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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College News

Free College Tuition Available to High School Juniors and Seniors at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

Save more than $10,000 in tuition, compared to private colleges

 

 316SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s Career & College Promise (CCP) program is giving local high school juniors and seniors a chance to jumpstart their college education – tuition-free.

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

The Career & College Promise program allows students to simultaneously enroll in high school and college so that they can receive both high school and college credit for courses taken as part of the program.

“We want our community to be aware of this program,” said Dr. Michael Quillen, vice president of the College’s academic programs. “We want to do everything we can to ensure that high school students and their parents know about this opportunity as early as possible so that they can stay engaged earlier in high school and on track with their education.”

Currently, the program has approximately 575 traditional high school students in Rowan and Cabarrus counties taking advantage of this opportunity.

253Unlike the early college programs, this allows students to remain very involved in their high school. They can stay active in sports and engage in all of the regular extracurricular activities, while taking college and high school courses simultaneously.

“These students still take high school classes at their high school, but can also take college classes tuition free at Rowan-Cabarrus,” said Quillen.

There are two tracks for the Career & College Promise program – one allows students to specialize in a career or technical pathway, while the other allows students to prepare for general transfer onto a four-year college or university.

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

“I am thrilled to have a strong relationship with our local community college,” said Dr. Lynn Moody, superintendent of schools for Rowan-Salisbury School System. “Rowan-Cabarrus is a critical asset for developing our local workforce, and I hope to see even more of our students taking advantage of these tuition-free college classes or continuing their education there after they graduate from high school.”

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

“Students experience real college classes and ultimately feel better prepared when they enter a four-year college or university because they’re already confident in their ability to do college work,” said Quillen.

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

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

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Duke Energy Investment in Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Tops $1 Million

Latest grant from Duke Energy totals $50,000 for workforce development; College’s engineering and automation technology programs to benefit

 

dukeSALISBURY, N.C. — Duke Energy and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College today announced a $50,000 investment as part of Duke Energy’s 2016 workforce development grants. The latest grant from Duke Energy puts the company’s total investment in the College at over $1 million.

“We are grateful to Duke Energy for their support of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “Their continued support and significant contributions to the College over the last few years have been vital.”

Workforce and economic development is one of Duke Energy’s philanthropic investment priorities.

“Developing the region’s workforce benefits us all,” said Randy Welch, district manager, Duke Energy Carolinas. “Our investments come full circle when many of the students go on to work for area industries, and those industries then gain skilled workers trained to meet the community needs.”

The funds will enable equipment enhancements for engineering technologies programs. These enhancements include two MechLab Systems and four AB CompactLogix Programmable Logic Controllers, as well as associated supplies and software.

“A significant component of the Rowan-Cabarrus mission is tied to the economic and workforce development of our region,” Spalding said. “To keep pace with the evolution of manufacturing technologies, the College must produce appropriately skilled and educated workers to manage the increasing complexity and technical aspects of manufacturing jobs.”

The MechLab Automated Training Systems equipment will assist in learning objectives in the engineering technology programs. In conjunction with the MechLab Systems, the Programmable Logic Controllers will give students insight into one of the most significant fields of application for automation technology – production technology.

“This equipment will be used in three different degree programs at Rowan-Cabarrus: Electronics Engineering Technology, Industrial Engineering Technology and Mechanical Engineering Technology,” said Dr. Michael Quillen, vice president of academic programs. “Skills gained by training on this equipment will enable our students to gain employment in a variety of industries. Additionally, students will also be better prepared for transfer to engineering programs in the UNC System through prearranged articulation agreements.”

Today, manufacturers across the country are facing a skills gap between the technical skills their employees need and the skills they find in applicants. Rowan-Cabarrus is working diligently with manufacturers to do its part in addressing the gap that prohibits employers from filling these high-tech, high-wage jobs, and the Duke Energy grant will help the College to further that mission.

The grant was given to the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation’s Building a More Prosperous Community Major Gifts Campaign. The campaign is centered on four key initiatives that address specific needs for the College, including advanced technology, healthcare education, an outdoor learning and amphitheater space, and STEAM scholarships for students pursuing science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.

“The Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation supports the mission of the College and is proud to provide funding for scholarships and other student assistance, support for academic programming and capital needs, and other needs of the College and the local community,” said Carla Howell, chief officer of governance, foundation and public relations.

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.

For information on the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation, visit www.rccc.edu/foundation.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Invites Community to Welding Experience Open House

Hands-on, interactive event will give folks the opportunity to try their hand at virtual and real welding

 

071SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College invites anyone interested in welding to The Welding Experience at the College’s North Campus in Salisbury, an interactive open house specifically for those considering this field.

