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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College News

College Club Raises Funds for Jeff Gordon’s Children’s Hospital

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.

rcccThat’s what our extracurricular activities at Rowan-Cabarrus are all about,” continued Smith. “We want them to learn things through experiences that they wouldn’t be able to really learn inside the classroom.”

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 »

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Rowan-Cabarrus to Offer New Emergency Medical Services Degree Program

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Emergency Medical Services anticipated to begin in fall 2015

SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is proud to announce a new degree program in Emergency Medical Services.370

The Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Emergency Medical Services, which would be offered in fall 2015, pending state and accreditation approval, prepares graduates to recognize and react to a broad spectrum of medical emergencies and to take the national certification exam as a paramedic. An associate degree also opens opportunities for career advancement. Additionally, the EMS A.A.S. degree provides graduates with the skills and training needed to enter the field of emergency medical care as a paramedic.

“The national EMS community recommends that paramedics should move from a certificate to a degree,” said Spencer Rummage, dean of public services. “The program is designed to be a ‘bridge’ program in which students receive advanced standing, college credit, for course work completed during their paramedic certification.”

The College’s currently successful Fire/EMS Continuing Education Paramedic (CEP) certification program will provide a continuous and sustainable enrollment of students that are interested in “bridging” their CEP Certification with the proposed Emergency Medical degree curriculum; completing the Emergency Medical Science A.A.S. degree.

The potential student interest and employer surveys demonstrate a sustainable student interest.

“I am thrilled that we’re going to be offering this program. After talking with local EMS employers, we found that they are looking for employees with more credentials – not less. We believe we can provide students in this important public safety field with advanced training,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus.

As of June 9, 2014, the NC Emergency Medical Service News listed 86 paramedic positions as open for application. Locally, The Rowan County Emergency Services Department comprises a total of 58 full-time and 55 part-time personnel across administration, emergency management, fire, and emergency medical divisions and the Cabarrus EMS is a progressive emergency services organization employing 112 full- and part-time EMS personnel.

Most paramedics are hired by private service, fire department, municipal/governmental, or hospital-based ambulance companies. Opportunities to specialize as a paramedic include tactical medicine with police departments, critical care inter-facility transport including aeromedical services, disaster management with technical rescue teams, primary health care within the federal prison system, and industrial medicine in the oil and gas industry. Advancement within the Emergency Medical Services profession includes administrative, governmental, public health, and education. Promotion often requires academic degree credentials.

This program will be initially offered as a bridge program; which means it will only be available to currently certified paramedics. This is important in that the degree program will not require any additional equipment and require minimal new funding for faculty and staff.

“It is rare that we can introduce a new degree program with little additional funding. In general, one of the College’s biggest challenges is keeping our programs equipped with industry-recognized, state-of-the-art equipment that is used in the workplace,” said Spalding.

This proposal also includes a certificate program designed as a Career & College Promise program, the College’s tuition-free program for high school juniors and seniors. The Rowan Salisbury School System is moving toward implementing an “EMS Academy” along the lines of the College’s current Career & College Promise Fire Academy at South Rowan High School. Read More »

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Students, Community Leaders, College Visit Advanced Technology Center in Rock Hill

Information gathering trip reveals possibilities for Rowan-Cabarrus Community College future

SALISBURY, N.C. — Students, community leaders, and College staff recently visited an advanced technology center in Rock Hill, South Carolina. The facility, part of York Technical College, was created in 2003.

photo 2“We believe that this is the next step forward for our region – advanced technology and advanced manufacturing,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus.

York Tech’s Center for Advanced Manufacturing, a 25,000 square foot facility supporting the economic and workforce development needs of local industry.

“Our region is on the precipice. Change is coming. New employers with new jobs, like those at Victory Industrial Park, are coming,” said Dakeita Vanderburg-Johnson, president of Southgate Masonry & Lumber Co., Inc. Vanderburg-Johnson is chair of the Board of Trustees Institutional Advancement & Legislative Committee. “Visiting York Tech was necessary and eye-opening.”

Through partnerships with industry, such as the on-site Okuma Training Institute, York Tech’s Corporate and Continuing Education Division delivers innovative training using the latest generation of computer numerically controlled machine tools, simulators and advanced CAM software.

