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, CLT announce training grant from JPMorgan Chase

last modified Jan 11, 2018 02:06 PM
Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) and Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) announced today that JPMorgan Chase has provided a significant grant to support training for CLT Aviation Department employees.
The $135,000 grant from JPMorgan Chase will enable CPCC to provide CLT Aviation Department employees with training in multiple technical areas which are essential to the development of workforce skills required by the airport. The training will include electrical systems, welding, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification, and OSHA industrial safety certification, and benefit dozens of Aviation Department team members, including prospective entry-level employees, as the airport continues its nine-gate expansion. The grant-supported training will enhance the skills of Aviation Department employees and provide selected CPCC students with opportunities to engage in workplace learning experiences aligned with airport workforce needs.
Speaking at the grant announcement were Craig May, Carolinas market executive for JPMorgan Chase; Brent Cagle CLT aviation director; and Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer, CPCC president.
"We want more people to share in the benefits of a growing economy by creating sustainable paths to careers that lead to prosperity and wealth for more individuals," said May of JPMorgan Chase. "The number of logistics-related jobs in the Carolinas is growing significantly and our partnership with CPCC and the airport will help more people gain the skills needed to fill those positions."
"The airport recognizes the need to develop and maintain a highly skilled workforce for today and the future," Cagle said. "That is why today's news is not only exciting, but extremely important. Charlotte Douglas International Airport generates $16.2 billion yearly to the local economy. It takes many partners and a talented, skilled workforce to make us the premier airport that we are. Our partnership with JPMorgan Chase and CPCC provides vital training opportunities for Aviation Department employees to thrive and better serve our passengers."
CPCC's Corporate Learning Center is the college's single point of contact for serving the wide range of learning and development needs of businesses and organizations in Mecklenburg County, including customized training. The college's span of learning, expertise and experience make CPCC a well-positioned workforce development resource to help meet the performance and organizational needs of local companies.
"Thanks to JPMorgan Chase for its generous grant to make this workforce development initiative possible," Deitemeyer said. "This grant is another example of JPMorgan Chase's commitment to enhancing the communities in which it operates by promoting economic opportunities and mobility. This unique workforce development partnership supports our vitally important international airport and builds on JPMorgan Chase's commitment to improving our region's competitive position."
The CLT training provided by CPCC began Jan. 5, and will continue through May. JPMorgan Chase has invested more than $800,000 in CPCC workforce training initiatives over the last three years.
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From WBTV: CPCC Culinary program bakes cookies, brownies for US Troops home for holidays

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -Central Piedmont Community College is partnering with Lincoln Harris to bake cookies for returning U.S. troops in Charlotte.
On Dec. 15, they will bake between 3,000 and 4,000 cookies and brownies for troops returning home for the holidays.
The cookies will be distributed to the troops by the United Service Organizations at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
The organization expects approximately 4,000 military members to pass through the airport in the coming weeks.
This is the third consecutive year CPCC has hosted the Lincoln Harris team for this project. The first two years, volunteers worked at CPCC's Harris Campus, home to the college's Baking & Pastry Arts curriculum program, and baked 2,000 cookies and brownies.

This year's 4,000 cookie and brownie goal requires more kitchen space. Therefore, the team is moving its operation to CPCC's Culinary Arts Center, a larger space that boasts five main kitchens and more.
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CPCC Culinary Arts instructor named to ACF Culinary Team USA

ast modified Nov 20, 2017 09:56 AM
Chef Robert Marilla, CEC, a culinary arts instructor at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC), earned one of onlyChef Marilla eight spots on the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Culinary Team USA, the official representative for the United States in major international culinary competitions. Fourteen chefs from across the country competed for a place on the eight-member team during a July 10-13 conference in Orlando, Fla.
During the four-day event, Marilla, together with Sam Hart, a CPCC culinary student intern and Charlotte resident, participated in two competitions, expertly executing the menu Marilla had perfected in the months leading up to the event: a fish course featuring Brunswick County Strawberry Grouper, a Frisee and Brussels Sprouts salad and a Pork Loin and Sausage Crepinette entrée.
"I cannot thank the CPCC community enough for its support," Marilla, a Denver, N.C., resident, said. "I am extremely excited about this opportunity and representing CPCC on the world stage." Continued
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From WCNC: CPCC students make, donate wigs to...

