Do you want or need a mentor?

Central Piedmont has several opportunities for you to get a mentor.

Check out these programs and GET INVOLVED:

  • MAN UP Program is a male mentoring program that provides wrap-around services and comprehensive activities that promote personal development, academic improvement and other social and educational advancement needs. It is open to ALL Central Piedmont male students.  For more information: MAN UP
  • Positive Community for Women (PCW) is a female empowerment program facilitated by Counseling Services. We work to support and uplift college women through workshops, mentoring, community service projects, and social/cultural activities. Our goal is to provide a positive learning environment where women are empowered to improve their lives through education and personal growth.  For more information: Positive Community for Women
  • The Peer Mentoring Program is an opportunity for Central Piedmont students to get support from a peer during their first year in college. You will have assistance with finding the answers to a variety of questions, ranging from academic concerns to the challenges of balancing school and other priorities.  For more information: Peer Mentoring
  • Ruth G Shaw Scholars is an annual program and is limited to 10 female students who will participate in sessions, both with Ruth G. Shaw scholar mentors and separately with scholars.  For more information:  Ruth G Shaw

What is MAN UP?

Join us on the following dates and learn more about the MAN UP Program:

· MAN UP “Real Talk:” Monday, August 26 at 1:30 p.m on the Central Campus in Overcash, Room 220.

· Bring your “A” game” Thursdays, August 29 at 4:30 p.m. in Worrell, Room 1112 on Central Campus. Come join us. Learn more about MAN UP.

For more information, please contact Katrina Johnson at 704.330.6656 or the MAN UP Lab at 704.330.2722, ext. 6142

The Office Of Mentoring and Bridge is a Valuable Resource

The Office of Mentoring and Bridge staff intentionally changes lives at CPCC by providing a variety of support services and mentoring for students who need assistance getting through college.

Below are the programs we offer:

Communities in College (CIS): A student-led organization that provides you with the support you need to stay in school, engage in meaningful experiences, graduate and achieve goals in life. Open to ALL CPCC students.

·         1:1 academic support

·         Leadership development

·         Link up with valuable CPCC and community resources

·         Service-learning opportunities

MAN UP Program: A Male Mentoring Program providing comprehensive activities that promote personal development, academic improvement and other social and educational advancement needs. Open to ALL CPCC males.

·         Faculty and staff mentors

·         Service-learning opportunities

·         Workshops to improve self-confidence and self-esteem

·         Student leadership opportunities

·         Motivation, social skills and career development

·         1:1 academic coaching

Positive Community for Women (PCW): Experience a positive and educational environment where you are empowered and encouraged to improve your life through education and personal growth. Open to ALL CPCC females.

·         Faculty and staff mentors

·         Group discussions

·         Self-care, skill and character building

·         Service-learning

High School Students only: Summer Bridge Programs: Transition from high school to college in a closed, structured and supervised environment. Open to future Charlotte-Mecklenburg School graduates and subject to other eligibility requirements.

·         Make fun memories with new friends

·         Orientation to college, study strategies and student development

·         Receive tutoring and academic support

·         Earn college credit

·         Educational support post-Summer Bridge

Come visit us in the Office of Mentoring and Bridge Program located in Central High, Room 120!


CPCC Students Attend Annual MLK Prayer Breakfast

On Monday, Jan. 18, select students from the Office of Mentoring and Bridge Programs (MAN UP Program, Communities in Colleges and the Positive Communities for Women) represented Central Piedmont MAN UPCommunity College at the 22nd Annual MLK Prayer breakfast hosted by H.L. McCrorey Family YMCA.  They had the opportunity to meet and interact with various leaders like Malcolm Graham, who is the former State Senator and this year’s keynote speaker. Mr. Graham’s speech touched our students because he spoke about his sister (who is one of the Charleston 9) and the fact she would want others who grieve over injustice to get up and go to work to change a system that still tolerates poverty, racial hatred, gun violence and unequal access to quality education.

CPCC Students Receive One-Year Scholarship

Congratulations to CPCC students and MAN UP (minority male mentoring program) members Willis Dennis, Jonah Forte, John Yang and David Theologou. They are the recipients of the 2015 OneMain Financial Completion Scholarship!

OneMain Financial Scholarship Winners

OneMain Financial Completion Scholarship Winners

Each student received a $3,000 scholarship ($1,500 per semester). The students may apply the funds toward the cost of tuition, books or other fees incurred during the 2015-2016 academic year.

To learn more about the scholarship, please visit


Join Us for the 4th Annual MAN UP Empowerment Summit April 30

Join us for special guest speakers and breakout sessions discussions with law enforcement personnel and others who have a key role in training, educating and building relationships to curtail violence within the Charlotte and surrounding communities.

Thursday, April 30, 2015
8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
CPCC Central Campus
Tate Hall (Overcash Building)

To register, visit

MAN UP Program Information Sessions

MAN UP Program Information Session – these sessions are designed to invite prospective members and mentors to learn about the program and address any questions specific to our programs.

Tuesday, March 24; 1 p.m.

Tuesday, April 14; 1 p.m.

For more information, please contact Ms. Katrina Johnson at 704.330.6656 or  Come join us  Learn more about the MAN UP Program.

Open Mic Night Information Meeting, Sponsored by the MAN UP Program

Calling all poets, writers, singers and musicians. We are looking for great talent.  If you are interested in performing at our Open Mic Night on Thursday, Nov. 6,  please contact  Ms. Katrina Johnson at Katrina.johnson@cpcc.eduOpen Mic

or stop by  Central High, Room 120.  Deadline to sign up to perform for the event is Tuesday, Nov. 4.


Wear Your Pink on Oct. 22

To support breast cancer awareness month at CPCC, the college’s MAN UP Program is encouraging the campus community – including students – to wear pink on October 22. To commemorate the occasion, the group invites all Breast Cancer Awarenessparticipants to meet in the Overcash Lobby at 12:30 p.m. to have a group photo taken. Thank you in advance for supporting this important cause!

“In Reality” Poetry Slam Comes to CPCC’s Central Campus on Thursday, November 7, 2013

Attend the "In Reality" Poetry Slam

You’re invited to the “In Reality” Poetry Slam, presented by the CPCC MAN UP Program.

WHEN: Thursday, November 7 at 7 p.m.

WHERE: CPCC Central Campus, Overcash Center, Student Commons Area (Bojangles)

For more information, contact the MAN UP office at 704.330.6142 or at