Letter: Progress depends on community college

Published 12:00 am Sunday, March 1, 2020

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is one of our community’s most significant paths to success, for both individuals and businesses. Our continued progress as a county depends on the continued progress of the college, and that is why I will be voting “yes” on Tuesday in support of the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College bond referendum.

Rowan-Cabarrus was the fastest-growing community college in the state last year, with its enrollment growing by 6%. We’ve certainly come a long way from the days of Rowan Technical Institute, going from a few hundred students to currently serving more than 25,000 every year. Graduates leave Rowan-Cabarrus with relevant skills that lead to sustainable employment, and together they form a workforce that attracts new businesses to Rowan County.

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is intentional about anticipating workforce opportunities and needs so that students can change their lives for the better. From trade fields to the latest opportunities in biotechnology, healthcare, engineering and robotics, the college offers degrees, diplomas and certifications that put graduates to work in today’s top fields. Its public safety training is second to none, providing all of us with protection and help when we need it most. It allows high school students to get on the fast track to success early in their educational journeys.

As a longtime supporter and former board chair of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, I consider it a privilege to have worked alongside the college’s leaders, faculty and staff to improve our county and offer opportunities for its citizens. Many talented people dedicate themselves every day to the mission of changing lives through the power of learning.

Rowan-Cabarrus is a first-rate institution, and we need to invest in keeping it that way. A vote for the bond referendum on Tuesday is a vote for Rowan County and for each of us. Please join me in voting for continued progress and success.

— Ray Paradowski