A A A A

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College News

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.

 

 

Posted in Uncategorized |

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.

Posted in Corporate and Continuing Education |

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.

Posted in Corporate and Continuing Education |

Registration for Spring Classes at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Underway

Registration remains open until January 6, 2016; Classes begin January 11, 2016

 

SALISBURY, N.C. — While everyone is busy celebrating the holiday season, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is in the throes of spring registration.

With spring classes beginning on January 11, now is the time for new students to get started. Rowan-Cabarrus encourages prospective students to begin the application process today.

The College is an affordable option with credits costing only $76 per credit hour – meaning that a semester’s worth of tuition would cost a little over $1,000. Enrolling at Rowan-Cabarrus has never been easier; students may apply online at www.rccc.edu/apply2016.

For many, it is increasingly difficult to figure out how to afford the cost of a college degree. Today, the rising costs of a college education present barriers to even middle class families.

“So, let us help you with your decision: Did you know that many of our students receive a high- quality education at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and then transfer on to any state university in North Carolina as a junior? The cost savings in tuition, fees, textbooks, and room and board is significant,” said Spalding.

Approximately half of all Rowan-Cabarrus students intend to transfer on to a four-year college or university. Top state institutions like the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Appalachian State University and University of North Carolina – Charlotte, are accepting many of Rowan-Cabarrus transfer students each year.

While the transfer process was once arduous, students can now transfer from Rowan-Cabarrus virtually seamlessly, thanks to a newly revised state-wide transfer agreement that streamlines and clarifies the process.

Long gone are the days where the only path to a four-year degree was to go directly to a university. In fact, nearly half of all students graduating with a four-year degree in the 2013-14 school year had some experience within a two-year institution. High-quality and affordably priced classes are persuading more students to begin their quest for a bachelor’s degree at a community college.

“We have small classes. Our 17:1 faculty-student ratio means that our instructors, educated with a minimum of a master’s degree, can give each student the individual attention they deserve,” said Dr. Michael Quillen, vice president of the College’s academic programs.

Further, Rowan-Cabarrus faculty are focused on their students and teaching classes – and they do it quite well.

“I really believe the College can help most people in our community,” said Tereysha Robles, 2015-2016 Student Government Association president. “I encourage you to check out the small classes, flexible schedules and affordable tuition, as they are only part of what makes Rowan-Cabarrus great. The culture here really pushes you to succeed by helping you meet your personal, academic and career goals.”

For new students, 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, please stop by the College’s one stop center, the Navigation Station, with two convenient locations – the North Campus in Salisbury and the South Campus in Concord.

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

 

Posted in Record and Registration |

Women in Manufacturing: It’s Not Just a Man’s Job

Industry-supported training program graduates and employs second graduating class in fastest growing industry in the area; Next sessions to enroll in training program Nov. 18, Dec. 2 and Dec. 8

 

CONCORD, N.C. — 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.

The second cohort in this eight-week training program recently graduated, with the majority securing employment almost immediately.

“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 qualified, competent employees to fill these careers. And these are not just jobs for men.

“At this point, our classes are about half women and half men. There is absolutely no reason a woman cannot become a Certified Production Technician and find a great job in the manufacturing field – gender is simply not a barrier,” said Donna Ludwig, program coordinator for the Certified Production Technicians classes and a business services account manager for the College.

Everyone who has been admitted into the program has thus far completed the certification, except for one young woman who received an offer she couldn’t refuse to pursue a career in welding.

Selected participants enroll in the program at no personal cost, 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 Craig Lamb, vice president of corporate and continuing education at Rowan-Cabarrus. “Individuals will train 20 hours per week for a total of eight weeks. Upon completion, they will be qualified for 90 percent of manufacturing jobs in our area.”

The training program does not merely scratch the surface – the material provided is detailed and extensive, which is especially helpful since most in the program do not have prior manufacturing experience.

Interestingly, while there has been a great deal of comradery and bonding among each class, the women in each class have bonded in particular.

“When we first started the class, the ladies sat together. It was nice to know we had each other’s support. We were also willing to speak up and ask questions, which I think ultimately put the guys at ease, too,” said Monica Barbee, a program graduate who secured employment before graduation.

Other female participants shared similar sentiments regarding the automatic bond they shared.

“I did feel like I had to prove myself a bit more,” said Charlotte Alexander, now employed with Agility Fuel Systems. “But we bonded together and have supported each other throughout the process.”

The program’s success speaks for itself. The vast majority of graduates’ secured employment prior to graduation, or within a few short weeks of graduating.

