Rowan-Cabarrus Community College News

College Board Recognizes Outstanding Employees

Chief Officer Awarded Business Today’s Top Women in Business Award


SALISBURY, N.C. — At the College’s December Board of Trustees meeting, the Board of Trustees recognized some of the most outstanding employees of the year.

“Our staff at Rowan-Cabarrus is vital to our mission. We cannot help students achieve their goals in the classroom if they aren’t receiving stellar support in registering for classes, needed counseling and advising, and well-maintained buildings to study and learn in,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus.

Each year, Rowan-Cabarrus takes pride in recognizing employees who go “above and beyond,” providing stellar service and making significant contributions to the institution. The College’s 2014 Outstanding Employees Award winners are:

* Jenny Beaver, program chair, English

* Paula Dibley, director of college relations, marketing and communications

* Gene McCants, enrollment specialist

* Carl Ritchie, facilities services technician

* Jay Taylor, lead instructor, SOAR

“They are remarkable employees, exhibiting a work ethic, attitude, professionalism, and demeanor worthy of recognition. They ‘live’ our values,” said Tina Haynes, chief officer of human resources and institutional effectiveness.

These employees display a passion for their work and an unreserved commitment to our students and the College’s mission.

“It’s also important to me that we celebrate the successes that our employees have, inside and outside our College,” said Spalding.

One such recognition included honoring Carla Howell, chief officer of governance, foundation & public relations. Howell was recently awarded Business Today’s Top Women in Business Award for 2014.  Carla Howell

“As I gained more satisfaction, confidence and momentum in the various roles and positions that I was privileged to serve, I yearned for more opportunity and realized that happiness could be achieved through professional and personal success,” said Howell.

A graduate of Rowan-Cabarrus herself, Howell is a fantastic success story for the College.

“I was honored to receive this award. I believe in the mission of the College and have enjoyed my professional career here. It’s a great place to be a part of and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. ” said Howell.

Also, among the prestigious class of nominees for the Top Women in Business award was Rowan-Cabarrus instructor and program chair, Jenn Selby. Selby, a leader in the fine arts community and chair of the College’s Department of Fine & Applied Arts, recently developed the new Advertising & Graphic Design associate in applied science degree program that launches this spring.

“I want to congratulate all of our recent award winners and thank them for them contributions to the College and the community. This Board of Trustees is proud of you!” said Carl M. Short, chair of the College’s Board of Trustees.

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

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Matthew C. Barr Sworn in as Trustee on Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board

Longtime business leader brings wealth of experience to Rowan-Cabarrus Board of Trustees

SALISBURY, N.C. — The Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees proudly welcomes Matt Barr, chairman and CEO of Carolina Color, to the College’s board. Barr will serve on the board through 2018.

“I am so pleased to get to work more closely with Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. I believe in the good work that they’re doing,” said Matt Barr
, who was recently appointed to this role by North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory. “I’m looking forward to developing a stronger relationship with the College and its mission in the community through this appointment.”

Barr has worked for Salisbury-based Carolina Color for over fifteen years, the last four in his current role as chairman and CEO. Carolina Color produces and sells colorant to the plastic processing industry.

“I feel that Rowan-Cabarrus is vital to Rowan and Cabarrus counties in the advancement of our workforce and the enrichment of our communities,” said Barr. “I hope my long career in business will offer the College a unique perspective.”

Barr’s previous experience included sales and management for Sports Illustrated and TIME Magazine.

Barr graduated from the Columbia University with a B.A. in History in 1987. He also studied publishing and accounting in executive education programs at Stanford University and Northwestern University.

Rowan-Cabarrus Board of Trustees’ members are responsible for attending all board meetings and key Rowan-Cabarrus events. As a board, they are responsible for College policies. Matt_Barr_008

“We are pleased to welcome Matt to the board. His business expertise, connections and insight are invaluable, and we know the College will benefit from his leadership and management experience,” said Carl M. Short, chair of the Rowan-Cabarrus Board of Trustees.

Appointments to the Board of Trustees are liaisons to the public of the entire service area and not to the appointing entity. Once appointed, trustees are to carry out their duties as established by the General Statutes of North Carolina and the Board’s Bylaws and Policies. They are to carry out those responsibilities 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 been involved extensively in our service area, and work well together to help create the future of the College and our community,” said Dr. Carol Spalding, Rowan-Cabarrus president.

