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An inside look at Central Piedmont Community College: Helping students find their purpose

I first met Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer in September 2013 when the board of directors of the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research went to the College of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City to learn more about her vision for community colleges in North Carolina. It was no surprise to us when she was selected to lead Central Piedmont Community College about a year ago in January 2017.

She is a do-whatever-it-takes kind of leader. On March 3, 2018, she will compete in the Dancing with the Stars gala in Charlotte to raise money for CPCC.

She is a leader to watch with her keen sense of innovation and work force development, and how both are needed to respond to our changing communities.

When I was in high school, I attended CPCC, taking courses that weren't offered at my high school, East Mecklenburg, through a program that was a precursor to early college as we know it today.

On the cutting edge then and now, listen to this podcast with Dr. Deitemeyer to learn more about the future of CPCC and community colleges in North Carolina. — Mebane Rash

About the authors

Alex Granados is a researcher and legislative reporter for EducationNC. He grew up in Raleigh where he attended Jeffreys Grove Elementary School, Leesville Road Middle School and Cardinal Gibbons Catholic High School. Alex attended Wake Technical Community College before transferring to and graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in journalism in 2005.… Read full bio »
Bryan Noreen manages data and engagement on the Reach NC Voices initiative for EducationNC. He received his undergraduate in Mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his master’s in Business Analytics from the University of Tennessee. Bryan is from Apex, North Carolina and has an affinity for NC BBQ.

Caroline Parker is a Communication Strategist and Reporter for EducationNC. She grew up in Franklin, Virginia but has traveled to and through six of the seven continents. Caroline attended the University of Georgia and graduated from the Grady School of Journalism. She is inspired by seeing new places and can call many places her home.… Read full bio »
Nation Hahn is the Chief Growth Officer for EdNC. Nation manages the Reach NC Voices initiative for EducationNC which is focused on putting the public back in public policy. Reach uses technology and participatory design strategies to connect with North Carolinians. Prior to coming to EdNC, Nation managed digital media campaigns for a range of organizations in North Carolina and nationally.… Read full bio »