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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Leads Developmental English Redesign Symposium

Local and national trends highlighted with speakers and panelists from across the country

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Not all students who seek to attend college are ready for college-level courses. Students who require additional preparation for college-level English and math classes may enroll in developmental classes prior to moving into collegiate courses.

Recently, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College hosted a Developmental English Redesign Symposium on this “hot” topic. The symposium, sponsored by publisher Bedford/St. Martin’s, was designed to share information about different redesign initiatives for Developmental English programs by showcasing local and national trends in this arena.

The symposium featured keynote speakers, a panel lunch with North Carolina faculty who have successfully implemented redesign, and breakout workshops with topics related to redesign.

“It was an honor for Rowan-Cabarrus to host this symposium. Not only did College faculty and staff get to hear firsthand from experts in the field of developmental reading and English, but we also played host to many important one-on-one discussions between practitioners about the best ways to engage students in developmental reading and English courses,” said Jenny Billings Beaver, chair of English, Developmental Reading and English and ACA (academic-related) courses at Rowan-Cabarrus.

Keynote speakers contributed a mix of research-based and practical solutions.

“One thing I like to suggest is that instructors make their seminars theme-based,” said Dr. Norman A. Stahl from Northern Illinois University. “Basing the course on a theme helps students bring in prior knowledge and experiences. This intertextuality is especially important when you are working with students who might already feel nervous about the course. I reiterate to both instructors and students – difficulty in reading is not a failure.”

A lunchtime panel allowed the audience to hear firsthand from experienced faculty about what has worked best in their developmental English classrooms.

“I really believe in pulling in relevant topics to class readings and discussions. I bring in articles outside the textbook to help students stay engaged and connect with the material,” said Shauna Moser, developmental reading, developmental English and ACA instructor at the College.

Other speakers included Dr. Jeanine L. Williams from the Community College of Baltimore County and Taffy Graham and Rhonda Hollaway from Stanly Community College.

“I am proud that the College was selected to host this symposium. Making sure all of our students get what they need is part of our ‘meet them where they are’ philosophy,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “While it’s not possible for every program, our overarching goal is to be available and accessible to students. That’s why our students can now earn 14 degrees completely online. It’s why the GED classes are offered morning, afternoon, evening, online and at multiple locations across the College’s service area.”

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

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Manufacturing 2014 and Beyond – Seminar on Employment in the Industry

R3 Career Services Announces January 2014 Workshops & Short-Term Classes; College provides free programs for the unemployed or under-employed

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

A new seminar and networking event entitled “Manufacturing 2014 and Beyond” will be held at the R3 Career Center in Kannapolis on Thursday, January 16 at 10 a.m.

“Manufacturing jobs have significantly changed over the past decade in our area. The seminar will seek to clarify what this industry will look like in 2014,” said Keri Allman, director of R3 Career Services. “What will be the desired skill sets of workers coming into manufacturing job? How can the local workforce be prepared for employment opportunities?”

The event will feature a panel of well-known manufacturing business leaders from our area answering questions about how their workforce is changing. It will also include important information about training opportunities and a networking hour. Please call 704-216-7201 to confirm your attendance.

Clients new to R3 Career Services will be scheduled to meet with a Career Coach for a “Meet Your Coach.” In this workshop, clients will develop an R3 career action plan and identify assisting resources. Workshops are available Monday at 2 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday at 9 a.m. Call 704-216-7201 to reserve a seat.

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

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

The calendar also includes the following workshops:

* Identifying Your Career Options – 9:30 a.m. on January 9 and 23, 11 a.m. on January 28;

* Interview Techniques – 9:30 a.m. on January 21, 2 p.m. on January 9;

* Networking Methods – 11 a.m. on January 9;

* Stand Out from the Competition – 9:30 a.m. on January 14,11 a.m. on January 30;

* Looking for Work at 50+ – 9:30 a.m. on January 28, 11 a.m. on January 7;

* Looking for Work with a Criminal Record –11 a.m. on January 23;

* Letter Writing for the Job Seeker – 11 a.m. on January 16;

* Online Job Hunting (beginners) –11 a.m. on January 14;

* Online Job Hunting (advanced) – 2 p.m. on January 16.

