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Statewide Infrastructure Bond Would Provide $7.2 Million to Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

Voters will decide on a bond that will fund higher education, parks and other infrastructure; Rowan-Cabarrus would utilize funds for facility improvements and public safety expansion

 

RCCC 20131217 445KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — As part of a statewide infrastructure bond slated to come before voters on March 15, 2016, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College would receive $7.2 million to upgrade facilities and grow the College’s Fire & Emergency Services Training Facility.

Governor Pat McCrory signed a bill that will allow voters to decide on the passage of the 2016 Connect NC Bond Act that will fund higher education, parks, agricultural initiatives, state parks, National Guard and water and sewer projects.

North Carolina Community Colleges would receive $350 million of the nearly $2 billion bond with a portion of the funds going to all 58 colleges. Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is set to receive $7.2 million of those funds to upgrade and construct facilities to offer state-of-the-art learning experiences for the citizens of Cabarrus and Rowan counties. These enhancements, the largest of which proposes developing Phase II of the North Campus Fire & Emergency Service Training Facility, will help Rowan-Cabarrus continue to train the local workforce to meet employer demands.

“Rowan-Cabarrus Community College has been continuously working on much-needed renovations over the last few years. In order to educate and train our students for the demanding opportunities available in today’s high-tech job market, we must update some of our existing facilities,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. “095This bond would not only benefit our students, but it will benefit our local businesses and communities as a whole.”

If the bond passes, the College currently plans to use about $3.2 million on renovations to North Campus Buildings 100, 200, 500 and 700.

In keeping with the commitment to train the public safety officers in the region, the College would also dedicate an additional $1 million for Phase II of the Fire & Emergency Services Training Facility, including building a five-story fire training tower, a law enforcement and emergency services tactical training center an outdoor classroom shelter and modern restroom facilities. The College’s fire training programs have experienced growth in recent years – growing 13 percent between 2012 and 2014.

“We realize the enormous importance of the public safety officials who protect our community and keep us safe every day. Ensuring that they receive high-quality training is of the utmost importance,” said Spalding. “We know that we need to continue to strengthen this new facility by expanding it to its full potential.”

RCCC 20131217 417As part of the 2010 Rowan County bond referendum, the College directed its first attention to building the new Fire & Emergency Services Training Facility. As the first of the bond-funded projects to be completed, this training facility has been heavily utilized by our public safety providers in Rowan and Cabarrus County.

“The value added to fire, emergency and law enforcement agencies through funding of this project is clear—ready access to state-of-the-art facilities to support ongoing training of current agency personnel and new recruits to feed increasing demand,” said Spalding.

In Cabarrus County, the College would allocate another $3 million toward expansions to the South Campus and Cabarrus Business and Technology Center facilities, including the remodel of the South Campus student center and property for future campus expansions.

“The passing of this bond would mean significant savings to the people of Rowan and Cabarrus counties,” said Trustee Dakeita Vanderburg-Johnson who is co-chairing the College’s local support for the bond effort. “The bond would fund ongoing, much-needed improvements for the College that may otherwise have to come out of the budgets of both counties.”

The vote is set to take place on March 15, 2016. If it passes, it will mark 15 years since the last general obligation bond was authorized to upgrade the state’s infrastructure. Rowan-Cabarrus has evolved significantly to meet the needs of the workforce, and funding from the bond will assist the College in upgrading facilities to meet the needs of the community.

“Every improvement we’ve identified supports our students and their needs,” said Spalding. “This bond would allow us to continue supporting new and existing programs that will position our graduates for lucrative careers.”

For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu/apply2016 or call 704-216-RCCC (7222). The College is currently registering students for four-week and eight-week spring term classes that begin in March and April.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Announces Student Excellence Awards Finalists and Winners

The College’s best and brightest students were nominated for three prestigious awards; two students will go on to compete at state-level

 

Thea Flynn

Thea Flynn

SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is pleased to announce the top 15 Student Excellence Awards finalists and winners.

