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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College News

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation Launches First Multi-Million Dollar Fundraising Campaign

Funding will support critical needs of the College including advanced technology, healthcare, an outdoor learning center/amphitheater space, and scholarships

 

DSC_0018SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is proud to announce the public launch of the Building a More Prosperous Community Major Gifts Campaign.

The ambitious campaign marks the most significant fundraising campaign in the 50-year history of the College and is an exciting new chapter for the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation.

“The College must seek private dollars to meet our goals,” said William Cannon, Jr., Cabarrus County resident and president of The Cannon Foundation, and co-chair of the College’s campaign. “We want to invest in new programs and modern technology, ultimately training students on real world equipment so they are ready for employment upon graduation.”

Over the past three years, the College brought together community stakeholders and industry representatives to determine our community’s most pressing needs. As a result, the College and Foundation have been honored to have key community leaders from both counties to serve on the Foundation’s Core Team to spearhead this important campaign and philanthropic effort.

086“We are asking for support – not for initiatives that the College needs, but for those that will enable the College to better serve the needs of the community,” said Edward Norvell, Rowan County resident, attorney and co-chair of the College’s campaign.

The Building a More Prosperous Community Major Gifts Campaign, with a total goal of raising $7.1 million, is centered on four key initiatives that address specific needs for the College, including a new advanced technology center, healthcare education, an outdoor learning and amphitheater space, and STEAM scholarships for students pursuing science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.

“We have been overwhelmed with the support we have already received from this region,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. “While we are excited to report that we have raised $5,352,101 million for this campaign – 75.4 percent – we still need further support, and our community members and alumni to join us in meeting this goal.”

RCCC 20131217 426 copyIn addition to the four main initiatives, the College is also seeking funds for two additional special projects – a solar energy investment, and the expansion of the world class Fire & Emergency Services Training Facility.

“The Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation supports the mission of the College and is proud to provide funding for scholarships and other student assistance, support for academic programming and capital needs, and other needs of the College and the local community,” said Carla Howell, chief officer of governance, foundation and public relations.

Making a charitable gift to the Building a More Prosperous Community Major Gifts Campaign is an important and personal decision. An investment in the lives of individuals, businesses and organizations that benefit from the College’s excellent educational programs, short-term training and services is satisfying and has long-range implications for the local economy.

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

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Quality Jobs Available to Graduates of New Manufacturing Training Program

No manufacturing experience required; fastest growing industry in the area offers good jobs with emphasis on critical thinking and teamwork

 

RCCC Oct 19 - 099CONCORD, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is proud to announce the recent graduation of the third class of Certified Production Technicians. Graduates with little-to-no manufacturing experience are securing employment through this no-cost eight-week training program.

The seven graduates of this rigorous training program have transformed themselves into career-ready manufacturing pros in just eight short weeks. As part of the North Carolina Manufacturing Institute initiative they have gained knowledge and skills in safety, quality assurance, manufacturing processes and maintenance awareness.

Those who haven’t considered manufacturing as viable career option or those with no experience in the field should not be deterred from pursuing the program.

“This program is for anyone who wants a quality job – it doesn’t matter what your background is, it matters what your future is,” said Craig Lamb, vice president of corporate and continuing education at Rowan-Cabarrus.

At this point, four of the seven graduates have accepted offers of employment, with others waiting to hear back after completing the final round of the interview process. In total, 22 of the program’s 27 graduates have secured full-time employment.

“I will take all the advice given to me and apply it every day,” said graduate Stephanie Proctor, now employed by Agility Fuel Systems. “I am a much better and more intelligent person and employee because of this experience.”

Even accounting for the recent layoffs at Freightliner, no industry in this area is creating jobs in larger numbers and growing faster than manufacturing. Local manufacturers like Perdue Foods, 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 an average annual salary of $68,887.”

The growth and popularity of these clean, high-tech jobs has led to a high demand for a qualified workforce. 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 Lamb. “Individuals train 20 hours per week for a total of eight weeks. Upon completion, they are qualified for 90 percent of manufacturing jobs in our area.”

RCCC Oct 19 - 140Hiring managers from the North Carolina Manufacturing Institute partner companies are given the graduates’ resumes and are invited to the college campus to meet the graduates for a preliminary interview to kick-off their search for employment. Follow-up interviews and offers are often a direct result of this event.

