Gene Haas Foundation grant will assist CPCC machining students

April 24, 2017

Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) has received a $20,000 scholarship grant from the Gene Haas Foundation. Students in CPCC's Computer Integrated Machining Technology program will benefit from the grant.
Gene Haas Foundation grant will assist CPCC machining students
Founded in 1999, the Gene Haas Foundation is dedicated to supporting education programs that prepare students for manufacturing careers. Recognizing the importance of U.S. manufacturing, the Gene Haas Foundation is committed to enhancing manufacturing education by providing scholarships for machinist training.

CPCC will use the grant funding to provide students blue-print-reading textbooks and access to ToolingU an online provider of content to support manufacturing education. In addition, Gene Haas Foundation funds will help cover the cost of National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) certification exams for students who complete the required coursework. NIMS certification is recognized and valued by employers in the Charlotte region.

"This is the second-consecutive year the Gene Haas Foundation has extended scholarship grant funding to CPCC machining students," said Chris Paynter, CPCC dean of STEM programs. "We certainly appreciate the assistance the Gene Haas Foundation has provided our students and the foundation's continued support of manufacturing education."

The Computer Integrated Machining Technology Program at CPCC provides students the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills in computer numerical control (CNC) programming and a broader knowledge in CNC graphics programming. The program is designed to develop skills in the theory and safe use of hand tools, power machinery, computerized equipment and sophisticated precision inspection instruments. Students learn to interpret blueprints, set up manual and CNC machines; perform basic and advanced machining operations and make decisions to ensure work quality is maintained. Program faculty are NIMS certified, and the college serves as a NIMS training site.
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CPCC names Dr. Chris Dula the 2017 Richard H. Hagemeyer Award recipient

April 11, 2017

Dr. Christopher Dula

Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) will present Dr. Chris Dula, an associate professor of psychology at East Tennessee State University (ETSU), with the 2017 Richard H. Hagemeyer Educational Advancement Award at its spring commencement ceremony, on May 18, at Bojangles' Coliseum. The award recognizes a former CPCC student who has benefited significantly from experiences at CPCC and whose efforts have helped the community.

Dula describes his work/life situation prior to starting CPCC in 1992 as "chaotic," when the majority of his days were filled with random construction jobs, such as carpentry, performing sheetrock installation and metal/stud framing, and installing floors.
Wanting to change the direction his life was taking, Dula enrolled at CPCC when he was 23 years old with the support of his parents, and began taking psychology courses. Dula found the subject matter contagious, and his instructors' teaching styles infectious so much so that he has modeled his current teaching style after those he learned from in the past. "I credit my CPCC instructors with helping me get grounded and inspired in academia," said Dula. "Everything I've done as a professional is the direct result of being a CPCC student. I'm profoundly grateful for the opportunities the institution gave me."

Dula graduated from CPCC in 1994 with an Associate in Arts degree and went on to earn his Bachelor of Science degree from UNC Charlotte, his Master of Arts degree from Appalachian State University and his Doctor of Philosophy degree from Virginia Tech.

Today, Dula holds multiple positions at East Tennessee State University, located in Johnson City, Tenn.  Not only is he a full professor in the Department of Psychology, but he is also an adjunct faculty member in the ETSU Department of Family Medicine, an assistant director of Clinical Training and the director of ETSU's Applied Psychology Laboratory.

When not teaching at the university, he can be found writing he has written almost 20 peer-reviewed journal articles and five book chapters; speaking he has given 15 professional presentations and a number of community group talks; playing music he performs at charity events for FREE to raise money for a variety of causes, such as the March of Dimes, Down Syndrome Awareness, and Second Harvest Food Bank; mentoring he helps guide undergraduate and graduate students on their college journeys and advises them on how to manage anxiety/stress; career planning, etc.; and more.

"I frequently mention CPCC in my talks to students," said Dula. "I note how the college helped me turn my life around and do what I now love for a living."

A scholarship will be granted to a CPCC student enrolled in the college's Associate in Arts program the area of study that most closely reflects Dula's background.

