National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship Honors Entrepreneurship Educators & Alumni Entrepreneurs at 11th Annual Conference Charlotte, NC, October 15, 2013 -The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), the nation’s leading organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship through community colleges, has announced the winners of its 2013 Impact Awards, Alumni Entrepreneur Awards and Entrepreneurial President Award. The annual awards, which were made today NACCE’s 11th Annual Conference in Charlotte, are sponsored by Community College Week.
Alumni Entrepreneur – Fabi Preslar, owner of SPARK Publications, Charlotte, NC – A graduate of Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC. Preslar owns and manages SPARK Publications, a 15-year-old graphic design and creative publications firm, whose staff of six full-time employees serves over 150 entrepreneurial (local and national) companies, universities and associations. Preslar has received numerous recognitions, including the Richard H. Hagemeyer Educational Advancement Award from Central Piedmont Community College in 2009. SPARK Publications has received more than 80 industry awards for their creative and effective client projects. Preslar shares her time and energy as a mentor and advisor and serves as an award selection judge for several national entrepreneurial competitions. Since 2009, she has served on the Central Piedmont Community College Advisory Board for Advertising + Graphic Design and among other positions serves as a mentor in the Pride Entrepreneurial Education Program.
Snyder’s-Lance, CPCC partner to retrain 158 workers for company’s Charlotte plant
Snyder’s-Lance Inc. (NASDAQ:LNCE) is working with Central Piedmont Community College to retrain about 160 workers as it adds a big dose of advance manufacturing to its South Boulevard plant in Charlotte.
CPCC receives grant to train low-income individuals Central Piedmont Community College will receive up to $233,333 to provide training and services for low-income individuals.
The Charlotte community college is among 12 nationwide selected to participate in the Walmart Brighter Futures 2.0 Project. That list includes schools from from Maryland, Ohio, Michigan, Texas, Iowa, Arizona, Florida, Illinois and Washington.
Exhibition of Works from Gorelick Collections opens at the Levine Atrium
Through the generosity of Patty & Bill Gorelick and Carol & Shelton Gorelick, Levine Campus is hosting an exhibition of works from the combined collections of the Gorelick Family. The exhibition, located in the atrium of Levine II, is open free of charge to the public during normal campus hours from October through January 31, 2014. The Gorelick family was thrilled to provide “art without borders” for students, faculty, staff and the public to enjoy and experience.
Don’t miss out on this wonderful chance to experience this art exhibition. The Levine Campus is located at 2800 Campus Ridge Road, Matthews, NC 28105
James R. Worrell Sr. building and Financial Institute formally dedicated. On Thursday, October 3, 2013, Central Piedmont Community College formally dedicated the Worrell Building, located on Central Campus, and the James R. Worrell Sr. Financial Services Institute, located on the Harris Campus.
A Charlotte civic leader and philanthropist, Worrell is a long-time supporter of CPCC, serving on the CPCC Foundation Board of Directors and the foundation’s “Legacy and Promise” campaign steering committee. Worrell has been a member of the CPCC Foundation for more than 20 years.
Victory Media names CPCC a 2014 “Military Friendly School”
Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) has been named a 2014 “Military Friendly School” by Victory Media. CPCC served more…Sep 23, 2013. <<Read More>>
Madelyn Caple appointed to CPCC Board of Trustees
Madelyn Caple, regional managing director – The Private Bank Greater Charlotte of Wells Fargo, has been appointed to the Central Piedmont Community College Board of Trustees. An appointee of the Mecklenburg County Board of County Commissioners, Caple’s four-year term as a CPCC trustee runs through June 2017. <<Read More>>
CB&I gives $100K to Central Piedmont Community College for welding program
CB&I Co. is contributing $100,000 to Central Piedmont Community College to support the welding and nondestructive-examination facilities at school’s Harper Campus. Announcement of the gift was made during the Charlotte Chamber’s intercity visit to Houston last week.
CB&I, also known as Chicago Bridge and Iron, has 900 employees in uptown Charlotte following its acquisition of the Shaw Power Group. The company (NYSE:CBI) focuses on energy infrastructure, and welding and examination skills are essential to the fabrication of its products.
