Saturday, May 11, 2019
CPCC Central Campus
1206 Elizabeth Avenue
Please join us for the 23rd Annual Central Piedmont Skyline Run on Saturday, May 11, 2019. An estimated 800 participants are expected to attend this family-friendly event which supports Central Piedmont student scholarships and other student needs. The Central Piedmont Skyline Run features four components including the Kaye McGarry 5K Run, Walk for Health, 1-mile Family Fun Run and the 5K Baby Jogger Championship. Vendors will be on hand in the Health/Fitness and Food zones to discuss and promote healthy living.
For our 2019 event, we are placing a spotlight on all moms in our community and raising scholarship dollars to support our student mothers--women who are seeking the education and career training opportunities they need to secure meaningful employment and a bright future for their families. Your registration helps to provide opportunities and contributes to the upward mobility of our community's citizens.
The 2019 Central Piedmont Skyline Run is certified by USATF (certificate # NC15039DF).
Student Success Story: Blanca Lynch
When she became pregnant as a senior in high school, former Central Piedmont student Blanca Lynch, was unsure she would have a future as a college student. She felt lost. Her plans to attend an out-of-state, four-year university were put on hold, but she was still determined to be successful for her future child. When speaking to a high school counselor, she learned about the programs at Central Piedmont and the scholarships that would eventually help her to succeed in and outside of the classroom and transfer to Queens University of Charlotte.
Blanca's first experience with Central Piedmont was through the Summer Bridge program where she took two courses the summer after graduating high school. She credits this program for getting her back on track toward higher education.
"The Summer Bridge Program showed me that even though I was 18 years old and carrying a baby, I was still capable. It restored my drive and confidence."
The support Blanca received throughout her time at Central Piedmont has been influential in her pursuit of higher education. She found that the many people who advised and guided her were encouraging and personally invested in her achievements.
"Like many freshmen, I had no idea what I wanted to study," Blanca said. "But my advisor helped guide me to choose a career path that was not only suitable for my interest and talents, but also for the needs of me and my son: interior architecture and design. "When I decided to transfer, my advisor helped me narrow down my schools and assisted me with the application process. As a mom, he took a lot of stress out of a stressful situation."
Blanca has grown from her time at Central Piedmont and as a student mother. "You learn how to manage your time so that you can study, go to class and spend time with your family. Though it's hard, it is worth it to get an education. It has helped me build a better life for me and my family."
Blanca is excited to be a part of the Skyline Run and the focus the 23rd annual event will have on scholarships for student mothers. "Instead of having to put off education, this opportunity opens many doors toward growth and success for mothers, both financially and academically."