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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Student Leaders Recognized

STUDENT AMBASSADOR PROGRAM INCLUDES OUTSTANDING STUDENTS WHO REPRESENT THE COLLEGE

SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College proudly recognized its latest group of student leaders at a recent board of trustees meeting.

The Rowan-Cabarrus Student Ambassador Program is a group of outstanding students who are selected to represent the College in multiple capacities. Student ambassadors reach out to prospective students, conduct campus tours, participate in and help promote various college events and assist with the successful transition of students to the campus.

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College began the program in 2010 with its first class of student ambassadors. The program has grown to include second year ambassadors, “senior ambassadors,” as well as a robust leadership development program.

“I’m very proud of the Rowan-Cabarrus Student Ambassador Program and excited to welcome this new group of leaders into the program’s ranks,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus.

“We believe that developing our students into community leaders and active citizens is a part of our job at the College. These students will definitely leave Rowan-Cabarrus equipped to lead in their careers and communities.”

The 2013-14 Rowan-Cabarrus Student Ambassadors include:

  • Marisa Chow of Harrisburg, Cabarrus-Kannapolis Early College, Associate in Arts
  • Candice Daughtery of Salisbury, Associate in Applied Science, Business Administration
  • Kelly Hill of Landis, Associate Degree Nursing
  • EJ McGorda of Salisbury, Rowan County Early College, Associate of Arts
  • Kristina Miller of China Grove (Senior Ambassador), Associate in Arts
  • Jumieya Thatch of Concord, Associate in Applied Science, Radiography
  • Desere Wright of Salisbury, Associate in Applied Science, Medical Office Administration

Student Ambassadors are dedicated to student success, diversity and strengthening student connections. Ambassadors enjoy working with people, are committed to creating change in their respective communities, and are excited about sharing their experiences at Rowan-Cabarrus with others.

The program is supported by the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation. Student ambassadors earn a scholarship for their service to the College.

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

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New Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Student Government Association President Announced

LESLIE BROWN WILL REPLACE JAMES HOPKINS AS THE 2013-14 SGA PRESIDENT

“I am looking forward to being the voice for students as Rowan-Cabarrus Community College navigates forward!”

SALISBURY, N.C. — Leslie Brown of Granite Quarry, a college transfer student pursing her Associate in Science, is the new Student Government Association (SGA) President at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.

“We are proud to welcome Leslie as an ex officio member of the College’s Board of Trustees,” said Carl M. Short, Chair of the Rowan-Cabarrus Board of Trustees.

Brown was introduced as the 2013-14 SGA leader at a recent Board of Trustees meeting. Originally born in Steubenville, Ohio, Brown relocated to North Carolina in 2001 with an opportunity to manage local restaurants in Salisbury and Concord. With the desire to continue her education and set an example for her teenage children, Brown decided to pursue a degree at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College in the spring of 2010.

“As SGA President, one of my focuses for the 2013-2014 academic year will be on the College’s environmental initiatives. I am excited about the College’s efforts to dramatically cut print waste,” said Brown. “This year, I also hope to encourage students to take full advantage of the Academic & Career Advising Center.”

Brown enjoys the atmosphere of a laboratory and discovering new things. Career exploration has led her to the field of microbiology, where she would like to make an impact locally, nationally and globally in the area of parasitology (the study of parasitic infections).

“I believe the Student Government Association can help students feel connected to the College and the greater community, while campus resources assist students in their goal of college completion,” said Brown.

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

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Stephen Morris Newly Sworn in as Trustee on Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board

PRESIDENT & OWNER OF THE GEM THEATER BRINGS EXTENSIVE BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP TO THE BOARD

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — The Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees proudly welcomed Stephen Morris to the College’s board. Morris was recently appointed by the Cabarrus County Commission to serve on the board through 2017.

 “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, and I’m excited to develop a stronger relationship with the College and its mission in the community through this appointment,” said Morris.

Morris, a native of Cabarrus County, is the President and Owner of the Gem Theater in Kannapolis, a vintage 1936 single screen movie theater serving the downtown area since 1995. For the 20 years prior, Morris was a principal with Mills Florist, Inc., operating retail and wholesale florist, garden and gift shops in Kannapolis, Concord and Salisbury.

“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 Morris. “Working together, we can make this an even better place in which to live and work.”