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

* 9:30 a.m. on January 7 and 16;

* 2 p.m. on January 23 and 28.

R3 Career Services also offers short-term training classes starting in January and February.

Some students will qualify for tuition waivers based on income and employment status.

Please call 704-216-7201 for more information and to learn how to register.

GPS 2 Success – Cloverleaf

* January 14-30 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) 12:30-3:30 p.m.

Computer Skills for the Worker – Career Connections

* January 13-February 12 (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday) 11:45 a.m.-2:45 p.m.

* January 13-May 12 (Monday) 3-5 p.m.

* February 18-March 27 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Computer Skills for the Worker – Cloverleaf

* January 14-February 13 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) 12-3 p.m.

* February 18-March 27 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Computer Projects for the Worker – Career Connections

Pre-requisite: Computer Skills for the Worker or prior HRD computer course

* January 14-February 13 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) 8:30-11:30 a.m.

* February 17-March 26 (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday) 11:45 a.m.-2:45 p.m.

Computer Projects for the Worker – Cloverleaf

Pre-requisite: Computer Skills for the Worker or prior HRD computer course

* January 14-February 13 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) 12-3 p.m.

* February 18-March 27 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Introduction to the Medical Field – Career Connections

* January 24-May 9 (Friday) 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Introduction to the Medical Field – Cloverleaf

* January 24-May 9 (Friday) 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

A self-paced Employability Lab and keyboarding classes, are also available throughout January and February.

“The Employability Lab is a great edition to R3, because our clients will be able to work with an instructor on tools they are learning in R3 workshops and their individual coaching sessions,” said Allman. “In the lab, clients will also be able to work on a certification that helps recognize an individual’s current skill set called Career Readiness Certification.”

R3 Career Services partners with other workforce development agencies, including the Centralina Workforce Development Board, JobLink Career Centers of Cabarrus and Rowan counties, N.C. Department of Commerce- Division of Workforce Solutions, and other area community colleges.

R3 Career Services are offered at the following locations:

* R3 Center – 200 West Ave. | Kannapolis

* Cabarrus Business & Technology Center (CBTC) – 660 Concord Parkway N. | Concord

* Rowan-Cabarrus North Campus – 1333 Jake Alexander Blvd. S. | Salisbury

* Career Connections – 1923 South Main St. | Salisbury

* Cloverleaf Extension Center – 942 Cloverleaf Plaza | Kannapolis

For more information about the R3 Career Services and its services and programs, please call 704-216-7201, or visit the Center’s website at www.rccc.edu/r3/.

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Become a Yogi or an Expert Photographer at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

Rowan-Cabarrus Offers New Personal Enrichment Classes

SALISBURY, N.C. — Fulfill your 2014 new year’s resolutions with new personal enrichment classes at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. The College has photography and photo editing classes, as well as a variety of exercise classes for the communities of Rowan and Cabarrus! Bring your friends and join in on the fun!

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 the Personal Enrichment & Healthy Living website for additional information and to voice your thoughts on other classes you’d like to see offered.

Core Stability (8 weeks)

This course makes use of gliding sliding disc exercises to transform traditional exercises, allowing for engaged full body effort from start to finish and also includes exercising with stability balls. Train every muscle in your body to extend your range of motion. You will improve your balance, muscular endurance, and flexibility while working out to popular music. Bring a stability ball, mat, towel, and water – and wear athletic shoes and comfortable clothing. The registration fee is $60.

TUES, Jan. 7-Feb. 25, 9:15-10:15 a.m., South Campus, Concord, Building 1000, Rm 106

TUES, Jan. 7-Feb. 25; 5:30-6:30 p.m., South Campus, Concord, Building 1000, Rm 106

Fortify Your Fitness and Finish a 5K! (8 weeks)

The benefits of running/walking are many & can change your life. Participants will learn and apply usable information on running topics such as running form, stretching, strengthening, nutrition, injury prevention, safety and race day preparation. Included is individual coaching with your own training schedule from a certified running coach, personal trainer, and wellness professional as well as a dry-fit technical shirt! In just eight weeks, you can go from beginner to completion of a 5K. This class is ideal for new runners and walkers as well as previous runners who need a restart. Please bring water, a pen, and wear appropriate running apparel for the first class distance of one half mile (don’t worry about purchasing new shoes, because we’ll discuss shoes and equipment in class #2). The registration fee is $60.

