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September 2015

September 2, 2015
Even without an intercollegiate athletic program, Southwestern Community College spends a lot of time in national Top 10 rankings. A new ranking has SCC at No. 7 in the country.

August 2015

Photo of Mark Cutler, Mitch Boudrot and Don Coleman
August 28, 2015
When National Park Service officials increased Seasonal Law Enforcement Training from 400 hours to 650, they decided to use Southwestern Community College’s Public Safety Training Center as the pilot program for the new regimen.
Photo of SCC Small Business Center logo
August 28, 2015
On Tuesday, Sept. 8, Southwestern Community College’s Small Business Center will offer a free program on “Marketing Your Business” in Room 305 of the Burrell Building on the college’s Jackson Campus.
Photo of Anna Walls
August 28, 2015
Thirty middle and rising high school students from Cherokee Central Schools learned about the wide variety of health sciences career possibilities earlier this summer by exploring Southwestern Community College.
Photo of Scott Sutton
August 28, 2015
Beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 15, Southwestern Community College will offer a professional office management course designed to help participants find employment in an office environment or enhance skills in their current jobs.
Photo of Dale Hall, Mandy Revis and Ashby Austin
August 25, 2015
Peparing for a career in phlebotomy just got a lot easier – and more affordable.
Photo of Tiffany Henry
August 25, 2015
A lunch-and-learn event tailored exclusively for female entrepreneurs is scheduled for 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 1, in Macon County.
Photo of Tiffany Henry
August 25, 2015
Besides having an idea and the passion to make it work, one of the most essential factors in becoming a successful entrepreneur is developing a viable business plan.
Photo of SBC logo
August 25, 2015
Southwestern Community College’s Small Business Center will offer a pair of free seminars on Sept. 3 to help area business owners better understand how to earn money through government contracting.
Photo of SCC employees with 25 years of service
August 14, 2015
As part of Southwestern Community College’s annual “Welcome Back” festivities on Aug. 12, faculty and staff members were recognized for their years of service.
Photo of Tiffany Henry
August 14, 2015
Ever thought of starting your own business?
Photo of SCC receiving TRIO grant check
August 11, 2015
The United States Department of Education recently awarded Southwestern Community College a $1.38 million grant for the TRIO Student Support Services program.
Photo of SCC's third annual Fire Academy graduates
August 11, 2015
Ever tried laying wood floor or floating sheetrock in your own home?
Photo of Dr. Don Tomas and Nicole "Nikki" Valley
August 11, 2015
Four-hundred-and-forty graduates earned their associate degrees, diplomas and/or certificates from Southwestern Community College in the spring and summer semesters.
Photo of SCC Construction
August 11, 2015
Due to the ongoing nature of multiple construction projects on and around the Jackson Campus, Southwestern Community College officials encourage faculty, staff, students and visitors to check the college’s website and social media outlets for updates before fall semester classes start on Monday, Aug. 17.
Photo of Phil and Connie Haire
August 3, 2015
Thanks to a significant contribution from presenting sponsor Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort and the generosity of more than 180 attendees on July 25, the Southwestern Community College Foundation’s “Bluegrass, Blue Jeans & Bling” gala yielded more than $51,000 that will be used to create the $1 million endowed Student Success fund.
Photo of Terry Bell, Jean Ellen Forrister, Dr. Don Tomas and Ann Melton
August 3, 2015
Jean Ellen Forrister, a longtime administrator and English Instructor at Southwestern Community College, has been appointed to the college’s board of trustees.
Photo of Brett Woods, Debbie Smith, Melissa Ledford, Maggie Melton, Lynda Parlett and Dr. Don Tomas
August 3, 2015
Wells Fargo gave the SCC Foundation $3,000 to create a Workforce Development Assistance Fund, a grant program that will aid students in need with the costs of workforce certification testing.
Photo of Terry Bell, Jean Ellen Forrister, Dr. Don Tomas and Ann Melton
August 3, 2015
Terry Bell was recently sworn in for a new term on Southwestern Community College’s board of trustees.
Photo of Amy Russ
August 3, 2015
Amy Russ, a Developmental English Instructor at SCC, was recently certified as a Developmental Education Specialist from the Kellogg Institute - one of the most prestigious credentials in the field of developmental education.
Photo of SCC employees and Fontana Lake Estates Property Owners Association
August 3, 2015
Members of the Fontana Lake Estates Property Owners Association had long been grateful for being able to hold their meetings at Southwestern Community College’s Swain Center.