Barr and his wife, the former Gwin Dalton Carter, are members of Life Church. They have three children.

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 Celebrates 30 Years of Small Business Support

Hundreds of businesses helped locally each year

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — The Small Business Center Network of the NC Community College System is celebrating 30 years of providing support and assistance to small businesses and start-ups across North Carolina. Small Business Centers (SBCs) are located at each of the state’s 58 community colleges, providing confidential business counseling and seminars to small business owners and entrepreneurs.

“Rowan-Cabarrus Community College takes pride in our ability to help local entrepreneurs build our local economy,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of the College.

Created in 1984 when the North Carolina General Assembly funded 14 SBCs, the Small Business Center Network (SBCN) expanded to include at least one SBC at each community college by 1995. Each year, the centers assist in starting an average of 650 businesses and help create and retain more than 3,000 jobs.

“We know there’s a ton of information online today about how to start or grow a business, but nothing can replace that face-to-face local instruction provided through the Small Business Centers free seminars, not to mention the networking opportunities,” said Barbara Hall, Rowan-Cabarrus Small Business Center director. “We have around 500 people who attend the seminars at Rowan-Cabarrus each year. We also see more than 100 business owners a year in our one-on-one counseling sessions, an invaluable service, since no two businesses are alike.”

The program stays inspired by local success stories, like that of local entrepreneur Jacquelyn Thomas. Thomas is the founder and owner of Kids-N-Technology, an award winning program for children in grades K-12 that teaches them how to create STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) projects. Since attending a Rowan-Cabarrus Small Business Center planning seminar she has seen her business grow and win numerous awards.SBC STEM

  Thomas credits her success to the College’s program stating,“I attended my first seminar two years ago and I’ve been a client ever since.”

Today, with more than 60 sites, the Small Business Center Network is known as the most expansive state-funded technical small business assistance program in the United States with locations within a 30-minute drive of almost every North Carolinian.

“Thousands would not be in business today in North Carolina without the Small Business Center Network,” Hall said.

The mission of the NC Community Colleges Small Business Center Network (SBCN) is to increase the success rate and number of viable small businesses in North Carolina by providing high quality, readily accessible assistance to prospective and existing small business owners, which will lead to job creation and retention.

For more information on the Small Business Center at Rowan-Cabarrus contact Barbara Hall at 704-216-3534 or barbara.hall@rccc.edu.

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Local Guidance Counselor & Rowan-Cabarrus Graduate Promotes Tuition Free Program for High School Students

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

CONCORD, N.C. — Rachel Berg knows more about preparing for college than the average mom. As a guidance counselor at Northwest Cabarrus High School, Berg has helped countless college-bound students evaluate their college and career paths.

Now that her 17-year-old son Christopher is a junior in high school, she’s putting that professional expertise to work personally by recommending that he take tuition free classes through Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s Career & College Promise program.

“This is a fantastic program. It 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,” said Rachel.RCCC-20141117 009

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

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

Unlike the early college high school programs, Career and College Promise allows students to remain very involved in their current high school. They can still play sports and engage in all of the regular extracurricular activities, while taking college and high school courses simultaneously.

Rachel is committed to the College because she believes in the Career & College Promise program, but her connection actually goes much further.

“I greatly benefited from my degree and time at Rowan-Cabarrus,” said Rachel. “I wasn’t confident I would be prepared for College courses, but because of the encouragement from the faculty and staff at Rowan-Cabarrus I took more than just one class.”

It wasn’t too long before those classes turned into an associate degree.

“Because of the guidance I received and the confidence I built at Rowan-Cabarrus, I didn’t stop my educational journey there,” said Rachel.

Rachel then went on to secure her bachelor’s and master’s from University of North Carolina-Charlotte.

“I’m proud to be a graduate of Rowan-Cabarrus. I tell my students that it’s a great school with wonderful opportunities for both classes during high school and beyond,” said Rachel.

Christopher is quite proud of his mom, too.

“She’s a great mom and a great guidance counselor, too,” said Christopher, junior at Central Cabarrus High School.

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College Provides Free Programs for the Unemployed or Under-Employed

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — R3 Career Services is offering numerous career development workshops, resume clinics in December for adults in Rowan and Cabarrus counties. Workshops and clinics are provided free-of-charge.

Services include individual career coaching, career building and job seeking workshops, Employability Labs where clients can utilize a computer lab for their work search, classes designed for quick skill building and Career Readiness Certification. Services are now available in both Rowan and Cabarrus counties.

