Advisory: Important Message from President Deitemeyer

Central Piedmont Community College President, Kandi W. Deitemeyer, Ed. D.

Since early March, our college, our city, state, and nation have been focused on the unanticipated effects of COVID-19. Our primary objective has been to keep our students, faculty, and staff safe and to determine the best path forward as we return to campus. That work continues, and we remain steadfast in ensuring our college and its campuses can provide the educational, social, and emotional support for our community. What our college means to so many is vital, and we must be more vibrant and ready to serve with new exceptional standards of excellence.

These months have been unprecedented in so many ways. I never imagined as we wrapped up the academic year our college, community, state, and nation would be immersed in more devastating circumstances that give us great pause about the care, safety, treatment, and concern for our fellow man: In the last few weeks COVID-19 has been in the forefront of our minds, but in the last few days, we have been reminded that there is more than a healthcare pandemic impacting our nation, our state, our community.

Central Piedmont is troubled and saddened by the events in Minneapolis and other cities around our nation, including here in Charlotte. The college acknowledges the pain, anger, fear, and other emotions felt deeply by those involved and even those watching from afar. The college knows these events affect many of our students and employees. It is our hope and prayer that everyone stays safe, that wise and peaceful actions win out over violence, and justice prevails for all involved.

This college has always condemned racism and bigotry, and the unfair treatment of minorities and will continue to do so. You will recall Central Piedmont champions equity as an institutional value and an institutional goal, and we do not take that lightly. Our college is committed to breaking down barriers to student access and achievement and providing pathways to family-sustaining careers or to further education. We embrace diversity and respect all individuals and the journeys they make to reach our college. Our work on equity is so important, and the courage we are showing as an institution will be even more important as our community heals and moves forward.

As leaders in our community, we must demonstrate our willingness to discuss our differences, share our perspectives, grieve together, and question how such events continue to occur. While we do, I ask that we continue to champion our mission and be a catalyst for opportunity in our community and move forward with intentionality to identify and address the inequities that we see in our community. As an institution of higher learning, we must be a safe haven for our students, faculty, and staff. As one college, we need to acknowledge members of our college community are hurting, and they need us more than ever.

If you are feeling concern, stress, or anxiety, the college reminds you counseling services are available to students and employees. Students simply need to complete the online Counseling Services form, and a college counselor will respond.

Please also remember, our Central Piedmont Cares team members are here to assist students and employees. Team members are ready to help at wecare@cpcc.edu, or see the Central Piedmont Cares website for more information.

Top 5 Ways to Stay Connected

During this time where we’re all online together, it’s still possible to stay connected to each other and to Central Piedmont. Let Student Life & Service-Learning offer you some easy ways to maintain your connections virtually!

  1. Central Piedmont and community blood center, One Blood, will host a blood drive on April 21, noon-5 p.m., in the driveway of the Overcash building on Central Campus. Space is limited in order to properly social distance and appointments are required. All donors will receive a $20 eGift Card, as well as a free wellness check (blood pressure, pulse, temperature, pulse, iron count and cholesterol check).Reserve an appointment or contact Jesse.Bennett@cpcc.edu with questions.
  2. Is sewing one of your talents? Participate in the North Carolina Community College System Community Service Project and help our medical community with the shortage of medical masks. Atrium Health has provided some simple GUIDELINES to sew masks. A short video tutorial can be found HERE. Please send an email to communitybenefit@atriumhealth.org to arrange delivery. Any student who makes 50 masks will get a “58 Strong” NCCCS T-shirt. Simply upload pictures and or video of your masks to this FORMto receive your T-shirt. Deadline to complete masks is June 1. Your photos and videos could be shown at the NCCCS Conference in October. Contact Jesse.Bennett@cpcc.edu for more information.
  3. Harper “Connect Four” On-Line – All Harper students are invited to join Career Services and Student Life in our weekly job-readiness challenges. Look for an email with the Subject Line “Harper Connect Four On-Line”. Everyone who completes a challenge will receive a prize as indicated in the email.  If you are not a Harper student but you would like to participate, please email anita.mcgill@cpcc.edu to join the challenge.
  4. Complete your Census 2020! Join the #iCountNC challenge by posting a picture, video, or TikTok about why it’s important to participate in the Census. Each post (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter) that tags @nccampuscompact and #iCountNC has a chance to win a $50 gift card!
  5. This unprecedented time for all of us, and it’s easy to be overcome by anxiety and fear. Remember that Central Piedmont Counseling Services remain available to our students. Visit their website for information on how you can schedule virtual time with them. In addition, this CDC LINK has helpful tips on how to manage Coronavirus anxiety.

