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Business and Technologies | College Transfer | Basic Skills | Corporate and Continuing Education | Community Service | Student Development and Support | Instructional Development and Support | Administrative Support

To carry out CPCC's mission, the College provides educational programs and services in the following areas:
Business and Technologies
Health and Community Services

The cornerstone of the community college system in North Carolina is the preparation of students for a first career, career change, and career advancement to meet individual goals and regional needs.

The College provides vocational and technical programs in a broad range of occupational areas. Two-year associate degrees and shorter term diploma and certificate programs are offered. In support of these programs, the College will continue to form major partnerships, fueled by the advances of technology, with business and industry.

Business and Technologies and Health and Community Services graduates develop marketable employment skills and college-level academic skills. In some cases, these degree programs and classes are transferable to four-year institutions. Non-degree seeking students reach other career goals such as updating job skills, career advancement, and re-entry into the work force with marketable skills.
College Transfer

From its inception, the College has provided the first two years of study in the arts and sciences and pre-professional fields for those students who wish to transfer to four-year colleges with junior status. Students are able to transfer courses or an associate degree to four-year colleges and have the background and skills to succeed in their further studies. Graduates have a foundation in their areas of specialization, have college-level academic skills, and have successfully completed the general education core curriculum.

In 1996, the North Carolina Community College System and the University of North Carolina developed a comprehensive articulation agreement to address the transfer of North Carolina Community College students to the constituent institutions of the University of North Carolina system. Graduates with the AA and AS degrees who complete the agreed general education transfer core will receive junior status and will be considered to have fulfilled the institution-wide, lower division, general education requirements for any University of North Carolina institution if admitted to the university.

The Queens Bound articulation agreement provides a unique opportunity for highly motivated CPCC students working toward AA, AS or AFA degrees to continue at Queens College to earn bachelor's degrees. Queens Bound students who enroll full time in the College of Arts and Sciences at Queens are guaranteed up to $5,000 in scholarship assistance.
Basic Skills

Expanding higher education opportunities to populations previously underserved was a founding principle of the community college movement. This open-door policy mandated basic skills programs for underprepared students.

Adult basic education programs provide basic literacy instruction and functional living skills. Adult high school and GED programs assist high school drop-outs and adults in completing high school. Developmental education provides classes for high school graduates who lack college skills. Compensatory Education assists students with developmental disabilities or traumatic brain injury to improve academic and basic living skills.

The Adult English as a Second Language program, also known as LEP (Limited English Proficiency), offers basic English language instruction to members of the immigrant and refugee communities in the CPCC service area.  These free courses provide students with the opportunity to build the communication skills needed to live and work in the United States and to fully participate in community activities. These free English classes also serve as a gateway for non-native speakers of English to enter other CPCC programs.

Although students in these programs have very diverse goals and many students stop short of entry into college-level programs, all basic skills programs are designed to provide the necessary skills and confidence to be successful in the next level of education.
Corporate and Continuing Education

Workforce development of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg employers is the major thrust of Corporate and Continuing Education. The College provides programs and services specifically designed to meet the training, re-training and development needs of business and industry and other area organizations as well as meeting individual career goals for the general adult population. The formation of dynamic partnerships with community organizations and business and industry is the critical component in meeting these needs.

The College also provides programs and services for the general adult population which stress life-long learning in the areas of academic, cultural, social, recreational, and personal development.

Business and industry and other community organizations receive assistance in identifying their training needs and in developing flexible programs and services to meet these needs. Corporate and Continuing Education delivers education that works.
Community Service

Central Piedmont's community education program offers courses for personal interests. The program is well known for high quality training on a variety of topics. The multi-campus facilities allow us to provide training throughout the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region. A wide range of courses are available for the public with specialty offerings for seniors and children (summer only).

Student Development and Support

The diversity of the student body has made the student development and support area more critical than ever. The College provides services for recruitment and enrollment, for academic advising, for career and personal counseling, for student activities, and for special populations including high-risk students. The faculty play a supportive role in these endeavors. Students receive timely and accurate information about College programs and services and receive assistance in their academic, career, and personal development. The degree to which student support services are effective has a major impact on student success.
Instructional Development and Support

CPCC is a leader among community colleges in instructional development and support. Experimentation and innovation in instruction and the use of alternative instructional delivery systems remain a major focus.

The College provides support for instructors to experiment with non-traditional modes of teaching and learning through classroom research, through the use of technology incorporated into the classroom, and through alternative delivery systems and scheduling. The instructional support area provides library, media, and learning laboratory services which give support to instructors and students to enhance the teaching and learning process.
Administrative Support

CPCC administration provides effective leadership by setting the tone and direction and by granting employees the authority and resources to carry out their duties.

The College efficiently and effectively expends its resources and is committed to maintaining a leadership role in its utilization of personnel and campus facilities. The College provides the organizational support areas of institutional research and planning, staff and resource development, and marketing and community relations. Effective administrative processes allow the College to focus on its primary mission of providing educational programs and services.

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