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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College News

Lynn Marsh Sworn in as Trustee on Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board

Longtime educator brings wealth of experience to Rowan-Cabarrus Board of Trustees

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — The Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees proudly welcomes Dr. Lynn Marsh to the College’s board. Marsh was recently appointed by the Rowan County Commission to serve on the board through 2018.

“I am so pleased to get to work more closely with Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. I believe in the good work that they’re doing, and I’m excited to develop a stronger relationship with the College and its mission in the community through this appointment,” said Dr. Lynn Marsh
, who currently serves as principal of W.R. Odell Elementary School in Cabarrus County.

Born in Atlanta, Ga., Marsh has been a resident of Rowan County for most of her life. Before entering the educational arena, she was a part of the business world working in banking and customer service at Food Town, now Food Lion. Being personally familiar with working, raising a family and going to school all at the same time, Marsh will relate to many of the College’s students.lynn marsh

“I feel that Rowan-Cabarrus is vital to Rowan and Cabarrus counties in the advancement of our workforce and the enrichment of our communities,” said Marsh. “I have worked in education for over 25 years in both Rowan and Cabarrus counties. I’m very in tune with community college career training programs and am eager to become more involved.”

Marsh has been actively involved in the community, serving on several community boards including the Juvenile Crime Prevention Board, Rowan Families in Action, and the ARC. She created and maintains two “Kids Smiley Zone” Reading Centers at Novant Health Rowan and the Terrie Hess House Child Advocacy Center. She is passionate about helping all children have a fair chance to be successful in life.

Marsh graduated from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte with a B.A. in Elementary and Special Education in 1988. She also holds master degrees in Learning Disabilities and School Administration from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, obtained in 1996 and 1998, respectively. She received her Ph.D. in Business Administration in 2008 from Warren National University. Read More »

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College to Give Free GED Practice Tests for Limited Time

See for Free program helps students pass the GED test

SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is giving away free GED practice tests to all students who register between September 22 and October 3.

Students who take GED Ready can see for free if they’re ready to pass the GED test, the skills they need to work on to pass the test, and received a personalized study plan detailing pages and chapters to study in their favorite study books.

“The GED Ready test is supposed to be the same difficulty as the actual GED test, but just half as long with half as many questions,” said Gary Connor, director of the College’s Pre-College Studies Department

The free practice tests will be available at both the College’s North Campus in Salisbury and the College’s South Campus in Concord. Tests can be arranged for the following days:

* Wednesday, Sept. 24, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.;

* Friday, Sept. 26, from 1 to 4 p.m.;

* Saturday, Sept. 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.;

* Wednesday, Oct. 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and,

* Friday, Oct. 3, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Students can also learn about classes and other resources to help them prepare for the GED test. To learn more or to book their appointment to take their free GED Ready practice test, please call 704-216-3510.

Additionally, as part of the College’s efforts to keep costs as low as possible, Rowan-Cabarrus has been offering students who enroll in the GED program the option to apply for funding that would cover the cost of the test fees.

“I don’t want students to abandon their GED efforts because of a cost factor,” said Connor.

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.

“Our goal is to bring education to the students. It’s our ‘meet them where they are philosophy,’” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “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 14 degrees completely online. It’s why the GED classes are offered morning, afternoon, evening, online and at multiple locations across the college’s service area.”

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

“The GED test opens the door to college and better jobs. It gives the graduate the respect they deserve, and the satisfaction of earning a high school credential with the hope that they will continue with their education,” said Connor.

“We are committed to helping the people of Rowan and Cabarrus counties gain the skills they need to become employable,” said Spalding. “In addition to free GED classes, we also offer free classes that prepare them to take the WorkKeys assessment to earn the nationally recognized Career Readiness Certificate (CRC). Armed with these two credentials, an individual’s chances for employment are greatly improved.”

For more information about the GED program at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please call 704-216-3510.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Deeply Saddened by Death of Early College Student

Merriman set to graduate with her associate degree from the College in May

SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College faculty, staff and students are deeply saddened by the death of Rowan-Cabarrus student Jennifer Merriman, who tragically lost her life on Saturday.

