Rowan-Cabarrus Community College News

Brady Donated Commercial Air-Conditioning Equipment to Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

College’s Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Technology program receives equipment donation


CONCORD, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College prides itself in developing work-ready graduates.

“Industry-recognized, high-tech equipment is critical to the success of our program and our graduates,” said Joe Christie, chair of the Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Technology program at Rowan-Cabarrus. “If students can’t leave here knowing how to use the equipment that an employer uses, they won’t be as successful as the job requires.”
Students having access to equipment – such as air conditioning units, furnaces, heat pumps – for training purposes is critically needed to make them more marketable and employable.
“Training these skilled technicians and entrepreneurs is a critical part of the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College mission and Brady just made that easier,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of the College.
Brady is a comprehensive energy solutions company with offices in Greensboro, Raleigh, Charlotte, Durham, Wilmington and Fayetteville.
“Brady is pleased to partner with Rowan-Cabarrus Community College by providing this piece of equipment which can be used to teach HVAC technicians. Most of the technicians we hire are graduates of community colleges in North Carolina, and we want to do our part in making sure they are trained on the best possible equipment,” said Phil Kirk, director of business and leadership development for Brady.
The air conditioning, heating and refrigeration technology curriculum provides the basic knowledge to develop skills necessary to work with residential and light commercial systems.  AHR Donation w Joe
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers is projected to grow 21 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.
The donated unit from Brady in Greensboro is part of an air-conditioning split system that is located outdoors. The unit, a TRANE Odyssey condensing unit with 15 tons of nominal cooling, retails for $7,500.
“This high job growth creates a need for intensive vocational training in air conditioning, heating and refrigeration, leading students to become skilled technicians in their field,” said Joe Christie, chair of the Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Technology program at Rowan-Cabarrus.
Over 100 certifications, diplomas and degrees have been awarded to students in the AHR field over the last year.
“Brady has a long history of public-private partnerships with our community colleges,” said Kirk. “We are pleased with the quality of graduates we receive, but know they must be trained on up-to-date equipment.”
The Rowan-Cabarrus courses include mechanical refrigeration, heating and cooling theory, electricity, controls, and safety. The diploma program covers air conditioning, furnaces, heat pumps, tools and instruments. In addition, the associate in applied science degree in Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Technology covers residential building codes, residential system sizing and advanced comfort systems.
“This will absolutely be helpful to us in the future. Once we are able to secure an air-handler to compliment this system, we’ll be able to use this wonderful piece in our commercial level classes,” said Dr. Van Madray, dean of engineering and business technology for the College. “We are grateful to have it.” Read More »

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board Calls on North Carolina General Assembly to Reinvest Funds Generated from Efficiencies

Rowan-Cabarrus board announces support for state initiatives


SALISBURY, N.C. — The Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees recently passed a resolution of support for a statewide campaign for community colleges.

The resolution calls on the North Carolina General Assembly to support initiatives that would bridge the “interest” gap between the jobs that exist and the interest of students in exploring those fields. The resolution also calls for an infusion of funding to support high-tech equipment and community college instructors and staff.

“We believe these steps are critical for North Carolina’s economic success. We are putting taxpayers back to work in better careers. We are closing the gap for employers, creating opportunities for job creation and retention,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “We are a great value, saving money for North Carolina families.”

The campaign would allow the North Carolina Community College System to retain $59 million now returned to the state as a part of management flexibility cuts and invest those funds in instructor and staff salaries. It would also appropriate $7 million to place community college-employed career coaches in high schools and allot $15 million to provide equipment and support that will bridge the technology gap.

“Both the Governor and the General Assembly have encouraged agencies to look for efficiencies,” said Spalding.

“Community colleges have made great strides forward. The funds we are asking to reinvest in other priorities come from savings we have generated.”

Employers have long talked about a skills gap between the skills they need and the skills that job-seekers have. Another recent identified gap is in interest – an interest gap.

“People get nervous when they hear about jobs in manufacturing. But manufacturing isn’t dead – it’s different. It’s high-tech and clean,” continued Spalding. “We need our parents and young people to know that this is a viable and promising career field.”

Reinvesting in our colleges will enable support for the strategic priorities that we all agree are critical for North Carolina’s economic success: closing the salary gap, closing the interest gap, closing the technology gap, funding for UGETC and providing in-state tuition for veterans.

