Smoky Mountain High School students, clockwise from top left, Allem Rojas (senior), Hannah Brooks (junior), Polly Tissue (sophomore) and Neel Patel (freshman) were selected as Mustangs of the Month for October. The award is presented to students who best exemplify the spirit of Smoky Mountai…

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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Smoky Mountain High School students, clockwise from top left, Allem Rojas (senior), Hannah Brooks (junior), Polly Tissue (sophomore) and Neel Patel (freshman) were selected as Mustangs of the Month for October. The award is presented to students who best exemplify the spirit of Smoky Mountai…

Western Carolina University is in the process of updating its 2014 Campus Master Plan and will hold two virtual forums to allow for public feedback.

Wednesday, October 06, 2021

Seniors who may be thinking about college should plan to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid which opens for submissions in October. A completed FAFSA is needed to apply for scholarships and student loans to pay for college. Submitting a FAFSA is free to all students.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Western Carolina University officials are waiving admission application fees for both undergraduate and graduate programs for students wanting to enter the university during spring, summer and fall 2022 academic semesters.

Wednesday, September 01, 2021
Wednesday, August 18, 2021

We were so prepared to have students return to school on Monday, Aug. 16. It has been a summer full of planning, organizing, shifting spaces, sprucing up buildings, upgrading equipment, purchasing new resources and training staff on the use of these new resources.

Thomas Stith III (right), president of the North Carolina Community College System, visited Southwestern Community College on Tuesday, Aug. 10. Stith is pictured with Don Tomas, SCC’s president, in front of the college’s new Health Sciences Center.

Western Carolina University will celebrate its Class of 2020 through a series of live events – including fireworks – for those alumni whose senior year was largely virtual and anything but normal.

At the conclusion of the spring semester, 408 Southwestern Community College students earned their associate degrees, diplomas and certificates.

Wednesday, August 04, 2021

Western Carolina University is a recipient of a recurring grant from the N.C. Principal Fellows Program that will provide $4.1 million over the next six years, the University of North Carolina System recently announced.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina recently approved scholarships totaling $410,250 to 91 WNC students in 60 schools in 19 counties. More than 60 volunteers from the community worked to review applications and select recipients, some through Zoom meetings and online interviews.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Wednesday, July 07, 2021

As workers apply the last few coats of paint and other finishing touches this summer, Southwestern Community College officials are making sure everything is ready to open their new Health Sciences Center to students this fall.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Most academic ceremonies at Southwestern Community College pay tribute to what current students have already accomplished in their pursuit of higher education.

The Golden LEAF Foundation last week announced that 215 rural North Carolina students were selected to receive up to a $12,000 Golden LEAF Scholarship. Recipient Katie Allison, of Smoky Mountain High School, will attend Greensboro College.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Workers installed the Southwestern Community College logo on the curved front surface of the new Health Sciences Center last Wednesday. SCC has outgrown its Balsam Center, built in 1988 to house four healthcare training programs, spokesman Tyler Goode said. The new 55,411-square-foot buildin…

Luke Moody and Jewel Coker, graduates of Smoky Mountain High School, were named to The University of North Carolina at Charlotte spring semester Dean’s List. Moody and Coker are juniors majoring in Psychology. To qualify, full-time students who have earned a minimum grade-point average of at…

Wednesday, June 09, 2021
Wednesday, June 02, 2021

Bardo Arts Center at Western Carolina University has announced plans to host a permanent and contemporary exhibit of Cherokee culture and language, developed in collaboration with members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

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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.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Longtime Jackson County educator Sue Bartlett was sworn in as a member of the Southwestern Community College Board of Trustees on March 23.

New Jackson County School Superintendent Dana Ayers was sworn in at the Tuesday night Board of Education meeting. Her husband, Phillip Ayers, held the Bible. Ayers takes the reins from Interim Superintendent Tony Tipton, hired last July. Ayers’ initial contract is for a four-year term beginn…

Nathan Wade of Cullowhee was named to the Abilene Christian University Spring 2021 Dean’s Honor Roll. Wade is a junior majoring in Information Systems. Wade was among nearly 1,200 students named to the Dean’s Honor Roll. To qualify, students must be registered for 12 or more credit hours and…

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Approximately 75 high school and middle school students from across North Carolina competed at Western Carolina University’s Department of World Languages 38th annual Language Contest on April 29.

The Western Carolina University Board of Trustees appointed David Kinner as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences as part of its special-called meeting April 27. Kinner, who served as the interim dean, started in his new position May 1.

Wednesday, May 05, 2021
Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Meal preparation, nutrition standards, food allergies and quality service are just a few of the items school nutrition professionals have on their plates. To honor their hard work and commitment, Jackson County Public Schools will celebrate School Lunch Hero Day on Friday, May 7.

The landscape of the K-12 teaching environment across the United States, and also North Carolina, lends itself to being predominantly comprised of white females. African-American male teachers are rare, research shows.

Circles of Jackson County is preparing to spread its wings and fly to Western Carolina University to work with students, but we need your help! We need volunteers. If you have a heart for young people this is your opportunity to make a real difference. 

Western Carolina University’s Office of Professional Growth and Enrichment will be offering a four-week online Introduction to Conversational Cherokee language course from May 17 through June 11 with live Zoom meetings on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-7 p.m.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021
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Smoky Mountain High School students, clockwise from top left, Tishara Sneed (senior), Maia Wilde (junior), Mabry Bumgarner (sophomore) and Emma Wike (freshman) were selected as Mustangs of the Month for April. The award is presented to students who best exemplify the spirit of Smoky Mountain…

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

The Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District held its annual poster contest for students in third through sixth grade and speech contest for eighth grade in Jackson County.