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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College News

R3 Center Announces July 2013 Workshops

CAREER HERITAGE MONTH COMMEMORATES THE CLOSING OF PILLOWTEX 10 YEARS AGO

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.

July marks 10 years since the closing of Pillowtex and a new era for careers in our area. Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s R3 Career Center was established based on lessons learned beginning in 2003 on how to serve individuals in career transition. Today, 10 years later, Rowan-Cabarrus, our community and our futures have evolved. Join us in celebrating the heritage that brought us to the pathway of the future.

July is also the month to share your career heritage. Do you have a hard working family member in your employment family tree you would like to recognize? Do you have an interesting career story to tell? Share your story with us.

Stories can be submitted by visiting the R3 Career Center in Kannapolis (200 West Avenue, 704-216-7201) or at www.rccc.edu/r3/heritage/.

Then, stop in and visit with us on “Career Heritage Day” at the Rowan-Cabarrus building on the North Carolina Research Campus (399 Biotechnology Lane, Kannapolis). The college will open its doors from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 30 to showcase shared career heritage stories. The community is welcome to attend and meet R3 career coaches, learn about free GED opportunities, take a guided tour of the building and more!

Also, each Wednesday in July, 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. The Workshop schedule for July will be:

  • July 10: Interview Techniques
  • July 17: Identifying Your Career Options
  • July 24: Looking for Work at 50+
  • July 31: Looking for Work as a 20-Something

“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.”

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Quentin Woodward Reappointed to Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees

SALISBURY, N.C. — Quentin Woodward, Jr., a long-time supporter of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, was recently reappointed to the college’s board of trustees by the Rowan County Commission for a term of July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2017.

Woodward is a well-respected member of the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees and is knowledgeable about trustee governance responsibilities. He currently serves as a member of the Rowan-Cabarrus Academic & Student Engagement Committee, Finance & Investment Committee, Personnel Committee and Building & Grounds Committee of the Board.

“Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is a vital part of Rowan and Cabarrus counties,” said Woodward.

“I couldn’t be more proud to continue serving the college and our community as a trustee.”

Woodward worked 21 years for the Federal Bureau of Prisons as a correctional officer, unit manager, case manager and EEO recruiter. Since his career with the Bureau of Prisons, he has worked in public education, security and as a small business owner. He holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from North Carolina Central University and is a Vietnam era veteran of the U.S. Navy.

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.

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

Woodward is an active and well-known volunteer in the community and recently provided his assistance to area churches to prepare middle and high school students for a local, regional and statewide oratorical contest. He is both an advocate of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and a well-respected leader among the citizens of the community.

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.

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

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Rowan-Cabarrus Rallies Support for North Carolina’s Community Colleges

COLLEGE FEARS STEEP BUDGET CUTS AND APPEALS TO COMMUNITY TO SPEAK OUT

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — The Senate and House are currently negotiating between two versions of the state budget. Both versions of the proposed legislative budgets appear to include cuts of more than $2 million to Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

“We are very concerned about the direction that the House budget would take North Carolina’s community colleges,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “Our per student funding from state resources has declined significantly, and we are already funded at a much lower level than other sectors of public education in our state.”

Ninety percent of the college’s budget comes from state funding.

“If you care about the economic development and the prosperity of your community, you should invest in community colleges,” continued Spalding. “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 our community. A more educated workforce will result in a stronger, more vibrant region.”

“North Carolina prides itself on its dynamic community colleges that address the state’s unemployment problems and skills gap. Community colleges are critical to providing low-cost, high-value training that results in job retention and job creation,” said Carl M. Short, chair of the college’s Board of Trustees. “Please reach out to your local legislators and ask that they speak up for your community colleges.”

In the midst of the budget debate, the North Carolina legislature raised tuition yet again for community colleges – a 70 percent overall increase since 2008. Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, like all North Carolina community colleges, does not set or keep its tuition.

Unlike tuition increases in state and private universities which are incorporated into the universities’ operational budgets, these increases are not reallocated to fund community colleges.

Despite these continued higher costs, a review of tuition and fees for surrounding colleges shows that Rowan-Cabarrus is less than half as expensive as the lowest cost college (University of North Carolina at Charlotte – $5,873 per semester).

“Ultimately, education affects your income and your likelihood of becoming unemployed,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “More education pays off in higher earnings and provides some security against unemployment. It’s a worthy investment of your time and money.”

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

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Patricia Kluttz Horton Newly Sworn in as Trustee on Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board

PRESIDENT & CEO OF THE CABARRUS BANK & TRUST COMPANY BRINGS EXTENSIVE BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP TO THE BOARD

CONCORD, N.C. — The Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees proudly welcomed Patricia K. Horton to the college’s board. Horton was appointed by Governor Pat McCrory to fulfill Tony Almeida’s vacated term through June 30, 2013. Almeida left the Rowan-Cabarrus Board to serve as the governor’s senior advisor on jobs and the economy.

“I am so pleased to continue to work with Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. I am honored to serve in this new role on the college’s board of trustees. I believe in the good work that they’re doing, and I’m excited to support the college and its mission in the community,” said Horton.

Horton is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Cabarrus Bank & Trust Company and holds an advanced degree from the North Carolina School of Banking in Chapel Hill. She is a highly respected business leader, an experienced professional in the community college service area, and has been a local resident and community leader in Cabarrus County throughout her lifetime.

“I feel that Rowan-Cabarrus is vital to Rowan and Cabarrus Counties in the advancement of our workforce and the enrichment of our communities,” said Horton. “Working together, we can make this an even better place in which to live and work.”

