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A Year of Celebration

Letter from the President

A Year of Celebration

Carol S. Spalding, Ed.D., President of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

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.


A Word from the Board Chair

Chip M. Short

Chip M. Short, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees Chair

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.

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Profile

Faculty Student Ratio = 17:1. Rowan-Cabarrus Offers 55 degrees, 37 diplomas, and 96 certificates. 14 Degrees completely online. Over 22,000 students annually.
  • The College has served nearly 650,000 students since its founding in 1963.
  • Rowan-Cabarrus is the ninth largest in enrollment among the 58 North Carolina community colleges.
  • Nearly 60 percent of Rowan-Cabarrus associate degree graduates who transfer within the University of North Carolina system earn a 3.0 or better (2010-2011).
  • Sixty-three percent of our students are female, 37 percent are male, 64 percent are under 30 and 36 percent are minorities.
  • Forty-six percent of our students work full- or part-time.
  • Approximately 62 percent of Rowan-Cabarrus students are enrolled in Corporate and Continuing Education classes.
  • Rowan-Cabarrus employs nearly 400 full-time faculty and staff members, as well as 600 part-time faculty and staff.


"I believe our faculty set us apart at Rowan-Cabarrus. They really care about their students and helping them achieve their goals. Combine that with our small class sizes and you have a recipe for student success."
– Dr. Rod Townley, vice president of academic programs

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:

A female instructor, Karen Lynden// helping a male student in a macintosh computer lab.
  • Jenny Beaver, English, Technology
  • Larry Davis, Electronics Engineering Technologies, Active Learning
  • Kelly McCowan, Radiography, Service to the College
  • Natela Yevloyeva, Psychology, Outstanding Part-Time Faculty

"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."

Advanced Manufacturing

"The skills learned in the computer-integrated machining program at Rowan-Cabarrus are essential for obtaining a job in advanced manufacturing."
– Brad Harris, CNC shop manager for Stewart-Haas Racing

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."

Two people looking at advanced manufacturing technology.

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!"

Customer Service

"I am so impressed with the Navigation Station. The College has made great strides toward helping students get the education they need by minimizing barriers to entry and increasing the accessibility to financial aid, advising and more."
– Gaye McConnell, vice president of student services and the student experience

Two students checking into the Navigation Station using a kiosk.

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.


"I'm very encouraged to see so many people taking advantage, going back and continuing their education, or going back to finish their education."
– N.C. Rep. Harry Warren

A small group of graduates dressed in caps and gowns talking.

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."

50th Anniversary

"Simply put, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is a way forward – for our students, our community, and our economy. We are lucky to have the College serving our community over the last 50 years."
– Paul Brown, Rowan-Cabarrus trustee

Arial photograph of students, faculty and staff standing in the shape of a 50.

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.

NC Back-to-Work

"I'd heard about the great job opportunities and the potential for high earnings in welding. Honestly, I'm surprised how much I've loved welding. If I could tell everyone one thing, I would tell them that they can do it. They have no idea how successful you can be – I sure didn't. It still makes my head spin!"
– Brandi Hilliard, alumna

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.

Student, Brandi Hilliard posing with welding equipment.


"The arts are a growing area at Rowan-Cabarrus. Since the development of the Associate in Fine Arts program in 2009, the College has continued to ramp up the access to culture, fine arts and literature on our campuses."
– Dr. Rod Townley, vice president of academic programs

President Carol Spalding reviewing the Literary and Fine Arts Festival brochure with a community member.

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.

Online Education

"The College believes in making education accessible to everyone and our online programs are a big part of that initiative. We are extremely proud of our instructional team at the College."
– Dr. Rod Townley, vice president of academic programs

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."

A student facing a computer screen with computer code superimposed on the image to give the impression that the viewer is looking at the student from the perspective of the monitor.

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.


"The National Science Foundation clearly recognizes the tenacity and innovation that our STEM faculty apply in their work every day. I am very proud of Rowan-Cabarrus and our continued commitment to STEM careers."
– Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus

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.

Two students working at a computer with a small robot on the table next to them.

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."