THUR, Jan. 14-Mar. 4, 5:30-6:45 p.m., NC Research Campus, Kannapolis, Rowan-Cabarrus Building, Rm 202

Beginning Yoga (6 weeks)

This course introduces the fundamentals of Yoga with a focus on proper breathing techniques, relaxation and correct body positions. Yoga is an exercise that strengthens the body and mind through exercises in relaxation and balance. Space is limited to facilitate individualized instruction. Bring a Yoga Mat and wear loose, comfortable clothing. The registration fee is $50.

THUR, Jan. 16-Feb. 20, 5:30-6:45 p.m., North Campus, Salisbury, Building 400, Rm 4124

Digital Photography: How To Use Your Digital Camera

This class will cover the basics of digital photography, and teach you how to understand and use the features of your own camera, whether you have an old, familiar point-and-shoot or a shiny new DSLR. These classes are ideal for anyone who would like to learn more about their own camera in order to take better photographs. You’ll also learn many tips and tricks that photographers utilize every day, and gain a better understanding of what turns a simple snapshot into a photograph. Class size is limited to facilitate personalized instruction. Please bring textbook (Welcome to Digital Photography – 2nd Edition, ISBN: 978-159-136-175-6), camera, storage card, batteries, USB Cables, and manual. The registration fee is $100 and does not include the textbook.

MON & THUR, Jan. 27-Feb. 6, 6-9 p.m., South Campus, Concord, Building 1000, Rm 106

FRI, Jan. 31-Feb. 21, 9 am-12 p.m., North Campus, Salisbury, Building 400, Rm 4104

T’ai Chi – Beginner Basics (6 weeks)

This 6-week beginner class consists of weekly one hour instruction and daily practice at home. T’ai Chi is a gentle art and we enter into its practice in a gradual and open manner. Each person comes with different physical and mental attributes and limitations. We start from that point, and without forcing the body or mind, gradually coax the body and mind into the cultivation of the life energy, called “chi.” We will also learn some moving and breathing exercises called Qi Gong. Wear loose clothing, flat shoes, and be prepared for an hour of relaxing, light-hearted play. The registration fee is $50.

TUES, Jan. 28-Mar. 4, 6:00-7:00 p.m., North Campus, Salisbury, Building 400, Rm 4124

WED, Jan. 29-Mar. 5, 8-9 a.m., NC Research Campus, Kannapolis, Rowan-Cabarrus Building, Rm 322

Photoshop Elements

This class will cover all three components of the Elements software: the Organizer, which allows keyword tagging, star ratings and grouping photos; Photo Projects, for the designing of cards and slideshows; and the Editor, which enables image adjustments, object removal, brightening, darkening, retouching and more. Please bring textbook (Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 – Classroom in a Book, ISBN: 978-0-321-88368-1), writing utensils, and paper. The registration fee is $125 and does not include the textbook.

MON & THUR, Feb. 17-Feb. 27, 6-9 p.m., South Campus, Concord, Building 1000, Room 103A

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Rowan-Cabarrus Chosen to Lead Curriculum Improvement for North Carolina Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistant Certificate Programs

The College will lead the creation of an updated Practical Nursing curricula and Nursing Assistant Certificate program across the state community college system

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Already a leader in the region for its healthcare training, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College has been awarded a prestigious new grant to revise the Practical Nursing and Nursing Assistant curricula.

This grant will align the Practical Nursing Program with the concept-based Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) curriculum to better facilitate a seamless transition for Practical Nursing (PN) and Nursing Assistant (NAS) graduates as they progress with their career training.

“The new curriculum will encourage a focus on the big picture,” said Wendy Barnhardt, dean of health and education programs. “The revisions will place an emphasis on broad concepts and prevalent health problems identified from the Centers for Disease Control, Institute of Medicine, regional and state data.”

This project will improve the alignment of nursing curricula between public high schools and community colleges through the Career and College Promise program. The curriculum revisions will align the programs’ content up-to-date with current industry healthcare standards.

