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Cabarrus-Kannapolis Early College Recognized as School of Innovation & Excellence

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s early colleges and Career and College Promise program provide new ways for high school students to get ahead

 

DSC00545 KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Cabarrus-Kannapolis Early College, part of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, was recently recognized by NC New Schools/Breakthrough Learning as a School of Innovation & Excellence.

“Cabarrus-Kannapolis Early College continues to make great strides in preparing each and every one of our students to graduate ready for college, careers and life and it is an honor to have our efforts have been recognized,” said Vance Fishback, principal of the early college since 2009. “Our school now has the option to serve as a host for learning tours and study visits to share our success stories with other schools and administrators. We appreciate the leadership and commitment of our staff, and the hard work of our students, in helping us achieve this milestone.”

Cabarrus-Kannapolis Early College, based at the College’s South Campus, is one of two early colleges at Rowan-Cabarrus currently. The College’s North Campus in Salisbury is home to Rowan County Early College.

Early college is part of the “Learn & Earn” initiative launched by Governor Mike Easely in 2004. It provides the opportunity for students in grades nine through 12 to earn both a high school diploma and a two-year degree or two years of transferrable credit in four or five years, tuition free. It is designed to attract students who are often under-represented in college: minorities, students from low-income families and those whose parents never attended college.

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s early colleges have impressive success rates, especially when comparing student success to a traditional high school. In fact, Rowan County Early College had a 100 percent high school graduation rate the past two years and last year’s Cabarrus-Kannapolis Early College seniors were award more than $4 million in scholarships at four-year colleges and universities across the country.

DSC00549A third early college is slated to open at the College’s Cabarrus and Business Technology Center (CBTC) in Concord in the fall 2016. Principal Fishback will lead the effort to start the Cabarrus Early College of Technology, with Carla Black just recently replacing him at the Cabarrus-Kannapolis Early College.

The early college programs, which provide tuition-free college courses to allow students to earn their high school diploma and an associate degree simultaneously through an onsite standalone high school, are supported at the state level through the Career and College Promise program. The Career and College Promise program also offers high school juniors and seniors in a regular high school the opportunity to get a “jump start” on a two-year or four-year degree while still in high school, also tuition free.

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. Further, 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 these programs,” 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 these opportunities as early as possible so that they can stay engaged earlier in high school and on track with their education – regardless of what path they might choose.”

For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu/ccp or call 704-216-RCCC (7222). The College is currently registering Career & College Promise students for classes for the fall term. Current high school sophomores and juniors should also speak with their guidance counselor.

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Food Lion, Nissan and Fire-Dex Donate Equipment to Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

Generous donations will benefit the College’s health, automotive and fire training programs

 

 

014KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College prides itself in developing graduates who are workforce ready and with three recent donations from Food Lion, Nissan North America and Fire-Dex Corporation, the College can continue to achieve that mission.

“Industry-recognized equipment is critical to the success of our programs and our graduates,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. “Students who are trained to operate equipment that an employer uses are much more likely to be successful in the workplace and in their careers.”

It is critical that students have access to pertinent equipment for training purposes to ensure that they are more marketable and employable.

“Educating skilled technicians and entrepreneurs is a critical part of the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College mission, and Food Lion, Nissan and Fire-Dex are supporting this important effort,” said Spalding.

National grocery store company Food Lion, headquartered in Salisbury, donated two electrical hospital beds, three pharmacy scales and other additional medical items. The beds will be used in the College’s newly renovated Health Sciences Building, and will be shared by the College’s Occupational Therapy Assistant, Physical Therapy Assistant and Radiography programs.

“We are so grateful to Food Lion for their donation,” said Wendy Barnhardt, dean of health and education programs at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. “The beds and other supplies will be a great addition to our modernized space and allow our students to learn on real-world equipment.”

Nissan North America, based in Franklin, Tennessee, donated an Altima and Armada to the College’s Automotive Systems Technology program. The two vehicles represent thousands of dollars in savings to the College.

Bottom Panel“I really want to think Nissan for their generous donation,” said Wade Vernon, chair of the College’s Automotive Systems Technology program. “Formalized training on actual vehicles is an important prerequisite for employment in the automotive field. The training will not only give students the skills, satisfaction, and confidence they need to successfully complete their work, but it will also give them the ability to increase their earning potential.”

Fire-Dex Corporation, of Medina, Ohio, donated turnout gear and boots to the College’s Fire & Emergency Services Training programs.

Phase I of the Fire & Emergency Services Training Facility was completed as part of the 2010 Rowan County bond referendum and has been receiving heavy use for about 18 months. The facility, based at the College’s North Campus in Salisbury, serves an important role for training local public safety providers who protect citizens every day, and is set to expand if voters pass the Connect NC Bond on the March 15 election ballot.

