Rowan-Cabarrus Community College News

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s Sucessful Cosmotology Program Needs Funds for Larger Facility

Rowan-Cabarrus board announces support for several local and state initiatives

CONCORD, N.C. — The Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees recently passed three new resolutions of support for two local initiatives and a statewide campaign for community colleges.

The first resolution is for $1.5 million from Cabarrus County to relocate the College’s cosmetology program. The program is one of the largest and most successful cosmetology programs in the state, and with the current facility’s lease expiring soon, the College requires a larger space.

The existing facility used for the cosmetology program and related associate degree, diploma and certificate programs located at Cloverleaf Plaza serves more than 700 community college and Cabarrus County high school students and does not provide adequate instructional and lab space which restricts growth of these programs.

“Our cosmetology program is not only widely successful, but it’s a wonderful example of our strong partnership with local high schools,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “The Career & College Promise program allows 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.

“Many students in the cosmetology program are high school juniors and seniors taking advantage of the Career & College Promise program,” said Dr. Rod Townley, vice president of academic programs.

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

The Cabarrus County Commission recently repurposed the county surplus funds and allocated them to Cabarrus County Schools. This reallocation jeopardizes $1.5 million that was previously allocated to relocate Rowan-Cabarrus’ Cosmetology program. The Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees supports a resolution which calls for restoration of the previously allocated funds for the renovation of a facility for the cosmetology program to replace the Cloverleaf campus and related programs.

“I fully support Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, and I believe that the relocation of the cosmetology program will afford training opportunities that will stimulate the economy in Cabarrus County. I will do what I can to make that happen,” said Stephen Morris, Cabarrus County commissioner and trustee on the Rowan-Cabarrus board.

The $1.5 million from Cabarrus County will not cover the entire cost of the relocation and necessary renovations required to upgrade the program. The project will be supplemented by the College and possibly other local entities.

“In North Carolina, it’s the responsibility of the local county commission to fund the construction and maintenance of community college facilities,” said Carl M. Short, chair of the College’s Board of Trustees. “It is important that the College’s Board of Trustees formally demonstrate its support for these needs. Rowan-Cabarrus Community College has been a vital contributor to the economic health of both Rowan and Cabarrus counties for many years and has long been recognized for its important role in the education and retraining of our citizens.”

The resolutions include support for:

* The renovation of a Cabarrus educational facility for cosmetology and related programs to replace the Cloverleaf Campus,

* A November 2014 Cabarrus County bond referendum, and

* A General Assembly campaign entitled “Support North Carolina’s Economic Recovery by Reinvesting Funds in the State’s Community Colleges.”

“During recent years of economic turmoil, Rowan-Cabarrus has been a prominent force in attracting and leveraging federal, state and local resources to improve programs and services for the community while ensuring that displaced workers and other citizens receive the training they need to succeed in the workplace. It is essential that the College receives the community support and resources needed to continue on this path,” said Short.

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N.C. Universities And Community Colleges Sign Revised Agreement Improving the Transfer Process

Rowan-Cabarrus pleased with collaborative initiative to solidify and clarify the articulation for students

SALISBURY, N.C. — The N.C. State Board of Community Colleges and University of North Carolina Board of Governors signed a revised Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) between the two public higher education systems, making college transfer options more defined and easier to follow.

The revised agreement, driven by an increased focus on student success and the growing number of North Carolina community college students transferring to the state’s public universities, will save students and their families both time and money. It also will stretch taxpayer-funded dollars by offering students a more direct pathway to career and educational success.

At Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, faculty, students and alumni are excited that the community college and university faculty have worked collaboratively, on behalf of students, to solidify and clarify the articulation between the institutions.

“The North Carolina Comprehensive Articulation Agreement goes a long way toward making the transition between the community college and the university system a seamless and efficient process,” said Dr. Rod Townley, vice president of academic programs at Rowan-Cabarrus. “Students will be better served knowing early on in their college careers exactly which courses will transfer if their intention is to acquire a bachelor’s degree.”

