COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Response

Rowan-Cabarrus is closely monitoring updates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, and both the Rowan and Cabarrus County Health Department(s) regarding the developing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Rowan-Cabarrus Leadership is being updated and is meeting as needed to review ongoing plans to help ensure the safety of our students, faculty, and staff.

July 1, 2020: Small Business Center’s New BRACE Program & Practice the CDC's “3 Ws”

Rowan-Cabarrus is making strides in serving summer students and preparing for the upcoming fall semester. Everyone’s hard work is appreciated as we continue enrollment and plan the best course delivery strategies to ensure the safety of students and instructors.

Whether online, hybrid or in person, we are committed to making sure our classes offer an excellent academic experience, no matter what the circumstances. We know these are challenging and uncertain times for students, and we are providing a variety of support opportunities, including free tutoring, counseling and wellness services, financial aid and access to laptops, personal assistance from our advising team, and much more. We are here for you! Students can request help with any need by filling out the COVID-19 Assistance Form.

As registration continues for fall classes set to begin on August 17, we have hired three new career readiness advisors who will be available to assist current students as well as take appointments from the public to assist people looking for new careers or considering changing careers. Our entire advising team working hard to help students plan and register for the Fall 2020 term. Students may schedule advising appointments by contacting their assigned advisor or emailing advising@rccc.edu.

As always, Rowan-Cabarrus continues to support our community in many ways, including the Small Business Center’s new BRACE (Business Rebound as COVID-19 Evolves) program, which offers free professional counseling and recovery advice to businesses that have been affected by COVID-19 restrictions. Business owners in Rowan or Cabarrus counties interested in this service may email sbc@rccc.edu for details.

Since we are now conducting some classes and services on campus, it is critical that all students, faculty and staff comply with all safety procedures. While some precautions may be inconvenient, these measures are necessary in the COVID-19 environment, and everyone’s cooperation is required and appreciated.

We are following recommended health screenings, social distancing, face covering and disinfecting measures to diminish the possible spread of COVID-19. All individuals will undergo a temperature check and screening before entering campus buildings. Arrive 15 minutes early to allow time to go through the screening process.

While on campus, all individuals will be required to wear an appropriate face covering over the nose and mouth. Anyone who does not comply with the requirement to wear a face covering will be asked to leave campus and must have one before returning. Employees who fail to comply with campus safety protocols may be out of compliance with the Personnel Actions for Violation of Employment Standards and may face disciplinary action, and students who fail to comply will be in violation of the Student Code of Conduct.

Any student who believes they have a justifiable medical reason that will not allow compliance with the safety measures should submit a request for reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to Office of Accessibility in Student Success Services. All employees who seek reasonable accommodations are encouraged to submit the ADA Accommodation Request form to Human Resources. All requests must be submitted with sufficient time for review and action before returning to campus.

You should only come to campus if you are involved in an approved class, task or activity. Please remain on the floor where your class or service is located and maintain social distancing to the greatest extent possible, including during break periods and restroom visits. No more than three people should be in a restroom at the same time.

While on campus, please practice the “3 Ws” as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Wear a face covering, wait six feet apart to avoid close contact with others, and wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer. If you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth with a tissue, then discard the tissue and wash your hands thoroughly. Take care not to touch your face after touching surfaces.

If you are sick, please stay home. Anyone on campus who experiences fever, cough or any symptom associated with COVID-19 should leave immediately and seek clearance by a medical professional before returning. Instructors will work with students to make up any missed assignments.

As we all work together to meet the challenges presented by COVID-19, please remember that Rowan-Cabarrus is here to help:

Phase 2 of Governor Roy Cooper’s reopening plan for North Carolina remains in effect through Friday, July 17. All employees and students should continue to follow all recommended safety precautions.

June 24, 2020: Campus Safety Guidelines & Procedures & Classroom Instruction Methods for Fall

Thank you, Rowan-Cabarrus students, faculty and staff for your hard work, patience and perseverance as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 landscape. College leaders are meeting daily to determine the plan for delivery of classes and services for the fall semester, and additional details will be coming soon.

Summer Term Course Offerings

Although the majority of courses are currently being delivered online for the summer term, we are gradually returning some classes, services and activities to our campuses. During this time, it is critical that everyone understand and comply with all safety guidelines and procedures to ensure that we can provide a healthy environment for all. We understand that some of the precautions may be inconvenient, but these measures are necessary for us to move forward, and your cooperation is required and appreciated.

Campus Safety Guidelines & Procedures

At this time, only individuals involved in an approved class, task or activity should come to campus. Buildings will remain locked unless an approved course is being conducted within, and specific doors will be identified for entry. Building occupants may use any door to exit the building in case of emergency.

We are implementing all recommended health screenings, social distancing, face covering and disinfecting measures to diminish the possible spread of COVID-19. All individuals will undergo a temperature check and screening before entering campus buildings. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes early to allow time to go through the screening process.

While on campus, all individuals will be required to wear an appropriate face covering over the nose and mouth. COVID-19 spreads via respiratory droplets, and face coverings are one of the most effective tools for minimizing the risk.

Anyone who does not comply with the requirement to wear a face covering will be asked to leave campus and must have one before returning. Employees who fail to comply with campus safety protocols may be in violation of the Personnel Actions for Violation of Employment Standards and may face disciplinary action, and students who fail to comply will be in violation of the Student Code of Conduct.

Any student who believes they have a justifiable medical reason that will not allow compliance with the safety measures should submit a request for reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to Student Success Services. All employees who seek reasonable accommodations are encouraged to submit the ADA Accommodation Request form to Human Resources. All requests must be submitted with sufficient time for review and action before returning to campus.

While you are on campus, please remain on the floor where your class or service is located and maintain social distancing to the greatest extent possible, including during break periods and restroom visits. No more than three people should be in a restroom at the same time.

