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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College News

Rowan-Cabarrus Offering Pharmacy Technician Course

CONCORD, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College will offer its pharmacy technician program again this spring. The program, developed by a pharmacist, makes graduates of the program much more employable.

“The Pharmacy Technician Program at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College provides the technical and practical training to allow the graduate to work as an assistant to a licensed pharmacist in both retail and hospital settings,” said Tomeka Clinkscales, nurse practitioner and instructor of the course.

The course also prepares students to take the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam given by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board through a combination of lecture, multimedia, discussion, text and workbook assignments, independent research and tests of competency and understanding.

Pharmacy technicians work under the direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist and perform many pharmacy-related functions. They refer any questions regarding prescriptions, drug information or health matters to a pharmacist. Pharmacy techs work in a wide variety of practice settings, including community pharmacies, hospitals, the military, in-home health care settings, long term care facilities, mail service pharmacies, managed health care organizations and educational programs.

“Being a Certified Pharmacy Technician is not just a title, it is a profession that takes caring and dedication,” said Theresa Rhoades, CPhT.

Students must register for the course in person at the Navigation Station on either North or South Campus. For more information and to register, call 704-216-7222, e-mail jan.corriher-smith@rccc.edu or visit www.rccc.edu/pharmacy.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Offering New Innovative Friday-Only Degree Option

Only 64 Fridays stand between students and an Associate in Arts degree!

SALISBURY, N.C. — This spring, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is trying something new. In order to better serve students, the College is piloting a non-traditional way for students to achieve their educational goals.

The College has organized compelling course offerings into a schedule that will allow students to only come to campus on Fridays to earn a degree. In fact, students have the potential to earn an Associate in Arts (A.A.), a two-year degree equipped to transfer to any of the four-year state universities, in as little as 64 Fridays.

“Through conversations with students and local employers, we found that employers might not be able or willing to adjust their employees’ schedules to take off multiple days or time periods each week to go to school. However, the idea of adjusting schedules to allow for a single free day is more appealing to employers and employees alike,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus.

Most of the classes are set up in a hybrid format which basically allows students to do some work independently at their convenience outside of the classroom on the computer via Blackboard, and optimizes their time on campus. The schedule also provides some offerings exclusively online.

“We believe – as do many of our students, judging from the courses’ popularity – that hybrid options provide the best of both worlds,” said Dr. Rod Townley, vice president of academic programs. “You still get the face-to-face interaction that helps many students fully learn, but students don’t waste unnecessary time on campus doing assignments, lectures or readings simply while sitting next to their peers. Students can adjust their busy schedules to do this work when it is most convenient for them.”

These Friday-only classes are available at both North and South Campuses and online.

“Classes essentially meet every other Friday,” said Townley. “The schedule is designed so that one has a full schedule on Fridays throughout the sixteen-week semester. One Friday a student will have one set of classes, and the next Friday will offer another set of classes.”

Spring classes begin Monday, January 13, 2014. Registration is now underway and ongoing through Wednesday, January 8, 2014.

Hosting day, evening, weekend and online classes, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College provides a strong foundation and transferable credits for students advancing to four-year colleges and helps adults get the additional training they need to start, change or advance careers. From the 18 year-old high school graduate looking for an economical solution for their first two years of college to the adult pursuing GED completion courses or English-as-a-Second-Language classes – Rowan-Cabarrus has it all.

“We are doing our very best 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 14 degrees entirely online. It’s why the GED classes are offered morning, afternoon, evening, online and at multiple locations across the College’s service area.”

Rowan-Cabarrus is an affordable option with credits costing only $71.50 per credit hour – meaning that a semester’s worth of tuition could cost around $1,000. Enrolling at Rowan-Cabarrus has never been easier; students may apply online at www.rccc.edu/apply2014. Registration is also online, however, the College provides on-campus support sessions to assist with the process (www.rccc.edu/registrationsupport). Rowan-Cabarrus urges prospective students to complete the application process now.

Additionally, financial aid assistance through the federal government takes time to process, so prospective students should act as soon as possible if they’re planning to utilize this assistance. For complete details, see the Rowan-Cabarrus website at www.rccc.edu/recordsregistration/ or stop in to the College’s one stop center, Navigation Station.

