Central Piedmont and Queens University Partner to Launch RoyalUp Program

Central Piedmont and Queen University announced the launch of its RoyalUp program – a new pathway to a bachelor’s degree that aims to expand college access to more students – on Friday.

Students who enroll in RoyalUp will take their first two years of classes at Central Piedmont and finish their bachelor’s degree at Queens. Students who maintain a 2.5 GPA or above are guaranteed admission as well as a $10,000 annual scholarship at Queens. This plan offers a new, cost-effective and direct pathway for Central Piedmont students who want to pursue a four-year degree.

Central Piedmont President Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer adds, This public-private partnership is unique and will be a great benefit to students in Mecklenburg County. We are excited to offer this option and pathway to our students who will thrive at Queens, where they will enjoy small class sizes, relationships with professors and a strong surrounding community. At the same time, this partnership is a great example of the higher-education community in Charlotte working together to build more avenues to greater economic mobility.”

Learn more at cpcc.edu/academics/transfer/queens-royalup.

Central Piedmont and Queens University to make special announcement on Sept. 25

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

Please join Central Piedmont President Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer and Queens University President Daniel Lugo for a virtual press conference on Friday, Sept. 25, at 9:30 a.m., to announce a new initiative that will expand access to higher education in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region and beyond.

During the event, Dr. Deitemeyer and President Lugo will announce the new initiative, followed by remarks from Lauren-Dionne Scott, a Queens student and Central Piedmont graduate.

To access the virtual press conference, please visit: https://webinar.ringcentral.com/j/1499181307

Please note: Prior to the event, you will need to download Ring Central to your device to view it live.

We hope to “see” you there!

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.

Dr. D is Dancing for Opportunity!

Dr. D is dancing for opportunity!

Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer, president of CPCC, is participating in the Charlotte Ballet’s upcoming Dancing with the Stars of Charlotte Gala on March 3, 2018.

The event pairs local stars from some of Charlotte’s most esteemed corporations and educational institutions with professional dancers from the Charlotte Ballet to raise funds for local charities. Dr. Deitemeyer will be on “Team Kandi & James,” competing to raise funds for CPCC’s Opportunity Scholarship Initiative. Find more information here. 

For those interested in sharing information about this fundraising event on their own social media channels, view the online social media toolkit at the bottom of the Foundation’s Web page.

 

Huntersville Herald article: School president visits Merancas Campus

Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer, the new president of CPCC, enjoyed interacting with students and getting to learn more about the school’s Merancas Campus on Monday, Feb. 6.

Touring the Merancas campus is the latest in her efforts to visit and learn more about each of the different CPCC campuses, Deitemeyer said.

Dr. Deitemeyer talks to CPCC students in a classroom.

Dr. Deitemeyer talks to CPCC students. Photo courtesy of The Huntersville Herald

To read the complete article, click here.