While on campus, please practice the “3 Ws” as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Wear a face covering, wait six feet apart to avoid close contact with others, and wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer. If you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth with a tissue, then discard the tissue and wash your hands thoroughly. Take care not to touch your face after touching surfaces.

The College is implementing enhanced daily cleaning and disinfecting, as well as providing disinfectant and cleaning supplies for faculty, staff and students to clean and sanitize their work spaces, classrooms and equipment.

If you are sick, please stay home. Anyone on campus who experiences fever, cough or any symptom associated with COVID-19 should leave immediately and seek clearance by a medical professional before returning. Instructors will work with students to make up any missed assignments.

Classroom Instruction Methods for Fall

The College continues to be committed to providing an excellent academic experience to our students. Registration continues for the fall semester, with classes beginning on Monday, August 17. The majority of courses for the Fall 2020 term will be offered online. Courses with labs or that require a face-to-face component will be taught in a hybrid approach with both face-to-face and online instruction. The hybrid course delivery option allows us to ensure that we can provide appropriate social distancing in the classroom. Our faculty and staff members remain committed to participating in a variety of training opportunities to continue to adopt best practices for online teaching. If you have questions about fall course offerings or are interested in registering, please contact an advisors via email at advising@rccc.edu. We are here to help!

The COVID-19 Assistance Form is still available for students who may need support to remain focused on their educational path.

Here are some additional resources for quick reference:

Phase 2 of Governor Roy Cooper’s reopening plan for North Carolina remains in effect through Friday, July 17. All employees and students should continue to follow all recommended safety precautions.

Once again, we appreciate your cooperation and continued commitment to Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. We are in this together as we meet the challenges of the unprecedented and constantly evolving situation presented by COVID-19. Thank you!

June 17, 2020: Cloth Face Covering Required on Campus & Follow CDC's Recommendation of the “3 Ws”

As you know, we have begun a gradual return of limited classes and services to our campuses with detailed health and safety guidelines in place. We are implementing all recommended health screenings, social distancing, face covering and disinfecting measures to diminish the possible spread of COVID-19 as we move through our summer session and look ahead to fall.

The majority of summer courses and most services continue to be delivered online, with some labs, trainings, testing and student services now being conducted in person. If you need to be on campus, please comply with all COVID-19 protocols to ensure that we maintain a safe environment for everyone.

All individuals will undergo a temperature check and screening before entering campus buildings. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes early to allow time to go through the screening process.

While on campus, all individuals will be required to wear a cloth face covering over the nose and mouth while in hallways, classrooms and common areas. COVID-19 spreads via respiratory droplets, and face coverings are one of the most effective tools for minimizing the risk.

Anyone who does not comply with the requirement to wear a face covering will be asked to leave campus and must have one before returning. Employees who fail to comply with campus safety protocols may face disciplinary action, and students who fail to comply will be in violation of the Student Code of Conduct.

Anyone who believes they have a justifiable medical reason that will not allow compliance with the safety measures put in place should submit a request for reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to Student Success Services. Requests must be submitted with sufficient time for review and action before returning to campus.

While you are on campus, please remain on the floor where your class or service is located and maintain social distancing to the greatest extent possible, including during break periods and restroom visits. No more than three people should be in a restroom at the same time.

In accordance with current Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations, remember to practice the “3 Ws” while on campus: Wear a face covering, wait six feet apart to avoid close contact with others, and wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer. If you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth with a tissue, then discard the tissue and wash your hands thoroughly. Take care not to touch your face after touching surfaces.

The College is implementing enhanced daily cleaning and disinfecting of occupied spaces, as well as providing disinfectant and cleaning supplies for faculty, staff and students to clean and sanitize their work spaces, classrooms and equipment.

Anyone on campus who experiences fever, cough or any symptom associated with COVID-19 should leave campus immediately and should not return until cleared by a medical professional. If you are sick, please stay home!

College administrators have been in close consultation with local and state authorities and health care providers throughout the COVID-19 crisis, and our procedures for returning to campus follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the North Carolina Community College System. We will continue to monitor COVID-19 developments and will revise protocols as needed to ensure the safety of our campus community.

Registration continues for the fall semester, with classes set to begin Monday, August 17. Advisors are available via email at advising@rccc.edu to assist and answer questions.

The COVID-19 Assistance Form is still available for students who may need support to remain focused on their educational path.

Here are some additional resources for quick reference:

Phase 2 of Governor Roy Cooper’s reopening plan for North Carolina remains in effect through June 26. All employees and students should continue to follow all recommended safety precautions.

Thank you for continuing to help Rowan-Cabarrus Community College continue to navigate forward through these unprecedented times. We truly care about your health and safety and thank you for your cooperation.

June 10, 2020: The College Offers a Variety of Activities and Resources & Online Registration Continues

While we are not all together as we settle into the summer term, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is as active and vital as ever. We continue to deliver courses online, enroll students for upcoming classes, conduct a limited number of labs and trainings on our campuses, and support our students as they continue on their educational path in a challenging and ever-changing environment.

As always, the College offers a variety of activities and resources to ensure student involvement and success. From online events moderated by the Student Life team to workshops offered by the library, there are many ways to stay engaged even when we cannot be together in person. Most recently, Vice President of Student Services Natasha Lipscomb and Associate Vice President of Academic Programs Angelo Markantonakis answered questions and engaged with students on Instagram Live. Be sure to check NavSync regularly and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to stay up to date on what’s happening.

We continue to prepare for the planned reopening of our campuses, with careful measures in place to ensure everyone’s safety. College leaders have met regularly with state and local officials throughout the COVID-19 crisis as we plan to keep our students, faculty and staff as safe and healthy as possible.

