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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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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Dr. Deitemeyer's Fall Forum

Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer kicked off the new academic year at the Fall Forum, August 3, 2017.  Dr. Deitemeyer spoke about the college's upcoming efforts to launch the strategic planning process. In addition to campus-wide updates and service awards for employees, our colleagues were presented a variety of awards. Fall Forum Read more

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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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Checking in with Anthony Foxx Scholarship Recipient Jamal Moss '12

Jamal Moss '12 didn't let his high school counselor at West Charlotte High School talk him out of applying to CPCC. "She wanted me to attend N.C. Central University or N.C. A&T,"
Jamal Moss holding up CPCC pennantexplains Jamal. "She was afraid I wouldn't succeed at CPCC; that I would become another statistic.
Evidently, it was a trend the counselor had seen many times before young African-American male plans to apply to a two-year college, attend and one day transfer to a four-year institution, only to fail.
Fortunately for Jamal, the counselor didn't know him and his ability to defy the odds at all costs. More...

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N.C. Gov. Cooper Visits CPCC Central Campus

N.C. Governor Roy Cooper visited CPCC's Central Campus on Wednesday to address media representatives and discuss his N.C. Getting Ready for Opportunities in the Workforce scholarship (NC GROW) budget proposal. The program is free community college that covers last-dollar tuition and fees to any NC Community College for recent high school graduates who make a certain grade point average and who have exhausted other sources of financial aid. 
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CPCC truck driving program graduates 80 students since opening in 2016

To help meet a rapidly growing demand for drivers in the Charlotte region, Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) launched a truck-driving certificate program in January 2016. JPMorgan Chase provided much needed assistance by awarding a $180,000 grant for start-up expenses including instructors and a high-tech truck-driving simulator.
Since the program opened, 80 students have graduated and earned their commercial driver's license. The program's current class has 36 students. Continued
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Dental Hygiene Program Anniversary Scholarship is a challenge-match to endow a scholarship

The Challenge
The Dental Hygiene Program Anniversary Scholarship is a challenge-match to endow a scholarship

Dental Hygiene Lab at CPCC to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Dental Hygiene program. Through the generosity of a fellow Dental Hygiene alumna, your gift to the scholarship fund will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $15,000!Honor the past with a gift to the scholarship fund; enhance the future of the program. As an "anniversary" scholarship, you can continue to give every year to celebrate your graduation, your anniversary, your career success, your instructors, your alma mater and to help rising Dental Hygiene students launch their careers.

Additionally, the Class of 1980 is establishing a scholarship in memory of their classmate, the late Laurie Barringer Werner. Gifts to this scholarship will also qualify for the challenge-match.

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From the Charlotte Observer: Doctors said they’d be disabled. Now 17, the triplets have earned college degrees.

Doctors said they'd be disabled. Now 17, the triplets have earned college degrees.

  • Keenya and Richard Brown will watch with pride Thursday when their three youngest children triplets walk with other graduates of Central Piedmont Community College at Bojangles Coliseum.
  • But that will only begin the achievements of the 17-year-olds, born prematurely and expected by doctors to face lifelong disabilities.
    Next Tuesday, in a separate commencement, each teen will accept two diplomas they earned simultaneously: one from Cato Middle College High School and the second a CPCC associate's degree.
    Then they'll be off to college on scholarships, the two boys, Koby and Keyshawn, to study nuclear engineering at N.C. State University and Kayla as an accounting major on a Winthrop University basketball scholarship.
    "I tell everybody I'm about to get my life back," said Keenya Brown, who for years chauffeured her "miracle babies" about Charlotte.
    Brown and her husband set the course for their children decades ago.
    Both grew up in the Bronx, where their own parents struggled with drug problems. The Browns, a couple since they were 16, wanted a different life and left New York for a fresh start.
    The young family lived in Maryland when the triplets were born at just 25 weeks, each baby weighing less than 2 pounds.
    Both boys had bleeding in their brains, and all three babies stayed in neonatal intensive care for three months. Doctors predicted all three would suffer from cerebral palsy and have learning disabilities, particularly in science and math, due to complications from their early births.
    "It was touch and go every single day," said Keenya Brown, who is a physical therapy assistant. "I got on my knees and told God, if you think I can handle it, then let it be. If you think I can't handle it, then please intervene and clear the blood up."
    One last sonogram showed that the bleeding had stopped. All three triplets grew up healthy and smart in Charlotte, where the family moved in 2004.
    The triplets took advantage of North Carolina's Career & College Promise program, which lets juniors and seniors earn tuition-free college credits while earning their high school degrees at four of CPCC's campuses. Students and their parents may save thousands of dollars on college because they can start as juniors.
    The three Brown teens will be among five students at Cato Middle College High, on CPCC's Cato campus in east Charlotte, who will earn associate's degrees in two years.
    " 'Focus' is a very good word for them, as well as 'dedication,' " said principal Alicisa Johnson. "They are an example of what taking advantage of the Middle College program really looks like."
    Spring grades aren't in yet, but through fall classes Koby had a perfect 5.03 grade-point average, weighted to reflect the quality of classes he took. He ranked second in his class of 98 students. Keyshawn also had a perfect 5.0 GPA and ranked third. Kayla had a 4.7 GPA and ranked 13th.

    Education the key

    The boys are "joined at the hip," their mother said, sharing a bedroom at home and planning to room together at N.C. State. They're reserved and enjoy family trips.
    Keyshawn won a full academic Goodnight scholarship to N.C State, and Koby also earned several scholarships and grants. Both will go to State in June for a six-week transition program. The boys are interested in military careers after college both their parents served in the Army Reserves and in the National Guard.
    Kayla is more outgoing, Brown said, and is captain of her high school basketball team. The 5-foot-4 guard was conference player of the year for Mallard Creek High.
    "My parents from Day One always stressed that education is the key, that it was going to take us to where we wanted to go," Kayla Brown said.
    "When you're a kid you want to go do what everybody else is doing, to parties and hanging out, and sometimes you just can't. So many times I cried and so many times I asked, why do I have to do this? But I have hopes and dreams and know where I want to be."
    Kayla wants to be a forensic accountant, investigating fraud or embezzlement for the FBI or some other government agency. It's the suggestion of her father, a self-employed network engineer, who knew her knack for numbers.
    She also wants to be a philanthropist, an ethic she also learned from her parents. The family has volunteered at Second Harvest Food Bank and for the past two Christmases has sponsored homeless families.
    "We just knew you don't have to be a product of your environment, we always tell people that," Keenya Brown said. "We try to pass it forward."
    Brown and her husband "kept a book in front of their faces" and made a practice, in summer, of starting their children on the courses they would face in the upcoming school year. "School just started getting easier for them," Brown said.
    Because of their coursework at CPCC, the triplets could finish their undergraduate degrees in two years but will likely slow it to three. Kayla, with a four-year scholarship, could graduate Winthrop with a master's degree. The eldest son, Richard Jr., graduated from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla.
    "We timed it just perfect," Keenya Brown said.
    After commencement exercises are done, and before the next level of schooling begins, the family will squeeze in a week-long trip to Cancun in late May.
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