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Rowan-Cabarrus Named One of the Top Ten Digital Community Colleges for Second Year in a Row

College named among the 2015-2016 Digital Community Colleges Survey Top Ten-Ranking Winners, jumping to sixth place

 

BOT 5.23 DigitalSALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College was named as one of the 2015-2016 Top Ten Digital Community Colleges by the Center for Digital Education for its use of digital technologies to improve services for students, faculty, staff and the community at large.

The College faced tough competition as all community colleges in the United States are eligible for recognition. Rowan-Cabarrus was recognized for its work on mobile technology, smart classrooms and technology innovation

“We are honored and proud to not only have made the prestigious list of honorees, but to have improved our standing from tenth to sixth place,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “Through the generous support of the Cannon Foundation, Inc., the Charles A. Cannon Charitable Trusts, and the Mariam and Robert Hayes Charitable Trust, the College was able to substantially improve the College’s information technology systems beginning in 2009.”

“We were happy to help the College rebuild its information technology infrastructure,” said William Cannon, president of The Cannon Foundation. “We are always looking to invest in initiatives that can support lasting changes and it is rewarding to see the significant difference it has made in the College’s ability to serve students.”

For instance, Rowan-Cabarrus offers online tutoring for students in many subjects 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In 2015, the College provided more than 1,700 synchronous online tutoring sessions (nearly 800 hours).

“This year’s survey indicates community colleges are making great strides in using data to improve decisions, providing professional development to assist faculty in the use of technology, and creating robust online and mobile environments for their students,” said Dr. Kecia Ray, executive director for the Center for Digital Education. “Congratulations to this year’s survey winners.

This year’s Digital Community Colleges Survey also revealed insights about community colleges’ technology priorities. Colleges surveyed indicated that mobility devices/app support and website redesign are their top priorities in the coming year, followed by cybersecurity tools and testing, network infrastructure modernization, server consolidation and virtualization, and disaster recovery/business continuity.

Rowan-Cabarrus is among those currently in the process of undergoing a web redesign, a large College-wide project designed to vastly improve the College’s ability to serve prospective and current students.

“The College understands the importance of digital offerings. We will continue to listen to our students and provide the technological options they are seeking for their education,” said Spalding. “Although we have come a long way, we continue to work and enhance the services and system we provide to students.”

For example, the College rolled out a new feature on the student registration system that allows students to plan their entire academic path to graduation online. This planning helps improve their ability to forecast the classes they need to take each term and how close they are to achieving their degree, diploma, or certificate. Additionally, students’ itemized tuition bills are now easily accessible through the same platform.

The College also supports a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) approach to technology on campus and supports students, faculty and staff with the College’s IT help desk which is open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, through a partnership with Blackboard.

Rowan-Cabarrus has created a stable, secured wireless network which allows students, faculty, and staff to be able to connect to network resources using not only college-owned devices, but personal devices like smartphones, tablets or laptops.

“We not only support enhanced websites, new online planning systems, mobile technology, campus wide wireless access, as well as many other tools, but we tie all of these items together to create a cohesive personalized and contextual experience for our students,” said Ken Ingle, chief information officer for the College. “This experience simplifies technology for our users allowing students to focus on their educational goals. We believe this is really what set us apart from others who entered.”

The Rowan-Cabarrus mobile app allows students to view their entire course load along with detailed descriptions of each class, check their final grades on the go, access Blackboard and even get personalized notifications regarding any holds on their student account.

The College is also continuing their efforts in the ever-expanding courses offered via distance education.

“A recent study indicated that distance education enrollments account for nearly all recent student growth at two-year institutions and we want to be sure we are offering courses in the methods our students want. But from the information technology side of things, we also want to make sure those offerings are supported with the right kinds of technology and customer service resources,” said Ingle.

The College also offers nine degree options that can be obtained completely online, including the transferable Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degree options. In addition, dozens of diplomas and certifications are available to be earned completely online. In fact, in 2015, over half of all enrollment was found in a class that was somehow online, whether that was a course offered completely online or a hybrid option with limited face-to-face meetings.

