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Successful Author to Teach Aspiring Writers at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

Class taught by Melinda Metz, author of more than fifty books

SALISBURY, N.C. — Popular book series like Harry Potter and Twilight started a young adult fiction craze – or a revival, as some might say.

And now we see comic books flooding the big screen and young adult books like Hunger Games, Divergent and Vampire Academy sweeping the box offices.

Starting August 12, aspiring writers can take a two-week personal enrichment course at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College o learn about the basics of writing fiction along with priceless techniques from an immensely successful author in the College’s Basics of Writing Fiction class. A second class will begin September 12.

Melinda Metz, author of more than fifty books ranging from teens to middle grade readers, will teach local aspiring writers how to turn their story idea into a real work of fiction.

Metz knows success firsthand. Her young adult book series Roswell High was turned into the TV show Roswell. In addition to writing for Roswell, she also wrote for the TV show 1-800-Missing.

“Lots of people have grand ideas for books – the trick is to be able to build the story into a book and actually keep the story going,” said Metz.

The course is not just geared at those writing for a young adult audience. Before becoming a writer, Melinda spent ten years as an editor, working on all kinds of fiction, for both children and adults.

“Some people say, write what you know. I say, write what you like to read. I certainly don’t ‘know’ vampires, but I like to read about them, so I write about them!” said Metz.

In two-hour classes, students will write and explore their story ideas with a variety of exercises and writing prompts.

“Working on writing prompts allows you to learn new techniques. Even if I’m not writing about something that I can use, it always helps me to feel more creative and I can put that to use with what I’m actually working on.”

By editing work for a number of years, and writing for both print and TV, Metz has a wealth of experience and expertise that can help local writers. As an editor for R.L. Stine’s popular Fear Street series, for instance, Metz learned the ins and outs of helping authors create their best work.

“The best advice I can give is to read a lot. Take note of how the author strings the story together and develops the plot,” said Metz. “How do they convey emotion? What makes up the best action scenes?”

Metz has lived in the area for the last nine years and currently resides in Concord. She will share her best insider tips on how to write based on what you enjoy reading, how to make your ideas into a whole book and the best way to experiment with different genres.

“I didn’t start writing until I was 35. I had it in my head that writers were special, even though I knew a lot of writers. If I can help anybody get there sooner, I’d love to do that,” Metz shared. “Writing is not magical, it has to be learned!”

Metz is currently working on a young adult thriller for St. Martin’s called Sanctuary Bay due out spring 2015. She’s also working on a series of short mysteries for third and fourth graders.

Classes are offered on North Campus in Salisbury and the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis. For more information, please visit www.rccc.edu/writing or call 704-216-RCCC (7222).

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“Should I Become a Nurse Aide?” – Weekly Workshops for Job Seekers

College provides free programs for the unemployed or under-employed

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — R3 Career Services is offering numerous career development workshops, resume clinics in August for adults in Rowan and Cabarrus counties. Workshops and clinics are provided free-of-charge.

The R3 Center will offer an exciting healthcare workshop throughout August.

“Healthcare occupations are on the rise, but is it right field for you?” said Keri Allman, director of R3 Career Services
. “‘Should I Become a Nurse Aide?’ is designed to help individuals explore this career field. At this workshop, you will hear occupational information and learn the about training leading to certification.”

The “Should I Become a Nurse Aide?” workshop will be held on Wednesdays in August at 2 p.m. at the College’s R3 Center in Kannapolis.

Services include individual career coaching, career building and job seeking workshops, Employability Labs where clients can utilize a computer lab for their work search, classes designed for quick skill building and Career Readiness Certification. Services are now available in both Rowan and Cabarrus counties.

R3’s mission is built on three Rs – a refocus on individual skills and interests, retraining and further education, and partnering with other workforce development agencies to secure career-oriented re-employment.

New Client Launch is an orientation workshop for persons who have never attended an R3 workshop or taken advantage of its other services. New Client Launch appointments are available Monday-Friday and can be made by calling 704-216-7201.

The calendar also includes the following workshops held at the R3 Career Center in Kannapolis:

* Stand Out from the Competition – Tuesdays at 1 p.m.

