Rowan-Cabarrus Community College News

Nation Shines the Spotlight on Community Colleges in April

One student’s story showcases need for Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and the impact of the College on the community


SALISBURY, N.C. — When Teren Mitchell first came to Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, she had already tried numerous times to get her high school equivalency, commonly known as a GED. But something about the support she found at Rowan-Cabarrus made this time just a bit different.

Mitchell is one of the millions of community college students across the U.S. celebrating Community College Awareness Month. During the month of April, the American Association of Community Colleges, along with community colleges across the nation have generated awareness about the mission, impact, goals and history of community colleges.

“Community colleges are essential partners in developing our current and future workforce here in North Carolina,” says Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. “The dedicated faculty and staff of Rowan-Cabarrus work tirelessly to provide quality training to ensure student success.”

Community colleges, especially those here in North Carolina, have a long history of serving the needs of the community and region. This mission helps fulfill what Dallas Herring, founder of the North Carolina community college system, proposed: “to carry people as far as they could go.”

“Each time I failed the test, I felt my chances of succeeding shrinking,” said Mitchell, now an accounting student at Rowan-Cabarrus.

When she first took the placement test she was placed in the lowest possible level. She worked hard and studied every day and by the end of one year she was in her final level of studies.

After enrolling at Rowan-Cabarrus, Teren had many supporters in the program. “The instructors supported and encouraged me tremendously. When I struggled with a particular subject, they would always tutor me and help me understand,” said Mitchell.

Mitchell received her high school equivalency from Rowan-Cabarrus in 2013, and immediately enrolled in college classes. Mitchell has thrived in the accounting program and will graduate with her Associate in Applied Science Degree in May.

Rowan-Cabarrus provides both instruction and resource materials to students preparing for the GED at no cost. Classes are scheduled on the North and South Campuses and at a variety of community locations for convenience and access.

“Teren’s story is an inspiring one! It was a pleasure to teach her,” said Louise Ginger Pack, developmental mathematics instructor for the College. “When I hear stories like these from my students, I am reminded why our community needs Rowan-Cabarrus and why I do what I do.”

Students work at their own pace, so the time to complete a section of the high school equivalency may take weeks or months based upon the individual’s readiness for the test.

“Rowan-Cabarrus serves a diverse population in the GED High School Equivalency program. Though it can be a challenging program, dedicated students such as Teren not only complete the program and but go do on and do exceedingly well in their college classes,” said Gary Connor, director in pre-college college studies. “We work hard to provide support and tutoring to help students meet their goals.”

In the late 1950s, the North Carolina General Assembly approved funding for a new concept in higher education: industrial education centers for the purpose of training adults in vocational and technical skills needed by emerging industries.

Since 1963, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College has served citizens, business and industry in Rowan and Cabarrus counties. The College offers a wide-variety of programs to meet the needs of a diverse student population with respect to age, life-style, academic achievement and employment background.

“Simply put, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is a way forward – for our students, our community, and our economy,” said Carl M. Short, chair of the Rowan-Cabarrus Board of Trustees.

The College offers fully accredited associate degree programs in 36 areas of study, including business, information technology, health and public services, motorsports, engineering technologies and biotechnology. Rowan-Cabarrus also offers numerous degrees entirely online, as well as accredited diploma and certificate programs focused on career and technical training, continuing education and adult basic education.

Additionally, the College provides a strong general education foundation and transferable credits for students advancing to four-year colleges and universities while helping many adults secure the additional training they need to start or change careers.

“Rowan-Cabarrus is the area’s largest workforce training resource and one of our largest employers. Most of our graduates continue to live and work in our local communities and provide essential and critical services in healthcare, public safety, manufacturing, government, business, and human services,” said Short. “Since its inception in 1963, Rowan-Cabarrus has changed the lives of many individuals in our region and is committed to building sustainable futures for our citizens through public higher education.”

For more information regarding the General Education Diploma High School Equivalency Program at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please call 704-216-3510. For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Named One of the Top Ten Digital Community Colleges

 College receives high honors for digital efforts, named among the 2014-2015 Digital Community Colleges Survey Top Ten-Ranking Winners


SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College was named as one of the 2014-2015 Top Ten Digital Community Colleges by the Center for Digital Education for its use of digital technologies to improve services for students, faculty, staff and the community at large.