“I was concerned that not having prior manufacturing experience was going to hurt me when it came time to finding employment, but I was pleased to learn that employers weren’t dissuaded by lack of previous manufacturing experience,” said Alexander. “On every field trip we asked employers about that, and they weren’t concerned – they knew that this program would prepare us.”

The second class of graduates includes:

  • Antonio Beatty
  • Sherry Gobble
  • Patrick Goodnight
  • Samantha McManus
  • Deshon Mills
  • Monique Sharpless
  • Lisa Solomon
  • Phil Thomas

The next eight-week training program begins in January. Those interested must attend an orientation or Discovery Session:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 5:30 p.m., Rowan-Cabarrus NC Research Campus building, Kannapolis, Room 115;
  • Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 10 a.m., Cabarrus Business and Technology Center, 660 Concord Parkway North, Concord;
  • Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 10 a.m., Rowan-Cabarrus NC Research Campus building, Kannapolis, Room 115.

Get details, including how to register for the session at www.ncmanufacturinginstitute.com. Dates, times, and locations of the Discovery Sessions are subject to change.

This coveted certification is validation to manufacturers that this individual has the skills and problem-solving abilities to be successful. The employers will still provide training on the actual equipment they use and will acclimate the new employee to the company’s culture, but the screening process has already been taken care of through the North Carolina Manufacturing Institute.

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 the 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.

Partner organizations in the North Carolina Manufacturing Institute had first “dibs” on the graduates and met them at a personalized interview fair. In preparation for that, graduates had mock interviews with Rowan-Cabarrus interviewers.

Posted in Career Readiness Certification, Corporate and Continuing Education, Corporate Training, Job and Skills Training | Tagged , ,

Enroll Now For Spring 2016 Classes at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

Registration remains open until January 3, 2016; Classes begin January 11, 2016

 

SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is now registering students for spring classes.

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

Spring class registration is currently available and will remain open until January 6 and classes begin January 11. New students interested in taking classes during the spring 2016 semester are encouraged to apply now with new applications for classes accepted through January 3.

“It is the mission of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College to provide our students with the resources to reach their goals and move forward with their careers,” said Spalding.

Rowan-Cabarrus encourages prospective students to begin the application process today, before the College’s annual winter break at the end of 2015.

Rowan-Cabarrus is an affordable option with credits costing only $76 per credit hour – meaning that a semester’s worth of tuition would cost a little over $1,000. Enrolling at Rowan-Cabarrus has never been easier; students may apply online at www.rccc.edu/apply2016.

“This is a great time to get started at Rowan-Cabarrus!” said Tereysha Robles, 2015-2016 Student Government Association president. “With the variety of course offerings this spring, Rowan-Cabarrus has something for everyone and I encourage you to check it out.”

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College offers day, evening, weekend and online classes that provide a strong foundation and transferable credits for students advancing to four-year schools 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 to education to the adult pursuing GED completion courses or English-as-a-Second-Language classes – Rowan-Cabarrus has it all. Rowan-Cabarrus offers students the choice, flexibility, value, convenience and support needed to achieve their dreams.

For new students, 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, please stop in to the College’s one stop center, Navigation Station.

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

Posted in Record and Registration | Tagged ,

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Announces New Quality Enhancement Plan to Improve Student Success

College undergoes large-scale project to improve student outcomes with a focus on career planning titled SEEK: Student Education Empowerment Kit

 

SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is undertaking a large-scale project with the goal of improving educational success for students.

2015 Convocation BeaconThe project, known as a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), focuses on career planning with the end goal of helping students complete their educational journey and prepare for their desired career field.

“We know that students who come to Rowan-Cabarrus with a clear career goal in mind are more likely to complete their educational journey with us successfully. Our aim with this project is to help more students explore potential career paths and determine their end goal sooner rather than later,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states, now requires colleges to develop and measure a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) as part of their ongoing re-accreditation process.

As an opportunity and a stimulus for an institution to enhance overall institutional quality and effectiveness, the QEP focuses on an issue or issues the institution considers important to improving student learning. The plan launches a process that can move the institution into the future characterized by creative, engaging, and meaningful learning experiences for students.

In order to identify the issues the institution considered important, a series of surveys were completed by full- and part-time faculty, staff and students.

“When we reviewed the employee survey results, career readiness was identified as the area where they felt our students needed the most guidance,” said Donna Helget, English instructor and co-chair of the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College QEP committee. “Our student surveys reflected a similar sentiment. It quickly became apparent that we should focus the QEP on career readiness.”