CHARLOTTE, N.C. There is a special room at the American Cancer Society in Charlotte.
Inside the health organization's building is a wig room where cosmetology students from Central Piedmont Community College donated 32 wigs.
"I love making wigs so to be able to do it for a good cause and for the American Cancer society was a really good experience," said CPCC student Courtney Lebby.
What started out as a school assignment ultimately became a rewarding experience for a group of cosmetology students at CPCC.
"I think this was a great opportunity for the school and the students," said CPCC student Roni Odugbesan.
People battling cancer can swing by and pick out a wig free of charge once a year.
"Wigs are expensive if they're not given to you for free," Lebby said. "Especially human hair wigs, they can range anywhere from $300 to $400."
Some of the wigs are made of all synthetic hair, others are completely made of human hair. There are even some made of a combination of both. 
Students told NBC Charlotte it can take anywhere from a couple of hours to an entire day to make a wig.
"We didn't cut the bangs just because we don't know how people's facial when they put a wig on," Lebby said. "They can either have a stylist cut it to shape their face or if it's curly hair, they can stay it, they can braid it down."
The students say they're just happy to have a chance to share their talents.
"We really are glad to help the community," Odugbesan said.
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CPCC breaks ground for its largest-ever building

last modified Nov 02, 2017 10:22 AM
Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) officials broke ground today for the new North Classroom Building, at the college's Central Campus. The 154,100 square-foot facility will be the largest building ever constructed by the college.
"With this new space, the college will be better able to equip students with the skills required to pursue family-sustaining careers and transform their lives," said Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer, CPCC president. "I firmly believe we at the college are in the life-transformation businesses, and this new building will be an important element in this process.
North Classroom Building Project Summary:
  • Construction/Project Manager:  Rodger Builders
  • Architect:  Bergmann Associates
  • 154,100-square-foot project
  • Total project cost:  $56.1 million
  • Source of funding:  2013 Mecklenburg County bonds
  • Scheduled completion date:  Open for classes January 2020
The North Classroom Building will include:
  • 23 classrooms
  • 29 computer classrooms
  • 200-seat auditorium
  • Four biology labs
  • Two chemistry labs
  • Faculty/staff offices

The six-floor North Classroom Building will be larger than the Overcash Building, also located on the Central Campus. The Overcash Building, completed in 2005, currently is CPCC's biggest facility, standing at 128,304 square feet.
"This new building will provide much-needed classroom space to address student demand on this campus," Deitemeyer added. The new building will sit on the Central Campus main quad.
The groundbreaking ceremony was one of several inauguration week events taking place at the college. On Friday, Nov. 3, at 10:30 a.m., in Halton Theater of the Overcash Building, Deitemeyer will be inaugurated as CPCC's fourth president.
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CPCC inaugurates Deitemeyer as college’s fourth president