The revised CAA will go into effect for new college transfer students in the fall of 2014. Students currently enrolled in an Associate in Arts (AA) or Associate in Science (AS) program will continue under the existing agreement as long as they remain continuously enrolled.

“As a transfer student myself, I hope that this new transfer agreement enables more students to save valuable time and money,” said Leslie Brown, 2013-14 president of the Rowan-Cabarrus Student Government Association.

For more than 15 years, N.C. community college students planning to transfer to a UNC campus have been guided by a 1997 joint agreement that outlines how course credits transfer between the two systems. As years passed, general education requirements evolved and students increasingly found that some credits did not count toward their major programs of study, resulting in delays in degree attainment and added costs for students and their families.

Under the revised agreement, community college students will enter transfer pathways with clearly defined goals and an understanding of how earned transfer hours fit into university requirements. Additionally, the revised agreement:

* Identifies foundational courses that will transfer to all UNC campuses to meet general education requirements;

* Improves transfer student success by requiring coursework that helps students map their academic pathway from community colleges to universities; and

* Encourages community college students to complete an AA or AS degree before transferring to a UNC campus by guaranteeing entry as juniors with full transfer credit.

“Nearly 24,000 students who began their studies at a community college are now undergraduates on a UNC campus, accounting for more than half of all UNC transfer students,” observed UNC President Tom Ross. “By working together, UNC and the NC Community Colleges can continue to grow that number and better meet North Carolina’s future workforce needs. This revised agreement is an important step forward in streamlining the transfer process and providing opportunities for more North Carolinians to attain a baccalaureate degree.”

Hundreds of faculty and administrators from North Carolina’s 58 community colleges and 16 UNC campuses weighed in on the design and development of this revised transfer agreement.

“Ensuring the success of this revised articulation agreement will mean we have to be more vigilant, sharing and analyzing data on student success, examining what we can do independently and collaboratively to expand and improve on this agreement,” said NC Community College System President, Dr. Scott Ralls. “Today’s articulation agreement is just another step in North Carolina’s proud history of higher education progress.”

“Our community colleges are built on the idea of taking students from where they are, as far as they can go,” said State Board of Community Colleges Chair, Dr. Linwood Powell. “As increasing numbers of students choose to begin their higher education journey at our community colleges, this agreement continues our legacy of providing hope and opportunity to North Carolinians who walk through our doors.”

“As a former member of the State Board of Community Colleges, building stronger linkages between our two systems has been a personal priority for me,” said UNC Board of Governors Chair Peter Hans. “This revised agreement will help put a baccalaureate degree within closer reach of students on every North Carolina community college campus.” Read More »

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s New Academic and Career Advising Centers Improve Student Success

Title III grant raises number of graduated or retained students from 56 to 60 percent

SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College has made great strides toward improving the success of its students. The College’s Academic and Career Advising (ACA) Centers were recently recognized for their outstanding work over the second year of the Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP) grant that provided the startup funds for the Centers.

In September 2011, the College was awarded $1.8 million from the U.S. Department of Education as part of the SIP grants. Only one of two colleges in North Carolina to receive this Title III funding, Rowan-Cabarrus plans to ultimately improve student persistence, retention and graduation rates.

Rowan-Cabarrus used the grant to establish Academic and Career Advising (ACA) Centers on both the North Campus in Rowan County and the South Campus in Cabarrus County.

With program services just beginning in summer 2012, Academic and Career Advising Center activities have already demonstrated great impact on student success.

“While there are many factors that impact retention, persistence and graduation rates outside of the ACA Center activities, staff members are focused on making the greatest impact toward the good of the student through the activities provided by the Center,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, Rowan-Cabarrus president. “Students feel positive about the various programmatic offerings, indicating that they are helpful and that they would refer their friends to the Center.”

All students have access to the services provided under the grant, but some aspects focus on undecided students and students enrolled in developmental classes.

