Rowan-Cabarrus Community College News

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Instructor Selected As One of Five Finalists Among 58 Community Colleges



“I am so proud of Ken! As a graduate of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and an instructor here for 22 years, we are truly lucky to call him one of our own,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus.

SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is proud to announce that its 2011-2012 Excellence in Teaching award recipient, Paul Ken Clifton, has been selected as one of five finalists among the 58 North Carolina community colleges.

Paul Ken Clifton, instructor for Computer Information Technology, received the college’s Outstanding Excellence in Teaching Award. By receiving this honor, Clifton was named the college’s nominee for the 2012 North Carolina Community College System’s R.J. Reynolds Excellence in Teaching Award.

A graduate of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, Clifton has taught at the college for 22 years.

“Rowan-Cabarrus Community College has changed my life, and I’m all about giving back. I feel like I’m a beneficiary of the college in a lot of ways,” said Clifton. “More than anything, I enjoy working with all of the different students and programs. Because the introduction to computers class is usually required, I get to see almost every student who comes through our doors.”

Clifton is also well-known for his personal and professional commitment to “go green.” What started as simply wanting to leave a better world for his children turned into a passion, including additional teaching and hands on work with companies like Duke Energy and Frierich Foods.

“We are thrilled that Ken has been selected as a finalist and want to offer our congratulations,” said Carl. M. Short, chair of the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees. “It is wonderful that his talent and many years of service are being recognized and supported.”

Ken holds a bachelor’s degree from Catawba College and a master’s degree in electronic commerce from the University of Maryland. Clifton and his wife, Katherine, reside in Salisbury. Read More »

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Rowan-Cabarrus Industrial Engineering Student Uses New Knowledge To Grow Career


CONCORD, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College soon-to-be graduate Tony Rary began his journey at Rowan-Cabarrus starting with an Introduction to Computers class in 2004.

Over time, his career at Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast (CMC) expanded, and Tony was offered a manager’s position over plant operations and maintenance which required an associate degree. As a new manager in facilities, Tony felt that the Industrial Engineering Technology program was the right fit. The curriculum prepares students to perform as technical leaders in manufacturing and service organizations.

“Problem solving is the key to the Industrial Engineering Technology program,” said Franklin Merrell, program chair of Industrial Engineering Technology.

“The Industrial Engineering Technology program helps students just like me take a close look at their work environments and processes,” said Tony.

With Tony being well into his fifties, he recognized that the classes within the Industrial Engineering Technology program would be difficult and consume his time; especially with having to manage time at work, home, and getting to class every day.

“Starting back to college in my fifties was strange,” said Tony. “Not only was I taking college courses, but my wife and I had two of our five children in college at the same time. However, every instructor at Rowan-Cabarrus made it possible to get the work done.”

As a student, Tony missed very few classes; even when facing surgery, he found a way to do his classwork and homework at home to enable him to complete and pass the class.

“With less than six weeks left in the class, I was faced with a necessary surgery. Thankfully, the instructors were easy to work with and helped me with the extra time I needed to complete the course and be successful,” said Tony.

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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 class will meet 6 to 9 p.m. on Mondays, Jan. 28 through June 24, 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 Offers Activity Directors Course


“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.

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, Jan. 28-Apr. 8. The class will meet at the Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, in Salisbury. The course registration fee is $175, plus a textbook costing approximately $60.

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 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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Conversational Spanish Classes Offered at Rowan-Cabarrus


“Speaking Spanish is now a requirement in some jobs since most businesses now have to serve people who speak Spanish as a first language. And even in jobs where it’s not required, it’s a way to set yourself apart from the competition.”

SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College will offer conversational Spanish classes over the next several months.

The classes will meet one evening a week for two hours. There is a registration fee of $65. Advanced registration is required. The schedule is as follows:

• Conversational Spanish I – 6-8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Jan. 22-Mar. 19, at the college’s North Campus in Salisbury;

• Conversational Spanish I – 6-8 p.m. on Thursdays, Jan. 17-Mar. 14, at the college’s South Campus in Concord.