In order to support this goal, the College has developed four activities or connections to guide students in selecting a career path.

“Studies and research are indicating that students with a clear career goal are more likely to complete their education than students who do not have a career goal. If we can get students to set a goal and get the counseling they need to select a particular job, do an internship and then use our virtual resources to help with resumes and interview skills, we think we will have a prepared student that will complete his or her education successfully,” said Helget.

The career plan connection is available through the College’s English 111 and English 114 courses. Here, students are required to complete a job shadow project that allows them to explore a career field. Students must report back on their time shadowing and draw detailed conclusions about their impression on the field and their likelihood of entering that field upon completion of their education. Classes that have been piloting projects like this over the last year have experienced great success with many students securing employment or internships with those that they have shadowed.

Through the career counseling option, students are matched with staff that can guide them through career counseling and interest inventories. “Our team is comprised of trained counselors who are qualified to help our students assess and understand their personal issues, abilities, aptitudes, interests, and other characteristics,” said Misty Moler, director of counseling and career services at the College.

Students can also gain invaluable hands-on experience through the Work-Based Learning connection or internship placement.

“At Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, we realize the importance of work-based learning and internships,” said Dr. Michael Quillen, vice president of Academic Programs at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. Eighty-five percent of employers who host co-op/intern students are seeking future employees. Students who intern are invited to interview as opposed to students with just a degree who have no hands-on experience on their resume.”

Students currently seeking employment utilize the Virtual Employment Resource Center (VERC) option. They are able to access VERC through Blackboard, the primary learning management center used by the College. The VERC points students to interactive quizzes and related resources to help students build their interviewing, resume writing, and job searching skills.

In September, SACSCOC visited the College and reviewed the launch of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s QEP.

Though the project has been in pilot mode, it officially launched for Rowan-Cabarrus students this fall. The College is very excited to begin implementing the carefully planned project and collecting data on the success of its efforts. The QEP is titled “SEEK – the Student Education Empowerment Kit: Tools to Help you Soar.” Students receive access to the four connections that are part of the QEP when they begin their journey at Rowan-Cabarrus.

For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu or call 704-216-RCCC (7222). The College is currently accepting applications for the spring term now through January 3, 2016. Classes begin January 11, 2016.

Posted in Academic and Career Advising, College Advancement, Job and Skills Training, Student Services | Tagged , ,

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Issues All Clear

SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s North Campus in Salisbury was under a precautionary lockdown on Thursday, October 29.

The lockdown, which lasted from about 1:45-3:28 p.m., was lifted and all North Campus activities and classes resumed.

At about 1:45 p.m., Rowan-Cabarrus Community College officials heard what sounded like gun shots coming from the woods near the Building 400 area on the College’s North Campus in Salisbury. The College immediately called a lockdown, as directed by Salisbury Police Department.

The College notified students, faculty and staff via the emergency alert communications system with phone calls, emails, and text messages. Individuals on campus were encouraged to get to a safe, secure location, while those not on campus were encouraged to remain away from campus.

All other Rowan-Cabarrus campus locations were under normal operations. The College remained under lockdown until 3:28 p.m., at which time the North Campus was declared safe and secure.

“It is very important to us to maintain the safety and security of our students, faculty and staff. We are proud that we have maintained what we believe to be a safe and welcoming campus. Staff and faculty have been trained to handle a possible situation like this,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. “It is my goal to keep our tradition of a safe campus on the forefront.”

“We appreciate the work of the law enforcement in protecting and investigating the reported gun shots. Their rapid response and attention to this college is very much appreciated,” continued Spalding. “I also want to thank our students, faculty and staff for their cooperation. I’m grateful to all who responded in accordance with our policies and procedures to keep us all safe.”

Posted in Uncategorized |

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Alumnus Credits College for Personal and Professional Success

Marketing director for local catering company DIVINE APPÉTIT CO. and independent branding consultant, Christina Helm, is thriving in local business world

 

RCCC Sept. - 03SALISBURY, N.C. — When Christina Helm began classes at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, it had been quite a while since she had stepped into a classroom. Helm had always dreamed of earning a college education, but her dream took a backseat to life.

Now, a successful business woman pursing her bachelor’s degree and a local catering and food service marketing director at DIVINE APPÉTIT CO., Helm credits her success to her time at Rowan-Cabarrus.

“Rowan-Cabarrus not only prepared me for the next steps in my educational and professional journey, they instilled in me a lost confidence. I am so grateful for my time there, and I am where I am today because of God and the investment Rowan-Cabarrus Community College made in me as an individual,” said Helm.

