Hundreds of CPCC students to receive laptops through Gambrell Foundation grant

As many as 700 first-year, full-time, degree-seeking students at Central Piedmont Community College will receive laptop computers annually through a five-year, $875,000 grant from the Gambrell Foundation of Charlotte. Some 3,500 students will receive laptops during the grant period.

The Gambrell Foundation and Central Piedmont are partnering on this initiative to help address the technology divide that challenges lower-income students and often hinders their ability to complete their programs of study. The college and foundation believe making technology available to lower-income students will help them achieve greater academic success and ultimately greater economic mobility.

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force, in its 2017 "Leading on Opportunity" report, identified "access to technology" as a key to realizing economic mobility.

First-year students with the highest level of financial need--those qualifying for the maximum amount of federal Pell grants--will be eligible to receive a laptop through the Gambrell grant.

Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer, Central Piedmont president, explained that the program will be more than simply a student recruitment tool. "We think this innovative and generous grant will lead to greater academic success among our lower-income students," Deitemeyer said. "We think this segment of our student population will achieve increased retention and degree completion rates. More students earning degrees and moving into family sustaining careers or pursuing more education will have a positive impact on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community.
"The college will track the progress of these students during the five-year grant period to measure and evaluate the effectiveness of the program. We thank the Gambrell Foundation yet again for being our partner in this timely economic mobility initiative," Deitemeyer said.

Central Piedmont administrators also hope the program will point to a means of reducing the college's overall technology costs. Getting technology into the hands of more students could reduce the need to construct and maintain expensive on-campus computer labs.

"No student can thrive in today's wired world without the basic necessity of a laptop, a bedrock tool for success and inclusion in the digital world," said Sally Gambrell Bridgford. "We are thrilled to partner once again with Central Piedmont to support educational opportunity for Charlotte's future leaders."

The laptop initiative will go into effect with the fall 2019 semester.

About the Gambrell Foundation
The Gambrell Foundation dedicates its resources, efforts and collaborative spirit to ending inequity in our society through strategic investments in smart, effective, and innovative change initiatives that drive results. We believe that everyone deserves a seat at the table and that better solutions and ideas are developed in partnership with the communities we serve. See https://gambrellfoundation.org/history/.
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Gambrell Foundation Pledges $1 Million

The Gambrell Foundation of Charlotte has pledged $1 million to Central Piedmont Community College to creategeometric shape logo with text Gambrell Foundation the Gambrell Opportunity Scholarships. These scholarships will be part of Central Piedmont's larger Opportunity Scholarship initiative, which seeks to assist some of Mecklenburg County's most needy and yet deserving high school students forge a path to greater economic mobility.

The Gambrell Foundation grant will support 75 recent graduates of CMS high schools that serve majority low-income student populations. The scholarships will provide for the full cost of earning a two-year associate degree, including tuition, books and fees. All Gambrell scholarship recipients will receive laptop computers and participate in Central Piedmont's Summer Bridge academic enrichment program. The scholarships also will provide for a full-time academic advisor/career coach to help the students with course selection, internships and career placement or moving on to further education.

"Economic mobility is directly tied to educational opportunity, and we are delighted to partner with Central Piedmont Community College to help open doors and eliminate barriers for deserving students," said Sally Gambrell Bridgford. "Our investment will help this generation achieve economic self-sufficiency on their path to reach the American dream."

Central Piedmont established the Opportunity Scholarship Initiative in late 2016 to address the economic mobility challenges faced by many CMS students. To date, the college has welcomed 95 Opportunity Scholars in two classes, the first of which will graduate in May 2019.

"We thank the Gambrell Foundation for its generous grant. These scholarships will have a profound, life-changing impact on some deserving students who might not be able to attend college otherwise," said Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer, Central Piedmont president. "So many of the young people in our community just need an opportunity, and with a little assistance, they can go on to do great things that will benefit their families and transform our community."

The first class of Gambrell Opportunity Scholars will begin their studies at Central Piedmont in fall 2019.


About the Gambrell Foundation
The Gambrell Foundation dedicates its resources, efforts and collaborative spirit to ending inequity in our society through strategic investments in smart, effective, and innovative change initiatives that drive results. We believe that everyone deserves a seat at the table and that better solutions and ideas are developed in partnership with the communities we serve. See https://gambrellfoundation.org/history/.
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Capital Bank Foundation Awards Central Piedmont $25,000 Prize

We're thrilled to be selected as one of Capital Bank Foundation's "25 Years of Giving" contest winners! Their phenomenal support of $25,000 for our Opportunity Scholarship Initiative will help us continue serving our students and our community in so many ways. We could not have done it without your votes! Group shot of CPCC students with confetti falling

What's a celebration without confetti? Our Opportunity Scholars, along with Dr. Deitemeyer and representatives from Capital Bank, recently gathered on the steps of the Zeiss Building to celebrate our $25,000 gift. See the video on our Facebook page. Again, we want to thank Capital Bank for selecting us as a winner and we want to thank everyone who voted for our video!

