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Vulcan Materials, Carolinas Healthcare System Healthworks, North Carolina Petroleum & Convenience Marketers and Food Lion Donate to Rowan-Cabarrus

Generous in-kind donations will benefit the College’s wellness initiatives and the Pharmacy Technician and Air, Heating & Refrigeration (AHR) programs

 

Board of Trustees photoKANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Vulcan Materials Company, Carolinas Healthcare System Healthworks, North Carolina Petroleum & Convenience Marketers and Food Lion were recently recognized at a Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees meeting for their generous in-kind donations.

Vulcan Materials Company donation of washed stone will allow the College to refurbish and expand its existing walking trail located at the North Campus in Salisbury to better support its health and wellness efforts. Vulcan has been a strong proponent of the College and contributed to the original construction of the walking trail in 2013.

“We appreciate Vulcan Materials Company and their commitment to support wellness at the College,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. “The in-kind donation, contributed to the RCCC Foundation in support of the Building a More Prosperous Community Major Gifts Campaign and The Leon Levine Foundation Challenge Grant, will allow the College to expand its efforts in making the North Campus a healthier place to work.”

Carolinas HealthCare System Healthworks recently donated time and resources to train Rowan-Cabarrus employees in the area of mental health first aid. Mental health first aid is designed to help trainees recognize, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance abuse disorders. The training helps develop skills to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be experiencing a form of mental crisis. “We are grateful to Carolinas HealthCare System Healthworks for providing this important training which has helped the College become more knowledgeable about mental health first aid,” said Spalding.

Additionally, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College prides itself in developing graduates who are workforce ready, and with two recent donations from North Carolina Petroleum & Convenience Marketers and Food Lion, the College can continue to achieve that mission.

“Industry-recognized equipment is critical to the success of our programs and our graduates,” said Spalding. “Students who are trained to operate equipment that an employer uses are much more likely to be successful in the workplace and in their careers.”

It is critical that students have access to pertinent equipment for training purposes to ensure that they are more marketable and employable.

“Educating skilled technicians and entrepreneurs is a critical part of the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College mission, and NC Petroleum & Convenience Marketers and Food Lion are supporting this important effort,” said Spalding.

Raleigh-based North Carolina Petroleum & Convenience Marketers donated a Thermo Pride oil furnace. The furnace, a product of a leading heating and cooling equipment company, will be used in the College’s Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration (AHR) program.

“The AHR program feels privileged to have received such a generous donation of the Thermo Pride furnace from the NC Petroleum & Convenience Marketers,” said Joe Christie, chair of the College’s Construction Technology program. “The furnace will be a great addition to our AHR program. It will allow students to better understand how modern oil furnaces are being constructed, operated and repaired, thus adding to their skills as they search for employment opportunities in the HVAC field.

The College is also thankful for an in-kind donation from national grocery store company Food Lion, headquartered in Salisbury, for their donation of five pharmacy scales. The scales will be used by the College’s pharmacy technician program.

“We are so appreciative of Food Lion for their donation,” said Jan Corriher-Smith, program manager of training services at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. “The scales will allow us to continue delivering hands-on training on real-world equipment to our students.”

“Donations like these are very important to Rowan-Cabarrus, and the College’s Foundation is proud to partner with corporations to ensure that the College’s programs have adequate equipment investments. Working with industry partners, we have assessed our needs and developed a case for support to seek private and philanthropic donations,” said Carla Howell, chief officer of foundation, governance and public relations at the College.

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). The College is currently accepting applications for the fall 2016 term. Fall classes begin on August 15, 2016.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Invites Community to Attend “Technology Experience Day”

Hands-on, interactive event will give the community the opportunity to learn more about technology programs offered at the College

 

CONCORD, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College invites those interested in technology courses and careers to its Technology Experience Day at the College’s Cabarrus Business and Technology Center (CBTC) campus in Concord.

Tech. Exp DayOn Saturday, August 6, from 9.a.m-12 p.m., the College will welcome the community to hands-on, interactive courses in air conditioning, ventilating, heating and refrigeration (HVAC/R), information technology, electronics engineering technology, electrical systems technology and construction management technology.