Annually, through a rigorous nomination process, the College has the opportunity to select the most excellent students.

“These finalists represent the best and brightest of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of the College. “We could not be more proud to recognize these students whose outstanding accomplishments reflect the core values of our college.”

The 2015-16 Rowan-Cabarrus Excellence Award top 15 finalists include:

  • Lori Batterman  of Concord, Associate in Applied Science
  • Julia Blankenship of Salisbury, Associate in General Education
  • Gina Davis of Charlotte, Associate in Applied Science
  • Michelle Dieul of Salisbury, Associate in Arts
  • Thea Flynn of Mount Pleasant, Associate in Applied Science
  • Ursula Gantner of  Concord, Associate in Applied Science
  • Leah Greer of  Concord, Associate in General Education
  • Reece Hawley of Concord, Associate in Arts
  • Tammy Kimrey of  Salisbury, Associate in Applied Science
  • Teresa Lowenstein of Charlotte, Associate in Arts
  • Scott Martin of Concord, Associate in Applied Science
  • Daphne Moore of Charlotte, Associate in Applied Science
  • Cathy Nkokesha Lubamba of Harrisburg, Associate in Arts
  • Kathleen Quevedo of Concord, Associate in Arts
  • Roa Saleh of Harrisburg, Associate in Science
Gina Davis

Gina Davis

The finalists were up for three prestigious awards. Competition was rigorous as the Student Excellence Award Committee began with a pool of over 300 eligible students, which included Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation scholarship recipients, faculty and staff nominees, and student organization leaders. Student nominees were invited to write a 500 word essay to be reviewed by a committee, and of the 108 submitted essays, 15 finalists were selected to be interviewed.

“The committee was honored to interview each of the finalists and learn more about their journeys,” said Natasha Lipscomb, director of student life and leadership development at Rowan-Cabarrus. “Each student had such a unique perspective based on their life experiences thus far.  Their stories were touching and their goals inspiring. Narrowing down to just three winners was a tough decision, as all 15 finalists are truly remarkable people.”

Thea Flynn received the Academic Excellence Award, which recognizes the academic achievement, leadership and community service of one student from each of the 58 institutions in the North Carolina Community College System.

Gina Davis was awarded the Dallas Herring Achievement Award. Dr. Herring, a Duplin County native, is acknowledged as the philosophical godfather of the state’s 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.” The award is given annually to a current or former community college student who best embodies Dr. Herring’s philosophy.

Additionally, Roa Saleh was honored with the Governor Robert W. Scott Student Leadership Award. The 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.

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Roa Saleh

“I am so proud of not only Roa, Thea and Gina but all of the finalists. They are all so deserving,” said Lipscomb. “Thea and Gina will go on to compete in the state level with the other 57 community colleges for an overall winner of their awards and I know they will represent the College well.”

For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu or call 704-216-RCCC (7222). The College is currently registering students for classes for eight-week classes beginning March 16, 2016.

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North Carolina Included in GED® Changes

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College test takers post-Jan. 1, 2014 may be eligible for high school equivalency diploma, revised performance levels

 

SALISBURY, N.C. — Recently, GED Testing Service announced revisions to the “cut” or passing scores, as well as performance levels for its high school equivalency test, and is making those revisions retroactive to January 1, 2014, when the 2014 GED Test series was first released. North Carolina will join 32 states in recognizing these changes immediately, possibly resulting in as many as 700 new high school equivalency diploma holders in the state. Other states may require additional approval or rule changes to implement the new recommended revisions.

“We are so pleased that these performance revisions to the GED test and program will open new doors for folks in our local communities,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. “We hope everyone affected by these changes will be inspired to continue their educational goals at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.”

GED Testing Service is contacting those affected by the changes via email; however, test takers with questions can log into their MyGED.com account or go to www.gedtestingservice.com/testers/tester-score-change-faqs for information.

