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Rowan-Cabarrus Invites Community Members to Attend the Spring Chorus Concert

The College’s chorus will perform their “spring spectacular” alongside East Rowan High School’s chorus

 

SALISBURY, N.C. — Last fall marked the beginning of something musical at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College – the birth of a chorus.

While the College’s Associate in Fine Arts (AFA) degree program began in 2009, the fall 2014 chorus class was the first practical and performing course offered by the College.

“When the degree first started, the primary focus was on the visual arts, but the College is working toward expanding the degree program to include the performing arts,” said Jenn Selby, program chair of the Department of Fine & Applied Arts at Rowan-Cabarrus.

The one-credit curriculum class made its debut last fall with fourteen passionate students. The Rowan-Cabarrus choir performed at several locations in the community, including the local parades, a well-attended holiday performance at the Concord Mills mall, and the College’s graduation ceremony.

Now, the seasoned group including multiple sections of the chorus across multiple campus locations, is set to stun audiences in their spring concert. The concert, a dual event with East Rowan High School, will feature more than 30 Rowan-Cabarrus students belting out six songs, two of which will be performed with East Rowan. East Rowan will also be singing three separate songs.

“We are inviting everyone in the community to come out for the event, not just friends and family of the performers. ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ by the Beatles and ‘Fly Me to the Moon’ by Frank Sinatra are just a couple of classic hits we will be singing. There is something for everyone,” said Caroline Simyon, choral director and music instructor at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.

The musical spectacular will be held Wednesday, April 29 in the auditorium of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s North Campus at 7 p.m.

“Please encourage everyone to come out to support the arts! We are a growing group and would love the community’s support,” said Simyon.

The College now offers new music and drama specializations within the Associate in Fine Arts degree program. Everything from the history of rock music to play production to American musical theater to opera lecture are available. Additionally, the program, working closely with the NC Music Hall of Fame in Kannapolis, has developed an introduction to jazz class.

“Beginners are welcome! Students can literally show-up and learn how to sing,” said Simyon on those students interested in joining the chorus class at Rowan-Cabarrus.

Many students in the choir, however, do have previous experience and have spent time in their high school or church choirs.

Classes include vocal training and vocal techniques. Students learn how to sing properly without straining vocal chords. Most classes include physical warm-ups and time for learning the music, parts and notes. The curriculum also explores different eras and types of music.

“I continue to be amazed at our talented students,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “We are proud that our fine arts program has grown so much and Rowan-Cabarrus can be an important part of the robust fine arts community in our area.”

The Rowan-Cabarrus AFA program is designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year fine arts program. The AFA program is also suitable for students who want to focus on their personal creative development, expand their portfolios or work in related creative industries.

Anyone with an interest in the fine and applied arts should inquire. Previous experience is not a requirement. Questions should be directed to Program Chair Jenn Selby (jenn.selby@rccc.edu or 704-216-3820). For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu/finearts or call 704-216-RCCC (7222).

 

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Nation Shines the Spotlight on Community Colleges in April

One student’s story showcases need for Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and the impact of the College on the community

SALISBURY, N.C. — When Teren Mitchell first came to Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, she had already tried numerous times to get her high school equivalency, commonly known as a GED. But something about the support she found at Rowan-Cabarrus made this time just a bit different.

Mitchell is one of the millions of community college students across the U.S. celebrating Community College Awareness Month. During the month of April, the American Association of Community Colleges, along with community colleges across the nation have generated awareness about the mission, impact, goals and history of community colleges.

“Community colleges are essential partners in developing our current and future workforce here in North Carolina,” says Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. “The dedicated faculty and staff of Rowan-Cabarrus work tirelessly to provide quality training to ensure student success.”

Community colleges, especially those here in North Carolina, have a long history of serving the needs of the community and region. This mission helps fulfill what Dallas Herring, founder of the North Carolina community college system, proposed: “to carry people as far as they could go.”

“Each time I failed the test, I felt my chances of succeeding shrinking,” said Mitchell, now an accounting student at Rowan-Cabarrus.

When she first took the placement test she was placed in the lowest possible level. She worked hard and studied every day and by the end of one year she was in her final level of studies.

After enrolling at Rowan-Cabarrus, Teren had many supporters in the program. “The instructors supported and encouraged me tremendously. When I struggled with a particular subject, they would always tutor me and help me understand,” said Mitchell.

