Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) announced today that it has received $85,000 in new federal stimulus money from Governor Perdue’s JobsNOW program, an initiative that strives to provide workers with job training skills in six months or less. As a result, CPCC will create nine new fast-track job training courses which will help more than 150 additional displaced workers complete job training faster. Classes will be available to the public now through the end of the year, and will focus on such in-demand fields as healthcare, transport technology, motorsports and office administration. In August 2009, CPCC received $500,000 in federal stimulus funding from the Governor’s JobsNOW program, the funding is supported by the Federal American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the N.C. Department of Commerce, the Division of Workforce Development and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Workforce Development Board (WDB). These funds helped the College develop close to 15 fast-track programs that have succeeded in preparing students for careers in welding, sustainable manufacturing, autobody painting and refinishing, and others. “Our fast-track classes have been a tremendous asset to the local community and workforce,” said Dr. Tony Zeiss, president of CPCC. “Since last summer, more than 750 individuals have completed our fast-track programs, gaining invaluable job skills and the competitive advantage needed to succeed in today’s workforce. The new state funding will allow us to serve even more local residents and produce trained professionals who are ready to enter the labor force.” CPCC’s fast-track classes are open to any individual paying tuition. Persons who qualify for Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funding as a displaced worker or meet the WIA Adult Services Program requirements may take these classes free-of-charge. To apply for WIA assistance, individuals must meet certain criteria and complete the “Eight Steps to WIA Funding” being offered through the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Workforce Development Board (WDB). Interested individuals can visit www.cpcc.edu/changingcareers for information on the steps to funding. To view a complete list of available fast-track programs, visit www.cpcc.edu/changingcareers or call 704.330.2722 for more information. Central Piedmont Community College is the largest community college in North Carolina, offering close to 300 degree and certification programs, customized corporate training, market-focused continuing education, and special interest classes. CPCC is academically, financially and geographically accessible to all citizens of Mecklenburg County. In 2002, the National Alliance of Business named CPCC the Community College of the Year for its response to the workforce and technology needs of local employers and job seekers through innovative educational and training strategies. Funding for the JobsNOW 12-in-6 program is supported by the Federal American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the N.C. Department of Commerce, the Division of Workforce Development and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Workforce Development Board (WDB).