Merriman, student in the Rowan County Early College program, was on track to graduate with her Associate in Arts degree from Rowan-Cabarrus in May.

“This is an unbelievable loss,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of the College. “We share in the heartbreak and grieve for the promising young life that has been taken from us.”

Merriman’s death is a shock to the Rowan-Cabarrus community and she will be missed by her college instructors and her classmates.

“I could not be more saddened for the tragic events that occurred this weekend and the toll they have taken on our community,” continued Spalding.

College leadership has been working closely with Superintendent Dr. Lynn Moody and the Rowan Salisbury School System during this difficult time. The College, in conjunction with Rowan Salisbury School System, will coordinate with faculty, staff and students to provide grief counseling and assistance as needed.

“On behalf of the Rowan-Cabarrus Board of Trustees, our students, faculty, and staff, we honor the life and memory of Jennifer. Our thoughts are with Jennifer’s family and all those who loved and cherished her,” said Carl M. Short, chair of the College’s Board of Trustees.

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

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Rowan-Cabarrus to Offer New Graphic Design Certificate and DegreeProgram

Courses designed to serve both individuals (novice or seasoned) and local employers

CONCORD, N.C. — Due to the rapid growth of graphic design, there are tremendous opportunities in corporate design departments, advertising agencies, design firms, newspapers, and magazines. These industries are looking for talented, skilled designers who can develop advertising ideas and produce graphic solutions that will sell a client’s products or services.

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is excited to introduce a new in-depth, two-year professional preparation program that leads to an Associate in Applied Science degree in Advertising and Graphic Design. Offered at the Rowan-Cabarrus South Campus, this program will serve several populations of students with different career goals.

For instance, graduates of the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Advertising and Graphic Design will be prepared to immediately enter the freelance job market.

“Students will learn to design advertising and corporate communications of all types – newspaper and magazine ads, brochures, booklets, company logos and letterheads, product packaging, posters, outdoor billboards, and much more,” said Jenn Selby, program chair of the Department of Fine and Applied Arts at Rowan-Cabarrus. “This thorough course of study and practice covers a wide range of skills including illustration, design principles, computer design, typography, drawing, photography, and more. Students will also have the opportunity to take work-based learning (internship) courses as part of the degree program.”

Students can also use this program to compliment the College’s Associate in Fine Arts (AFA) degree program that began in 2009. The Rowan-Cabarrus AFA program is designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year fine arts program. The AFA program is also suitable for students who want to focus on their personal creative development, expand their portfolios or work in related creative industries.

The College is working on articulation agreements with several four-year colleges that would allow students interested in transferring to a four-year college to achieve a bachelor’s in fine arts specializing in graphic design to do so with the College’s new A.A.S. in Advertising and Graphic Design.

“When you complete the program you’ll have a professional-quality portfolio filled with your best work. It will demonstrate to potential employers your design skills, your understanding of the advertising and graphic design marketplace, and your ability to work successfully in it,” said Selby.

Additionally, the degree program – or the shorter 12-credit certificate program – is perfect for a small business owner interested in creating their graphic design work in-house or improving the designs they currently do on their own.

“Small businesses often don’t have the resources to hire a full-time graphic designer to produce their marketing materials. The certificate option gives them the opportunity to help train one of their current employees to produce professional-looking external publications,” continued Selby.

The coursework could also apply to a seasoned professional looking to take their media publication skills to the next level with the latest industry standards.

“We are proud that our fine and applied arts offerings have grown so much and Rowan-Cabarrus can be an important part of the robust creative community in our area,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus.

To prepare for this new program, the College has pulled together an impressive group of advisory committee members to shape the curriculum and the direction of the industry-driven program. Advisory committee includes members such as Chris Cassidy, Associate Professor of Design at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro; David Brodeur, Associate Professor of Art & Graphic Design Area Coordinator at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte; Jerod Jacobs, owner of SixFootKitten; Mandi Boedicker, owner and graphic designer for DryInk Designs; and Phil Hardin, retired Executive Director of Technology for Rowan-Salisbury School System.

