We’ve been doing a lot of celebrating over the past year. Since 1963, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College has educated nearly 650,000 individuals and has developed and delivered programs to meet the demands of our local community. Today, I am proud to say that Rowan-Cabarrus offers more than 55 degree, diploma and certificate programs; fourteen fully online degree programs; many industry-recognized certifications; market-focused continuing education customized to meet specific educational and workforce needs; literacy education, and special personal interest classes. Annually, the College serves more than 22,000 individuals on our seven campuses and sites across our two counties.
While the celebration doesn’t really end, we are turning our attention to the next fifty years. The reality is that we are not immune to the tough economic times. Our resources from the state have continued to decline year after year. Like many public organizations, we are looking elsewhere and developing a case for support to seek private and philanthropic resources. Strengthening our “fundraising muscle” is not only important for the immediate future, but also for the long-term vitality of the College, and the tens of thousands of students we serve each year.
Education is the best investment anyone can make. It improves the lives of individuals, their families and the community. A more educated region will result in a stronger, more vibrant region. Rowan-Cabarrus is dedicated to creating a future that offers hope and opportunity to all our citizens. Rowan and Cabarrus counties need our help. We think we’re part of the solution here at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College… and so are you. As we grow, adapt and anticipate the needs of students and the community, public and private investment is crucial. We must improve and update programs, laboratories and equipment; develop new programs aligned with emerging labor market demands; and increase student scholarships.
We appreciate your support in this worthy effort.
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College has been a vital contributor to the economic health of both Rowan and Cabarrus counties for many years and has long been recognized for its important role in the education and retraining of our citizens. During the recent years of economic turmoil, Rowan-Cabarrus has been a prominent force in attracting and leveraging federal, state and local resources to improve programs and services for the community while ensuring that displaced workers and other citizens receive the training they need to succeed in the workplace.
Whether you are seeking a two-year degree or planning to transfer to a four-year institution, hoping to rejoin the workforce, or simply looking to improve your skills for new challenges or new careers, Rowan-Cabarrus will help you “Navigate Forward.” I believe that I speak for the entire Board of Trustees when I say that I am proud to have Rowan-Cabarrus at the helm, leading our community, as we navigate our collective future.
Instructors make a huge difference in the experiences that students have in college. Rowan-Cabarrus seeks to hire the best faculty available so as to enrich the student learning experience as much as possible.
Every year, the College recognizes its most excellent teachers. This year, Karen Lynden, instructor for Business Administration & Marketing, received the Outstanding Excellence in Teaching Award. She holds a bachelor's degree in business management from Catawba College and a master's degree in organizational management from Pfeiffer University. Lynden's teaching style is centered on active learning methods – particularly project-based and collaborative learning techniques.
"My classroom, online or face-to-face, is an energetic and challenging environment in which students can discuss, practice and apply concepts in rigorous scenarios, said Lynden. "In addition to lecture, I use active learning strategies such as service learning, role play, debate, course projects and discussions.
Lynden has been recognized twice nationally within the last two years for excellence in online teaching.
By receiving the Outstanding Excellence in Teaching Award, Lynden becomes the College's nominee for the 2013 North Carolina Community College System's R.J. Reynolds Excellence in Teaching Award.
Four additional faculty members received Excellence in Teaching Awards with special distinction. They are:
"We are proud of this group of instructors for the commitment they have made to our community and our students," said Carl M. Short, chair of the Rowan-Cabarrus Board of Trustees.
"Rowan-Cabarrus Community College has a long and proud tradition of hiring highly qualified and dedicated faculty in all of its academic programs," said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. "The five faculty members selected for this year's Excellence in Teaching Awards certainly are representative of this tradition. All of these faculty members, and many others, do a wonderful job of providing top-quality instruction to the students at Rowan-Cabarrus."
Manufacturing isn’t dead – it’s just different. Thanks to a $491,000 grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation, the College can now train individuals in advanced machining on industry-recognized equipment and software.
"I am so proud of the initiative shown by the Computer-Integrated Machining Technology program," said President Spalding. "We could never afford the equipment through our normal public funding sources. Unfortunately, without modern equipment, our machining program would be stagnant."
Among the local employers who supported the College in its effort to receive the grant are Roush Yates Racing Engines, Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, Atlas Signs and Martin Marietta Materials. Seventeen letters of support from local business and industry partners were submitted as part of the grant proposal.
"The skills learned in the computer-integrated machining program at Rowan-Cabarrus are essential for obtaining a job in advanced manufacturing," said Brad Harris, CNC shop manager for Stewart-Haas Racing.
According to Golden LEAF, many firms across the state and nation report having difficulty finding workers with the pre-requisite skills necessary for employment in advanced manufacturing. Recent reports have highlighted the mid-skills gap that exists across the country and the need to take advantage of the emerging trend of bringing manufacturing jobs back to the United States.
"In order to ensure that our students get the best practical training possible, we need for them to work on the same equipment that is used in these companies," said Hasan Naima, dean of engineering and business technologies. "You can't just talk about these skills – students need to actually perform them in a simulated environment."
The latest and greatest in machining is incredibly precise and fast.
"These are no longer 'dirty' jobs. It's a very technically advanced field these days," said Naima. "Machining is a part of so much of today's world – everything from automotive transmissions to dental molds or turban blades on airplanes. Advanced manufacturing affects everything in your life indirectly, such as the parts that make up your iPhone or tablet, the rims on your automobile, or the engines in race cars. Even jewelry and high-end titanium golf clubs are dependent on this technology!"