“People get nervous when they hear about jobs in manufacturing. But manufacturing today is different – it’s high-tech and clean,” said Dr. Sid Valentine, associate vice president of industrial and engineering technologies at York Technical College. “This is a viable and promising career field.”

The facility was strategically constructed with flexibility in mind to accommodate various equipment.

“We were very impressed with the kinds of things they were doing. The program chairs and leadership are intimately involved with economic development in their community, to show companies what they might be able to do for them at the Advanced Technology Center. It was a really good thing for us to see as we’re sitting on the cusp of this,” said Hinnant. “We also need to realize that the advanced technology and advanced manufacturing industries are constantly changing. Keeping up with the need for industry-level equipment will be an important part of ongoing planning.”

Seven Rowan-Cabarrus students traveled together to see what this kind of facility might look like and the impact it could have on a community.

“Students take classes and practical training in the same place at the same time. It encourages students to see where their education is heading toward the industry demand,” said Roa Saleh, Rowan-Cabarrus student ambassador who traveled with the group. “Our communities need education and training/retraining programs. They need to find this here at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.”

The group was welcomed by York Tech leadership and then taken for a guided tour of the facility.

“If a system like this was put together at Rowan-Cabarrus it would allow the College to help students majoring in a technology field. As a student majoring in computer science, I believe this will help me in a huge way,” said David Perry, another student ambassador who went on the trip. “York Tech had a 100 percent job placement rate for students who finished the program.”

The visit concluded with a question and answer session with leadership from York Tech and Rowan-Cabarrus.

“We currently have invested in some of these areas, but without the additional space, we cannot hope to expand into new and emerging industries. We simply can’t build a program if we don’t have a place to put it. More importantly, an Advanced Technology Center would be a flagship to help attract employers to the region,” continued Spalding.

An Advanced Technology Center will address training needs for companies with high technology demand and emerging jobs through industry-recognized certifications and hands-on skills training in multiple disciplines including, but not limited to: Information Technologies (IT), welding, machining, HVAC, electronics and electrical engineering technologies, mechanical engineering, hydraulics, pneumatics, nanotechnology, advanced manufacturing and more.

“By voting ‘yes’ on the bond, you enable Rowan-Cabarrus Community College to build a facility and add vital programs in information technology, advanced manufacturing, engineering and energy,” said Spalding. “One area of potential program development we are looking into is in mechatronics. Mechatronics is a combination of a number of skills – it’s not just electrical skills – its robotics, pneumatics, mechanics and more.”

The Cabarrus County Commission approved a bond referendum for a new Advanced Technology Center for Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. The $9 million bond referendum will be on the November 4 ballot titled “Cabarrus County Community College Bonds.”

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

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R. Wayne Bost Trucking INC. & Quality Distribution Donate Truck & Tankard to Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

New Fire & Emergency Services Training Facility Receives Another Critical Training Tool

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Even in the 21st century, fire safety and protection is still a critical component of keeping the public safe.

Training these first responders is a critical part of the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College mission and the R. Wayne Bost Trucking Inc. and Quality Distribution just made that easier. Bost Trucking recently donated a Mack conventional sleeper truck and a stainless steel tankard to the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation for use in its fire training programs.

“It is our pleasure to work with Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and to facilitate these donations,” said Bradley Bost, CEO, R. Wayne Bost Trucking Inc., Affiliate Partner of Quality Distribution, Inc. “The College provides an invaluable training resource to our community.”

The new facility includes a 3,500 square foot burn building and training pads for props like the truck and tankard.

“The donation of this truck and tankard are significant. It’ll put us in a much better place, enhancing our program dramatically,” said Roger McDaniel, director of emergency services for Rowan-Cabarrus.

These pieces represent thousands of dollars in savings to the College.

“I really want to thank the Bost Trucking for their generous donation. This is a great example of public-private partnership,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “One of the College’s biggest challenges is keeping our programs equipped with industry-recognized, state-of-the-art equipment that is used in the workplace. This donation will help us in achieving that goal.”

Over 7,000 certifications were awarded to fire, emergency medical services (EMS), and law enforcement personnel during the past year.

“Students need access to props like the tankard and truck for training purposes. They need to experience a response to a fire or a hazardous material emergency involving these popular modes of transporting materials,” said McDaniel.

The College held a community celebration at the Fire & Emergency Training Facility on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014.