“This is a great opportunity for community members to learn about quality educational opportunities,” said Angelo Markantonakis, associate vice president of academic programs at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. “These programs offer students the advantage of small class sizes that provide more individualized interactions, as well as lucrative career opportunities.”

Participants will have the opportunity to tour an HVAC/R lab and work with sheet metal, participate in an android boot camp and create a personalized android app, experience a computer software circuit simulator, replace a light switch and receptacle, create a model using 3D modeling software and explore career opportunities related to these exciting programs.

Technology is a broad, in-demand and well-paying field that is used across a variety of industries. It is a great option for someone entering the workforce or considering a new career.

“The career opportunities for graduates of these programs are extremely vast,” said Markantonakis. “Our goal is for community members to experience programs and envision their lives beyond Rowan-Cabarrus by learning about prospective, and often well-paying, career options. For example, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for HVAC/R mechanics and installers is $45,100 and the median salary for electrical and electronics engineering technicians is $61,130.”

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.

To register for Technology Experience Day at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu/techexp.

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 the fall 2016 term. Fall classes begin on August 15, 2016.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Meets $300,000 Challenge Grant from The Leon Levine Foundation

Funding will support healthcare education, part of the RCCC Foundation fundraising campaign

 

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and the RCCC Foundation recently celebrated meeting a milestone in fundraising for Healthcare Education as a part of the Building a More Prosperous Community Major Gifts Campaign.

The RCCC Foundation has met a $300,000 challenge grant from The Leon Levine Foundation for the support of healthcare education.

“This is a huge accomplishment for Rowan-Cabarrus. I can’t thank The Leon Levine Foundation enough for their confidence in our ability to meet this challenge and secure the funds we need for healthcare education,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.

With the help of the innovative $300,000 challenge grant from The Leon Levine Foundation, the RCCC Foundation is able to take a big step towards supporting the College and community’s healthcare education needs.

“We are excited to partner with an organization committed to a mission so close to the vision of our Founder,” said Tom Lawrence, executive director of The Leon Levine Foundation. “We were proud to award the challenge grant to the RCCC Foundation, and are extremely pleased that Rowan and Cabarrus residents and companies have provided support to meet the grant goal. We look forward to the success of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College in meeting the local workforce development needs for the growing healthcare resources in the region.”

Today’s growing population of aging Americans, and individuals with disabilities or other chronic conditions, is outpacing the number of workers with the knowledge and skills to effectively care for them. Like other regions across the country, Rowan and Cabarrus counties face a shortage of certified healthcare professionals.

“Like The Leon Levine Foundation, Rowan-Cabarrus supports high-quality healthcare and training for today’s healthcare workers. We are critically aware of the changing field of healthcare and what that means for the industry’s training. The Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation was dedicated to meeting our fundraising goal to ensure that the College is successful in enhancing healthcare education,” said Carla Howell, chief officer of governance, foundation, and public relations at the College.

Rowan-Cabarrus healthcare programs have a well-documented track record of success in both student performance and program recognition.

“The College must seek private dollars to meet our goals,” said William Cannon, Jr., Cabarrus County resident and president of The Cannon Foundation. Cannon also serves as co-chair of the College’s campaign along with community leaders from both counties who are spearheading the effort to raise these funds. “We want to invest in new programs and modern technology, ultimately training students on real world equipment so they are ready for employment upon graduation.”

Over the past three years, the College brought together community leaders and industry representatives to determine our community’s most pressing needs.

“We are asking for support – not for things that the College needs, but what we believe the community needs,” said Edward Norvell, Rowan County resident, attorney and co-chair of the College’s campaign.

The Building a More Prosperous Community major gifts campaign is a new and exciting chapter for the RCCC Foundation and is the first ambitious fundraising campaign in the over 50-year history of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.

The Leon Levine Foundation offered $300,000 to the College’s Foundation for healthcare education if the healthcare education gifts within the Foundation’s Building a More Prosperous Community Major Gifts Campaign reached $1.2 million by May 31, 2016.

