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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Provides Free Seminars for Local Small Businesses

Whether starting a small business or growing an existing business, the College can help develop a plan of action for lasting success

SBC Whole Foods 2KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is offering numerous seminars this fall for local small business owners through the Small Business Center. Seminars are provided free-of-charge and open to the public.

Local residents like Kelli Swick, entrepreneur and owner of Queen of Oats, have found success through the Small Business Center. Swick started the business just two years ago and has been on a whirlwind of success since. She was named a finalist in the national “Martha Stewart American Made” contest and most recently her wheat-free granola, protein bars, and breakfast cookies were put on the shelves at Whole Foods, a significant accomplishment.

“The Small Business Center has been an essential part of my business from its beginning. The Small Business Center counselor equipped me with the tools and resources I needed to get Queen of Oats off the ground. I came out of my meetings invigorated and more determined to succeed, and I will continue to seek counseling at the College’s Small Business Center,” said Swick.

Seminars include basic topics like “How to Start a Business” and “How to Write a Business Plan” to more advanced topics like “Growing Your Business with Social Media” and “Leadership Levels for Small Business Owners.”

“The Small Business Center at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College provides business resources in Concord, Kannapolis, Salisbury and surrounding towns. Whether starting a small business or growing an existing business, the Small Business Center can aid in developing a plan of action for lasting success,” said Barbara Hall, director of the College’s Small Business Center. “Our goal is simple – to provide high quality small business education and relevant, comprehensive assistance to you.”

The calendar includes the following seminars held at the College’s North Campus in Salisbury:

  • Selling Techniques for Small Business Owners: Three-Part Series – Tuesdays 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., September 22 – October 6
  • Managing Stress and Preventing Burnout for Small Business Owners – Thursday 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., September 24
  • Create the Perfect Brand for Your Business: From Idea to Image – Tuesday 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., October 13
  • Your Small Business Taxes – Thursday 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – October 15
  • How to Find Your Customers – Thursday 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., October 29
  • Growing Your Business with Social Media – Thursday – 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., November 5
  • Introduction to Hootsuite Basic for Small Business Owners – Wednesday 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., November 18
  • Basics of Bookkeeping – Tuesday 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., December 8

The calendar includes the following seminars held at the College’s Cabarrus Business & Technology Center Campus in Concord:

  • Growing Your Business with Social Media – Wednesday 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., September 2
  • Leadership Levels for Small Business Owners – Tuesday 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., September 15
  • The Artist Entrepreneur: How to Earn More – Thursday 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., September 17
  • Marketing Your Business – Thursday 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., October 1
  • How to Write a Business Plan – Thursday 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., October 8
  • Grant Writing 101: Elements of a Winning Proposal – Tuesday 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., October 20
  • Design Your Business Website with WordPress: Two-Part Series – Tuesdays 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., October 27 and November 3
  • Financing Your Business – Tuesday 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., November 10
  • How to Start a Business – Thursday 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., November 12

For more information on the seminars including course descriptions, specific classroom locations and how to register, visit www.rccc.edu/sbc/.

The Rowan-Cabarrus Small Business Center can also help you access data on hundreds of industries, information needed to make marketing decisions or to write a business plan. A small business counselor can help you find information about your consumer preferences, use of social media in your industry, profit margins and much more. Make a free, one-on-one counseling appointment today at www.rccc.edu/sbc/.

For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu or call 704-216-RCCC (7222). The College is currently accepting applications for classes beginning in October and January.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Partnering to Offer Job Fair Preparation

Job FairWorkshops will prepare local job seekers for the 300 JOBS NOW! Job Fair


SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is partnering with NC Works Career Center Rowan, the City of Salisbury and the City of Salisbury Parks and Recreation to offer a day of workshops aimed at preparing local job seekers for the upcoming “300 JOBS NOW! Job Fair.”

The workshops will be divided into sessions and cover the following topics: Resume Writing, Interviewing Skills and Personality, Communication & Conflict Skills.

“The goal of the workshops is to maximize the job fair experience for anyone participating through knowledge and preparation,” said Tammara Walker, a career services counselor at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.

