Staff Spotlight: Tina Hardin receives the Dr. Mel Gay Legacy Award at Levine Campus holiday party

Tina Hardin receives Mel Gay Legacy award

One of our very own team members, Tina Hardin, received the Dr. Mel Gay Legacy Award last week at the Levine Campus holiday party. She was one of two staff members to receive the award. Barry Gilmore is the second recipient. They were both presented this award by Dr. Gay’s wife, Dail Gay, pictured above with Barry and Tina.

Reginald Pincham, ESS Director of Levine Campus, wrote about the award and the recipients:

Our Dr. Mel Gay Legacy Award winners were selected because they demonstrate the characteristics that the late Dr. Mel Gay exhibited as our leader on the Levine campus: Commitment, Enthusiasm, Communication, Patience and Teamwork.

Here are some of the comments team members said about both Barry and Tina:

 

Barry Gilmore, Full-Time team member:

  • He is constantly thinking of ways to better serve students, faculty and staff. He is always concerned about the “Culture of Levine” and how he can affect that culture. If there is a way to advance the culture of unselfishness, the destruction of the silo mentality on Levine campus and have fun while learning he is exploring a way to achieve it.
  • He has an amazing level of commitment to our staff, students and faculty and he carries an enthusiasm and energy for his department that shines through.
  • He displays a great love and caring spirit for the students he serves and is an advocate for student unity.

Tina Hardin, Part-Time team member:

  • This employee is a joy to work with and clearly demonstrates and embodies the Mel Gay Legacy award criteria.
  • She is caring, kind and responsive to both students and colleagues.
  • She is very patient with everyone, extremely knowledgeable about her department’s role at CPCC and displays a great passion for the service she gives to students.

Disability Services is extremely proud of Tina. Congratulations on this well-deserved award!

 

Need spring semester accommodations? Contact your Disability Counselor now!

Disability Services office signIt’s that time of year! Time to register for the spring 2017 semester! If you are already approved for accommodations with us, please contact your Disability Counselor as soon as you are registered to request your accommodation forms early. Getting your forms early is one less thing to worry about before the semester starts in January!

Call Disability Services at 704-330-6621 and ask to speak to your Disability Counselor or contact your Disability Counselor directly by email to request your accommodation forms.

Are you new to Disability Services and need to make your initial accommodation request? We accept accommodation requests all year! Read our Guidelines and Procedures handout to learn more about making your initial request. Still have questions? Contact us!

We wish you all the best for final exams and during the holiday season! We look forward to working with you in spring 2017!

Learn more about Disability Services by participating in “A Day in the Life of Students with Disabilities”

Faculty and Staff, do you want to learn more about the process for students to request academic accommodations? Then we have the course for you!

A Day in the Life of Students with Disabilities Disability Counselor talking with a student who is using a wheel chair

  • Experiential course
  • Self-paced
  • Sign up in Learner Web
  • Offered during the months of October, November, January, February, March and April 2016-2017
  • 2 PD credits

Visit Learner Web to learn more and sign up! Please contact us if you have any questions!

 

Scholarships for Students with Disabilities

Stacks of cash and gold dollar sign

Need money to help pay for college? Click on the links listed below to learn more about scholarship resources for students with disabilities!  (Google Chrome is the recommended web browser for the websites)

Affordable Colleges: Scholarships and Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities

Affordable Online Colleges: Scholarships by Disability

FinAid: Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities

 

Please note that CPCC does not formally endorse any of the scholarships listed here.

Staff, Faculty, and Student Volunteers Needed! Help students with assistive technology and testing accommodations.

Staff member is reading a document to a studentDisability Services is looking for staff and faculty volunteers at various campuses who are interested in helping students with assistive technology and testing accommodations. Here is the list of the open volunteer positions:

  • Reader/Scribes for Testing: Read questions out loud and/or write down the answers for students
  • Textbook-to-Audio Readers: Record your voice as you read textbook chapters and submit audio files
  • Tactile Graphics: Bring pictures to life by raising them off the page using everyday art supplies.

We are also accepting student volunteers! Here are the open volunteer positions for students:

  • Textbook-to-Audio Readers: Record your voice as you read textbook chapters and submit audio files
  • Tactile Graphics: Bring pictures to life by raising them off the page using everyday art supplies.

Benefits of being a volunteer:

  • For faculty and staff, the opportunity to gain perspective of the student experience at CPCC
  • Volunteer on your own schedule and as needed
  • Provide a platform for student success
  • Conceptualize class materials to get a greater learning experience
  • Learn a new skill

Interested? Please use this link to complete the Volunteer Form:
https://goo.gl/forms/xTfireHFZaxX2mWC3

Disability Awareness and TBI Training, Friday September 16th for PD credit!

Tilting at Windmills: Training in Disability Awareness
Presented by the NC Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Hosted by CPCC Disability Services
Friday September 16th, 9-11:30am
Hall building rooms 215/216

Schedule of Trainings:

9-10am: Pick a Disability
Purpose:
This session is designed to increase your confidence in your ability to work and interact with people with disabilities. It seeks to reduce fear and discomfort through the exploration of biases, myths, misperceptions, and stereotypes. It provides information on appropriate language and etiquette when interacting with people with disabilities.