Mitchell received her high school equivalency from Rowan-Cabarrus in 2013, and immediately enrolled in college classes. Mitchell has thrived in the accounting program and will graduate with her Associate in Applied Science Degree in May.

Rowan-Cabarrus provides both instruction and resource materials to students preparing for the GED at no cost. Classes are scheduled on the North and South Campuses and at a variety of community locations for convenience and access.

“Teren’s story is an inspiring one! It was a pleasure to teach her,” said Louise Ginger Pack, developmental mathematics instructor for the College. “When I hear stories like these from my students, I am reminded why our community needs Rowan-Cabarrus and why I do what I do.”

Students work at their own pace, so the time to complete a section of the high school equivalency may take weeks or months based upon the individual’s readiness for the test.

“Rowan-Cabarrus serves a diverse population in the GED High School Equivalency program. Though it can be a challenging program, dedicated students such as Teren not only complete the program and but go do on and do exceedingly well in their college classes,” said Gary Connor, director in pre-college college studies. “We work hard to provide support and tutoring to help students meet their goals.”

In the late 1950s, the North Carolina General Assembly approved funding for a new concept in higher education: industrial education centers for the purpose of training adults in vocational and technical skills needed by emerging industries.

Since 1963, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College has served citizens, business and industry in Rowan and Cabarrus counties. The College offers a wide-variety of programs to meet the needs of a diverse student population with respect to age, life-style, academic achievement and employment background.

“Simply put, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is a way forward – for our students, our community, and our economy,” said Carl M. Short, chair of the Rowan-Cabarrus Board of Trustees.

The College offers fully accredited associate degree programs in 36 areas of study, including business, information technology, health and public services, motorsports, engineering technologies and biotechnology. Rowan-Cabarrus also offers numerous degrees entirely online, as well as accredited diploma and certificate programs focused on career and technical training, continuing education and adult basic education.

Additionally, the College provides a strong general education foundation and transferable credits for students advancing to four-year colleges and universities while helping many adults secure the additional training they need to start or change careers.

“Rowan-Cabarrus is the area’s largest workforce training resource and one of our largest employers. Most of our graduates continue to live and work in our local communities and provide essential and critical services in healthcare, public safety, manufacturing, government, business, and human services,” said Short. “Since its inception in 1963, Rowan-Cabarrus has changed the lives of many individuals in our region and is committed to building sustainable futures for our citizens through public higher education.”

For more information regarding the General Education Diploma High School Equivalency Program at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please call 704-216-3510. For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu.

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Meeting the Talent Demands of Today’s Business – NC Manufacturing Institute Launches

The Centralina Workforce Development Board, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, leaders from Rowan and Cabarrus counties’ Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development authorities will launch the new North Carolina Manufacturing Institute at a community forum that will unveil the institute’s plans and services. The North Carolina Manufacturing Institute Forum is scheduled for Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 8:30 a.m.

The community forum will be held at the Rowan-Cabarrus facility on the North Carolina Research Campus in Room 115 located at 399 Biotechnology Drive, Kannapolis, N.C. Manufacturing firms, plant leadership teams, and guests are invited to the informational event. The forum will consist of manufacturing executives and community leaders focused on building a world-class manufacturing workforce for the region.

The North Carolina Manufacturing Institute is a response to local employers’ need for solving talent recruitment issues in order to grow and remain competitive. This initiative builds a clear and achievable pathway for people to acquire those skills in order to access good jobs in local communities.

“Our program is modeled after successful initiatives in Indiana, including Advanced Manufacturing and Manufacturing Matters,” said Craig Lamb, vice president of corporate and continuing education at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. “These initiatives have served as best practice models for groups like the National Association of Manufacturers, the Wal-Mart Foundation and the National Council on Workforce Education.”

Manufacturing firms will benefit from partnering with the North Carolina Manufacturing Institute through access to a pipeline of screened, trained, certified production technicians who can help them achieve their business goals.

Its innovative funding and operational structure will allow the Institute to deliver results in response to a rapidly-growing need for manufacturing employees with certified skills and verified work readiness.

The initiative was conceived last summer 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.

To reserve a seat for the event, please contact Asia Wilson, Centralina Workforce Development Board’s Communications Specialist, at awilson@centralina.org. Light breakfast will be served prior to the event.

Additional information will be available at the community forum regarding the development of the North Carolina Manufacturing Institute, including the Institute’s new website.

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Fourth Annual STEM Open House to be Held Next Week

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

 

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College invites people of all ages to its fourth annual STEM Open House at its facility on the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC).