Student Life

"It's not just the experiences inside the classroom that count. Oftentimes, experiences outside the classroom offer the most opportunity for real learning. Student Government at Rowan-Cabarrus has taught me that."
– Leslie Brown, 2013-2014 Student Government Association President

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."

A student facing a computer screen with computer code superimposed on the image to give the impression that the viewer is looking at the student from the perspective of the monitor.


"I believe Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is part of the solution to our economic recovery. We just need to make sure the College secures the resources needed to make it happen."
– Ed Norvell, co-chair of the College's Blue Ribbon Task Force

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.

Three men sitting at a table during a meeting.

"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."

Public Safety

"The new facility not only represents an improved physical space and high-quality burn building, but the dedicated acreage offers an opportunity for expanded props and structures that can truly create a resource that will serve your community for years to come."
– Rick McIntyre, assistant state fire marshal and senior deputy commissioner for the NC Department of Insurance

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."

Two police officers with a police dog standing outside.

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.


"I am very proud of our doctoral and master's prepared faculty. They are well-educated and ensure that our graduates are ready to be active and engaged healthcare providers."
– Carl M. Short, chair of the Rowan-Cabarrus Board of Trustees

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.

Three nursing students working with medical equipment.

"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.


"By and large, our students live, work, raise their families, and expend their incomes in our region. An investment in Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is an investment in your neighbors and your community."
– Jeanie Moore, vice president of advancement and continuing education

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."

Group photo of all scholarship recipients standing outside.

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

  • Student assistance (scholarships, emergency funding and books)
  • Institutional enhancement (capital improvements, equipment, program, and curriculum support)
  • Faculty/staff (Student Impact grants and professional development), and
  • New program development.

2013 Student Ambassadors

Six of the student ambassadors posed on along a railing.

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:

  • Marisa Chow of Harrisburg, Cabarrus-Kannapolis Early College, Associate in Arts
  • Candice Daughtery of Salisbury, Associate in Applied Science, Business Administration
  • Kelly Hill of Landis, Associate Degree Nursing
  • EJ McGorda of Salisbury, Rowan County Early College, Associate of Arts
  • Kristina Miller of China Grove (Senior Ambassador), Associate in Arts
  • Jumieya Thatch of Concord, Associate in Applied Science, Radiography
  • Desere Wright of Salisbury, Associate in Applied Science, Medical Office Administration

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.

New Innovative Friday-Only Degree Option

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."

Richmond Gage .

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.

Six of the student ambassadors posed on along a railing.

Local Veteran Rallies Other Student Veterans

Local Veteran Scott Killoran.

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 & City of Concord Awarded 2013 Honorable Mention Innovation Award

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."

Students in a customized training session.

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.

Nearly 350 Free IT Certifications Earned in Three Short Hours

Students in a customized training session.

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.

Students in a customized training session.

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: Most GEDs Earned in Over a Decade

Smiling female student in GED graduation robe and cap.

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.

National eduStyle Award for Annual Report

Screen capture of the 2012 Annual Report.

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

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.

