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9/11 Survivor Thanks Rowan-Cabarrus for Comfort Provided by Banner

College Plans 9/11 Remembrance Events for Sept. 12 and 13

SALISBURY, N.C. — Ten years ago, following the 9/11 tragedy, the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College community pulled together to let the people affected by the tragedy know that they cared. 

The college signed a large banner stating just that and then took it to Ground Zero in New York City. This year, the college planned to do something similar to thank those first responders, recovery workers, volunteers, public safety officers, and members of the military for their service. 

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Accounting: The Jobs That Are Always In Demand

ROWAN-CABARRUS COMMUNITY COLLEGE OFFERS SEVERAL OPTIONS FOR CPA EXAM PREP AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT

SALISBURY, N.C. — While accounting jobs have changed dramatically over the last few decades, it’s been proven that they are ones that will always be needed.

“In my experience, most people who enjoy accounting have a natural approach and mindset that is sorely needed in the business world today,” said Sharon Brooks who has been CPA in NC for over 30 years.

“In addition to a logical and ethical perspective, they bring a discipline and attention to detail that may not always be noticed and appreciated as it should be – but is the foundation of any successful business.”

Demand for thorough financial documentation is expected to increase nationwide in response to the recent financial crises, corporate scandals, and subsequent rule changes mandating more regulations on the industry. Employment of accountants and auditors is expected to grow 16 percent by 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College has restructured its accounting program so that it can meet the needs of a variety of individuals.

“We have students who come here with a bachelor’s degree, take courses with us and sit for the CPA exam,” said Robin Turner, program chair of the college’s accounting program. “Students can also enroll in courses without any accounting experience whatsoever or with just a few classes remaining before taking the CPA exam.”

One component of the college’s program is that students who have a bachelor’s degree in any field can enroll in accounting courses at Rowan-Cabarrus and sit for the CPA exam.

“If you have an undergraduate degree in any field – even the ones that have little or no business component, like history, sociology and English – you can enroll in Rowan-Cabarrus accounting program, they can ultimately take the CPA exam,” said Turner. “And if your undergraduate major was in accounting, finance or marketing, it takes even less time.”

The accounting offerings at Rowan-Cabarrus are extremely convenient with day and evening classes on both North and South Campuses. Additionally, the entire accounting program can now be taken and completed online.

“We often have students who have marketing degrees who have found that they can’t find a job. We’re a great option for those who want to change careers or make a new start,” said Turner.

Service learning is a component of the degree designed to get students out in their communities where they’ll eventually be working. This allows students to be involved in community activities and network with business owners and other professionals while pursuing their accounting degrees.

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Adobe Classes

SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is hosting Adobe classes.

Do you aspire to be a graphic designer, a web developer, or a professional photographer?
Has your job recently expanded to include producing professional-looking in-house or external publications? Or are you a seasoned professional looking to take your media publication skills to the next level with these latest versions of the industry standard? Then these courses are for you! RCCC will offer three brand new short term certificate training programs at RCCC’s Cabarrus Business & Technology Center in Concord. The following daytime classes will meet on Mondays beginning later this month.

Using the newest breakthrough tools in Adobe Photoshop, learn how to digitally correct and enhance photos, make precise selections, and effectively use layers in this detailed photo editing program. Learn how to build impressive page layouts in Adobe InDesign by setting up master pages and frames, and importing and manipulating text and graphics. In Adobe Illustrator, learn how to work with various graphic objects by creating and arranging shapes, drawing with the pen tool, using brushes and type as art, and more.

The tuition is $299 for each of these courses and a $50 workbook is required. Photoshop will run on four Mondays beginning February 20 from 8:00 am until 12:00 noon. InDesign is scheduled from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm on April 16 and 23. Illustrator will run from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm on May 7 and 14.

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After 34 Years of Service, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Vice-President Retires

College and Community Honor Jerry Chandler with Endowed Scholarship in His Name

SALISBURY, N.C. — After 34 years of service to Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and the community, Dr. Jarrett T. Chandler, Vice President of College Advancement, is retiring.

Better known around the community as Jerry Chandler, Jerry leaves a legacy of generosity and positivity.

“As sad as we are to be without his positive attitude, dedication and generous contributions, we’re excited to launch a legacy in his name to honor his commitment to the college,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, President.

