KANNAPOLIS — The Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees, staff and faculty recently gathered with North Carolina Research Campus representatives, the mayor of Kannapolis and community members to discuss the future of Kannapolis.
“We are very proud of our relationship with the city of Kannapolis and the North Carolina Research Campus,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. “Our strong partnership has continued to grow over time.”
The college currently has two sites in Kannapolis, with a third on the way. The Rowan-Cabarrus building on the North Carolina Research Campus, opened in 2010, is home to the nursing and biotechnology programs
The college’s West Avenue Center, which opened in June of 2015, is the location of the cosmetology, esthetics, and manicuring programs, as well as nurse aide and employability training. The programs at this location have grown and expanded as a result of this upgrade.
Additionally, Kannapolis will also be home to the soon-to-be developed Advanced Technology Center, thanks in part to the nearly three-acre donation of land from Mr. David H. Murdock, chairman, CEO and president of Castle & Cooke, Inc. and NC Research Campus founder. The new Advanced Technology Center (ATC), a 60,000-square-foot classroom and laboratory building, will be adjacent to the College’s existing facility on the research campus.
The discussion centered around the revitalization of Kannapolis and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s pivotal role in the growth and development of the campus and the city.
“We work together frequently to move our community forward. The best way to do it is to do it together,” said Mayor Hinnant.
According to Hinnant, the revitalization will have 2,000-4,000 people working in downtown Kannapolis.
“We’re looking at the possibility of relocating the college’s cosmetology facility across the street from the current location. We’d plan for you to be in the new building for the fall 2018 semester,” said Hinnant. “This is part of the city’s 10-year capital plan and will require no new taxes. We will make the college whole.”
While the final location for the new college space has not been determined, the city is working with creative developers to help determine the best use of all downtown spaces.
“The mayor has been very careful and caring for the college during this process. We know how much property we need and our program’s needs. We know that our futures are linked and we are a major part of the success of this region,” said Spalding.
The cosmetology program is one of the largest and most successful in the state. In addition to the cosmetology classes located at the new center, other courses such as nurse aide and resume and interview support services are also offered.
“We are so excited and thank Mr. Murdock for his generosity and the city of Kannapolis for their continued partnership. When this all comes together, it will be a great result,” said Carl. M. Short, chair of the college’s board of trustees.
The existing facility used for the cosmetology program and related associate degree, diploma and certificate programs serves more than 700 community college and high school students.
“We are committed to our partnerships with Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and the city of Kannapolis,” said Castle & Cooke North Carolina Vice President of Operations Mark Spitzer. “As a result of Mr. Murdock’s generosity, we at Castle & Cooke are proud to support the addition of the ATC which will enhance the campus’ role not only as a premier center of scientific research, but as an engine for workforce and economic advancement for Kannapolis and the surrounding region.”
For additional information about cosmetology, manicuring and esthetic services, please call 704-792-9788.
For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu or call 704-216-RCCC (7222).