The grant, awarded by the North Carolina Community College System, will allow the College to lead a collaborative restructuring and revision process with other colleges across the state. At the urging of officials from community colleges across the state, Rowan-Cabarrus submitted an application for the Curriculum Improvement Project.

“We are honored to have been chosen to facilitate this nursing curriculum improvement project,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “We are pleased to have members of our faculty leading an initiative that will influence nursing education and the healthcare workforce statewide.”

The College’s nursing programs have a well-documented track record of success in both student performance and program recognition.

“I am very proud of our doctoral and master’s prepared faculty. They are well-educated and ensure that our graduates are ready to be active and engaged healthcare providers,” said Spalding.

Rowan-Cabarrus offers multiple nursing program options, including associate degree in nursing (ADN), licensed practical nursing (PN) and the PN to ADN transition.

“We are very proud that 90 percent of Rowan-Cabarrus nursing graduates are employed by Novant Health Rowan, the W.G. Hefner Veterans Administration Medical Center, Carolina’s Medical Center-Northeast, long-term care facilities, hospice and other medical providers throughout the state” said Dr. Rod M. Townley, Vice President of Academic Programs.

Last year, the College also received accreditation from the prestigious National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission for its nursing programs. Rowan-Cabarrus received this nationally recognized accreditation for both its ADN and PN programs. The ADN program is one of only 14 programs among the 58 community colleges in North Carolina that is nationally accredited, while the PN program is only one of five across the entire state – out of 40 programs – to receive this accreditation.

“We are extremely proud of the nursing program’s excellence and the service our nurses provide to our community,” said Carl M. Short, chair of the Rowan-Cabarrus Board of Trustees. “We are also pleased that they now have state of the art facilities and equipment in their North Carolina Research Campus location.”

The work that the College will do for this grant is extremely important, as these curriculum core courses have not been revised at the state level since the summer of 1997. Healthcare trends have dramatically changed during this time. Today’s growing population of aging Americans, and individuals with disabilities or other chronic conditions, are outpacing the number of workers with the knowledge and skills to effectively care for them. It is estimated that 70-80 percent of the hands-on assistance to individuals with long-term and personal assistance needs are provided by direct care workers. Direct care workers include nursing aides, home health aides and personal care aides. In the United States, the direct-care workforce surpassed 3.3 million in 2010 and an additional 1.6 million new positions are projected by 2020.

“Many procedures that once could be done only in hospitals are now being done outside of hospitals, creating demand in other settings, such as outpatient care centers,” said Cathy Norris, RN, MSN, director of the College’s nursing programs.

Research demonstrates a growing shortage of nurse aides, both nationally and state wide. The NC Long-Term Occupational Projections for 2006-2016 ranked hospitals and nursing/residential care facilities as top industries with growing employment. For the state, they estimate 6,500 nurse aide vacancies annually. Personal care aides and home health aides are projected to be the fastest-growing occupations in the country between 2010 and 2020, increasing 71 and 69 percent, respectively.

Thirty-four community colleges are currently approved to offer the Nursing Assistant (NAS) certificate program which is three semesters long. The curriculum was developed by the Division of Health Services and the North Carolina Board of Nursing.

The updating of the three courses, Nurse Aide I, Nurse Aide II, and Home Care Aide, brings the certificate program in line with today’s healthcare standards. The certificate program will also provide an opportunity for high school students to enroll in a quality program through the Career and College Promise program. Career and College Promise provides a focused means for students to begin completion of college transfer credits or career training prior to their graduation from high school. Courses under Career and College Promise are offered to high school students with no charge for tuition.

High school students who are qualified to take community college offerings such as the NAS certificate will graduate from high school with employable skills, potential higher wage earnings, and a competitive edge in the admission process for the nursing programs.

Cathy Norris is the grant’s project director and Martha Freeze, RN., MSN, will serve as the curriculum development coordinator for the project. Faculty and staff members serving on the writing team for the grant application were Wendy Barnhardt, Angela Graham, Renee Hyde, Cathy Norris, Emily Ward and Dr. Hope Yost.

Curriculum Improvement Project grant opportunities are made possible with North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges reserve funds. Grants are administered by the Division of Academic and Student Services in the North Carolina Community College System Office.

