Inside Higher Ed: Importing Apprenticeships

David Whalen was a junior in high school when he learned about an apprenticeship program at the Siemens factory in Charlotte, N.C., which manufactures generators and turbines. Through the program he could get paid to work while earning an associate of science in mechatronics engineering technology -- a program that combines elements of electrical and mechanical engineering -- from Central Piedmont Community College. Siemens would pay his educational expenses. Apprenticeships

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Charlotte Symphony and CPCC introduce new chamber series

last modified Sep 27, 2017 02:06 PM
The Charlotte Symphony and Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) will offer a new chamber series beginning in the 2017-18 season.
The Connor Chamber Series is an extension of the already existing partnership between CPCC and the Symphony in an effort to reach new, diverse audiences and share music with the whole community. The series is made possible by ardent supporters of both organizations, Catherine and Wilton Connor.
"Chamber orchestra performances combine the creativity, talent, and discipline found in all classical music, but the experience is more intimate and personal," says Catherine Connor.
The Charlotte Symphony and CPCC have shared a longstanding partnership, including Orchestra On Campus, a multidisciplinary approach to music education that brings the full orchestra once a year to CPCC's Dale F. Halton Theater for a free performance for CPCC students.
The first of two Connor Chamber Series performances in 2017-18 will take place on Sunday, October 15, 2017, at 3 p.m. in Tate Hall on CPCC's Central Campus, located near uptown Charlotte.
The program will feature Charlotte Symphony Concertmaster Calin Lupanu in a play/conduct performance of works by Elgar, Shostakovich, and Britten. A reception will follow the performance and give audience members the chance to meet Symphony musicians.
The second performance will take place on Sunday, March 11, 2018, at 3 p.m. in Tate Hall. Charlotte Symphony Assistant Conductor Christopher James Lees will conduct.
Tickets cost $18 and are available at tix.cpcc.edu or by calling 704.330.6534. Complimentary parking is available in the CPCC Theater parking deck, located at 1225 E. 4th Street.
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CPCC students participate in Inside | Out, receive museum pass

CPCC creative writing and art appreciation students are working with the Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture and the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in their forthcoming Inside|Out Charlotte installation of art throughout the city. Lead by instructors Ashley Knight and Angelina Oberdan, students will collaborate to write descriptions of the masterworks to be displayed throughout various Charlotte neighborhoods. Inside|Out is an exhibit that takes artwork from local museums out in the community to create cultural engagement. Students writing was featured in the first Inside|Out installation in Washington Heights. The second installation will run from September 3 through December 3.
"CPCC's student collaboration with Inside|Out provided not only a way for students to become involved with the goals of the project (to engage with art), but it also reiterated to Creative Writing students the importance of using concise and deliberate language," said Angelina Oberdan, discipline chair of the ACA, English and Humanities division at CPCC. "Also, just like Inside|Out brings artwork outside of the museum, this collaboration brought students' work outside of the classroom."
"I really enjoyed seeing our students engage with the selected art works at the Bechtler Museum and Gantt Center.  At one point, they gathered into a large group and were intently listening to a docent telling the story surrounding the Giacometti drawings," said Ash Knight, an art instructor at CPCC. " I believe they captured and expressed their own excited curiosity about the art in writing the captions."
CPCC Museum Pass
In addition to participating in the installation, students will also receive a CPCC Museum Pass, thanks to the generous cooperation of the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, The Mint Museum of Art. and the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. Going forward, CPCC's Culture Card will give close to 3,000 students free admission to these institutions for a year. This partnership supports the learning process for CPCC students and serves to further their engagement with the arts through access to the excellent collections in our community.
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Hawley appointed, Caple and Moser reappointed to CPCC Board of Trustees

