Rowan-Cabarrus Community College has been a pillar in Rowan and Cabarrus counties since 1963. Take a journey through the years and explore key moments in the College’s history.

1961
$500,000 Bond to Fund First College Building Passed
$500,000 Bond to Fund First College Building Passed
1962
Cuban Missile Crisis
1963
Rowan Industrial Education Center Opened in Salisbury
Rowan Industrial Education Center Opened in Salisbury
Founding Leadership: First President Merrill Hamilton
Founding Leadership: First President Merrill Hamilton
Founding Leadership: First Board Chair Carroll Overton
Founding Leadership: First Board Chair Carroll Overton
First North Campus Building Constructed in Salisbury
First North Campus Building Constructed in Salisbury
35th U.S. President John F. Kennedy Assassinated
1964
College’s Name Changed to Rowan Technical Institute
College’s Name Changed to Rowan Technical Institute
1966
First Training Center Opened in Cabarrus County at Former Shankletown School (Current Cabarrus Business and Technical Center)
1967
Second North Campus Building Constructed in Salisbury
Land Purchase: College Acquired 66.4 Acres Adjacent to North Campus
Land Purchase: College Acquired 66.4 Acres Adjacent to North Campus
1968
Martin Luther King, Jr. Assassinated
1969
Clyde Harriss Appointed Second Board Chair
Clyde Harriss Appointed Second Board Chair
North Campus Parking Lot Paved
North Campus Parking Lot Paved
Apollo 11 Landed on the Moon
1970
College Granted Accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
College Granted Accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
Introduced the Warrior as the School Mascot and Blue & White as the School Colors
Introduced the Warrior as the School Mascot and Blue & White as the School Colors
1971
Third North Campus Building Constructed in Salisbury
Third North Campus Building Constructed in Salisbury
1973
Rowan County Bond Passed that Doubled the Size of North Campus ($2.5 Million)
High School Juniors and Seniors Take Classes on Campus for the First Time
Vietnam War Ended: G.I. Bill Led to Increased Enrollment of Veterans
1975
Fourth and Fifth North Campus Buildings Constructed in Salisbury
Fourth and Fifth North Campus Buildings Constructed in Salisbury
William Murdoch Appointed Third Board Chair
William Murdoch Appointed Third Board Chair
1976
Building N101 Named the C. Merrill Hamilton Building
Building N101 Named the C. Merrill Hamilton Building
1977
President Merrill Hamilton Retired
President Merrill Hamilton Retired
Dr. Richard Brownell Named as the College’s Second President
Dr. Richard Brownell Named as the College’s Second President
1978
National Energy Crisis: College Established Council to Explore Ways to Reduce Energy Usage
National Energy Crisis: College Established Council to Explore Ways to Reduce Energy Usage
1979
College’s Name Changed to Rowan Technical College
College’s Name Changed to Rowan Technical College
1980
State Board of Community Colleges Assumed Jurisdiction from the State Board of Education
Computers Installed on Campus
Computers Installed on Campus
1981
College Starts the Largest Industrial Training Program in NC History for Philip Morris
Cabarrus County Advisory Committee Established
First Telecourses Offered through the College
First Telecourses Offered through the College
1982
College’s Service Area Expanded to Include Cabarrus County
College’s Service Area Expanded to Include Cabarrus County
1983
Harold Kenerly Appointed Fourth Board Chair
College Acquired the Corban Center in Concord
1986
$2 Million Approved by the NC General Assembly for the Construction of South Campus in Cabarrus County
Challenger Exploded
1987
College Received Award for Partnership with Philip Morris from the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges
College’s Name Changed to Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
College’s Name Changed to Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
Land Purchase: College Acquired 23 Acres of Land in Cabarrus County for South Campus
First Regional Multi-Campus Community College in the State
First Regional Multi-Campus Community College in the State
$2 Million Bond Passed by Cabarrus County to Match N.C. General Assembly Funding
$2 Million Bond Passed by Cabarrus County to Match N.C. General Assembly Funding
1989
Construction Began on South Campus
Construction Began on South Campus
Fall of the Berlin Wall
Rowan County and Salisbury City Schools Consolidated
1990
First Community College to offer Phlebotomy Training in the State
Classes Began at South Campus
Classes Began at South Campus
1991
College Established the Rowan-Cabarrus Foundation as its Own Not-for-Profit
Ray Paradowski Appointed Fifth Board Chair
Ray Paradowski Appointed Fifth Board Chair
1992
Small Business Center Opened
Small Business Center Opened