  • Eddie Ables
  • Robert Abbate
  • Eddie Ables
  • Deana Adams
  • Tony Adams
  • Brian Allen
  • Keri Allman
  • Brenda Almeyda
  • William and Debbie Anderson
  • Greg and Cordelia Andrews
  • Kenneth Argo
  • Denise Askew
  • Emily and Patrick Baldwin
  • Charcoal portrait of Bob and Susan Smith.
    Bob and Susan Smith, contributors of the Bob and Susan Smith Endowed Scholarship Fund established in 2012.
  • Lydia Banther
  • Janice Barnes
  • Kim Barnett
  • Wendy Barnhardt
  • Deborah Barrett
  • Jeff and Myra Baumgardner
  • Carolyn Bayer
  • Tripp and Carol Beaver
  • Jenny Beaver
  • Malcolm Blankenship
  • Jenny Bodenheimer
  • Amy Boger
  • Reg Boland
  • Dan Boone
  • Timothy Bost
  • Bob Brannan
  • Bob Bratton
  • Linda Brilliant
  • Mary Bristow
  • Scott Brotherton
  • Anita Brown
  • Paul and Melissa Brown
  • Tammy Brown
  • Tracie Brunt
  • David and Patricia Burke
  • Aleshia Burris
  • Paul Campbell
  • Vincent Campbell
  • Bill and Ann Cannon
  • Danny Carpenter
  • Adeline Caton
  • Amy Caudle
  • Jonathan and Cameo Chamberlain
  • Cathy Chandler
  • Jerry and Connie Chandler
  • Marcus Childs
  • Peter Cho
  • Ken Clifton
  • Vernon Clodfelter
  • Gary Connor
  • Cheryl Cooke
  • Danny Cooper
  • Linda Cooper
  • Angie Corriher
  • Randy and Sheila Corriher
  • Lynn Coughenour
  • Martha Cranford
  • Holly Crawford
  • Joan Creeger
  • Sue Cunningham
  • Anne Curlee
  • David Cutler
  • Margaret Dabbs
  • Susan Denton
  • Troy and Paula Dibley
  • Erin DiCesare
  • Bonnie Dickerson
  • Zeb Shue and Lou Dorton-Shue
  • Vera Drye
  • Christina Dryman
  • Eugenia Duprix
  • Harold Earnhardt
  • Mark Ebersole
  • Randall and Jody Edwards
  • Richard Ellis
  • Amy Eplin
  • Tanya Evans
  • Hugh Fisher
  • J. Steven and Robin Fisher
  • Pam Forrest
  • Bertrand Fote
  • Kathy Fountain
  • Susan Fradkin-Ferris
  • Bennie and Patricia Fulcher
  • Judy Futrell
  • Donald Gariepy
  • Kevin Gilland
  • Donna Ginn
  • Douglas Glasgow
  • Charles Gobble
  • Samuel Golden
  • Joel Goodwin
  • Angela Graham
  • Ricky Gray
  • Cora Greene
  • Micheal Greene
  • Shirley Greene
  • Bridgette Gullette
  • Margaret Hagerty
  • Barbara Hall
  • Maria Hall
  • Chris Hannold
  • Dina Harkey
  • Shelby Harwood
  • Michael and Tina Haynes
  • Bill Heglar
  • Adam Helmintoller
  • Carolyn Helms
  • Carol Herndon
  • Frank Higginbotham
  • Veronica Hodges
  • Al Hoffman
  • Adrianna Holbert
  • Carolyn Holbert
  • Tracy Holshouser
  • Diane Honeycutt
  • Bob Hopkins
  • Pat Horton
  • Kent Houghton
  • Susan Houston
  • Jack Howard
  • Brett Howell
  • Dwight and Carla Howell
  • Faith Howell
  • Sandy Howell
  • Bob and June Hundley
  • Jane Inabinet
  • Ken Ingle
  • Marie Izzo
  • Richard James
  • Faith Jelley
  • Faith Jelly
  • Frances Johnson
  • Kathryn Johnson
  • Sandra Johnson
  • Jane Jones
  • Janice Jones
  • Linda Kamp
  • Patrick Karriker
  • Able Kavas
  • Holli Kempton
  • David King
  • Judith King
  • David and Katrina King
  • Phillip Kingsland
  • Allison Kitfield
  • Kathy Knight
  • Lisa Lancaster
  • Susan Lareau
  • Lisa Ledbetter
  • Theresa Leflore
  • Richard Leonard
  • Ronnie and Daphne Lewis