The RCCC Foundation reached its $1.2 million goal with the generous support of numerous community members and organizations like Novant Health and the Rowan County Commission, whose recent donations helped the campaign meet the challenge grant’s goals.

“The Rowan County Commission is always proud to support Rowan-Cabarrus Community College,” said Greg Edds, chair of the Commission. “The College is doing important work in the field of healthcare and as our county continues to modernize, it is essential that we support the College as it trains the workforce of the future.”

The Leon Levine Foundation grant will fulfill the College’s $1.5 million healthcare education goal with the grant.

“We are grateful to The Leon Levine Foundation for an incredible opportunity to continue to grow the College’s efforts to train our healthcare workforce through this challenge grant. We are thankful to our donors for being a part of the movement that helps provide support for updating programs, laboratories and equipment; developing new programs aligned with emerging labor market demands; and increasing student scholarships,” continued Norvell.

The Building a More Prosperous Community Major Gifts Campaign, with a total goal of raising $7.1 million, is centered on four key initiatives that address specific needs for the College, including a new advanced technology center, healthcare education, an outdoor learning and amphitheater space, and STEAM scholarships for students pursuing science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. In addition, the Foundation’s $7.1 million goal includes funds for two special projects related to solar energy and an expansion of the world class Fire & Emergency Services Training facility.

“The Leon Levine Foundation exemplifies excellent philanthropic leadership and the College is grateful for their generosity,” said Spalding.

Making a charitable gift to the Building a More Prosperous Community Major Gifts Campaign is an important and personal decision. An investment in the lives of individuals, businesses and organizations that benefit from the College’s excellent educational programs, short-term training and services is satisfying and has long-range implications for the local economy.

“The RCCC Foundation resources support the mission of the College and are channeled into scholarships and other student assistance, support for academic programming and capital projects, and other needs of the College and the local community,” said Marty Richards, Director of the RCCC Foundation. “For instance, over 100 students received emergency scholarship funds this year, which allowed them to remain in school in spite of critical financial barriers to meet their educational goals.”

For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu/apply2016 or call 704-216-RCCC (7222). The College is currently accepting applications for the fall 2016 term. Fall classes begin on August 15, 2016.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Students Receive Numerous Awards and Recognition

Students’ dedication to community, College, and fellow students recognized at June board meeting

 

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College was pleased to recognize numerous students for their achievements at the College’s recent Board of Trustees meeting.

“I am quite proud of these students for their dedication to the College and their fellow students,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.

Among those honored were the North Carolina Community College System 2015-2016 Student Excellence Awards winners.

Thea Flynn received the Academic Excellence Award, which recognizes the academic achievement, leadership and community service of one student from each of the 58 institutions in the North Carolina Community College System.

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

Additionally, Roa Saleh was honored with the Governor Robert W. Scott Student Leadership Award. The award is named in honor of Robert W. Scott, who served as the State Governor of North Carolina from 1969-1973 and as president of the North Carolina Community College System from 1983-1995. The award is bestowed on students who demonstrate leadership on a statewide level.

Roa is the first Rowan-Cabarrus nominee to have been selected for the prestigious Governor Robert W. Scott Student Leadership Award, an award she earned after competing with 57 other community college winners.

Roa and fellow Rowan-Cabarrus student Rhonda Horton were recently nominated to receive $1,000 scholarships from Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society through the 2016 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program. The prestigious Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program provides PTK members with financial resources to help defray educational expenses while enrolled in associate degree programs.

Roa, a defending champion, was selected in 2015 as a Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar. “Roa was one of 207 PTK members to have been awarded a scholarship out of more than 1,100 applications worldwide. This can be attributed to her academic successes and her outstanding leadership as a student ambassador,” said Carolyn Brown, co-advisor for PTK, Rowan County Early College liaison and instructor for the College.

Also honored at the board meeting were the finalists for the College’s Outstanding Student Leadership Awards.

Tereysha Robles received the Outstanding Community Service Award. The award is given to an individual who has performed exemplary community service, made significant contributions to enhance the quality of life in the community, and demonstrated an understanding of his or her responsibility to one’s community through involvement with campus clubs and activities.

