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Rowan-Cabarrus Ready to Help ITT Technical Institute Students Enroll, Accomplish Educational Goals

Award-winning digital college offers affordable options for online and in-person classes; Specializations and expertise in technology, including National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) cybersecurity designation

 

Computer PhotoCONCORD, N.C. — As many ITT Technical Institute students face the recent challenge of finding a new way to achieve their educational goals, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College welcomes them to consider the College a new academic home.

While the fall semester is underway, it’s not too late to enroll in classes. The College offers courses beginning in October and November that can help interested students register for the courses they need.

The College has been accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC), the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states, since 1970, and recently received their reaffirmation of accreditation through year 2026.

“We are ready and eager to work with ITT Tech students who are hoping to continue working toward their education,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. “The College is attainable and affordable, with a large majority of students receiving federal financial aid.”

Rowan-Cabarrus is a perfect home for the many displaced ITT Tech students due to the College’s recognition as a leader in digital and online offerings, as well as accolades specifically as a cybersecurity academic trailblazer.

“Rowan-Cabarrus offers numerous degrees that you can complete entirely online. In fact, our online courses and online faculty have won numerous national awards,” said Spalding. “We were even named one of the top 10 digital community colleges in the U.S. for the second year in a row.”

In recent years, the College has developed more condensed courses and expanded its online offerings.

“Colleges used to offer sixteen-week, semester-long courses – and that was about it. But today, thanks to creative scheduling and technology, Rowan-Cabarrus is able to offer classes in half the time, or less,” said Dr. Michael Quillen, vice president of academic programs.

The College places a strong emphasis on technology, a broad, in-demand and well-paying field that is used across a variety of industries, as it sees the field as a great option for someone entering the workforce or considering a new career.

The technology programs at Rowan-Cabarrus provide students with a sound understanding of the science, technology and applications essential for successful employment in their respective fields by incorporating the competencies of industry-recognized standards. Graduates of these programs should qualify for employment in entry-level positions with businesses, educational systems and governmental agencies.

Cybersecurity, in particular, is one of the College’s strengths in the IT field.

“Our security program was heavily vetted by the NSA and they were particularly impressed with our work to secure articulation agreements with four-year institutions such as Champlain and Catawba College,” said Zackary Hubbard, program chair for the College’s Computer Technology Integration program.

Currently, there are only a small number of educational institutions nationwide with this specific designation, and Rowan-Cabarrus is one of only two community colleges in the state of North Carolina. Upon completion of the program, participants will be prepared for lucrative careers in both local and national industries such as law enforcement and banking.

The College is also offering a Technology Experience Day later this month for anyone in the community interested in exploring technology-centric career paths. Participants will work through an android boot camp and create a personalized android app, experience a computer software circuit simulator, and several other simulations in the technology field.

“Regardless of what you’re interested in, it’s not too late to start your education this fall! The great thing about the mini-semester is that it gives students the opportunity to earn full course credits in half the time,” said Spalding. “Between the mini-semester and our continuing education classes that are provided on a rotating basis year-round, students can enroll in courses at any time to get the education they need.”

ITT Tech students should reach out directly to Holly Vanager at holly.vanagercrummel@rccc.edu or 704-216-3611. The College has eight-week classes beginning October 17, 2016. To register for Technology Experience Day on Saturday, September 24, from 9.a.m-12 p.m., at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu/techexp.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Provides Free Seminars for Local Small Businesses

Whether starting a small business or growing an existing business, the College can help develop a plan of action for lasting success

 

sbcSALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is offering numerous seminars this fall for local small business owners through the Small Business Center. Seminars are provided free-of-charge and open to the public.

Local residents like Brian and Lisa Perry, entrepreneurs and owners of a successful digital marketing and website development business called Perry Productions, can attest to the success of the Small Business Center. The Perrys started their business in their home over 20 years ago, and have now grown into an office space in downtown Concord with two full-time employees.

The pair hold a firm belief in the importance of education for small business owners, like the free seminars offered by the Small Business Center.

“I’m so impressed with the different topics offered though the Small Business Center at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College,” said Mrs. Perry. “The Center is such a valuable asset to the small business community.”

The Perrys have held seminars through the Small Business Center, offering many online marketing ideas for budding entrepreneurs. Their latest seminar, “Low Cost Online Marketing,” was a huge hit with community members looking to energize their marketing efforts by attracting more potential customers through the power of the internet.

Other seminars offered through the Center include basic topics like “How to Start a Business” and “How to Test Your Business Idea” to more advanced topics like “Your Small Business Taxes” and “Market Research Made Easy.”

