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The refund policy at CPCC is established by the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) and is subject to change without notice. CPCC will apply this policy without exception.Refund

● Curriculum Courses: The current refund policy allows a 100% refund of tuition paid for curriculum classes dropped prior to the first day of the academic term. A 75% refund is issued for curriculum classes dropped on or after the first day of the term through the 10% point of term. Tuition paid and applicable fees will be refunded 100% for classes cancelled by the College.

● Lab Fee, Student Activity Fee and Insurance: Appropriate lab fee amounts will be refunded if the class is cancelled by the College or the student drops a lab class during the 100% refund period. Student activity fees or student insurance are not refunded unless the class is cancelled by the College.

● CAPS Fee: Students who enroll in curriculum courses but officially drop all their courses prior to the first day of the academic semester will have the CAPS Fee refunded.

● Refunds: Students will receive a CPCC debit card from HigherOne upon initial registration if they have not received one previously.

PLEASE NOTE: The CPCC debit card is NOT a credit card. The purpose of the debit card is to provide a more efficient way to issue refunds to students. DO NOT THROW THE CARD AWAY. This card will be used for all refunds for financial aid and curriculum students. Please store the debit card in a safe place after activation in case you need it during your college career at CPCC.

For more information regarding the debit card, please visit the CPCC debit card website. If you have any questions regarding the CPCC debit card, please contact Higher One at 1.866.782.0821 or the cashiering office at 704.330.6964.

Transfer Resource Center (TRC)

Transfer Resource Center (TRC)

Every Tuesday the Transfer Resource Center (TRC) is excited to host admissions representatives from four-year colleges and universities as they visit CPCC to talk with prospective transfer students. This Tuesday, Jan. 17, Western CarolinaFort Hays State and Devry will be at the Central Campus in the main lobby of the Levine Technical Building.  Fort Hays State and Western Carolina will be at the Levine Campus. For more information, about Transfer Tuesdays and other services offered by the Transfer Resource Center visit our website at www.cpcc.edu/ican/trc. You can also contact the Transfer Resource Center by phone at 704.330.6454 or by email at trc@cpcc.edu.

Have you taken the ACCUPLACER placement tests?

Have you taken the ACCUPLACER placement tests?

Have you taken the ACCUPLACER placement tests?  Did you study?  Were there questions you just couldn’t remember how to solve?  If so, you’re not alone.  The ACCUPLACER placement tests are the first tests most new students will take, and it’s essential to make sure you’re prepared.  To aid in your preparation, CPCC faculty and staff have created new, online review videos and practice tests for you to take.  The videos and practice tests can be accessed from the Testing Center’s website at www.cpcc.edu/testing_assessment/placement-testing. Simply select the link for ACCUPLACER Practice Tests, Review Videos and Study Guides. Remember, being prepared for the placement tests is one of the most important things you can do as you begin your college career.  For more information, including testing hours, please visit the Testing Center at www.cpcc.edu/testing_assessment.

CPCC has multiple construction/renovation projects underway on its Central and Harper Campuses. Here’s the hard hat news to keep you informed.Construction

Harper Campus
Construction work at the Harper Campus began in October. The project includes five separate phases, with two additions and three renovation areas. Being added are 12 new classrooms and a new construction lab. Renovations include classrooms, NDE labs and the welding lab. Most phases are scheduled for completion in July 2012. The NDE labs will be completed in October 2012. The design work is being handled by Jenkins Peer Architects.

Taylor Hall at Central Campus
Work on the Taylor Hall renovation and addition began in October. The project will result in Taylor adding new classrooms and offices as well as a new exercise/fitness room. It will also get a traditional brick facade facing Elizabeth Avenue. Demolition work is complete. All new footings are complete for the new space added to the front of the building. Steel erection will occur in January. Taylor is scheduled to reopen next summer. Morris Berg Architects is providing the design work.