The workshops will be held Thursday, August 20, at the Miller Recreation Center in Salisbury. Sessions will be held from 12:00 – 1:15 p.m., 1:30 – 2:45p.m., 4:00 – 5:15p.m. and 5:30 – 6:45 p.m.

“The sessions are arranged in a group format so we are able to accommodate larger amounts of job seekers. Each of the three topics will be covered at each of the four sessions so folks will be able to attend sessions based on their busy schedules – and they have the opportunity to cover all three of the unique topics,” said Walker. “We are doing everything we can to make sure that anyone who wants to attend is able. We even have complimentary child care for ages four to 12!”

Workshop attendees will have a leg up on the competition when they bring their updated resumes and refreshed skills to the job fair on September 1, held at the Salisbury Civic Center.

The job fair, as promised in the title, will feature great companies looking to fill more than 300 jobs. Ellis Jewelers, Gordon Food Service, LabCorp, Lowe’s and Agility Fuel Systems will be among the more than 35 employers seeking talent.

“I encourage anyone attending the job fair to visit the employer panel from 10:00 – 10:50 a.m. This is a great opportunity for job seekers to ask any questions that may help when they are speaking with the representatives from the companies,” said Walker.

The job fair will take place on September 1, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and is open to the community.

For more information on the workshops or to RSVP, please call 704-638-5217 or email humanresources@salisburync.gov. For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu or call 704-216-RCCC (7222). The College is accepting applications now for classes beginning throughout the fall semester.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Selected to Participate in NASA Grant Competition

The College launched a weather balloon to the edge of space as part of design challenge

Nasa1SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is honored to announce they were one of four colleges selected to participate in the N.C. Space Grant Team Design Challenge and Competition.

“This was a great opportunity for work-based learning and provided a great picture of a real division of NASA for our students. These lucky participants got to learn hands-on the process of creating a real space balloon and simultaneously earned a scholarship to further their education,” said Zackary Hubbard, program chair for the College’s Computer Technology Integration program.

The North Carolina Space Grant Consortium is led by North Carolina State University. As part of NASA’s proposal to increase science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education at community and technical colleges, the N.C. Space Grant was selected as a recipient of the 2014 Space Grant Competitive Opportunity for Partnerships with Community Colleges and Technical Schools.

“The balloons were launched in April and the event was open to the public and those interested in STEM, or those just hoping to see somethinNASA3g uniquely cool, came out to celebrate,” said Dr. Van Madray, dean of the College’s engineering and business technologies programs.

Each team designed, engineered, tested and launched a high-altitude balloon to the edge of space. Team members were responsible for conducting a specific experiment while their balloon was in-flight that had measurable results. Each balloon was equipped with a camera and GPS, which aided in the recovery of the balloon post-experiment.

NASA4The grant not only provided the funding for the N.C. Space Grant Team Design Challenge and Competition, but it also provided a $1000 scholarship for each Rowan-Cabarrus team member.

The grant establishes the Team Design Challenge and Competition for faculty and students across the state to increase STEM education experiences featuring NASA content. This year, in addition to Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, Mitchell Community College, Central Piedmont Community College and Catawba Valley Community College were selected to participate.

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

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Fastest Growing Industry in the Area Offers Good Jobs

Industry-funded training program emphasizes critical thinking and teamwork; Next session to enroll in training program on August 7 or August 12


CONCORD, N.C. — Charlotte Alexander didn’t think that a job in manufacturing was in her future. After years working in an office as an administrative professional, it didn’t seem like the right fit.

But here she is, one of 12 participants in an eight-week training program to become a Certified Production Technician (CPT), and about to begin work for one of the new manufacturing companies in the local area.

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

“Manufacturing jobs are among the fastest growing in the nation. In fact, 13.7 percent of private-sector jobs are in manufacturing,” said Robert Van Geons, executive director for RowanWORKS, Economic Development. “These are also well-paying jobs with benefits with the average annual salary of $68,887, for the 3,010 new manufacturing jobs created in North Carolina last year.”

The growth and popularity of these clean, high-tech jobs has led to a high demand for a qualified workforce.

Graduates of the eight-week, 160-hour training program will be ready to sit for a national exam to become a Certified Production Technician (CPT). Selected participants enroll in the program for free, thanks to support from local manufacturers.

