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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College News

Novant Health Names Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Nursing Skills Lab in Kannapolis

The College celebrates a naming opportunity honoring a contribution from Novant Health at a recent RCCC Foundation board meeting

 

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is pleased to announce the ribbon cutting of the Novant Health Nursing Skills Lab at the College’s North Carolina Research Campus facility.

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees, the College’s Foundation Board of Directors and Novant Health representatives gathered for the special naming dedication at the Foundation’s recent board meeting.

“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, and we’re proud to have one of our specialized nursing skills labs named in their honor.”

The naming opportunity stems from a generous $40,000 donation from Novant Health to the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation’s Building a More Prosperous Community major gifts campaign.

The $40,000 donation to the Foundation was comprised of five $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.

“At Novant Health, we believe that the future of healthcare is based on well-educated employees,” 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 public relations for Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. “This gift shows that we have not only fostered great relationships with our local Novant healthcare providers, but that we have strong partners who are committed to promoting top-notch healthcare education in our region.”

The gift from Novant Health aligned with a challenge grant awarded to the College by The Leon Levine Foundation, which promised a gift of $300,000 if the Foundation raised $1.2 million for Healthcare Education prior to May 31, 2016. The RCCC Foundation is proud to have met the challenge with the help of Novant Health’s donation.

“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 ensuring 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 has brought a new and exciting chapter for the RCCC Foundation as the first ambitious fundraising campaign in the over 50-year history of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.

“The Foundation is grateful to Novant Health for their significant donation and must continue to seek private dollars to meet our goals,” said William Cannon, Jr., Cabarrus County resident and president of The Cannon Foundation. “The Campaign supports the College’s highest priority needs, with the ultimate goal of creating a stronger, more vibrant region.”

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 supports the mission of the College and provides scholarships and other student assistance, support for academic programming and capital needs, and other needs of the College and the local community,” said Howell. “Additionally, 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.”

The RCCC Foundation offers an array of possibilities for donors interested in naming opportunities. The financial commitments for naming opportunities differ, and donors are encouraged to discuss their interest with the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation.

For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu or call 704-216-RCCC (7222). The College is currently accepting applications for the fall 2016 term. Fall classes begin on August 15, 2016.

Posted in RCCC Foundation |

Patricia Fulcher Appointed to the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees

Alumna and former member continues to bring extensive experience to Rowan-Cabarrus Board of Trustees

 

0334-fulcher-57_20130827160516_121888-214x300KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – The Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees has announced the reappointment of Patricia Fulcher of Salisbury to the College’s Board of Trustees.

Fulcher was recently reappointed by the Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education to serve on the board through 2020.

“I am so pleased to have the opportunity to continue to work with Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. It’s been an honor to be reappointed to the Board. 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 Fulcher.

Fulcher currently serves as a member of the Board’s Finance & Investment and Executive committees and as chair of the Personnel Committee. Rowan-Cabarrus Board of Trustees are responsible for attending all board meetings and key Rowan-Cabarrus events. As a board, they are responsible for College policies.

“I am thrilled to have Pat reappointed to our board. Her expertise, connections and insight are priceless and we know the College will continue to benefit from her leadership,’” said Carl M. Short, chair of the Rowan-Cabarrus Board of Trustees.

Fulcher is retired from Food Lion where she last served as vice president of associate services. Fulcher currently works as a program support specialist for AMYX where she builds relationships with North Carolina employers, enhancing their knowledge of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act and employment of military service members.

Fulcher was a particular asset to Rowan-Cabarrus during the College’s HR classification study which allowed the College to standardize hiring and job descriptions. Pat also served as chair of the Board’s core presidential search committee that ultimately brought Dr. Carol S. Spalding to Rowan-Cabarrus.

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 as a Trustee.”

“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.

“We are very pleased that we will be able to continue to work with Pat,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of the College. “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.”

Board of Trustees members are liaisons to the College’s entire service area and not just 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 independent of concern for any group, organization, appointing board or political entity other than the students, citizens of the service area and the College.

“Our trustees are accomplished and dedicated. They’ve all been involved extensively in our community, and work well together to help create the future of the College,” said Spalding.

For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu or call 704-216-RCCC (7222). The College is currently accepting applications for the fall 2016 term. Fall classes begin on August 15, 2016.

Posted in Board of Trustees, Office of the President |

Daryl Cox Appointed to the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees

Cox continues to bring strong experience to Rowan-Cabarrus Board of Trustees

 

daryl-cox-240x300KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – The Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees has announced the reappointment of Daryl Cox of Salisbury to the College’s board.

