For over five decades, Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) has worked to meet the educational needs of the Charlotte, NC community. With six locations throughout the Charlotte area, students have access to an affordable, quality education regardless of where they live. In order to support student development, the curriculum utilizes four core competencies. The college believes that critical thinking, personal growth and responsibility, communication and information technology and quantitative literacy are infused into every program in order to learn the techniques necessary to advance in the workplace and society.
There is an active student life on campus that encourages leadership, personal growth and diversity. In addition to over 40 student clubs and organizations, the college offers service learning opportunities that address a local need while improving academic skills and learning the value of community service. There is also a minority male mentoring program that sponsors leadership workshops, team-building exercises, social skills seminars and other activities that teach skills that students will need to be successful both professionally and personally. In addition to these programs, there is a theatre program, a summer theatre program, and an opera theatre program that students interested in the performing arts may audition for.
There are many different programs that are designed to meet the needs of a diverse population. Students may choose to earn an associate’s degree or professional certificate/diploma by participating in one of many organized, accredited programs. There is also the opportunity to obtain a high school equivalency diploma. CPCC offers distance learning via online classes so that students may learn at their own speed and in their own time.
For high school students that wish to get a head start on college careers, the dual enrollment program is ideal. In some cases, students may actually have an associate’s degree when they graduate from high school. Another learning opportunity is designed to meet the needs of adult students who need professional continuing education credits or who just wish to take a class or two for personal growth.
Students have opportunities to participate several different programs that provide study-abroad and global learning opportunities. Both the Global Learning and Resources Program and the International Business Program offer students the opportunity to learn about their fields from a global perspective as well as the opportunity to study abroad. The school also offers a Foreign Language Division and a Language Lab that teaches students languages that they will need in order to succeed in a global marketplace. Finally, There are numerous student clubs and organizations that focus on international study and cooperation.
For all students, there are numerous support systems including student counseling, disability services, family services and computer labs throughout every campus so that students may use state-of-the-art equipment in order to research and complete assignments.
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For traditional students seeking a degree, certificate or diploma, admission is a simple process with very few requirements. Applications may be submitted online via the website and an online account needs to be created in order to complete the registration process. After establishing the online account, students are required to register for a PEP session which will explain the registration and testing process among other things. After the PEP session is complete, placement tests, if required, may be taken. At this point, students should submit high school and college transcripts and apply for financial aid.
Next, students will meet with an advisor to evaluate placement tests, create a schedule for the coming term, be assigned a faculty advisor and register for orientation. Finally, students may register for classes either on-campus or online and get a student ID. After orientation is complete, the student has completed the admissions process and may start classes.
For students that wish to simply take a few personal or professional enrichment classes, this process is simplified and the student simply needs to apply and register for classes.
Financial aid is available in the form of private and institutional scholarships, grants and federally subsidized loans. Scholarships are available to both need-based students and merit-based students. In order to be eligible for any form of financial aid, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available online beginning every January. Students should complete the FAFSA as soon as possible because many scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis. In order to complete the FAFSA, financial information for both the student and family will be required.
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Though Central Piedmont Community College doesn’t participate in an intercollegiate sports program, they do offer men’s and women’s intramural soccer. There are also three fitness centers that students may utilize with a student ID.
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