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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Student Wins Statewide Award

Refugee changes her life through college education and is selected as the recipient of the Dallas Herring Achievement Award
Najma Hasan

SALISBURY, N.C. — Najma Hassan, soon-to-be nursing graduate at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, has been selected out of 58 community college contestants as the North Carolina award winner of the Dallas Herring Achievement Award.

This is the second year in a row that the College’s nominee for a state-level award has been chosen.

Annually, through a rigorous nomination process, the College has the opportunity to select the top achieving students. Competition was rigorous as the College’s Student Excellence Award Committee began with a pool of over 400 eligible students, which included Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation scholarship recipients, faculty and staff nominees, and student organization leaders. Student nominees were invited to write a 500 word essay to be reviewed by a committee, and of the 98 submitted essays, 18 finalists were selected to be interviewed.

Hassan was chosen as the College’s Dallas Herring Achievement Award nominee and was chosen to compete at the state level.

The Dallas Herring Achievement Award is given annually to a current or former community college student who best embodies Dr. Herring’s philosophy. Dr. Herring, a Duplin County native, is acknowledged as the philosophical godfather of the state’s community college system. He may be best known for his belief that education should be available to all and that community colleges should “….take people from where they are, to as far as they can go.”

“We are so proud of Najma and her accomplishments. She has represented Rowan-Cabarrus well and we congratulate her,” said Carl M. Short, chair of the Rowan-Cabarrus Board of Trustees.

However, this is not the first time that Hassan has shared her story with the community and the College. Hassan was asked to speak to about 400 people at the College Foundation’s annual scholarship luncheon in 2016.

Hassan was born in 1989 in Somalia, a very dangerous country. “The civil war was just beginning. I lost many family members, including my father, to the violence. Growing up, my mother feared for my safety,” said Hassan. “In 2007, as the oldest girl, I was chosen to leave the family – to find a better place for us, send home money, and eventually bring my family to safety. My mother literally sold everything she had to get me out.”photo of Najma Hasan with other award recipients Hassan came to America as a refugee four years ago.

“When I came here, I had no high school diploma and obviously English wasn’t my first language. I worried about how I would get into nursing school! I can tell you that I have worked very hard since arriving here in America,” said Hassan.

“The most important thing in my life, of course, is helping my family. People often tell me that I am very positive, considering all I have been through,” said Hassan.

Hassan will graduate in May with her associate degree in nursing. She has been employed in the healthcare field throughout her time in the program and looks forward to launching her career as a registered nurse upon graduation. She has already secured employment in the Intensive Care Unit with Novant Health.

“Najma is a true inspiration to us all and we are honored to have her as one of our students. She has overcome so much in her life. This is just the beginning for her,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus.

For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu. The College will begin summer classes on May 22, 2017.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Students Receive Scholarships from State Employees Credit Union (SECU)

press release photoAustin Lilly and Adam Allman awarded $5,000 scholarships for leadership, excellence of character, integrity and community involvement

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is proud to announce the selection of two students who have been honored with the State Employees’ Credit Union “People Helping People” scholarship.

The State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) Foundation provides two $5,000 scholarships annually to each of the 58 North Carolina community colleges.

Recipients for both scholarships are selected by the individual college’s scholarship committees. Selections are based on a student’s embodiment of the credit union’s “People Helping People” philosophy demonstrated through leadership, excellence of character, integrity and community involvement, along with an overall grade point average of 2.5 or higher.

“Congratulations to both Austin Lilly and Adam Allman! We are confident that this scholarship will help them continue to achieve and demonstrate the remarkable qualities that earned them this award,” said Natasha Lipscomb, director of student life & leadership development for the College.

Austin Lilly of Rowan County is pursuing an associate degree, with plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in sports medicine. He is dedicated to helping others through his mission work in the local community and abroad.

“My family has taught me the value of hard work and honesty, through my mission work I have learned that even the smallest gestures of kindness matter to people,” said Lilly. “The State Employees’ Credit Union Scholarship provides financial freedom, which allows me the ability go to school and continue to give back to others.”