The third class of graduates includes:

  • Steve Brewer,
  • Angela Buchanan,
  • Brian Matheny,
  • West Odell,
  • Stephanie Proctor,
  • Liz Severt, and
  • Wendy Vandevere.

“These four women and three men are outstanding and all will be dependable, reliable, and exemplary employees,” said Mark Seifel, instructor for the class with over 30 years of manufacturing and business experience. “I admire them for their punctuality, dedication for the full eight-week training period, and their teamwork. They all challenged, helped and supported each other when preparing for the four individual Manufacturing Skill Standards Council assessments that they were required to pass in order to become a fully certified production technician.”

The fourth class is currently underway, but the next eight-week training program begins in February. Anyone interested in the training program is required to attend an orientation or Discovery Session. The next Discovery Sessions will be held on Tuesday, January 26, at 5:30 p.m. on the College’s North Campus in Salisbury (Room 4126), on Tuesday, February 2, at 9 a.m. at the College’s Cabarrus Business and Technology Center (CBTC) in Concord (Room 9281), and on Monday, February 8, at 2 p.m. at NCWorks Career Center in Salisbury (1904 S. Main St.). Get details, including how to register for the sessions at www.ncmanufacturinginstitute.com.

The Certified Production Technician 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.

The initiative was conceived 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.

 

 

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College to Offer Truck Driver Training Program

Program will prepare students for lucrative careers in an in-demand field

 

SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College recently announced a new truck driving training program to be offered at the College in early 2016.

“We are so excited to announce this new program,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.

“This program, a direct response to the high demand employers are seeing for skilled applicants, is going to prepare folks for employment in the industry both locally and nationally.”
Consisting of extensive classroom instruction as well as range and road driving, the program will prepare students for the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) final test, which will be administered at the conclusion of the course. Rowan-Cabarrus is offering this program in partnership with Caldwell Community College.

“According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, median pay for truck drivers is $38,200 per year. In talking with employers I have learned that drivers with experience can earn upwards of $50,000,” said Jake Rhodes, instructor for the course. “The Bureau of Labor Statistics also indicates that employment for truck drivers is expected to grow 11 percent from 2012 to 2022. These are well-paying in-demand jobs!”

The jobs are offering more luxuries than ever before as well.

“According to a recent analysis by the American Trucking Associations, the shortage of truck drivers has grown to a whopping 48,000 and could expand further due to industry growth and a retiring workforce. In an effort to attract new talent, we are seeing trucks with great amenities like flat-screen televisions, satellite radio, and refrigerators. Companies are offering comprehensive benefit packages and some are even allowing pets and spouses to travel – easing the burden of being away from home,” said Rhodes.

The program at Rowan-Cabarrus will cover proper driving procedures, safe driver responsibility, commercial motor vehicle laws and regulations, and the basic principles and practices for operating commercial vehicles. The coursework includes motor vehicle laws and regulations, map reading, vehicle maintenance, safety procedures, daily logs, defensive driving, and freight handling.

“As a local employer, I can attest to the demand for this kind of training,” said Chip Wildman, director of human resources at Concrete Supply Co. “We are looking to fill positions but can’t find trained, skilled applicants.”

The training program is set to run February 15 – April 19, 2016. The next information session to learn more is being held Thursday, January 14, 2016 from 10 am. – 12 p.m. at the West Avenue Center in Kannapolis. A mandatory orientation will be held on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 from 10 am. – 12 p.m. p.m. at the College’s West Avenue Center Campus in Kannapolis.

Visit www.rccc.edu/corporate/truck-driver-training today to fill out an interest form. For more information on the program, contact Tashina Mahatha at 704-216-7142 or tashina.mahatha@rccc.edu.

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Become a Yogi or Learn Sign Language at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

Rowan-Cabarrus Offers New Personal Enrichment Classes for 2016

 

SALISBURY, N.C. — Fulfill your new year’s resolutions with new personal enrichment classes at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. The College has sign language and conversational Spanish classes, a variety of exercise classes and much more for the communities of Rowan and Cabarrus! Bring your friends and join in on the fun!  

“Make 2016 your best year yet,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “Take the health plunge you have been contemplating or finally learn Spanish – or both!”

