November 11, 2015

We have a day for giving thanks.
We have two for getting deals.
Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back.

On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

It's a simple idea. Give and then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity. #GIVE2CPCC

Posted in Alumni, Announcements, Community, Foundation News.

The Halton Theater Prepares for the Arrival of "Phantom of the Opera" in November!

October 29, 2015

 CPCC Theatre, together with CPCC Opera Theatre and CPCC Dance Theatre, will join forces to present Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera," a musical that has captivated audiences for more than 30 years, Nov. 13 22, on the Halton Theater stage.
This classic Broadway production tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House. Exercising a reign of terror, over all who inhabit it, the Phantom falls madly in love with an innocent soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents.
Don't miss this opportunity to support local theatre; reserve your seat today!
WHEN: November 13, 14 and November 20 and 21 at 8 p.m.
November 15 and 22 at 2:30 p.m.
November 19 at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Halton Theater, Overcash Center, CPCC Central Campus, 1206 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte, NC
Individual tickets are $20 and $18, and a $10 ticket is available for children under 15 with the purchase of an adult ticket. CPCC employees, as well as college and high school students who have a valid student I.D. can purchase a $5 ticket. Tickets may be purchased online at tix.cpcc.edu, at the CPCC Box Office from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday Friday or by calling 704.330.6534. 

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From the Charlotte Observer: The Mask, The Task: CPCC takes on 'Phantom'

November 9, 2015

CPCC is tackling 'Phantom of the Opera,' the most popular musical in Broadway history, one rife with challenges, from its daunting design to its tricky score.
Are they nuts? Maybe not....

Read more

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From Haiti to CPCC and back

November 2, 2015

The second of 11 children born to Lamareste Francois Fleurisma and Orelia Saint-Louis, in Bayonnais, Haiti, Actionnel Fleurisma has been driven to transform his landscape since attending Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) from 1990-1992.
The Early Years
He grew up in the valley of Bayonnais, a region of Haiti surrounded by mountains, stricken by poverty and renowned for the practice of voodoo a religion that didn't leave much time for education. As a result, Actionnel didn't attend primary school until the age of 12 when he entered kindergarten.

In school at Eben-Eze r des Gonaives, a mission and orphanage in Haiti, Actionnel flourished. It was there that he first met Helen Hunter, a Charlottean and missionary with Calvary Church (Charlotte, NC), who would make it possible for him to attend CPCC.
A Haitian Son and His Second (American) Family
With each return visit to Haiti for mission work, Helen and her husband, Ernest, watched with pride as their new Haitian friend progressed through each level of his education. To ensure he didn't slip through the cracks, they decided to sponsor Actionnel and help finance his education from the 10th through 13th grade.

Thanks to their help, Actionnel was able to graduate high school.

He was 26 years old.

While most Haitian's educational journeys would end here, Actionnel's continued on. The Hunters graciously offered to finance his education at CPCC in Charlotte, while also offering him room and board. For Actionnel, the offer was too good to be true.
Says Actionnel, "The Hunters have done great things for my life. Their actions have taught me everyday what love is all about." Read more

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Charlotte Observer Op-Ed Article: Apprenticeship can be the ticket to a solid job

October 29, 2015

In an op-ed piece to the Charlotte Observer, Jill Lutz, executive director of the Skills Initiative at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC), discusses the many benefits of apprenticeships.
CPCC is proud to be the educational partner for both Apprenticeship 2000 and Apprenticeship Charlotte companies. However the college needsmore companies to partner with it and offer unique training options.
Learn how apprenticeships can fill talent pipelines and benefit the community overall by reading the complete Charlotte Observer article Read more

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Celebrating the CPCC Legacy Society

September 28, 2015

The CPCC Legacy Society consists of donors who have named the CPCC Foundation Inc. a recipient of a planned gift, through their wills or trusts, life insurance, a charitable gift annuity, IRA designation, a gift of real property or other planned gift option. Legacy members assure that CPCC will remain a vital resource in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region. Members of the CPCC Legacy Society were recently celebrated at the Legacy Society "Evening of Stars." The paparazzi were on hand to capture the gala.

Thank you for believing in the CPCC students Legacy Society members! Read more

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CPCC Dedicates Building to Honor Dr. Kathy Drumm

August 7, 2015

Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) dedicated its facilities services building today in honor of retired executive vice president and long-time college administrator Dr. Kathy H. Drumm.

The college dedicated the building, located on 7th street in Charlotte, on CPCC's Central Campus, in recognition of Drumm's more than 25 years of exemplary service to the college and community. As CPCC executive vice present from 1998 to 2014, Drumm was instrumental in guiding the college's growth and ensuring its vitality and responsiveness to the needs of its students and Mecklenburg County.

The building, now known as the Kathy H. Drumm Facilities Services Building, served as the site of the 10 a.m., dedication ceremony. Those speaking during the ceremony included Dr. Tony Zeiss, CPCC president; Ed Dalrymple, chair of the CPCC Board of Trustees; Thomas Norman, chair of the CPCC Foundation Board of Directors; Pat Rodgers, president and CEO of Rodgers Builders; and Dr. Drumm. Read more

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CPCC Hosts Dedication Event for New Central Campus Tower

June 1, 2015

Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) and members of the Allen Tate family and real estate company held a dedication ceremony today for the new Central Campus clock tower--the Allen Tate Tower.

Taking its place among the prominent college and university landmarks across the Carolinas, the Allen Tate Tower serves as a focal point on CPCC's Central Campus. The tower stands approximately 48 feet tall, with a base of about 144 square feet. The new tower is constructed of brick and cast stone and features a four-sided clock face approximately six feet in diameter. The tower's digital carillon will play a wide variety of peals, tolls and familiar songs.

The tower is the result of a generous contribution from H. Allen Tate Jr., founder and CEO of the Allen Tate Co., the Charlotte-based real estate firm. Little Diversified Architectural Consulting provided the design work on the project. A team from Rodgers Builders constructed the tower in six months.

"This represents a crowning achievement for the student body, faculty, board of directors, CPCC Foundation board and many others who have created a reputation as tall as this tower," said Tate. "It is a signature landmark that will serve as an ongoing reminder of the hard work and commitment students have made to achieve their goals and prepare for the future."

"We are extremely grateful to Allen Tate and his continued support of the college," said Dr. Tony Zeiss, president of CPCC. "Because of his generosity, CPCC is now home to a signature landmark that will not only serve as a point of pride for our alumni, but also as a symbol of achievement to our current students who are working hard to be a success."

The clock tower is located on Elizabeth A Read more

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