The North Carolina Community College System has approved the College offering this program and its program of study. Spring 2015 is the projected start of the program, but if accreditation approval comes in early, the College could possibly offer a condensed eight-week class this fall. Demand for the program is high with a group of eager students awaiting classes to begin.

The College is also offering new music and drama specializations within the AFA program. Everything from chorus classes to the History of Rock Music to Stage Movement I will be available. Additionally the program has developed an Introduction to Jazz class.

“When the Associate in Fine Arts degree first started, the primary focus was on the visual arts, but the College is working toward expanding the degree program to better include the performing arts,” said Selby. “Introducing the Advertising and Graphic Design program really

allows the College to prepare students not just in the visual arts started in 2009, but now in the applied arts. It’s really strengthening both our applied science programs and our fine arts program. By offering the two programs alongside each other the College is presenting a hybrid model to higher education in the arts – by emphasizing collaboration and interdisciplinary cooperation the department of fine and applied arts seeks to be a regional leader in preparing graduates to enter the creative industries.”

The program will use cutting-edge design technology such as Adobe’s Creative Cloud. With Adobe Photoshop students will learn how to digitally correct and enhance photos, make precise selections, and effectively use layers in this detailed photo editing program. Students will also learn how to build impressive page layouts in Adobe InDesign by setting up master pages and frames, and by importing and manipulating text and graphics. In Adobe Illustrator, students will work with various graphic objects by creating and arranging shapes, drawing with the pen tool, using brushes and type as art, and more.

Anyone with an interest in the fine and applied arts should inquire. Previous experience is not a requirement. Questions should be directed to Program Chair Jenn Selby (jenn.selby@rccc.edu or 704-216-3820).

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

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Unveils Newly Upgraded Advanced Machining Program

450Possible because of $491,000 grant from Golden LEAF Foundation for equipment; local companies to hire 160 skilled workers in the next few years

SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College has made significant updates to its Computer-Integrated Machining Technology program over the last year. These upgrades are largely due to the $491,000 grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation to train individuals in advanced machining.

“The investment from the Golden LEAF Mid-Skills Workforce Training Initiative will have a long-term impact on students’ educational and workplace success in the advanced machining field,” said Dr. Rod Townley, vice president of academic programs. “You can’t just talk about these skills – students need to actually perform them in a simulated environment.”

As part of the update on the grant, trustees, as well as members of the Rowan and Cabarrus County Chambers of Commerce and Economic Development Commissions, toured the College’s facilities to see the equipment earlier this year.

The two-year grant was awarded for equipment and supplies. As a result of this grant, the College is also in the process of designing and upgrading machining courses.

“We are adding new courses and upgrading three courses in the machining curriculum,” said Townley.

The machining curriculum teaches everything from manual machining basics up to multi-axis technology. Five-axis technology is the industry standard. Five axis means a machine can tilt a tool, move it front to back, up and down, side to side, and rotate it during the manufacturing process.

Mark Sorells, senior vice president of the Golden LEAF Foundation, attended the Board of Trustees meeting to tour the College’s program and hear about the results of the investment.

The grant includes the following equipment: multi-axis machine and tooling; a water jet cutting machine; a laser engraving machine; and a master 3-D gage to inspect parts. The department will also get new cabinetry to house the equipment, as well as new drawers and tables.

“Everything the students learn is hands-on. Precision is vitally important,” said Townley. “We are training our students on multiple projects to increase their marketability. Our students and graduates have a good reputation in local industry. Companies come here to recruit, to conduct interviews.”

Students also use computer-aided design (CAD) to learn to design and manufacture items. They can print copies of a piece using a 3-D printer before making the piece out of plastic or metal – one way that students learn quality control.

Among the local employers who supported the College in their effort to receive this grant are Roush Yates Racing Engines, Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, Atlas Signs, and Martin Marietta Materials. Seventeen letters of support from local business and industry partners were submitted as part of the grant proposal.

