COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Response

Stay Well. Stay Connected.

How Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is Navigating Forward during COVID-19

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College continues to navigate forward during the COVID-19 pandemic and it is our goal to Stay Well and Stay Connected. The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff are our highest priority, and the Stay Well, Stay Connected plan outlines how we will provide educational instruction while also ensuring the health and safety of everyone on our campuses.

Curriculum courses for the spring semester begin Friday, January 7. However as a precautionary measure, the College will move all curriculum courses online from January 7 through February 7, 2022. Students who are currently enrolled in face-to-face classes do not need to make any changes to their course schedule and coursework will be available on Blackboard beginning January 7. Please contact your instructor directly if you have any questions.

We will continue a hybrid format for most courses, with more classes held in-person while following safety recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the North Carolina Community College System, state and local health offices, and our College leadership team.

Course Offerings

This spring, we will offer a full schedule of courses as part of our certificate, diploma and degree programs. Changes to the beginning of the semester have been made to best protect the safety of students and employees while still providing a full schedule of courses.

In short, curriculum course that begin January 7 will be held online through February 7, 2022. At that time, we expect that the in-person components of Blended and Hybrid courses will return to campus.

At that time, all instruction that occurs on campus will be done with appropriate social distancing, rearranged and spread-out course sections, and the requirement that everyone wears a face covering at all times while on campus.

The most important thing you can do to ensure you understand how each of your classes are going to be taught is to read your emails and content related to your classes carefully. If you have any questions, please reach out to your instructor or the chairperson in your program area. Their contact information can be found in our web directory.

In-Person, Blended and Hybrid Instruction

Many of our courses will have some portion taught in-person on our campuses. These courses have the letter “H” or “B” in WebAdvisor (for example, AHR 110 100B), representing blended instruction which means that these courses may also have an internet component, where assignments can be completed online.

Classes will continue to be offered in two formats: 1) 100% online courses that are offered synchronously or asynchronously, 2) blended and hybrid classes that combine the online experience with in-person instruction.

Students should check BlackBoard or consult their advisor for the most current information about their courses and be sure to check the notes that are included in their BlackBoard course management system.

In addition to the curriculum programs, many Continuing Education courses will be held in-person including courses related to firefighting, law enforcement, paramedic, EMT, certified production technician and more. A full listing of the Continuing Education classes being offered in-person is available on their website.

Online Instruction

Rowan-Cabarrus offers outstanding online courses taught by certified faculty members. To confirm how your course will be offered, please log into BlackBoard and review the comments associated with each of your courses.

We have also moved some other courses online that were previously Blended (W) or Hybrid (H). These courses will meet in-person, asynchronously online (no scheduled time) or synchronously online (regularly designated time), virtually, through Zoom or Microsoft Teams. To confirm how your course will be offered, please log into BlackBoard and review the comments associated with each of your courses.

The most important thing you can do before the semester begins is to read your student email and the content related to your classes carefully. This will ensure that you understand the method of instruction and details for your class. If you have any questions, please reach out to your instructor or the chairperson in your program area. Their contact information can be found in our web directory.

Important Dates to Remember

  • Spring 2022 16-Week and 1st 8-Week terms begin January 7
  • Spring 2022 14-Week term begin January 24
  • Spring 2022 2nd 8-Week term begin March 14

Academic Advising and Student Success Services

Rowan-Cabarrus currently has virtual and in-person support available for current students and prospective students to receive admissions, financial aid, advising and registration services. Additional services, such as transcripts and records, veterans’ services, career and job-search resources and wellness center assistance, also are available virtually and in person.

Drop-In Admissions, Financial Aid and Advising Support

On Campus

Beginning May 1, Student Services Support will be available on campus Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Virtual Services

We will also have virtual services available Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. These services include our website chatbot, personal advising drop-in sessions with advisors and scheduled appointments.

Chatbot: www.rccc.edu
Advising Personal Drop-In: www.rccc.edu/support
Admissions Email: admissions@rccc.edu
Financial Aid Email: fin.aid@rccc.edu
Advising Email: advising@rccc.edu

Financial Aid

Our financial aid experts are available to assist with any of your financial needs. If you need financial assistance for the upcoming year, please complete your FAFSA now! You could be eligible for federal, state, or institutional aid. Pell grants (up to $6,495 per year depending on student eligibility) will cover more than the cost of the College’s affordable tuition.

Any student who has not completed an application for financial aid may do so at www.studentaid.gov. Our school code is 005754. Financial aid packages are currently being awarded for 2020-2021, so students may check their award status and financial information on their WebAdvisor/Self-Service account. For more information, contact fin.aid@rccc.edu or 704-216-7222 (choose option 3).

Tuition Payments

Students are encouraged to pay their bill online using the Student Self-Service Portal, but the Navigation Station is open Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. to assist with applications, payments, residency requirements and other issues. To make an appointment, email admissions@rccc.edu.

Student Wellness Center

Students who need assistance can access free services through the Student Assistance Program for themselves and immediate family members 24/7/365. Counseling, legal services, financial services and online services can also be accessed by calling 800-633-3353.

Students can access the Food and Resources Pantries located in the Student Wellness Centers at North and South campuses or contact misty.moler@rccc.edu to make arrangements at another campus location. Students can also contact the Wellness Center for community resources or referrals for counseling support.

The COVID-19 Assistance Form is also available. Please submit a form to let us know how we can support you during this time.

Helping You Stay Safe

Navigation Station with plexiglass dividersAs the College conducts classes and services on campus, students, faculty and staff must comply with all safety protocols. While vaccinations are becoming more readily available, we recognize that not everyone will be vaccinated or choose to be vaccinated before the start of the 2021 summer and fall semesters. While we are still learning more about vaccinations, we still must follow safety guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Wear a Face Covering

While on campus, all individuals are 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.

Practice the 3 Ws

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.

When you arrive on campus, you will notice signage on doors and in common areas and we’re asking that everyone take a self-assessment when they arrive to ensure the safety of others.

Please do not come to campus if:

  • you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms,
  • you have been directed to quarantine due to a COVID-19 exposure,
  • you have tested positive for covid-19 in the past 10 days, or
  • you are awaiting COVID-19 test results

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Technology Resources

Rowan-Cabarrus is committed to ensuring that students have the technology resources that they need to succeed. The College’s Information Technology (ITS) team is here to support you. If you need access to a laptop or other technology resources, please fill out the COVID-19 Assistance Form.

The College’s ITS Help Desk offers technical support for students and employees Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is available on campus to provide support by appointment. Contact the ITS Help Desk for immediate technical support via phone and the web, or to schedule an appointment with an ITS technician.

There are several ways to connect with the ITS Help Desk:

• Call 704-216-7200
• Send an email to helpdesk@rccc.edu

Stay Well. Stay Connected.

We believe that we have a promise to fulfill – a promise exemplified by our mission to improve lives and build community through public higher education and workforce development. We are here for you during these unprecedented times and thank you for trusting us to help you reach your academic and career goals. You have demonstrated amazing commitment, sacrifice, and dedication.

Together, we will navigate forward.