College can be challenging. Between the tests and the rigors of academic reading, combined with job and family responsibilities, we do not want our students to struggle with getting critical necessary services when they need them. In 2010, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College staff began conceptualizing a one-stop space for its North Campus which would support all of the primary "getting started" activities and information services for the entire campus.
Following two years of designing and planning and six months of renovations, technology enhancements, staff training and multiple moves, the College proudly opened its first Navigation Station in early 2013.
"We've named the space 'Navigation Station' because it's the central location where visitors, future students and current students can get what they need to navigate their way forward," said President Spalding.
The new space contains computers for students and future students to use in completing college applications, filling out financial aid and scholarship applications, registering for classes (continuing education or curriculum), paying for tuition and fees, and accessing college email access.
The Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Navigation Station is a welcome point where an individual can receive information, easily access student services and complete any necessary paperwork related to enrollment. The area consists of two components: a walk-up front desk and a call center. Whether a person walks in or calls in for services, customer service representatives provide information and support including step-by-step assistance with online applications and forms. If the Navigation Station staff member is unable to provide assistance, the person is directed to the appropriate department within the College to receive the help required.
The call center component launched in July 2012 with staff members trained to answer all types of questions related to Rowan-Cabarrus. The in-person Navigation Station includes a kiosk check-in system which helps staff members deliver services in a systematic and timely fashion, provides information to the client about the wait time and documents the number of people served. Ultimately this data will help the College serve students more efficiently and effectively.
"Whether you need academic or career advising, help with financial aid, admissions support or personal counseling, you can get what you need at the new Navigation Station," said Gaye McConnell, vice president of student services and the student experience.
Future enhancements include expansion of testing center services to meet community needs for certification in business and industry and computer-based testing for GED completion. A sister South Campus Navigation Station is operational, but is currently under construction to provide comparable physical space and technology. The South Campus Navigation Station should open in fall 2014.
More students than ever before walked across the stage at the College's 2013 graduation ceremony. Nearly 1,000 students graduated in May 2013, ranging from age 17 to 71, with the average age of 31. An additional 448 students graduated from the College's GED (high school equivalency) program.
Among the graduates were 26 early college students who also on that same day received their high school diplomas. This group represented the first graduating class of the Cabarrus-Kannapolis Early College High School program.
"Graduates, I'm proud of each of you," said President Spalding. "And I ask you to commit yourself to a lifetime of learning – this is not the last graduation you may have – and be personally involved in making our community a better place to live."
"Education is the best investment anyone can make. It improves the lives of individuals, their families and the community. Rowan-Cabarrus is dedicated to creating a future that offers hope and opportunity to all our citizens," she said.
Tony Almeida, a former Duke Energy executive now serving as Gov. Pat McCrory's senior adviser on jobs and the economy, gave the commencement address in which he applauded students who come back for more education in an ever-changing jobs market. Almeida is a long-time supporter of the College.
"Congratulations on your latest academic achievement," he told graduates. "And I say 'latest' because chances are you'll be returning to Rowan-Cabarrus Community College often."
"We've got some work to do," he said. "Employers from every industry sector are asking the same question: How are we going to identify, train and retain the best workers that we can find?"
Labor market projections predict that by 2020, North Carolina will need to have 61 percent of its workforce with some kind of post-secondary education. Currently, only 38 percent of workers have an associate degree or higher.
Rowan-Cabarrus continues to focus on identifying and creating pathways for students to sustainable careers through new program development, enhanced academic advising and articulations with other educational partners.
"Rowan-Cabarrus is the kind of place that gives you the tools to develop your path, and empowers you to navigate your own way forward," said Carl M. Short, chair of the College's Board of Trustees. "I believe that education is the compass to navigate toward a sustainable future."
On September 3, 1963, the Rowan Industrial Education Center became one of the first of 58 colleges in the North Carolina Community College System. Fifty years later, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College spent 2013 looking back and celebrating five decades of service to citizens, business and industry in Rowan and Cabarrus counties.
"As the College celebrated our 50th anniversary, we wanted to thank the community for its support over the last 50 years," said President Spalding. "The community events that we hosted this year were for our students, faculty, staff and community to join us in celebrating our history and their community college."
Over the course of 2013, Rowan-Cabarrus hosted several celebratory anniversary events. From a vintage prom to the completion of a new fire and emergency services training facility, the College engaged in a wide array of activities showcasing the College's role in the region.
The College experienced four significant name changes in its fifty year history: Rowan Industrial Education Center (1961); Rowan Technical Institute (1964); Rowan Technical College (1979); and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College (1987).
Today, the College offers a wide-variety of programs to meet the needs of a diverse student population with respect to age, life-style, academic achievement and employment background. Rowan-Cabarrus demonstrates a deep commitment to teaching excellence, student support and affordable education and training. The College has expanded to include four campuses and three off-campus sites, all conveniently and strategically located. Enrollment has grown to more than 22,000 students annually, and today, 50 years after its opening, Rowan-Cabarrus serves as a catalyst for local economic development by providing a skilled workforce for the region.
"Rowan-Cabarrus is the area's largest workforce training resource and one of our largest employers. Most of our graduates continue to live and work in our local communities and provide essential and critical services in healthcare, public safety, manufacturing, government, business and human services," said Carl M. Short, chair of the Rowan-Cabarrus Board of Trustees.
The College offers fully accredited associate degree programs in more than 55 areas of study, including business, information technology, health and public services, motorsports, engineering technologies and biotechnology. Rowan-Cabarrus also offers 14 degrees entirely online, as well as accredited diploma and certificate programs focused on career and technical training, continuing education and adult basic education.
Additionally, the College provides a strong general education foundation and transferable credits for students advancing to four-year colleges and universities, while helping many adults secure the additional training they need to start or change careers.