On Saturday, April 16, from 8 a.m.-12 p.m., the College will welcome the community to a hands-on crash course in virtual and live welding, as well as the lucrative and exciting career opportunities available in this field.

“This is not a drill – attendees will actually get to weld,” said Robert Simpson, program chair of welding technology at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. “Welding probably isn’t what you think, and this interactive experience can help you determine if it’s a viable career option for you.”

Welding, an in-demand, well-paying field used across a variety of industries, is a great option for someone entering the workforce or considering a new career.

“Welding doesn’t have to be a nine-to-five job – it’s done everywhere from the depths of the ocean to outer space,” said Simpson. “Careers can include work underwater; on race cars, bridges and ships; on oil rigs and farm equipment and so much more. These careers also tend to be lucrative; an experienced traveling welder can easily earn upwards of six figures.”

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median salary for welders is $37,420 per year and employment is expected to grow four percent from 2014 to 2024. The BLS also notes that skilled welders with up-to-date training should have good job opportunities.

The Welding Technology program at Rowan-Cabarrus provides students with a sound understanding of the science, technology and applications essential for successful employment in the welding and metalworking industry through use of virtual and live welding.

Virtual reality welding equipment eliminates the cost of metal used in traditional welding classes. Additionally, the device scores each weld and gives immediate feedback to the student welder. Other students can watch welds projected on a screen while the instructor teaches welding technique and theory. Each student will practice virtual welding before moving to the live welding lab.

“We are eager to get more potential students on campus. Sometimes I think we’re the best kept secret in our region and I want to change that. We’re working to spread the word and this event is a great way to get to know one aspect of Rowan-Cabarrus,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.

For more information about the Welding Experience Open House and the Welding Technology program at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu/weldingexp or call 704-216-RCCC (7222).

 

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Announces Fifth Annual Stem Open House

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

 

Students from the Rowan and Cabarrus Counties attend STEM Open House at NCRC.  KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College invites people of all ages to its fifth STEM Open House at its facility on the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis.

On Thursday, April 7, from 5-8 p.m. and Friday, April 8, from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., the College will welcome the community to a fun, interactive event showcasing the College’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs.

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

STEM 2The College will have dozens of interactive exhibits for children and adults of all ages to dazzle the senses and stir curiosity for all things STEM! The community will have the opportunity to make their own rocket, participate in “Zombies: Fact or Fiction,” and even engage in activities involving 3D printing and forensic recovery.

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

The College wants children and adults of all ages to attend with their parents. The exhibits will be extremely diverse – everything from “Infected” where folks will exchange fluids in test tubes to see who gets infected and how fast it can spread to growing an ear in lab dishes and how to develop videogames to race cars and fire trucks.

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

Surrounding public and private schools are busing in students on Friday for the occasion.

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

STEM 3Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s STEM Open House will be one of the many events occurring as part of the NC Science Festival taking place from April 8-24. Given that STEM is an important focus for Rowan-Cabarrus, the College has committed to play a large role in the NC Science Festival. Activities will focus on engaging the younger generation in science. Events across the state are designed to bring science to life for students and their parents.

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

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Unveils New Face of North Campus from I-85

 

Newly renovated Health and Sciences Building addition: final 2010 Rowan County bond projects complete

 

Board Tour 1.25.16-6 SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is proud to unveil a new face for the College’s North Campus in Salisbury.

Thanks to completing nearly all of construction projects on North Campus, including the final renovations to the Health and Sciences Building (Building 600) which faces Interstate 85, the College has a fresh new view to welcome visitors and community members alike.

“We are excited to bring a new face to the College’s North Campus. From I-85, you are beginning to see a new and welcoming ‘front door’ to Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and our community,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.

The building opened this spring for classes, and the College’s board of trustees had the opportunity to tour of the newly renovated Health and Sciences Building.

“We welcome the community to the North Campus. We are the community’s college and we believe you will be pleasantly surprised by the renovations and the improvements we have been able to make,” said Spalding.

Rowan-Cabarrus will hold a grand opening celebration of the newly renovated Health and Sciences Building on Thursday, March 31, 2016, from 4-7 p.m. The grand opening event is open to the community and potential students and their parents are invited to attend.

Board Tour 1.25.16-3The renovations and the addition to Building 600 are the last of the projects from the 2010 Rowan County bond referendum to be completed. The $12.3 million bond supported the creation of the new Fire & Emergency Services Training Facility, and renovations to the North Campus, including bringing the College’s facilities up-to-date with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements.

The addition to Building 600, the only expansion and additional square footage gained by the projects, was funded by a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA). The 30,000 square foot addition provided new classrooms and labs.

