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