As a limited number of students and employees are now working or attending classes on campus for selected courses as approved by the President’s Cabinet, we thank you for continuing to follow all COVID-19 recommendations to keep yourself and others safe. Please remember that cloth face coverings are required on campus at all times. Employees who are in single occupancy offices with their door closed may remove their face covering. Also, continue to wash your hands frequently and maintain social distancing.

Online registration continues, with fall classes set to begin Monday, August 17. Advisors are available via email at advising@rccc.edu to assist and answer questions.

With the many challenges and difficulties during this period, the COVID-19 Assistance Form is still available for students who may need support to remain focused on their educational path.

Here are some additional resources for quick reference:

Phase 2 of Governor Roy Cooper’s reopening plan for North Carolina remains in effect through June 26. All employees and students should continue to follow all recommended safety precautions. Please continue to stay at home and do not come to campus unless you have received permission from the College or your instructor.

We wish everyone continued good health as we continue to change lives through the power of learning.

June 3, 2020: A Thank You to All & The College’s Fall Calendar Remains the Same

Thank you, Rowan-Cabarrus employees, staff and students, for your extraordinary commitment to “navigating forward” during these trying times. Because of your dedication and determination, the Class of 2020 finished strong, and we have an impressive list of students on our Spring 2020 President’s List for achieving a 4.0 average during this unprecedented challenge. The entire Rowan-Cabarrus family deserves a hearty virtual round of applause!

Although we are delivering the majority of the College’s summer courses online, a limited number of labs and trainings must be conducted in person. With approval from the state, we are providing this instruction with all recommended health screenings, social distancing, face covering and disinfecting measures in place. Students will be notified in advance of any changes in the status of classes in which they are enrolled.

Registration continues for the fall semester. The College’s fall calendar will remain the same and courses will begin on Monday, August 17. Advisors are available via email at advising@rccc.edu to assist and answer questions, and the COVID-19 Assistance Form is still available for students who may need additional support to remain focused on their educational path.

At this time, the College’s COVID-19 Response Committee is meeting regularly to carefully consider the measures necessary for a phased opening of our campuses once it is safe to do so. Rowan-Cabarrus leaders continue to meet regularly with state and local officials to ensure that the College is operating and serving students as safely and efficiently as possible, now and in the future. All employees and students will be notified as any updates are available.

As a friendly reminder, Phase 2 of Governor Roy Cooper’s reopening plan for North Carolina remains in effect through June 26, so please continue to follow all recommended safety precautions for staying safe and protecting yourself from COVID-19.

We are all in this together, and your well-being and success are important to us. Here are some helpful resources for your quick reference:

Thank you for continuing to follow COVID-19 protocols. Please stay at home and do not come to campus unless you have received permission from the College or your instructor. We hope that everyone continues to stay safe and healthy as we navigate forward together.

May 27, 2020: Phase 2 of NC Reopening & Advising Staff Available for Fall Registration Help

As we kicked off our summer term last week, North Carolina also entered the “safer at home” Phase 2 of reopening amid the COVID-19 pandemic, easing certain restrictions while keeping important safety measures in place across the state. Phase 2 remains in effect through June 26, and we urge everyone to continue to exercise caution and follow all safety recommendations.

The majority of the College’s summer classes are being delivered online, and appropriate health screenings, social distancing, face covering protocols and disinfecting measures are being executed for a limited number of classes, labs or trainings that must be conducted in person.

We are busy registering students for the fall semester, which begins on Monday, August 17. Our advising staff is available via email at advising@rccc.edu to help with registration and answer questions about fall class options and availability.

Rowan-Cabarrus leaders continue to meet regularly with state and local officials to ensure that the College is operating and serving students as safely and efficiently as possible. The College also formed a COVID-19 Response Committee, which has been meeting since March to closely monitor COVID-19 recommendations and carefully consider all measures that will be necessary for a phased opening of our campuses when it is safe to do so. The committee includes a cross-section of more than 25 College employees who will make recommendations to the President and Cabinet regarding the protection of our students, employees and visitors as we determine next steps. Updates on campus operations will be communicated to students and staff as soon as official decisions are made.

Rowan-Cabarrus continues to offer support to students during this time. We encourage you to reach out if there is anything we can do to assist you. We are all in this together, and your well-being and success are important to us.

Here are some helpful resources for your quick reference:

Thank you for continuing to follow COVID-19 protocols. Please stay at home and do not come to campus unless you have received permission from the College or your instructor. We hope that everyone continues to stay safe and healthy as we navigate forward together.

May 20, 2020: Congratulations Graduates, CARES Act Funding, & Fall Registration Open

Congratulations Class of 2020 on your graduation from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College! The Rowan-Cabarrus family is extremely proud of each one of you for your accomplishments and ability to press forward, despite the challenges presented by COVID-19. As you prepare for the next steps in your educational journey, take a moment to celebrate your success.

We hope you’ll join us for the in-person celebration on Friday, December 18, 2020, at the Cabarrus Arena & Events Center in Concord. We look forward to honoring you with your family and friends in attendance. Again this year, we will hold two commencement ceremonies for students to receive degrees, diplomas and certificates – a morning ceremony for college transfer graduates, and an afternoon ceremony for graduates of technical programs and high school equivalency. In the meantime, you will receive your diploma by mail. Thank you for an amazing year, and we wish you the best in your future endeavors.

Additionally, the College received funding from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which will provide financial relief to students who were in in-person, blended or hybrid courses for Spring 2020 that were moved to online instruction. All students who were eligible to receive these funds received a separate communication in their student email account from financial aid earlier this week.

The summer term officially began Monday, May 18, and we are still following COVID-19 safety recommendations to ensure the safety of our students and staff. The majority of our face-to-face classes are online, and courses that cannot be delivered entirely online must practice the College’s recommended safety guidelines.

