CPCC Seeks Nominations for Prestigious Hagemeyer Education Advancement Award

Do you know a CPCC graduate who is making a tremendous difference in the community? Nominations are currently being sought for the 2015 "Richard H. Hagemeyer Educational Advancement Award." This award recognizes a former CPCC student who has significantly benefited from experiences at CPCC and whose efforts have helped the community. The award is named after Dr. Richard H. Hagemeyer, CPCC president for 23 years, who led the College from a trade school with 1,200 students to the state's largest community college.

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, and
·       exemplified positive and significant life changes.
Previous award winners include Paula Vincent, David Howard, Jim Rogers, Dr. Kenneth J. Welch, Chief Luther Fincher, Frances M. Queen, Richard K. Zollinger, Fabi W. Preslar, and James C. Taylor, Jr.
The College will recognize this year's winner at CPCC's commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 14, 2015, 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 website.
Completed nomination forms should be submitted to Dr. Tracie Clark, CPCC, Disher Building, 1300 East Fourth Street, P.O. Box 35009, Charlotte, N.C., 28235. The deadline for nominations is March 27, 2015. For more information, contact Dr. Clark at tracie.clark@cpcc.edu or call 704.330.6022. 

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Sensoria, A Celebration of the Arts

Sensoria, A Celebration of the Arts

Grant Baldwin is a freelance photojournalist based out of Charlotte, NC. He has an Associates Degree in General Education (Conc. in Photography) from Central Piedmont Community College and has been an active photographer refining his work for more than a decade. His focus is Documentary and Journalistic work, as he excels at perceiving the complexities of a fluid situation allowing him to use observation, past experience and intuition to anticipate and capture the core moments of an event. All while striving towards the goal of conveying the full meaning and significance of each moment with personal neutrality.

Thursday, April 16th at 11 a.m.  AU Building Room 101. Central Campus 
Also Featured:  The students of the Curious, CPCC's  Advertising + Graphic Design student group, present The Wandering Box of Creative Wondering, a pop-up display that challenges participants to be more curious about the world they live in.

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New Art Exhibit Opens at the Patty and Bill Gorelick Gallery at Levine Campus

The new art  exhibit at the Patty and Bill Gorelick Gallery at Levine Campus is open through April 19, 2015. Featured artists are Ashley Lathe (2-D art), Terry Shipley (3-D art in atrium) and Amy Sanders (3-D art on 2nd floor). This artwork is available for purchase through the artist.

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Tom Hanks--I Owe it All to Community College

This Op Ed was posted in the New York Times January 14, 2015

The Opinion Pages | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

I Owe It All to Community College

Tom Hanks on His Two Years at Chabot College

By TOM HANKS JAN. 14, 2015

IN 1974, I graduated from Skyline High School in Oakland, Calif., an underachieving student with lousy SAT scores. Allowed to send my results to three colleges, I chose M.I.T. and Villanova, knowing such fine schools would never accept a student like me but hoping they'd toss some car stickers my way for taking a shot. I couldn't afford tuition for college anyway. I sent my final set of stats to Chabot, a community college in nearby Hayward, Calif., which, because it accepted everyone and was free, would be my alma mater.

CPCC would love to hear your story and why you love CPCC.

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CPCC Receives $231< to Enhance Engineering Programs

Jennifer Thomas Staff Writer-Charlotte Business Journal

Central Piedmont Community College has received a nearly $231,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation to enhance its engineering technology programs.

That foundation makes charitable investments on behalf of Duke Energy Corp. (NYSE:DUK).

The grant will help the Charlotte-based community college purchase high-tech equipment needed to upgrade its lab facilities on campus. That will give students access to the most up-to-date equipment used by employers in the region.

"Placing state-of-the-art technology in our classrooms is another way to attract and compete for new business in North Carolina, and it provides a platform for existing business to retool and reinvest in our employees," Tim Gause, Duke Energy's district manager for the Charlotte area, says in a news release.

Annual projections are that at least 100 students enrolled in CPCC's electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and mechatronics engineering technology programs will use that equipment. Those programs provide a fundamental knowledge of basic technical skills for use in design, application, installation, manufacturing operation and maintenance of computer-based systems.

"The new advanced equipment will provide students access to the most advanced technology and ensure graduates have the most up-to-date technical skills to meet the needs of the region's work force for highly skilled technicians," says Chris Paynter, CPCC's dean of STEM -- or Science, Technology, Engineering and Math -- programs.

This grant is part of a $6.7 million investment in North Carolina's Community Colleges' by Duke Energy.

Individual community colleges can apply for funds through the Foundation For The Carolinas or the NC Community Foundation. Applications will be reviewed by a committee of representatives from Duke Energy, N.C. Community College System and N.C. Department of Commerce.

Jennifer Thomas covers retail, health care and education for the Charlotte Business Journal.

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