International Education Prevalent at NC Community Colleges

NC State’s Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research recently released its International Education at North Carolina Community Colleges report, and Central Piedmont’s efforts in providing international education opportunities to its students were featured in the report’s findings.

The report is a collaboration between the Belk Center and the North Carolina Community College System Office and uses data collected during the 2019-2020 academic year to explore how North Carolina community colleges address the system’s mission to “develop a globally and multi-cultural competent workforce.”

The report provides a broad overview of what sorts of international education opportunities are available at NC community colleges and suggests that international education is much more prevalent at NC community colleges than national data indicates.

Central Piedmont has been offering study abroad experiences to its students and members of the local community in for more than 20 years. Each year, during spring break and the summer term, Central Piedmont faculty members lead short-term study abroad excursions to a variety of locations across the globe, including: Ecuador, Italy, Greece, Japan, Thailand, Peru, Tanzania, and many others.

Since the college’s 2020 study abroad programs were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Global Learning Office has turned its attention to:

  • providing students with virtual, international exchange experiences
  • encouraging students to apply for the Scholars of Global Distinction program
  • ensuring the college’s curriculum includes a global learning perspective

To learn more, please contact or visit

CPCC Alumna Participated in N.C. Global Distinction Program

CPCC alumna Diana Scott, transferred to UNC-Chapel Hill after participating in the Global Distinction Program at CPCC. Scott, who it pursuing a master’s degree in social work, says her experience with the program is helping prepare her for her future career.

Being culturally sensitive and being aware of cultures and religions and races other than your own is extremely important,” said Scott. “In a career that’s very client-oriented, there are going to be clients who are different than me, and I’m going to have to understand where they’re coming from culturally, or even if I don’t understand [their culture], at least be sensitive to it.”

The North Carolina Global Distinction Program is a partnership between World View, a public service program at UNC-Chapel Hill, and community colleges across the state. World View’s mission is to help K-12 and community college educators prepare students to study and work in a globalized world. The Global Distinction Program furthers that mission by connecting community college faculty and students with global resources available at UNC-Chapel Hill.

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Do You Like Trivia?

Join the CPCC WorldQuest team! You will learn about international current events, meet fellow students interested in global issues and network with the Charlotte international community. The game is played in 7-8 rounds with 10 questions per round. Work with your team to answer and win! Dinner is provided before the competition.

Sign-Up Here and the Global Learning Office will contact you with meet/study times with the team!

When: Wednesday, November 18 (During International Education Week)

Time: 6 p.m. (Dinner) THEN 7:15 p.m. (WorldQuest & Academic WorldQuest Begins)

Where: Hilton Center City

222 E. Third St.

Charlotte, NC 28202

Cost:  FREE!

Spotlight on Diversity

Name: Nurul Azillah Mohdazhar

Nurul Azillah Mohdazhar

Nurul Azillah Mohdazhar

Country: Malaysia

What is something about your country that others may not know?

My country does not have four seasons, we typically only experience either humid or rainy weather.

Is there a cultural custom about your country you like most?

Malaysian Independence Day, which is August 31 of each year.

What challenges did you face entering USA?

Adapting to the weather especially the cold.

What do you miss most about your country?

Food, food, food and food.

What do you like most about USA?

Even though it took some getting adjusted to, I love the weather and how I can now experience the four seasons.





The Diversity Committee Features CPCC’s International Students

The Diversity Committee is showcasing students from other countries.  Here’s a brief bio on Brunelle Mpembe from the Congo.

Brunelle Mpembe

Brunelle Mpembe

Name: Brunelle Mpembe

Country: Congo

What is something about your country that others may not know?

Four primary languages are spoken but all schooling is done in French.
Is there a cultural custom about your country you like most?

Our New Year is celebrated different than the USA. It is like Christmas in the Congo

What challenges did you face entering USA?

A language barrier

What do you miss most about your country?

My family, I am the only one here for school, so I truly miss them.