  • Amelia Likin
  • Rebecca Link
  • Jackie Linker
  • Rodney Lippard
  • Natasha Lipscomb
  • Stan and Donna Ludwig
  • Alice Luttman
  • Karen Lynden
  • Catheryn Maier
  • Jenny Maron
  • Cheryl Marsh
  • April Marshall
  • Cynthia Martens
  • Gene McCants
  • Gaye McConnell
  • Betty McCrary
  • Melody McGinnis
  • Brandie McHale
  • Terri McKnight
  • Adrian McManus
  • Tracy McMillin
  • Barb Meidl
  • CB Mickle Jr.
  • Elana Miles
  • Kim Miller
  • Perry Miller
  • Karen Mitchell
  • Misty Moler
  • Automotive student and instructor looking at a diagnostics computer in front of a group of students looking under the hood of a red car.
  • Dottie Moore
  • Jack and Jeanie Moore
  • Robin Moore
  • Sandy Moore
  • Amy Moorhead
  • Jeannie Morgan-Campola
  • Ann Morris
  • Amanda Myers
  • Carrie Myers
  • Diana Myers
  • Cyndie Mynatt
  • Grace Mynatt
  • Hasan Naima
  • Scott and Laura Nason
  • Mitchell Neely
  • Debra Neesmith
  • Anthony Nero
  • Irvin and Sara Newberry
  • Kelly Neymen
  • Edward and Susan Norvell
  • Falon Nye
  • Kenneth Overcash
  • Ginger Pack
  • Ray and Lois Paradowski
  • Tim and Ruth Parker
  • Michelle Patterson
  • Matthew Peeler
  • Shawn Peters
  • Karen Pinyan
  • Christel Pittmon
  • Cassie Plott
  • Mary Ponds
  • Wanda Pressley-Altman
  • James Price
  • Todd and Valerie Rakes
  • Damon Richard
  • J. Ritchie
  • Catherine Rivens
  • Dennis Rivers
  • Katharyn Robertson
  • Maria Rodriguez
  • Charlene Roof
  • Amanda Rowe
  • Dave Rowland
  • Suzanne Rumble
  • Peggy Rummage
  • Angie Rusmisel
  • Crystal Ryerson
  • Dusty Saine
  • Maria Sanns
  • Robin Satterwhite
  • Eric Savage
  • Jack Sayewich
  • Greg Scarborough
  • Denise Schweizer
  • Ron Scozzari
  • Jenn Selby
  • Bob Setzer
  • Lisa Shores
  • Carl and Luanne Short
  • Kewanna Sloan
  • Brenda Smith
  • Hayes and Susan Smith
  • Jeffrey Smith
  • Kenan and Tracy Smith
  • Miles and Kathy Smith
  • Robert and Susan Smith
  • Roxanne Smitley
  • Carol Spalding and Fran Koster
  • Brian Spencer
  • Douglas and Janet Spriggs
  • Betty Stack
  • Tricia Staggers
  • Acquawon Stallworth
  • Kay Starnes
  • Ian Stevens
  • Jessica Swanson
  • Lara Swenson
  • Claudia Swicegood
  • Lavignia Swire
  • Neil Talley
  • Donna Taylor
  • Jay Taylor
  • Kathy Taylor
  • Richard Taylor
  • Barbara Taylor-Lineberry
  • Angel Teems
  • Julie Thoman
  • Laura Thompson
  • Tori Torres
  • Rod Townley
  • Ashlinn Trexler
  • Ellen Troutman
  • Bill Troxler
  • Lisa Tucker
  • Robert Tucker
  • Amy Turner
  • Robin Turner
  • Dakeita Vanderburg-Johnson
  • Mallory Vanderhoef
  • Anyssa Vega
  • Wade Vernon
  • Kathy Vestal
  • Bill Wagoner
  • Holly Wagoner
  • Walter Wagoner
  • Nancy Waldrop
  • Sarah Walker
  • Tammara Walker
  • Pat and Esta Wannamaker
  • Jim and Kathy Waters
  • Brenda Weaver
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  • Sheryee West
  • Diana Wetter
  • Debra Whiting
  • Nancy Whittaker
  • Carl Wike
  • Patricia Williams
  • Lee Williamson
  • Joe Woodall
  • Quentin Woodward
  • Belinda Wyatt
  • Michael and Courtney Wyatt
  • Nancy Wyrick
  • Dennis Yates
  • Braxton Young
  • Diane Young