“The Cannon Foundation’s generous gift helped strengthen the College’s information technology infrastructure and I am indeed grateful for their support of the Foundation. Their generous contribution has made education more accessible to our students,” said Carla Howell, chief officer of governance, foundation, and public relations.

Other digital initiatives include introducing online textbooks to many of the College’s core and elective classes, online job preparation and searching resources, social media and electronic emergency notifications systems.

The Center for Digital Education (CDE) is a national research and advisory institute specializing in K-12 and higher education technology trends, policy and funding. CDE provides education and industry leaders with decision support and actionable insights to help effectively incorporate new technologies in the 21st century.

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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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Holds Successful Stem Open House for Nearly 1,000

College welcomed the community for an interactive event showcasing the College’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs

 

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College was proudRCCC_STEM_36 to host its fifth annual STEM Open House at the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) earlier this spring.

“The STEM Open House was 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 should 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 open house was a fun, interactive event for the community showcasing the College’s science, technology, engineering and math programs.

“The College was pleased to have record-breaking attendance at this year’s event,” said Spalding. “The event has grown annually with nearly 1,000 students and community members attending the 2016 STEM Open House.”

The College hosted dozens of interactive exhibits for kids and adults of all ages to spark the senses and stir curiosity for all things STEM. Attendees were able to make their own rocket, talk with a real SWAT team, climb aboard a real fire truck, play games and even engage in activities involving 3D printing and forensic recovery.

“Our exhibits show that science is friendly, approachable and fun,” said Dr. Carol ARCCC_STEM_62. Scherczinger, dean of the College’s science, biotechnology, mathematics and information technologies. “Research has shown that opinions toward STEM subjects are formed early. Our purpose is two-fold: to recruit students to the College and also to offer a public service by providing opportunities to make STEM enjoyable and approachable.”

The exhibits were extremely diverse – visitors participated in everything from “Infected” where they exchanged fluids in test tubes to see who got infected and how fast it spread to growing an ear in lab dishes and learning how to develop videogames.

Cosmetology took home the award for best booth.

“The live models, showmanship and interactive display relating directly to the cosmetology program and future careers were the talk of the whole building,” said Scherczinger. “Other fan favorites included the dental assisting program’s teeth cleaning and toothpaste creations and the welding program’s virtual welders.”

For the College, hosting the event at their NCRC campus was a no-brainer.

“Holding this event at the College’s North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) facilityRCCC_STEM_50 makes a lot of sense. Our NCRC building is the home of our biotechnology and nursing programs – two of our most STEM intensive curricula,” said Spalding. “If you haven’t had a chance to visit the facility before, I encourage you to do so!”

The target audience for this open house was broader than traditional open houses hosted by the College. In addition to recruiting traditional-aged prospective students, the College aspired to host younger children from local K-12 public schools, homeschool students and families.

The STEM Open House was held in conjunction with the statewide NC Science Festival focused on engaging the younger generation in science. Events across the state were designed to bring science to life for students and their parents.

For more information about next year’s event, please contact Dusty Saine (704-216-7105, dusty.saine@rccc.edu). 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 beginning on August 15, 2016.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Selected to Participate in Nasa Grant Competition for Second Year in a Row

The College launched a weather balloon to the edge of space as part of design challenge

 

SALISBURY, N.C. — For the second year in a row, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College was pleased to be one of only ten colleges selected to participate in the N.C. Space Grant Team Design Challenge and Competition.

“This was a great opportunity for work-based learning and provided a great experience of a real division of NASA for our students. The participants were able to learn the hands-on process of creating a real space balloon and simultaneously earned a scholarship to further their education,” said Zackary Hubbard, program chair for the College’s Computer Technology Integration program.

The North Carolina Space Grant Consortium is led by North Carolina State University. As part of NASA’s proposal to increase science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education at community and technical colleges, the N.C. Space Grant was selected as a recipient of the 2014 Space Grant Competitive Opportunity for Partnerships with Community Colleges and Technical Schools.

