SkillsUSA Automotive Club at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College raised $1,100 through an annual car show
SALISBURY, N.C. — College is about more than just the classes. At Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, students are encouraged to get involved in activities and organizations beyond the classroom that take their education to the next level.
The SkillsUSA Automotive Club at Rowan-Cabarrus is one example of that. This year, for instance, the SkillsUSA Automotive Club held a car show at Northeast Stadium, home of the Kannapolis Intimidator’s baseball team. The car show raised $1,100, which the club then donated to the Jeff Gordon’s Children’s Hospital at Northeast Medical Center, in Concord.
“On behalf of NorthEast Foundation, I want to thank you and the Automotive Club members again for your generous donation…we are so lucky to have community members give back to our hospital!” said Mollie Clark, hospital philanthropy coordinator for NorthEast Foundation.
Students David Smith and Derek Albertson led this endeavor and spent many hours making it a success. David Smith suggested the hospital as the recipient of the funds, not knowing that his son would have to spend time there earlier this year.
“I am grateful for the care and treatment that his son received while he was a patient,” said David Smith.
The club presented the $1,100 check to the NorthEast Foundation earlier this fall.
“I appreciate the hard work and effort it takes to put a car show together,” said Marian Walters, director of development for the foundation, in her thank you note to the club.
While at the hospital, the club members were led on a personal tour of the entire facility. The young children’s play area, in particular, was very impressive with all of the activities available for young patients to do while escaping from their illness, if only for a little while. While there, the club dropped off a box of hot wheel and matchbox cars that was donated by one of the College’s retired machining instructors, John Trexler.
“Jeff Gordon’s Children’s Hospital is a top notch facility and deserves all of the donations and support that the local community can provide to help children and their families the best care and provide for a means of the family to be able to relax for a few minutes during stressful time,” said Carl Smith, automotive instructor for Rowan-Cabarrus and advisor to the SkillsUSA group.
“The students have learned a lot about raising funds, planning events, and making an impact on their community.
SkillsUSA is a dynamic and career-oriented leadership organization focused on individual success at home, the classroom, the community and the workplace. For the majority of students, SkillsUSA is their first professional organization. The experiences and knowledge gained provide an excellent platform for career development and success. SkillsUSA’s mission is to help its members become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens (http://www.skillsusa.org).
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA is an applied method of instruction for preparing America’s high performance workers in public career and technical programs. It provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. It builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes and communications skills. It emphasizes total quality at work—high ethical standards, superior work skills, life-long education, and pride in the dignity of work. SkillsUSA also promotes understanding of the free-enterprise system and involvement in community service. Read More