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

This coveted certification is validation to manufacturers that this individual has the skills and problem-solving abilities to be successful. Certainly the employers still perform training on the actual equipment they use and will acclimate the new employee to the company’s culture, while the grueling screening process has already taken care of.

There are several skills that all manufacturers wish to see when they hire a new employee. These companies and workforce development partners like the chambers of commerce and economic development leaders and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College have come together to develop a short-term training program that prepares students to work in a high-tech manufacturing environment.

The first ever eight-week training program is currently in session and attendees are already seeing results and benefitting from the experience.

“The experience has been awesome. I am with a good group of people and we all have the same objective which is to increase our value to local employers for a chance of gaining employment,” said Alexander. “I am loving the program and there is a lot of important detailed information that we will need in the workforce. You can’t give up, get discouraged. We are here to better ourselves, we are here to work.”

Derrick Crook, a program participant who formerly worked in banking security, was looking to find his niche and his business degree was not leading him there. Crook learned about the program when a manufacturing firm he was applying to passed along the information. Now, he is flourishing in the program and excited for the next steps.

“Stan Honeycutt, the course’s instructor, has been great so far. He is very knowledgeable about business and manufacturing,” said Crook. “It’s a great career opportunity and an excellent resume builder.”

Another participant, Monica Barbee, moved to the area from Wilmington, N.C. for opportunities within the field of manufacturing. Barbee, an entrepreneur who ran her own business in Wilmington, saw an article in the paper and that it sounded like a great opportunity.

“It’s been very exciting. I can’t speak highly enough about Stan, the instructor. He gives us examples of real-life experiences and has instilled common sense information about workplace safety and working smart not hard,” said Barbee. “I’ve learned that you are there to be part of a team – my impression was that manufacturing involved work by individuals but I’m learning it’s much more of a team effort. For someone who has no experience in the field I am on a huge learning curve.”

Individuals interested in becoming a CPT will undergo a screening process that includes passing national Career Readiness tests and a drug screening. Some of the concepts emphasized in the training program are important safety practices, quality management, teamwork, timeliness, critical thinking and the ability to solve problems.

The Career Readiness tests are available through Rowan-Cabarrus Employability Labs. The first visit is free and the testing fee is waived for those interested in qualifying for the CPT scholarships. For more information, including Employability Lab locations and hours, please visit www.rccc.edu/resume.

The next eight-week training program begins August 24. For anyone interested in the CPT training program, attending an interest, or “discovery,” session is required. The next Discovery Session is scheduled for Friday, August 7 at 9 a.m. at the NCWorks Career Center in Salisbury with the last session to enroll in this program scheduled for Wednesday, August 12 at 2 p.m. at the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College North Carolina Research Campus building. Get details, including how to register for the session at www.ncmanufacturinginstitute.com.

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

“This is a way that we’re going to build a world class talent pool so we can keep people here,” said Patrick Coughlin, president and CEO of the Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Students Learn by Giving Kannapolis Storefront New Aesthetic

Scott’s Collectibles in Kannapolis receives custom window display


KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Marketing students at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College applied knowledge gained in the classroom in a real-world setting and helped a local merchant at the same time.

Students in instructor Nancy Whittaker’s visual merchandising class designed and installed a custom store window display for Scott’s Collectibles in the Cloverleaf Plaza shopping center. The students’ goal was to design a window that captured the attention of potential customers while communicating the store’s marketing message.

“The students had fun applying what they learned in the classroom to an actual retail setting. In addition, they had the opportunity to work as a team and meet the expectations of their clients, owner Scott Haas and his sister Christy Haas,” said Whittaker.Vis.

Scott’s Collectibles carries a plethora of items including sports cards and memorabilia, NASCAR diecast, board games, card games, comic character figures, collecting supplies, display cases, and NFL, NCAA, NBA, NHL and MLB licensed merchandise.

“Real world experience like this is a vitally important part of the student experience. Employers want employees with applicable experience and education,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. “Students who take advantage of internships, co-ops, and hands-on projects like this, get the most out of their education.”

The marketing students developed a family game time theme for the window which primarily features sports team checker sets, panoramic stadium puzzles and OYO mini-figures. They chose props to suggest a family room setting including a small rocking chair, multi-colored rug, family picture and family game time chalkboard sign. They decorated a tall fixture which displayed the merchandise and the props in the unconventional window.