"Since its inception in 1963, Rowan-Cabarrus has changed the lives of many individuals in our region and is committed to building sustainable futures for our citizens through public higher education," said Short.
Brandi Hilliard was becoming really worried – she had been unemployed for over a year and her unemployment benefits would be exhausted in two weeks. That's when she heard about the NC Back-to-Work program at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.
In 2012, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College was awarded a $301,539 grant from the North Carolina Department of Commerce in support of the NC Back-to-Work initiative. The extraordinary results of the College's short-term job training and retraining to long-term unemployed citizens of North Carolina ensured that the College was granted an additional $120,000 grant for 2013-14, from the North Carolina State Legislature.
"After a year of unemployment, I am thrilled to be working again! Rowan-Cabarrus Community College's Continuing Education welding program has been a wonderful educational experience," said Hilliard, 29. "The NC Back-to-Work grant was a great opportunity for me and made this all possible."
Hilliard enrolled in the three-day per week, eight-month welding certification training program at Mechanical Trades Carolina, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College's training partner.
"I'd heard about the great job opportunities and the potential for high earnings in welding. I was definitely interested in trying my hand at it," said Hilliard.
Hilliard's registration fee and welding tools were covered under the North Carolina Back-to-Work program. Hilliard diligently worked to learn as much as she could in the next eight months. She took advantage of every opportunity to test for American Welding Society certifications and graduated from the welding training program with a total of seven different certifications.
"Brandi quickly amazed her instructor and classmates with her natural welding abilities," said John Sciadini, training director for Mechanical Trades Carolina.
Upon completing the program, Brandi began working in Charleston, South Carolina as a welder earning journeyman wages ($34 per hour). This prestigious, yet confidential job, also provided Hilliard with benefits and the opportunity to earn plenty of overtime pay. Today, she earns over $60 per hour in West Virginia.
Rowan-Cabarrus will leverage this year's NC Back-to-Work grant to address critical skills shortages in the local labor market. Simultaneously, the initiative will provide significant outreach to unemployed adults who are still trying to recover from substantive job losses.
"These funds will give the College the opportunity to build on the success of the first round of NC Back-to-Work funding by continuing the welding training program in partnership with the NC Department of Labor's Apprenticeship Program and Mechanical Trades Carolina," said President Spalding. "We want nothing more than to help improve the ability for our citizens to get back to work."
This year, Rowan-Cabarrus will also offer the Certified Production Technician credential to assist with meeting employment needs of local expanding manufacturers.
"Our goal is to help these individuals obtain marketable credentials which we hope will lead to sustainable employment and new careers," said Jeanie Moore, vice president of advancement and continuing education for Rowan-Cabarrus.
An infusion of culture, music, drama, literature and fine arts descended upon Rowan-Cabarrus Community College in the spring of 2013 in the form of the College's Literary & Fine Arts Festival.
Over 1,000 students and community members attended the festival's many activities during the week of April 7-11. The free, family-friendly festival was coordinated by Rowan-Cabarrus faculty and was open to the public.
"Many of our students at Rowan-Cabarrus are managing family responsibilities, careers and the demands of their studies. Consequently, they may not have the time or means to appreciate literature and the fine arts," said President Spalding. "The Literary & Fine Arts Festival was a special event that the College created to make sure that our students had an opportunity to engage in activities and celebrations focusing on literature and fine arts."
The festival was a collaboration between the English and fine arts faculty at the College and leveraged the expertise and creativity of the faculty and their literary and fine arts associates to provide an annual festival that has grown every year since its inception. This year's festival included music and drama as well as visual arts and literature.
A special feature of the festival was the inclusion of the College's IMPULSE Art Show showcasing the College's Associate in Fine Arts (AFA) program. This annual show is open to the public and features original work from Rowan-Cabarrus students.
The festival's two signature events included an evening at the Norvell Theater with two visiting authors (Cathy Smith Bowers and Robert Morgan), as well as a concluding musical celebration featuring The Embers at the Kannapolis Village Park. The Embers, with over 25 albums released to date, are known for their fantastic beach music. Throughout the week, live dramatic and musical performances engaged the senses and students performed at an Open Mic event and a Poetry Slam held at Dilworth Coffee in Concord.
The festival also featured three esteemed authors and an exceptional artist. The College was proud to host the festival in conjunction with the annual Salisbury Sculpture Tour. In recent years, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College has been honored to host two sculptures from the tour and continued its participation in 2013.
Recent national recognition validates that Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is a leader in online education and training. The College has become one of only four colleges in the entire country to achieve Quality Matters certification for an instructor training course.
Quality Matters (QM) is a leader in quality assurance for online education and has received national recognition for its peer-based approach to continuous improvement in online education and student learning.
"Our growing online programs and courses are high quality. We've worked hard to step up our game in the distance education arena," said President Spalding. "Our menu of online courses allows students to participate in learning outside of the traditional classroom. We want to provide students greater flexibility in scheduling classes while providing Rowan-Cabarrus faculty with new and innovative approaches to teaching."
In 2000, Rowan-Cabarrus became one of the first community colleges in the state to establish formal and required training for faculty. Rowan-Cabarrus instructors are required to take an internally-developed online instructor training course prior to teaching any online courses for the College. Even instructors who have taught online courses for other colleges and universities must complete this training.
Online learning is a different medium – one that requires instructors to think differently about the way they teach their courses. The 25-hour course has received 100 percent in the Quality Matters certification process. Among instructor training classes, only four colleges in the country are Quality Matters certified and Rowan-Cabarrus is only the second community college in the country to achieve this distinction.
"The training not only shows faculty how to use and teach within Blackboard, but also covers the pedagogy and best practices of how to teach online," said Debra NeeSmith, dean of educational resource services.
