Drug-Free College Website

The Drug-Free College website is intended to provide information to the College community about the College’s Drug-Free College policies, drug and alcohol abuse, counseling and resources, addiction and recovery, and legal consequences of drug Drug-Free Websiteand alcohol abuse. The site can be a useful resource for anyone who is concerned about their own or someone else’s substance use.

Please visit the website at http://www.cpcc.edu/ican/drug-free-campus. Check the site soon for upcoming substance abuse awareness events.

Harold Cogdell Jr., will be CPCC Graduation Speaker

Harold Cogdell Jr., Charlotte attorney and chair of the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners, will serve as Central Piedmont Community College’s 2012 graduation speaker.

Harold Cogdell Jr.

Harold Cogdell Jr.

CPCC’s 2012 graduation ceremony will take place at 7 p.m., on May 10, at the Bojangles Coliseum, on East Independence Boulevard. The College anticipates as many as 1,000 students to graduate in May, with approximately 700 participating in the ceremony.

Cogdell is serving his second term as an at-large Mecklenburg County Commissioner and his first as chair. He serves on the commission’s Criminal Justice, Health and Community Support Services committees. He served on the Charlotte City Council from 2001-2003, participating on the Budget, Public Safety and Restructuring Government committees.

“We are honored to have Chairman Cogdell as our 2012 graduation speaker,” said Dr. Tony Zeiss, CPCC president. “Harold is a community leader, having served Charlotte and Mecklenburg County for 20 years. Our graduates and their families will be interested to hear what Harold has to say about leadership, service and community involvement.”

CPCC’s graduation ceremony is open to family and friends. Tickets are not required, and parking is free.

Transfer Tuesday

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, April 10, Queens and Fort Hays

Transfer Resource Center (TRC)

Transfer Resource Center (TRC)

State will be at the Central Campus from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the main lobby of the Levine Technical Building. Devry and Fort Hays State 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.


An Inside Look at Student Life

Have you ever wondered what exactly Student Life is all about at CPCC? People typically associate the Office of Student Life with giving away free products on campus or serving foods at events. Yes, we plan fun events and host guest speakers, but Student Lifewhat many don’t see is how much time we invest behind-the-scenes in developing students and how that effort has created student leaders who are serving and impacting our CPCC community. Click here to read how one student’s life has been impacted by attending our recent Student Leadership Conference.


WINGS (Women Initiating and Nurturing Growth Through Scholarships)

CPCC is proud to announce the offering of the WINGS Scholarship (Women Initiating and Nurturing Growth Through Scholarships) program to eligible female students. The WINGS Scholarship is a scholarship program for women at Wings ScholarshipCharlotte-area colleges and universities and women who are 25 or older who need help overcoming the obstacles that stand in the way of achieving their goals. A woman who receives a WINGS Scholarship has a clear educational and career plan and has proven her ability to accomplish not only academic work, but also her ability to do well in other facets of life.

The WINGS Scholarship not only provides financial support, but also offers something potentially even more valuable: mentors. Two or more seasoned, active, executive or professional women, chosen for the specific expertise they can bring to the recipient’s goals, are assigned as mentors to every WINGS recipient. These mentors provide recipients with their own experience, perspectives, counsel, networks and personal support. Throughout the year, recipients meet with their mentors. Attendance is required at the WINGS Scholarship Luncheon which honors all recipients and graduates.

Eligible applicants who meet the following criteria will be considered for a scholarship:

* Have a clear sense for what they want to achieve through education and a plan for doing it

* Have successfully completed some post-high school studies with a grade-point average of 2.5 whether they are currently enrolled or not

* Have shown through their studies, and in other ways, that they are serious about their personal and career goals

* Are U.S. citizens

* Are at least 25 years old

* Meet eligibility criteria to receive financial aid

* Are the major source of financial support for themselves and/or their children, or need retraining in order to achieve higher earnings or greater financial security

If you are interested in applying for this wonderful scholarship opportunity for the upcoming 2012-2013 school year, please download, complete and submit the WINGS application and three references. WINGS application and reference documents are available through the CPCC Financial Aid website under “Financial Need Scholarships.” The aforementioned forms are located at the bottom of the following link:

All applications and reference letters are to be submitted to the CPCC Scholarship Coordinator in the office of Financial Aid & Veterans Affairs no later than April 27 (application deadline) for WINGS Scholarship consideration.


Happy Counseling Awareness Month!

April is Counseling Awareness Month. In recognition of this month, Counseling Services will be responding to questions about counseling.

Q: What is P-CAP?