Building 600 is home to a newly renovated and improved Dental Assisting program that has received updated equipment and furniture. Their lab is a functional client training facility that looks very similar to what graduates will find in the industry. The College’s Radiography program is also located in Building 600 and has seen significant renovations and equipment updates in the last few years.

In addition, the College has two more health programs: Occupational Therapist Assistant (OTA) and Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA). New program development is critically important for community colleges. However, the current funding structure does not support program development, so it often requires careful planning and implementation.

“Community colleges strive to meet the needs of the community and forecast what careers will be available locally in the next five to ten years,” said Spalding.

Occupational therapy assistants help patients develop, recover, and improve the skills needed for daily living and working. Occupational therapy assistants are directly involved in providing therapy to patients; occupational therapy aides typically perform support activities. Physical therapist assistants help patients who are recovering from injuries and illnesses regain movement and manage pain, while assisting patients with specific exercises as part of a plan of care.

Both fields have very promising job outlooks, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“We have been very purposeful and diligent with the $12 million provided in the 2010 Rowan County bond referendum. We took adequate time to raise additional funds and to strategically plan for the future,” said Spalding. “We have gained critical space for instruction and the expansion of new health programs.”

As part of the renovations, the College also took the former administration building, Building 300, and turned it largely into newly refurbished classrooms with smart technology.

Board Tour 1.25.16-10“The technology in our new classrooms is doing just what we hoped it would do – get out of the way and make it easier for our students to learn. We’re getting a lot of positive feedback from instructors and students,” said Ken Ingle, the College’s chief information officer.

The College’s board was pleased to tour the facilities and see local taxpayer dollars at work.

“I am thrilled to have the Rowan County bond projects complete. The College has put the funds to great use. Our students, many whom are alumni now, 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. I think we have made them and the community proud for what the College has been able to create.”

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 March 16, 2016. The College also hopes that the community will come out for the grand opening celebration of the newly renovated Health Sciences Building on Thursday, March 31, 2016, from 4-7 p.m.

 

 

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

Rhonda Horton and Abigail Russell awarded $5,000 scholarships for leadership, excellence of character, integrity and community involvement

 

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

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

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

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

Rhonda Horton of Cabarrus County is pursuing an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Medical Office Administration. She put her education on hold to care for the needs of her disabled children. Having her own health and economic struggles, Rhonda wants to impact others who may have lost hope due to unforeseen circumstances.

“My passion is in basic skills education. I want to be able to have the greatest impact on those who have lost hope in themselves,” said Horton. The State Employees’ Credit Union Scholarship provides financial freedom, which allows me to improve my life and give back to others.”

Abigail Russell of Rowan County is currently pursuing an Associate in General Education, with plans to pursue her Associate Degree in Nursing. She is a member of junior Civitans, is actively involved with her church and has a passion for volunteering.

“This scholarship has allowed me to continue my education while advancing my lifelong goal of becoming a nurse,” said Russell.

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

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

For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu or call 704-216-RCCC (7222). Those interested in applying for scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year can visit www.rccc.edu/scholarships.

 

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Statewide Infrastructure Bond Would Provide $7.2 Million to Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

Voters will decide on a bond that will fund higher education, parks and other infrastructure; Rowan-Cabarrus would utilize funds for facility improvements and public safety expansion

 

RCCC 20131217 445KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — As part of a statewide infrastructure bond slated to come before voters on March 15, 2016, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College would receive $7.2 million to upgrade facilities and grow the College’s Fire & Emergency Services Training Facility.

Governor Pat McCrory signed a bill that will allow voters to decide on the passage of the 2016 Connect NC Bond Act that will fund higher education, parks, agricultural initiatives, state parks, National Guard and water and sewer projects.

North Carolina Community Colleges would receive $350 million of the nearly $2 billion bond with a portion of the funds going to all 58 colleges. Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is set to receive $7.2 million of those funds to upgrade and construct facilities to offer state-of-the-art learning experiences for the citizens of Cabarrus and Rowan counties. These enhancements, the largest of which proposes developing Phase II of the North Campus Fire & Emergency Service Training Facility, will help Rowan-Cabarrus continue to train the local workforce to meet employer demands.

“Rowan-Cabarrus Community College has been continuously working on much-needed renovations over the last few years. In order to educate and train our students for the demanding opportunities available in today’s high-tech job market, we must update some of our existing facilities,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. “095This bond would not only benefit our students, but it will benefit our local businesses and communities as a whole.”

If the bond passes, the College currently plans to use about $3.2 million on renovations to North Campus Buildings 100, 200, 500 and 700.

