Central Piedmont Community College

Central Piedmont Community College

Central Piedmont Community College, CPCC, is a large community college, located in Charlotte, North Carolina (Mecklenburg County). The school was founded in 1963. CPCC is the result of a merger between Mecklenburg College and the Central Industrial Education Center.

CPCC has seven satellite campuses and a virtual campus, all situated in the Charlotte Metro area. It is by far the largest and most wide-ranging community college system in North Carolina and South Carolina. The school is also part of the statewide North Carolina Community College System.

A number of the CPCC graduates have gone on to become famous; they include Cindy Castano, producer of National Geographic documentaries including the Emmy Award winning 'Stalking Leopards' and Tom Fisher, a renowned visionary in the areas of Internet, eCommerce and High Tech sectors.

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Central Piedmont Community College
1201 Elizabeth Avenue
Charlotte , NC 28204
General Phone: (704) 330-2722

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Central Piedmont Community College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts417sign language translation, liberal arts and sciences, general studies, liberal arts and humanities, interdisciplinary studies
Business and Management126business management, accounting, accounting technology, human resources, international business, marketing, international marketing, retail
Mechanics and Repair121HVAC, autobody repair, automobile mechanics, diesel mechanics, vehicle maintenance
Medical Support and Technology84dental assistant, dental hygienist, medical assistant, medical lab assistant, cardiovascular tech, respiratory care tech, surgical tech, cytotechnologist, medical lab tech, ...
Computer Science and Engineering82computer and info science, information technology, computer programming, data processing tech, information science, database administration, computer networking, network management, computer security, ...
Education and Teaching67early childhood education, teacher aide
Engineering Technician62architectural engineering tech, civil engineering tech, electronics tech, industrial production tech, quality control tech, mechanical engineering tech, surveying tech, computer engineering tech, computer tech courses, ...
Construction Trades54electrician, property management
Medicine52health professions
Nursing and Emergency Medicine50registered nursing
Therapy and Counseling45physical therapist assistant, substance abuse counseling
Law35legal secretary, legal assistant
Production Trades35machine shop assistant, welding
Security and Law Enforcement32corrections, criminal justice and safety, criminal justice and police, fire protection tech
Family and Social Work27child development, social work
Design26interior design, graphic design
Medical Administration23medical office management, medical records tech
Cooking and Culinary Arts18pastry, chef training
Photography and Commercial Art14commercial art
Office and Administration11office management, administrative assistant, executive secretary, office data entry
Hospitality9hospitality management, tourism and travel, hotel management
Landscaping and Horticulture9applied horticulture, turf management
Media4graphic communications, animation and special effects, printing equipment operation
Engineering0civil engineering courses, electrical engineering, engineering management
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy0parks and recreation management, rehabilitation

Number of programs and degrees for Central Piedmont Community College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Award of less than 1 academic year44662
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years4925
Associate's degree90880

Central Piedmont Community College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Central Piedmont Community College had a total enrollment of 18,052 students (13,562 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 50%
Black 32%
Hispanic 4%
Asian 3%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 2%
(Foreign Students) 9%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 4%
18-19 20%
20-21 17%
22-24 14%
25-29 14%
30-34 9%
35-39 7%
40-49 10%
50-64 5%
65+ 1%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

North Carolina81%
State unknown9%
(International Students)7%
South Carolina1%

Central Piedmont Community College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 52 %
Part-Time 31 %

Central Piedmont Community College Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of Charlotte, North Carolina for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other North Carolina Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Central Piedmont Community College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 1,452
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 7,212
Books and supplies $ 1,194

Financial Aid:
Central Piedmont Community College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 291500)

Central Piedmont Community College Faculty

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured and not on tenure track168174

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Instructoracademic year168$51,965174$52,809
All faculty totalacademic year168$51,965174$52,809

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Central Piedmont Community College Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping
Business Administration and Management, General
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
International Marketing
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Retailing and Retail Operations

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Programming/Programmer, General
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Computer and Information Systems Security
Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration
Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician
Information Science/Studies
Information Technology
System, Networking, and LAN/WAN Management/Manager
Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster

Construction Trades
Building/Property Maintenance and Management

Cooking And Culinary Arts
Baking and Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef
Culinary Arts/Chef Training

Graphic Design
Interior Design

Education And Teaching
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Teacher Assistant/Aide

Civil Engineering, Other
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering/Industrial Management

Engineering Technician
Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician
Computer Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engr Technology/Technician
Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians, Other
Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician
Quality Control Technology/Technician
Surveying Technology/Surveying

Family And Social Work
Child Development
Social Work

Hospitality Administration/Management, General
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management
Tourism and Travel Services Management

Landscaping And Horticulture
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General
Turf and Turfgrass Management

Legal Administrative Assistant/Secretary
Legal Assistant/Paralegal

Liberal Arts
General Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation

Mechanics And Repair
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician
Heating/AC/Ventilation/Refrig Maint Technology/Technician
Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Technologies, Other

Animation, Interactive Tech, Video Graphics and Special Effects
Graphic Communications, General
Graphic and Printing Equipment Operator, General Production

Medical Administration
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician
Medical Office Management/Administration

Medical Support And Technology
Cardiovascular Technology/Technologist
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Assistant
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician
Dental Assisting/Assistant
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
Medical/Clinical Assistant
Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist
Surgical Technology/Technologist

Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other

Office And Administration
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry
Executive Assistant/Executive Secretary
Office Management and Supervision

Photography And Commercial Art
Commercial and Advertising Art

Production Trades
Machine Shop Technology/Assistant
Welding Technology/Welder

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Police Science
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
Fire Protection and Safety Technology/Technician

Therapy And Counseling
Physical Therapist Assistant
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling

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checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Offers weekend classes
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
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checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers remedial adult education
checked Option to study abroad
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