News & Announcements

June 2021

June 7, 2021
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June 7, 2021
Many are breathing a sigh of relief as normalcy begins to return, and students eagerly await their return to traditional classes.  For those who may still be anxious, however, Southwestern Community College is offering opportunities to pursue their education from the comfort of students’ homes so that they may feel safe.
Students stand outside SCC's Macon Campus in Franklin.
June 7, 2021
Our Enrollment Services team will be available to assist recent high school grads who may be eligible for free tuition through the Longleaf Commitment Grant.
Student wearing lab coat holds test tube
June 4, 2021
All costs of attendance are covered for NC residents through the Governor's Emergency Education Relief Fund.
June 2, 2021
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June 1, 2021
In a time when technology is most prevalent, cybersecurity has become a crucial part of  every day lives.  Many in higher education work to ensure that their schools’ systems are safely secure for students and faculty to use. The Research and Education Networks Information Sharing and Analysis Center (REN-ISAC) will

May 2021

May 27, 2021
Anyone who graduated from a North Carolina High School in the past six months is eligible to have some or all of their tuition and fees covered at Southwestern Community College over the next two years through Gov. Roy Cooper’s N.C. Longleaf Commitment Grant. 
May 27, 2021
The support that Southwestern Community College receives is always put to use, for the  benefit of students through various programs.  One of these is the Student Emergency Fund, which was created by the SCC Foundation to support students who encounter a sudden financial emergency that could impact their education at SCC.
May 24, 2021
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May 19, 2021
A longtime educator in Jackson County, Bartlett's term will run through 2025.
May 19, 2021
As part of a webinar series entitled “Reboot 2021,” Southwestern Community College will offer a virtual “Up  Your Marketing Game” summit from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 25.  The webinar was created in partnership with SBA, SBTDC, and NC Main Street and Rural Planning Center. It’s designed to help businesses affected by the pandemic.
Car drives past cheering people.
May 14, 2021
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Dr. Don Tomas, SCC President
May 12, 2021
Current protocols will remain in place through remainder of spring semester.
May 7, 2021
Congratulations to the following winners of this year's "Dollars For New Century Scholars" raffle, which was held on May 7: First Prize ($500) - Jade Benavides Second Prize ($250) - Johnathan Dean Third Prize ($100) - Olivia McFadden Read the story below for more info about this amazing program that has changed thousands of lives over the years: --------
May 5, 2021
The Carolina Student Transfer Excellence Program (C-STEP) wasn’t around yet when Andrew McAllister attended Southwestern Community College more than a decade ago, but he knows all about transferring from SCC to UNC-Chapel Hill.  It’s a pathway he strongly endorses.
May 4, 2021
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Student participates in STEM activity
May 3, 2021
Students from Franklin and Nantahala High Schools participated.