Instructors who take the course apply what they learn in the course immediately – they literally build their online course as they go through the training.
"Our goal is to help instructors create a more robust and interactive learning experience for our students," said NeeSmith.
Online learning options have become more popular as students become more technically savvy. Likewise, Rowan-Cabarrus faculty members have embraced technology in the development and delivery of courses across multiple disciplines. The College now offers 14 degrees, 11 diplomas and 22 certificates that can be completed entirely online.
"Obviously, some degrees are not conducive to a total online delivery model. Where it is possible, however, we are seeking to provide these opportunities," said NeeSmith.
The College now offers the largest number of online classes to date, running over 250 classes online. Thirty-seven percent of Rowan-Cabarrus students take at least one class online.
Workers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields play a direct role in driving economic growth. A recent Brookings report cites that there are many STEM jobs that require less than a bachelor's degree. In fact, "half of all STEM jobs are available to workers without a four-year college degree, and these jobs pay $53,000 on average – a wage 10 percent higher than jobs with similar educational requirements," according to the Brookings study.
Rowan-Cabarrus is doing its part to increase awareness of the breadth of STEM careers. In 2013 alone, the College secured not one, but two prestigious grants in the science field to establish industry-recognized certifications and train STEM teachers.
The College, in partnership with Catawba College, received a grant from the Robert Noyce Scholarship Program of the National Science Foundation that will provide five years of support for scholarships and internships that help prepare science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) majors for teaching careers.
The Rowan-Cabarrus portion of the $329,298 grant will go toward establishing exploratory internships designed to increase awareness of teaching careers for STEM majors.
"It is both an honor and a privilege to be awarded this grant from the National Science Foundation," said President Spalding.
The project, "The Exploratory Internship," provides paid internships for up to 60 freshmen and sophomore students pursuing STEM majors at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. Student interns will experience teaching and may be recruited to pursue a career in K-12 education. Catawba College's portion of the project supports 18 STEM majors with $18,000 scholarships in their junior and senior years of college to enroll in a major with a STEM discipline and licensure in teaching.
"This grant will allow us to attract students interested in STEM into a teaching profession," said Dr. Rod Townley, vice president of the College's academic programs. "We need folks on the ground who are excited about STEM and who will be effective teachers of STEM. The United States is at a critical state right now as far as being able to produce STEM graduates and teachers."
The College, in collaboration with Forsyth Technical Community College and several other community colleges across the U.S., was also awarded another federal grant through the U. S. Department of Labor to develop industry-recognized certifications in the life sciences field. The grant relies on the expertise of Rowan-Cabarrus faculty to ultimately mirror the certifications that have become so critical in the information technology (IT) arena.
"We hope to translate the science skills students learn into everything from biomanufacturing to medical devices to biotechnology and life sciences," said Townley. "These 'stackable credentials' will ultimately make it easier for graduates to get what they need quickly and move back into the workplace."
At Rowan-Cabarrus, the College calendar is jam-packed every week with service projects, blood drives, Open Mics, legislative visits, leadership conferences and Wii Wednesdays. The calendar also includes large annual events like the Spring Fling, Fall Fest, Holiday Hoopla and other traditional student activities designed to engage large numbers of students.
However, student life at Rowan-Cabarrus is about more than just activities and fun events. It's about leadership development and enriching experiences outside the classroom that help the College develop well-rounded leaders.
"We believe that our ever-expanding set of extra-curricular activities and communications creates a holistic student experience, developing well-rounded graduates," said President Spalding. "It's all about developing leaders and helping them engage in their community."
A new initiative this year, Together Thursdays, engages students in giving back to the community outside of the College. Projects like working at a soup kitchen or building a house for Habitat for Humanity have become a regular part of the student activity rotation.
Students also give back annually during their spring break. Instead of heading to the beach, many students take advantage of the class break to volunteer in the community. Students, faculty and staff spent time ranging from a few hours to a half-day volunteering to meet critical needs in the areas of hunger, building/repair/beautification, youth mentoring, recreation for the elderly and sustainability.
The College has also started a new tradition of $5 Fridays where students can hop on a bus for unique day trips that help expand the cultural exposure that students receive. A pre-holiday season trip to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville was booked at lightning speed.
Students who are engaged in clubs and leadership roles have the opportunity to travel across the country to compete in competitions and learn. Several student leaders have found themselves in locations such as New Orleans, Kansas City and Anaheim, California. Many also found themselves returning with national awards and recognition.
The College is committed to developing student leaders on campus. When Rowan-Cabarrus first started the Sigma Alpha Pi program on campus, the College was the first community college in the state to host the organization. Today, more than 20 additional community colleges in North Carolina have followed suit.
"Student life at Rowan-Cabarrus continues to flourish with record participation in clubs, activities and events," said Gaye McConnell, vice president of enrollment and the student experience. "Students who take advantage of these experiences are poised for even greater community service and leadership when they complete their studies at Rowan-Cabarrus."
While Rowan-Cabarrus Community College's current strategic plan doesn't expire until the end of 2014, College leaders are already planning for the future and working on the next strategic plan.
"We believe education is the best investment someone can make. The investment isn't just one made for oneself, but one that is made for the entire family and our shared community. A more educated region will result in a stronger, more vibrant region," said President Spalding.
Community leaders' main message to the College has been to "plan bravely."
"It is gratifying to hear from community leaders that the College not only has solid support, but also has the ability to help lead the Rowan and Cabarrus region to greater economic security through education," said Spalding.
Recent planning sessions included in-depth conversations on advanced manufacturing and technology, healthcare, information technology, and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math).
