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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  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.

 

Posted in Science, Biotechnology, Mathematics and Information Technologies, Uncategorized |

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Hosting Academic & Career Exploration Day

Interactive event will give the community the opportunity to learn more about programs offered at the College and provide assistance to get started for the next semester

SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College invites prospective students to experience the College in a new, all-inclusive way at ACE (Academic and Career Exploration) Day.

On Thursday, November 3, from 5-8 p.m., the College will welcome community members to a one-stop-shop event at their North Campus in Salisbury. Prospective students will be able to complete the steps to get started for the next semester, everything from application to enrollment. They will also have the opportunity to speak with representatives from several programs and tour the campus.

“The College is very excited to host ACE Day for potential students,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “This is a great opportunity to experience the College first-hand and interact with our faculty, staff and students.”

While the College hosts campus tours and registration events throughout the year, this the first event where all of the information and services will be brought together for one occasion to offer the ultimate experience for those interested in getting started at the College.

“Whether you are looking to transfer to a four-year college or university, wanting to get started in a career program, needing information on how you can juggle an education while working, or simply want to see what the College is about, ACE Day is for you,” said Dr. Michael Quillen, vice president of academic programs at Rowan-Cabarrus. “It will also be extremely helpful for anyone planning to start courses at the College in 2017.”

The College views ACE Day as one of the greatest opportunities to learn about the institution, and receive the individual attention one needs to get started at the College.

“This is perfect chance to get acquainted with Rowan-Cabarrus Community College while having the opportunity to solidify your educational plans,” said Angelo Markantonakis, associate vice president of academic programs at the College. “Attendees will be able to tour campus labs and facilities, speak with program faculty, complete the admission and FAFSA applications, review eligibility for placement test waivers, discuss career and educational planning and much more.”

For additional details and information about ACE Day, please visit www.rccc.edu/aceday.

For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu/apply2017 or call 704-216-RCCC (7222). The College is currently accepting applications for classes beginning in January 2017.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Hosting Academic & Career Exploration Day

Interactive event will give the community the opportunity to learn more about programs offered at the College and provide assistance to get started for the next semester

SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College invites prospective students to experience the College in a new, all-inclusive way at ACE (Academic and Career Exploration) Day.

On Thursday, November 3, from 5-8 p.m., the College will welcome community members to a one-stop-shop event at their North Campus in Salisbury. Prospective students will be able to complete the steps to get started for the next semester, everything from application to enrollment. They will also have the opportunity to speak with representatives from several programs and tour the campus.

“The College is very excited to host ACE Day for potential students,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “This is a great opportunity to experience the College first-hand and interact with our faculty, staff and students.”

While the College hosts campus tours and registration events throughout the year, this the first event where all of the information and services will be brought together for one occasion to offer the ultimate experience for those interested in getting started at the College.

“Whether you are looking to transfer to a four-year college or university, wanting to get started in a career program, needing information on how you can juggle an education while working, or simply want to see what the College is about, ACE Day is for you,” said Dr. Michael Quillen, vice president of academic programs at Rowan-Cabarrus. “It will also be extremely helpful for anyone planning to start courses at the College in 2017.”

The College views ACE Day as one of the greatest opportunities to learn about the institution, and receive the individual attention one needs to get started at the College.

“This is perfect chance to get acquainted with Rowan-Cabarrus Community College while having the opportunity to solidify your educational plans,” said Angelo Markantonakis, associate vice president of academic programs at the College. “Attendees will be able to tour campus labs and facilities, speak with program faculty, complete the admission and FAFSA applications, review eligibility for placement test waivers, discuss career and educational planning and much more.”

For additional details and information about ACE Day, please visit www.rccc.edu/aceday.

For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu/apply2017 or call 704-216-RCCC (7222). The College is currently accepting applications for classes beginning in January 2017.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Announces Excellence in Teaching Award Winners

Eric Savage, full-time mathematics instructor, and Natela Yevloyeva, part-time social sciences instructor, received this year’s Outstanding Excellence in Teaching Awards

 

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SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College announced its 2015-2016 Excellence in Teaching award recipients at the College’s September board meeting.

The Excellence in Teaching award recognizes superior faculty who go above and beyond the expected levels of delivering instruction and improving educational excellence as demonstrated by student outcomes.

“Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is committed to excellence for our teachers and our students,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of the College.

Eric Savage, full-time mathematics instructor, has received the College’s 2016 Outstanding Excellence in Teaching Award. Savage received a Master of Science in mathematics with a minor in statistics from University of Tennessee – Knoxville and a Bachelor of Science in mathematics with a minor in history.

Savage loves teaching, especially mathematics, because he knows that he is helping people in their personal lives, whether they realize it or not.

“Mathematics is everywhere – in complex engineering models, statistical surveys and polls, and in computing the interest on a mortgage,” said Savage. “Regardless of the students’ major or career path, they will have to take a math class because wherever they go, they will need to know some level of math.”

As a mathematics instructor, Savage knows that he is inspiring and helping others to learn skills that will enhance their future careers and perhaps their personal lives.

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Natela Yevloyeva, the College’s part-time recipient, received a Master of Psychology from Moscow University in Russia and a bachelor’s degree in teaching in elementary education from a pedagogical college in Vladikavkaz, Russia. Born in Georgia (the country), Yevloyeva found a passion for psychology and dedicated many years to both teaching and practicing in the Ukraine. She came to the United States and began working for Rowan-Cabarrus in 2007. During her tenure, she has valued the students, faculty and staff at Rowan-Cabarrus for their support and help in adapting to a new country and culture. Yevloyeva also holds an associate degree in nursing.

“We are very proud of Instructors Eric Savage and Natela Yevloyeva for the commitment they have made to our community and our students,” said Spalding.

