November 9, 2009
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CATS Donates Bus to Community College Program
Students at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) in Charlotte, NC, are making room for a new learning tool: a recently retired Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) bus presented by CATS Interim Chief Executive Officer John Muth to CPCC President Tony Zeiss for the college’s Transport System Technology program.
“We are excited to be able to give this bus to CPCC so future mechanics can use it for learning and training,” Muth said. “CATS is committed to ensuring that our fleet is properly maintained, and we look forward to having technicians from CPCC as part of the CATS team in the future.”
The Charlotte City Council approved the donation of the 1997 40-foot Gillig bus to CPCC.
Zeiss called the bus “a great addition to our Transportation System Technology program, which has seen a great influx of students,” adding, “This partnership with CATS allows faculty to expand their teaching and prepare students for even more opportunities upon graduation.”
CPCC is the largest community college in North Carolina, offering close to 300 degree and certification programs; customized corporate training; market-focused continuing education; and special interest classes. It received the Community College of the Year award in 2002 from the National Alliance of Business for its response to the workforce and technology needs of local employers and job seekers through innovative educational and training strategies.