July 2015

Photo of SCC Civil Engineering Technology program students
July 27, 2015
The distinct fields of Civil Engineering Technology, Medical Assisting and Mechatronics Engineering Technology would not seem to have a lot in common.
July 20, 2015
Check out this site for a complete listing of all items up for bid as part of the "Bluegrass, Blue Jeans & Bling" gala: https://qtego.net/qlink/scc.php You can register now and even start bidding!
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July 17, 2015
Building on the success of last year’s fundraising gala, the Southwestern Community College Foundation will host a “Bluegrass, Blue Jeans & Bling” event at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 25, at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort.
Photo of Dr. Don Tomas, Travis Ashe and Brett Woods
July 17, 2015
Dr. Don Tomas (left), president of SCC, and Brett Woods (right), director of the SCC Foundation, accept Pepsi-Cola of Whittier’s gift from Travis Ashe (Center), area manager. Pepsi-Cola of Whittier recently gave $5,000 for student scholarships.
Photo of Brett Woods, Lisa Leather and Dr. Don Tomas
July 17, 2015
Duke Energy recently gave $4,500 to the SCC Foundation to benefit the New Century Scholars program, which provides support, encouragement and financial assistance to high-achieving students.
Photo of SCC's new students
July 17, 2015
Considering the wide range of programs and services available at Southwestern Community College, the prospect of figuring out how, where and when to plug in can be intimidating.
Photo of SCC Logo
July 1, 2015
Starting July 20, Southwestern Community College will offer a seven week bartending course designed to help students become professional bartenders.
Photo of Dr. Don Tomas, Brett Woods and Travis Ashe
July 1, 2015
Pepsi Cola of Whittier recently gave $5000 for student scholarships. $4000 of the gift will provide four $1000 Pepsi Cola of Whittier scholarships to four SCC students.
Photo of first donation to the Career Closet at SCC.
July 1, 2015
Sometimes a first impression makes all the difference in getting the job you want.

June 2015

Photo of President's & Dean's List artwork
June 18, 2015
Exactly 390 students made the dean’s and president’s lists for the spring semester at Southwestern Community College. 
Photo of Health Sciences Pinning Ceremony artwork
June 16, 2015
Graduating students in eight of Southwestern Community College’s health sciences programs were honored during pinning ceremonies that took place from April 28-May 7 at the Jackson Campus.
Photo of Maleah Mathis
June 16, 2015
Name: Maleah Mathis Program: Associates in College Transfer Graduation: Fall 2015 Q1) What motivates you to continue and excel at SCC in spite of circumstances you may face?
Photo of Noah Jones
June 12, 2015
Whether competing in a national quiz bowl or engaging in conversation on a random school day, Noah Jones frequently amazed his Southwestern Community College instructors with his intellect while working toward his associate degree in respiratory therapy.
Photo of John Jenkins
June 12, 2015
When Matthew John Jenkins signed up for Southwestern Community College’s Project SEARCH® last summer, he had his share of apprehension.
Photo of Aaron Beck's sculpure
June 8, 2015
One table featured a batman mask, howling wolves and terrifying zombies – all created by Sylva sculptor Aaron Beck.
Photo of Nick Hawks
June 8, 2015
Southwestern Community College’s Small Business Center is offering a free seminar to assist existing and aspiring small craft business owners entitled “How to Sell on Etsy: Turn Your Passion Into A Business on Etsy!!” by Nick Hawks from 2-5 p.m. on June 23 in the Burrell Building on SCC’s Jackson campus.
Photo of Breanna Bryant
June 8, 2015
Name: Breanna Bryant Program: I will graduate with an Associate in Arts. I plan to transfer to Western Carolina University and major in Education Graduation: May 2015
Photo of Patty Kirkley, Clayton Slade and Kathy Posey
June 5, 2015
Clayton Slade, a recent summa cum laude graduate of Southwestern Community College’s Outdoor Leadership program, won the grand prize for SCC’s annual career seminar series – an initiative to prepare students for job searches and professional success.
Photo of master potters
June 5, 2015
On May 7, Southwestern Community College’s Nantahala School for the Arts recognized six individuals for completion of the Master Potter Certificate.
Photo of Whitnie Coggins and Glenn Beasley
June 5, 2015
The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) held its induction and awards ceremony on April 21 at SCC’s Jackson Campus.
Photo of cement trade students
June 5, 2015
Students enrolled in Southwestern Community College's Cement Trade at the LBJ Job Corps recently completed a community enhancement project at the Jerry Sutton Public Safety Training Complex (PSTC) in Franklin.
Photo of Joshua Jenkins
June 1, 2015
Name: Joshua Jenkins Program:Associates in Arts Degree; I am considering double majoring in History and Spanish. Graduation: May 2016 Q1) What motivates you to continue and excel at SCC in spite of circumstances you may face?

May 2015

Photo of Jackson County Alpha Beta Gamma inductees
May 29, 2015
Eleven Southwestern Community College students were inducted into the Alpha Beta Gamma honor society on April 27 at the college’s Jackson Campus.
Photo of Taylor Wachacha, Keith Hackler and Nick Abbott
May 21, 2015
There’s nothing unusual about neighboring mountain high schools competing for supremacy inside a local gymnasium, but the competition that took place last month at Cherokee High School’s auxiliary gym wasn’t your typical interscholastic contest.
Photo of Kevin Tafoya
May 21, 2015
Student of the Week: Kevin Tafoya
Photo of Mitch Boudrot and Gary Dunlap
May 21, 2015
For nine years, Gary Dunlap was content with working at the Liberty Bell historic site, in his native Philadelphia, as an armed security guard for a private contractor that had been hired by the National Park Service.
Photo of Dr. Don Tomas, Jeff Cloer and Brett Woods
May 21, 2015
Throughout his life, Jeff Cloer was always inspired by his mother’s dedication to the young children in her care as a director of Macon County’s HeadStart program and also as a kindergarten and first grade teacher.
Photo of Martin Brossman
May 21, 2015
Online marketing and social media business coach Martin Brossman will present two seminars for Southwestern Community College’s Small Business Center.
Photo of SBC logo
May 21, 2015
Tiffany Henry, director of Southwestern Community College’s Small Business center will be hosting three seminars in Jackson, Macon, and Swain counties entitled “Put Veterans to Work for Your Business.”

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