Thank you to the following corporations, foundations, and organizations for providing sponsorships, grants and contributions to special projects of Rowan-Cabarrus in 2013.

  • ADW Architects
  • Akzo Nobel Corp.
  • Allied Barton Security Services
  • Apple House Realty
  • Atlantic American Properties, Inc.
  • Autumn Corp.
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Basinger Design Co., P.C.
  • BB&T
  • Beaver Brothers, Inc.
  • Beth W. Belk, CPA
  • Bill Reames Insurance Agency - Nationwide
  • Bonitz, Inc.
  • Boomerang Design/MBAJ Architecture
  • Building Intelligence Group
  • Burchfield Insurance Group, Inc.
  • Cannon Charitable Trust; The Charles A.
  • Carolina Farm Credit, ACA
  • Castle & Cooke, LLC
  • Celgard
  • Cengage Learning
  • Century 21 Town & Country
  • City of Concord
  • Clancy & Theys Construction Company
  • Clifford A & Lillian C. Peeler Family Foundation
  • Coca Cola
  • Duke Energy
  • ECS Carolinas, LLP
  • Ellis Jewelers, Inc.
  • Embassy Suites Charlott-Concord/Golf Resort & Spa
  • EVS Construction & Development, Inc.
  • F & M Bank
  • First Bank
  • Fisher Greene Insurance Agency
  • Home Instead Senior Care
  • Honeywell Building Solutions
  • Johnson Concrete
  • Johnson Group LLC
  • KKA Architecture
  • Learning Environments
  • Marand Builders, Inc.
  • McCraken & Lopez
  • Mechanical Trades Carolina
  • Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
  • Moseley Architects
  • Multivista Charlotte
  • National Endowment for the Humanities
  • NC Department of Revnue
  • Normans Janitorial Service
  • Novant Health - Rowan Medical Center
  • Pease Engineering & Architecture, PC
  • Piedmont Brick Sales
  • PowerHouse Recycling, Inc.
  • Premium Power Systems
  • Providence United Methodist Church
  • Ramsay Burgin Smith Architects
  • Rowan-Cabarrus SGA
  • Rinker Commercial Properties
  • Rowan Arts Council, Inc
  • Rowan County Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • RowanWorks
  • S & D Coffee
  • Salisbury Lions Club
  • Shaw Contract Group
  • Solace Salon & Spa at the Rossean House
  • Southgate Masonry & Lumber Co. Inc
  • Team Honeycutt - Allen Tate Realtors
  • Teksystems
  • Tim Schenk Electric, Inc.
  • Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
  • TRD USA Inc.
  • U.S. National Whitewater Center
  • UNC-Chapel Hill NRI-Community Outreach
  • United Mechanical
  • Utica National Insurance Inc.
  • Uwharrie Bank
  • Uwharrie Bank
  • Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund
  • Woodson Foundation, Inc.; The Margaret C.
  • World Fibers, Inc.
  • YCH Architects

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.

Ambassadors ($250,000 +)

Ralph W. Ketner Family Endowed Scholarship

Philip Morris USA Endowed Scholarship

RCCC General Scholarship Fund

Advocates ($100,000 +)

Food Lion Endowed Scholarship

RLB Endowed Fund

Ervin W. and Miriam R. McCulloch Scholarship Fund

Edith Walker Estate Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Champions ($75,000 +)

Benson/Deberry Memorial Endowed Fund for Academic Excellence

Partners ($50,000 +)

AkzoNobel Corporation Endowed Scholarship

Dai Nippon Endowed Scholarship

Promoters ($25,000 +)

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

Endorsers ($15,000 +)

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

Student standing with book in library stacks.

Other Endowed Funds

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

Named Scholarships and Grants Funds

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.

  • Bobbie Lois Lusk Abshire Scholarship
  • Art Acquisition Fund
  • Clancy & Theys Scholarship
  • Continuing Education Scholarship
  • Gerald Cox Family Scholarships
  • F & M Bank Merit Award
  • Anthanasius Fote Scholarship
  • Friends and Family Scholarship
  • GED Graduate Scholarship Fund for RCCC
  • C. Merrill Hamilton Scholarship
  • Al Hoffman Scholarship
  • Honeycutt, Horton, Brogdon & Vanderburg-Johnson Scholarship
  • Johnson Concrete Internship
  • RCCC Literary Fund
  • RCCC Literary & Fine Arts Festival Fund
  • Gernal "Buddy" Lowman Honorar Scholarship
  • MBAJ Architects
  • Mechanical Trades Carolina Scholarship
  • M.I.S.T.E.R. Scholarship
  • Dora A. Newton Nursing Scholarship
  • Nissan Automotive Scholarship
  • Lillian C. Peeler Memorial Scholarship (Salisbury Women's Club)
  • Nadine Potts and Jo Franklin Excellence in Nursing Scholarship
  • Edward and Susan Norvell Scholarship
  • Powerhouse Recycling for Education Scholarship
  • Dr. L.H. "Pete" Robertson Jr. Radiography Scholarship
  • Rowan Regional Medical Center Women's Auxiliary Scholarship
  • Salisbury Rotary Club Scholarship
  • Student Impact Grant Fund
  • Hilton J. Swindell Memorial Scholarship
  • United Mechanical Scholarship
  • Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund – U.S. for S.T.E.M. Scholarships
  • The Margaret C. Woodson Foundation Scholarships
  • John Wyatt Nursing Scholarship
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2013 Grant Awards

