Tesla, manufacturer of electric vehicles and scalable clean energy generation and storage
products, and CPCC have launched an automotive training program called Tesla START at CPCC. CPCC is the first community college to participate in Tesla START.
Tesla START is a 12-week automotive technician training program designed to provide students with the skills necessary for job placement as service technicians at Tesla Service Centers across North America. Tesla is partnering with colleges to provide the curriculum, instructors and job opportunity so students can make a smooth transition from college to full-time employment. Students train in a space on campus designed to simulate a Tesla Service location so they are ready to hit the ground running on day one of their new careers.
The Tesla START program at CPCC began in January with 13 students. The program is based at CPCC’s Merancas Campus in Huntersville, N.C. Working together, Tesla and CPCC have built a service bay for students to train in that is similar to what they will find at Tesla Service Centers. This first class of Tesla START students at CPCC will graduate April 6. A ceremony will be held at the Merancas Campus.
“Central Piedmont Community College is proud and honored Tesla reached out to us with the opportunity to be among their first community college partners,” said Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer, CPCC president. “This is such an extraordinary, new opportunity for CPCC students in our Automotive Systems Technology program and one that will set them up for success in a growing field. Clearly, the automobile industry is moving toward all-electric systems and greater sustainability. CPCC students will be on the cutting-edge of this industrial shift.”
The Merancas parking lot will have closed areas due to construction in the coming weeks. With this in mind, CPCC Facilities is asking students and staff to utilize the OVERFLOW Mecklenburg County parking area, located across the street at 12105 Verhoeff Dr. Please follow the OVERFLOW PARKING signs to locate the lot. Construction is underway all around Merancas and the Huntersville Athletic Park area, students should use caution while walking and driving around the area.
CPCC Facilities expects construction to be complete by September, giving the campus the capacity to accommodate parking for all students and staff. Please stay tuned for additional updates.
The Cosmetic Arts and Science Association (CASA) will be offering mini-manicures and paraffin hand dips for a minimum $8 donation in order to support their themed: “50 Shades of Pink” initiative at the Merancas Campus on Tuesday, October 6 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Donations go toward raising funds in support of Carolina Breast Friends, a place where survivors come together to give each other support, laugh together, learn from medical experts and each other, and just have fun.
To address the parking issues at Merancas Campus, CPCC has been authorized by Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation to use Huntersville Athletic Park as an overflow student parking site.
Huntersville Athletic Park is located next to CPCC’s Merancas Campus. It may be accessed from Verhoeff Dr. and features a walking trail that connects to campus.
Students are encouraged to use the walking trail (not the main road) to ensure their safety while walking to and from their car. Students interested in having security escort them to and from their car, in the day or evening hours, may call 704.330.6632.
CPCC’s Global Learning Office will be hosting a Global Issues Forum Event exploring national security and corporate security. We will be screening the short film “The Company Man: Protecting America’s Secrets” based on a true story of corporate espionage. Following the film, we will be hosting a discussion about the issues raised, led by an FBI representative.
If you are interested in international, criminal justice, or espionage issues, we encourage you to attend this free event.
The North Carolina Tax-Free Weekend holiday begins Friday, August 3rd
Beginning August 1, 2012, Financial Aid students can use excess funds to purchase books in the CPCC Barnes and Noble bookstore. Check your MyCollege account to confirm your financial aid award and account balance.
The North Carolina Tax-Free Weekend weekend will be observed August 3 – 6, 2012. Campus Barnes and Noble bookstore hours of operation for Tax-Free Weekend are as follows:
Harper, Harris and Merancas Bookstores 9:00am to 4:00pm on Friday (August 3rd)
Cato Bookstore 8:00 am to 4:00 pm (August 3rd)
Levine Bookstore 7:30 am to 4:00 pm on Friday (August 3rd)
Central Bookstore 7:30 am to 5:00 pm on Friday (August 3rd)
Harper, Harris, Merancas Bookstores will be open 9:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday (August 4)
Central, Levine and Cato Bookstores 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday (August 4)
Central Bookstore only on Sunday 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm (August 5)
Awarded Financial Aid students who are making satisfactory academic progress will be able purchase their books and limited supplies tax-free.
WHAT: CPCC Heavy Equipment and Transport Technology (HEATT) Department, in conjunction with Carolina Tractor, the Caterpillar dealer for Western North Carolina, is hosting an open house event on the College’s Carolina CAT Service Technician Program. CPCC launched the 12-month program in August 2011 and is currently seeking applications for its fall 2012 class.
CPCC’s Carolina CAT Service Technician Program was created in response to the heavy equipment industry’s need for professionals skilled in high-tech and hands-on careers. The CPCC program is unique; it blends Carolina Tractor’s industry techniques with the College’s state-of-the-art facilities to create an exceptional learning experience for students. Upon completion of the program, students earn a curriculum diploma, have the opportunity to participate in an eight-week Cooperative Education Experience with Carolina Tractor and are prepared to enter the workforce as an entry-level service technician.
Program features include:
courses focused on heavy equipment sold and serviced by Carolina Tractor.
hands-on activities, including training on Caterpillar and allied equipment.
classes led by CPCC’s quality faculty and Caterpillar technical trainers.
an eight-week Cooperative Education Experience with Carolina CAT.
a convenient location (classes will be offered at CPCC’s Merancas Campus).
CONTACT: To learn more about the Open House event, please call 704.330.4122. Individuals interested in beginning the program’s application process may visit www.cpcc.edu and use keywords “heavy equipment.”
Tis the Season to Give! During this special time of the year, CPCC student leaders have made a difference in the community through volunteering and clothing/food drives. The Dental Hygiene Club and the International Association of Administrative
Pictured above is the GAIT’r Club (Graphic Arts Imaging Technology Refinement Club) with 250 pounds of food they collected.
Professionals (IAAP) collected food for Second Harvest Food Bank, and the GAIT’r Club and Merancus Campus SGA collected food for Loaves & Fishes. In total, CPCC student leaders collected more than 700 pounds of food for needy families in the Charlotte area this holiday season! In addition, Harper Campus SGA collected 10 bags of clothes for the Free Store at Crisis Assistance Ministry, which provides clothes and household items for free so that families can spend their money on basic essentials. For all those who donated clothes/food and continue to support student organizations – thank you.