“We are so appreciative of Fire-Dex Corporation’s donations to the Fire & Emergency Services Training Facility here at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College,” said Roger McDaniel, director of emergency services for Rowan-Cabarrus. “It is an honor to train firefighters, law enforcement and emergency personnel, and this donation ensures they continue receiving top-notch training that is so important to our community.”

“Donations like these are very important to Rowan-Cabarrus, and the College’s Foundation is proud to partner with corporations to ensure that the College’s programs have adequate equipment investments. Working with industry partners, we have assessed our needs and developed a case for support to seek private and philanthropic donations,” said Carla Howell, chief officer of foundation, governance and public relations at the College.

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.

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.

The Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation 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 the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation.

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 Offers Wide Range of Short-Term Unique Courses

The College’s Personal Enrichment program offers short-term courses for self-improvement, cultural enrichment and academic achievement

 

 yoga 6SALISBURY, N.C. — From aromatherapy to yoga, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is offering a wide range of short-term courses this spring.

Through the personal enrichment program, the College offers courses for self-improvement, cultural enrichment and academic achievement.

“The courses are for everyone in the community, meaning you don’t have to be a currently enrolled student at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College to participate,” said Tricia Staggers, lead program manager of training services at the College.

The purpose of the program is to give individuals a chance to pursue special interests and to fill their leisure time with worthwhile educational projects.

“For getting fit – mind and body! – we have yoga. For new and re-entry motorcycle riders we offer a course in basic safety. Need a knowledge boost when it comes to your android phone? – we’ve got you covered. Yearning to learn a new language? We can help,” said Staggers. “We really strive to offer a variety of courses across multiple campuses for a greater community reach.”

The calendar of courses offered is constantly updating, but a slew of interesting topics are scheduled this spring.

The calendar includes the following courses held at the College’s North Campus in Salisbury:

  • Basic Forklift Operator, Friday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., April 29 and April 30
  • Personal Trainer Exam Prep, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., May 13 – May 15
  • Beginning Gentle Yoga, Thursdays 5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m., May 19 – June 23
  • Conversational Spanish I, Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., May 24 – June 30

The calendar includes the following courses held at the College’s South Campus in Concord:

  • Microsoft Excel 2013 Intermediate, Tuesdays 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. or 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., May 3 and May 10
  • yoga 4Basic Motorcycle Riders Course, Thursday 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 8:00 .am. – 5:00 p.m., May 19 – May 21
  • Spanish for the Medical Professional, Mondays and Wednesdays 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., May 23 – June 29
  • Microsoft Excel 2013 Advanced, Tuesdays 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., May 24 – May 31
  • Basic Motorcycle Riders Course, Thursday 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 8:00 .am. – 5:00 p.m., June 2 – June 4
  • Introduction to Computers, Mondays and Wednesdays 5:30 p.m. – 8:90 p.m., June 6 – July 13
  • Basic Motorcycle Riders Course, Thursday 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 8:00 .am. – 5:00 p.m., June 16 – June 18

The calendar includes the following courses held at the College’s location at the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis:

  • Herbalism 101, Tuesdays 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., April 19 and April 26
  • Aromatherapy: Essentials of Oils – Level 2, Monday 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., May 9
  • Making the Most of Your Android Phone, Wednesdays 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., May 11 and May 18

In addition to the aforementioned enrichment classes, the College offers a variety of professional certification courses including Small Engine Repair, Topics in Real Estate and Notary. For more information on professional certification courses at the College, including a full schedule, visit www.rccc.edu/certifications.

For more information about enrichment courses offered at Rowan-Cabarrus, including a constantly updating calendar and how to register visit www.rccc.edu/enrichment or call 704-216-RCCC (7222).

 

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Announces Fall 2015 Honor Rolls

Hard working students achieve President’s and Dean’s List recognition

 

SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College announces those students who earned President’s and Dean’s List recognition during the fall 2015 semester.

To qualify for the President’s List, a student must attend full-time, carry a minimum of 12 credit hours, and achieve a grade-point-average of 4.0 for the semester.