While the College will be closed for winter break for construction projects beginning Dec. 20, the Rowan-Cabarrus Navigation Station call center will be open to assist students by phone, with admissions, testing, advising, registration and financial aid. Please see the homepage at www.rccc.edu for days and hours of call center operations.

For more information about the Friday A.A. degree program at Rowan-Cabarrus, including a sample schedule, please visit www.rccc.edu/friday or call 704-216-RCCC (7222).

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Rowan-Cabarrus Offers Electical Contractors Class

Prepare for your electrical contractors license with Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

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 electrical classification covers installing, maintaining, altering or repairing of any electrical work, wiring, devices, appliances or equipment. It covers both residential and commercial work and is not limited in scope.

“The License Preparation Course for Electrical Contractors is critical to be successful in the electrical field. Rowan-Cabarrus Community College provides a great, affordable option for local residents and I would recommend it to anyone in the field,” said David Mills, course instructor with more than 30 years of experience.

The class will meet 6 to 9 p.m. on Mondays, January 27 through June 23, at the College’s Cabarrus Business & Technology Center (CBTC). The course fee is $180. 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 Offers Activity Directors Course

Training for Long-Term Care Facility Workers

SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College will offer a training course for persons wanting to be state-approved activity directors at long-term care facilities.

Rowan-Cabarrus will offer the 60-hour, state-approved course 6 to 9 p.m. on Monday and Thursdays, Feb. 3-Apr. 10. The class will meet at the Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, in Salisbury. The course registration fee is $180, plus a textbook costing approximately $60.

“If you are interested in a career as a state-approved activity director for nursing homes, this is the course you need. You will learn about state and federal regulations, how to plan and implement activities, and various other duties that encompass the activity profession,” said Tim Cornelison, instructor for the course with numerous years of experience.

With baby boomers aging and a probable increase in those requiring long term care, the need for qualified professionals is expected to grow at an unprecedented rate. Skilled professionals are needed to design and implement activity programs to enhance the physical and mental health for older adults and people with disabilities in long-term care facilities, as well as in community-based centers and programs promoting health and wellness.

Participants will learn about state and federal regulations, how to plan and direct activities, and various other duties included in the profession. Access to a computer and basic computer skills will be necessary for this class. The course includes hands-on and classroom instruction. Students must complete at least 60 hours of hands-on training.

Space is limited, and advanced registration is required. 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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Local Veteran Rallies Other Student Veterans At Rowan-Cabarrus

COLLEGE PROVIDES ADDITIONAL SUPPORT TO VETERANS, MARKS VETERAN’S DAY WITH FLAG CEREMONIES


“I have a passion for helping veterans. For all that they’ve done for our country, it’s the least I can do,” said Richmond Gage, program chair for Motorsports Management Technology.

CONCORD, N.C. — After serving 22 years in the Air Force and holding a master’s in operations management, Scott Killoran didn’t think he’d find himself back in school. Toward the end of his military career, Killoran said he would attend job fairs and hear that he was perfect for the jobs available.

“They said they could see how transferrable my skills were,” said Killoran.

Yet, like many vets, Killoran has found finding employment to be a challenge.

“I spent so many years of my life in the military – I traveled the world, I met my wife abroad, we even had our seven year-old son while we were in Japan,” said Killoran. “Honestly, I didn’t expect it to be so hard to find a job.”

Currently working toward a certificate in Motorsports Management Technology, Killoran is also making a point to network and is seeking out an internship.

“My instructor is actually working with me on my resume right now. He’s going above and beyond to help me be successful in the field,” said Killoran.

The Motorsports Management Technology program has a long history of working with veterans, including those with disabilities.

Likewise, Killoran is working to get veterans on campus the support they need by giving feedback to appropriate college officials and sharing his experiences and resources with other veterans.

“I really want to see veterans succeed. I’ve made it a point to do some volunteer work with other vets. To me, it’s important that vets have every resource available when they finish their service,” said Killoran.

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College has been a Servicemember Opportunity College (SOC) since the early 1990’s. As a SOC member, the College provides transferable credit toward college courses as determined by the American Council on Education (ACE) transcript evaluation. The College has also formed a taskforce to make recommendations for additional transferable credit to be awarded based on the servicemember or veteran’s MOS and current program of study and recommendations for engaging veterans in successful completion of their educational goals at Rowan-Cabarrus.