"That little dash between Rowan and Cabarrus in the name Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is not arbitrary. It's a connector between the two counties," said Bill Cannon, president of the Cannon Foundation. "It represents the regional vision that Rowan-Cabarrus must have for our area."
The community members, ranging from business leaders to area foundation directors, also discussed the important economic, cultural, environmental, and social challenges impacting our region's educational future.
"We're doing a lot of listening and what we've heard from our community leaders is that they want Rowan-Cabarrus to see itself as a vital economic and cultural resource in the region," said Carl M. Short, chair of the Rowan-Cabarrus Board of Trustees.
The leaders expressed the goal of having a more vibrant and contributing community college with an elevated image and role in the region. Additionally, there was an overwhelming desire to increase the educational levels in Rowan and Cabarrus counties.
"The reality is that we are not immune to the tough economic times," said Spalding. "Our resources from the state have continued to decline year after year. Like many public organizations, we are looking for private philanthropic resources."
Strengthening the "fundraising muscle" of the Foundation is not only important for the immediate future, but also for the long term vitality of the College, and the tens of thousands of students it serves each year. In the face of budget cuts, community colleges across the country now realize that they must court private donors – individual and corporate – to help cover scholarships and support expensive programs.
"Rowan-Cabarrus Community College has worked hard to bring millions of federal and state dollars into our community through grants and collaborative partnerships," said President Spalding. "We cannot achieve our goal of strengthening our region through state-of-the art educational and innovational career training without adequate resources."
The first of the 2010 Rowan County-bond funded construction projects is now complete. The College's new Fire & Emergency Services Training Facility is the first in a series of construction projects that will transform the North Campus in Salisbury by 2015.
The new Fire & Emergency Services Training Facility will serve an important role for training public safety providers who protect local citizens every day. The facility includes a 3,500 square foot burn building and a future mock fire station for training purposes. Training pads for various props and a driving course for fire and emergency vehicles are 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 President Spalding. "The Fire & Emergency Services Training Facility affords 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 2012 alone, over 215,000 hours of training were provided by the College for more than 16,000 individuals. Over 2,700 certifications were awarded to fire and EMS personnel in our community. Rowan-Cabarrus expects that the number of training hours will continue to grow with the new facility.
"The safety of our citizens is important to all of us," said Carl M. Short, chair of the Rowan-Cabarrus Board of Trustees. "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."
The new Fire & Emergency Services Training Facility features several props that allow for the simulation of critical incidents, emergencies and natural and man-made disasters.
Because the railroad has such a vital and important history of operations and service in the local community, the College partnered with Norfolk Southern and GATX to secure the donation of a boxcar and an oil tanker.
"This rail equipment will help establish a unique and authentic training experience for our fire and emergency personnel," said Jeanie Moore, vice president of advancement and continuing education.
This is the first donation of this kind by Norfolk Southern for training purposes.
"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.
Already a leader in the region for its healthcare training, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College was awarded a prestigious new grant to revise the Practical Nursing and Nursing Assistant curricula.
"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.
"We are honored to have been chosen to facilitate this nursing curriculum improvement project," said President Spalding. "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.
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 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. 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.
"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.
Nearly 300 guests and scholarship recipients gathered to celebrate the success of Rowan-Cabarrus scholarship recipients on February 15, 2013. During the one-hour luncheon, several students shared inspiring stories about their lives and educational journeys at Rowan-Cabarrus. Scholarship recipients personally thanked their scholarship contributors during the luncheon, and guests learned about the Foundation's capacity to assist students through scholarships and emergency funding.
Scholarship recipients such as Douglas Gold and Meagan Lentz shared their personal stories, emphasizing that many Rowan-Cabarrus students are simply working to make a better life for themselves through education.
"I can't explain how moving it was to hear from scholarship recipients," said Diane Honeycutt, chair of the Foundation Board of Directors. "Students are the reason Rowan-Cabarrus faculty and staff go to work every day and seek to continuously improve their facilities, programs and services. Rowan-Cabarrus students are truly inspiring."
Meagan Lentz, nursing student, expressed appreciation for the emergency support she received for her textbooks to ensure she could pursue her dream of helping others. Douglas Gold, business student, was able to reinvent himself with the help of his scholarship.
"We support students from all walks of life," said Jeanie Moore, vice president of advancement and continuing education. "Many of our scholarship recipients thought the word 'scholarship' meant funds reserved for high grade point averages. The Rowan-Cabarrus Foundation awards scholarships based on need and the desire to achieve."
In total, the Rowan-Cabarrus Foundation raised more than $52,000 at the Changing Lives Scholarship Luncheon to support new and existing scholarships and student emergency needs. Additionally, from January 2012 through October 2013, the Foundation received $121,500 in matching funds to create an unrestricted endowment through the Title III grant received by the College in 2011.
"Through all of this economic uncertainty, I believe there is hope," said President Spalding. "The College is committed to the future of our region and its citizens. I believe education is the compass to navigate forward. Our region's potential is too important to leave to chance. We must align strategic investments and resources to ensure we influence and mold a future that provides hope and opportunity for our citizens."
The College rotates this event annually between Rowan and Cabarrus counties. Special thanks go to the 2013 Table Hosts and to Katrina King and Pat Horton for co-chairing the Changing Lives Scholarship Luncheon and to Novant Health Rowan for their sponsorship of the luncheon.
The Foundation has a 24 member Board of Directors, 14 committees, and over 80 volunteers. The Foundation provides funding for
The Rowan-Cabarrus Student Ambassador Program is a group of outstanding students who are selected to represent the College in multiple capacities. Student ambassadors reach out to prospective students, conduct campus tours, participate in and help promote various college events and assist with the successful transition of students to the campus.
