U.S. Congresswoman Alma Adams visits Central Piedmont

Alma Adams, U.S. House representative for North Carolina's 12th Congressional District, came to Central Piedmont's Central Campus on Feb. 20, where she saw high-tech, cutting-edge facilities in which students are gaining high-demand healthcare skills.

Central Piedmont President Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer welcomed Rep. Adams and her staff to the college. The group toured Central Piedmont's Leon Levine Health Sciences Center and its many simulation labs and clinics, where healthcare program students gain valuable clinical experience. College leaders shared Central Piedmont's plans to expand its nursing and other healthcare programs to help meet a growing need for care providers in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region.

The Congresswoman also met with four Central Piedmont's Ruth G. Shaw Scholars. The group talked about good leadership qualities and Adams' journey of service as a local, state, and U.S. elected official.

Adams was elected to her fifth full term representing the 12th district in 2022. She serves on the Committee on Education & the Workforce and the Committee on Agriculture. She holds several leadership roles: as Assistant Whip for the Democratic Caucus, Ranking Member of the Committee on Education & Labor's Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, and co-chair of the Congressional Bipartisan HBCU Caucus, the Black Maternal Health Caucus, and the e-Learning Caucus. She has previously served on multiple committees, including the House Committee on Financial Services and the House Committee on Small Business.

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Central Piedmont Partners with Mecklenburg Public Health to ‘Give Kids a Smile’

Central Piedmont Community College and Mecklenburg County Public Health are partnering to participate in National Give Kids a Smile Day by offering free dental services to Mecklenburg children on Saturday, Feb. 24.

Between 200 and 300 children will receive free dental cleanings and screenings, vision screenings, immunizations, health education, and other family resources. Mecklenburg Public Health employees and Central Piedmont health sciences faculty, staff, and students donate their time providing services and care. 

"We are excited to serve our community, especially the children who need us the most," said Raydiance Swanston, Mecklenburg County Public Health Pediatric Dental Clinic manager. "We will provide these vital oral health services to families who do not have health insurance. But while the event is focused on children, we also are ready to serve the entire family."

Also participating in the event will be Atrium Health's Women's Care Drive to Thrive mobile unit, a Vision to Learn mobile unit and a mammogram bus. All services and wellness information will be provided in English and Spanish.

North Carolina data shows that 11.3 percent of kindergartners in state Region IV, including Mecklenburg County, have tooth decay. Dental disease in children can be reduced effectively through prevention initiatives for oral health. Such efforts reduce loss-of-learning time due to school absences. About 25 percent of children in Mecklenburg County are found to have untreated cavities in their permanent teeth, with the majority coming from low-income families.

"I am proud of our collective efforts to bring 'Give Kids A Smile Day' back to Mecklenburg County this year," said Dr. Raynard Washington, Mecklenburg County Public Health director. "We are excited and thankful for the partnership with Central Piedmont, allowing our teams to help more children and families than ever before."

Event Details

  • Date and Time: Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Location:  Central Piedmont Community College, Central Campus, Worrell Building Gymnasium, 1228 Elizabeth Avenue, Charlotte

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Central Piedmont President's Report - January 2024

The January President's Report highlights our recent accomplishments and impactful initiatives made possible through your unwavering support. Throughout the report, you will witness the tangible outcomes of your generosity - from the creation of innovative academic ventures to celebrating our December graduates. Our collective efforts have propelled us toward greater heights, ensuring that our students receive a world-class education enriched with opportunities that shape their futures.

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

Explore the full report.

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Duke Energy Employees Donate to the Professional Clothing Closet

Duke Energy employees made a significant donation to the Central Piedmont Community College Professional Clothing Closet. The generous contribution, comprising thousands of items, including suits, dress shirts, shoes, dresses, blouses, belts, jewelry, and other accessories, substantially enhances student resources.

The Professional Clothing Closet, operating weekly on Tuesdays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., is an initiative by Central Piedmont to assist students in preparing for interviews and their forthcoming professional careers. Located on the Central Campus, in the Worrell Building, Room 1152, the closet allows current students to select up to four outfits to build their professional wardrobe free of charge.

How to Participate

Students interested in using the Professional Clothing Closet can sign up for a shopping date. This initiative is part of Central Piedmont's commitment to supporting students academically and in their career readiness.

Donation Details

Central Piedmont welcomes ongoing donations to the Professional Clothing Closet. Community members can contribute by dropping off items every Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Accepted items include business suits, skirts, ties, professional shoes, blouses, belts, jewelry, blazers, slacks, and dress shirts. Donors are kindly requested to ensure all items are clean and in good condition.

For More Information

For additional details about the Professional Clothing Closet or to inquire about donations, please contact Mia Mallory or Dena Shonts.

Central Piedmont Community College is grateful for the support of Duke Energy employees and the broader community in making this valuable resource a success for students.

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Central Piedmont Welcomes Atrium Health's Women's Care Drive to Thrive Mobile Unit

Central Piedmont Community College is delighted to partner with the Atrium Health Women's Care Drive to Thrive, a groundbreaking mobile care unit dedicated to providing a comprehensive range of women's health services. This initiative represents a significant step towards enhancing healthcare access and equity in our community.

About the Women's Care Drive to Thrive:

Atrium Health's Women's Care Drive to Thrive is a mobile unit offering a variety of essential services in a friendly and supportive environment. The unit is open to all community members and offers both scheduled and walk-in appointments, with bilingual staff available for Spanish-speaking patients.

Services Provided:

The mobile clinic includes a range of vital services, such as:

  • Screening for cervical cancer, urinary tract infections, and sexually transmitted infections
  • Access to birth control
  • First-time prenatal visits and postpartum care
  • Ultrasound services
  • Mammogram referrals
  • On-site social worker to help connect patients with resources

Cost and Insurance Information:

Service costs vary based on individual insurance plans. For those without insurance, a sliding scale is applied, often resulting in no charge.

Central Piedmont Operating Hours and Location:

The clinic operates on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., on the Central Campus. The mobile unit sets up in Parking lot 11, at 1425 Elizabeth Ave., adjacent to the Leon Levine Health Sciences Center, which fronts Elizabeth Avenue and Charlottetowne Avenue.

Appointments can be scheduled by calling 704.468.0137, though walk-ins also are welcome.

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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.

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