“We are honored and proud to have made the prestigious list of honorees,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “Through the generous support of the Cannon Foundation, Inc., the Charles A. Cannon Charitable Trusts, and the Mariam and Robert Hayes Charitable Trust, the College was able to substantially improve the College’s information technology systems beginning in 2009.”

“We were happy to help the College rebuild its information technology infrastructure,” said William Cannon, president of The Cannon Foundation. “We are always looking to invest in initiatives that can support lasting changes and it is rewarding to see the significant difference it has made in the College’s ability to serve students.”

For instance, recently the College rolled out a new feature on the student’s registration system that allows students to plan their entire path to graduation online. This planning helps improve their ability to forecast which classes they need to take which terms and how close they are to achieving their degree, diploma, or certificate. Additionally, students’ itemized tuition bills are now easily accessible through the same platform.

“We would not be where we are today as a college without the Cannon Foundation gift bringing our information technology infrastructure up to date. I am so grateful for the support and what it has done to make education more accessible to our students,” said Carla Howell, chief officer of governance, foundation, and public relations.

Online tutoring for students is available in many subjects 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, as is the College’s IT help desk, through a partnership with Blackboard. The College also supports a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) approach to technology on campus. Rowan-Cabarrus has created a stable, secured wireless network which allows students, faculty, and staff to be able to connect to network resources using not only college-owned devices, but personal devices like smartphones, tablets or laptops. Other digital initiatives include introducing online textbooks to many of the College’s core and elective classes, online job preparation and searching resources, social media and electronic emergency notifications systems.

“We not only support enhanced websites, new online planning systems, mobile technology, campus wide wireless access, as well as many other tools, but we tie all of these items together to create a cohesive personalized and contextual experience for our students,” said Ken Ingle, chief information officer for the College. “This experience simplifies technology for our users allowing students to focus on their educational goals. We believe this is really what set us apart from others who entered.”

In addition, Rowan-Cabarrus has made great advances for students, most recently, with the launch of the Rowan-Cabarrus mobile app. The mobile app highlights key features that allow students to register for classes and view course schedules.

“Students can now view their entire course load along with detailed descriptions of each class, check their final grades on the go, access Blackboard and even get personalized notifications regarding any holds on their student account,” said Ingle.

The College is also continuing their efforts in the ever-expanding courses offered via distance education.

“A recent study indicated that distance education enrollments account for nearly all recent student growth at two-year institutions and we want to be sure we are offering courses in the methods our students want. But from the information technology side of things, we also want to make sure those offerings are supported with the right kinds of technology and customer service resources,” said Ron Kelley, director of data analytics and service assurance.

In 2014, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College set a new record of 5,700 online registrations and over 300 class sections available each semester. Over 46 percent of all curriculum classes at Rowan-Cabarrus are offered via distance education.

“Technology is being used on campuses and in lecture halls to lower costs and improve student outcomes,” said Alan Cox, senior vice president for the Center for Digital Education. “This year’s survey indicates that community colleges are making great strides in using data to improve decisions, providing professional development to assist faculty in the use of technology, and creating robust online and mobile environments for their students.”

Overall findings among the colleges from the survey include: 58 percent support student job placement through online resume-building tools, 43 percent have strategies in place for the use of mobile devices and 81 percent of colleges surveyed use cloud computing services resulting in cost savings.

“The College understands the importance of digital offerings. We will continue to listen to our students and provide the technological options they are seeking for their education,” said Kelley. “Although we have come a long way, we continue to work and enhance the services and system we provide to students.”

For more information on Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, including mobile app and distance education information, visit www.rccc.edu or call 704-216-RCCC (7222).


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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Announces Fourth Annual STEM Open House

College invites community to interactive showcase of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math programs


KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College invites people of all ages to its fourth STEM Open House at its facility on the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC).

On Thursday, April 16, from 5-7 p.m. and Friday, April 17, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m., the College will welcome the community to a fun, interactive event showcasing the College’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs.

“Almost everything we do in life has STEM applications, but not everyone realizes it,” said Dr. Carol A. Scherczinger
, dean of the College’s science, biotechnology, mathematics and information technologies. “STEM subjects are very concrete. Science deals with our natural and physical world. Technology has given us the iPads, smart phones and computers we use every single day. Engineering is all about building things. Mathematics ranges from financial decisions to gaming strategies, such as playing pool or engaging in games of logic.”