last modified Nov 06, 2017 09:26 AM
CPCC inaugurated Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer as the college's fourth president today at a ceremony held on the Central Campus. Featuring the pageantry of an academic procession down Elizabeth Avenue, it was first presidential inauguration at the college in 30 years.
Deitemeyer became the fourth president of CPCC on Jan. 2, 2017. It's an academic tradition that an institution hold aninauguration or installment event at some point during a new president's first year. Deitemeyer's predecessor, Dr. Tony Zeiss, chose to not have an inauguration when he joined CPCC in 1992. His predecessor, Dr. Ruth Shaw, was inaugurated on Jan. 30, 1987.
Deitemeyer came to CPCC with an extensive and diverse background in community college administration. Her career has spanned 25 years in higher education, with 23 of those serving in community college systems in North Carolina, Kentucky and Florida. Just prior to CPCC, she served six years as the president of the College of the Albemarle, based in Elizabeth City, N.C.
During the inauguration ceremony, Deitemeyer took the oath of office, received the college medallion and gave an address in which she spoke on the social and economic necessity of education.
"Education is the answer that will bring us together in our differences and bridge the economic divide both in Charlotte and in our country," Deitemeyer said.
"This is a community with global aspirations. We seek a larger presence on the global economic stage. We must connect these aspirations with efforts across the community to enhance the economic mobility of our citizens by preparing a globally competitive workforce," Deitemeyer added. "So as we make the name of Charlotte more respected across the globe and see our prosperity multiply, we leave no one behind and lift everyone up."
Dr. D takes the oath of presidentAn academic procession of about 200 college trustees, faculty members and administrators and visiting delegates from other institutions of higher education, all in caps and gowns, signaled the start of the event. The procession began at the Worrell Building and moved down Elizabeth Avenue to the Overcash Building and its Halton Theater, were the inauguration ceremony was held.
Participating in the ceremony were CPCC trustees Edwin Dalrymple and Judith Allison; Ella Scarborough, chair of the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners; Rev. Clint Pressley of Hickory Grove Baptist Church; student Spencer Jones; alumna Lynne Tatum Little; faculty member Carolyn Jacobs; staff member Heather Napier; CPCC Foundation board member Gary LaBrosse; acting president of the North Carolina Community College System Jennifer Haygood; and Dr. David Johnson, president of the N.C. Association of Community College Presidents. The Carolina Brass Quintet and the CPCC Chorus performed during the ceremony.
Deitemeyer's pathway to success began at Polk Community College in Florida, where she graduated with an associate of arts degree. From there, she went on to earn a bachelor's degree in mass communications and public relations, a master's degree in counselor education and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of South Florida.
She serves on the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges Board of Trustees and is an active member of the North Carolina Association of Community College Presidents. She is a Rotarian and serves on many community and philanthropic boards, including the Charlotte Chamber, Charlotte Regional Collaborative for a Global Economy, Charlotte Regional Partnership, Charlotte Will, Leading on Opportunity Council, and the League for Innovation.
The inauguration and college-wide luncheon that followed culminated a week of activities, which included events and drives to support Project Life, Urban Ministries and Loaves and Fishes. The college also broke ground at a Nov. 1, ceremony for the new North Classroom Building on Central Campus. The 154,100 square-foot facility will be the largest building ever constructed by the college. It will be open for classes in January 2020.
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Charlotte Talks: CPCC's New President Focuses On Student Success And Economic Mobility In Charlotte

Charlotte Talks on WFAE
Monday, October 30, 2017
Host Mike Collins sits down with the new president of Central Piedmont Community College, Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer. She shares her vision for the school and her focus on student success with an eye toward economic mobility for Charlotteans.
 Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer
Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer, CPCC President
Charlotte has had several new leaders for its higher profile organizations in the past year, including CMS superintendent Clayton Wilcox, a new Charlotte city manager, a new director at the health department, and soon, we'll have a new mayor.
Central Piedmont Community College also has a new person at the helm, only the fourth president in its more than 50-year history, and only the second woman to hold the job.
Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer is digging right in with a focus on student success and of leading CPCC in making an impact on lives here in the Charlotte region.
Although she's been on the job since January, this week will mark Dr. Deitemeyer's inauguration at CPCC.
She'll sit down with Mike Collins to talk about the many initiatives she has in her sights, including CPCC's role in helping with economic mobility in Charlotte, workforce and job skills training and more. 
 Dr. Kandi Deitemeye with CPCC students
Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer with students on the first day of classes
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From the Charlotte Observer:This local college is building its biggest building yet, starting next week

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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Charlotte Symphony and CPCC introduce new chamber series

last modified Sep 27, 2017 02:06 PM
The Charlotte Symphony and Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) will offer a new chamber series beginning in the 2017-18 season.
The Connor Chamber Series is an extension of the already existing partnership between CPCC and the Symphony in an effort to reach new, diverse audiences and share music with the whole community. The series is made possible by ardent supporters of both organizations, Catherine and Wilton Connor.
"Chamber orchestra performances combine the creativity, talent, and discipline found in all classical music, but the experience is more intimate and personal," says Catherine Connor.
The Charlotte Symphony and CPCC have shared a longstanding partnership, including Orchestra On Campus, a multidisciplinary approach to music education that brings the full orchestra once a year to CPCC's Dale F. Halton Theater for a free performance for CPCC students.
The first of two Connor Chamber Series performances in 2017-18 will take place on Sunday, October 15, 2017, at 3 p.m. in Tate Hall on CPCC's Central Campus, located near uptown Charlotte.
The program will feature Charlotte Symphony Concertmaster Calin Lupanu in a play/conduct performance of works by Elgar, Shostakovich, and Britten. A reception will follow the performance and give audience members the chance to meet Symphony musicians.
The second performance will take place on Sunday, March 11, 2018, at 3 p.m. in Tate Hall. Charlotte Symphony Assistant Conductor Christopher James Lees will conduct.
Tickets cost $18 and are available at or by calling 704.330.6534. Complimentary parking is available in the CPCC Theater parking deck, located at 1225 E. 4th Street.
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