What do you like most about USA?

I like a lot of things, such as the people, different cultures, and especially the food. (I still learning how to cook it.)

Communicable Disease Update – Ebola and Travel

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging U.S. residents to avoid non-essential travel to West Africa due to the unprecedented Ebola outbreak. Travel warnings have been issued for Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Travelers could become infected if they come into contact with blood or body fluids from someone who is sick or has died from Ebola, sick wildlife, or meat from an infected animal. Please keep in mind that Ebola is highly infectious but is not highly contagious. Ebola cannot spread in the air, unlike the flu and tuberculosis. You can only catch the virus by direct contact with blood and other bodily fluids. If any CPCC employees or students must travel to this region please contract Environmental Health and Safety at ext. 6580 or for details on precautionary measures.
EHS will continue working closely with health agencies and keep the college abreast of any pertinent updates.
Please familiarize yourself with the CPCC Communicable Disease Policy
For additional information on the Ebola virus:

Join the Go Global Club!

Are you interested in gaining a global perspective, traveling, or learning more about other cultures?  Come to the Go Global Club information session and check it out.  Everyone is welcome.

Information session – Wednesday, Sept 10 from 3-4 p.m. in Overcash, Room 305

Benefits of Membership:

  • Learn more about the world around you
  • Eligible to apply for the Go Global Club Study Abroad Scholarship – applicable to any CPCC program
  • Free or low cost tickets to Charlotte International events
  • Learn about ways to globalize your future or career
  • Meet interesting people from cultures all over the world

More information at –

Questions? –

Join Us to Learn More About the Go Global Student Club

End of Year Social
May 1, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Overcash, Room 303, Central Campus

This is a group of students – people interested in study abroad and alumni, international students, and students just interested in international issues – that meet regularly to discuss global current events, international opportunities, and ways to get involved with the diverse Charlotte community.  This event, run in coordination with the International Students Association, will be a fun opportunity to meet others with similar interests and learn more about the club.  Free refreshments will be provided.

Please RSVP to if you are interested in attending.  We hope to see you there.

The Diversity Committee Presents Recipes From All Over the World

CPCC has students from all over the world and El Salvador is the country of origin for approximately 210 students.  The Super Bowl is almost here so let’s try Salvadoran Style Guacamole, a tasty appetizer.



Ingredients (Serves 6)

  • 3 large ripe avocados (1½ to 1¾ pounds)
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 hard-boiled egg, thin sliced or crumbled
  • 1 tablespoon grated Romano cheese


1.  Peel, pit, and chop the avocados into small cubes.

2.  Add the onion, lemon juice, salt, pepper, oregano and mix gently so as to keep the  guacamole chunky.

3.  Garnish the guacamole with the sliced or crumbled hard-boiled eggs and cheese.


New Study Abroad Scholarships Available!

New Study Abroad Scholarships Available!

New Study Abroad Scholarships Available!

Are you interested in studying in Japan, the British Isles, or Greece & Italy this summer? CPCC’s Global Learning office is offering three brand new scholarships ($1000/student) for our 2014 summer programs to those countries. Applications and recommendations are due by January 31, 2014. Find all of the information at Contact or 704.330.6167 with any questions.

Learn More About CPCC’s International Student Population

Authored by CPCC student Jason Rivers

Having lived in the United States for only a year and four months, international student Idriss Guindo says that the first time taking classes at CPCC was really hard.

Guindo, who plans on majoring in dentistry, attended and graduated from an institution in his home country in Africa, Les Castors.

Being a new student at the college, Guindo was hit with a lot of challenges.

“When going to a different country, you have to know about your objectives,” Guindo said.

The first objective was to learn English, and he learned very quickly by watching American TV shows, Guindo explained.  Learning the language also made it easier to adjust to taking online courses as well as taking tests and quizzes, he added.

The next objective was to make new friends. He was able to make that happen by meeting people in his English as a Foreign Language classes.