The “cut” or passing score isRowan-Cabarrus graduation takes place on May 15, 2015. being revised from 150 per test module to 145. Additionally, GED is recalibrating its performance levels to the following scale:

Performance Level 1: Below Passing (100-144)

Performance Level 2: Pass/High School Equivalency (145-164)

Performance Level 3: GED College Ready (165-174)

Performance Level 4: GED College Ready + Credit (175-200)

Those who test at Performance Level 4 may be eligible for up to 10 semester hours of college credit as recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE®) College Credit Recommendation Service. The eligibility of the college credit is at the discretion of the local institution. For more information on ACE®, please visit www.acenet.edu.

“We are working with our GED state representative to ensure students and programs get the necessary information to implement this new change,” said Dr. Lisa Chapman, Senior Vice President for Programs in the NC Community College System.

North Carolina’s 58 community colleges have the option of offering three high school equivalency tests: GED®, HiSET®, and TASC.

“The GED test opens the door to college and better jobs. It gives the graduate the respect they deserve, and the satisfaction of earning a high school credential with the hope that they will continue with their education,” said Gary Connor, director of the College’s Pre-College Studies Department. “I encourage anyone thinking about the GED or other high school equivalency options to learn more and take those next steps for a better future.”

For more information on high school equivalency testing opportunities, please visit www.nccommunitycolleges.edu/college-and-career-readiness/high-school-equivalency or www.rccc.edu/testing/high-school-equivalency/.

Additional information on the GED Testing Service changes is available at www.gedtestingservice.com/educators/score-changes.

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

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Rowan K-12 and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Discuss Opportunities for Partnerships in Workforce Development

Free college tuition available to high school juniors and seniors; Students can save more than $10,000 in tuition compared to private colleges

 

Board Meeting 1.25.16-1 SALISBURY, N.C. — At a recent Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees gathering, the College was pleased to host Rowan-Salisbury School System leadership and school board members for a conversation on ways to improve high school to college completion.

“We have a truly great opportunity here to help more of our current high school students achieve their goals of a college education. Getting started on a college education while still in high school is the best way to do that because it is tuition-free!” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus.

There have been serious conversations at the national level about strengthening the relationships between high schools and community colleges to include two years of community college free for responsible first-time students. Thus, local discussions like this to improve partnerships and awareness are vitally important.

“I am thrilled to have a strong relationship with our local community college,” said Dr. Lynn Moody, superintendent of schools for Rowan-Salisbury School System. “Rowan-Cabarrus is a critical asset for developing our local workforce, and I hope to see even more of our students taking advantage of these tuition-free college classes or continuing their education there after they graduate from high school.”

This tuition-free program for high school juniors and seniors gives students the opportunity to get a “jump start” on a two-year or four-year degree while still in high school.

“The Career & College Promise program has approximately 575 traditional high school students in Rowan and Cabarrus counties who have simultaneously enrolled in high school and college so that they can receive both high school and college credit for courses taken as part of the program,” said Spalding.

Rowan-Cabarrus offers options for students to get a head start in careers like fire protection, cosmetology, criminal justice, machining, web technologies, welding and more.

Board Meeting 1.25.16-7Further, many of the college transfer classes are weighted just like honors classes, making them a great alternative to Advanced Placement courses.

“We want our community to be aware of this program,” said Dr. Michael Quillen, vice president of the College’s academic programs. “We want to do everything we can to ensure that high school students and their parents know about this opportunity as early as possible so that they can stay engaged earlier in high school and on track with their education.”

Unlike the early college programs, this allows students to remain very involved in their high school. They can stay active in sports and engage in all of the regular extracurricular activities, while taking college and high school courses simultaneously.

There are two tracks for the Career & College Promise program – one allows students to specialize in a career or technical pathway, while the other allows students to prepare for general transfer onto a four-year college or university.

The College has also improved its offerings by providing dedicated classes and sections that fall within the high school schedule in both counties. These classes include English, sociology, and other core transfer classes that transfer seamlessly within the North Carolina university system.

Upon meeting eligibility requirements, students may enroll in a college transfer pathway or a career-technical pathway. Eligible students may choose to enroll in a college transfer pathway, as well as a career technical pathway. Students also have the option to change pathways of study each semester.