R3’s mission is built on three Rs – a refocus on individual skills and interests, retraining and further education, and partnering with other workforce development agencies to secure career-oriented re-employment.

New Client Launch is an orientation workshop for persons who have never attended an R3 workshop or taken advantage of its other services. New Client Launch appointments are available Monday-Friday and can be made by calling 704-216-7201.

The calendar also includes the following workshops held at the R3 Career Center in Kannapolis:

* Stand Out from the Competition – Thursdays at 1 p.m.,

* Interview Techniques – Thursdays at 9 a.m.,

* Refocus Your Career Options – Tuesdays at 11 a.m.,

* Looking for Work with a Criminal Record – December 16 at 9 a.m.,

R3 Career Services helps adult workers assess their skills, aptitudes, training and academic credentials, and future career interests to develop an action plan for career growth. The Center will also offer resume clinics on Thursdays at 11 a.m. to help job searchers improve their current resume or create a new one from start to finish. Please call to reserve a seat.

“The Employability Lab allows our clients to work with an instructor on tools they are learning in R3 workshops and their individual coaching sessions,” said Keri Allman, director of the R3 Career Center. “In the lab, clients will also be able to work on a certification that helps recognize an individual’s current skill set called Career Readiness Certification.” Read More »

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College Club Raises Funds for Jeff Gordon’s Children’s Hospital

SkillsUSA Automotive Club at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College raised $1,100 through an annual car show

SALISBURY, N.C. — College is about more than just the classes. At Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, students are encouraged to get involved in activities and organizations beyond the classroom that take their education to the next level.

The SkillsUSA Automotive Club at Rowan-Cabarrus is one example of that. This year, for instance, the SkillsUSA Automotive Club held a car show at Northeast Stadium, home of the Kannapolis Intimidator’s baseball team. The car show raised $1,100, which the club then donated to the Jeff Gordon’s Children’s Hospital at Northeast Medical Center, in Concord.

“On behalf of NorthEast Foundation, I want to thank you and the Automotive Club members again for your generous donation…we are so lucky to have community members give back to our hospital!” said Mollie Clark, hospital philanthropy coordinator for NorthEast Foundation.

Students David Smith and Derek Albertson led this endeavor and spent many hours making it a success. David Smith suggested the hospital as the recipient of the funds, not knowing that his son would have to spend time there earlier this year.

“I am grateful for the care and treatment that his son received while he was a patient,” said David Smith.

The club presented the $1,100 check to the NorthEast Foundation earlier this fall.

“I appreciate the hard work and effort it takes to put a car show together,” said Marian Walters, director of development for the foundation, in her thank you note to the club.

While at the hospital, the club members were led on a personal tour of the entire facility. The young children’s play area, in particular, was very impressive with all of the activities available for young patients to do while escaping from their illness, if only for a little while. While there, the club dropped off a box of hot wheel and matchbox cars that was donated by one of the College’s retired machining instructors, John Trexler.

“Jeff Gordon’s Children’s Hospital is a top notch facility and deserves all of the donations and support that the local community can provide to help children and their families the best care and provide for a means of the family to be able to relax for a few minutes during stressful time,” said Carl Smith, automotive instructor for Rowan-Cabarrus and advisor to the SkillsUSA group.

“The students have learned a lot about raising funds, planning events, and making an impact on their community.

rcccThat’s what our extracurricular activities at Rowan-Cabarrus are all about,” continued Smith. “We want them to learn things through experiences that they wouldn’t be able to really learn inside the classroom.”

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. SkillsUSA’s mission is to help its members become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens (http://www.skillsusa.org).

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA is an applied method of instruction for preparing America’s high performance workers in public career and technical programs. It provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. It builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes and communications skills. It emphasizes total quality at work—high ethical standards, superior work skills, life-long education, and pride in the dignity of work. SkillsUSA also promotes understanding of the free-enterprise system and involvement in community service. Read More »

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Rowan-Cabarrus to Offer New Emergency Medical Services Degree Program

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Emergency Medical Services anticipated to begin in fall 2015

SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is proud to announce a new degree program in Emergency Medical Services.370

The Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Emergency Medical Services, which would be offered in fall 2015, pending state and accreditation approval, prepares graduates to recognize and react to a broad spectrum of medical emergencies and to take the national certification exam as a paramedic. An associate degree also opens opportunities for career advancement. Additionally, the EMS A.A.S. degree provides graduates with the skills and training needed to enter the field of emergency medical care as a paramedic.

