Free Loaner Chromebooks and WiFi Hotspots Available

If you’re having trouble accessing technology, we want to do all we can to ensure you continue in your classes and achieve your academic goals this fall. A limited number of Chromebooks and WiFi hotspots are available for loan — at no cost — to students in need.

You can apply to receive one of the devices by completing the “Student and Employee Application for Laptop & Hotspots” or reading more about this opportunity at Central Piedmont’s Single Stop Web page. Eligible students must be enrolled in a degree or transfer program for the fall semester.

Applications will be processed within 24 hours and devices are mailed each week. Please note, Gambrell Scholars should not apply as there will be additional information regarding Chromebook distribution shared directly with scholars separately.

Students needing assistance with the application or those without connectivity should call the Single Stop office at 704.330.6435.

Students will be able to use these devices as long as they are enrolled in fall classes. We will make every effort to loan devices to students in need – Chromebooks and hotspots will be distributed on a first come first servedbasis while supplies last. Apply today!

Please email singlestop@cpcc.edu for more information.

PNC Awards Central Piedmont $25,000 Grant for Single Stop Program

The PNC Foundation has awarded Central Piedmont Community College a $25,000 grant to support the college’s Single Stop program, an initiative that connects students to the support services they need to succeed in college and administers the college’s Emergency Fund.

“Our entire community has been affected by COVID-19, and the pandemic has been particularly difficult for students who have lost employment and income ― and who depend on campus resources for access to learning and technology,” said Weston Andress, PNC regional president for Western Carolinas and a Central Piedmont Foundation board member. “During this challenging time, we want the Central Piedmont student community to know that we understand and are committed to helping address some of the hardships they are facing.”

Since 2016, Central Piedmont’s Single Stop program has served as a free, on-campus resource, removing barriers for students with critical needs by connecting them with resources to help them flourish academically, obtain good jobs and achieve financial stability ― through one-on-one meetings with experts representing the financial, tax and legal fields.

In addition to matching qualifying students with specific tools to help fuel upward mobility in their lives, Single Stop administers monies available through the college’s Emergency Fund, which provides one-time support of up to $500 for students who have emergency needs related to housing, utilities, medical expenses, food, technology and more.

The PNC Foundation’s gift is timely. The college will use the grant to help purchase the following items, which have been identified as students’ most pressing needs during the coronavirus pandemic:

  • Grocery/food gift cards. These items will allow students to purchase food, medicine and other essential products.
  • Technology access (laptops and Wi-Fi hotspots). The college has witnessed a surge in students needing laptops and Wi-Fi hotspots since it moved much of its course instruction online.
  • Resources for budgeting during a crisis. Single Stop’s financial counselors are implementing and delivering online and virtual sessions for individuals and groups who need crisis budgeting assistance. Each emergency grant recipient is contacted by a financial counselor with tips on dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic from a financial perspective.

“As a result of the pandemic, the college has witnessed an increase in the number of students needing resources to sustain their everyday lives in addition to their studies,” said Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer, president of Central Piedmont. “Many agencies in the Charlotte area have had to close temporarily, limiting the resources students can turn to for emergency crisis assistance. The PNC Foundation’s gift will help us streamline the connectivity process, ensuring resources such as nutrition assistance, technology support and financial aid reach the students who need them most in a critical time of need.”

Learn more about Central Piedmont’s Single Stop program. If interested in supporting the college’s Emergency Fund, visit https://secure.cpccfoundation.org/donation/.

Dr. Deitemeyer’s Offers Words of Encouragement to Students During COVID-19

We miss seeing you on campus! As this semester continues, keep reminding yourself that hard work and perseverance will pay off in the end. Now more than ever, we are one college, one community, and one family, and together we can overcome any hurdle we face. Don’t forget, our offices are open and our staff is still available to assist you remotely. Please take a look at the message from Dr. D below:​

Gov. Roy Cooper Visits College, Asks For More Emergency Grants For Students

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, met on Central Piedmont’s Central Campus Wednesday with faculty, staff, and students to share exciting updates about the Finish Line Grant, an emergency grant program originally announced by Cooper in July 2018.