To register for the following classes, please call 704-216-7222 (select option 5 and then option 2) or you can now register online for most classes – just go to www.rccc.edu, select WebAdvisor at the top of the page, click “Students,” then “Register and pay for Continuing Education Classes.”

Please visit http://www.rccc.edu/enrichment/ for additional information and to voice your thoughts on other classes you’d like to see offered.

Total Body Conditioning (6 weeks)

Are you ready to feel the burn? This class gives you the opportunity to jump-start your metabolism and strengthen the body as a whole. You will raise your heart rate, increase total body strength and stamina and tone your muscles. During this class you will use a variety of equipment and tools to keep things interesting and improve your overall fitness. Modifications will be given as needed. Bring water and a towel. The registration fee is $50.

TUES, Jan. 19-Feb.23, 5:15-6:15 p.m., North Campus, Salisbury, Building 400, Rm 4124

Beginning Gentle Yoga (6 weeks)

Learn to use the intelligence of your body as a pathway to better health, balance and wholeness in this six-week class that is aimed at all experience levels, from beginner to advanced. Paying attention to the body and following its inner messages, in conjunction with instructor guidance, tailors yoga practice to your individual abilities, conditions and needs. As a result, you will more easily access the body’s innate healing energy as you practice yoga postures in a way that suits you. The class also uses deep relaxation and breathing practices to awaken inner wisdom and bring focus on finding total wellness. The registration fee is $50.

THUR, Jan. 21-Feb. 25, 5:30-6:45 p.m., North Campus, Salisbury, Building 400, Rm 4124

Core Conditioning (6 weeks)

Get ready to discover the true powerhouse of the body – the core muscles of the abdomen and back. Using a variety of exercise methods and equipment, this class is designed to enhance the function and appearance of the core muscles. You’ll improve posture and strength, reduce the risk of back and other injuries, and help flatten the abdominals. Suitable for all levels and abilities; modifications and advancements will be offered. Be sure to bring a mat, water and towel and dress in comfortable athletic wear. The registration fee is $50.

MON, Jan. 25-Feb. 29, 12 -1 p.m., North Campus, Salisbury, Building 400, Rm 4124

Beginning Yoga (6 weeks)

Please note this is not considered “gentle” yoga. Learn to use the intelligence of your body as a pathway to better health, balance and wholeness in this six-week class that is aimed at all experience levels, from beginner to advanced. Paying attention to the body and following its inner messages, in conjunction with instructor guidance, tailors yoga practice to your individual abilities, conditions and needs. As a result, you will more easily access the body’s innate healing energy as you practice yoga postures in a way that suits you. The class also uses deep relaxation and breathing practices to awaken inner wisdom and bring focus on finding total wellness. The registration fee is $50.

MON, Jan. 25-Feb. 29, 5:30-6:45 p.m., South Campus, Concord, Building 1000, Rm 202

Personal Trainer Exam Prep (3 days)

Interested in becoming a personal trainer? Let us help you “ace” the ACE exam! Join us for an intensive weekend of knowledge, designed to help you prepare for certification as a Personal Trainer through ACE. This hands-on, interactive workshop includes CPR Certification, and will enhance your understanding of key concepts from the ACE Manual. The registration fee is $70.

FRI, SAT & SUN, Feb.19-21, 8 a.m. -4:30 p.m., South Campus, Concord, Building 1000, Rm 202

Group Fitness Instructor Exam Prep (6 weeks)

Kick start your career as a Group Fitness Instructor! Prepare for certification through ACE with us in this “weekend blitz” of focused learning and intense exam preparation. You’ll have fun learning the basics of teaching group exercise, along with the necessary information to help you “ace” the ACE certification exam. This course also includes basic AHA Heart Saver CPR certification! The registration fee is $70.

MON, Mar.14-Apr.18, 6:00-9:00 p.m., South Campus, Concord, Building 3000, Rm 3371

Introduction to Organic Vegetable Production (10 weeks)

This introductory class in organic vegetable production for spring and summer crops will combine lecture and hands-on experience at the Elma C. Lomax Farm in Cabarrus County. Topics will include soil management, crop planning, irrigation, pest management and more.  Upon completion of the class, students will have the information they need to begin growing organic vegetables. The registration fee is $179.

