Central Piedmont holds commencement May 16

Central Piedmont Community College today hosted its 2018-2019 commencement ceremony at Bojangles' Coliseum in Charlotte. Almost 875 students "marched" and received their college degrees. More than 2,500 students were eligible to graduate this year. Since Central Piedmont holds only spring graduation ceremonies each year, 2018 summer and fall semester graduates participated in the exercises as well.

During the morning festivities, Ms. Desiree Kinker, a 2019 Central Piedmont graduate, addressed this year's graduates. This is the second time Central Piedmont has had a student keynote speaker at graduation. Desiree, a culinary arts student, shared her personal story with her peers. It was a tale of perseverance; her determination to complete her education, despite a period of homelessness; and overcoming the odds. She stood out as a prime example of a student who valued and leveraged the relationships around her, worked hard to build a better life, and brought light to any space she entered.

In addition to hearing from Desiree, attendees also heard from Adam Brooks, senior manager of learning and development for Charter Communications, who was recognized with this year's Richard H. Hagemeyer Educational Advancement Award, and Brandy Garrett, science department chair for Blenheim Elementary Middle School, who was honored with the college's inaugural Young Alumni Award of Excellence.

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Central Piedmont reveals new branding

What began 15 months ago with the start of a branding and marketing study -- and journeyed through the opinions and ideas of more than 3,000 existing and prospective students, parents, faculty and staff, and community members -- culminated today in a college-wide celebration, on all six campuses, as Central Piedmont Community College launched its new branding, which includes new college colors, logo, and website.

"We hope this brand transformation will excite all of those in our Central Piedmont family, energizing and propelling them forward to do the passionate work needed to help our students not just wonder, 'what if,' but set an academic goal and achieve or surpass it," said Central Piedmont President Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer. "Central Piedmont calls on all its employees, students, board members, and community supporters to now be brand ambassadors, helping to tell the college's story to the community."

The college's "brand" is the emotional and psychological connection people have with Central Piedmont; its personality. The college's logo, website, marketing materials, faculty, staff, and students all are important parts of its brand.

The brand study results also emphasized the need for Central Piedmont to elevate its visual standing in the marketplace to match the caliber of education and services it provides. The "Central Piedmont green" has been replaced with a new color scheme: gold and gray. The old "green box" logo is gone and replaced with a cleaner, more collegiate and modern design. During the logo-design process, multiple students groups expressed their desire for a logo that stands well with the corporate and other institutional marks in Charlotte and conveys the seriousness in which Central Piedmont students approach their programs of study and pursue life-changing credentials.

As the final piece of the branding/marketing process, the college has launched a totally new website to focus more on its visitors, mainly future Central Piedmont students and their families, inviting them to easily explore and connect with the college.

The college partnered with Pittsburgh-based Barkley REI to create the new website at cpcc.edu. More than putting a new face put on the old website, Central Piedmont teams plowed through the nearly 30,000 pages of content on the old website to create a thoroughly modern, audience-focused way to present the information site visitors need to know. The look and feel, functionality and voice of the new website were created with intense input from hundreds of faculty, staff, students (prospective and current) and community members.

At a celebration event today on Central Campus that was streamed live to all campuses, the college revealed the new branding including the new logo, college colors, initial advertising campaign concept, and redesigned website and also had "reveal" parties for students at every campus. 

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Central Piedmont receives cybersecurity grant

The U.S. Department of Education Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) has awarded Central Piedmont Community College a two-year, $94,266 cybersecurity grant to purchase and install new equipment for the college's NETLAB, an online lab solution that provides students with access to live IT infrastructure to perform technology related experiments from any Web-based computer.
Central Piedmont students examining computer hardware
The funding is being awarded through the U.S. Department of Education's Cybersecurity Education Technological Upgrades for Community Colleges pilot program, an initiative that seeks to improve infrastructure for cybersecurity education programs at community colleges. Select colleges must use the funds to make technological upgrades at its facilities, enhancing its ability to offer state-of-the-art cybersecurity education programs to students.

Central Piedmont will use the grant to modernize, enhance and expand the capacity of its NETLAB, located in the Levine Information Technology Building on Central Campus. Funds will help purchase equipment vital to the NETLAB's success, including a Cisco router and gigabit switch, two Dell Power Edge servers and the NETLAB+ Virtual Edition appliance. Doing so will enable the college to create a training environment in which students are afforded hands-on use of forensic software within a learning environment that reflects the industry standard.

"Cybersecurity has emerged as a significant federal priority. As a result, there is a growing need for quality cybersecurity education programs across the region," said Mike Hogan, associate dean of STEM at Central Piedmont. "By boosting the functionality of our NETLAB, we'll ensure Central Piedmont is well positioned to ensure low income student populations, as well as underrepresented minorities, will have access to in demand education that results in lucrative careers in cybersecurity."