“The balloons were launched in Hickory and the event was open to the public and those interested in STEM, said Dr. Van Madray, dean of the College’s engineering and business technologies programs.

Each team designed, engineered, tested and launched a high-altitude balloon to the edge of space. Team members were responsible for conducting a specific experiment while their balloon was in-flight that had measurable results. Each balloon was equipped with a camera and GPS, which aided in the recovery of the balloon post-experiment.

The grant not only provided the funding for the N.C. Space Grant Team Design Challenge and Competition, but it also provided a $1,000 scholarship for each Rowan-Cabarrus team member.

The grant establishes the Team Design Challenge and Competition for faculty and students across the state to increase STEM education experiences featuring NASA content. This year, those selected to participate in addition to Rowan-Cabarrus Community College were Randolph Community College, Edgecombe Community College, Central Piedmont Community College, Southwestern Community College, Guilford Technical Community College, Durham Technical Community College, Craven Community College, Pitt Community College and Catawba Valley Community College.

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 summer 2016 and fall 2016 terms. Registration is now underway for summer classes beginning on May 23, 2016 and fall classes beginning on August 15, 2016.

 

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Business Students Recognized with Top Honors at State Conference, many to Compete Nationally

College students receive recognition competing against four-year colleges and universities

 

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Phi Beta Lambda students returned from their state conference in Charlotte with numerous awards, continuing the tradition of making the community and the College proud.

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. The 62nd Annual Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) State Leadership Conference included more than 55 competitions in human resource management, accounting and economics, as well as team events in business ethics, desktop publishing, parliamentary procedure and a host of other similar business-related topics.

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

Current Rowan-Cabarrus PBL chapter president Katelyn Collier won the Distinguished Honor of Who’s Who in North Carolina Phi Beta Lambda. This award is given for outstanding leadership and service to Phi Beta Lambda. Katelyn was nominated among many other candidates and was honored to receive this distinction.

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 June.

“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 this speaks volumes about the knowledge and education provided at Rowan-Cabarrus,” said Martha Cranford, Rowan-Cabarrus instructor and chapter advisor. “I encourage all Rowan-Cabarrus students to consider being part of the PBL organization and compete in state and national competitive events.”

More than 300 delegates, advisors and professional division members from dozens of member universities and colleges in North Carolina attended the annual state conference. The Rowan-Cabarrus chapter is among the largest in the state and encourages students to join and take advantage of the PBL leadership opportunities.

“We have award-winning students at Rowan-Cabarrus, and we look forward to celebrating many more in the future,” said Angelo Markantonakis, associate vice president for the College’s academic programs.

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 summer 2016 and fall 2016 terms. Registration is now underway for summer classes beginning on May 23, 2016 and fall classes beginning on August 15, 2016.

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Registration underway for summer classes beginning on May 23, 2016 and fall classes beginning on August 15, 2016

 

052-350x525SALISBURY, N.C. — Registration for summer and fall classes at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is now underway. The College has made significant changes to registration and course schedules to better accommodate students. For instance, expanded summer course offerings give all students a great opportunity to complete their educational goals and college classes.

Many online courses are being offered, making it more convenient for students to enroll and take courses from any location. Students who are planning to graduate from high school this spring can get a jump start on college, whether they are attending Rowan-Cabarrus or another higher education institution.

“Summer classes are a great way to earn some credit and stay in the mode of studying. While these classes tend to be more intense than traditional semester long courses due to the shortened timeframe, it allows students to be more focused rather than trying to balance a full load of classes. Most of our summer students take one or two courses and find they enjoy the less formal atmosphere of summer classes,” said Dr. Michael Quillen, vice president of the College’s academic programs.

Summer courses run four weeks or eight weeks beginning on May 23 and then again on June 21.

Additionally, anyone interested in taking classes this fall should begin the application and registration process now.

“Make sure you can secure your preferred class schedule by registering early,” said Quillen. “Rowan-Cabarrus has small classes with student-focused faculty at an affordable price tag. The College also has multiple convenient campus locations and many online classes.”

