News & Announcements

March 2017

Occupational therapy assistant instructors Laurel Radley and Anna Walls pose with poster Radley will present at a conference
March 23, 2017
Southwestern Community College and the mountains of Western North Carolina will be represented in the big city of Philadelphia, Penn. in a few weeks.
Jim Falbo kneels and two students stand in front of the SWAT robot case
March 23, 2017
Students in Southwestern Community College’s mechatronics engineering program have created a SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) robot for the Macon County Sheriff’s Office. The students’ creation is not only designed to resolve dangerous situations and reduce damage to property, but it could even save a life.
Picture of Amy Scherman who has been named SCC's student of the week
March 21, 2017
To honor some of our most tenacious students, our Student Recognition Retention Action Team has started a “Student of the Week” award. Faculty members nominate students based on their tenacity, and the team selects one per week.  
Picture of Tyler Cook holding his latest novel, Vigilante.
March 10, 2017
Author Tyler Cook of Franklin will be signing copies of his latest novel, “Vigilante,” from noon-1 p.m. on Friday, March 17, in the Burrell Building Conference Center on Southwestern Community College’s Jackson Campus.
Picture of abhealthcare education simulator that will be used in SCC's new simulation lab
March 10, 2017
After several months of renovation, Southwestern Community College’s new Health Sciences Simulation Lab will soon be open to students.
Picture of Katherine Lancaster speaking at SCC's Project SEARCH program's graduation in 2016
March 2, 2017
Where most of the world sees limitations, Project SEARCH® sees potential.
March 2, 2017
More than 160 students made the president’s list, and 134 others made the dean’s list for the fall semester at Southwestern Community College.
Picture of Dr. Belinda Petricek, student services director for the SCC Macon Campus.
March 1, 2017
Faculty, staff and students at Southwestern Community College’s Macon Campus and Macon Early College teamed up recently on a variety of Valentine’s Day fundraisers that made $267.20 for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

February 2017

Picture of Tiffany Henry, SCC's Small Business Center director outside with spring foliage in the background
February 27, 2017
Southwestern Community College’s Small Business Center will host a free Master Your Marketing Summit from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7, at SCC’s Jackson Campus.
February 20, 2017
Woman holds a piece of pottery she made
February 17, 2017
If you stop at the NC Welcome Center along I-26 West, you may see some pottery from Southwestern Community College on display.
Picture of James Howe, SCC student who won an award for a paper he wrote
February 17, 2017
Southwestern Community College student James Howe recently co-authored a research paper that won Best Undergrad Student Paper from the North Carolina Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers (NCS-AAPT).
Picture of Amanda Pearce who will be at SCC on March 8 for a seminar
February 17, 2017
Southwestern Community College’s Small Business Center will be hosting a free fundraising seminar from 9 a.m. – noon on Wednesday, March 8, at SCC’s Jackson Campus.
Picture of Mike Despeaux, SCC's Career Services director
February 14, 2017
Spring is just around the corner and so is the 2017 job & networking fair at Southwestern Community College.
Woman stands next to skeleton, teaching students about therapeutic massage
February 13, 2017
Southwestern Community College’s therapeutic massage program is making history in 2017.

January 2017

Picture of Boomer Sassmann, who will be at SCC in February.
January 30, 2017
Boomer Sassmann, owner and lead internet consultant of Big Boom Design, will present two free small business seminars for Southwestern Community College’s Small Business Center.
Man and woman shake hands on stage
January 27, 2017
Southwestern Community College’s Small Business Center is hosting several seminars during the month of February.
Woman sits with flowers and plants behind her at SCC
January 23, 2017
Southwestern Community College’s Small Business Center is beginning a business startup series which will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Monday nights through March 27.
Man smiles for picture at SCC
January 20, 2017
William Brothers, who has served as dean of career technologies since 2015, has been promoted to the position of vice president for financial and administrative services at Southwestern Community College.
Group of people stand for picture at SCC
January 20, 2017
In an effort to provide students with more hands-on experience than ever before, Southwestern Community College’s therapeutic massage program is offering an unprecedented number of sessions through its clinic over the next four months.
Two meteorites that are now at SCC
January 19, 2017
Southwestern Community College has some new residents calling the Jackson Campus home.
Man sits with SCC fall foliage in the background
January 18, 2017
Electronics engineering technology student Jesse Moore didn’t know what to expect when he first starting taking STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) courses at Southwestern Community College.
Group of students with gifts the had for members of the community
January 18, 2017
Sometimes a simple thank you or a small gift makes all the difference to someone.
Photo of Tiffany Henry at scenic spot on SCC's Jackson Campus
January 13, 2017
Southwestern Community College’s Small Business Center will be offering a grant research workshop from 9 a.m. - noon on Thursday, Jan. 19, in Holt Library, room 119, on SCC’s Jackson Campus.
Group of people smile
January 6, 2017
Continuing a long tradition of supporting healthcare in Jackson County, Jack and Carol Hennessee recently endowed a $15,000 scholarship at Southwestern Community College on behalf of the W.C. and Stella Hennessee Foundation.
man gives man a check
January 5, 2017
Up until 15 years ago, Pepsi-Cola of Whittier used to throw a holiday party for all its employees.
Group of people stand on stairs
January 5, 2017
In Western North Carolina, one out of every four children lives in a household that does not know where the next meal will come from.
Woman smiles for picture
January 4, 2017
Before Lisa Pruett earned her high school equivalency diploma at Southwestern Community College in 2016, she already had a happily busy life: marriage, children, running a successful business with her husband and becoming a grandmother- just to name a few.

