Interdisciplinary Event Taking Place April 12 and 17

CPCC community: please be aware of an interdisciplinary educational event taking place on Thursday, April 12 and Tuesday, April 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the EMS and Medical Assisting students.  

The CPCC Paramedic & Medical Assisting Program will collaborate for a lab activity involving first aid. The students will take part in scenarios (Hyperglycemia, chest pain, dementia, etc.) within HE 3525 which will serve as the “doctor’s office.” The paramedic students will then be called to respond to the emergencies. Interaction between the MA students and paramedic students will be a vital part of this lab. The paramedic students will also transport the student patients down to the ambulance, which will be parked at the back of the Belk building. Learning points include but are not limited to the following: Patient reassurance, scene safety, cleanup according to OSHA, application of vital signs and capillary puncture as well as “soft skills” such as interpersonal skills, adaptability and initiative. (The patients will be EMS students, MA students and faculty from both programs.)

Karen Piette, MA instructor, is the point person on this lab activity along with Jerry Morris, a lead instructor within EMS education here at CPCC. The second semester MED 240 students will perform this lab. There may be a couple other instructors from the EMS education department assisting Jerry.

Faculty in the building have been notified of this event, so everyone is aware that this is just an educational activity.  Please do not be alarmed if you see these exercised being conducted near Belk this week or next. They are just exercises to give our students the hands-on experience they need to succeed in their field of study.

ANSWER Scholarship Gives CPCC Student Andrea Kellner New Opportunities

Andrea Kellner

Andrea Kellner

Andrea Kellner, a student in Central Piedmont Community College’s (CPCC) Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program, is moving her life forward, one step at a time.

Kellner is a divorced, single mother of two; and when not attending class on CPCC’s Central Campus, she can be found juggling multiple jobs in order to provide the best possible future for her and her children – Owen, 8, and Harper, 5.

But it’s not easy.

Owen is a special needs child who was diagnosed with autism at an early age. As a result, Kellner spends three days a week shuttling him to and from therapy appointments.

While many people would see this diagnosis as a curse, Kellner views it as a blessing.

“I have always dreamed of working with special needs kids,” she says. “Now, after having one of my own, I know I’ve found my calling. I was meant to help children reach their greatest potential.”

Thanks to the ANSWER Scholarship she received in fall 2017, Kellner is currently taking strides toward making her dream a reality. ANSWER provides scholarships to local, single or married moms who are earning a two-degree in CPCC’s Health Careers division, a two-year nursing degree, or a four-year degree in the field of their choice.

The financial assistance she’s receiving from the scholarship will help Kellner complete her associate degree later this year; in fact, she anticipates graduating from CPCC’s OTA program in December 2018.

But according to Kellner, her journey won’t end when she walks across CPCC’s commencement stage. “I want to work toward earning a master’s degree in occupational therapy,” she says. “An advanced degree will not only help me achieve more as a working professional, but it will also teach my children the importance of education and that anything can be achieved with a little hard work and determination.”

Should Kellner succeed, she will be the first person in her immediate family to graduate from college and that’s exactly what the ANSWER Scholarship strives to do – help remarkable mothers earn college degrees to become strong and self-sufficient.

“Getting this scholarship has shown me that anything is possible, including being an independent, single woman,” she adds. “An education can open up endless possibilities in life. I am living proof.”

Are you interested in applying for an ANSWER Scholarship? The program is currently accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year through March 2, 2018. Go online to view the application or to see if you qualify.

Attend a Developmental Disabilities Information Session on Oct. 21

CPCC’s Developmental Disabilities program is hosting an information session on October 21 from 1 – 2:30 p.m. in the Health Careers Building, Room 4510 on CPCC’s Central Campus.

Start a career in helping individuals with developmental disabilities lead a productive and independent life!

We look forward to seeing you there!

You’re Invited! Attend the ACEN Public Meeting Sept. 17

WHAT: Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) would like to invite you to a public meeting where you’ll be able to share your comments about its Associate Degree Nursing Program with a site review team from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). ACEN Accreditation

CPCC’s Associate Degree Nursing Program is currently under initial accreditation review by the ACEN.

ACEN accreditation is a mark of distinction, certifying that a nursing program adheres to the highest national standards of education. To become accredited, nursing programs must demonstrate their program meets ACEN’s exacting standards of quality through an extensive review, which includes facility tours; meetings with faculty, staff and students; meetings with the public; and more.

Help CPCC garner this industry distinction and attend its upcoming ACEN public meeting. We look forward to seeing you there!

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: The general public, including nursing and healthcare professionals, alumni, students and parents familiar with the program, employers (hospitals, physician offices), etc.

WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 17; 4 p.m.

WHERE: Health Careers/Belk Building, Room 4510, 1335 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte

If you are unable to attend the Sept. 17 meeting or would prefer to submit your comments in written form, please email sjtanner@acenursing.org by Sept. 10.