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Academic Programs

The Academic Programs division of Rowan-Cabarrus provides instruction in three general areas: the applied sciences, general education, and college transfer. The Academic Programs division of the College also provides academic support through learning and technological resource services and work-based learning. Additionally, Rowan-Cabarrus programs for high school students provide added connections to residents of our two counties.

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Associate in Applied Science curricula include the areas of business, health, public services, and technical programs. Students whose career goals are to enter the workforce in their chosen profession or trade will find the two-year degree, diploma and certificate programs in the applied sciences well suited for helping them reach their goals. The program offerings in the Associate in Applied Science curricula provide education and training in current and emerging careers in our regional service area and beyond. Some of the AAS programs have established articulation agreements with private and public universities which accept some courses toward an undergraduate degree.

Associate in General Education (AGE)

With an emphasis on personal interest, growth, and development, the Associate in General Education is a degree program designed for students who want additional flexibility in designing a program to broaden their education. The AGE program is not principally designed for transfer, but senior institutions may accept individual courses or the degree.

College Transfer (AA, AFA in Visual Arts, AS)

Sometimes starting off at a large four-year college or university is not the right choice for students. Whether they want to save money, live closer to home, enhance their study and learning skills or just enjoy the perks of attending a smaller institution, Rowan-Cabarrus’ transfer programs are an excellent stepping stone to a four-year degree. Rowan-Cabarrus offers transfer programs in three areas: Associate in Arts, Associate in Fine Arts in Visual Arts, and Associate in Science. Students who complete a transfer degree may earn up to 60 semester hours to transfer to a University of North Carolina System institution. Students may also earn credit hours to transfer to private colleges and universities. For a smooth transfer, students should coordinate with their chosen college or university to determine which courses they should complete.

College Connections for High School Students

Career and College Promise offers qualified Rowan County and Cabarrus County high school students structured opportunities to dually enroll in community college courses, thus providing pathways leading to a certificate, diploma, or degree as well as providing entry-level job skills. Through either Career and Technical Education Pathways or College Transfer Pathways, students begin earning college credit at Rowan-Cabarrus at no cost to them or their families. Rowan-Cabarrus in collaboration with Cabarrus County Schools, Kannapolis City Schools, and the Rowan-Salisbury School System hosts three Early College High Schools for students to complete an associate degree or earn up to two years of college credit within five years.

Educational Resource Services

Educational Resource Services is the branch of academic programs responsible for providing academic support for students and faculty through learning and technology-enhanced resources.  The Learning Resource Center Information Commons provides access to library resources and computer labs. The Center for Teaching and Learning provides faculty with professional development opportunities to hone their skills in teaching pedagogy and classroom technology. Distance Education makes it possible for students to learn on a more flexible schedule via telecourses, interactive television, internet, hybrid and web-enhanced courses. The Rowan-Cabarrus’ Tutoring Center is a comprehensive academic support center focused on helping students succeed.

Work-Based Learning

Work-Based Learning, designed to blend classroom theories into practice, gives students valuable work experience while attending Rowan-Cabarrus.