"I'm very proud of the Rowan-Cabarrus Student Ambassador Program and this year's new group of leaders," said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. "We believe that developing our students into community leaders and active citizens is a part of our job at the College. These students will definitely leave Rowan-Cabarrus equipped to lead in their careers and communities."
The 2013-14 Rowan-Cabarrus Student Ambassadors include:
Student Ambassadors are dedicated to student success, diversity and strengthening student connections. Ambassadors enjoy working with people, are committed to creating change in their respective communities, and are excited about sharing their experiences at Rowan-Cabarrus with others. The program is supported by the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation. Student ambassadors earn a scholarship for their service to the College.
In order to better serve students, Rowan-Cabarrus launched 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 President Spalding.
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. "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."
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.
"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."
Nearly 20 years ago, Richmond Gage developed one of the College's signature programs – Motorsports Management Technology at the College's South Campus in Concord – the first of its kind across the country. At the end of December 2013, Richmond died unexpectedly.
"Those of us who worked with Richmond loved his energy, sense of humor and commitment to the College and his students," said Jeanie Moore, vice president of advancement and continuing education for Rowan-Cabarrus. "He was an asset to the College and the community and his passing represents a huge loss for the College. We are deeply saddened by this loss to our Rowan-Cabarrus family and he will most certainly be missed."
The motorsports program is based in Cabarrus County, complete with a motorsports lab that essentially serves as a small, functioning race shop. The lab has everything from current NASCAR-style chassis to computer software and fabrication equipment that allow students to build fenders and take engines apart. The development of this program also helped pave the way for a number of additional community college and university programs focused on serving the motorsports industry.
"Racing represents a tremendous economic impact on Cabarrus County," said President Spalding. "Given our primary mission of workforce development for Rowan and Cabarrus counties, we fully embrace the industry's potential for our current and future students. We are very proud of our motorsports program and all that our graduates have achieved in the racing industry."
Richmond was a talented and caring instructor who always put his students first.
"I'm proud to be a graduate of the Rowan-Cabarrus motorsports program," said Doug Cremer, executive director of events for Charlotte Motor Speedway. While in the Rowan-Cabarrus motorsports program, Doug was a co-op student with the speedway. "People don't realize how much the industry is a part of our economy. The experience I had at the College has definitely impacted my career and contributed to my success."
Additionally, thanks to Richmond's tireless efforts, the Motorsports Management Technology program developed an initiative of working with veterans, including those with disabilities. Over the last few years, the College expanded its motorsports program to include a special certificate program for veterans with disabilities.
"I have a passion for helping veterans. For all that they've done for our country, it's the least I can do," said Gage.
The College is immensely grateful to Richmond and his family for his efforts in building this premier program.
After serving 22 years in the Air Force and holding a master's in operations management, Scott Killoran didn't think he'd find himself back in school. Toward the end of his military career, Killoran said he attended job fairs and heard that he was perfect for the jobs available.
"They said they could see how transferable my skills were," said Killoran.
Yet, like many vets, Killoran has found finding employment to be a challenge.
"I spent so many years of my life in the military – I traveled the world, I met my wife abroad, we even had our seven year-old son while we were in Japan," said Killoran. "Honestly, I didn't expect it to be so hard to find a job."
Currently working toward a certificate in Motorsports Management Technology, Killoran is making a point to network and is seeking out an internship. Killoran is also working to get veterans on campus the support they need by giving feedback to appropriate college officials and sharing his experiences and resources with other veterans.
"I really want to see veterans succeed. I've made it a point to do some volunteer work with other vets. To me, it's important that vets have every resource available when they finish their service," said Killoran.
The College aims to facilitate veteran success by providing support, resources and information to meet their unique needs as both a veteran and a student.
"We are proud to welcome veterans to Rowan-Cabarrus and greatly appreciate their time in service to our nation," said President Spalding. "Veterans have many choices during and after their military service, and we are pleased that some have chosen to make Rowan-Cabarrus a part of their life."
There are nearly 300 student veterans receiving VA (Veterans Affairs) educational benefits at Rowan-Cabarrus.
Student veterans are mature and on a mission, but sometimes face different challenges than other students," said Natasha Lipscomb, director of student life and leadership at the College. "The College's goal is to help veterans transition from soldiers to scholars, navigate financial matters, deal with campus life and cope with the lack of structure in comparison with time in the military."
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College was recently recognized with the 2013 Honorable Mention Innovation Award from the North Carolina Community College Adult Educators' Association (NCCCAEA).
The Innovation Awards are the NCCCAEA's way of recognizing and rewarding creativity and innovation in course programming, management practice, communication, marketing, or customer service in continuing education programs.
The College received an honorable mention of the Innovation Award for its collaboration with the City of Concord on their internal career development program. The City of Concord's Career Development program was developed jointly nearly nine years ago and has evolved and expanded significantly over time.
"We would not be able to implement this program without the support of Rowan-Cabarrus and their ability to tailor the program to fit our needs," said Christie Putnam, water resources director for Concord. "The program results in well-trained employees who better understand themselves, how to interact with others, and additional skills that could not normally be acquired – all at a reasonable costs."
The City of Concord sought to develop an ongoing annual training program that would ensure employees had the necessary tools to perform their jobs well and prepare for advancement opportunities within the organization. The program has been positive for morale and improved cross organizational communications.
"The College has been great to work with," said Randy Shue, street superintendent and program coordinator. "We often come to Rowan-Cabarrus with a problem we are facing. They have been excellent partners in helping us develop timely and effective training programs that help us respond to those needs. The impact of this training is a high performing work team, improved communications, less accidents and a decrease in 'lost' work time."
