Attend CPCC’s Spring 2018 Plant Sale April 20-21

It’s time for the spring annual plant sale! This plant sale is held every spring at Central Plant Sale April 20-21 Cato CampusPiedmont Community College, Cato Campus and is sponsored by the Horticulture Technology Program.  A variety of plants will be available for sale including spring vegetables, flowers, trees and shrubs. Nearly all plants have been propagated and grown by students. 

The plant sale will be open for customers on Friday, April 20 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and on Saturday, April 21 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.  The plant sale will be held at the Horticulture Building at the CPCC Cato Campus located at 8120 Grier Rd.  (At the intersection of Grier Rd. and E W.T. Harris Blvd.)  Please contact Kelly Black at or 704. 330.4826 for more information. 

Visit our website for more information and to print a coupon: 

We hope to see you there!

Smart Market is Coming to CPCC’s Cato Campus April 19

Canteen, the nation’s preeminent vending services company, is thrilled to bring Smart Market to the CPCC Cato Campus, Cato III building, next week! Smart Market is a completely secure, unattended self-checkout market.Smart Market
What makes Smart Market unique is its completely secure access. Smart Market has the ability to control access to products – while still allowing customers to browse and select only those products they wish to purchase.
The system will only charge you for what you walk away with – it’s simple, safe and secure.
Each market is composed of a central kiosk and a bank of refrigerated coolers and cases that display fresh food, snacks and beverages.
Patrons will simply scan, shop and enjoy!
Cato III’s Smart Market is tentatively scheduled to open April 19 and will serve the campus’s staff, students and guests!

CPCC Cato Campus to Host Annual Fall Plant Sale Sept. 23-24

CPCC’s Horticulture Technology program invites you to attend its annual Fall Plant Sale. An array of vegetables, perennials, shrubs and trees will be available for purchase throughout the two-day event. All proceeds will benefit the Horticulture Technology program at CPCC.

Attendees can choose from a variety of items such as:

  • fall vegetables – lettuce, cabbage, broccoli and more
  • assorted trees and shrubs
  • annual and perennial flowers – dwarf yellow cannas, pansies and more

If you’re a gardener at heart, you won’t want to miss this event. Mark your calendar today!

WHEN: September 23, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
September 24, 9 a.m. – noon

WHERE: CPCC Cato Campus Horticulture Building, 8120 Grier Rd., Charlotte, N.C.

CONTACT: The event is free and open to the public. Personal checks and cash will only be accepted. FREE parking is available at the Cato Campus.  For more information, please call 704.330.7821. For directions to the CPCC Cato Campus, please visit

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. Next Tuesday, November 11

Transfer Resource Center (TRC)

Transfer Resource Center (TRC)

representatives from Wingate, Belmont Abbey, Ft. Hayes State and Chamberlain College of Nursing will be at Central Campus in the lobby of the Levine Information Technology Building (next to Subway) from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.) At Levine ,we will host reps from Peace University, East Carolina University (College of Business) and Fort Hays State University.  Lees McRae will visit Cato Campus. All visits are from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. unless otherwise noted. For more information about Transfer Tuesdays and other services offered by the Transfer Resource Center, please visit our website at You can also contact the Transfer Resource Center by email at

A.N.T.S. Program

Attention all adult learners.  It’s not too late, there’s still time to participate in the A.N.T.S. program (Adult- Non Traditional Students) at the Cato Campus. This program is designed to help students be successful in their academic endeavors by providing Adult Non-Traditional Studentsnetworking opportunities, host events & workshops.

There’s only a few workshops left so please come out and join us.  Below is a list of upcoming workshops:

October 30: Anxiety & Test Taking Skills 3-4 p.m.: CT 164

November 12: How to Register Workshop 2-3 p.m.: CT 267

November 19: Career Services Workshop 11 a.m.-noon: CT 163

Please sign up using this link:  

If you like to participate and take advantage of this wonderful program, please send an email reply to Alice Pough at


CPCC Career Services Seasonal Job Fair Oct. 28

Are you looking for a part-time job during the upcoming holiday season? Plan to attend the CPCC Career Services Seasonal Job Fair at the Cato Campus on Tuesday, October 28 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Cato II Atrium. job fairEmployers from a variety of industries will be meeting with students and collecting resumes and job applications.

For tips on making the most of this event, see the Career Services blog post about searching for seasonal jobs:


Calling All A.N.T.S. (Adult Non-Traditional Students)

Adult Non-Traditional StudentsWelcome to CPCC! Whether you are returning or a first time student, we are glad to have you as a part of the CPCC family.

We are working hard on initiatives to help you be successful in college. This great program is located at Cato and Levine Campus and is called Adult Non-Traditional Students (A.N.T.S.) and we are extending a special invitation to you.

Our goal is to enhance educational opportunities for non-traditional students by offering networking, hosting events and workshops, and targeting the needs and interests of non-traditional college students.

If you are interested, contact Alice Pough ( or David Mahatha ( at the Cato Campus. For those who attend the Levine Campus, contact Cassandra Loftin ( or Reggie Pincham (

Look for the A.N.T.S. brand on CPCC events signifying that they will be beneficial to your success.

We look forward to supporting you in your college endeavors.

New Look at Cato Campus

Cato Bridge

Cato Bridge

Cato Campus is growing. The campus is in the process of adding a new classroom building that will double the size of the campus over the next year. This new building will be called Cato III and is currently being built where a parking lot used to be. To compensate for the loss of parking spaces, facilities has added a North Lot, which may be accessed to the left when entering the campus from Grier Road.