The College will have dozens of interactive exhibits for children and adults of all ages to dazzle the senses and stir curiosity for all things STEM! The community will have the opportunity to make their own rocket, perform DNA extraction in the College’s science labs, and even engage in activities involving sculpture and crime scene forensics.

“The STEM Open House is a true celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “One of my goals since coming to Rowan-Cabarrus is to increase the breadth and depth of our STEM education. I fully believe that everyone can be interested in STEM – and that it’s critical that we embrace these subjects. America used to be the leader in technology and innovation. It’s time for us to reclaim that role.”

The College wants younger children to attend with their parents. The exhibits will be extremely diverse – everything from the complexity of balancing pH in dying hair to the chemistry of extracting DNA and how to develop videogames to race cars and fire trucks.

“Holding this event at our building on the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) makes a lot of sense. Our NCRC building is the home of our biotechnology and nursing programs – two of our most STEM intensive curriculum,” said Spalding.S.T.E.M. 2014-12

Surrounding public and private schools are busing in students on Friday for the occasion. Additionally, as an incentive to attend, the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation will offer a $500 scholarship to one high school senior in each county.

“The target audience for this open house is broader than it has been for open houses of the past. In addition to driving more traditional-aged prospective students, we also want younger children (elementary- and middle-school-aged) to participate with their parents,” said Scherczinger.

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s STEM Open House will be one of the many events occurring as part of the NC Science Festival taking place from April 10-26. Given that STEM is an important focus for Rowan-Cabarrus, the College has committed to play a large role in the NC Science Festival. Activities will focus on engaging the younger generation in science. Events across the state are designed to bring science to life for students and their parents.

For more information about this event or to bring a school group, please contact Dusty Saine (704-216-7105, dusty.saine@rccc.edu). The College’s location for the STEM Open House is on the North Carolina Research Campus at 399 Biotechnology Lane, Kannapolis. For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Establishes Nursing National Honor Society Chapter

College holds first annual Associate Degree Nursing National Honor Society induction ceremony for prestigious new student organization


Nursing Honor SocietyKannapolis, N.C. — A prestigious new recognition recently became available for Rowan-Cabarrus Community College nursing students. The College was honored to be approved to establish a new chapter of the Alpha Delta Nu Nursing Honor Society designed to promote scholarship and academic excellence in the profession of nursing.

“We are thrilled to have this new chapter of Alpha Delta Nu and I wish all of the inductees the best of luck in their futures – they certainly have a great start,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.

The honor society, a relatively new organization, was established by the National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (N-OADN).

In order to promote scholarship and academic excellence in the profession of nursing, the Alpha Delta Nu Nursing Honor Society was established in the spring of 2012 for Associate Degree Nursing students by the N-OADN. The society provides recognition for excellence in academics and encourages nurses to pursue advanced degrees and continuing education courses as part of their professional development.

With strong faculty support, the society’s mission is on track. Cathy Norris, director of nursing education, was honored by the inductees with the Pioneer Award, an award given to show appreciation for making the creation of the Rowan-Cabarrus chapter possible.

“I couldn’t be more proud of these students,” said Carol Beaver, a nursing instructor at Rowan-Cabarrus who will serve as the first faculty advisor for the new Gamma Nu Chapter of the Alpha Delta Nu Nursing Honor Society of the N-OADN. “The objective of the Gamma Nu Chapter is to give intense devotion to the nurturing of future nurses through professional development, academic success, and recruitment networks in order for them to reach their full potential in nursing.”

Senior nursing students who maintain a B average in all nursing courses, have not failed any nursing classes, and who complete a Capstone project will be eligible for induction into the new Gamma Nu Chapter of the Alpha Delta Nu Nursing Honor Society.

Recently, along with upholding academic excellence, senior nursing students were required to do a capstone project in order to be inducted into the Gamma Nu Chapter of the Alpha Delta Nu Nursing Honor Society. Nursing students at Rowan-Cabarrus chose the Cabarrus Victims Assistance Network (CVAN), a local charity in Cabarrus County.