Fall registration is going on now, and the semester begins on August 17. We have built a flexible schedule that accommodates the needs of our students during this unprecedented time, and our advising staff is available to help with registration and answer questions about fall class options and availability. You may email advising@rccc.edu for assistance.

As some COVID-19 restrictions continue to change, the College’s leadership continues to meet regularly with state and local leaders to ensure that Rowan-Cabarrus is operating and serving students as safely and efficiently as possible. Updates on campus operations will be communicated to students and staff as soon as official decisions are made.

We encourage you to reach out to Rowan-Cabarrus if there is any way we can help you be successful. Together, we will get through this! Here are some helpful resources for your quick reference:

Students and all other employees should continue to follow any local or state mandates, stay at home, and not come to campus unless you have received permission from the College or your instructor. As always, we hope that you and your families stay safe and well!

May 13, 2020: Happy Graduation Week & Summer Term Begins Next Week

Happy graduation week, Navigation Nation! We congratulate each and every one of our graduates on a job well done. Despite the difficulties posed by COVID-19, you made it to the finish line! We are proud of you and wish you the best as you embark on the next chapter of your journey.

Across our institution, students, faculty and staff have pulled together to navigate through some unprecedented challenges. From completing classes and serving students online to holding some of our end-of-the-semester events via Zoom, it has truly taken a village to support the Class of 2020 so that you could finish strong. Yesterday, our nursing students participated in an online pinning ceremony with College leaders, faculty members and their families. It was a different experience than anticipated but created a very special memory for our nursing students to take with them as they begin their healthcare careers.

Although we have postponed our commencement ceremonies to Friday, December 18, 2020, we want all of our graduates to know how proud we are of their achievements, and we hope they are taking the time to reflect on their success and celebrate as they move to a career or the next step in their educational journey. We hope to see the Class of 2020 together, this December at the commencement ceremonies at the Cabarrus Arena & Events Center in Concord. Again this year, we will hold two ceremonies for students to receive degrees, diplomas and certificates – a morning ceremony for college transfer graduates, and an afternoon ceremony for graduates of technical programs and high school equivalency.

Be on the lookout for dates and information about this year’s grad fair, which will be held in December in advance of graduation. If you have questions about the ceremonies, we invite you to visit the College’s graduation website, which now includes frequently asked questions and more information that can assist with your planning.

Many thanks to our students, faculty and staff for exercising incredible patience and perseverance as we continue to work through the challenges of COVID-19. We are now offering limited public safety courses on campus, in accordance with state guidelines. All public safety students will receive communication from their instructors concerning details and protocols.

For the summer term, which begins Monday, May 18, the College has transitioned the majority of face-to-face courses online. Courses that require a face-to-face component and cannot be completed entirely online, such as technical or healthcare programs, will begin in an online format. As the College continues to follow COVID-19 recommendations, we will resume face-to-face classes as soon as it is safe to do so. Students will receive at least one week’s notice before resuming a course in person.

Registration remains open, and the College has built a flexible schedule that accommodates the needs of our students during this unprecedented time. For information about registering or specifics of course delivery, please contact advising@rccc.edu.

The College’s leadership continues to meet regularly with state and local leaders to ensure Rowan-Cabarrus continues to operate and serve students as safely and efficiently as possible, no matter what. You can count on us – online or (eventually) in person – to help you be successful.

We encourage you to reach out to Rowan-Cabarrus if there is any way we can help you be successful. Together, we will get through this! Here are some helpful resources for your quick reference:

Students and all other employees should continue to follow any local or state mandates, stay at home, and not come to campus unless you have received permission from the College or your instructor. As always, we hope that you and your families stay safe and well!

May 6, 2020: Summary of the College's Operating Status & Registration Remains Open

Despite COVID-19, you are less than a week away from the end of the term and we wish you the best as you successfully finish your courses. If you are having any challenges completing your assignments or preparing for end-of-term tests, please reach out to your faculty, who can guide you to tutoring or other resources.

As you may have seen, Governor Cooper announced a modified Stay at Home order yesterday afternoon, which slowly eases certain COVID-19 restrictions effective Friday, May 8 at 5:00 p.m. This announcement does not alter the College’s current plans for the remainder of the spring semester or for the upcoming summer term.

Below you will find a summary of the College’s operating status:

  • The College will continue operating under a virtual status through May 11, 2020 (the end of the spring semester).
  • Limited public safety courses are now being offered on campus, in accordance with state guidelines. All public safety students will receive communication from their instructors at least a week in advance of the course start dates.
  • Summer Term Updates:
    • The College has transitioned the majority of face-to-face courses to online course delivery for the summer semester.
    • There are some courses that cannot be completed entirely online. These courses (such as many of our technical or healthcare programs that require a face-to-face component) will begin in an online format and, if it is safe for the course to meet in person at any time during the summer term, the College will work directly with students to provide at least one week’s notice prior to the course resuming face to face.

Many of you have already enrolled for summer and fall, and registration remains open. We’re here to help you stay on track with your education plan, and the College has built a flexible schedule that accommodates the needs of our students during this unprecedented time. If you are interested in registering for a course, but are unsure of how it will be delivered, please contact advising@rccc.edu or your instructor/program chair.

As a friendly reminder, this year’s commencement ceremony has been postponed to Friday, December 18, 2020. The ceremony will take place at the Cabarrus Arena & Events Center in Concord. If you have questions about the ceremony, we invite you to visit the College’s graduation website, which now includes frequently asked questions and more information that can assist with your planning. We are so proud of your accomplishments and look forward to celebrating with you.

The College’s leadership continues to meet regularly with state and local leaders to ensure Rowan-Cabarrus continues to operate and serve students as safely and efficiently as possible, no matter what. You can count on us – online or (eventually) in person – to help you be successful.