Horton is affiliated with a number of civic organizations and currently serves on the boards of Concord Rotary International Foundation, CMC-Northeast Foundation, Ben Mynatt Children’s Charity Foundation and served on several committees with the Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce. She is currently the vice chair, grants committee chair and incoming Chair of the Foundation for the Carolinas Cabarrus Chapter. She was past president, secretary and treasurer of Financial Women International and received Women in Business Achievement Awards from the Charlotte Business Journal and served on the American Red Cross Board of Directors. In addition to Horton’s professional leadership and experience, she serves as a member of the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation Board of Directors where she has been instrumental in raising funds for the college and co-chairing the Foundation’s Annual Scholarship Luncheon.

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Paul Brown Appointed to Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees

SALISBURY, N.C. — Paul A. Brown, a veteran supporter of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, was recently appointed to the college’s board of trustees by the Rowan-Salisbury School System Board of Education for a term of July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2017.

Brown has served on the college’s Foundation Board of Directors since 2009 and is the former vice president for W.A. Brown & Son, Inc. He now works with Taylor Clay Products Inc.

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

Brown is a well-known, active community leader who serves as the charter secretary and past president of the Rowan Rotary Club and as 2012-13 chair of for RowanWORKS (Rowan County Economic Development Commission). Brown chairs the Rowan-Cabarrus Academic & Student Engagement Committee and is a member of the Building & Grounds and Executive Committees of the Board. As a member of the RCCC Foundation Board of Directors, his leadership as Foundation Development Chair has been instrumental in raising support for the College’s new Fire & Emergency Services Training facility and in supporting the college’s endowed scholarship program.

Earlier this year, Brown was honored by the Rowan Rotary Club with the prestigious Distinguished Rotarian Award for his 25 years of service to the community.

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Pat Fulcher Newly Sworn in as Trustee on Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board

GRADUATE AND FORMER MEMBER BRINGS EXTENSIVE HUMAN RESOURCES EXPERIENCE TO THE BOARD

SALISBURY, N.C. — The Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees proudly welcomed a former member back into its ranks at its April board meeting. Patricia G. Fulcher was recently appointed by the Rowan-Salisbury School System Board of Education to replace Susan Kluttz to serve on the board through 2016. Fulcher previously served on the Board as a Rowan County Commission appointee from 2004-2012.

 “I am so pleased to get to work once again with Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. I believe in the good work that they’re doing, and I’m excited to support the college and its mission in the community,” said Pat Fulcher.

Fulcher is retired from Food Lion where she last served as Vice President of Associate Services. Fulcher currently works as an Employer Support Specialist for the Military Personnel Services Corporation where she works with NC National Guard and Reserve Service Members and Veterans, NC Employers and NC Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves.

Fulcher was a particular asset to the college during the college’s HR classification study which allowed the college to standardize hiring and job descriptions across the college. Pat also served as chair of the board’s core presidential search committee that ultimately brought Dr. Carol S. Spalding to Rowan-Cabarrus. She is a highly accomplished and driven human resources executive with a proven track record of success in creating a corporate business strategy to meet company needs.

Fulcher is also a graduate of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.

“As a graduate of Rowan-Cabarrus, I know firsthand the impact that the college can make on an individual,” said Fulcher. “I couldn’t be more proud to serve my alma mater again.”

“I feel that Rowan-Cabarrus is vital to Rowan and Cabarrus Counties in the advancement of our workforce and the enrichment of our communities,” said Fulcher. “Working together, we can make this an even better place in which to live and work.”

As a native of Salisbury, Fulcher has a long history of service to the community with organizations like the Masonic Children’s Home of Oxford, North Carolina Military Support Corporation, Lion’s Share Credit Union and the NC Employer for the Support of the Guard and Reserve.

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Shannon Patella Recognized as Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Dallas Herring Achievement Award Nominee

NC COMMUNITY COLLEGES CELEBRATE DR. W. DALLAS HERRING

“Dallas Herring was a visionary who understood that education could be a defining factor in a person’s life,” says Dr. Scott Ralls, NC Community College System President.

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — North Carolina’s community colleges are celebrating the legacy of Dr. W. Dallas Herring this year as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations. Dr. Herring, a Duplin County native, is acknowledged as the philosophical godfather of the state’s community college system. As the chair of the State Board of Education in 1963, Herring was instrumental in the creation of the community college system. He may be best known for his belief that education should be available to all and that community colleges should “….take people from where they are, as far as they can go.”

In honor of Dr. W. Dallas Herring, the Dallas Herring Achievement Award was established by the North Carolina Community College System. The award is given annually to a current or former community college student who best embodies Dr. Herring’s philosophy. Rowan-Cabarrus Community College was nominated Shannon Patella as this year’s Rowan-Cabarrus nominee.

After serving herself in the U.S. Air Force and raising a family, Patella was motivated to prepare herself to reenter the job market. Three years later, Patella is a graduate of Rowan-Cabarrus with an A.A.S. in Medical Office Administration. Her goal is to work in a hospice or medical facility for veterans.

“It would be an honor to help care for the men and women who have served our country, and I have great respect for the mission of hospice facilities,” said Patella. “I am confident that wherever I work, the education and training I received at Rowan-Cabarrus has prepared me well to transition into the medical office administration field. I also know that there will not be a day that goes by that I am not given the opportunity to continue to live and learn.”

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

ROWAN-CABARRUS ROBERT W. SCOTT STUDENT LEADERSHIP AWARD NOMINEE, KELLEY POWELL, CHANGED CAREERS AFTER 24 YEARS

“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.

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

CLASS WILL HELP REMOVE BARRIERS AND HELP REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONALS TAP A GROWING MARKET

 “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).

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Fall Registration Underway at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

REGISTRATION THROUGH AUGUST 14; CLASSES BEING AUGUST 19

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).

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