As we celebrate our 50th anniversary this year, it is an opportunity to look back at the college’s accomplishments and how far we have traveled. Since 1963, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College has educated over 600,000 individuals and has developed and delivered programs to meet the demands of our local community. Today, I am proud to say that Rowan-Cabarrus offers more than 50 degree, diploma and certification programs; seven fully online degree programs; many industry-recognized certifications; market-focused continuing education customized to meet specific educational and workforce needs; literacy education, and special personal interest classes. In 2012, we graduated our largest class ever. Annually, the college serves more than 20,000 individuals on our seven campuses and sites across our two counties.
In the next fifty years, we will be going into uncharted territory. Our nation’s economy is changing as is our job market. Our state and local unemployment rates remain high. Our definition of “normal” is being reset.
Through all of this uncertainty, I believe there is hope. Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is committed to the future of our region and its citizens. I believe that education is the compass to navigate forward.
We all know that unemployment statistics aren’t equal – the less education you have, the more likely you are to be unemployed. In Rowan and Cabarrus counties, the unemployment rate among workers with a bachelor’s degree or higher is only three percent. However, those individuals with just a high school diploma face a 16 percent unemployment rate. For those individuals without a high school diploma, the statistic is a staggering 21 percent.
I believe that Rowan-Cabarrus Community College will have an even more significant role in shaping the future of our community. Our region’s potential is too important to leave to chance. We must align strategic investments and resources to ensure that we influence and mold a future that provides hope and opportunity for our citizens.
Education is the best investment anyone can make. It improves the lives of individuals, their families and the community. Rowan-Cabarrus is dedicated to creating a future that offers hope and opportunity to all our citizens. We appreciate your support in this worthy effort.
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Dr. Carol S. Spalding, President