A: P-CAP stands for Personal Counseling Assistance Program. Students who are facing personal or academic issues can meet with a counselor at any campus in order to work together and address the issue they are facing. Often times, the issues are related to stress and anxiety, academic struggles, grief, or self-esteem, but counselors can work with students facing any issues and refer them to other resources if necessary. Counseling sessions are free and confidential, and all counselors have a master’s degree in counseling or a related field.

Learn more information by visiting: http://www.cpcc.edu/ican/counseling/pcap.

Empowerment Summit on April 13

Join us for an inaugural Empowerment Summit, presented by the CPCC Minority Male Mentoring Program, on Friday, April 13 from 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Tate Hall on CPCC’s Central Campus. The event will feature a presentation by Harold Empowerment SummitCogdell, chair of the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners, and Kenston Griffin, an international speaker, on “Conquering the Enemy Within.”
Attendees will learn about a broad spectrum of topics, ranging from networking, leadership and activism to strategies for spiritual, personal and professional growth.
To register in advance for this FREE event, please visit www.3mpconqueringtheenemy.eventbrite.com. We hope to see you there!

History Study Center

Attention all students and scholars of history:

The library is currently holding a trial for the Proquest history database:  History Study Center, which features a vast collection of primary and secondary sources for the study of history. It is suitable for a wide range of people, from first-year History Study Centercollege students looking for quick and reliable facts on a historical topic, to researchers examining hard-to-find primary source texts.

History Study Center covers global history from ancient times to the present day. Content includes more than 40,000 documents and articles, 50 reference works in books, essays, journal articles, historical newspaper and magazine articles, maps, rare books, government documents, and transcripts of historical speeches, 3,000 images, video clips and links to 2,000 web sites. Study units offer editorially selected material on more than 500 historical topics.

Link to trial from the library homepage here:  http://blogs.cpcc.edu/cpcc-libraries-blog/2012/03/28/database-trial-history-study-center/ from on- or off-campus with any computer with Internet access.

CPCC student Sara Dir named 2012 N.C. Community College System Academic Excellence Award recipient

Sara Dir, a student at CPCC, is the recipient of a N.C. Community College System (NCCCS) Academic Excellence Award, which will be awarded at the organization’s 2012 Excellence Event – “The Great Within the 58” – on April 19 in Raleigh, N.C.

Sara Dir

Sara Dir

The award recognizes academic achievement, leadership and community service in one student from each of the 58 institutions in the NCCCS. Recipients must be currently enrolled in curriculum courses, completing at least 12 credit hours in an associate degree program and maintaining a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25.

A native of Toronto, Dir exceeds the award’s requirements. She is currently working toward completing her Associate of Arts degree, studying education and languages; maintains a 4.0 grade point average; is actively involved in the College’s Student Government Association (Vice President) and Phi Theta Kappa chapter; and serves as a part-time office assistant in the English Department.

“I am honored to nominate Sara for this award,” said Amanda Capobianchi, associate dean for Student Life at CPCC. “She is a strong leader – both inside and outside the classroom – and is dedicated to her classes and to her educational pursuits. She also consistently goes beyond expectations, regularly assisting with campus programs and service events, and making others feel welcome and included. She embodies everything this award symbolizes.”

Adds Sara, “CPCC helped me achieve the Academic Excellence Award’s high standards. Thanks to the College and its faculty, I have learned that my success is a steppingstone to making myself, and the world around me, better. I plan to use what I have learned to help others on their life path and am confident that the small steps I have taken at CPCC will guide me in the right direction as I chart my personal and professional goals.”

Special Ticket Prices Announced for Stanley Jordan Concert

As part of Sensoria, guitar virtuoso Stanley Jordan comes to the Halton Theater at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 19.  Special pricing for students, faculty and staff has just been announced.  Students with an ID can now get balcony seats for just $10!

Stanley Jordan

Stanley Jordan

In addition, faculty and staff can purchase the best seats in the house for $25 – that’s a $10 savings!  Come see this Grammy nominated performer in the beautiful and intimate Halton setting.  At these prices, tickets won’t last, so stop by the Halton box office today to purchase your tickets.


Empowerment Summit

The Minority Male Mentoring Program at CPCC invites you to the first annual Empowerment Summit.  This year’s theme is “Conquering the Enemy.”  The summit is designed for high school and college students and will address a broad Minority Male Mentoringspectrum of topics ranging from identity, networking, leadership, activism and strategies for spiritual, personal and professional growth. This event will provide attendees practical recommendations for becoming leaders in their schools and communities. Students will participate in a series of interactive workshops on healthy lifestyles, leadership and self-awareness. The workshops are aimed at motivating young men to become responsible and caring citizens.