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

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Receives Generous Donation from Novant Health

Novant’s $40,000 gift will benefit the College’s healthcare education programs

 

Board Meeting 1.25.16 Novant-2SALISBURY, N.C. — The Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation is honored to receive a $40,000 donation from Novant Health and proud to announce that the nursing skills  lab at the College’s North Carolina Research Campus facility will be named in recognition of Novant’s contribution to the Building A More Prosperous Community major gifts campaign.

The donation to the RCCC Foundation is comprised of five separate $8,000 donations from Novant Health Rowan Medical Center, Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center, Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center, Novant Health Matthews Medical Center and Novant Health Mint Hill Medical Center.

“Novant Health has always been a strong proponent of the College,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. “Novant Health understands how much education means to the healthcare system.”

Healthcare is a dynamic and ever-evolving field, meaning healthcare education has to constantly adapt to new methods, trends and techniques.

“At Novant Health, we believe that the future of healthcare is based on well-educated students,” said Dr. Dari Caldwell, president of Novant Health Rowan Medical Center. “Rowan-Cabarrus Community College healthcare programs have a well-documented track record of success in both student performance and program recognition. We are proud to support the College in developing our local healthcare workforce, and share in their desire to train the most qualified candidates.”

Caldwell serves on the College’s Board of Trustees and was the keynote speaker at the College’s 2015 commencement ceremony.

“We are so appreciative of this significant donation and naming opportunity from Novant Health,” said Carla Howell, chief officer of governance, the foundation and college relations for Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. “This gift shows that we have not only fostered great relationships with our amazing local Novant healthcare providers, but that we have strong partners who are committed to promoting top-notch healthcare education in our region.”

Board Meeting 1.25.16 Novant-1The gift from Novant Health will align with a recent challenge grant awarded to the College by The Leon Levine Foundation.

The Leon Levine Foundation will contribute $300,000 to the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation for healthcare education if the healthcare education gifts within the College’s Building a More Prosperous Community Major Gifts Campaign reach $1.2 million by May 31, 2016. If the goal is met, The Leon Levine Foundation will fulfill the College’s $1.5 million healthcare education goal with a $300,000 grant. Currently, the College has already raised $769,174.00 of the $1.2 million needed to fulfill the grant, including the most recent donation from Novant Health.

“Like Novant Health and The Leon Levine Foundation, Rowan-Cabarrus supports high-quality healthcare and training for today’s healthcare workers. We are critically aware of the changing field of healthcare and what that means for the industry’s training. The RCCC Foundation is dedicated to reaching our fundraising goal to ensure that the College is successful in enhancing healthcare education,” said Edward Norvell, Rowan County resident and co-chair of the Foundation’s Major Gifts Campaign.

The Building a More Prosperous Community major gifts campaign, launched in spring of 2014, brought a new and exciting chapter for the Rowan-Cabarrus Foundation as the first ambitious fundraising campaign in the 50-year history of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. The College recently announced the public launch of the campaign.

“The College is grateful to Novant Health for their significant donation and must seek private dollars to meet our goals,” said William Cannon, Jr., Cabarrus County resident and president of The Cannon Foundation. Cannon also serves as co-chair of the Foundation’s campaign along with community leaders from both counties who are spearheading the effort to raise these funds. “We want to invest in new programs and modern technology, ultimately training students on real world equipment so they are ready for employment upon graduation.”

Making a charitable gift to the Building a More Prosperous Community Major Gifts Campaign is an important and personal decision. An investment in the lives of individuals, businesses and organizations that benefit from the College’s excellent educational programs, short-term training and services is satisfying and has long-range implications for the local economy.

“The Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation resources support the mission of the College and are channeled into scholarships and other student assistance, support for academic programming and capital needs, and other needs of the College and the local community,” said Howell. “Many students received emergency scholarship funds this year, which allowed them to remain in school in spite of critical situations that threatened to prevent their success.”