Visitors may cross the new pedestrian bridge from the North Lot to reach Cato I, Cato II and the Horticulture complex. There will be signs to guide visitors around Cato Campus until everyone becomes familiar with the new layout.

Welcome back and we hope everyone enjoys the changes!

New Pedestrian Bridge Installed at Cato Campus

The new pedestrian bridge was lowered into place by a large crane at Cato Campus on Saturday, April 26. The crane, which required 11 tractor trailer loads to be delivered to the campus, was assembled at Cato over the course of April 23 and 24.

Cato Bridge

Cato Bridge

The bridge now spans a wooded ravine, linking a new parking area to the main part of campus. Assembling the bridge on site and lowering it into place using the large crane ensured the woods and small stream that flows through the ravine was undisturbed as much as possible. At its mid-point, the bridge will be about 12 feet above the ground.
The new parking area and pedestrian bridge were needed as the Cato Campus adds a new 85,000-square-foot academic building. The building will sit in a location that currently provides student and employee parking. In addition to providing much needed classroom space, the new facility will include space for a new library, auditorium and more student lounge and study space.
CPCC will break ground for the new building within the next few weeks. January 2016 is the targeted completion date. The new facility will provide critically needed space at the Cato Campus, CPCC’s most cramped campus. Cato currently serves approximately 12,000 students, with 135 employees.

Cato Counseling Staff to Host Information Table March 4

The Cato Campus Counseling Staff will host an information table in the Cato 1 Lobby on Monday, March 4 from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  Students will have the opportunity to complete an Stressoptional stress level assessment, and informational handouts will be provided on topics including anxiety, relaxation techniques, test-taking skills, life balance tips and more.


Depression Screenings at Cato Campus on Oct. 2

The Counseling staff at Cato Campus will be conducting depression screenings in the Cato 1 lobby on Tuesday, Oct. 2 from 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Students are invited to attend and take a brief screening and learn about the symptoms of Depressiondepression. Counselors will be on hand to answer questions and provide information about counseling services available through CPCC.

The North Carolina Tax-Free Weekend holiday begins Friday, August 3rd

The North Carolina Tax-Free Weekend holiday begins Friday, August 3rd

The North Carolina Tax-Free Weekend holiday begins Friday, August 3rd

Beginning August 1, 2012, Financial Aid students can use excess funds to purchase books in the CPCC Barnes and Noble bookstore.  Check your MyCollege account to confirm your financial aid award and account balance.

The North Carolina Tax-Free Weekend weekend will be observed August 3 – 6, 2012. Campus Barnes and Noble bookstore hours of operation for Tax-Free Weekend are as follows:

  • Harper, Harris and Merancas Bookstores 9:00am to 4:00pm on Friday (August 3rd)
  • Cato Bookstore 8:00 am to 4:00 pm (August 3rd)
  • Levine Bookstore 7:30 am to 4:00 pm on Friday (August 3rd)
  • Central Bookstore 7:30 am to 5:00 pm on Friday (August 3rd)
  • Harper, Harris, Merancas Bookstores will be open 9:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday (August 4)
  • Central, Levine and Cato Bookstores 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday (August 4)
  • Central Bookstore only on Sunday 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm (August 5)
Awarded Financial Aid students who are making satisfactory academic progress will be able purchase their books and limited supplies tax-free.

CPCC Announces Two New Job Appointments

Dr. Kevin McCarthy

Dr. Kevin McCarthy

Dr. Kevin McCarthy

CPCC has named Kevin McCarthy vice president for institutional advancement. McCarthy has served CPCC for seven years as the College’s chief advancement officer, leading the CPCC Foundation. He has worked in higher education fund raising for 25 years, serving both public and private institutions.

“I’m honored and humbled to assume this position and to be of service to the College and our students,” McCarthy said. “I look forward to working with Dr. Zeiss and our college and foundation leaders in meeting our campaign goal of $30 million. This is a great opportunity to tell CPCC’s story and build on our generous external support.”

For more information about CPCC’s 50th anniversary “Legacy & Promise” campaign, see

Janet Malkemes

Janet Malkemes

Janet Malkemes

CPCC has chosen Janet Malkemes to lead its Cato Campus and Professional Careers Division.

Malkemes has served CPCC since 2009 as associate dean of Corporate and Continuing Education, co-leader of the College’s Displaced Worker’s Task Force, and most recently as interim dean, Cato Campus and Profession Careers Division. The College’s Professional Careers programs include Horticulture and Turfgrass Management, Interpreter Education and American Sign Language, Office Administration and Paralegal Technology.

“We are delighted to have Janet Malkemes leading the Cato Campus and Professional Careers programs,” said Richard Zollinger, CPCC vice president for learning. “Janet’s experience as an educator, attorney, finance professional and diplomat makes her uniquely qualified to guide our rapidly-growing Professional Careers Division and important Cato Campus. She will play a key role in CPCC’s efforts to serve our students and the community.”

Take Time to Make Time

Take Time to Make Time

Take Time to Make Time

Many students juggle multiple roles: school, work, family, household responsibilities, and social life. How do you make the time for it all? Stop by our information table, have a cookie, and get information from counselors about time management and study skills. Learn valuable skills for your success.

  • Cato Campus: Monday, February 13th, 10:00-1:30, Cato I Lobby
  • Central Campus: Tuesday, February 14th, 10:30-1:30, Levine Technology Building Lobby near Subway
  • Harper Campus: Monday, February 20th, 10:30-12:30, 3rd Floor near Security Office
  • Levine Campus: Wednesday, February 29th, 10:30-1:30, Levine II near the entrance

This event is sponsored by P-CAP (Personal Counseling Assistance Program).