Central Piedmont Community College has provided educational opportunities since 1963, when the North Carolina General Assembly passed the historic state community college bill. Opening as a fully integrated institution, the college combined the Central Industrial Education Center programs on Elizabeth Avenue and Mecklenburg College on Beatties Ford Road. On Sept.18, the college will mark 60 years since it first opened its doors to students and began its work of service to the community.
Today, with six campuses and two centers, Central Piedmont offers nearly 300 degree, diploma, and certificate programs, plus an array of non-credit offerings. Central Piedmont enrolls approximately 43,600 students annually in for-credit programs, continuing education, and basic skills courses, making it one of the largest colleges in the Carolinas. Over the years, over 100,000 individuals have earned credentials at Central Piedmont.
Central Piedmont became a multi-campus community college in the early 1990s, with the conversion of the North Area Learning Center in Huntersville to the North Campus, which then became the Merancas Campus in 2011. Four other campuses subsequently opened--Levine in 1998, Harper in 1999, Harris in 2001, and Cato in 2002.
In 2012, Central Piedmont acquired WTVI, the Charlotte region's PBS TV station located on Commonwealth Avenue in Charlotte. In 2013, the college renovated and repurposed its City View Center on Alleghany Street to house a new cosmetology degree program.
In 2013, Mecklenburg County voters dramatically supported Central Piedmont, approving $210 million in bonds for land purchases, new construction, and renovations. The college used the $210 million, plus $70 million in other county funding, to add almost one million square feet of new laboratory, classroom, and office space across five of its six campuses. The final project funded by the 2013 bonds proved to be the largest in the college's history. The 184,0000-square-foot Parr Center opened on the Central Campus in 2022, providing a new 21st-century library, a student union with a welcome center, a 430-seat theater, an art gallery, and dozens of spaces for students to meet, study, and relax.
Also in 2022, Central Piedmont completed its five-year "Powering a Stronger Future" fundraising campaign. The effort proved a tremendous success, raising more than $66.3 million. More than 3,270 donors made gifts and pledges to the campaign, with more than half of the benefactors giving to the college for the first time. Power a Stronger Future opened with a $40-million goal, making it the most ambitious campaign in Central Piedmont's history. When the campaign closed, it had surpassed its goal by more than $26 million, setting a new, all-time fundraising record for the college.
"We are proud as the college celebrates its 60th anniversary," said Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer, Central Piedmont president since 2017. "Over the decades, Central Piedmont has grown into a large, comprehensive college and Mecklenburg County's primary workforce development partner. Even though Central Piedmont is a mature college and one of the bedrock institutions in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community, its best days lie before us. We will continually seek to enhance our service to students, helping them find a path to success and a better future for each of them and their families."
Using its social media channels, the college has been sharing historical facts and figures for several weeks leading up to Sept. 18. Students and employees will enjoy ice cream socials at each of the six campuses during the anniversary week. Over the next 12 months, college advertising will include an anniversary call out, "60 years of serving our community."Read more
Thom Tillis, senior U.S. Senator from North Carolina, came to Central Piedmont's Central Campus today, where he discussed workforce training programs and saw several facilities in which students are gaining high-demand skills.
Central Piedmont President Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer welcomed Sen. Tillis and members of his staff to the college. The group toured Central Piedmont's machining and computer-integrated machining technology program areas and discussed how students in those programs acquire skills and knowledge that will lead to well-paying, high-growth careers in advanced manufacturing.
Senator Tillis also toured Central Piedmont's Leon Levine Health Sciences Center and its many simulation labs where healthcare program students gain valuable clinical experience. College leaders shared Central Piedmont's plans to expand its nursing and other healthcare programs in collaboration with educational and community partners.
Other discussion topics included new and emerging industry areas that will need community colleges to move quickly to develop training programs and establish talent pipelines. Central Piedmont was delighted to host Sen. Tillis and his staff members.