“The ACA Centers’ mission is to improve student persistence, retention and graduation rates through intentional advising and academic interventions,” said Marcia Miller, director of the Academic and Career Advising Center. “Our advisors are committed to helping students plan their educational paths and navigate their way forward.”

One notable measure of success this past year includes the overall number of graduated or retained students increasing from 56.4 percent to 60.2 percent. Involving faculty members as student advisors has also been an important and effective strategy.

“I have enjoyed working as a master faculty advisor. It is a real pleasure to help students create an educational plan that allows them to see how many months they need to commit to education to achieve their goal,” said Ellen Troutman, radiography instructor and master faculty advisor. “This experience has been very rewarding as I see the joy on each student’s face when educational goals are realized.”

Initially, the ACA Center focused primarily on new student orientation and the Compass Interpretation Assessment, the testing tool that the College uses to place students in the appropriate classes. The ACA Center created GPS (Goals, Planning, Success) sessions to fit in with the College’s new branding.

“Our GPS sessions serve as an orientation to academic planning and focus on test interpretation, course placement, registration how-to, and most importantly, mapping out an educational plan,” said Miller.

By focusing on course placement, program information, and the utilization of online registration, the ACA Center is able to help students develop realistic academic plans and ensure they have the necessary information to register for courses and expedite beginning their college career.

Plans are in place to expand other advising opportunities that will best reach students where they are.

Goals for Year Three include:

* Thirty percent of the total student population will participate in ACA Center activities (1,833 students) – already met, exceeded.

* Retention of full-time degree seeking students will increase from 51 percent to 52 percent.

* Graduation of full-time degree seeking students will increase one percent over the 2011 established baseline.

The College’s commitment to this effort is part of a unified commitment by community colleges across the country to increase the rate of postsecondary completion.

“Rowan-Cabarrus is committed to the ‘Completion Agenda’ and securing this grant is part of the College’s work toward achieving the national goal for America to lead the world in college graduates by 2020,” said Spalding.

The grant provided 100 percent of the funding for the projects in the first year, with the remaining funds spread across the course of five years in order to build capacity for the College to sustain the activities implemented through the grant. The College’s Foundation has raised $126,500 so far toward the endowment fund which the grant has matched.

For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu.

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

Ashley Miller and Ashlyn Starnes awarded $5,000 scholarships for leadership, excellence of character, integrity and community involvement

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

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

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

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

Ashley Miller of Rowan County began the Associate Degree Nursing Program in fall 2013. Upon completing her degree, she plans to apply to UNC-Greensboro’s RN-BSN Outreach Program to pursue her bachelor of science in nursing. Miller is the first in her family to pursue a bachelor’s degree.

“I believe that providing care to people who are in need and lending a hand to those who may not ask for it, is what truly defines character,” said Miller.

Ashlyn Starnes of Cabarrus County is pursuing an associate degree at Rowan-Cabarrus, also with the goal of becoming a nurse. She has been working since she was 15 years old. When Starnes began her studies at Rowan-Cabarrus, she was working as a Certified Nursing Assistant and saw her education as an investment toward her future.

“The State Employees’ Credit Union Scholarship has helped relieve some of the burden associated with managing employment and education,” said Starnes.

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

“Thank you to the State Employees’ Credit Union for their commitment to Rowan-Cabarrus and our students,” said Carl M. Short, chair of the Rowan-Cabarrus Board of Trustees. “The price of education continues to climb across the country. This makes private funding for both scholarships and operational support that much more important. Rowan-Cabarrus must continue to expand the work of its Foundation to meet these growing needs.”For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu or call 704-216-RCCC (7222). Those interested in applying for scholarships can visit www.rccc.edu/scholarships.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Accepts $30,000 In-Kind Donation to Electronics Engineering Technology Program

Oscilliscope 1UNC-Charlotte’s Engineering Technology and Construction Management program donates industry-recognized equipment

SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College has announced the donation of nearly $30,000 in equipment from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

The in-kind donation represents approximately $30,000 and was donated to the College from the Engineering Technology and Construction Management program of UNC-Charlotte to the Electronics Engineering Technology program at Rowan-Cabarrus.

