Ballantyne Magazine

WINTER 2015

Ballantyne Magazine covers news, events, real estate, restaurants, shopping, health, schools and business in the upscale Ballantyne Area of Charlotte, NC.

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THE COLLEGE EXPERIENCE IN BALLANTYNE WINGATE UNIVERSITY • Opened in the Harris Building in 2013. • Enrollment: 538 students. • 76 percent are enrolled in post-graduate programs, while the others are earning adult bachelor's degrees or education licensure. • Programs offered include master's and doctorate degrees in education, education licensure programs, master's in business administration, master's in sports management and adult bachelor's degrees. Fun fact: Students include a father and son and a husband and wife working toward master's degrees, plus an 85-year-old working on his bachelor's degree. CENTRAL PIEDMONT COMMUNITY COLLEGE • Opened in the Gibson Building this summer. • Enrollment: 350 students served, with as many as 200 more projected by mid-December. • Initial course offerings focus on corporate and continuing-education classes, including banking and fnancial services, customer service, human resources, entrepreneurship and small business, and marketing and sales. • Most popular classes include Lean Six Sigma, Real Estate, Retirement Planning and MS Excel. Fun fact: Offers the region's frst "Understanding and Using Drones" class. by her employer. An executive assistant at Carolina Handling, Clark asked if she could learn to be a notary to help around the ofce. She took a one-day course and follow-up sessions and was impressed with the campus's professional environment. Clark's not interested in returning to school full-time as she loves her job. But she was so inspired by her experience she's considering taking more classes. "It put a good taste in my mouth for going back to school," she says. "It was overall a positive experience that enticed me to want to learn more and take another class or two." " The class was a very good atmosphere. You knew it was just two days a week to get some education. " — Billy Weinstock, 65 BALLANTYNE | feature

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