Questions? Ideas? Email student.life@cpcc.edu and let us know!

How Are You Doing?

Help

The start of the school year brings excitement, opportunity – and stress! As you go through your semester, please remember that Counseling Services provides academic and personal counseling to help you through difficult times or to simply plan for success. Services are free, confidential, and available for all current students. Some ways a counselor can help include:

  • Sharing ways to manage stress and anxiety
  • Linking you to school and community resources
  • Assisting in improving problem solving and coping skills
  • Helping identify strengths and sources of support
  • Offering a different perspective
  • Providing a safe place to talk and have someone who will listen

If you need assistance beyond the scope of our services, every effort will be made to refer you to an appropriate community-based provider.

Want to learn more? Visit us online: https://www.cpcc.edu/student-experience/student-support/counseling-services

Counseling on the Green

Come relieve some stress, have a little fun, and see what Counseling Services has to offer. Pop by for activities, games, and snacks, and learn how to keep stress in check, find balance in your life, improve relationships, and “fail forward.” Spend five minutes or an hour with us at “Counseling on the Green:” Tuesday, March 27, at Central Campus and Thursday, March 29, at Levine. Find times and locations at http://www.cpcc.edu/ican/counseling-services/upcoming-events.

Personal Counseling Services Available for CPCC Students

Help

It’s been a difficult time: a mass shooting in Las Vegas; a series of devastating hurricanes; hateful speech and violence erupting in Charlottesville, with the same groups now eyeing Charlotte; and a host of social, political, and economic tensions threatening to divide family and friends. You can practically feel the stress in the air. If you’re also feeling it in your mind or in your heart or in your body, Counseling Services is here to help. Our personal counseling services are confidential and free to CPCC students. To learn more – including how to make an appointment or even refer someone you know – please visit us online at http://www.cpcc.edu/ican/counseling-services/need-counseling.

 

Do You Have Priority Registration?

Registration begins next Friday, do you have Priority Registration?

The purpose of priority registration dates is to help ensure that you can get the classes you need to graduate on time. Currently enrolled students in college level programs of study will be able to register first!

Note that if you are on Academic Probation you will not be able to register for classes until the current semester grades are posted. This means that you will not be able to take advantage of priority registration. Students on Academic Warning must see their advisor to be able to register.

You will receive your assigned registration date through your CPCC email account. Check your email for your registration date and plan ahead to register as soon as possible for the best course selection!

Find more information about Priority Registration at http://www.cpcc.edu/ican/get-advised

Advising Advice: GET ADVISED!

Registration is coming… Are you ready?!

If you would like help in choosing classes for next semester or have received a message that your academic status has changed then GET ADVISED is for you!

Either log in to your online profile or go to http://www.cpcc.edu/ican/Advisor_assignments to find your Faculty Advisor. Contact your advisor and make an appointment to GET ADVISED!

Do you have more than 30 hours? If so, you can also visit the Transfer Resource Center on the third floor of Central High to GET ADVISED!

Check out GET ADVISED here: http://www.cpcc.edu/ican/get-advised .

CPCC Terminating Associate in General Education Degree

The Associate in General Education (AGE/A10300) degree is being terminated, and no new students will be allowed to declare this program as of December 2013.  The terminating of the AGE will not impact any student’s registration for spring, 2014, and all AGE degree students will be allowed to complete degree requirements as long as they are continuously enrolled.

CPCC advisors and counselors are working with students in the AGE degree to create an educational plan. It is important that students in this degree contact Counseling & Advising Services at any campus for assistance. Please note locations www.cpcc.edu/ican/contact-us. During the registration period from now until January 16, walk-ins will be available.

Appointments with the AGE advisor from January 17-31, 2014, are available by calling 704.330.4649 to set up a time.

Any student who currently has the AGE code but does not intend to pursue the AGE degree should email ben.sparger@cpcc.edu to have it removed.

Register For Spring, Classes Begin Jan. 13!

IMPORTANT: Registration & payment tools are unavailable Dec. 20-30 so register and pay today.**Spring registration

Don’t delay! Sign up now for orientation, even if you’re waiting for financial aid or a transcript review. Need more details? Attend an information session today.

