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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College News

College Provides Affordable and Accesible Healthcare Training

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Local Graduate Secures Dream Job as Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

With her master’s from Duke University, Ashley Honeycutt now serves local families

RCCC 104SALISBURY, N.C. — When Ashley Honeycutt graduated from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College a few short years ago, she didn’t know she’d already have her dream job.

But she does. Today, Honeycutt is a pediatric nurse practitioner at Salisbury Pediatric Associates. Honeycutt graduated from Rowan-Cabarrus in 2008 as a registered nurse. Today, after graduating from Duke University with her master’s, she and her husband live in the same community she grew up in.

“I pretty much have my dream job – I love working with kids. As a pediatric nurse practitioner, it is so rewarding to help kids go from sick to well,” said Honeycutt.

Honeycutt, then Ashley Bostian, graduated from South Rowan High School in 2005. Because she’d taken allied health classes, she also had her Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). Not only is CNA certification a prerequisite for nursing school admission, it also provides a way for students to work in the healthcare field and pay for college.

“I had a great experience at Rowan-Cabarrus. It’s a difficult program, but thanks to some amazing instructors, you can learn a lot and make it through,” said Honeycutt.

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

“One great component of choosing the Rowan-Cabarrus nursing program over a four-year school is that you can become a registered nurse in two years and immediately start working,” said Honeycutt. “Then, you can continue your education while working, essentially, getting two years ahead of those who attended four-year schools for their nursing degrees. I feel like I am two years ahead in my field because of this.”

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Rowan-Cabarrus Commnity College Students Receive Numerous Awards and Recognition

Students show dedication to community, College, and fellow students

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — At the College’s annual Student Leadership Awards banquet last month, several Rowan-Cabarrus Community College students received recognition.

“I am quite proud of these students for their dedication to the College and their fellow students,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, President of Rowan-Cabarrus.

Tiffany Dunlap, actively involved with the Rotaract Club, received the Outstanding Community Service Award. The Outstanding Community Service Award is given to an individual who has performed exemplary community service, made significant contributions to enhance the quality of life in the community, and demonstrated an understanding of his or her responsibility to one’s community through involvement with campus clubs and activities.

“Tiffany is a very dedicated student and active community volunteer,” said Gaye McConnell, vice president of enrollment management and the student experience. “Tiffany is driven by her kind and giving heart. She is about to complete her Associate in Medical Office Administration, and is adding Office Administration to make her more marketable in the job market.”

McKenzie Eury, Public Information Officer for the College’s Student Government Association, was awarded the Silver Leadership Award. The Silver Leadership Award is given to an individual who has shown commitment to academic excellence by maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. The student must be a first-year student with less than 30 credit hours completed. The individual should be an active member of a campus club/organization and show great promise in helping to build and strengthen the club. McKenzie has assisted the club advisor and other club members in providing meaningful opportunities for the student body through campus activities.

“McKenzie is one of the most enthusiastic students I’ve come across in a while,” said Natasha Lipscomb, director of student life and leadership development. “We are so grateful that we were able to have her with us this past year and look forward to hearing about her journey back to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.”

Christopher Lopez, another member of the Rotaract Club, received the Golden Leadership Award. The Golden Leadership Award is given to an individual who has shown commitment to academic excellence by maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. In the spirit of commitment, the individual must be an active member of a club/organization for more than two semesters. The student should be a second-year student with more than 30 credit hours completed. The individual recognized has assisted the club advisor and other club members in providing meaningful opportunities for the student body through campus activities. The individual that receives this award shows great character by helping the club make decisions that will sustain the reputation of the organization. Read More »

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Employer Spotlight and “Should I Become a Nurse Aide?” – New Workshops for Job Seekers

College provides free programs for the unemployed or under-employed

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

The R3 Center will offer two exciting new workshops in June. Employer Spotlight is back, this time with a focus on Tuscarora Yarns, Inc. This is a great opportunity to learn more about this company and the industry. On June 10 at 6 p.m. at the R3 Center in Kannapolis, representatives from the company will share information on how interested candidates can apply for open positions.

Also offered in June is a new workshop for anyone who has considered becoming a nursing assistant.

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Stand Out from the Competition – Tuesdays at 11 a.m.,

* Interview Techniques – Tuesdays at 1 p.m.,

* Refocus Your Career Options – Tuesdays at 2:30 p.m.,

* Looking for Work at 50+ – June 12 at 9 a.m. and June 26 at 11 a.m.,

* Looking for Work with a Criminal Record – June 19 at 9 a.m.,

* Letter Writing for the Job Seeker – June 12 at 11 a.m.,

* Online Job Hunting Beginners – June 5 and June 19 at 11 a.m.,

* Should I Get LinkedIn? – June 5 and June 26 at 9 a.m.,

* Should I Become a Nurse Aide? – June 26 at 2:30 p.m., and

* Meet the Employers – June 10 at 6 p.m.