The College is currently registering students for the spring 2014 semester. Classes begin on 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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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Studets and Faculty Display Art at Waterworks Visual Arts Center

College president chooses special President’s Choice Award

SALISBURY, N.C. — Both student and faculty artists have displayed their talent at Waterworks Visual Arts Center this fall and winter. Rowan-Cabarrus Community College was proud to collaborate with Waterworks to host two unique exhibits this year.

“I continue to be amazed at the beautiful work our art students create,” 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 art community in this area.”

The Autumn Exhibition is a juried exhibition of work by current students in the Department of Fine Arts at Rowan-Cabarrus. The exhibition is currently on display in the Young People’s Gallery at Waterworks Visual Arts Center through February 1, 2014 and features works from 22 students in a variety of media including photography, ceramics, painting, drawing, video and sculpture. The Autumn Exhibition is sponsored by the Rowan Arts Council, Rowan-Cabarrus Foundation, and the Department of Fine Arts.

“Giving students the opportunity to exhibit their work in a museum setting better prepares them for a career in the arts,” said Peter Goff, art instructor at the College. “Rowan-Cabarrus doesn’t have a large gallery of its own and the partnership with Waterworks gives the students a professional platform to share their work with the community.”

Some of the exhibited pieces were created at Waterworks, which collaborates with the College’s Department of Fine Arts to offer courses that require specialized facilities such as ceramics and darkroom photography.

The Department of Fine Arts currently offers the Associate in Fine Arts (AFA) degree program. Since its inception in 2009, the AFA program has grown from 26 majors to over 150 majors in 2013. Currently, three full-time and 15 part-time faculty members teach more than 40 courses in

visual arts, drama and music. Courses are taught on three campuses in two counties, and also on site at Waterworks Visual Arts Center.

“The exhibition is a great opportunity for students to share their creative work with the community,” said Jenn Selby, program chair of the Department of Fine Arts and instructor of photography and visual arts at Rowan-Cabarrus. “They love talking about their work and it benefits them professionally.”

A new element of the College’s annual Autumn Exhibition was the addition of the President’s Choice Award. President Spalding was asked to select her personal favorite piece from the student work. The winning student was David Zimmerle for his piece entitled “Raw Energy.”

“The idea for this artwork came from literature of early world history,” said Zimmerle. “As I was reading about this frame of time, I found myself thinking of the connection between the power of nature and the energy behind mankind’s progression. Yesterday, like today and tomorrow, mankind will always be intertwined with the natural world.”

Earlier this year, College faculty had their own exhibit at the gallery. Faculty artists included Lino Azevedo, Jonathan Church, Peter Goff, Rachel Goldstein, Stephen Hayes, Jonathan Hoffman, Anna Kenar, Francine Kola-Bankole, Andrew Leventis, Jenn Selby, Jerome Sturm and Lorraine Turi. This was the first exhibition highlighting the artwork of Rowan-Cabarrus faculty.

“I was so honored when Anne Scott Clement, the Executive Director at Waterworks, approached me with the idea for a faculty show. We are proud that she wanted to display the talent of our faculty. This is another example of the incredible relationship between the College and Waterworks,” said Selby.

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.

With appropriate education and training, an AFA degree can lead to a number of career options, including career artist, graphic designer, commercial photographer, photojournalist, art director, theater set designer, museum curator and business owner.

Also new this year is the Fine Arts & Creative Industries Co-Operative Education (internship) Program. This program provides serious students the opportunity to be paired with local businesses/arts organizations to expand their knowledge in a real-world setting. Also new this year are the Visiting Artist and the Step into Culture programs. The Step into Culture program is a collaboration with the College’s Department of English.

The Department plans to offer an Associate in Applied Science degree in Advertising and Graphic Design in the fall of 2014. Effective fall 2014, the College will offer new music and drama specializations within the AFA program. Everything from chorus classes to the history of rock music to American musical theater will be available. Additionally, the program, working closely with the NC Music Hall of Fame, has developed an introduction to jazz class.

“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 Selby.

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. Students will have some flexibility in choosing which arts courses they take, while concentrating in painting or photography.

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).

