Rowan-Cabarrus Community College News

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Students Recognized With Top Honors At National Conference


“I am extremely proud of the accomplishments of these students and would encourage all Rowan-Cabarrus students to consider being part of the school’s PBL organization and compete in state and national competitive events,” said Robin Turner, chair of the accounting program.

SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Phi Beta Lambda students returned from their national conference in San Antonio, Texas with numerous awards, continuing the tradition of making the community and college proud.

Four students from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College attended the conference – out of 2,000 of America’s best and brightest college students – bringing home national awards.

Kristy Jarrett, one of the Rowan-Cabarrus students who attended the conference, received national recognition at the PBL Awards of Excellence. Jarrett competed in the Small Business Management Plan category and brought home a national third place award. Jarrett competed against major university students, including Westwood College, Temple University, Miami Dade College-Kendall Campus, and Kanawha Valley Community & Technical College.

This event provides recognition to members who demonstrate an understanding and mastery of the process required in developing and implementing a new business venture. Most surprisingly of all, the competition is normally a “team event” with up to five students preparing the competitive business plan. Jarrett entered as a single person team and held her own, scoring very competitively.

 “Competing against four-year seniors from universities and finishing in the national top ten is a major achievement by our students.”

Another Rowan-Cabarrus student, Melissa Barnette received national recognition at the PBL Awards of Excellence in the national Financial Services competition, sponsored by Certified Financial Planners Board, Inc. Barnette brought home a fifth place award, beating out major four-year university students, including Midland University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, South Florida Community College, Emporia State University, Alabama State University.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Launches Entirely Online Criminal Justice Degree Program


SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is pleased to offer its criminal justice program entirely online beginning this fall.

Beginning this fall, Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Criminal Justice can be completed entirely in the classroom, entirely online, or through a combination of online and classroom based courses.

“The criminal justice program gives you the flexibility of online courses while guaranteeing that you will always have someone there to help,” said Kimberly Boling, coordinator of the online criminal justice program.
“The program’s set-up means you can connect with your professors and fellow students on your own time.”

Rowan-Cabarrus is launching an exciting new program that offers our students and community members the opportunity to earn a quality criminal justice degree entirely online. Our criminal justice program is designed with working professionals in mind and is designed to let students take classes around their already hectic schedules.

Career Possibilities include:

  • Local, state, and federal government agencies
  • Private businesses and organizations
  • Police agencies as officers, detectives, safety or security officers
  • Juvenile detention and probation officers, adult probation officers, and correctional officers
  • Attorneys
  • Investigators

The online program will provide a conceptual understanding of criminal justice institutions and processes, theories of crime and punishment, criminal law and social science research methods. Online classes will be conducted by our on-campus faculty members. Students will engage in the same critical examination of criminal justice issues and solutions as they do in the traditional classroom.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Turns Gamers Into Budding Developers With New Game Design Camp


KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – These days, just about anyone can play a video game – whether it’s virtual bowling or dancing or karaoke – but not everyone has the skill to actually design a game. This summer, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College embarked on its second year of Gaming Camps to help students imagine, plan, design, and create their very own computer game.

Building off of the success of last year’s week-long camp, the college created two additional week-long camps. These camps, Intro to Graphics and 3D Modeling and Intermediate Game Development, are scheduled the weeks of July 16-19 and 23-26, respectively, and the college is still accepting registrations.

With the gaming industry debating the future of consoles like PlayStation and Wii, computer gaming is becoming all that more important.

“This program shows that education and fun really can go together,” said President Carol S. Spalding, Ed.D.

“Game development is being implemented in many different types of industries and professions. Simulation and design are already being used in Fortune 500 companies for education, training and management modules,” said Pepsi Boyer, M.S., instructor for the day camp and Web Technologies. “The expansion of game design development techniques within all industries will eventually be inevitable.”

Rowan-Cabarrus developed the Gaming Camps as an introduction for students to the world of computer programming.

