At a dedication ceremony Tuesday, officials of Central Piedmont Community College announced that Bank of America is giving the school $500,000, over five years, to support programming for military veterans, and the school is renaming its Central Campus veterans center the Bank of America Center for Military Families and Veterans.
The bank’s gift, which comes just after the conclusion of CPCC’s 50th anniversary capital campaign, will also help launch a Bank of America Veteran Leadership Program. Starting in November, the first class of 10 student veterans will be matched with 10 Bank of America employees. They will have monthly meetings and an annual symposium for participants, faculty and CPCC staff.
The Bank of America Center for Military Families and Veterans is housed at the Terrell Building on the Central Campus, with a branch at the Levine Campus in Matthews. Plans are to replace the Terrell Building in a few years with a new student center that will house the veterans center permanently.
“This is an historic day,” said Dr. Tony Zeiss, CPCC president, as he thanked Bank of America officials for their “many years of support.”
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Charles Bowman, North Carolina and Charlotte market president for Bank of America, said the partnership with CPCC is “perfect for the bank, perfect for our veterans and perfect for our community.” The bank’s past contributions have helped CPCC provide additional veteran services, including specialized academic and career counseling.
Zeiss, Bowman and three other dignitaries used giant scissors to cut a wide red, white and blue ribbon for the veterans center dedication. “We are very pleased that we have so many veterans as students,” Zeiss said.
CPCC serves approximately 3,400 student veterans annually. The college has been named a “military friendly school” by Victory Media for being responsive to the needs of veterans.