In addition to providing academic excellence in the arts, the Department of Fine Arts provides extracurricular and professional opportunities for students. Annually there are two exhibitions of student artwork. The Autumn Exhibition held at Waterworks Visual Arts Center was sponsored by the Rowan Arts Council and the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation. The Spring Impulse Exhibition will be held at the Clearwater Artists Studio in downtown Concord with an opening reception on April 4, 2014.

Community partnerships are integral to the success of the department. The Waterworks Visual Arts Center, the Rowan Arts Council, Fine Frame Gallery, the City of Salisbury, the Cabarrus Arts Council and the Clearwater Artist Studios have all collaborated with the Department of Fine Arts and have helped strengthen the students’ experience.

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

The student Autumn Exhibition at Waterworks will be on display through Feb. 1, 2014. Admission is free. Gallery Hours are Monday/Wednesday/Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday/Thursday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Completes First Rowan County Bond Project

College holds ribbon cutting for new Fire & Emergency Services Training Facility

SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College held its final 50th anniversary celebration event with a ribbon cutting of the new Fire & Emergency Services Training Facility at the College’s December board of trustees meeting.

Local officials, county commissioners and public safety personnel from across the region joined the College in this important ribbon cutting. The Fire & Emergency Services Training Facility was the first project to be completed in a series of Rowan County-bond funded construction projects that will take place over the next few years. The College was able to both break ground and complete this project in 2013, during the College’s 50th anniversary.

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

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

In 2013, over 221,000 hours of training were provided by the College for more than 22,000 individuals. Over 7,000 certifications were awarded to fire, emergency medical services (EMS), and law enforcement personnel during the past year. Rowan-Cabarrus expects that the number of training hours will continue to grow with the new facility.

“The investment by the County in this training facility has potential impact for every citizen in Rowan County for personal safety and security. The training provided to our paid and volunteer departments ensures that our communities maintain insurance ratings that keep our taxes affordable while simultaneously equipping our emergency responders with state-of-the-art training,” said Jim Sides, chair of the Rowan County Commission. “I look forward to seeing this facility used frequently by all agencies to support the quality of life that we enjoy in Rowan County.”

“The safety of our citizens is important to all of us,” said Carl M. Short, chair of the Rowan-Cabarrus Board of Trustees. “Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is proud to have the role of training and re-training each and every one of these important public servants. Without their tireless and selfless work, our community would be at a distinct disadvantage.”

The new Fire & Emergency Services Training Facility will include several props that allow for the simulation of critical incidents, emergencies, and natural and man-made disasters.

“The new facility not only represents an improved physical space and high-quality burn building, but the dedicated acreage offers an opportunity for expanded props and structures that can truly create a resource that will serve your community for years to come,” said Rick McIntyre, assistant state fire marshal and senior deputy commissioner for the NC Department of Insurance, who spoke at the ribbon cutting. “The planned addition of railroad cars to your site will create unique training opportunities for many personnel throughout the state, and I commend you for the partnerships with Norfolk Southern and GATX that made these props possible.”

Public safety personnel require training to respond to rail and train emergencies involving railroad accidents, hazardous material spills, derailments, etc. Because the railroad has such a vital and important history of operations and service in the local community, the College made a written request to Norfolk Southern for consideration for a donation of an actual box car to install as a prop.

The College was ultimately donated both an actual box car from Norfolk Southern and an oil tanker from GATX. This is the first donation of this kind by Norfolk Southern for training purposes. This rail equipment will help establish a unique and authentic training experience for our fire and emergency personnel.

“We hope that this contribution will be the beginning of a valuable partnership between the College and Norfolk Southern as the College increases its capacity to provide valuable training to ensure the safety and well-being of our citizens and the community,” said Short.

The facility will need to cure for several months before it will be operational. The College is eager to begin training and plans to invite the community to see the grounds in 2014. Sponsors for the ribbon cutting included Moseley Architects, ECS Carolinas, and EVS Construction & Development.

In addition to the Fire & Emergency Services Training Facility, the planned renovation and construction projects include a 30,000 square foot addition with 18 new classrooms to the existing allied health building (Building 600).

“We are being very purposeful and diligent with the $12 million provided in the 2010 Rowan County bond referendum,” said Spalding. “We will gain critical space for instruction and the expansion of new health programs.”

The College is also transforming a former administrative building into instructional use, as well as increasing the accessibility of North Campus to meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements.