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CPCC Receives SunTrust Foundation’s 2018 Lighting the Way Award and $75,000 Grant

Recognized for its philanthropic contributions to Charlotte, N.C., Central Piedmont Community College was awarded a 2018 Lighting the Way Award and $75,000 grant by the SunTrust Foundation.
 
Kevin McCarthy, Vice Presidetn Insitutional Advancement; Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer, CPCC President; Stan Little, President SunTrust FoundationThe SunTrust Foundation's Lighting the Way Awards recognizes select nonprofit organizations that strengthen their local communities through programs that help people better their circumstances and gain financial confidence.
 
"We're committed to building stronger communities, and our nonprofit partners are addressing community needs in innovative and very meaningful ways," said Stan Little, president of the SunTrust Foundation. "Central Piedmont is improving the lives of many people, and we applaud their mission, long-term service and the impact they're making where it's most needed."
 
"We thank the SunTrust Foundation for this gracious grant and its wonderful support," said Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer, president of Central Piedmont. "Community colleges like Central Piedmont make such a positive impact on individuals and our communities. Central Piedmont is the hope many of our students are seeking. Hope of a better job, better wage, better life and better prospects for their family."
 
Established in 2008, the SunTrust Foundation is committed to supporting a wide range of financial well- being efforts through grants and partnerships with local philanthropic organizations. To date, the SunTrust Foundation has awarded more than $140 million in grants to organizations across the United States.
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N.C. Governor Roy Cooper visits CPCC to promote Finish Line Grant program

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper visited Central Piedmont Community College's Central Campus on Tuesday, July 17 to promote the state's Finish Line Grant program.
 
Finish Line Grants seek to keep students on the path toward completing a college degree or credential. Too often, financial emergencies such as unexpected healthcare costs, childcare expenses or car breakdowns prevent community college students from reaching their educational milestone.
 
Finish Line Grants strive to help students overcome these unforeseen challenges and finish their training. Qualifying students will receive up to $1,000 per semester for financial emergencies such as housing, medical needs, dependent care and others.

CPCC Opportunity Scholarship student Joshua Williams (pictured in the photo above) spoke at the event about why programs such as the Finish Line Grants are important to today's college students. "I can't imagine what would happen if my family got a big, unexpected bill. I'd probably have to drop out of college and work until I could make enough to pay off my debt," explained Williams. "That's why I'm so happy the Finish Line Grants are now available, so they can serve as a safety net for families experiencing money emergencies."
 
The grant program will be available to CPCC students beginning fall 2018. To qualify, students must be in good academic standing and have completed a certain percentage of their degree or credential program.

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Christopher Coleman receives 2018 Richard H. Hagemeyer Award

Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) will present Christopher Coleman, the executive chef at Stoke, Christopher Coleman receiving 2018 Richard H. Hagemeyer Awardlocated in uptown Charlotte's Marriott Center City location, with the 2018 Richard H. Hagemeyer Educational Advancement Award at its spring commencement ceremony, on May 17, 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.

Coleman graduated from CPCC in 2005 with an Associate in Applied Science degree in Culinary Arts. After earning his two-year degree, he went on to work as an executive chef for some of Charlotte's most prestigious restaurants, including McNinch House in uptown and The Asbury, located in Charlotte's historic Dunhill Hotel. For the past two years, he has served as executive chef at Stoke, where he created the menu from scratch. Patrons may choose from a variety of wood-fired seasonal American cuisine items made with high-quality ingredients sourced from local farms and purveyors, something Coleman is renowned for executing in his kitchens.

Most notable, however, is how Coleman gives back to his alma mater when not wearing his chef's hat. He makes it a point of mentoring others, especially students enrolled in CPCC's Culinary Arts program. In the past, he has helped fellow CPCC grads secure positions within the kitchens where he works, and makes time to visit campus to give classroom presentations to culinary students on how to achieve a successful career, the importance of professionalism and the value of family.

When not mentoring or educating the next generation of chefs, Coleman can be found at home with his wife, Ashley, and their two children, Luke and Ellie, or playing drums in his church's band. He is also an active member of the Piedmont Culinary Guild, a nonprofit committed to growing the area's food economy, and the Hospitality Education Advisory Committee.