Nicolann Miller was awarded the Silver Leadership Award. The Silver Leadership Award is given to an individual who has shown commitment to academic excellence by maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. The individual should be an active member of a campus club/organization and show great promise in helping to build and strengthen the club.

Dakota Rios received the Golden Leadership Award, which is given to an individual who has shown commitment to academic excellence by maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. In the spirit of commitment, the individual must be an active member of a club/organization for more than two semesters and assist the club advisor and other club members in providing meaningful opportunities for the student body through campus activities.

Brittany Martin was awarded the Eddie H. Myers Leadership Award. Eddie H. Myers, a past vice-president of student services and advisor to the Student Government Association, played a significant role in the success of student body initiatives at Rowan-Cabarrus. This award is given in his honor to a student who demonstrates the leadership qualities of self-discipline, good citizenship, commitment to lifelong learning, and the ability to overcome adversity.

Makaila Garcia was awarded the Student Life Award. The Student Life Award is given to an individual who participates in Student Life and demonstrates enthusiasm and a willingness to succeed in their academic endeavors.

“We believe that our ever-expanding set of extracurricular activities and communications creates a holistic student experience, developing well-rounded graduates,” said Natasha Lipscomb, director of student life and leadership development. “We’re committed to developing leaders and helping students engage in their community.”

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College SkillsUSA students recently won numerous awards in state level competitions in Greensboro, and were recognized at the board meeting.

SkillsUSA is a dynamic and career-oriented leadership organization focused on individual success at home, the classroom, the community and the workplace. For the majority of students, SkillsUSA is their first professional organization. The experiences and knowledge gained provide an excellent platform for career development and success.

Rowan-Cabarrus student participants and prizes included:

  • Daniel Burns of Mocksville – first place in Motorcycle Technology
  • William Almon of Concord – first place in Major Appliance and Refrigeration Technology
  • Zachary Donahue of Mooresville – first place in Sheet Metal
  • Jonathan Turner of Rockwell – second place in HVACR
  • Andrew Freeman of China Grove – second place in Sheet Metal
  • Scott Hunt of Faith – third place in Electronics Technology

“The students have learned a lot about growth and development. That’s what our extracurricular activities at Rowan-Cabarrus are all about,” said Jon Crockett, instructor in the College’s Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration (AHR) program and lead advisor for the SkillsUSA initiatives. “We want them to learn things through experiences that they wouldn’t be able to learn inside the classroom.”

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Phi Beta Lambda students returned from their state conference in Charlotte with numerous awards as well, and were also recognized.

Phi Beta Lambda, and its sister organizations under the Future Business Leaders of America umbrella, include a quarter million students preparing for careers in business and business-related fields.

Several students from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College attended the conference to compete with hundreds of North Carolina’s best and brightest college students and brought home multiple state-level awards, including six first place awards. Students competed among many two-year community colleges as well as four-year colleges and universities.

Award winners included:

  • Katelyn Collier – first place in Financial Analysis and Decision Making, second place in Business Communication
  • Moises Garcia Zapetoco – first place in Financial Analysis and Decision Making, second place in Public Speaking
  • Jami Safari – first place in Financial Analysis and Decision Making
  • Hanna Brotherton – first place in Desktop Publishing, Client Service award
  • Ryan Helm – first place in Desktop Publishing, fourth place in Marketing Concepts
  • Caroline Shue – sixth place in Help Desk, eighth place in Job Interview

This was the ninth consecutive year that Rowan-Cabarrus students received high honors at the North Carolina PBL State Leadership Conference. First, second and some of the third place winners automatically qualify to compete in the 2016 PBL National Conference in Atlanta this year.

“I am so proud of all of our students who competed at the conference. Some competing universities have more on-campus students than the entire population of Salisbury, and these awards speak volumes about the knowledge and education provided at Rowan-Cabarrus,” said Martha Cranford, Rowan-Cabarrus instructor and chapter advisor.

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 the fall 2016 term. Fall classes begin on August 15, 2016.