“Spanish is the most common second language spoken in the United States,” said Pearlie Klutz, instructor for Rowan-Cabarrus.

For more information or to register for the conversational Spanish courses, call 704-216-7222 or e-mail jan.corriher-smith@rccc.edu. Space is limited, and advanced registration is required.

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

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Learn your iPad or iPhone, 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 spring. We are ending 2012 and starting the New Year off right at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College; are you? Whether you are looking to run your first 5K, master that new iPad, or create fantastic homemade gifts for your loved ones, we have the classes you need at Rowan-Cabarrus! Whatever the interest, we’ve got it all!

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 704-216-7222 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.

Digital Photography: How To Use Your Digital Camera

These classes will cover the basics of digital photography, teaching you to use your own camera. The classes are perfect for realtors, novice photographers, or anyone who would like to take better holiday photos.

Students should bring their textbook, camera, storage card, batteries, USB Cables, and manual. The registration fee is $ 100 and does not include the textbook (Welcome to Digital Photography – 2nd Edition, ISBN: 978-1-59136-175-6 or 978-1-59136-065-0).

Date(s): Tuesdays and Thursdays November 27, 2012 – December 6, 2012

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Location: South Campus, Concord, Building 1000, Room 106

Registration Fee: $100 plus textbook

Instructor: Winslow

Hours: 12


Date(s): Tuesdays January 15, 2013 – February 5, 2013

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Location: North Campus, Salisbury, Building 400, Room 4128

Registration Fee: $100 plus textbook

Instructor: Winslow

Hours: 12

Making the Most of Your iPad

Get an overview of your iPad and its settings and tools. Learn about cloud-based applications, task management and other productivity-enhancing applications, dictation, email and so much more. Registration fee includes a 6-page QuickSource course card full of instructions and shortcuts.

Date(s) Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Location North Campus, Building 400, Room 4221

Registration fee: $39, including materials

Instructor Staggers

Hours: 4

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Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa Impressed With College’s Two-Year Biotechnology Program


KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Rafael Correa, president of Ecuador, recently visited Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) building in Kannapolis to learn more about the facility’s work to train lab-ready researchers.

“It was thrilling to have the president of Ecuador visit our campus,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “We are honored that he would come to see the work we’re doing here. We have a lot to both share and learn from people around the world.”

President Correa and his delegation of over 60 Ecuadorian government officials met with David H. Murdock, founder of the NCRC, toured the research campus, and visited with the campus’ lead scientists.

After touring the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College facility, members of Correa’s delegation were impressed by the idea of offering two-year biotechnology degree programs as an additional education option to develop a workforce for a research environment.

 “In our city, we’ll have a top university with Ph.D.’s and master’s degrees, but we never thought about also having two-year degrees in biotechnology,” said Nathalie Cely Suarez, Ecuador’s ambassador to the U.S. and part of Correa’s delegation. “That is something we learned today that we really like.”

Recent graduate of the college’s biotechnology program, TeQuana Bayless is a testament to the value of an associate’s degree.

“Everything that I learned in the biotechnology program, I am doing almost on a daily or weekly basis,” said Bayless. Working with state-of-the-art equipment made her transition from the classroom to the laboratory smooth. “I’ve even taught co-workers how to use the high-tech lab equipment. I learned how to fully operate machines like the high performance liquid chromatograph while in the Rowan-Cabarrus biotechnology program.”

“It’s critical to have a workforce for research facilities and that’s what we’re providing,” said Dr. Marcy Corjay, dean of science, biotechnology, mathematics and information technologies. “We are committed to training graduates who are lab-ready – that means that our students are able to immediately work in labs and really hit the ground running.”

Correa and other Ecuadorian dignitaries also visited labs operated at NCRC by UNC Chapel Hill, N.C. State University and Appalachian State University.

Correa was reportedly on a “fact finding mission.” Ecuador is building a new “city of knowledge” and wanted to compare notes on their plans for the center with the activities at NCRC.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Assists Students and Employees with Voter Education, Registration, and Transportation


“We worked hard, had fun, and learned much… which was the goal of the educational event; we wanted to stress to these students why it is so imperative to vote,” said Beth Bowman, a GED instructor for the college.