last modified Sep 15, 2017 09:58 AM
Hawley appointed, Caple and Moser reappointed to CPCC Board of TrusteesMichael Hawley
Michael Hawley has been appointed to the Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) Board of Trustees. Madelyn Caple and Violeta Moser have been reappointed to the CPCC board.
Appointed by North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, Hawley's four-year term as a CPCC trustee began Aug. 16. A Charlotte attorney, Hawley is a partner/of counsel with K&L Gates LLP. A graduate of the University of Florida and the University of Florida College of Law, Hawley worked in banking and investments and as a visiting law professor prior to joining K&L Gates (formerly Kennedy Covington Lobdell & Hickman) in 1983.
In addition to the CPCC board, Hawley serves a number of other organizations, including the World Affairs Council of Charlotte, the CPCC Foundation, E4 Carolinas Inc., Energy Hub Initiative, Charlotte Regional Partnership, and others.
Caple, the regional managing director for the Carolina West Region of Wells Fargo Private Bank, was reappointed to the CPCC board for a four-year term by the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners. She has been affiliated with Wells Fargo and its predecessor firms for more than 29 years performing in various capacities in several markets. She earned a bachelor's degree in finance and real estate from Florida State University and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™.
Caple first joined the CPCC Board of Trustees in 2013. Her other community leadership and service include the MeckEd board, Women's Impact Fund board, and the Myers Park High School Foundation board.
Moser, the executive director of the Latin American Women's Association (LAWA), a non-profit organization that supports the educational advancement of Latinos in the Charlotte Region, was reappointed to the CPCC board for a four-year term by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Board. She has worked in the banking industry and served as a senior bilingual consultant for a Charlotte-based multicultural training company. Before directing LAWA, she worked for a market research company as a business partner with a concentration in the Hispanic-Latino market. She earned a bachelor's degree in business and education from Montclair State University in New Jersey.
Moser first became a CPCC trustee in 2013. She also serves on the Wingate University Board of Trustees and on the education committee of the Mint Museum.
"We are delighted to have Mike Hawley join the board and for Madelyn and Violeta to continue in their service as CPCC trustees," said Edwin (Ed) A. Dalrymple Jr., board chair. "They will be counted on to share their insight and experience as the college serves the residents and employers of Mecklenburg County and provides pathways for economic mobility."
"The college is grateful for the appointment of Mike Hawley and the reappointments of Madelyn and Violeta," said Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer, CPCC president. "We will rely on their good and wise counsel as we develop the college's next strategic plan and look for ways to bring education and career training opportunities to even more Mecklenburg County residents."
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CPCC Cato Campus to host annual Fall Plant Sale Sept. 22 and 23

last modified Sep 11, 2017 09:14 AM
WHAT: Central Piedmont Community College's (CPCC) Horticulture Technology program invites you to attend its annual Fall Plant Sale. An array of vegetables, flowers and shrubs will be available for purchase throughout the two-day event. All proceeds will benefit the Horticulture Technology program at CPCC.
Attendees can choose from a variety of items such as:
  • vegetables lettuce, cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower
  • shrubs Spiraea, deutzia, gardenias and assorted others
  • flowers pansies and assorted perennials
If you're a gardener at heart, you won't want to miss this event. Mark your calendar today!
WHEN: September 22, 9 a.m. 6 p.m.
September 23, 9 a.m. 1 p.m.
WHERE: CPCC Cato Campus Horticulture Building, 8120 Grier Rd., Charlotte, N.C.
CONTACT: The event is free and open to the public. Personal checks and cash will only be accepted. FREE parking is available at the Cato Campus.  For more information, please call 704.330.7821. For directions to the CPCC Cato Campus, please visit cpcc.edu/campuses/cato/directions.
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Levine Campus Phase 3 Progress

In January 2017, the CPCC Foundation hosted a groundbreaking for Levine Campus Phase 3 including the Georgia Tucker Fine Arts Theater.
The project consists of 88,000 square feet of new construction. The programs will include classrooms, computer labs, science labs, healthcare labs, bookstore, and a fine arts flex space. Project also includes construction of remote parking lot which will provide 365 parking spaces.
 