Morris currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce as immediate past Chairman of the Board. He is a member of the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners and a charter member, past president and Paul Harris Fellow of the Cabarrus Rotary Club. He serves on the board of directors of the Cabarrus Economic Development Corporation, the Academic Learning Center and Under One Roof Cabarrus. Previous community involvement includes leadership positions with the Red Cross-Cabarrus County, the Kannapolis Chamber of Commerce, the United Way of Central Carolinas, Kannapolis Kiwanis Club, the Cannon Memorial YMCA, the Cabarrus Library System, the Friends of the Kannapolis-Cabarrus Library, Barber Scotia College, the Kannapolis Economic Development Corporation, and the Residents of Historic Concord Piedmont Preservation Foundation. He is a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Kannapolis.

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.

“I am very pleased to have Steve joining our board. His expertise, connections and insight are invaluable, and we know the College will benefit from his leadership,” said Carl M. Short, chair of the Rowan-Cabarrus Board of Trustees.

Appointments to the Board of Trustees are liaisons to the pubic 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 community, and work well together to help create the future of the College and our community,” said Dr. Carol Spalding, Rowan-Cabarrus president.

Morris graduated from A. L. Brown High School in Kannapolis, attended N.C. State University and graduated from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte with a B.A. in Business Administration in 1976.

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

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R3 Center Announces August 2013 Workshops

MOBILE CLINICS IN SALISBURY & CONCORD, FREE PROGRAMS FOR THE UNEMPLOYED OR UNDER-EMPLOYED

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — The R3 Center is offering numerous career development workshops and resume clinics in August for adults in Rowan and Cabarrus counties. All of the programs are provided free-of-charge.

Each Wednesday in August, the R3 Center will have “R3 Clinics” available at the NC Department of Commerce Division of Workforce Solutions/JobLink Career Centers in both Rowan and Cabarrus counties. The clinics will feature New Client Launch Appointments, Resume Screening, Career Coaching and R3 Workshops. Clients wanting to attend an R3 Clinic are asked to call 704-216-3664 to schedule an appointment. The Workshop schedule for August will be:

  • August 7: Interview Techniques
  • August 14: Identifying Your Career Options
  • August 21: Looking for Work as a 20-Something
  • August 28: Looking for Work at 50+

 “Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and the R3 Center are committed to helping those who are unemployed or under-employed,” said Keri Allman, director of the R3 Center.
“The mobile clinics give us the opportunity to reach potential clients in more locations and provide more service.”

The clinics are designed to be quick and informative. For over six years the R3 Center has provided advanced career services to job seekers. These mobile R3 Clinics are a great way to meet new clients and work closer with JobLink partners.

Salisbury Location:

DWS/JobLink Center

1904 South Main Street

Salisbury, NC 28144

 Concord Location:

DWS/JobLink Center

2275 Kannapolis Hwy.

Concord, NC 28027

 For those looking to attend workshops onsite at the R3 Career Center, services are offered at 200 West Ave., in Kannapolis. The R3 Center is a career development center established by Rowan-Cabarrus Community College to assist displaced workers, those who are unemployed or under-employed.

The center’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.

The center’s June schedule of workshops includes the following sessions. Due to the popularity of its free sessions, the R3 Center strongly encourages clients to call in advance to reserve a place (704-216-7201).

New Client Launch is an orientation workshop for persons who have never attended an R3 Center 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.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Announces Spring 2013 Honor Rolls

SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College announces those students who earned President’s and Dean’s List recognition during the spring 2013 semester.

To qualify for the President’s List, a student must attend full-time, carry a minimum of 12 credit hours, and achieve a grade-point-average of 4.0 for the semester.

