Central Piedmont Community College
- Central Piedmont Community College is an innovative and comprehensive college that advances the life-long educational development of students consistent with their needs, interests, and abilities while strengthening the economic, social, and cultural life of its diverse community.
Central Piedmont Community College places among the top 20% of community colleges in North Carolina for:
- Category Attribute
- Diversity Diversity in US community colleges
- Community Size Largest student body
- Student Earnings Highest graduate earnings (10 years post graduation)
- The teacher population of 662 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
|Central Piedmont Community College||(NC) Community College Avg.|
|Carnegie Classification||Baccalaureate / Associates Colleges||Baccalaureate / Associates Colleges|
|Institution Level||Less than 2 yrs||At least 2 but less than 4 years|
|Total Faculty||662 staff||139 staff|
|Total Enrollment||19,957 students||2,380 students|
|# Full-Time Students||6,788 students||1,019 students|
|# Part-Time Students||13,169 students||1,361 students|
|% American Indian/Alaskan||-|
|% Two or more races|
|% Non Resident races|
|% Unknown races|
|College Completion Rate|
|Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)||$30,600||$27,500|
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS
- In 1963, Mecklenburg College and the Central Industrial Education Center were merged to establish Central Piedmont Community College, one the first of the 58 colleges in the NC Community College System. The substantial increase in the educational and training needs of the community since 1963 have required commensurate expansion of the College's instructional programs and facilities. In 1963, there were 23 degree and diploma programs; now there are more than 60, along with a comprehensive literacy program and an extensive array of corporate and continuing education offerings. In 1963, the College occupied the structures formerly used by Charlotte's Central High School. Recognizing that the Central Campus is experiencing maximum utilization, the College trustees in 1989 authorized the development of comprehensive campuses in other areas of Mecklenburg County to accommodate the ever increasing needs of the burgeoning Charlotte-Mecklenburg community. The College provides educational programs and services in Business, Community Service, Health, and Technology Programs; Transfer Programs; Queens Bound Program; Basic Skills Programs; Corporate and Continuing Education; Community Service and International Programs and Services. The college was fully accredited to award associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates in 1969 by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
- The nearest community college to Central Piedmont Community College is King's College (0.5 miles away).
- College Location Mi. Students
- 395 students | 0.50 Mi322 Lamar Avenue
Charlotte,  NC  28204
- 486 students | 1.30 Mi1200 Blythe Blvd
Charlotte,  NC  28203
- 2,255 students | 1.60 MiAcademic Center, 801 West Trade Street
Charlotte,  NC  28202
- 1,129 students | 6.00 MiThree Lakepointe Plaze, 2110 Water Ridge Parkway
Charlotte,  NC  28217
- 448 students | 20.00 Mi401 Medical Park Drive
Concord,  NC  28025
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