“The national EMS community recommends that paramedics should move from a certificate to a degree,” said Spencer Rummage, dean of public services. “The program is designed to be a ‘bridge’ program in which students receive advanced standing, college credit, for course work completed during their paramedic certification.”

The College’s currently successful Fire/EMS Continuing Education Paramedic (CEP) certification program will provide a continuous and sustainable enrollment of students that are interested in “bridging” their CEP Certification with the proposed Emergency Medical degree curriculum; completing the Emergency Medical Science A.A.S. degree.

The potential student interest and employer surveys demonstrate a sustainable student interest.

“I am thrilled that we’re going to be offering this program. After talking with local EMS employers, we found that they are looking for employees with more credentials – not less. We believe we can provide students in this important public safety field with advanced training,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus.

As of June 9, 2014, the NC Emergency Medical Service News listed 86 paramedic positions as open for application. Locally, The Rowan County Emergency Services Department comprises a total of 58 full-time and 55 part-time personnel across administration, emergency management, fire, and emergency medical divisions and the Cabarrus EMS is a progressive emergency services organization employing 112 full- and part-time EMS personnel.

Most paramedics are hired by private service, fire department, municipal/governmental, or hospital-based ambulance companies. Opportunities to specialize as a paramedic include tactical medicine with police departments, critical care inter-facility transport including aeromedical services, disaster management with technical rescue teams, primary health care within the federal prison system, and industrial medicine in the oil and gas industry. Advancement within the Emergency Medical Services profession includes administrative, governmental, public health, and education. Promotion often requires academic degree credentials.

This program will be initially offered as a bridge program; which means it will only be available to currently certified paramedics. This is important in that the degree program will not require any additional equipment and require minimal new funding for faculty and staff.

“It is rare that we can introduce a new degree program with little additional funding. In general, one of the College’s biggest challenges is keeping our programs equipped with industry-recognized, state-of-the-art equipment that is used in the workplace,” said Spalding.

This proposal also includes a certificate program designed as a Career & College Promise program, the College’s tuition-free program for high school juniors and seniors. The Rowan Salisbury School System is moving toward implementing an “EMS Academy” along the lines of the College’s current Career & College Promise Fire Academy at South Rowan High School. Read More »

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Students, Community Leaders, College Visit Advanced Technology Center in Rock Hill

Information gathering trip reveals possibilities for Rowan-Cabarrus Community College future

SALISBURY, N.C. — Students, community leaders, and College staff recently visited an advanced technology center in Rock Hill, South Carolina. The facility, part of York Technical College, was created in 2003.

photo 2“We believe that this is the next step forward for our region – advanced technology and advanced manufacturing,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus.

York Tech’s Center for Advanced Manufacturing, a 25,000 square foot facility supporting the economic and workforce development needs of local industry.

“Our region is on the precipice. Change is coming. New employers with new jobs, like those at Victory Industrial Park, are coming,” said Dakeita Vanderburg-Johnson, president of Southgate Masonry & Lumber Co., Inc. Vanderburg-Johnson is chair of the Board of Trustees Institutional Advancement & Legislative Committee. “Visiting York Tech was necessary and eye-opening.”

Through partnerships with industry, such as the on-site Okuma Training Institute, York Tech’s Corporate and Continuing Education Division delivers innovative training using the latest generation of computer numerically controlled machine tools, simulators and advanced CAM software.

“People get nervous when they hear about jobs in manufacturing. But manufacturing today is different – it’s high-tech and clean,” said Dr. Sid Valentine, associate vice president of industrial and engineering technologies at York Technical College. “This is a viable and promising career field.”

The facility was strategically constructed with flexibility in mind to accommodate various equipment.

“We were very impressed with the kinds of things they were doing. The program chairs and leadership are intimately involved with economic development in their community, to show companies what they might be able to do for them at the Advanced Technology Center. It was a really good thing for us to see as we’re sitting on the cusp of this,” said Hinnant. “We also need to realize that the advanced technology and advanced manufacturing industries are constantly changing. Keeping up with the need for industry-level equipment will be an important part of ongoing planning.”

Seven Rowan-Cabarrus students traveled together to see what this kind of facility might look like and the impact it could have on a community.

