COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Response

Stay Well. Stay Connected.

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

At Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, our students, faculty, staff and community are at the center of all that we do. The COVID-19 pandemic has continued to present challenges for our communities, but we are grateful for our faculty and staff who continue to provide a top-notch educational experience and support for our students. In that same vein, we are extremely proud of our students who continue to persevere and remain steadfast in their pursuit of higher education. We stand with you and are here to support you on your journey.

As we continue to Stay Well and Stay Connected, we want to share the framework for the Spring 2021 semester. This plan outlines our priorities and procedures as we provide educational opportunities while working to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff.

The College wants nothing more than for everyone to be on campus, together, but as we continue to monitor the rapid changes with the pandemic and the recent spikes in COVID-19 cases in Rowan and Cabarrus counties, the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff are of utmost importance. While we are optimistic that we will be on campus together soon, our top priority is providing quality educational opportunities in a safe and healthy environment for our students, faculty and staff. Our spring plans have been developed with the most current information available and we may adjust our plans for delivering instruction and services as we receive new information throughout the semester.

The Spring 2021 semester at Rowan-Cabarrus will continue a hybrid format of online delivery for most courses, with limited classes held in-person while maintaining safety guidelines as designated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the North Carolina Community College System, state and local health offices, and our College leadership team. This plan aligns with how many other North Carolina Community Colleges and other North Carolina universities plan to move forward with spring course offerings.

Important Dates to Remember for Spring 2021

  • Spring registration OPENS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8!
  • Spring 8-week and 16-week classes begin January 8.
  • Minimester 14-week classes begin January 25.
  • Second term for 8-week classes begin March 15.

Curriculum Courses

This spring, Rowan-Cabarrus will offer a full schedule of courses as part of our certificate, diploma and degree programs. Classes will be offered in three formats: 1) Internet courses that are 100% online, 2) blended and hybrid classes that combine the online experience with in-person instruction and 3) a limited number of fully in-person courses.

Students should check WebAdvisor to confirm how their courses will be offered. Courses with labs or that require face-to-face components may be taught in a hybrid approach with both face-to-face and online instruction. Please check your WebAdvisor (or with your advisor) for the most current information about your courses. Please be sure to check the notes that are included in your WebAdvisor schedule.

These methods of delivery best protect the safety of students and employees while still providing a full schedule of courses. Instruction that occurs on campus will be offered with appropriate social distancing, rearranged and spaced sections, and the requirement that everyone wears a face covering at all times while on campus.

In-Person and Blended Instruction

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

Programs that will meet in-person include:

  • Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration (CBTC)
  • Art (North)
  • Automotive and Transportation (North)
  • Cosmetology (College Station)
  • Dental Assisting (North)*
  • Electrical Systems (CBTC)
  • Engineering and Drafting (North)
  • Graphic Design (North, South)
  • Machining (North)
  • Nursing (NCRC)*
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant (North)*
  • Physical Therapist Assistant (North)*
  • Radiography (North)*
  • Welding (North)

*Students admitted into the health programs must reach out to their instructors for details about your schedule.

Please check your schedule often just in case the time and/or date of our class meetings change.

Online and Hybrid Instruction

Rowan-Cabarrus offers outstanding online courses taught by certified faculty members. Our fully online classes will be indicated with the letter “N” in WebAdvisor (for example, ENG-111-220N) and will be taught asynchronously which means you will not be expected to meet at any scheduled time, and all coursework will be online.

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 WebAdvisor and review the comments associated with each of your courses.

Courses with labs or that require face-to-face components may be taught in a hybrid approach with both face-to-face and online instruction. Please check your schedule in WebAdvisor (or with your advisor) for the most current information about your courses.

The most important thing you can do before the spring 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 on our directory.

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, are available virtually, by appointment only.

Drop-In Admissions, Financial Aid and Advising Support

December Winter Break Support will be available virtually from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. via our website chatbot, Virtual Drop-In Sessions with advisors, or by email on the following days:

  • Monday, December 21- Wednesday, December 23 (8 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
  • Monday, December 28- Wednesday, December 30 (8 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

Virtual Services

Chatbot: www.rccc.edu
Virtual Advising Drop-In: https://bit.ly/3dUb5y1
Admissions: admissions@rccc.edu
Financial Aid Email: fin.aid@rccc.edu
Advising Email: advising@rccc.edu

January Support Services

We will be back on campus for drop-ins with Financial Aid, Advising and Admissions Monday, January 4 through Friday, January 8 on North Campus and South Campus, from 8 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Students who choose to drop-in with a member of Financial Aid, Advising or Admissions will need to check-in at the navigation station after following college COVID-19 screening protocols. Students must also wear a face covering and maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet.

Saturday Registration Support Days

Registration support will be held on Saturday, January 9, 2021. Admissions and Advising staff will be available virtually and by appointment on campus from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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 $9,517 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.fafsa.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 5 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 previously mentioned, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College will be conducting some classes and services on campus, and it is critical that all students, faculty and staff comply with all safety procedures to help yourself and others stay well. While some precautions may be inconvenient, these measures are necessary during 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. Individuals should arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of class to allow time to go through the screening process.

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. Employees who fail to comply with campus safety protocols may face disciplinary action per the Personnel Actions for Violation of Employment Standards, 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.

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. 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.

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.

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.

CDC 3ws graphic

Technology Resources

Rowan-Cabarrus is committed to ensuring that students have the technology resources that they need to succeed. As a Top Ten Digital Community College for the past four years, we are well prepared to assist you in your online courses. 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

External Events

Due to the unprecedented situation of COVID-19, the College is unable to utilize our spaces to host external events at this time.

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.

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