Rowan-Cabarrus President’s List – Fall 2015

Albemarle: Kelly Kearns, Logan Sawyer; Charlotte: Sebastian Bowden, Taylor Costales, Gina Davis, Cecelia Grant, Shawayna Hunter, Madison Hurd, Teddy Johnson, Kathy Keith, Sierra Larson, Andrei Lentz, Teresa Lowenstein, Justin McCauley, Jennifer Reimers, Marie Sandok, Autumn Shano, Olivia Sosa, Amanda Waters, Lucas Wright; China Grove: Michael Dumond, Jennifer Ervin, Shania Goodman, Cameron Harwell, Jessica Hellems, Matthew Johnston, Matthew Lamb, Garrett Lowery, Leann McGrath, Clint Meece, Steve Oliphant, Angela Peacock, Sandra Pina, Sydnie Starnes; Cleveland: Katherine Chenoweth; Concord: Shaylyn Aschenbrenner, Blake Balogh, Emilia Bovard, Karlyn Brafford, Megan Burnette, James Burris, Graciela Castillo, Tabitha Clement, Matthew Coffey, Briannca Cogdell, Kristi Combs, Debra Conover, Michael Davis, Danny Dextre, Tara Duddy, Laura Elliott, Delfina Erochenko, Kevin Fitzsimmons, Jazmin Gomez, Christina Gray, Julie Handy, Jennifer Heffner, Chelsea Heusinger, Brittany High, Rhonda Horton, Coy Hunt, Lisa Ingram, Victoria Jackson, Bethany Johnson, Jeffrey Johnston, Jessica Jones, Seth Kirby, Kayla Latta, Brandon Lautzenheiser, Byoung Lee, Deborah Little, Rozzana Lowers, Beverly Mangrum, Scott Martin, Courtney McGhee, Micah McKay, Brenda Mercer, Mellissia Mills, Rosa Mitchke, Jeremy Myrtle, Larry Newcomb, Eva Nicholson, Jared Parker, Kashyap Patel, Kylee Pickrell, Christinna Player, Ronald Posey, Kathleen Quevedo, Mayra Reinoso, Kathryn Robinson, Edwin Rodriguez, Stephanie Rotundo, Melissa Schwartzbauer, Michelle Small, Durethia Smith, Eric Starner, Brittany Strickland, Steven Talbert, Christy Talbert, Charlotte Thatch, Nancy Theodosiou, Eric Thoreson, Eric Torres, Kimberly Tuttle, Meghashyam Vallamsetla, Christian Vasquez Rodriguez, Keishla Vega, Jessica Watson, Dana White, Zachary Whitten, Nicole Winchell, Christopher Xiong, Catherine Young; Cornelius: Sha Ou; Davidson: John Baker, Cassandra Craft; Denton: Terra Stout; Gold Hill: Tecumseh Brewer, Tiffani Stitt; Greensboro: Jonathan Harris; Harrisburg: Nathaniel Craddock, Ashley Daniels, Timothy Hartsell, Jordan Hornock, Danielle Huester, Limari Laws, Andrew Le, Marissa Mitcheltree, Christina Slotkowski, Monika Thrower; Huntersville: Desiree Balogun, Sabrina Mauro, Emily Shriver, Enoch Walker; Kannapolis: Brandy Allen, Theresa Allman, Jeannie Beaver, Zula Butler, Jennifer Butler, Lauren Caldwell, Kelly Caskey, Jonathan Chaney, John Cole Jr, Katie Craven, Jonathan Cromwell, Itzel Encarnacion, Rochelle Fauth, Dayna Furr, Kristi Golladay, Christine Hardister, Pamela Hearne, Lanita Herlem, Colby Holder, Dawn Jackson, Julie Lindsey, Trenton Madden, Nicolann Miller, Cathy Overcash, Trudy Persons, Taylor Rogers, Nicole Stinson, Amanda Taylor, Lisa Tucker, Maria Varnadoe, Sharon Wilhoit, Kyndl Yow; Landis: Shelly Clarke, Holley Edwards, Brandon Price; Locust: Haley Burleson, Amber Carpenter; Midland: Wyatt Houston, Karen Perez; Mocksville: Melanie Brannock; Monroe: Paige Seybert; Mooresville: Carina Clifton, Stephanie Deal, Zachary Donahue, Madison McGinnis, Robert Sanchez-Pino; Mount Ulla: Janna Coleman; Richfield: Hannah Mauldin, Jarrett Speight; Rockwell: Ashley Becker, Jacob Blankenship, Amaris Branscum, Michael Collins, Nicklaus Devos, Ashley Duncan, Frances Gray, Larry Jarvis, Jarrett Judkins, Stephanie Leith, Samantha Lineberry, Katelyn Marks, Tess Mendoza; Salisbury: Jailene Aguilar Valdovinos, Amanda Aldridge, Kara Baker, Ashlyn Baker, Destinee Beavers, Amanda Bolyard, Ana Briceno Calle, Enoc Cantero, Tess Chipman, Stephanie Clarke, Christian Cline, Katelyn Collier, Barbara Colon, Chassity Corzine, Robert Corzine, Ruby Culp, Justin Deal, Becki Derby, Grace Dimmett, Chapel Dixon, Brandon Edds, Taryn Evans, Josh Forshey, Michelle Frick, Mark Funderburk, Matthew Garcia, Nicole Hamlin, Crystal Hamrick, Chris Harper, Cameron Hassard, Heather Helms, David Hendry, Jeffrey Hicks, Sheryee Hill, Matthew Hunter, Jaime Jaquez, Leslie Jarnagin, Estefany Jimenez Jacobo, Grace King, Kayla Lawter, Sarah Lewis, Kaylee Linthicum, Danny Little, Jonathan Luckadoo, Patrick Magana, Brittany Martin, Anthony Martino, Tonya Mayberry, Genevieve Medrano, Hannah Myers, Tracy Nelson, Kristy Norris, Barbara Norris, Christopher Pecan, Kaylen Petrea, Hannah Plummer, Bobbi Propst, Nathan Richardson, Erandi Rodriguez Mendoza, Kyle Roe, Donna Shehan, Daryl Shenk, Lindsey Shoaf, Joshua Simpson, Amanda Stamison, Donald Stegall, Allison Stirewalt, Daniel Vanderburg, Lida Vang, Jacob Vodochodsky, Makenna Westveer, Jesse Wheeler, John White, Jaquhae Williams, Kathryn Wingler, Bradon Wise; Spencer: Heather Alsip, Dominique Scott, Qiuping Zhang; Woodleaf: Breanna Lippard.