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

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Retiree Honored With Prestigious Order of the Long Leaf Pine

Spencer J. Rummage, Jr. joins the ranks of politicians, Jeff Gordon and other prominent community members in receiving this coveted honor from the Governor’s office

 

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SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is pleased to announce recent retiree Spencer J. Rummage, Jr. has been honored with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.

“It was my pleasure to nominate Spencer for this prestigious honor,” said Carl M. Short, chair of the Rowan-Cabarrus Board of Trustees. “Spencer has contributed to the citizenry of the state of North Carolina in immeasurable ways over his more than 30 years of service in public safety and instruction. Revered by peers and students and recipient of countless awards and accolades, I proudly and without hesitation petitioned for Spencer’s acceptance.”

Created in 1963, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine is the most valued honor the Governor of North Carolina can bestow. It is traditionally presented to honor those who have a proven record of service to the State of North Carolina or some other special achievement, and to others as a gesture of friendship and good will.

“It is truly a privilege to receive this honor,” said Rummage. “I feel humbled and blessed that I have an opportunity to dedicate my career to serving my community and that my efforts are being recognized in such a grand way.”

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For the most recent 20 years of his service to the state, Rummage worked at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, first as the director of Basic Law Enforcement Training, then as the program chair for Criminal Justice Technology, and finally as the dean of Public Services and director of Law Enforcement Training until his retirement on September 30, 2015. During this time, Rummage was responsible for the development, delivery, management and supervision of all law enforcement training in the two-county service area.

“Spencer’s influence and personal impact on the citizenry of the state of North Carolina in public safety not only extends to and through the many officers that he trained during the course of his service, but to all the faculty and staff who had the pleasure of knowing him here at the College,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. “He provided a personal example in his daily interactions with the men and women in training of integrity, honor, team work, and trust, all of which are requisite and core to the job of effective law enforcement.”

Having begun his working career in the military, Spencer became a law enforcement officer in New Hanover County, North Carolina, in the Sheriff’s Office in 1982, after completing his baccalaureate degree in Criminal Justice/Sociology at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, where he served for over seven years. He was then hired by Cape Fear Community College as the director of law enforcement and regional law enforcement training coordinator where he served for nearly five years.
“Spencer always demonstrates the desire to exceed, whether professionally or personally. Dedicated to the state’s endeavors to provide a healthy, thriving, safe and secure environment for its citizens, he approaches every challenge ready to help the College, community, and individuals achieve their aspirations,” said Spalding. “Spencer always demonstrated the College’s core values of integrity, trust, exemplary service, and team. It is clear that these values were not only the College’s, but his personal values as well.”

 

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Announces Recent Awards and Plans for Their 2016 Stem Open House

College honors chief information officer, research and assessment coordinator, and nursing program for hard work and dedication to Rowan-Cabarrus

 

SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is pleased to recognize numerous faculty and staff members for their hard work and dedication.

“We have such a devoted team here at Rowan-Cabarrus,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. “Rowan-Cabarrus faculty and staff are consistently going above and beyond, whether seeking educational opportunities or infusing a unique and fun perspective into an activity, to give our students the best education.”

Board Meeting 1.25.16 Ken IngleThe College’s chief information officer, Ken Ingle, was recently named one of the Top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers in Education, an award which aims to honor pioneers in education technology and showcase the accomplishments and best practices of award winners.

“This award is really about the amazing work our Information Technology Services team has done to provide incredible technology services to our students, faculty and staff,” said Ingle. “Student success is our number one priority. Everything that we do as an IT division should strive to help students succeed through the use of technology, and this award is evidence of the College’s commitment to high-quality, modern education.”

Ingle and his team realize that technology is constantly evolving and strive to stay cutting edge, at the same time maintaining a balance of ease and convenience.

“In some cases technology should be simplified so that it is out of the way, allowing our faculty to focus on instruction and students to focus on learning. In other cases, technology involves releasing new tools like mobile applications, smarter technology classrooms, new education software, virtual reality experiences or other modern innovations to enhance the learning process,” said Ingle.

