2020 Alumni Awards – Now Accepting Nominations!

Do you know a Central Piedmont Community College graduate who is making a tremendous difference in the community?

Nominations are currently being sought for the 2020 Richard H. Hagemeyer Educational Advancement Award and the 2020 Young Alumni Award of Excellence. These awards recognize Central Piedmont graduates who have significantly benefited from their experiences at Central Piedmont and whose efforts have helped the community.

Nominations are being sought for individuals who have:

  • Demonstrated community/professional involvement, social responsibility and impact.
  • Acquired scholastic and learning skills that have led to continued personal and educational growth.
  • Improved his or her economic status and social capital as a result of attending Central Piedmont Community College.
  • Invested in the lives of others and is seen as a role model.
  • Graduated within the last 10 years (Young Alumni Award of Excellence only).

Click to nominate an outstanding Central Piedmont alumnus by Feb. 28, 2020, at 6 p.m.

Central Piedmont Theatre Wins 10 Metrolina Theatre Awards

On Sunday, Sept. 29, at the MTA Awards, Central Piedmont Theatre and Central Piedmont Summer Theatre were awarded in 10 categories:

Stephen Lancaster- Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical for Gentleman’s Guide
Emily Witte- Outstanding Female Supporting Actor(Musical) for Gentleman’s Guide
Bob Croghan- Outstanding Musical Set Design for Gentleman’s Guide
Bob Croghan for Outstanding Musical Set Design for Gentleman’s Guide
Ron Chisholm- Outstanding Musical Choreography for Show Boat
Lisa Bradley- Outstanding Lead Actor Female for Gypsy
Kevin Roberge- Outstanding Lead Actor Male for Gentleman’s Guide
Payton Dills- William Rackley Award for Technical Excellence
Central Piedmont Summer Theatre – Outstanding Musical Production for Gentleman’s Guide
Tom Hollis – Theatre Person of the Year.

Congrats to all of our award recipients and to all of our students, staff, and faculty who were nominated.

In addition Dr, Corlis Hayes received the award for Outstanding Direction of a Play for Two Trains Running at BNS Productions and James Duke was awarded Outstanding Set Design Play for Two Trains Running.

Central Piedmont Drama Alum Rory Sheriff’s BNS Productions won several awards for his work on Two Trains and Be a Lion. He is a credit to our program.

CPCC Wins Three Local Sustainability Awards in 2015

Sustain Charlotte Award

On April 22, 2015 (Earth Day), Sustain Charlotte awarded CPCC first place in the Waste Reduction category due to its increase in recycling and its new food waste collection program.

Sustain Charlotte is a nonprofit organization that helps to advance a region-wide sustainability movement by serving as a catalyst for change. Their mission is to inspire choices that lead to healthier and more vibrant communities across the Charlotte metro region Sustainability Awardsfor generations to come.

Wipe Out Waste Program

In October of 2015, CPCC was Mecklenburg County’s 2015 Wipe Out Waste Ambassador Program first place winner in the Institutional Recycling Program of the Year category.

For the past three years, CPCC has been a Mecklenburg County Wipe Out Waste Ambassador. The mission of the Mecklenburg County Recycling Ambassador Program is to recognize and reward Mecklenburg County businesses that are committed to building a strong community and foster an environment of stewardship to reduce, reuse and recycle waste in the workplace and purchase recycled products.

Wells Fargo Green Award

In November of 2015, CPCC was named The Charlotte Chamber GreenWorks Council’s 2015 Wells Fargo Green Awards winner in the Large Business category.

This award “….recognizes companies that have incorporated innovative, sustainable practices into their products, services and within the culture of their company. We believe the experiences shared and benefits realized by these Charlotte area businesses have the power to inspire other area businesses to do the same.”

CPCC Employees Earn FTA Certifications

Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) announced today that two of its instructors were recently certified by the Flexographic Technical Association (FTA), the world’s leading professional society dedicated to the advancement of the flexographic printing process.

Zachery Blackburn, a Graphic Arts & Imaging Technology instructor, and Gareth Burns, program chair of the college’s Graphic Arts program, both completed their Level III certification in FIRST Press Operator, FIRST Prepress Operator and FIRST Implementation Specialist.

To earn these prominent FIRST Operator certifications, Burns and Blackburn had to pass rigorous and comprehensive examinations, designed specifically to test their knowledge and to prove they had advanced competency in their areas of expertise.

These certifications, awarded exclusively by FTA, will enable Burns and Blackburn to bring increased levels of proficiency to their day-to-day tasks, allowing them to provide high-quality service to their students and peers.

The FIRST Operator Certification is the flexographic industry’s premier endorsement for flexographic professionals. FIRST certifications are formed from a proven foundation of

knowledge and based on in-depth testing and ongoing professional development.

FTA currently offers three certifications that recognize expert proficiency within a specific area of the flexographic workflow. They are: FIRST Press Operator (POC), FIRST Prepress Operator (PPC) and FIRST Implementation Specialist (ISC).


To learn more about the FTA, please visit flexography.org. For more information on CPCC’s Graphic Arts & Imaging Technology program, please visit cpcc.edu/graphic-arts.