“I really want to thank UNC-Charlotte for their donation. This is a great example of the ever-improving relationship between community colleges and four-year institutions,” 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 bulk of the donation includes 27 oscilloscopes. Electronics students use oscilloscopes to measure and determine variables and parameters such as currents, voltages, resistances and frequencies.

“Oscilloscopes are one of the most important tools in our electronics classrooms,” said Dr. Hasan Naima, dean of the College’s Engineering and Business Technology division. “Every student in this program must know the tool extremely well in order to find a good job in the electronics industry.”

While also used in industrial settings, oscilloscopes are used to test, design and troubleshoot any type of electronic devices – from televisions and radios to microwaves and dishwashers.

The electronics engineering technology curriculum prepares individuals to become technicians who design, build, install, test, troubleshoot, repair and modify developmental and production electronic components, equipment and systems such as industrial or computer controls, manufacturing systems, communication systems and power electronic systems.

A broad-based core of courses, including basic electricity, solid-state fundamentals, digital concepts, and microprocessors ensures the student will develop the skills necessary to perform entry-level tasks. Emphasis is placed on developing the student’s ability to analyze and troubleshoot electronic systems.

Graduates of the Rowan-Cabarrus Electronics Engineering Technology program (Associate in Applied Science degree) should qualify for employment as engineering assistants or electronic technicians with job titles such as electronics engineering technician, field service technician, instrumentation technician, maintenance technician, electronic tester, electronic systems integrator, bench technician and production control technician.

“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 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.

Rowan-Cabarrus 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 facilities or IT personnel to ensure compliance with existing infrastructure.

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

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College Rolls Out New Fire Protection Technology Program at South Rowan High School

Program offers opportunity for high school juniors and seniors to jump start their college education – tuition free

CHINA GROVE, N.C. — Even in the 21st century, fire safety and protection is still a critical component of keeping the public safe. A new collegiate program at South Rowan High School prepares students for future careers in fire protection.

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College partnered with South Rowan to begin the college education of seven juniors and seniors this past fall.

The new and exciting program at South Rowan allows interested students to get a jumpstart on their college-level fire protection technology classes without leaving their high school.

“The classes employ what we called applied learning – it’s a mix of both the theory and practical, hands-on training,” said instructor Ben Lunsford.

During two instructional blocks a day, the students earned six college credits this fall. Juniors who began this program will ultimately complete 18 credits and earn a certificate in basic fire operations.

“The idea is that after graduating from high school, the student would continue on in the fire protection technology program at Rowan-Cabarrus to maximize their career success,” said instructor Todd Overcash. “Students would then have approximately a year and half of college courses left in order to complete their degree.”

Students learn everything from the history of the field, the many aspects of fire prevention education and how to train people in fire prevention. Additional course topics include fire codes, hose handling and search and rescue.

“If we know how buildings go up, we can know how they come down,” said Dr. Joe Woodall, chair of the Rowan-Cabarrus Fire Protection Technology program. “Students aren’t learning how to build the building, but knowing the method in which a building was constructed is important. They’ll then know how the elements of the building react to heat and flame and what kinds of smoke they’ll be dealing with in a fire emergency.”

Students ultimately seeking to achieve a four-year degree can also find their way through this program. For instance, UNC-Charlotte works closely with Rowan-Cabarrus on transferring students to complete their remaining two years toward a fire protection engineering or a fire safety engineering technology degree.

“The Fire Protection Technology program is about more than just becoming a firefighter. I used my training at Rowan-Cabarrus to look at the fire prevention system as a whole,” said Nelson Barbee, TITLE. “I’m proud of the work the College is doing to educate the next generation in this important and ever-changing career field.”

In addition to more advanced fire protection methods and strategies, students who opt to continue on in the Fire Protection Technology program at Rowan-Cabarrus will complete coursework in emergency medical services, physical fitness and stress management.

