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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College News

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Receives Generous Donation from Novant Health

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Quality Jobs Available to Graduates of New Manufacturing Training Program

No manufacturing experience required; fastest growing industry in the area offers good jobs with emphasis on critical thinking and teamwork

 

RCCC Oct 19 - 099CONCORD, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is proud to announce the recent graduation of the third class of Certified Production Technicians. Graduates with little-to-no manufacturing experience are securing employment through this no-cost eight-week training program.

The seven graduates of this rigorous training program have transformed themselves into career-ready manufacturing pros in just eight short weeks. As part of the North Carolina Manufacturing Institute initiative they have gained knowledge and skills in safety, quality assurance, manufacturing processes and maintenance awareness.

Those who haven’t considered manufacturing as viable career option or those with no experience in the field should not be deterred from pursuing the program.

“This program is for anyone who wants a quality job – it doesn’t matter what your background is, it matters what your future is,” said Craig Lamb, vice president of corporate and continuing education at Rowan-Cabarrus.

At this point, four of the seven graduates have accepted offers of employment, with others waiting to hear back after completing the final round of the interview process. In total, 22 of the program’s 27 graduates have secured full-time employment.

“I will take all the advice given to me and apply it every day,” said graduate Stephanie Proctor, now employed by Agility Fuel Systems. “I am a much better and more intelligent person and employee because of this experience.”

Even accounting for the recent layoffs at Freightliner, no industry in this area is creating jobs in larger numbers and growing faster than manufacturing. Local manufacturers like Perdue Foods, S&D Coffee and Agility Fuel Systems have partnered with the Rowan and Cabarrus chambers of commerce and economic development leaders and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College to build a training program designed to prepare applicants for jobs in the high-tech and growing field of manufacturing.

“Manufacturing jobs are among the fastest growing in the nation. In fact, 13.7 percent of private-sector jobs are in manufacturing,” said Robert Van Geons, executive director for RowanWORKS, Economic Development. “These are also well-paying jobs with benefits, with an average annual salary of $68,887.”

The growth and popularity of these clean, high-tech jobs has led to a high demand for a qualified workforce. Selected participants enroll in the program for free, thanks to support from local manufacturers.

“Our scholarship fund, financed by local employers, ensures that we can offer this training at no cost to the individual. They also plan to hire many of the graduates,” said Lamb. “Individuals train 20 hours per week for a total of eight weeks. Upon completion, they are qualified for 90 percent of manufacturing jobs in our area.”

RCCC Oct 19 - 140Hiring managers from the North Carolina Manufacturing Institute partner companies are given the graduates’ resumes and are invited to the college campus to meet the graduates for a preliminary interview to kick-off their search for employment. Follow-up interviews and offers are often a direct result of this event.

The third class of graduates includes:

  • Steve Brewer,
  • Angela Buchanan,
  • Brian Matheny,
  • West Odell,
  • Stephanie Proctor,
  • Liz Severt, and
  • Wendy Vandevere.

“These four women and three men are outstanding and all will be dependable, reliable, and exemplary employees,” said Mark Seifel, instructor for the class with over 30 years of manufacturing and business experience. “I admire them for their punctuality, dedication for the full eight-week training period, and their teamwork. They all challenged, helped and supported each other when preparing for the four individual Manufacturing Skill Standards Council assessments that they were required to pass in order to become a fully certified production technician.”

The fourth class is currently underway, but the next eight-week training program begins in February. Anyone interested in the training program is required to attend an orientation or Discovery Session. The next Discovery Sessions will be held on Tuesday, January 26, at 5:30 p.m. on the College’s North Campus in Salisbury (Room 4126), on Tuesday, February 2, at 9 a.m. at the College’s Cabarrus Business and Technology Center (CBTC) in Concord (Room 9281), and on Monday, February 8, at 2 p.m. at NCWorks Career Center in Salisbury (1904 S. Main St.). Get details, including how to register for the sessions at www.ncmanufacturinginstitute.com.

The Certified Production Technician program is part of a larger effort called the North Carolina Manufacturing Institute, which aims to build a clear and achievable pathway for people to acquire skills in order to access good manufacturing jobs in our local community, as it is specifically designed to link and leverage the existing assets of Rowan and Cabarrus counties to solve a growing gap between regional job seekers and available positions.

The initiative was conceived during meetings with leaders from Rowan and Cabarrus counties from both chambers of commerce, economic development authorities, the Centralina Workforce Development Board and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.

 

 

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College to Offer Truck Driver Training Program

Program will prepare students for lucrative careers in an in-demand field

 

SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College recently announced a new truck driving training program to be offered at the College in early 2016.

“We are so excited to announce this new program,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.

“This program, a direct response to the high demand employers are seeing for skilled applicants, is going to prepare folks for employment in the industry both locally and nationally.”
Consisting of extensive classroom instruction as well as range and road driving, the program will prepare students for the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) final test, which will be administered at the conclusion of the course. Rowan-Cabarrus is offering this program in partnership with Caldwell Community College.