* Interview Techniques – Tuesdays at 9 a.m.

* Refocus Your Career Options – Thursdays at 11 a.m.

* Looking for Work at 50+ – August 14 at 9 a.m. and August 28 at 1 p.m.

* Looking for Work with a Criminal Record – August 21 at 9 a.m.

* Letter Writing for the Job Seeker –August 14 at 1 p.m.

* Online Job Hunting Beginners – August 7 and 21 at 1 p.m.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Offers Innovative Friday-Only Degree Option

Only 64 Fridays stand between students and an Associate in Arts degree!

SALISBURY, N.C. — Earlier this year, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College tried something new. In order to better serve students, the College piloted a non-traditional way for students to achieve their educational goals.

The College organized compelling course offerings into a schedule that will allow students to only come to campus on Fridays to earn a degree. In fact, students have the potential to earn an Associate in Arts (A.A.), a two-year degree equipped to transfer to any of the four-year state universities, in as little as 64 Fridays.

“Through conversations with students and local employers, we found that employers might not be able or willing to adjust their employees’ schedules to take off multiple days or time periods each week to go to school. However, the idea of adjusting schedules to allow for a single free day is more appealing to employers and employees alike,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus.

Most of the classes are set up in a hybrid format which allows students to do some work independently at their convenience outside of the classroom on the computer via Blackboard, and optimizes their time on campus. The schedule also provides some offerings exclusively online.

“Judging from the courses’ popularity, our students find that hybrid options provide the best of both worlds,” said Dr. Rod Townley, vice president of academic programs. “You still get the face-to-face interaction that helps many students fully learn, but students don’t waste unnecessary time on campus doing assignments, lectures or readings simply while sitting next to their peers. Students can adjust their busy schedules to do this work when it is most convenient for them.”

These Friday-only classes are available at both North and South Campuses and online.

“Classes essentially meet every other Friday,” said Townley. “The schedule is designed so that one has a full schedule on Fridays throughout the sixteen-week semester. One Friday a student will have one set of classes, and the next Friday will offer another set of classes.”

Fall classes begin Monday, August 18, 2014. Registration is now underway and ongoing through Wednesday, August 13, 2014.

Hosting day, evening, weekend and online classes, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College provides a strong foundation and transferable credits for students advancing to four-year colleges and helps adults get the additional training they need to start, change or advance careers. From the 18 year-old high school graduate looking for an economical solution for their first two years of college to the adult pursuing GED completion courses or English-as-a-Second-Language classes – Rowan-Cabarrus has it all.

“We are doing our very best to bring education to the students. It’s our ‘meet them where they are philosophy,’” said Spalding. “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 several degrees entirely online. It’s why the GED classes are offered morning, afternoon, evening, online and at multiple locations across the College’s service area.”

Rowan-Cabarrus is an affordable option with credits costing only $72 per credit hour – meaning that a semester’s worth of tuition could cost around $1,000. Enrolling at Rowan-Cabarrus has never been easier; students may apply online at www.rccc.edu/apply2014. Registration is also online, however, the College provides on-campus support sessions to assist with the process (www.rccc.edu/registrationsupport). Rowan-Cabarrus urges prospective students to complete the application process now.

Additionally, financial aid assistance through the federal government takes time to process, so prospective students should act as soon as possible if they’re planning to utilize this assistance. For complete details, see the Rowan-Cabarrus website at www.rccc.edu/recordsregistration/ or stop in to the College’s one stop center, Navigation Station.

For more information about the Friday A.A. degree program at Rowan-Cabarrus, including a sample schedule, please visit www.rccc.edu/friday or call 704-216-RCCC (7222). The College is currently registering students for fall classes; classes begin Aug. 18.

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Successful Author to Teach Aspiring Writers

Class taught by Melinda Metz, author of more than fifty books

SALISBURY, N.C. — Popular book series like Harry Potter and Twilight started a young adult fiction craze – or a revival, as some might say.

And now we see comic books flooding the big screen and young adult books like Hunger Games, Divergent and Vampire Academy sweeping the box offices.