As a result of his achievements, a scholarship will be granted to a CPCC student enrolled in the college's Culinary Arts program the area of study that most closely reflects Coleman'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. View the previous award recipients at cpccfoundation.org/alumni/hagemeyer-award-honorees.
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Scholarship honors Mitchell Davis, beloved construction professional

During a special dedication ceremony today, Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) established the Mitchell W. Davis Scholarship in honor of Mr. Davis's distinguished career in the Charlotte region's construction and land surveying sectors. Mr. Davis, an employee of Showalter Construction, Co., has dedicated his life's work to the geomatics field, mentoring aspiring surveyors and encouraging others to pursue the field he has forged a successful career in for the past 50-plus years.

Mitchell Davis sitting at scholarship announcementA number of special guests and leading industry leaders gathered at CPCC's Harris Conference Center to celebrate the occasion with Mr. Davis's friends and family, they included: Pat Rodgers, president and CEO of Rodgers; Carl Showalter, president of Showalter Construction Co.; Smoky Bissell, founder of Bissell Companies; and Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer, president of CPCC.

"There is no other person who is as deserving of this recognition as Mitchell," said Mr. Showalter. "He has given back to our industry in so many ways, that this is the least we could do. His contributions as a leader, master problem solver and mentor are unparalleled, and his character as a professional should be emulated by all."

The Mitchell W. Davis Scholarship will provide a full-cost scholarship, covering the full costs of tuition, books, materials and fees, annually to two CPCC students pursuing an associate degree in Geomatics Technology.

"This permanently endowed scholarship will remain a significant source of financial support for students preparing for Geomatics Technology-related careers," added Ms. Rodgers.
Mitchell Davis receiving scholarship honor
The scholarship was created by Mr. Davis's colleagues and friends to honor him as a beloved leader and professional in the geomatics field. It includes a lead gift from Mr. Showalter, as well as supporting gifts from the Bissell Family Foundation; Johnny Harris, CEO of Lincoln Harris; and R.B. Pharr & Associates. "The college is grateful for the generosity of everyone who came together to make this scholarship possible," said Dr. Deitemeyer. "The college is proud to have Mitchell's name associated with our Geomatics Technology program in such a prominent manner."

For more information about the Mitchell W. Davis Scholarship, contact the CPCC Foundation at 704.330.6869. To learn more about CPCC's Geomatics Technology program, please visit cpcc.edu/et/academic-programs/copy_of_geomatics-technology/geomatics.

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Alumni--we need your help!

CPCC is conducting a branding study, and we are looking for input from our alumni. We have two options for participation in a focus group: Thursday, April 12 from 12:00 to1:30pm or Tuesday, April 17 from 12:00 to 1:30pm. Both groups will be on Central Campus, and lunch will be provided.

Join us, and you'll be entered to win an Amazon Echo Dot! If you are interested and for more information, please email melissa.warlick@cpcc.edu or call 704.330.6155. Read more

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CPCC Seeks Nominations for 2018 Hagemeyer Educational Advancement Award

Do you know a Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) graduate who is making a tremendous difference in the community? Nominations are currently being sought for the 2018 Richard H. Hagemeyer Educational Advancement Award. This award recognizes a former CPCC student who has significantly benefited from his//her experiences at CPCC and whose efforts have helped the community.

The award is named after Dr. Richard H. Hagemeyer, CPCC's first president, who led the college 23 years, from a trade school with 1,200 students to one of the state's largest community colleges.
Nominations are being sought for individuals who have:

  • demonstrated community involvement and social responsibility.
  • acquired scholastic and learning skills that have led to continued personal and educational growth.
  • improved his or her economic status and potential for growth.
  • exemplified positive and significant life changes.
Previous award winners include Paula Vincent, David Howard, Jim Rogers, Joe Vagnone, Dr. Kenneth J. Welch, Chief Luther Fincher, Frances M. Queen, Richard K. Zollinger, Fabi W. Preslar, James C. Taylor Jr. and Dr. Chris Dula.

The college will recognize this year's winner at CPCC's commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 17, 2018, and a one-year scholarship will be granted to a CPCC student in an area of study reflective of the winner's background.

Nomination forms are available on the CPCC Foundation website.

Completed nomination forms should be submitted to Dr. Tracie Clark in the Disher Building, 1300 East Fourth Street; or mailed to Tracie Clark, CPCC, P.O. Box 35009, Charlotte, NC, 28235. The deadline for nominations is March 30, 2018. For more information, contact Dr. Clark at tracie.clark@cpcc.edu or call 704.330.6022. Read more

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From Biz Journal: Siemens apprenticeship program gets spotlight from Gov. Cooper tour

Read the full article highlighting the CPCC/Siemens apprenticeship program from the Charlotte Business Journal at https://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/news/2018/03/06/siemens-apprenticeship-program-gets-spotlight-from.html Read more

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