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November 2013

November 18, 2013
Business Plan Competition (Training Opportunities & Time Line)To Pre-register, contact Tiffany Henry at 828-339-4211 or t_henry[at]southwesterncc[dot]edu.
November 8, 2013
Southwestern Community College student Mandy Revis of Sylva works on a project in the recently renovated Medical Laboratory Technology classroom at SCC’s Jackson Campus. The MLT program will feature its remodeled facility during an open house on Tuesday, Nov. 19.

October 2013

October 28, 2013
Rob Gasbarro (left) and Cory McCall co-own Outdoor 76 in downtown Franklin. McCall will help work with aspiring business owners who participate in a competition that starts next month.
October 4, 2013
Even with a 4.8 Grade Point Average (GPA) out of high school and a 3.8 at Southwestern Community College, Cullowhee resident Danielle Shomper wasn’t a lock to get in a Nursing degree program at SCC or Western Carolina University.
October 4, 2013
This spring, 12 students started Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) classes through Southwestern Community College’s Public Safety Training Center.

September 2013

September 30, 2013
Fighting back tears and with voice shaking at times, Franklin resident Madison Brown told several dozen community leaders Tuesday evening how scholarship assistance from the Southwestern Community College (SCC) Foundation is helping her achieve her goal of becoming a paramedic despite a troubled childhood.
September 30, 2013
Earlier this month, Franklin Alderman Bob Scott spoke to Southwestern Community College’s Macon Campus students about the First Amendment and the Freedom of Speech in honor of Constitution Day. 
September 19, 2013
When Cliff Burton moved to Franklin from St. Louis a couple of years ago, a good job was nowhere to be found.
September 19, 2013
Nineteen students made either the dean’s or president’s list over the summer. President’s list honorees earned a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.85 or greater while those on the dean’s list had a GPA between 3.50 and 3.849. Following are this summer’s lists: BUNCOMBE COUNTY President’s List Benjamin Crockett, Asheville CHEROKEE President’s List Windall Toineeta Gajjan Jasani JACKSON COUNTY President’s list Glen Buchanan, Webster Rachel Clements, Sylva April Crawford, Sylva Penny Patino, Sylva
September 19, 2013
Like many public safety officials, Todd Seagle had so much going last month that the thought of sitting through three days of leadership development training was a bit overwhelming.
September 16, 2013
The State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) Foundation has awarded scholarships to two area community college students. 
September 9, 2013
Reflecting on the first few years she spent as a notary public, Kitty Brendell wished someone would have prepared her for the tricky challenges that are inherent to the profession.
September 6, 2013
When Brittany Maney was 14, her fall from a Hayesville middle school cheerleading pyramid caused a lot of pain, fear and a rushed trip to the hospital in Murphy.

August 2013

August 30, 2013
Like too many Western North Carolina residents, Jason Queen was without a job this time last year.
August 29, 2013
Rowan Stuart’s favorite kayak maneuver is called the “Phonix Monkey” and involves spinning the vessel on its bow like a pirouette for a full 360 degrees then flipping the boat end over end. There’s nothing easy about the trick, but Stuart’s ability to cleanly achieve it at high-level competitions is a big reason she’ll be competing in the Nantahala Freestyle World Championships that start Sept. 2 at the Nantahala Outdoor Center.
August 21, 2013
This time next year, health information professionals will be adjusting to an entirely new coding system known as “ICD-10.” Southwestern Community College is offering a course this fall to help prepare those working in the field for the changes ahead.
August 16, 2013
Some people hike the Appalachian Trail to clear their minds. Others make the exhausting walk from Georgia to Maine simply to challenge themselves.
August 8, 2013
Due to unfortunate events in places like Newtown, Conn., law enforcement agencies across the country have recognized a need to be more prepared than ever to protect students at school.
August 2, 2013
Tuesday night was an opportunity for Southwestern Community College’s General Equivalency Development (GED) and Adult High School (AHS) graduates to celebrate their accomplishments.
August 1, 2013
Keri Hatton (left) and Amber Millsaps Walker received their GED® diplomas on Tuesday, July 30, at Southwestern Community College’s Jackson Campus.

July 2013

July 26, 2013
Throughout his five-decade career as a land developer and general contractor, Alvin Kinkaid could look at a mountain and immediately visualize its possibilities.
July 19, 2013
When admissions officials at Purdue University started looking over Riley Shannon’s academic history, they promptly put in a call to Southwestern Community College to verify his application’s accuracy.
July 17, 2013
In a report released earlier this month, Southwestern Community College was one of four institutions statewide to exceed the North Carolina Community College System’s (NCCCS’s) mean in seven or more of the eight measures used to gauge annual performance.
July 16, 2013
Harrah's Cherokee Casino will hold a job fair at Southwestern Community College tomorrow (Wednesday, July 17) in the Burrell Building. It'll run from 1-4 p.m. More details on the flier below:  
July 10, 2013
Earlier this month, the Jackson County board of education approved the reappointment of Lambert G. Wilson
July 9, 2013
Before enrolling in Southwestern Community College’s Firefighter Academy, Sean Sullivan and Joshua Price helped 
July 9, 2013
In order to help unemployed area residents get a fresh start, Wells Fargo has donated $7,700 to Southwestern Community College.