On Thursday, April 16, from 5-7 p.m. and Friday, April 17, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m., the College will welcome the community to a fun, interactive event showcasing the College’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs.

The 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, talk with a real SWAT team, check out a fire truck up close, play corn hole and even engage in activities involving sculpture and crime scene forensics.

“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.”

As robotics and technology have played a bigger and bigger role in manufacturing and advanced technology, the College has expanded its arsenal of training and industry-recognized equipment. Attendees at the STEM Open House will have the opportunity to interact with high-end robotics and even test out welding with the College’s new virtual reality welding tools.

“Certain lab exhibits will only display for one day during the event, so folks may want to plan their schedules according to their interests. Of course, they are welcome to come both days,” stated Dr. Scherczinger.

On Thursday, community members will have the opportunity to make “cocktails” with chemical compounds and discover edible DNA with strawberries. On Friday, folks can partake in “infected” where they will exchange fluids in test tubes to see who gets infected and how fast it can spread and “outbreak” which will determine the strand of virus that infected someone. Both days will include dissections.

“We think that 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 younger children to attend with their parents. The exhibits will be extremely diverse – everything from the complexity of balancing pH in dying hair to the chemistry of extracting DNA and how to develop videogames to race cars and fire trucks.

Surrounding public and private schools are busing in students on Friday for the occasion. Additionally, as an incentive to attend, the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation will offer a $500 scholarship to one high school senior in each county.

“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.

Rowan-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 10-26. 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 Offers New Aromatherapy Workshop

New personal enrichment workshop highlights how essential oils can play a part in living a holistic lifestyle everyday

 

SALISBURY, N.C. — Long considered an ancient method for therapy, healing and medicine, aromatherapy has been repositioned in modern culture as the go-to method for everything from making a soothing body scrub to combating a nasty cold.

In keeping with this trend, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, as part of its range of personal enrichment classes, will present a new workshop in aromatherapy, specifically dealing with essential oils.

“Society as a whole is moving towards a cleaner lifestyle. People are demanding electric cars, clean energy options, earth friendly cleaning supplies and natural remedies for the body and mind. The use of plant materials and aromatic plant oils plays right into this need for natural solutions,” said Tricia Staggers, lead program manager of training services at Rowan-Cabarrus.

The workshop, held on April 14, will be taught by Rene Shuford, owner of Blue Ridge Healing Arts, and Lynn MacDougal Fleming, owner of GreenThumb Massage, both in Concord, N.C. Combined they are entrepreneurs and essential oils experts, practicing holistic bodywork therapy for years.

“Every time we cruise Instagram or browse Pinterest for our next craft idea or natural healing remedy we are inundated with essential oils. Just last week I used orange oil to make a soothing citrus sugar scrub and rubbed lavender oil on my wrists at night to combat my stressful work week,” said Shuford.

During the workshop students will learn the vast benefits of essential oils. Participants will be able to sample oils and discover which can help with relaxation, sleep, energy, and even focus.

“Students will come away with a greater understanding of how essential oils can play a variety of roles in our everyday lives. For example, the smell of rosemary oil is known to aid in memory recall and the smell of grapefruit oil is known to produce a jovial mood,” said Shuford.

Students will have the opportunity to put their newfound knowledge to the test by working together to create a unique spa product, of which they can take a sample home to flaunt their do it yourself skills.

The three hour workshop will run 6 to 9 p.m. at the College’s North Carolina Research Campus building on Tuesday, April 14.

“This workshop can open your mind to new ways of pampering and relaxation,” said Staggers. “The class will be a fun way to learn something new with age-old remedies.”

Those interested should register as soon as possible, as there is a lot of interest and limited slots available. In addition to traditional career-enhancing courses, the College offers classes designed to help you meet your personal goals.

“For getting fit – mind and body! – we have core stability, yoga and meditation. We also have classes to help you write the next best seller – from a best seller herself! Or, if you need to improve your digital photography, we’ve got a class for that, too. You can make your friends and family jealous on Instagram and Facebook with your new drastically enhanced skills,” said Staggers.

For more information about this course, including how to register, as well as other enrichment courses offered at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu/enrichment or call 704-216-RCCC (7222).

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Announces Fourth Annual STEM Open House

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

 

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College invites people of all ages to its fourth STEM Open House at its facility on the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC).

On Thursday, April 16, from 5-7 p.m. and Friday, April 17, from 9 a.m.-12 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.”