We encourage you to reach out to us if there is any way we can help you be successful. Together, we will get through this! Here are some helpful resources for your quick reference:

Students and all other employees should continue to follow any local or state mandates, stay at home, and not come to campus unless you have received permission from the College or your instructor. As always, we hope that you and your families stay safe and well!

May 1, 2020: Additional Details Regarding Summer Courses

The College’s administration, faculty and staff have been diligently working to prepare for the summer semester. As a follow up to this week’s campus communication, we are pleased to provide additional details on what you can expect for summer courses.

As we reported on Wednesday, the College will continue operating under a virtual status through May 11, 2020 (the end of the spring semester) in accordance with the Governor’s statewide stay-at-home order, which currently expires on May 8, 2020. We also shared that the College will begin offering limited public safety courses on campus, in accordance with state guidelines, and all public safety students will receive communication from their instructors at least a week in advance of the course start dates.

We want you to know that your health and safety is our highest priority. As such, the College has transitioned the majority of face-to-face courses to online course delivery for the summer semester.

Some courses cannot be offered entirely online, including, but not limited to, healthcare programs that require clinical hours (such as occupational therapy assistant), technical programs that require lab coursework (such as welding or cosmetology) and others. It is our highest priority to help all of our students move forward with their educational goals as quickly and safely as possible. Therefore, many of the courses that cannot be completed online will begin in an online format and, if it is safe for the course to meet in person at any time during the summer term, the College will work directly with students to provide at least one week’s notice prior to the course resuming face-to-face. Students who are currently enrolled in these courses will be receiving communications from their instructors or program chairs with more details about each specific course.

If you are interested in registering for a course, but are unsure of how it will be delivered, please contact advising@rccc.edu or your instructor/program chair.

In today’s ever-changing circumstances, we thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this unprecedented time and work to find flexible solutions that help you complete your educational and career goals while keeping the health and safety of our faculty, staff and students as our highest priority.

The College’s leadership continues to meet regularly with state and local leaders to ensure Rowan-Cabarrus continues to operate and serve students as safely and efficiently as possible, no matter what. You can count on us – online or (eventually) in person – to help you be successful.

We encourage you to reach out to us if there is any way we can help you be successful. Together, we will get through this! Here are some helpful resources for your quick reference:

Students and all other employees should continue to follow any local or state mandates, stay at home, and not come to campus unless you have received permission from the College or your instructor. As always, we hope that you and your families stay safe and well!

April 29, 2020: College Continues to Operate Virtually Until May 11 & Commencement Date Update

Despite COVID-19, you are just two weeks away from the end of the term and we hope that you are successfully mastering your courses. If you are having any problems with completing your assignments and preparing for end of term tests, please reach out to your faculty who can guide you to tutoring or other resources.

We want to thank our faculty and staff for supporting our students in this uncertain time. We truly are in this together. We know this time and this term are important to your journey toward a better future.

Many of you may have seen that Governor Cooper extended the statewide stay-at-home order through May 8, 2020. The College will continue operating under a virtual status through May 11, 2020, which is the end of the spring semester. Limited public safety courses may resume on campus, in accordance with state guidelines, and all public safety students who are enrolled in these courses will receive communication from their instructors at least a week in advance of the course start dates.
The College’s leadership meets regularly with state and local leaders to ensure Rowan-Cabarrus continues to operate and serve students as safely and efficiently as possible, no matter what. You can count on us – online or (eventually) in person – to help you be successful.

Commencement Ceremony Update

We could not be prouder of this year’s graduating class, and we are excited to announce the formal plans for this year’s commencement ceremony. As a friendly reminder, the College postponed its commencement ceremony that was previously scheduled for May 15, 2020.

We know our graduates have worked incredibly hard to achieve their goals, and it is important to us to celebrate your accomplishments in the way that is most meaningful to you. As a result, we solicited feedback from students, faculty and staff on a variety of postponement options. The results are in, and we are pleased to announce that this year’s commencement ceremony will be postponed to Friday, December 18, 2020. The ceremony will take place at the Cabarrus Arena & Events Center in Concord. We will be in touch soon with more details regarding the commencement celebration and hope you will save the date for this momentous event to celebrate your success.

Registration for Summer and Fall – Now Open!

We are so proud of your resiliency. Many of you have already enrolled for summer and fall, and registration remains open. We’re here to help you stay on track with your education plan, and the College has built a flexible schedule that accommodates the needs of our students during this unprecedented time. Sometimes even a slight change in circumstances can cause you to veer off course, but that doesn’t need to happen. We encourage you to focus on completion! Check Navigate and talk with your advisor to confirm the courses you need to take for the summer and fall terms. We are ready and available to help so that, once we emerge from the COVID-19 situation, you will be well-positioned to navigate forward!

We are proud of the way you have continued to push forward, and we are here to help you finish the semester strong. We are adapting to best serve our students by working to keep services as reliable and consistent as ever. Here is some helpful information and resources:

Students and all other employees should continue to follow any local or state mandates, stay at home, and not come to campus. As always, we hope that you and your families stay safe and well!

April 22, 2020: Good News About How the College Continues to Serve Our Students and Community

Rowan-Cabarrus continues to diligently respond to COVID-19 and we are pleased to share some good news today about how the College continues to serve our students and community. We remain open and are here for you. As an institution, we are committed to helping you reach your educational goals and are working with accrediting and regulatory bodies to ensure that you can graduate as soon as possible.

While the Governor’s statewide stay-at-home order is currently scheduled to lift at the end of the month, the College’s leadership continues to meet with state and local leaders to ensure Rowan-Cabarrus continues to operate and serve students as safely and efficiently as possible, no matter what. You can count on us – online or (eventually) in person – to help you be successful.