Closing the Salary Gap – $59 million now returned to the State as a part of management flexibility cuts would be invested in instructor and staff salaries.

“Community college faculty and staff continue to be paid significantly less than national and regional averages. North Carolina’s average faculty salary ranks 11th in the 16-state Southeast Regional Education Board area and 41st nationally. We ask the General Assembly to provide the funds to support all educators in North Carolina with a salary that reflects the value they bring to our students and our community,” said Spalding.

North Carolina Community College instructor and staff salaries rank among the lowest nationally and in the Southeast despite being highly-trained, experienced, and dedicated employees who are the key to student success. Rowan-Cabarrus instructors and staff help citizens obtain higher-paying jobs, help employers by providing a skilled workforce, help families by providing high-quality, cost-effective education.

“In any other industry, paying people what they’re worth in terms of education and experience is a no-brainer. For some reason, educators are consistently underpaid, even though they contribute much to the country’s long-term economic prosperity,” said Carl M. Short, chair of the College’s Board of Trustees.

Closing the Interest Gap – $7 million appropriated in recurring funds over two years would establish a fund to match business, philanthropic and local funding to place community college-employed career coaches in high schools.

Employers have expressed the need to develop a pipeline of talented workers to meet current and future workforce demands, but there is an “interest gap” in technical careers among young people.

Closing the Technology Gap – $10 million allotted in non-recurring funds for equipment to provide a significant infusion of funds to support equipment for programs leading to well-paying jobs and $5 million allotted for recurring funds to provide support to pilot up to nine colleges to move to a hosted “cloud” environment as required by State ITS, which is expected to be more technically efficient and allow colleges to begin to move to a new platform.

In order to prepare North Carolina’s workforce, the College must have up-to-date equipment and technology. While North Carolina Community Colleges operate one of the largest higher education IT systems in the U.S., colleges must move to a new operating platform before the current platform reaches end-of-life.

While the portion of these funds that the College would receive cannot yet be determined, Rowan-Cabarrus usually receives about four percent of the state community college budget. Read More »

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Announces Spring 2014 & Summer 2014 Honor Rolls

SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College announces those students who earned President’s and Dean’s List recognition during the spring 2014 and summer 2014 semesters.

To qualify for the President’s List, a student must attend full-time, carry a minimum of 12 credit hours, and achieve a grade-point-average of 4.0 for the semester.