“According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, median pay for truck drivers is $38,200 per year. In talking with employers I have learned that drivers with experience can earn upwards of $50,000,” said Jake Rhodes, instructor for the course. “The Bureau of Labor Statistics also indicates that employment for truck drivers is expected to grow 11 percent from 2012 to 2022. These are well-paying in-demand jobs!”

The jobs are offering more luxuries than ever before as well.

“According to a recent analysis by the American Trucking Associations, the shortage of truck drivers has grown to a whopping 48,000 and could expand further due to industry growth and a retiring workforce. In an effort to attract new talent, we are seeing trucks with great amenities like flat-screen televisions, satellite radio, and refrigerators. Companies are offering comprehensive benefit packages and some are even allowing pets and spouses to travel – easing the burden of being away from home,” said Rhodes.

The program at Rowan-Cabarrus will cover proper driving procedures, safe driver responsibility, commercial motor vehicle laws and regulations, and the basic principles and practices for operating commercial vehicles. The coursework includes motor vehicle laws and regulations, map reading, vehicle maintenance, safety procedures, daily logs, defensive driving, and freight handling.

“As a local employer, I can attest to the demand for this kind of training,” said Chip Wildman, director of human resources at Concrete Supply Co. “We are looking to fill positions but can’t find trained, skilled applicants.”

The training program is set to run February 15 – April 19, 2016. The next information session to learn more is being held Thursday, January 14, 2016 from 10 am. – 12 p.m. at the West Avenue Center in Kannapolis. A mandatory orientation will be held on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 from 10 am. – 12 p.m. p.m. at the College’s West Avenue Center Campus in Kannapolis.

Visit www.rccc.edu/corporate/truck-driver-training today to fill out an interest form. For more information on the program, contact Tashina Mahatha at 704-216-7142 or tashina.mahatha@rccc.edu.

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Become a Yogi or Learn Sign Language at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

Rowan-Cabarrus Offers New Personal Enrichment Classes for 2016

 

SALISBURY, N.C. — Fulfill your new year’s resolutions with new personal enrichment classes at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. The College has sign language and conversational Spanish classes, a variety of exercise classes and much more for the communities of Rowan and Cabarrus! Bring your friends and join in on the fun!  

“Make 2016 your best year yet,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “Take the health plunge you have been contemplating or finally learn Spanish – or both!”

To register for the following classes, please call 704-216-7222 (select option 5 and then option 2) or you can now register online for most classes – just go to www.rccc.edu, select WebAdvisor at the top of the page, click “Students,” then “Register and pay for Continuing Education Classes.”

Please visit http://www.rccc.edu/enrichment/ for additional information and to voice your thoughts on other classes you’d like to see offered.

Total Body Conditioning (6 weeks)

Are you ready to feel the burn? This class gives you the opportunity to jump-start your metabolism and strengthen the body as a whole. You will raise your heart rate, increase total body strength and stamina and tone your muscles. During this class you will use a variety of equipment and tools to keep things interesting and improve your overall fitness. Modifications will be given as needed. Bring water and a towel. The registration fee is $50.

TUES, Jan. 19-Feb.23, 5:15-6:15 p.m., North Campus, Salisbury, Building 400, Rm 4124

Beginning Gentle Yoga (6 weeks)

Learn to use the intelligence of your body as a pathway to better health, balance and wholeness in this six-week class that is aimed at all experience levels, from beginner to advanced. Paying attention to the body and following its inner messages, in conjunction with instructor guidance, tailors yoga practice to your individual abilities, conditions and needs. As a result, you will more easily access the body’s innate healing energy as you practice yoga postures in a way that suits you. The class also uses deep relaxation and breathing practices to awaken inner wisdom and bring focus on finding total wellness. The registration fee is $50.

THUR, Jan. 21-Feb. 25, 5:30-6:45 p.m., North Campus, Salisbury, Building 400, Rm 4124

Core Conditioning (6 weeks)

Get ready to discover the true powerhouse of the body – the core muscles of the abdomen and back. Using a variety of exercise methods and equipment, this class is designed to enhance the function and appearance of the core muscles. You’ll improve posture and strength, reduce the risk of back and other injuries, and help flatten the abdominals. Suitable for all levels and abilities; modifications and advancements will be offered. Be sure to bring a mat, water and towel and dress in comfortable athletic wear. The registration fee is $50.

MON, Jan. 25-Feb. 29, 12 -1 p.m., North Campus, Salisbury, Building 400, Rm 4124

Beginning Yoga (6 weeks)

Please note this is not considered “gentle” yoga. Learn to use the intelligence of your body as a pathway to better health, balance and wholeness in this six-week class that is aimed at all experience levels, from beginner to advanced. Paying attention to the body and following its inner messages, in conjunction with instructor guidance, tailors yoga practice to your individual abilities, conditions and needs. As a result, you will more easily access the body’s innate healing energy as you practice yoga postures in a way that suits you. The class also uses deep relaxation and breathing practices to awaken inner wisdom and bring focus on finding total wellness. The registration fee is $50.

