Veteran’s Day at CPCC


While I was still in the military, one of my professors said to get involved, and I wrote “Get Involved” in big letters across the top of my page. My friend made fun of me for it, but it has been one of the best pieces of advice I’ve taken yet. No matter what it is, school, relationships, or work, the best way to succeed is to get involved! Getting involved at Central Piedmont Community College has been an excellent decision in my life. I am a veteran and decided to involve myself with the Center for Military Families and Veterans last semester when I returned to college after a decade long hiatus . In doing this, I became part of a support network that feels like a family. The fact that we’re all veterans or have family who served helps a lot, but it really boils down to the fact that it is a close caring group of people who will do anything they can to look out for each other. Being involved with this family like community has pushed me to do well in class, given me the opportunity to meet a lot of really amazing people, and I was even able to obtain a work study position within the Center. It has really helped me feel purpose and made my time here enjoyable and successful.

John McCall
Military Veteran and CPCC student

The GEEK FEST 2015

THE Geek Fest, a celebration of innovation and technology, is coming to CPCC’s Levine Campus on Thursday, November 12th and will feature the latest in technology; creativity and innovation; and career and professional opportunities. The greater Charlotte, Matthews, and regional community are encouraged to participate in this free event.

Attendees will interact with exciting new technologies, meet innovative companies and learn from industry experts, and explore many of the programs that CPCC has to offer. This year’s event will highlight a variety of exciting topics, including launching a start-up business, product development, social media, programming and software development, animation, automotive technology, engineering, mobile computing, instructional technology, cosmetology, and much more. Activities will include guest speakers, an exhibit hall, demonstrations, activities, video games, music, contests, food and door prizes.

Don’t miss this must-attend event that will inspire you to meet other creative and innovative people and to discover, and embrace, your inner geek!  For more information, visit our website at

WHEN:  Thursday, November 12, 2015, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
WHERE: CPCC Levine Campus, 2800 Campus Ridge Rd., Matthews, N.C.

International Student Experience

The International Student Experience

The decision to leave your family and friends to pursue a higher education outside of your country can be a difficult and long process filled with a lot of stress as well as excitement and hope. Hope that everything goes according to plan and your sometimes very high expectations are all met. Language barriers and culture shock is something almost every international student will experience. It can be very challenging and frustrating especially during the first semester, where we usually face problems such as adjusting to the new place, getting to meet other students and the stress over our academic performance. But the determination and the need to quench our thirst for knowledge as well as to further our career options in our various fields of choice, makes us power through all the obstacles and hurdles we may encounter.

As an international student it can be very lonely when you don’t have friends and a support group, which is why getting involved in the school life with student associations such as the International Student Association and Student Government Association helps immensely. Not only do these associations connect us with the community we live in and help us experience our host country, but they are also meant to connect us with other positive and goal oriented students who support each other academically and socially. Through these associations, I have met some of my best friends and gained relationships that I will treasure forever. The opportunity to increase your career prospects while living abroad is a great one; it is to be enjoyed but also taken very seriously, as a Bulgarian saying goes, “seize the opportunity by the beard, for it is bald behind.”

Seedy Njie is from Gambia, West Africa and has been at CPCC for one year. He’s currently enrolled in the Associate of Arts program, and wishes to transfer to complete his Bachelor’s degree and continue his studies to become a Human Rights Lawyer in his home country. In his free time, Seedy loves going on road trips with friends and watching soccer games.

Welcome Our New Team Member

Anita McGill- Student Life Coordinator for the Harper Campus

I would like to invite you all to join me in welcoming our new Student Life Coordinator at Harper Campus, Anita McGill. Anita, a mother of three children, was an employee of Mitchell Community College for four years before moving to CPCC. In her first three years at Mitchell CC, she was an employee of Student Activities and in her last year she served in Disability Services. Earlier this year, Anita taught an ACA class at Levine Campus and she enjoyed every part of it and the experience of being at CPCC was very pleasant.

When asked why she decided to move to Central Piedmont Community College, and Student Life in particular, Anita pointed out that it was because of the great reputation Central Piedmont Community College has and she was very enthusiastic when she saw the Student Life position available.  It was perfect timing!

Ever since she has joined and become a member of the Harper campus this semester, she has enjoyed her work there very much. She believes it is a very good campus with numerous opportunities. Anita has been impressed by the Club Advisers at the Harper Campus who are motivated to try and recruit students in student organizations and get students involved despite the fact that this can sometimes be difficult due to their demanding studies.

Anita is looking forward to many great years at Central Piedmont Community College and we are glad to have her as a part of our CPCC family! We are looking forward to working with her and sharing our wonderful college experience with her!

Thank you,
Ali Hamud

Student Resources Day 2015

              Navigating college can be pretty tricky. Figuring out how you will get to school, meals, crazy class schedules, paying for things and many other competing interest can eat up your time in the first few weeks. This may make it difficult for you to take a moment to see what resources are available. The Student Life office, along with many other campus partners at CPCC, offers a way for you to get plugged into these resources!

Each CPCC campus will offer students the opportunity to meet many of the essential service providers on each campus at their Student Resources Day. Vital services such as Financial Aid, Service Learning, Center for Military Families and Veterans, and many others will be present. This is a great opportunity for new students to see what services are offered at CPCC, as well as a chance to make connections with important staff that could assist with any issues that may come up in your time here at CPCC. Returning students can also take advantage of this event by becoming aware of resources that they may not have known existed on campus. Students that are taking classes on multiple campuses are encouraged to attend this event at each campus to ensure that they are aware of the location and providers of important campus services.

This event is intended to assist student with navigating the sometimes difficult landscape that is college. There are several people at Central Piedmont Community College that are committed to the success of the students. Many of these individuals will be present at this event, so do not miss an opportunity to stop by for some important information and a chance to make the connections that will improve your experience with CPCC!!

-Omar Crenshaw
Central Campus Student Life Coordinator