Melinda Metz, author of more than fifty books ranging from teens to middle grade readers, will teach local aspiring writers how to turn their story idea into a real work of fiction.

Metz knows success firsthand. Her young adult book series Roswell High was turned into the TV show Roswell. In addition to writing for Roswell, she also wrote for the TV show 1-800-Missing.

“Lots of people have grand ideas for books – the trick is to be able to build the story into a book and actually keep the story going,” said Metz.

The course is not just geared at those writing for a young adult audience. Before becoming a writer, Melinda spent ten years as an editor, working on all kinds of fiction, for both children and adults.

“Some people say, write what you know. I say, write what you like to read. I certainly don’t ‘know’ vampires, but I like to read about them, so I write about them!” said Metz.

Starting August 12, aspiring writers can learn about the basics of writing fiction along with priceless techniques from an immensely successful author in the College’s Basics of Writing Fiction class. A second class will begin September 12.

Metz worries that some people with story ideas might try to get an agent too quickly.

“In my experience, you need to write the best thing you can before you start reaching out to agents,” said Metz. “Honestly, you don’t get too many chances to get your work in front of people and if you blow those chances early on, you could miss out on opportunities.”

In two-hour classes, students will write and explore their story ideas with a variety of exercises and writing prompts.

“Working on writing prompts allows you to learn new techniques. Even if I’m not writing about something that I can use, it always helps me to feel more creative and I can put that to use with what I’m actually working on.”

By editing work for a number of years, and writing for both print and TV, Metz has a wealth of experience and expertise that can help local writers. As an editor for R.L. Stine’s popular Fear Street series, for instance, Metz learned the ins and outs of helping authors create their best work.

“The best advice I can give is to read a lot. Take note of how the author strings the story together and develops the plot,” said Metz. “How do they convey emotion? What makes up the best action scenes?”

Metz has lived in the area for the last nine years and currently resides in Concord. She will share her best insider tips on how to write based on what you enjoy reading, how to make your ideas into a whole book and the best way to experiment with different genres.

“I didn’t start writing until I was 35. I had it in my head that writers were special, even though I knew a lot of writers. If I can help anybody get there sooner, I’d love to do that,” Metz shared. “Writing is not magical, it has to be learned!”

Metz is currently working on a young adult thriller for St. Martin’s called Sanctuary Bay due out spring 2015. She’s also working on a series of short mysteries for third and fourth graders.

Classes are offered on North Campus in Salisbury and the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis. For more information, please visit www.rccc.edu/writing or call 704-216-RCCC (7222).

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Rowan-Cabarrus Graduate Turned Entrepreneur Owns Successful Salon

College’s successful cosmetology program to move to Kannapolis

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KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — When Lori DiDonato moved to the area in 1999, she was tired of corporate America. She was looking for something new – something exciting and challenging. She chose the cosmetology program at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.

Today, Lori owns Untangled Salon, a successful salon in Cornelius. As a single mom and new entrepreneur, she committed herself and her family – and her retirement – to the salon.

“I think the College is fantastic and has one of the best programs for cosmetology. They have the right people in the right places to prepare you for the industry,” said DiDonato.

But it doesn’t come easy.

“You still have to be willing to work hard. You must stay up on the latest and greatest in the industry and take the time to make your goals happen. It certainly doesn’t come easy – it’s hard work. But it’s so rewarding,” said DiDonato. “At Untangled Salon, we work together as a team, to not only meet your expectations but also to exceed them. I personally believe this business model keeps our clients happy and keeps our team inspired and passionate about taking care of you – the reason we do what we do.”

Each team member is an employee of Untangled Salon, not a booth renter or commissioned sub-contractor. This virtually eliminates the competition between stylists. By working in this type of structured environment, Untangled Salon’s team members are able to draw from each other’s experience, expertise and creativity.

“This is not how most salons are run,” said DiDonato. “Life is stressful enough. When our clients come in, we want them to relax, enjoy a beverage and put their feet up – not worry about in-fighting between the stylists.”