Adam Allman of Cabarrus County is currently pursuing an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Accounting. He works with Mount Pleasant High School’s young student-athletes and he has a strong work ethic, defeating any challenge that he encounters.

“This scholarship has allowed me to continue my education while being able to continue my volunteer work,” said Allman.

Recipients can use the scholarship funds for tuition, books, fees, course supplies and transportation.

“Thank you to the State Employees’ Credit Union for their commitment to Rowan-Cabarrus and our students,” said Carl M. Short, chair of the Rowan-Cabarrus Board of Trustees. “The price of education continues to climb across the country and I am pleased that the State Employees’ Credit Union is committed to helping students achieve their goals.”

For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu or call 704-216-RCCC (7222). Those interested in applying for scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year can visit www.rccc.edu/scholarships.

Posted in Admissions and Recruitment, Financial Aid, RCCC Foundation, Student Life and Leadership |

Jeanne A. Dixon sworn in as trustee on Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board

Career public servant brings wealth of experience to Rowan-Cabarrus Board of Trustees

Jeanne DixonSALISBURY, N.C. — The Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees proudly welcomed Jeanne Dixon to the College’s board. Dixon was recently appointed by the Rowan County Board of Commissioners to serve on the board through 2017.

“I am pleased to have the opportunity to work with the College as a member of the Board of Trustees. I am honored to be a part of this organization and develop a stronger relationship with the College and its mission in the community,” said Dixon.

Dixon’s 38-year career consisted of working for the Cabarrus County Department of Social Services, program administrator for the Child Support Enforcement Office and the State of North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts. She also served as Guardian ad Litem for Cabarrus and Rowan counties.

“My career was focused on being an ambassador for and advocating for children and families. I am excited to continue that focus throughout my work with Rowan-Cabarrus,” said Dixon.

Dixon has been actively involved in the community, serving on several community boards including Cabarrus Partnership for Children, Cabarrus Head Start Policy Council, Kannapolis Planning and Zoning, Cabarrus Community Free Clinic, and Cooperative Christian Ministry Board. She is a vice president of the Cabarrus Country Branch of the NAACP.

Rowan-Cabarrus Board of Trustees’ members are responsible for attending all board meetings and key Rowan-Cabarrus events. As a board, they are responsible for College policies.

“I am very pleased to have Jeanne joining our board. Her expertise, connections and insight are invaluable, and we know the College will benefit from her leadership,” said Carl M. Short, chair of the Rowan-Cabarrus Board of Trustees.

Appointments to the Board of Trustees are liaisons to the pubic of the entire service area and not to the appointing entity. Once appointed, trustees are to carry out their duties as established by the General Statutes of North Carolina and the Board’s Bylaws and Policies. They are to carry out those responsibilities independent of concern for any group, organization, appointing board, or political entity other than the students, citizens of the service area, and the College.

“Our trustees are accomplished and dedicated. They’ve been involved extensively in our community, and work well together to help create the future of the College and our community,” said Dr. Carol Spalding, Rowan-Cabarrus president.

Dixon and her husband, Thomas, are members of the Price Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church in Concord. They have one child, Dr. Raphael Dixon Weeks, a wonderful son-in-law and two granddaughters.

For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu/apply2017 or call 704-216-RCCC (7222). The College has another set of spring classes beginning on March 15, 2017.

Dr. Spalding and Jeanne Dixon new  member of  Board of Trustees

 

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Brings Award-Winning Employability Program to Rowan County in 2017

Rowan-Cabarrus to help create the Better Jobs for Better Lives in Rowan County program

SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is excited to bring a mobile version of its award-winning R3 (Refocus, Retrain, Re-employ) model to Rowan County. The program will support the new “Better Jobs for Better Lives in Rowan County” initiative.

