Rowan-Cabarrus Community College News

Student With Bachelor’s Degree Comes to Rowan-Cabarrus for Career Change


“I’m not the best student in the class, and I’m certainly not the youngest. However, I do feel strongly about the patient skills I have learned through the Rowan-Cabarrus Radiography program,” said Powell.

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — As a non-traditional college student, Kelley Powell seldom shares his journey of moving from the corporate world to the community college.

Powell already had a bachelor’s degree and 24 years of experience in information technology when he came to Rowan-Cabarrus. Although Powell was comfortable and knowledgeable in the IT world, he was envious of his wife’s passion for her work as a third grade teacher.

“She always came home from work happy. I wanted that,” said Powell.

After getting his son settled at UNC-Wilmington, he decided it was time to realize his own dream. Powell’s choice to pursue his passion came as a result of much self-evaluation. He admits to being nervous after making the courageous decision to change his career to help people through health services.

With a 3.5 GPA, Powell has validated his commitment to scholarship. He exhibits a passion for people, leadership and community engagement in his work with the college’s Student Government Association and the Radiography Club.

“Kelley has demonstrated commitment to high academic achievement, personal development and the awareness of student concerns and community initiatives. We are honored he is our nominee for the Robert W. Scott Student Leadership Award,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus.

The Robert W. Scott Student Leadership Award is named in honor of Robert W. Scott, who served as N.C. State Governor from 1969-1973 and as president of the North Carolina Community College System from 1983-1995. The award is bestowed on students who demonstrate leadership on a statewide level.

“Kelley embodies the qualities of a great student leader,” said Natasha Lipscomb, director of student life and leadership development at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. “He expects the best from himself, he encourages others to be at their best, he works to serve the larger community and he is well-respected among peers and faculty.”

Powell graduated last month from Rowan-Cabarrus. His unique skill set will help him blend the two career fields and reinvent himself in the emerging Radiology Information Systems field.

Read More »

Posted in Engineering and Business Technologies, Student Government Association, Student Life and Leadership | Tagged , , , , ,

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Offers Conversational Spanish for Real Estate Professionals


 “As more Hispanics come to the area, the percentage that will stay grows as well. Hispanics who are now tenants will soon start buying homes,” said Kluttz.

SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is offering a new class in Conversational Spanish for Real Estate professionals.

Not only is the state’s Hispanic population increasing rapidly, its buying power is too.

Titled “Conversational Spanish for Real Estate Professionals,” the class is being taught by Pearlie Kluttz who has taught conversational Spanish classes for nearly 15 years.

Kluttz is hoping the conversational Spanish class will help remove that barrier and help real estate professionals tap what appears to be a growing market.

This class emphasis will be on basic vocabulary, useful and common phrases, and practical expressions used in everyday work for Real Estate professionals. The class will run Mondays from 3-5 p.m. beginning September 9 and running through October 28 at the college’s South Campus (Bldg. 2000, Rm. 205) in Concord.

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

Posted in College Advancement, Faculty and Staff, Job and Skills Training, Personal Enrichment, Student Life and Leadership, Student Services | Tagged

Fall Registration Underway at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College


SALISBURY, N.C. — Fall registration at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is now underway and ongoing through August 14, 2013.

Enrolling at Rowan-Cabarrus has never been easier; students may apply online at http://www.rccc.edu/admissions/. Registration is online, however, the college provides weekly on-campus support sessions to assist with the enrollment process (http://bit.ly/WebAdvisorSupport). Classes begin Monday, August 19, 2013.

“If you or your child are considering attending Rowan-Cabarrus, we encourage you to take advantage of an upcoming Walk and Talk Wednesday to learn more about why the college is a terrific choice for a great education at a great price,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus.

Walk and Talk Wednesday is an opportunity for prospective students to visit Rowan-Cabarrus. There are generally small group tours of the campus led by a Rowan-Cabarrus staff member. Walk and Talk Wednesday is a great opportunity to see the campus and ask questions. The college’s next Walk and Talk Wednesday is Wednesday, July 10, 2013 from 6-7 p.m. at the college’s North Campus in Salisbury and the college’s South Campus in Concord. Register online for the next session: http://www.rccc.edu/admissions/walk-and-talk-wednesdays/.

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 to higher education to the adult pursuing GED completion courses or English-as-a-Second-Language classes – Rowan-Cabarrus has it all.

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

Posted in Admissions and Recruitment, Record and Registration, Student Life and Leadership, Student Services | Tagged ,

Rowan-Cabarrus Unveils New Camp Creativity


CONCORD, N.C. — Summertime is a great time for fun, sun and learning, too! In recent years, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College has expanded its summer camp offerings for youth to include game development, healthcare and graphic design. This year, the college is proud to expand its annual Literary & Fine Arts Festival focus with Camp Creativity.

 Camp Creativity serves as an alternative to the traditional summer sports programs available in the summer months. The one-week camp helps students gain self-confidence, learn hands-on skills and apply their creativity.
Camp Creativity is geared at participants between the ages of 8 and 14.

The college’s English and fine arts faculty have teamed up to organize and facilitate this multi-disciplinary summer arts camp that blends together creative writing, drama, spoken word, music and art.

“We are so excited about Camp Creativity! Motivated youth will be given opportunities to explore the visual, performing, and literary arts while reaching for their true creative potential,” said Jenn Selby, chair of the college’s fine arts program.

Taught by professional artists and instructors who are passionate about and love the arts, the camp is structured to provide a broad spectrum of artistic experiences. During this week, students will focus on arts and crafts, writing, games, music, theater and light recreational activities.

“The week will be filled with fun and learning. This hands-on camp is a great option for anyone between ages eight and fourteen,” said Jenny Beaver, chair of the college’s English department.