We are here to help you finish the semester strong. If you need help with anything during this challenging time, please do not hesitate to reach out to the College! Our IT department has worked tirelessly to keep our systems running smoothly and has facilitated the distribution of hundreds of laptops to students and employees to help them transition successfully to working online. Our advisors and financial aid staff are available to assist with registration and tuition assistance. We also have staff available to help with emotional support, financial assistance, and other issues that may arise during this time. No matter what your need, feel free to reach out via the COVID-19 Assistance Form on our website to let us know how we can assist you: https://bit.ly/rcccstudentsupport.

Here’s a quick look at some of the impacts COVID-19 has had on our institution thus far, and how we have reacted to ensure student success:

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Although we still have some unknowns to navigate together, registration is open and we’re here to help you stay on track with your education plan. Sometimes even a slight change in circumstances can cause you to veer off course, but that doesn’t need to happen. We encourage you to focus on completion! Check Navigate and talk with your advisor to confirm the courses you need to take for the summer and fall terms. We are ready and available to help so that, once we emerge from the COVID-19 situation, you will be well-positioned to navigate forward!

Now, more than ever, we are incredibly proud of the impact that our students, faculty, staff and alumni make on the community. During this crisis, students have cheered nursing home residents and delivered snacks to local health care workers, and our healthcare programs and continuing education division have donated items to hospitals and clinical partners. We continue to look for ways to help in any way we can.

We’re proud of our role as our community’s first-choice institution that trains many of our region’s most essential workers. Our graduates are out on the front line as we battle COVID-19, as healthcare workers, firefighters, police officers, EMTs, truck drivers and more. We are proud of them and grateful for their service.

We are adapting to best serve our students by working to keep services as reliable and consistent as ever. Here is some helpful information and resources:

Students and all other employees should continue to follow any local or state mandates, stay at home, and not come to campus. As always, we hope that you and your families stay safe and well!

April 15, 2020: Withdrawals and Incompletes Information & Commencement Ceremony Update

Rowan-Cabarrus has been responding to COVID-19 and has been providing updates each week on the College’s ongoing response to keep our campus community safe. We are so proud of our institution’s response to this unprecedented situation, which has been demonstrated through the resiliency of our students transitioning to online courses and resources, as well as the extraordinary dedication of our faculty and staff to continue supporting online coursework and College operations.

There are not many new updates to share today, but as the College continues to move forward with course options for students, we are pleased to share the following updated information.

Spring 2020 Withdrawals & Incompletes

We understand that you are doing your very best to successfully complete your courses and we congratulate you for staying on track with your educational and career goals.

The withdrawal date for Spring 2020 classes has been extended until May 11, 2020. If you are experiencing hardships that are preventing you from continuing in your current course, we want to help and encourage you to fill out the College’s COVID-19 Student Assistance Form to let us know how we can support you.

After connecting with your instructor and advisor, if you feel you need to withdraw or be considered for an incomplete, the following options will be available to you:

  • Withdrawal (Grade of W): You will be removed from the course and retake the entire course at a later date.
  • Incomplete (Grade of I): If granted by your instructor, you will have the opportunity to continue working on the course objectives beyond the current semester.

We know a change, sometimes even a slight change, in your educational plan could delay your completion. We encourage you to check Navigate or talk with your advisor to confirm the courses you need to take for summer and fall term. Our Rowan-Cabarrus team is working remotely and is ready to help you.

Commencement Ceremony Update

As a friendly reminder, given the evolving and ongoing nature of COVID-19 and based on the statewide guidance for safe social distancing practices, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s commencement ceremony will need to be postponed. We are working with College and student leadership to develop plans for rescheduling the ceremony in the near future. We know our graduates have worked incredibly hard to achieve their goals and it is important to us to celebrate your accomplishments in the way that is most meaningful to you. We will be in touch with graduates as soon as commencement plans are finalized.

Resources

We are adapting to best serve our students by working to keep services as reliable and consistent as ever. Here is some helpful information to stay in touch with us while we navigate forward together.

Students and all other employees should follow any local or state mandates, stay at home, and not come to campus. As always, we hope that you and your families stay safe and well during this time.

April 8, 2020: Message from Dr. Spalding & Commencement Update

Rowan-Cabarrus has been responding to COVID-19 and has been providing updates each week on the College’s ongoing response to keep our campus community safe. We are so proud of our institution’s response to this unprecedented situation, which has been demonstrated through the resiliency of our students transitioning to online courses and resources, as well as the extraordinary dedication of our faculty and staff to continue supporting online coursework and College operations.

This week’s campus community update is a special video message from President Carol Spalding.

Commencement Ceremony Update

As a friendly reminder, given the evolving and ongoing nature of COVID-19 and based on the statewide guidance for safe social distancing practices, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s commencement ceremony will need to be postponed. We are working with College and student leadership to develop plans for rescheduling the ceremony in the near future. We know our graduates have worked incredibly hard to achieve their goals and it is important to us to celebrate your accomplishments in the way that is most meaningful to you. We will be in touch with graduates as soon as commencement plans are finalized.

Resources

We are adapting to best serve our students by working to keep services as reliable and consistent as ever. Here is some helpful information to stay in touch with us while we navigate forward together.

Students and all other employees should follow any local or state mandates, stay at home, and not come to campus. As always, we hope that you and your families stay safe and well during this time.

April 1, 2020: North Carolina COVID-19 Updates & Commencement Update

Rowan-Cabarrus has been responding to COVID-19 and has been providing updates each week on the College’s ongoing response to keep our campus community safe. We are so proud of our institution’s response to this unprecedented situation, which has been demonstrated through the resiliency of our students transitioning to online courses and resources, as well as the extraordinary dedication of our faculty and staff to continue supporting online coursework and College operations.