“We are proud to welcome veterans to Rowan-Cabarrus and greatly appreciate their time in service to our nation,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “Veterans have many choices during and after their military service, and we are pleased that some have chosen to make Rowan-Cabarrus a part of their life.”

The College aims to facilitate veteran success by providing support, resources and information to meet their unique needs as both a veteran and a student.

“Student veterans are mature and on a mission, but sometimes face different challenges than other students,” said Natasha Lipscomb, director of student life and leadership at the College. “The College’s goal is to help veterans transition from soldiers to scholars, navigate financial matters, deal with campus life and cope with the lack of structure in comparison with time in the military.”

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R3 Career Services Announces November 2013 Workshops; New Short-Term Classes

COLLEGE PROVIDES FREE PROGRAMS FOR THE UNEMPLOYED OR UNDER-EMPLYED

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

Clients new to R3 Career Services will be scheduled to meet with a Career Coach for a “Meet Your Coach.” In this workshop, clients will develop an R3 career action plan and identify assisting resources. Workshops are available Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 9 a.m. Call 704-216-7201 to reserve a seat.

Additionally, each Wednesday in November, the R3 Career Services 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 are quick and informative and will feature Meet Your College, Resume Screening, Career Coaching and R3 Workshops. Clients wanting to attend an R3 Clinic are asked to call 704-216-7201 to schedule an appointment.

The clinics are designed to be quick and informative. For over six years, R3 Career Services 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

2:30 p.m. workshop

 Concord Location:

DWS/JobLink Center

2275 Kannapolis Hwy.

Concord, NC 28027

10:00 a.m. workshop

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R3 Career Services Announces November 2013 Workshops; New Short-Term Classes

COLLEGE PROVIDES FREE PROGRAMS FOR THE UNEMPLOYED OR UNDER-EMPLOYED

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

Clients new to R3 Career Services will be scheduled to meet with a Career Coach for a “Meet Your Coach.” In this workshop, clients will develop an R3 career action plan and identify assisting resources. Workshops are available Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 9 a.m. Call 704-216-7201 to reserve a seat.

Additionally, each Wednesday in November, the R3 Career Services 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 are quick and informative and will feature Meet Your College, Resume Screening, Career Coaching and R3 Workshops. Clients wanting to attend an R3 Clinic are asked to call 704-216-7201 to schedule an appointment.

The clinics are designed to be quick and informative. For over six years, R3 Career Services 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

2:30 p.m. workshop

 

Concord Location:

DWS/JobLink Center

2275 Kannapolis Hwy.

Concord, NC 28027

10:00 a.m. workshop

 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.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Welding Program Creates Special 50th Anniversary Gift For College

WELDING STUDENTS WORKED TOGETHER TO DEVELOP LARGE SCALE REPLICA OF COLLEGE’S NEW COMPASS IN HONOR OF COLLEGE’S CONTRIBUTIONS OVER THE LAST 50 YEARS

SALISBURY, N.C. — In honor of the last 50 years of service that Rowan-Cabarrus Community College has provided to the community, welding students presented the Board of Trustees and President Carol Spalding with a large scale replica of the compass featured in the College’s new brand.

Earlier this year, the College unveiled a new logo and branding strategy that better reflects the College’s role and significance to the region. Similarly, welding at Rowan-Cabarrus is not what it used to be. New robots and a CNC (Computer Numerical Control) plasma cutter allow students to engage with and train on industry-recognized equipment.

“Industry-recognized, high-tech equipment is critical to the success of our program and our graduates,” said Robert Simpson, program chair of welding. “If students can’t leave here knowing how to use the equipment that an employer uses, they won’t be as successful as the job requires. We are currently in need of Orbital TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) Welders and an additional welding robot.”

The orbital TIG is an automated pipe welder that is capable of making perfect welds on piping used in the power and nuclear industry. This equipment is being used extensively worldwide and there are few places where training is available. The welding robot is used in fabrication and welding of assemblies that require repeated parts to be assembled and welded together. The College currently has one robot, but to be productive in training and reduce downtime, there should be more than one robot for students to program.

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. 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.

In January, the College unveiled its new logo, which includes a compass designed by an in-house team at the College. A unique element of the design is that the compass needle is fixed at the angle between the College’s North Campus and South Campus.

“When we saw the new compass and heard about the features that made it unique to Rowan-Cabarrus, we knew we had to use the design as the centerpiece of a 50th anniversary gift for the College,” said Simpson.