“Students take classes and practical training in the same place at the same time. It encourages students to see where their education is heading toward the industry demand,” said Roa Saleh, Rowan-Cabarrus student ambassador who traveled with the group. “Our communities need education and training/retraining programs. They need to find this here at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.”

The group was welcomed by York Tech leadership and then taken for a guided tour of the facility.

“If a system like this was put together at Rowan-Cabarrus it would allow the College to help students majoring in a technology field. As a student majoring in computer science, I believe this will help me in a huge way,” said David Perry, another student ambassador who went on the trip. “York Tech had a 100 percent job placement rate for students who finished the program.”

The visit concluded with a question and answer session with leadership from York Tech and Rowan-Cabarrus.

“We currently have invested in some of these areas, but without the additional space, we cannot hope to expand into new and emerging industries. We simply can’t build a program if we don’t have a place to put it. More importantly, an Advanced Technology Center would be a flagship to help attract employers to the region,” continued Spalding.

An Advanced Technology Center will address training needs for companies with high technology demand and emerging jobs through industry-recognized certifications and hands-on skills training in multiple disciplines including, but not limited to: Information Technologies (IT), welding, machining, HVAC, electronics and electrical engineering technologies, mechanical engineering, hydraulics, pneumatics, nanotechnology, advanced manufacturing and more.

“By voting ‘yes’ on the bond, you enable Rowan-Cabarrus Community College to build a facility and add vital programs in information technology, advanced manufacturing, engineering and energy,” said Spalding. “One area of potential program development we are looking into is in mechatronics. Mechatronics is a combination of a number of skills – it’s not just electrical skills – its robotics, pneumatics, mechanics and more.”

The Cabarrus County Commission approved a bond referendum for a new Advanced Technology Center for Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. The $9 million bond referendum will be on the November 4 ballot titled “Cabarrus County Community College Bonds.”

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

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R. Wayne Bost Trucking INC. & Quality Distribution Donate Truck & Tankard to Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

New Fire & Emergency Services Training Facility Receives Another Critical Training Tool

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Even in the 21st century, fire safety and protection is still a critical component of keeping the public safe.

Training these first responders is a critical part of the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College mission and the R. Wayne Bost Trucking Inc. and Quality Distribution just made that easier. Bost Trucking recently donated a Mack conventional sleeper truck and a stainless steel tankard to the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation for use in its fire training programs.

“It is our pleasure to work with Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and to facilitate these donations,” said Bradley Bost, CEO, R. Wayne Bost Trucking Inc., Affiliate Partner of Quality Distribution, Inc. “The College provides an invaluable training resource to our community.”

The new facility includes a 3,500 square foot burn building and training pads for props like the truck and tankard.

“The donation of this truck and tankard are significant. It’ll put us in a much better place, enhancing our program dramatically,” said Roger McDaniel, director of emergency services for Rowan-Cabarrus.

These pieces represent thousands of dollars in savings to the College.

“I really want to thank the Bost Trucking for their generous donation. This is a great example of public-private partnership,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “One of the College’s biggest challenges is keeping our programs equipped with industry-recognized, state-of-the-art equipment that is used in the workplace. This donation will help us in achieving that goal.”

Over 7,000 certifications were awarded to fire, emergency medical services (EMS), and law enforcement personnel during the past year.

“Students need access to props like the tankard and truck for training purposes. They need to experience a response to a fire or a hazardous material emergency involving these popular modes of transporting materials,” said McDaniel.

The College held a community celebration at the Fire & Emergency Training Facility on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014.

“We wanted to show the community the amazing things that our firefighters, law enforcement and emergency personnel do for our community. And we wanted them to see the fantastic new place that they will receive training,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus.

The Fire & Emergency Services Training Facility was the first project to be completed in a series of Rowan County-bond funded construction projects that will take place over the next few years.

“It is our goal to be responsive, flexible, innovative and efficient, as we work together to create a safer and more secure environment,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “The Fire & Emergency Services Training Facility will afford our public safety providers with real life training scenarios that will ensure that our law, fire, and emergency personnel are prepared to protect our community in the event of fires, hazardous materials emergencies, natural disasters, motor vehicle accidents and train derailments.”

The new Fire & Emergency Services Training Facility will serve an important role for training local public safety providers who protect citizens every day.

“Industry-recognized, high-tech equipment is critical to the success of our programs and our graduates,” said Craig Lamb, vice president of corporate and continuing education. “If students can’t leave here knowing how to use the equipment that an employer uses, they won’t be as successful as the jobs require.”

