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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College News

Rowan-Cabarrus Asked to “Plan Bravely”

COLLEGE’S STRATEGIC PLANNING PROCESS REVEALS COMMUNITY LEADERS’ DESIRE FOR THE COLLEGE TO PLAY A BIGGER ROLE IN THE REGION’S FUTURE

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.”

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Students Top in the State

COLLEGE BRINGS HOME FOUR FIRST PLACE WINNERS

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.

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

NOW OFFERING 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 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.

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Nearly 350 Free Certifications Earned In Three Short Hours

ROWAN-CABARRUS HOSTS MTA TEST FEST (MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY ASSOCIATE) THANKS TO DONATIONS FROM MICROSOFT

 “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!”

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

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

 “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

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 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

TITLE III GRAND EXCEEDS GOAL BY NEARLY 200 PERCENT

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+

FREE, FAMILY-FRIENDLY FESTIVAL DEVELOPED BY ROWAN-CABARRUS FACULTY

“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

“NAVIGATION STATION” IS THE NEW CENTRAL LOCATION FOR VISITORS, FUTURE STUDENTS, AND CURRENT STUDENTS

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

NORTH CAROLINA COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM BOARD MEMBER CLYDE HIGGS PRESENTS AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT; DOUGLAS GOLD AND KEN CLIFTON HONORED

“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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