College is a serious financial undertaking. The Finish Line Grant is designed to assist community college students in addressing financial situations that would prevent them from continuing or completing their program of study or credential. Students facing financial hardship may be eligible to receive up to $1,000 to cover eligible expenses per semester.

During the event, Gov. Cooper announced that in North Carolina, 3,000 community college Finish Line Grants have been awarded to date. He added, “It’s amazing how a small amount of money can make a big difference in the life of a student who is trying really hard and is having to pay tuition and fees to try and better themselves in order to get over the hump.”

Too often, financial hardships such as unexpected healthcare costs, childcare expenses, or car and transportation issues prevent students from achieving their academic goals. Fortunately, there are many types of financial aid available to help pay for college.

Lexine Merrill, a Central Piedmont student and Finish Line Grant recipient, echoed the governor’s sentiments. “In one week, I ended up with $1,300 in medical bills and car repairs. I had no idea what to do and nowhere to turn. But then a friend mentioned her experience with the Finish Line Grant, so I applied. I sobbed grateful tears when I learned I was approved. The Finish Line Grant relieved the financial burdens that were weighing heavily on me. It allowed me the opportunity to continue moving forward, toward my finish line.

Students facing an unexpected financial emergency can get connected to a variety of FREE resources through Single Stop, to help them stay focused on their academic goals.

Web Tip Wednesday

Single Stop Homepage

You may qualify for a variety of resources to help you stay focused on your academic goals. Single Stop can connect you with:

  • Free tax preparation and counseling
  • Benefits counseling
  • Financial Literacy Programming: Keys to Financial Success
  • Emergency grants
  • Referrals for other campus and community resources

Visit Single Stop on the Central Piedmont website to learn more about the services and resources offered. You can access the web page under Student Experience > Student Support.

Do you have a topic you would like to see on Web Tip Wednesday? Send an email to helpdesk@cpcc.edu.

Free Expunction Workshop for Prior Criminal Charges or Convictions

Can’t pass a background check because of old charges or convictions?

Please join Single Stop and Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy on Central Campus for a free Expunction Workshop on April 11, 2019, from 12:15 – 1:30 p.m. in Zeiss, Room 1112, where a CCLA attorney will discuss the expunction process.

During this session, Central Piedmont students who are trying to clean up their prior criminal record can learn if they might be eligible for free legal help to remove charges or convictions. Any questions can be directed to jacqueline.villalobos@cpcc.edu or call 704.330.6435.

 

Free Health Insurance Counseling at the Single Stop Office

Each Thursday between 1-4 p.m., the Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy is offering free Health Care Insurance Counseling at the Single Stop office. These appointments can assist students that may be eligible for special enrollments through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

A few examples of special enrollment scenarios may include:

  • You lost your insurance (through your job, Medicaid or private plan)
  • You got a new job or lost a job
  • You turned 26 and can’t stay on your parent’s insurance plan

To see if you qualify for a special enrollment or to schedule an appointment, you can go to Single Stop office at Central Campus or call 704.330.6435.

 

Single Stop is Expanding!

Single Stop staff and services will now be available on the 1st and 3rd floor in the Central High Building.

Staff offices will continue to be located in Central High 100.

We will offer our wrap-around services on the 3rd floor of Central High in Room 317.
These services will include emergency grant information, financial counseling, healthcare enrollment and more.

Appointments for all Single Stop services can made by calling 704.330.6435, emailing singlestop@cpcc.edu or stopping by Central High, Room 100.

Questions? Please contact us at singlestop@cpcc.edu or at 704.330.6435

 

 

Affordable Health Care Act

Do you need to enroll or have questions regarding the Affordable Health Care Act?

Health Insurance Navigators from the Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy are here to help!

Appointments will be available on Wednesdays between the hours of
9 a.m.-5 p.m. from November 1 through December 15 (*with the exception of November 21).

Appointments take approximately 1.5 hours to complete and will take place on Central Campus in CH 100.

Appointments can be made through Single Stop by calling 704.330.6435 or by visiting the healthcare navigator website or calling 1.855.733.3711

 

 

Do You Need a Laptop? Need Internet Service

Affordable options are available, including inexpensive laptops in the bookstore, refurbished laptops, cheap internet, and free downloads.
Then in the left column, click on ‘Affordable Technology’
If you receive services through the Department of Social Services, please go to Single Stop, in Central High, Room 100, on Central Campus.
Affordable Technology may be available to CPCC students in the form of laptops, Internet and software downloads.

