Central Piedmont seeks nominations for 2019 Alumni Awards

Do you know a Central Piedmont Community College graduate who is making a tremendous difference in the community? Nominations are currently being sought for the 2019 Richard H. Hagemeyer Educational Advancement Award and the 2019 Young Alumni Award of Excellence. These awards recognize Central Piedmont graduates who has significantly benefited from his/her experiences at Central Piedmont and whose efforts have helped the community.

Nominations are being sought for individuals who have:

  • demonstrated community involvement/professional involvement, social responsibility and impact
  • acquired scholastic and learning skills that have led to continued personal and educational growth
  • improved his or her economic status and social capital as a result of attending Central Piedmont
  • invested in the lives of others and is seen as a role model
  • graduated within the last 10 years (Young Alumni Award of Excellence only)

The college will recognize this year's winners at Central Piedmont's commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 16, 2019, and a one-year scholarship will be granted to a Central Piedmont student in an area of study reflective of the winner's background.

Nomination forms are available on the Foundation's website.

Completed nomination forms should be submitted online; or mailed to Christa Newkirk, Office of Alumni Relations, PO Box 35009, Charlotte, NC, 28235. The deadline for nominations is March 22, 2019, at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Christa Newkirk at christa.newkirk@cpcc.edu or call 704.330.6808.
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Rock band Metallica’s Foundation Awards Central Piedmont $100,000 grant

As part of a new workforce education initiative, the rock band Metallica's All Within My Hands Foundation (AWMH) has awarded Central Piedmont Community College a $100,000 grant to support career and technical education programs.
The Metallica All Within My Hands Foundation
The band partnered with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) to select 10 community colleges from across the country that best demonstrated support of relevant jobs skill training for community college students. The funds will help more than 1,000 students at each college gain the training they need to enter the workforce. These students will become the first cohort of Metallica Scholars.

"We are thrilled to be part of Metallica's commitment to the community college system and improving career opportunities for community college students in technical programs," said Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer, president of Central Piedmont. "The group's gift will help us better support our students as they seek the education and training they need to secure employment and start family-sustaining careers."

Central Piedmont will use the grant funds to provide direct support for students enrolled in one of four healthcare career programs but need financial assistance to complete their studies and become licensed healthcare professionals. The project will focus on high-demand healthcare programs, including Dental Assisting, Medical Assisting, Ophthalmic Medical Personnel, and Pharmacy Technology. The project will target underrepresented students who would not be able to complete their program or obtain credentials without financial support. The goal of the initiative is to ensure students receive relevant jobs skills that will make them competitive in the healthcare field.

AWMH will work closely with AACC to implement and manage the program. Said Walter G. Bumphus, president and CEO of AACC, "Colleges across the country provide pathways to well-paying jobs through programs, services and training that lead to in-demand skills, certificates and degrees for students. These programs are responsive to the needs of local businesses and provide a pipeline of qualified workers to local industry. It's a win-win for our students and the local economy. For Metallica to see the benefit of these programs and invest in the communities that have supported them is a testament to the power of education and we are proud to do this work with them."
Recipient colleges of the group's $1,000,000 grant are all AACC members and based in and around stops on Metallica's 2017-2019 WorldWired Tour. To see a complete list of recipients, visit http://top40-charts.com/news.php?nid=142405.

About AWMH
The AWMH Foundation was established in 2017 by Metallica as a means to invest in the people and places that have supported the band. It also provides a mechanism for Metallica's fans to become engaged in philanthropy and volunteerism. The foundation is focused on supporting sustainable communities through workforce education (in addition to combatting hunger through an alliance with Feeding America), and is fully supported by the band, the AWMH board, and by fans. All expenses of the foundation are covered by the band, the board, and a few special friends, so that 100 percent of donations go to the organizations it supports. AWMH is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization. See www.allwithinmyhands.org
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Hundreds of 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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Allison and Williams reappointed to CPCC Trustee Board

headshot of Judy AllisonJudy Allison of Charlotte and Richard "Stick" Williams of Huntersville have been reappointed to the Central Piedmont Community College Board of Trustees. Allison was reappointed by N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper, and Williams was reappointed by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education. Their four-year terms will run through June 30, 2022.

Allison was first appointed to the Central Piedmont board in 2010 and previously served as vice chair. Her career included leadership positions with Queens University of Charlotte and First Union Corporation (now Wells Fargo). She is an alumna of Queens University.

headshot of Richard "Stick" WilliamsWilliams has served as a Central Piedmont trustee since 2014. He is a retired Duke Energy executive, last serving as vice president of corporate community affairs and president of the Duke Energy Foundation. He holds a bachelor's degree from UNC Chapel Hill.

"The college is delighted and fortunate to have Judy Allison and Stick Williams reappointed to the Board of Trustees," said Dr. Kandi W. Deitemeyer, Central Piedmont president. "We have relied upon and appreciated their wisdom and insight. Their good counsel will be needed as the college adopts a new strategic plan and tightens its focus on student retention and program completion in 2019 and beyond."
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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!

View the official press release.
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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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October 15-21 is National Estate Planning Awareness Week

Peggy & Tom GriffinPeggy and Tom Griffin have their final plans in place, including a legacy gift to the CPCC Foundation. Tom retired from CPCC after 37 years of dedicated service. As both a Dean and VP, Education Support Services, he played a vital role in the growth of the College from an institution with humble beginnings in the Central High School Building to a college with six campuses throughout the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area. Peggy was a teacher for 36 years, most of it in the CMS system. Education is important to them and certainly a legacy for which they will be remembered.
 
Tom recently said, "Peggy and I support CPCC because the College is the key to the City of Charlotte's continued success and growth. This is illustrated by the number of students at CPCC and the College's growth to meet the needs of the community. We hope it will continue to grow."
 
CPCC trains some 55,000 students per year. These students range from Associate in Arts or Science degree candidates to college transfer students, to skills training such as dental assisting, welding and manufacturing students to those taking a course to complete a work requirement or earn a certificate. CPCC's goal is to educate students and strengthen the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community.  
 
Our sincere appreciation to Peggy and Tom for their continued support and partnership. 
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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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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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