The R3 model has been in existence at Rowan-Cabarrus for a number of years, largely helping to support the workforce laid off in the region over the last two decades. The College currently provides employability workshops, adult basic education, NCWorks Career Center services and job search assistance free of charge through the R3 program.

The Rowan County Board of Commissioners have invested $100,000 to enable the College to take the program on the road around Rowan County and bring much-needed services directly into communities. Thirty percent of the budget is going directly to scholarships to provide these services free of charge.

“While the College has provided these services for many years, this traveling initiative will allow us to bring the services directly to the people in their towns. It will also give us the opportunity to better tailor our services to the individuals living in each community,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus.

The program has three key objectives:

  • Increasing access to and participation in employability-building activities for all Rowan residents.
  • Building stronger network
    s to solve community barriers to workforce participation and success.
  • Raising wages of Rowan workforce through skill development and access to better jobs.

Better Jobs for Better Lives in Rowan County has identified four zones (West Rowan/Cleveland, China Grove/Landis, Rockwell/Granite Quarry/Gold Hill, and Salisbury West End) to provide these services, with one zone deployed during each fiscal quarter of 2017.

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“We are proud to partner with Rowan-Cabarrus to provide training and support to those in our communities who are un-employed and underemployed,” said Greg Edds, Chair of the Rowan County Board of Commissioners.

This initiative is designed to engage citizens where they live with services that prepare them for high-growth, high-wage careers. Access to career planning, skill training and job opportunities stimulates growth at the household, community and county level. A few of the many services these centers will provide include career coaching, resume and interview clinics, and GED preparation.

“The College is committed to helping build a strong workforce and to supporting the economic growth of Rowan County. We are excited to be kicking off the program in the Rockwell, Granite Quarry and Gold Hill area in February,” said Craig Lamb, the vice president of corporate and continuing education at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.

Rowan-Cabarrus is committed to its goal to bring access to education to our students and to meet them where they are. This strategy allows the College to bring a more personalized set of services to people who want to increase their skills and pursue higher wage jobs.

The 2015 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the highest unemployment rate and lowest median weekly earnings for workers without a high school diploma, followed by those with a high school diploma and some college.

“The Better Jobs for Better Lives program in Rowan County is designed to assist community members with educational gaps, criminal backgrounds, insufficient wages, or part-time work and improve their skillset to obtain a higher quality jobs in our community,” said Jim Greene of the Rowan County Board of Commissioners.

The Better Jobs for Better Lives program will identify assets, partners and resources that fill community needs and leverage existing capabilities to establish the unique needs of each zone. To ensure sustainability, the program will continue identify resources and partners within the community to deliver ongoing services to residents and businesses.

Better Jobs for Better Lives in Rowan County will hold its first planning forum on Tuesday, February 7 at 7:00 p.m. at the American Legion Building in Rockwell. The purpose of the meeting is to plan publicity and outreach efforts to connect the Rockwell, Granite Quarry, Faith, and Gold Hill communities.

For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu or call 704-216-RCCC (7222).

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New Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Student Government Association President Aannounced

Latosha Tulloch will serve as the 2016-17 SGA President

Latosha Tulloch, new SGA presidentSALISBURY, N.C. — Latosha Tulloch of Cabarrus County was recently announced as the new Student Government Association (SGA) President of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.

“We are proud to welcome Latosha as an ex officio member of the College’s Board of Trustees,” said Carl M. Short, chair of the Rowan-Cabarrus Board of Trustees.

Tulloch was introduced as the 2016-17 SGA leader at a recent Board of Trustees meeting. She is a second year student at Rowan-Cabarrus and is pursuing an associate degree in business administration.

Tulloch graduated in 2012 from North Rowan High School. She is currently employed part-time while attending Rowan-Cabarrus and enjoys participating in community service projects.

“I am honored to become the SGA President. I hope to encourage my peers to become involved in student life by fostering relationships among peers and with faculty and staff,” said Tulloch.

Tulloch is looking forward to her position as SGA President and hopes to enhance her public speaking skill and team building skills. These skills will assist Tulloch in achieving her career goals including becoming a CEO of a laboratory research company.

