Inside UNC Charlotte -- June 2012 -- CPCC & UNC Charlotte Partnership

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>>For more than 50 years UNC Charlotte and
Central Piedmont Community College have partnered to meet
the needs of our region.
Let's take an inside look at the programs that
address evolving workforce needs and initiatives that have helped
so many students stake their claims to success.
>>Well coming from a home where really I am the first person
to go to college and to finish, a lot of those questions
you have about financial aid and the admissions processes,
those are not things that I knew a lot about.
Going to CP first allowed me to maybe take some baby steps
towards all that without taking a lot of debt at first.
To take some credit hours with me out to UNCC.
But I think it was a natural progression from where
I was before I went to UNCC. And did it prepare me? Definitely.
I definitely went out to UNCC prepared to finish my degree.
>>Narrator: UNC Charlotte enrolls more than 3000 transfer students every year.
The majority come to the University from CPCC.
>>In my role as Associate Director of Admissions at UNC Charlotte,
one of my primary responsibilities is to work with transfer students.
As the largest transfer institution in the state of North Carolina,
it means that we have a large number of transfers coming in
particularly from CPCC.
And it means that we work pretty closely with their
Transfer Resource Center to be able to assist students
through that transfer process.
>>Our students, many aspire to move on to a four year institution
and UNC Charlotte has always welcomed those students.
We've always worked closely with the University ensuring
that our graduates have the skills and the knowledge they need
to be successful at UNC Charlotte.
We have a lot of 2+2 programs with the University where
they're designed specifically for students to come to us,
stay with us for two years, and then move directly to UNC Charlotte
and finish up for the last two years.
>>Narrator: The transition to college life can be particularly daunting
to incoming freshmen.
The Passport Program gives students the tools they will need to navigate
their new environment.
>>Basically what we've done is, we've wanted to create
a more prepared transfer student.
And so we've taken the pool of applicants who are unfortunately
not offered admission to UNC Charlotte and selected some
of those students to participate in this program.
They attend CPCC for one year and they take 24 hours
of transferable credit and transfer here,
which is essentially what every other transfer student does.
The thing that's specific about this program and that
makes it so successful is that we're really trying to prepare them
for that transfer process.
Not necessarily just getting the credits and getting here,
but actually making them a more prepared transfer student.
>>The Passport Program has helped me in many ways.
I was able to link up with other Passport students
and also link up with other 49ers, so I feel very prepared
and I'm ready to transition over.
CPCC has prepared me a lot for UNC Charlotte.
I've learned that I'm a bit of a procrastinator, so I learned
that you have to put things in order and you have to set
the expectation really high for yourself and don't stress yourself out
but go over your work and do your best in everything you do and
you will be rewarded for it.
>>When we sit down to meet with students one-on-one,
the thing that I find over and over again is that the students who are coming to us
from Central Piedmont are much more prepared.
The questions that they ask us are much more specific.
They understand the process; they understand what they're doing.
Their questions are much more directed.
You can tell it's a product of the fact that they've already been prepped on this
and it makes their transition, and it makes their process,
much easier to know what to expect when they get to us.
>>Narrator: International student and engineering major Tarma Fontaine
dove into college life as a freshman at CPCC
and recently finished her first year on the UNC Charlotte campus.
>>So one of the things that helped my transition to UNC Charlotte
was that I was involved in student life at Central Piedmont
Community College.
I was in student government, Phi Beta Kappa, and a bunch of
other different clubs and through that experience
I was able to meet amazing people like Dr. Zeis and other community
leaders of Charlotte.
And that helped me gain confidence in my student leadership experience
and that helped my transition into my engineering role where I will be
a leader in my workforce.
>>Narrator: In addition to their focus on student success, UNC Charlotte
and CPCC contribute to the economic health of the region by partnering with businesses
and industry to provide the programs and highly skilled workers that fuel
a 21st-century economy.
>> Well the Charlotte region still has a challenge with high unemployment
and a lot of these are folks who have been displaced and they need
to be retrained for new career.
So we need to, we need to bring them in and equip them with the skills they need
to be successful in a new work environment.
These are often high-tech skills that perhaps just a high school education
is not going to give them the ability to do.
At the same time we need to work with local organizations to recruit
new industry and new employers to the region and to show that we can
provide a well trained workforce.
It's always been Central Piedmont Community College's goal to be flexible
and nimble and to meet community needs and to be able to identify those
and to gear up quickly, ramp up quickly, to provide whatever training is needed.
So we need to continue to do those things to ensure that folks
in this region are trained for jobs and that there are jobs here
for them to obtain.
>>Well the one thing that I think, well especially Central Piedmont's role
in our economy has been, is to help train people for what the needs are.
Whether it was working with new industries that were coming into play,
like energy or food research like they're doing up in Kanapolis, CP allows that
flexibility to train the workforce for what our economy needs.
Whenever we're talking to companies about coming to town, it's really important
to meet about what are they going to do to use the talent at CPCC and use the talent
at UNCC, and Johnson C. Smith and all the universities in the area.
>>Narrator: Without question Charlotte's dynamic educational institutions
are changing lives locally and globally, one student at a time.