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Swain Center

The Swain Center is located just outside Bryson City on Hwy 74. In addition to housing several programs, the Swain Center offers a computer lab (Computers are available for use when classes are not in session in the room. Please see the door sign for availability.), tutoring (based on schedule), meeting space, and a 3,000 sq ft auditorium. The center also houses the NC Cooperative extension office for Swain County.

Programs at the Swain Center

Educational Opportunities

Educational Opportunities offers students and community members opportunities to prepare for and succeed in college and / or the work place. The department consists of four distinct departments – Career and College Readiness, Human Resources Development, Developmental Education, and the Learning Assistance Center – that work cooperatively to meet the needs of learners of all levels.

Outdoor Leadership

The Outdoor Leadership program prepares individuals to work as an educator, instructor or facilitator in parks, recreational facilities, camps and other outdoor settings. Potential course work includes instruction in leadership skills, wilderness survival skills, first aid, group processes, counseling techniques, environmental studies and instruction in recreational activities such as rock climbing, ropes courses, backpacking, kayaking and canoeing.

To view all our degree options, please click here!

  • Outdoor Leadership, AAS
  • Outdoor Leadership, Certificate
  • Outdoor Leadership-Wilderness Therapy, Certificate
  • ​Outdoor Leadership-Wilderness Emergency Medicine, Certificate

Nantahala School for the Arts

The Nantahala School for the Arts empowers students to experience the legacy of Appalachian art and craft; including Native arts, folk art, and contemporary arts and crafts. Through studios classes and visiting artists, students are exposed to a variety of art forms and techniques. These experiences facilitate the development of students with strong visual voices, exceptional craftsmanship, and a deepened understanding of their role in the regional art and craft market.

Other Programs

For more information about the Swain Center and our programs, please call 828.366.2000.

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