“I am so proud of the initiative shown by the Computer-Integrated Machining Technology program,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “We could never afford the equipment through our normal public funding channels. Unfortunately, without modern equipment, our machining program would sit stagnant.”

According to Golden LEAF, many firms across the state and nation report having difficulty finding workers with the pre-requisite skills necessary for employment in advanced manufacturing. Recent reports have highlighted the mid-skills gap that exists across the country and the need to take advantage of the emerging trend of bringing manufacturing jobs back to the United States.

To assist the state with job creation and address the skills gap that companies are struggling to overcome in hiring qualified workers with the technical skills required in advanced manufacturing, the Golden LEAF Foundation designed a competitive grants program in partnership with the NC Community College System.

“These are no longer ‘dirty’ jobs. It’s a very technically advanced field these days,” said Colin Robinson, chair of the program. “If you’re good at running software, using shortcuts in Microsoft Word or formulas in Microsoft Excel, then Computer-Integrated Machining Technology might be for you.”

Industry partners have indicated that they will be hiring approximately 160 people over the next few years due to growth and facility expansion.

“The latest and greatest in machining is incredibly precise and fast. Machining is a part of so much of today’s world – everything from automotive transmissions to dental molds or turban blades on airplanes,” said Robinson. “Advanced manufacturing affects everything in your life indirectly, such as the parts that make up your iPhone or tablet, the rims on your automobile, or the engines in race cars. Even jewelry and high-end titanium golf clubs are dependent on this technology!”

A core component of the project involves partnering with the three local public school systems.

The grant allows for several opportunities for juniors and seniors in high school. The state’s Career & College Promise (CCP) initiative provides a focused means for students to begin completion of college transfer credits or career training prior to their graduation from high school. Courses under Career & College Promise are offered to high school students with no charge for tuition.

The successful completion of the Machining Career & College Promise pathway will lead to four Rowan-Cabarrus certificates and twelve industry certifications (National Institute for Metalworking Skills and MasterCam). Students will receive hands-on skills and certifications that could lead to entry-level employment or provide them with all but five courses toward a Computer-Integrated Machining Technology diploma from Rowan-Cabarrus.

All courses will be transferable if a student chooses to continue and obtain an associate degree. Rowan-Cabarrus has established an articulation agreement with East Carolina University (on-campus or online) to transfer the associate degree into a bachelor of science in Industrial Engineering Technology.

The grant also includes expansion of the internship/co-op portion of the training that will help students obtain employment more quickly by providing hands-on experience outside of the classroom.

“The skills learned in the computer-integrated machining program at Rowan-Cabarrus are essential for obtaining a job in advanced manufacturing,” said Brad Harris, CNC shop manager for Stewart-Haas Racing.

“If you have any interest in this field, the time is now. Come talk with our instructors and begin the process,” said Townley.

For more information about the program or grant, please contact Colin Robinson, program chair (colin.robinson@rccc.edu). Foradditional information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu or call 704-216-RCCC (7222).

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Rowan-Cabarrus Signs Department of Defense Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding to Better Serve Military Students

Scott Killoran, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Motorsports Management Technology Student

Scott Killoran, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Motorsports Management Technology Student

College committed to educating military servicemembers, both past and present

SALISBURY, N.C. — As part of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s commitment to serving military service members and veterans, the College recently signed a new Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Defense (DoD).

“Military students have devoted themselves to serving our country,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “We at Rowan-Cabarrus are equally committed to serving the military and their loved ones through providing a world-class education and very accessible information that will help them discern whether the College is the right place for them to pursue their educational goals.”

The DoD MOU must be signed by all educational institutions that wish to participate in the military tuition assistance (TA) program. The overall goal of the MOU is to provide verifiable, quality, affordable academic and training programs to U.S. troops, thus ensuring the military continues to be the best educated fighting force in the world.