Van Every (VE) Building at Central Campus
The Van Every (VE) building will come down to make room for a new four-story, 100,000 square-foot facility that will grace Elizabeth Avenue and the main quad with a traditional brick design.  A temporary construction fence has been installed around VE.  The construction fence will impact pedestrian sidewalk traffic on the quad side of the building, specifically the access ramp for persons with disabilities. To compensate for this inconvenience, a new ramp was constructed near the Learning Resource Center so that the quad may be accessed at all times by the entire student population. To see a visual representation of this change, please visit clickhere. The old VE ramp is closed and will be replaced as part of the new VE construction. Asbestos abatement will be completed in mid-January and the building will begin after the abatement is complete. Four of the six trees along Elizabeth Ave. will be removed when the demolition is completed in early March.

Student Intake Center to Move to Education Center
The College and Career Readiness Intake Center has moved to the Education Canter, located near the corner of 4th St. and Charlottetowne Ave. December 12. In addition to offering these important services, the location will continue to house Non-destructive Examination classes and labs.

Central Campus Parking Change
In January 2012, at the beginning of the spring 2012 semester, Lots 31 (located behind Central High) and 4 (located at the corner of Pease Lane and N. Kings) will be switched. Lot 4 will become Visitor Parking and will be designated as the designated parking lot for events at the Culinary Building. Lot 31 will become Student Parking.As a result of this change, Lot 4 will accept cash, credit cards, tokens and give receipts.

Debbie Antshel was a longtime youth advocate with a passion and skill for helping those less fortunate. She worked tirelessly for CPCC, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), the City of Charlotte, and the

Debbie Antshel

Debbie Antshel

Charlotte International Cabinet.

The Debbie Antshel Memorial CPCC Scholarship was created by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Schools Foundation to honor her memory and help graduating CMS students have an opportunity to leverage their skills, knowledge and passions to affect positive change and to dedicate themselves to selfless public service.

The Foundation is currently accepting applicants for this scholarship. Special consideration will be given to students showing a commitment to the spirit of volunteerism, community advocacy, and a proven desire to bring out the best in people. The winning applicant will receive full frshman year tuition at CPCC. To qualify, applicants must be a CMS graduating senior who will attend CPCC in the fall, majoring in Human Services or a related field, and demonstrate a commitment to community service, as demonstrated through volunteer experience and career objectives.

To learn more about this scholarship and how to apply, please visit http://www.cms.k12.nc.us/cmsdepartments/vp/Documents/2012%20Debbie%20Antshel%20Memorial%20CPCC%20Scholarship%20Application.pdf. Applications must be received by March 23, 2012

The College has packaged six episodes of the popular CPCC TV show “Trail of History” in a DVD set and is making it available to the public for purchase. Trail of History DVD

“The Trail of History” show documents the fascinating history of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. The newly produced DVD set includes episodes on the history of Capt. James Jack, Hezekiah Alexander House, James K. Polk site, Latta Plantation, Rosedale and Rural Hill.

“Trail of History” is hosted by Gary Ritter, a history instructor and executive director of Learning Technologies Services at CPCC. Each episode of “Trail of History” takes the viewer back in time to experience and explore the people and events that made Charlotte and Mecklenburg County what they are today. The documentary series enlightens and educates as Charlotte and Mecklenburg County’s past is brought to life. The six-DVD set (Vol. 1) provides a tour of some of Mecklenburg’s historic sites and recounts the important events that have left a lasting legacy.

The DVD set can be purchased through the CPCC Press at http://cpccpress.com/products-page/faculty-titles/trail-of-history/, or by calling 704.330.6863. The price is $15.99, plus tax and shipping.


Congratulations to the following CPCC programs – and their recent graduates – for earning 100-percent pass rates on their respective certification exams:
These national certifications are considered among the highest credentials in the nation’s healthcare system and are widely recognized by today’s employers.
To learn more about CPCC’s certificate and/or two-year associate degree programs in these academic areas, click the program area links above.

All four travel lanes at the intersection of Charlottetowne and Elizabeth Avenues now have “NO TURN ON RED” signs to improve pedestrian safety. Take note of the new signage. Help keep pedestrians safe on campus and avoid points on your license. Running a red light could mean a penalty of three points on your license!

No Turn on Red

Melanie Berry, a co-op student in the Human Services – Developmental Disabilities program, received an honorable mention from the national Cooperative Education and Internship Association (CEIA) in their  “Co-op Student of the Year for Two-Year

Melanie Berry

Melanie Berry

Colleges” competition. Melanie was runner-up.