TUES, Mar. 1-May 3, 5:00-8:00 p.m., Elma C. Lomax Farm, 3445 Atando Road, Concord

Sign Language I (7 weeks)

This course introduces the fundamental elements of American Sign Language within a cultural context. Emphasis is placed on the development of basic expressive and receptive skills. Upon completion, students will be able to comprehend and respond with grammatical accuracy to expressive American Sign Language and demonstrate cultural awareness. The registration fee is $70.

TUES & THUR, Jan.19-Mar. 3, 5:15-6:45 p.m., NC Research Campus, Kannapolis, Rowan-Cabarrus Building, Rm 300

Sign Language II (6 weeks)

This course is designed to give the student a basic understanding of sign language and to familiarize the student with deafness and the problems involved. The students will develop the ability to sign understandably and clearly, read sign language well and develop a basic sign language vocabulary. Lecture and hands-on activities are the principal methods of instruction. The registration fee is $70.

TUES & THUR, Mar. 22-Apr. 26, 5:15-7:15 p.m., NC Research Campus, Kannapolis, Rowan-Cabarrus Building, Rm 300

Conversational Spanish I (8 weeks)

Join us as we explore basic vocabulary, common phrases and practical expressions used in everyday situations including work, travel, eating, and shopping. You will have fun and learn a bit of Spanish culture, too. The registration fee is $70.

MON, Jan.11-Feb.29, 6:00-9:00 p.m., South Campus, Concord, Building 3000, Rm 3371

WED, Jan.13-Mar.2, 6:00-9:00 p.m., North Campus, Salisbury, Building 400, Rm 4128

Conversational Spanish 2 (6 weeks)

Come along with us as we continue the journey, encouraging you to speak and listen, using Spanish for self-expression throughout the course. The registration fee is $70.

TUES & THUR, Mar.15-Apr.21, 6:00-8:00 p.m., South Campus, Concord, Building 3000, Rm 3361

WED, Mar.16-May 4, 6:00-9:00 p.m., North Campus, Salisbury, Building 400, Rm 4128

Conversational Spanish 3 (6 weeks)

Presenting topics in conversational Spanish – continue the journey with us, encouraging you to speak and listen, using Spanish for self-expression throughout the course. The registration fee is $70.

TUES & THUR, Jan.12-Feb.18, 6:00-8:00 p.m., South Campus, Concord, Building 3000, Rm 3361

Spanish for the Medical Professional (6 weeks)

If you’ve ever had a patient in pain with a language barrier, then you know how critical it is to be able to communicate! Join us as we explore basic questions, answers and phrases that will help you provide better care as you improve your ability to communicate with your Spanish-speaking patients. The registration fee is $70.

MON, Mar.14-Apr. 18, 6:00-9:00 p.m., South Campus, Concord, Building 3000, Rm 3371

In addition to the courses mentioned above, the College will be hosting the following seminars as part of their healthy living series:

  • Eating for Your Health – 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Jan. 15, Rowan County NCSU Cooperative Extension, Salisbury
  • Food Allergies – 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Feb.12, Rowan County NCSU Cooperative Extension, Salisbury
  • Fermentation & pHytomins – 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Apr. 8, Rowan County NCSU Cooperative Extension, Salisbury
  • Herbalism 101 – 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., May 13, Rowan County NCSU Cooperative Extension, Salisbury

The registration fee for each seminar is $33.

For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College please visit www.rccc.edu/apply2016 or call 704-216-RCCC (7222). In addition to registering for enrichment classes throughout spring, the College is currently registering students for classes beginning January 11, 2016.

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Registration for Spring Classes at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Underway

Registration remains open until January 6, 2016; Classes begin January 11, 2016

 

SALISBURY, N.C. — While everyone is busy celebrating the holiday season, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is in the throes of spring registration.

With spring classes beginning on January 11, now is the time for new students to get started. Rowan-Cabarrus encourages prospective students to begin the application process today.

The College is an affordable option with credits costing only $76 per credit hour – meaning that a semester’s worth of tuition would cost a little over $1,000. Enrolling at Rowan-Cabarrus has never been easier; students may apply online at www.rccc.edu/apply2016.

For many, it is increasingly difficult to figure out how to afford the cost of a college degree. Today, the rising costs of a college education present barriers to even middle class families.

