CPCC Alumnus & Pulitzer Prize Photojournalist John H. White

CPCC Alumnus John H. White was awarded a Pultizer Prize in Photo Journalism 30 years ago.

To honor John, the National Press Photographer Association featured John on the April 2012 cover of "NEWS PHOTOGRAPHER" and included a wonderful article outlining John's accomplishments and his thoughts on his career. John included CPCC in the article.

John may live in Chicago, but he keeps CPCC close in his heart. John graciously donated two of his seminal pieces to CPCC to honor the College for its impact on his life. John is also a donor to the CPCC John H. White Photography Endowment to encourage other CPCC photography students to "shoot from the heart" and "Keep In Flight!"

Congratulations John H. White. Keep In Flight!

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Experience Live Theater -- Reality at its Best

CPCC Theatre kicks off the season in September with "Godspell," a groundbreaking and unique musical with a message of kindness, tolerance and love.  "Sylvia," a romantic comedy about man's best friend, comes to Pease Auditorium in October, and in February, the country music of Roger Miller will fill the Halton when "Big River" brings Mark Twain's classic story of Huck Finn to the stage.  The season will conclude with August Wilson's powerful drama, "Fences" as part of the College's annual celebration of the arts, Sensoria.  You won't want to miss any of these performances, so purchase your tickets now.

Season tickets are just $48 ($12 per ticket) and are available now online or via the box office at 704.330.6534.
Individual tickets are on sale September 1 and are just $16 and $18.

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CPCC's Culinary Arts Program Earns 'exemplary' Grade

The American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission has identified Central Piedmont Community College's associate degree program in Culinary Arts as "exemplary." The CPCC Culinary Arts program is the only associate degree program in North Carolina and one of 60 in the nation to earn the exemplary designation.

"Our primary goal is student success and preparing students for great careers in the restaurant and hospitality industry."

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CPCC will be Closed Sept 1-7, 2012

Please note that all CPCC campuses will be closed September 1st-7th for Labor Day and the Democratic National Convention.

The campuses will be open for classes on Saturday, September 8, 2012.

CPCC Charged to Lead the Way in Math Programs

Charlotte Business Journal reported this great story! CPCC will receive $300,000 over two years from the N.C. Community College System for its work on the math curriculum improvement project.

The initiative will help align the math curriculum with what's being taught in North Carolina's public schools as well as in the UNC System.

Nearly every degree program at CPCC requires students to take a math course. Read full article

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CPCC Alumna Meets Madeleine Albright

SPARK Publications president and CPCC Alumna Fabi Preslar was one of the attendees honoring Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright at the opening reception for the Mint Museum exhibit "Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection."

It is said that Madeleine Albright's jewelry was a means to underscore diplomatic messages and foreign policy. In the photo below, Fabi is sporting one of her favorite pins and Madeleine Albright is wearing a pin that was designed in honor of her visit to the Queen City.

In addition to being the president of SPARK Publications, CPCC Alumna Fabi is a wonderful promoter of CPCC in the community. Fabi speaks highly of CPCC and  gives of her time and talent to current students. In addition, Fabi is a  donor to the CPCC Alumni Annual Fund.

My favorite pin? "I Love CPCC Alumni!"

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What's Good About Charlotte: Higher Education

"Higher education in general represents the largest economic impact on a community next to jobs," explains Dr. Tony Zeiss, President of Central Piedmont Community College. Read full article...

Last Chance to Enter to Win an iPod Shuffle - Ends August 31st!

Update your contact information
It's not too late to and be entered into the drawing
for an iPod Shuffle

Help CPCC celebrate 50 years of alumni success by entering and updating your alumni and employment information. By completing the form, you will be entered into a drawing for an iPod Shuffle.

You, our alumni, and your accomplishments are the reason that CPCC is celebrating its 50th year as a superb educational force recognized at the national level.

Here's the link: Update Records

Note: CPCC employees are not eligible for the drawing.

Winner will be notified September 10, 2012.

Posted in Alumni.

CPCC Has High Standards - And Our Pass Rates Confirm It

If you have graduated from one of the health sciences programs you already know that you have received an extraordinary education. The recent graduates of the CPCC health sciences programs posted these outstanding pass rates.

Congratulations to the graduates and high fives to the instructors!

Program  National Accreditation Exam Pass Rate
Cytotechnology  97%
Dental Assisting  97%
Dental Hygiene  100%
Health Information Technology  100%
Medical Assisting  100%
Medical Laboratory Technology  94%
Physical Therapist Assistant  100%

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College-Prep Kids in Charlotte are Opting for an Alternative Route: European-Style Apprenticeships

NPR recently featured the apprenticeship partnership between Central Piedmont Community College and some international businesses that operate in Charlotte.


College costs are rising, student debt is mounting, and the unemployment rate for recent graduates is not improving. Those are some reasons that a group of young people in Charlotte, North Carolina is opting for an alternative route: apprenticeships.

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