Rowan-Cabarrus President’s List – Spring 2014

Charlotte: Cheryl Adams, Amber Blackwelder, Delanie Brown, Kerah Crutchfield, Valeri Kyle, Teresa Lowenstein, Shakia Simpson; China Grove: Eric Cagle, Lisa Cornejo, Ruben Guadalupe, Erica Lettice, Kristina Miller, Frankie Musselwhite, Natalie Nagy, Marie Plummer, Joshua Putman, Miranda Randall, Andrea Smith, James Srackangast, Matthew Stubbs, Wendy Suggs, Jessica Wise; Cleveland: Samantha Majors, Jeremy Pryor; Concord: Lucas Barnhardt, Gage Blankenship, Melissa Boger, Justin Bowman, Briceno Bowrey, Sarah Brooks, Autumn Brown, Hank Burris, James Burris, Heather Campbell, Terilou Capps, Randall Chapman, Kyle Charron, Christine Cline, Stephanie Colgin, Brian Crawford, Francisco Cuadra, Kristin Curtis, Melissa Dale, Victoria Davis, Anne DiGregorio, Lyn Eckert ,Alexander Edwards, Laura Elliott, Jachin Flancher, Derek Foor, Alice Fratoni, Michael Furr, Sarah Furr, Kathryn Gilbert, Kristina Golde, Mandy Haigler, Kyle Harman, Geoffrey Heacock, Jennifer Heffner, Michael Heinrich, Laura Hinson, Lisa Hinson, Brian Hintz, Gabrielle Hollopeter, Angela Hoyle, Angela Hoyle, Erin Hutchinson, Jesudamilare Ibitoye, Jennifer James, Tamara Johnson, Keiko Koch, Ryan Kovacic, Felicia Kraus, Dustin Lambert, Fong Lee, Samantha Lehr, Robert Lewis, John Luft, Juan Maldonado, Rachel McMillen, Jonathan Meiswinkel, Barbara Moreno-Hauss, Paula Anri Nakama, James Nelson, Courtney Nelson, Brenna Nicastro, Ashley Olivo, Tosha Outlaw, Johnatan Oviedo, Randall Peterman, Ronald Posey, Susan Ray, Juanica Robinson, Frank Rosario, Angela Ruiz, Allison Russell, Emily Schroyer, Amber Shue, Franklin Sledge, Chinqui May Sta Ana, Lydia Stanton, Caitlin Sunday, Patrick Thacker, Joann Toughill, Franciscus Vlijmincx, Jason Wentz, Parker Widenhouse, Nicole Wilcox, Ashley Wilson, Shantica,Wingo, Jordan Winter, Dustin Wyatt, Chingtsing Yang, David Zimmerle; Davidson: Tonya Rattler, Jamie Smith, Alexis Woodward ; East Spencer: Janine Rhodes; Faith: Michelle Deese, Betty Duncan; Fletcher: Lindsay Donaldson; Gold Hill: Michael Lambe, Amy Morgan; Granite Quarry: Meliya Harris, Matthew Hoehman; Groton: Krishna Rittenhouse; Harrisburg: Megan Bonds, Briana Brackett, Mary Burden, Nathaniel Craddock, Marshel Herring, Christopher Lopez, Megan Scheuerman, Jordan Tate, Kristen Tsistinas; High Point: Cedra Russell; Huntersville: Allison Cleaver, Sean Irvan, Lindsey Motta; Indian Trail: Elizabeth Tucker; Kannapolis: Kayon Adams, Brittaney Adrien, Ashton Bare, Harold Bentley,Melissa Blankenship, Mindy Bost, Ronnie Carroll, Kelly Caskey, Michelle Clark, Kimberly Clark, Jeannie Cline, John Cole Jr, Ana Contreras, Mark Drummond, Yamile Fernandez, Miranda Freeman, Christopher Greening, Julia Hartman, Michael Hill, Cody Hilton, Leonard Kerr, Loriann King, Domonique Lee, Rodney Lowder, Jessica Ortiz, Tim Ross, Kimberly Sides, Polyester Simiton, Gerald Smith, Jennifer South, Amanda Taylor, Debbie Walls, Robin Winston, Kayla Yarborough; Landis: Shelly Clarke ,Sarah Cook , Karessa McLaughlin , Lauren Rackley; Linwood: Adam Stall; Midland: Melissa Little, Erikc Perez, Catherine Waite; Mocksville: Daniel Burns , Jennifer Davis , Letitia Dennis-Boger, Jennifer Hilton; Mooresville: Tiffanie Atkinson ,Judith Baxter ,Matthew Ford ,April Kennedy, Stephen Lynch , Belinda Pettit , Roger Rust , Sierra Traylor; Mount Pleasant: Magan Eury, Thea Flynn, Luke Gibson; Mount Ulla: Kathryn Merrill , Mary Overcash; Pineville: Jose Cebey; Richfield: William Cordts , Regina Vestal; Rockwell: Christy Lynch, Julie Samples, Angel Satterfield, Jubal Strube, Jenna-Diane Thomason, Mallory Vanderhoef; Salisbury: Juana Amezquita ,Kara Baker, Linda Balmer, Alexander Barnhardt, Timothy Barringer, Susan Boucher Patrick, Linda Britt, Christian Brown , Crystal Brown, Bethany Bruce, Morgan Brunson, Ryan Butler, Jarrett Caskey, Jonathan Childers, Amanda Crabtree, Hank Craig, Tabatha Dennis, Grace Dimmett, Amanda Earnhardt, Andrew Evans, Michelle Frick, Joseph Furtado, Gabriela Gareis, Bianca Gillispie, Antonio Gonsalves, Andrew Goodman, Parker Goodman, Blair Green, Summer Grubbs, Nancy Ha, Mary Hall, Marsha Harris, Martha Hayostek, Melissa Henley, Kelly Hill, Misty Honeycutt, Ashley Inge, Ivan Jimenez ,Gordana Jusic, Brittiny Kirkpatrick, Jennifer Koerner, Jason Lambo, Cindy Le, Carrie Loman, Angela Lore, Jonathan Luckadoo, Austin Lyle, Eloise Mahn, Janice McManus, Celedonio Mendoza, Caroline Merrick, Jamison Middlemiss, Kelly Miller, Brandon Moore, Edward Moore, Karen Morriss, Carolyn Munson, Kyra Murray, Tracy Nelson, Kristy Norris, Colton Paxton, Adianis Perez, James Plyler, Ethan Presnell, David Pryor, Courtney Puckett, Kimberly Reavis, Tenika Reddick, Jessica Redmon, Taylor Reynolds, Jennifer Rivera, William Scott, Michael Smith, Miranda Smith, Margaret Sobaszek, Miranda Stephens, Elizabeth Swicegood, Jonathan Taylor, Sara Thomas, D’Angelo Turner ,Lauren Undercoffler ,Brian Vanderburg ,Ricky Vang, Isabel Vasquez, Josephine Vermillion, Lidia Villatoro, Meredith Walker, Kizzy Watson, Mary Wedderburn , Dominique West , Barbie West, John White, Bree Wiginton, Daioosha Williams, Timothy Wilson; Spencer: Tonya Meade; Statesville: Cristina Nino; Woodleaf: Caleb Frost, Alicia Ketchie.

