SALISBURY — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College has been honored as the first No. 1 School on the Rise by the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3), recognizing the college’s dedication to providing industry-recognized certification opportunities for students in its automotive, advanced manufacturing and welding programs.

Rowan-Cabarrus emerged as this year’s overall winner for its dynamic and diverse program offerings, according to Roger Tadajewski, executive director of NC3. The award was presented during NC3’s Virtual Leadership Summit in July.

NC3 is a network of education providers and corporations working together to create sustainable models for Career and Technical Education and produce a highly skilled workforce. A monthly School on the Rise award is presented to a member school showing consistent growth in issuing certifications that lead to student success. Rowan-Cabarrus has been an NC3 Leadership School since 2016.

The college’s automotive, advanced manufacturing and welding programs are growing in popularity as career opportunities and salaries in those fields continue to increase. Rowan-Cabarrus students train on the latest industry equipment and have opportunities for internships that often lead to job offers even before graduation.

“We are proud of our successful Career and Technical Education programs, and we’re absolutely thrilled to be chosen as the first recipient of the annual NC3 No. 1 School on the Rise Award,” said Carol Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “By partnering with leading industries, we are able to offer students the best hands-on training, a wide range of industry certifications, and ongoing education, thereby strengthening the local economy and creating opportunity for the citizens of our community.”