Message from SCC leadership to its student and staff:


Southwestern Community College is closely monitoring the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19. There are no confirmed cases in our service area of Western North Carolina (at the time of the statement). However, Gov. Roy Cooper has declared a state of emergency in North Carolina.

Our priority is the health and well-being of our campus community. That’s why we are joining other institutions of higher education in North Carolina and across the nation in transitioning spring semester seat-based classes to online and alternate formats until further notice. While SCC remains open, we will practice social distancing to minimize the potential exposure of our faculty, staff, and students during the coronavirus pandemic.

We are sharing basic details below:

Current online classes, off-campus clinicals and work-based learning assignments will continue as scheduled.

Spring break is extended through March 22 for seat-based classes. 

Remote Instruction will begin March 23 for all seat-based classes. These courses will be transitioned to online or alternative formats. Students should monitor their SCC email accounts during this week regarding how their specific classes will proceed. 

Make-up dates for most labs will be scheduled later in the semester. Your instructor will inform you of the make-up dates and times once they are scheduled.

Public Safety Training Center classes will continue. Students and instructors in these programs will be informed directly about any changes in the status of their classes.

All college campuses and locations will remain open and operational during regular business hours. Students may use computer labs in Founders Hall and Holt Library and access WiFi at SCC campuses. As campuses remain open, students and employees should practice social distancing and other preventative measures recommended by CDC and NCDHHS.

All Student Life and Career Services events have been canceled through April 3. Decisions regarding commencement, awards and pinning ceremonies, and other events will be made after April 3. As decisions are made, they will be announced through our official college notification system and on the SCC webpage.

Events with 50 or more people are canceled immediately until further notice.

Cafe ’64 will be closed until further notice.

Only essential travel to clinicals or for instructional purposes will be allowed for SCC employees.

We recommend that you follow recently revised CDC guidelines if you have recently traveled to Level 2 or Level 3 countries.