates arriving at an assigned window of time according to their academic program.

Our graduates deserve recognition for the dedication and resilience they’ve shown in their journey toward earning a degree, diploma, or certificate.

Several changes have been made to this year’s ceremony to ensure our graduates are properly honored for their hard work while making every effort to promote a safe and healthy experience. Additional details about the 2020 drive-thru graduation are available on the website, including information about the ceremony process, safety protocols, and program timeslots.

Join us via livestream on Facebook  and YouTube today and tomorrow to celebrate and cheer on Central Piedmont’s Class of 2020!

Central Piedmont’s Overcash Art Gallery to present ‘The Faculty Art Show’ beginning August 10

Central Piedmont’s Overcash Art Gallery is pleased to present “The Faculty Art Show,” August 10 – October 2. This group show features Central Piedmont’s talented art staff and is curated by Amelia Zytka.

“The Faculty Art Show” incorporates artwork from multiple disciplines, including drawing, painting, photography and ceramics. While the college’s art instructors excel at helping students succeed in their budding art careers, many of them are accomplished artists as well.

This exhibition not only gives Central Piedmont’s Overcash Art Gallery an opportunity to display faculty work, but also affords students the chance to see their instructors’ artwork in a gallery setting. This show is a must-see for anyone on campus and provides an enjoyable diversion. Central Piedmont’s Overcash Art Gallery is enthusiastic about the opportunity to kick start the college’s fall semester with this exciting, new exhibition.

Free Loaner Chromebooks and WiFi Hotspots Available

If you’re having trouble accessing technology, we want to do all we can to ensure you continue in your classes and achieve your academic goals this fall. A limited number of Chromebooks and WiFi hotspots are available for loan — at no cost — to students in need.

You can apply to receive one of the devices by completing the “Student and Employee Application for Laptop & Hotspots” or reading more about this opportunity at Central Piedmont’s Single Stop Web page. Eligible students must be enrolled in a degree or transfer program for the fall semester.

Applications will be processed within 24 hours and devices are mailed each week. Please note, Gambrell Scholars should not apply as there will be additional information regarding Chromebook distribution shared directly with scholars separately.

Students needing assistance with the application or those without connectivity should call the Single Stop office at 704.330.6435.

Students will be able to use these devices as long as they are enrolled in fall classes. We will make every effort to loan devices to students in need – Chromebooks and hotspots will be distributed on a first come first servedbasis while supplies last. Apply today!

Please email singlestop@cpcc.edu for more information.

Virtual Disability Services: Q & A Sessions

Disability Services continues to work remotely to assist all students. Do you have questions about accommodations in online learning? Or how to register for disability services?

Join a virtual session with a Disability Services professional to have these and other questions answered. Sessions cover a range of topics and dates.


Learn about the benefits of Disability Services and how to register for services. Ask questions about processes and procedures of the office.

  • July 27, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • Aug. 3, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Learn about technology and how it could assist you in online courses.

  • July 28, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • Aug. 4, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Ask questions about how Interpreting will take place in online courses.

  • July 29, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  •  Aug. 5, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Learn about various academic accommodations (e.g. extended time, due date extension, notetaker, etc) that may be available to you.

  • July 30, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • Aug. 6, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Sign up for a virtual session today!

New Temporary Student ID Process

Campus ID centers are temporarily closed, but you can still get your student ID.

Please note semester stickers are not required for fall 2020 so current students should continue to use their existing ID.

However, for new students without a current ID (first-year and transfer) – request your ID by submitting the student ID request form. You must be registered for classes in fall 2020 to request a new ID card.

Make sure all the information you provide on the form is up-to-date — we will mail your ID card to the address you provide on the form within two business days. For verification purposes, you are required to upload a copy of a current state or government issued photo ID to the request form. Learn more about the photo ID requirments and how to get your ID card.

Students are expected to have their college photo ID cards with them at all times when on campus. Your Student ID Card will be needed for library and lab usage, at offices providing student services, admission to college activities, and to receive local discounts at area stores, bus passes, theatres, etc.

For more information, or with any questions regarding IDs, please email idcard@cpcc.edu.

Virtual Summer Theatre Presents Final Showing on July 25

Central Piedmont Summer Theatre will present a final evening of Virtual Summer Theatre Concerts on Saturday July 25th at 7:00pm. The event will live stream on Central Piedmont Arts Facebook page and on the Central Piedmont Theatre YouTube channel.

Summer Theatre All-stars and the stars of tomorrow will be performing the Best of Broadway during the evening.  We have special guests from our alumni over the years who have gone on from Summer Theatre to appear on Broadway, in national tours, television and film in such shows as Wicked, Jersey Boys, Beautiful, Waitress, Once, Bandstand and many more. Joining our alumni will be current students honing their skills as they to prepare to hit the boards across the world.

Join us for an exciting evening of song that will also include a look backstage with the creative teams that will bring you Something Rotten in Summer 2021. Set your calendars now for July 25th when the Summer Theatre stars will come out.