To learn more about the U.S. Department of Education's FIPSE program, please visit https://www2.ed.gov/programs/ppcetucc/index.html. For more information on Central Piedmont's Information Assurance and Digital Forensics program, visit cpcc.edu/career/programs/cyber%20crime%20info%20system.
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Artwork displayed at CPCC to appear in Smithsonian

A contemporary sculpture currently on display at Central Piedmont Community College's Central Campus will be transported soon to Washington, D.C., where it will appear in an exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Artist Dustin Farnsworth created the piece called, "Glass Sculpture by Dustin Farnsworth" (2014). The work is on loan to the college from owner Bill Gorelick of Charlotte. The sculpture is on display on the first floor of the Zeiss Building, located on the college's Central Campus. Gorelick has loaned the college a number of pieces from his personal collection since 2013 so students at its campuses can be exposed to and enjoy art in multiple forms, including sculpture, glass and pottery. These spaces have become known as the Bill and Patty Gorelick Galleries at Central Piedmont. There are currently three galleries at Central Piedmont's campuses the college plans to have one at each campus by 2021. To learn more about how to support the Gorelick Galleries, visit the CPCC Arts page.

The Farnsworth sculpture will remain on display at Central Piedmont until mid-October. It then will appear in the Smithsonian's biannual showcase of contemporary craft at the museum's Renwick Gallery from Nov. 9 to May 5, 2019. Following its display in D.C., the piece will return to the Queen City where it will be placed on display in the college's fourth Gorelick Gallery, located on its Harper Campus.

The Smithsonian's exhibition is a biannual showcase of contemporary craft that offers a national platform for both established and emerging craft artists whose work the museum feels deserves more attention. Participating artists are selected by a jury of specialists in the field, and the show will be accompanied by an illustrated catalogue.

Farnsworth resides in Montreal and has been an artist-in-residence at the McColl Center for Art & Innovation in Charlotte. His work has appeared in solo exhibitions in Columbia, SC; Huntsville, AL; Wilmington, NC; Murfreesboro, TN; and Grand Rapids, MI.

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The German Language & Culture Foundation awards CPCC $8,800 grant

The German Language & Culture Foundation (GLCF) of Charlotte, N.C., has given Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) an $8,800 grant to support four $2,200 scholarships associated with the college's study abroad program to Germany. The monies will pay for four CPCC students to study abroad in Heidelberg, Germany, during June 2018, 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 city of Charlotte is home to hundreds of companies from German-speaking Europe," said Daniela Weinert, president of the GLCF. "It's important that we build a talent pipeline of fluent, German-speaking graduates who are prepared to enter the workforce and hit the ground running, adding value to the Queen City's international businesses."

CPCC students Lisa Bivens, Matthews, N.C.; Skyler Cooper, Charlotte, N.C.; Kyle Harris, Charlotte, N.C.; and Ashley Metz, Waxhaw, N.C.; were named the 2018 German Language & Culture Foundation Scholarship recipients. The four students have been studying German at CPCC and plan to continue German language study in the future.

"This experience will allow me to learn the German language in an immersion setting, giving me the chance to gain a broader understanding of the German culture and its people," said Bivens. "After English, German is one of the most widely spoken languages; therefore, learning how to speak it fluently is important."

This year marks the tenth consecutive year that the Foundation has bestowed a scholarship to a CPCC student.

To learn more about CPCC's study abroad programs, please visit cpcc.edu/study-abroad or contact Nadine Russell at 704.330.6167. For more information on the German Language & Culture Foundation, please contact info@germanfoundation.com or visit germanfoundation.com.


Lisa BivensLisa A. Bivens
Matthews, N.C., native Lisa A. Bivens is looking forward to studying abroad in Germany this summer. While she's only been studying the German language for two years, she's hopeful about accomplishing the everyday tasks she takes for granted here in the States. "It would be fantastic to just hop on a train and have a conversation with a fellow passenger," explains Bivens.

But first, Bivens, a business major, has to get there. While thinking about the journey ahead can seem intimidating to some new country, new culture, different language to Bivens, it's an opportunity to embrace the change around her.

"This experience will allow me to learn the German language in an immersion setting, giving me the chance to gain a broader understanding of the German culture and its people," says Bivens. "After English, German is one of the most widely spoken languages; therefore, learning how to speak it fluently is important."

Bivens believes her hard work will pay off in the future. By gaining an understanding of the German language now, she'll gain a competitive edge in the marketplace. "The City of Charlotte is home to more than 200 German companies," she explains. "I hope that being fluent in German will help me secure a job after graduation."