During the holiday season, the College’s new chapter, along with help from fellow students, family and community businesses, provided stockings filled with basic necessities for these families in need. In addition to donating items to many CVAN families, they also received a teaching plan on how to use relaxation to deal with stress. Nursing students created more awareness for the cause by providing information about domestic violence to the community. Read More »

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Partners with National HR Association

College will offer test-preparation classes for the new HR professional certifications offered by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

CONCORD, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is pleased to announce its partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management, to offer courses to help HR professionals prepare for SHRM’s new competency-based certification: the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM –CP) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) credentials.

SHRM announced in May 2014 that it was developing a new certification based on the SHRM Competency Model, which identifies eight behavioral competencies and one technical competency – HR Knowledge or HR Expertise – that HR professionals need to advance their careers and improve the effectiveness in the workplace.

The first exam for the new SHRM certification will take place in May 2015.

“The Society for Human Resource Management is delighted at the opportunity to partner with Rowan-Cabarrus and to help HR professionals acquire both the competencies and knowledge essential for success in today’s global economy,” said J. Robert Carr, SPHR, SHRM senior vice president for membership, marketing and external affairs. “SHRM is committed to ensuring that the credentials our certificants receive are recognized as best-in-class and distinguishes them in the marketplace. We regard the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP as the new standard in certification for the HR profession.” Read More »

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College: It’s About More than Just Classes

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College students compete in tournaments, competitions and community service


SALISBURY, N.C. — Trevor Barber started his academic career the same way many other students do: he had a basic plan. Going to Rowan-Cabarrus was a part of his plan, and planned to transfer on. However, he didn’t know that his time at Rowan-Cabarrus would help him find his career calling while at Rowan-Cabarrus.

“I just saw a flyer one day for an intramural basketball team,” said Barber. B Ball Uniform 3

Growing up, Barber loved playing basketball, but he didn’t necessarily see how he could do that in college. Playing for the Rowan-Cabarrus intramural team inspired Barber to seriously consider a career in sports management.

“College is about more than just classes and papers and exams. There is an enormous amount of learning that occurs outside of the classroom in the extracurricular programs we offer,” said Natasha Lipscomb, director of student life and leadership development at Rowan-Cabarrus.

The College’s three-on-three intramural basketball team practiced locally and ultimately competed in a state-wide tournament.

“I loved that we didn’t compete with others locally, but with other teams across the state,” said Barber. “It was pretty fun to play in the tournament – the competition was good and evenly matched.”
Barber started out by just attending college on track to transfer. Because of one flyer, his plan and potential career path was changed. And he’s not alone. Annually, students at Rowan-Cabarrus find fulfillment and confidence by engaging in the variety of student life activities and programs.

“We believe that our ever-expanding set of extracurricular activities and communications creates a holistic student experience, developing well-rounded graduates,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “It’s all about developing leaders and helping them engage in their community.”

The College has also started a new tradition of $5 Fridays where students can participate in unique day trips that help expand the cultural exposure that students receive. A pre-holiday season trip to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville was booked at lightning speed.

Students who are engaged in clubs and leadership roles have the opportunity to travel across the country to compete in competitions and learn. Several student leaders have found themselves in locations such as New Orleans, Kansas City and Anaheim, California. Many also found themselves returning with national awards and recognition.

The College is committed to developing student leaders on campus. When Rowan-Cabarrus first started the Sigma Alpha Pi program on campus, the College was the first community college in the state to host the organization. Today, more than 20 additional community colleges in North Carolina have followed suit.

“Student life at Rowan-Cabarrus continues to flourish with record participation in clubs, activities and events,” said Gaye McConnell, vice president of enrollment and the student experience. “Students who take advantage of these experiences are poised for even greater community service and leadership when they complete their studies at Rowan-Cabarrus.”

The College still has eight-week mini-semester classes available this spring, with classes beginning on March 18. For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu or call 704-216-RCCC (7222).

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Honda Donates Engines to Give Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Students Hands on Experience with Small Engine Repair

College’s automotive department receives critical training tools



SALISBURY, N.C. — Honda has partnered with Rowan-Cabarrus Community College to improve the College’s ability to train students in the automotive technology field. Honda recently donated 27 small engines for an upcoming class on small engine repair.

The increased use of motorcycles and recreational vehicles have increased the need for certified mechanics who know how to repair small engines. As motorized equipment becomes more sophisticated, employers prefer to hire mechanics who have been formally trained in the field.