SALISBURY, N.C. — As the election nears, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is placing a greater emphasis on voter education.

“It may seem to some that it’s not important to vote or that their votes do not matter,” said Student Government Association President James Hopkins. “In their eyes, one person cannot make a difference, but how will you ever know? Voting is a right given to every United States citizen; it is a way to let your voice be heard. Rowan-Cabarrus has worked hard to get this point across to all students and faculty.”

Rowan-Cabarrus has continually offered voter registration to all students on both campuses throughout the election year.

“This is one of the most important elections of our lifetime, and each one of us has an important role to play in weighing in on the issues and priorities that matter most for our community,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “I also want to see our younger generation voting in larger numbers. Older people are far more likely to vote than younger people. We are trying to reinforce good habits of citizenship starting with education and ending with participation.”

The college uses its Student Government Association (SGA) van to transport students to and from the polls for early voting. Student Clarice Spencer hitched a ride in the SGA van to vote early after some of her morning classes ended.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College South Campus to Undergo Construction


“Students will be able to access financial aid, advising, counseling, admissions, cashiering and more, all in one location,” said Carl M. Short, chair of the Rowan-Cabarrus Board of Trustees.

CONCORD, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s South Campus in Concord proudly celebrated its 20th anniversary last October. One year later, the college has plans to renovate its facilities to better serve students.

Construction on the South Campus main entrance, Building 1000, and the campus’s Student Center are slated to begin in summer 2013 with completion at the end of the year.

The renovations to the second floor of Building 1000 are to accommodate a new OneStop Student Services Center for the college. The OneStop concept places all of the student-centered college resources in a single, easily accessible location.

“No longer will students have to move from one building or office to the next to get these critical services. They can save time and get what they need in one place.”

The other Building 1000 second floor remodeling includes modifications to lobby and circulation areas, offices, and a restroom expansion to facilitate ADA compliance.

The college will use a combination of both state and local Cabarrus County funds for the renovations. ADW Architects of Charlotte has been selected as the architect for this project.

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College Reviews County Workforce and Education Needs Assessments as Part of Program Development


“I am pleased that Rowan-Cabarrus has made these assessments part of their board meeting. It shows a constant commitment to progress, a desire to better our communities, and a keen awareness to check the pulse of our workforce development and educational needs.”

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College used a portion of their October Board of Trustees meeting to review the Rowan and Cabarrus County Needs Assessments and discuss their implications for program development.

During the college’s October Strategic Conversation preceding the board meeting, trustees reviewed the 2012 Cabarrus Community Needs Assessment and the Rowan Health and Human Services Needs Assessment Five-Year Action Plan. The presentation and discussion focused on the areas of workforce and education.

Both assessments shared commonalties, identifying education and unemployment/underemployment as key areas for improvement. The assessments called for improved overall quality of education “to improve literacy, graduation rates, and access to non-traditional learning opportunities,” and “to address deficiencies to increase workforce and economic opportunities.”

Trustee Dakeita Vanderburg-Johnson, president of Southgate Masonry, also serves as chair of the Cabarrus Needs Assessment Dissemination Committee and presented the Cabarrus County findings.

Over the past 10 years, Cabarrus County has experienced a shift in its economy, with a decline in manufacturing and increase in education, health, and hospitality employment. Only 8.9 percent of Cabarrus County’s workforce is currently employed in the manufacturing industry compared to about 23 percent in 2000.

“These critical issues touch the lives of every Cabarrus County citizen. This in-depth study looks at the places in our society where help is needed most,” said Vanderburg-Johnson.

Trustee Dari Caldwell, president of Rowan Regional Medical Center and a member of the Rowan County assessment committee, presented the Rowan County findings. The Rowan County assessment found that programs are available to help people acquire needed job skills, but “widespread knowledge of and access to these opportunities remains a challenge.”

Rowan County lags behind the state average in the percentage of adults with college degrees – with 16 percent of its residents and 26.5 percent statewide holding a bachelor’s degree.

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