“While CB&I is a new name to Charlotte, we consider the Queen City to be a vital area of growth for our power operations, and we fully recognize that Charlotte has become a key hub of electricity growth in the United States,” said Jeff Merrifield, senior vice president and a member of the chamber’s executive committee. <<Read More>>
James R. Worrell receives Distinguished Service Award from Central Piedmont Community College
May 16, 2013 – CPCC President, Dr. Tony Zeiss (right), presented former Managing Partner James R. Worrell, Sr. (left) the Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his continued extensive support of the college. CPCC has also recently named the Worrell Building on the College’s Central Campus, as well as the Worrell Financial Services Institute at the Harris Conference Center on the College’s Harris Campus. Check out the Community Involvement page for more information!
CPCC selects Tamara Williams to lead Merancas Campus Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) has chosen Tamara Williams as the next dean of the Merancas Campus located in Huntersville. She will begin her responsibilities as the academic and administrative leader of the Merancas Campus and CPCC’s Public Safety and Transport Technologies programs on July 1. She succeeds Beverly Dickson, who is retiring. <<Read More>>
Violeta Moser appointed to CPCC Board of Trustees
Violeta Moser, executive director of the Latin American Women’s Association of Charlotte, has been appointed to the Central Piedmont Community College Board of Trustees. An appointee of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board, Moser’s four-year term as a CPCC Trustee runs through June 2017.
CMS student apprenticeships may reflect education’s future
By springtime, a lot of high school seniors are cruising to the end of school. Maceo Rucker-Shivers can’t afford to join them.
His class work at Olympic’s math/science school and his after-school job at nearby Bosch Rexroth Corp. are preparing him for work as a machinist technician. His supervisors at the German company are watching to see whether his skills and work ethic justify paying his tuition at Central Piedmont Community College after graduation. <<Read More>>
Howard R. Levine Foundation Gives $500,000 to CPCC
The Howard R. Levine Foundation of Charlotte, N.C., has made two recent grants totaling $500,000 to Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC). <<Read More>>
Zeiss: Global ties can fuel growth
Charlotte can become international business hub, CPCC leader says.
Charlotte can promote its burgeoning reputation as an energy hub to also build its global business standing, Tony Zeiss, president of Central Piedmont Community College, said Wednesday. <<Read More>>
CPCC is leading the training focus on new skills
Tony Velotta is hiring. He’s the production manager at ABB Inc., which will manufacture super-high-voltage cables, the kind that transfer electricity from power plants to distribution stations. We’re talking up to 500,000 volts. For perspective, the power line on your street probably carries 120 to 240 volts. <<Read More>>
Casey and Anke Mermans
CPCC Distinguished Service Award Recipients
Casey and Anke Mermans, founders of The Merancas Foundation, located in Huntersville N.C. have supported CPCC and its many programs for almost 20 years. The couple has helped more than 3,000 CPCC students receive an education with their support of the College’s short-term training programs, including its Jumpstart for displaced workers and the Pathways to Employment initiative, which helps disadvantaged adults enter the workforce as skilled employees in as little as 12-14 weeks. Mr. Merman’s encouraged the graduates to remember “That when you get where you are going, don’t forget to give something back.”
Community Colleges and the State of the Union
CPCC mentioned in State of the Union Address <<Read More>>
Joe Bonham Art Exhibit
Art and war may seem incompatible, but Rob Bates has made peace with such incongruities. Through diverse experiences, he has seen the beginning, middle and end of the war in Afghanistan. The combat artists participating in the Joe Bonham Project sketch wounded soldiers undergoing rehab at military and veterans hospitals and keep them in the public eye. These artists can’t be pigeonholed – they range from illustrators to conceptual artists and represent different political persuasions. Some have military experience and some don’t. The project has garnered attention from military museums, the Smithsonian Institution and contemporary art spaces including the Drawing Center in New York City. <<Read More>>
Thanks to the generosity of the management of the Southern Spring Home and Garden Show, this is the third consecutive year CPCC staff and students of the College’s Architecture Technology and Interior Design Department will able to attend the show for free.
Students are looking forward to the show, running February 28 to March 3 at Park Expo on Independence Blvd. The annual Southern Spring Home and Garden Show is a signature event for Charlotte and the Carolinas. It is the South’s largest home and garden show featuring dozens beautifully landscaped gardens and the latest trends in indoor and outdoor living. Attendees can shop, meet and network with experts and gather information and advice from hundreds of exhibitors on landscaping, building, remodeling and interior decorating.