To qualify for the Rowan-Cabarrus Dean’s List, students must attend full-time, carry at least 12 credit hours, and earn a grade-point-average of at least 3.5 for the semester.

Rowan-Cabarrus Dean’s List – Fall 2015

Albemarle: Robbie Chambers, Shelley Hatley, Adam Keziah, Cassandra Oliver, Randy Springer, Andrew Williams; Charlotte: Madison Bailey, Sydney Bryant, Laura Chapin, Nguyen Dang, Samantha Gomez, Estella Gray, Tamara Harrison, Tracy McIntyre, Felicielle Moore, Margaret Ratcliffe, Kailey Rey, Andrea Smith, Shanice Velez, Rosebell Williams, Charles Worley; China Grove: Leticia Bowles, Hanna Brotherton, Shelby Bumgarner, Luis Chavez, Bethany Christy, Lisa Cornejo, Brian Donado, Whitley Edwards, Carlos Franco Morillo, Trevor Hall, Jon Jackson, Fabrizio Lyles, Whitney Parks, Jessica Peters, Chrishona Roberson, Shena Smothers, Choua Vue; Cleveland: Ryan Ellis, Lyndsey Helm Earnhardt, Gerardo Mendez, Michelle Stevenson, Angelica Warren, Jenifer Watson; Concord: Mariam Abdelmalek, Elizabeth Abreu, Vanneza Aguirre, Ashley Anderson, Jordan Ashworth, Christopher Balentine, MacKenzie Bartnik, Lorie Batterman, Breannah Batts, Kellie Benitez, William Bloomfield, David Bodenheimer, Carissa Bomhan, Matthew Bostic, Maylin Broome, Jordon Bruce, Chloe Bunn, Caylan Callahan, Cameron Canipe, Mark Cantu, Kyle Charron, Linda Debeauvernet, Darlene Dessaure, Roxanne Dewitt, Christopher Dimusto, Cory Dobert, Adilene Dominguez, Kylie Donovan, Joseph Downing, Jennifer Drye, Kendall Erikzon, Ivonne Erion, Blake Forrest, Bryan Furr, Shelia Garmon, David Gayazov, Pauline Griffiths, Vanessa Hamrick, Vernell Hanson, Deanna Hayhurst, Brittany Helvey, Jessica Hill, Laura Hinson, Brittney Hudson, Amica Hughes, Corbin Hyland, Valeria Jimenez, Felicia Kraus, Haley Lambert, Gicela Luna-Ramirez, Madison Matoushek, Amber Mauro, Katherine McLester, Christin Monroe, Rachel Morgan, Joshua Morrison, Courtney Newton, Victoria Nunn, Amayrani Ortiz, Shannon Overall, Chartea Peay, Sacorya Pedew, Cameron Poppiti, Donat Porter, Nathan Poulson, Jamie Ramos-Parral Biviano, Leonardo Rivas-Montoya, Haley Roop, Taylor Rose, Greyson Rowlands, Katarina Schauss, Thomas Schotter, Ke’darrius Scott, Steven Seeley, Megan Seger, Kevin Sellers, Nathaniel Shepard, Christopher Skinner, John Smitherman, Emily Straight, Danielle Swain, Brianna Swint, Agatha Talahumbu, Caleb Temple, Madison Tesh, Kelli Tesh, Joann Toughill, Haley Tubbs, Claudia Velarde, Cynthia Vera Ibarra, Victoria Waren, Delaney Williams, Tsz Yan, Tsuehai Yang; Cornelius: Dawn Cristinziani, McCaslin Pierce, Leslie Tyger, Kelsi Woodward; Davidson: Roy Tietz; Denton: Nicole Cook; East Spencer: Kim Morrow, Latosha Tulloch; Faith: Elizabeth Taylor; Fayetteville: Kaitlyn Powell; Gold Hill: Jeanie Johnson, Shari Morris, Steven Taylor; Granite Quarry: Halance Benfield, Noel Buie, Emerina Kelly, Jessica Rogers; Harrisburg: Lauren Aldrich, Julia Aldrich, Aman Al-Najjar, Logan Gibson, Susan Hornock, Roa Saleh; Huntersville: Frank Dunning, Lisa McAlexander-Jarecke, Sean Park, Payton Reed; Kannapolis: William Baucom, Osbeida Benitez, Shatisha Bennett, Joshua Billings, Megan Billingsley, Elizabeth Bunn, Richard Carroll, Dara Cauble, Marcela Chaguancalle, Jesse Cron, Esscence Dixon, Victoria Edmiston, Stephen Garza, Malikha Gayles, Sarah Grimm, Cindy Gutierrez, Jennifer Haigler, Amorsola Knemoller, Nathanael Lambert, Nacalie Leake, Brittany Lewis, Taylor Lovelace, Lakisha MacKin, Xiaolin Mao, Keima Marrow, Luis Maturano Martin, Rafia Nadeem, Erika Oglesby, Marlana Perry, Destiny Pfeiffer, Erin Power, Amanda Price, Austin Ritchie, Andrew Ruiz, Joel Sanchez, Brooke Smith, Jennifer South, Austin Stewart, Tiffany Valois, Heather Wilhoit, Robin Woodard, Baonhia Yang; Landis: James Butler, Polly Kearns, Michael Peck, Bryan Stewart; Lexington: Burnadette Cowans, Samantha Leonard; Linwood: Christa Barclay; Midland: Gabrielle Grey, Benjamin Hapeman, Alli Love; Mooresville: Matthew Ford, Kelly Hubbard, Jonathan Newman; Mount Mourne: William Davis; Mount Pleasant: Aaron Humphrey, Skye Lee, Kurtis Mathieu, Madison McGlamery, Rachel Palko, Anthony Morgan; Mount Ulla: Charles Coren, Isabella Letzo, Mary Overcash, Dana Surrratt; New London: Katara Mullette; Princeton: Brandon Jones; Richfield: Charles Rogers; Rockwell: Dylan Barnhardt, Cody Beutel, Mary Burton, David Grochoski, Olivia Moore, Mariah Morgan, Amarantha Ortiz, Adam Payne, Scarlett Perrigan, Jacob Pless, Jubal Strube, Kevin Trexler, Alexandra Worstell; Salisbury: Aunika Allen, Maitland Allman, Cydney Arey, Samuel Atwell, Ryan Barbee, Wendy Barbee, Brandon Barbee, Macey Beattie, Naykia Blakeney, Penny Bost, Sarah Bowers, Amy Brown, Kayla Carter, Erin Christner, Stephen Compton, Paul Conklin, Amanda Conte, Sabrina Contreras, Deanna Corpening, Ali Culp, Angel Davis, Monique Dupree, Meagan Edmonds, Christina Elkins, Davis Eudy, Cayce Finger, Kaylea Fuller, Tenissia Gaither, Aaron Hancock, Zach Hayes, Diana Hercules, Janett Hernandez, Matthew Holshouser, Kevin Hood, Lisa Hudgins, Desiree Huffman, Ashley Iddings, Marilyn Isner, Ferrens Jones, Molly Keck, Megan Kesler, Tammy Kimrey, Sherry Leonard, Joseph Litaker, Matthew Litaker, Zachariah Lohr, Evelyn Ly, Alena Magana, Angela Mares, Heather Meismer, Brianna Mock, Oscar Mora, Hector Mora-Romero, Jody Morgan, Aubrey Myers, Adilene Nava, April Pearman, Harli Peeler, Rebecca Raywood, Ronny Reasons, Tenika Reddick, Samantha Rife, Dakota Rios, Krishna Rittenhouse, Taylor Rogers, Melanie Roman, Christina Sanchez, Luke Seropian, Nathaniel Shorter, Truett Smith, Madison Smith, Colby Smith, Miranda Stephens, Magellan Stevenson, Brittany Swink, William Torrence, Carmen Torres, Heather Trexler, Chelsea Ware, Bryar Westveer, Virginia White, Michael Wood, Caleb Young, Adriana Zayas-Rodriguez; Spencer: Jeremi Carter, Shelia Cowan, Brittany Jones, Chandler Myers, Wendy Scott; Stanley: Amanda Shigeta; Troutman: Alyssa Woolledge; Woodleaf: Brandon Earnhardt, Isabel Hartsell.