The Board of Trustees of Central Piedmont Community College has elected a new chair and vice chair. Jim Dunn, executive vice president and chief people and culture officer with Advocate Health, will serve as chair. Caldwell Rose, president of NAI Southern Real Estate, is the new vice chair.
Dunn was appointed to the Central Piedmont board in 2020, serving as the vice chair since 2022. In 2018, Dunn joined Atrium Health, now part of Advocate Health, the nation's third-largest non-profit health system, bringing more than 30 years of experience leading talent and culture strategy. He began his career as a research scientist. He transitioned into national and global human resources leadership positions at BP Amoco, the Carter Presidential Center, Cleveland Clinic, American Cancer Society, and Parkland Health. Jim is a nationally registered professional mediator specializing in workplace conflict resolution strategies and a fellow and faculty member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He currently serves on the U.S. Congressional Award Foundation's national board of directors and is a regular contributing author for CNBC, Newsweek, and Forbes magazines.
"Education is the key element to living a happy, healthy life supported by a fulfilling career," said Dunn, who holds doctorate degrees in health administration, organizational development and management, and advanced studies in teaching. "At Central Piedmont, we're opening life's doors for our students a catalyst for opportunity and an exceptional provider of learning experiences that can transform their lives and their economic mobility while simultaneously strengthening our community with a trained and talented workforce. It's an honor to serve as chair."
Rose has served as Central Piedmont trustee since 2015. He joined NAI Southern Real Estate in 1988 and has spent more than 29 years in the commercial real estate industry, specializing in all areas, including land assemblages, office and medical office sales and leasing, as well as investment sales and representation. Recognized by the Charlotte Commercial Board of Realtors as a top producer, Rose also is actively involved with the Charlotte community and with multiple charitable organizations. He is a graduate of St. Andrews College with a degree in business administration. He holds real estate brokerage licenses in both North and South Carolina.
"On behalf of the college, I thank Jim and Caldwell for their willingness to serve and lead our Board of Trustees," said Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer, Central Piedmont president. "This is an exciting and momentous time at Central Piedmont. We are moving forward with enrollment and program growth and will be working to enhance our community partnerships and business development. Our highly engaged board, with Jim and Caldwell at the helm, will help ensure the college grows strategically and efficiently as we seek to make an even bigger impact in this community and the lives of our students."
Dunn succeeds Linda Lockman-Brooks as the Central Piedmont Board chair.
The N.C. Community College System's Customized Training Program offers training services and specialized programs to assist new and existing businesses and industries to remain productive and profitable in North Carolina.
Siemens Energy will receive approximately $131,800 in training value from Central Piedmont. The college will support the company with its onboarding of new employees, including orientation, metrics and metrology, safety, customer and business focus, computer training, and continuous improvement.
Boingo Graphics will receive approximately $22,00 in training value. The college will provide leadership and customer service training.
Central Piedmont's Corporate Learning Center is the college's single point of contact for serving the wide range of learning and development needs of businesses and organizations in Mecklenburg County, including customized training. The college's span of learning, expertise, and experience make Central Piedmont a uniquely positioned workforce development resource to help local companies meet their performance and growth goals.
To talk with a Corporate Learning Center team member, call 704.330.4660 or visit www.cpcc.edu/clc.
Earlier this year, the college announced customized training partnerships with RGA Enterprises and IPEX USA.
Central Piedmont Community College, the North Carolina Dental Society Foundation Missions of Mercy, the Charlotte area Dental Society Foundation Missions of Mercy (MOM), and other members of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg dental community came together to offer a free dental clinic on April 29.