“Training these mechanics is a critical part of the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College mission and Honda just made that easier,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of the College.

Small engine mechanics used to be able to enter the occupation fresh out of high school and learn their trade through on-the-job training.

“That’s no longer the case today. Formalized training is an important prerequisite for employment in the automotive field,” said Wade Vernon, chair of the automotive technology program at the College. “The College provides an invaluable training resource to our community.”

Students having access to equipment, like engines and vehicles, for training purposes is critically needed to make them more marketable and employable.

“The training will not only give students the skills, satisfaction, and confidence they need to get the job done right, it will also give them the ability to increase their earning potential,” said Carl Smith, automotive instructor.

“We pride ourselves in working closely with industry to find ways we can better support each other,” said Jan Corriher-Smith, program manager for Rowan-Cabarrus. “This donation is an example of that kind of partnership.”

The 27 small engines represent thousands of dollars in savings to the College.

“I really want to thank Honda for their generous donation. This is a great example of public-private partnership,” said Spalding. “One of the College’s biggest challenges is keeping our programs equipped with industry-recognized, state-of-the-art equipment that is used in the workplace. This donation will help us in achieving that goal.”

A small engine repair class will be offered this summer. Every Monday and Tuesday from May 18 to July 27, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., students can learn about four stroke and two stroke engine theory of both hand held and gasoline powered small engines.

“Industry-recognized, high-tech equipment is critical to the success of our programs and our graduates,” said Spalding. “If students can’t leave here knowing how to use the equipment that an employer uses, they won’t be as successful.”

Unfortunately, the College’s funding does not include an abundance of resources for equipment investments.

“Our resources from the state have continued to decline year after year,” said Carla Howell, chief officer of foundation, governance and public relations at the College. “Like many public organizations, we are looking at other options and have developed a case for support to seek private and philanthropic donations.”

Strengthening the “fundraising muscle” of the College’s foundation is not only important for the immediate future, but also for the long term vitality of the College, and the tens of thousands of students it serves each year.

The Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation provides financial assistance to the students and programs of Rowan-Cabarrus. The Foundation furthers the mission of the College by creating giving opportunities that expand College financial resources and develop sustainable programming for long-term fiscal stability. Every gift to Rowan-Cabarrus, no matter the size, makes a difference. There is always an extraordinary need for unrestricted funds which provide the College with the flexibility to meet its highest priorities and most urgent needs.

The Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation welcomes in-kind donations, which help the College keep pace with changing technology and equipment needs and meet the demands of increased enrollment.

Gifts in kind must:

·         fulfill a stated need of one or more college departments, and

·         be approved by the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation

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

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Brady Donated Commercial Air-Conditioning Equipment to Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

College’s Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Technology program receives equipment donation


CONCORD, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College prides itself in developing work-ready graduates.

“Industry-recognized, high-tech equipment is critical to the success of our program and our graduates,” said Joe Christie, chair of the Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Technology program at Rowan-Cabarrus. “If students can’t leave here knowing how to use the equipment that an employer uses, they won’t be as successful as the job requires.”
Students having access to equipment – such as air conditioning units, furnaces, heat pumps – for training purposes is critically needed to make them more marketable and employable.
“Training these skilled technicians and entrepreneurs is a critical part of the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College mission and Brady just made that easier,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of the College.
Brady is a comprehensive energy solutions company with offices in Greensboro, Raleigh, Charlotte, Durham, Wilmington and Fayetteville.
“Brady is pleased to partner with Rowan-Cabarrus Community College by providing this piece of equipment which can be used to teach HVAC technicians. Most of the technicians we hire are graduates of community colleges in North Carolina, and we want to do our part in making sure they are trained on the best possible equipment,” said Phil Kirk, director of business and leadership development for Brady.
The air conditioning, heating and refrigeration technology curriculum provides the basic knowledge to develop skills necessary to work with residential and light commercial systems.  AHR Donation w Joe
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers is projected to grow 21 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.
The donated unit from Brady in Greensboro is part of an air-conditioning split system that is located outdoors. The unit, a TRANE Odyssey condensing unit with 15 tons of nominal cooling, retails for $7,500.
“This high job growth creates a need for intensive vocational training in air conditioning, heating and refrigeration, leading students to become skilled technicians in their field,” said Joe Christie, chair of the Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Technology program at Rowan-Cabarrus.
Over 100 certifications, diplomas and degrees have been awarded to students in the AHR field over the last year.
“Brady has a long history of public-private partnerships with our community colleges,” said Kirk. “We are pleased with the quality of graduates we receive, but know they must be trained on up-to-date equipment.”
The Rowan-Cabarrus courses include mechanical refrigeration, heating and cooling theory, electricity, controls, and safety. The diploma program covers air conditioning, furnaces, heat pumps, tools and instruments. In addition, the associate in applied science degree in Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Technology covers residential building codes, residential system sizing and advanced comfort systems.
“This will absolutely be helpful to us in the future. Once we are able to secure an air-handler to compliment this system, we’ll be able to use this wonderful piece in our commercial level classes,” said Dr. Van Madray, dean of engineering and business technology for the College. “We are grateful to have it.” Read More »