The South Rowan initiative is part of the College’s Career & College Promise program which allows high school juniors and seniors to take college classes with no charge for tuition. The program, revamped at the state level last year, provides a focused means for students to begin completion of college transfer credits or career training prior to their graduation from high school.

There are two tracks for the Career & College Promise program – one allows students to specialize in a career or technical pathway, while the other allows students to prepare for general transfer onto a four-year college or university.

“The college transfer classes are truly an alternative to advanced placement – they are weighted just like honors classes,” said Dr. Rod Townley, vice president of academic programs. “Unlike advanced placement courses that are taught locally and tested for credit nationally, students who pass the course with a C or better are guaranteed full college credit.”

Students have the opportunity to earn up to 36 hours of college and high school credit simultaneously.

“The other perk of this opportunity is getting to experience real college classes – students ultimately feel better prepared when they head off to a four-year college or university because they’re already confident in their ability to do college work,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus.

In addition to fire protection technology, students may also earn college credits toward a credential, certificate or diploma in a technical career. These career technical pathways allow students to explore potential career areas including:

* Automotive Technology

* Cosmetology

* Criminal Justice

* Early Childhood

* Esthetics

* Simulation and Gaming Design

* Manicuring and Nail Technology

* Engineering

* Computer Integrated Machining

* Motorsports Management

* Web Technology Design

Key partners in bringing the Fire Protection Technology program to South Rowan include Roger Withers, director of Career and Technical Education for Rowan-Salisbury School System, and the staff and teachers at South Rowan High School. Beginning 2014-15, any student from Rowan County can participate in the Fire Protection Technology program at South Rowan.

“We have also received a lot of support from the local fire departments in the form of donated equipment and providing fire equipment and vehicles for practical demonstrations,” said Overcash. “They are always helpful with initiatives designed to train more fire protectors.”

The fire departments of Landis, China Grove, Kannapolis, Locke, Rockwell Rural, and Bostain Heights have all been particularly supportive of the new program at South Rowan.

For more information about the Fire Protection Technology program at Rowan-Cabarrus, please contact Dr. Joe Woodall (704-216-7259, joe.woodall@rccc.edu). For more information about the Career & College Promise program, please visit www.rccc.edu/ccp or call 704-216-RCCC (7222).

Spring classes begin on Monday, January 13, 2014. For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu or call 704-216-RCCC (7222).

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Get Affordable Hands-On Training and Sought-After Certifications

Rowan-Cabarrus offers Continuing Education courses in PC Repair and Cisco Networking

CONCORD, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is launching a new round of its PC and Networking Academy providing affordable training for advanced technology certification programs with knowledgeable, industry-certified instructors that bring real world, hands-on experience into the classroom.

The PC and Networking Academy is an educational program that trains students to design, build, and maintain local and wide-area networks, and to provide PC software and hardware support. Students will be prepared for networking, PC support, and information technology (IT) related jobs in the public and private sectors, and for higher education in information technology, telecommunications, engineering, computer science, and other related fields.

“Certifications are extremely important in IT,” said John Brand, a networking instructor at Rowan-Cabarrus with over 20 years of industry experience. “This is an employment sector where there are lots of jobs, and we are very pleased to be able to offer these stackable credentials. The certifications allow our students to get to work quickly, and to also to build upon their training, earning more certifications and ultimately more money.”

The classes are hands-on in nature and provide immediate exposure to the various technologies, allowing students to better and more quickly gauge interest in certain areas. Students are prepared for Cisco and CompTIA certification exams at the end of the courses.

The program allows students to accumulate stackable credentials. The first level certification is CompTIA’s A+ certification and the next level is either Networking+ or Cisco’s CCENT (Cisco Certified Entry-level Network Technician). CCNA and CCNP certification preparation courses follow, and are held at the college’s Cabarrus Business and Technology Center in Concord.