June 2013

June 27, 2013
Two outstanding Southwestern Community College students, Melody MacDonald and Andrew Timan, have received fall 2013 Western Carolina University Chancellor’s Achievement Awards.  Each award is a full scholarship that covers tuition and fees for two years.  It is presented to one or two transferring students each year, chosen by an SCC selection committee, from a very select pool of applicants with grade point averages of 3.75 or higher and successful completion of approximately 60 hours of transfer credit.
June 27, 2013
For students in the summer quilting class at Southwestern Community College, it’s not just about what they can get out of the course, it’s what they can do to give in the process.  Instead of getting started on their own projects, the students chose to dedicate a full session to creating squares for the Quilts of Valor Project. 
June 25, 2013
Southwestern Community College announced the President’s and Dean's lists for Spring 2013. To earn the honor of President’s List students must achieve and maintain a 3.85 Grade Point Average. Students with a GPA between 3.50 and 3.84 earn the honor of the Dean's List. To be eligible for either honor, students must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 hours of courses under a curriculum program for the spring session and not have any incomplete or failing grades.PRESIDENT’S LISTAlexander Taylorsville:  Sharisse Triplett
June 3, 2013
Jeff Marley, the Fine and Heritage Arts Program Coordinator at Southwestern Community College (SCC), has been selected by the Sequoyah National Research Center for their 2013 Art Fellowship.
June 3, 2013
Diania McRae, Accounting Program Coordinator at SCC, has been appointed to the advisory board of the Southeastern Region of the American Accounting Association (SEAAA). The members of the advisory board were chosen by the president of the SEAAA, Dr. Lynn H. Clements, at the 2013 Annual SEAAA conference.  Dr. Clements stated that, “It is a well-rounded group that I believe represents us well.” 
June 3, 2013
SCC's New Century Scholars (NCS) program recently received a check for $1500 from the Duke Energy Foundation.  The check will support the NCS programs in Jackson, Macon and Swain counties.  The NCS program, which began in 1995, is a collaborative educational effort among public schools in the three counties and SCC.  The NCS program targets high potential students at the end of the 6th grade and provides extra support to those students through their middle and high school years and while enr

May 2013

May 29, 2013
with higher education institutions to provide Honors Program credit for students achieving excellence.
May 22, 2013
Southwestern Community College recently hosted the N.C. Auto Diesel Instructors’ Association (NCADIA) Spring meeting on the SCC Jackson Campus, which is the first time this event has been held in western North Carolina. Trainers from CDX Books Company and Snap-On Tools addressed current NCADIA issues and National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) updates, as well as new diagnostics tools available this year. Advance Auto Parts also sponsored a Delphi Automotive Training session. More than 20 N.C.
May 20, 2013
SCC’s Medical Sonography Class of 2013 received their pins in a ceremony held on May 7 on the Jackson Campus. Pins and awards were presented by Debbie Eavenson, program coordinator. From left are Kendall Wilson, Katie Tart, John D. Hall, Kindra Manning, Bobbi Talley, Cayla Corum, and Stephanie Clayton.
May 14, 2013
Students of the SCC Advertising & Graphic Design (ADG) program recently presented their work at the annual ADG Portfolio Show.  Many of these students graduated this spring and will use these portfolios in their job searches. In attendance were SCC faculty and staff, parents, and potential employers.
May 14, 2013
SCC held its spring commencement ceremony on Tuesday, May 7 in the Balsam Center Auditorium on the Jackson Campus. The largest graduating class to date—the 349 graduate candidates included 95 from Career Technologies, 110 from Arts and Sciences and 144 from Health Sciences (23 have double majors including one graduate with a quadruple major). Faculty speaker, Deanne Oppermann, chemistry instructor and the NCCCS Excellence in Teaching Award Recipient, gave an inspiring charge to the graduating students.
May 14, 2013
In a recent ceremony, the Southwestern Community College National Park Service – Seasonal Law Enforcement Training class celebrated the accomplishments and graduation of the NPS-SLET Class #90.
May 11, 2013
Members of Southwestern Community College’s Associate Degree in Nursing Class of 2013 received their pins during a ceremony on May 2 on the Jackson Campus.
May 9, 2013
SCC's Radiography Class of 2013 received their pins on April 25 in a ceremony on the Jackson Campus. Pins and awards were presented by Meg Petty, program coordinator, and Kim Argo, clinical coordinator. From left, are (front) Kelly McLaughlin, Lyndsay Gragg, Abbey Yearick, Megan Barker, Bethany Steiert, and Carmen Wiggins; (back) Kimberly Justice, Aaron Smith, Justin Maney, Susan Bradshaw, and Natasha Clabern.
May 9, 2013
SCC’s Emergency Medical Science Class of 2013 was pinned during a 6 p.m. ceremony on the Jackson Campus Friday, May 3. SCC EMS program coordinators Eric Hester and Tony Belcher presented pins to, from left, (front) Bradley Hovis, Courtney Kicklighter, Kathryn Sasscer, Sara Chovanic, Bobbie Wood, Jennifer Slagle, Merinda Carr, Daniel Payton; (back) Allan Ange, Christopher McCoy, Mark Conner, Samuel Yates, and Kyle Dowling.
May 9, 2013
SCC's Physical Therapist Assistant Class of 2013 received their pins during a 6 p.m. ceremony May 1 on the Jackson Campus. SCC PTA program coordinator Diane Page and clinical coordinator Susan Kimel presented the pins and class awards. From left are (front row), Brailey Derreberry, Emily Ward, Michelle Baumgarner, Krystina Clayton, Josephine Miller; (back row) Desiree Tritt, Stephanie Loy, Dustin Marquart, Mareen Jablinske, Daniel Edwards, Brian McGrady.

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