The Campaign

The bonds will provide expanded instructional spaces for the welding technology program, which prepares students for highly sought-after jobs in the welding and metal industry.

On March 3, voters will decide on a $45 million bond referendum for Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.

The school is a leader in educating our local workforce and driving community progress.

In keeping with the College’s mission of improving lives and building community through public higher education and workforce development, the bonds will provide resources for an emerging and incumbent workforce, as well as for workers in transition due to job loss or career change. 

Key benefits:

  • Expand and enhance technical programs directly related to Rowan County’s workforce and economic development needs.
  • Expand our community competitiveness to develop additional opportunities for the community to prosper.
  • Support dual credit programs that allow high school students to earn college credit while participating in career and technical education.
  • Develop a first-of-its-kind fire training facility focused on firefighter safety.

Left: The bonds will provide expanded instructional spaces for the welding technology program, which prepares students for highly sought-after jobs in the welding and metal industry.

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Bonds Details

The proposed bonds will help fund these projects:

    • New construction of a Technology Education Complex (TEC) on the North Campus in Salisbury
    • State-of-the-art decontamination facility to enhance the safety of fire and emergency services personnel
    • Building for Rowan County Early College and other Career & College Promise/Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs
    • Expanded space for current and new programs in welding, machining, and automotive technology
    • Renovated space to enhance the graphic and digital design studio
    • Improvements to campus infrastructure for current and future needs

Frequently Asked Questions

“Shall the order of the County of Rowan authorizing $45 million general obligation bonds plus interest, for the purpose of financing, in part, the acquisition, construction, installation, renovation and equipping of educational facilities of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and providing that additional taxes may be levied in an amount sufficient to pay the principal of and interest on such bonds be approved?"
Generally, the planned projects are intended to maximize career and technical educational offerings, which will help Rowan County prosper by preparing its residents to find better jobs now and in the future. For example, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s popular welding, machining and automotive programs are at capacity, which prohibits expansion to meet the growing needs of industries looking for skilled workers. Modernizing programming and facilities in these and other fields will support local workers while making the county more attractive to new and expanding industry.
The $45 million bonds package is for construction of a new Technology Education Complex on the North Campus that will offer expanded training for highly sought-after career fields such as welding, machining, automotive technology, fire and emergency services, and graphic and digital design. Additionally, the bonds will provide enhanced facilities for Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s Career and College Promise/Career Technical Education (CTE) programs, including a building for the early college offering.
A wide range of county residents from high school students who attend the successful Early College program on campus, to college students who enroll at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, to area workers who need continuing education and training, to employers that look to Rowan-Cabarrus Community College to help support and grow the region’s workforce.
Issuing the bonds could result in property taxes on a home valued at $140,000 increasing by around $42 a year, or less than $3.50 a month.
A bond is a fixed income instrument that represents a loan made by an investor to a borrower. Companies, municipalities, state and local governments and other institutions use bonds to finance capital projects and operations. (Source: Investopedia)
The state of North Carolina provides most of the funding for the school’s operations, augmented by tuition. Rowan County is responsible for capital funding for building and renovating campus buildings. Private donations and grants from outside institutions pay for special projects and initiatives.
Yes, the bonds package is for capital construction only on Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s North campus in Salisbury.
No. Debt service for issuing bonds is a separate part of the county budget.


To learn more about the bond campaign, check out the articles below.

Press Releases

October 22, 2019: Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Requests Support to Address Career and Technical Education Expansion Needs

In the News

January 15, 2020, The Salisbury Post: ‘Give everybody an opportunity’: Community college president pitches bond referendum to Salisbury Rotary Club

January 8, 2020, The Salisbury Post: $45 million bond referendum gets OK from state board

November 24, 2019, The Salisbury Post Editorial Board: Editorial: Investment, bond referendum needed for Rowan-Cabarrus

November 13, 2019, The Salisbury Post: New complex at Rowan-Cabarrus would include space for early college

November 4, 2019, The Salisbury Post: County commissioners move forward on $45 million bond referendum

October 24, 2019, The Salisbury Post: Rowan-Cabarrus Community College seeks bond referendum support for $45 million project

The $45 million bonds package includes development of a first-of-its-kind decontamination station in the school’s fire safety and training program.

Leadership and Endorsements

Campaign Leadership

Carl M. Short, Jr.
Campaign Co-Chair

Dr. Carol Spalding
Campaign Co-Chair

Brad Bost

Jeanne Dixon

Paul Brown


Several local organizations have endorsed the campaign. Click on the logos below to learn more.


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