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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Free College Tuition Available to High School Juniors and Seniors at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

Save more than $10,000 in tuition, compared to private colleges

 

 316SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s Career & College Promise (CCP) program is giving local high school juniors and seniors a chance to jumpstart their college education – tuition-free.

“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 Community College.

The Career & College Promise program allows students to simultaneously enroll in high school and college so that they can receive both high school and college credit for courses taken as part of the program.

“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.”

Currently, the program has approximately 575 traditional high school students in Rowan and Cabarrus counties taking advantage of this opportunity.

253Unlike 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.

“These students still take high school classes at their high school, but can also take college classes tuition free at Rowan-Cabarrus,” said Quillen.

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.

Many of the college transfer classes are weighted just like honors classes, making them a great alternative to Advanced Placement courses.

“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.”

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

“Students experience real college classes and ultimately feel better prepared when they enter a four-year college or university because they’re already confident in their ability to do college work,” said Quillen.

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.

For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu/ccp or call 704-216-RCCC (7222). The College is currently registering Career & College Promise students for classes for the fall term. High school students should also speak with their guidance counselor.

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Duke Energy Investment in Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Tops $1 Million

Latest grant from Duke Energy totals $50,000 for workforce development; College’s engineering and automation technology programs to benefit

 

dukeSALISBURY, N.C. — Duke Energy and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College today announced a $50,000 investment as part of Duke Energy’s 2016 workforce development grants. The latest grant from Duke Energy puts the company’s total investment in the College at over $1 million.

“We are grateful to Duke Energy for their support of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “Their continued support and significant contributions to the College over the last few years have been vital.”

Workforce and economic development is one of Duke Energy’s philanthropic investment priorities.

“Developing the region’s workforce benefits us all,” said Randy Welch, district manager, Duke Energy Carolinas. “Our investments come full circle when many of the students go on to work for area industries, and those industries then gain skilled workers trained to meet the community needs.”

The funds will enable equipment enhancements for engineering technologies programs. These enhancements include two MechLab Systems and four AB CompactLogix Programmable Logic Controllers, as well as associated supplies and software.

“A significant component of the Rowan-Cabarrus mission is tied to the economic and workforce development of our region,” Spalding said. “To keep pace with the evolution of manufacturing technologies, the College must produce appropriately skilled and educated workers to manage the increasing complexity and technical aspects of manufacturing jobs.”

The MechLab Automated Training Systems equipment will assist in learning objectives in the engineering technology programs. In conjunction with the MechLab Systems, the Programmable Logic Controllers will give students insight into one of the most significant fields of application for automation technology – production technology.

“This equipment will be used in three different degree programs at Rowan-Cabarrus: Electronics Engineering Technology, Industrial Engineering Technology and Mechanical Engineering Technology,” said Dr. Michael Quillen, vice president of academic programs. “Skills gained by training on this equipment will enable our students to gain employment in a variety of industries. Additionally, students will also be better prepared for transfer to engineering programs in the UNC System through prearranged articulation agreements.”

Today, manufacturers across the country are facing a skills gap between the technical skills their employees need and the skills they find in applicants. Rowan-Cabarrus is working diligently with manufacturers to do its part in addressing the gap that prohibits employers from filling these high-tech, high-wage jobs, and the Duke Energy grant will help the College to further that mission.

The grant was given to the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation’s Building a More Prosperous Community Major Gifts Campaign. The campaign is centered on four key initiatives that address specific needs for the College, including advanced technology, healthcare education, an outdoor learning and amphitheater space, and STEAM scholarships for students pursuing science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.

“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.

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.

For information on the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation, visit www.rccc.edu/foundation.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Invites Community to Welding Experience Open House

Hands-on, interactive event will give folks the opportunity to try their hand at virtual and real welding

 

071SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College invites anyone interested in welding to The Welding Experience at the College’s North Campus in Salisbury, an interactive open house specifically for those considering this field.

On Saturday, April 16, from 8 a.m.-12 p.m., the College will welcome the community to a hands-on crash course in virtual and live welding, as well as the lucrative and exciting career opportunities available in this field.

“This is not a drill – attendees will actually get to weld,” said Robert Simpson, program chair of welding technology at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. “Welding probably isn’t what you think, and this interactive experience can help you determine if it’s a viable career option for you.”

Welding, an in-demand, well-paying field used across a variety of industries, is a great option for someone entering the workforce or considering a new career.