Upcoming classes include:

PC Repair/A+ Certification

Jan. 20 – Mar. 19, M/W day classes

Networking + Certification

Jan. 20 – Mar. 19, M/W evenings

Cisco Discovery Networking I/CCENT Prep

Jan. 22 – Apr. 16, M/W evenings


Mar. 20 – May 8, Th evenings

Cisco Discovery Networking II/CCNA Prep

Apr. 28 – July 16, M/W evenings


May 15 – July 10, Th evenings


July 17 – Sept. 11, Th evenings

“These certifications also have the power to open the door for interviews that a degree alone might not provide,” said Brand. “The majority of students who complete these courses are ready to take the certification tests. We also provide free resources to prepare for the exam.”

Students who successfully complete this program will be prepared for a variety of IT jobs including help-desk support positions, entry-level network support positions, PC and network repair positions, and wireless network support positions.

“The other great advantage is that these certifications transfer right into credit courses if obtaining a degree becomes appealing to you,” said Brand.

Prerequisites include prior computer experience or the Silver Level Career Readiness Certificate (CRC). Those interested in the Career Readiness Certificate can get started at the college’s Employability labs at Goodwill Career Connections or at the Cloverleaf Extension Center in Kannapolis.

The registration fee is $180 for each course, and the certification exam fees vary. Rowan-Cabarrus offers state-of-the-art equipment in the classroom, coupled with a hands-on introduction to networking and internet technologies, using tools and hardware commonly found in home and small business environments. Through the training, students will also develop additional skills required for computer technicians and help desk technicians. The course provides basic training in routing and switching, cabling, remote access, IP addressing, wireless configuration, network security, troubleshooting, and network services such as file sharing, e-mail services, and related ISP services.

For more information about all Cisco and CompTIA certification classes, to register, please contact Donna Ludwig at 704-216-3668 or donna.ludwig@rccc.edu. For additional information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu or call 704-216-RCCC (7222).

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Awarded 2013 Honorable Mention Innovation Award

Customized training collaboration with City of Concord recognized for uniqueness, longevity and success

CONCORD, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College was recognized with the 2013 Honorable Mention Innovation Award from the North Carolina Community College Adult Educators’ Association (NCCCAEA).

The Innovation Awards are the NCCCAEA’s way of recognizing and rewarding creativity and innovation in course programming, management practice, communication, marketing, or customer service in continuing education programs. The committee chair solicits entries in the summer, and the awards are given during the organization’s annual fall conference.

The College received an honorable mention of the Innovation Award for its collaboration with the City of Concord on their internal career development program. The City of Concord’s Career Development program was developed jointly nearly nine years ago and has evolved and expanded significantly over time.

“We would not be able to implement this program without the support of Rowan-Cabarrus and their ability to tailor the program to fit our needs,” said Christie Putnam, water resources director for Concord. “The program results in well-trained employees who better understand themselves, how to interact with others, and additional skills that could not normally be acquired – all at a reasonable costs.”

The College submitted its entry along with 13 other community colleges across the state. The entry, entitled “Developing a High Performing Work Team in a Competitive Municipal Environment,” was recognized for its longevity, diversity, breadth and scope.

The City of Concord sought to develop an ongoing annual training program that would ensure employees had the necessary tools to perform their jobs well and prepare for advancement

opportunities within the organization. To accomplish this goal, leaders were willing to commit to a program that would be paid for by the city and supported with dedicated release time.

The program has been positive for morale and improved cross organizational communications.

“What initially started in just two departments has expanded to include six departments,” said Randy Shue, street superintendent and program coordinator. “Cross-functional classes provide employees the opportunity to get to know people they wouldn’t necessarily meet. This helps employees better understand challenges across the organization.”

The program is modified annually to address critical topics, emerging issues and new technology. The program averages 78 participants per year with each participant receiving a total of 50 hours of continuing education and career development. Training topics span the spectrum from certification preparations to employee health and wellness. Successful completion of the program each year not only positions the participants for individual career advancement, but also creates greater efficiencies, competencies and cost savings for this municipal division in Cabarrus County.

