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Letter: Bonds will be good return on investment

Tuesday’s primary election will determine our direction in many ways. On Election Day, one way I plan to make my mark is by voting “yes” for the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College bond referendum. I hope you will do the same, because I strongly believe that a “yes” vote is one for a better Rowan County.

My employer Vulcan Materials has hired many graduates of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, especially from the welding and machining programs. Vulcan also contributes to scholarships that help give students opportunities to achieve their goals. As a company that depends on skilled workers in trades such as welding and machining, Vulcan recognizes the foresight and dedication of the College in educating our local workforce. In fact in 2017-2018, Rowan-Cabarrus added $335 million per year, every year, to the region in total income and supported 5,875 jobs.

In business, we talk about “return on investment.” I am convinced that there is no place you can contribute a dollar and get a better return than to invest in a person’s education. If you can impact a person’s life in a way that can make the difference between them taking from the community or being able to give back and be self-supporting, you have received the ultimate return.

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is a leader in driving progress in our community. The 2020 bond referendum is essential for the College to continue its vital role in meeting today’s industry demands and preparing for those of the future.

On Tuesday, please vote in favor of the 2020 Rowan-Cabarrus Community College bond referendum to ensure that students in Rowan County have abundant opportunities to earn degrees, diplomas and certifications that hold value and true meaning in the workforce.

— Denise Hallett

Salisbury

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