News & Announcements

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.

April 2016

April 29, 2016
 Nursing has long been considered the toughest program to get into – and survive – at Southwestern Community College.
April 29, 2016
 Even before launching “Phase II: March to a Million” on April 5, Southwestern Community College’s Student Success Campaign was well on its way to the seven-figure goal.
Architect's rendering of what a potential new health sciences building at SCC might look like.
April 29, 2016
A fraction of a penny could make an enormous difference in allowing Southwestern Community College and Jackson County Public Schools to address their major infrastructure needs for the foreseeable future.
April 27, 2016
More than 2,300 rubber ducks were adopted during this year’s “Ducks on the Tuck” fundraiser for New Century Scholars.
April 27, 2016
The therapeutic massage program will host an information session at 5 p.m. on Monday May 2 at the Jackson Campus.
April 27, 2016
Take advantage of the third session of our accelerated phlebotomy certificate program starting May 12.
April 27, 2016
To honor some of our most tenacious students, our Student Recognition Retention Action Team has started a “Student of the Week” award.
April 15, 2016
A process that’s taken more than two years and required more than 175 standards to be met has finally drawn to a successful conclusion for one of Southwestern Community College’s newest health sciences programs.
Students gathered around new equipment at Franklin High School
April 15, 2016
For high school students hoping to someday work in the automotive field, there’s no better way to learn the trade than by working with the type of equipment they’ll one day use as professionals. Grover “Bugs” Fretwell and Cashiers Service Center understand this, which is why they donated a Hunter GSP9600 wheel and tire balancer to Southwestern Community College’s automotive systems technology program at Franklin High School.
Randy Lanier standing between two paintings one is a flower the other a tree scene
April 15, 2016
A sampling of Jackson County artist Susan Lanier’s work is on display through May 6 at Southwestern Community College’s Jackson Campus.
Melissa McCubbin wearing her green scrubs and pink stethoscope
April 15, 2016
To honor some of our most tenacious students, our Student Recognition Retention Action Team has started a “Student of the Week” award.
A volunteer collects rubber ducks last May in the Tuckaseigee River.
April 11, 2016
After floating down a Swain County stretch of the Tuckaseigee River the past two years, Southwestern Community College’s annual Ducks on the Tuck event will return to Jackson County on Saturday, April 23.
Tiffany Henry speaks with participants in a recent seminar
April 11, 2016
Considering the geography of Western North Carolina, land suited for agriculture comes at a premium.
Photo of Brecka Prichard
April 11, 2016
To honor some of our most tenacious students, our Student Recognition Retention Action Team has started a “Student of the Week” award.

March 2016

Portrait of Roger Davis on SCC's Jackson Campus.
March 31, 2016
Few people are in a better position than Roger Davis to fully appreciate the impact of Southwestern Community College’s Student Success Campaign.
Photo of EBCI Vice Chief Richie Sneed and SCC's Native American MENtoring assistant coordinator and coach Earle Dixon.
March 28, 2016
Richie Sneed, Vice Chief for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, is among the first group of mentors in SCC’s Native American MENtoring program, which was launched in December.
March 28, 2016
The competitiveness of Southwestern Community College’s respiratory therapy program reaches beyond statewide contests.

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