"We believe that the long term implications of this training program are employees with greater job satisfaction, improved health, and increased knowledge about both technical and big picture aspects of their jobs as city employees," said Jeanie Moore, vice president of advancement and continuing education. "The City of Concord utilizes this program as its internal university to grow and develop the future leaders in this division."
The College offers customized training to businesses – large and small. The training programs are developed and tailored for each individual company and are designed to react quickly to the needs of local businesses.
A rare partnership between Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and Microsoft provided nearly 350 new information technology (IT) certifications at no cost to students this year.
"Certifications are expensive and that's a barrier for some students," said President Spalding. "Our faculty and staff are constantly looking for ways to reduce costs and increase opportunities available to promote student success. This partnership with Microsoft is a perfect example."
The MTA (Microsoft Technology Associate) Test Fest was a first-of-its-kind opportunity for the College. Microsoft donated all of the tests taken during the event.
"Each individual who tested saved about $50 per test," said Ian Stevens, associate dean of information technologies. "Additionally, of the 100+ people who attended, many walked away with more than one certification – nearly 350 successful certifications were earned in just three short hours!"
"While the MTA tests are fundamental, basic level certifications, acquiring these credentials puts students one step closer to a job," said Stevens. "Employers tell our faculty that the first thing they identify to screen applicants is certifications. This certification helps applicants get their foot in the door. Of course, additional certifications and training are available here at Rowan-Cabarrus for more advanced students."
Students were leaving the testing rooms saying "I didn't even know that I could do this!"
People of all ages and backgrounds came out for the event. There was a party-like atmosphere after the tests were complete.
"By securing the certifications, students validate what they learn in the classroom – it proves that it's real world and applicable to their future jobs."
The partnership with Microsoft provided students with vouchers to become certified in twelve different areas.
Ongoing meetings with industry representatives and advisory boards in the IT field provided the College with important feedback. Faculty recognized the increased importance of certifications being a solid framework for future success.
"Certifications prove to the employer that you have the skills needed – that there are fundamental skills they won't need to teach you," said Stevens.
Students interested in pursuing careers in the IT field also need to be prepared to be their own boss. Industry reports that more and more freelance IT consultants are now employed in this field.
"Students need to be prepared to constantly market themselves and their skills," said Stevens. "More and more we observe contract work in demand, and students need to understand the soft skills that go along with this unique working relationship."
2013 marked an important year for the College to reach adults without a high school diploma or GED. Rowan-Cabarrus committed to help local individuals finish the GED testing process before testing fees increased from $35 to over $100.
In addition to the increase in cost, any existing test scores on file since 2002 expired at the end of 2013, meaning that students have to start over.
In order to meet student needs, the College personally reached out to every adult in Rowan and Cabarrus counties who had not yet received their high school diploma or GED. To encourage the community to act before the changes took place, the College held a "one-day only" event where the College paid the $35 test fee for interested individuals.
"We hate to see testing costs increase so dramatically which is why we're doing our part to try and make it easier on those who haven't yet earned their GED," said President Spalding.
The effort paid off with nearly 630 local residents completing their GED in 2013. This is the largest number of graduates that the College has served in about ten years since the closing of Pillowtex. Further, among these GED graduates is the largest percentage of students moving directly onto to college courses at Rowan-Cabarrus.
Rowan-Cabarrus provides both instruction and resource materials to students preparing for the GED at no cost. Classes are scheduled on the North and South Campuses and at a variety of community locations for convenience and access.
"Our goal is 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 completely online. It's why the GED classes are offered morning, afternoon, evening, online and at multiple locations across the College's service area."
"The GED test opens the door to college and better jobs. It gives the graduate the respect they deserve, and the satisfaction of earning a high school credential with the hope that they will continue with their education," said Gary Connor, director of the College's GED and Adult Basic Education programs.
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College was awarded 2013 eduStyle's Best Annual or Community Report for its 2012 annual report website.
Unveiled in February 2013, the 2012 annual report, titled "A Year of Development," focused on how the college spent 2012 developing resources, facilities and academic excellence.
A unique feature of the 2012 report was the web version of the annual report. Instead of using a traditional PDF as the online version of the annual report, the College developed an interactive design utilizing responsive web design. Responsive web design is intended to provide an optimal viewing experience – easy reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrolling – across a wide range of devices (from desktop computer monitors to mobile phones). The interactive version can be found at www.rccc.edu/2012.
EduStyle is the definitive resource for web design in higher education in North America. The eduStyle Higher-ed Web Awards celebrate the best work in college and university websites. This year, eighteen categories recognize the most innovative and exciting developments in key areas of higher education web development.
Rowan-Cabarrus, the only web design nominated in any category by a community college, competed against Michigan State University, North Carolina State University, Texas A&M University and Memorial University.
"I believe this award is a testament to the creativity that is alive and well at Rowan-Cabarrus and how well our college relations and information technology teams work together to shape the College's online presence," said President Spalding.
The purpose of the RCCC Foundation is to raise and manage funds, and enhance relationships that support the work of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. Our vision is to set the standard of philanthropic support for 21st Century learning by 2015.
Thank you to the following individuals for contributing to the RCCC Foundation from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013.
Thank you to the following corporations, foundations, and organizations for providing sponsorships, grants and contributions to special projects of Rowan-Cabarrus in 2013.
Major gifts of $15,000 and up are given in perpetuity as memorials or tributes to individuals, by family and friends or by corporations or associations. Endowed funds are invested with interest spent in accord with the policies of the Foundation; the principal is never spent.