“These budding developers often don’t even realize they’re learning important transferrable skills and concepts they must eventually master to succeed in the competitive global IT workforce – things like object-oriented and event-driven programming, agile development, graphic interface design, idea sharing, peer review, revisioning, presentation, and, above all, confidence,” said Rob Muhlstein of IBM who assisted with the camp. “Students leave having completed a game in a week that would have taken seasoned developers from earlier generations a year to develop.”

There were 25 students ages 12-21 in the Introduction to Game Development camp.

“They really taught us a lot,” said one 13-year-old camper. “I built this entire game by myself, except for the background. It’s cool.”

While all of the participants were avid gamers, none of them had created a game themselves. The games developed covered a range of interests and types from action game to sports games to adventure games.

 “I’m excited about the new ways Rowan-Cabarrus is reaching the community. From creating camps like this to developing more online courses, we are trying new and different ways to improve the access and availability of quality education. These gaming camps are further evidence of the college’s commitment to STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics – education.”

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Rowan-Cabarrus Students Learn By Giving Salisbury Store A New Look


“Real world experience like this is a vitally important part of the student experience. Employers want employees with applicable experience and education,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.

SALISBURY, N.C. — Marketing students at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College applied knowledge gained in the classroom in a real-world setting and helped a local merchant at the same time.

Students in instructor Nancy Whittaker’s visual merchandising class designed and installed a custom store window display for Ultimate Sports Apparel in historic downtown Salisbury. The students’ goal was to design a window that captured the attention of potential customers while communicating the store’s marketing message.

“The students had fun working in an actual retail setting. In addition, they had the opportunity to work as a team and meet the expectations of their client, Justin Wells, the store manager,” Whittaker said.

Ultimate Sports Apparel offers collegiate apparel and logo items as well as Crocs shoes and Oakley merchandise.

“Students who take advantage of internships, co-ops, and hands on projects get the most out of their education.”

The marketing students developed a gym locker room theme for the window which primarily features the Crocs line of shoes. They chose several locker room props, including a locker, bench, dumbbells, shower curtain and towel hamper. Using bright colors in the background and careful placement of the merchandise allowed the students to overcome the challenge presented by the glare and reflection in the window glass.

“The opportunity to work on the display window was challenging and a great learning experience,” said Kevin Little, a student in the class.

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New Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Student Government Association President Announced


KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — James Hopkins of Salisbury, a college transfer student with a focus on pre-psychology and pre-middle grades, is the new Student Government Association President at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.

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

Hopkins was introduced as the 2012-13 SGA leader at the college’s May 21 Board of Trustees meeting. Originally born in Davie County, Hopkins moved to Salisbury as a child. Hopkins is a 2010 honor graduate of West Rowan High School. While there, he served as an office assistant during both his junior and senior years.

“As SGA President, my focus for the 2012-2013 academic year will be to encourage the students to get involved in campus activities as well as in service learning initiatives,” said Hopkins.

Hopkins takes pride in mentoring and serving middle and high school youth through the Communities in Schools program. Hopkins has previously served on the Rowan-Cabarrus Student Government Association Executive Board as the 2011-2012 Public Information Officer.

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

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R3 Center Accounces July 2012 Workshops Including Meet The Employer


“We are committed to a holistic approach of placing people back into work that includes helping them refocus on career goals, increase their skill sets through training, and partnering with business to help job growth. Partnering with Jamie Ottinger, manager and owner of Express Employment Professionals, is another step in creating a more efficient model in serving dislocated workers,” said Allman.

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.

“The highlight of the month is a workshop titled ‘Meet the Employer,’ on Wed., July 18,” said Keri Allman, director of the R3 Center. “Express Employment Professionals has partnered with the R3 Center to sponsor this workshop to increase awareness of their services and to help R3 share important hiring information from their business clients.”

Located 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 July 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 – Mondays at 2 p.m., on Tuesdays at 6 p.m., on Wednesdays at 11 a.m., and on Thursdays at 11 a.m. in July. New Client Launch is an orientation workshop for persons who have never attended an R3 Center workshop or taken advantage of its other services.