“This is important for the College because we have many students that receive tuition assistance through the military,” said Spalding. Currently, there are nearly 300 student veterans receiving VA (Veterans Affairs) educational benefits at Rowan-Cabarrus.

The College has an existing agreement in place, but signing the MOU allows Rowan-Cabarrus to continue accepting military tuition assistance for students currently serving in the active or reserve component as an alternative to the G.I. Bill. The agreement is good for the next five years.

Upon signing the MOU, Rowan-Cabarrus agrees to provide information to military students about the financial cost so that they can make informed decisions on where to attend school. The

College will continue to provide them with the total cost of their educational program including tuition, fees, books, supplies, and give them financial aid options prior to registration.

“We already provide this information, but are in the process of creating a Financial Aid Shopping Sheet to make this even clearer,” continued Spalding.

For instance, Rowan-Cabarrus is an affordable option with credits costing only $72 per credit hour – meaning that a semester’s worth of tuition could cost around $1,000. Enrolling at Rowan-Cabarrus has never been easier; students may apply online at www.rccc.edu/apply2014.

The College also agrees to continue providing academic and student support services to servicemembers and their families. In addition, the College agrees not to use unfair, deceptive or abusive recruiting practices.

Providing access to quality postsecondary education opportunities is a strategic investment by DoD that enhances the U.S. servicemember’s ability to support mission accomplishment and successfully return to civilian life. A forward-leaning, lifelong learning environment is fundamental to the maintenance of a mentally powerful and adaptive leadership-ready force.

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College has been a Servicemember Opportunity College (SOC) since the early 1990s. As a SOC member, the College provides transferable credit toward college courses as determined by the American Council on Education (ACE) transcript evaluation. The College has also formed a taskforce to make recommendations for additional transferable credit to be awarded based on the servicemember or veteran’s Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) and current program of study and recommendations for engaging veterans in successful completion of their educational goals at Rowan-Cabarrus.

“We are proud to welcome veterans to Rowan-Cabarrus and greatly appreciate their time in service to our nation,” said Spalding. “Veterans have many choices during and after their military service, and we are pleased that some have chosen to make Rowan-Cabarrus a part of their life.”

Rowan-Cabarrus has gone beyond the Voluntary Education Partnership because the agreement does not mandate providing additional programming for members of the military or veterans. The College has recently started two new programs on campus to improve the educational experience of current and former members of the military.

The process of transitioning from the military to civilian life can pose challenges for all veterans, especially for those who are new to navigating the college environment. Since the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill, additional opportunities for veterans to earn a college degree have resulted in a dramatic influx of veterans on college campuses. Faculty, staff, and students need to be aware of the potential issues a student veteran might face on a college campus and know what resources are available for this population.

Green Zone Trainings will provide participants with the following:

* An understanding of the military experience and emotional cycle of deployment.

* An understanding of the potential issues facing student veterans as they transition from the military to college.

* An awareness of the resources available to student veterans on and off campus.

Green Zone Allies are not expected to be experts or mental health counselors. Green Zone Allies are a sympathetic ear and someone who can refer a student veteran to appropriate on-campus resources.

“While you serve our country with honor and courage, let Rowan-Cabarrus Community College help you accomplish your personal educational goals. Rowan-Cabarrus has helped military men, women and their dependents earn college degrees and certificates for decades. We have the people, the programs and the policies in place to serve your unique needs,” said Carl M. Short, chair of the College’s Board of Trustees.

The ultimate goal of the Green Zone training is to support student servicemembers and veterans in their academic pursuits.

“Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is committed to bringing quality programs to all students in our service area,” said Katie Herring, financial aid counselor who also works with the College’s veteran population. “Veterans and military servicemembers are a growing part of our student body as are their families and dependents. We are committed to serving the educational needs of veterans, active servicemembers, families and dependents.”

A special logo and seal has been developed by the College to denote those who have received this special Green Zone training and are prepared to help support military servicemembers and veterans.

“We aspire to serve as an example for other educational institutions in this respect,” continued Herring.