 Rowan-Cabarrus President’s List – Summer 2014

China Grove: Derrick Moore, James Srackangast; Concord: Angela Dixon, Charity Grindstaff, Jacob Mazza, Kevin McKeithan , Natisha Scott Sowell; East Spencer: Janine Rhodes; Gold Hill: Roy Morgan; Kannapolis: Harold Bentley, Robert Brown, Amanda Erickson, James Goodman; Salisbury: Kelly Leach, Tracy Nelson, Brandon Nelson, Brian Vanderburg; Troy: Amy Blalock.

To qualify for the Rowan-Cabarrus Dean’s List, students must attend full-time, carry at least 12 credit hours, and earn a grade-point-average of at least 3.5 for the semester. Read More »

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College Board Recognizes Outstanding Employees

Chief Officer Awarded Business Today’s Top Women in Business Award


SALISBURY, N.C. — At the College’s December Board of Trustees meeting, the Board of Trustees recognized some of the most outstanding employees of the year.

“Our staff at Rowan-Cabarrus is vital to our mission. We cannot help students achieve their goals in the classroom if they aren’t receiving stellar support in registering for classes, needed counseling and advising, and well-maintained buildings to study and learn in,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus.

Each year, Rowan-Cabarrus takes pride in recognizing employees who go “above and beyond,” providing stellar service and making significant contributions to the institution. The College’s 2014 Outstanding Employees Award winners are:

* Jenny Beaver, program chair, English

* Paula Dibley, director of college relations, marketing and communications

* Gene McCants, enrollment specialist

* Carl Ritchie, facilities services technician

* Jay Taylor, lead instructor, SOAR

“They are remarkable employees, exhibiting a work ethic, attitude, professionalism, and demeanor worthy of recognition. They ‘live’ our values,” said Tina Haynes, chief officer of human resources and institutional effectiveness.

These employees display a passion for their work and an unreserved commitment to our students and the College’s mission.

“It’s also important to me that we celebrate the successes that our employees have, inside and outside our College,” said Spalding.

One such recognition included honoring Carla Howell, chief officer of governance, foundation & public relations. Howell was recently awarded Business Today’s Top Women in Business Award for 2014.  Carla Howell

“As I gained more satisfaction, confidence and momentum in the various roles and positions that I was privileged to serve, I yearned for more opportunity and realized that happiness could be achieved through professional and personal success,” said Howell.

A graduate of Rowan-Cabarrus herself, Howell is a fantastic success story for the College.

“I was honored to receive this award. I believe in the mission of the College and have enjoyed my professional career here. It’s a great place to be a part of and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. ” said Howell.

Also, among the prestigious class of nominees for the Top Women in Business award was Rowan-Cabarrus instructor and program chair, Jenn Selby. Selby, a leader in the fine arts community and chair of the College’s Department of Fine & Applied Arts, recently developed the new Advertising & Graphic Design associate in applied science degree program that launches this spring.

“I want to congratulate all of our recent award winners and thank them for them contributions to the College and the community. This Board of Trustees is proud of you!” said Carl M. Short, chair of the College’s Board of Trustees.

