CPCC more than doubles $30 million goal

Central Piedmont Community College officials announced Wednesday an end to their five-year Legacy and Promise fundraising campaign, saying they had more than doubled the $30 million goal.

CPCC said it raised $63.9 million in cash and in-kind contributions. School officials said they believe the campaign, which coincided with the college’s 50th anniversary, was the biggest ever for a community college in the nation.

“We could not be more thrilled, proud and grateful for the way this community responded to the campaign,” CPCC President Tony Zeiss said. “The amazing success of the campaign is simply astounding. The many contributions will touch every part of the college and benefit generations of students.”

College officials said the campaign was designed to support students with additional scholarships and counseling services, enhance instructional programs, develop new programs, and support workforce development efforts.

Patricia and the late B.D. Rodgers of Rodgers Builders led the campaign.

Zeiss said the campaign’s success is especially remarkable, considering its timing.

“The results of this campaign are particularly heartwarming when you consider it kicked off during the height of the Great Recession,” he said. “We know of no other community college campaign that has raised more than $63 million.”