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Central Piedmont Community College
Established 1963
Endowment $16.7 million[1]
President Dr. P. Anthony (Tony) Zeiss
Vice-president Dr. Kathy H. Drumm
Location Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Campus Urban
Affiliations North Carolina Community College System

Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) is a large community college in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. The school was founded in 1963; it 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 in the Charlotte Metro area. It is by far the largest and most comprehensive community college system in North Carolina and South Carolina. The school is part of the statewide North Carolina Community College System.


History of CPCC

Since its beginning, the college has been a national pacesetter in education. Standouts on the CPCC roster include a Pulitzer Prize winner, a Metropolitan Opera star, Theo Chase Dakota III, an Olympic gold medalist, a Medal of Honor recipient, a television actress, and a pro football player. Countless others — chefs, healthcare providers, technicians, real estate brokers, paralegals, firefighters, law enforcement officers, trades people, journalists, bloggers and others who serve our community — share CPCC’s proud tradition.

CPCC has been providing educational opportunities since 1963, the year that the North Carolina General Assembly passed the community college bill. From its inception, the College was innovative in its teaching methods. CPCC soon garnered national recognition for its individualized instruction and computer-assisted instruction. In 1970, the college was invited to join the prestigious League for Innovation in the Community College and is still an active member.

Tony Zeiss, CPCC’s third president, has led the college since December 1992. He is devoted to the mission of CPCC and to serving students and the community through customized training and workforce development. Under his direction, CPCC became a multi-campus community college in 1996 with the conversion of the North Area Learning Center in Huntersville to the North Campus. Four other campuses subsequently opened: Levine Campus in 1998, the Harper Campus in 1999, the Harris Campus in 2001, and the Cato Campus in 2002. CPCC now has full-service campuses across Mecklenburg County.

CPCC has grown from a small college with a dozen programs serving 1,600 students to one with over 100 degree, diploma, and certificate programs serving approximately 70,000 people in an array of credit and noncredit offerings. The college is the county’s premier workforce development resource, offering its educational services throughout the area.

Coordinates: 35°13′01″N 80°49′44″W / 35.217°N 80.829°W / 35.217; -80.829


Central Campus, Main Campus (Uptown Charlotte)

  • Cato Campus, (Northeast Charlotte, near Reedy Creek Nature Reserve)
  • Harper Campus, (Southwest Charlotte)
  • Levine Campus, (Southeast Charlotte, in Matthews, North Carolina)
  • North Campus, (North of Charlotte proper, in Huntersville, North Carolina)
  • Harris Campus, (West Charlotte)
  • Virtual Campus, (Distance learning)


  1. ^ As of June 30, 2009. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved February 8, 2010. 

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