Cox was recently reappointed by the Rowan County Commission to serve on the Board through 2020.

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

Cox has served as a Rowan-Cabarrus trustee since 2012 and his new term will expire in June 2020. He currently serves on the academic & student engagement, building and grounds and finance & investment committees of the Board.

“I am pleased that Daryl will continue to serve as a trustee. He brings a wealth of expertise and has provided enormous insight to the work of the College,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and secretary of the College’s Board of Trustees.

Cox is a longtime resident of Salisbury, and retired from the Division of Employment Security. Cox, originally from Knoxville, Tennessee, moved to North Carolina in 1973 to attend Pfeiffer University. He has nine years of IT experience beginning as a project officer for Y2K compliance with the military. He retired with 35 years combined enlisted and officer experience from the North Carolina Air National Guard (USAF) with the rank of Captain. He is also a past Chairman of the Headquarters and Employees Committee, North Carolina Air National Guard.

Cox holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Social Studies and Secondary Education, as well as a master’s in Business Administration and Health Administration from Pfeiffer University. He also serves as a small group facilitator for his church and sings in the choir.

“Rowan-Cabarrus is excited to have Daryl repointed to the Board. I know that he will continue to 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.

Board of Trustees members are liaisons to the College’s entire service area. Once appointed, trustees are responsible for carrying out their duties as established by the General Statutes of North Carolina and the Board’s bylaws and policies independent of concern for any group, organization, appointing board or political entity other than the students, citizens of the service area and the College.

“Our trustees are accomplished and dedicated. They’ve all been involved extensively in our community, and work well together to help create the future of the College,” said Spalding.

For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu or call 704-216-RCCC (7222). The College is currently accepting applications for the fall 2016 term. Fall classes begin on August 15, 2016.

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Castle & Cooke North Carolina Donates Land for Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s Advanced Technology Center

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College has received a two acre donation of land from Mr. David H. Murdock, chairman, CEO and president of Castle & Cooke, Inc. and NC Research Campus founder, for construction of the Advanced Technology Center. The donation allows the two organizations to strengthen their workforce development partnership at the NC Research Campus and throughout the region

 

Kannapolis, NC-  The new Advanced Technology Center (ATC), a 60,000-square-foot classroom and laboratory building, will be adjacent to the college’s existing facility on the NC Research Campus (NCRC) that offers associate degrees in biotechnology and nursing. David H. Murdock, chairman, CEO and president of Castle & Cooke, Inc. and NCRC founder, made a donation of two acres of land for the construction of the ATC in recognition of the important role workforce development plays in supporting businesses in the region, including the NCRC, that are transferring scientific and technical advances into the global marketplace.

“On behalf of the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees,” commented Carl M. Short, chair of the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees, “I sincerely thank David Murdock for generously providing land for the Advanced Technology Center on the NC Research Campus. The location will leverage the resources of the North Carolina Research Campus with the College’s history of workforce development to bring wonderful new opportunities to our region.”

The ATC will provide industry-recognized certifications, hands-on skills and customized training and support services to address the educational needs of companies with high technology demands and in emerging fields.

“The Advanced Technology Center will be a flagship to attract employers to the region and will allow the College to bring a higher level of training and education to the community, increasing participation in high-wage jobs,” emphasized Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. “Employment in advanced technology is constantly evolving and this facility will allow us to ensure that the local workforce remains qualified and current, key components of economic development.”

Castle & Cooke North Carolina Vice President of Operations Mark Spitzer added, “As a result of Mr. Murdock’s generosity, we at Castle & Cooke are proud to support the addition of the ATC which will enhance the campus’ role not only as a premier center of scientific research, but as an engine for workforce and economic advancement for Kannapolis and the surrounding region.”

The concept for the ATC originated from interviews with experts in information technology, energy, manufacturing, construction and healthcare fields, along with conversations with other local colleges, economic development leaders and futurists from the local service region. Funding for the ATC was approved by Cabarrus County residents in the 2014 Rowan-Cabarrus bond referendum with over 64 percent of the vote.

“We are proud to provide the additional funding for the state-of-the-art educational space,” said Steve Morris, chair of the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners and member of the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees. “The community’s overwhelming support verified that our community values the educational opportunities that the center brings. It is a game-changer for our region as we strive to strengthen our economic and workforce development.”

