See Allison Luce’s Exhibition “Ancient Luce” on Merancas Campus

Ancient Expanse by Allison Luce
On view August 15 – December 4, 2018
Allison Luce September 27 at 11 a.m.

Classroom: TS248, Merancas Campus

“Ancient Expanse” is a site-specific installation Luce started in Denmark in 2009 as a Resident Artist at the International Ceramic Research Center-Guldagergaard. It consists of a series of small ceramic pieces that are a reaction to the natural environment along the southwestern coast of Zealand. She documented the piece by taking pictures of the sculptures along the beach of the town where she was living in the water and other natural areas.

“Ancient Expanse” explores the boundaries between perception, reality, time and space. Photographs of the work document a fleeting moment in time where the natural and the created interact. Over the past five years, she has continued to make more pieces and have accumulated 1,000 ceramic objects. They are installed into large organic patterns in galleries or outdoors, and the original photographs are shown via video or projection. While the piece was inspired by Denmark, the colors and patterns of the individual sculptures reference ocean life as well as textures found in nature.

“Ancient Expanse” is playful and engaging and causes the viewer to stop and think about what they are seeing. There is an element of surprise as people realize that they are not actually looking at real objects, but sculptural forms that reference nature. It blends the natural with an element of discovery that engages the community in a dialogue about perception and reality.

Tesla establishes START training program at CPCC

Tesla, manufacturer of electric vehicles and scalable clean energy generation and storage

Tesla Student Working on a Car

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.”

Overflow Parking at Merancas Campus

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 ConstructionMecklenburg 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.

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.

Cosmetic Arts and Science Association Offering Manicures and More at Merancas Campus Oct. 6

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.

Merancas Campus Overflow Parking Option

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.

Film Screening and FBI speaker

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 The Company Manissues 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.

Wednesday, Sept. 24
10 – 11:30 a.m.
Merancas Campus Auditorium

Bookstore Rental Return Hours

Central, Levine and Cato Campus Bookstore summer hours will remain the same for rental returns.

Harper Campus bookstore will be open on:
Tuesday July 16: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Wednesday July 17: 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.; 3 – 6 p.m.
for rental returns.
Merancas Campus bookstore will be open on:
Tuesday, July 16: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; 3 – 6 p.m.
Wednesday, July 17: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.;  3 – 6 p.m.
for rental returns.
Harris Campus bookstore will be open on:
Tuesday, July 16:  3 – 6 p.m.
Wednesday, July 17: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; 3 – 6 p.m.
for rental returns.

The North Carolina Tax-Free Weekend holiday begins Friday, August 3rd

The North Carolina Tax-Free Weekend holiday begins Friday, August 3rd

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.

CPCC to host Service Technician Program Open House on March 17

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 Carolina CATProgram. 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).

WHEN: Saturday, March 17, 2012; 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

WHERE: CPCC Merancas Campus (formerly North Campus), 11930 Verhoeff Dr., Huntersville, NC

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 and use keywords “heavy equipment.”

Community Outreach Projects a Success

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

Food Drive

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.