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

Strategic Plan 2011-2014

& 2013 Accomplishments

  1. Prepare students for 21st Century careers and opportunities that stimulate sustainable economic and workforce development.
    • Enhance current and develop new education and training programs to prepare students for existing and emerging careers.
      • Offered first classes in Healthcare Business Information specialization in fall 2013.
      • Provided over 350 free Microsoft certifications earned by Rowan-Cabarrus students and members of the community in only three hours at the Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Test Fest.
    • Lead local and regional Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) initiatives.
      • Received second National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for Advanced Technology Education (ATE), Bioscience Industrial Fellowship Project. Selected faculty will engage in a month long guided exploration of bioscience industry with the intent to enhance meaningful associations between the classroom and the workplace.
      • RCCC@NCRC with 400-500 members of the community, including public school students, in attendance.
      • Placed Rowan-Cabarrus interns, through NSF Noyce Scholars program, at Discovery Place, Catawba Center for the Environment, New Horizons in Rowan County and others.
    • Provide accessibility and support to meet student needs.
      • Integrated Atomic Learning login with the College's Blackboard learning management system, allowing direct access to the 24x7x365 technology tutorial system's video tutorials and workshops.
      • Implemented online tutoring, providing students with live tutoring options from any location (or device) with internet access.
      • Offered discipline-specific tutoring at multiple campus locations, with all sessions led by full-time faculty volunteers. Forty-three volunteer faculty members provided over 1,100 hours of tutoring to students at no incremental cost to the College.
      • Implemented instant enrollment (online) registration for general public continuing education classes.
      • Welcomed 420 new clients to R3 Career Services, providing 395 workshops.
      • Provided over 31,000 hours of training to over 3,100 clients through employability labs, focusing on workplace skills competencies and development of soft skills.
      • Served as one of 15 participating colleges in state pilot for redesign of developmental math.
      • Exceeded fifth year goal (in year two) of serving more than 4,500 students through Title III grant.
    • Increase completion rates by providing learning options that lead to certifications, diplomas, and degrees by participating in the American Association of Community College's (AACC) National Completion Agenda.
      • Provided over 221,000 hours of in-service training for public safety personnel, resulting in 7,061professional public safety certifications.
      • Issued 517 Career Readiness Certificates (CRCs) validating workforce readiness.
      • Celebrated nearly 1,000 curriculum graduates in May 2013. Graduation included the first Cabarrus-Kannapolis Early College graduates with 19 students earning a high school diploma and an associate degree. Rowan County Early College graduates totaled 48 (second year).
      • Awarded GED to 630 individuals in calendar year 2013.
  2. Produce exceptional learning that demonstrates academic excellence and student success.
    • Enhance superior learning outcomes by acquiring updated teaching and assessment skills through professional development.
      • Provided training and professional development to over 100 individuals (53 full-time faculty, 30 part-time faculty and 19 staff) with 35 sessions over two days through the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), focusing on instructional techniques, resources, student retention/engagement, technology and other College initiatives.
      • Conducted approximately 200 CTL training sessions, offering skills development in 50 categories of learning technologies. Over 500 faculty participants completed professional development offered by Educational Technologies in 2013.
      • Established new Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) focusing on career preparation as a means to increase retention.
  3. Provide excellent service delivery for current and prospective students to advance achievement.
    • Provide multiple service delivery options to engage students in education, training, and career pathways.
      • Increased online offerings resulting in over 14 degrees, 11 diplomas, and 22 certificates that can be completed 100 percent online.
      • Increased the number of online class sections available each semester, setting a new College record for Internet classes and registrations in fall 2013, with over 240 sections offered and 4,900 registrations received. Over 37 percent of all curriculum classes offered are delivered via distance education (internet, hybrid or web-based).
    • Evaluate feedback and outcomes to refine delivery and enhance the student experience.
      • Certified four Academic Programs online courses by Quality Matters (QM), an organization nationally recognized as the benchmark in quality online instruction. The courses (CIS110, EDU131, ENG111 and MKT225) were revised based on feedback from QM and approved to carry the Quality Matters seal.
      • Secured the Quality Matters certification for Rowan-Cabarrus online instruction certification course, required for faculty to teach online, becoming only the second community college in the nation (and fourth college overall) to secure this designation.
  4. Acquire, develop, and manage human, fiscal, and infrastructure resources essential to the development and delivery of high-quality education and service.