R3 Career Services helps adult workers assess their skills, aptitudes, training and academic credentials, and future career interests to develop an action plan for career growth. The Center will also offer multiple resume clinics to help job searchers improve their current resume or create a new one from start to finish. Please call to reserve a seat. The resume clinics are scheduled for:

* Tuesdays at 9 a.m.;

* June 24 at 6 p.m.

R3 Career Services also offers short-term training classes starting in June. Some students will qualify for tuition waivers based on income and employment status. Students registering for an online class will be required to attend a registration/orientation meeting. Please call 704-216-7201 for more information and to learn how to register. Read More »

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Bachelor’s in Nursing Now Available through UNCG at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

Two of the region’s leaders in healthcare training partner to offer RN-BSN program

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — The nursing profession has seen a dramatic increase in demand for bachelor’s trained nurses due to changing standards from the Institute of Medicine. Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, in partnership with the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, will now be able to help our local area keep up with these demands.

Many hospitals in North Carolina are seeking recognition as “Magnet facilities,” and prefer to employ nurses with Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees. However, at present over half of the Registered Nurses in North Carolina do not hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing.Nursing 4

In response to the changing standards and employment trends, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro School of Nursing have entered into a partnership to offer the UNCG RN to BSN program on the Rowan-Cabarrus campus located at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis.

The courses will be taught by UNCG faculty, and students will earn UNCG BSN degrees.

“This partnership will provide local practicing nurses access to baccalaureate education. The program will be cost effective for the student since the RN-BSN classes will be offered locally. Students will also have the ability to take required pre-requisite and cognate courses through the community college,” said Dr. Rod Townley, vice president of academic programs at Rowan-Cabarrus.

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College Graduates First Morehead-Cain Scholar

Daverian “Tre’” Williams will receive his bachelor’s and master’s from UNC-Chapel Hill for free thanks to his tuition-free associate degrees from Rowan-Cabarrus

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HARRISBURG, N.C. — Scholarships can literally make a higher education possible for students. Or you could be like Daverian Williams, who has earned over a quarter of a million dollars in scholarships so far.

Although Daverian “Tre’” Williams, recent graduate of Cabarrus-Kannapolis Early College High School and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, could not accept all of these scholarship awards, he is most proud of receiving the Morehead-Cain scholarship, “the oldest, most prestigious merit scholarship program in the United States.”

Morehead-Cain scholars are provided with four full years, including summers, of fully-funded education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. People from all over the globe seek out this recognition, but only three percent – about 50 – of each year’s nominees are selected as Morehead-Cain scholars.

In addition to a rigorous course load as a high school and college student, Tre’ has been actively engaged in the community. He has volunteered at the Community Free Clinic and led his varsity intramural football team to the championship games. He also started his own book and movie club and worked at McDonald’s as a crew trainer. Tre’ successfully balanced his academic pursuits and community interests, all while setting an example for his four younger siblings.

During Tre’s time at Rowan-Cabarrus, he earned all A’s… except for the one Spanish class where he earned a B. Instead of being defeated, though, Tre’ turned that into a challenge and plans to minor in Spanish (and logic) while majoring in both math and business.

“Tre’ graduated with both an associate in arts and an associate in science. And thanks to the college education he earned at Rowan-Cabarrus, he will go to Chapel Hill as a junior. It also means that Tre’ will get to use about half of his scholarship to work on his master’s degree at UNC!” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of the College.

Williams, a Harrisburg resident, is a graduate of the Cabarrus-Kannapolis Early College High School, which is located at the Rowan-Cabarrus South Campus in Concord. As one of the College’s two early college programs, it allows students to earn a high school diploma and up to two years of college credit or an associate degree.

“It feels great to graduate from Rowan-Cabarrus,” Williams said. “I’ve worked hard, but I’m also very fortunate to be where I am in life.”

Williams spoke to nearly 5,000 people at the College’s 50th graduation ceremony.

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Bachelor’s in Nursing Now Available Through UNCG at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

Two of the region’s leaders in healthcare training partner to offer RN-BSN program

 

 

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — The nursing profession has seen a dramatic increase in demand for bachelor’s trained nurses due to changing standards in the Affordable Care Act and from the Institute of Medicine. Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, in partnership with the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, will now be able to help our local area keep up with these demands.