“So, let us help you with your decision: Did you know that many of our students receive a high- quality education at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and then transfer on to any state university in North Carolina as a junior? The cost savings in tuition, fees, textbooks, and room and board is significant,” said Spalding.

Approximately half of all Rowan-Cabarrus students intend to transfer on to a four-year college or university. Top state institutions like the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Appalachian State University and University of North Carolina – Charlotte, are accepting many of Rowan-Cabarrus transfer students each year.

While the transfer process was once arduous, students can now transfer from Rowan-Cabarrus virtually seamlessly, thanks to a newly revised state-wide transfer agreement that streamlines and clarifies the process.

Long gone are the days where the only path to a four-year degree was to go directly to a university. In fact, nearly half of all students graduating with a four-year degree in the 2013-14 school year had some experience within a two-year institution. High-quality and affordably priced classes are persuading more students to begin their quest for a bachelor’s degree at a community college.

“We have small classes. Our 17:1 faculty-student ratio means that our instructors, educated with a minimum of a master’s degree, can give each student the individual attention they deserve,” said Dr. Michael Quillen, vice president of the College’s academic programs.

Further, Rowan-Cabarrus faculty are focused on their students and teaching classes – and they do it quite well.

“I really believe the College can help most people in our community,” said Tereysha Robles, 2015-2016 Student Government Association president. “I encourage you to check out the small classes, flexible schedules and affordable tuition, as they are only part of what makes Rowan-Cabarrus great. The culture here really pushes you to succeed by helping you meet your personal, academic and career goals.”

For new students, financial aid assistance through the federal government takes time to process, so prospective students should act as soon as possible if they’re planning to utilize this assistance. For complete details, please stop by the College’s one stop center, the Navigation Station, with two convenient locations – the North Campus in Salisbury and the South Campus in Concord.

For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu/apply2016 or call 704-216-RCCC (7222).

 

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s Computer-Intergrated Machining Technology Program Earns National Accreditation

After rigorous examination, the National Institute for Metalworking Skills has accredited the College’s Computer-Integrated Machining Technology program through 2020

SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is pleased to announce its Computer-Integrated Machining Technology program has been accredited by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) through 2020.

NIMS Accreditation is the highest benchmark for metalworking training programs in the United States, based on national, industry-driven and industry-written skills standards.

“I am consistently impressed with the work coming out of our technical programs like the Computer-Integrated Machining Technology program,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “We are very proud of the steps the College has taken to further validate the degrees that we offer. It helps ensure that our students stand apart in a competitive workforce upon graduation.”

The on-site evaluation occurred in the summer of 2015 and was conducted by a highly diverse and qualified NIMS evaluation team.

“We are thrilled to set this new standard in the Computer-Integrated Machining Technology program history at Rowan-Cabarrus,” said Colin Robinson, chair of the Computer-Integrated Machining Technology program at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. “By becoming accredited, the staff and faculty here at Rowan-Cabarrus have met NIMS quality requirements, which included a self-evaluation, earning of NIMS national skills credentials by faculty and by students, and an intensive two-day on-site evaluation.”

The NIMS team was highly impressed after the comprehensive facility inspection, observation of students’ safety habits and a series of in-depth interviews with faculty, administrators and local employers. Ultimately the team issued Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s program above-average ratings in the evaluation areas of:

  • Program faculty
  • Program features
  • Equipment, tooling, & measuring devices
  • Facilities
  • Program administration

This accreditation is based on NIMS National Skill Standards for Machining Level I with a focus on four machining credentials. Those skill credentials include:

  • Computer Numerical Control (CNC) milling setup, programming & operations
  • CNC turning setup, programming & operations
  • Job Planning, benchwork & layout
  • Measurement, materials & safety

The accreditation not only has significant meaning to the College, but to program graduates as they seek employment.

“We are seeing employers increasingly look for the NIMS accreditation. It demonstrates to employers that students have been instructed to the highest of industry standards,” said Dr. Van Madray, dean of engineering & business technologies for the College.

The Computer-Integrated Machining Technology curriculum at Rowan-Cabarrus prepares students with the analytical, creative and innovative skills necessary to take a production idea from an initial concept through design, development and production, resulting in a finished product.

In the last few years, the College made significant updates to its Computer-Integrated Machining Technology program. These upgrades are largely due to the $491,000 grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation to train individuals in advanced machining.

