Chris Paynter serves as the dean of Science, Information Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) in Charlotte, NC, where he works to increase student success in workforce development and university transfer programs.
In close coordination with international and domestic employers in the Charlotte region, Mr. Paynter creates and manages curriculum pathways to provide demand based talent pipelines. A prominent part of this work are the state approved apprenticeship programs Apprenticeship Charlotte and Apprenticeship2000 which adopt the best practices of German vocational training.
With dedication to continual improvement, Mr. Paynter has helped lead a data-driven strategy to align STEM educational programs to comprehensive pathways starting in high school, through community college, and on to universities. Under his leadership, the CPCC STEM student success agenda has focused on these four areas of excellence: learning, completion, access, and labor market outcomes.