Board Meeting 1.25.16 Peeler-1In keeping with these views, the ITS team has many exciting projects on the horizon including working with Google to create a virtual reality experience for the College, enhancing smart classrooms, providing low cost laptops and tablets to students so they have access to technology beyond campus and much more.

Additionally, Matt Peeler, research and assessment coordinator at Rowan-Cabarrus, has been recognized for his completion of the Association for Institutional Research’s Data & Decisions Academy.

The academy provides a series of courses designed for community college institutional research professionals. Topics include data management, survey design, learning outcomes and more.

In preparation and anticipation for their fifth annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Open House in just a few months, the College also announced the nursing program as the 2015 winner for best booth. The team put together a room warning of the dangers of smoking, complete with simulated patients and fake smoke.

“The nursing program’s smoking awareness room not only garnered attention for their flair, but the friendliness and aptitude of those working in the room,” said Dr. Michael Quillen, vice president of academic programs at the College.

Board Meeting 1.25.16 Wendy and Quillen with Pres. and ChairThe competition was rigorous as dozens of exhibits competed for the top prize. Attendees had the opportunity to make “cocktails” with chemical compounds and discover edible DNA with strawberries. They also participated in an “infected” experiment where participants exchanged fluids in test tubes to see who got infected and how fast it spread, and “outbreak” which determined the strand of virus that infected someone.

The 2016 STEM Open House will be held Thursday, April 7, from 5-7 p.m. and Friday, April 8, from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. People of all ages are invited to attend and dazzle the senses and stir their curiosity for all things STEM. For more information about this event or to bring a school group, please contact Dusty Saine (704-216-7105, dusty.saine@rccc.edu). The College’s location for the STEM Open House is on the North Carolina Research Campus at 399 Biotechnology Lane, Kannapolis.

For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu. The College is currently accepting applications.

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Statewide Infrastructure Bond Would Provide $7.2 Million to Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

Voters will decide on a bond that will fund higher education, parks and other infrastructure, supporting the College $7.2 million for longstanding facility improvements and renovations

 

SALISBURY, N.C. — As part of a statewide infrastructure bond slated to come before voters on March 15, 2016, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College would receive $7.2 million to upgrade and construct facilities.

Governor Pat McCrory recently signed a bill that will allow voters to decide on the passage of the 2016 Connect NC Bond Act that will fund higher education, parks, agricultural initiatives, state parks, National Guard and water and sewer projects.

North Carolina Community Colleges would receive $350 million of the nearly $2 billion bond with a portion of the funds going to all 58 colleges. Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is set to receive $7.2 million of those funds to upgrade and construct facilities to offer state-of-the-art learning experiences for the citizens of Cabarrus and Rowan counties. These enhancements will help Rowan-Cabarrus continue to train the local workforce to meet employer demands.

“Rowan-Cabarrus Community College needs new and refurbished facilities to educate and train our students for the demanding opportunities available in today’s high-tech job market,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. “This bond would not only benefit our students, but it will benefit our local businesses and communities as a whole.”

Locally, if the bond passes, the College currently plans to use about $3.2 million on renovations to North Campus Buildings 100, 200, 500 and 700.

In keeping with the commitment to train the public safety officers in the region, the College would also dedicate an additional $1 million for phase two of the Fire & Emergency Services Training Facility, which would include a training tower, tactical training facility for law enforcement, an outdoor classroom with restrooms, and a needed extension to the sewer and water line. The College’s fire training programs have experienced growth in recent years – growing 13 percent between 2012 and 2014.

“We realize the enormous importance of the public safety officials who protect our community and keep us safe every day. Ensuring that they receive high-quality training is of the utmost importance,” said Spalding. “We know that we need to continue to strengthen this new facility by expanding it to its full potential.”

As part of the 2010 Rowan County bond referendum, the College directed its first attention to building the new Fire & Emergency Services Training Facility. As the first of the bond-funded projects to be completed, this training facility has been receiving heavy use for about 18 months.