Her name will be announced at the CEIA conference in Chicago in April 2012.
Melanie was previously selected as “Co-op Student of the Year” on the state level by the NC Cooperative Education Association (NCCEA) in November.
Please join us in congratulating Melanie!

CPCC students now have a choice of receiving their 1098-T: Tuition Statements in the mail or electronically. Your 1098-T forms will be available no later than January 31, 2012. You will receive an email to your student email account notifying you when the forms are accessible electronically at http://mycollege.cpcc.edu.

If you wish to opt-out of receiving the form by mail, go to http://mycollege.cpcc.edu, sign on with your student ID, choose the Student Menu, click on the “1098T Paper Option” link and follow the screen directions.

Tis the Season to Give! During this special time of the year, CPCC student leaders have made a difference in the community through volunteering and clothing/food drives. The Dental Hygiene Club and the International Association of Administrative

Food Drive

Pictured above is the GAIT’r Club (Graphic Arts Imaging Technology Refinement Club) with 250 pounds of food they collected.

Professionals (IAAP) collected food for Second Harvest Food Bank, and the GAIT’r Club and Merancus Campus SGA collected food for Loaves & Fishes. In total, CPCC student leaders collected more than 700 pounds of food for needy families in the Charlotte area this holiday season! In addition, Harper Campus SGA collected 10 bags of clothes for the Free Store at Crisis Assistance Ministry, which provides clothes and household items for free so that families can spend their money on basic essentials. For all those who donated clothes/food and continue to support student organizations – thank you.

Effective Spring 2012, all online students must submit an assignment or quiz by a specific date in order to be officially counted in the course. This is a federal requirement. Look for the Enrollment Verification Activity (EVA) identified by your instructor and complete it first thing, but certainly by the indicated deadline. Usually the EVA will be the very first activity that your instructor will have you do.

CPCC’s celebration of the arts, Sensoria, returns in April with a week of events aimed at showcasing an extraordinary array of literature, music, visual arts, history, culinary arts and cultural events. These events, many of which are free, feature local, regionalSensoria 2012 and national artists and scholars, as well as CPCC students and staff.

Last year thousands of area residents took part in this wonderful celebration. Mark your calendars now and plan to attend one or more of the many exciting Sensoria events. Look for the full schedule of events coming soon on the Sensoria Web page at sensoria.cpcc.edu.

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

The Financial Aid & Veterans Affairs Office would like to advertise the Barry M. Goldwater scholarship information for the 2012-2013 academic year.

To honor former Senator Barry Goldwater, the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation has created the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship was created through the operation of an education scholarship program and is financed by a permanent trust fund endowment. The scholarship is designed to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering.

Eligible students will be those students meeting the following criteria:

  • Must be an undergraduate sophomore- or junior-level student, at two- and four-year colleges and universities accredited by the Department of Education.
  • Must be enrolled and matriculated in a degree program at an accredited U.S. college.
  • Must be pursuing a bachelor’s degree as a full-time student during the forthcoming academic year.
  • Must have a college GPA of at least a “B” average and be ranked in the upper fourth of his or her class.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen, national or resident alien (resident aliens must include a letter of the nominee’s intent to become a U.S. citizen and a photocopy of the Alien Registration Card).
  • Must have selected a field of study that will permit admission to a graduate or professional program in preparation for a career in mathematics, the natural sciences or engineering.

The CPCC Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship application submission deadline is January 16, 2012. The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship application may be submitted online along with additional supporting documentation at http://www.act.org/goldwater/apply/index.html.


Open registration is underway and now is the time to sign up for spring classes. You may register online or in-person at any one of our six convenient campus locations. Use CPCC’s new online schedule builder to find the classes that will help you achieve yourRegistration academic or professional goals. Choose your classes, check course availability, build your class schedule and more – all with the simple click of a button.

CPCC is committed to providing local residents with a quality, affordable education. The College offers a variety of Financial Aid options. Please note that students who register on January 4 through 20 must pay on the day of registration to hold their classes. Click here for a comprehensive list of payment due dates.

Thank you for choosing CPCC!