MON, Jan. 25-Feb. 29, 5:30-6:45 p.m., South Campus, Concord, Building 1000, Rm 202

Personal Trainer Exam Prep (3 days)

Interested in becoming a personal trainer? Let us help you “ace” the ACE exam! Join us for an intensive weekend of knowledge, designed to help you prepare for certification as a Personal Trainer through ACE. This hands-on, interactive workshop includes CPR Certification, and will enhance your understanding of key concepts from the ACE Manual. The registration fee is $70.

FRI, SAT & SUN, Feb.19-21, 8 a.m. -4:30 p.m., South Campus, Concord, Building 1000, Rm 202

Group Fitness Instructor Exam Prep (6 weeks)

Kick start your career as a Group Fitness Instructor! Prepare for certification through ACE with us in this “weekend blitz” of focused learning and intense exam preparation. You’ll have fun learning the basics of teaching group exercise, along with the necessary information to help you “ace” the ACE certification exam. This course also includes basic AHA Heart Saver CPR certification! The registration fee is $70.

MON, Mar.14-Apr.18, 6:00-9:00 p.m., South Campus, Concord, Building 3000, Rm 3371

Introduction to Organic Vegetable Production (10 weeks)

This introductory class in organic vegetable production for spring and summer crops will combine lecture and hands-on experience at the Elma C. Lomax Farm in Cabarrus County. Topics will include soil management, crop planning, irrigation, pest management and more.  Upon completion of the class, students will have the information they need to begin growing organic vegetables. The registration fee is $179.

TUES, Mar. 1-May 3, 5:00-8:00 p.m., Elma C. Lomax Farm, 3445 Atando Road, Concord

Sign Language I (7 weeks)

This course introduces the fundamental elements of American Sign Language within a cultural context. Emphasis is placed on the development of basic expressive and receptive skills. Upon completion, students will be able to comprehend and respond with grammatical accuracy to expressive American Sign Language and demonstrate cultural awareness. The registration fee is $70.

TUES & THUR, Jan.19-Mar. 3, 5:15-6:45 p.m., NC Research Campus, Kannapolis, Rowan-Cabarrus Building, Rm 300

Sign Language II (6 weeks)

This course is designed to give the student a basic understanding of sign language and to familiarize the student with deafness and the problems involved. The students will develop the ability to sign understandably and clearly, read sign language well and develop a basic sign language vocabulary. Lecture and hands-on activities are the principal methods of instruction. The registration fee is $70.

TUES & THUR, Mar. 22-Apr. 26, 5:15-7:15 p.m., NC Research Campus, Kannapolis, Rowan-Cabarrus Building, Rm 300

Conversational Spanish I (8 weeks)

Join us as we explore basic vocabulary, common phrases and practical expressions used in everyday situations including work, travel, eating, and shopping. You will have fun and learn a bit of Spanish culture, too. The registration fee is $70.

MON, Jan.11-Feb.29, 6:00-9:00 p.m., South Campus, Concord, Building 3000, Rm 3371

WED, Jan.13-Mar.2, 6:00-9:00 p.m., North Campus, Salisbury, Building 400, Rm 4128

Conversational Spanish 2 (6 weeks)

Come along with us as we continue the journey, encouraging you to speak and listen, using Spanish for self-expression throughout the course. The registration fee is $70.

TUES & THUR, Mar.15-Apr.21, 6:00-8:00 p.m., South Campus, Concord, Building 3000, Rm 3361

WED, Mar.16-May 4, 6:00-9:00 p.m., North Campus, Salisbury, Building 400, Rm 4128

Conversational Spanish 3 (6 weeks)

Presenting topics in conversational Spanish – continue the journey with us, encouraging you to speak and listen, using Spanish for self-expression throughout the course. The registration fee is $70.

TUES & THUR, Jan.12-Feb.18, 6:00-8:00 p.m., South Campus, Concord, Building 3000, Rm 3361

Spanish for the Medical Professional (6 weeks)

If you’ve ever had a patient in pain with a language barrier, then you know how critical it is to be able to communicate! Join us as we explore basic questions, answers and phrases that will help you provide better care as you improve your ability to communicate with your Spanish-speaking patients. The registration fee is $70.

MON, Mar.14-Apr. 18, 6:00-9:00 p.m., South Campus, Concord, Building 3000, Rm 3371

In addition to the courses mentioned above, the College will be hosting the following seminars as part of their healthy living series:

  • Eating for Your Health – 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Jan. 15, Rowan County NCSU Cooperative Extension, Salisbury
  • Food Allergies – 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Feb.12, Rowan County NCSU Cooperative Extension, Salisbury
  • Fermentation & pHytomins – 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Apr. 8, Rowan County NCSU Cooperative Extension, Salisbury
  • Herbalism 101 – 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., May 13, Rowan County NCSU Cooperative Extension, Salisbury

The registration fee for each seminar is $33.

For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College please visit www.rccc.edu/apply2016 or call 704-216-RCCC (7222). In addition to registering for enrichment classes throughout spring, the College is currently registering students for classes beginning January 11, 2016.

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