While today’s campus connect message does not have many new updates, you will find additional information below about the Governor’s stay-at-home order and the College’s plans for commencement.

COVID-19 Updates

As you likely know, Governor Roy Cooper issued a stay-at-home order on March 27, 2020, which went into effect Monday, March 30, at 5:00 p.m. This proclamation is in effect for thirty days, and you can read the full proclamation on the Governor’s website for more details.

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College offers essential services to students in the community and is permitted to operate as an essential business as defined in Section 2 “COVID-19 Essential Businesses and Operations as outlined below:

17. Educational institutions. Educational institutions including public and private pre-K-12 schools, colleges, and universities for purposes of facilitating remote learning, performing critical research, or performing essential functions, provided that the Social Distancing Requirements set forth below of this Executive Order are maintained to the greatest extent possible. This Executive Order is consistent with and does not amend or supersede prior Executive Orders regarding the closure of public schools.

As a friendly reminder, the College remains open and began operating virtually on March 26. Out of an abundance of caution, the College’s library and computer lab services are not available on campus at this time. The College’s campuses and centers are accessible only to employees whose presence is required to perform essential functions. The College will remain operating under a virtual status through April 29, 2020.

Commencement Ceremony Update

Unfortunately, given the evolving and ongoing nature of COVID-19 and based on the statewide guidance for safe social distancing practices, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s commencement ceremony will need to be postponed. We are working with College and student leadership to develop plans for rescheduling the ceremony in the near future. We know our graduates have worked incredibly hard to achieve their goals and it is important to us to celebrate your accomplishments in the way that is most meaningful to you. In that spirit, we have provided a link for students to fill out a survey in NavSync [now closed] to tell us which postponement option is preferred.

Employee Update

Please see the HR News for Critical Guidance on the Federal Family First Coronavirus Response Act. Additional information and guidance will be available on the HR SharePoint site. Please send questions to askhr@rccc.edu.

Resources

We are adapting to best serve our students by working to keep services as reliable and consistent as ever. Here is some helpful information to stay in touch with us while we navigate forward together.

Students and all other employees should follow any local or state mandates, stay at home, and not come to campus. As always, we hope that you and your families stay safe and well during this time.

March 26, 2020: The College Remains Open and Will be Operating Virtually & the College’s Library and Computer Lab Services Will No Longer Be Available

As an update to yesterday’s weekly communication, Cabarrus County has issued a stay-at-home order, which goes into effect today, Thursday, March 26, at 5:00 p.m. This proclamation is in effect until April 16, 2020, and you can read the full statement on the Cabarrus County Government website for more details.

The proclamation shared that educational institutions are considered essential businesses and operations: “including public and private pre-K-12 schools, colleges and universities – for purposes of facilitating distance learning, performing critical research related to COVID-19, or performing essential functions, provided that social distancing of six-feet per person is maintained to the greatest extent possible.”

The College remains open and will be operating virtually beginning today, Thursday, March 26, at 5:00 p.m., with the exception of the College’s testing center, which will remain open until noon on Friday, March 27. Out of an abundance of caution, the College’s library and computer lab services will not be available on campus at this time.

Starting this afternoon, Thursday, March 26, at 5:00 p.m., the College’s campuses and centers will be accessible only to employees whose presence is required to perform essential functions. The College will remain operating under a virtual status through April 16, 2020.

We are adapting to best serve our students by working to keep services as reliable and consistent as ever. Here is some helpful information to stay in touch with us while we navigate forward together.

Students and all other employees should follow any local or state mandates, stay at home, and not come to campus. As always, we hope that you and your families stay safe and well during this time.

March 25, 2020: College Remains Open with Limited On-campus Services & Limited Courses May Be Permitted to Continue Offering In-person

This is a Campus Connect Message from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. As promised, we will send weekly updates on the COVID-19 situation as long as necessary, with interim additional updates as needed.

The College is committed to keeping our campus community safe and has taken the following steps thus far:

  • Extended Spring Break through Sunday, March 22
  • Welcomed students back to class (virtually) on Monday, March 23
  • Transitioned the majority of face-to-face classes to online course delivery
  • Students who were enrolled in face-to-face classes that could be transitioned to a virtual format were automatically enrolled in an online course section.
  • Minimester courses that were originally scheduled to begin on Monday, March 16 began on Monday, March 23.
  • Suspended meetings of all face-to-face courses that are not able to be offered online beginning Friday, March 20. This change will remain in effect until April 1, with weekly evaluation of conditions for reinstating in-person instruction.
  • Canceled major events including the Rowan-Cabarrus Foundation Scholarship Luncheon on March 27 and the annual STEM Open House on April 2-3

The North Carolina Community College System is providing guidance on limited courses that we may be permitted to continue offering in-person. If the College reopens certain courses in the future, enrolled students can expect to receive communication regarding next steps from their program chair or manager at least one week in advance.

The College remains open with limited on-campus services and will continue to be open as we work together to fulfill our mission to improve lives and build community through public higher education and workforce development. We appreciate your patience as we adjust and modify as many services as possible virtually. All of our campuses remain open; however our College Station and CBTC locations are only open to faculty/staff with supervisor approval.

We are here for you during this unprecedented time. For more information on how to use Blackboard, which campus resources remain open (such as the library), online tutoring services and more, we invite you to visit the College’s Coronavirus website. The libraries on North Campus, South Campus and in the College’s building on the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC), are available from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Friday for students to access computers as needed.

You, our students, are important to us, and we understand that this is a very difficult time for many members of our Navigation Nation. If you need assistance during this time, we invite you to fill out this form to tell us more about the challenges you may be facing. Additionally, we invite faculty/staff to help us connect with students who may need assistance by filling out this form.