In addition to the funding from Cabarrus County and the land donation from David Murdock, the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation is supporting the ATC, and the College is exploring grants and donations to provide equipment for the training. The College will also pursue partnerships with local and national suppliers for laboratories and programs.

“We are working diligently to revolutionize our economic development environment and the ATC is one more piece of the puzzle we need on the North Carolina Research Campus,” said Kannapolis Mayor Darrell Hinnant. “By capitalizing on our partnerships with Mr. Murdock and Rowan-Cabarrus, we are developing more job and educational opportunities for people of all ages in Kannapolis. We will now have the complete spectrum on the campus – research to cutting edge manufacturing. We cannot wait for the doors to open.”

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Announces Reaffirmation of Accreditation

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges extends the College’s accreditation for 10 additional years

 

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is pleased to announce that the Board of Trustees of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) has reaffirmed the College’s accreditation through year 2026.

The reaffirmation of accreditation has been granted following a rigorous process, including off-site and on-site reviews of the College and its academic programs. The SACSCOC review focused on continuous improvement to educational quality and the accrediting body’s seal of approval demonstrates that Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is committed to educational excellence and fiscal stability.

“This affirmation is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of our entire College community,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. “We have a strong team at the College who worked very hard during the lengthy review process, ultimately resulting in a successful accreditation.”

The College has been accredited by SACSCOC, the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states, since 1970. The previous reaffirmation of accreditation for the College began in 2005, and was received in 2006. While the College has regular communication with the accrediting body and submits a report every five years, a full-scale evaluation of accreditation occurs every ten years.

In 2015, Rowan-Cabarrus submitted a compliance certification document, which demonstrated the College’s judgment of the extent of its compliance with each of the core requirements, comprehensive standards and federal regulations presented in the SACSCOC principles. The document was reviewed by an off-site committee.

The College then hosted an on-site committee of professional peers in September 2015 to access the educational strengths and weaknesses of the institution. During the three-day visit, committee members examined data and conducted interviews to evaluate the soundness of the College’s quality enhancement plan (QEP), a major requirement for the ongoing re-accreditation process.

The College’s QEP focuses on career planning with the end goal of helping students complete their educational journey and prepare for their desired career field.

“We know that students who come to Rowan-Cabarrus with a clear career goal in mind are more likely to complete their educational journey with us successfully and in a timely fashion. Our goal with this project is to help more students explore potential career paths and determine their end goal sooner rather than later,” said Dr. Michael Quillen, vice president of academic programs at the College.

In addition to accreditation by SACSCOC, many of the College’s programs hold accreditations, approvals or licensures from specialized accrediting associations.

“The College’s Board of Trustees is delighted and not at all surprised that the College did well in its pursuit of reaffirmation of accreditation. We have great leadership, faculty and staff who make us proud every day,” said Carl M. Short, chair of the College’s Board of Trustees. “The Board has been involved in this rigorous self-study in a significant way for over two years and now we can celebrate the results. More importantly, the region and its citizens can feel confident in the quality of the College.”

For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu or call 704-216-RCCC (7222). The College is currently accepting applications for the fall 2016 term. Fall classes begin on August 15, 2016.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Reveals 2015 Annual Report

“A Year of Building a More Prosperous Community” focuses on the College’s change and progress with an emphasis on building a more prosperous region

 

2015 AR coverSALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College released its 2015 annual report to the College’s Board of Trustees at their May meeting.

The 2015 annual report, titled “A Year of Building a More Prosperous Community,” focuses on how the College spent 2015 celebrating its, progress, academic excellence and student success, and highlights many of the accomplishments achieved throughout the year in support of the College’s mission and strategic plan.

“As we reflect on 2015, I am indeed thankful for the support that our community has given to Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and its important mission,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus, in her opening letter in the annual report. “I am gratified and inspired by all that we have accomplished together this year. We have experienced an enormous amount of change and progress in just a single year – all with an emphasis and focus on building a more prosperous region.”

The report highlights student and faculty successes on topics such as advanced technology, the College’s new West Avenue Center, accreditation, healthcare, high school programs, scholarships and more.

“Education is the best investment anyone can make. It improves the lives of individuals, their families and the community. A more educated region will result in a stronger, more vibrant region. Rowan-Cabarrus is dedicated to creating a future that offers hope and opportunity to all our citizens,” said Spalding.

Instead of using a traditional PDF as the online version of the annual report, the College continues to use an interactive format utilizing responsive web design. Responsive web design is intended to provide an optimal viewing experience – easy reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning and scrolling – across a wide range of devices (from desktop computer monitors to mobile phones).

