Scholarships Available to Continuing Ed Welding Students

The State Employees' Credit Union (SECU) is providing 10 Corporate and Continuing Education scholarships to eligible Central Piedmont students who are enrolled in the college's continuing education welding classes during the fall 2019 semester.

student weldingEach $500 scholarship will help a student gain the new job-related welding skills they need to succeed in the field or upgrade their current welding skills to excel in the workforce. Scholarship funding may be applied toward the cost of registration fees, books, certification fees, course supplies, and other educational expenses associated with the college's "Introduction to Stick Welding" continuing education course.

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Qualifications

  • Must be a U.S. citizen and a North Carolina resident.
     
  • Must be in one of the following target groups: An unemployed or underemployed adult, member of the N.C. National Guard, a military veteran or spouse, or an underserved population in a specific workforce sector or area. Note: Underemployed will be defined as individuals earning 200% below the federal poverty level. Preference will be given to students with limited or no access to financial aid from other programs.
     
  • Must enroll in "Introduction to Stick Welding," a course which leads to an industry-recognized credential.
     
  • Must not be an employee or family member of an employee of the State Employees' Credit Union or SECU Foundation.

Application and Selection Criteria

Interested and eligible students should complete the application to be considered for the scholarship. The scholarship awardees will be selected by the Central Piedmont SECU Scholarship Selection Committee. All decisions are final.

For additional information, contact Becky Hall at becky.hall@cpcc.edu or at 704.330.4204.

Award

This scholarship is credited to the student's business office account for related tuition, books, and fees.

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Student Emergency Grant Keeps Students on Track for Success

students walking in quad on campusThe Student Emergency Grant Fund started at Central Piedmont Community College in 2018. The grant provides short-term financial support to students experiencing an enrollment-threatening financial emergency. It is a one-time grant used by students to cover expenses that require immediate attention. Examples include temporary loss of income or child care, temporary housing needs due to homelessness or sudden loss of housing, replacement of essential items due to theft, fire or other disaster, essential safety needs, medical or dental emergencies, and transportation emergencies. 

The Student Emergency Fund benefited 34 students during the 2018-2019 academic year, with an average grant of $230. 

Central Piedmont student Tameka HillTameka Hill, a mom of four boys and a first-year adult student, received the Student Emergency Grant in the fall of 2018. The grant helped Tameka "not to have to stress about my hardship and lose focus on class and or homework." The grant emphasizes to hard-working students like Tameka that Central Piedmont "truly cares about the students and community." 

For more information on the Student Emergency Grant, including how to apply, visit Central Piedmont's website




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Levine Campus Offers Expanded Evening, Weekend Courses

Beginning this fall, the Levine Campus will offer expanded course offerings of some of its most in-demand classes on weekday evenings, Fridays, and Saturdays to give students more options to complete a two-year, college transfer degree more quickly.

The new course offerings are comprised of more than 40, high-demand courses. The classes will be offered in sequential order and focus on a variety of general education subjects, ranging from biology and public speaking, to psychology and business. 

Offering more courses in the evenings, and on Fridays and Saturdays, will allow the college to better accommodate students' busy schedules, setting them up for success both inside and outside of the classroom.

To learn more, please call Edith McElroy, dean of the Levine Campus, at 704.330.4386.

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Summer Bridge Helps Students Transition to College

The Summer Bridge program at Central Piedmont Community College helps recent high school graduates adjust to college life and network with other students and faculty. They are able to jumpstart their academic career and avoid "summer melt," the phenomenon in which high school graduates are excited and plan to attend college but never enroll. According to a June 2018 blog post from the U.S. Department of Education, nearly one-third of high school graduates planning to attend college never make it, and summer melt impacts low-income and first-generation students the hardest.

female students sitting in grassDuring the six-week program, students can earn up to six college credits. They participate in activities designed to build college-level academic skills and a sense of community. Associate Dean of Mentoring and Bridge Programs Willie Williams says that students learn the differences between high school and college during the first week at Summer Bridge. The small, structured environment helps students with this transition.

Aslhy Isaias is a first-time college student enrolled in the Associate in Arts degree program for fall 2019. She met Mr. Williams while attending the Summer Bridge orientation with a friend. Mr. Williams explained that going from high school to college was a huge step and not always easy, and he convinced Aslhy to join the program According to Aslhy, Summer Bridge has helped her to "transition easier, learn the way around campus and classrooms, and...make connections."

