Harper Campus Hosts Local Boy Scout Troop

The Harper Campus Welding department, along with students from the American Welding Society, hosted the 2nd Annual Welding Merit Badge Workshop for the Mecklenburg County Council BSA on Saturday, March 14th. A total of 27 Boy Scouts earned their Welding merit badge. Requirements included safety hazards and first aid, appropriate safety gear, welding terminology, mechanical and thermal cutting methods, selecting a welding process, performing welds with the equipment, and career opportunities. Each Scout went home to their Troop with an eagle sculpture that they personally completed, as well as a completed merit badge blue card.

Instructor Rich Davis teaching the Boy Scouts Oxy-Acetylene Cutting.

Welding is a relatively new STEM related subject added to the century old tradition of merit badges, and since it’s introduction in late 2012 has already become one of the most popular activities, with 11,061 Scouts earning the badge in 2014. David Langdon, the incoming President of the American Welding Society, and a recent visitor and guest speaker at Harper Campus, was one of the authors of the merit badge guide.

Instructor Mike Scott teaching the Boy Scouts GMAW welding and helping them assemble an eagle made from cut metal parts.

14 volunteers, including students, staff, and faculty members were here for support – giving up not just a weekend, but part of their spring break for a service-learning project. The volunteers included: American Welding Society club officers Eric Navarette, Chris Salley, Paige Hoose, plus Jason Blanchett, Joe Miller, Roxy Aleman and Simon Brown; Full Time Welding Instructor and AWS club advisor Ray Sosko; Full Time Instructional Lab Facilitator Rich Davis; Full Time Staff members Denise Strange and Randy Hellinger; and Part Time Welding Instructors Michael Scott and Brian Lucas. Priscilla Kay, Lab Facilitator from Graphic Arts & Imaging Technology, also helped with arrangements. Special thanks to dedicated Scouter and welding expert Paul Summers, SCWI from Chicago Bridge & Iron, one of our corporate partners. I cannot thank them all enough for making this possible.

Blog Contributor:
John McPherson, CPCC Welding Instructor
Mecklenburg County Council/Lincoln Electric
Welding Champion and Welding Merit Badge Counselor

The American Welding Society (AWS) is a student organization housed at the Harper Campus and includes students currently enrolled in the Welding certificate and/or degree programs. They often participate in community service work and have competed in local and regional welding competitions. The AWS enhances awareness of the art and science of welding, and how it affects our daily lives. If you are interested in learning more about the student club, please contact Ray Sosko (Club Advisor).

Are You Ready to Be a Leader?

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Student leadership is one of the most beneficial extracurricular activities a college student can get involved in on campus. It’s about: discovering who you are and what you are passionate about, making new friends, building a professional network, maximizing your opportunities, developing your skills, and – most importantly – having fun along the way. Within Student Life, we have witnessed first-hand how students’ lives have been changed because of their leadership experience and our hope is that more students get involved.

If you ask any student leader to share their experience, he/she will most likely tell you that student leadership is not about holding a position. It is about having a passion. It is about serving the campus community with pride, commitment, and love. It is about being in a unique position to make a difference on campus and within the community. And, it’s also about facing fears, overcoming obstacles, and making sacrifices. “There are always two choices. Two paths to take. One is easy. And its only reward is that it’s easy.” – Unknown. It’s up to you to determine which path to choose.

To Be A Leader

You must endure heartache and sorrow.
You must face humiliation and discouragement.
You work while others play.
You support those who have fallen.
You encourage the despairing.
You give directions to the lost.
You carry the burdens of many.
You weep for the suffering.
You laugh with the happy.
You calm the angry.
You comfort the mourning.
You pray for wisdom.
You smile to the frowning.
You listen to the ideas of others.
You forgive those who hold grudges.
You are needed by many.
You are recognized by few.
You achieve the impossible.
You give credit to others.
You give all of yourself to be a leader.
But you ask yourself every day,
“Is it worth it?”
But it is, when you make a difference in the life of another.
For that tilts the scales of sacrifice.
And it makes being a leader
One of the greatest privileges in the world.

By Anonymous, from Inspiration for Student Leaders

Are you ready to be a leader?

It’s never too late to get involved on campus. Start by reviewing our list of active clubs or contacting the Student Government Association for available opportunities. If you have any questions about Student Life, please contact the Student Life Coordinator at your campus.

Upcoming Fall Festivals

Fall is upon us and that means that it is the season for festivals at CPCC. Each campus sponsors a festival during October or November that is open to all students, faculty, and staff. This is a great time to take a break from your everyday routine and enjoy an opportunity to build community on your campus.

Each campus festival is unique, but all offer fun entertainment and free giveaways. Campus festivals are the perfect time for you to meet new friends, learn about campus resources and student organizations, enjoy games, and explore a side of CPCC that you won’t find in the classroom.

Please join us at any of the following CPCC Fall Festivals:

  • October 21: Merancas Campus (11 am)
  • October 22: Cato Campus (10 am) & Central Campus (10 am)
  • November 4: Harper Campus (Harper Summit – 1 pm)
  • November 13: Levine Campus (The Geek Fest – 9:30 am)

For event details, please check the Student Life Events Calendar or contact the Student Life Coordinator on your campus.

Help Support Students: Yankee Candle Fundraiser

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October 1 – 20, 2014

In order for student organizations to continue doing great things on campus and within our community, and to expand their learning opportunities outside of the classroom, club members must rely on their own fundraising initiatives. Please consider supporting the HVAC/R Club for their annual Yankee Candle Fundraiser to help further their mission.

The HVAC/R Club is a student organization whose main goal is assisting members in their pursuit of educational and professional goals. The club promotes ideals of honesty, community service, leadership, critical thinking, and technical skills development. In addition, the club provides many opportunities for networking, skills enhancement, and life-long learning.

Forty percent (40%) of your purchase will be donated directly to the student club, which will support club-sponsored activities and professional development opportunities for AHR students. The club hopes to raise enough funds to send students to a conference to learn about new products, trends and innovations.

Shop online before October 20th:

  1. Visit www.yankeecandlefundraising.com.
  2. Enter Group #990068909 in the “Start Shopping” box.
  3. Make your purchase and have it shipped directly to you.

If you have any questions about this fundraiser, please contact Krystal Crowe, Student Life Coordinator at Harper Campus. The HVAC/R Club meets weekly on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 5:30 pm in Room 324 at Harper Campus.

Explore. Equip. Evolve.

One of the great things about college is the opportunity to get involved on campus. College is about making new friends, understanding different perspectives, and experiencing new things. Students should make the most of their college experience and maximize what is learned in the classroom by becoming engaged outside the classroom.

To get started, visit the EXPLORE site for a list of student organizations offered at CPCC, ranging from academic-focused to special interests. With more than 40 recognized clubs, the options are endless for getting involved. Don’t see anything that interests you? Then make sure to read our Explore Handbook to learn how you can establish a new student organization on campus.

If you are already a member of a student organization, make sure you visit the EQUIP site to get more information about club guidelines (including the most up-to-date handbook) and to access all forms related to club activities. If you have questions about completing forms, please see the Student Life Coordinator at your campus.

Current student leaders who are interested in developing their club members and growing their student organization can visit the EVOLVE site for resources and tools, including leadership tips and a list of icebreakers that you can use to re-energize a meeting or event.