The College is an affordable option with credits costing only $76 per credit hour – meaning that the cost of the tuition for one semester is a little over $1,000. Enrolling at Rowan-Cabarrus has never been easier; students may apply online at www.rccc.edu/apply2016.

For many, it is increasingly difficult to figure out how to afford the cost of a college degree. Today, the rising costs of a college education present barriers to even middle-class families.

“Did you know that many of our students receive a high- quality education at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and then transfer on to any state university in North Carolina as a junior? The cost savings in tuition, fees, textbooks, and room and board is significant,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of the College.

Approximately half of all Rowan-Cabarrus students intend to transfer on to a four-year college or university. Top state institutions like the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Appalachian State University and University of North Carolina – Charlotte, are accepting many of Rowan-Cabarrus transfer students each year.

While the transfer process was once arduous, students can now transfer from Rowan-Cabarrus virtually seamlessly, thanks to a newly revised state-wide transfer agreement that streamlines and clarifies the process.

Long gone are the days where the only path to a four-year degree was to go directly to a university. In fact, nearly half of all students graduating with a four-year degree in the 2013-14 school year had some experience within a two-year institution. High-quality and affordably priced classes are persuading more students to begin their quest for a bachelor’s degree at a community college.

“We have small classes. Our 18:1 faculty-student ratio means that our instructors, educated with a minimum of a master’s degree, can give each student the individual attention they deserve,” said Quillen.

Further, Rowan-Cabarrus faculty are focused on their students and teaching classes – and they do it quite well.

“I really believe the College can help most people in our community,” said Tereysha Robles, 2015-2016 Student Government Association president. “I encourage you to check out the small classes, flexible schedules and affordable tuition, as they are only part of what makes Rowan-Cabarrus great. The culture here really pushes you to succeed by helping you meet your personal, academic and career goals.”

For new students, financial aid assistance through the federal government takes time to process, so prospective students should act as soon as possible if they’re planning to utilize this assistance.

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 summer 2016 and fall 2016 terms. Registration is now underway for summer classes beginning on May 23, 2016 and fall classes beginning on August 15, 2016.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Students Land Careers by Completing a Combination of Education and Real-World Experience

 The College’s Work-Based Learning program provides students with invaluable work experience, leading to job offers even before graduation

 

co-op4KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Practical, on-the-job training can prove to be an invaluable asset for college students. Rowan-Cabarrus Community College understands the need to bridge educational and work experience and has seen great results from students in their Work-Based Learning program.

“At Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, we realize that the right internship can lead a student to a successful job offer right out of college, or in many cases even before graduation,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. “The dedicated students who participate in internships make the most of their journey here at the College by using the program to gain real world experience and secure employment.”

The Work-Based Learning program at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is designed to give students valuable work experience while still attending college. Students have the opportunity to put classroom theories into practice as they spend one or more semesters in a company or organization related to their area of study and career goals.

“The program allows students to receive academic credit, gain career-related work experience, explore career possibilities, increase their marketability after graduation, build an impressive resume and more, all simultaneously,” said Dottie Moore, coordinator of the College’s Work-Based Learning program.

Students who participate in the program select from a broad range of opportunities.

Natasha Tyus, a Rowan-Cabarrus student pursuing an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Business Administration, interned at a large hotel chain in Concord.

“My work-based learning experience was great,” said Tyus. “I was offered a full-time position upon completion of my internship. I plan to continue with the company and hope to be promoted to manager upon graduation.”

co-op2Julius Verrett, a student in the College’s Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology program completed his internship with a local county school system.

“It was a great experience and I made some good connections. When my internship was completed, I was selected for a full-time position,” said Verrett. “I have been working full-time there since January of 2015 and I love it. They are a great employer and I enjoy putting everything I have learned at Rowan-Cabarrus to work in the real world.”

Yaritza Cedillo, a Rowan-Cabarrus student pursuing her Associate in Applied Science degree in Medical Office Administration, completed two internships through the College’s Work-Based Learning program, and like Tyus, was offered a job while still enrolled in college.