“The Small Business Center at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College provides business resources in Concord, Kannapolis, Salisbury and surrounding towns. Whether starting a small business or growing an existing business, the Small Business Center can aid in developing a plan of action for lasting success,” said Barbara Hall, director of the College’s Small Business Center. “Our goal is simple – to provide high quality small business education and relevant, comprehensive assistance to you.”

The calendar includes the following seminars held at the College’s North Campus in Salisbury:

  • How to Start a Business – Monday 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., September 19
  • Agripreneur: Marketing Your Harvest – Thursday 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., September 22
  • Basics of Bookkeeping – Thursday 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., September 26
  • Using Your Expertise to Grow Your Business – Tuesday 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., October 18
  • Clueless About Accounting? – Thursday 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., December 8

The calendar includes the following seminars held at the College’s facility at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis:

  • How to Set Up and Use a Facebook Business Page – Tuesday 9:00 – 11:00 a.m., September 13

The calendar includes the following seminars held at the College’s Cabarrus Business & Technology Center Campus in Concord:

  • Funding Your Business – Thursday 6:30-8:30 p.m., September 29
  • Market Research Made Easy – Wednesday 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., October 5
  • Your Small Business Taxes – Thursday 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., October 13
  • How to Test Your Business Idea – Thursday 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., October 20
  • Business Law – Tuesday 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., October 25
  • How to Set Up and Use a Facebook Business Page – Thursday 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., November 3
  • Reaching Your Target Customer – Thursday 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., November 29
  • How to Start a Business – Thursday 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., December 1

The calendar includes the following seminars available online via WebEx:

  • Small Business Resources – Wednesday, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., September 7
  • Which Certification is Right for You? – Wednesday 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., September 21

For more information on the seminars including course descriptions, specific classroom locations and how to register, visit www.rccc.edu/sbc/.

The Rowan-Cabarrus Small Business Center can also help you access data on hundreds of industries, information needed to make marketing decisions or to write a business plan. A small business counselor can help you find information about your consumer preferences, use of social media in your industry, profit margins and much more. Make a free, one-on-one counseling appointment today at www.rccc.edu/sbc/.

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

Posted in Corporate and Continuing Education, Corporate Training, Small Business Center |

Rowan-Cabarrus Offering American Sign Language Course

The College is bridging communication gaps through an eight-week class

 

Sign LanguageSALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is offering an immersion into American Sign Language.

Starting Monday, September 12, the course will introduce the fundamental elements of American Sign Language within a cultural context.

“American Sign Language has a deep history and unique qualities,” said Tricia Staggers, lead program manager of training services at Rowan-Cabarrus. “During the course, emphasis will be placed on the development of basic expressive and receptive skills. It’s a great way to submerse yourself in this fascinating, expressive language.”

Upon completion of the eight-week class, students will be able to comprehend and respond with grammatical accuracy to expressive American Sign Language and demonstrate cultural awareness.

“This is a great opportunity for community members of all professions to learn a new skill,” said Staggers. “Past students have included health and law enforcement professionals, teachers, volunteers and more.”

The course will run Mondays from September 12 through October 31, from 5:30-8:30 p.m., at the College’s South Campus in Concord.

Those interested should register as soon as possible, as there is a lot of interest and limited slots available.

In addition to American Sign Language, the College is offering an array of classes starting soon designed to pique your interests and help you meet your personal goals including Fall and Winter Gardening, Small Engine Repair, Aromatherapy: Essentials of Oils, Total Body Conditioning and more.

For more information about American Sign Language, including how to register, as well as other courses offered at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu/enrichment or call 704-216-RCCC (7222).

Posted in Personal Enrichment |

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees Welcomes Rowan County Crosby Scholars Board of Directors

The Boards met to discuss the Rowan County Crosby Scholars Community Partnership

 

20160816_1040ARSALISBURY, N.C. – The Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees hosted the Crosby Scholars Board of Directors at a recent board meeting to discuss the Rowan County Crosby Scholars Community Partnership.

The Rowan County Crosby Scholars Community Partnership is a non-profit corporation dedicated to helping public middle and high school students in Rowan County prepare academically, personally and financially for college admission and other post-secondary opportunities best suited to a student’s needs, aptitudes and dreams.

“The Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees was honored to host the Crosby Scholars Board of Directors,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “The partnership is very important to us, and we look forward to continuing to welcome Crosby Scholars to the College and helping them get engaged across campus.”

The program, named after famed entertainer Bing Crosby, is an off-shoot of the original and highly effective program in Forsyth County. The program launched in Rowan County for the 2013-14 academic year and has continued to grow.