“We wanted to show the community the amazing things that our firefighters, law enforcement and emergency personnel do for our community. And we wanted them to see the fantastic new place that they will receive training,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus.

The Fire & Emergency Services Training Facility was the first project to be completed in a series of Rowan County-bond funded construction projects that will take place over the next few years.

“It is our goal to be responsive, flexible, innovative and efficient, as we work together to create a safer and more secure environment,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “The Fire & Emergency Services Training Facility will afford our public safety providers with real life training scenarios that will ensure that our law, fire, and emergency personnel are prepared to protect our community in the event of fires, hazardous materials emergencies, natural disasters, motor vehicle accidents and train derailments.”

The new Fire & Emergency Services Training Facility will serve an important role for training local public safety providers who protect citizens every day.

“Industry-recognized, high-tech equipment is critical to the success of our programs and our graduates,” said Craig Lamb, vice president of corporate and continuing education. “If students can’t leave here knowing how to use the equipment that an employer uses, they won’t be as successful as the jobs require.”

Unfortunately, the College’s funding does not include an abundance of resources for equipment investments.

“Our resources from the state have continued to decline year after year,” said Spalding. “Like many public organizations, we are looking at other options and developing a case for support to seek private and philanthropic donations.”

Strengthening the “fundraising muscle” of the College’s foundation 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 it serves each year.

“I feel that Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is a vital part of Rowan and Cabarrus counties,” said Paul Brown, trustee on the Rowan-Cabarrus board who also facilitated the effort to secure these donations. As a member of the Rowan-Cabarrus Foundation Board of Directors,

his leadership as Foundation Development Chair has been instrumental in raising support for the new training facility and in supporting the college’s endowed scholarship program. “I have a passion for the important work our firefighters do.”

The Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation provides financial assistance to the students and programs of Rowan-Cabarrus. The Foundation furthers the mission of the College by creating giving opportunities that expand College financial resources and develop sustainable programming for long-term fiscal stability. Every gift to Rowan-Cabarrus, no matter the size, makes a difference. There is always an extraordinary need for unrestricted funds which provide the College with the flexibility to meet its highest priorities and most urgent needs.

Rowan-Cabarrus welcomes in-kind donations, which help the College keep pace with changing technology and equipment needs and meet the demands of increased enrollment.

Gifts in kind must:

* fulfill a stated need of one or more college departments, and

* be approved by facilities or IT personnel to ensure compliance with existing infrastructure.

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

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Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce Calls for Much Needed Investment in Cabarrus County

Endorses $9 million bond referendum for a new Advanced Technology Center

The Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors recently endorsed the $9 million bond referendum titled “Cabarrus County Community College Bonds.” It was approved by the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners and will appear on the November 4 ballot. The Chamber board took unanimous action on September 18 at their regular board meeting.

Patrick Coughlin, President & CEO of the Chamber and EDC, noted that construction of a new Advanced Technology Center will address the need for continued diversification of our economy with training made available for a workforce to fill high-demand, high-wage jobs. Mr. Coughlin stated that “The region is dependent upon the College to provide the workforce talent and education necessary to emerge from the recession and thrive.”

North Carolina’s community colleges are the responsibility of the counties in which they reside. Currently, Cabarrus County supports four percent of the college budget.

“We believe that this is the next step forward for this region – advanced technology and advanced manufacturing,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “For instance, one area of potential program development we are looking into is in mechatronics. Mechatronics is a combination of a number of skills – it’s not just electrical skills – it is robotics, pneumatics, mechanics and more.”

Dr. Spalding also stated “People get nervous when they hear about jobs in manufacturing. But manufacturing isn’t dead, it’s different. It is high-tech and clean and we need our parents and young people to know that this is a viable and promising career field.”

Advanced technology applications include automated manufacturing, logistics, warehousing, 3D printing, cyber security and information assurance. These are evolving as growth areas for existing businesses, helping to create a regional culture of entrepreneurship and brining new technology-centric companies to the area.

Chamber Board Chair, Terry Crawford – General Manager for Embassy Suites Charlotte/Concord – said “I want to encourage you to vote for the bond and hope you’ll ask your friends and family to do the same. We need your support in this worthy effort to help gain a new facility which will serve our community’s needs. Rowan-Cabarrus

is a willing and capable contributor to partnerships that bring new jobs to the area and a leader in producing graduates for existing business expansions.”