“The investment from the Golden LEAF Mid-Skills Workforce Training Initiative will have a long-term impact on students’ educational and workplace success in the advanced machining field,” said Dr. Michael Quillen, vice president of academic programs at the College. “You can’t just talk about these skills – students need to actually perform them in a simulated environment.”

“Everything the students learn is hands-on. Precision is vitally important,” continued Quillen. “We are training our students on multiple projects to increase their marketability. Our students and graduates have a good reputation in local industry. Companies come here to recruit and conduct interviews.”

All courses in the program will be transferable if a student chooses to continue and obtain an associate degree. Rowan-Cabarrus has established an articulation agreement with East Carolina University (on-campus or online) to transfer the associate degree into a bachelor of science in Industrial Engineering Technology.

For more information about the program, please contact Colin Robinson, program chair (colin.robinson@rccc.edu). For additional information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu/apply2016 or call 704-216-RCCC (7222). The College is currently accepting applications for classes beginning in January of 2016.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Student Selected as a 2015 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar

Scholarship will help Phi Theta Kappa member Roa Saleh defray educational expenses while enrolled at Rowan-Cabarrus

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Roa Saleh, a student at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, has been selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship from Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society as a 2015 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar.

The prestigious Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program provides new Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) members with financial resources to help defray educational expenses while enrolled in associate degree programs.

“We couldn’t be more proud of Roa. She has been a leader at Rowan-Cabarrus since she first arrived on campus last year. This prestigious scholarship is well-deserved,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding. “We are honored to have her as a student leader.”

Saleh and other scholarship recipients faced tough competition as independent judges evaluated the applications based on scholastic achievement, community services and leadership potential.

“Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education,” said Ginger Fox, an English instructor at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, who serves as one of the College’s Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) co-advisors.

Phi Theta Kappa recognizes and encourages the academic achievement of two-year college students and provides opportunities for individual growth and development through honors, leadership, and service programming.

“Roa was one of only 207 PTK members to have been awarded a scholarship out of more than 1,100 applications worldwide. This can be attributed to not only her academic successes but her leadership around campus as a student ambassador,” said Carolyn Brown, co-advisor for PTK, Rowan County Early College liaison and instructor for the College.

The Rowan-Cabarrus Student Ambassador Program, started in 2010 and sponsored by the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation, is a group of outstanding students who are selected to represent the College in multiple capacities.

As a student ambassador during the 2014-15 academic year, Saleh reached out to prospective students, conducted campus tours, participated in and helped promote various college events and assisted with the successful transition of new students to the campus.

Student Ambassadors are dedicated to student success, diversity and strengthening student connections. Ambassadors enjoy working with people, are committed to creating change in their respective communities, and are excited about sharing their experiences at Rowan-Cabarrus with others.

Saleh and other Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar scholarship recipients prove to be successful early on in their educational journeys and continue to show hard-work and dedication through completion.

“Research shows that Phi Theta Kappa members are four times more likely to complete a college degree than their peers. The Leaders of Promise Scholarships recognize students for what they have achieved already and assure that financial need isn’t an obstacle to achieving their academic goals,” said Dr. Nancy Rieves, CEO of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation provides $200,000 in funding for the scholarships, with $25,000 set aside for members who are veterans or active members of the U.S. military. The remaining amount is supported by donations to the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation and provides Leaders of Promise Global Scholarships, earmarked for international students.

“The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has a long history of providing financial assistance to outstanding students at community colleges,” said J. Mark Davis, President of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. “We are proud to partner with Phi Theta Kappa and make it possible for more deserving students to achieve their educational goals. Phi Theta Kappa members are proven scholars, engaged students who want to use their abilities to make a difference. In designating $200,000 for Leaders of Promise, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation is supporting tomorrow’s leaders of the global community.”

For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu/apply2016 or call 704-216-RCCC (7222). The College is currently accepting applications and registering for classes beginning in January.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Announces New Fine Arts Articulation Agreement with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte

The College’s Associate in Fine Arts degree will now transfer seamlessly into four Bachelor of Fine Arts tracks at UNC Charlotte

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is pleased to announce a brand new agreement with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to make transferring between the colleges much easier.

When the 2014 Comprehensive Articulation Agreement was signed by the 16 North Carolina state colleges and universities and the 58 North Carolina community colleges, the Associate in Fine Arts (AFA) degree program was not included.