“Our vision states that we seek to ensure every public school student in Rowan County has the opportunity to attend college,” said Jennifer Canipe, executive director of the Rowan County Crosby Scholars Community Partnership. “We are excited to partner with Rowan-Cabarrus Community College to ensure that we are taking steps to achieve that vision.”

Rowan-Cabarrus saw a high intake of Crosby Scholars students this academic year, with 22 of the program’s students enrolled at Rowan-Cabarrus this fall.

“This program provides an eye-opening experience for the students of Rowan County,” said Gwin Barr, board chair of the Crosby Scholars Board of Directors. “We celebrated our first graduating class in May, and the Rowan County Crosby Scholars are attending over 40 colleges and universities this fall, with the largest percentage choosing to attend Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.”

The first group of Crosby Scholars at Rowan-Cabarrus is already attending class and getting involved in the opportunities provided on our campus

“These students should be very proud of what they have accomplished,” said Gaye McConnell, vice president of student services and the student experience at Rowan-Cabarrus. “Students put in a lot of effort to graduate as Crosby Scholars, and we look forward to helping them achieve their academic and co-curricular goals here at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.”

For more information on the Rowan County Crosby Scholars Community Partnership, please visit www.crosbyscholarsrowan.org.

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

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Robert Misenheimer Appointed to the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees

Former Kannapolis mayor continues to serve on the Rowan-Cabarrus Board of Trustees

 

jkljKANNAPOLIS, N.C. – Robert S. Misenheimer, former mayor of Kannapolis, has been reappointed to the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees by North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory.

“Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is a vital part of Rowan and Cabarrus Counties,” said Misenheimer. “I am proud to continue serving the College and our community as a trustee.”

Misenheimer served as mayor of Kannapolis from 2005 through 2013, and was elected to five-consecutive terms on the Kannapolis City Council from 1989 to 2005. He is also a retired educator. From 1980 to 1993, he worked as a high school and middle school principal in the Cabarrus County School District. From 1957 to 1980, he served as a teacher, assistant principal and principal in the Kannapolis School District.

“Rowan-Cabarrus is fortunate to retain such a distinguished member of our board. I am proud to serve alongside Bob and know that he will continue to be a valuable asset to the College,” said Carl M. Short, chair of the Rowan-Cabarrus Board of Trustees.

Misenheimer has served on the College’s Board since 2008. His term will run through 2020. He currently serves on the building and grounds, institutional advancement & legislature and personnel committees of the Board.

Misenheimer has always been active in the community. He is a member of New Gilead Reformed Church and has served in various leadership positions including deacon, elder and chair of the church and ministry commission. He has served on the SunTrust Bank board of advisors, the Cabarrus County Economic Development Corp. board, the Cabarrus County Parks and Recreation Commission, the North Carolina League of Municipalities transportation committee and more.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from Catawba College, a master’s degree from Appalachian State University, and advanced school administration certification from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has been married for 59 years to the former Bernie Hileman of Kannapolis and has two children and three grandchildren.

“Rowan-Cabarrus is excited to have Bob reappointed 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 Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.

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).

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Student Leaders Recognized

Student Ambassador Program includes outstanding students who represent the College

 

1SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College proudly recognized its latest 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 Student Ambassador program in 2010. The RCCC Foundation sponsors the leadership program and provides scholarships to the student participants. The program has grown to include robust leadership development opportunities.

“I’m very proud of the Rowan-Cabarrus Student Ambassadors and am excited to welcome this new group of leaders into the program,” 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 2016-17 Rowan-Cabarrus Student Ambassadors include:

  • Jimmy Bellamy of Concord, Associate in Arts
  • Cyndl Fritts of Denton, Associates in Applied Science, Radiography
  • Dora Gonzalez of Rockwell, Associate in Arts
  • Sierra Moore of Harrisburg, Associates in Arts
  • Rebecca Murphy of Salisbury, Associate in Arts
  • Trent Phillips of Salisbury, Associates in Applied Science, Business Administration
  • Shakia Simpson of Charlotte, Associate in General Education
  • Brianna Swint 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.

“These top student leaders act as liaisons between the College and prospective students, their families, guests, alumni, business partners and friends of the College,” said Natasha Lipscomb, director of Student Life at the College. “This leadership opportunity enables this prestigious team to develop and expand a wide range of transferrable skills that will benefit them well beyond their time here at Rowan-Cabarrus including public speaking, networking and communication and interpersonal skills.”

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).

Posted in RCCC Foundation, Student Life and Leadership |

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.

Technology Experience Day flyerOn 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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