Rowan-Cabarrus President’s List – Spring 2013

Albemarle: Keitha Armstrong, Dwight Floyd, Taren Watkins; Brentwood: Andrew Pappas; Charlotte: Pamela Alfred, Billy Anthony, Amber Blackwelder, Sarah Boyer, Elise Brown, Derrick Cherry, Martha Chew, James Coleman, Curtis Collins, Ashleigh Cooper, Cassandra Darden, Jaquan Dozier, Gwen Farrow, Stacey Graham, Kyle Harman, Mayra Hernandez-Lopez, Yvette Hilgers- McKay, Alejandro Idencio, Lutishia Jackson, Justin Jaquish, Jason Koch, Lisa Koll, Joshua Lancaster, Tonie Lazenby, Aubrie Little, Kaitlyn Long, Jonathan Masseria, Anna Miller, Khiana Morton, Spencer Oziogu, Kelly Semon, Sokhna Sene, Senora Spruill, Emily Volk, Charles Weakland; China Grove: Mary-Margaret Akers, Lydia Banther, Stevie Bardwil, Spencer Basinger, Matthew Biles, Beverly Bourn, Eli Brandt, Kacie Brown, James Bryson, Brandy Burgess, Erica Cooper, Jodi Dean, D’Ata Elgamil, Lizabeth Hartman, Joshua Herring, Melissa Katsamperis, Cory Kluttz, Jaime Kopczyk, Erica Lettice, John Livengood, Earla Manchester, Charles McCarter, Ashlyn McNeely, Stephen Miller, Kristina Miller, Lakeisha Nesbit, Cody Norris, Krishna Pillai, Marie Plummer, Ava Quick, Kenneth Ritchie, Kenneth Roudabush, Jessica Rumbley, Amanda Safrit, Justin Sanchez, Tahree Sloop, Jennie Smith, Tiffany Smith, Kerri Sprinkles, Miriam Stirewalt, Tonya Taylor, Adam Thompson, Candace Weaver; Cleveland: Candi Buchanan, Sloane Davis, Matthew Drechsler, Samantha Majors, Lucas Redmond, Matthew Toney, Park Wahl; Concord: Zach Abell, Camilla Adams, Breeana Allmon, William Almon, Michael Androwick, Devin Barkalow, Lucas Barnhardt, Lisa Bell, Kris Bennett, Rachel Blythe, Clayton Bolton, Megan Bonds, Justin Bowman, Donovan Bradley, Blaine Briggs, Sarah Brooks, Jason Brown, Tiffany Buchanan, Taylor Bulvin, Hank Burris, Cassie Burris, James Burris, Jeffrey Busey, Lisa Butts, Jillian Byrd, Candace Caldwell, Caylan Callahan, Heather Campbell, Deborah Capers, Chantel Carithers, Kristin Carlton, Patricia Caulder, Amanda Cella, Kristen Cella, Kelsee Cheek, Alicia Clyburn-Calvin, Jessica Coley, Jennifer Coley, Andrew Collier, Lander Compton, Stephen Corbin, Susan Correll, Audra Coulthard, Andy Cratsley, Brian Crawford, Julie Cress, Melissa Dale, Victoria Davis, Joshua Davis, Lindsey Davis, Natasha Dawson, Taylor Delee, Hai Deo, Rose Diaz, Gladys Diaz, Bruce Douglas, Stephanie Downey, Lyn Eckert, Zachary Edwards, Carolyn Efird, Gabriella Espada, Shyann Ewing, Angelique Ferguson, Mekenzie Fincher, Melissa Fleck, Derek Foor, Tiffany Ford, Amy Fox, Robert Frantz, Cheyenne Freeman, Michael Furr, Sarah Furr, Nicholas Furr, Casey Furrow, Jgina Gaines Mazone, Michael Gallo, Andrew Garlatz, Meisha Gayle, Harmon Gibson, Caroline Gibson, Douglas Gold, Gloria Gonzalez, Kenneth Good, Kristin Gray, Gina Gray, Kimberly Gregg, Mandy Haigler, Heather Hamilton, Kimberly Hardy, Paul Harris, Tabatha Hartsell, Robert Hefti, Barrett Helms, David Helms, Roxana Herrera-Schott, Heather Herrington, Jessica Hill, Jessica Hines, Elizabeth Hoch, Lajuan Hopper, Cora House, Tracy Howard, Terri Hughes, Lisa Ingram, Paul Jean, Mark Jessop, Virginia Jimenez, Alisha Johnson, Travis Jones, Robert Keasler, Bailey Kirby, Christine Kirby, Justin Kiser, Keiko Koch, Kristin Kovacic, Edward Laukaitis, Andrew Lawrence, May Lee, Brittany Lefler, Samantha Lehr, Adam Lone, Madelyn Long, Marcy Ludvigsen, Benjamin MacFarlane, Dana Maier, Vanessa Marcuccio, Melissa Marlowe, Tyler McClellan, Lisa McClendon, Jamie McDaniel, Amy McKay, Nina McKim, Diana Merrill, Anna Mock, David Montgomery, Sean Morris, William Morris, Samuel Mullis, Johnny Murphy, Sara Murphy, Paula Anri Nakama, Promise Nevers, Brenna Nicastro, Stephanie Nichols, Matthew Normand, Jacklin Ortega, Tonda Overcash, Patricia Pardue, Rebecca Parrott, Myra Patton, Ashlynn Peralta, Christine Price, Thomas Purser, Leigh Rash, Ellen Reid, Kim Rhodes, Michaela Rice, Sharon Rohmann, Josue Rosales, Judy Rowland, Angela Ruiz, Daisy Sanchez, Michelle Sebold, Joshua Seger, Nicolle Sepesi, Sierra Severt, Angel Sharkey, Dean Shellenbarger, Jillian Sheppard, Tara Sigears, Sheire Silla, Katrina Simmons, Jayanti