News & Announcements

September 2016

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 SCC students and instructor on scenic bridge at SCC's campus.
September 19, 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.
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

Students standing and smiling
July 19, 2016
For more than 50 years, the ultimate goal of Southwestern Community College has been to help students achieve career success.
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.
Ten students standing and smiling
June 14, 2016
After nearly two years of intense coursework and clinical rotations, 10 graduating students in Southwestern Community College’s radiography program received their pins in a ceremony on April 28 at the Jackson Campus.  
Group of students standing and smiling
June 9, 2016
Five graduating students in Southwestern Community College’s human services technology program were honored on May 3 with a pinning ceremony at the Jackson Campus.
Man sitting on a rock
June 9, 2016
The difference between a college graduate and a college dropout could be something as simple as a broken laptop, a failed well pump or need for childcare.
Photo of Pepsi representative presenting a check to SCC president.
June 8, 2016
To support the Student Success Campaign and New Century Scholars, Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company in Whittier donated a check for $6,000 to the Southwestern Community College Foundation.

May 2016

SCC Nurse Aide graduate receives pin from her program coordinator.
May 26, 2016
The latest generation of front-line healthcare workers was honored May 3 during a pinning ceremony for graduates of Southwestern Community College’s nurse aide program at the Jackson Campus.
Photo of Dr. Patricia Graham on SCC's Jackson Campus.
May 12, 2016
Sixteen years ago, Patricia Graham first arrived at Southwestern Community College with doubts, dyslexia and a desire for a better life.
Photo of Tiffany Henry speaking to seminar participants.
May 12, 2016
Current and future business owners seeking ways to capture new customers are invited to a free, one-day Marketing Summer Summit from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17, at Southwestern Community College’s Jackson Campus.
Doreyl Ammons Cain signs paperwork establishing a scholarship at SCC.
May 10, 2016
Catch the Spirit of Appalachia is in the process of endowing a scholarship at Southwestern Community College.
Photo of medical assisting student receiving her pin.
May 9, 2016
​Eleven medical assisting graduates were recognized on May 2 for completing their two-year program at Southwestern Community College’s Jackson Campus.
Photo of teacher talking to a class.
May 9, 2016
The Small Business Center at Southwestern Community College, along with several partners, will be offering a full-day workshop entitled “Agri-Business Summit” for agriculture-based businesses on May 12 at the Jackson Campus.

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