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

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Matthew C. Barr Sworn in as Trustee on Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board

Longtime business leader brings wealth of experience to Rowan-Cabarrus Board of Trustees

SALISBURY, N.C. — The Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees proudly welcomes Matt Barr, chairman and CEO of Carolina Color, to the College’s board. Barr will serve on the board through 2018.

“I am so pleased to get to work more closely with Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. I believe in the good work that they’re doing,” said Matt Barr
, who was recently appointed to this role by North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory. “I’m looking forward to developing a stronger relationship with the College and its mission in the community through this appointment.”

Barr has worked for Salisbury-based Carolina Color for over fifteen years, the last four in his current role as chairman and CEO. Carolina Color produces and sells colorant to the plastic processing industry.

“I feel that Rowan-Cabarrus is vital to Rowan and Cabarrus counties in the advancement of our workforce and the enrichment of our communities,” said Barr. “I hope my long career in business will offer the College a unique perspective.”

Barr’s previous experience included sales and management for Sports Illustrated and TIME Magazine.

Barr graduated from the Columbia University with a B.A. in History in 1987. He also studied publishing and accounting in executive education programs at Stanford University and Northwestern University.

Rowan-Cabarrus Board of Trustees’ members are responsible for attending all board meetings and key Rowan-Cabarrus events. As a board, they are responsible for College policies. Matt_Barr_008

“We are pleased to welcome Matt to the board. His business expertise, connections and insight are invaluable, and we know the College will benefit from his leadership and management experience,” said Carl M. Short, chair of the Rowan-Cabarrus Board of Trustees.

Appointments to the Board of Trustees are liaisons to the public of the entire service area and not to the appointing entity. Once appointed, trustees are to carry out their duties as established by the General Statutes of North Carolina and the Board’s Bylaws and Policies. They are to carry out those responsibilities independent of concern for any group, organization, appointing board, or political entity other than the students, citizens of the service area, and the College.

“Our trustees are accomplished and dedicated. They’ve been involved extensively in our service area, and work well together to help create the future of the College and our community,” said Dr. Carol Spalding, Rowan-Cabarrus president.

Barr and his wife, the former Gwin Dalton Carter, are members of Life Church. They have three children.

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 Community College Celebrates 30 Years of Small Business Support

Hundreds of businesses helped locally each year

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — The Small Business Center Network of the NC Community College System is celebrating 30 years of providing support and assistance to small businesses and start-ups across North Carolina. Small Business Centers (SBCs) are located at each of the state’s 58 community colleges, providing confidential business counseling and seminars to small business owners and entrepreneurs.

“Rowan-Cabarrus Community College takes pride in our ability to help local entrepreneurs build our local economy,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of the College.

Created in 1984 when the North Carolina General Assembly funded 14 SBCs, the Small Business Center Network (SBCN) expanded to include at least one SBC at each community college by 1995. Each year, the centers assist in starting an average of 650 businesses and help create and retain more than 3,000 jobs.

“We know there’s a ton of information online today about how to start or grow a business, but nothing can replace that face-to-face local instruction provided through the Small Business Centers free seminars, not to mention the networking opportunities,” said Barbara Hall, Rowan-Cabarrus Small Business Center director. “We have around 500 people who attend the seminars at Rowan-Cabarrus each year. We also see more than 100 business owners a year in our one-on-one counseling sessions, an invaluable service, since no two businesses are alike.”

The program stays inspired by local success stories, like that of local entrepreneur Jacquelyn Thomas. Thomas is the founder and owner of Kids-N-Technology, an award winning program for children in grades K-12 that teaches them how to create STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) projects. Since attending a Rowan-Cabarrus Small Business Center planning seminar she has seen her business grow and win numerous awards.SBC STEM

  Thomas credits her success to the College’s program stating,“I attended my first seminar two years ago and I’ve been a client ever since.”

Today, with more than 60 sites, the Small Business Center Network is known as the most expansive state-funded technical small business assistance program in the United States with locations within a 30-minute drive of almost every North Carolinian.

“Thousands would not be in business today in North Carolina without the Small Business Center Network,” Hall said.