Unfortunately, the College’s funding does not include an abundance of resources for equipment investments.

“Our resources from the state have continued to decline year after year,” said Spalding. “Like many public organizations, we are looking at other options and developing a case for support to seek private and philanthropic donations.”

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.

“I feel that Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is a vital part of Rowan and Cabarrus counties,” said Paul Brown, trustee on the Rowan-Cabarrus board who also facilitated the effort to secure these donations. As a member of the Rowan-Cabarrus Foundation Board of Directors,

his leadership as Foundation Development Chair has been instrumental in raising support for the new training facility and in supporting the college’s endowed scholarship program. “I have a passion for the important work our firefighters do.”

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.

Rowan-Cabarrus 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 facilities or IT personnel to ensure compliance with existing infrastructure.

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

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Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce Calls for Much Needed Investment in Cabarrus County

Endorses $9 million bond referendum for a new Advanced Technology Center

The Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors recently endorsed the $9 million bond referendum titled “Cabarrus County Community College Bonds.” It was approved by the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners and will appear on the November 4 ballot. The Chamber board took unanimous action on September 18 at their regular board meeting.

Patrick Coughlin, President & CEO of the Chamber and EDC, noted that construction of a new Advanced Technology Center will address the need for continued diversification of our economy with training made available for a workforce to fill high-demand, high-wage jobs. Mr. Coughlin stated that “The region is dependent upon the College to provide the workforce talent and education necessary to emerge from the recession and thrive.”

North Carolina’s community colleges are the responsibility of the counties in which they reside. Currently, Cabarrus County supports four percent of the college budget.

“We believe that this is the next step forward for this region – advanced technology and advanced manufacturing,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “For instance, one area of potential program development we are looking into is in mechatronics. Mechatronics is a combination of a number of skills – it’s not just electrical skills – it is robotics, pneumatics, mechanics and more.”

Dr. Spalding also stated “People get nervous when they hear about jobs in manufacturing. But manufacturing isn’t dead, it’s different. It is high-tech and clean and we need our parents and young people to know that this is a viable and promising career field.”

Advanced technology applications include automated manufacturing, logistics, warehousing, 3D printing, cyber security and information assurance. These are evolving as growth areas for existing businesses, helping to create a regional culture of entrepreneurship and brining new technology-centric companies to the area.

Chamber Board Chair, Terry Crawford – General Manager for Embassy Suites Charlotte/Concord – said “I want to encourage you to vote for the bond and hope you’ll ask your friends and family to do the same. We need your support in this worthy effort to help gain a new facility which will serve our community’s needs. Rowan-Cabarrus

is a willing and capable contributor to partnerships that bring new jobs to the area and a leader in producing graduates for existing business expansions.”

An Advanced Technology Center will address training needs for companies with high technology demand and emerging jobs through industry-recognized certifications and hands-on skills training in multiple disciplines including, but not limited to, Information Technologies (IT), welding, machining, HVAC, electronics and electrical engineering technologies, mechanical engineering, hydraulics, pneumatics, nontechnology, advanced manufacturing and more.

Coughlin was part of a group to recently visit an Advanced Technology Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

“Flexibility is going to be key. Businesses will need to be able to count on the College to quickly adapt to their training and equipment needs,” said Coughlin
. “Once we build the Advanced Technology Center, it won’t be ‘built and done’. The industries are constantly changing as the technology is changing, and this center will need to keep pace.”

The Cabarrus campus enrolls nearly 10,000 students over the course of a year and serves both students transferring to four-year universities and those seeking career training ranging from fine arts to motorsport management.

“We currently have invested in some of these areas, but without the additional space, we cannot hope to expand into new and emerging industries. We simply can’t build a program if we don’t have a place to put it. More importantly, an Advanced Technology Center would be a flagship to help attract employers to the region,” said Spalding.

In addition to the Cabarrus County Commission bringing forth a $9 million bond initiative to the citizens of Cabarrus County for the construction of an Advance Technology Center, they have indicated their willingness to support an additional $2 million in cash. This would represent a total of $11 million, a majority of funding for the 60,000 square foot classroom and lab building.

“I encourage you to join the Chamber and flip the ballot over on November 4 to vote ‘YES’ for Rowan-Cabarrus and the future of our community,” said Coughlin.

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

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