News & Announcements

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: You can register now and even start bidding!
BBB Graphic
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.”
Photo of Taylor Rogers
May 21, 2015
Few industries have enjoyed more explosive growth in recent years than the craft brewing business.
Photo of Ducks on the Tuck
May 20, 2015
Why would anyone want to adopt a tiny rubber duck that’ll soon be floating down the Tuckasegee River?
Photo of Craft Sell-a-Bration Class
May 20, 2015
On June 2, Southwestern Community College’s Small Business Center will host a “Craft Sell-a-Bration” from 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. in the Burrell Building on the Jackson campus. 
Photo of Ducks on Tuck
May 18, 2015
Why would anyone want to adopt a tiny rubber duck that’ll soon be floating down the Tuckasegee River?
Photo of Nancy Stephens and Dianne Lindgren
May 18, 2015
After briefly consulting with a client, Nancy Stephens zeroes in on the specific location of discomfort.
Photo of Ducks on the Tuck
May 8, 2015
Why would anyone want to adopt a tiny rubber duck that’ll soon be floating down the Tuckasegee River in Swain County?
Photo of Seth Tate
May 8, 2015
 “If you can change a classroom, you can change a community, and if you change enough communities you can change the world,” said Erin Gruwell, teacher and award-winning novelist of “The Freedom Writers Diary”.
Photo of Marc Parks and Dr. Thom Brooks
May 6, 2015
Hard work and long hours never bothered Marc Parks.
Photo of Marilou Rathbone
May 6, 2015
Student of the Week: 5/4/2015  
Photo of  Buncombe County honorees at SCC’s academic awards ceremony
May 1, 2015
More than 285 of Southwestern Community College’s top students were recognized in an academic awards ceremony on Tuesday, April 14.

April 2015

Photo of Buddy Johnson
April 27, 2015
As eager as job-seekers may have been to find a job during Southwestern Community College’s Job Fair, employers like Buddy Johnson of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians were every bit as passionate about finding some quality candidates to fill open positions.
Phot o of Wayne Goodwin
April 27, 2015
In his dual role as Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal for North Carolina, Wayne Goodwin is keenly aware of the relationship between quality firefighter training and low insurance rates for area homeowners.
Photo of SCC Spanish Club members
April 27, 2015
The Spanish Club and ESL class at Southwestern Community College and the Intensive English program at Western Carolina University will be hosting a Festival of Colors open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. May 2,   at the Cullowhee Rec Park to celebrate the diversity of cultures.
Photo of David Myers (left) and students Tyler James (center) and Logan Mathis
April 27, 2015
Southwestern Community College’s sustainable technology class spent Earth Day learning about electric cars with the eco-friendly 2015 Chevrolet Volt.
Photo of PTK Table
April 27, 2015
Twenty-four Southwestern Community College students were inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society on Monday, April 13, at SCC’s Jackson Campus.
Photo of Debbie Cumbie
April 27, 2015
Debbie Cumbie has been named Student of the Week 
Photo of Jackson County residents who were inducted into the National Technical Honor Society on April 6 at Southwestern Community College include, from left: Ginger Smith of Balsam, Destiny Ferra-Martin of Glenville, James Howe of Cullowhee, Jake Coburn of Cullowhee, William C. Greer of Sylva and Brooke Fountain of Sylva. Not pictured are Debra Cumbie of Dillsboro, Forrest Fernandes of Sylva, Kelly Hare of Sylva, Erik Monsrud of Sylva, Rebecca Morgan of Tuckasegee, Marc Parks of Cashiers and Alicia Rogers-
April 23, 2015
Forty Southwestern Community College students were inducted into the National Technical Honor Society on Monday, April 6, on SCC’s Jackson Campus.
Photo of Cody Rodgers
April 22, 2015
Student of the Week: 4/20/2015
Photo of Karena Mason
April 14, 2015
Karena Mason of Franklin won the grand prize of a full-year scholarship at Southwestern Community College’s 50th anniversary open house celebration and scholarship scavenger hunt Friday, April 10, at SCC’s Jackson Campus.
Photo of Bella Weeks
April 14, 2015
Student of the Week: 4/13/2015
Photo of SCC Small Business Center Logo
April 12, 2015
Would you like to increase your bottom line and have happier customers who are fiercely loyal to you and promote your business without you even asking?


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