The mission of the NC Community Colleges Small Business Center Network (SBCN) is to increase the success rate and number of viable small businesses in North Carolina by providing high quality, readily accessible assistance to prospective and existing small business owners, which will lead to job creation and retention.

For more information on the Small Business Center at Rowan-Cabarrus contact Barbara Hall at 704-216-3534 or barbara.hall@rccc.edu.

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Local Guidance Counselor & Rowan-Cabarrus Graduate Promotes Tuition Free Program for High School Students

Free college tuition available to high school juniors and seniors; Save more than $10,000 in tuition compared to private colleges

CONCORD, N.C. — Rachel Berg knows more about preparing for college than the average mom. As a guidance counselor at Northwest Cabarrus High School, Berg has helped countless college-bound students evaluate their college and career paths.

Now that her 17-year-old son Christopher is a junior in high school, she’s putting that professional expertise to work personally by recommending that he take tuition free classes through Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s Career & College Promise program.

“This is a fantastic program. It allows students to simultaneously enroll in high school and college so that they can receive both high school and college credit for courses taken as part of the program,” said Rachel.RCCC-20141117 009

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

The college transfer classes are weighted just like honors classes, making them a great alternative to Advanced Placement courses.

Unlike the early college high school programs, Career and College Promise allows students to remain very involved in their current high school. They can still play sports and engage in all of the regular extracurricular activities, while taking college and high school courses simultaneously.

Rachel is committed to the College because she believes in the Career & College Promise program, but her connection actually goes much further.

“I greatly benefited from my degree and time at Rowan-Cabarrus,” said Rachel. “I wasn’t confident I would be prepared for College courses, but because of the encouragement from the faculty and staff at Rowan-Cabarrus I took more than just one class.”

It wasn’t too long before those classes turned into an associate degree.

“Because of the guidance I received and the confidence I built at Rowan-Cabarrus, I didn’t stop my educational journey there,” said Rachel.

Rachel then went on to secure her bachelor’s and master’s from University of North Carolina-Charlotte.

“I’m proud to be a graduate of Rowan-Cabarrus. I tell my students that it’s a great school with wonderful opportunities for both classes during high school and beyond,” said Rachel.

Christopher is quite proud of his mom, too.

“She’s a great mom and a great guidance counselor, too,” said Christopher, junior at Central Cabarrus High School.

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College Provides Free Programs for the Unemployed or Under-Employed

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

Services include individual career coaching, career building and job seeking workshops, Employability Labs where clients can utilize a computer lab for their work search, classes designed for quick skill building and Career Readiness Certification. Services are now available in both Rowan and Cabarrus counties.

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 held at the R3 Career Center in Kannapolis:

* Stand Out from the Competition – Thursdays at 1 p.m.,

* Interview Techniques – Thursdays at 9 a.m.,

* Refocus Your Career Options – Tuesdays at 11 a.m.,

* Looking for Work with a Criminal Record – December 16 at 9 a.m.,

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 resume clinics on Thursdays at 11 a.m. to help job searchers improve their current resume or create a new one from start to finish. Please call to reserve a seat.

“The Employability Lab allows our clients to work with an instructor on tools they are learning in R3 workshops and their individual coaching sessions,” said Keri Allman, director of the R3 Career Center. “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.” Read More »

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College Club Raises Funds for Jeff Gordon’s Children’s Hospital

SkillsUSA Automotive Club at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College raised $1,100 through an annual car show

SALISBURY, N.C. — College is about more than just the classes. At Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, students are encouraged to get involved in activities and organizations beyond the classroom that take their education to the next level.

The SkillsUSA Automotive Club at Rowan-Cabarrus is one example of that. This year, for instance, the SkillsUSA Automotive Club held a car show at Northeast Stadium, home of the Kannapolis Intimidator’s baseball team. The car show raised $1,100, which the club then donated to the Jeff Gordon’s Children’s Hospital at Northeast Medical Center, in Concord.

“On behalf of NorthEast Foundation, I want to thank you and the Automotive Club members again for your generous donation…we are so lucky to have community members give back to our hospital!” said Mollie Clark, hospital philanthropy coordinator for NorthEast Foundation.

Students David Smith and Derek Albertson led this endeavor and spent many hours making it a success. David Smith suggested the hospital as the recipient of the funds, not knowing that his son would have to spend time there earlier this year.