An Advanced Technology Center will address training needs for companies with high technology demand and emerging jobs through industry-recognized certifications and hands-on skills training in multiple disciplines including, but not limited to, Information Technologies (IT), welding, machining, HVAC, electronics and electrical engineering technologies, mechanical engineering, hydraulics, pneumatics, nontechnology, advanced manufacturing and more.

Coughlin was part of a group to recently visit an Advanced Technology Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

“Flexibility is going to be key. Businesses will need to be able to count on the College to quickly adapt to their training and equipment needs,” said Coughlin
. “Once we build the Advanced Technology Center, it won’t be ‘built and done’. The industries are constantly changing as the technology is changing, and this center will need to keep pace.”

The Cabarrus campus enrolls nearly 10,000 students over the course of a year and serves both students transferring to four-year universities and those seeking career training ranging from fine arts to motorsport management.

“We currently have invested in some of these areas, but without the additional space, we cannot hope to expand into new and emerging industries. We simply can’t build a program if we don’t have a place to put it. More importantly, an Advanced Technology Center would be a flagship to help attract employers to the region,” said Spalding.

In addition to the Cabarrus County Commission bringing forth a $9 million bond initiative to the citizens of Cabarrus County for the construction of an Advance Technology Center, they have indicated their willingness to support an additional $2 million in cash. This would represent a total of $11 million, a majority of funding for the 60,000 square foot classroom and lab building.

“I encourage you to join the Chamber and flip the ballot over on November 4 to vote ‘YES’ for Rowan-Cabarrus and the future of our community,” said Coughlin.

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 Calls for Much Needed Investment in Cabarrus County

College is seeking $9 million bond referendum for a new Advanced Technology CenterRCCC-Sept2013-0068

SALISBURY, N.C. — The Cabarrus County Commission recently approved a bond referendum for a new Advanced Technology Center for Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. The $9 million bond referendum will be placed on the November 4 ballot.

In addition to the Cabarrus County Commission bringing forth a $9 million bond initiative to the citizens of Cabarrus County for the construction of an Advanced Technology Center, they have indicated their willingness to support an additional $2 million in cash. This would represent a total of $11 million, a majority of funding for the 60,000 square foot classroom and lab building.

“In North Carolina, it’s the responsibility of the local county commission to fund the construction and maintenance of community college facilities,” said Carl M. Short, chair of the College’s Board of Trustees. “It is important that the College’s Board of Trustees formally demonstrate its support for these needs. Rowan-Cabarrus Community College has been a vital contributor to the economic health of both Rowan and Cabarrus counties for many years and has long been recognized for its important role in educating and retraining of our citizens.”

The Cabarrus campus enrolls nearly 10,000 students over the course of a year and serves both students transferring to four year universities and those seeking career training ranging from fine arts to motorsports management.

“The region is dependent upon the College to provide the workforce talent and education necessary to emerge from the recession and thrive,” said Concord Mayor Scott Padgett, who also serves on the College’s Board of Trustees. “In order to grow and prosper, we must diversify our economy to retain and attract high-wage, high-demand jobs.”

Applications of advanced technology – from automated manufacturing, logistics, warehousing, 3D printing, to cyber security and information assurance – are evolving as growth areas for existing businesses, facilitating a regional culture of entrepreneurship and bringing new technology-centric companies to the area. An Advanced Technology Center will address training needs for companies with high technology demand and emerging jobs through industry-recognized certifications and hands-on skills training in multiple disciplines including, but not limited to: Information Technologies (IT), welding, machining, HVAC, electronics and electrical engineering technologies, mechanical engineering, hydraulics, pneumatics, nanotechnology, advanced manufacturing and more.

Providing the region with exemplary public higher education that anticipates and supports economic and workforce development while increasing, improving and automating services and curriculum programming is a top priority for the College.

“I want to encourage you to vote for the bond and hope you’ll ask your friends and family to do the same. We need your support in this worthy effort to help gain a new facility which will serve our community’s needs!” said Cynthia Mynatt, vice chair of the College’s Board of Trustees and President of Ben Mynatt Buick-GMC. “Rowan-Cabarrus is a willing and capable contributor to partnerships that bring new jobs to the area and a leader in producing graduates for existing business expansions.”

