News & Announcements

January 2017

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.
Group of people hold large check
November 3, 2016
The local non-profit heritage group, Catch the Spirit of Appalachia (CSA), has established a $15,000 endowed scholarship through the Southwestern Community College Foundation.
Man in hat smiles for picture
November 1, 2016
Southwestern Community College will host a Veterans Day celebration at noon on Thursday, Nov. 10, in Myers Auditorium. 
Two men look at woman talking
November 1, 2016
Lifelong Jackson County resident Douglas L. Cody was sworn in as a member of Southwestern Community College’s board of trustees on Oct. 10 at the Jackson Campus.

October 2016

Radiography students pose for picture outside.
October 28, 2016
Fall has arrived, which means radiography students at Southwestern Community College have begun their clinical rotations at various hospitals in the area.
SCC student stands at a microphone asking a question of candidates during the Sept. 29 debate at SCC.
October 25, 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.
October 21, 2016
When members of the U.S. Marines needed wildland fire chainsaw safety training, they chose Southwestern Community College’s Public Safety Training Center.  
Man and woman look at paper.
October 21, 2016
In an effort to help prospective college students wih their financial aid paperwork, Southwestern Community College will hold a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Day workshop from 9 a.m.-noon on Oct. 29 at the the SCC Macon Campus. 
October 19, 2016
Get ready to travel back in time and see the talented portrayal of historical figures as North Carolina-based actor, playwright and director Mike Wiley will be visiting Southwestern Community College from Oct. 26-Nov. 2.
A group of SCC students pictured in front of a mountain landscape.
October 7, 2016
As an essential element of the learning process, students in Southwestern Community College’s therapeutic massage program will open their clinics to the public on Oct. 27.
Photo of all SCC scholarship recipients who attended the event.
October 7, 2016
More than 30 Southwestern Community College students and several donors were honored during the SCC Foundation’s Scholarship Luncheon on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at the college’s Jackson Campus.
Jackson County Early College students shown chatting at a table on SCC's Jackson Campus.
October 5, 2016
Jackson County Early College (JCEC) is accepting applications for admissions through Oct. 31 for the 2017-18 academic year.
Photo of Dr. Lynn Dillard speaking at a microphone.
October 3, 2016
Dr. Lynn Dillard, a retired educator and Cashiers resident, has been named director of the SCC Foundation’s board of directors.

September 2016

PEAK graphic featuring mountaintops, spells out acronym
September 26, 2016
For more than 50 years, the ultimate goal of Southwestern Community College has been to help students achieve career success.
Photo of Tiffany Henry at scenic spot on SCC's Jackson Campus
September 26, 2016
Finding and retaining quality employees can be some of the most challenging aspects of running a small business.
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 a model house in a man's hand.
September 23, 2016
A course that prepares students for the educational requirement for the N.C. Real Estate Broker License starts Tuesday, Oct. 4, at the SCC Jackson Campus.
photo of a fire alarm
September 23, 2016
Southwestern Community College is offering an Alarm System Installation class starting Oct. 3.
Photo of Jeff Gillette
September 20, 2016
Jeff Gillette, a criminal defense attorney from Macon County, will speak to an American Government class  at 8 a.m. on Oct. 6 at Southwestern Community College’s Macon Campus. The public is invited.
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.

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