Central Piedmont Community College’s new Ballantyne Center opened its doors in mid-July and has held dozens of classes since. William H. “Mack” McDonald, the Center’s director and CPCC associate dean of Business and Industry Learning, said the college’s newest location has been well-received.
“We have served 250 students at the Ballantyne Center since we opened,” he said. “We are always open to ideas from the business and professional community regarding the classes they would like to see at the Center.”
Housed at 11430 North Community House Road on the first floor of the Gibson Building, the school has leased 10,000 square feet to hold corporate and continuing education classes. The space contains five classrooms including two with 32 computers each; a lounge area for breaks, studying and checking emails; and a small kitchen area with several tables, a refrigerator and vending machines.
A number of companies with operations in Ballantyne already use CPCC’s Corporate Learning Center. There are plenty of general courses open to the public as well, ranging from a one-day notary class to classes that meet a couple times a week for four weeks or more.
Though the Center isn’t a full-service campus, McDonald said the Center’s staff can help with many questions potential students may have. But counseling, registration for quarter classes, financial aid and other questions need to be addressed at one of CPCC’s six regular campuses scattered around Charlotte.
It’s not too late to register for fall classes at the Ballantyne Center. Classes are scheduled for the following categories: Business processes, creative writing, computer information and technology, insurance, marketing and sales, notary, personal finance, QuickBooks and real estate.
Melinda Johnston is a freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org.