Singh, Franklin Sledge, Crystal Smith, Christy Smith, Stephen Smith, Courtney Steelman, Sarah Stelpflug, Sarah Stevenson, Steven Talbert, Larry Thomas, Asha Torruellas, Brooklyn Underwood, Jennifer Urquia, Brittany Vandermeid, Franciscus Vlijmincx, Daniel Voorheis, Nicholas Wade, Stacey Wallace-Perkins, Crystal Waller, Chelsea Whitt, Lindsey Whyte, Nicole Wilcox, Hoyt Womble, Christina Wood, George Worth, Dustin Wyatt, Serina Young; Cooleemee: Justin Kidd; Cornelius: Danielle Dukes, Amy Hein; Davidson: Morgan Barnes, April Bates, Lauren Blakey, Robert Charubini, Catherine Montalvo, Ryan Morriss, Candy Smith, Caitlin Zimmerman; Denton: Lewis Rogers; East Spencer: Janice Miller Perry; Faith: Connor Bost, Betty Duncan, Lauren Ewart, Candy Joseph, Chad Moss, Jacob Shue; Gold Hill: Jennifer Fraley, Brandy Kegeris, Breanna Leonard, Roy Morgan, Matthew Morrow, Brooklyn Perkins, Tina Pressley, Justin Rattz; Granite Quarry: Taylor Griggs, Sandra Kelly; Hampstead: Cheryl Dowling; Harrisburg: Kettyl Amoakon, Ruth Burke, Angela Carrington, Mark Centers, Kenneth Clanton, Nathaniel Craddock, Rebecca Flovin, Dawn Howard, Anita Patrick, Herbert Pushard, Frank Redden, Amanda Richards, Emily Riffe, Michael Sandok, Michelle Terpstra, Jason Thompson; Hickory: Angela Ramsey; High Point: Peter Emiohe, Cedra Russell; Huntersville: Brent Ashley, Arthur Bunting, Sean Irvan, Chris Iuele, Stormi Johnson, Sara Mendoza, Matthew Moeller, Lindsey Motta, Vickie Reid, Ryan Wilt; Indian Trail: Jennifer Fields, Melissa Griffin; Kannapolis: Karen Allen, Inti Alvarez-Trott, Lisa Axsom, Lisa Barnes, Nicholas Basgall, Lisa Baucom, Victoria Beaver, Terry Beaver, Destiny Behringer, Michelle Blalock, Courtney Boahn, Mindy Bost, Terry Boswell, Autumn Brown, Rebecca Brown, Mitchell Bryant, Peter Busteed, Louanne Carlisle, Ronnie Carroll, Marisa Cauthen, Kimberly Clark, Tiffany Cobler, Ana Contreras, Aaron Cook, Charlesanna Corbett, Mary Craft, Karissa Crowe, Hyacinth Daniel, James Danter, April Dennard, Ramsey Devries, Angela Dixon, Caroline Doby, Ariel Duncan, Erin Dunham, Jose Garcia, William Garcia, Donna Gentry, Justin Glacken, Connie Goodman, Kristen Goodwin, Tiffany Graham, Charity Grindstaff, Kelly Grunden, Shannon Guinn, Rachel Gunter, Timothy Hanchett, Julia Hartman, Cody Hilton, Tanaisha Hines, Trey Hinton, Jennifer Huddleston, Angelo Johnson, Paul Justice, Leonard Kerr, Loriann King, Ashley Koonts, Holly Lackey, Marchette Leeper, William Little, Petrea Littlejohn, Joseph Logel, Barry Love, Holly Maness, Brandon Martin, Carly Mauldin, Equanda Moore, Charles Moore, Daniel Munyer, James Nunn, Allen Ohlhaut, Kerry Parr, Jacob Parra, Joshua Parrish, Andrea Paz Pinto, Christine Perkins, Randy Power, Carolyn Reed, Kerri Rigsbee, Mayoberne Rodriguez, David Sabatino, Crystal Scalesse, Wendy Schlesser, Amber Searles, Brenda Shepherd, Emily Sherrill, Kimberly Sides, Alyssa Sobieski, Holly Somerville, Christopher Stamey, Dannelle Stanback, Arkita Steele, Stephanie Stergis, Chanel Stevenson, Sarah Taylor, Latoya Torrence, Raymond Venable, Tracie Vernon, Lynn Waddell, Willie Williams, Aaron Winston, Angela Wyatt, Matthew Wyrick; Landis: Kathryn Barnes, Karlyn Beaver, Sarah Cook, John Drye, Whitney Hardison, Zachary Harper, Kelly Hill, Stuart Johnston, Iris Tobin, Norma Tucker, Michael Venters; Lexington: Renee Boger, Lekeisha Clements, Yasmin Hilton, Michele Johnson, Traci Moree, Alisha Price, Brittany Williams, Allyson Young; Linwood: Jeremy Barragan, Benjamin Grubb, Karla Jernigan, Bonita Suber, Teresa Travis; Midland: Matthew Cline, Tracy Glosson, Karen Hopkins; Mint Hill: Chelsea Borel; Mocksville: Letitia Dennis-Boger, Rita Durner; Monroe: Morgan Hucks, Miranda Kirkley; Mooresville: Robert Brown, Angela Cline, Justin Durbin, Carlye Enroth, April Kennedy, Daniel Overcash, Christopher Overcash, Heath Schmidt, Sierra Traylor, Shaun Wheeler; Moravian Falls: Jonathan Hayes; Mt. Pleasant: Susan Blackwelder, Nathaniel Bryant, Walter Dyer, Evan Smith, Jessica Stutts, Hayley Trull; Mt. Ulla: Jacob Bruney, Lucas Christie, Amy Offenberger; Newton: Timothy Houser; Richfield: William Cordts, Emilee