“I really enjoyed being able to put the window together for Scott’s Collectibles and the learning experience I took from it is something I will never forget,” said Naomi Ford, a student in the class.

The College’s marketing classes, covering everything from advertising approaches to marketing methods to pricing strategies, impart real-world knowledge and skills students will actually use on the job.

“We were recently lucky enough to have Nancy Whittaker’s marketing class come visit us and create one of our display windows. We are pleased that we could help students obtain some real world experience and also get an amazing display window out of it too! Thanks to the students, Mrs. Whittaker and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College,” said Scott Haas.

Scott’s Collectibles is located in the Cloverleaf Plaza shopping center in Kannapolis. For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu or call 704-216-RCCC (7222). The College is currently accepting applications for the fall term. Registration is now underway with classes beginning on August 17, 2015.



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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Alumnus to Intern With Disney World and MGM Hotels in Las Vegas

Timothy Wilson credits Rowan-Cabarrus for his success as he embarks on two prestigious internships


RCCC Graduation 2015CONCORD, N.C. —Timothy Wilson came to Rowan-Cabarrus Community College after earning his GED intending to receive a diploma in order to get a job right away. As he began to achieve success, he saw that he had more options than he initially realized. He decided to take his goals a step further and pursue a degree.

Wilson is now a student at East Carolina University (ECU) where he is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management, and is interning with MGM Resorts International in Las Vegas, Nevada. This fall, Wilson will head to the most magical place on earth to intern at Disney World.

While Wilson is flourishing now, his road to success wasn’t easy.

“Honestly, I never thought I would be here, speaking in front of all of you. In fact, when I first arrived at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, I really did not resemble the person I am today,” said Wilson, as he addressed the graduates at the Rowan-Cabarrus 2015 graduation ceremony.

According to Wilson, he had never been able to maintain a job after dropping out of high school at the end of his senior year. He had fallen into a self-destructive life style and was diagnosed and received surgery for a cystic disease in his lower back. He felt completely broken, and though he was still a young man, he felt that he was at a dead end.

“But then things started to change. One positive experience built upon another. And momentum was built. This amazing college offered me an opportunity to change my life. I had something that had been lost for so many years. I had direction in my life, not to mention the tools to succeed,” said Wilson.

Wilson became involved with campus life and went on to win numerous awards at Rowan-Cabarrus.

“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 became 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 awarded the 2014 Academic Excellence Award, a prestigious award that recognizes academic achievement, leadership and community service. He was also 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.

“Since transferring to East Carolina, I have successfully maintained the momentum I gained at Rowan-Cabarrus. The number one goal I set for myself once I made it to ECU was to obtain an internship with a prominent company in the hospitality industry. I am thankful that I was chosen for not one, but two of these internships. While interning with Disney is a dream come true, I am also very proud of the internship with MGM Resorts International in Las Vegas,” said Wilson.

When he found out he had been chosen for the MGM Resorts internship, he learned that a corporate recruitment manager had personally chosen him to be accepted. She explained to him why she wanted him in particular and what had set him apart.

“Honestly, every accomplishment she mentioned was from my experience with at Rowan-Cabarrus. Sure, this past year at ECU has been important. But when it came to this rather prestigious internship, it was what happened to me at Rowan-Cabarrus that mattered. I want to emphasize that one more time. A recruitment manager for what is, hands down, the largest hotel company on the face of the planet, saw what had occurred at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and decided that I was what she wanted to be a part of the MGM Resorts team,” said Wilson.

For Wilson, Rowan-Cabarrus was not just a stepping stone; it was pivotal point in his life. He credits the College, along with the faculty and staff, for helping him get where he is today.

“I had the opportunity to meet some amazing, lifelong friends and interact with faculty and staff that had a profound impact on me. While I had numerous awards and accomplishments while here, there is no doubt that the best thing that happened to me was that I regained my self-esteem and developed an unwavering self-confidence,” said Wilson. “I am proud to call myself a Rowan-Cabarrus Community College alumnus.”