Growing up in West Virginia and attending boarding school in Kentucky, Helm always knew her education was important. She began working towards her associate degree while still in high school and earned an Associate of Arts in Religion just a year after high school graduation.

Helm planned to continue at a four-year college, but shortly after earning her degree, she married young and began her family. After moving to North Carolina with her husband, she took on one of the most challenging and rewarding careers, being a devoted stay-at-home mom.

After many years, Helm found herself as a single mother recuperating from divorce. Helm spent some time substitute teaching for occupational course of study students, and while she loved her new role, she was reminded about the importance of education. She realized her efforts to secure steady employment without an accompanying bachelor’s degree were futile. So, she found herself back at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College enrolling in business classes.

Once at Rowan-Cabarrus, Helm flourished. She had great teachers, awesome grades and got involved in student life extracurricular activities. She was even selected as part of the first community college group to participate in an international business competition. She was one of only fifty students in the world to participate in a business symposium with Louis Vuitton, where she finally found her niche.

“I am passionate about giving praise to Rowan-Cabarrus and to instructors like Karen Lynden, Robin Turner and Ginger Fox, who so willingly advised and invested in my academic success,” said Helm. “I was provided opportunities that I never had experienced in so many facets of my life.”

Helm completed her Associate in Applied Science in Business in the fall of 2014 and began working for DIVINE APPÉTIT CO. right away. The company, run by young entrepreneur and Johnson and Wales trained chef D’Andrea Lawson, caters local events and also serves delicious buffet lunches at Hood Theological Seminary in Salisbury.

Helm pioneered her position with the growing company. She saw the need for a strong marketing and branding expert and proposed the new position to Lawson.

“I came in organized and with a strong plan for growing their brand. Chef Lawson was impressed with my confidence and abilities and hired me shortly after my proposal,” said Helm.

Now, Helm finds her days packed with DIVINE APPÉTIT CO., consulting budding entrepreneurs on their new operations through Christina Helm Consulting, her marketing, design and brand strategy business, while also pursuing her bachelor’s degree at Catawba College.

For more information about DIVINE APPÉTIT CO., visit their website at www.divineappetitco.com/. They are currently booking catering for the upcoming holiday season. For more information on Christina Helm Consulting visit www.christinahelmconsulting.com.

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 classes beginning later this fall and in January of 2016.

 

Posted in Uncategorized |

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College to Offer Fitness Instructor Preparation Class

Class will equip students for the ACE Group Fitness Instructor Certification Exam to become group fitness instructors

 

SALISBURY, N.C. — This fall, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College will offer a Fitness Instructor Prep class to provide students with the necessary knowledge to pass the American Council on Exercise (ACE) Group Fitness Instructor Certification Exam.

The course, offered October 26 through December 16 at the North Campus in Salisbury, will cover the various topics needed to pass the exam and train students as effective group fitness instructors.

“During this class, students will learn the essential skills and subjects required to be a group fitness instructor,” said Mary Rosser, who will be leading the course. “These topics include human anatomy, exercise and pregnancy, emergency procedures, as well as the business behind being an instructor.”

Upon successful completion of the class and exam, students will possess the credentials to lead their own group fitness classes.

In recent years, group fitness has increased in popularity and demand with exercise classes such as Zumba, CrossFit and yoga.

“The Fitness Instructor Prep class is an exciting opportunity to provide students with what they will need to not only pass the exam, but to pursue their passion in the healthcare industry,” said Sherie Neely, program manager of training services at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. “This is a unique course – it’s unlike anything offered in the area and we look forward to the positive impact it will have on the community.”

Spots are still open, however, class size is limited. Registration cost is $180.

Other healthy living and fitness classes available this fall include:

  • Core Conditioning – Tuesdays, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., October 20 – December 8, North Campus
  • Total Body Conditioning – Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., October 20 – December 8, North Campus
  • Beginning Gentle Yoga – Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m., October 21 – December 9, North Campus
  • Beginning Yoga – Mondays, 5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m., October 26 – November 30, South Campus
  • Resistance Band Fitness – Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m., November 9 – November 18, North Campus; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., November 10 – November 19, South Campus

“Rowan-Cabarrus is proud to offer courses that promote healthy living,” said Neely.

For more information regarding these and other personal enrichment courses, including how to register, please visit http://www.rccc.edu/enrichment or call 704-216-7222.

Posted in Corporate and Continuing Education | Tagged