December 2016

Group of people smile
December 20, 2016
Fifty-eight Southwestern Community College students were inducted into the National Technical Honor Society on Thursday, Dec. 8, on SCC’s Jackson Campus.
Group of people stand in front of Christmas tree
December 20, 2016
When you are around Casey Deakins, SCC’s institutional development assistant, you can’t help but be inspired and smile as she talks about overcoming the obstacles she’s faced in life.
Group of people smile
December 16, 2016
For about 90 minutes one chilly December morning, Carolyn Porter’s classroom morphed into a courtroom on the third floor of Southwestern Community College’s Burrell Building.
man and woman stand behind poster
December 13, 2016
SCC math instructor Vicki Todd, recently flipped her Math 171 class as a part of a project requirement for ACCCESS, a nationwide math faculty group that she is a member of.
Group of people look at robot
December 9, 2016
At a recent meeting of Girl Scouts Troop 02345, troop leader Rebecca Ammann displayed a laptop and asked if anyone knew how it worked.
woman talks to people
December 9, 2016
For the third straight year, Southwestern Community College’s Small Business Center will offer its free Appalachian Farm School for anyone who’s thinking about – or already running – their own agriculture-based business.
Instructor gives tips to shooter during a recent training at SCC's firing range.
December 9, 2016
Upon receiving results from the latest round of tests at Southwestern Community College’s firing range, the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality has recommended “capping” of a recently excavated section.
Woman smiles for picture
December 8, 2016
Between caring for a toddler, a teenager and her family home in Franklin, Melissa Keener doesn’t have time to take college classes during traditional hours.
Float in parade
December 6, 2016
Students in Southwestern Community College’s English Learning Acquisition (ELA) (Formerly known as English as a Second Language) program and Spanish Club collaborated to construct a float for the Sylva Christmas Parade held last Saturday, which won first place in the float contest. 
Group of people smile
December 6, 2016
Fifty-two seventh graders from Jackson, Macon and Swain Counties were inducted into the New Century Scholars program on Monday, Nov. 7 at SCC’s Jackson Campus.
Man talks to people
December 6, 2016
Southwestern Community College’s fall 2016 commencement will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16, in Myers Auditorium at SCC’s Jackson Campus. 
Man stands and talks
December 6, 2016
Two days after one of the most divisive elections in American history, Vietnam veteran Tom Baker delivered a profound message of unity during Southwestern Community College’s Veterans Day celebration.
Two girls look at mannequin on table
December 6, 2016
When Southwestern Community College students first learn to practice CPR or how to draw blood, they do chest compressions or slide a needle into a simulation mannequin.

November 2016

Two men look at map on wall
November 18, 2016
While fighting the worst rash of wildfires on record in the 13-state southern region, the U.S. Forest Service is getting logistical support from Southwestern Community College’s Public Safety Training Center.
Man and woman standing behind table
November 18, 2016
After serving his nation for 20 years and through seven combat tours, Michael Collins retired from the U.S. Army in 2012.
Woman and man sit together
November 18, 2016
Over the final days of Jim Beasley’s life, family members took note of the kindness and caring shown by SCC students as they made their clinical rounds this past summer at Harris Regional Hospital.
Covers of books
November 17, 2016
The Dec. 5 deadline is just around the corner for submissions to the 2017 edition of Milestone, the biennial art and literary review published by Southwestern Community College.
Woman smiles for picture
November 15, 2016
Author Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle will be at Southwestern Community College’s Macon Campus in Franklin at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17 to give a talk on Native American writing titled, “Penning Collective Memory.”
Group of people stand outside of hospital in Sylva.
November 15, 2016
Sitting across the table from SCC’s newest Project SEARCH® interns, you can’t help but smile when you look around and see their beaming faces as they end their daily classroom time with Devonne Jimison, SCC’s Project SEARCH® coordinator and head out to their internships. 
woman and man stand behind practice doll
November 7, 2016
Last month at the N.C. Association of Respiratory Educators symposium in Wilmington, six $600 scholarships were awarded to respiratory therapy students at community colleges across the state. 
woman holds hand up and reads paper for two men
November 4, 2016
Madison Shuler has been chosen as the student representative for the SCC Board of Trustees. She was sworn in on Sept. 29 at the Jackson Campus in Sylva.

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