Rowan-Cabarrus Community College News

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Graduates First GED Student From Potters House Class


 “Our goal is to bring the access to education to the students. It’s our ‘meet them where they are philosophy,’” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. 

SALISBURY, N.C. — With the national GED test changing effective January 1, 2014, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is doing its best to help individuals in Rowan and Cabarrus counties finish their GED.

The fact that she was able to complete her GED before test changes and the price increased significantly was just icing on the cake to Nicole Tomsich.

Potters House is one of a dozen off-site GED instructional programs that Rowan-Cabarrus Community College operates throughout Rowan and Cabarrus counties.

“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 and online at multiple locations across the college’s service area.”

Nicole dropped out of high school at age 16 due to extenuating circumstances within her family.

“For a while, I put off pursuing my GED. I felt like I couldn’t do it… that going back to school would be a waste of time. I also thought I couldn’t afford it,” said Tomsich.

She enrolled in classes at the Potters House because it was right across the street from where she was living.

The Potters House offers GED classes Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. with approximately 10 students coming to classes at any given time.

“Our students tell us that transportation and childcare are the biggest hurdles to accessing education,” said Gary Connor, director of the college’s GED and Adult Basic Education programs. “The bottom line is that we will bring the program to you. If there is enough interest in your community, we will respond and set up classes locally.”

Tomsich’s journey to completing her GED has not been easy. She lost her home earlier this year and spent part of January and February sleeping outside.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Offers Electrical Contractors Class


CONCORD, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is registering students for a license preparation course for electrical contractors.

The License Preparation Course for Electrical Contractors is for students who have completed 8,000 working hours under a NC licensed electrical contractor and are ready to obtain their license. The class will meet 6 to 9 p.m. on Mondays, July 15 through Dec. 9, at the college’s Cabarrus Business & Technology Center (CBTC). The course fee is $175. Advanced registration is required.

Space is limited, and advanced registration is required. The CBTC is located at 660 Concord Parkway North, in Concord. For more information and to register, call 704-216-7222 or e-mail jan.corriher-smith@rccc.edu. For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s New Academic And Career Advising Centers Improve Student Success


SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College has made great strides to improving the success of its students. The college’s Academic and Career Advising (ACA) Centers were recognized for their outstanding work over the first year of the Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP) grant that funded the startup of the centers.

In September 2011, the college was awarded $1.8 million from the U.S. Department of Education as part of the Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP) grants. Only one of two colleges in North Carolina to receive this Title III funding, Rowan-Cabarrus hopes to ultimately improve student persistence, retention and graduation rates.

Rowan-Cabarrus used the grant to establish Academic and Career Advising (ACA) Centers on both the North Campus in Rowan County and the South Campus in Cabarrus County.

With program services just beginning in summer 2012, Academic and Career Advising Center activities are already well underway.

“Students feel positively about the various programmatic offerings, indicating that they are helpful and that they would refer their friends,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president. “In fact, 99 percent of the students that visited the ACA Centers stated that they would refer the services to a friend or another student.”

The ACA Centers opened their doors on June 1, 2012. In three short months, the center hoped to serve 10 percent of the student population, or just over 600 students. Instead, the center served over 1,700 individual students!

“You can’t improve what is already great,” said Damion Boomer after his visit to the Academic and Career Advising Center.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Brings Literature And Fine Arts To Life For 1,000+


“The community events that we are hosting this year – like the Literary & Fine Arts Festival – are for our students, faculty, staff and community. Please join us in celebrating our community and your community college!”

SALISBURY, N.C. — An infusion of culture, music, drama, literature and fine arts descended upon Rowan-Cabarrus Community College earlier this month for the college’s Literary & Fine Arts Festival.

Over 1,000 students and community members attended the festival’s many activities during the week of April 7-11. The free, family-friendly festival was coordinated by Rowan-Cabarrus faculty and was open to the public.

“Many of our students at Rowan-Cabarrus are managing family responsibilities, careers, and the demands of their studies. Consequently, they may not have the time or means to appreciate literature and the fine arts,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “The Literary & Fine Arts Festival was a special event that the college created to make sure that our students had an opportunity to engage in activities and celebrations focusing on literature and fine arts.”

The festival was a collaboration between the English and fine arts faculty at the college and leveraged the expertise and creativity of the faculty and their literary and fine arts associates to provide an annual festival that has grown every year since its inception. This year’s festival included music and drama as well as visual arts and literature.

“As the college celebrates our anniversary in 2013, we want to thank the community for its support over the last 50 years,” said Spalding.

