SALISBURY- Rowan-Cabarrus Community College has earned the 2016 Online Learning Consortium’s Digital Learning Innovation Award (DLIAward) for advancing undergraduate students success through the adoption of digital coursework. The awards program, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success Program, is a prestigious honor.

Rowan-Cabarrus was one of only three institutions and five faculty-led teams selected from among 106 submissions in this first year of the Online Learning Consortium’s Digital Learning Innovation Award competition.

Jenny Billings directed the Rowan-Cabarrus faculty-led team and it was awarded $10,000 for the innovative and creative program, dedicated to accelerating the adoption of digital courseware for general education or gateway courses.

“I am very proud of Jenny Billings and her team for all their hard work on the online learning initiative,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “Rowan-Cabarrus Community College strives to provide its students an excellent education both in the classroom and online.”

This is not the first award the college has received for its leadership in online learning. In 2015, Rowan-Cabarrus launched a digital app which enables students to register for classes and view schedules on the go.

In both 2015 and 2016, Rowan-Cabarrus placed as one of the Top Ten Digital Community Colleges in the country by the Center for Digital Education.

For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College visit or call 704-216-RCCC (7222). The college is currently accepting applications for the spring 2017 term. Spring classes begin January 9.

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