April 2021

April 27, 2021
Even though Emma Budden has yet to receive her high school diploma from Jackson County Early College, she already has her entire higher education pathway planned out.  She’ll graduate from Southwestern Community College with an Associate in Science degree at the same time as she completes high school in May. After that, she will be attending NC State this fall to pursue a double major in Chemistry and Human Biology and then pursue an MD-PhD.
Man wearing NPS uniform stands beside law enforcement vehicle near scenic beach.
April 26, 2021
John Mattox was a member of the first class to graduate from SCC's National Park Service - Seasonal Law Enforcement Training program.
April 26, 2021
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April 21, 2021
April 21, 2021
Excitement is buzzing in the air as things slowly return back to normal. Many students are preparing for their final semester at Southwestern Community College, with great opportunities on the horizon.  For two students, Puja Patel and Trevor Cole, that means transferring to UNC-Chapel Hill this fall as SCC’s first cohort to complete C-STEP (Carolina Student Transfer Excellence Program).
April 19, 2021
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April 13, 2021
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April 13, 2021
The Order of the Long Leaf Pine is the highest award the state of North Carolina can bestow upon an individual. It is awarded to individuals who have shown extraordinary service to the state.  Nominated by Southwestern Community College President Dr. Don Tomas, Macon County native Terry Bell received the award on Wednesday, March 31 at the SCC Macon Campus.
April 12, 2021
Every semester after classes begin, SCC will offer a selection of courses that can be taken at an accelerated pace. These classes are designed for students who realized they could add a few hours to their course-load and also for anyone who wasn't able to start right when the regular semester began.
James Sutton of SkyWave Wireless Internet presents a check to Southwestern Community College President Don Tomas, establishing an annual scholarship through the SCC Foundation. Also pictured is Brett Woods, Director of the SCC Foundation.
April 8, 2021
Gift will be awarded to Information Technologies student this fall.
April 7, 2021
The act of giving is more important than ever as the pandemic continues to affect many people in western North Carolina.  That’s why the SCC Cares Committee from Southwestern Community College recently held a collection drive to benefit HERE in Jackson County, INC. Founded in 2018, HERE is currently seeking donations to serve clients who are in emergency shelters or living unsheltered in places such as cars or tents.
April 5, 2021
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March 2021

Two nursing students stand beside administrators and an instructor
March 30, 2021
Funds originally intended for last year's pinning ceremony will help an incoming Nursing student this fall.
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March 30, 2021
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March 24, 2021
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SCC Nursing student Corrie Kinsland served at WCU’s COVID-19 vaccination clinic on March 15 in Cullowhee.
March 19, 2021
Our students are gaining valuable experience while serving our communities.
Family of Duane Young is pictured with SCC's President and Director of SCC Foundation
March 18, 2021
The Duane Young, MSPT, Endowed Memorial Academic Excellence Scholarship Fund will benefit students in SCC's Physical Therapist Assistant program.
March 17, 2021
The funding covers tuition, fees, books, supplies and more for qualified individuals entering short-term programs like Nurse Aide.
March 16, 2021
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March 12, 2021
The Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) program at Southwestern Community College recently received confirmation of its reaccreditation by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS). 
Hart & Sara Goodson
March 5, 2021
Endowed through the SCC Foundation, the new scholarship will help future students earn their college degrees.
March 2, 2021
In 2018, The University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill and Southwestern Community College (SCC) partnered to increase the number of students transferring to and graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill. The Carolina Student Transfer Excellence Program (C-STEP) is designed to guarantee admission to the university from community colleges around the state. 

February 2021

February 24, 2021
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Dr. Beth Lofquist, new SCC Trustee, stands beside Lambert Wilson, Dr. Don Tomas and Vance Davidson.
February 22, 2021
Dr. Beth Tyson Lofquist and Caroline Coffey were sworn in at a recent meeting.
Joyce Lantz is pictured with Dr. Don Tomas and Brett Woods
February 22, 2021
The Dillsboro-based artists' co-op recently made its largest donation yet to support the next wave of frontline healthcare workers.
Virtual Job Fairs
February 17, 2021
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Jeff Marley
February 11, 2021
The scholarship will be used to financially support visiting artists, equipment, travel and salaries.
February 9, 2021
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Virtual Job Fairs
February 8, 2021
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Matt Cass demonstrates how a solar eclipse works
February 3, 2021
We're the only community college in the nation to have a scientific activation partnership with the renowned space agency.
Black History Month
February 3, 2021
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January 2021

January 28, 2021
Southwestern Community College is now accepting nominations for the SCC Foundation’s third-annual Distinguished Alumni Award. To be considered for the award, nominees must have graduated with either a certificate, diploma, or degree from the institution known today as Southwestern Community College and previously as
Male graduate celebrates his accomplishment
January 27, 2021
Uncertainty about university schedules, childcare and other variables prevented some prospective students from enrolling in college classes this spring. Anyone who since realized there’s ample time to take a handful – or full load – of college courses now has a second chance to get started. 


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