“Retrofit of existing infrastructure will pose challenges. Space is at a premium at the College which makes renovations difficult as you have to move classes out of buildings and find temporary homes for them,” said Jonathan Chamberlain, chief officer of planning, capital projects and environmental operations. “Ideally, when space is tight, you construct a new building, move staff and students into the new space, and then renovate the older buildings. Unfortunately, the funding is just not available to construct an entirely new building.”

The College must stagger its renovations to minimize disruption to classes. Consequently, the addition and renovations to the College’s allied health building will not be complete until 2015.

“Our students were very passionate about this $12 million bond, and took it upon themselves to advocate on behalf of the College to their families, friends and neighbors,” said Short. “Their efforts were so impressive that the North Carolina Community College System awarded them the Top ‘C’ award for excellent student leadership and involvement.”

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

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Rowan-Cabarrus Offering Pharmacy Technician Course

CONCORD, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College will offer its pharmacy technician program again this spring. The program, developed by a pharmacist, makes graduates of the program much more employable.

“The Pharmacy Technician Program at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College provides the technical and practical training to allow the graduate to work as an assistant to a licensed pharmacist in both retail and hospital settings,” said Tomeka Clinkscales, nurse practitioner and instructor of the course.

The course also prepares students to take the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam given by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board through a combination of lecture, multimedia, discussion, text and workbook assignments, independent research and tests of competency and understanding.

Pharmacy technicians work under the direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist and perform many pharmacy-related functions. They refer any questions regarding prescriptions, drug information or health matters to a pharmacist. Pharmacy techs work in a wide variety of practice settings, including community pharmacies, hospitals, the military, in-home health care settings, long term care facilities, mail service pharmacies, managed health care organizations and educational programs.

“Being a Certified Pharmacy Technician is not just a title, it is a profession that takes caring and dedication,” said Theresa Rhoades, CPhT.

The class will meet 6 to 9 p.m. on Mondays, February 10 through June 9, at the College’s South Campus in Concord. The course fee is $180. Advanced registration is required.

Because this is a hybrid class, access to a computer and basic computer skills will be necessary for this class. Additionally, students will be required to have a Career Readiness Certificate,

Gold Level, prior to registering for the Pharmacy Technician course. Full details can be found at www.rccc.edu/pharmacy.

Students must register for the course in person at the Navigation Station on either North or South Campus. For more information and to register, call 704-216-7222, e-mail jan.corriher-smith@rccc.edu or visit www.rccc.edu/pharmacy.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Offering New Innovative Friday-Only Degree Option

Only 64 Fridays stand between students and an Associate in Arts degree!

SALISBURY, N.C. — This spring, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is trying something new. In order to better serve students, the College is piloting a non-traditional way for students to achieve their educational goals.

The College has organized compelling course offerings into a schedule that will allow students to only come to campus on Fridays to earn a degree. In fact, students have the potential to earn an Associate in Arts (A.A.), a two-year degree equipped to transfer to any of the four-year state universities, in as little as 64 Fridays.

“Through conversations with students and local employers, we found that employers might not be able or willing to adjust their employees’ schedules to take off multiple days or time periods each week to go to school. However, the idea of adjusting schedules to allow for a single free day is more appealing to employers and employees alike,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus.

Most of the classes are set up in a hybrid format which basically allows students to do some work independently at their convenience outside of the classroom on the computer via Blackboard, and optimizes their time on campus. The schedule also provides some offerings exclusively online.

“We believe – as do many of our students, judging from the courses’ popularity – that hybrid options provide the best of both worlds,” said Dr. Rod Townley, vice president of academic programs. “You still get the face-to-face interaction that helps many students fully learn, but students don’t waste unnecessary time on campus doing assignments, lectures or readings simply while sitting next to their peers. Students can adjust their busy schedules to do this work when it is most convenient for them.”

These Friday-only classes are available at both North and South Campuses and online.

“Classes essentially meet every other Friday,” said Townley. “The schedule is designed so that one has a full schedule on Fridays throughout the sixteen-week semester. One Friday a student will have one set of classes, and the next Friday will offer another set of classes.”

Spring classes begin Monday, January 13, 2014. Registration is now underway and ongoing through Wednesday, January 8, 2014.