    • Plan and optimize resources in a fiscally responsible manner to reinforce public trust.
      • Consolidated positions and deployed selected personnel in reorganization based on retirements and reassignments to meet emerging needs and build efficiencies.
      • Implemented electronic W-2 forms, direct deposit for all employees, and electronic signature (DocuSign) for greater efficiency and sustainability./li>
    • Collaborate with public and private sector leaders to secure needed levels of funding
      • Secured donations of a boxcar and oil tanker from Norfolk Southern Railroad and GATX, respectively, as additions to the new Fire & Emergency Services Training Facility.
      • Developed "case for support" to advance 2014 fundraising campaign.
    • Provide facilities that are safe, welcoming, sustainable, flexible, and adequately appointed to support the College's mission.
      • Completed renovation of Building 200 to accommodate Business and Finance Office, Human Resources and College Relations.
      • Relocated Academic Programs personnel to renovated spaces in Building 100.
      • Acquired new furnishings for Student Center to support student dining and collaborative study spaces.
      • Celebrated grand opening of North Campus Navigation Station.
      • Relocated electrical and electronics engineering programs to CBTC and expanded instructional spaces for HVAC to foster collaboration and shared resources among engineering technology programs.
      • Provided dedicated mobile classrooms for Rowan County Early College.
      • Completed Fire & Emergency Services Training Facility (phase one) using Rowan County bond funds.
    • Become the employer of choice.
      • Launched employee learning management system for scheduling, registering and tracking of all professional development activities.
      • Provided flagship leadership training course, "Essentials of Leadership," for 90 employees.
      • Conducted focus groups, obtained user feedback, and implemented new Performance Management processes, including new performance review forms for both faculty and staff.
      • Added new discounted memberships and discount purchase opportunities for employees.
      • Organized and held Wellness Fair in January, implemented wellness walking clubs and hosted monthly speakers on wellness topics such as physical activity and nutrition.
      • Improved Rowan-Cabarrus scores in nutrition and physical activity by a letter grade, as a participant in the North Carolina Prevention Partners 3-year program.
      • Created and implemented new advertising strategy with greater leverage of social media.
      • Developed and transitioned to the College's new intranet site – SharePoint.
  5. Serve as a catalyst for advancing the community.
    • Build, cultivate, and maintain excellent relationships with leaders and innovators to increase support and influence practice and regulations affecting community colleges.
      • Celebrated the College's 50th anniversary throughout 2013 with commemorative community photo, Fire & Emergency Services Training Facility groundbreaking and ribbon-cutting, Vintage Prom, Founder's Day celebration, and Rowan Museum display to honor the accomplishments of the College and acknowledge the leadership and contributions of former and current board members and community partners. Also, honored the late Dallas Herring, "father" of the NC Community College System in a commemorative anniversary event with the Board of Trustees.
      • Developed a "Blue Ribbon" advisory panel composed of influential community leaders throughout the Rowan-Cabarrus region to react and respond to the College's goal to be a catalyst for change and economic growth in the region.
      • Developed a "case for support" for the College in preparation of a major gifts fundraising campaign in 2014.
      • Hosted strategic conversations with Board of Trustees and Centralina Council of Governments, local Economic Development Commissions and area Chambers of Commerce.
      • Provided professional development in use of social media to college trustees.
    • Generate engagement and feedback from employers for existing and new programs.
      • Conducted four industry focus groups targeting information technology (IT), advanced manufacturing and technology, healthcare and energy.
      • Received "Honorable Mention" for Innovation Award from NC Community College Adult Educators' Association for annual training program with City of Concord.
    • Create and communicate the College's brand and value through development and execution of a comprehensive marketing plan.
      • Awarded 2013 eduStyle's Best Annual or Community Report for its 2012 Annual Report website.
      • Developed and launched first commercial in 10 years on cable television and in area movie theaters.
      • Secured exclusive higher education advertising at Cox Mill High School in Cabarrus County on new digital scoreboard. Nine of the 16 public high schools served by the College utilize these sports facilities throughout the school year.
    • Collaborate with regional economic development partners to promote regional job growth and entrepreneurial opportunities.
      • Coordinated and managed nine customized training projects expending more than $215,000 to train 829 employees for business expansion/retention.
      • Supported Centralina Economic Development Commission's efforts to secure a $12 million federal planning grant to develop a regional approach to create a dynamic infrastructure to support advanced manufacturing.
      • Created 32 jobs, retained four jobs and assisted with nine business start-ups through advising and coaching provided through Rowan-Cabarrus Small Business Center.
College Revenues
Total Revenues (Non-Operating and Operating) $61,365,903.23
Revenues Pie Chart
College Revenues
Total Revenues (Non-Operating and Operating) $61,365,903.23

