CPCC Grad's Journey was Arduous

Students attend Central Piedmont Community College for many reasons, but the story of 20-year-old Riyam Al Ghrary's journey to CPCC surely ranks among the most harrowing.

It began in Iraq, about six years ago, on the day she was kidnapped. It will culminate Thursday evening, as she accepts her diploma at Bojangles' Coliseum, one of about 1,900 graduates, the largest number in CPCC's 50-year history. She was student body vice president and a scholarship winner. She's graduating with a 4.0 average. Read her incredible story...

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First Students to Graduate Soon from German training Program at CPCC

Harry Hartley has heard that once he completes his German-style training program at Central Piedmont Community College, $20 an hour could be in his future.

Turns out that Hartley may be underestimating potential wages for the students certified in the IHK program, which was formulated by IHK Karlsruhe, a regional chamber of industry and commerce in Germany. Students may easily earn twice that hourly wage, CPCC officials say. Read about the IHK program and benefits more

Ken Elkins Senior Staff Writer- Charlotte Business Journal

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CPCC Alumnus Tommie Robinson uses Church Members as Models

Tommie Robinson uses church members as models

By Barbara Schreiber
Posted: Saturday, May. 04, 2013

If you're looking for pieties, don't go to Tommie Robinson.

Although he is working on some impressive paintings for the sanctuary at Charlotte's Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, his motivation is more sociological than religious.

This untitled set of six paintings is traditional in subject matter the Crucifixion, Judas betraying Jesus, Jesus' baptism, and related imagery but there is an important twist.

All the models are members of the church. Story continues

Tommie Robinson photo by T. Ortega Gaines

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