A special feature of the festival was the inclusion of the college’s IMPULSE Art Show showcasing the college’s Associate in Fine Arts (AFA) program. This annual show is open to the public and features original work from Rowan-Cabarrus students.

The festival’s two signature events included an evening at the Norvell Theater with two visiting authors (Cathy Smith Bowers and Robert Morgan), as well as a concluding musical celebration featuring The Embers at the Kannapolis Village Park. The Embers, with over 25 albums released to date, are known for their fantastic beach music. Live dramatic and musical performances engaged the senses and students performed at an Open Mic event and a Poetry Slam held at Dilworth Coffee in Concord.

The festival also featured three esteemed authors and an exceptional artist. Cathy Smith Bowers, former Poet Laureate of North Carolina, has dealt with more loss than one person should ever have to manage. Smith Bowers navigated her personal heartache by writing five poetry collections. Her goal is to demonstrate the power of the spoken word in transforming our hurts and pains into healing and to celebrate our triumphs and joys. Smith Bowers teaches poetry in a Master of Fine Arts program at Queens University in Charlotte.

Visiting author Kelly McCullough brought STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) to life at the college’s festival. McCullough has eleven published or forthcoming science fiction novels, most notably the WebMage and Fallen Blade series. He is also an international award-winning short fiction writer whose stories have appeared in numerous publications including Weird Tales, the Writers of the Future award anthology (Vol XVII), and the illustrated collection Chronicles of the Wandering Star, which was written as part of a National Science Foundation funded middle school science curriculum project.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Opens New One-Stop Shop For Student Needs


SALISBURY, N.C. — In 2010, the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College began conceptualizing a one-stop space for its North Campus which would support all of the primary “Getting Started” activities and information services for the entire campus.

The college opened the Navigation Station earlier this year following two years of designing and planning and six months of renovations, technology enhancements, staff training, and multiple moves.

“We’ve named it the Navigation Station because it’s the central location where visitors, future students and current students can get what they need to navigate their way forward,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus.

The new space contains computers for students and future students to use in completing college applications, financial aid and scholarship applications, class registrations (continuing education or curriculum), tuition payments and fees online, college email access, and testing appointments.

The Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Navigation Station is a welcome point where an individual can receive information, easily access student services and complete any necessary paperwork related to enrollment. The area consists of two components: a walk-up front desk and a call center. Whether a person walks in or call in for services, customer service representatives provide information and support including step-by-step assistance with online applications and forms. If the Navigation Station staff member is unable to provide assistance, the person is directed to the appropriate department within the college to receive the help required.

The call center component launched in July 2012 with staff members trained to answer all types of questions related to Rowan-Cabarrus. The in-person Navigation Station includes a kiosk check-in system which helps staff members deliver services in a systematic and timely fashion, provides information to the client about the wait time and documents the number of people served. Ultimately this data will help the college serve students more efficiently and effectively.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Academic Excellence and Excellence in Teaching Awards


“What’s amazing is that Doug was able to do all of this while maintaining a 4.0,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus.

SALISBURY, N.C. — After spending 14 years as captain of a commercial fishing boat, Doug Gold was ready for a change.

As a single parent starting over in life, Doug Gold first came to Rowan-Cabarrus in 2011. Now, he has been honored by Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and the North Carolina Community College System Board of Trustees as the college’s 2013 Academic Excellence Award winner.

Doug completed the college’s Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration degree – 74 credit hours – in only four semesters. While he began working full-time in the field for Perdue, Doug discovered that he wasn’t ready to finish his educational journey.

Subsequently, Doug has been working full-time and taking classes to complete his Associate in Arts degree. Doug then plans to complete his B.A. in business administration.

Doug credits some of his success to the scholarship support he received from the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation.

“Without assistance, it would be very difficult to continue forward with my education,” said Doug. “The foundation provides not only financial support but an emotional boost knowing that someone else believes in my goals.”

The award recognizes the academic achievement, leadership and community service of one student from each of the 58 institutions in the North Carolina Community College System. Recipients must be currently enrolled in curriculum courses, completing at least 12 credit hours in an associate degree program and maintaining a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Holds Successful Stem Open House for 500+


“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 provide a public service, to make STEM enjoyable and approachable.”

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

“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.”

Over 500 members of the community visited the STEM Open House. The STEM Open House was a fun, interactive event for the community showcasing the college’s science, technology, engineering and math programs.

The college hosted dozens of interactive exhibits for kids and adults of all ages to dazzle the senses and stir curiosity for all things STEM. Attendees were able to perform DNA extraction in the college’s science labs, operate robots, and even engage in activities that created fun products by applying scientific and engineering principles in collaboration with technology and mathematics.