For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu or call 704-216-RCCC (7222). The College is currently accepting applications for the fall term. Registration is now underway with classes beginning on August 17, 2015.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Students Take Home Two First Place Awards in National Business Competition

Competing against four-year colleges and universities, Rowan-Cabarrus stacks up well


SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College business-minded students returned from a national conference in Chicago, Il. with numerous awards, including two first place prizes, continuing the tradition of making the community and the College proud. These students from the College’s Phi Beta Lambda organization attended the conference with more than 1,600 of American’s best and brightest college students.

Letitia Dennis-Boger, one of the Rowan-Cabarrus students who attended the conference, placed first in the nation in Management Concepts and first in Organizational Behavior and Leadership. She competed against students from a number of major universities.

“This is the first time a Rowan-Cabarrus student achieved top national honors in two competitive categories. Competitors in these events come from not only community colleges, but major universities as well,” said Martha Cranford, a Rowan-Cabarrus faculty member and the College’s Phi Beta Lambda chapter advisor. “Some universities have more on-campus students than the entire population of Salisbury, and this speaks volumes about the knowledge and education provided at Rowan-Cabarrus.”

Rowan-Cabarrus students Katelyn Collier, Pam Grubb, Angela Lore, David Lore and Tricia Douglas competed as well and placed in the competitions as follows:

• Angela Lore – third place in Computer Applications

• David Lore – fifth in Computer Concepts, seventh in Microeconomics

• Tricia Douglas – eighth in Entrepreneurship Concepts

David Lore is the current president of the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Phi Beta Lambda chapter and presides at the monthly meeting of the group. Angela Lore serves as secretary of the local chapter and will be the North Carolina Phi Beta Lambda secretary for the 2015-2016 academic year. Katelyn Collier will serve as the 2015-2016 Rowan-Cabarrus chapter president.

“I am extremely proud of the accomplishments of these students and would encourage all Rowan-Cabarrus students to consider being part of the school’s Phi Beta Lambda organization and compete in state and national competitive events,” said Robin Turner, chair of the accounting program. “Competing against seniors from four-year universities and finishing in the national top ten is a major achievement by our students.”

The awards were part of a comprehensive national competitive events program sponsored by Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) that recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. For many students, the competitive events are the capstone activity of their Rowan-Cabarrus Community College academic careers. In addition to the competitions, students immersed themselves in educational workshops, visited an information-packed exhibit hall, and attended motivational keynotes on a broad range of business topics.

“We are proud of each student that qualified in the North Carolina Phi Beta Lambda competition that went on to compete in Chicago. We congratulate them all, especially our double first place winner. It’s quite an accomplishment,” said Cranford. “Not only did our students do well in competitions; they learned many social skills and interacted with a diverse group of students from across the U.S. and Puerto Rico. We have great students at Rowan-Cabarrus and we look forward to bringing home many national awards in the future.”

To qualify for national competition, students must be rated first, second or third at the North Carolina Phi Beta Lambda level. The College was proud to bring home recognition from the state level earlier this year, including multiple first and second place awards. Students competed among many two-year community colleges as well as UNC Chapel Hill, East Carolina, Pfeiffer, University of Mount Olive, Barton College, Western Carolina University, Appalachian State, Campbell University and Lenior-Rhyne among many others. Award winners at the state level included:

• Pam Grubb – first place in Accounting Principles

• Katelyn Collier – first place in Accounting for Professionals

• David Lore – first place in Computer Concepts, second place in Microeconomics

• Tricia Douglas – first place in Entrepreneur Concepts, third place in Retail Management

• Letitia Dennis-Boger – first place in Management Concepts, second place in Organizational Behavior

• Angela Lore – first place in Financial Concepts, second place in Computer Applications

• Anthony Rossi – second place in Future Business Executive

• Jennifer Suhocky – fourth place in Business Communications, fourth place in Personal Finance

• Katelyn Collier – fourth place in Management Concepts

• Brandon Brock – seventh place in Accounting Principles

At the national FBLA-PBL conference, participants from around the country were in attendance for this exciting conference to sharpen their core business skills, expand their networks, and participate in more than 55 business and business-related competitive events. Rowan-Cabarrus students competed against major universities represented with many years of Phi Beta Lambda national competitive experience.

For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu or call 704-216-RCCC (7222). The College is currently accepting applications for the fall term. Registration is now underway with classes beginning on August 17, 2015.