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Novant Health Names Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Nursing Skills Lab in Kannapolis

The College celebrates a naming opportunity honoring a contribution from Novant Health at a recent RCCC Foundation board meeting

 

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is pleased to announce the ribbon cutting of the Novant Health Nursing Skills Lab at the College’s North Carolina Research Campus facility.

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees, the College’s Foundation Board of Directors and Novant Health representatives gathered for the special naming dedication at the Foundation’s recent board meeting.

“Novant Health has always been a strong proponent of the College,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. “Novant Health understands how much education means to the healthcare system, and we’re proud to have one of our specialized nursing skills labs named in their honor.”

The naming opportunity stems from a generous $40,000 donation from Novant Health to the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation’s Building a More Prosperous Community major gifts campaign.

The $40,000 donation to the Foundation was comprised of five $8,000 donations from Novant Health Rowan Medical Center, Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center, Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center, Novant Health Matthews Medical Center and Novant Health Mint Hill Medical Center.

“At Novant Health, we believe that the future of healthcare is based on well-educated employees,” said Dr. Dari Caldwell, president of Novant Health Rowan Medical Center. “Rowan-Cabarrus Community College healthcare programs have a well-documented track record of success in both student performance and program recognition. We are proud to support the College in developing our local healthcare workforce, and share in their desire to train the most qualified candidates.”

Caldwell serves on the College’s Board of Trustees and was the keynote speaker at the College’s 2015 commencement ceremony.

“We are so appreciative of this significant donation and naming opportunity from Novant Health,” said Carla Howell, chief officer of governance, the foundation and public relations for Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. “This gift shows that we have not only fostered great relationships with our local Novant healthcare providers, but that we have strong partners who are committed to promoting top-notch healthcare education in our region.”

The gift from Novant Health aligned with a challenge grant awarded to the College by The Leon Levine Foundation, which promised a gift of $300,000 if the Foundation raised $1.2 million for Healthcare Education prior to May 31, 2016. The RCCC Foundation is proud to have met the challenge with the help of Novant Health’s donation.

“Like Novant Health and The Leon Levine Foundation, Rowan-Cabarrus supports high-quality healthcare and training for today’s healthcare workers. We are critically aware of the changing field of healthcare and what that means for the industry’s training. The RCCC Foundation is dedicated to ensuring that the College is successful in enhancing healthcare education,” said Edward Norvell, Rowan County resident and co-chair of the Foundation’s Major Gifts Campaign.

The Building a More Prosperous Community major gifts campaign has brought a new and exciting chapter for the RCCC Foundation as the first ambitious fundraising campaign in the over 50-year history of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.

“The Foundation is grateful to Novant Health for their significant donation and must continue to seek private dollars to meet our goals,” said William Cannon, Jr., Cabarrus County resident and president of The Cannon Foundation. “The Campaign supports the College’s highest priority needs, with the ultimate goal of creating a stronger, more vibrant region.”

Making a charitable gift to the Building a More Prosperous Community Major Gifts Campaign is an important and personal decision. An investment in the lives of individuals, businesses and organizations that benefit from the College’s excellent educational programs, short-term training and services is satisfying and has long-range implications for the local economy.

“The Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation supports the mission of the College and provides scholarships and other student assistance, support for academic programming and capital needs, and other needs of the College and the local community,” said Howell. “Additionally, many students received emergency scholarship funds this year, which allowed them to remain in school in spite of critical situations that threatened to prevent their success.”

The RCCC Foundation offers an array of possibilities for donors interested in naming opportunities. The financial commitments for naming opportunities differ, and donors are encouraged to discuss their interest with 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). The College is currently accepting applications for the fall 2016 term. Fall classes begin on August 15, 2016.

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Patricia Fulcher Appointed to the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees

Alumna and former member continues to bring extensive experience to Rowan-Cabarrus Board of Trustees

 

0334-fulcher-57_20130827160516_121888-214x300KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – The Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees has announced the reappointment of Patricia Fulcher of Salisbury to the College’s Board of Trustees.

Fulcher was recently reappointed by the Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education to serve on the board through 2020.

“I am so pleased to have the opportunity to continue to work with Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. It’s been an honor to be reappointed to the Board. I believe in the good work that they’re doing, and I’m excited to support the College and its mission in the community,” said Fulcher.