1993
Cloverleaf Campus Opened
1995
Distance Learning Centers Established
Distance Learning Centers Established
1997
College Transitioned from Quarters to Semesters
Internet Service Available on Campus
Internet Service Available on Campus
Building N102 Named the Brownell Building
Building N102 Named the Brownell Building
1998
Launched College Website and First Internet Course
1999
Second South Campus Building Constructed in Concord
Second South Campus Building Constructed in Concord
2000
Higher Education Bond for $11 Million Approved by NC General Assembly
Higher Education Bond for $11 Million Approved by NC General Assembly
2001
September 11 Terrorist Attacks
September 11 Terrorist Attacks
2003
Pillowtex Closed in Kannapolis
Pillowtex Closed in Kannapolis
College Purchased Property for Second Entrance to North Campus from Old Concord Road
2005
Cabarrus Business and Technical Center Opened as College Campus
Awarded most outstanding workforce developer by Department of Labor
2007
Refocus, Retrain, Re-Employ (R3) Center opened in Kannapolis
2008
Great Recession
First Early college program began
Dr. Richard Brownell Retired and Named President Emeritus
Dr. Richard Brownell Retired and Named President Emeritus
Dr. Carol Spalding named Third College President
Dr. Carol Spalding named Third College President
2009
Cannon Charitable Interests Major $1 Million Donation Enabled College to Upgrade IT Infrastructure
Philip Morris Closed
Philip Morris Closed
2010
Carl M. Short Appointed Sixth Board Chair
College became tobacco-free
$12 Million Bond Approved by Rowan County for the Fire & Emergency Services Training Center on North Campus
North Campus Building N110 and NCRC Building Opened
2013
Navigation Station Opened as a Full-Service Center for Student Success Services
College Celebrated 50th Anniversary and Rebrand
2014
North Campus Fire & Emergency Services Training Facility Opened
$9 Million Bond Approved by Cabarrus County for Advanced Technology Center
Beacon Hatched as the College’s Mascot
College Received $1 Million Donation from Fred and Alice Stanback to Support Solar Project
College Received $1 Million Donation from Fred and Alice Stanback to Support Solar Project
2015
North Carolina Manufacturing Institute Began
North Carolina Manufacturing Institute Began
2016
College Received Donation of Three Acres from David Murdock for the Advanced Technology Center (ATC) on the North Carolina Research Campus
College Received Donation of Three Acres from David Murdock for the Advanced Technology Center (ATC) on the North Carolina Research Campus
2017
$8.1 Million Raised in First Major Gifts Campaign
$8.1 Million Raised in First Major Gifts Campaign
Rowan-Cabarrus Foundation Received Largest Single-Donor Gift to Date of $2.68 Million to Support Solar Project and Student Scholarships
2018
First Phase of Solar Project Completed on North Campus
First Phase of Solar Project Completed on North Campus
Celebrated Being Named a Top Ten Digital College for the Fourth Year in a Row
Celebrated Being Named a Top Ten Digital College for the Fourth Year in a Row
2019
Advanced Technology Center Opens
EV Charging Stations Installed at North Campus
EV Charging Stations Installed at North Campus
NCCCS Distinguished Partners of the Year – Rowan-Cabarrus, City of Kannapolis, Castle & Cooke
NCCCS Distinguished Partners of the Year – Rowan-Cabarrus, City of Kannapolis, Castle & Cooke
NCCCS President of the Year Dr. Carol S. Spalding
NCCCS President of the Year Dr. Carol S. Spalding
2020
$45 Million Rowan County Bond Approved for Technology Education Complex
COVID-19 Pandemic Began
2022
Top Quality Matters School in North Carolina
Top Quality Matters School in North Carolina
Advanced Technology Center Renamed the Dr. Carol S. Spalding Advanced Technology Center
2023
Outdoor Learning Center Opened on North Campus
College Solar Array Recognized as the Largest PV Solar System of Any Non-Profit or Community College in the Southeast
College Solar Array Recognized as the Largest PV Solar System of Any Non-Profit or Community College in the Southeast
College Celebrated 60th Anniversary
College Celebrated 60th Anniversary
College Received Donation of 26 Acres from Rowan County Adjacent to North Campus
Cyndie Mynatt Appointed Seventh Board Chair
Cyndie Mynatt Appointed Seventh Board Chair
College Received Top 150 Nomination for Coveted Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence
College Received Top 150 Nomination for Coveted Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence
College Received $15 Million from the State Legislature for the North Campus Parking Lot and Driver Training Range
College Received $15 Million from the State Legislature for the North Campus Parking Lot and Driver Training Range

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