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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Students Top In The State

NINE FUTURE BUSINESS LEADERS RECOGNIZED WITH TOP HONORS AT STATE BUSINESS LEADER CONFERENCE

SALISBURY, N.C. – Rowan-Cabarrus Community College students returned from the 58th Annual North Carolina Phi Beta Lambda Leadership Conference with numerous awards – including first prize in accounting, financial services, small business management, and word processing.

“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.”
Nine students from Rowan-Cabarrus attended the Phi Beta Lambda Leadership conference in Charlotte late last month. Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) is the largest and oldest student business organization.

The students attending and competing were:

• 1st Place

  • Small Business Management Plan — Kristy Jarrett
  • Financial Services — Melissa Barnette
  • Accounting for Professionals — Jennifer Wagner
  • Word Processing — Jennifer Wagner

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American Heart Association HeartChase Event on Saturday

SALISBURY ONE OF ONLY 50 CITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY, TWO IN THE STATE, SELECTED TO HOST NEW INTERACTIVE FUNDRAISING EVENT

SALISBURY, N.C. — The American Heart Association’s HeartChase will be held this Saturday May 12, 2012 at 10 a.m. at the F&M Trolley Barn.

 

“It’s going to be a memorable event that will make giving back truly fun.”

Salisbury was selected by the American Heart Association as one of 50 cities in the U.S. to launch this new interactive fundraising event. This new program boasts a creative way to get involved downtown, have a good time and contribute to an important cause.

Registration for the event includes a home-cooked BBQ lunch, a dri-FIT event t-shirt, the chance to win awesome prizes and a donation to a great cause.

“HeartChase is sort of a cross between the Amazing Race and Minute-To-Win-It – the American Heart Association’s equivalent to Race for a Cure,” said Sandy Moore, Branch Manager of F&M’s Granite Quarry location, and co-chair of the Salisbury HeartChase committee. Teams of 2-5 people will race around downtown Salisbury competing in activities at “checkpoints” to earn points and win prizes. “Activities” will include anything from doing the limbo to riding a tricycle through a maze to guessing the number of calories in a donut.

Registration for team members is $25 for 18+ and $15 for under 18.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Summer Registration Underway

SUMMER SEMESTER REGISTRATION THURSDAY, MAY 10; CLASSES BEGIN MAY 16

SALISBURY, N.C. — Summer semester registration is underway at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. The college anticipates a significant demand for summer classes and recommends current and prospective students register as soon as possible.

Registration support sessions will take place on Thursday, May 10 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. on North Campus in the Learning Resource Center (LRC) and on South Campus in the LRC on Thursday, May 10 from 3-6 p.m. Late registration will take place on the first day of classes, Wednesday, May 16 from 9-11 a.m. or 4:30-6:30 p.m. on North and South Campuses.

“Our brains don’t have to shut down just because its summertime,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, President of Rowan-Cabarrus.
“You can get a head start on your certificate, diploma, or degree. Or, if you’re just going to be in the area for the summer, come take an affordable class or two.”

The Rowan-Cabarrus summer 2012 class schedule and registration information can be found at http://www.rccc.edu/recordsregistration/. Summer classes begin Wednesday, May 16. Morning, afternoon and evening courses are offered in addition to online Internet-based courses.

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Leadership The Focus of Women Entrepreneur Event At Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

SMALL BUSINESS CENTER TO HOLD CONFERENCE FOR WOMEN BUSINESS OWNERS ON TUESDAY, MAY 15

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Women business owners and aspiring owners will have an opportunity to enhance their leadership skills at a special event hosted by the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Small Business Center on Tuesday, May 15.

The conference entitled “Women Entrepreneurs—Leading to Great,” will feature presentations on how to become a leader in your business or organization, staying motivated, challenges of being the boss, empowerment, gender differences, and networking. It will be held at the college’s building on the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC).

The keynote speaker is consultant and trainer Charlotte Hamlin, Ph.D., from Greensboro who will do sessions entitled “The Female Leadership Advantage” and “Leading to Great: Shameless Self-Promotion,” both focusing on how women business owners can utilize their personal strengths, distinctive styles, and networks to empower themselves and effectively lead their organizations.

Other presenters include Emily Ballance from Raleigh, a professional speaker who will help women “move out of their comfort zone.” Daphne Sloan-Morgan a Raleigh based leadership consultant will address motivation, and Traci Williams, owner of Crescent Construction Services of Salisbury, will talk about being the boss, especially in a non-traditional industry.

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R3 Center Announces Energy Jobs Workshop

ROWAN-CABARRUS COMMUNITY COLLEGE OFFERS FREE PROGRAMS FOR THE UNEMPLOYED OR UNDER-EMPLOYED

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

In May, the R3 Center will have several new workshops designed to allow people to reinvent their job search and begin career exploration.