Ralph W. Ketner Family Endowed Scholarship
Philip Morris USA Endowed Scholarship
RCCC General Scholarship Fund
Food Lion Endowed Scholarship
RLB Endowed Fund
Ervin W. and Miriam R. McCulloch Scholarship Fund
Edith Walker Estate Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Benson/Deberry Memorial Endowed Fund for Academic Excellence
AkzoNobel Corporation Endowed Scholarship
Dai Nippon Endowed Scholarship
Dean R. and Betty I. Andrews Endowed Scholarship
Lane C. Drye Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Susan Elaine Harrison Memorial Endowed Nursing Scholarship
Clyde H. Harris Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Evelyn Kenerly Germann & Wm. Joseph Germann Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Joseph Germann Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Waddell Professional Development Fund
Walter Almeida Endowed Scholarship
Brown Family Fire Protection Technology Endowed Scholarship
Dr. Jarrett T. Chandler Endowed Scholarship
Mike Chreitzberg Endowed Scholarship
Edna J. Chrin Memorial Scholarship
Cloninger Family Endowed Scholarship
Helen B. Earnhardt Memorial Scholarship
Rachel B. Gaskey Memorial Scholarship
Clyde H. Harris Memorial Endowed Scholarship – Salisbury Lions Club
Sam R. and Louise May Endowed Scholarship
Graham Spencer Endowed Scholarship
Ben Mynatt Memorial Scholarship
Susan J. and Robert M. Smith Endowed Scholarship
Student Emergency Endowed Fund
C. C. Erwin Memorial Endowed Scholarship
China Grove Civitan Memorial Endowed Michael A. Johnson Scholarship
Michael A. Johnson Scholarship
Concord Rotary Club Endowed Scholarship
Draft & Design Endowed Fund
National Tool & Machinery Endowed Scholarship
C.T. Overton Endowed Scholarship
RCCC General Endowed Scholarship Fund
Gifts of $1,500 or more may create a Named Scholarship or Grant Fund. Contributions at this level offer the financial support needed for successful completion of certificates, diplomas, and/or degrees.
The Margaret G. Woodson Foundation: Annual Scholarships and Emergency Funds – $35,000
Cannon Charitable Trusts: New Campus Signage – $250,000
NC DPI & NC New Schools Project: Renewal of Cabarrus/ Kannapolis Early College. Funds for College Liaison @RCCC South Campus – $58,000
NCCCS (Perkins): Funding to lead statewide Practical Nursing/ Nursing Assistant Curriculum Revision – $74,672
NCCCS (NC Back-to-Work): Funding for instruction and tuition/fees/ certifications for long-term unemployed – $120,000
NCCCS (Minority Male Mentoring Program): Support for the MISTER Club for counselor, peer tutoring, 3MP Conference, other activities – $20,500
NCCCS (Perkins): 5-year funding for Career and Tech Ed in Student Services and Curriculum. Budget is recurring funds for plan cycle with annual budget updates – $308,082
U.S. Dept. of Labor - Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training Grant: 4 year project at $50,821 Forsyth Tech is lead of National College Consortium for life science certifications – $18,480
National Science Foundation - Noyce Scholars Program: 5 year grant (Catawba College is lead) providing paid internships for 12 RCCC STEM students to explore career in K-12 Education – $329,298 over life of grant – $64,896
U.S. Dept. of Education - Title III Strengthening Institutions Program: 5-Year Grant to support strengthening student success through advising & academic interventions. Total $1,851,181 – $399,984
Total for 2013: $1,349,614
Funds appropriated by the State of North Carolina support most College operations. State tuition from all of the 58 community colleges is pooled at the state level and used to fund a portion of each college's state budget allocations. Curriculum tuition rates for 2012-2013 were set by the General Assembly at $69 per credit hour, an increase of $2.50 per credit hour over the previous year. Curriculum tuition rates increased again in the current fiscal 2013-2014 year totaling $71.50 per credit hour. While community college tuition rates in North Carolina remain low when compared to other states, rates have increased by 43% since 2009-2010.
State budget appropriations are based on the previous year's full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollments. In Fiscal 2013, Rowan-Cabarrus was funded for a total of 7,737 FTE for the students enrolled in curriculum, continuing education and basic skills during 2011-2012. The College received $28,742,519.99 in current operating aid from the State and $2,127,417.46 in capital aid during the year. State current aid increased modestly by 2.87% in Fiscal 2013 but state capital aid decreased by 28.19% due primarily to fewer dollars available for equipment or construction and renovation expenditures.
Current appropriations from Rowan and Cabarrus counties increased modestly by 2.05% totaling $3,884,344 in Fiscal 2013 and county capital appropriations from the two counties decreased by 5.21% totaling $748,520.85. The College continued capital projects at campuses in both counties during the year utilizing remaining state bond dollars, Rowan County bond dollars and special capital appropriated funds from Cabarrus County to fund the critically important renovation and construction projects.
North Carolina community colleges operate on a cash basis accounting system with fiscal year end at June 30. Revenues may exceed expenditures when monies received for grants, financial aid awards and other institutionally funded activities are received before June 30, but expenditures are recorded after the end of the fiscal year.
Jonathan S. Chamberlain, B.B.C. Chief Officer of Planning, Capital Projects & Environmental Operations
Tina M. Haynes, M.S. Chief Human Resources Officer
Carla G. Howell, A.A.S. Chief Governance Officer
Ken G. Ingle, B.S. Interim Chief Information Officer
Gaye N. McConnell, M.A. Vice President of Enrollment & Student Experience
Jeanie H. Moore, M.A. Vice President of Advancement & Continuing Education
Janet N. Spriggs, M.S. Chief Financial Officer
Rod M. Townley, Ph.D. Vice President of Academic Programs
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