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Kannapolis Mayor Reappointed To Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees


SALISBURY, N.C. — Robert S. Misenheimer, mayor of Kannapolis, has been reappointed to the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees by North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue.

 “Rowan-Cabarrus is fortunate to retain such a distinguished member of our board. I am proud to serve alongside Mayor Misenheimer 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.

“I feel that Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is a vital part of Rowan and Cabarrus Counties,” said Misenheimer. “I am proud to continue serving the college and our community as a trustee.”

Misenheimer has served as mayor of Kannapolis since 2005 and was elected to five-consecutive terms on the Kannapolis City Council from 1989 to 2005. Misenheimer has served on the college board since 2008. Misenheimer’s term will run through 2016.

He is a retired educator. From 1980 to 1993, he worked as a high school and middle school principal in the Cabarrus County School District. From 1957 to 1980, he served as a teacher, assistant principal and principal in the Kannapolis School District.

Earlier this year, Misenheimer joined the long list of distinguished North Carolinians to receive the Order of the Long Leaf Pine at the Cabarrus County Chamber of Commerce annual meeting.

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.

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.

Misenheimer volunteers regularly and serves on multiple boards, including those of the North Carolina Educational Assistance Authority, North East Medical Center Foundation and as a North East Medical Center trustee. He is a member of New Gilead Reformed Church where he has been treasurer for 50 years and has served in various leadership positions including deacon, elder and chair of the church and ministry commission. He has served on the SunTrust Bank board of advisors, the Cabarrus County Economic Development Corp. board, the Cabarrus County Parks and Recreation Commission, and the North Carolina League of Municipalities transportation committee.

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Plan for Retirement, Become Savvy, Or Get Fit At Rowan-Cabarrus Community College


SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is offering a number of helpful personal enrichment classes this summer. Whether you are looking to get your motorcycle endorsement or if you want to learn to use your Digital Camera, you can get the information you need at Rowan-Cabarrus! Whatever the interest, we’ve got it all this summer!

The college aims to provide the communities of Rowan and Cabarrus Counties with affordable and accessible courses for both personal and professional development. Please call (704) 216-3512 as soon as possible to reserve your spot in one of these exciting classes! You may also visit the website at http://www.rccc.edu/enrichment/ for more information. Please visit for additional information and to voice your thoughts on other classes you’d like to see offered.

Reclaim the clock: Strategies for Effective Time Management

Want to better manage your time? Reclaim the clock! Cost for the class will be $10.00 (must register in advance). For more information call 704-216-3512.


  • Date(s): Wednesday, July 11, 2012
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. -10:00 a.m.
  • Location: North Campus, Salisbury, Building 400, Room #4204
  • Registration Fee: $10
  • Instructor: Ginn
  • Hours: 1.5

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Announces Spring 2012 Honor Rolls

SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College announces those students who earned President’s and Dean’s List recognition during the spring 2012 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 2012