The College’s cosmetology program is one of the largest and most successful in the state. Beginning next summer, beauty finds a new home as the College relocates the cosmetology program to downtown Kannapolis.

“I definitely hire Rowan-Cabarrus graduates. If I see a resume from a Rowan-Cabarrus graduate, I look at them first,” said DiDonato. Read More »

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s Sucessful Cosmetology Program to Move to Kannapolis

Cabarrus County & City of Kannapolis provide economic development grants for the project

 

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Beginning next summer, beauty finds a new home. Rowan-Cabarrus Community College will relocate their cosmetology program to downtown Kannapolis.

The College’s cosmetology program is one of the largest and most successful in the state, and with the current facility’s lease expiring soon, the College began looking for a larger space.

To assist with this effort, Rowan-Cabarrus has received $1.5 million from Cabarrus County to relocate the program, as well as an additional $150,000 economic development grant from the City of Kannapolis.

The College’s board of trustees approved a resolution in February asking the county for the funds to renovate a facility for its cosmetology and related programs and relocate them from Cloverleaf Plaza in Kannapolis. In May, the College’s board of trustees heard from Kannapolis Mayor Darrell Hinnant about the city’s commitment to help relocate the program to downtown Kannapolis, which would bring 250-300 people, including the clients the cosmetology program serves, to the area each day.

“We’ve been looking for a new home for this program for a number of years,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College president. “We want to retain the store front operation as part of the realistic job experience for students.”

“We have one goal in mind, and that’s to make our community better. The secret of reinvigorating downtown is having more people downtown,” said Kannapolis Mayor Darrell Hinnant.

“We’re excited about this. We are working hard on economic development,” said Hinnant. “

“We believe this is the first time a city has contributed to a community college capital project,” said Spalding. “We are very grateful for support from the City of Kannapolis. Unlike the county, they’re not required to support us. This may be a first-of-its-kind economic development collaboration.”

Currently housed in three different storefronts of Cloverleaf Plaza, the College’s certified nursing assistant and EMT programs, as well as its extension center, will also move to the new Kannapolis location.

The new location, which was previously a Belk and a towel store, will provide 28,000 square feet for the relocation project.

The existing facility used for the cosmetology program and related associate degree, diploma and certificate programs serves more than 700 community college and Cabarrus County high school students and does not provide adequate instructional and lab space which restricts growth of these programs.

Having a consolidated facility will be less expensive to operate and will create a safer and more secure environment. The College will begin renovations as soon as possible and will move the program in May 2015. The College has signed a 20-year lease.

“I fully support Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, and I believe that the relocation of the cosmetology program will afford training opportunities that will stimulate the economy in Cabarrus County,” said Stephen Morris,
Cabarrus County commissioner and trustee on the Rowan-Cabarrus board. “It’s a win-win-win for everyone.”

“Not only will we get a nice new facility, but we’ll also receive better rates on the lease through this new arrangement with Castle & Cooke,” said Spalding. “We also feel this is an opportunity to reinvigorate a very charming downtown.”

The College has several funding sources for the project that comes to a little over $2 million.

“We have one goal: to provide opportunities to grow – for our citizens, for Rowan-Cabarrus students. We stand ready to hit the ground running,” said Lynne Scott Safrit, president and chief operating officer of Castle & Cooke. “While it’s not life sciences or the nutrition focus that we see on much of the research campus, it helps put people to work. The graduates of the cosmetology program are entrepreneurs, by and large.”

The Rowan-Cabarrus cosmetology program offers associate degrees, diplomas and certificates.

“We teach everything there is to teach about beauty,” said Wanda Pressley-Altman, chair of the program, including instruction on all things hair, skin and nails. “We also teach introduction to small business management and sociology to round out the degree.” Read More »

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Tom Bost Reappointed as Trustee on Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board

Businessman and community leader brings extensive leadership experience to the board

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — The Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees protom-bost-236x300udly announced the reappointment of J. Thomas Bost of Granite Quarry, N.C., to the College’s board. Bost was recently reappointed by the Rowan-Salisbury Schools Board to serve on the board through 2018.