Isenhour; Rockwell: Mildred Aldridge, Victoria Andaya, Bryson Call, Jessica Campbell, Tara Campbell, Viktoria Campbell, Elizabeth Coello, Tinie Davis, Meredith George, Paula Goodman, Brian Grohman, Bridgette Gullette, Leah Ireland, Terry Jacobs, Robin Jones, Bobby King, Chad Kirkman, Erika Lambeth, Nikki Laroche, Christy Lynch, Barbara McDuffie, Paul Mendoza, Janelle Myers, Brandy Overman, Joseph Ponds, Donna Privett, Joshua Putman, Jill Shank, Cynthia Sigmon, Stacey Starnes, Misty Swink, Mallory Vanderhoef, Timothy Wilson, Meredith Yost, Scott Zemke; Salisbury: Robert Altemare, Raymond Anglin, Mykia Arias, Audrey Atkinson, Spencer Atwell, Kara Baker, Linda Balmer, Hunter Barbee, Sandy Barnes, Timothy Barringer, Tresa Bates, Stephen Beaver, April Benton, Michael Bolloskis, Iris Bonilla-Ochoa, Misty Bowers-Eagle, Katherine Boyd, Wendy Bracken, Joseph Brandt, Sharyn Bridges, Jordan Brown, Chelsey Brown, Crystal Brown, Bethany Bruce, Morgan Brunson, Timothy Bruton, Kerri Buelin, Destiny Bunn, Shane Campbell, Dawnlee Carlton, Brandon Carter, Jennifer Carter, Dylan Carter, Kristi Castle, Allen Chang, Robert Chillcott, Stephanie Clarke, Leslie Corbett, Turoqua Correll, Pamela Cottingham, Amanda Crabtree, Amber Cruse, Gabrielle D’Amato, Darin Damme, Sarah Daniels, Carolyn Davis, Matthew Derby, Brian Derby, Ethel Diggs, Cortney Donnell, Norma Drake, Deanna Dryman, Doina Duca, Angela Elliott, Linda Ensign, Lindsay Ervin, Hope Everhart, Dori Facemyer, James Farley, Joni Featherstone, Jennifer Ferguson, Sarah Fields, Kymberly File, Jena Fisher, Brenda Forbis, Donald Franklin, Jacob Garland, Christie Goodman, Jessica Goodman, Parker Goodman, Angela Guiton, Marisa Gurner, Amy Hackl, Amber Hancock, Martha Hayostek, Geoffrey Heacock, Dane Hendrickson, Steven Hepler, Janie Hepler, Jeffrey Hicks, Misty Honeycutt, Robin Houston, Victoria Howard, Frances Howe, Patricia Huffman, Jason Hunter, Sade Ingram, Ivan Jimenez, Jacqueline Johnson, Magee Jordan, Aida Karat, Kenneth Keller, Jalisa Kennedy, Linda King, Brenna King, Jasemine King, Brenda Kissiah, Amber Knight, Gary Lefler, Lesley Lefler, Blair Lesley, Danny Little, Mandy Lockard, David Lore, Alyssa Lowe, Ashley Lowe, Thomas Lowman, Dao Ly, Austin Lyle, Alexis MacLamroc, Eloise Mahn, Tamara Marlowe, Barry McCall, Christopher McCoy, Hunter McIntyre, John McKeithan, Justin McKnight, Brittany McMillan, Genevieve Medrano, David Meece, Jamison Middlemiss, Rodney Misenheimer, Shannon Mitchell, Christine Monroy, Scott Moore, Edward Moore, Jasmine Moore, Sara Muharemovic, Carolyn Munson, Allison Nestor, Darrell Nichols, Jamie Oaks, Cory Orbison, Nnamdi Osakwe, Victoria Parsons, Shannon Patella, Traci Patterson, Tania Petre, Sumarra Phillips, Laura Pickler, Christina Poole, Alicia Post, Karen Propst, Amanda Pruett, Robin Raney, Sarah Rex, Lisa Reynolds, Ronald Richard, Robin Richard, Brian Riddle, Chelsea Ritchie, Jennifer Rivera, Sacha Roberts, Jennifer Rose, Elizabeth Rothermund, Mark Rothermund, Emily Rowlands, Samantha Rowles, Gloria Ruiz, Westley Sadler, Lewis Safrit, Laura Satterwhite, Emily Satterwhite, Thepphaphone Saysombath, Ann Marie Serina, Vincent Setzer, Latrice Shaver, Daryl Shenk, Savannah Sifford, Brandi Slawski, Christopher Smith, Jamie Smithman, Gregory Smyre, Austin Snider, Donna South, Tara Speaks, Scarlett Speaks, Nathanael Spicer, Michelle Stoelting, Kristen Tarnowsky, Jonathan Taylor, Nathan Taylor, Arizbeth Torres, Natosha Trexler, Josephine Vermillion, Jennifer Wagner, De’Anna Walker, Hannah Walser, Ashleigh Walton, Mindy Warfford, Kizzy Watson, Shelona Watts, Arthur Weaver, Brunetta Webb, Shanae Webb, Dominique West, Nancy Wheaton, Jordan Wilhelm, Donna Wilkins, Brittany Wilkins, Brittany Williams, Samantha Workman, Savannah Yates, Sandra Youse; Snow Camp: Aaron Fountain; Spencer: Terry Allen, Naomi Forney, Diana Moghrabi, Vincent Munoz, Melissa Parker, Jeffrey Trantham; Statesville: Meggan Campbell, Duke Clarke, Cristina Nino; Troutman: Robin Cowan, Adam Plyler; Wilmington: Susan Morris; Woodleaf: Ethan Brown, Katy Hall, Susan Lankford, Ashley Livengood, Phylicia Marlow, Terry Shulenberger.