Hosting day, evening, weekend and online classes, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College provides a strong foundation and transferable credits for students advancing to four-year colleges and helps adults get the additional training they need to start, change or advance careers. From the 18 year-old high school graduate looking for an economical solution for their first two years of college to the adult pursuing GED completion courses or English-as-a-Second-Language classes – Rowan-Cabarrus has it all.

“We are doing our very best to bring education to the students. It’s our ‘meet them where they are philosophy,’” said Spalding. “While it’s not possible for every program, our overarching goal is to be available and accessible to students. That’s why our students can now earn 14 degrees entirely online. It’s why the GED classes are offered morning, afternoon, evening, online and at multiple locations across the College’s service area.”

Rowan-Cabarrus is an affordable option with credits costing only $71.50 per credit hour – meaning that a semester’s worth of tuition could cost around $1,000. Enrolling at Rowan-Cabarrus has never been easier; students may apply online at www.rccc.edu/apply2014. Registration is also online, however, the College provides on-campus support sessions to assist with the process (www.rccc.edu/registrationsupport). Rowan-Cabarrus urges prospective students to complete the application process now.

Additionally, 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, see the Rowan-Cabarrus website at www.rccc.edu/recordsregistration/ or stop in to the College’s one stop center, Navigation Station.

While the College will be closed for winter break for construction projects beginning Dec. 20, the Rowan-Cabarrus Navigation Station call center will be open to assist students by phone, with admissions, testing, advising, registration and financial aid. Please see the homepage at www.rccc.edu for days and hours of call center operations.

For more information about the Friday A.A. degree program at Rowan-Cabarrus, including a sample schedule, please visit www.rccc.edu/friday or call 704-216-RCCC (7222).

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Rowan-Cabarrus Offers Electical Contractors Class

Prepare for your electrical contractors license with Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

CONCORD, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is registering students for a license preparation course for electrical contractors.

The License Preparation Course for Electrical Contractors is for students who have completed 8,000 working hours under a NC licensed electrical contractor and are ready to obtain their license.

The electrical classification covers installing, maintaining, altering or repairing of any electrical work, wiring, devices, appliances or equipment. It covers both residential and commercial work and is not limited in scope.

“The License Preparation Course for Electrical Contractors is critical to be successful in the electrical field. Rowan-Cabarrus Community College provides a great, affordable option for local residents and I would recommend it to anyone in the field,” said David Mills, course instructor with more than 30 years of experience.

The class will meet 6 to 9 p.m. on Mondays, January 27 through June 23, at the College’s Cabarrus Business & Technology Center (CBTC). The course fee is $180. Advanced registration is required.

Space is limited, and advanced registration is required. The CBTC is located at 660 Concord Parkway North, in Concord. For more information and to register, call 704-216-7222 or e-mail jan.corriher-smith@rccc.edu. For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu.

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Rowan-Cabarrus Offers Activity Directors Course

Training for Long-Term Care Facility Workers

SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College will offer a training course for persons wanting to be state-approved activity directors at long-term care facilities.

Rowan-Cabarrus will offer the 60-hour, state-approved course 6 to 9 p.m. on Monday and Thursdays, Feb. 3-Apr. 10. The class will meet at the Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, in Salisbury. The course registration fee is $180, plus a textbook costing approximately $60.

“If you are interested in a career as a state-approved activity director for nursing homes, this is the course you need. You will learn about state and federal regulations, how to plan and implement activities, and various other duties that encompass the activity profession,” said Tim Cornelison, instructor for the course with numerous years of experience.

With baby boomers aging and a probable increase in those requiring long term care, the need for qualified professionals is expected to grow at an unprecedented rate. Skilled professionals are needed to design and implement activity programs to enhance the physical and mental health for older adults and people with disabilities in long-term care facilities, as well as in community-based centers and programs promoting health and wellness.

Participants will learn about state and federal regulations, how to plan and direct activities, and various other duties included in the profession. Access to a computer and basic computer skills will be necessary for this class. The course includes hands-on and classroom instruction. Students must complete at least 60 hours of hands-on training.

Space is limited, and advanced registration is required. For more information and to register, call 704-216-7222 or e-mail jan.corriher-smith@rccc.edu. For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu.

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