The 2015 annual report can be found at www.rccc.edu/2015.

The report also highlights the College’s success in securing grants and the Rowan-Cabarrus Foundation’s private philanthropic funds to support special projects such as the prestigious Leon Levine Challenge Grant, the over $1 million dollar support from Duke Energy, a unique donation from Novant Health, and increased scholarship funds to the College’s Foundation.

“Like many public organizations, Rowan-Cabarrus must seek private and philanthropic resources. Strengthening our ‘fundraising muscle’ is not only important for the immediate future, but also for the long-term vitality of the College, and the tens of thousands of students served by the College each year,” said Carl M. Short, chair of the Rowan-Cabarrus Board of Trustees. “As Rowan-Cabarrus grows, the College must adapt and anticipate the needs of students and the community; public and private investment is crucial.”

The annual report also includes a detailed analysis of the College’s most significant accomplishments in 2015 and how they align with the new 2015-2018 strategic plan.

For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu/apply2016 or call 704-216-RCCC (7222). The College is currently accepting applications the fall 2016 term. Fall classes begin on August 15, 2016.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Named One of the Top Ten Digital Community Colleges for Second Year in a Row

College named among the 2015-2016 Digital Community Colleges Survey Top Ten-Ranking Winners, jumping to sixth place

 

BOT 5.23 DigitalSALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College was named as one of the 2015-2016 Top Ten Digital Community Colleges by the Center for Digital Education for its use of digital technologies to improve services for students, faculty, staff and the community at large.

The College faced tough competition as all community colleges in the United States are eligible for recognition. Rowan-Cabarrus was recognized for its work on mobile technology, smart classrooms and technology innovation

“We are honored and proud to not only have made the prestigious list of honorees, but to have improved our standing from tenth to sixth place,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “Through the generous support of the Cannon Foundation, Inc., the Charles A. Cannon Charitable Trusts, and the Mariam and Robert Hayes Charitable Trust, the College was able to substantially improve the College’s information technology systems beginning in 2009.”

“We were happy to help the College rebuild its information technology infrastructure,” said William Cannon, president of The Cannon Foundation. “We are always looking to invest in initiatives that can support lasting changes and it is rewarding to see the significant difference it has made in the College’s ability to serve students.”

For instance, Rowan-Cabarrus offers online tutoring for students in many subjects 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In 2015, the College provided more than 1,700 synchronous online tutoring sessions (nearly 800 hours).

“This year’s survey indicates community colleges are making great strides in using data to improve decisions, providing professional development to assist faculty in the use of technology, and creating robust online and mobile environments for their students,” said Dr. Kecia Ray, executive director for the Center for Digital Education. “Congratulations to this year’s survey winners.

This year’s Digital Community Colleges Survey also revealed insights about community colleges’ technology priorities. Colleges surveyed indicated that mobility devices/app support and website redesign are their top priorities in the coming year, followed by cybersecurity tools and testing, network infrastructure modernization, server consolidation and virtualization, and disaster recovery/business continuity.

Rowan-Cabarrus is among those currently in the process of undergoing a web redesign, a large College-wide project designed to vastly improve the College’s ability to serve prospective and current students.

“The College understands the importance of digital offerings. We will continue to listen to our students and provide the technological options they are seeking for their education,” said Spalding. “Although we have come a long way, we continue to work and enhance the services and system we provide to students.”

For example, the College rolled out a new feature on the student registration system that allows students to plan their entire academic path to graduation online. This planning helps improve their ability to forecast the classes they need to take each term and how close they are to achieving their degree, diploma, or certificate. Additionally, students’ itemized tuition bills are now easily accessible through the same platform.

The College also supports a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) approach to technology on campus and supports students, faculty and staff with the College’s IT help desk which is open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, through a partnership with Blackboard.

Rowan-Cabarrus has created a stable, secured wireless network which allows students, faculty, and staff to be able to connect to network resources using not only college-owned devices, but personal devices like smartphones, tablets or laptops.

“We not only support enhanced websites, new online planning systems, mobile technology, campus wide wireless access, as well as many other tools, but we tie all of these items together to create a cohesive personalized and contextual experience for our students,” said Ken Ingle, chief information officer for the College. “This experience simplifies technology for our users allowing students to focus on their educational goals. We believe this is really what set us apart from others who entered.”

The Rowan-Cabarrus mobile app allows students to view their entire course load along with detailed descriptions of each class, check their final grades on the go, access Blackboard and even get personalized notifications regarding any holds on their student account.