“A family medicine practice in Concord was in need of a bilingual associate and my internship provided the opportunity for me to showcase my skills,” said Cedillo. “I have now been employed with the practice since May of 2015 and it has been a wonderful experience. I plan to continue working there after I graduate in the spring.”

Biotechnology student Faith Musengo completed his internship with a firm at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis.

“The internship solidified my passion of working for a leading company in the biotechnology field and I am proud to say that I work full-time and will continue to after I graduate in the spring,” said Musengo.

“We could not be more proud of Natasha, Julius, Yaritza, Faith and the many other students who choose to complete an internship. They are great examples of what makes the Work-Based Learning program so successful,” said Angelo Markantonakis, associate vice president for the College’s academic programs. “The College recognizes the importance of preparing students for their professional lives after graduation, and we are proud to help them gain real world experience while making important and lasting connections.”

For more information about the Work-Based Learning program at the College, visit www.rccc.edu/cooperative/ or contact Dottie Moore (704-216-3648, dottie.moore@rccc.edu) or Hanif Miller (704-216-7193, hanif.miller@rccc.edu).

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 summer 2016 and fall 2016 terms. Registration is now underway for summer classes beginning on May 23, 2016 and fall classes beginning on August 15, 2016.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Offers Summer Camps for Youth Interested in Becoming Entrepreneurs, Engineers, Graphic Designers and More

Students learn cutting edge technology and skills; camps include exciting new offerings in babysitter certification, pet sitter prep, fashion design, healthcare and robotics

 

IMG_0109KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Back by popular demand, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College youth summer camps are set to return this year. The College is excited to announce that popular topics like graphic design and youth entrepreneurship will return as well as the addition of courses including babysitter certification, pet sitter prep, fashion design, robotics, healthcare and cyberdrone discovery.

This summer will mark the sixth year of ever-expanding summer camps at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. The camps help students learn the basics of starting their very own baby and pet sitting businesses, learn the art of fashion design, build a robot, fly a drone and more. Students can participate in the youth entrepreneurship course and learn how their new skills can grow into a thriving business.

The camps are designed to excite and inspire young minds as they explore their interests and consider career options for the future.

“These camps are not only fun, but a great way for youth to learn to start their own business and investigate future career opportunities,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of the College.

Rowan-Cabarrus developed the summer camps as an introduction for students to the world of technology and the course offerings have grown based on feedback and needs.

“These budding entrepreneurs, engineers, healthcare professionals and graphic designers often don’t even realize they are learning important transferrable skills and concepts they will eventually need in order to succeed in the competitive workforce” said Spalding. “Students complete the camps with an affordable exposure to the college experience and a blend of learning and doing.”

4.12.13 STEM 059The camps cover a variety of topics:

Babysitter Certification

June 13-14, North Campus, Salisbury

June 20-21, South Campus, Concord

Designed for youth who plan to babysit, this camp includes American Red Cross Babysitter Training, CPR certification and instruction in operating a small business safely. Participants will learn leadership skills in developing a babysitting business, learn to keep themselves and others safe, and learn about basic child care. Ages 11-18. $149

Petsitter Prep 101

June 15-16, North Campus, Salisbury

June 22-23, South Campus, Concord

Designed for youth who plan to provide care and company to pets, this camp includes nationally- recognized certification from PetTechtm in Pet First Aid and CPR. Campers will learn basic care, pet CPR and basic first aid, how to safely walk and hike with pets, as well as receive tips from the Rowan-Cabarrus Small Business Center on how to develop a pet care business and safely market themselves. Ages 11-18. $149

Be a Fashion Design Diva

June 20-23, North Campus, Salisbury

July 18-21, RCCC@NCRC, Kannapolis

This camp is designed for students to learn about the art of fashion design. Campers will explore the history of iconic fashion designers, learn about career opportunities in the fashion industry, and discover what it takes to be a designer. Students will design and create their own garment and model their creations at a fashion show for parents held on the final day of camp, which will meet at Maia’s Fashions in downtown Salisbury. Ages 14-18. $149