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In Face of Tuition Increase, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Promises Scholarship to Every Student

North Carolina General Assembly may pass a tuition increase that would occur during the fall semester; The College will fund the $4 per hour tuition increase to support students


SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College has made a commitment to help all students by funding a potential $4 per credit hour tuition increase that may occur during the fall semester.

The North Carolina General Assembly is currently debating the 2015-2016 budget for the state. One key item up for discussion is a tuition increase for the 58 community colleges across the state.

The General Assembly establishes tuition rates in the state budget or related legislation. As of July 1, a budget for FY 2015-16 has not been enacted into law. Therefore, a tuition increase may be implemented later this year, even though many students have already paid their tuition for the fall term.

To date, the General Assembly has discussed a tuition increase of up to $4 per credit hour. If the General Assembly enacts a tuition increase that becomes effective prior to January 1, 2016, students will receive a supplemental bill for the balance owed for fall term.

“In order to prevent our students from worrying about this potential tuition increase of $4 per credit hour for the fall term, the College has chosen to allocate funding to cover this possible increase. While we hope the legislature will at least delay the increase until the spring term, we want to be prepared to support each student with a $4 per credit hour scholarship to cover this cost. We truly care about our students,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of the College.

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, like all North Carolina community colleges, does not set or keep its tuition. Unlike tuition increases in state and private universities which are incorporated into the universities’ operational budgets, these increases are not reallocated to fund community colleges.

Ninety percent of the College’s budget comes from state funding.

“We’re pleased to provide a solution that helps students reach their goals,” said Janet Spriggs, chief financial officer for the College. Collecting the tuition increase after the fall semester is an inconvenience and burden to our students.

While community college tuition rates in North Carolina remain low when compared to other states, rates have increased by 43 percent since 2009-2010. The current rate for in-state tuition is $72 per credit hour and out-of-state tuition is $264 per credit hour.

Despite these continued higher costs, a review of tuition, books, and fees for surrounding colleges shows that Rowan-Cabarrus is a viable, affordable option for students.

“It’s not too late to start your education this fall! Our faculty and staff would love to have you join us at Rowan-Cabarrus,” said Spalding. “Between our four-week and eight-week classes, and our continuing education classes that are provided on a rotating basis year-round, students can enroll in courses at any time to get the education they need.”

For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu or call 704-216-RCCC (7222). The College is currently accepting applications for the fall term. Registration is now underway with classes beginning on August 17, 2015.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Students Shine at Skills Competitions

Students take home numerous prizes at SkillsUSA, many to compete at national level


KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College SkillsUSA students recently won numerous awards in state level competitions. During the competition, students worked against the clock and each other to prove their expertise in occupations like electronics and precision machining.

SkillsUSA is a dynamic and career-oriented leadership organization focused on individual success at home, the classroom, the community and the workplace. For the majority of students, SkillsUSA is their first professional organization. The experiences and knowledge gained provide an excellent platform for career development and success.

“College is about more than just the classes. At Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, students are encouraged to get involved in activities and organizations beyond the classroom that take their education to the next level, organizations like SkillsUSA,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.

This year, students at the SkillsUSA North Carolina Championships, held in Greensboro, competed in two categories, Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration (AHR) and Automotive and Welding Technologies. The conference was the largest showcase of career and technical education in North Carolina with more than 1,700 students competing in over 100 hands-on trade, technical and leadership contests.

Students in the AHR program and Chillers Club, a Rowan-Cabarrus organization that aims to broaden horizons of those educating and learning in the AHR field, competed in the following:

• Brandon Martin – Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (second consecutive state championship)

• Steven Hepler – Major Appliance and Refrigeration Technology (third consecutive state championship)

• Robert Brown – Sheet Metal (second consecutive state championship and current national champion)

• Michael Ferguson – Plumbing (Rowan-Cabarrus first year competing in this event)

Automotive and Welding Technologies students and prizes included:

• Kyle Harmon – first place in Welding Art/Sculpture

• Eli Brandt – second place in Computer Numerical Control Technician

• Felton Donnell – fourth place in the Automotive Refinishing Technology

• Dan Burns – second place in Power Technology Equipment

• Team: Chase Wilhite, Carson Branham and Stephen Brown – second place in the Automotive Skills Show Case

The four AHR state champions and the first place Welding Technologies student will go on and compete in Louisville at the 2015 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference where more than 16,000 people – including students, teachers and business partners – are expected to participate in the weeklong event. They will join more than 6,000 other competitors in more than 100 contests.