The College is also continuing their efforts in the ever-expanding courses offered via distance education.

“A recent study indicated that distance education enrollments account for nearly all recent student growth at two-year institutions and we want to be sure we are offering courses in the methods our students want. But from the information technology side of things, we also want to make sure those offerings are supported with the right kinds of technology and customer service resources,” said Ingle.

The College also offers nine degree options that can be obtained completely online, including the transferable Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degree options. In addition, dozens of diplomas and certifications are available to be earned completely online. In fact, in 2015, over half of all enrollment was found in a class that was somehow online, whether that was a course offered completely online or a hybrid option with limited face-to-face meetings.

“The Cannon Foundation’s generous gift helped strengthen the College’s information technology infrastructure and I am indeed grateful for their support of the Foundation. Their generous contribution has made education more accessible to our students,” said Carla Howell, chief officer of governance, foundation, and public relations.

Other digital initiatives include introducing online textbooks to many of the College’s core and elective classes, online job preparation and searching resources, social media and electronic emergency notifications systems.

The Center for Digital Education (CDE) is a national research and advisory institute specializing in K-12 and higher education technology trends, policy and funding. CDE provides education and industry leaders with decision support and actionable insights to help effectively incorporate new technologies in the 21st century.

For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu/apply2016 or call 704-216-RCCC (7222). The College is currently accepting applications the fall 2016 term. Fall classes begin on August 15, 2016.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Holds Successful Stem Open House for Nearly 1,000

College welcomed the community for an interactive event showcasing the College’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs

 

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College was proudRCCC_STEM_36 to host its fifth annual STEM Open House at the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) earlier this spring.

“The STEM Open House was 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 should 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 open house was a fun, interactive event for the community showcasing the College’s science, technology, engineering and math programs.

“The College was pleased to have record-breaking attendance at this year’s event,” said Spalding. “The event has grown annually with nearly 1,000 students and community members attending the 2016 STEM Open House.”

The College hosted dozens of interactive exhibits for kids and adults of all ages to spark the senses and stir curiosity for all things STEM. Attendees were able to make their own rocket, talk with a real SWAT team, climb aboard a real fire truck, play games and even engage in activities involving 3D printing and forensic recovery.

“Our exhibits show that science is friendly, approachable and fun,” said Dr. Carol ARCCC_STEM_62. Scherczinger, dean of the College’s science, biotechnology, mathematics and information technologies. “Research has shown that opinions toward STEM subjects are formed early. Our purpose is two-fold: to recruit students to the College and also to offer a public service by providing opportunities to make STEM enjoyable and approachable.”

The exhibits were extremely diverse – visitors participated in everything from “Infected” where they exchanged fluids in test tubes to see who got infected and how fast it spread to growing an ear in lab dishes and learning how to develop videogames.

Cosmetology took home the award for best booth.

“The live models, showmanship and interactive display relating directly to the cosmetology program and future careers were the talk of the whole building,” said Scherczinger. “Other fan favorites included the dental assisting program’s teeth cleaning and toothpaste creations and the welding program’s virtual welders.”

For the College, hosting the event at their NCRC campus was a no-brainer.

“Holding this event at the College’s North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) facilityRCCC_STEM_50 makes a lot of sense. Our NCRC building is the home of our biotechnology and nursing programs – two of our most STEM intensive curricula,” said Spalding. “If you haven’t had a chance to visit the facility before, I encourage you to do so!”

The target audience for this open house was broader than traditional open houses hosted by the College. In addition to recruiting traditional-aged prospective students, the College aspired to host younger children from local K-12 public schools, homeschool students and families.

The STEM Open House was held in conjunction with the statewide NC Science Festival focused on engaging the younger generation in science. Events across the state were designed to bring science to life for students and their parents.

For more information about next year’s event, please contact Dusty Saine (704-216-7105, dusty.saine@rccc.edu). For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu/apply2016 or call 704-216-RCCC (7222). The College is currently accepting applications the fall 2016 term. Fall classes beginning on August 15, 2016.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Selected to Participate in Nasa Grant Competition for Second Year in a Row

The College launched a weather balloon to the edge of space as part of design challenge

 

SALISBURY, N.C. — For the second year in a row, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College was pleased to be one of only ten colleges selected to participate in the N.C. Space Grant Team Design Challenge and Competition.

“This was a great opportunity for work-based learning and provided a great experience of a real division of NASA for our students. The participants were able to learn the hands-on process of creating a real space balloon and simultaneously earned a scholarship to further their education,” said Zackary Hubbard, program chair for the College’s Computer Technology Integration program.