Advance: John Phibbs; Albemarle: Dwight Floyd, Christopher Kearns, James Washer; Charlotte: Andrea Aikens, Shawntee Cassel, Debra Coons, Cassandra Darden, Carey Davis, April Dodson, Alejandro Idencio, Robert Kellam, Colin Pires, Alexandra Stoller, Emily Volk; China Grove: Katherine Beam, Eli Brandt, Brandy Burgess, John Furr, Steven Garver, Heavan Helms, Joshua Herring, Jody Honeycutt, Sonya Martinez, Viviana Martinez Hernandez, Michael Morgan, Teresa Norman, Cody Norris, Michael Phillips, Julie Steeley, Rebecca Turbeville, Amber Wallace, Angela Weatherford, Brittaney Wertz; Cleveland: Melissa Barnette, Linda Binkley, Zachary Godwin, Christopher Rosario; Concord: Michael Androwick, Kathleen Baines, Cathy Beaty, Kris Bennett, Liza Black, Lynnette Blankenship, Blaine Briggs, Jillian Byrd, Klaire Carter, Kelsee Cheek, Patricia Cisneros, Casey Comer, Lander Compton, Jamie Curtis, Sarah Daniels, Adam Deas, Gladys Diaz, Heather Edwards, Zachary Fandl, Jason Foor, Charles Freeze, Michael Furr, Christopher Galde, Dawn Gallegos, Scott Glines, Kristin Gray, Tonya Greene, Kimberly Gregg, Krystal Hall, Kelley Hazelwood, Heather Herrington, Jessica Hines, Sarah Hobbs, Derong Huang, Uche Ibitoye, Jasmin Jimenez, Brooke Johnson, Treeva Jordan, Kandie Lewis, Sherie Luciano, Dana Maier, Vanessa Marcuccio, Elizabeth Maultsby, Mischaelle Mbemba, David McEachern, Michael McGrew, Amy McKay, Jacqueline Miller, Wendy Mills, William Morris, Stephanie Morrison, Kimberly Murr, Promise Nevers, Stephanie Nichols, Jennifer Parris-Jaime, William Pearson, Christina Plantz, Byron Price, Kim Rhodes, Machelle Riepshoff, Jillian Sheppard, Marilyn Shields, Stephen Shue, Mike Sides, Angela Smoutherson, Shangrila Spruill, Jacqueline Stoots, Jeremy Taylor, Kathy Waters, Nicole White, Gary Williams, Marissa Williams, Hoyt Womble, Serina Young, Kyle Zandrowicz; Cornelius: Haley Case, Stacie Warlick; Davidson: Ambricka McCain, Tonya Rattler; East Spencer: Justin Adkins; Faith: Connor Bost, Betty Duncan, Candy Joseph, Carolyn Moose; Gastonia: Paulette Neal; Gold Hill: Roy Morgan, Dana Mullaly, Justin Rattz, Albert Rogers, Jonathan Stanley; Granite Quarry: Brianna Moore; Harrisburg: Michael Hardison, Dawn Howard, Shannon Siganowich; Huntersville: Marc Kerr, William Molina, Colleen Phillips, Curtis Walton; Indian Trail: Kassidy White; Kannapolis: Emily Beam, Leslie Bean, Terry Beaver, Valerie Belk, Courtney Boahn, Jeffrey Bogutsky, Jatanna Bryant, Peter Busteed, Kyle Church, Jonathan Clark, Jacquelyn Claytor, John Cooper, Charlesanna Corbett, Michael Crawford, Tricia Douglas, Christopher Greening, Kathy Hall, Kristie Hill, Michael Hill, Meagan King, Joseph Logel, Benjamin Lohman, Jack Lotito, Matthew Lowder, Matthew Mills, Ramsey Nimer, Matthew Owens, Kerry Parr, Christine Perkins, Meredith Prophet, Carolyn Reed, Christopher Safrit, Chrysta Shipman, Sara Sloop, Ashley Stabel, Sarah Stutts, Teresa Wagner, Telisha Weaks, Thomas White, Willie Williams, Sherry Wilson, Ronald Wolfe; Landis: Emille Christa Santos,Christopher Tarlton, Michael Venters; Lexington: Rosa Allen, Taylor Phipps, Nicholas Whisnant, Brittany Williams; Midland: Karen Hopkins, Sandra Linker; Monroe: Monica Groome, Miranda Kirkley; Mooresville: Shannon Baxter, Daniel Cottrell, Larry Hagan, Clifton Lee, Stephen Lynch; Mount Pleasant: Nathaniel Bryant, Justin Filiberti, James Underwood; Mount Ulla: Jacob Bruney, Lucas Christie, Amy Offenberger; New London: Lisa Stiller; Olin: Brittany Murray; Rockwell: Mildred Aldridge, Mandi Boehm, Michelle Bost, Viktoria Campbell, Brandon Chappelle, Simon Childress, Crystal Funderburk, Christy Godsey, Sherry Harris, Amber Hartman, Vickie Honeycutt, Bobby King, Nikki Laroche, Macey Morgan, Scarlett Perrigan, Shana Seiscio, Michael Shirley, Michael Spry, Caroline Stirewalt, Scott Zemke; Salisbury: Marilyn Adrian, Raymond Anglin, Audrey Atkinson, Spencer Atwell, Hunter Barbee, James Beattie, Cedric Blackwell, Matthew Boger, Misty Bowers-Eagle, Jenna Brown, Timothy Bruton, Mary Burris, Deseriea Butler, Holly Cameron, David Casner, Devin Cheek, Robert Chillcott, Cheri Coley, Misty Connor, Crystal Curlee, Jamie Cuthbertson, Victor Darby, Matthew Derby, Andrew Evans, Joni Featherstone, Douglas Fortune, Tonya Foster, Keara Gabriel, Tania Garcia, Bianca Gillispie, Andrew Goodman, Christie Goodman, Susan Hagee, Rebecca Harward, Melanie Hatley, Martha Hayostek, Dane Hendrickson, Judy Hill, Jennifer Hodgson, Eric Hudson, Omar Huertas, Jackie Huffman, Mike Huffman, Jason Hughes, Kristy Jarrett, Pauletta Karmon, Brenda Kissiah, Shane Lagana, Damon Lilly, Deborah Lineberry, Joseph Lingle, Megan Linke, Ashley Lowe, Susan Lyons, Marie Martin, Lori Mason, Jesse Mayorga, Amburr McClarty, Jamison Middlemiss, Zachary Miller, Kayla Misenheimer, Jasmine Moore, Ashley Murray, Autumn Murray, Allison Nestor, Gordon Owens, Clayton Palmer, Lauren Parker, Talisha Pope, Angela Ramsey, Jeffrey Redding, Angela Redmon, Brian Riddle, Chelsea Ritchie, Katlyn Rose, Katherine Russell, John Sabia, Ashley Sells, Ann Marie Serina, Amy Smith, Michael Smith, Scarlett Speaks, Michelle Stoelting, Elizabeth Swicegood, Scott Teeter, Melissa Thompson, Luis Torres, Vernard Ulrich, Jennifer Wagner, Jennifer Ward, Lauren Ward, Dustin Watson, Brittany Wilkins, Brittany Williams, Randal Wygant; Spencer: Erica Castaneda, Tonya Meade; Statesville: Jonathan Stikeleather, Thomas Wooten; Woodleaf: Susan Lankford.