Lego Robotics

June 27-30, North Campus, Salisbury

July 11-14, South Campus, Concord

Taught by instructors from CyberKids Robotics, this camp includes construction, team-building, problem-solving, and a whole lot of fun. Campers will study robotic movements and take turns at different roles within the team as they construct and program their robot and complete a series of challenges. Ages 9-13. $149

FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Metal Robots

June 27-30, North Campus, Salisbury

July 11-14, South Campus, Concord

In this camp, taught by instructors from CyberKids Robotics, students will learn about kinesthetic robot construction and as a team build an advanced FTC metal robot using computer-aided design (CAD) software to design the chassis, drivetrain and attachments. As they learn how coding relates to robots and basic programming, students will work as a team to accomplish a variety of challenges using the robot, ending with a demonstration for parents. Ages 12-18. $149

Healthcare Superheroes

July 11-14, North Campus, Salisbury

Does a strawberry have DNA? Can you tie shoes with only one hand? In this camp, students will learn about the unique “super powers” of various healthcare superhero careers including nursing, radiography, dental assisting, occupational therapy, physical therapy, biotechnology, and emergency medical services, through hands-on activities like listening to heart and lung sounds, making dental plaster molds and more. Campers will also learn CPR and receive a bag with healthcare superhero gadgets. Ages 11-14. $299

Groovin’ On Graphics

July 18-21, South Campus, Concord

Over four days campers will become familiar with Adobe Creative Suite and will learn how to make layer-based images, merge photos, use filters to create unreal effects, and much more in order to develop the kinds of visually compelling images used for games, photography, film and graphic arts, as well as websites. Ages 14-18. $299

Groovin’ On Graphics – The Next Level

July 25-28, South Campus, Concord

Campers will explore the Adobe Creative Cloud and its application to web development, learning intermediate and advanced image editing techniques. Pieces worked on in the first camp will be further polished and made into an online portfolio to allow students to market their graphic design and web skills. Prerequisite: Groovin’ on Graphics I or prior experience using Adobe Creative Suite. Ages 14-18. $299

Cyberdrone Discovery

July 18-21, North Campus, Salisbury

July 25-28, CBTC, Concord

Once deemed futuristic, drones are becoming increasingly common. In this camp, students will be introduced to the world of “flying robots” and learn navigation, GPS technology, common aerodynamic concepts and autopilot technology. Exciting, hands-on activities will include flying the drones in an outdoor obstacle course, taking aerial selfies and video, landing the drone on a bullseye and flying it through hoops. Ages 12-18. $149

Youth Entrepreneur Summer (Y.E.S.) Camp

August 1-4, RCCC@NCRC, Kannapolis

Participants will gain an understanding of entrepreneurship as a career option, identify and evaluate various opportunities, and create and plan their own business. They will meet and learn from successful entrepreneurs in our community and participate in numerous activities that promote team building, critical thinking and leadership skills, all in a stimulating, fun environment. Ages 11-14. $149

Photofun I

June 13-16, South Campus, Concord

June 20-23, North Campus, Salisbury

Students will learn basic skills required to shoot and edit high quality images, and through a succession of fun projects will create both portraits and landscapes with their Digital SLR camera. Ages 14-18. $299

Photofun – The Next Level: Digital Design Portfolio

July 11-14, South Campus, Concord

Campers will build on skills learned in Level 1, explore more advanced photographic and editing options, and build a portfolio. Ages 14-18. $299

“Rowan-Cabarrus is pleased to offer summer camps to students,” said Spalding. “The camps are a great example of our innovative courses and programs.”

drone 1In addition to the camps, Rowan-Cabarrus also offers high school students tuition-free courses for college credit through the Career & College Promise program, which 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.

“High school juniors and seniors have the opportunity to begin their two-year or four-year degree tuition-free at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College,” said Spalding. “These courses are weighted just like honors classes, making them a great alternative to Advanced Placement courses.”

Rowan-Cabarrus offers options for students to get a head start in careers like fire protection, criminal justice, machining, web technologies, welding and more. In addition the College offers college transfer and general education classes as part of the Career & College Promise program.