Additionally, the College started a new orientation program specifically for veterans. This two-credit, week long course takes place before the term begins and allows students to get a better sense of all services available to them. Academic and career advising, registration support and behind the scenes tours give veterans a foundation to get started their educational journey on the right foot.

The College aims to facilitate veteran success by providing support, resources and information to meet their unique needs as both a veteran and a student.

“Student veterans are mature and on a mission, but sometimes face different challenges than other students,” said Natasha Lipscomb, director of student life and leadership at the College. “The College’s goal is to help veterans transition from soldiers to scholars, navigate financial matters, deal with campus life and cope with the lack of structure in comparison with time in the military.”

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s educational programs are approved by the North Carolina State Approving Agency for the enrollment of persons eligible for education assistance benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Those entitled to VA benefits are eligible veterans, participants in various versions of the Montgomery G.I. Bill contributory program, active duty military in voluntary education programs, drilling National Guard, drilling Reservists, and spouses and children of disabled or deceased veterans. The Office of Financial Aid provides information and assistance to students applying for VA education benefits.

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

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Fire & Emergency Training Facility Holds First Training

firemen2First project of the Rowan County bond; College up for Cabarrus County bond on the Nov. 4 ballot for Advanced Technology Center

SALISBURY, N.C. — Fires are burning at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College – but it’s nothing to worry about, it’s just the College’s new Fire & Emergency Training Facility in action.

Earlier this summer, the facility held its first training with approximately sixty firefighters from Rowan and Cabarrus counties.

The first training included multiple fire departments and involved rescue training in the new burn building. While the first training didn’t include actual fire, it did involve the use of artificial smoke to simulate a fire.

“We are so excited that we’re finally getting started! The Fire & Emergency Training Facility has been a long-time coming,” said Roger McDaniel, director of emergency services for Rowan-Cabarrus. ”
“Firefighters have been asking me, ‘When can we get out there? When can we start the training?’ I’m so grateful the time has come.”

Live burns will take place this fall in the burn building after the tempering and curing of the building is complete.

But that’s not stopping the firefighters from making good use of the facility.

“We are able to do other training in the meantime,” said McDaniel. “The building was made to do more than just live burn simulations. We are using it for rescue attack scenarios.”

For instance, the firefighters can use the building to simulate an individual trapped inside a burning building.

“We can go in through the artificial smoke and rescue the individual,” said McDaniel.

The College is planning a community celebration at the Fire & Emergency Training Facility on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014.

“We want to show the community the amazing things that our firefighters, law enforcement and emergency personnel do for our community. And we want them to see the fantastic new place that they will receive training,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus.

The Fire & Emergency Services Training Facility was the first project to be completed in a series of Rowan County-bond funded construction projects that will take place over the next few years.

The facility will serve an important role for training local public safety providers who protect citizens every day. The facility includes a 3,500 square foot burn building, training pads for various props, and a future driving course for fire and emergency vehicles will be included in the project.

In addition to the Fire & Emergency Services Training Facility, the College’s planned renovation and construction projects include a 30,000 square foot addition with 18 new classrooms to the existing allied health building (Building 600).

“We are being very purposeful and diligent with the $12 million provided in the 2010 Rowan County bond referendum,” said Spalding. “We will gain critical space for instruction and the expansion of new health programs.”

The College is also transforming a former administrative building into instructional use, as well as increasing the accessibility of North Campus to meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements.

“Our students were very passionate about this $12 million bond, and took it upon themselves to advocate on behalf of the College to their families, friends and neighbors,” said Carl M. Short, chair of the Rowan-Cabarrus Board of Trustees. “Their efforts were so impressive that the North Carolina Community College System awarded them the Top ‘C’ award for excellent student leadership and involvement.”

The College has a bond referendum on the ballot in Cabarrus County in the November 4 election. The $9 million bond would fund part of a new Advanced Technology Center in Cabarrus County. The county has promised and additional $2 million toward the effort if the bond passes.

“This $11 million investment provides most, but not all, of the $12.3 million that we need to complete this project,” said Spalding. “The College is already working to secure additional funding to fill the $1.3 million gap.”