“‘The POWER in Career Choice’ will be held at 6 p.m. on May 1. In this workshop, clients will learn about the main areas of employment in the energy industry,” said Keri Allman, director of the R3 Center. “You will also learn about the types of workers best suited for energy related careers and how to determine if these areas are a good career fit for you.”

The workshop will feature R3 career staff and global energy technology (ET) visionary, Matt Sadinsky, CEO of PReP Intl (Prequalified Ready Employees for Power Intl) and cofounder of SOS Intl (System Operations Success Intl).

Additionally, the “Five Career Lessons from the Movie GREASE” will be held at 6 p.m. on May 22. In this interactive workshop your favorite characters from Rydell High will inspire a fresh look at your work search and career options. All career seekers and movie buffs are welcome!

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.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College To Host Student Empowerment Event

COLLEGE INVITES COMMUNITY TO INSPIRING EVENT FEATURING MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER KENSTON GRIFFIN

SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College will hold a community-wide student empowerment event next week with premier motivational speaker and educational specialist, Kenston J. Griffin.

“Impact Day is about committing and recommitting ourselves to making positive choices, becoming more academically disciplined, creating, obtaining, and maintaining respect,” said Gary Bigelow, dean of industrial engineering and head of the college’s minority male mentoring program, M.I.S.T.E.R.

The day will kick-off with a live performance from the Livingstone College band and short step teasers from multiple Greek fraternities and sororities. Students will then hear from local legend Mayor Ponds of Granite Quarry and Kenston Griffin.

“Impact Day is geared at motivating students to believe that they can be successful beyond any obstacles,” said Dennis Rivers, program coordinator for the M.I.S.T.E.R. program. M.I.S.T.E.R. is an acronym for ‘Men Inspiring Success Through Education & Role-Modeling.’ “The motivational speaking Mr. Griffin has done for the NBA and NFL should hopefully be a draw.”

Addressing the importance of education, the event will provide students with an opportunity to experience educational, personal, and professional development as well as inspire, motivate, and empower them.

Mr. Kenston J. Griffin is a premier educational specialist, best-selling author, top performing trainer and coach. Mr. Griffin is an internationally known keynote speaker for educational systems, the NFL, NASCAR, NBA, Fortune 500 Companies, faith-based, and federal/judicial systems. He has also worked with entertainers such as Toby Keith, Ludacris, Tim McGraw, Soulja-boy, Bow-wow, and Lil Wayne.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Announces Stem Open House

COLLEGE INVITES COMMUNITY TO INTERACTIVE SHOWCASE OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH PROGRAMS

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College invites people of all ages to its first STEM Open House at its building on the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC).

On Friday, April 20, from 2-5 p.m., the college will open its doors to the community for a fun, interactive event showcasing the college’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs.

“Almost everything we do in life has STEM applications, but not everyone realizes it,” said Dr. Marcy Corjay, dean of the college’s science, biotechnology, mathematics and information technologies.

“STEM subjects are very concrete. Science deals with our natural and physical world. Technology has given us the iPads, smart phones and computers we use every single day. Engineering is all about building things. Mathematics ranges from financial decisions to gaming strategies, such as playing pool or engaging in games of logic.”
The college will have dozens of interactive exhibits for kids and adults of all ages to dazzle the senses and stir curiosity for all things STEM! The community will have the opportunity to perform DNA extraction in the college’s science labs, engage in activities involving video games, and even learn how STEM plays a role in fighting fires.

“We hope the STEM Open House will be a true celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “One of my goals since coming to Rowan-Cabarrus is to increase the breadth and depth of our STEM education. I fully believe that everyone can be interested in STEM – and that it’s critical that we embrace these subjects. America used to be the leader in technology and innovation. It’s time for us to reclaim that role.”

The college wants younger children to attend with their parents. The exhibits will be extremely diverse – everything from the complexity of balancing pH in dying hair to the chemistry of making ice cream and how to develop videogames to race cars and fire trucks.

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Salisbury Selected To Host New Interactive Fundraising Event For the American Heart Association

SALISBURY IS ONE OF ONLY 50 CITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY, TWO IN THE STATE

SALISBURY, N.C. — The American Heart Association’s HeartChase is coming to Salisbury next month. This new program boasts a creative way to get involved downtown, have a good time and contribute to an important cause.

Salisbury was selected by the American Heart Association as one of 50 cities in the U.S. to launch this new program, which will take place on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 10 a.m. at the F&M Trolley Barn.

HeartChase is a new event that allows all participants the chance to have an adventure, without having to leave Salisbury, and raise money to support the life-saving work of the American Heart Association. The adventure takes several teams throughout the city where they are going to have to solve clues to complete checkpoints in the quickest time possible – to beat the other teams and be named as HeartChase champions.