“Welding doesn’t have to be a nine-to-five job – it’s done everywhere from the depths of the ocean to outer space,” said Simpson. “Careers can include work underwater; on race cars, bridges and ships; on oil rigs and farm equipment and so much more. These careers also tend to be lucrative; an experienced traveling welder can easily earn upwards of six figures.”

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median salary for welders is $37,420 per year and employment is expected to grow four percent from 2014 to 2024. The BLS also notes that skilled welders with up-to-date training should have good job opportunities.

The Welding Technology program at Rowan-Cabarrus provides students with a sound understanding of the science, technology and applications essential for successful employment in the welding and metalworking industry through use of virtual and live welding.

Virtual reality welding equipment eliminates the cost of metal used in traditional welding classes. Additionally, the device scores each weld and gives immediate feedback to the student welder. Other students can watch welds projected on a screen while the instructor teaches welding technique and theory. Each student will practice virtual welding before moving to the live welding lab.

“We are eager to get more potential students on campus. Sometimes I think we’re the best kept secret in our region and I want to change that. We’re working to spread the word and this event is a great way to get to know one aspect of Rowan-Cabarrus,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.

For more information about the Welding Experience Open House and the Welding Technology program at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu/weldingexp or call 704-216-RCCC (7222).

 

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Announces Fifth Annual Stem Open House

College invites community to interactive showcase of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math programs

 

Students from the Rowan and Cabarrus Counties attend STEM Open House at NCRC.  KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College invites people of all ages to its fifth STEM Open House at its facility on the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis.

On Thursday, April 7, from 5-8 p.m. and Friday, April 8, from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., the College will welcome the community to a fun, interactive event showcasing the College’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs.

“Almost everything we do in life has STEM applications, but not everyone realizes it,” said Dr. Carol A. Scherczinger, dean of the College’s science, biotechnology, mathematics and information technologies. “STEM subjects are very concrete. Science deals with our natural and physical world. Technology has given us the iPads, smart phones and computers we use every single day. Engineering is all about building things. Mathematics ranges from financial decisions to gaming strategies, such as playing pool or engaging in games of logic.”

STEM 2The College will have dozens of interactive exhibits for children and adults of all ages to dazzle the senses and stir curiosity for all things STEM! The community will have the opportunity to make their own rocket, participate in “Zombies: Fact or Fiction,” and even engage in activities involving 3D printing and forensic recovery.

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

The College wants children and adults of all ages to attend with their parents. The exhibits will be extremely diverse – everything from “Infected” where folks will exchange fluids in test tubes to see who gets infected and how fast it can spread to growing an ear in lab dishes and how to develop videogames to race cars and fire trucks.

“Holding this event at our building on the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) makes a lot of sense. Our NCRC building is the home of our biotechnology and nursing programs – two of our most STEM intensive curriculum,” said Spalding.

Surrounding public and private schools are busing in students on Friday for the occasion.

“The target audience for this open house is broader than it has been for open houses of the past. In addition to driving more traditional-aged prospective students, we also want younger children (elementary- and middle-school-aged) to participate with their parents,” said Scherczinger.

STEM 3Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s STEM Open House will be one of the many events occurring as part of the NC Science Festival taking place from April 8-24. Given that STEM is an important focus for Rowan-Cabarrus, the College has committed to play a large role in the NC Science Festival. Activities will focus on engaging the younger generation in science. Events across the state are designed to bring science to life for students and their parents.

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.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Unveils New Face of North Campus from I-85

 

Newly renovated Health and Sciences Building addition: final 2010 Rowan County bond projects complete

 

Board Tour 1.25.16-6 SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is proud to unveil a new face for the College’s North Campus in Salisbury.

Thanks to completing nearly all of construction projects on North Campus, including the final renovations to the Health and Sciences Building (Building 600) which faces Interstate 85, the College has a fresh new view to welcome visitors and community members alike.

“We are excited to bring a new face to the College’s North Campus. From I-85, you are beginning to see a new and welcoming ‘front door’ to Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and our community,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.

The building opened this spring for classes, and the College’s board of trustees had the opportunity to tour of the newly renovated Health and Sciences Building.

“We welcome the community to the North Campus. We are the community’s college and we believe you will be pleasantly surprised by the renovations and the improvements we have been able to make,” said Spalding.

Rowan-Cabarrus will hold a grand opening celebration of the newly renovated Health and Sciences Building on Thursday, March 31, 2016, from 4-7 p.m. The grand opening event is open to the community and potential students and their parents are invited to attend.

Board Tour 1.25.16-3The renovations and the addition to Building 600 are the last of the projects from the 2010 Rowan County bond referendum to be completed. The $12.3 million bond supported the creation of the new Fire & Emergency Services Training Facility, and renovations to the North Campus, including bringing the College’s facilities up-to-date with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements.