The Hagemeyer Award takes its name from Dr. Richard H. Hagemeyer, CPCC president for 23 years, who led the college from its beginnings as a trade school with 1,200 students to one of the largest N.C. community colleges. Previous award winners include Elaine Lyerly, Gary Mims, Ronald Caldwell, Sheriff Jim Pendegraph, Dr. Margaret Stanley Hagan, Paul Griffin, James White, Joe Weatherford, Chief Luther Fincher, Dr. Kenny Welch, Frances Queen, Richard Zollinger, Stanley Law, Cindy Castano, Fabi Preslar, James Taylor Jr., James E. Rogers, David L. Howard, Alain S. Miatudila Sr., Paula Vincent, Joe Vagnone and Larry Klutz.

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22nd Annual CPCC Skyline Run on Saturday, April 22, 2017

April 4, 2017

Registration Now Open- Race Day- Saturday April 22, 2017

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CPCC announces equipment donation from Carrier

March 29, 2017

Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) thanked Carrier today for a generous donation of heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) equipment valued at more than $100,000. The college announced the donation at an event held at the Harper Campus.
The Carrier equipment donation will enhance instruction in CPCC's Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration (AHR) Technology program by exposing students to the latest commercial use climate control equipment. The AHR program is located at the Harper Campus.
"CPCC is fortunate to have a number of close corporate supporters who help ensure our programs remain cutting edge and provide the education and skills needed by employers now," said Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer, CPCC president. "Some partners, like Carrier, are exceptional and through their generosity make a steadfast positive impact on our students and their future success."
The Carrier donation includes five pieces of equipment:

  • An AquaForce® Water-Cooled Screw Chiller;
  • An AquaSnap® Air-Cooled Scroll Chiller;
  • An AquaSnap® Water-Cooled Scroll Chiller; and
  • Two Gemini® Select Air-Cooled Condensing Units.
Event speakers included Deitemeyer; Greg Alcorn, vice president and general manager, Carrier Commercial Systems; Edwin A. Dalrymple, chairman of the CPCC Board of Trustees; Gary LaBrosse, treasurer and finance committee chairman, CPCC Foundation; Dr. Kelly Trainor, dean of the CPCC Harper Campus; and Alex Mitchell, a student in CPCC's Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration program.
"Carrier's donation of commercial HVAC equipment to Central Piedmont Community College's AHR Technology program represents our own legacy and passion to train the industry. Since Dr. Willis Carrier's invention of modern air conditioning in 1902, the company has continued to innovate products, controls, system design software and service solutions that help shape the world we live in," Alcorn said.
"This array of high-tech Carrier equipment will further enrich CPCC students' learning experience by providing an opportunity for hands-on learning on the same equipment they will work with after they graduate and for decades to come. The gifted equipment represents our support of, and commitment to, Central Piedmont Community College, their students' success, and the HVAC industry at large," Acorn added.
The AHR curriculum at CPCC includes an AAS degree program, diploma program and seven certificate programs offering various areas of specialization.
With an emphasis on developing and improving critical thinking, articulation and technical skills, topics of study include refrigeration theory, heating theory, mechanical system applications, installations, service, safety, mechanical and fuel gas codes, tools and instruments and general maintenance practices.
Advanced topics include residential and light commercial system load design coupled with efficient, balanced and effective air side designs for ductwork, ventilation and filtration.
Program graduates can look forward to careers in many areas of the HVAC profession. Graduates can assist in load design, equipment selection, installation, start-up, service and maintenance of residential and light commercial mechanical systems.
Prospective students can contact Keith Powell, AHR program chair, at or 704.330.4479.
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The Impact of an IRA Contribution

March 29, 2017

If Austin Perez hadn't received a scholarship, he would have to work full-time while also attending CPCC as a mechanical engineering student. But due to a donor's IRA rollover contribution, part of Austin's tuition is covered and he can experience CPCC fully including the college's MAN UP and STEM Alliance programs, as weAustin Perezll as its state-of-the-art engineering program.

"The generosity of CPCC's donors allows students like me to earn an education that will one day lead to a better way of life. There is endless goodness that comes from giving."