The 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, perform DNA extraction in the College’s science labs, and even engage in activities involving sculpture and crime scene forensics.

“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 younger children to attend with their parents. The exhibits will be extremely diverse – everything from the complexity of balancing pH in dying hair to the chemistry of extracting DNA 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.S.T.E.M. 2014-12

Surrounding public and private schools are busing in students on Friday for the occasion. Additionally, as an incentive to attend, the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation will offer a $500 scholarship to one high school senior in each county.

“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.

Rowan-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 10-26. 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 Establishes Nursing National Honor Society Chapter

College holds first annual Associate Degree Nursing National Honor Society induction ceremony for prestigious new student organization

 

Nursing Honor SocietyKannapolis, N.C. — A prestigious new recognition recently became available for Rowan-Cabarrus Community College nursing students. The College was honored to be approved to establish a new chapter of the Alpha Delta Nu Nursing Honor Society designed to promote scholarship and academic excellence in the profession of nursing.

“We are thrilled to have this new chapter of Alpha Delta Nu and I wish all of the inductees the best of luck in their futures – they certainly have a great start,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.

The honor society, a relatively new organization, was established by the National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (N-OADN).

In order to promote scholarship and academic excellence in the profession of nursing, the Alpha Delta Nu Nursing Honor Society was established in the spring of 2012 for Associate Degree Nursing students by the N-OADN. The society provides recognition for excellence in academics and encourages nurses to pursue advanced degrees and continuing education courses as part of their professional development.

With strong faculty support, the society’s mission is on track. Cathy Norris, director of nursing education, was honored by the inductees with the Pioneer Award, an award given to show appreciation for making the creation of the Rowan-Cabarrus chapter possible.

“I couldn’t be more proud of these students,” said Carol Beaver, a nursing instructor at Rowan-Cabarrus who will serve as the first faculty advisor for the new Gamma Nu Chapter of the Alpha Delta Nu Nursing Honor Society of the N-OADN. “The objective of the Gamma Nu Chapter is to give intense devotion to the nurturing of future nurses through professional development, academic success, and recruitment networks in order for them to reach their full potential in nursing.”

Senior nursing students who maintain a B average in all nursing courses, have not failed any nursing classes, and who complete a Capstone project will be eligible for induction into the new Gamma Nu Chapter of the Alpha Delta Nu Nursing Honor Society.

Recently, along with upholding academic excellence, senior nursing students were required to do a capstone project in order to be inducted into the Gamma Nu Chapter of the Alpha Delta Nu Nursing Honor Society. Nursing students at Rowan-Cabarrus chose the Cabarrus Victims Assistance Network (CVAN), a local charity in Cabarrus County.

During the holiday season, the College’s new chapter, along with help from fellow students, family and community businesses, provided stockings filled with basic necessities for these families in need. In addition to donating items to many CVAN families, they also received a teaching plan on how to use relaxation to deal with stress. Nursing students created more awareness for the cause by providing information about domestic violence to the community. Read More »

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Partners with National HR Association

College will offer test-preparation classes for the new HR professional certifications offered by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

CONCORD, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is pleased to announce its partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management, to offer courses to help HR professionals prepare for SHRM’s new competency-based certification: the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM –CP) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) credentials.

SHRM announced in May 2014 that it was developing a new certification based on the SHRM Competency Model, which identifies eight behavioral competencies and one technical competency – HR Knowledge or HR Expertise – that HR professionals need to advance their careers and improve the effectiveness in the workplace.

The first exam for the new SHRM certification will take place in May 2015.

“The Society for Human Resource Management is delighted at the opportunity to partner with Rowan-Cabarrus and to help HR professionals acquire both the competencies and knowledge essential for success in today’s global economy,” said J. Robert Carr, SPHR, SHRM senior vice president for membership, marketing and external affairs. “SHRM is committed to ensuring that the credentials our certificants receive are recognized as best-in-class and distinguishes them in the marketplace. We regard the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP as the new standard in certification for the HR profession.” Read More »

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College: It’s About More than Just Classes

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College students compete in tournaments, competitions and community service

 

SALISBURY, N.C. — Trevor Barber started his academic career the same way many other students do: he had a basic plan. Going to Rowan-Cabarrus was a part of his plan, and planned to transfer on. However, he didn’t know that his time at Rowan-Cabarrus would help him find his career calling while at Rowan-Cabarrus.