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board Calls on North Carolina General Assembly to Reinvest Funds Generated from Efficiencies

Rowan-Cabarrus board announces support for state initiatives


SALISBURY, N.C. — The Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees recently passed a resolution of support for a statewide campaign for community colleges.

The resolution calls on the North Carolina General Assembly to support initiatives that would bridge the “interest” gap between the jobs that exist and the interest of students in exploring those fields. The resolution also calls for an infusion of funding to support high-tech equipment and community college instructors and staff.

“We believe these steps are critical for North Carolina’s economic success. We are putting taxpayers back to work in better careers. We are closing the gap for employers, creating opportunities for job creation and retention,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “We are a great value, saving money for North Carolina families.”

The campaign would allow the North Carolina Community College System to retain $59 million now returned to the state as a part of management flexibility cuts and invest those funds in instructor and staff salaries. It would also appropriate $7 million to place community college-employed career coaches in high schools and allot $15 million to provide equipment and support that will bridge the technology gap.

“Both the Governor and the General Assembly have encouraged agencies to look for efficiencies,” said Spalding.

“Community colleges have made great strides forward. The funds we are asking to reinvest in other priorities come from savings we have generated.”

Employers have long talked about a skills gap between the skills they need and the skills that job-seekers have. Another recent identified gap is in interest – an interest gap.

“People get nervous when they hear about jobs in manufacturing. But manufacturing isn’t dead – it’s different. It’s high-tech and clean,” continued Spalding. “We need our parents and young people to know that this is a viable and promising career field.”

Reinvesting in our colleges will enable support for the strategic priorities that we all agree are critical for North Carolina’s economic success: closing the salary gap, closing the interest gap, closing the technology gap, funding for UGETC and providing in-state tuition for veterans.

Closing the Salary Gap – $59 million now returned to the State as a part of management flexibility cuts would be invested in instructor and staff salaries.

“Community college faculty and staff continue to be paid significantly less than national and regional averages. North Carolina’s average faculty salary ranks 11th in the 16-state Southeast Regional Education Board area and 41st nationally. We ask the General Assembly to provide the funds to support all educators in North Carolina with a salary that reflects the value they bring to our students and our community,” said Spalding.

North Carolina Community College instructor and staff salaries rank among the lowest nationally and in the Southeast despite being highly-trained, experienced, and dedicated employees who are the key to student success. Rowan-Cabarrus instructors and staff help citizens obtain higher-paying jobs, help employers by providing a skilled workforce, help families by providing high-quality, cost-effective education.

“In any other industry, paying people what they’re worth in terms of education and experience is a no-brainer. For some reason, educators are consistently underpaid, even though they contribute much to the country’s long-term economic prosperity,” said Carl M. Short, chair of the College’s Board of Trustees.

Closing the Interest Gap – $7 million appropriated in recurring funds over two years would establish a fund to match business, philanthropic and local funding to place community college-employed career coaches in high schools.

Employers have expressed the need to develop a pipeline of talented workers to meet current and future workforce demands, but there is an “interest gap” in technical careers among young people.

Closing the Technology Gap – $10 million allotted in non-recurring funds for equipment to provide a significant infusion of funds to support equipment for programs leading to well-paying jobs and $5 million allotted for recurring funds to provide support to pilot up to nine colleges to move to a hosted “cloud” environment as required by State ITS, which is expected to be more technically efficient and allow colleges to begin to move to a new platform.