Get advised. Take charge of your future and build a better schedule by being prepared to choose the classes that you need to graduate. Make plans today to visit your faculty advisor, an academic advisor or student counselor. Visit Academic Advising for more information.

Choose and register for classes. Open registration for the 2014 spring term is open now. Enrolling at CPCC has never been easier. You may register online or in-person at any one of our six convenient campus locations. If you’re a current student, you can use CPCC’s online schedule builder to find the classes that will help you achieve your academic or professional goals. Choose your classes, check course availability, build your class schedule and more – all with the simple click of a button. If you are new to CPCC, try our online get started guide.

Registration is also currently in progress and continues throughout the term for Corporate and Continuing Education programs. Earn professional or industry-specific certifications and career advancement skills, as well as find personal enrichment classes to help you balance work and play. Find out what we offer.

Paying For Classes. CPCC is committed to providing a quality, affordable education. We offer a variety of Financial Aid options. Students who need help paying tuition may also consider our Tuition Payment Plan.

For more information please visit cpcc.edu/firstyear.

Registration is HERE! What’s Your Standing?

Registration is happening now, are you in GOOD STANDING? 

CPCC has a standard of Academic Progress where students must earn a 2.0 GPA each term. You can check out your Academic Standing by logging into MyCollege and clicking on “MyProfile” under the academic profile category. Scroll down and look at the box labeled Standards of Academic Progress.

If you see Good Standing then you are good to go!

If you are listed as Academic Warning or Academic Probation also look up your Academic Advisor in the box below. Find your Academic Advisor’s contact information and make an appointment to meet with your advisor ASAP, and definitely before registration begins!

Remember to register early to get the best selection for the classes you want!

Check out more information at http://www.cpcc.edu/ican/get-advised.

Advising Advice: Midterm Grades

Uh oh! You received a midterm report! What now?! What does this mean?!  mid-term report

Midterm reports are sent to students who either are not fulfilling an attendance requirement, not turning in their assignments and/or are earning low grades.

The best thing to do if you receive a midterm report is to talk to your instructor. As soon as possible!

If you are not sure, ask your instructor why you received a midterm report. Next, ask the instructor for suggestions on how you can improve or what you are missing. Remember that the last day to withdraw has already past so the worst thing you can do is stop attending or to give up. A midterm report is meant to be a wake-up call for you to improve before it is too late! Talk to your instructor about obstacles that are preventing you from success.

In the Aftermath of the Boston Bombings

The impact of the bombings earlier this week extends far beyond Boston. For some members of the CPCC community, this act of terrorism has a very personal dimension because they had loved ones in the area when the explosions occurred.  Yet even if you have no direct connection to the event, you may still feel the emotional shockwaves. Perhaps you were immediately transported back in time to 9/11/2001.  Or you may have been reminded of different losses and fears – seemingly unrelated things, but suddenly relived with a surprising intensity.  The devastation witnessed at the Boston Marathon has the potential to stir up fear, anxiety, anger, grief and a host of complex feelings in all of us.  These may be felt immediately, or we may have a delayed response.  This may occur as a passing thought or an overwhelming swell of emotion or anything in between.

CPCC’s office of Counseling Services invites any student who is affected by this attack to contact us and schedule a time to talk with a Counselor.  Our services are free and confidential, and we have offices at every campus.  To learn more about the College’s personal counseling services, visit us online.

 

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.

Happy Counseling Awareness Month!

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

Q: How do I know when I should speak with a counselor?

Many people only consider counseling support when they’re in the middle of a crisis.  While we are certainly here to help students overcome the intense stress of difficult times, seeking counseling in times of lower stress is recommended, too.  When you learn coping skills to deal with troubling thoughts, feelings, or behaviors, you can prevent some crises from ever occurring – or at least lessen the impact when they do.  Think of it this way: You do not have to wait until you have a heart attack before you see a doctor about a heart condition. Similarly, by seeking counseling services at the first sign of a problem, you may be able to avoid more serious distress.

Additionally, counseling is not always about “fixing” something that’s not working. It is also a helpful way to enhance your life by building on your strengths. So, are there are any changes you would like to make personally or in school or work or in your relationships?  Then you’re encouraged to contact a counselor and explore new approaches to help you reach your goals.

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