Jerry’s illustrious career at Rowan-Cabarrus includes many achievements. He began his career at Rowan-Cabarrus as an Instructor of Radiologic Technology in 1977. Since that time, he has served the college in numerous roles, including Assistant to the President and Associate Dean of Human Resources, Dean of Instruction, Dean of Personnel and Administration, Executive Vice President, Vice President of Advancement, and Interim President.  Read More »

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American Heart Association HeartChase Event on Saturday

SALISBURY ONE OF ONLY 50 CITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY, TWO IN THE STATE, SELECTED TO HOST NEW INTERACTIVE FUNDRAISING EVENT

SALISBURY, N.C. — The American Heart Association’s HeartChase will be held this Saturday May 12, 2012 at 10 a.m. at the F&M Trolley Barn.

 

“It’s going to be a memorable event that will make giving back truly fun.”

Salisbury was selected by the American Heart Association as one of 50 cities in the U.S. to launch this new interactive fundraising event. This new program boasts a creative way to get involved downtown, have a good time and contribute to an important cause.

Registration for the event includes a home-cooked BBQ lunch, a dri-FIT event t-shirt, the chance to win awesome prizes and a donation to a great cause.

“HeartChase is sort of a cross between the Amazing Race and Minute-To-Win-It – the American Heart Association’s equivalent to Race for a Cure,” said Sandy Moore, Branch Manager of F&M’s Granite Quarry location, and co-chair of the Salisbury HeartChase committee. Teams of 2-5 people will race around downtown Salisbury competing in activities at “checkpoints” to earn points and win prizes. “Activities” will include anything from doing the limbo to riding a tricycle through a maze to guessing the number of calories in a donut.

Registration for team members is $25 for 18+ and $15 for under 18.

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Bachelor’s in Nursing Now Available Through UNCG at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

Two of the region’s leaders in healthcare training partner to offer RN-BSN program

 

 

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — The nursing profession has seen a dramatic increase in demand for bachelor’s trained nurses due to changing standards in the Affordable Care Act and from the Institute of Medicine. Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, in partnership with the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, will now be able to help our local area keep up with these demands.

Many hospitals in North Carolina are seeking recognition as “Magnet facilities,” and prefer to employ nurses with Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees. However, at present over half of the Registered Nurses in North Carolina do not hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

In response to the changing standards and employment trends, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro School of Nursing have entered into a partnership to offer the UNCG RN to BSN program on the Rowan-Cabarrus campus located at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis.

The courses will be taught by UNCG faculty, and students will earn UNCG BSN degrees.

“This partnership will provide local practicing nurses access to baccalaureate education. The program will be cost effective for the student since the RN-BSN classes will be offered locally. Students will also have the ability to take required pre-requisite and cognate courses through the community college,” said Dr. Rod Townley, vice president of academic programs at Rowan-Cabarrus.

The program is available to all practicing nurses, including those who just completed their degrees at Rowan-Cabarrus. However, graduates of Rowan-Cabarrus are given first priority.

“We anticipate that the first courses will be offered as early as this fall,” said Dr. Anita Tesh, Associate Dean for Nursing at UNCG. “One or two of the RN-BSN courses will be offered most semesters, to best accommodate working nurses.” Read More »

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Bachelor’s in Nursing Now Available through UNCG at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

Two of the region’s leaders in healthcare training partner to offer RN-BSN program

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — The nursing profession has seen a dramatic increase in demand for bachelor’s trained nurses due to changing standards from the Institute of Medicine. Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, in partnership with the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, will now be able to help our local area keep up with these demands.

Many hospitals in North Carolina are seeking recognition as “Magnet facilities,” and prefer to employ nurses with Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees. However, at present over half of the Registered Nurses in North Carolina do not hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing.Nursing 4

In response to the changing standards and employment trends, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro School of Nursing have entered into a partnership to offer the UNCG RN to BSN program on the Rowan-Cabarrus campus located at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis.

The courses will be taught by UNCG faculty, and students will earn UNCG BSN degrees.

“This partnership will provide local practicing nurses access to baccalaureate education. The program will be cost effective for the student since the RN-BSN classes will be offered locally. Students will also have the ability to take required pre-requisite and cognate courses through the community college,” said Dr. Rod Townley, vice president of academic programs at Rowan-Cabarrus.

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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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Business Safety and Security Topic for Small Business Week May14 at Rowan-Cabarrus

“Is Your Business Prepared for An Emergency?”