The camp will run the week of July 29, 2013, and activities are scheduled in multiple classrooms at the Rowan-Cabarrus South Campus in Concord. Monday through Thursday sessions will meet 8 a.m.-4 p.m. while the Friday session is scheduled from 8 a.m.-12 noon and will include a showcase for parents.

Read More »

Posted in Faculty and Staff, Personal Enrichment, Student Life and Leadership | Tagged , ,

Rowan-Cabarrus Asked to “Plan Bravely”


SALISBURY, N.C. — While Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s current strategic plan doesn’t end until the end of 2014, college leaders are already planning for the future and working on the next strategic plan. In a recent meeting with local community leaders, the college received some unexpected feedback and direction.

 “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 in our community. A more educated region will result in a stronger, more vibrant region,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus.

The community leaders’ main message to the college was to “plan bravely.”

“It was gratifying to hear from community leaders that the college not only has solid support, but also has the ability to help lead the Rowan and Cabarrus region to greater economic security through education,” said Spalding.

Recent planning sessions included in-depth conversations on advanced manufacturing and technology, healthcare, information technology, and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).

“That little dash between Rowan and Cabarrus in the name Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is not arbitrary. It’s a connector between the two counties,” said Bill Cannon, president of the Cannon Foundation. “It represents the regional vision that Rowan-Cabarrus must have for our area.”

Read More »

Posted in Academic Programs, Admissions and Recruitment, Board of Trustees, College Advancement, Corporate and Continuing Education, Corporate Training, Counseling and Career Services, Faculty and Staff, Job and Skills Training, Office of the President, Rapid Response, Re-Employment Bridge Institute, Record and Registration, Student Life and Leadership | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Students Top in the State


SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College students returned from the 59th Annual North Carolina Phi Beta Lambda Leadership Conference with numerous awards – including first prize in accounting, business communications, economic analysis and decision making, and marketing concepts.

“I am so proud of all of our students who competed at the conference,” said Martha Cranford, Rowan-Cabarrus faculty member and chapter advisor.

“I’m proud of our students and would encourage all Rowan-Cabarrus students to consider being part of the PBL organization and compete in state and national competitive events.”

Competitions at the Annual Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) State Leadership Conference range from human resource management, accounting and economics, as well as team events in business ethics, desktop publishing and parliamentary procedure and a host of other similar business-related topics. The students also attended leadership seminars at the conference and received individual certificates in leadership development.

This was the fifth year in a row that Rowan-Cabarrus students received high honors at the North Carolina PBL State Leadership Conference. First, second and some third place winners automatically qualify to compete in the 2013 PBL National Conference in Anaheim, California. Students will compete against students from across the United States, including four-year colleges and universities.

Here are the Rowan-Cabarrus student winners with their competition placement and subjects.

Read More »

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , ,

R3 Center Announces June 2013 Workshops: Help! I Hired a Millennial


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

The month of June is dedicated to Millennials. The R3 Center is looking to help workers in their 20s to utilize the strengths of their generation in a work search. This month will feature our newest workshop entitled Looking for Work as a 20-Something:

  • 10 a.m. on June 20 at the R3 Center,
  • 10 a.m. on June 26 at DWS/JobLink Center (2275 Kannapolis Hwy., Concord, NC 28027) and
  • 2:30 p.m. on June 26 at DWS/JobLink Center (1904 South Main Street, Salisbury, NC 28144).

Also, each Wednesday in June, 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.

Read More »

Posted in Career Readiness Certification, College Advancement, Corporate and Continuing Education, Corporate Training, Job and Skills Training, Personal Enrichment, R3 Center | Tagged , , , , ,

Nearly 350 Free Certifications Earned In Three Short Hours


 “Certifications prove to the employer that you have the skills needed – that there are fundamental skills they won’t need to teach you,” said Stevens.

CONCORD, N.C. — A rare partnership between Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and Microsoft provided nearly 350 new Information Technology (IT) certifications at no cost last month.

“Certifications are expensive and that’s a barrier for some students,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “Our faculty and staff are constantly looking for ways to reduce costs and increase opportunities available to our students. This partnership with Microsoft is a perfect example.”

The MTA Test Fest – which stands for Microsoft Technology Associate – was a first-of-its-kind opportunity for the college. Microsoft donated all of the tests taken during the event.

“Each individual who tested saved about $50 per test,” said Ian Stevens, associate dean of information technologies. “Additionally, of the 100+ people who attended, many walked away with more than one certification – nearly 350 successful certifications were earned in just three short hours!”

In conjunction with the college’s testing center, the college transformed all of the Cabarrus Business & Technology Center (CBTC) computer labs into satellite testing locations. Faculty supported the efforts by serving as test proctors. The college’s designated testing center is in the process of expanding services to offer more industry testing on-site.

“While the MTA tests are fundamental, basic level certifications, acquiring these credentials puts students one step closer to a job,” said Stevens. “Employers tell our faculty that the first thing they identify to screen applicants is certifications. This certification helps applicants get their foot in the door. Of course, additional certifications and training are available here at Rowan-Cabarrus for more advanced students.”

Students were leaving the testing rooms saying “I didn’t even know that I could do this!”

Read More »

Posted in Academic Programs, Board of Trustees, Career Readiness Certification, Center for Teaching and Learning, Job and Skills Training, Office of the President, Small Business Center, Student Government Association | Tagged , , , , ,

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.

Read More »

Posted in Academic Programs, Career Readiness Certification, Corporate and Continuing Education, Corporate Training, Job and Skills Training, Student Life and Leadership | Tagged , , , , ,

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.

Posted in Career Readiness Certification, Job and Skills Training, Re-Employment Bridge Institute | Tagged , , , ,