“I am grateful for the care and treatment that his son received while he was a patient,” said David Smith.

The club presented the $1,100 check to the NorthEast Foundation earlier this fall.

“I appreciate the hard work and effort it takes to put a car show together,” said Marian Walters, director of development for the foundation, in her thank you note to the club.

While at the hospital, the club members were led on a personal tour of the entire facility. The young children’s play area, in particular, was very impressive with all of the activities available for young patients to do while escaping from their illness, if only for a little while. While there, the club dropped off a box of hot wheel and matchbox cars that was donated by one of the College’s retired machining instructors, John Trexler.

“Jeff Gordon’s Children’s Hospital is a top notch facility and deserves all of the donations and support that the local community can provide to help children and their families the best care and provide for a means of the family to be able to relax for a few minutes during stressful time,” said Carl Smith, automotive instructor for Rowan-Cabarrus and advisor to the SkillsUSA group.

“The students have learned a lot about raising funds, planning events, and making an impact on their community.

rcccThat’s what our extracurricular activities at Rowan-Cabarrus are all about,” continued Smith. “We want them to learn things through experiences that they wouldn’t be able to really learn inside the classroom.”

SkillsUSA is a dynamic and career-oriented leadership organization focused on individual success at home, the classroom, the community and the workplace. For the majority of students, SkillsUSA is their first professional organization. The experiences and knowledge gained provide an excellent platform for career development and success. SkillsUSA’s mission is to help its members become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens (http://www.skillsusa.org).

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

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Rowan-Cabarrus to Offer New Emergency Medical Services Degree Program

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Emergency Medical Services anticipated to begin in fall 2015

SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is proud to announce a new degree program in Emergency Medical Services.370

The Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Emergency Medical Services, which would be offered in fall 2015, pending state and accreditation approval, prepares graduates to recognize and react to a broad spectrum of medical emergencies and to take the national certification exam as a paramedic. An associate degree also opens opportunities for career advancement. Additionally, the EMS A.A.S. degree provides graduates with the skills and training needed to enter the field of emergency medical care as a paramedic.

“The national EMS community recommends that paramedics should move from a certificate to a degree,” said Spencer Rummage, dean of public services. “The program is designed to be a ‘bridge’ program in which students receive advanced standing, college credit, for course work completed during their paramedic certification.”

The College’s currently successful Fire/EMS Continuing Education Paramedic (CEP) certification program will provide a continuous and sustainable enrollment of students that are interested in “bridging” their CEP Certification with the proposed Emergency Medical degree curriculum; completing the Emergency Medical Science A.A.S. degree.

The potential student interest and employer surveys demonstrate a sustainable student interest.

“I am thrilled that we’re going to be offering this program. After talking with local EMS employers, we found that they are looking for employees with more credentials – not less. We believe we can provide students in this important public safety field with advanced training,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus.

As of June 9, 2014, the NC Emergency Medical Service News listed 86 paramedic positions as open for application. Locally, The Rowan County Emergency Services Department comprises a total of 58 full-time and 55 part-time personnel across administration, emergency management, fire, and emergency medical divisions and the Cabarrus EMS is a progressive emergency services organization employing 112 full- and part-time EMS personnel.

Most paramedics are hired by private service, fire department, municipal/governmental, or hospital-based ambulance companies. Opportunities to specialize as a paramedic include tactical medicine with police departments, critical care inter-facility transport including aeromedical services, disaster management with technical rescue teams, primary health care within the federal prison system, and industrial medicine in the oil and gas industry. Advancement within the Emergency Medical Services profession includes administrative, governmental, public health, and education. Promotion often requires academic degree credentials.

This program will be initially offered as a bridge program; which means it will only be available to currently certified paramedics. This is important in that the degree program will not require any additional equipment and require minimal new funding for faculty and staff.

“It is rare that we can introduce a new degree program with little additional funding. In general, one of the College’s biggest challenges is keeping our programs equipped with industry-recognized, state-of-the-art equipment that is used in the workplace,” said Spalding.

This proposal also includes a certificate program designed as a Career & College Promise program, the College’s tuition-free program for high school juniors and seniors. The Rowan Salisbury School System is moving toward implementing an “EMS Academy” along the lines of the College’s current Career & College Promise Fire Academy at South Rowan High School. Read More »

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