 

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s Small Business Center will help business owners prepare for the unexpected with a new special event entitled “Is Your Business Prepared for an Emergency?” Attendees will have a chance to talk with security experts and law enforcement personnel on Wednesday, May 14, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Rowan-Cabarrus N.C. Research Campus building in Kannapolis.

“Businesses around the world are experiencing heightened threats to their security and existence ranging from data breaches, burglary, employee theft, workplace violence, and even natural disasters,” said Barbara Hall, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Small Business Center director. “We wanted to offer this event to give small business owners first-hand knowledge on how to help protect their business from the unimaginable.”

The event will feature Tonya Barber, assistant vice president and security and information security officer at F&M Bank. Barber has over 20 years of law enforcement experience beginning her career with the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office. She continued to rise through the ranks to a major crimes investigator and hostage negotiator and has handled white collar crimes, computer crimes, background investigations, crisis management, criminal and civil law procedures. Barber will cover the ins and outs of corporate account fraud.

Also presenting are Captain John Sifford with the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, Detective Chris Smith with the Concord Police Department, and Brian Decker, vice president of Operational Resources International, Inc. Operational Resources International is a Pittsburg, Penn.-based business. As a retired sergeant from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD), Decker will share his expertise on workplace violence. He served for 27 years with CMPD, 25 years as a member of the bomb squad. Decker is also a certified criminal justice instructor for the state Criminal Justice and Standards Commission.

The $10 registration fee includes lunch. Registration information is at www.rccc.edu/sbc or call 704-216-3941. The College’s NCRC facility is located at 399 Biotechnology Lane, in Kannapolis. For additional information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu or call 704-216-RCCC (7222).

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Cabarrus and Kannapolis Teachers Engage in Hands-On Learning at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

STEMERSION CAMP EXPOSES TEACHERS TO STEM IN ACCOUNTING, ENGINEERING, MOTORSPORTS, & MORE!

“I fully believe that everyone should be interested in STEM – and that it’s critical that we embrace these subjects. America used to be the leader in technology and innovation. It’s time for us to reclaim that role.”

SALISBURY, N.C. — This week, twenty teachers from Cabarrus County Schools and Kannapolis City Schools spent five days in some of the area’s leading companies and education centers learning more about how science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are used in the workplace so they can better prepare students for jobs of the 21st century.

Some of these “STEMersion” adventures involved hands-on learning at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. Teachers participated in projects with numerous college programs including accounting, motorsports management technology, industrial engineering technology, mechanical drafting technology, mechanical engineering technology, construction management technology and welding.

For example, teachers had the opportunity to build a model solar car – and see if it really worked. After breaking up into small groups, participants assembled a solar car that instructor Robin Turner uses with her own managerial accounting class.

“Believe it or not, STEM is a part of accounting,” said Turner, who also chairs the college’s Associate in Applied Science Degree in Accounting program. “The parts, materials and labor to make the solar car all factor into the accounting costs of a scaled down car. Activities like this allow students – and in this case, teachers – to experience costs of materials, labor and overhead in the manufacturing process. They also learned about reworked costs when cars failed to run. It is an active learning project in which students leave having learned the materials through experience. ”

Additionally, the teachers were able to learn how the college has integrated its 3D printer into numerous classrooms and programs at the college.

“3D computer-aided design (CAD) is the tool that allows students to turn an idea into reality. From the CAD generated model, they can bring it to life – whether it’s printed on the 3D printer as a plastic model, cut out on the plasma cutter or water jet, or machined on the CNC mill or lathe,” said George Barringer, chair of the college’s Associate in Applied Science Degree in Mechanical Drafting Technology and Mechanical Engineering Technology.

After gaining first-hand STEM experiences, the teachers will create instructional units for use throughout the school year to aid in preparing students to exit high school, either college or career-ready. The partnership with local companies will help teachers create lesson plans and projects that spark student interest and curiosity.

“One of my goals since coming to Rowan-Cabarrus has been to increase the breadth and depth of our STEM education,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus.

Recent research from the Brookings Institute shows that there are far more U.S. workers in STEM jobs than previously thought – specifically, workers with less than bachelor’s degree.

“It is our goal to increase the awareness about STEM careers and include exposure to STEM in every part of the college curriculum,” said Dr. Hasan Naima, dean of the college’s Engineering and Business Technology Department.

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