Levine Campus Phase 3

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Part of CPCC Lane near the CPCC Levine Campus to Permanently Close Sept. 7

last modified Sep 07, 2017 11:04 AM
Crews working on the Monroe Expressway project will permanently close CPCC Lane to through traffic at 7 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7, weather permitting.
Once the closure is in place, motorists will not be able to access CPCC Lane from U.S. 74 (Independence Blvd.). A cul-de-sac will be built at the end of the road as part of its final configuration. Advance warning signs are currently in place to notify motorists of the new pattern.
Updated directions to Levine Campus
The CPCC Levine Campus' physical address is: 2800 Campus Ridge Rd., Matthews, NC 28105
Campus Ridge Rd. remains accessible from Monroe Rd.
To access Campus Ridge Rd. from Independence Blvd. (Hwy. 74):
  • Continue on Independence Blvd./Hwy 74 past CPCC Lane
  • Take a RIGHT at the first traffic light onto Stallings Road
  • Take a RIGHT at the first traffic light onto Matthews Indian Trail Road
  • Take a LEFT at the end of road onto CPCC Lane
  • Continue to campus parking as normal

Please leave early when coming to campus to allow additional time in case of traffic issues or congestion with this new road closure.

View more information from the NC Department of Transportation.
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Board of Standards, Inc. renews CPCC’s CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® Certificate Program with commendation

Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) announced today that the Board of Standards, Inc. has renewed its Corporate and Continuing Education CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® (CFP®) Certificate Program with commendation. As a result, CPCC remains one of only two community colleges in the nation approved to offer a CFP® certificate program Tallahassee Community College in Tallahassee, Florida, is the other.
CPCC's certificate program is delivered in a traditional classroom setting, boasts seven courses totaling 273 contact hours, and covers 72 topics as required by CFP® Board criteria. Over the past two years, CPCC's learning resources and faculty met or exceeded all of the CFP® Board's criteria, earning CPCC's program the "with commendation" designation. Full story
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CPCC hosted Opportunity Scholars Recognition Reception on Aug. 14

In celebration of the inaugural class of Opportunity Scholars, Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) hosted a recognition reception yesterday in Tate Hall, on CPCC's Central Campus. 
During the event, scholarship recipients and their donors connected, giving students the opportunity to meet the individuals responsible for funding their scholarship; while donors had the chance to learn how their gifts are positively impacting students' lives. Opportunity Scholarships have been awarded to 42 students who will begin classes at CPCC on August 16. Full story... Read more

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Schaefer Systems International, Inc. Scholarship helps fill new developer void in the workforce

Schaefer Systems International, Inc. Scholarship helps fill
new developer void in the workforce
SSI SSI SCHAEFER recently provided a financial gift to Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) to establish the SSI SCHAEFER Jr. Java Developer Scholarship. The scholarship will provide tuition and fees for students enrolled in non-degree Java Core or Java Enterprise courses offered by CPCC's Computer Technology Institute.
The demand for experienced developers is expected to increase over the next few years. Recognizing this workforce trend, SSI SCHAEFER approached Karla Shields, executive director of CPCC's Computer Technology Institute to create a scholarship initiative that would build their IT talent pipeline for junior-level Java developers.
"SSI SCHAEFER is committed in helping higher education efforts," said Christoph Schenk, CEO of the Automation Systems Division for SSI SCHAEFER. "We're pleased to provide a platform to inspire developers who are looking to broaden their skills."
Scholarship recipients who successfully complete the Java Core and Java Enterprise courses may receive a paid internship with SSI SCHAEFER, featuring tuition reimbursement or payment offered by the company. "We're very interested in finding local IT talent, stated Lennard Kopplemann, vice president of IT Solutions for SSI SCHAEFER. "As SSI SCHAEFER continues to grow our IT presence in automation systems, it's imperative that we continue to help those seeking a technology career path."
If selected for an internship, students will have the opportunity to further their education by enrolling in the CPCC's Database Fundamentals, SQL Base Programming and SQL Advanced Programming courses at potentially no cost.
In addition to providing classes, the Computer Technology Institute team will also coordinate the process of recruiting and selecting qualified scholarship recipients for SSI SCHAEFER. To be eligible, individuals must enroll in the Java Core of Java Enterprise courses, and meet the following requirements:

  • complete an online application
  • have an associate degree, be eligible to work in the U.S. without restriction, have a minimum of five years professional work experience
  • undergo additional screening, including face-to-face meetings with Computer Technology Institute staff, résumé review and computer skills assessment
  • engage in face-to-face interviews with SSI SCHAEFER reps and Computer Technology Institute staff
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