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Cabarrus and Kannapolis Teachers Engage in Hands-On Learning at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

STEMERSION CAMP EXPOSES TEACHERS TO STEM IN ACCOUNTING, ENGINEERING, MOTORSPORTS, & MORE!

“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.”

SALISBURY, N.C. — This week, twenty teachers from Cabarrus County Schools and Kannapolis City Schools spent five days in some of the area’s leading companies and education centers learning more about how science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are used in the workplace so they can better prepare students for jobs of the 21st century.

Some of these “STEMersion” adventures involved hands-on learning at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. Teachers participated in projects with numerous college programs including accounting, motorsports management technology, industrial engineering technology, mechanical drafting technology, mechanical engineering technology, construction management technology and welding.

For example, teachers had the opportunity to build a model solar car – and see if it really worked. After breaking up into small groups, participants assembled a solar car that instructor Robin Turner uses with her own managerial accounting class.

“Believe it or not, STEM is a part of accounting,” said Turner, who also chairs the college’s Associate in Applied Science Degree in Accounting program. “The parts, materials and labor to make the solar car all factor into the accounting costs of a scaled down car. Activities like this allow students – and in this case, teachers – to experience costs of materials, labor and overhead in the manufacturing process. They also learned about reworked costs when cars failed to run. It is an active learning project in which students leave having learned the materials through experience. ”

Additionally, the teachers were able to learn how the college has integrated its 3D printer into numerous classrooms and programs at the college.

“3D computer-aided design (CAD) is the tool that allows students to turn an idea into reality. From the CAD generated model, they can bring it to life – whether it’s printed on the 3D printer as a plastic model, cut out on the plasma cutter or water jet, or machined on the CNC mill or lathe,” said George Barringer, chair of the college’s Associate in Applied Science Degree in Mechanical Drafting Technology and Mechanical Engineering Technology.

