The Gambrell Foundation of Charlotte has pledged $1 million to Central Piedmont Community College to create 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/.
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!
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!
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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, "" (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.
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."
Learn more about Finish Line Grants. Read more
Coleman graduated from CPCC in 2005 with an Associate in Applied Science degree in Culinary Arts. After earning his two-year degree, he went on to work as an executive chef for some of Charlotte's most prestigious restaurants, including McNinch House in uptown and The Asbury, located in Charlotte's historic Dunhill Hotel. For the past two years, he has served as executive chef at Stoke, where he created the menu from scratch. Patrons may choose from a variety of wood-fired seasonal American cuisine items made with high-quality ingredients sourced from local farms and purveyors, something Coleman is renowned for executing in his kitchens.
Most notable, however, is how Coleman gives back to his alma mater when not wearing his chef's hat. He makes it a point of mentoring others, especially students enrolled in CPCC's Culinary Arts program. In the past, he has helped fellow CPCC grads secure positions within the kitchens where he works, and makes time to visit campus to give classroom presentations to culinary students on how to achieve a successful career, the importance of professionalism and the value of family.
When not mentoring or educating the next generation of chefs, Coleman can be found at home with his wife, Ashley, and their two children, Luke and Ellie, or playing drums in his church's band. He is also an active member of the Piedmont Culinary Guild, a nonprofit committed to growing the area's food economy, and the Hospitality Education Advisory Committee.
As a result of his achievements, a scholarship will be granted to a CPCC student enrolled in the college's Culinary Arts program the area of study that most closely reflects Coleman's background.
The Hagemeyer Award takes its name from Dr. Richard H. Hagemeyer, CPCC president for 23 years, who led the college from its beginnings as a trade school with 1,200 students to one of the largest N.C. community colleges. View the previous award recipients at cpccfoundation.org/alumni/hagemeyer-award-honorees.
During a special dedication ceremony today, Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) established the Mitchell W. Davis Scholarship in honor of Mr. Davis's distinguished career in the Charlotte region's construction and land surveying sectors. Mr. Davis, an employee of Showalter Construction, Co., has dedicated his life's work to the geomatics field, mentoring aspiring surveyors and encouraging others to pursue the field he has forged a successful career in for the past 50-plus years.
A number of special guests and leading industry leaders gathered at CPCC's Harris Conference Center to celebrate the occasion with Mr. Davis's friends and family, they included: Pat Rodgers, president and CEO of Rodgers; Carl Showalter, president of Showalter Construction Co.; Smoky Bissell, founder of Bissell Companies; and Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer, president of CPCC.
"There is no other person who is as deserving of this recognition as Mitchell," said Mr. Showalter. "He has given back to our industry in so many ways, that this is the least we could do. His contributions as a leader, master problem solver and mentor are unparalleled, and his character as a professional should be emulated by all."
The Mitchell W. Davis Scholarship will provide a full-cost scholarship, covering the full costs of tuition, books, materials and fees, annually to two CPCC students pursuing an associate degree in Geomatics Technology.
"This permanently endowed scholarship will remain a significant source of financial support for students preparing for Geomatics Technology-related careers," added Ms. Rodgers.
The scholarship was created by Mr. Davis's colleagues and friends to honor him as a beloved leader and professional in the geomatics field. It includes a lead gift from Mr. Showalter, as well as supporting gifts from the Bissell Family Foundation; Johnny Harris, CEO of Lincoln Harris; and R.B. Pharr & Associates. "The college is grateful for the generosity of everyone who came together to make this scholarship possible," said Dr. Deitemeyer. "The college is proud to have Mitchell's name associated with our Geomatics Technology program in such a prominent manner."
For more information about the Mitchell W. Davis Scholarship, contact the CPCC Foundation at 704.330.6869. To learn more about CPCC's Geomatics Technology program, please visit cpcc.edu/et/academic-programs/copy_of_geomatics-technology/geomatics.
Tesla, manufacturer of electric vehicles and scalable clean energy generation and storage products, and Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) have launched an automotive training program called Tesla START at CPCC. CPCC is the first community college to participate in Tesla START.
Tesla START is a 12-week automotive technician training program designed to provide students with the skills necessary for job placement as service technicians at Tesla Service Centers across North America. Tesla is partnering with colleges to provide the curriculum, instructors and job opportunity so students can make a smooth transition from college to full-time employment. Students train in a space on campus designed to simulate a Tesla Service location so they are ready to hit the ground running on day one of their new careers.
The Tesla START program at CPCC began in January with 13 students. The program is based at CPCC's Merancas Campus in Huntersville, N.C. Working together, Tesla and CPCC have built a service bay for students to train in that is similar to what they will find at Tesla Service Centers. This first class of Tesla START students at CPCC will graduate April 6. A ceremony will be held at the Merancas Campus.
"Central Piedmont Community College is proud and honored Tesla reached out to us with the opportunity to be among their first community college partners," said Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer, CPCC president. "This is such an extraordinary, new opportunity for CPCC students in our Automotive Systems Technology program and one that will set them up for success in a growing field. Clearly, the automobile industry is moving toward all-electric systems and greater sustainability. CPCC students will be on the cutting-edge of this industrial shift."Read more
Do you know a Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) graduate who is making a tremendous difference in the community? Nominations are currently being sought for the 2018 Richard H. Hagemeyer Educational Advancement Award. This award recognizes a former CPCC student who has significantly benefited from his//her experiences at CPCC and whose efforts have helped the community.
The award is named after Dr. Richard H. Hagemeyer, CPCC's first president, who led the college 23 years, from a trade school with 1,200 students to one of the state's largest community colleges.
Nominations are being sought for individuals who have:
- demonstrated community involvement and social responsibility.
- acquired scholastic and learning skills that have led to continued personal and educational growth.
- improved his or her economic status and potential for growth.
- exemplified positive and significant life changes.
The college will recognize this year's winner at CPCC's commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 17, 2018, and a one-year scholarship will be granted to a CPCC student in an area of study reflective of the winner's background.
Nomination forms are available on the CPCC Foundation website.
Completed nomination forms should be submitted to Dr. Tracie Clark in the Disher Building, 1300 East Fourth Street; or mailed to Tracie Clark, CPCC, P.O. Box 35009, Charlotte, NC, 28235. The deadline for nominations is March 30, 2018. For more information, contact Dr. Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 704.330.6022. Read more
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