10:30-11:30am: Traumatic Brain Injury
Purpose:
To increase awareness of the range and scope of this disability and explores accommodations.

Sign up in Learner Web for one or both sessions to participate and earn PD credit!

 

 

College Diabetes Network is starting a group this fall at CPCC

The College Diabetes Network (CDN) is coming to CPCC! CDN’s mission is to empower and improve the lives of students living with Type 1 Diabetes through peer support and access to information and resources. CDS’s vision is to create a college community, which will enable students with diabetes to thrive in all of their personal, healthcare, and scholastic accomplishments. A group will soon be meeting at Levine and Central campuses. 

Please call 704-800-5755 or
email cpcc@collegediabetesnetwork.org for more information.

www.collegediabetesnetwork.org

NEW Accommodation Form Procedure Starting NOW for Fall 2016!

As of August 1, 2016 we are using a NEW version of the accommodation form. Now Instructors are asked to initial and date the forms to document when they were received. Please read below for more detailed instructions of the new procedure.

NEW Accommodation Form Procedure for the Fall 2016 Semester

  • Students must request their accommodation forms from their Disability Counselor each semester.
  • The student and the Disability Counselor sign all the forms.
  • Student delivers the forms to his/her Instructor(s).
  • The Instructor initials and dates the Instructor’s Copy and the Student’s Copy to verify when the form was received and that the accommodations were discussed with the student.
  • Once the Instructor receives and initials the forms, then the accommodations are considered active for that semester.
  • Instructor keeps the Instructor’s Copy.
  • Student keeps the Student’s Copy.
  • The student is also responsible for delivering a copy to the appropriate Testing Center if they are using it as an accommodation.
  • For online classes: Student will email the Instructor the accommodation forms, both the Student’s Copy and the Instructor’s Copy. Instructors are responsible for initialing both copies and returning the Student’s Copy to the student via email. Instructor keeps the Instructor’s Copy.

Additional things to know about accommodations:

  • Even if a student is approved to use accommodations, the student has the CHOICE whether or not they want to use the accommodations at any time.
  • Accommodations may not always apply, even if they are approved by Disability Services. In most cases they will apply, as along as the accommodation is reasonable for the class. If an instructor believes an accommodation is not reasonable for the class, the instructor should contact the Disability Counselor to discuss the concerns.
  • If a student requests to use an accommodation in class and they do not present an accommodation form to you, you are not required to accommodate the student. In that case, please refer the student to Disability Services.

If you have questions about the student’s accommodations or the process in general, please contact the Disability Counselor assigned to the student, which is indicated at the top of the accommodation form.

Are you a faculty or staff member who wants to learn more about Disability Services and your role in working with students with disabilities? Take our online training in Learner Web for PD credit! Available 24/7! Visit our website to take the course! https://www.cpcc.edu/disabilities/faculty-resources

 

Fall semester is starting soon. Contact us for your accommodation forms!

Welcome back students! We are excited to start a new school year with you! We hope you had a restful summer break!

If you are already approved for accommodations and you wish to use your accommodations during the fall semester, contact your Disability Counselor as soon as you are registered so receive your accommodation forms. Don’t wait until the last minute! We will process requests in the order received, so the sooner the better! You can contact your Disability Counselor by calling the front desk at 704-330-6621 or emailing them directly as follows:

Tina Hardin
tina.hardin@cpcc.edu

Tashana Kirby Williams
tashana.kirbywilliams@cpcc.edu

Rachel Megahan
rachel.megahan@cpcc.edu

Laurie Necasek (formerly Laurie Jachym)
laurie.necasek@cpcc.edu

If you have never received accommodations at CPCC and you wish to receive accommodations for the fall semester, it’s not too late! We can receive requests at any time. Please follow directions from our website listed below to learn more about how to make your accommodations request at the college:

https://www.cpcc.edu/disabilities/procedures-for-students/steps-to-request-academic-accommodations

We look forward to working with you during the fall 2016 semester!

 

Disability Services Information Session, July 20th. RSVP today!

Disability Services Information Session
July 20th from 1-4pm
Central Campus, Zeiss building, room 1106
(formerly the Elizabeth building)

We are proud to announce that this summer we will be hosting a Disability Services Information Session for both students and parents to learn more about Disability Services at CPCC. This session is aimed at preparing students who are enrolling in the fall semester to help them learn how to request accommodations at CPCC and how to be a successful student at CPCC. Parents are also welcome to attend to learn how they can support their student as they transition into college. By attending you will:

  • Prepare yourself for fall semester
  • Learn the differences between high school and college
  • Learn how to request accommodations in college
  • Learn tips on how to be a successful college student

Interested in attending? Click the link below to RSVP now on our website!
https://www.cpcc.edu/disabilities/trainingsandevents/events