Students initiate the nomination process for this award annually by recommending their top instructors. Students then help narrow that pool of candidates by voting for their favorites who best represent the College’s instructor of the year. Final nominees are then required to submit an extensive portfolio, letters of recommendation and submit to an unannounced, filmed observation.

“Rowan-Cabarrus Community College has a long and proud tradition of hiring highly qualified and dedicated faculty in all of its academic programs,” said Dr. Michael Quillen, vice president of academic programs. “The faculty members selected for this year’s Excellence in Teaching Awards certainly are representative of this tradition. These faculty members, and many others, do a wonderful job of providing high-quality instruction to the students at Rowan-Cabarrus.”

For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu or call 704-216-RCCC (7222). The College is currently accepting applications for classes beginning in October and January.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Trustees Meet with Local Law Enforcement And Public Safety Leaders

The groups came together to hear an update on the College’s Annual Campus Safety and Security Report

 

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SALISBURY, N.C. — The Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees were joined by local enforcement and public safety leaders at their September Strategic Conversation.

Attendees included Rowan County Sheriff Kevin L. Auten, Captain for the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office John C. Sifford, Chief of Police for the City of Kannapolis J.W. “Woody” Chavis, Deputy Chief for the City of Concord Police Department Betty Stocks, Chief of Police for the City of Salisbury Jerome “Jerry” Stokes and Captain of Special Operations for the City of Salisbury Police Department Melonie Thompson.

“The Board welcomed the opportunity to meet with these community leaders to discuss our long standing relationship. We appreciated their willingness to join us as it is vital that we communicate and collaborate in order to nurture and grow the College’s ongoing safety and security,” said Carl M. Short, chair of the College’s Board of Trustees.

The strategic conversation primarily centered on discussing the College’s annual safety and security report and the relationship and support extended among public safety, law enforcement and the College, including the many improvements that these areas have focused on over the last few years.

“We are proud that the College has a long history of working with our local law enforcement and public safety professionals. In fact, we provide almost all of the necessary training and education to these individuals as they enter the field and continue their professional certifications,” said Short. “In support of these individuals who are instrumental to the safety and security of our college and region, we remain committed to them, as they are our neighbors, friends and family members.”

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In 2010, the College conducted a comprehensive campus safety and security study and recognized the importance of leadership in the area and brought on Tim Bost as the director of public safety & security. Bost, a veteran with more than 30 years of experience in the field of public safety, came with a bevy of ideas for improvements and implementations.

“The College has seriously and strategically advanced our capabilities with respect to safety and security,” said Jonathan Chamberlain, chief officer of facilities services at Rowan-Cabarrus. “Conversations like these help to progress our mission of safeguarding and serving our campus community.”

College leadership ultimately decided to bring the institution’s emergency management in line with local, state and national procedures with the utilization of the National Incident Management System (NIMS). This system has helped align all emergency response partners so that in the event of a crisis, there is a structure and plan in place to work together.

The College also created a campus committee to develop an emergency operations response plan. The plan was recently completed, and includes handbooks for faculty and staff as well as students and visitors. The student and visitor handbook can be found at www.rccc.edu/safetyhandbook.

Earlier this year, the College adopted a plan providing each campus location with an Emergency Operations Administrator (EOA) and a Campus Operations Administrator (COA). COAs serve their campus by providing coordination of non-emergency services. EOAs provide management of campus emergencies until public safety officials arrive, establish incident command over any emergencies, verify a 9-1-1 response, meet and brief arriving public safety agencies, monitor and manage the continuing incident until fully resolved, supervise Building Safety Coordinators and more. Communication between these groups is made easier by the implementation of a campus-wide radio system.

“We have had a long history of collaboration with the College, from training to having a consistent presence of local sheriffs on campus,” said Sheriff Auten. “We look forward to continuing this partnership.”

For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu or call 704-216-RCCC (7222). The College is accepting applications for classes beginning October 17, 2016 and January 9, 2017.

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College Hosts Information Sessions for In-Demand Careers & Jobs

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and NC Works host a series of short information sessions for automotive systems, heating and air, law enforcement, medical office

 

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SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is hosting a series of short information sessions on careers fields such as automotive systems, heating and air, law enforcement, cosmetology, medical office.

“If you’re out of work or considering looking for something new, you may want to take some time to research potential job opportunities. I would strongly encourage those looking to come out to a quick information session. You can learn about the career and job opportunities in a variety of fields and determine what might be a good fit for you,” said Beth Bowman, coordinator of this initiative.

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from industry experts and ask questions about the training and job prospects.

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“Many of these fields have a high demand for employees and we are eager to help connect those looking with these opportunities,” continued Bowman.

Thirty-minute sessions are offered every Wednesday morning at the NC Works office located at 1904 South Main St., Salisbury, N.C. Upcoming sessions include:

  • October 5
    • 10 a.m. – Basic Law Enforcement
    • 10:45 a.m. – Heating Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  •  October 12
    • 10 a.m. – Medical Office and Office Administration
    • 10:45 a.m. – Business Administration and Motorsports Management
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    • 10 a.m. – Radiography
    • 10:45 a.m. – Biotechnology
  • October 26
    • 10 a.m. – Early Childhood and School Age Education
    • 10:45 a.m. – Automotive Systems Technology
  • November 2
    • 10 a.m. – Information Technology
    • 10:45 a.m. – Cosmetology
  • November 9
    • 10 a.m. – Occupational Therapy

“We are bringing education to the students right where they are in their lives,’” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding. “While it’s not possible for every program, our overarching goal is to be available and accessible to students. That’s why our students can now earn several degrees entirely online. It’s why the high school equivalency classes are offered morning, afternoon, evening, online and at multiple locations across the College’s service area.”

Seating for these sessions is limited, so please call 704-216-7192 to reserve a spot.

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