Many hospitals in North Carolina are seeking recognition as “Magnet facilities,” and prefer to employ nurses with Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees. However, at present over half of the Registered Nurses in North Carolina do not hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

In response to the changing standards and employment trends, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro School of Nursing have entered into a partnership to offer the UNCG RN to BSN program on the Rowan-Cabarrus campus located at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis.

The courses will be taught by UNCG faculty, and students will earn UNCG BSN degrees.

“This partnership will provide local practicing nurses access to baccalaureate education. The program will be cost effective for the student since the RN-BSN classes will be offered locally. Students will also have the ability to take required pre-requisite and cognate courses through the community college,” said Dr. Rod Townley, vice president of academic programs at Rowan-Cabarrus.

The program is available to all practicing nurses, including those who just completed their degrees at Rowan-Cabarrus. However, graduates of Rowan-Cabarrus are given first priority.

“We anticipate that the first courses will be offered as early as this fall,” said Dr. Anita Tesh, Associate Dean for Nursing at UNCG. “One or two of the RN-BSN courses will be offered most semesters, to best accommodate working nurses.” Read More »

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City of Salisbury & Salisbury Fire Department Donate Fire Engine to Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

New Fire & Emergency Services Training Facility receives another critical training tool

SALISBURY, N.C. — Even in the 21st century, fire safety and protection is still a critical component of keeping the public safe.

Training these first responders is a critical part of the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College mission and the City of Salisbury just made that easier. Salisbury Fire Department recently donated a fire truck to the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation for use in its fire training programs.

“The donation of this fire truck is significant. It’ll put us in a much better place, enhancing our program dramatically,” said Roger McDaniel, director of emergency services for Rowan-Cabarrus.

When Salisbury Fire Chief Bob Parnell was training at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College from 1979-1981, they used a fire engine that had been donated back in 1975.

“We utilized the engine often in our studies and our experience-based education,” said Parnell.

While the College’s curriculum, or credit, fire training program at the College dissolved for a period of time, the program has now been resurrected. The continuing education portion of the training has been robust and ongoing.

“The training hours have grown exponentially over the last several years,” said Parnell. Over 7,000 certifications were awarded to fire, emergency medical services (EMS), and law enforcement personnel during the past year. “The College now has a world class fire training center. Between the burn building and the props – it has a ton of potential and will be used a great deal.”

“Students need access to a fire engine for training purposes. They need to pump the water and simulate a response to a fire or a hazardous material emergency,” said McDaniel. The College will no longer need the local stations to bring an in-service fire truck to the College for training.

The engine being donated was a surplus truck that the city had replaced last year. Instead of selling it, Chief Parnell offered it to the College for training.

“I really want to thank the Salisbury Fire Department and the City of Salisbury for their donation. This is a great example of community partnership,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “One of the College’s biggest challenges is keeping our programs equipped with industry-recognized, state-of-the-art equipment that is used in the workplace. This donation will help us in achieving that goal.”

The Fire & Emergency Services Training Facility was the first project to be completed in a series of Rowan County-bond funded construction projects that will take place over the next few years.

“It is our goal to be responsive, flexible, innovative and efficient, as we work together to create a safer and more secure environment,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “The Fire & Emergency Services Training Facility will afford our public safety providers with real life training scenarios that will ensure that our law, fire, and emergency personnel are prepared to protect our community in the event of fires, hazardous materials emergencies, natural disasters, motor vehicle accidents and train derailments.”

The new Fire & Emergency Services Training Facility will serve an important role for training local public safety providers who protect citizens every day. The facility includes a 3,500 square foot burn building, training pads for various props, and a future driving course for fire and emergency vehicles will be included in the project.

“Industry-recognized, high-tech equipment is critical to the success of our programs and our graduates,” said Dr. Rod Townley, vice president of academic programs. “If students can’t leave here knowing how to use the equipment that an employer uses, they won’t be as successful as the jobs require.”

Unfortunately, the College’s funding does not include an abundance of resources for equipment investments.

“Our resources from the state have continued to decline year after year,” said Spalding. “Like many public organizations, we are looking at other options and developing a case for support to seek private and philanthropic donations.”

Strengthening the “fundraising muscle” of the College’s foundation is not only important for the immediate future, but also for the long term vitality of the College, and the tens of thousands of students it serves each year.

The Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation provides financial assistance to the students and programs of Rowan-Cabarrus. The Foundation furthers the mission of the College Read More »

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Rowan-Cabarrus Student Turns Life Around & Wins Regional and Local Awards

May Board mtg 12North Carolina Community College System Board Member Clyde Higgs presents award for outstanding academic achievement

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Timothy Wilson has had his share of challenges in life, but has taken advantage of opportunities and is excelling forward.