Under Dr. Spalding’s leadership, the College began working with the UNC Charlotte to ensure that Rowan-Cabarrus AFA students would be able to transfer with ease along with their peers. Thanks to a strategic use of the College’s advisory board structure, the AFA program already had strong relationships with the faculty and advisors in the UNC Charlotte Department of Art & Art History.

“This is Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s first articulation agreement with UNC Charlotte, besides the comprehensive agreement between all NC community colleges and the sixteen state universities,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “Articulation agreements are complex and require a lot of work on both sides. I applaud our faculty for their leadership in making our AFA students a priority and ensuring their ability to transfer.”

In order to develop a formal bilateral articulation agreement, Rowan-Cabarrus worked with UNC Charlotte to review every single relevant syllabus, student learning outcomes and a full review of how Rowan-Cabarrus teaches each course.

“It is with great enthusiasm that we partner with UNC Charlotte in this way. Together, we are paving the way to help more potential fine arts students meet their educational goals by easily being able to move to the baccalaureate level,” said Jenn Selby, program chair for the College’s Department of Fine & Applied Arts.

Ultimately the hard work paid off and Rowan-Cabarrus was able to partner with UNC Charlotte to offer a formal bilateral articulation agreement for AFA graduates to enter four BFA-tract concentrations in the Department of Art & Art History. The concentrations include digital media, painting, photography and sculpture.

“We have long been strong partners with Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and this agreement strengthens this important relationship, said UNC Charlotte Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Joan F. Lorden. “Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is responsible for the second largest number of transfers to UNC Charlotte and we look forward to growing this longstanding relationship that provides affordable higher education to the citizens of the Charlotte region.”

An important element of this agreement was the requirement that Rowan-Cabarrus students needed to graduate with their AFA before moving into one of the four BFA-tract concentrations. This was a critical factor in the statewide Comprehensive Articulation Agreement for Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degree programs and was important to Rowan-Cabarrus for this articulation agreement.

“Preparing students for transfer has become one of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s greatest strengths. It helps us build a better-educated, career-ready workforce for our region,” said Spalding. “We help students get ready to apply and succeed at any college, anywhere. Choosing a destination with a Rowan-Cabarrus articulation agreement paves the way for the smoothest, most cost-effective transition.”

The College is currently working on other similar agreements with other local transfer institutions.

For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College please visit www.rccc.edu/apply2016 or call 704-216-RCCC (7222). The College is currently accepting applications for classes beginning in January of 2016.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense

Sponsored by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security, designation establishes the College as cybersecurity academic trailblazer

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College recently became officially designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Two-Year Education (CAE2Y) through academic year 2019, a feat that establishes the College as one of the nation’s academic trailblazers in the area of cybersecurity.

Jointly sponsored by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the CAE2Y program recognizes colleges and universities that have made significant contributions in meeting the national demand for cyber defense education, developing a number of professionals with cyber defense expertise and ultimately contributing to the protection of the national information infrastructure.

“In a nutshell the CAE2Y program is designed to prepare our students to meet the nation’s cybersecurity needs, keep the talent pipeline primed, share expertise and serve as vehicles for growth,” said Zackary Hubbard, program chair for the College’s Computer Technology Integration program. “Our security program was heavily vetted by the NSA and they were particularly happy with our work to secure articulation agreements with four-year institutions such as Champlain and Catawba College.”

Currently, there are only a small number of educational institutions nationwide with this specific designation, and Rowan-Cabarrus is one of only two community colleges in the state of North Carolina.

“This prestigious recognition is not only an honor for Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, it is an honor for the local community as a whole,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “We need people receiving training in high-tech, high-paying sectors like cybersecurity, and we need them receiving that training right here in Rowan and Cabarrus counties. I’m proud of Rowan-Cabarrus’ hard work in earning this designation, and I look forward to the dividends it will pay as we work to build and contribute to the economy.”

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s ongoing curricula development, to include specializations in cyber security, cybercrime and networking technologies, contributed to the institute earning this accreditation.

Participation in the CAE2Y program at Rowan-Cabarrus is facilitated through the Computer Technology Integration (CTI) Associate in Applied Science degree program.