The North Carolina Space Grant Consortium is led by North Carolina State University. As part of NASA’s proposal to increase science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education at community and technical colleges, the N.C. Space Grant was selected as a recipient of the 2014 Space Grant Competitive Opportunity for Partnerships with Community Colleges and Technical Schools.

“The balloons were launched in Hickory and the event was open to the public and those interested in STEM, said Dr. Van Madray, dean of the College’s engineering and business technologies programs.

Each team designed, engineered, tested and launched a high-altitude balloon to the edge of space. Team members were responsible for conducting a specific experiment while their balloon was in-flight that had measurable results. Each balloon was equipped with a camera and GPS, which aided in the recovery of the balloon post-experiment.

The grant not only provided the funding for the N.C. Space Grant Team Design Challenge and Competition, but it also provided a $1,000 scholarship for each Rowan-Cabarrus team member.

The grant establishes the Team Design Challenge and Competition for faculty and students across the state to increase STEM education experiences featuring NASA content. This year, those selected to participate in addition to Rowan-Cabarrus Community College were Randolph Community College, Edgecombe Community College, Central Piedmont Community College, Southwestern Community College, Guilford Technical Community College, Durham Technical Community College, Craven Community College, Pitt Community College and Catawba Valley Community College.

For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu/apply2016 or call 704-216-RCCC (7222). The College is currently accepting applications for summer 2016 and fall 2016 terms. Registration is now underway for summer classes beginning on May 23, 2016 and fall classes beginning on August 15, 2016.

 

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Business Students Recognized with Top Honors at State Conference, many to Compete Nationally

College students receive recognition competing against four-year colleges and universities

 

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Phi Beta Lambda students returned from their state conference in Charlotte with numerous awards, continuing the tradition of making the community and the College proud.

Phi Beta Lambda, and its sister organizations under the Future Business Leaders of America umbrella, include a quarter million students preparing for careers in business and business-related fields. The 62nd Annual Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) State Leadership Conference included more than 55 competitions in human resource management, accounting and economics, as well as team events in business ethics, desktop publishing, parliamentary procedure and a host of other similar business-related topics.

Several students from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College attended the conference to compete with hundreds of North Carolina’s best and brightest college students and brought home multiple state-level awards, including six first place awards. Students competed among many two-year community colleges as well as four-year colleges and universities.

Award winners included:

  • Katelyn Collier – first place in Financial Analysis and Decision Making, second place in Business Communication
  • Moises Garcia Zapetoco – first place in Financial Analysis and Decision Making, second place in Public Speaking
  • Jami Safari – first place in Financial Analysis and Decision Making
  • Hanna Brotherton – first place in Desktop Publishing, Client Service award
  • Ryan Helm – first place in Desktop Publishing, fourth place in Marketing Concepts
  • Caroline Shue – sixth place in Help Desk, eighth place in Job Interview

Current Rowan-Cabarrus PBL chapter president Katelyn Collier won the Distinguished Honor of Who’s Who in North Carolina Phi Beta Lambda. This award is given for outstanding leadership and service to Phi Beta Lambda. Katelyn was nominated among many other candidates and was honored to receive this distinction.

This was the ninth consecutive year that Rowan-Cabarrus students received high honors at the North Carolina PBL State Leadership Conference. First, second and some of the third place winners automatically qualify to compete in the 2016 PBL National Conference in Atlanta this June.

“I am so proud of all of our students who competed at the conference. Some competing universities have more on-campus students than the entire population of Salisbury, and this speaks volumes about the knowledge and education provided at Rowan-Cabarrus,” said Martha Cranford, Rowan-Cabarrus instructor and chapter advisor. “I encourage all Rowan-Cabarrus students to consider being part of the PBL organization and compete in state and national competitive events.”

More than 300 delegates, advisors and professional division members from dozens of member universities and colleges in North Carolina attended the annual state conference. The Rowan-Cabarrus chapter is among the largest in the state and encourages students to join and take advantage of the PBL leadership opportunities.

“We have award-winning students at Rowan-Cabarrus, and we look forward to celebrating many more in the future,” said Angelo Markantonakis, associate vice president for the College’s academic programs.

For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu/apply2016 or call 704-216-RCCC (7222). The College is currently accepting applications for summer 2016 and fall 2016 terms. Registration is now underway for summer classes beginning on May 23, 2016 and fall classes beginning on August 15, 2016.

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