In order to prepare North Carolina’s workforce, the College must have up-to-date equipment and technology. While North Carolina Community Colleges operate one of the largest higher education IT systems in the U.S., colleges must move to a new operating platform before the current platform reaches end-of-life.

While the portion of these funds that the College would receive cannot yet be determined, Rowan-Cabarrus usually receives about four percent of the state community college budget. Read More »

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Announces Spring 2014 & Summer 2014 Honor Rolls

SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College announces those students who earned President’s and Dean’s List recognition during the spring 2014 and summer 2014 semesters.

To qualify for the President’s List, a student must attend full-time, carry a minimum of 12 credit hours, and achieve a grade-point-average of 4.0 for the semester.

Rowan-Cabarrus President’s List – Spring 2014

Charlotte: Cheryl Adams, Amber Blackwelder, Delanie Brown, Kerah Crutchfield, Valeri Kyle, Teresa Lowenstein, Shakia Simpson; China Grove: Eric Cagle, Lisa Cornejo, Ruben Guadalupe, Erica Lettice, Kristina Miller, Frankie Musselwhite, Natalie Nagy, Marie Plummer, Joshua Putman, Miranda Randall, Andrea Smith, James Srackangast, Matthew Stubbs, Wendy Suggs, Jessica Wise; Cleveland: Samantha Majors, Jeremy Pryor; Concord: Lucas Barnhardt, Gage Blankenship, Melissa Boger, Justin Bowman, Briceno Bowrey, Sarah Brooks, Autumn Brown, Hank Burris, James Burris, Heather Campbell, Terilou Capps, Randall Chapman, Kyle Charron, Christine Cline, Stephanie Colgin, Brian Crawford, Francisco Cuadra, Kristin Curtis, Melissa Dale, Victoria Davis, Anne DiGregorio, Lyn Eckert ,Alexander Edwards, Laura Elliott, Jachin Flancher, Derek Foor, Alice Fratoni, Michael Furr, Sarah Furr, Kathryn Gilbert, Kristina Golde, Mandy Haigler, Kyle Harman, Geoffrey Heacock, Jennifer Heffner, Michael Heinrich, Laura Hinson, Lisa Hinson, Brian Hintz, Gabrielle Hollopeter, Angela Hoyle, Angela Hoyle, Erin Hutchinson, Jesudamilare Ibitoye, Jennifer James, Tamara Johnson, Keiko Koch, Ryan Kovacic, Felicia Kraus, Dustin Lambert, Fong Lee, Samantha Lehr, Robert Lewis, John Luft, Juan Maldonado, Rachel McMillen, Jonathan Meiswinkel, Barbara Moreno-Hauss, Paula Anri Nakama, James Nelson, Courtney Nelson, Brenna Nicastro, Ashley Olivo, Tosha Outlaw, Johnatan Oviedo, Randall Peterman, Ronald Posey, Susan Ray, Juanica Robinson, Frank Rosario, Angela Ruiz, Allison Russell, Emily Schroyer, Amber Shue, Franklin Sledge, Chinqui May Sta Ana, Lydia Stanton, Caitlin Sunday, Patrick Thacker, Joann Toughill, Franciscus Vlijmincx, Jason Wentz, Parker Widenhouse, Nicole Wilcox, Ashley Wilson, Shantica,Wingo, Jordan Winter, Dustin Wyatt, Chingtsing Yang, David Zimmerle; Davidson: Tonya Rattler, Jamie Smith, Alexis Woodward ; East Spencer: Janine Rhodes; Faith: Michelle Deese, Betty Duncan; Fletcher: Lindsay Donaldson; Gold Hill: Michael Lambe, Amy Morgan; Granite Quarry: Meliya Harris, Matthew Hoehman; Groton: Krishna Rittenhouse; Harrisburg: Megan Bonds, Briana Brackett, Mary Burden, Nathaniel Craddock, Marshel Herring, Christopher Lopez, Megan Scheuerman, Jordan Tate, Kristen Tsistinas; High Point: Cedra Russell; Huntersville: Allison