For more information visit Central Piedmont Arts on Facebook, blogs.cpcc.edu/theatre or tix.cpcc.edu. All Virtual Summer Theatre concerts are FREE!

Purchasing Textbooks with Financial Aid

With classes moved online, Central Piedmont Barnes & Noble bookstores has new virtual processes to support you. If you’ve been awarded financial aid for fall semester, you may be eligible to cover the cost of your textbooks with remaining funds.

Charge eligible book and supply purchases to your student account today! Orders purchased with financial aid will be shipped via UPS and charged to your student account beginning August 1. But don’t wait – its best to place your order early for faster delivery.

In order to purchase books using financial aid, students must be awarded in MyCollege and have all requested documents submitted. To confirm you’ve been awarded, please follow these steps:

  1. Log into MyCollege.
  2. Select ‘Financial Aid’ on the right side of the page.
  3. Click the dropdown titled ‘Select an Award Year.’
  4. Make sure the term says ‘2020/2021 Academic Year.’
  5. Click on “Go to Account Summary” to view current aid status.

If you do not have a financial aid award letter, please follow these steps in MyCollege:

  1. Check your Self-Service Checklist for missing or incomplete documents.
  2. Review the “Action Needed” section and complete any required actions.
  3. Please note: When documents are received by the Financial Aid department, the checklist items will show “Completed” status.

Due to COVID-19, Barnes & Noble may experience delivery delays from publishers which could impact delivery timeframes for certain orders. The bookstore will notify you directly if any textbooks are on backorder. You can also log into B&N accounts to view order status for deliveries.

We encourage you to buy your books now in order to receive them as early as possible!

Complete the U.S. Census Today! Deadline Extended to Oct. 31.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the U.S. Census in April!

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the U.S. Census Bureau has adjusted its operations so that the self-response period will now continue through October 31. What does that mean? You and your neighbors can complete the census — online, over the phone or by mail — now through October.

Your participation will help shape the future of Mecklenburg County, so please take a few minutes out of your day to complete the Census questions and help spread the word:

  • Email or text your friends a challenge to complete the census
  • Share information with your clubs and groups
  • Take a photo and post it on social media with #MakeMeckCount
  • Your own (socially distanced) idea for outreach!

Curious about how the data will be used, what you will be asked, and more? Visit MeckCounts2020.com to educate yourself on everything there is to know about the U.S. Census and how your participation can help generate funding for our local community and beyond.

Thank you for making it count!

Benefits of Peer Mentoring

Are you a new Central Piedmont student? Peer mentors provide first-year student mentees with guidance through unique challenges. Mentors help find the answers to a variety of questions, ranging from academic concerns to the challenges of balancing school and other priorities.

A peer mentor provides the following benefits:

  • increased confidence and self esteem
  • enhanced self-motivation, self-discipline, and goal-setting
  • opportunity to gain knowledge about Central Piedmont’s resources and services, while getting connected to other peers

To be eligible to receive a peer mentor, you must:

  • be currently registered for at least one class at Central Piedmont
  • be open-minded for suggestions
  • maintain a positive attitude
  • get to know your mentor and accept support
  • strive for success and show an interest in academic achievement

Sign up to receive a peer mentor today!

If you have any questions please feel free to email April Wright at april.wright@cpcc.edu or Katrina Johnson at katrina.johnson@cpcc.edu.

Virtual Career Services: “It’s a Major Decision” Workshop

Having trouble selecting your program of study? Need assistance figuring out which major is right for you?  Attend Career Services’ “It’s a ‘Major’ Decision Workshop”!  These informative, virtual workshops will be offered on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons through July 29.

Sign up for a virtual session now. See you there!

Instructions on How to View Course Delivery for Fall

Fall semester classes will begin on Aug. 10, and be taught in multiple formats – online, hybrid, blended, and face-to-face. (Hybrid and blended courses include both online and some face-to-face instruction.)

To determine if your classes are online, a mixture of online and in-person, or completely in-person, follow these steps:

  1. Log into MyCollege.
  2. Select ‘Student Planning.’
  3. Select ‘Go to Plan and Schedule.’
  4. Make sure the term at the top of this page says ‘Fall 2020.’
  5. Click on the ‘Print’ button.

This page will give you the clearest view of how your class will be delivered. You can print, print to PDF, or screen capture the schedule from a phone. Please note:

  • In the ‘Location’ column, if you only see ONLINE for that section, there will be no on-campus instruction.
  • If you see only campus buildings and rooms, that class will only meet in-person at the location(s) listed.
  • If you see both ONLINE and a campus building and room, that class will have a mixture of in-person and online instruction.

Also, please note that even with in-person classes you will have limited in-person meeting times. To find out:

  1. Log into MyCollege.
  2. Select ‘Student Planning.’
  3. Select ‘Go to Plan and Schedule.’
  4. Make sure the term  says ‘Fall 2020.’
  5. In the “Meeting Information” section, you may have both in-person dates as well as online dates. This means you are in a hybrid or blended course.
  6. Select the course title. Learn more about the course in the “Additional Information” section.