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CPCC to start offering classes in Ballantyne in July

Central Piedmont Community College will start offering classes in Ballantyne this summer as part of a new campus location, the college announced Monday.

The college is leasing 10,000 square feet of space in the Gibson Building, at 11430 N. Community House Road, to create a Ballantyne Center. CPCC plans to have the facility converted into classrooms by midsummer, with classes beginning in July.

“The Ballantyne community is one of the fastest-growing areas of Mecklenburg County and has been for some time,” CPCC President Tony Zeiss said in a statement. “The college sees the need to serve this part of the county more effectively and will do so by having a physical presence there.”

About 200,000 people and 200 businesses call Ballantyne home, Zeiss said.

CPCC will open its Ballantyne Center by first offering corporate and continuing education classes. The initial course offerings will include banking and financial services, business processes, computer and information technology, customer service and entrepreneurship. The college will later survey businesses in the area to see what workforce development they need.

Mack McDonald, CPCC associate dean for business and industry learning, will lead the launch and operations of the Ballantyne Center. Ballantyne-area employers with questions about the new CPCC center can contact McDonald at 704-330-4286 or

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