“College is about more than just the classes. At Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, students are encouraged to get involved in activities and organizations beyond the classroom that take their education to the next level,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “We’re proud to help develop leaders and to help them find ways to be engaged in their communities.”

For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu/apply2017 or call 704-216-RCCC (7222). The College has additional classes beginning March 15, 2017.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Earns 2016 Digital Learning Innovation Award Funded by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Rowan-Cabarrus was selected from more than 100 initiatives in the Online Learning Consortium’s first-ever digital learning innovation competition

 

SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College has earned the 2016 Online Learning Consortium’s Digital Learning Innovation Award (DLIAward), for advancing undergraduate student success through the adoption of digital courseware. The awards program, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success Program, is a prestigious honor.

Rowan-Cabarrus was one of only three institutions and five faculty-led teams selected from among 106 submissions in this first year of the Online Learning Consortium’s Digital Learning Innovation Award competition.

Jenny Billings receiving award on stage Jenny Billings directed the Rowan-Cabarrus faculty-led team and they were awarded $10,000 for their innovative and creative program, dedicated to accelerating the adoption of digital courseware for general education or gateway courses.

“I am very proud of Jenny Billings and her team for all their hard work on the online learning initiative,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “Rowan-Cabarrus Community College strives to provide its students an excellent education both in the classroom and online.”

This is not the first award the College has received for its leadership in online learning. In 2015, Rowan-Cabarrus launched a digital app which enables students to register for classes and view schedules on the go. In both 2015 and 2016, Rowan-Cabarrus placed as one of the Top Ten Digital Community Colleges in the country by the Center for Digital Education (tenth and sixth place, respectively).

“We are always seeking ways to improve teaching and student learning experiences. We strive to improve the student experience by making course materials as accessible, convenient, cost-effective, and appealing as possible,” said Jenny Billings, chair of ACA (Study Skills), Developmental Reading & English (DRE), & English (ENG).

In 2014, Rowan-Cabarrus partnered with Cengage Learning, Inc. for a new, inclusive access e-Textbook program. Through this program, the College purchases digital textbooks directly from Cengage at a discounted price, providing digital access to each student through their Learning Management System (or LMS), paid for during the course registration process. This model and partnership provides peace of mind for both instructors and students: students are guaranteed the right materials from day one.

The Rowan-Cabarrus model has been successful and well-received. Compared to traditional textbooks, students save 25-50 percent on course materials. Additionally, both the Developmental Reading and English and English 111 courses have seen increases in retention and successful course completion. For example, between fall 2013 and fall 2015, the College’s retention rate for the highest Developmental Reading and English course increased from 77.4 percent to 95.1 percent. Since beginning the e-Text initiative, the pass rate for this class at Rowan-Cabarrus (students earning 80 percent or better) increased from 68.8 percent (fall 2014) to 76.6 percent (spring 2016).

The College’s English 111 course has seen similar success; in just one year, the pass rate (students earning “C” or better”) increased from 76 percent (fall 2014) to 82.4 percent (fall 2015). With the help of the e-Text initiative, English 111 has also noticed improvements in retention: from 84.2 percent in spring 2014 to 88.7 percent in fall 2015.

The Online Learning Consortium’s Digital Learning Innovation Award competition recognizes exemplary faculty-led teams and institutions for advancing student success through the adoption of digital courseware.

“The mission of the Online Learning Consortium’s Digital Learning Innovation Award is to discover student-centered active learning solutions that advance the world of digital learning for all students,” said Kathleen Ives, D.M., CEO and executive director of the Online Learning Consortium. “The projects awarded in the first year of competition truly support this mission and serve as valuable models that other institutions can emulate as they embark on their own digital courseware initiatives.”

The 2016 DLIAwards were presented to honorees on November 17, by former U.S. Under Secretary of Education Martha J. Kanter, Ed.D. during the OLC Accelerate conference, in Orlando.