We’re all in this together, and while our resources are limited, we will do everything we can to help you be successful during this time.

Rowan-Cabarrus is committed to keeping our Navigation Nation updated during this rapidly evolving situation. Here are a few ways you can expect to hear from us as this situation continues to progress.

  • Rowan-Cabarrus Campus Connect Messages every Wednesday or as needed
  • The College’s Coronavirus website, which includes a frequently asked questions page and is consistently updated with the latest information.
  • The College’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts.
  • College email: Please continue to check your college email regularly for important updates from faculty and staff.

We expect to learn more information from local and state government officials as early as tomorrow regarding potential stay-at-home mandates.

The campus community can expect to hear another update from Rowan-Cabarrus no later than Wednesday, April 1, unless we have new information to address.

We hope you and your family remain safe and well.

March 19, 2020: Face-to-face Classes Transitioned to Online & Suspended Face-to-face Courses not Offered Online

This is a Campus Connect Message from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. As we shared in our last communication on Saturday, March 14, the College has extended spring break for curriculum students through March 22.

The majority of face-to-face classes will be transitioned to online course delivery beginning on Monday, March 23. Students who are currently enrolled in face-to-face classes that can be transitioned to a virtual format will be automatically enrolled in an online course section. Minimester courses that were originally scheduled to begin on Monday, March 16 will now begin on Monday, March 23. Please contact your instructor directly if you have any questions.

Additionally, the College has suspended meetings of all face-to-face courses that are not able to be offered online beginning Friday, March 20. The curriculum and continuing education courses that are currently meeting in-person will no longer meet effective at close of business Thursday, March 19. This change will remain in effect until April 1, with weekly evaluation of conditions for reinstating in-person instruction. Students in these courses can expect to receive communication regarding next steps for their class from their program chair or manager in the near future.

The College’s leadership team is closely monitoring the evolving situation related to COVID-19 and we continue to meet with statewide and local leaders as we strive to implement measures focused around the safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff.

College personnel will continue to evaluate current regulations and public health conditions to determine if courses for which instruction is either partly or totally delivered in-person will be reinstated. Students and faculty will be notified one week in advance of reinstatement of in-person instruction in order for students, faculty and staff to make arrangements for class attendance.

The College remains open with limited services and we will continue to be open as we continue our mission to improve lives and build community through public higher education and workforce development. We appreciate your patience as we adjust to modify as many services as possible virtually.

Additionally, the College is working with our housekeeping contractor to focus on disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces, common spaces and individual workstations.

In accordance with Governor Cooper’s mandate, all events of more than 50 people are canceled at this time. Unfortunately, this includes the Rowan-Cabarrus Foundation’s Scholarship Luncheon that was scheduled for Friday, March 27 and the College’s annual STEM Open House, which was scheduled for April 2-3.

The College is committed to keeping our Navigation Nation updated during this rapidly evolving situation. Here are a few ways you can expect to hear from us as this situation continues to progress.

  • Rowan-Cabarrus Campus Connect Messages: We will send notices every Wednesday and more as warranted.
  • Website: We encourage you to frequently check the College’s Coronavirus website, which includes a frequently asked questions page and is consistently updated with the latest information.
  • Social Media: We will continue to share information and communications with our campus community through our Campus Connect messages, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts.
  • College Email: Please continue to frequently check your college email for important updates from faculty and staff.
  • The campus community can expect to hear another update from Rowan-Cabarrus no later than Wednesday, March 25, unless we have new information to address. We hope you and your family remain safe and well.

The campus community can expect to hear another update from Rowan-Cabarrus no later than Wednesday, March 25, unless we have new information to address. We hope you and your family remain safe and well.

March 14, 2020: Spring Break Extended through March 22 & Transition to Online Course Delivery

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is closely monitoring the evolving situation related to COVID-19, more commonly known as Coronavirus. The College’s executive leadership team has conducted numerous meetings with various state and local leaders in the recent weeks and as a result, we are implementing measures focused around the safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff.

As a precautionary measure, the College will extend spring break for all curriculum students through March 22, 2020. The majority of face-to-face classes will be transitioned to online course delivery beginning on Monday, March 23, 2020. Students who are currently enrolled in face-to-face classes will be automatically enrolled in an online course section. Minimester courses that were originally scheduled to begin on Monday, March 16 will now begin on Monday, March 23. Please contact your instructor directly if you have any questions.

Corporate and continuing education courses are typically exempt from spring break and as such, these courses will continue to meet in their current format as normally scheduled throughout the duration of the extended spring break and beyond. If the delivery method of the course you are enrolled in changes, your instructor will contact you directly.

Although Rowan-Cabarrus is moving as many courses as possible to an online delivery method, the College remains open with limited services. During the week ahead, faculty and staff will be working together to transition as many courses as possible to an online format. At that time, there may still be the need for a limited number of in-person classes and attendance for courses such as those with labs and other hands-on requirements. For any in-person classes and labs, the College will look for ways to conduct these in-person portions of the class at a later time or in smaller groups of students. These updated plans will be directly communicated with students enrolled in these courses by their instructor or program chair.

Faculty and staff will return from spring break as regularly scheduled on Monday, March 16. Key college personnel will be on campus during regular business hours, while non-essential employees will be permitted to work from home. Faculty and staff will receive communications from their Vice President or Chief Officer with more details about scheduling and telework options.

As we all work to stay healthy, here are a few trusted resources to help keep you informed:

For further information on what to do if you’re sick, how to spot symptoms, and how to stop the spread of germs, please visit the CDC’s Coronavirus website.

The health and safety of our campus community remains our top priority. As always, please know that we are working to ensure that our students finish the semester successfully.

Thank you for your patience as we all work together to navigate this unprecedented challenge.