Cleaver, Sean Irvan, Lindsey Motta; Indian Trail: Elizabeth Tucker; Kannapolis: Kayon Adams, Brittaney Adrien, Ashton Bare, Harold Bentley,Melissa Blankenship, Mindy Bost, Ronnie Carroll, Kelly Caskey, Michelle Clark, Kimberly Clark, Jeannie Cline, John Cole Jr, Ana Contreras, Mark Drummond, Yamile Fernandez, Miranda Freeman, Christopher Greening, Julia Hartman, Michael Hill, Cody Hilton, Leonard Kerr, Loriann King, Domonique Lee, Rodney Lowder, Jessica Ortiz, Tim Ross, Kimberly Sides, Polyester Simiton, Gerald Smith, Jennifer South, Amanda Taylor, Debbie Walls, Robin Winston, Kayla Yarborough; Landis: Shelly Clarke ,Sarah Cook , Karessa McLaughlin , Lauren Rackley; Linwood: Adam Stall; Midland: Melissa Little, Erikc Perez, Catherine Waite; Mocksville: Daniel Burns , Jennifer Davis , Letitia Dennis-Boger, Jennifer Hilton; Mooresville: Tiffanie Atkinson ,Judith Baxter ,Matthew Ford ,April Kennedy, Stephen Lynch , Belinda Pettit , Roger Rust , Sierra Traylor; Mount Pleasant: Magan Eury, Thea Flynn, Luke Gibson; Mount Ulla: Kathryn Merrill , Mary Overcash; Pineville: Jose Cebey; Richfield: William Cordts , Regina Vestal; Rockwell: Christy Lynch, Julie Samples, Angel Satterfield, Jubal Strube, Jenna-Diane Thomason, Mallory Vanderhoef; Salisbury: Juana Amezquita ,Kara Baker, Linda Balmer, Alexander Barnhardt, Timothy Barringer, Susan Boucher Patrick, Linda Britt, Christian Brown , Crystal Brown, Bethany Bruce, Morgan Brunson, Ryan Butler, Jarrett Caskey, Jonathan Childers, Amanda Crabtree, Hank Craig, Tabatha Dennis, Grace Dimmett, Amanda Earnhardt, Andrew Evans, Michelle Frick, Joseph Furtado, Gabriela Gareis, Bianca Gillispie, Antonio Gonsalves, Andrew Goodman, Parker Goodman, Blair Green, Summer Grubbs, Nancy Ha, Mary Hall, Marsha Harris, Martha Hayostek, Melissa Henley, Kelly Hill, Misty Honeycutt, Ashley Inge, Ivan Jimenez ,Gordana Jusic, Brittiny Kirkpatrick, Jennifer Koerner, Jason Lambo, Cindy Le, Carrie Loman, Angela Lore, Jonathan Luckadoo, Austin Lyle, Eloise Mahn, Janice McManus, Celedonio Mendoza, Caroline Merrick, Jamison Middlemiss, Kelly Miller, Brandon Moore, Edward Moore, Karen Morriss, Carolyn Munson, Kyra Murray, Tracy Nelson, Kristy Norris, Colton Paxton, Adianis Perez, James Plyler, Ethan Presnell, David Pryor, Courtney Puckett, Kimberly Reavis, Tenika Reddick, Jessica Redmon, Taylor Reynolds, Jennifer Rivera, William Scott, Michael Smith, Miranda Smith, Margaret Sobaszek, Miranda Stephens, Elizabeth Swicegood, Jonathan Taylor, Sara Thomas, D’Angelo Turner ,Lauren Undercoffler ,Brian Vanderburg ,Ricky Vang, Isabel Vasquez, Josephine Vermillion, Lidia Villatoro, Meredith Walker, Kizzy Watson, Mary Wedderburn , Dominique West , Barbie West, John White, Bree Wiginton, Daioosha Williams, Timothy Wilson; Spencer: Tonya Meade; Statesville: Cristina Nino; Woodleaf: Caleb Frost, Alicia Ketchie.

 Rowan-Cabarrus President’s List – Summer 2014

China Grove: Derrick Moore, James Srackangast; Concord: Angela Dixon, Charity Grindstaff, Jacob Mazza, Kevin McKeithan , Natisha Scott Sowell; East Spencer: Janine Rhodes; Gold Hill: Roy Morgan; Kannapolis: Harold Bentley, Robert Brown, Amanda Erickson, James Goodman; Salisbury: Kelly Leach, Tracy Nelson, Brandon Nelson, Brian Vanderburg; Troy: Amy Blalock.

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