In keeping with the commitment to train the public safety officers in the region, the College would also dedicate an additional $1 million for Phase II of the Fire & Emergency Services Training Facility, including building a five-story fire training tower, a law enforcement and emergency services tactical training center an outdoor classroom shelter and modern restroom facilities. The College’s fire training programs have experienced growth in recent years – growing 13 percent between 2012 and 2014.

“We realize the enormous importance of the public safety officials who protect our community and keep us safe every day. Ensuring that they receive high-quality training is of the utmost importance,” said Spalding. “We know that we need to continue to strengthen this new facility by expanding it to its full potential.”

RCCC 20131217 417As part of the 2010 Rowan County bond referendum, the College directed its first attention to building the new Fire & Emergency Services Training Facility. As the first of the bond-funded projects to be completed, this training facility has been heavily utilized by our public safety providers in Rowan and Cabarrus County.

“The value added to fire, emergency and law enforcement agencies through funding of this project is clear—ready access to state-of-the-art facilities to support ongoing training of current agency personnel and new recruits to feed increasing demand,” said Spalding.

In Cabarrus County, the College would allocate another $3 million toward expansions to the South Campus and Cabarrus Business and Technology Center facilities, including the remodel of the South Campus student center and property for future campus expansions.

“The passing of this bond would mean significant savings to the people of Rowan and Cabarrus counties,” said Trustee Dakeita Vanderburg-Johnson who is co-chairing the College’s local support for the bond effort. “The bond would fund ongoing, much-needed improvements for the College that may otherwise have to come out of the budgets of both counties.”

The vote is set to take place on March 15, 2016. If it passes, it will mark 15 years since the last general obligation bond was authorized to upgrade the state’s infrastructure. Rowan-Cabarrus has evolved significantly to meet the needs of the workforce, and funding from the bond will assist the College in upgrading facilities to meet the needs of the community.

“Every improvement we’ve identified supports our students and their needs,” said Spalding. “This bond would allow us to continue supporting new and existing programs that will position our graduates for lucrative careers.”

For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu/apply2016 or call 704-216-RCCC (7222). The College is currently registering students for four-week and eight-week spring term classes that begin in March and April.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Announces Student Excellence Awards Finalists and Winners

The College’s best and brightest students were nominated for three prestigious awards; two students will go on to compete at state-level

 

Thea Flynn

Thea Flynn

SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is pleased to announce the top 15 Student Excellence Awards finalists and winners.

Annually, through a rigorous nomination process, the College has the opportunity to select the most excellent students.

“These finalists represent the best and brightest of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of the College. “We could not be more proud to recognize these students whose outstanding accomplishments reflect the core values of our college.”

The 2015-16 Rowan-Cabarrus Excellence Award top 15 finalists include:

  • Lori Batterman  of Concord, Associate in Applied Science
  • Julia Blankenship of Salisbury, Associate in General Education
  • Gina Davis of Charlotte, Associate in Applied Science
  • Michelle Dieul of Salisbury, Associate in Arts
  • Thea Flynn of Mount Pleasant, Associate in Applied Science
  • Ursula Gantner of  Concord, Associate in Applied Science
  • Leah Greer of  Concord, Associate in General Education
  • Reece Hawley of Concord, Associate in Arts
  • Tammy Kimrey of  Salisbury, Associate in Applied Science
  • Teresa Lowenstein of Charlotte, Associate in Arts
  • Scott Martin of Concord, Associate in Applied Science
  • Daphne Moore of Charlotte, Associate in Applied Science
  • Cathy Nkokesha Lubamba of Harrisburg, Associate in Arts
  • Kathleen Quevedo of Concord, Associate in Arts
  • Roa Saleh of Harrisburg, Associate in Science
Gina Davis

Gina Davis

The finalists were up for three prestigious awards. Competition was rigorous as the Student Excellence Award Committee began with a pool of over 300 eligible students, which included Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation scholarship recipients, faculty and staff nominees, and student organization leaders. Student nominees were invited to write a 500 word essay to be reviewed by a committee, and of the 108 submitted essays, 15 finalists were selected to be interviewed.

“The committee was honored to interview each of the finalists and learn more about their journeys,” said Natasha Lipscomb, director of student life and leadership development at Rowan-Cabarrus. “Each student had such a unique perspective based on their life experiences thus far.  Their stories were touching and their goals inspiring. Narrowing down to just three winners was a tough decision, as all 15 finalists are truly remarkable people.”

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, a Duplin County native, is acknowledged as the philosophical godfather of the state’s community college system. He may be best known for his belief that education should be available to all and that community colleges should “….take people from where they are, 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 N.C. State Governor 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.