“The students have learned a lot about growth and development. That’s what our extracurricular activities at Rowan-Cabarrus are all about,” said Jon Crockett, instructor in the College’s Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration (AHR) program and lead advisor for the AHR Chiller club and SkillsUSA initiatives. “We want them to learn things through experiences that they wouldn’t be able to really learn inside the classroom.”

SkillsUSA’s mission is to help its members become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA is an applied method of instruction for preparing America’s high performance workers in public career and technical programs. It provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. It builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes and communications skills. It emphasizes total quality at work – high ethical standards, superior work skills, life-long education, and pride in the dignity of work. SkillsUSA also promotes an understanding of the free-enterprise system and involvement in community service.

For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu or call 704-216-RCCC (7222). The College is currently accepting applications for the fall term. Registration is now underway with classes beginning on August 17, 2015.



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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Hosts First Community Tour of New Cosmetology Facility

As one of the largest and most successful programs in the state, the College’s Cosmetology center is open for business in downtown Kannapolis


KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees, staff, faculty, and community members were treated to a tour of the new Cosmetology facility in downtown Kannapolis.

The new West Avenue Center, located at 120 West Avenue in downtown Kannapolis, houses the College’s cosmetology, manicuring and esthetic programs, as well as other classes such as nurse aide and resume and interview support services for those looking for work.

“We are so thrilled the new West Avenue Center is open and ready for clients,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.

The College’s cosmetology program is one of the largest and most successful in the state. The College needed a larger space in response to its growth and success.

“This beautiful facility would not have been possible without the unique public-private partnerships between the City of Kannapolis, Cabarrus County and Castle & Cooke,” said Spalding. “We are excited about the new space and look forward to continued partnerships with these and other community groups.”

The new location, which was previously a Belk and a towel store, provides 28,000 square feet for the newly opened facility, which has already started seeing clients for cosmetology, manicuring and esthetic services.

“We teach everything there is to teach about beauty,” said Pressley-Altman. “We also teach introduction to small business management and sociology to round out the degree.”

The Rowan-Cabarrus cosmetology program offers associate degrees, diplomas and certificates.

“Our cosmetology program is not only widely successful, but it’s a wonderful example of our strong partnership with local high schools,” said Spalding. “The Career & College Promise program allows approximately 70 high school students to simultaneously enroll in high school and college so that they can receive both high school and college credit for courses taken as part of the program.”

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

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

“Many students in the cosmetology program are high school juniors and seniors taking advantage of the Career & College Promise program,” said Spalding.

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

A haircut, shampoo and blow dry will only set you back twelve dollars, while a manicure is only six dollars (a gel polish manicure is fifteen).

“Want to add some highlights to your hair for the summer? In need of a mani/pedi at a great price? Our student stylists can perform the professional and contemporary services taught throughout their training while earning hours to their state board licensing!” said Wanda Pressley-Altman, chair of the program, including instruction on all things hair, skin and nails. “We offer top notch services at attractive pricing and are very excited to bring you these options from our new facility.”

During the summer months, services are a bit more limited to hair and more basic manicures and pedicures, but beginning in October, clients will have access to high-end facials and microdermabrasion treatments. European facials begin at fifteen dollars; a facial at a salon can top one hundred dollars.

For first-time visitors, walk-in appointments are the best option. After your initial visits, individual students will work with clients to book appointments. Currently, the cosmetology center is open for clients Tuesday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and again Tuesday-Thursday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. A ten percent discount on services is provided to senior citizens, as well as Rowan-Cabarrus Community College students and employees.

For additional information about cosmetology, manicuring and esthetic services, please call 704-792-9788. A full list of the current services offered, along with pricing information can be found at www.rccc.edu/cos.

For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu or call 704-216-RCCC (7222). The College is currently accepting applications for the fall term. Registration is now underway with classes beginning on August 17, 2015.

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