After gaining first-hand STEM experiences, the teachers will create instructional units for use throughout the school year to aid in preparing students to exit high school, either college or career-ready. The partnership with local companies will help teachers create lesson plans and projects that spark student interest and curiosity.

“One of my goals since coming to Rowan-Cabarrus has been to increase the breadth and depth of our STEM education,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus.

Recent research from the Brookings Institute shows that there are far more U.S. workers in STEM jobs than previously thought – specifically, workers with less than bachelor’s degree.

“It is our goal to increase the awareness about STEM careers and include exposure to STEM in every part of the college curriculum,” said Dr. Hasan Naima, dean of the college’s Engineering and Business Technology Department.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Offers Free GED Test – One Day Only

CURRENT GED TEST TO CHANGE AT END OF 2013, COST OF THE GED TEST TO INCREASE NATIONWIDE

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — The countdown is on. With only five full months left in 2013, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is signaling a high alert to adults who haven’t yet earned a high school diploma.

The national GED test is changing effective January 1, 2014. Rowan-Cabarrus is committed to help individuals in Rowan and Cabarrus counties finish the GED testing process before the cost increases from $35 to over $100.

“Come to Rowan-Cabarrus in Kannapolis on Tuesday, July 30, between 1-7 p.m. and we’ll pay the GED test fee for you!” said Gary Connor, director of the college’s GED and Adult Basic Education programs.

In addition to the increase in cost, any existing test scores on file since 2002 will expire at the end of 2013. These students will have to start over if they are not able to successfully complete their testing by the end of December.

 “We are committed to helping the people of Rowan and Cabarrus counties gain the skills they need to become employable,” said Spalding.

To encourage the community to act now, the college will waive the $35 test fee for students who attend the college’s one day only event on Tuesday, July 30.

“We hate to see the testing cost increase so dramatically which is why we’re doing our part to try and make it easier on those who haven’t yet earned their GED,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “We’re waiving the test fee for one day only – I hope many people will take advantage of this unique opportunity!”

Interested individuals should come to the college’s North Carolina Research Campus facility in Kannapolis, for a short orientation on Tuesday, July 30, between 1-7 p.m. Rowan-Cabarrus provides both instruction and resource materials to students preparing for the GED at no cost. Classes are scheduled on the North and South Campuses and at a variety of community locations for convenience and access.

The changing format of the GED test should be motivation to complete the GED sooner rather than later. Those who have taken the GED test since 2002, but not passed all five parts, have until the end of 2013 to pass the test in its entirety, or they will need to start over again in 2014 with the new GED test in order to receive their high school equivalency credential.

“Our goal is to bring education to the students. It’s our ‘meet them where they are philosophy,’” said Spalding. “While it’s not possible for every program, our overarching goal is to be available and accessible to students. That’s why our students can now earn seven degrees completely online. It’s why the GED classes are offered morning, afternoon, evening, online and at multiple locations across the college’s service area.”

Students work at their own pace, so the time to complete a section of the GED may take weeks or months based upon the individual readiness for the test.

“The GED test opens the door to college and better jobs. It gives the graduate the respect they deserve, and the satisfaction of earning a high school credential with the hope that they will continue with their education,” said Connor. “We want to be sure that everyone is aware of this deadline. GED test-takers must act now to finish and successfully complete the testing process before the current test expires.”

According to the GED Testing Service, more than a million Americans have started, but not completed, the current GED test.

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R3 Center Announces July 2013 Workshops

CAREER HERITAGE MONTH COMMEMORATES THE CLOSING OF PILLOWTEX 10 YEARS AGO

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — The R3 Center is offering numerous career development workshops and resume clinics in July for adults in Rowan and Cabarrus counties. All of the programs are provided free-of-charge.

July marks 10 years since the closing of Pillowtex and a new era for careers in our area. Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s R3 Career Center was established based on lessons learned beginning in 2003 on how to serve individuals in career transition. Today, 10 years later, Rowan-Cabarrus, our community and our futures have evolved. Join us in celebrating the heritage that brought us to the pathway of the future.

July is also the month to share your career heritage. Do you have a hard working family member in your employment family tree you would like to recognize? Do you have an interesting career story to tell? Share your story with us.

Stories can be submitted by visiting the R3 Career Center in Kannapolis (200 West Avenue, 704-216-7201) or at www.rccc.edu/r3/heritage/.