Fulcher currently serves as a member of the Board’s Finance & Investment and Executive committees and as chair of the Personnel Committee. Rowan-Cabarrus Board of Trustees are responsible for attending all board meetings and key Rowan-Cabarrus events. As a board, they are responsible for College policies.

“I am thrilled to have Pat reappointed to our board. Her expertise, connections and insight are priceless and we know the College will continue to benefit from her leadership,’” said Carl M. Short, chair of the Rowan-Cabarrus Board of Trustees.

Fulcher is retired from Food Lion where she last served as vice president of associate services. Fulcher currently works as a program support specialist for AMYX where she builds relationships with North Carolina employers, enhancing their knowledge of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act and employment of military service members.

Fulcher was a particular asset to Rowan-Cabarrus during the College’s HR classification study which allowed the College to standardize hiring and job descriptions. Pat also served as chair of the Board’s core presidential search committee that ultimately brought Dr. Carol S. Spalding to Rowan-Cabarrus.

Fulcher is also a graduate of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.

“As a graduate of Rowan-Cabarrus, I know firsthand the impact that the College can make on an individual,” said Fulcher. “I couldn’t be more proud to serve my alma mater as a Trustee.”

“Rowan-Cabarrus is vital to Rowan and Cabarrus Counties in the advancement of our workforce and the enrichment of our communities,” said Fulcher. “Working together, we can make this an even better place in which to live and work.”

As a native of Salisbury, Fulcher has a long history of service to the community with organizations like the Masonic Children’s Home of Oxford, North Carolina Military Support Corporation, Lion’s Share Credit Union and the NC Employer for the Support of the Guard and Reserve.

“We are very pleased that we will be able to continue to work with Pat,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of the College. “She is a highly accomplished and driven human resources executive with a proven track record of success in creating a corporate business strategy to meet company needs.”

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

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

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 the fall 2016 term. Fall classes begin on August 15, 2016.

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Daryl Cox Appointed to the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees

Cox continues to bring strong experience to Rowan-Cabarrus Board of Trustees

 

daryl-cox-240x300KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – The Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees has announced the reappointment of Daryl Cox of Salisbury to the College’s board.

Cox was recently reappointed by the Rowan County Commission to serve on the Board through 2020.

“Rowan-Cabarrus is vital to Rowan and Cabarrus Counties in the advancement of our workforce and the enrichment of our communities,” said Cox. “Working together, we can continue to make our community an even better place in which to live and work.”

Cox has served as a Rowan-Cabarrus trustee since 2012 and his new term will expire in June 2020. He currently serves on the academic & student engagement, building and grounds and finance & investment committees of the Board.

“I am pleased that Daryl will continue to serve as a trustee. He brings a wealth of expertise and has provided enormous insight to the work of the College,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and secretary of the College’s Board of Trustees.

Cox is a longtime resident of Salisbury, and retired from the Division of Employment Security. Cox, originally from Knoxville, Tennessee, moved to North Carolina in 1973 to attend Pfeiffer University. He has nine years of IT experience beginning as a project officer for Y2K compliance with the military. He retired with 35 years combined enlisted and officer experience from the North Carolina Air National Guard (USAF) with the rank of Captain. He is also a past Chairman of the Headquarters and Employees Committee, North Carolina Air National Guard.

Cox holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Social Studies and Secondary Education, as well as a master’s in Business Administration and Health Administration from Pfeiffer University. He also serves as a small group facilitator for his church and sings in the choir.

“Rowan-Cabarrus is excited to have Daryl repointed to the Board. I know that he will continue to be a valuable asset to the College in its stated mission ‘to build sustainable futures through the power of learning,’” said Carl M. Short, chair of the Rowan-Cabarrus Board of Trustees.

Board of Trustees members are liaisons to the College’s entire service area. Once appointed, trustees are responsible for carrying out their duties as established by the General Statutes of North Carolina and the Board’s bylaws and policies independent of concern for any group, organization, appointing board or political entity other than the students, citizens of the service area and the College.