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Regional Conference Addresses Closing Skills Gaps and Increasing Jobs Growth


CONCORD, N.C. — The Re-employment Bridge Institute (RBI) will hold its second annual Bridging Business and Workforce Development conference June 7-8, 2012 at the Embassy Suites, 5400 John Q. Hammons Drive NW, Concord, NC. The conference focuses on how government agencies, educational institutions and public-private partnerships can help businesses develop hard- to- find talent that will fuel future company growth, and ultimately, job creation in the Carolinas.

“This conference is about creating a positive dialog that helps get Americans back to work,” said Hollars.

“One thing we hear over and over again is that business can’t find talent with the appropriate skills and qualifications to fill open positions,” said David Hollars, Executive Director of Centralina Workforce Development Board. “This is particularly troublesome when our area has nearly 10 percent unemployment and people are begging for opportunities.”

One of the conference highlights is a workshop by Joseph Carbone entitled “Platform to Employment: Putting 99ers Back to Work.” Carbone’s groundbreaking work was recently featured on 60 Minutes and addresses how our communities can help the long-term unemployed find their way back into the workplace.

This best practices conference was the first known event of its kind last year where workforce development professionals came together with business people to understand how they can collaborate to improve focus, develop training programs and enable job creation.

The program is co-sponsored by Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, the Charlotte Business Journal, the North Carolina Department of Commerce, the Centralina Workforce Development Board, North Carolina Department of Commerce Division of Employment Security/JobLink Career Center, Gaston Workforce Development Board, Northwest Piedmont Workforce Development Board, Region C Workforce Development Board and the NC Workforce Development Training Center.

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