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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College will offer a training course for persons wanting to be state-approved activity directors at long-term care facilities.
Rowan-Cabarrus will offer the 60-hour, state-approved course 6 to 9 p.m. on Monday and Thursdays, Feb. 3 through April 10. The class will meet at the Rufty-Holmes Senior Center in Salisbury. The course registration fee is $180, 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 numerous years of experience.
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 the physical and mental health of 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 basic 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. For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu.
Monty’s Plant Food Co., a Louisville, Ky.-based manufacturer of plant and soil enhancement products for the agriculture, industry, is now accepting applications for five, $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:
• Be a resident of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Maryland, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, Tennessee or Virginia.
• 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 listed online at www.montysplantfood.com/FFA.
Scholarship applications are available online at www.ffa.org/scholarships. The deadline to apply is Feb. 1, 2014. The scholarships will be awarded in May 2014.

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