“I am so pleased to get to continue to work with Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. It’s been a real honor to be appointed to sit on the board and I appreciate the opportunity to continue giving back to the community and challenging myself in new areas,” said Bost.

Bost has served as a Rowan-Cabarrus trustee since December 1997. His new term will expire in June 2018. He chairs the board’s finance committee and serves on the personnel committee.

Bost is the chief financial officer of Jim L. Bost Construction Co. Inc., and the Bost Real Estate Development Co.

“I see education as a springboard for our youth, as well as for those who are looking for a career change or the next step in their future,” said Bost.

Bost also serves as vice president of construction for Habitat for Humanity and as past chair of the Rowan Public Library Foundation. He is active with the RJI/Committee of 100, and the Salisbury Rotary Club. He has served as chairman of the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce, secretary of the Salisbury-Rowan Economic Development Commission and chairman of the Rowan Public Library board of directors.

Bost is a graduate of East Carolina University. He is a past master of the Keller Memorial Masonic Lodge in Rockwell, N.C., and a former member of the Rockwell Elementary School and East Rowan High School advisory boards.

Rowan-Cabarrus Board of Trustees’ members 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 Tom staying on our board. He has been a wealth of expertise and has provided enormous insight to the work of the College,’” said Carl M. Short, chair of the Rowan-Cabarrus Board of Trustees.

Appointments to the Board of Trustees are liaisons to the pubic of the entire service area and not 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. They are to carry out those responsibilities 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 been involved extensively in our community, and work well together to help create the future of the College and our community,” said Dr. Carol Spalding, Rowan-Cabarrus president.

Bost and his wife, the former Rochelle Leonard, are members of the First Presbyterian Church in Salisbury, where he serves as an elder. He has five daughters, Lindsay, Anna, Allison, Brittain and Brooke.

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 Students Recognize with Top Honors at National Conference

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

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

Three students from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College attended the conference – out of 2,000 of America’s best and brightest college students – bringing home national awards.

Allan Surratt, one of the Rowan-Cabarrus students who attended the conference, received national recognition at the PBL Awards of Excellence. Surratt competed in the Cost Accounting category and brought home eighth place. Surratt competed against major university students, including Oklahoma State University, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and Bloomsburg University.

Cost accounting is a process of collecting, analyzing, summarizing and evaluating various alternative courses of action. Its goal is to advise the management on the most appropriate course of action based on the cost efficiency and capability.

“I am extremely proud of the accomplishments of these students and would encourage all Rowan-Cabarrus students to consider being part of the school’s PBL organization and compete in state and national competitive events,” said Robin Turner, chair of the accounting program. “Competing against four-year seniors from universities and finishing in the national top ten is a major achievement by our students.”

Another Rowan-Cabarrus student, Angela Lore received national recognition at the PBL Awards of Excellence in the national Word Processing competition. Lore brought home a seventh place award, placing above many four-year college students, including Crowder College and Lake Region State College.

A high level of word processing skill is a necessity for employees in productive offices. This competition recognizes PBL members who have demonstrated that they have acquired word processing proficiency beyond the entry level.

The awards were part of a comprehensive national competitive events program sponsored by FBLA-PBL that recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. For many students, the competitive events are the capstone activity of their Rowan-Cabarrus Community College academic careers. In addition to the competitions, students immersed themselves in educational workshops, visited an information-packed exhibit hall, and attended motivational keynotes on a broad range of business topics. Read More »

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Duke Energy awards $247,453 to Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

SALISBURY, N.C. – Duke Energy and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College today announced a $247,453 investment from the Duke Energy Foundation. The funds will be used to integrate virtual reality welding into traditional welding curriculum to enhance the quality, quantity and efficiency of training – ultimately increasing the number of welders entering the field.

Virtual reality welding equipment eliminates the cost of the 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 in the lab.

“We are grateful to Duke Energy for their support of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. Their continued support has been vital,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus.

“Our resources from the state have continued to decline year after year,” continued Spalding. “Like many public organizations, we are looking to diversify our funding streams. Without continued investment in advanced technology and manufacturing, we cannot hope to compete. Industries are attracted to areas by the promise of a trained or trainable workforce – if we don’t have cutting edge advanced technology training and equipment, we cannot hope to develop a more prosperous region.”