$30,869,937.45 State Aid & State Capital Aid; $1,726,720.00 Noncapital Grants & Gifts; $4,632,864.85 County Aid & County Capital Aid; $733,601.38 Sales & Services, Net; $491,451.00 Capital Grants & Gifts; $41,033.38 Investment Income; $101,873.19 Other Operating Revenues; $4,554,605.79 Student Tuition & Fees; $18,213,816.19 Student Financial Aid

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.

College Expenses
Total Expenditures $56,211,638.62
Expenditures Pie Chart
College Expenses
Total Expenditures $56,211,638.62

$22,702,459.70 Instruction; $11,085,832.90 Student Financial Aid; $7,013,270.23 Insitutional Support; $6,242,177.83 Academic Support; $4,460,372.74 Student Services; $3,319,399.74 Operations & Maintenance of Plant; $1,349,871.48 Depreciation/Amortization; $38,254.00 Auxiliary Enterprises

Rowan-Cabarrus Board of Trustees

  • Carl M. Short, Jr., Chair
  • Cynthia L. Mynatt, Vice Chair
  • Carol S. Spalding, Ed.D., President and Secretary to the Board
  • J. Thomas Bost
  • Paul A. Brown
  • Darise D. Caldwell
  • R. Daryl Cox
  • Patricia G. Fulcher
  • Dianne Y. Greene
  • Patricia K. Horton
  • Robert S. Misenheimer
  • Stephen M. Morris
  • J. Scott Padgett
  • Dakeita Vanderburg-Johnson
  • Quentin Woodward, Jr.
  • Leslie Brown, Student Government Association President

Foundation Board

  • Diane Honeycutt, Chair
  • Paul Brown, Vice Chair
  • Janet Spriggs, Treasurer
  • Carol S. Spalding, Ed.D., Secretary
  • Cordelia Andrews
  • Raegan Brogdon
  • Bill Burgin
  • William C. Cannon, Jr.
  • Marcus Childs
  • Dianne Greene
  • Carol Herndon
  • Pat Horton
  • Starling Johnson
  • Katrina King
  • Melissa Meacham
  • Cyndie Mynatt
  • Irvin Newberry
  • Mary Ponds
  • Kelly Propst
  • Lisa Tucker
  • Dakeita Vanderburg-Johnson
  • Bill Wagoner
  • Kathy Waters
  • Paul Woodson
  • Dennis Yates

Rowan-Cabarrus Cabinet Members

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

Rowan-Cabarrus Mission

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College improves lives and builds community through public higher education and workforce development.

Rowan-Cabarrus Vision

Building sustainable futures through the power of learning.

Rowan-Cabarrus Values

Trust, integrity, inclusiveness and mutual respect

Excellence and innovation for 21st century education and workforce training

Exemplary service-delivery experience

Continuous improvement through lifelong learning and achievement

Responsibility, sustainability and accountability

Relationships, teamwork, and global citizenship

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