The addition to Building 600, the only expansion and additional square footage gained by the projects, was funded by a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA). The 30,000 square foot addition provided new classrooms and labs.

Building 600 is home to a newly renovated and improved Dental Assisting program that has received updated equipment and furniture. Their lab is a functional client training facility that looks very similar to what graduates will find in the industry. The College’s Radiography program is also located in Building 600 and has seen significant renovations and equipment updates in the last few years.

In addition, the College has two more health programs: Occupational Therapist Assistant (OTA) and Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA). New program development is critically important for community colleges. However, the current funding structure does not support program development, so it often requires careful planning and implementation.

“Community colleges strive to meet the needs of the community and forecast what careers will be available locally in the next five to ten years,” said Spalding.

Occupational therapy assistants help patients develop, recover, and improve the skills needed for daily living and working. Occupational therapy assistants are directly involved in providing therapy to patients; occupational therapy aides typically perform support activities. Physical therapist assistants help patients who are recovering from injuries and illnesses regain movement and manage pain, while assisting patients with specific exercises as part of a plan of care.

Both fields have very promising job outlooks, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“We have been very purposeful and diligent with the $12 million provided in the 2010 Rowan County bond referendum. We took adequate time to raise additional funds and to strategically plan for the future,” said Spalding. “We have gained critical space for instruction and the expansion of new health programs.”

As part of the renovations, the College also took the former administration building, Building 300, and turned it largely into newly refurbished classrooms with smart technology.

Board Tour 1.25.16-10“The technology in our new classrooms is doing just what we hoped it would do – get out of the way and make it easier for our students to learn. We’re getting a lot of positive feedback from instructors and students,” said Ken Ingle, the College’s chief information officer.

The College’s board was pleased to tour the facilities and see local taxpayer dollars at work.

“I am thrilled to have the Rowan County bond projects complete. The College has put the funds to great use. Our students, many whom are alumni now, were very passionate about this $12 million bond, and took it upon themselves to advocate on behalf of the College to their families, friends and neighbors,” said Carl M. Short, chair of the Rowan-Cabarrus Board of Trustees. “Their efforts were so impressive that the North Carolina Community College System awarded them the Top ‘C’ award for excellent student leadership and involvement. I think we have made them and the community proud for what the College has been able to create.”

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. The College also hopes that the community will come out for the grand opening celebration of the newly renovated Health Sciences Building on Thursday, March 31, 2016, from 4-7 p.m.

 

 

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Students Receive Scholarships from State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU)

Rhonda Horton and Abigail Russell awarded $5,000 scholarships for leadership, excellence of character, integrity and community involvement

 

Credit Union scholarshipKANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is proud to announce two students who have been honored with the State Employees’ Credit Union “People Helping People” scholarship.

The State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) Foundation provides two $5,000 scholarships annually to each of the 58 North Carolina community colleges.

Recipients for both scholarships are selected by the individual college’s scholarship committees. Selections are based on a student’s embodiment of the credit union’s “People Helping People” philosophy demonstrated through leadership, excellence of character, integrity and community involvement, along with an overall grade point average of 2.5 or higher.

“Congratulations to both Rhonda Horton and Abigail Russell! We are confident that this scholarship will help them continue to achieve and demonstrate the remarkable qualities that earned them this award,” said Natasha Lipscomb, director of student life & leadership development for the College.

Rhonda Horton of Cabarrus County is pursuing an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Medical Office Administration. She put her education on hold to care for the needs of her disabled children. Having her own health and economic struggles, Rhonda wants to impact others who may have lost hope due to unforeseen circumstances.

“My passion is in basic skills education. I want to be able to have the greatest impact on those who have lost hope in themselves,” said Horton. The State Employees’ Credit Union Scholarship provides financial freedom, which allows me to improve my life and give back to others.”

Abigail Russell of Rowan County is currently pursuing an Associate in General Education, with plans to pursue her Associate Degree in Nursing. She is a member of junior Civitans, is actively involved with her church and has a passion for volunteering.

“This scholarship has allowed me to continue my education while advancing my lifelong goal of becoming a nurse,” said Russell.

Recipients can use the scholarship funds for tuition, books, fees, course supplies and transportation.

“Thank you to the State Employees’ Credit Union for their commitment to Rowan-Cabarrus and our students,” said Carl M. Short, chair of the Rowan-Cabarrus Board of Trustees. “The price of education continues to climb across the country and I am pleased that the State Employees’ Credit Union is committed to helping students achieve their goals.”

For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu or call 704-216-RCCC (7222). Those interested in applying for scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year can visit www.rccc.edu/scholarships.

 

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