In Cabarrus County, the College would allocate another $3 million toward expansions to the South Campus and Cabarrus Business and Technology Center facilities, including the remodel of the South Campus student center and property for future campus expansions.

“The passing of this bond would mean significant savings to the people of Rowan and Cabarrus counties,” said Trustee Dakeita Vanderburg-Johnson who is leading the College’s local support for the bond effort. “The bond would fund ongoing, much-needed improvements for the College that may otherwise have to come out of the budgets of both counties.”

The vote is set to take place on March 15, 2016. If it passes, it will mark 15 years since the last general obligation bond was authorized to upgrade our state’s infrastructure. Rowan-Cabarrus has grown and evolved significantly since then and funding from the bond will help the College upgrade facilities to meet the needs of the community.

“Every improvement we’ve identified supports our students and their needs,” said Spalding. “This bond would allow us to continue building for the future and adding new programs that will position our graduates for lucrative careers.”

For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu/apply2016 or call 704-216-RCCC (7222).

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The Leon Levine Foundation Has Awarded Rowan-Cabarrus Community College a $300,000 Challenge Grant

Funding would support healthcare education, part of the College’s fundraising campaign

 

Nursing 12.2.15-6SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College has been awarded an exciting new challenge grant from The Leon Levine Foundation for the support of healthcare education.

“This grant is a huge accomplishment for Rowan-Cabarrus. I can’t thank The Leon Levine Foundation enough for their confidence in us to meet the challenge and secure the funds we must raise for healthcare education,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of the College.

With the help of an innovative $300,000 Challenge Grant from The Leon Levine Foundation, the College takes a big step forward toward ensuring its long-term sustainability and continued impact in the community.

“We are excited to partner with an organization committed to a mission so close to the vision of our Founder,” said Tom Lawrence, executive director of The Leon Levine Foundation. “We are extremely pleased to award this challenge grant to Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. We are optimistic that our challenge will make a greater case for Rowan and Cabarrus residents and companies to support the College. Our intent is for this grant to help the Foundation reach their goal.”

Today’s growing population of aging Americans, and individuals with disabilities or other chronic conditions, is outpacing the number of workers with the knowledge and skills to effectively care for them. Like other regions across the country, Rowan and Cabarrus counties face a shortage of certified healthcare professionals.

“Like The Leon Levine Foundation, Rowan-Cabarrus supports high-quality healthcare and training for today’s healthcare workers. We are critically aware of the changing field of healthcare and what that means for the industry’s training. The Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation is dedicated to reaching our fundraising goal to ensure that the College is successful in enhancing healthcare education,” said Carla Howell, chief officer of governance, foundation, and public relations.

Rowan-Cabarrus healthcare programs have a well-documented track record of success in both student performance and program recognition.

“The College must seek private dollars to meet our goals,” said William Cannon, Jr., Cabarrus County resident and president of The Cannon Foundation. Cannon also serves as co-chair of the College’s campaign along with community leaders from both counties who are spearheading the effort to raise these funds. “We want to invest in new programs and modern technology, ultimately training students on real world equipment so they are ready for employment upon graduation.”

Over the past three years, the College brought together community leaders and industry representatives to determine our community’s most pressing needs.

“We are asking for support – not for things that the College needs, but what we believe the community needs,” said Edward Norvell, Rowan County resident, attorney and co-chair of the College’s campaign.

The Building a More Prosperous Community major gifts campaign, launched in spring of 2014, brought a new and exciting chapter for the Rowan-Cabarrus Foundation as the first ambitious fundraising campaign in the 50-year history of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.

The Leon Levine Foundation will contribute $300,000 to the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation for healthcare education if the healthcare education gifts within the College’s Building a More Prosperous Community Major Gifts Campaign reach $1.2 million by May 31, 2016. If the goal is met, The Leon Levine Foundation will fulfill the College’s $1.5 million healthcare education goal with a $300,000 grant, payable $60,000 per year over five years. Currently, the College has already raised $671,150.00 of the $1.2 million needed to fulfill the grant.