In today’s world, technology and manufacturing are constantly changing.

“What we’re finding is that the jobs of today and tomorrow are high-tech,” said Dr. Rod Townley, vice president of the College’s academic programs. “The Advanced Technology

Center will address training needs for companies with industry-recognized certifications and hands-on skills training in multiple disciplines. It could include training in Information Technologies (IT), welding, machining, HVAC, electronics and electrical engineering technologies, mechanical engineering, hydraulics, pneumatics and more.”

The College currently trains students in some of these areas, including computer integrated machining, welding and engineering, but the College is running out of space and unable to expand and update the programs to the degree required. Construction of the new Advanced Technology Center would provide the space to upgrade equipment and begin to do more advanced, technical training that will lead to higher paying jobs for graduates, and a more productive workforce for industry.

“All of our training programs are designed with a great deal of input from local business and industry to ensure that we are developing graduates that will be well-prepared for the workplace,” said Townley. “We meet regularly with industry representatives to be sure that we understand their specific workforce needs, and will be able to produce graduates that will be 100 percent work-ready. Our intention is to serve the community in the most important way that we can, and that is to prepare the citizens of this county for stable, high-wage jobs of the future.”

For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu or call 704-216-RCCC (7222). The College is currently registering students for classes for eight-week classes beginning Oct. 17.

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Rowan-Cabarrus will “Plan Bravely”

College’s 2015-2018 strategic planning process will highlight community leaders’ vision for the College’s role in the region’s future

SALISBURY, N.C. — The College will focus on updating the plans for the future this fall by developing the College’s 2015 strategic plan.

[pulquote align="right']“We believe education is the best investment someone can make. A more educated region will result in a stronger, more vibrant region,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus.[/pullquote]

The strategic planning process began last year and has involved College faculty and staff getting together with local community leaders to brainstorm ways to better the College and community over the next few years. The community leaders’ main message to the College was to “plan bravely.”

“It was gratifying to hear from community leaders that the College not only has solid support, but also has the ability to help lead the Rowan and Cabarrus region to greater economic security through education,” said Spalding.

Focused planning sessions included in-depth conversations on advanced manufacturing and technology, healthcare, information technology, and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).

“That little dash between Rowan and Cabarrus in the name Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is not arbitrary. It’s a connector between the two counties,” said Bill Cannon, president of the Cannon Foundation. “It represents the regional vision that Rowan-Cabarrus must have for our area.”

The community members, ranging from business leaders to foundation directors, also discussed the important economic, cultural, environmental, and social challenges that impact our region’s educational future.

“We’re doing a great deal of listening and what we’ve heard from our community leaders is that they want Rowan-Cabarrus to see itself as a vital economic and cultural resource in the region,” said Carl M. Short, chair of the Rowan-Cabarrus Board of Trustees.

During a recent Board of Trustees meeting, the College reviewed the current strategic plan and asked trustees for their input.

A consistent theme throughout the conversations with the board and industry was the desire to have a more vibrant and contributing community college with an elevated image and role in the region. Additionally, there was an overwhelming desire to increase the educational levels in Rowan and Cabarrus counties.

“The reality is that we are not immune to the tough economic times,” said Spalding. “Our resources from the state have continued to decline year after year. Like many public organizations, we are looking elsewhere and developing a case for support to seek private and philanthropic resources.”

“I believe Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is part of the solution to our economic recovery,” said Ed Norvell, longtime supporter of the College. “We just need to make sure the College secures the resources needed to make it happen.”

“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,” said Carla Howell, Chief Officer of the Rowan-Cabarrus Foundation. Read More »

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Student Leaders Recognized

Student Ambassador Program includes outstanding students who represent the College

SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College proudly recognized its latesAmbassadors-2014-2015t group of student leaders at a recent board of trustees meeting.

The Rowan-Cabarrus Student Ambassador Program is a group of outstanding students who are selected to represent the College in multiple capacities. Student ambassadors reach out to prospective students, conduct campus tours, participate in and help promote various college events and assist with the successful transition of new students to the campus.

