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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Announces Fifth Annual Stem Open House

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information about this event or to bring a school group, please contact Dusty Saine (704-216-7105, dusty.saine@rccc.edu). The College’s location for the STEM Open House is on the North Carolina Research Campus at 399 Biotechnology Lane, Kannapolis. For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu.

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu or call 704-216-RCCC (7222). The College is currently registering students for classes for eight-week classes beginning March 16, 2016. The College also hopes that the community will come out for the grand opening celebration of the newly renovated Health Sciences Building on Thursday, March 31, 2016, from 4-7 p.m.



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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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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; Rowan-Cabarrus would utilize funds for facility improvements and public safety expansion


RCCC 20131217 445KANNAPOLIS, 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 facilities and grow the College’s Fire & Emergency Services Training Facility.

Governor Pat McCrory 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, the largest of which proposes developing Phase II of the North Campus Fire & Emergency Service Training Facility, will help Rowan-Cabarrus continue to train the local workforce to meet employer demands.

“Rowan-Cabarrus Community College has been continuously working on much-needed renovations over the last few years. In order to educate and train our students for the demanding opportunities available in today’s high-tech job market, we must update some of our existing facilities,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. “095This bond would not only benefit our students, but it will benefit our local businesses and communities as a whole.”

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 II of the Fire & Emergency Services Training Facility, including building a five-story fire training tower, a law enforcement and emergency services tactical training center an outdoor classroom shelter and modern restroom facilities. 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.”

RCCC 20131217 417As 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 heavily utilized by our public safety providers in Rowan and Cabarrus County.

“The value added to fire, emergency and law enforcement agencies through funding of this project is clear—ready access to state-of-the-art facilities to support ongoing training of current agency personnel and new recruits to feed increasing demand,” said Spalding.

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 co-chairing 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 the state’s infrastructure. Rowan-Cabarrus has evolved significantly to meet the needs of the workforce, and funding from the bond will assist the College in upgrading 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 supporting new and existing 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). The College is currently registering students for four-week and eight-week spring term classes that begin in March and April.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Announces Student Excellence Awards Finalists and Winners

The College’s best and brightest students were nominated for three prestigious awards; two students will go on to compete at state-level


Thea Flynn

Thea Flynn

SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is pleased to announce the top 15 Student Excellence Awards finalists and winners.

Annually, through a rigorous nomination process, the College has the opportunity to select the most excellent students.

“These finalists represent the best and brightest of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of the College. “We could not be more proud to recognize these students whose outstanding accomplishments reflect the core values of our college.”

The 2015-16 Rowan-Cabarrus Excellence Award top 15 finalists include:

  • Lori Batterman  of Concord, Associate in Applied Science
  • Julia Blankenship of Salisbury, Associate in General Education
  • Gina Davis of Charlotte, Associate in Applied Science
  • Michelle Dieul of Salisbury, Associate in Arts
  • Thea Flynn of Mount Pleasant, Associate in Applied Science
  • Ursula Gantner of  Concord, Associate in Applied Science
  • Leah Greer of  Concord, Associate in General Education
  • Reece Hawley of Concord, Associate in Arts
  • Tammy Kimrey of  Salisbury, Associate in Applied Science
  • Teresa Lowenstein of Charlotte, Associate in Arts
  • Scott Martin of Concord, Associate in Applied Science
  • Daphne Moore of Charlotte, Associate in Applied Science
  • Cathy Nkokesha Lubamba of Harrisburg, Associate in Arts
  • Kathleen Quevedo of Concord, Associate in Arts
  • Roa Saleh of Harrisburg, Associate in Science
Gina Davis

Gina Davis

The finalists were up for three prestigious awards. Competition was rigorous as the Student Excellence Award Committee began with a pool of over 300 eligible students, which included Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation scholarship recipients, faculty and staff nominees, and student organization leaders. Student nominees were invited to write a 500 word essay to be reviewed by a committee, and of the 108 submitted essays, 15 finalists were selected to be interviewed.