Now, Guindo, 19, has a part- time job working at the Victory Coffee Café located in the first floor of the library.

Guindo, like many international students, struggled to adjust to living in the United States.  Cultural barriers and money become problems for them when attending college for the first time.

Yangnan Emmet, an international student from China, attended and graduated from #5 High School in her home country. After finishing high school, Emmet worked in Shanghai for a year then came to the United States.

The first time Emmet moved to the U.S. and took classes at CPCC, she found it difficult to start conversations with the locals.After spending more time with the local people in Charlotte, it was easier to talk to her classmates, Emmet explained.

Yang Xu, another international student from China, finished her education at #16 High School.  She also attended the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts and majored in dance.

When Xu first had to interact with her fellow EFL classmates, she learned through a series of body language and hand gestures.  For example, if a classmate asked her if she drove a car, they would motion their hands as if turning a steering wheel, Xu explained.

Clubs and organizations such as the International Student Association provide comfort for international students, said Elizabeth Bazin, director of International Programs. For example, for students who are Muslim and follow the Islamic faith, the program supplies prayer mats for them.

Every other Thursday, the International Student Association hosts an international coffee where students from all parts of the world can socialize while eating snacks and drinking coffee.

Guindo misses his family, but his EFL teachers try to get the classmates to be together like a family.

Guindo explains that back home in Africa, all of the classmates were treated like family.

Free International Film Screening of “Not My Life”

Broaden your understanding of the world around you and join us for a free international film screening of “Not My Life,” a film about human trafficking and modern slavery.Not My Life
November 12, 2013; 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Pease Hall
Learning Resource Center, Central Campus
This Global Issues Forum event is hosted by CPCC’S Global Learning Office, Charlotte’s World Affairs Council and Student Life.
The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion and moderated Q&A section.This is a free event to CPCC community members and classes are encouraged to attend.  To RSVP, please contact or at ext. 6167.

Global Learning News

Come Learn about CPCC’s International Initiatives: Global Learning Open House
Want to find out more about international opportunities?  CPCC’s Global Learning Office will be hosting an Open House on Thursday, Sept. 26 from 1:30-3 p.m. in the Overcash Lobby.  Come and meet our study abroad alumni, learn about the new programs for 2014 and the internationally themed events that will be taking place here in Charlotte.  Refreshments will be served and attendees will get to help us judge our photo contest for the best pictures taken during our 2013 programs.  Faculty, students and staff are all welcome.  If you have any questions, contact Brooke Busbee at


 Internationalize your CPCC Experience
Go Global Student Club Meeting
Wednesday, Sept. 18
Overcash 302, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Come join us for the inaugural Go Global Student Club meeting.  This student organization’s goal is to equip its members with an international perspective.  The Go Global club meets to discuss international issues and travels domestically searching to explore the rich culture and heritage of the many different peoples that live in the USA.  We also promote the numerous CPCC study abroad programs and encourage students to travel the world.  Any person that attends will leave with a new appreciation of the culture in which they come from as well as have the opportunity to become a part of the Charlotte international community.

Do you know this flag?


Interested in international trivia? Up to speed on current events?  Want to network with members of the Charlotte academic, corporate and non-profit communities who are active on international issues?  Join the CPCC team for Worldquest, a trivia event run by the World Affairs Council of Charlotte.  For more information, visit Interested students who would like to join CPCC’s  team should contact  Brooke Busbee at

Visiting Scholar Welcome

Join us in welcoming Thomas Eberl. Tom is studying with as at CPCC this semester through a program called Congress-Bundestag Young Professionals Exchange (CBYX). This program is a fellowship funded by the German Bundestag and U.S. Congress, that annually provides 75 American and 75 German Young Professionals the opportunity to spend one year in each others’ countries, studying, interning and living with hosts on a cultural immersion program.  If you would like to learn more about the program, or potentially host Tom in your classroom for a presentation on Germany or his experience as an exchange student, please contact the Global Learning office at

A Focus on Diversity at CPCC: Ecuador


Ecuador is a country in Northwestern South America, with a Pacific Ocean coastline, lying on the Equator between Colombia, to the northeast, and Peru, to the south and east. Ecudaor

 The colors of the flag are yellow for the diversity in the country, blue for the sky and the sea, and red for the blood of those who fought for independence.