Single Stop Services Available at the Harper and Cato Campuses!

Stop by to see if you are qualified for public benefits such as food stamps, WIC,

Medicaid, Medicare, and more. Single Stop staff can connect you with community resources, tax preparation services, financial counseling, and legal services.

Central

Monday-Friday

8:30am-5:00pm

Central High

Cato

Mondays

10:00am to 3:00pm

Cato I, Room 126

Harper

Tuesdays

8:00am-12:00pm

HP 120 

Can’t make it to a Single Stop location? You can now do the benefits screening at home or from any computer with internet access. To complete a Single Stop screening from your computer, please follow these steps:

1. Please log into my college

2. On the right-hand side under Student Services, you will see Single Stop Screener, click on it.

3. The screener will appear and you can get started!

After you complete your screening a Single Stop benefits counselor will call you to further discuss how we can assist you.

If you have any questions please contact Single Stop at 704.330.2722 ext:6435 or email singlestop@cpcc.edu

 

 

Are You Ready to File Your Taxes?

Free VITA Tax preparation services are available for qualified individuals in the CPCC community.

The VITA tax service will be available on the 4th Floor of the Learning Resource Center on Central Campus, from January 22nd through April 16, 2018.

To qualify for this free service, your annual salary must be $54,000 or less.

Monday through Friday appointments are required, and on Saturdays it’s walk-ins only.

The hours are as follows:

Mondays      10 a.m. – noon; 1-7 p.m.
Tuesdays     8 a.m. – noon; 1 – 5 p.m.
Wednesday  8 a.m. – noon; 1 – 5 p.m.
Thursday     10 a.m. – noon; 1 – 5 p.m.
Friday         9 a.m. – noon
Saturdays   9 a.m. – noon

To make an appointment online, please visit the Single Stop website or call 704-761-VITA(8482).

Questions? Please contact Single Stop at 704.330.6435 or singlestop@cpcc.edu.

Affordable Healthcare Open Enrollment

Do you need to enroll or have questions about the Affordable Care Act or your insurance options? 

Health Insurance Navigators from theCharlotte Center for Legal Advocacy are here to help you!

Open labs are available at the following locations:

        Harper 352-M, November 9, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

        Harris I 2238, November 30, 12:30-3:30 p.m.

Appointments are available on Central Campus in the Single Stop office every Tuesday, from November 7-December 12, from 9 a.m.-noon

To schedule an appointment, please visit: www.GCAconnector.org or call the Single Stop office at 704.330. 6435.

The following Information will be needed for your visit:

        Social Security Numbers (SSNs)

        Document numbers for eligible immigrants who want health coverage

        Birth dates

        Paystubs, W-2 forms, or other information about your family’s income

        Policy/member numbers for any current health coverage

        Information about any health coverage from a job that’s available to you or your family

Questions? Give Single Stop a call at 704.330.6435.

Single Stop Offering Keys to Financial Success

Single Stop is offering students the Keys to Financial Success! This program is designed to help students navigate through financial obstacles and life events. This program offers the following services free of charge:

          Personal financial counseling sessions (in person and virtually)

          Financial Education Resources

          In person financial workshops at all CPCC campuses

          An online financial education curriculum

Please visit: http://www.cpcc.edu/singlestop/services-1/keys-to-financial-success or call 704.330.6435 for more information.

 

 

Single Stop Partners with Community Link to Provide Free Tax Preparation Services

Single Stop is partnering with Community Link to provide free tax preparation services for CPCC students and the community!

The free tax service will begin on January 25 and run through April 18, and is located on the 4th floor of the LRC on Central Campus.

Monday-Friday you will be required to make an appointment to have your taxes completed, walk-ins are welcome on Saturdays.

Please visit the Single Stop website for information on hours of operation and documents that you will need to bring.

For appointments please: visit the website or contact: 704.761.8482. *Please note that CPCC site is not visible to the public. On the right hand side please click on select site to select CPCC.

If you have questions please contact Dena Shonts at dena.shonts@cpcc.edu or 704.330.6558.