The New Website is Coming Tuesday (4/30)!

What’s in it for me, as a student?
We’re only days away from the launch of the new website (! It will include a dedicated “Current Students” section that’s accessible from every page on the site. The purpose of the area is to provide quick links to the content and tools you need to be a Central Piedmont student, such as Blackboard, MyCollege, and student email, plus links to support services and ways to get involved at the college. If we missed a link to information you commonly use, just let us know by emailing the Help Desk at

What’s new?
This is not a new surface put on the old website: Central Piedmont teams plowed through the nearly 30,000 pages of content on the current website and create a thoroughly modern, student-focused way to present the information the site visitors needed to know. The new site is just that: completely new.

The look and feel, functionality, and voice of the new website were created with a lot of input from hundreds of faculty, staff, and students like you… from multiple focus groups, to in-person meetings with Student Government Association (SGA) leaders, to surveys all students could use to give feedback. We are confident we heard what you want, and built a new website that will meet — and exceed — your needs.

So come celebrate with us! As a reminder, you’re invited to Central Piedmont’s celebration next Tuesday, April 30, as we launch the college’s new logo, new colors, and the new website ( Here are details:​

Tuesday, April 30

Come see us for giveaways (while supplies last) and fun at all campuses!

Cato: noon – 1 p.m. at Cato III, Patio and Amphitheater

Central: noon – 1 p.m. at Worrell

Harper: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Student Life Hallway

Harris: 6–7 p.m. at Harris I Atrium

Levine: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Levine II Main Entrances

Merancas: noon – 1:30 p.m. at Claytor Courtyard

City View Center: 2–3 p.m. at Room 104

Students, Get Theatre Tickets for FREE!

Students! Did you know you can attend CPCC Theatre and CPCC Opera Theatre events here at Central Piedmont for FREE on certain dates? If you visit the Overcash lobby box office on Fridays and select Thursdays from 6-7 p.m., you can get one free ticket with your vaild CPCC student ID! Limited availability, so get there early before they run out! Of course, you can always purchase your discounted student ticket, too, for any night of the run! Watch our CPCC Arts Facebook page and follow @cpccarts on Instagram for more specific information and reminders about the Student Rush Ticket program!

Get Your Resume Ready for the CPCC Career Fair!

The CPCC Career Fair is just two weeks away. Will your resume pass the test with employers who you plan to speak with at the event? Check out the latest CPCC Career Services blog post that offers tips on preparing a career fair-2015 Career Fair logo
friendly resume.

Career Services staff are standing by to help get your resume ready for the career fair. Schedule a resume appointment with a career counselor at any of our campus locations. All students can take advantage of Central Campus Drop-In Hours on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. No appointment is necessary to have your resume reviewed.

Transfer Tuesday

Feb. 3
Johnson & Wales and Chamberlain School of Nursing will be at the Central Campus from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the main lobby of the Levine Technical Building. NC A&T and Pfeiffer University will be at Merancas Campus from 10

Transfer Resource Center (TRC)

Transfer Resource Center (TRC)

a.m. – 1 p.m.

Feb. 9

A representative from UNCC will be visiting the Cato Campus on February 9.  They will set up a table in the main lobby of the Cato I building from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Stop by for information about transferring to this four-year school!

Feb. 10
This Tuesday February 10, Johnson C. Smith and UNC Asheville will be at the Central Campus from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the main lobby of the Levine Technical Building. Johnson & Wales and Fort Hays State will be at the Levine Campus. Pfeiffer University will visit the Cato Campus in the main lobby from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

For more information about Transfer Tuesdays and other services offered by the Transfer Resource Center, please visit our website at

The Diversity Committee Spotlights an International Student

The Diversity Committee is showcasing our international students.  Meet Erika Southern from Japan.

Erika Southern

Name: Erika Southern

Country: Japan

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

We bow to greet one another on most occasions once formally introduced. More nonverbal communication is done.

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

Summer festivals, there is lots of food, music and dancing.

What challenges did you face entering USA?

The diversity was shocking, we usually see people of our own kind. Friendly communication is more here than experienced in Japan.

What do you miss most about your country?

The food; it’s amazing.

What do you like most about USA?

The freedom, you choose how you want to live.



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.

CPCC Students Attend Congressional Black Caucus Institute Summit

CPCC students had a week off from classes from September 1 – 7 due to the Democratic National Convention, but some of our students decided to take advantage of the some of the opportunities to be a part of the Democratic National Convention.

On Tuesday, Sept. 4, eight students from the MAN UP and Communities In College programs  (Timothy Graham, Sambou Kamissoko, Dazhanea Hurst, Cierra Grier, Kenneth Trewin, Carlos Gladden, Abram Miller, and Brice Agboglo) along with three CPCC staff members, attended the Congressional Black Caucus Institute’s interactive summit “Ufuture – A Summit for Innovative Young Thinkers,” held at Johnson C. Smith University.  CPCC was the only community college represented among the other 18 four-year colleges and universities.

This interactive summit was hosted by acclaimed actors Alfre Woodard, Hill Harper and Nicole Ari Parker and included local and national elected officials, White House officials, educators and business leaders. The summit was designed as a forum to allow students a chance to interact with congressional members, local and regional leaders, and White House officials.