The joint clinic treated 85 patients who received more than $57,700 in free dental care. Held at Central Piedmont's dental clinic teaching labs, located in the Leon Levine Health Sciences Center, on the college's Central Campus, the goal of the nine-hour clinic was to provide essential dental services, such as restorative dental care and extractions, for underserved, in-need community members. Many of the patients had been treated by Central Piedmont dental hygiene students but needed additional treatment they could not afford.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this was the first free dental clinic held in Charlotte since 2019. In the past, such clinics have been held at Bojangles Coliseum or the Charlotte Convention Center. The college opened the Levine Health Sciences Center and its dental clinic facilities in 2020. The college approached Charlotte MOM about the possibility of hosting a free clinic in the new, state of-the-art facilities. This was the first time in Charlotte and perhaps North Carolina that dental educational facilities were used to provide care to those in the community with no other care options.
"This was truly a collaborative effort between the college and the Charlotte-area dental community that brought this clinic to fruition," explained Linda Polito, dentist and associate dean of outpatient programs at Central Piedmont. "We thank North Carolina Dental Society Foundation MOM and Charlotte MOM for collaborating with the college and working together to provide care to community members in need."
Clinic organizers say the event partnerships and operation could become a pattern for other communities to follow. "We feel like the clinic was a great success and believe this kind of partnership and utilization of educational facilities could become a statewide and perhaps a national model," said Dr. Evan Miller, Charlotte MOM ambassador.
Central Piedmont offers a one-year dental assisting program and a two-year dental hygiene program. For more information, visit the college's healthcare career page, inquire by email at email@example.com, or call 704.330.6496.
Lisa Schlachter of Charlotte will join the leadership team at Central Piedmont Community College as the new Vice President of Institutional Advancement. Schlachter will serve the college as its chief fundraising officer and as director of the Central Piedmont Foundation.
Schlachter comes to Central Piedmont from the YMCA of Greater Charlotte, where she serves as vice president of financial development. She has more than two decades of experience in fundraising and alumni relations. She began her career in alumni relations at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and she held several roles at Belmont University including capital, donor relations, foundation relations, and stewardship.
"We are delighted to welcome Lisa Schlachter to Central Piedmont," said Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer, college president. "Lisa brings a deep connection to our community through her great work at the YMCA. With her previous experience in higher education and the energy and passion she possesses, she will be a wonderful addition to our team."
In addition to earning a master's degree in institutional advancement from Vanderbilt University, she worked on Vanderbilt's Alumni and Development team. She also served as the assistant head of school for advancement at St. Paul Christian Academy in Nashville, Tenn., where she led the annual campaign, a capital campaign, and major gifts.
"We are very excited about Lisa Schlachter joining Central Piedmont as its new Vice President of Institutional Advancement," said Weston Andress, Central Piedmont Foundation board president. "Lisa's energetic personality and her experience at the YMCA of Greater Charlotte and other non-profits will help take Central Piedmont's already successful advancement efforts to a new level."
Central Piedmont completed its "Powering a Stronger Future" campaign in June 2022. It was the most ambitious and successful campaign in the college's history, raising $66.3 million and surpassing its goal by more than $26 million.
In addition to her master's degree from Vanderbilt, Schlachter earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She will begin her tenure at Central Piedmont on May 5.
"I am thrilled to return to higher education as a member of the Central Piedmont Community College leadership team, and I am eager to combine my passion for education with my commitment to serve our community through this role," Schlachter said. "It is very exciting to come in following an extremely successful campaign and build on the college's reputation of strong community service and support."Read more
Gardhouse, a Charlotte nonprofit organization, is helping college students receive job experience through paid internships. Through a United Way of Greater Charlotte program, Gardhouse matches underrepresented students with local businesses to provide support for business operations while offering professional networking connections and a place to use classroom knowledge in real-world scenarios. Kaosisochi Duruanyim, a nursing student from Central Piedmont, is an intern with Gardhouse. He has been working with SchermCo, a national social impact implementation firm. Read more about Kaosi and Gardhouse via Spectrum News. Read more
The Lowe's Foundation has launched the Gable Grants Program to fund programs for skilled trades. Their partnership with Central Piedmont Community College supports students building careers as skilled tradespeople while also filling a gap in the current local workforce.
Learn more via WBTV's report: Lowe's Foundation hopes to address growing need of tradespeople Read more
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