“The College has been great to work with,” said Shue. “We often come to Rowan-Cabarrus with a problem we are facing. They have been excellent partners in helping us develop timely and effective training programs that help us respond to those needs.”

The annual career development program is for city employees in the areas of transportation, wastewater services and grounds maintenance. This training partnership was developed cooperatively between the College’s continuing education staff and Human Resources officials from the City of Concord.

“The impact of this training is a high performing work team, improved communications, less accidents and a decrease in ‘lost’ work time,” said Putnam.

The identified goals for the program were to create an environment of continuous process improvement, stellar customer service, increased safety rates and continuous succession planning for management and leadership positions. Topics include, but are not limited to computer applications, safety, health and wellness, customer service, communication, management and supervision and continuous improvement.

Health and wellness components have direct and beneficial impacts on healthcare premiums and employee attendance. OSHA safety training sessions have substantial impact on reducing accidents, the subsequent costs of accidents, and have established an environment of “Safety First.” The City of Concord is committed to stellar customer service to both internal and external stakeholders. Each year, some facet of customer service training is provided that encompasses critical skills such as effective communication and interpersonal relations.

“We believe that the long term implications of this training program are employees with greater job satisfaction, improved health, and increased knowledge about both technical and big picture aspects of their jobs as city employees,” said Jeanie Moore, vice president of advancement and

continuing education. “The City of Concord utilizes this program as its internal university to grow and develop the future leaders in this division.”

It’s also a way for employees to increase their salary. Upon completion of the program, employees receive an additional $600 to their base salary.

“This career development program is a way for employees to play an active role in their careers,” said Kay Dellinger, executive assistant, one of the original creators of the program. “The initiative that an employee shows for improving his or herself helps leadership identify future organizational leaders.”

Classes range in size from 10 to more than 20 participants.

“It is worth noting that two thirds of the time that employees contribute to this program is their own time outside of work hours and ‘off-the-clock.’ Employees must demonstrate a commitment to their personal and professional development,” said Putnam.

The City of Concord reviews this program annually and continues to demonstrate its support.

“The City of Concord is an example of forward thinking, collaboration and partnership,” said David King, director of corporate training and professional development, who has managed the program for the College since 2011. “We are proud to work with the city on this important initiative and thrilled that the program has received this recognition.”

The College offers customized training to businesses – large and small. The training programs are developed and tailored for each individual company and are designed to react quickly to the needs of local businesses. Course content includes practical hands-on experience that is customized for employees who need to become more productive in the shortest time possible. For more information, please contact David King (david.king@rccc.edu, 704-216-3935).

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New Performing Arts Offering COME TO ROWAN-CABARRUS

College’s Associate in Fine Arts degree program now includes a chorus

SALISBURY, N.C. — This 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, this chorus class is the first practical and performing course the College has offered.

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

Effective fall 2014, the College will offer new music and drama specializations within the AFA program. Everything from the history of rock music to American musical theater to opera lecture will be available. Additionally, the program, working closely with the NC Music Hall of Fame, has developed an introduction to jazz class.

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

“Beginners are welcome! Students can literally show-up and learn how to sing,” said instructor Caroline Simyon.

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 this 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.

The Department also plans to offer an Associate in Applied Science degree in Advertising and Graphic Design in the fall of 2014. The College’s AFA program requires 65 credit hours (36 of which are in the fine arts). Students are able to focus on their area of interest and customize their course of study.

Anyone with an interest in art should inquire about the AFA program; previous art experience is not a requirement. Questions about the Department of Fine Arts should be directed to Program Chair Jenn Selby (jenn.selby@rccc.edu or 704-216-3820).

The College is currently registering students for the spring 2014 semester. Classes begin on Monday, January 13. For more program information and course descriptions, please see the Rowan-Cabarrus website – www.rccc.edu – or call 704-216-RCCC (7222).

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