With the new virtual reality welding equipment, the College’s Welding Technology program will pilot a mobile welding lab at a Cabarrus County high school. If this on-site program with the virtual reality welding equipment is successful, we will expand the program to additional schools in Rowan and Cabarrus counties.

“The long term goal of this project is to provide increased access to advanced welding training. Traditional welding training has high material and electric costs. This project will enhance the College’s ability to reduce these costs and align with institutional efforts to be a sustainable campus,” said Spalding.

A key component of the grant is the partnership with local high schools. Rowan-Cabarrus offers high school students tuition-free courses for college credit through the Career & College Promise program. Career & College Promise 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.

“This tuition-free program for high school juniors and seniors gives them the opportunity to get a ‘jump start’ on a two-year or four-year degree while still in high school,” said Dr. Rod Townley, vice president of the College’s academic programs.

Rowan-Cabarrus offers options for students to get a head start in careers like fire protection, criminal justice, machining, web technologies, welding and more. In addition the College offers college transfer and general education classes as part of the Career & College Promise program.

“It’s been a pleasure to work with Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. We look forward to continuing our relationship and working in partnership to make a difference in our community,” said Randy Welch, district manager, Duke Energy Carolinas. “This is the fourth grant from our Community College Grant Program that Rowan-Cabarrus has received. Glad to see these funds are being used locally to make a difference.” Read More »

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College Provides Affordable and Accesible Healthcare Training

High value Nurse Aide I course passes over 92 percent to train high-demand nursing aides

SALISBURY, N.C. — Nurse aide jobs are some of the most plentiful in the medical industry. The need for qualified nursing staff is something that every medical office, hospital, nursing home and even home nursing organization experiences every day.

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is proud to offer the most affordable option for this training – the closest competition is almost twice as expensive.

“Nurse aides – known as certified nursing assistants in some states – work in every skilled nursing facility, including every unit in the hospital like the ER, obstetrics and cardiac,” said Claude Lingle, director of health occupations, and former director of nursing for two different long-term care facilities.

Students taking Nurse Aide I are very successful – the College’s Nurse Aide I pass rate is 92 percent, while the statewide pass rate is only 71 percent.

“We also offer classes frequently and at many different times. At any given point, you could register for one of several classes – offered on different days of the week, morning, afternoon and evening,” said Lingle.

Not only is nurse aide certification a prerequisite for nursing school admission, it also provides a way for students to work in the healthcare field and pay for college.

“You’ll find that you have a wide range of choices when it comes to applying for nurse aide jobs – it is desirable employment with many jobs offering health benefits,” said Lingle.

The College is also offering a new workshop for anyone who has considered becoming a nurse aide.

“Healthcare occupations are on the rise, but is it the right field for you?” said Keri Allman, director of R3 Career Services. “‘Should I Become a Nurse Aide?’ is designed to help individuals explore this career field. At this workshop, you will hear occupational information and learn the about training leading to certification.”

The “Should I Become a Nurse Aide?” workshop will be held on Thursday, June 26 at 2:30 p.m. at the College’s R3 Center in Kannapolis.

The Nurse Aide I program is designed to teach fundamental skills required of healthcare professionals. The length of the program is approximately 139 hours (16 weeks). After successful completion of this program, students are eligible to take the N.C. Division of Health Service Regulation Nurse Aide Registry Exam. The registry listing is required to be employed by hospitals, long-term facilities, and home health agencies.

Nurse Aide I is a prerequisite for the Nurse Aide II program, Practical Nursing program and Associate Degree Nursing program. Classes are taught days and evenings at North Campus and Cloverleaf locations.

The College also offers a short “refresher” class for those who were previously listed in NC or any other state. Additionally, Rowan-Cabarrus offers several other training courses in areas such as mammography, IV therapy and phlebotomy.

Scholarships are available for those that qualify. For more information about the nurse aide classes, please call 704-216-7201, or visit www.rccc.edu/nurseaide.

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