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College's cosmetology class one of the best around
College's cosmetology class one of the best around

The Board of Directors for the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College told WBTV on Wednesday that they have passed new resolutions to help raise money for community colleges. Two of these solutions will be local and one statewide.

The first resolution will come in the form of $1.5 million dollars so that the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College can move its cosmetology program. This program is one of the best, and for it to continue, the school will need more space, especially with their lease is ending soon.

The current space serves in excess of 700 college and high school students.

"Our cosmetology program is not only widely successful, but it's a wonderful example of our strong partnership with local high schools. The Career & College Promise program allows students to simultaneously enroll in high school and college so that they can receive both high school and college credit for courses taken as part of the program," said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus.

"Many students in the cosmetology program are high school juniors and seniors taking advantage of the Career & College Promise program," said Dr. Rod Townley, vice president of academic programs.

Along with cosmetology, the school offers courses to high school students such as criminal justice, web technologies, welding, and others. This program is tuition free.

"I fully support Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, and I believe that the relocation of the cosmetology program will afford training opportunities that will stimulate the economy in Cabarrus County. I will do what I can to make that happen," said Stephen Morris, Cabarrus County commissioner and trustee on the Rowan-Cabarrus board.

"In North Carolina, it's the responsibility of the local county commission to fund the construction and maintenance of community college facilities. It is important that the College's Board of Trustees formally demonstrate its support for these needs. 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," said Carl M. Short, chair of the College's Board of Trustees.

Included in the resolutions is support to replace the cloverleaf Campus, a 2014 Cabarrus County bond referendum, and a campaign from the General Assembly called “Support North Carolina's Economic Recovery by Reinvesting Funds in the State's Community Colleges."

"During 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. It is essential that the College receives the community support and resources needed to continue on this path," said Short.

You can find out more about the school at or by phone at 704-216-RCCC (7222).

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