For more information on the camps, please visit www.rccc.edu/camps. For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu.

 

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Cabarrus-Kannapolis Early College Recognized as School of Innovation & Excellence

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s early colleges and Career and College Promise program provide new ways for high school students to get ahead

 

DSC00545 KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Cabarrus-Kannapolis Early College, part of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, was recently recognized by NC New Schools/Breakthrough Learning as a School of Innovation & Excellence.

“Cabarrus-Kannapolis Early College continues to make great strides in preparing each and every one of our students to graduate ready for college, careers and life and it is an honor to have our efforts have been recognized,” said Vance Fishback, principal of the early college since 2009. “Our school now has the option to serve as a host for learning tours and study visits to share our success stories with other schools and administrators. We appreciate the leadership and commitment of our staff, and the hard work of our students, in helping us achieve this milestone.”

Cabarrus-Kannapolis Early College, based at the College’s South Campus, is one of two early colleges at Rowan-Cabarrus currently. The College’s North Campus in Salisbury is home to Rowan County Early College.

Early college is part of the “Learn & Earn” initiative launched by Governor Mike Easely in 2004. It provides the opportunity for students in grades nine through 12 to earn both a high school diploma and a two-year degree or two years of transferrable credit in four or five years, tuition free. It is designed to attract students who are often under-represented in college: minorities, students from low-income families and those whose parents never attended college.

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s early colleges have impressive success rates, especially when comparing student success to a traditional high school. In fact, Rowan County Early College had a 100 percent high school graduation rate the past two years and last year’s Cabarrus-Kannapolis Early College seniors were award more than $4 million in scholarships at four-year colleges and universities across the country.

DSC00549A third early college is slated to open at the College’s Cabarrus and Business Technology Center (CBTC) in Concord in the fall 2016. Principal Fishback will lead the effort to start the Cabarrus Early College of Technology, with Carla Black just recently replacing him at the Cabarrus-Kannapolis Early College.

The early college programs, which provide tuition-free college courses to allow students to earn their high school diploma and an associate degree simultaneously through an onsite standalone high school, are supported at the state level through the Career and College Promise program. The Career and College Promise program also offers high school juniors and seniors in a regular high school the opportunity to get a “jump start” on a two-year or four-year degree while still in high school, also tuition free.

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. Further, 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 these programs,” 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 these opportunities as early as possible so that they can stay engaged earlier in high school and on track with their education – regardless of what path they might choose.”

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. Current high school sophomores and juniors should also speak with their guidance counselor.

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Food Lion, Nissan and Fire-Dex Donate Equipment to Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

Generous donations will benefit the College’s health, automotive and fire training programs

 

 

014KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College prides itself in developing graduates who are workforce ready and with three recent donations from Food Lion, Nissan North America and Fire-Dex Corporation, the College can continue to achieve that mission.

“Industry-recognized equipment is critical to the success of our programs and our graduates,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. “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 Food Lion, Nissan and Fire-Dex are supporting this important effort,” said Spalding.

National grocery store company Food Lion, headquartered in Salisbury, donated two electrical hospital beds, three pharmacy scales and other additional medical items. The beds will be used in the College’s newly renovated Health Sciences Building, and will be shared by the College’s Occupational Therapy Assistant, Physical Therapy Assistant and Radiography programs.

“We are so grateful to Food Lion for their donation,” said Wendy Barnhardt, dean of health and education programs at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. “The beds and other supplies will be a great addition to our modernized space and allow our students to learn on real-world equipment.”

Nissan North America, based in Franklin, Tennessee, donated an Altima and Armada to the College’s Automotive Systems Technology program. The two vehicles represent thousands of dollars in savings to the College.

Bottom Panel“I really want to think Nissan for their generous donation,” said Wade Vernon, chair of the College’s Automotive Systems Technology program. “Formalized training on actual vehicles is an important prerequisite for employment in the automotive field. The training will not only give students the skills, satisfaction, and confidence they need to successfully complete their work, but it will also give them the ability to increase their earning potential.”