IRA rollover contribution

In December 2015, Congress passed legislation permanently extending tax benefits for seniors age 70½ or older. The new law allows you to roll over up to $100,000 from an IRA directly to a qualified nonprofit such as CPCC without increasing your taxable income. The rollover gift also satisfies the required minimum distribution for the year.

Benefits of an IRA contribution are threefold:
• You can fulfill charitable year-end gifts from RMD without increasing taxable income.
• These tax-free rollover gifts can be $1,000, $10,000 or any amount up to $100,000.
• Your gift ensures educational opportunities for CPCC students.

For more information on making an IRA contribution, contact Brenda Lea at 704.330.6869.
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Consider An IRA Rollover Contribution

March 28, 2017

When Phil Adams, a former CPCC instructor, learned he was required to take a minimum deduction from his IRA account, he decided to transfer a portion of those funds to a charitable interest that was near and dear to his heart CPCC.

His contribution will have a lasting impact on CPCC students, providing them with educational and career training opportunities they would otherwise not have. "By supporting CPCC's Opera Theatre program, for example, I'm able to introduce students to a beautiful art form they can learn and enjoy."

In December 2015, Congress signed into law the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act. This law permanently extends tax benefits for seniors age 70 ½ or older by allowing you to rollover up to $100,000 from an IRA directly to a qualified nonprofit such as CPCC without increasing your taxable income, and the rollover gift satisfies the required minimum distribution for the year.  
Benefits of an IRA contribution are threefold:

  • You can fulfill charitable year-end gifts from RMD without increasing taxable income.
  • These tax-free rollover gifts can be $1,000, $10,000 or any amount up to $100,000.
  • Your gift ensures educational opportunities for CPCC students.
For more information, please contact Brenda Lea, Director, Planed Giving, at 704-330-6869 or
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CPCC Small Business Center to host ‘Shark Tank’ auditions

March 22, 2017

ABC-TV casting team members will visit Central Piedmont Community College's Small Business on April 29 to hold auditions for its hit TV show, "Shark Tank."
Entrepreneurs are invited to present a one-minute pitch on their business, product or idea to the casting team for consideration. Approved pitches will be featured on a future episode of the primetime show. Details...
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Cosmetology grad turning some heads

March 14, 2017

Advanced education can serve us well and help open doors. Workforce development initiatives at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) are proof positive of that, and have enabled both a former and current student of the CPCC Cosmetology Program to open the door to Kass & Co. Salon in Cornelius and discover their career paths inside. More... Read more

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The German Language & Culture Foundation awards CPCC $6,000 grant

March 10, 2017

The German Language and Culture Foundation (GLCF) of Charlotte, N.C., has given Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) a $6,000 grant to support three $2,000 scholarships associated with the college's study abroad program to Germany. The monies will pay for three CPCC students to study abroad in Heidelberg, Germany, during June 2017, and support the students' German language classes as well.

The gift to the college reinforces the GLCF's commitment to supporting projects that help create long-term friendships and promote a better understanding between the people of German-speaking countries and the Charlotte metro region. Charlotte is a mecca for German-based business operations; the Queen City's German companies employ more than 15,000 people across the region. 

"The German Language & Culture Foundation is pleased to recognize an increasing participation of students from community colleges for study abroad programs," said Brigitte Hartenstein, president of the GLCF. "Now, through our financial support, we are encouraging these three fine students at CPCC to gain a competitive edge on the global job market. Their international experiences will definitely not only improve their self-confidence, but also their individual career pathing."
CPCC students Cory Logsdon of Mint Hill, N.C.; Marissa Parker of Charlotte, N.C.; and Trang Vu of Charlotte, N.C.; were named the 2017 German Language & Culture Foundation Scholarship recipients. The three students have been studying German at CPCC and plan to continue German language study in the future.
"I hope the experience teaches me how to better communicate with others and assimilate to a different culture because it's important to me that I learn more about the world I live in," said Parker. "I aspire to be a global citizen who can speak more than one language and understand cultures across the globe."
This year marks the ninth consecutive year that the Foundation has bestowed a scholarship to a CPCC student. 
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