The Online Learning Consortium’s Digital Learning Innovation Award competition recognizes exemplary faculty-led teams and institutions for advancing student success through the adoption of digital courseware. The award program is funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success Program. More information about the DLIAwards is available at http://onlinelearningconsortium.org/about/digital-learning-innovation-award/.

For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu/apply2017 or call 704-216-RCCC (7222). The College has another set of classes beginning on March 15, 2017.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Career & College Promise Graduate in Second Year at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Michael Walker took advantage of the tuition-free college classes available to high school juniors and seniors.

20160726_0632CWSALISBURY, N.C. — Michael Walker, a 2015 graduate of Cox Mill High School in Concord, also graduated with transferable college courses under his belt by taking advantage of the Career & College Promise program offered by Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.

“The program interested me because I wanted to shorten the time and money spent on my undergraduate education,” said Walker.

The Career and College Promise program is a tuition-free program for high school juniors and seniors gives them the opportunity to get a “jump start” on a two-year or four-year degree while still in high school.

The college transfer classes are weighted just like honors classes, making them a great alternative to Advanced Placement courses.

“I believe these courses not only helped with my admittance to UNC, but gave me a leg-up with the college experience as a whole,” said Walker. “Everything transferred seamlessly.”

Unlike the early college high school programs, Career & College Promise allows students to remain very involved in their current high school. They can still play sports and engage in all of the regular extracurricular activities, while taking college and high school courses simultaneously.

Walker worked with his high school guidance counselor and Rowan-Cabarrus counselors to strategically plan his courses based on the transfer equivalency at UNC.

Walker took many general education courses, essentially cutting his time at UNC to just two and a half years.

Now, Walker’s brother is a high school senior and he is helping him navigate the Career & College Promise program.

“My brother knew that he wanted to participate in the Career & College Promise program but didn’t know where to begin,” said Walker. “I told him to talk with his guidance counselor and helped him select his courses by looking up the transfer equivalency table of the university he wanted to attend.”

There are two tracks for the Career & College Promise program – one allows students to specialize in a career or technical pathway, while the other allows students to prepare for general transfer into a four-year college or university. Students can take as many classes, earning college and high school credit simultaneously, as their high school will allow. This fall, one student took four classes.

“The other perk of this opportunity is getting to experience real college classes – students ultimately feel better prepared when they head off to a four-year college or university because they’re already confident in their ability to do college work,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus.

In addition to the college transfer classes, Rowan-Cabarrus offers options for students to get a head start in careers like fire protection, criminal justice, machining, cosmetology, web technologies, welding and more.

The College has improved its offerings by providing dedicated classes and sections that fall within the high school schedule in both counties. These classes include English, sociology, and other core transfer classes that transfer seamlessly within the North Carolina university system.

Upon meeting eligibility requirements, students may enroll in a college transfer pathway or a career-technical pathway. Students also have the option to change pathways of study each semester.

The College is currently registering students for the spring 2017 semester. Classes begin on January 9. For more program information and course descriptions, please see the Rowan-Cabarrus website – www.rccc.edu – or call 704-216-RCCC (7222). High school students should also speak with their guidance counselor.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees Tours Third Early College Program

The Cabarrus Early College of Technology has made the Cabarrus Business & Technology Center (CBTC) its home.

20161031_0537CWCONCORD, N.C. — This fall, the College opened its third early college program at the Cabarrus Business & Technology Center (CBTC). The early college program, known as the Cabarrus Early College of Technology or Cabarrus Tech, is a partnership with the Cabarrus County school system.

“We are thrilled to welcome the first class of students to the new STEM early college. These students have already set themselves on a strong path forward toward earning both their high school and college education,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.

Cabarrus Tech is a STEM early college with a focus on engineering and computer science. The school was created based on the high demand for an early college education

“We had a large number of applicants every year and we weren’t able to accept all of them. We were turning away about 120 students, so we knew we needed to expand,” said Vance Fishback, the first principal at the Cabarrus-Kannapolis Early College who has taken on the role as principal of Cabarrus Tech. “We saw an opportunity to put the school on the Cabarrus Business and Technology Center campus and with the courses that are offered there, we decided to make it a STEM early college.”