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College has spent the last 50 years serving citizens, business, and industry in Rowan and Cabarrus counties. Welding was actually among the very first classes to be offered at the College 50 years ago. 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.

“We are truly thrilled with this thoughtful anniversary present! What a wonderful example of the work that our welding program does,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “I love the replica of our new brand – I believe it demonstrates our commitment and promise to be the community college Rowan and Cabarrus counties need and deserve, both now and in the future.”

In the late 1950s, the North Carolina General Assembly approved funding for a new concept in higher education: industrial education centers for the purpose of training adults in vocational and technical skills needed by emerging industries.

In 1963, Rowan Industrial Education Center became one of the first of 58 colleges in the NC Community College System, under the leadership of founding president Merrill Hamilton. Dr. Richard L. Brownell followed Hamilton as president in 1977 and served in that capacity for thirty years. In 1991, under his leadership, the College earned distinction as the first multi-campus community college in the state of North Carolina.

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Rowan-Cabarrus: Leader In Online Education And Training

COLLEGE RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF ONLY TWO COMMUNITY COLLEGES IN U.S. TO ACHIEVE INSTRUCTOR TRAINING CERTIFICATION

SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College recently became one of only four colleges in the entire country to achieve Quality Matters certification for an instructor training course.

Quality Matters (QM) is a leader in quality assurance for online education and has received national recognition for its peer-based approach to continuous improvement in online education and student learning.

“Our growing online programs and courses are high quality. We’ve worked hard to step up our game in the distance education arena,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “Our menu of online courses allows students to participate in learning outside of the traditional classroom. Our goal is to provide students greater flexibility in scheduling classes while providing Rowan-Cabarrus faculty with new and innovative approaches to teaching.”

In 2000, Rowan-Cabarrus became one of the first community colleges in the state to establish formal and required training for faculty. Rowan-Cabarrus instructors are required to take an internally developed online instructor training course prior to teaching any online courses for the College. Even instructors who have taught online courses for other colleges and universities must complete this training.

“The training not only shows them how to use and teach within Blackboard, but also covers the pedagogy and best practices of how to teach online,” said Debra NeeSmith, dean of educational resource services.

Instructors who go through the course apply what they learn in the course immediately – they literally build their online course as they go through the training.

“Our goal is to help instructors create a more robust and interactive learning experience for our students,” said NeeSmith.

Online learning is a different medium – one that requires instructors to think differently about the way they teach their courses. The 25-hour course has received 100 percent in the Quality Matters certification process. Among instructor training classes, only four colleges in the country are Quality Matters certified and Rowan-Cabarrus is only the second community college in the country to achieve this distinction.

“Colleges need to receive at least an 85 percent in order to be granted the certification – we are honored to have achieved 100 percent on the Quality Matter rubric!” said NeeSmith.

Online learning options have become more popular as students become more technically savvy. Likewise, Rowan-Cabarrus faculty have embraced technology in the development and delivery of courses across multiple disciplines.

“Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is committed to excellence for our teachers and our students. We believe in making education accessible to everyone and our online programs are a big part of that initiative,” said Dr. Rod Townley, vice president of the College’s academic programs. “We are extremely proud of our instructional team at the College.”

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Meets With Chamber and Economic Development Leadership to Discuss Partnership

COLLEGE REAFFIRMS COMMITMENT TO ECONOMIC AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College staff and trustees recently participated in a strategic conversation with representatives from the Cabarrus and Rowan chambers of commerce and economic development commissions about how they can strengthen their partnerships.

“I don’t know of a time when economic development has been more important to our two counties,” said Carl M. Short, chairman of the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees.

With significant new leadership in both counties, the College felt that it was an appropriate time to bring together key leaders and emphasize how serious the College is about jobs and improving the economy.

“I think this partnership is exactly where we need to be,” said Elaine Spalding, president for the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce.

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is the only public institution of higher learning in the two-county region. Over the last 50 years, the College has served over 600,000 people and 95 percent of them stay and raise families here in Rowan and Cabarrus counties.

Margie Bukowski, vice president of economic development for Cabarrus Economic Development, said she believes there are a lot of opportunities for organizations to help be more involved with community colleges. Bukowski also recommended being proactive.

“Bringing the college in as soon as you can to talk about what skill sets (potential employees are) going to need,” Bukowski said.

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