CPCC Today

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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!



A CPCC college student holding her college textbooks

Effective January 1, 2012, the Career and College Promise program will replace all existing concurrent enrollment programs for high school students.

Career and College Promise provides seamless dual enrollment educational opportunities for eligible North Carolina high school students in order to accelerate completion of college certificates, diplomas and associate degrees that lead to college transfer or provide entry-level job skills.  North Carolina community colleges may offer the following Career and College Promise pathways aligned with the K-12 curriculum and career and college ready standards adopted by the State Board of Education:

  1. a Core 44 College Transfer Pathway leading to a minimum of 30 hours of college transfer credit
  2. a Career and Technical Education Pathway leading to a certificate, diploma or degree
  3. a Cooperative Innovative High School Pathway (the Current Cato Middle College)

Enrollment for Career and Promise students at CPCC will begin on November 21. For more information visit: https://www.cpcc.edu/hsprograms/career-college-promise.


Registration for spring Corporate and Continuing Education classes is now open and is ongoing throughout the semester. Look for your new spring schedule on campus or visit www.cpcc.edu/cce to request a copy today. To register, call 704.330.4223 or visit www.cpcc.edu/cce.

Corporate and Continuing Education Course Schedule

Corporate and Continuing Education Course Schedule


The MLK Challenge on Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, is an annual Service-Learning Center event that celebrates the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The day incorporates an educational kick-off, service projects and a reflection wrap-up. The

Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr.

event begins with an introduction to King’s life and lessons. Afterward, students are randomly assigned to groups and given a service project at a local organization to complete. Students must then work together and utilize problem-solving skills in order to finish their task.

At the end of the day, we will reassemble to reflect on their accomplishments in a guided discussion. This helps students process all that happened during the day. This event is free and open to the CPCC community only. We will provide transportation, breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Participants are asked to dress comfortable.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. the day of the event in the Student Commons area of the Overcash Building on Central Campus.
To sign up for this event or to learn more please contact Dena Shonts at dena.shonts@cpcc.edu  or 704.330.6558, Mary Mozingo at mary.mozingo@cpcc.edu or 704.330.6739.

Students nibbled on popcorn and collected prizes while gathering information about Student Services at Cato Campus’ Student Resources Day on August 24, 2011.

“I want it to be exciting. I want it to be fun. This is one of those fun days,” David Mahatha, coordinator of Student Life at the Cato Campus, said. The event is held every semester and showcases both familiar and unfamiliar CPCC resources that are available to students.

As organizer of the event, Mahatha wants students to know that there is more to do on campus than simply going to class and going home.

“The smell of popcorn attracted me,” said Florian Ethier, a CPCC transfer student. Ethier had never been to the event and did not know what it was. Ethier said she was drawn to tables that had colorful presentations.

“We’ve been busy since 10 o’clock,” Jill Lutz, coordinator of Cooperative Education at the Cato Campus, said. Lutz thinks the day is a good way to get the word out to students who may be unfamiliar with the co-op internship program. She believes that a lot of students wait too long to contact Career Services and Co-op.

“I got some free pens,” Jaqua Tiggs, Cato Middle College student, said. Representatives used free items such as pens, candy and notepads to attract students to their tables.

There was a “phenomenal turn out” at the Career Services table Connie Johnston, career counselor, said. The table was visited by a larger number of students compared to last year, Johnston said.

Hoping to reach at least 50 students, Retha Hall, senior librarian, offered a survey and prizes at her table. She drew students to the table with an emphasis on CPCC’s service which allows students to check-out a netbook for up to three hours.

“I like this excitement,” Mahatha said. In the spring, Student Resources Day tends to be more laid back, but the event is in full force in the fall.

Written by Melissa Carty
Communications Student Co-op, CPCC

Critical Alert! Emergency Notification System

Critical Alert! Emergency Notification System

CPCC students,

Are classes cancelled because of severe weather?  Is my campus closed because of a safety emergency? Stay informed in the event of a campus emergency by signing up for Critical Alert.  You’ll receive text message alerts and direct phone calls to get important information to you quickly.

You can also check 704.330.6888 (recorded information line), the College’s homepage (www.cpcc.edu) and local media outlets for CPCC emergency updates.

This system will only be used in the event of a true emergency such as an intruder, natural disaster or campus emergency. The system will NOT be used for routine communication. To ensure that the system is working properly, you may receive a test message each semester.

Sign-up for Critical Alert is free; however, be aware of your individual cell phone plan and the costs involved for text messaging and calls. Registration is good for one year and you will be notified when you need to re-register.

Again, CPCC will only use this text messaging/phone notification in emergency situations. Sign up now!

For more information or to register, also visit the URL below.