While at Cabarrus Tech, students will have the ability to earn an associate in science, associate in arts or an associate in applied science. They can pursue a concentration in computer integration technology, construction management technology and electronic engineering technology.

Cabarrus Tech, the Cabarrus-Kannapolis Early College on the Rowan-Cabarrus South Campus, and the Rowan County Early College on the Rowan-Cabarrus North Campus, are a part of the Career and College Promise program which allows high school students to take community colleges classes for free.

“They can take any classes at the community college and that allow them to get a full associate’s degree while in high school,” Fishback said.

The early college programs, which provide tuition-free college courses to allow students to earn their high school diploma and an associate degree simultaneously through an onsite standalone high school, are supported at the state level through the Career and College Promise program. The Career and College Promise program also offers high school juniors and seniors in a regular high school setting the opportunity to get a “jump start” on a two-year or four-year degree while still in high school, also tuition free.

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“We have a truly great opportunity here to help more of our current high school students achieve their goals of a college education. Getting started on a college education while still in high school is the best way to do that because it is tuition-free!” said Spalding.

Rowan-Cabarrus offers options for students to get a head start in careers like fire protection, cosmetology, criminal jus

“We want our community to be aware of these programs,” said Quillen. “We want to do everything we can to ensure that high school students and their parents know about these opportunities as early as possible so that they can stay engaged earlier in high school and on track with their education – regardless of what path they might choose.”tice, machining, web technologies, welding and more. Further, many of the college transfer classes are weighted just like honors classes, making them a great alternative to Advanced Placement courses.

For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu/ccp or call 704-216-RCCC (7222). The College is currently registering Career & College Promise students for classes for the spring term. High school students should also speak with their guidance counselor.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s Cabarrus Business & Technology Center To Expand Offerings

New property on Concord Parkway provides room for additional technology programs

20161031_0471CWCONCORD, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is in the process of expanding and enhancing the offerings at its Cabarrus Business & Technology Center location on Highway 29 in Concord.

The College’s Board of Trustees had the opportunity to tour the facility and learn more about the enhancements.

Rowan-Cabarrus recently purchased the former Webster Radiator & AC shop at 723 Concord Parkway, North. This facility, directly adjacent to the Cabarrus Business & Technology Center (CBTC), gives the College both additional space, as well as frontage along the main road.

“We are so excited to be in this new location! We have the opportunity to offer programs that we’ve never been able to offer before in Cabarrus County,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus.

The additional space gives the College the ability to expand in key areas such as Light Diesel Technology and Advanced Welding Technology.

“With over 230 automotive dealers and repair shops in Cabarrus County there is an increasing demand for skilled light diesel technicians. Most employers prefer applicants to have completed postsecondary training programs in diesel repair and received industry certification,” said Dr. Michael Quillen, vice president of the College’s academic programs.

Projections of the Transportation and Warehousing industry and the Wholesale Trades industry sector clearly indicate the need for this program to train almost 1,600 workers in Cabarrus County alone by 2024. Job opportunities will be best for those who have completed postsecondary training and received industry certification.

The College, in coordination with several local partners, is applying for a grant that would fund the development of these new programs. If awarded, the grant would renovate approximately 12,000 square feet of space to support Light Diesel Technology and Advanced Welding Technology programs.

The College doesn’t currently have welding in Cabarrus County, and the ability to offer advanced welding would help support local industry. Long term projections indicate an average of 320 annual openings in the need for advanced welders in North Carolina.

“Looming retirements of baby boomers employed in top employing industries like manufacturing and construction make the need for more welders even more pressing,” said Quillen.

Additionally, the College’s motorsports management technology will also move to this new location. This more visible location provides direct and easy access to the racetrack and employers.

