SALISBURY, N.C. — Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College was featured on the August/September 2017 issue of the national Community College Journal publication.

Community College Journal is a national magazine, published by the American Association for Community Colleges (AACC). It features articles by leading experts, opinion editorials, coverage of higher education issues, and profiles of the field’s leaders.

“We couldn’t be more proud of Dr. Spalding. She has continued to push this college forward with unparalleled tenacity and vision,” said Carl M. Short, chair of the Rowan-Cabarrus Board of Trustees. “We are lucky to have her here at Rowan-Cabarrus.”

The cover story, Understanding the Internet of Things, featured Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and reviewed the growing world of networked technology and its many implications for community colleges.Front page of article featuring Dr. Spalding

The article notes that Dr. Spalding has embraced technology in her role as president at Rowan-Cabarrus.

“‘We’re trying to make our students as competitive and valuable in the workplace as we can,’” said Dr. Spalding in the article.

Shortly after coming to Rowan-Cabarrus, Dr. Spalding worked with local donors to make big investments in the College’s information technology.

“Through the generous support of the Cannon Foundation, Inc., the Charles A. Cannon Charitable Trusts, and the Mariam and Robert Hayes Charitable Trust, the College was able to substantially improve the College’s information technology systems beginning in 2009,” said Short. “Truly, we would not be where we are today as a college without the Cannon Foundation gift bringing our information technology infrastructure up to date.”

Rowan-Cabarrus was recently ranked number four in the country among most innovative digital community colleges.

“The College was honored for the third year in a row, jumping to fourth place and tied for the highest spot in the state,” said Spalding. “The College understands the importance of digital offerings. We will continue to listen to our students and provide the technological options they are seeking for their education. Although we have come a long way, we continue to work and enhance the services and system we provide to students.”

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