News & Announcements

October 2016

October 21, 2016
When members of the U.S. Marines needed wildland fire chainsaw safety training, they chose Southwestern Community College’s Public Safety Training Center.  
Man and woman look at paper.
October 21, 2016
In an effort to help prospective college students wih their financial aid paperwork, Southwestern Community College will hold a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Day workshop from 9 a.m.-noon on Oct. 29 at the the SCC Macon Campus. 
October 19, 2016
Get ready to travel back in time and see the talented portrayal of historical figures as North Carolina-based actor, playwright and director Mike Wiley will be visiting Southwestern Community College from Oct. 26-Nov. 2.
A group of SCC students pictured in front of a mountain landscape.
October 7, 2016
As an essential element of the learning process, students in Southwestern Community College’s therapeutic massage program will open their clinics to the public on Oct. 27.
Photo of all SCC scholarship recipients who attended the event.
October 7, 2016
More than 30 Southwestern Community College students and several donors were honored during the SCC Foundation’s Scholarship Luncheon on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at the college’s Jackson Campus.
Jackson County Early College students shown chatting at a table on SCC's Jackson Campus.
October 5, 2016
Jackson County Early College (JCEC) is accepting applications for admissions through Oct. 31 for the 2017-18 academic year.
SCC student stands at a microphone asking a question of candidates during the Sept. 29 debate at SCC.
October 4, 2016
In the middle of what many experts consider one of the wildest election seasons in American history, a handful of Southwestern Community College students have an opportunity to become a key part of the process.
Photo of Dr. Lynn Dillard speaking at a microphone.
October 3, 2016
Dr. Lynn Dillard, a retired educator and Cashiers resident, has been named director of the SCC Foundation’s board of directors.

September 2016

PEAK graphic featuring mountaintops, spells out acronym
September 26, 2016
For more than 50 years, the ultimate goal of Southwestern Community College has been to help students achieve career success.
Photo of Tiffany Henry at scenic spot on SCC's Jackson Campus
September 26, 2016
Finding and retaining quality employees can be some of the most challenging aspects of running a small business.
Photo of Mike Despeaux standing in front of art gallery in SCC's Balsam Center
September 23, 2016
More than 20 employers will be at Southwestern Community College’s Macon Campus for the Fall Hiring Fair from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Oct. 6 in Franklin.
Photo of a model house in a man's hand.
September 23, 2016
A course that prepares students for the educational requirement for the N.C. Real Estate Broker License starts Tuesday, Oct. 4, at the SCC Jackson Campus.
photo of a fire alarm
September 23, 2016
Southwestern Community College is offering an Alarm System Installation class starting Oct. 3.
Photo of Jeff Gillette
September 20, 2016
Jeff Gillette, a criminal defense attorney from Macon County, will speak to an American Government class  at 8 a.m. on Oct. 6 at Southwestern Community College’s Macon Campus. The public is invited.
Group of people holding a large check.
September 19, 2016
The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) awarded a grant worth $527,379 to Southwestern Community College for its “Pathways to Employment, Education and Training for Automotive and Related Industries” program in Jackson, Macon and Swain Counties.
SCC Logo
September 19, 2016
Seven students made the president’s list, and two others made the dean’s list for the summer semester at Southwestern Community College.
Students stand with SCC and SECU officials under a tree.
September 16, 2016
The State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) Foundation has awarded scholarships to two Southwestern Community College students.
Two young ladies stand beside a display at last year's health fair.
September 9, 2016
If you’ve been considering a career in healthcare, Southwestern Community College’s annual Health Fair is an opportunity learn about many of the different fields available regionally.  
Photo of red convertible vehicle with hood up and top down.
September 9, 2016
Dozens of car enthusiasts brought their vintage vehicles and muscle cars to the Southwestern Community College Automotive Club’s annual car show on Aug. 12-13 at the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center.
SCC logo
September 9, 2016
Franklin Mayor Bob Scott will be the featured speaker at Southwestern Community College’s Constitution Day event at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15, at the Macon Campus.  
Photo of Alyssa Cable
September 8, 2016
Southwestern Community College student Alyssa Cable of Whittier has been awarded an educational scholarship from SUBWAY® restaurants through the Peter S. Slomianyj Scholarship Fund. The fund is named for the president of Chapel Hill-based North Carolina Subway Group, Inc.
Photo of a couple dancing
September 7, 2016
After raising more than $55,000 at last month’s Bluegrass, Blue Jeans & Bling gala, the Southwestern Community College Foundation is now on the home stretch in its “March to a Million” for the Student Success Campaign.
Group stands with a large check.
September 7, 2016
America’s Home Place of Franklin has donated $1,000 to help Southwestern Community College create 9/11 memorials out of artifacts recently received from the World Trade Center in New York City.
SCC logo
September 7, 2016
Thirty-nine students earned their associate degrees, diplomas or certificates from Southwestern Community College this summer.
Paul Holt is pictured in a suit and tie.
September 7, 2016
It’s been nearly 50 years, but Paul Holt clearly remembers who originally asked him to serve on the board of trustees for what is now Southwestern Community College.
Gary Shields is pictured with his hand on a bible while being sworn in.
September 7, 2016
Longtime educator Gary Shields has been appointed to his second term on Southwestern Community College’s board of trustees.