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College began the program in 2010 with its first class of student ambassadors. The program has grown to include second year ambassadors, “senior ambassadors,” as well as a robust leadership development program.

“I’m very proud of the Rowan-Cabarrus Student Ambassador Program and excited to welcome this new group of leaders into the program’s ranks,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “We believe that developing our students into community leaders and active citizens is a part of our job at the College. These students will definitely leave Rowan-Cabarrus equipped to lead in their careers and communities.”

The 2014-15 Rowan-Cabarrus Student Ambassadors include:

* Sarah Cook of Landis, Associate in Arts

* Shawn Henderson of Salisbury, Associate in Applied Science, Business Administration

* Kelly Hill of Salisbury (Senior Ambassador), Associate Degree Nursing

* David Perry of Huntersville, Associate of Arts

* Roa Saleh of Harrisburg, Diploma

* Chelcie Williams of Kannapolis, Associate in Arts

Student Ambassadors are dedicated to student success, diversity and strengthening student connections. Ambassadors enjoy working with people, are committed to creating change in their respective communities, and are excited about sharing their experiences at Rowan-Cabarrus with others.

The program is supported by the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation. Student ambassadors earn a scholarship for their service to the College.

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

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Successful Author to Teach Aspiring Writers at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

Class taught by Melinda Metz, author of more than fifty books

SALISBURY, N.C. — Popular book series like Harry Potter and Twilight started a young adult fiction craze – or a revival, as some might say.

And now we see comic books flooding the big screen and young adult books like Hunger Games, Divergent and Vampire Academy sweeping the box offices.

Starting August 12, aspiring writers can take a two-week personal enrichment course at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College o learn about the basics of writing fiction along with priceless techniques from an immensely successful author in the College’s Basics of Writing Fiction class. A second class will begin September 12.

Melinda Metz, author of more than fifty books ranging from teens to middle grade readers, will teach local aspiring writers how to turn their story idea into a real work of fiction.

Metz knows success firsthand. Her young adult book series Roswell High was turned into the TV show Roswell. In addition to writing for Roswell, she also wrote for the TV show 1-800-Missing.

“Lots of people have grand ideas for books – the trick is to be able to build the story into a book and actually keep the story going,” said Metz.

The course is not just geared at those writing for a young adult audience. Before becoming a writer, Melinda spent ten years as an editor, working on all kinds of fiction, for both children and adults.

“Some people say, write what you know. I say, write what you like to read. I certainly don’t ‘know’ vampires, but I like to read about them, so I write about them!” said Metz.

In two-hour classes, students will write and explore their story ideas with a variety of exercises and writing prompts.

“Working on writing prompts allows you to learn new techniques. Even if I’m not writing about something that I can use, it always helps me to feel more creative and I can put that to use with what I’m actually working on.”

By editing work for a number of years, and writing for both print and TV, Metz has a wealth of experience and expertise that can help local writers. As an editor for R.L. Stine’s popular Fear Street series, for instance, Metz learned the ins and outs of helping authors create their best work.

“The best advice I can give is to read a lot. Take note of how the author strings the story together and develops the plot,” said Metz. “How do they convey emotion? What makes up the best action scenes?”

Metz has lived in the area for the last nine years and currently resides in Concord. She will share her best insider tips on how to write based on what you enjoy reading, how to make your ideas into a whole book and the best way to experiment with different genres.

“I didn’t start writing until I was 35. I had it in my head that writers were special, even though I knew a lot of writers. If I can help anybody get there sooner, I’d love to do that,” Metz shared. “Writing is not magical, it has to be learned!”

Metz is currently working on a young adult thriller for St. Martin’s called Sanctuary Bay due out spring 2015. She’s also working on a series of short mysteries for third and fourth graders.

Classes are offered on North Campus in Salisbury and the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis. For more information, please visit www.rccc.edu/writing or call 704-216-RCCC (7222).

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