Nursing 12.2.15-11“We are grateful to The Leon Levine Foundation for an incredible opportunity to continue to grow the College’s efforts to train our healthcare workforce through this challenge grant. We are thankful to our donors for being a part of the movement that helps provide support for updating programs, laboratories and equipment; developing new programs aligned with emerging labor market demands; and increase student scholarships,” continued Norvell.

The Building a More Prosperous Community Major Gifts Campaign, with a total goal of raising $7.1 million, is centered on four key initiatives that address specific needs for the College, including a new advanced technology center, healthcare education, an outdoor learning and amphitheater space, and STEAM scholarships for students pursuing science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.

In addition to the four main initiatives, the College is also seeking funds for two additional special projects – a solar energy investment, and the expansion of the world class Fire & Emergency Services Training Facility.

The Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation will be devoted to securing the remaining funds over the next several months to ensure that this match from The Leon Levine Foundation is fulfilled.

“The Levine Leon Levine Foundation exemplifies excellent philanthropic leadership and the College is grateful for their generosity,” said Spalding.

Making a charitable gift to the Building a More Prosperous Community Major Gifts Campaign is an important and personal decision. An investment in the lives of individuals, businesses and organizations that benefit from the College’s excellent educational programs, short-term training and services is satisfying and has long-range implications for the local economy.

“The Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation resources support the mission of the College and are channeled into scholarships and other student assistance, support for academic programming and capital needs, and other needs of the College and the local community,” said Howell. “For instance, over 100 students received emergency scholarship funds this year, which allowed them to remain in school in spite of critical situations that threatened to prevent their success.”

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

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation Launches First Multi-Million Dollar Fundraising Campaign

Funding will support critical needs of the College including advanced technology, healthcare, an outdoor learning center/amphitheater space, and scholarships

 

DSC_0018SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is proud to announce the public launch of the Building a More Prosperous Community Major Gifts Campaign.

The ambitious campaign marks the most significant fundraising campaign in the 50-year history of the College and is an exciting new chapter for the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation.

“The College must seek private dollars to meet our goals,” said William Cannon, Jr., Cabarrus County resident and president of The Cannon Foundation, and co-chair of the College’s campaign. “We want to invest in new programs and modern technology, ultimately training students on real world equipment so they are ready for employment upon graduation.”

Over the past three years, the College brought together community stakeholders and industry representatives to determine our community’s most pressing needs. As a result, the College and Foundation have been honored to have key community leaders from both counties to serve on the Foundation’s Core Team to spearhead this important campaign and philanthropic effort.

086“We are asking for support – not for initiatives that the College needs, but for those that will enable the College to better serve the needs of the community,” said Edward Norvell, Rowan County resident, attorney and co-chair of the College’s campaign.

The Building a More Prosperous Community Major Gifts Campaign, with a total goal of raising $7.1 million, is centered on four key initiatives that address specific needs for the College, including a new advanced technology center, healthcare education, an outdoor learning and amphitheater space, and STEAM scholarships for students pursuing science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.

“We have been overwhelmed with the support we have already received from this region,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. “While we are excited to report that we have raised $5,352,101 million for this campaign – 75.4 percent – we still need further support, and our community members and alumni to join us in meeting this goal.”

RCCC 20131217 426 copyIn addition to the four main initiatives, the College is also seeking funds for two additional special projects – a solar energy investment, and the expansion of the world class Fire & Emergency Services Training Facility.

“The Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation supports the mission of the College and is proud to provide funding for scholarships and other student assistance, support for academic programming and capital needs, and other needs of the College and the local community,” said Carla Howell, chief officer of governance, foundation and public relations.

Making a charitable gift to the Building a More Prosperous Community Major Gifts Campaign is an important and personal decision. An investment in the lives of individuals, businesses and organizations that benefit from the College’s excellent educational programs, short-term training and services is satisfying and has long-range implications for the local economy.

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

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