Fire-Dex Corporation, of Medina, Ohio, donated turnout gear and boots to the College’s Fire & Emergency Services Training programs.

Phase I of the Fire & Emergency Services Training Facility was completed as part of the 2010 Rowan County bond referendum and has been receiving heavy use for about 18 months. The facility, based at the College’s North Campus in Salisbury, serves an important role for training local public safety providers who protect citizens every day, and is set to expand if voters pass the Connect NC Bond on the March 15 election ballot.

“We are so appreciative of Fire-Dex Corporation’s donations to the Fire & Emergency Services Training Facility here at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College,” said Roger McDaniel, director of emergency services for Rowan-Cabarrus. “It is an honor to train firefighters, law enforcement and emergency personnel, and this donation ensures they continue receiving top-notch training that is so important to our community.”

“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/apply2016 or call 704-216-RCCC (7222). The College is currently accepting applications for summer 2016 and fall 2016 terms. Registration is now underway for summer classes beginning on May 23, 2016 and fall classes beginning on August 15, 2016.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Offers Wide Range of Short-Term Unique Courses

The College’s Personal Enrichment program offers short-term courses for self-improvement, cultural enrichment and academic achievement

 

 yoga 6SALISBURY, N.C. — From aromatherapy to yoga, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is offering a wide range of short-term courses this spring.

Through the personal enrichment program, the College offers courses for self-improvement, cultural enrichment and academic achievement.

“The courses are for everyone in the community, meaning you don’t have to be a currently enrolled student at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College to participate,” said Tricia Staggers, lead program manager of training services at the College.

The purpose of the program is to give individuals a chance to pursue special interests and to fill their leisure time with worthwhile educational projects.

“For getting fit – mind and body! – we have yoga. For new and re-entry motorcycle riders we offer a course in basic safety. Need a knowledge boost when it comes to your android phone? – we’ve got you covered. Yearning to learn a new language? We can help,” said Staggers. “We really strive to offer a variety of courses across multiple campuses for a greater community reach.”

The calendar of courses offered is constantly updating, but a slew of interesting topics are scheduled this spring.

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

  • Basic Forklift Operator, Friday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., April 29 and April 30
  • Personal Trainer Exam Prep, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., May 13 – May 15
  • Beginning Gentle Yoga, Thursdays 5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m., May 19 – June 23
  • Conversational Spanish I, Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., May 24 – June 30

The calendar includes the following courses held at the College’s South Campus in Concord:

  • Microsoft Excel 2013 Intermediate, Tuesdays 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. or 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., May 3 and May 10
  • yoga 4Basic Motorcycle Riders Course, Thursday 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 8:00 .am. – 5:00 p.m., May 19 – May 21
  • Spanish for the Medical Professional, Mondays and Wednesdays 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., May 23 – June 29
  • Microsoft Excel 2013 Advanced, Tuesdays 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., May 24 – May 31
  • Basic Motorcycle Riders Course, Thursday 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 8:00 .am. – 5:00 p.m., June 2 – June 4
  • Introduction to Computers, Mondays and Wednesdays 5:30 p.m. – 8:90 p.m., June 6 – July 13
  • Basic Motorcycle Riders Course, Thursday 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 8:00 .am. – 5:00 p.m., June 16 – June 18

The calendar includes the following courses held at the College’s location at the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis:

  • Herbalism 101, Tuesdays 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., April 19 and April 26
  • Aromatherapy: Essentials of Oils – Level 2, Monday 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., May 9
  • Making the Most of Your Android Phone, Wednesdays 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., May 11 and May 18

In addition to the aforementioned enrichment classes, the College offers a variety of professional certification courses including Small Engine Repair, Topics in Real Estate and Notary. For more information on professional certification courses at the College, including a full schedule, visit www.rccc.edu/certifications.

For more information about enrichment courses offered at Rowan-Cabarrus, including a constantly updating calendar and how to register visit www.rccc.edu/enrichment or call 704-216-RCCC (7222).

 

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