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July-August short-term programs

Jun 11, 2024

If you are interested in beginning a new career or looking for a new job, improving your computer skills, becoming a better employee, or looking for a new hobby, Rockingham Community College offers a variety of short-term courses designed to meet your needs in July and August. Additional information and registration are available by calling 336-342-4261 ext. 2333 or visiting https://rockinghamcc.edu/coned-home/.

Health Care

Phlebotomy: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays, July 1-Oct. 21 or 8-11 a.m. Saturdays, Aug. 17-Dec. 7, RCC. Learn theory and gain clinical experience needed for the proper collection of blood and other specimens used for diagnostic testing. Emphasis is placed on ethics, legalities, medical terminology, safety and universal precautions, health care delivery systems, patient relations, anatomy and physiology, and specimen collection. Students required to complete 100 clinical hours. Upon completion, students may be eligible for national certification as a phlebotomy technician with the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). Cost: $218. Ask about a scholarship.

CPR: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday July 13, or Saturday, July 27, RCC. Learn to recognize an emergency or signs of heart attack, care for choking victims, rescue breathing and CPR. Introduces defibrillator. Course completion yields an American Heart Association/Basic Life Support recognition card valid for two years. Cost: $55. Info: 336-342-4261, ext. 2602. Cost: $55.

Advanced EMT: 5-10 p.m. Mondays or Wednesdays, July 15-Nov. 6, plus one Saturday, Oct. 19 or 26, RCC. Paperwork is due by July 10. Learn basic and limited advanced emergency medical care and transportation for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system. Cost: $409 plus $101 for background check and $170 for textbook. Ask about a scholarship or fee exemption.

Cardiovascular Technician: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Aug. 5-Sept. 26, RCC. Prepare to become a certified EKG technician/monitor. Learn the anatomy and physiology of the heart, principles of EKG, dysrhythmia recognition of sinus, junctional/atrial rhythms, heart blocks and bundle branches and ventricular ectopy rhythms. Cost: $192. Ask about a scholarship.

Nurse Aide I: Various times, Aug. 17-Dec. 14 or Aug. 19-Nov. 4, RCC plus online and clinicals, or Aug. 19-Dec. 10 plus clinicals. Learn to provide personal care and perform basic nursing skills for the elderly and other adults. Emphasis on aging process including mental, social and physical needs of the elderly, patients’ rights, nutrition management, elimination procedures, safe environment, restorative services, personal and special care procedures and activities, human body structure and function and related common disease/disorders, communication and documentation, death and dying, and roles of the nursing assistant and health team members. Cost: $218 for tuition and fees, $101 for background check, and approximately $389 for other items. Ask about a scholarship.

Pharmacy Technician: 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Aug. 27-Dec. 12, RCC. Learn the technical procedures for preparing and dispensing drugs in hospital and retail settings under the supervision of a registered pharmacist. Cost: $192 plus $260 for textbooks and certification exam. Ask about a scholarship.


Computer Basics: 9 a.m.-noon Fridays, July 12-Aug. 2 or 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Aug. 6-27RCC. Develop computer skills essential for success in today’s technology-driven workplace. Course covers the basic functions of Microsoft Word and Excel, emailing, internet navigation, file organization, uploads/downloads, and resources for keyboarding skills. Cost: $70, but is waived for most students.

Notary: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, July 13 or Aug. 10, RCC. Learn the qualifications of the notary public office and requirements for attestation, fees, general powers and limitations, certifications, oaths, affirmations and affidavits. Purchase of Notary manual is required. Cost: $74.

Employability Lab: Aug. 12-Dec. 13, RCC. Schedule lab time between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. any day of the week and obtain help from instructors with job applications, job searches, writing resumes and cover letters, and more. Cost: $70, but waived for most students.

DSS Caseworker: 6-9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, RCC. Obtain employability skills training and do career exploration for the role of an income maintenance caseworker within Division of Social Service agencies. Note: Phase II of this training, will be held Oct. 9-Dec. 9, same days and time. Cost: $125 for each phase, but Phase II students should ask about the Eagle Train & Gain Scholarship! 

eNotary: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, RCC. This 4-hour eNotary course prepares a currently commissioned North Carolina Notary Public to take the examination to become qualified to notarize documents electronically. Personal appearance by the principal is still required in electronic notarization. Cost: $70

Cosmetology I: 4:30-9:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, Aug. 14, 2024-July 7, 2025, RCC. This is the first year of a two-year evening program that provides English- and Spanish-speaking students with hands-on training in a simulated salon environment. Students must complete this program to progress into Cosmetology II (see below). Cost: $206 plus kit. Ask about a scholarship.

Cosmetology II: 4:30-9:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, Aug. 14, 2024-July 7, 2025, RCC. This is the first year of a two-year evening program that provides English- and Spanish-speaking students with hands-on training in a simulated salon environment. Students who complete the program are prepared for the State Board of Cosmetic Arts exam for an apprentice license at 1,200 hours or a full license at 1,500 hours. Cost: $206. Ask about a scholarship.

Certified Guest Service Professional: Aug. 27-Dec. 10, online. Get an overview of the lodging industry, and an in-depth look at common line-level positions within hotels. Core topics focus on positions a lodging operation, including front desk, reservations, housekeeping, bell services, restaurant service, banquet setup, and property management systems utilized in most major hotel operations. Guest service professionalism and career exploration are additional components of this program. Upon completion, students will have the knowledge base to sit for the Certified Guest Service Professional certification from the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute. Cost: $185. Ask about a scholarship.


Level 1 Kayaking for Women: 5:45-8 p.m. Thursday, July 1, local lake. Review what was learned in the intro course (see above) and work on refining strokes and maneuvers. New topics include steering, balance, torso rotation, posture, and light wind, waves, and environment. Cost: $68.

Level 2 Kayaking for Women: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, July 20, local lake. Review what was learned in the intro and Level 1 courses (see above) and work on refining strokes, maneuvers, steering. Learn new maneuvers such as bracing, and work on stamina, distance, safety and deep-water re-entry techniques.  Practice wet exits if interested. Students can participate or just watch the capsize and re-entry portion. Cost: $68.

Intro to Stand-Up Paddle Boarding for Women: 5:45-8 p.m. Thursday, July 25, local lake. Learn to get on and stand up, balance, make basic strokes and maneuvers, steer, turn, stop, and board knowledge. Cost: $68.

Exploring Clay: 5-8 p.m. Mondays, Aug. 19-Oct. 14, or 1-4 p.m. or 5-8 p.m. Wednesdays, Aug. 21-Oct. 9, RCC. Learn to design and make pottery using a potter’s wheel and hand-building techniques in this 24-hour course. All skill levels welcome. Clay, glaze materials and firings provided. Cost: $150.

Fine Points of Furniture Construction: 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Aug. 27-Nov. 21. Learn the heritage art of woodworking at an advanced level. Coursework includes discussion on the history, trends, and practice of the art and information to build and supply appropriate studios. Safety equipment is required. Students need wood for projects, which they learned about in the pre-requisite Fundamentals of Woodworking course. Cost: $202.


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Wentworth, NC 27375


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