Then, stop in and visit with us on “Career Heritage Day” at the Rowan-Cabarrus building on the North Carolina Research Campus (399 Biotechnology Lane, Kannapolis). The college will open its doors from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 30 to showcase shared career heritage stories. The community is welcome to attend and meet R3 career coaches, learn about free GED opportunities, take a guided tour of the building and more!

Also, each Wednesday in July, the R3 Center will have “R3 Clinics” available at the NC Department of Commerce Division of Workforce Solutions/JobLink Career Centers in both Rowan and Cabarrus counties. The clinics will feature New Client Launch Appointments, Resume Screening, Career Coaching and R3 Workshops. Clients wanting to attend an R3 Clinic are asked to call 704-216-3664 to schedule an appointment. The Workshop schedule for July will be:

  • July 10: Interview Techniques
  • July 17: Identifying Your Career Options
  • July 24: Looking for Work at 50+
  • July 31: Looking for Work as a 20-Something

“Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and the R3 Center are committed to helping those who are unemployed or under-employed,” said Keri Allman, director of the R3 Center. “The mobile clinics give us the opportunity to reach potential clients in more locations and provide more service.”

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Quentin Woodward Reappointed to Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees

SALISBURY, N.C. — Quentin Woodward, Jr., a long-time supporter of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, was recently reappointed to the college’s board of trustees by the Rowan County Commission for a term of July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2017.

Woodward is a well-respected member of the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees and is knowledgeable about trustee governance responsibilities. He currently serves as a member of the Rowan-Cabarrus Academic & Student Engagement Committee, Finance & Investment Committee, Personnel Committee and Building & Grounds Committee of the Board.

“Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is a vital part of Rowan and Cabarrus counties,” said Woodward.

“I couldn’t be more proud to continue serving the college and our community as a trustee.”

Woodward worked 21 years for the Federal Bureau of Prisons as a correctional officer, unit manager, case manager and EEO recruiter. Since his career with the Bureau of Prisons, he has worked in public education, security and as a small business owner. He holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from North Carolina Central University and is a Vietnam era veteran of the U.S. Navy.

Rowan-Cabarrus Board of Trustees’ members are responsible for attending all board meetings and key Rowan-Cabarrus events, in addition to advising on policy issues and participating in trustee education programs.

“Rowan-Cabarrus is fortunate to retain such a distinguished member of our board. I am proud to serve with Quentin and know that he will continue to be a valuable asset to the college in ‘building sustainable futures through the power of learning,’” said Carl M. Short, chair of the Rowan-Cabarrus Board of Trustees.

Woodward is an active and well-known volunteer in the community and recently provided his assistance to area churches to prepare middle and high school students for a local, regional and statewide oratorical contest. He is both an advocate of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and a well-respected leader among the citizens of the community.

Appointments to the Board of Trustees are liaisons to the pubic 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.

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

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Rowan-Cabarrus Rallies Support for North Carolina’s Community Colleges

COLLEGE FEARS STEEP BUDGET CUTS AND APPEALS TO COMMUNITY TO SPEAK OUT

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — The Senate and House are currently negotiating between two versions of the state budget. Both versions of the proposed legislative budgets appear to include cuts of more than $2 million to Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

“We are very concerned about the direction that the House budget would take North Carolina’s community colleges,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “Our per student funding from state resources has declined significantly, and we are already funded at a much lower level than other sectors of public education in our state.”

Ninety percent of the college’s budget comes from state funding.

“If you care about the economic development and the prosperity of your community, you should invest in community colleges,” continued Spalding. “We believe education is the best investment someone can make. The investment isn’t just one made for oneself, but one that is made for the entire family and our community. A more educated workforce will result in a stronger, more vibrant region.”

“North Carolina prides itself on its dynamic community colleges that address the state’s unemployment problems and skills gap. Community colleges are critical to providing low-cost, high-value training that results in job retention and job creation,” said Carl M. Short, chair of the college’s Board of Trustees. “Please reach out to your local legislators and ask that they speak up for your community colleges.”

In the midst of the budget debate, the North Carolina legislature raised tuition yet again for community colleges – a 70 percent overall increase since 2008. Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, like all North Carolina community colleges, does not set or keep its tuition.

Unlike tuition increases in state and private universities which are incorporated into the universities’ operational budgets, these increases are not reallocated to fund community colleges.

Despite these continued higher costs, a review of tuition and fees for surrounding colleges shows that Rowan-Cabarrus is less than half as expensive as the lowest cost college (University of North Carolina at Charlotte – $5,873 per semester).

“Ultimately, education affects your income and your likelihood of becoming unemployed,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “More education pays off in higher earnings and provides some security against unemployment. It’s a worthy investment of your time and money.”

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

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