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

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 the fall 2016 term. Fall classes begin on August 15, 2016.

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Castle & Cooke North Carolina Donates Land for Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s Advanced Technology Center

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College has received a two acre donation of land from Mr. David H. Murdock, chairman, CEO and president of Castle & Cooke, Inc. and NC Research Campus founder, for construction of the Advanced Technology Center. The donation allows the two organizations to strengthen their workforce development partnership at the NC Research Campus and throughout the region

 

Kannapolis, NC-  The new Advanced Technology Center (ATC), a 60,000-square-foot classroom and laboratory building, will be adjacent to the college’s existing facility on the NC Research Campus (NCRC) that offers associate degrees in biotechnology and nursing. David H. Murdock, chairman, CEO and president of Castle & Cooke, Inc. and NCRC founder, made a donation of two acres of land for the construction of the ATC in recognition of the important role workforce development plays in supporting businesses in the region, including the NCRC, that are transferring scientific and technical advances into the global marketplace.

“On behalf of the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees,” commented Carl M. Short, chair of the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees, “I sincerely thank David Murdock for generously providing land for the Advanced Technology Center on the NC Research Campus. The location will leverage the resources of the North Carolina Research Campus with the College’s history of workforce development to bring wonderful new opportunities to our region.”

The ATC will provide industry-recognized certifications, hands-on skills and customized training and support services to address the educational needs of companies with high technology demands and in emerging fields.

“The Advanced Technology Center will be a flagship to attract employers to the region and will allow the College to bring a higher level of training and education to the community, increasing participation in high-wage jobs,” emphasized Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. “Employment in advanced technology is constantly evolving and this facility will allow us to ensure that the local workforce remains qualified and current, key components of economic development.”

Castle & Cooke North Carolina Vice President of Operations Mark Spitzer added, “As a result of Mr. Murdock’s generosity, we at Castle & Cooke are proud to support the addition of the ATC which will enhance the campus’ role not only as a premier center of scientific research, but as an engine for workforce and economic advancement for Kannapolis and the surrounding region.”

The concept for the ATC originated from interviews with experts in information technology, energy, manufacturing, construction and healthcare fields, along with conversations with other local colleges, economic development leaders and futurists from the local service region. Funding for the ATC was approved by Cabarrus County residents in the 2014 Rowan-Cabarrus bond referendum with over 64 percent of the vote.

“We are proud to provide the additional funding for the state-of-the-art educational space,” said Steve Morris, chair of the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners and member of the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees. “The community’s overwhelming support verified that our community values the educational opportunities that the center brings. It is a game-changer for our region as we strive to strengthen our economic and workforce development.”

In addition to the funding from Cabarrus County and the land donation from David Murdock, the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation is supporting the ATC, and the College is exploring grants and donations to provide equipment for the training. The College will also pursue partnerships with local and national suppliers for laboratories and programs.

“We are working diligently to revolutionize our economic development environment and the ATC is one more piece of the puzzle we need on the North Carolina Research Campus,” said Kannapolis Mayor Darrell Hinnant. “By capitalizing on our partnerships with Mr. Murdock and Rowan-Cabarrus, we are developing more job and educational opportunities for people of all ages in Kannapolis. We will now have the complete spectrum on the campus – research to cutting edge manufacturing. We cannot wait for the doors to open.”

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Announces Reaffirmation of Accreditation

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges extends the College’s accreditation for 10 additional years

 

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is pleased to announce that the Board of Trustees of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) has reaffirmed the College’s accreditation through year 2026.

The reaffirmation of accreditation has been granted following a rigorous process, including off-site and on-site reviews of the College and its academic programs. The SACSCOC review focused on continuous improvement to educational quality and the accrediting body’s seal of approval demonstrates that Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is committed to educational excellence and fiscal stability.

“This affirmation is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of our entire College community,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. “We have a strong team at the College who worked very hard during the lengthy review process, ultimately resulting in a successful accreditation.”

The College has been accredited by SACSCOC, the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states, since 1970. The previous reaffirmation of accreditation for the College began in 2005, and was received in 2006. While the College has regular communication with the accrediting body and submits a report every five years, a full-scale evaluation of accreditation occurs every ten years.