“The committee was honored to interview each of the finalists and learn more about their journeys,” said Natasha Lipscomb, director of student life and leadership development at Rowan-Cabarrus. “Each student had such a unique perspective based on their life experiences thus far.  Their stories were touching and their goals inspiring. Narrowing down to just three winners was a tough decision, as all 15 finalists are truly remarkable people.”

Thea Flynn received the Academic Excellence Award, which recognizes the academic achievement, leadership and community service of one student from each of the 58 institutions in the North Carolina Community College System.

Gina Davis was awarded the Dallas Herring Achievement Award. Dr. Herring, a Duplin County native, is acknowledged as the philosophical godfather of the state’s community college system. He may be best known for his belief that education should be available to all and that community colleges should “….take people from where they are, as far as they can go.” The award is given annually to a current or former community college student who best embodies Dr. Herring’s philosophy.

Additionally, Roa Saleh was honored with the Governor Robert W. Scott Student Leadership Award. The award is named in honor of Robert W. Scott, who served as N.C. State Governor from 1969-1973 and as president of the North Carolina Community College System from 1983-1995. The award is bestowed on students who demonstrate leadership on a statewide level.

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Roa Saleh

“I am so proud of not only Roa, Thea and Gina but all of the finalists. They are all so deserving,” said Lipscomb. “Thea and Gina will go on to compete in the state level with the other 57 community colleges for an overall winner of their awards and I know they will represent the College well.”

For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu or call 704-216-RCCC (7222). The College is currently registering students for classes for eight-week classes beginning March 16, 2016.

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North Carolina Included in GED® Changes

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College test takers post-Jan. 1, 2014 may be eligible for high school equivalency diploma, revised performance levels


SALISBURY, N.C. — Recently, GED Testing Service announced revisions to the “cut” or passing scores, as well as performance levels for its high school equivalency test, and is making those revisions retroactive to January 1, 2014, when the 2014 GED Test series was first released. North Carolina will join 32 states in recognizing these changes immediately, possibly resulting in as many as 700 new high school equivalency diploma holders in the state. Other states may require additional approval or rule changes to implement the new recommended revisions.

“We are so pleased that these performance revisions to the GED test and program will open new doors for folks in our local communities,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. “We hope everyone affected by these changes will be inspired to continue their educational goals at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.”

GED Testing Service is contacting those affected by the changes via email; however, test takers with questions can log into their MyGED.com account or go to www.gedtestingservice.com/testers/tester-score-change-faqs for information.

The “cut” or passing score isRowan-Cabarrus graduation takes place on May 15, 2015. being revised from 150 per test module to 145. Additionally, GED is recalibrating its performance levels to the following scale:

Performance Level 1: Below Passing (100-144)

Performance Level 2: Pass/High School Equivalency (145-164)

Performance Level 3: GED College Ready (165-174)

Performance Level 4: GED College Ready + Credit (175-200)

Those who test at Performance Level 4 may be eligible for up to 10 semester hours of college credit as recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE®) College Credit Recommendation Service. The eligibility of the college credit is at the discretion of the local institution. For more information on ACE®, please visit www.acenet.edu.

“We are working with our GED state representative to ensure students and programs get the necessary information to implement this new change,” said Dr. Lisa Chapman, Senior Vice President for Programs in the NC Community College System.

North Carolina’s 58 community colleges have the option of offering three high school equivalency tests: GED®, HiSET®, and TASC.

“The GED test opens the door to college and better jobs. It gives the graduate the respect they deserve, and the satisfaction of earning a high school credential with the hope that they will continue with their education,” said Gary Connor, director of the College’s Pre-College Studies Department. “I encourage anyone thinking about the GED or other high school equivalency options to learn more and take those next steps for a better future.”

For more information on high school equivalency testing opportunities, please visit www.nccommunitycolleges.edu/college-and-career-readiness/high-school-equivalency or www.rccc.edu/testing/high-school-equivalency/.

Additional information on the GED Testing Service changes is available at www.gedtestingservice.com/educators/score-changes.

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

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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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