After falling short of receiving his diploma from East Gaston High School, his grandmother offered him a new home and a fresh start a few counties away. He arrived at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College after getting his GED intending to receive a diploma in order to get a job after graduation. Once he started making A’s in every class, he saw that he had more options than he initially realized. He decided to take his goals a step further and pursue a degree.

Now, he has been honored by Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and the North Carolina Community College System Board of Trustees as the College’s 2014 Academic Excellence Award winner.

“Yet, it wasn’t until he was hired as a peer tutor for the Male Minority Mentoring Program, M.I.S.T.E.R., and became involved in the College’s student government that he saw just how much potential he truly had,” said Natasha Lipscomb, director of student life and leadership development at Rowan-Cabarrus. “Tim is now a member of multiple honor and leadership societies and served as vice president of the Student Government Association while continuing to tutor his fellow students in advanced mathematics and English courses.”

Wilson was also recently awarded the North Carolina Community College System’s Daryl Mitchell Award for the Central Division of colleges. The Daryl Mitchell Award is given to a student who demonstrates trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.

“Tim absolutely deserves this honor. What’s amazing is that he was able to do all of this while maintaining a 4.0,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus.

This fall, Wilson will be attending East Carolina University where he will major in hospitality management.

Wilson credits some of his success to the scholarship support he received from the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation.

“Without assistance, it would be very difficult to continue forward with my education,” said Wilson. “The Foundation provides not only financial support but an emotional boost knowing that someone else believes in my goals.”

The award recognizes the academic achievement, leadership and community service of one student from each of the 58 institutions in the North Carolina Community College System. Recipients must be currently enrolled in curriculum courses, completing at least 12 credit hours in an associate degree program and maintaining a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25.

“On behalf of the North Carolina Community College System Board of Trustees, I am honored to award Timothy Wilson with the Academic Excellence Award for Rowan-Cabarrus Community College,” said Clyde Higgs, vice president for business development for the North Carolina Research Campus and North Carolina Community College System board member. Higgs is also a former trustee of the Rowan-Cabarrus Board of Trustees.

The NC Association of Community College Presidents has sponsored the Academic Excellence Awards since 1998.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Reveals 2013 Annual Report

“A Year of Celebration” focuses on the College’s celebratory 50th anniversary year; milestones in academic excellence and student success

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College released its 2013 annual report to the College’s Board of Trustees at their February meeting.

The 2013 annual report, titled “A Year of Celebration,” focuses on how the College spent 2013 celebrating its 50th anniversary, academic excellence and student success, and highlights many of the accomplishments achieved throughout the year in support of the College’s mission and strategic plan.

“Since 1963, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College has educated nearly 650,000 individuals and has developed and delivered programs to meet the demands of our local community,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus, in her opening letter in the annual report. “Today, I am proud to say that Rowan-Cabarrus offers more than 55 degree, diploma and certification programs; fourteen fully online degree programs; many industry-recognized certifications; market-focused continuing education customized to meet specific educational and workforce needs; literacy education, and special personal interest classes. Annually, the College serves more than 22,000 individuals on our seven campuses and sites across our two counties.”

The report highlights student and faculty successes on topics such as online learning, academic excellence, public safety, healthcare and scholarships.

“Education is the best investment anyone can make. It improves the lives of individuals, their families and the community. A more educated region will result in a stronger, more vibrant region. Rowan-Cabarrus is dedicated to creating a future that offers hope and opportunity to all our citizens,” said Spalding.

Last year’s annual report was awarded the 2013 eduStyle’s Best Annual or Community Report for its 2012 annual report website. A unique feature of the 2012 publication was the web version

of the annual report. Instead of using a traditional PDF as the online version of the document, the College developed an interactive design utilizing responsive web design. Responsive web design is intended to provide an optimal viewing experience – easy reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning and scrolling – across a wide range of devices (from desktop computer monitors to mobile phones).

The 2013 annual report also includes this feature and can be found at www.rccc.edu/2013.

The report also highlights the College’s success in acquiring grant funds to support special short-term job training through NC Back to Work, machining equipment and software from the Golden LEAF Foundation, and increased scholarship funds to the College’s Foundation.

“Like many public organizations, Rowan-Cabarrus must seek private and philanthropic resources. Strengthening our ‘fundraising muscle’ is not only important for the immediate future, but also for the long-term vitality of the College, and the tens of thousands of students served by the College each year,” said Carl M. Short, chair of the Rowan-Cabarrus Board of Trustees. “As Rowan-Cabarrus grows, the College must adapt and anticipate the needs of students and the community; public and private investment is crucial.”

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

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