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CNA I classes start Monday in Kannapolis
KANNAPOLIS — Two Certified Nursing Assistant I classes will begin Monday at the New Careers Learning Center in Kannapolis.
The three-week session will take place Monday through Thursday. They will be held from 9 a.m. to noon and 6 to 9 p.m.
The building is located at 510 Old Centergrove Road in the Marable Memorial Plaza.
Those interested in participating should call 704-298-4450 for a registration appointment.

Conversational Spanish classes at RCCC
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College will offer conversational Spanish classes over the next several months.
The classes will meet one evening a week for two hours. There is a registration fee of $65. Advanced registration is required. The schedule is:
• Conversational Spanish I – 6-8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Jan. 22-March 19, at the college’s North Campus in Salisbury;
• Conversational Spanish I – 6-8 p.m. on Thursdays, Jan. 17-March 14, at the college’s South Campus in Concord.
“Spanish is the most common second language spoken in the United States,” said Pearlie Klutz, instructor for Rowan-Cabarrus. “Speaking Spanish is now a requirement in some jobs since most businesses now have to serve people who speak Spanish as a first language. And even in jobs where it’s not required, it’s a way to set yourself apart from the competition.”
For more information or to register for the conversational Spanish courses, call 704-216-7222 or e-mail jan.corriher-smith@rccc.edu. Space is limited, and advanced registration is required.
For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, visit www.rccc.edu.

RCCC offers electrical contractors class
CONCORD — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is registering students for a license preparation course for electrical contractors.
The class will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. on Mondays, Jan. 28 through June 24, at the college’s Cabarrus Business & Technology Center. The course fee is $175. Advanced registration is required.
Space is limited, and advanced registration is required. The center is located at 660 Concord Parkway North in Concord.
For more information and to register, call 704-216-7222 or email jan.corriher-smith@rccc.edu.

Sixty-hour activity directors course at Rowan-Cabarrus
SALISBURY — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College will offer a training course for persons wanting to be state-approved activity directors at long-term care facilities.
The 60-hour, state-approved course will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays, Jan. 28 through April 8. The class will meet at the Rufty-Holmes Senior Center in Salisbury.
The course registration fee is $175, plus a textbook costing approximately $60.
“If you are interested in a career as a state-approved activity director for nursing homes, this is the course you need. You will learn about state and federal regulations, how to plan and implement activities, and various other duties that encompass the activity profession,” said Tim Cornelison, instructor for the course.
With baby boomers aging and a probable increase in those requiring long term care, the need for qualified professionals is expected to grow at an unprecedented rate. Skilled professionals are needed to design and implement activity programs to enhance physical and mental health for older adults and people with disabilities in long-term care facilities, as well as in community-based centers and programs promoting health and wellness.
Participants will learn about state and federal regulations, how to plan and direct activities, and various other duties included in the profession. Access to a computer and computer skills will be necessary for this class. The course includes hands-on and classroom instruction. Students must complete at least 60 hours of hands-on training.
Space is limited, and advanced registration is required. For more information and to register, call 704-216-7222 or e-mail jan.corriher-smith@rccc.edu.

Plant, soil enhancement manufacturer accepting applications for scholarships
Monty’s Plant Food Company, a Louisville, Ky.,-based manufacturer of plant and soil enhancement products for the agriculture industry, is accepting applications from North Carolina students for four $1,000 college scholarships. The awards will be made in conjunction with the National FFA Organization to high school seniors who are members of FFA.
To be eligible students must also meet criteria including:
• Reside in North Carolina — Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Maryland, North Dakota, South Carolina, Tennessee or Virginia residents are also eligible to apply;
• Live on a family farm;
• Plan to pursue post-secondary education and study agronomy and crop science, sustainable agriculture, soil science or soil conservation;
• Have a minimum high school GPA of 3.25;
• Have participated in community service.
A complete list of criteria is online at www.montysplantfood.com.
Scholarship applications are available online at www.ffa.org/scholarships. The deadline to apply is Feb. 15, 2013. The Monty’s Plant Food Company scholarships will be awarded in May.
Each year, the National FFA Organization awards approximately $2 million in scholarships sponsored by businesses and individuals through the National FFA Foundation. Scholarships are awarded for a wide variety of experiences, career goals and higher education plans. Students can complete one application to be considered for all scholarships offered through the National FFA Organization.

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