“We hope to reach as many as we can with our message, and that is to make science friendly, approachable and fun,” said Dr. Marcy Corjay, dean of the college’s science, biotechnology, mathematics and information technologies.

The exhibits were extremely diverse – visitors instantly created ice cream using liquid nitrogen, made bouncy balls, tested their skin for sun damage and helped a robot disarm a simulated bomb. Visitors learned about DNA extraction, motorsports technology, the complexity of balancing pH in dying hair and the science of firefighting. Several microscopes gave participants a peek at specimens like the wing of a fly and kids could also develop their own movies.

The college’s nursing programs host an annual health fair that was incorporated into the STEM Open House. Faculty utilized displays to educate the community about Alzheimer’s disease and nutrition while others participated interactively in activities, including Zumba classes.

“Holding this event at our building on the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) made 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!”

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R3 Center Announces May 2013 Workshops



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

Each Wednesday in May, 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.

“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 May 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).

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Vintage Prom


SALISBURY, N.C. — Who doesn’t love live music, drinks and dancing? Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is in celebration mode this year in honor of the college’s 50th anniversary.

“As the college celebrates our 50th anniversary in 2013, we want to thank the community for its support over the last 50 years,” said Spalding. “Join us in celebrating our community and your community college.”

The college’s first ever Vintage Prom will feature live music, drinks, dancing and fun at the Salisbury Depot on Friday, April 26 from 7-11 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite attire from any era or culture.

“If that means your actual prom dress – great! Or if you’ve got a dress from a wedding that you never got the opportunity to wear again, that’s perfect, too. Whatever your attire, we will have a ball dancing the night away and celebrating Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.

The Vintage Prom will be held 7-11 p.m. at the Salisbury Depot, 215 Depot St., Salisbury. Tickets are $25 per person ($35 after April 24). Tickets can be purchased online at www.rccc.edu/vintageprompay/ or via check (Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation, P.O. Box 1595, Salisbury, NC 28145). Attendees must be 21 or over, there will be a cash bar. For more information or questions, please call 704-216-3453.

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College has spent the last fifty years serving citizens, business, and industry in Rowan and Cabarrus counties. The college offers a wide-variety of programs to meet the needs of a diverse student population with respect to age, life-style, academic achievement, and employment background.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Celebrates Small Business Week May 15 At Business Resource Fair in Concord


CONCORD, N.C. — Small business owners, start-ups and aspiring entrepreneurs will have a chance to connect with dozens of local and state business assistance providers at the Small Business Resource Fair on Wednesday, May 15 at the Cabarrus Government Center, 65 Church St. in downtown Concord.

The free mid-day event, in celebration of Small Business Week, includes lunch, and brings to one location business assistance representatives and government agencies to answer questions and distribute information about what business owners and prospective owners need to start, grow and succeed.

“Since most small business owners and potential owners are unaware of all the free resources available to them, the fair will make it convenient to gather as much business information as possible in one day,” said Barbara Hall, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Small Business Center director, one of the organizers.

Several short presentations around the fair’s theme, “Refining Your Edge” will highlight the event. Joe Recomendes with the Charlotte-based marketing firm Command Partners will discuss crowdfunding, the popular trend that has already raised billions of dollars for startups alone. He will give an overview of crowdfunding sites, discuss how to get started raising funds and what it takes for success. Marilyn Carpenter, director of venture development with Ventureprise, Inc. along with Fran Koster, Ed.D., author of “Discovering the New America,” will present strategies for small businesses to compete, grow and survive.

The fair which runs from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. is being organized by the Business Resource Roundtable, a group of local business assistance providers that meets regularly to address issues pertaining to the success of area businesses. Members participating in the fair include the Rowan-Cabarrus Small Business Center, Cabarrus EDC, City of Kannapolis, Cabarrus Council for a Sustainable Local Economy, Small Business & Technology Development Center, SCORE, Centralina Workforce Development Board, Charlotte Research Institute and Self-Help. They will be joined by a growing list of business assistance providers including Business Link North Carolina, NC Live, SBA, The Support Center, Women’s Business Center, North Carolina Institute of Minority Economic Development, Cabarrus Health Alliance, Concord Downtown Development Corporation, and several local government offices.

Attendees are asked to pre-register for the fair at http://www.cvent.com/d/xcqvj0 to ensure that adequate food is provided for lunch. Please call Amy Boger at 704-216-3941 for more information. For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu.

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