Did you know?

  • Ecuador exports 4.5 million tons of bananas a year.
  • The Ecuadorian tradition is that in the New Year, they make dummy that is stuffed with old clothing and then is burned to celebrate the ending of the old year and the coming of the New Year. The main ethnic groups in Ecuador include Mestizo, Amerindian, Spanish and Blacks.
  • The term Ecuador means equator in Spanish. The country has been named after equator, which passes through it.
  • Ecuador was a part of the Inca Empire, before the arrival of the Spanish, in 1534.
  • Novenas, or house tours, begin the Christmas season nine days before Christmas. Ecuadorians visit other homes at this time looking at the nativity scenes. A special cookie, made with maple syrup, is eaten as a treat.


Save the Date: Business and Accounting Week

MONDAY, MARCH 25, 2013
MARKETING: Social Media Marketing on the Rise
Presenter:  April Boland, McGraw-Hill Higher Education
When/Where: 10:30 – 11:20 am; Tate Hall
Details: Facebook, Twitter, Linkedln, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest…….the means by which we all communicate is fast changing. In order to survive the competitive and dynamic global environment organizations are changing the way they communicate with customers, employees and the general public.
This presentation is brought to you by CPCC’s Marketing Program
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Robin Dorff, leading expert on US national security policy, Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at Kennesaw State University.

Dr. Robin Dorff

Dr. Robin Dorff

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS:  “US Grand Strategy: Peace and Conflict Management”
When/Where: 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; Halton Theater
Details: WWI, WWII, Vietnam and the Cold War led to the reformulation of US policy, strategy and commitments to international alliances/partners. Dr. Robin Dorff will share his views on the characteristics, challenges and implications of policy reformulation in this period of heightened uncertainty post 9/11. This has implications on foreign relations, global business management and trade.
This presentation is brought to you by the Global Learning Office and CPCC’s International Business Program
HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT: “Personal Branding and Networking
Presenter: Mr. Kirk Brittain, Business Partner, Novant Health Presbyterian Hospital.
When/Where: 11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.; Tate Hall
Details: The responsibility for developing a successful career rests primarily with YOU. As a consultant advising business customers, Mr. Kirk Brittain focuses on how to improve productivity by optimizing employee performance. He will share tips you need on how to effectively brand yourself and network your way to the top!
This presentation is brought to you by CPCC’s Human Resources Management Program.
BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION: “Financial Institutions Adapting to Change”
Presenter: Mr. Ricky L. Jones, Senior Vice President Bank of America. Mr. Jones is senior vice president of Bank of America, Legacy Asset Servicing, Quality Control, Control Environments and Standards.
When/Where: 6:00  – 7:15 pm; Tate Hall
Details: Changes to our economy has brought about new regulations. Mr. Ricky Jones will discuss new government regulations affecting the financial services industry and the resulting impact on consumer finances.
This presentation is brought to you by CPCC’s Business Administration Program

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Joe Louis Dudley Sr., inspirational speaker, humanitarian, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Dudley, Products, Inc.
ACCOUNTING: “I Am, I Can & I Will: A Guide to Entrepreneurship
When/Where: 9:30 – 10:45 a.m.; Tate Hall
Details: Dr. Dudley’s career began with a $10 investment in 1957. He is now a multi-millionaire and co-founder of one of the largest African-American owned manufacturers and distributors of ethnic hair care and cosmetics in the United States. Dr. Dudley will share his secrets of success.
Following the presentation attendees are invited to a reception at Hall Building Room # 304 (Barnes & Noble Bookstore).
This presentation is brought to you by CPCC’s Accounting Program.