August 2016

Photo of SCC criminal justice technology program coordinator Tim Coffey, holding a certificate that recognizes his 35 years of service to the state of North Carolina.
August 22, 2016
Several SCC employees were honored recently for their years of service to Southwestern and the state of North Carolina.
SCC instructors check out surveying equipment.
August 22, 2016
Being a math genius is not a requirement for succeeding in Southwestern Community College’s Civil Engineering Technology program. Hard work and determination, however, are vital.
Photo of two graduates preparing to enter auditorium for the ceremony.
August 22, 2016
Among the graduates, 55 earned Cum Laude honors (3.85-3.89 GPA) while 63 were named Magna Cum Laude (3.90-3.94 GPA) and 48 were Summa Cum Laude (3.95-4.00 GPA).

July 2016

Band playing instruments and singing
July 12, 2016
Continuing the “March to a Million,” the Southwestern Community College Foundation will hold its second Bluegrass, Blue Jeans and Bling gala on Aug. 13 at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort.
Cover of the Milestone
July 12, 2016
Submissions are now being accepted for the 2017 edition of Milestone, the biennial art and literary review published by Southwestern Community College.
Girl launching her rocket
July 12, 2016
For five action-packed days last month, 20 elementary and middle-school students participated in Southwestern Community College’s inaugural Summer STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Academy at the Jackson Campus.
Aiming gun during role play scenario
July 12, 2016
One minute, a masked man threatens a law enforcement officer with a pistol and refuses orders to drop the weapon.
July 12, 2016
More than 360 students made the dean’s and president’s lists for the spring semester at Southwestern Community College.
Group of students holding their diplomas
July 12, 2016
Seven students graduated from Southwestern Community College’s Project SEARCH® program on May 26 at Harris Regional Hospital.
Car at automotive show
July 12, 2016
For the fourth straight year, Southwestern Community College’s Automotive Club will hold its annual car show in conjunction with the Mountain High BBQ Festival.

June 2016

Yanez smiling with her two daughters
June 28, 2016
Crystal Yanez of Cullowhee poses with her daughters Emily (left) and Maria after SCC’s Adult High School graduation ceremony on June 8 in Sylva.  
Guy holding gun for law enforcement training
June 28, 2016
For the first time in a decade, Southwestern Community College will offer evening classes for its Basic Law Enforcement Training program.
Ariel view of Swain Center
June 24, 2016
Southwestern Community College’s Swain Center is enhancing its resources and classes that are available for the summer and fall semesters.
Ariel view of students smiling
June 24, 2016
Fourteen graduates of Southwestern Community College’s respiratory therapy program were recognized during a May 11 pinning ceremony at the Jackson Campus.
Students standing and smiling
June 24, 2016
On May 6, Southwestern Community honored its first set of Occupational Therapy Assistant graduates in 15 years with a pinning ceremony on the Jackson Campus
Jackson County residents standing and smiling in all white.
June 24, 2016
Jackson County residents who received their nursing pins during a May 5 ceremony in Sylva were, front row, from left: Lindsay Ammons of Sylva and Abigail Watson of Cullowhee. Middle row: Brea Hagler of Cullowhee and Ted Moore, Jr., of Sylva. Back row: Jessie Small of Cullowhee and Erik Monsrud of Sylva.
Curtis Dowdle speaks; first responders and emergency vehicles are in the background.
June 17, 2016
Two large segments of heavy, rusting metal arrived Tuesday morning at Southwestern Community College’s Public Safety Training Center in Franklin.
4 men around device
June 14, 2016
For a few anxious seconds on April 9 in Hickory, Southwestern Community College students clung to a large white weather balloon and the cargo box on which they’d been working for months.
Whitt holding U of Miami flag
June 14, 2016
Swain High senior and Southwestern Community College Upward Bound participant Heather Whitt has been awarded the Ronald A. Hammond Scholarship to attend the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla.
Katharine holding Berea College flag
June 14, 2016
Swain High senior and Southwestern Community College Upward Bound participant Katharine Murray has been accepted to Berea College (Ky.) and received the school’s Tuition Promise Scholarship, which is currently valued at $97,200 over four years.
Students showing off they reached their goal
June 14, 2016
Eleven current participants in Southwestern Community College’s Upward Bound program set a goal last year to apply for $1,000,000 in scholarship funding.
A woman and man smiling at the camera
June 14, 2016
Fifteen graduates of Southwestern Community College’s Physical Therapist Assistant program were recognized during a pinning ceremony on May 9 at the Jackson Campus.
Students smiling with hands in front of them
June 14, 2016
Therapeutic massage is about more than temporary pain relief. When properly implemented, it’s proven to assist in the healing process.
Eight students standing and smiling
June 14, 2016
The next generation of front-line emergency medical responders was honored during a pinning ceremony on May 4 at Southwestern Community College’s Jackson Campus.


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