In 2015, Rowan-Cabarrus submitted a compliance certification document, which demonstrated the College’s judgment of the extent of its compliance with each of the core requirements, comprehensive standards and federal regulations presented in the SACSCOC principles. The document was reviewed by an off-site committee.

The College then hosted an on-site committee of professional peers in September 2015 to access the educational strengths and weaknesses of the institution. During the three-day visit, committee members examined data and conducted interviews to evaluate the soundness of the College’s quality enhancement plan (QEP), a major requirement for the ongoing re-accreditation process.

The College’s QEP focuses on career planning with the end goal of helping students complete their educational journey and prepare for their desired career field.

“We know that students who come to Rowan-Cabarrus with a clear career goal in mind are more likely to complete their educational journey with us successfully and in a timely fashion. Our goal with this project is to help more students explore potential career paths and determine their end goal sooner rather than later,” said Dr. Michael Quillen, vice president of academic programs at the College.

In addition to accreditation by SACSCOC, many of the College’s programs hold accreditations, approvals or licensures from specialized accrediting associations.

“The College’s Board of Trustees is delighted and not at all surprised that the College did well in its pursuit of reaffirmation of accreditation. We have great leadership, faculty and staff who make us proud every day,” said Carl M. Short, chair of the College’s Board of Trustees. “The Board has been involved in this rigorous self-study in a significant way for over two years and now we can celebrate the results. More importantly, the region and its citizens can feel confident in the quality of the College.”

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 the fall 2016 term. Fall classes begin on August 15, 2016.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Reveals 2015 Annual Report

“A Year of Building a More Prosperous Community” focuses on the College’s change and progress with an emphasis on building a more prosperous region

 

2015 AR coverSALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College released its 2015 annual report to the College’s Board of Trustees at their May meeting.

The 2015 annual report, titled “A Year of Building a More Prosperous Community,” focuses on how the College spent 2015 celebrating its, progress, academic excellence and student success, and highlights many of the accomplishments achieved throughout the year in support of the College’s mission and strategic plan.

“As we reflect on 2015, I am indeed thankful for the support that our community has given to Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and its important mission,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus, in her opening letter in the annual report. “I am gratified and inspired by all that we have accomplished together this year. We have experienced an enormous amount of change and progress in just a single year – all with an emphasis and focus on building a more prosperous region.”

The report highlights student and faculty successes on topics such as advanced technology, the College’s new West Avenue Center, accreditation, healthcare, high school programs, scholarships and more.

“Education is the best investment anyone can make. It improves the lives of individuals, their families and the community. A more educated region will result in a stronger, more vibrant region. Rowan-Cabarrus is dedicated to creating a future that offers hope and opportunity to all our citizens,” said Spalding.

Instead of using a traditional PDF as the online version of the annual report, the College continues to use an interactive format utilizing responsive web design. Responsive web design is intended to provide an optimal viewing experience – easy reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning and scrolling – across a wide range of devices (from desktop computer monitors to mobile phones).

The 2015 annual report can be found at www.rccc.edu/2015.

The report also highlights the College’s success in securing grants and the Rowan-Cabarrus Foundation’s private philanthropic funds to support special projects such as the prestigious Leon Levine Challenge Grant, the over $1 million dollar support from Duke Energy, a unique donation from Novant Health, and increased scholarship funds to the College’s Foundation.

“Like many public organizations, Rowan-Cabarrus must seek private and philanthropic resources. Strengthening our ‘fundraising muscle’ 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 served by the College each year,” said Carl M. Short, chair of the Rowan-Cabarrus Board of Trustees. “As Rowan-Cabarrus grows, the College must adapt and anticipate the needs of students and the community; public and private investment is crucial.”

The annual report also includes a detailed analysis of the College’s most significant accomplishments in 2015 and how they align with the new 2015-2018 strategic plan.

For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu/apply2016 or call 704-216-RCCC (7222). The College is currently accepting applications the fall 2016 term. Fall classes begin on August 15, 2016.

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