To register for this event, please click on the following link: http://3mpconqueringtheenemy.eventbrite.com.  Space is limited so register now!!!

Agenda at a Glance

8-8:30 a.m             Registration in Overcash Building

8:30-8:45 a.m       Welcome

8:45-9:15 a.m.       Opening Session, Harold Cogdell, County Commissioner in Tate Hall

9:30-10:15 a.m.          Workshop Sessions

•           Making Relationships work                                         OC216

•           Manhood:  Healing Cultural Wounds                        OC255

•           Quest for Respect: Struggling with Authority        OC256

•           Dress for Success                                                              Tate Hall

10:30-11:15 a.m.        Workshop Sessions

•           Shut up and Listen                                                            OC216

•           Reclaim yourself and realize your potential             OC217

•           Changing the face of Corporate America                   OC255

•           Globalize Yourself                                                             OC256

11:30-12:15 p.m.         Closing Session, Kenston J. Griffin, International Motivational speaker in Tate Hall

12:30-1:30 p.m.          Lunch                                                  CH301

Any questions, please contact me at 3MP@cpcc.edu.

Get “FIT”

On Thursday, March 29, 2012, Young Success (YS) from Johnson C. Smith University will visit Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) through their partnership with the College’s Minority Male Mentoring Program (3MP).  The event will be held in the Overcash Building, Room 220 at 1 p.m.

This visit is part of the Young Success FIT Tour, which features Wells Fargo. “FIT” is defined as being “financially in-tuned.” Young Success is an organization for scholars that was founded at Johnson C. Smith University by business major Geoffrey Griffin, along with Joyce-Ray Lutu, Marcus Twine, and Kyle Holeman. The group, now with more than 10 faithful members, aims to empower youth to completely understand what financial literacy is, how to recognize value and leverage resources.

Wells Fargo representatives will be in attendance during the tour to speak to scholars on the importance and definition of being “financially in-tuned” and how to achieve financial freedom. The first stop of the Young Success FIT Tour was University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) on Wednesday, February 22, 2012, where the team partnered with the United Business Professionals (UBP) Day, a student organization at UNCC. The last stop will be coming to JCSU soon. The experience is to be infused with several prize giveaways, and you are invited. If you consider yourself to be young or even “seasoned,” add to your success early, with the Young Success FIT Tour!

For more information about Young Success or the Young Success FIT Tour, please contact Geoffrey Griffin (President) or Kyle Holeman (Vice President) via email at sayyes2YS@gmail.com and a representative will respond as soon as it is convenient. Also check out YS on Facebook.com/YSYoungSuccess and Twitter @thenYsuccess.


Advising Period Begins April 2

Don’t let registration catch you off guard! Make plans today to visit your faculty advisor, an academic advisor, orstudent counselor during this advising period – or sooner! Build a better schedule by being prepared to choose your classes on the first

Get Advised!

CPCC's Advising Period Starts Soon!

day of registration. Avoid the frustration of waiting with a crowd of students for advising help. Take charge of your future. We’re here to help you complete your certificate, diploma, or degree.

  • Ensure you’re taking the correct classes you need to graduate.
  • Meet now to avoid long lines at Advising & Counseling during registration.

Contact your faculty advisor for an appointment right away or drop by the Counseling & Advising Office.

For more information about the CPCC Advising Period and important dates to remember, click here.

Spectrum, CPCC’s LGBTQ Club, Meeting on April 2

The Spectrum Club was established to provide a sense of community and support for LGBTQ students and their allies at CPCC. Spectrum holds meetings twice monthly and other social events to give students a chance to meet new friends in a safe, positive environment. Spectrum also promotes giving back to the community through service and outreach projects. Spectrum values diversity and welcomes any CPCC student who would like to be a part of a great club.

Come out and see what we’re about as we discuss service initiatives for the remainder of the year and participation in Spring Fest!

When: Monday, April 2; 12:30 p.m.
Where: Overcash 308

Emmanuel Jal to Visit CPCC on March 29

Come listen to Emmanuel Jal, author and activist, during this week’s inaugural Business & Accounting Week. Mr. Jal will lead a Global Issues Forum on “Youth as Global Change Makers” on Thursday, March 29 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the

Emmanuel Jal

Emmanuel Jal

Halton Theater. The event is free and open to the public. To read about Mr. Jal’s upcoming appearance at CPCC, please read this Charlotte Post article or Creative Loafing article. To learn more about Business & Accounting Week, please click here.