Levine Scholarship Endowment marks 15th year at CPCC

Since Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) awarded the first scholarship from its Levine Scholarship Endowment in 2003, nearly 900 students have received much-needed assistance with achieving their career training and educational goals.

Created by a grant from The Leon Levine Foundation (TLLF), cumulative Levine Scholarships awards now total more than $2.1 million. With a current market value of more than $5 million, the Levine Scholarship Endowment represents the largest permanent source of financial assistance for students at Central Piedmont.

"Having the opportunity to go to a great college and get a solid foundation for the rest of my education without having to worry about the cost has been a tremendous help in making college happen for me. And being part of a community of scholars has really shaped my college experience for the better as well," said Ren Lane, a CPCC Levine Scholar and Providence High School graduate who is pursuing an associate in arts degree.

According to Levine Scholar Adam Penninger, a graduate of West Mecklenburg High School, "I attended CPCC from the fall 2006 term through the fall 2008 term. During this time, I did not qualify for any forms of federal or state aid, even though I came from a low-income household. The Levine Scholarship provided access to higher education I wouldn't have been able to obtain otherwise.

"Today I work in the financial aid office at CPCC," Penninger added. "I see directly the impact the Levine Scholarship had upon myself and continue to see its positive impact on students. Many of these students have no funding at all, and others don't have enough to cover all of their expenses."

Tom Lawrence, executive director of TLLF, said, "Investing in need-based scholarships for bright, ambitious students aligns closely with TLLF's mission. We take great pride in partnering with CPCC and hope the impact of these scholarships is felt for years to come."

CPCC, one of the largest community colleges in the Carolinas, offers nearly 300 degree, diploma and certification programs; customized corporate training; market-focused continuing education; and special interest classes. The college enrolls more than 56,000 annually in for-credit programs.

"I often say CPCC is in the life-transformation business. CPCC is the hope many of our students are seeking. Hope of a better job, better wage, better life, and better provisions for their family," Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer, CPCC president, explained. "Partners and benefactors like The Leon Levine Foundation make it possible for the college to carry out its important mission.

"On behalf of the college and the nearly 900 CPCC students who have received much-needed assistance through the Levine Scholarship Endowment, I say 'thank you.' The positive impact that has been made and will be made is immeasurable," Deitemeyer added.

The Levine Scholarship Endowment is a significant source of financial assistance for CPCC students annually. The college encourages anyone who is interested in pursuing additional education and career training, but lacks financial resources, to complete a CPCC application, and talk with a staff member in the college's Financial Aid Department. Read more

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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."

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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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CPCC, CLT announce training grant from JPMorgan Chase

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

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

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

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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