A building or space to house a program is only part of the equation. The College and community must invest in high quality faculty who can help develop exemplary programs that train people for sustainable careers. Programs like Information Technologies (IT), welding, machining, HVAC, electronics and electrical engineering technologies, mechanical engineering, hydraulics, pneumatics, also require industry standard equipment that is expensive. Support for this equipment, program development, faculty enhancement and facility planning is not supported by either county or state funding.

The scope of work demands resources beyond those available in the College’s current budget for comprehensive planning and design to assure a facility and programs that will provide value to local employers.

“The reality is that we are not immune to the tough economic times. Our resources from the state have continued to decline year after year,” said Dr. Carol. S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “We’ve worked hard to bring millions of federal and state dollars into our community through grants and collaborative partnerships. We cannot achieve our goal of strengthening our region through state-of-the art educational and innovational career training without adequate resources.”

“We currently have invested in some of these areas, but without the additional space, we cannot hope to expand into new and emerging industries. We simply can’t build a program if we don’t have a place to put it. More importantly, an Advanced Technology Center would be a flagship to help attract employers to the region,” continued Spalding.

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

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Rowan-Cabarus One of a Handful to Offer Highly Specialized Space Management Course

Last year’s students turned new skills into employment

SALISBURY, N.C. — In a world where consumers have unlimited choices, companies invest carefully to ensure their products are placed in the right stores at the right time and in the right locations. Sales and marketing organizations help many of America’s most trusted brands found in major retailers across the country do just that.

Apparently, there is a reason that milk is in the back of the grocery store.

“As an example the milk category (very high-demand products) is typically positioned in the back corner of the store by design – to encourage shopping in other categories,” said Jim Hanson, Senior Vice President, Space Management Solutions, with Acosta Sales & Marketing. “There is an unbelievable amount of strategy that has gone into the layout and contents of your grocery store.”

Space Management isn’t just occurring in grocery stores– chains like Best Buy and Lowe’s employ space technologists to maximize their profits.

This is the second fall that the College has offered this class, with last year’s class resulting in students turning their new skills into employment.

In the Space Management taught by Hanson, students will learn how to analyze and place products to ensure successful sales. This course will place students in a position to qualify for roles in space management or retail merchandising for either retailers, manufacturers or a sales and marketing agency.

Using hi-tech, specialized software, space technologists create what is called a planogram, which allows them to produce, modify and conduct analysis on an electronic rendering of each category in a store.

“If a student is comfortable on a computer and completes this course – they will be an attractive candidate for a role as a space technologist,” said Hanson.

This class will teach the principles of space management and specifically how retailers use space management to develop planograms and floor plans to help make decisions on how to allocate space between brands and categories, and where to position products on the shelf and in the stores. Much of the class time will be spent on learning what actual retailers require to make fact-based decisions about their shelves, such as inventory analysis, gross margin return on investment, days of supply, annual turns, etc. Students also will study the impact of product placement, traffic flow, adjacencies, out-of-stocks etc. on sales and profitability.

The eight-week class will be a hybrid course with about 65 percent of the class taught in a traditional classroom format and 35 percent completed via online coursework. The class will also include at least one field trip and guest speakers from the industry.

After years of teaching internally within Acosta, Hanson has loved teaching those new to the field in this class. “There are only about four other colleges in the entire U.S. teaching this topic. It’s thrilling that local residents here in Salisbury and Concord have access to an amazing educational opportunity.”

Rowan-Cabarrus is the only community college in the nation to offer a program of this kind. Classes will be held on Mondays from 6-9 p.m. beginning Oct. 20 and running through Dec. 8, 2014. Classes will be held at the College’s North Campus in Salisbury in Building 400, Room 4126.

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

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Lynn Marsh Sworn in as Trustee on Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board

Longtime educator brings wealth of experience to Rowan-Cabarrus Board of Trustees

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — The Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees proudly welcomes Dr. Lynn Marsh to the College’s board. Marsh was recently appointed by the Rowan County Commission to serve on the board through 2018.

“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 Dr. Lynn Marsh
, who currently serves as principal of W.R. Odell Elementary School in Cabarrus County.

Born in Atlanta, Ga., Marsh has been a resident of Rowan County for most of her life. Before entering the educational arena, she was a part of the business world working in banking and customer service at Food Town, now Food Lion. Being personally familiar with working, raising a family and going to school all at the same time, Marsh will relate to many of the College’s students.lynn marsh

“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 Marsh. “I have worked in education for over 25 years in both Rowan and Cabarrus counties. I’m very in tune with community college career training programs and am eager to become more involved.”

