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Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) Joe Hendrick Center for Automotive Technology

Thanks in part to a generous grant from the Hendrick Companies in honor of Rick’s father, “Papa Joe” Hendrick, CPCC has endeavored to create the premier electrical & fuels training facility in the region on their Levine Campus in Matthews, North Carolina.

The design of the building is a complex blend of the technical aspects of the automotive industry and the stately elements of a well-established campus architecture. The result is a truly transitional building that blends well with the campus and the individual utilization of the facility.

This facility provides manufacturer-approved and sponsored training for Toyota & General Motors. The unique class/lab layout allows the classroom to act as a lab, offering hands-on training on the actual vehicle. Many of the labs have vehicles on lifts within the classroom, simulating a typical service repair bay. The classrooms also employ smart technology to give the instructors an unlimited range of instruction techniques within one room. There are also general service bays in an adjacent “shop” environment for miscellaneous instruction. The electrical & fuels labs incorporate special technology to teach students on individual automotive systems and components. Supports spaces include large storage facilities for engines and transmissions, instructor and administrative staff offices, and a lobby incorporated some vehicle display as well as a tribute to “Papa Joe” Hendrick.