The second-year CPCC student plans to transfer to UNC Charlotte in the near future and graduate with a bachelor's degree in business.


Ashley MetzAshley Metz
Ashley Metz has studied the German language for two years at CPCC and is excited about the prospect of studying abroad this summer to immerse herself in another country's culture.

"I'm looking forward to getting to know the German language better," explains Metz. "I also can't wait to see what school will be like in Germany. I hope this experience teaches me many life lessons that I can one day apply in the real world."

The Waxhaw, N.C., native is currently enrolled in CPCC's Career and College Promise program, a dual enrollment program for CMS juniors and seniors. After completing the program, she plans to pursue a bachelor's degree in international studies at a four-year school.

Kyle HarrisKyle Harris
Kyle Harris has previously traveled overseas to London, Paris, Florence and Rome, but this will be the first time the Charlotte, N.C., native will study abroad in a foreign country. "I can't wait to be fully immersed in the German culture," explains Harris. "I hope it teaches me more about the language and what it means to be a European and German citizen today."

Harris has been studying the German language off and on for the past four years. Before enrolling at CPCC last year, he was a student in the college's Career & College Promise program, which helps CMS students earn college credit at no cost.

After graduating from high school, Harris enrolled at CPCC in fall 2017 and went online one day to learn more about the college's study abroad programs. It was there, Harris explains, that he stumbled across the GLCF scholarship opportunity. He decided to apply and now finds himself preparing to study abroad in Germany this summer.

"I'm not only looking forward to the change in culture and scenery, but also practicing my German on a daily basis so I can become more fluent," says Harris.

Harris plans to take the knowledge he gains as a result of this experience and apply it to his career plans, which include studying international studies at UNCC after graduating from CPCC. "I enjoy learning foreign languages. Once I have a firm grasp of the German language, I would love to one day study the Arabic language and learn more about Arabic-speaking countries."

Skyler CooperSkyler Cooper
Mastering the German language is in Skyler Cooper's long-term plans; it's a language he plans to continue studying long after leaving CPCC in the spring. "Even after I transfer from CPCC this fall, learning the German language will remain a priority. There are so many applications for it in today's marketplace," explains Cooper.

Cooper, a Charlotte, N.C., native, is currently in his second year at CPCC, earning credits toward an Associate in Arts degree. While he's only spent two semesters learning German at CPCC, he feels prepared and hopeful about his upcoming trip overseas. "I cannot wait to immerse myself in the German language and culture," he explains.

While this won't be Cooper's first time visiting Germany, it will be his first time seeing the country through the eyes of a local, rather than a tourist. "Getting to see Heidelberg through a completely different lens will be the experience of a lifetime. I'm not only looking forward to soaking up the sights and sounds of Heidelberg, but also improving my German language skills at the same time."

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Business North Carolina Names Dr. Deitemeyer a Top "Change Agent"

Congratulations to Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer! She was recently named as one of the top "Change Agents" in the state by Business North Carolina magazine.

Dr. Kandi DeitemeyerThe publication's "Change Agent" list recognizes individuals who lead prominent businesses or organizations but are relatively new in their role. Individuals included on this prestigious list are considered the top "leaders to watch" in the upcoming year.

Business North Carolina's Feb. 2018 issue listed the state's most influential business leaders, ranging from the top 100 businesspeople from across the state, to the leading icons and change agents. View the complete list here.











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From the Charlotte Observer:This local college is building its biggest building yet, starting next week

BY ELY PORTILLO
elyportillo@charlotteobserver.com
OCTOBER 26, 2017 10:43 AM
Central Piedmont Community College plans to break ground Wednesday on its biggest building yet, a new classroom facility on its Central Campus in Elizabeth.
The $56.1 million building is funded through 2013 Mecklenburg County bonds. Totaling 154,000 square feet, the new building is larger than the Overcash Building on Central Campus, currently the school's largest. The new building will be located on the main quad, near Sam Ryburn Walk.
The new building is set to open in January 2020 for classes. The facility will include 23 standard classrooms, 29 computer classrooms, a 200-seat auditorium, six labs and offices.
Rodgers Builders is the general contractor and Bergmann Associates is the architect for the project. 
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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.

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From WBTV: CPCC students helping keep Quail Hollow's grounds green for PGA Championship

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -If you're not standing on it, it's almost hard to believe it's real. Blankets of pristine green flow across the course at Quail Hollow in south Charlotte. But days before the start of the PGA Championship, the Greens and Grounds crew is figuring out how to exceed perfection.
Farber and Rodriguez have spent a lot of time getting to know this grass. In fact, they have a degree in Turf Grass Management from Central Piedmont Community College. Story...

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