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SALISBURY – Partners In Learning will cancel its personal Special Needs Fashion Show scheduled for September 14th due to the rising COVID-19 numbers in Rowan County. A virtual date will be set for later this fall.
“There are so many variables to consider when planning an event during a pandemic. Our committee took the time to review the specifics of our event, including current COVID-19 rates, safety recommendations, and the families starring on our show, which led to the difficult decision to make this year’s event 100% virtual design. Many of our models are medically fragile and it is our responsibility to protect them. Last year our virtual fashion show was our most successful year. We hope the community can support us again this year, just like last year, ”said Norma Honeycutt, Executive Director of PIL.
The annual fashion show commemorates an alumnus Jacob Usher, who died of heart disease in 2015 at the age of eight. Funds raised at this event go directly towards program needs, including adaptive equipment and materials, and grants for families who may not be able to afford the services they need.
“Families of children with special needs can bear enormous medical and educational costs. Our goal is to ensure that no child is offered services because of the family’s financial situation, ”said Development Director Amy Vestal.
Partners In Learning started providing telehealth services to support parents at the beginning of the pandemic and continues to provide services during the current surge.
“The need is greater than ever because our waiting list is over 420 children. Parents call us every day and ask to have their child admitted to our high-quality early childhood education center. Just because there is no space in our centers doesn’t mean we can’t support the family, ”said intervention leader Cassie Karriker.
Donations can be made by mail at 2386 Robin Rd. Salisbury, NC 28144 or visit epartnersinlearning.org.
Hood Receives $ 10,000 Jump-start Climate Change And Theological Education
SALISBURY – Hood Theological Seminary was invited to apply and received the Climate change and theological education US $ 10,000 Seed Grant from the American Association for the Advancement of Science – Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religion.
Hood is one of only two Association of Theological Schools seminars to receive this type of scholarship. The scholarship requires that a prescribed course be revised and the seminar offers a campus event to address the global climate crisis. The grant benefits are provided by the International Center for Faith, Science and History at Hood, and Sharon Grant will serve as project leader and lecturer.
RCCC students place SkillsUSA in 2021
SALISBURY – Nine students from Rowan Cabarrus Community College participated in the SkillsUSA North Carolina Championships 2021. The virtual conference showcased careers and technical education, with students participating in approximately 120 trade, engineering, and leadership competitions in more than 95 industries.
The following students from the Rowan Cabarrus courses in automotive, cosmetics, electrical system technology, engineering and graphic design have applied and placed this year:
- Marc Fruchtman from Salisbury, first place, Engineering Skill Project Showcase
- Morgan Stack of Concord, Second Place, Cosmetics
- Cody Hill of Concord, third place, electrical construction wiring
- Joshua Fruchtman from Salisbury, 4th place, Automotive Systems Technology
- Brianna Richer from Salisbury, third place, graphic design
- Jeinny Lopez Isep from Concord, fourth place, Pin Design Contest
- Nick Arnsten from Salisbury, third place, t-shirt design
- Rachel Sedlacek of Concord, Fourth, T-Shirt Design
- Darren Steele from Kannapolis, fifth place, t-shirt design
“We are proud of these talented students and applaud the skills they have developed in their chosen fields of study,” said RCCC President Carol Spalding. “College is more than just teaching, and working with organizations like SkillsUSA helps students take their educational and career prospects to the next level.”
This year’s Rowan-Cabarrus consultants included Tony Bean and Jim De Friess, Engineering; Denise Tuchek, cosmetics; Ryland Perry, Advertising and Graphic Design; James Hauss, Electrical Systems Engineering; and Carl Smith, Vehicle Systems Technology. HVAC’s Jon Crockett provided additional assistance.
The college’s SkillsUSA Chapter has been recognized as a Quality Chapter in the Chapter of Excellence program.
SkillsUSA is a national partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce by providing students with the opportunity to acquire personal, professional and technical skills on an academic basis. The organization has more than 350,000 students and instructors at the national level.