“Under our CTI umbrella, two specializations are available for the Information Assurance (IA)/ Cyber Defense (CD) area: Cyber Crime & Digital Forensics and Cyber Security. Under each specialization, students also have the availability to earn certificates by completing the required courses in each area,” said Linda Cooper, instructor for the College’s cyber security, digital forensics, and networking courses.

The CAE2Y program will also give Rowan-Cabarrus students eligibility for internship placement assistance from the NSA and DHS, field trips and experiences with the agencies and more.

Upon completion of the program, participants will be prepared for lucrative careers in both local and national industries such as law enforcement and banking.

For more information on the CAE2Y program at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College please visit www.rccc.edu/sbmit/cae2y/.

For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College please visit www.rccc.edu/apply2016 or call 704-216-RCCC (7222). The College is currently accepting applications for classes beginning in January of 2016.

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Women in Manufacturing: It’s Not Just a Man’s Job

Industry-supported training program graduates and employs second graduating class in fastest growing industry in the area; Next sessions to enroll in training program Nov. 18, Dec. 2 and Dec. 8

 

CONCORD, N.C. — No industry in this area is creating jobs in larger numbers and growing faster than manufacturing. Local manufacturers like Perdue Foods, 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.

The second cohort in this eight-week training program recently graduated, with the majority securing employment almost immediately.

“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 an average annual salary of $68,887.”

The growth and popularity of these clean, high-tech jobs has led to a high demand for qualified, competent employees to fill these careers. And these are not just jobs for men.

“At this point, our classes are about half women and half men. There is absolutely no reason a woman cannot become a Certified Production Technician and find a great job in the manufacturing field – gender is simply not a barrier,” said Donna Ludwig, program coordinator for the Certified Production Technicians classes and a business services account manager for the College.

Everyone who has been admitted into the program has thus far completed the certification, except for one young woman who received an offer she couldn’t refuse to pursue a career in welding.

Selected participants enroll in the program at no personal cost, 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.”

The training program does not merely scratch the surface – the material provided is detailed and extensive, which is especially helpful since most in the program do not have prior manufacturing experience.

Interestingly, while there has been a great deal of comradery and bonding among each class, the women in each class have bonded in particular.

“When we first started the class, the ladies sat together. It was nice to know we had each other’s support. We were also willing to speak up and ask questions, which I think ultimately put the guys at ease, too,” said Monica Barbee, a program graduate who secured employment before graduation.

Other female participants shared similar sentiments regarding the automatic bond they shared.

“I did feel like I had to prove myself a bit more,” said Charlotte Alexander, now employed with Agility Fuel Systems. “But we bonded together and have supported each other throughout the process.”

The program’s success speaks for itself. The vast majority of graduates’ secured employment prior to graduation, or within a few short weeks of graduating.

“I was concerned that not having prior manufacturing experience was going to hurt me when it came time to finding employment, but I was pleased to learn that employers weren’t dissuaded by lack of previous manufacturing experience,” said Alexander. “On every field trip we asked employers about that, and they weren’t concerned – they knew that this program would prepare us.”

The second class of graduates includes:

  • Antonio Beatty
  • Sherry Gobble
  • Patrick Goodnight
  • Samantha McManus
  • Deshon Mills
  • Monique Sharpless
  • Lisa Solomon
  • Phil Thomas

The next eight-week training program begins in January. Those interested must attend an orientation or Discovery Session:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 5:30 p.m., Rowan-Cabarrus NC Research Campus building, Kannapolis, Room 115;
  • Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 10 a.m., Cabarrus Business and Technology Center, 660 Concord Parkway North, Concord;
  • Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 10 a.m., Rowan-Cabarrus NC Research Campus building, Kannapolis, Room 115.

Get details, including how to register for the session at www.ncmanufacturinginstitute.com. Dates, times, and locations of the Discovery Sessions are subject to change.

This coveted certification is validation to manufacturers that this individual has the skills and problem-solving abilities to be successful. The employers will still provide training on the actual equipment they use and will acclimate the new employee to the company’s culture, but the screening process has already been taken care of through the North Carolina Manufacturing Institute.

The Certified Production Technician 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 the 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.

Partner organizations in the North Carolina Manufacturing Institute had first “dibs” on the graduates and met them at a personalized interview fair. In preparation for that, graduates had mock interviews with Rowan-Cabarrus interviewers.

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