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Roa Saleh

“I am so proud of not only Roa, Thea and Gina but all of the finalists. They are all so deserving,” said Lipscomb. “Thea and Gina will go on to compete in the state level with the other 57 community colleges for an overall winner of their awards and I know they will represent the College well.”

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 March 16, 2016.

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North Carolina Included in GED® Changes

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College test takers post-Jan. 1, 2014 may be eligible for high school equivalency diploma, revised performance levels

 

SALISBURY, N.C. — Recently, GED Testing Service announced revisions to the “cut” or passing scores, as well as performance levels for its high school equivalency test, and is making those revisions retroactive to January 1, 2014, when the 2014 GED Test series was first released. North Carolina will join 32 states in recognizing these changes immediately, possibly resulting in as many as 700 new high school equivalency diploma holders in the state. Other states may require additional approval or rule changes to implement the new recommended revisions.

“We are so pleased that these performance revisions to the GED test and program will open new doors for folks in our local communities,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. “We hope everyone affected by these changes will be inspired to continue their educational goals at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.”

GED Testing Service is contacting those affected by the changes via email; however, test takers with questions can log into their MyGED.com account or go to www.gedtestingservice.com/testers/tester-score-change-faqs for information.

The “cut” or passing score isRowan-Cabarrus graduation takes place on May 15, 2015. being revised from 150 per test module to 145. Additionally, GED is recalibrating its performance levels to the following scale:

Performance Level 1: Below Passing (100-144)

Performance Level 2: Pass/High School Equivalency (145-164)

Performance Level 3: GED College Ready (165-174)

Performance Level 4: GED College Ready + Credit (175-200)

Those who test at Performance Level 4 may be eligible for up to 10 semester hours of college credit as recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE®) College Credit Recommendation Service. The eligibility of the college credit is at the discretion of the local institution. For more information on ACE®, please visit www.acenet.edu.

“We are working with our GED state representative to ensure students and programs get the necessary information to implement this new change,” said Dr. Lisa Chapman, Senior Vice President for Programs in the NC Community College System.

North Carolina’s 58 community colleges have the option of offering three high school equivalency tests: GED®, HiSET®, and TASC.

“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 Gary Connor, director of the College’s Pre-College Studies Department. “I encourage anyone thinking about the GED or other high school equivalency options to learn more and take those next steps for a better future.”

For more information on high school equivalency testing opportunities, please visit www.nccommunitycolleges.edu/college-and-career-readiness/high-school-equivalency or www.rccc.edu/testing/high-school-equivalency/.

Additional information on the GED Testing Service changes is available at www.gedtestingservice.com/educators/score-changes.

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

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Rowan K-12 and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Discuss Opportunities for Partnerships in Workforce Development

Free college tuition available to high school juniors and seniors; Students can save more than $10,000 in tuition compared to private colleges

 

Board Meeting 1.25.16-1 SALISBURY, N.C. — At a recent Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees gathering, the College was pleased to host Rowan-Salisbury School System leadership and school board members for a conversation on ways to improve high school to college completion.

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

There have been serious conversations at the national level about strengthening the relationships between high schools and community colleges to include two years of community college free for responsible first-time students. Thus, local discussions like this to improve partnerships and awareness are vitally important.

“I am thrilled to have a strong relationship with our local community college,” said Dr. Lynn Moody, superintendent of schools for Rowan-Salisbury School System. “Rowan-Cabarrus is a critical asset for developing our local workforce, and I hope to see even more of our students taking advantage of these tuition-free college classes or continuing their education there after they graduate from high school.”

This tuition-free program for high school juniors and seniors gives students the opportunity to get a “jump start” on a two-year or four-year degree while still in high school.

“The Career & College Promise program has approximately 575 traditional high school students in Rowan and Cabarrus counties who have simultaneously enrolled in high school and college so that they can receive both high school and college credit for courses taken as part of the program,” said Spalding.

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

Board Meeting 1.25.16-7Further, many of the college transfer classes are weighted just like honors classes, making them a great alternative to Advanced Placement courses.

“We want our community to be aware of this program,” said Dr. Michael Quillen, vice president of the College’s academic programs. “We want to do everything we can to ensure that high school students and their parents know about this opportunity as early as possible so that they can stay engaged earlier in high school and on track with their education.”

Unlike the early college programs, this allows students to remain very involved in their high school. They can stay active in sports and engage in all of the regular extracurricular activities, while taking college and high school courses simultaneously.

There are two tracks for the Career & College Promise program – one allows students to specialize in a career or technical pathway, while the other allows students to prepare for general transfer onto a four-year college or university.

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

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

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

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