To learn more about the Summer Bridge program, visit Central Piedmont's websiteRead more

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E-Transcripts now available through Enrollment and Student Services

 E-TRANSCRIPTS
Students and alumni have a new way of acquiring CPCC transcripts. The College provides the option of having official transcripts processed electronically. Transcripts are processed and delivered to recipients via email within 30 minutes after requests are received. Electronic transcripts are available for $7.25 - $7.75 per request and can be ordered online at www.cpcc.edu/admissions/student-records/transcripts. Read more

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Should You Make A Contribution From Your IRA?

In December 2015, President Obama signed into law the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act.  Among other things, this law permanently extends tax benefits for seniors who choose to direct IRA distributions to qualified charities. The benefit applies to taxpayers over the age of 70 ½ and to contributions up to $100,000.
 
A key benefit of a direct charitable contribution from an IRA to a nonprofit organization, such as Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC), is that the donation counts towards an individual's required minimum distribution. A gift from an IRA may also lower income taxes owed at year-end.

Another way to give is to designate a charitable interest as the beneficiary of an IRA. This allows a donor to make a future gift of assets while providing lifetime income to one's self or family members. 

Benefits of an IRA contribution are threefold:

  • A donor can fulfill charitable intent after income needs are met.
  • Donors can provide an annual income for themselves or family members and the leftover balance to a charitable interest such as CPCC.
  • Assets which typically carry a heavy tax burden can be left to a charity without the income or estate taxes.
For more information, please contact Brenda Lea, Director, Planned Giving, at 704-330-6803. Read more

Posted in Foundation News, Gift Planning, Resources.

CPCC to Offer Compressed, Two-Year Degree Program in Fall 2015

Beginning this fall, Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) will launch a compressed, two-year associate degree program at its Levine Campus in Matthews, N.C., giving students the opportunity to complete their two-year degree in just 12 months. Read more

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CPCC Offers New Degree Program -- Biomedical Equipment Technology

Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) will launch a new associate degree program in Biomedical Equipment Technology when the fall 2015 semester opens in August. Novant Health is supporting the new program with a $150,000 gift to the college.

The Biomedical Equipment Technology degree program will prepare students to use basic engineering principles and technical skills to install, operate, troubleshoot and repair sophisticated devices and instrumentation used in health care facilities. Students will learn about instrument calibration, design and installation testing; system safety and maintenance procedures; procurement and installation procedures; and report preparation. Students who earn an AAS degree and gain two years' experience will be on track to become certified biomedical equipment technicians.

"The use of high-tech, sophisticated equipment in the U.S. health care industry is evolving and expanding at an exponential pace," said Mike Hogan, CPCC associate dean of STEM programs. "The need for highly skilled and well-trained technicians to maintain such equipment is growing just as quickly. This program will help meet a specific and specialized workforce development need in Mecklenburg County." Read more

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CPCC offers new degree program – Biomedical Equipment Technology

Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) will launch a new associate degree program in Biomedical Equipment Technology when the fall 2015 semester opens in August. Novant Health is supporting the new program with a $150,000 gift to the college.

The Biomedical Equipment Technology degree program will prepare students to use basic engineering principles and technical skills to install, operate, troubleshoot and repair sophisticated devices and instrumentation used in health care facilities. Students will learn about instrument calibration, design and installation testing; system safety and maintenance procedures; procurement and installation procedures; and report preparation. Students who earn an AAS degree and gain two years' experience will be on track to become certified biomedical equipment technicians.

"The use of high-tech, sophisticated equipment in the U.S. health care industry is evolving and expanding at an exponential pace," said Mike Hogan, CPCC associate dean of STEM programs. "The need for highly skilled and well-trained technicians to maintain such equipment is growing just as quickly. This program will help meet a specific and specialized workforce development need in Mecklenburg County."

 

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CPCC Launches Career Hub Section on Website

CPCC is excited to announce it has launched

Career Hub, a new section within CPCC's website designed to help students and all other job seekers explore everything related to careers, such as:

  • the top career fields and employment trends in the region
  • specific CPCC degrees and credentials that are needed for given occupations
  • local wages and job growth projections
  • where to look for local job postings
  • resources for writing a résumé, interviewing and more
This FREE resource was created for residents in Mecklenburg County and beyond seeking to learn more about the local job market, employers who are hiring, career choices and the skills needed to secure their dream job. Read more

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