‘UnSpun’ to premier on WTVI PBS Charlotte April 12

The new "UnSpun" political show will debut Friday, April 12, at 8 p.m., on WTVI PBS Charlotte. Former Charlotte Mayor and NC Governor Pat McCroy will host the show and seek to expose the spin of partisan politics through interviews, analysis, humor and viewer feedback.

McCroy brings PBS Charlotte a wealth of state and local political knowledge in the areas of transportation, public safety, health and human services and economic development. As a former member of the U-S Homeland Security Council after 9-11, a former US Senate candidate and former National co-chair of No Labels, McCroy also offers an understanding of national policy issues, campaigns and politics.

McCroy has been a sought-after political analyst on each of the major national political shows including working for NBC as a recurring guest on "Meet the Press." In Charlotte, he has hosted a top-rated morning radio show for three years.

WTVI PBS Charlotte has served citizens in the Carolinas for more than 50 years. PBS Charlotte, licensed by Central Piedmont Community College, offers high quality, noncommercial, educational programs. PBS broadcasts include award-winning children's programming, ground-breaking documentaries and original performances.

The station reaches more 1.1 million households across 13 counties in the Charlotte-metro area. PBS Charlotte actively supports local education, highlights local cultural events and promotes citizenship across all electronic media platforms to serve the public interest and further the mission of its parent institution.

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Central Piedmont and Lees-McRae College establish ‘Guaranteed Admission Program’

Agreement will help Central Piedmont students take direct transfer path to Lees-McRae

Leaders of Central Piedmont Community College and Lees-McRae College signed an agreement today to establish a Guaranteed Admission Program, providing Central Piedmont students a new transfer pathway to a bachelor's degree.

The Lees-McRae Guaranteed Admission Program (GAP) will automatically admit Central Piedmont students who have earned an Associate of Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science or Associate in Fine Arts degree and meet specific grade-point-average requirements. Students in the program also will be eligible to receive merit scholarships up to 50 percent of Lees-McRae's annual tuition.

Dr. Lee King, Lees-McRae College president; Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer, president of Central Piedmont; and other leaders from both institutions signed the agreement during a morning ceremony at Central Piedmont's Central Campus, in Charlotte. The Lees-McRae Guaranteed Admission Program with Central Piedmont will open to students in August with the start of the fall 2024 semester.

"This agreement provides an incredible opportunity for more students to receive a Lees-McRae education," King said. "We're grateful for this partnership with Central Piedmont and for the great work they do as educators."

Leaders from both institutions agree that transfer pathway agreements like the Guaranteed Admission Program are important in North Carolina's efforts to increase the number of residents with a high-quality credential or post-secondary degree. The myFutureNC initiative has set a goal of two-million more North Carolinians with a credential or degree by 2030 to support the state's economy.

"The Lees-McRae Guaranteed Admission Program is a wonderful opportunity for Central Piedmont students who want to pursue a bachelor's degree and beyond," Deitemeyer said. "The Lees-McRae campus in Banner Elk and the college's superb faculty and staff offer a unique environment for Central Piedmont graduates to grow and flourish. I am eager to see and hear about the great experiences and success our students will have at Lees-McRae."

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Central Piedmont Launches New Outreach Efforts to Attract and Support More Adult Learners with ‘Better Skills. Better Jobs. Better Future.’ Campaign

Central Piedmont Community College is rolling out a new initiative to bring more adults who may have not completed a degree or job training program back to the classroom through a new Better Skills. Better Jobs. Better Future. campaign

Over the next few months, Central Piedmont will proactively share job training programs and college information with adults across Mecklenburg County to prepare them for the growing number of job openings. Interested adults are encouraged to visit Central Piedmont's Better Skills Better Jobs website to learn more and to sign up to connect directly with the college. 

From public safety to nursing and health care, to business administration and welding, to information technology and advanced manufacturing, and many more, completing courses at Central Piedmont offers a direct pipeline to many of the region's top employers.

"We are working hard every day to ensure Central Piedmont meets the needs of our community," said Dr. Kandi W. Deitemeyer, president of Central Piedmont Community College. "This new 'Better Skills. Better Jobs. Better Future.' campaign will help us advance our mission by reaching out to adult learners. We want more adults to acquire the skills, credentials, and degrees they need for a better job, a bigger paycheck, and a brighter future for themselves and their families."

Despite North Carolina's booming economy, less than half of North Carolinians between the ages of 25-44 have the education and training needed to fill current and future job openings. Meanwhile, employers across Mecklenburg County are desperately seeking skilled talent to fill vacancies. 

The Better Skills. Better Jobs. Better Future. campaign includes direct outreach to adults who previously earned some college credits, but left without a degree or certification; special community events and earned media promotions; paid digital marketing and advertising, and customized materials designed to quickly help more adult learners reconnect and re-enroll.  

The vast majority of higher-wage jobs today require more than a high school diploma, which is why Central Piedmont, the John M. Belk EndowmentmyFutureNC, and several other state and local partners are working together to support this special outreach campaign to attract more adult learners back to college.

"Many in our state are looking for new challenges or a fresh start, and our community colleges are a great place to begin their journey," said M.C. Belk Pilon, President and Board Chair of the John M. Belk Endowment. "Our goal is for all North Carolinians to have access to an education that will lead to skills, credentials, and degrees, and ultimately the opportunities to achieve their dreams and to help meet the workforce needs across our state."

Visit the Better Skills. Better Jobs. Better Future. website for more information.

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Central Piedmont President's Report - March 2024

The March President's Report highlights our recent accomplishments and impactful initiatives made possible through your unwavering support.

Play the video to find out what else is included in the March President's Report.

Explore the full report.

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