Marsh has been actively involved in the community, serving on several community boards including the Juvenile Crime Prevention Board, Rowan Families in Action, and the ARC. She created and maintains two “Kids Smiley Zone” Reading Centers at Novant Health Rowan and the Terrie Hess House Child Advocacy Center. She is passionate about helping all children have a fair chance to be successful in life.

Marsh graduated from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte with a B.A. in Elementary and Special Education in 1988. She also holds master degrees in Learning Disabilities and School Administration from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, obtained in 1996 and 1998, respectively. She received her Ph.D. in Business Administration in 2008 from Warren National University. Read More »

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College to Give Free GED Practice Tests for Limited Time

See for Free program helps students pass the GED test

SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is giving away free GED practice tests to all students who register between September 22 and October 3.

Students who take GED Ready can see for free if they’re ready to pass the GED test, the skills they need to work on to pass the test, and received a personalized study plan detailing pages and chapters to study in their favorite study books.

“The GED Ready test is supposed to be the same difficulty as the actual GED test, but just half as long with half as many questions,” said Gary Connor, director of the College’s Pre-College Studies Department

The free practice tests will be available at both the College’s North Campus in Salisbury and the College’s South Campus in Concord. Tests can be arranged for the following days:

* Wednesday, Sept. 24, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.;

* Friday, Sept. 26, from 1 to 4 p.m.;

* Saturday, Sept. 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.;

* Wednesday, Oct. 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and,

* Friday, Oct. 3, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Students can also learn about classes and other resources to help them prepare for the GED test. To learn more or to book their appointment to take their free GED Ready practice test, please call 704-216-3510.

Additionally, as part of the College’s efforts to keep costs as low as possible, Rowan-Cabarrus has been offering students who enroll in the GED program the option to apply for funding that would cover the cost of the test fees.

“I don’t want students to abandon their GED efforts because of a cost factor,” said Connor.

Rowan-Cabarrus provides both instruction and resource materials to students preparing for the GED at no cost. Classes are scheduled on the North and South Campuses and at a variety of community locations for convenience and access.

“Our goal is to bring education to the students. It’s our ‘meet them where they are philosophy,’” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “While it’s not possible for every program, our overarching goal is to be available and accessible to students. That’s why our students can now earn 14 degrees completely online. It’s why the GED classes are offered morning, afternoon, evening, online and at multiple locations across the college’s service area.”

Students work at their own pace, so the time to complete a section of the GED may take weeks or months based upon the individual readiness for the test.

“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 Connor.

“We are committed to helping the people of Rowan and Cabarrus counties gain the skills they need to become employable,” said Spalding. “In addition to free GED classes, we also offer free classes that prepare them to take the WorkKeys assessment to earn the nationally recognized Career Readiness Certificate (CRC). Armed with these two credentials, an individual’s chances for employment are greatly improved.”

For more information about the GED program at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please call 704-216-3510.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Deeply Saddened by Death of Early College Student

Merriman set to graduate with her associate degree from the College in May

SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College faculty, staff and students are deeply saddened by the death of Rowan-Cabarrus student Jennifer Merriman, who tragically lost her life on Saturday.

Merriman, student in the Rowan County Early College program, was on track to graduate with her Associate in Arts degree from Rowan-Cabarrus in May.

“This is an unbelievable loss,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of the College. “We share in the heartbreak and grieve for the promising young life that has been taken from us.”

Merriman’s death is a shock to the Rowan-Cabarrus community and she will be missed by her college instructors and her classmates.

“I could not be more saddened for the tragic events that occurred this weekend and the toll they have taken on our community,” continued Spalding.

College leadership has been working closely with Superintendent Dr. Lynn Moody and the Rowan Salisbury School System during this difficult time. The College, in conjunction with Rowan Salisbury School System, will coordinate with faculty, staff and students to provide grief counseling and assistance as needed.

“On behalf of the Rowan-Cabarrus Board of Trustees, our students, faculty, and staff, we honor the life and memory of Jennifer. Our thoughts are with Jennifer’s family and all those who loved and cherished her,” said Carl M. Short, chair of the College’s Board of Trustees.

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

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