Bob L. Moss makes gift to name Engineering Technology program at CPCC
Bob Moss, a CPCC alumnus and construction management executive in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has made a gift to Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) to help fund CPCC’s Engineering Technology program. In recognition of Mr. Moss’s gift, the College named the program the Bob L. Moss Civil Engineering Technology program. <<Read More>>
Howard R. Levine Foundation Gives $500,000 to CPCC
The Howard R. Levine Foundation of Charlotte, N.C., has made two recent grants totaling $500,000 to Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC).The Howard R. Levine Foundation of Charlotte, N.C., has made two recent grants totaling $500,000 to Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC). <<Read More>>
Distinguished Service Award Goes to CPCC President Tony Zeiss
Dr. Tony Zeiss, president of Central Piedmont Community College, is the 2012 recipient of the UNC Charlotte Distinguished Service Award. Zeiss was honored for his contributions to the community and as a leader in education, in particular his efforts to strengthen ties between Central Piedmont Community College and UNC Charlotte. <<Read More>>
2012 Hagemeyer Award Honoree Named Charlotte City Council member David Howard, who became the first member of his family to pursue a college education and built a successful career in several fields, has been named this year’s winner of CPCC’s Richard H. Hagemeyer Award. <<Read More>>
CPCC and Charlotte Bridge Home collaborate to connect veterans to jobs and support services.
CPCC and Charlotte Bridge Home are working together to assist veterans in obtaining meaningful employment and access to needed support services. <<Read More and Contribute>>
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Alumnus and CPCC Chef Geoff Blount honored locally, internationally.
Central Piedmont Community College’s chef Geoff Blount, head of the Baking and Pastry Arts program, has been recognized for his culinary arts expertise at the local and international level. <<Read More>>
CPCC celebrates President Dr. Tony Zeiss’s 20 years of service A Tribute to Tony Zeiss <<See Video>>
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$1 million goal set for veteran jobs effort
March 1, 2012
With about 3,100 Mecklenburg County veterans looking for work and more returning from America’s wars overseas, local corporations and nonprofits want to raise $1 million by Memorial Day to help them find jobs.
Jan 26, 2012
Florence Jaffa, a painter and printmaker, has been involved with Central Piedmont Community College for years. In 1966, she took her first class at CPCC, and she is still a student today.
Community Colleges and the State of the Union
Jan 25, 2012
In this year’s State of the Union address, President Obama called the inability of many hard-working Americans to enjoy the American Dream “the defining issue of our time.” We shouldn’t “settle for a country where a shrinking number of people do really well while a growing number of Americans barely get by,” he said, and called for restoring “an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, and everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules.”
Pat and B.D. Rodgers to lead CPCC campaign
Jan 24, 2012
Pat and B.D. Rodgers of Rodgers Builders Inc., are serving as the chairs of Central Piedmont Community College’s 50th anniversary campaign. The Rodgers are leading the College’s efforts to raise at least $30 million to fund scholarships, additional faculty positions, workforce development initiatives and other programs. Serving as honorary campaign chairs are Christa Overcash and H. Allen and Bessie Tate.
What’s With Obama’s Praise for Central Piedmont Community College?
Jan 25, 2012
Amid a State of the Union speech full of broad themes like economic fairness and shared social responsibility, President Obama’s mention of citizen Jackie Bray’s education at Central Piedmont Community College may have struck some viewers as being (in the words of one Slate staffer) somewhat “granular.”
CPCC celebrates President Dr. Tony Zeiss’s 20 years of service
Jan 23, 2012
Charlotte community leaders and Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) employees gathered at the Charlotte Country Club on Jan. 20 to celebrate Dr. Tony Zeiss’s 20th year of service and leadership as president of CPCC. During the event, hosted by the CPCC Foundation, attendees honored Zeiss’s illustrious career at CPCC, a tenure that has spanned more than a third of the College’s 49-year history.
CPCC honors longtime donors’ generosity during campus dedication event
October 10, 2011
Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) officials and community members, together with The Merancas Foundation representatives, gathered for a special dedication event today to honor the generosity of longtime CPCC donors Casey and Anke Mermans, founders of The Merancas Foundation, located in Huntersville N.C. The Merancas Foundation has supported CPCC and its many programs for almost 20 years. In recognition of the Foundation’s longtime support, CPCC named its North Campus, also located in Huntersville, N.C., the Merancas Campus.
College renames its North Campus the Merancas Campus to honor longtime donors
June 30, 2011
CPCC recognizes The Merancas Foundation, Casey and Anke Mermans for support of the College In recognition of the longtime support of Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) donors Casey and Anke Mermans, founders of The Merancas Foundation, the College has renamed its North Campus in Huntersville, N.C., the Merancas Campus. A naming ceremony will be held at the campus this fall to honor the couple’s generosity and philanthropic spirit.