“HeartChase is sort of a cross between the Amazing Race and Minute-To-Win-It – the American Heart Association’s equivalent to Race for a Cure,” said Sandy Moore, Branch Manager of F&M’s Granite Quarry location, and co-chair of the Salisbury HeartChase committee. “It’s going to be a memorable event that will make giving back truly fun.”

Teams of 2-5 people will race around downtown Salisbury competing in activities at “checkpoints” to earn points and win prizes. “Activities” will include anything from doing the limbo to riding a tricycle through a maze to guessing the number of calories in a donut.

Registration for team members is $25 for 18+ and $15 for under 18.

“This is an opportunity for us to both educate and engage people about heart health. Rowan Regional Medical Center is proud to be involved in this inaugural event,” said Robin Baltimore, Director of Marketing & Public Relations at Rowan Regional.

After the race, a home-cooked BBQ lunch will be provided during the awards ceremony (included in the entry fee), where teams will be awarded for most points, quickest finish and best team theme. Awards will include gift certificates to local businesses – everything from Salty Caper pizza to Meroney tickets.

“Almost everyone has been affected by heart disease and thus impacted by the work the American Heart Association does to research new breakthroughs in conquering this disease,” said Paula Dibley, Director of College Relations, Marketing and Communications at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, and co-chair of the Salisbury HeartChase committee.

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Mayor of Concord Newly Sworn in as Trustee on Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board

J. SCOTT PADGETT, MAYOR OF CONCORD, BRINGS STRONG EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY EXPERTISE TO ROWAN-CABARRUS BOARD OF TRUSTEES

CONCORD, N.C. — J. Scott Padgett, Mayor of Concord, was recently appointed by North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue to serve on the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees through 2014.

“I am so pleased to get to work more closely with Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. I believe in the good work that they’re doing and I’m excited to develop a stronger relationship with the college and its mission in the community through this appointment,” said Padgett.

Mayor Padgett is a longtime resident of Concord and a retired elementary school principal. Padgett received his undergraduate degree from Appalachian State University, Master of Education Degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and an advanced degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“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 Padgett.

“Working together, we can make this an even better place in which to live and work.”
Very active in the community, Padgett has served as part of the Concord Rotary Club, Community Free Clinic Board of Directors, Cabarrus Workshop Board of Directors, Rotary Club Board of Directors, Cabarrus Bank and Trust Board of Directors, Cabarrus County Big Brothers Big Sisters steering committee, Stonewall Jackson Advisory Board, Vice Chair of the NC Metropolitan Mayor’s Coalition, and is a member of All Saints Episcopal Church.

“Mayor Padgett is a wonderful new addition to our board of trustees. His background in education gives him a powerful perspective and understanding of how big an impact Rowan-Cabarrus can make on our community,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of the college. “He also knows the challenges that our area is facing, but is ready and willing to take them on. We believe his experience will be an incredible asset to the college.”

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 have such a distinguished new addition to our board. I am proud to welcome Mayor Padgett to our board and know that he will be a valuable asset to the college in its stated mission to ‘build sustainable futures through the power of learning,’” said Carl M. Short, chair of the Rowan-Cabarrus Board of Trustees.

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.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College To Award Associate Degrees to 91 Percent of Early College Class

GRADUATES TO TRANSFER TO PRESTIGIOUS COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is poised to graduate its first class of early college students this May, with 91 percent of the class earning associate degrees.

Forty-two students are slated to graduate from high school with 38 of them also receiving an associate degree from the college.

The Rowan County Early College program is based on the North Campus in Salisbury and is the first of the college’s two early college programs to have a graduating class. The Cabarrus County Early College based at the college’s South Campus began a year later than the Rowan County Early College and will graduate its first class next year.

“The overwhelming majority of early college programs give students the opportunity to complete their high school diploma and their associate degree in five years. The programs we have here are unusual, to say the least, equipping the graduates with both the high school diploma and associate degree in just four years!” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus.

“Our early college programs are a huge asset to our students, as you can tell from the results. I know these graduates will go far and make our community proud.”
Last semester, Rowan County Early College students were enrolled in 164 sections of college classes, a total number of 664 seats. Overall, 97 percent of these students pass their college classes.

“What not everyone realizes is that the demographics of Rowan County Early College match up to the demographics for the Rowan-Salisbury Schools. Our school is very diverse,” said Dr. Cindy Misenheimer, principal of Rowan County Early College. “56 percent of our students receive free and reduced lunch, and 65 percent are first generation college students. Several will be the first in their families to graduate from high school.”

Graduates of the Rowan County Early College have been admitted to numerous prestigious colleges and universities across the country. They’ve also received many grants and scholarships. College acceptances include Appalachian State University, Campbell University, Catawba College, Emory & Henry College, Queens University, University of Connecticut, University of Massachusetts Amherst, UNC-Chapel Hill, and many others. Several students are still awaiting letters from Duke University, Harvard University and N.C. State University.

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