“I just saw a flyer one day for an intramural basketball team,” said Barber. B Ball Uniform 3

Growing up, Barber loved playing basketball, but he didn’t necessarily see how he could do that in college. Playing for the Rowan-Cabarrus intramural team inspired Barber to seriously consider a career in sports management.

“College is about more than just classes and papers and exams. There is an enormous amount of learning that occurs outside of the classroom in the extracurricular programs we offer,” said Natasha Lipscomb, director of student life and leadership development at Rowan-Cabarrus.

The College’s three-on-three intramural basketball team practiced locally and ultimately competed in a state-wide tournament.

“I loved that we didn’t compete with others locally, but with other teams across the state,” said Barber. “It was pretty fun to play in the tournament – the competition was good and evenly matched.”
Barber started out by just attending college on track to transfer. Because of one flyer, his plan and potential career path was changed. And he’s not alone. Annually, students at Rowan-Cabarrus find fulfillment and confidence by engaging in the variety of student life activities and programs.

“We believe that our ever-expanding set of extracurricular activities and communications creates a holistic student experience, developing well-rounded graduates,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “It’s all about developing leaders and helping them engage in their community.”

The College has also started a new tradition of $5 Fridays where students can participate in unique day trips that help expand the cultural exposure that students receive. A pre-holiday season trip to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville was booked at lightning speed.

Students who are engaged in clubs and leadership roles have the opportunity to travel across the country to compete in competitions and learn. Several student leaders have found themselves in locations such as New Orleans, Kansas City and Anaheim, California. Many also found themselves returning with national awards and recognition.

The College is committed to developing student leaders on campus. When Rowan-Cabarrus first started the Sigma Alpha Pi program on campus, the College was the first community college in the state to host the organization. Today, more than 20 additional community colleges in North Carolina have followed suit.

“Student life at Rowan-Cabarrus continues to flourish with record participation in clubs, activities and events,” said Gaye McConnell, vice president of enrollment and the student experience. “Students who take advantage of these experiences are poised for even greater community service and leadership when they complete their studies at Rowan-Cabarrus.”

The College still has eight-week mini-semester classes available this spring, with classes beginning on March 18. For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu or call 704-216-RCCC (7222).

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Honda Donates Engines to Give Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Students Hands on Experience with Small Engine Repair

College’s automotive department receives critical training tools

 

 

SALISBURY, N.C. — Honda has partnered with Rowan-Cabarrus Community College to improve the College’s ability to train students in the automotive technology field. Honda recently donated 27 small engines for an upcoming class on small engine repair.

The increased use of motorcycles and recreational vehicles have increased the need for certified mechanics who know how to repair small engines. As motorized equipment becomes more sophisticated, employers prefer to hire mechanics who have been formally trained in the field.

“Training these mechanics is a critical part of the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College mission and Honda just made that easier,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of the College.

Small engine mechanics used to be able to enter the occupation fresh out of high school and learn their trade through on-the-job training.

“That’s no longer the case today. Formalized training is an important prerequisite for employment in the automotive field,” said Wade Vernon, chair of the automotive technology program at the College. “The College provides an invaluable training resource to our community.”

Students having access to equipment, like engines and vehicles, for training purposes is critically needed to make them more marketable and employable.

“The training will not only give students the skills, satisfaction, and confidence they need to get the job done right, it will also give them the ability to increase their earning potential,” said Carl Smith, automotive instructor.

“We pride ourselves in working closely with industry to find ways we can better support each other,” said Jan Corriher-Smith, program manager for Rowan-Cabarrus. “This donation is an example of that kind of partnership.”

The 27 small engines represent thousands of dollars in savings to the College.

“I really want to thank Honda for their generous donation. This is a great example of public-private partnership,” said Spalding. “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.”

A small engine repair class will be offered this summer. Every Monday and Tuesday from May 18 to July 27, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., students can learn about four stroke and two stroke engine theory of both hand held and gasoline powered small engines.

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

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 Carla Howell, chief officer of foundation, governance and public relations at the College. “Like many public organizations, we are looking at other options and have developed 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 by creating giving opportunities that expand College financial resources and develop sustainable programming for long-term fiscal stability. Every gift to Rowan-Cabarrus, no matter the size, makes a difference. There is always an extraordinary need for unrestricted funds which provide the College with the flexibility to meet its highest priorities and most urgent needs.

The Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation welcomes in-kind donations, which help the College keep pace with changing technology and equipment needs and meet the demands of increased enrollment.

Gifts in kind must:

·         fulfill a stated need of one or more college departments, and

·         be approved by the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation

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

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