Central Piedmont students can apply for Next NC Scholarships of at least $3,000

The new "Next NC Scholarship" is a financial aid program that helps most North Carolinians from households making $80,000 or less pursue higher education by fully covering tuition and fees at any community college in the state. The assistance is not a loan, so students will not have to pay the money back.

The Next NC Scholarship combines the federal Pell Grant with the state-funded financial aid program to form a simplified and predictable scholarship award that is easier to understand and makes education more affordable so a greater number of North Carolina students can pursue a degree or shorter-term credential.

Qualifying students attending Central Piedmont or any other N.C. community college will receive at least $3,000. That means having their tuition and fees 100 percent covered. Students can also use the scholarship award to pay for books, food, and housing.

To apply for a Next NC Scholarship, students simply need to complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. If students are eligible, they will receive the Next NC Scholarship with no additional forms to fill out. The Next NC Scholarship priority filing date is Aug. 15, 2024, for N.C. community colleges.

To receive the Next NC Scholarship, students must be:

  • A North Carolina resident who is eligible for in-state tuition 
  • A high school graduate (high school equivalency completers are eligible) 
  • From a household with an annual adjusted gross income (AGI) of $80,000 or less 
  • Enrolled in an eligible community college curriculum program for the 2024-2025 academic year
  • Taking at least six credit hours per semester (part-time students will receive a partial award) 
  • Meeting the Satisfactory Academic Progress standards of the school, the student attends 
  • A student who has completed the 2024- 2025 FAFSA, with a resulting Student Aid Index (SAI) at or below 7,500 (once complete, Central Piedmont's financial aid office will determine and confirm eligibility.)

For more information about the Next NC Scholarship Program and other financial aid opportunities at Central Piedmont Community College, visit the Grants page or contact a financial aid counselor via email.

Posted in Foundation News.

Central Piedmont to expand nursing programs to serve more students

Central Piedmont Community College will expand its nursing programs to accommodate more students and help meet the need for more registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical nurses (LPNs) in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region.

Central Piedmont will expand its Associate Degree in Nursing Program from 200 to 300 students beginning May 2024. In turn, Central Piedmont will more than double the size of its Practical Nursing Program from 24 to 64 students. The Dickson Practical Nursing Program will add a second start date, giving students the option of beginning the program in either January or August.

By expanding its nursing programs, Central Piedmont will offer two new options for students an accelerated associate degree in nursing track and an LPN-to-associate-degree in nursing bridge program.

The accelerated associate degree in nursing program will give motivated students who can attend school full-time (up to 37 hours per week) the opportunity to complete their studies in 14-15 months. In addition to the rigorous class schedule, students will need to study outside of class 10-15 hours per week. The program will open with its first class in May 2024.

The LPN-to-ADN bridge option is designed to give licensed practical nurses a path to earn their associate degree in nursing and become registered nurses. The program will span three semesters and take one year to complete. The program, which will include on-campus and online classes, will open May 2025.

"Central Piedmont is excited to offer more opportunities for individuals to pursue careers in nursing," said Karen Summers, Central Piedmont dean of health sciences. "Nursing is a high-demand, high-need health career field, particularly in the Mecklenburg County region. We look forward to welcoming more students into our nursing programs."

See the Central Piedmont website for information about the more than 20 healthcare programs offered by the college or contact the college via email.

For information specifically about the accelerated associate degree in nursing program that will open in May, visit the college website.

Posted in Foundation News.

Congratulations to our Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 ACA Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to our fall 2022 and spring 2023 ACA Scholarship winners!

Each fall and spring semester, the college's Academic Related Courses (ACA) area selects seven recipients for the ACA Scholarship for awards of $600 each. To apply, students had to write an essay answering the question "Being resilient (the ability to recover quickly from difficult conditions) is a life skill that we often do not recognize. How have you been resilient in your journey as a community college student, and what does this journey look like?" Applicants are reviewed based on meeting the scholarship eligibility requirements and on their essay's quality of writing.

Learn more about the ACA Scholarship.

Scholarship Winners

Fall 2022

Fall 2022 Essays (PDF)

  1. Jenifer Bendezu
  2. Stephanie Smith
  3. Isabella Covarrubias
  4. Christopher Weber
  5. Angella Hamilton
  6. Martine Bourgoin
  7. Devin Hewitt

Spring 2023

Spring 2023 Essays (PDF)

  1. Tiffany Zamora
  2. Madeline Palka
  3. Eliana Liantonio
  4. Tiffany Kelty
  5. Caitlin Londa
  6. Elena Creason
  7. Helen Alabi

Posted in Foundation News, Students.

Central Piedmont Launches Application Cycle for Coca-Cola Consolidated Apprenticeship Program

Central Piedmont Community College is thrilled to announce that the application cycle for the Coca-Cola Consolidated Apprenticeship Program is now open. This hands-on learning opportunity is designed to "earn and learn," providing paid apprenticeships to stimulate interest in high-demand positions in the manufacturing, equipment repair, and logistics sectors at Coke Consolidated's facilities in the Charlotte area.

Application Cycle Now Open

Central Piedmont is accepting interest inquiries for the program, which begins in Summer 2024 and spans 12 months. After expressing interest, Coke Consolidated will contact candidates to provide additional information and to complete the application process. During the program, apprentices will work approximately 20 hours weekly while completing three to four college courses each semester. Apprentices will transition to full-time positions upon successful completion of the program.

Coke Consolidated launched an apprenticeship program at Central Piedmont Community College in spring 2023 to provide formal learning through Central Piedmont and on the job experience in high-demand skilled labor positions in the following business areas at Coke Consolidated: manufacturing, equipment services and fleet maintenance at our Charlotte-area facilities. 

Program Details

Eligible applicants will gain paid experience through part-time roles at Coca-Cola Consolidated and its transportation subsidiary Red Classic Transportation, alongside financial support for career certificates, preparing them for positions such as:

The fundamental requirement for these apprenticeships is a high school diploma or an equivalent qualification.

Information Sessions

Central Piedmont invites prospective candidates to attend an Information Session to engage with representatives from Coke Consolidated and the college. These sessions offer detailed insights into the apprenticeship program and the career certificates that can pave the way for a future at Coke Consolidated.

Register for Information Sessions

In-person and virtual attendance options:

Virtual only:

Central Piedmont is proud to work with Coke Consolidated to offer these apprenticeships, reinforcing our dedication to creating career pathways that align with industry needs and student success.

For complete program information, visit cpcc.edu/coke.

Posted in Foundation News.