“It is a truly prime location for this industry with several dealerships and repair shops located right along Concord Parkway. These are good employers for our students and present a variety of internship opportunities as well.”

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College also hopes to bring automotive training to Cabarrus County, as well.

“While there are key differences between traditional automotive and light diesel, there are some overlaps and shared technologies. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to offer automotive training as well,” said Quillen.

Other programs available at the CBTC location include air conditioning, ventilating, heating and refrigeration (HVAC/R), information technology, electronics engineering technology, electrical systems technology and construction management technology.

Also at the CBTC location, the College is launching a new Saturday-only degree program. Designed for working professionals who cannot take time off during the work week, this hybrid program allows students to come on campus just once a week to take classes, while completing the other coursework online on their own time.

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For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu/apply2017 or call 704-216-RCCC (7222). The College is currently registering students for spring classes that begin on January 9, 2017.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Revamps Information Technology Program

Award-winning digital college offers new affordable options for online and in-person classes; Specializations and expertise in information technology, including National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) cybersecurity designation

 

280CONCORD, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College has recently revamped the Information Technology program by adding additional courses and technologies.

A few years ago, the College was a leader across the state in changing the way the information technology courses were offered and moved to an umbrella degree program. Now the rest of the state has taken the same umbrella degree approach.

“Since the College had already made many of these changes, Rowan-Cabarrus didn’t have to do a tremendous amount on our end. We also listen very closely to our advisory board, comprised of local industry representatives. They indicated that they wanted to see students with more virtualization experience so we added several virtualization courses as part of our networking specialization track,” said Zackary Hubbard, program chair for the College’s Information Technology program.

The College’s Information Technology (IT) program has also embraced the idea of convergence which is gaining more popularity in the field.

“Convergence, increasingly prevalent in the IT world, is the tendency that as technology changes, different technological system sometimes evolve toward performing similar tasks,” said Hubbard. “Meaning that there is a strong base of skills and knowledge required across all specializations and that those specializations are interacting more and more as technology continues to evolve.”

Rowan-Cabarrus now offers an Associate in Applied Science in Information Technology with a specialization in one of six fields:

  • Computer Programming and Development
  • Cyber Security
  • Cybercrime and Digital Forensics
  • Information Systems
  • Networking and Virtualization
  • Web Administration and Design

The Cybersecurity specialization, in particular, has received a great deal of national attention. The College recently became officially designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Two-Year Education (CAE2Y) through academic year 2019, a feat that establishes the College as one of the nation’s academic trailblazers in the area of cybersecurity.

“Our security program was heavily vetted by the National Security Administration and they were particularly impressed with our work to secure articulation agreements with four-year institutions such as Champlain College and Pfeiffer University,” said Hubbard.

Jointly sponsored by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the CAE2Y program recognizes colleges and universities that have made significant contributions in meeting the national demand for cyber defense education, developing a number of professionals with cyber defense expertise and ultimately contributing to the protection of the national information infrastructure.

Currently, there are only a small number of educational institutions nationwide with this specific designation, and Rowan-Cabarrus is one of only two community colleges in the state of North Carolina. Upon completion of the program, participants will be prepared for lucrative careers in both local and national industries such as law enforcement and banking.

The College places a strong emphasis on technology, a broad, in-demand and well-paying field that is used across a variety of industries, as it sees the field as a great option for someone entering the workforce or considering a new career.

The technology programs at Rowan-Cabarrus provide students with a sound understanding of the science, technology and applications essential for successful employment in their respective fields by incorporating the competencies of industry-recognized standards. Graduates of these programs should qualify for employment in entry-level positions with businesses, educational systems and governmental agencies.

In addition to Information Technology, these programs are available at the Cabarrus Business & Technology Center, including air conditioning, ventilating, heating and refrigeration (HVAC/R), electronics engineering technology, electrical systems technology and construction management technology.

For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu/apply2017 or call 704-216-RCCC (7222). On November 8, the College will begin registering students for spring classes that begin on January 9, 2017.

 

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