Winter is upon us, and we are focused on ways to keep our students engaged while remaining healthy. We are also midway through the second quarter of school and looking forward to the holiday season. Our students and staff have accepted the challenge of a pandemic school year and are thriving…

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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina recently awarded grants totaling $3,130 to Jackson County schools from the Learning Links grant program. The grants provide local teachers with funding for activities designed to make required coursework engaging and relevant for their students.

Southwestern Community College is one of 150 institutions nationwide that have been selected to compete for part of a prestigious $1 million grant from the Aspen Institute.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Winter is upon us, and we are focused on ways to keep our students engaged while remaining healthy. We are also midway through the second quarter of school and looking forward to the holiday season. Our students and staff have accepted the challenge of a pandemic school year and are thriving…

The Smoky Mountain musical theatre department will stage “The Wizard of Oz” this month in the school auditorium/theatre. Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 19, and 3 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20.

Betty Farmer, professor of communication at Western Carolina University and communication consultant, has been named Instructor of the Year, South Region, by the University Professional & Continuing Education Association.

Wednesday, November 03, 2021

Smoky Mountain High School students, clockwise from top left, Jacob Nunes (senior), Jimmy Espinoza Leon (junior), Emma James (sophomore), and Asa Bradley (freshman) were selected as Mustangs of the Month for November.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

The pandemic has disrupted all or parts of three academic years for students. Not surprisingly, there’s a lot of confusion about COVID-19 student loan policies and the possibility of debt forgiveness.

For the first time, Southwestern Community College has been ranked among the Top 10 community colleges in the nation by two different ranking agencies in the same year.

For five years, Franklin resident Nancy Bergenstock had been looking for a way to make a legacy gift. She talked to an attorney and two financial advisors, but she never could find the answer she was looking for.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

We are approaching the conclusion of the first quarter of school here in Jackson County Public Schools and it has been outstanding. To see the staff’s dedication to our students as they strive to have school in a normal manner is amazing. I am in awe of the commitment to learning that our st…

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.